After the Monastery

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A reconciliation story  Bhikshu Heng Ju (Tim Testu)

 

Left to right: Bhikshus Heng Yo and Heng Ju in the rain, on their “three steps, one bow” pilgrimage for world peace, which lasted from October 16, 1973 to August 17, 1974. They continued regardless of weather, traveling 1,150 miles from San Francisco up the Pacifc Coast to Marblemount, Washington.

 

 

Introduction by Jeanette (Jetti) Testu

I knew my dad had been writing a lot. He would wake up early every morning, make a hot breakfast, walk the dog, meditate for an hour, write for an hour. Then he would wake me up and report his activities, suggesting that I too should get up and do something vigorous, worthy, contemplative. He would also have a hot breakfast waiting for me. That’s the kind of father he was—he showed his love rather than talked about it.

After he died in 1998, while I was cleaning out his study I found a life insurance policy I never knew he had taken out hidden in his desk drawer. Lying next to it was a floppy disk. Written in big block letters across the disk, inked in Sharpie marker, were the words: “JETTI PLEASE PUBLISH OR GIVE TO THE BUDDHISTS. THIS IS MY LAST AND FINAL WISH.” The disk contained an account of his entire life, spanning over 100 pages, documenting everything from his time as a submariner in the United States Navy to his “hippie days” on an anarchist commune.

I was grateful to have a record of his adventures. I knew that his friends and the rest of the family would be interested in reading it, too. But I was surprised and horrified to see that he expected me to publish the damn thing. (Of all the moral teachings my father learned in his study of Chinese Buddhism, I think filial piety was his favorite.)

I was 18 years old, heartbroken over his death, and didn’t exactly have a lot of contacts in the publishing world. With a mixed feeling of dread and duty, I moved the disk, his notebooks, and the computer itself dozens of times with me, from student housing in Arizona to a houseboat in Seattle; from Bellingham, Edmonds, Poulsbo, and Port Townsend, and then back to Seattle again, always keeping it in the small secret drawer of the dresser he had built me.

Somewhere along the way, the disk got lost. I was relieved of the burden, but sad that I had let him down. I knew his was an unfair request to make from the grave, something I would never impose on my own child. Still, I wanted to make him happy. Also, I was pretty sure his ghost would know I had failed at my task and would come to scold me in my dreams. With the disk left unpublished, our karma was left unresolved. My dad believed in reincarnation. What if he came back as my cat or—my God—my child? He had such a powerful presence. Anything was possible.

I had been raised in the Chan tradition, but as time went by I fell away from the Buddhist community, stopped honoring the five precepts, got a job, got married, had a baby. Then last year I was invited to the Buddha’s birthday celebration at a monastery in Washington where I knew a lot of my dad’s old dharma friends would be. Sure enough, I saw Dharma Master Heng Lai, the abbot of Snow Mountain Monastery, who had known him in the ’70s. He said he had a copy my Dad’s manuscript in a zip file and could email it to me if I wanted. He sent it to me the next day. It was time to take action on my father’s last and final wish.

 

Bhikshu Heng Ju on his 1973–1974 bowing pilgrimage for world peace.

 

My dad was an American monk named Heng Ju (Tim Testu), a disciple of Venerable Master Hsuan Hua, whom he referred to simply as “the Master.” Hsuan Hua had come from Hong Kong to California in 1962, after having previously directed followers to establish the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association, from which many affiliated monasteries and centers would spring, including the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, one of the first Chan temples in the United States and one of the largest Buddhist compounds in the Western hemisphere, where my dad lived on and off throughout his life. (The “city” sits on almost 500 acres of land, which happen to be the former grounds of the county’s 19th-century insane asylum.) The monastery is known for its insistence on strict adherence to the traditional monastic code; the keeping of the five precepts was strongly encouraged, and participating in ascetic practices like eating one meal a day and sleeping while sitting up were commended. In 1973, my dad and another monk, Heng Yo, began a ten-month bowing pilgrimage for world peace through California, Oregon, and Washington, traveling over a thousand miles on foot. It was the first “three steps, one bow” pilgrimage in the history of American Buddhism.

Dad finished his autobiography shortly before he died. It gives the perspective of an older (and maybe wiser) man with a complicated life: two ex-wives, a teenage daughter, alcoholism, and a cancer diagnosis. The last chapter, “After the Monastery,” addresses what happened after he left the structure of the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas and crashed into the world.

Before seeing Heng Lai, I never knew why Dad had left the monastery. I did know how fervently he loved his life as a monk and how he respected and adored his teacher. The family mythology was that he had sneaked out in the middle of the night, crawling on the dried-up riverbed instead of walking out through the main gate. I thought this was a little dramatic, but then, all of his stories about the monastery were dramatic.

The reason he left had something to do with shame. He had gone out drinking as a monk, breaking a basic precept. This was after being ordained for almost a decade, after completing his bowing pilgrimage, after hundreds of newspaper articles had been written about the trip and he had written his own book about it, and after touring Asia with the Master, giving dharma talks to the sangha. The fall from grace was too difficult for him to face.

I know about shame. Dad had lived with a cancer diagnosis from the time I was 11. He used every available minute to “transmit the dharma” to me, lecturing on everything from vegetarianism and respectable conduct to small engine repair, how to vote (Democratic), how to hold your breath underwater, how to drive a stick shift, how to chop vegetables (according to their nature), how to identify good music, how to identify poisonous mushrooms, and most important, how to avoid ego and suffering through cultivating the Way. I wanted to curl my hair, wear cute outfits, and hang out with my friends; I was embarrassed at his devotion to Buddhism and tired of the constant smell of incense. By the time I graduated high school, my understanding of the religion revolved around all of the “no’s” I associated with it: in summary, don’t be yourself. And in addition—be perfect.

At the end of his life, Dad asked me to come home from college to take care of him, and I did. But we had a fight over my frivolous spending, and I moved out. The night he went to the hospital for the last time, we were supposed to have met, to go out to dinner and make up. I know how shame feels. I know regret.

This article is a dream come true for two people. This article is a life fulfilled.

 

Bhikshu Heng Ju bows during his pilgrimage for world peace, 1973–1974.

 

 

After the Monastery, by Bhikshu Heng Ju (Tim Testu)

No one could have been more confused than I when I ran out the gate of the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. The demons of my latent alcoholism, who would guide me right back into the binge drinking patterns from my sailor days, lay waiting to bring me to hell. I didn’t know I was an alcoholic at the time; all I knew was that I wanted to obliterate my unbearable anguish, so I reached out for what was most familiar to me: booze. I drank to kill the pain, and the alcohol created even more pain and remorse.

Driving an old Toyota I’d bought from a faithful layman, I was nailed with a drunk driving ticket before even getting out of California. Once back in the Northwest, it was not long before I’d lost everything of value. My career as a monk vanished, my dharma friends were gone, and I was alone in the world. Alcohol muddled my brain, and in the darkness, seeds of desire sprouted like weeds. I frequented bars, chased women, started smoking again, and drank to forget it all.

I found work as an assistant engineer on a wreck of a freezer ship, the motor vessel Polar Bear, for a long summer of salmon tending. No one knew that I was an ex-monk in hiding. The owner, seeing that I didn’t have enough to do while the ship was at anchor, yanked me out of the engine room and put me to work on the assembly line. Ankle-deep in fish roe and salmon guts, I had plenty of time to contemplate the nature of my fall.

After the first two months swinging on the hook, I couldn’t stand it any longer. I borrowed a motorboat and went upriver until I found the only bar in the area, the Red Dog Saloon, where I promptly went in and got curb-crawling, shitfaced, snot-flying drunk. The next morning I found myself out in the scrub, flat on my back, staring up at a cloudy, menacing sky. After a while, it all came back to me: a couple of fishermen had bushwhacked me outside the bar and beaten me to a bloody pulp.

After the ship returned to Seattle, my downhill slide continued. There were many more pathetic incidents. Carrying a burden of unbearable guilt and shame, I kept trying to straighten out but seemed powerless to do so. What I needed more than anything was to talk to someone about my problems.

On one occasion I wrote a letter to the Master asking for his advice on how to stop drinking. The Master had brought to America the whole range of Great Vehicle Buddhism: the teachings, the secret doctrines, the Pure Land school, the moral precepts, and Chan. I saw in him a living example of the much-sought-after qualities not only of Buddhism but of Taoism and Confucianism as well. He was the first person in my life who totally understood me and really cared about my spiritual welfare—and who was able to do something about it to the ultimate degree.

His manner of speaking was always very penetrating, cutting through the crap and getting down to the problems that we constantly seemed to create for ourselves. “I’m not scolding you, I’m scolding your ghosts,” he once said. But most of his time with us was spent carefully explaining the ailments of the grasping, calculating mind and showing us how to cure ourselves.

“Why don’t you sew your lips shut and try pouring the booze through your nose!” came his written reply.

Back to sea I went. Unable to find fresh vegetables on the ships, I started eating meat. My precepts, both as a monk and a layperson, were history.

 

Left to right: Bhikshus Heng Yo and Heng Ju on their bowing pilgrimage for world peace. Bhikshu Heng Yo carried the duo’s tent and supplies, and joined in the bowing when he could. The two averaged about five miles a day, with Heng Ju bowing about 1,700 times per mile.

 

In 1970, before I became a monk, I was living at the Buddhist Lecture Hall in Chinatown, San Francisco. Most of us had found living in a temple conducive to keeping precepts, but it was more difficult to keep precepts on the outside, especially for those of us with heavy habit-energy. People would come to the temple, cultivate for a little while, and build up their energy, but when they went back out into the world, they would usually blow it, as I had done.

It was actually at the lecture hall that it first became obvious to me that the Master had access to all of our petty thoughts, past, present, and future. He rarely left his little room in the back of the temple, yet he always knew what was going on, and it always came out. I remember an incident that really shook all of us up. There was a young fellow who had been living at the lecture hall for several months. He had taken the five precepts, the fifth of which prohibits intoxicants, including tobacco. But one night he couldn’t stand it any longer, and he sneaked out on the town. He climbed down the fire escape and was gone for about three or four hours. He returned while everyone was still asleep and was absolutely sure that no one had seen him. But later that morning, while we were all up meditating, the Master approached him, and the following exchange took place.

The Master: “Where did you go last night?”

Disciple: “Wh, wh, what?”

The Master: “Where did you go last night?”

Disciple: “Ahh, ahh, I, I, I, I just went for a little walk.”

The Master: “Oh? Well then, who gave you the cigarettes?”

Disciple: “Ahh, ahh, I got them at a gas station. I just wanted to walk around and have a smoke.”

The Master: “Just walking and smoking, eh? Well then, how come you got on the bus?”

Disciple (trembling with fear): “I, I, I wanted to go to Golden Gate Park, and it was too far to walk.”

The Master (with ear-piercing volume): “What about that woman on the bus? Why did you offer her a cigarette?”

Disciple (by this time blubbering and whimpering): “I didn’t do nothing, I got off the bus after that. Who told you, anyway?”

The Master: “Nobody.”

Disciple: “Well then, how did you know?”

The Master: “Did you know?”

Disciple: “Yes.”

The Master: “Then you told me!”

At this point, the Master smiled, playfully bonked the kid over the head three times, and returned to his room. Everyone who witnessed this was sweating profusely.

 

 

Bhikshu Heng Ju in an airport waiting room during a 1974 trip to Southest Asia with Venerable Master Hsuan Hua.

 

When no sympathy from the Master came, I tried to settle down in Seattle. I even married and became a father, but I wasn’t ready for any of it. I found a job in a local diesel/generator shop, and every night after work I’d go out for drinks with the boys. One morning my wife asked me where I’d left the car.

“Outside, where I always park it,” I replied.

“I suggest you look out the window,” she said. I looked, but the car was not there. I hopped on a bus and spent the rest of the day riding up and down the streets of Seattle until I finally found the car. A bum was sleeping in the front seat, and the back was filled with over one hundred loaves of bread.

When I returned to the house, my wife, who used to work in a detox facility, looked me in the eyes and uttered the sentence that I will never forget: “Tim, you are an alcoholic!” Her truth hurt, yet I knew she was right the instant she spoke. But since alcoholism is a disease characterized by denial, I had to keep drinking just to make sure she was right.

Eventually, inevitably, my wife and I separated, and there was no one left to interfere with my drinking. I got a job on a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ship, and with a loan from the Veteran’s Administration bought a house in the suburbs of Seattle. I didn’t have enough self-esteem to live in it, however, so I took in a Cambodian refugee family while I camped in a 17-foot trailer in the backyard. It was there that I drank myself down to the murky bottom.

One morning, waking up to face all the usual horrors of what had become three-day hangovers, I experienced an unusual awakening. Why was I doing this? Why was I drinking myself into oblivion when there was absolutely no reason for it? I had a good job, a wonderful child, a cute house, and no wife to blame. I was free to do whatever I wanted. The drinking just didn’t make sense. At that moment I was able to find genuine resolve. From the bottom of my heart I said to myself, “I don’t care what it takes, I’m going to quit drinking, get sober, and stay sober!” I called the captain of my ship and asked him if he could arrange to send me to an inpatient alcoholism treatment center. He obliged.

I consider the day I got sober as a true awakening and a major turning point in my life. While I was at the monastery, I had followed the rules because I had to, but I couldn’t be sure if I was really doing it or just going along with external pressure. Now I would have a chance, completely on my own, to start over and internalize the rules, to take personal responsibility for my sobriety and spiritual recovery. That solid little thought, mustered up from the depths of my miserable, drunken soul, was the beginning of a new life.

After accumulating a reasonable amount of sobriety, a year or so, I decided it was time to return to the monastery and make amends. I took the thousand-mile trip to Ukiah, California, to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, and to the Master.

Prior to the evening dharma talk I lit incense, circumambulated the Buddha and bowed three times, kneeled, and made my formal repentance. The Master observed from the high seat; about a hundred disciples were also in attendance. Following my repentance, the Master said: “Kuo Yu, like most people, you are a mixture of good and bad. Fortunately, you have more good than bad. Just work on making the good points more, the bad points less. Everyone makes mistakes, so don’t worry; everything is OK. Patience is the thing you need to work on now—extreme patience. I know you want to leave the home life again, but you have karma to work out. Stay there for now. Don’t doubt Buddhism, and don’t go to spoil. You have been a very positive influence for Buddhism in the West. You are welcome to come here and cultivate anytime.”

Never, ever, have I felt the weight of such a burden lifted from my shoulders. I was forgiven. I was a free man. I felt like I could fly!

 

Left to right: Bhikshu Heng Yo, Venerable Master Hsuan Hua, and Bhikshu Heng Ju on the roof of the Buddhist Lecture Hall in Hong Kong, 1974.

 

That was then; this is now.

The Master, I’m sorry to say, is dead and gone. His final words: “I came from empty space, and to empty space I return.” Before he passed away, I felt the need to see him one more time, so I made the arrangements, drove to California, and finagled my way in. He was on his deathbed.

I guess I was vaguely hoping that he would transmit the dharma to me or something. But no, I told myself, that didn’t matter. I just wanted to thank him for all he’d done for me and ask his forgiveness for being such a pain in the butt. I also had a question about pure eating. Following my teenage daughter Jetti’s example, I had gone back to my strict vegetarian diet. I’d been doing fine with it for over a year, but I had a big question that was eating away at me. I live in a waterfront cabin on a saltwater bay, and the shoreline is filled with succulent, world-class oysters. It’s great to shuck them right on the beach, leave the shells to spawn, then soak the little buggers overnight in olive oil and herbs and broil them the next day to golden brown on both sides. What a delicacy! So my question was: Since oysters have no arms or legs, no eyes or face, and they grow on rocks, then they must not be an animal. Weren’t they more or less a vegetable? And if so, what harm would it be if I ate them, especially since they conveniently spawned right in my own front yard?

This was the big life-and-death question on my mind, one I had discussed with no one.

When I entered the Master’s room, his attendant announced, “Kuo Yu is here.”

The Master responded, “Kuo Yu, don’t become a fish!”

There is a stage of spiritual development along the bodhisattva path that is called avaivartika, Sanskrit for “irreversible.” At this stage, one’s thoughts, position, and practice no longer turn back toward confusion. When I was the cook at the monastery in the ’70s, I had just taken up the practice of eating only one meal a day, which is really difficult when you’re working with food all the time. I was doing really well for several days, but one morning I couldn’t stand it any longer and decided to have some breakfast. I remember it clearly: I was heading for the icebox. In fact, I had my hand on the icebox door when I looked out in the hallway to see the Master walking by. He was smiling as he walked down the hall. Then suddenly he stopped and began walking backward, retracing his steps back down the hall, around the corner, and out of sight. Not a word was spoken, but I got the message.

Well, once again I hadn’t even asked my question and I received a response. It was also a pun on my name, because yu means “to constantly go beyond” (or overdo things), and another character, yu, means “fish.” If I ate oysters, therefore, I might be reborn as a sea creature, a realm where only one in ten thousand doesn’t die a violent death.

Then the Master kidded me about a letter I’d written a while back, suggesting that there were too many ceremonies at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas.

“There are many, many dharma doors,” he said. “Not just one. It’s good for people to study many doors.”

“Okay, Shifu [Teacher]. I agree.”

“How old is your daughter?” Shifu asked.

“She’s 14, Shifu. She’s going to a private boarding school, and, well, she’s doing just great,” I rambled on.

“I know,” replied the Master. “Who is going to take care of you when you’re old?” he asked.

“I don’t know, Shifu.” I could feel tears welling up. “All I know is that I just want to cultivate the Way, Shifu.”

“Did you read the latest Vajra Bodhi Sea [the monthly magazine of the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association]?” the Master asked. “The story about the camphor tree?”

“No, Shifu.”

“Get him a copy of the article,” he instructed his attendant. When the attendant brought me the magazine, I sat and read about a camphor tree on Potola Mountain in China that had taken refuge with the Master. The story ended with these words of exhortation: “Whoever you are, if you have a true and sincere mind, if you are not careless in the least, if you do not go along with what worldly people do, but do the contrary, then you will be able to attain the benefit of Buddhism. Whether you are a left-home or layperson, you should be true Buddhists. Don’t be like ordinary people: greedy, fighting, seeking, selfish, and self-benefiting, not letting a moment go by from morning to night without acting falsely. This is most important! These six great principles are the first step toward learning Buddhism and eventually accomplishing Buddhahood. Don’t forget them! Don’t neglect them! We should learn to take more losses and not take any advantages.”

I bowed to the Master.

He smiled and said, “Okay, time for a rest.”

 

 

Adapted from the journal of Bhikshu Heng Ju (Tim Testu). With excerpts from Three Steps, One Bow, by Bhikshu Heng Ju and Bhikshu Heng Yo, 1977. Reprinted with permission of the Buddhist Text Translation Society. Vajra Bodhi Sea, 1995. Reprinted with permission of Gold Mountain Sagely Monastery.

All photographs courtesy the Buddhist Text Translation Society.

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  1. Samfoonheei on Jan 8, 2022 at 3:31 pm

    Heng Ju is an American Chan Buddhist monk. He was among the first monastics ordained on Western soil in the lineage of Venerable Hsuan Hua. Inspired by the 3000-mile pilgrimage across China made by Great Master Xu Yun. Bhikshu Heng Ju, completed the 1100-mile journey bowed in full prostration on the ground, praying for world peace and seeking spiritual awakening. The journey was complied into a book. The book is a detailed account of the progress of their journey, relating internal and external hardships, revealing their realizations and awakenings, and details of their communications and interactions with their teacher. Interesting Read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring article.

  2. Samfoonheei on Dec 29, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Very inspiring and touching real life story of a monk fall out after achieving amazing crusier.
    Timothy J. Testu, formerly Bhikshu Hung Ju was once a monk who too “three steps, one bow” pilgrimage for world peace. Together with Bhikshu Heng Yo ,they did it which lasted from 1973 to 1974. They continued regardless of weather, rain or shine traveling thousands of miles. An account of his entire life, spanning over 100 pages, documenting everything from his life story.,was only discovered after his death. He died in 1998, of an ear infection and was most remembered for a pilgrimage he took as a Buddhist monk . His achievements is so near yet so far ,he has then given up.
    Never abandon our spiritual teacher no matter how many inner obstacles you need to overcome.”
    …~ Tsem Rinpoche once said.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting article.

  3. Jacinta Goh on Aug 19, 2014 at 10:39 am

    In this article, the very first thing that came into my mind was the similarity between alcoholism and other defilements/poisons. Due to pride, habituation or perhaps overwhelming negative karma, Bikshu Heng Ju was drawn away from his practice. I, likewise, am not too far from this destruction if I couldn’t subdued my mind in time. There are times, where laziness, sleepiness, and negatives thoughts might seep in and steal away our concentration, time and energy. Hence, it brought me to appreciate the Hinayana way of life more. For me it’s not so much about self liberation and the Mahayanist liberate others but more on ‘Self-Discipline’ (my opinion). Vows and commitments must be fasten at all cost. Our mind must be checked at all time. A little hard,I must say.

    When there’s a will, there’s a way. However hard the circumstances that are hindering our path, we should at least keep moving. Just walk. I wouldn’t say that his example is a total shame. At least, he is responsible in some other ways such as imparting Dharma to his daughter. In fact, it shows clearly that we should be careful with our thoughts and our habituation. Thank you Rinpoche for this article.

  4. Uncle Eddie on Aug 18, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    It is said that living beings who have not yet obtained liberation have unfixed nature and consciousness of mind. They may practice evil or goood act arising in accordance with their states of mind. They passed through kalpass as numerous as motes or dust, confused, deluded, obstructed and afflicted by difficulties, like fishes swimming down along stream, through nets. They may slip about through the nets for a long time, but after temperory liberation, they again snagged. The guru is concerned, but since they have made extensive vows, sworn to cross over such offences, the of worry to the concerned guru is thus greatly unlightened. If they encounter a healthy environment, meet good dharma friends with spiritual wisdom influences, they will then continue with their spiritual practices. If they meet bad debauchery friends, their good acts of practice will cease. It is notable that these processes of influences are at work everywhere, and we are advised to be always on the alert to avoid with meeting them. Om mani padme hung.

  5. Penang Study Group on Aug 17, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Attendants: Jacinta, Chien Shiong, Leonard Ooi, Kai Lynn, Swee Ching, Kong, Jacinta and Soon Huat
    Date: 17th Aug’14
    Penang Study Group has discussed the article, “After the Monastery”, from Rinpoche blog. Below is the compiled group input:

    Some of us have read about “three steps, one bow” pilgrimage by Bhikshu Heng Ju (Tim Testu) in 70s. We were touched by Bhikshu Heng Ju’s persistence and compassion for taking 10 months “three steps,one bow” pilgrimage for world peace. However, we are surprised to learn about this “After the Monastery” story.

    We agreed that Bhikshu Heng Ju ran away from monastery due to 8 worldly concerns; due to fame, do not want to be blamed, and maybe want happiness (indulged in alcohol). His life was totally ruined after running away from monastery as there was no Guru to guide him anymore neither encouragement from Dharma friends of Dharma center/Monastery. Bhikshu Heng Ju has mentioned in the article that “. Carrying a burden of unbearable guilt and shame, I kept trying to straighten out but seemed powerless to do so”. It shows that Guru and Dharma friends from Dharma center play very critical role in keep us to the right track of Dharma path.

    There are a lot of similarities of good qualities between Master Hsuan Hua and our Guru, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. One of them is “giving skillful guidance and advice to the students”. This has been reflected in the 2 incidents listed in this article:

    1)We also have discussed the comment from Master Hsuan Hua when Bhikshu Heng Ju asked for instruction to stop drinking; Master Hsuan Hua replied “Why don’t you sew your lips shut and try pouring the booze through your nose!”. We think Master Hsuan Hua wanted to explain to Bhishu Heng Ju that alcohol is merely nothing except suffering once the taste is removed.
    2) When Bhikshu Heng Ju was going to steal his breakfast from kitchen as he could not stand the “one day one meal” rule anymore. He saw his Master walking by in the hallway. Master Hsuan Hua was smiling as he walked down the hall. Then suddenly he stopped and began walking backward, retracing his steps back down the hall, around the corner, and out of sight. Not a word was spoken, but Bhikshu Heng Ju got the message. It was very skillful advice from Master Hsuan Hua. Not a word was spoken, but Bhikshu Heng Ju got the message.

    Second good quality sharing between Master Hsuan Hua and our Guru, Tsem Tulku Rinpoche is compassion and forgiveness. When Master Hsuan Hua and Bhikshu Heng Ju met again in monastery after Bhikshu Heng Ju had left the monastery for so many years, Master Hsuan Hua still compassionately gave very detail instruction to Bhikshu Heng Ju to point out Bhikshu Heng Ju’s problem and what he need to do next. It showed that Guru is always love us and care of our Dharma practice even we did something terribly wrong. It has reflected in H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche too. Rinpoche always forgive his students and guide them back to the Dharma path when the students regret on their wrong doings and asked for Rinpoche’s forgiveness.

    We all agreed Guru Devotion and Dharma Center are extremely important in our Dharma path. And never ever leave your Guru and Dharma Center no matter what has happened to you or what have you done wrongly.

  6. louise lee on Aug 16, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    谢谢仁波切的爱护与教导。

    上师是我们最崇高的皈依。上师会不停的给我们方向与教导。
    如果我们被内心的魔鬼打败,那么我们就会跟随着我们以为得快乐逃跑。业障的威力是非常大的。

    我要把我的魔鬼打败!

  7. Soon Huat (Penang) on Aug 13, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Thank You Rinpoche for sharing such touching and interesting real-life example story with us. It is BIG BIG wake-up call for me.

    I used to be in Mahayana Buddhism. I read about this “Three Steps and One bow” story in California. It was big thing. There were some miracles happened a long the way to show that there were Protectors around to help them along the way. Such a devoted monk can failed and ran away in a night with shame. It showed that our power is so weak, we need the blessing from Buddha/Bodhisattva/(especially)Protectors and of course the most important is guidance from Guru and condusive environment provided by Organisation/center.

    No matter what happen to us, Never Never leave your Guru and Center. Guru will never blame us what we have did but Guru only care how to guide us back to the Path. Guru’s love to us is unlimited. I missed the opportunity to meet Master Hsuan Hua but I am fortunated enough to meet my Guru, Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. I will never leave Kechara and my Guru again.

  8. Casteven Lim (KH JB) on Aug 13, 2014 at 2:12 am

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing such inspiring and touching real story with us…

    The Dharma path is not easy for us, we are grateful to meet an authentic Guru in this life time so we may be a better person hence continue to collect Merits for our swift Dharma path in this life time…

  9. sockwan on Aug 12, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    From this article, I see the struggle of a practitioner, the struggle we will all face. He join the monastery, then he ran away, eventually the writer realised how precious Dharma and Guru are, he regretted for the decision he made.

    The article also tells us the reasons why practitioners should stay together if we want to get rid of our bad habituation. When our mind is not stable, we can be easily influenced to go back to our bad habits. The guru of the author also revealed that we all have good and bad qualities, what we have to do is to enforce on the good qualities then our bad qualities will become less and less. This is exactly what Rinpoche has taught us as well.

    This article all tells us how important a guru is. Cherish our guru, he is our door to liberation.

  10. Jace Chong on Aug 11, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing such a good article.

    I can much relate it to myself although I didn’t physically been through what Heng Ju has been through.

    As a ‘Buddhist’ I thought we know a lot, I am so proud that I heard the Buddhist terms, and know a little about that. But as Rinpoche always tell us, Dharma is only precious when we apply it, if not it just remains as words.

    Doing what Rinpoche says is not easy at all as we have our own karma. But if we stay put with Dharma environment, the difficulties that we went through were the purification for our own karma. That’s the strong reason I push myself to go through my ‘limits’, my own selfish barrier that ‘protect’ myself.

    Going through own difficulties is spiritual practice, if we don’t clean out our old bad habits that formed since many life times, how would we achieve something different in the future?

    Thanks Rinpoche, my spiritual journey is still very very long ahead of me and there’s so much to learn. _/\_

  11. Sharon Ong on Aug 11, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Dearest Rinpoche,

    Such a captivating post! This will be on my reading list. Thank you for yet another delightful read. With folded hands.

  12. Edwin Tan on Aug 9, 2014 at 2:00 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    This is a very nice and inspiring story of Bhikshu Heng Ju.

    Nicely put on how he went from observing precepts and vows to breaking them then waking up. At least he woke up. Some of us never.

    What I liked from the whole story was how the Master constantly showers him with love and compassion, using his “powers” to display and touched Bhikshu Heng Ju’s heart objectively. When he confessed all his wrong doings, broken commitments, the Master forgave him and told him to be steadfast in his practice and the karma was something he had to worked on. I read somewhere that when we from the bottom of our hearts really repent and confessed our faults and wrongs to the Buddha and our Guru, the negative karma we accumulated will be lessened, and that was what Bhikshu needed to hear from his Master.

    The Master’s responses, love, compassion reminds me deeply of Rinpoche. I guess all highly attained Gurus has the same way to help us improve, lessen our ego, and purify our negative karma.

    Thank you Rinpoche.

  13. Pee Bee Chong on Aug 8, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing, I feel rejoice for Jeanette (Jetti) Testu and Bhikshu Heng Ju. This article benefits so many people as there are so many learning that we can get from the article. For Bhikshu Heng Lu, after his downfall, he managed to get awakened and start over again with a new life. He took own responsibility to counter the alcoholism and spiritual recovery, the turning points of his true mind transformation. He became stronger after the down fall.

    This reminds us that we must have strong faith, perseverance and not easy to give up through difficulties. We need to take personal responsibility in our spiritual journey as “Spirituality is not refuge in something outer per se, but inner transformation~#tsemtulku” Everyone makes mistake, if we truly regret and learned from our mistakes, we will grow stronger.

  14. So Kin Hoe (Ipoh) on Aug 8, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing on this true life story, which can happen to anyone of us if we are not alert and not mindful with our thought and deed. We might not even realize that we have transgressed the percepts or vows that we have made if we just let our mind drift along with the outer conditions that are surrounding us all the time as we are not living in the monastery. I believe consistency in Dharma practice is the key to sustain our pure motivation in Dharma and not to be swayed by the three poisons (greed, ignorance & attachment) which are already being implanted in our mind since many previous lifetimes ago. This lesson has also reminded me that although we can achieved all the spiritual attainment at one time, we might fall back to ground zero if we are hiding our delusions, attachment, greed and anger within ourselves rather than letting them to go away or removed from our mind. These poisons which are hidden in our mind could be a time bomb and they will derail us from the spiritual path if we do not 100% remove the poisons away from our body, speech and mind. To remove these poisons away, we should do the opposite which are generosity, being kind and compassion towards all beings, be fair and apply Dharma teachings into actions. Thank you Rinpoche once again as this article has really awaken me up now.

  15. freon on Aug 8, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thanks for sharing the article. It is a very good article.

    The feeling i have after reading- Scary
    We can falls back to our habits especially negative ones if we are not careful.

    No wonder some people in Dharma centers can just left over a nite. Now i understand, and i can be like this also if i am not mindful. So scary. Negative karma are so strong to pull us back to our habits.

    Through this story also, it make me appreciate my current full time work in Kechara. Because, Kechara is a monastery where i can have an environment to practice Dharma. I feel i am protected and blessed to be in Kechara. At the same time, I am also worry that i will be like Bhikshu Heng Ju, the downfall and never even return to dharma again.

    May i be mindful on my Dharma practice also.

    Thanks Rinpoche for this article

    with folded hand _/\_

  16. Shelly tai on Aug 8, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this story with us, our mind is so weak when it come to dealing with our addiction I just can’t imagine a monk who go through so much still can look back because of his addiction the inner obstacles is so strong that can control all our actions , as I reading this write up I think we are so lucky to have Rinpoche around who always remind us about our refuge vows about the Dharma so is to keep us away from our own inner and outer obstacles.

  17. Jim Yeh on Aug 7, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Dear Guruji,

    This was a spellbinding and inspiring story to read!! Thank you so much for sharing!

    With folded hands,
    Jim

  18. terri on Aug 7, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    I lived at Master Hua’s temple CTTB a while too. As a westerner, i was all alone there and all the other Americans had left. There is one monk left but he lives at Berkeley and is mostly a token fundraiser. No one respects him. It’s quite depressing. I miss the temple very much, but the people currently there are not living up to Master Hua’s vision, people hit me, accused me of wanting to sleep with all of the men in the place. It’s heartbreaking. Just today for a reason that escaped me until now, I spent half the day in tears wishing somehow it had turned out different. And it’s so sad. Because I love Rinpoche, you the man. I love CTTB more, it’s my spiritual home, it is where I am supposed to be right now, I’m pretty damn sure. But I’m not there right now, because so much traumatic stuff happened to me there, it would fill an entire book and I need counselling for PTSD. But the dharma itself is not wrong, it’s just like Rinpoche says, sometimes the students just don’t apply it. And with Master Hua gone… it’s just not a safe spiritual place anymore. And I tried to express my love and concern to these people in every way imaginable, they just don’t want to change, and I’m at a complete and total loss. Knowing you Rinpoche has gotten me through so many heartbreaking years too, making friends on the forums and on Facebook, and watching your Dharma talks. Even though I practice Ch’an and you practice Gelugpa I still look up to you very much. I hope I will be able to receive teachings from you in person someday. But honestly, if there by some miracle from heaven I would be able to stand in the CTTB temple praying every day without harassment or fear, it would be my first choice. Because I love that practice very much. But you are just as awesome as Shrfu. I think he’d love all of you.

  19. Gim Lee on Aug 7, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    This is an eye-opening post indeed.

    An accomplished Buddhist practitioner like ex-Bhikshu Heng Ju (Tim Testu), who had completed such a mammoth spiritual test during his bowing pilgrimage for world peace in 1973 till 1974, and yet he still erred and even got his life entangled with alcoholism.

    I remember years ago I read the book “Three Steps, One Bow”, by Bhikshu Heng Ju and Bhikshu Heng Yo, 1977 and was totally in-awed with the efforts and endurance of these two Bhikshus. The book was like a bench mark for spiritual practice to me in my campus days.

    This is the real lesson for us the practitioners on spiritual path. Never underestimate our inner Mara; we must always guard our mind with our daily practice. Our inner Mara is waiting eagerly and will jumps in to control us at any slightest opportunity…

    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands,
    Gim Lee

    • Girlie OOI on Aug 7, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      Which goes to show that with pure heart and determination, you will stay on the right path. Just like you, Gim Lee, never giving up your wish to become a nun.

      • Gim Lee on Aug 7, 2014 at 8:53 pm

        Thank you Girlie. Yes, I never give up my wish to be ordained as Buddhist nun 🙂

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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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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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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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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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First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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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
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Is this the ruins of Zimkhang Gongma established by Panchen Sonam Drakpa. -Choong
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Is this the ruins of Zimkhang Gongma established by Panchen Sonam Drakpa. -Choong
We hold our DS puja weekly without fail. We welcome you to join us. Penang DS puja @ 3pm~ by Jacinta
6 months ago
We hold our DS puja weekly without fail. We welcome you to join us. Penang DS puja @ 3pm~ by Jacinta
DS PUJA @ Penang. A close up of the offerings. What a feast! #Throwback 23/7/2022.
6 months ago
DS PUJA @ Penang. A close up of the offerings. What a feast! #Throwback 23/7/2022.
#Throwback 23/7/2022. Our weekly DS puja attendees. All of us were getting ready to invite Buddhas to come forth, joining and blessing us during DS puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
6 months ago
#Throwback 23/7/2022. Our weekly DS puja attendees. All of us were getting ready to invite Buddhas to come forth, joining and blessing us during DS puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
#Throwback23/7/2022 Welcoming Buddha Shakyamuni, Gyenze, Shize & Namgyalma to Penang chapel. Abundance offerings, including sensory offerings were nicely set up and offered up to Buddha surfing our weekly DS puja @ 3pm, Jalan Seang Tek, Penang ~by Jacinta
6 months ago
#Throwback23/7/2022 Welcoming Buddha Shakyamuni, Gyenze, Shize & Namgyalma to Penang chapel. Abundance offerings, including sensory offerings were nicely set up and offered up to Buddha surfing our weekly DS puja @ 3pm, Jalan Seang Tek, Penang ~by Jacinta
Kechara Earth Project 17 July 2022
6 months ago
Kechara Earth Project 17 July 2022
Kechara Earth Project 12 June 2022
7 months ago
Kechara Earth Project 12 June 2022
#Throwback. Visitation of Ven. Zawa Tulku Rinpoche and Ven. Geshe Jangchup Gyaltsen to Kechara Penang Chapel on 17/5/2022. We did a short prayers together. Really happy for the short visit. Kechara Penang Study Group~ by Jacinta
8 months ago
#Throwback. Visitation of Ven. Zawa Tulku Rinpoche and Ven. Geshe Jangchup Gyaltsen to Kechara Penang Chapel on 17/5/2022. We did a short prayers together. Really happy for the short visit. Kechara Penang Study Group~ by Jacinta
Photo from JC
8 months ago
Photo from JC
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
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months 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.
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months 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
10 months 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
10 months 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
10 months 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
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