Gampopa

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 Gampopa

 

How Gampopa Reached His Spiritual Attainments

Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey
oral translation by Lobsang Gyeltsen
Dharamsala, India, 1979
edited by Samaya Hart and Alexander Berzin, November 2003

Jewel Ornament of Liberation is called the combined streams of the Kadam and mahamudra traditions (bka’-phyag chu-bo gnyis-‘dres). Its author, Gampopa (sGam-po-pa bSod-nams rin-chen) (1079-1153), had many Kadampa masters who taught him the practices and views of their lineage. After Gompopa received the teachings and traditions of mahamudra from his guru, Milarepa (Mi-la Ras-pa bZhad-pa’i rdo-rje) (1040-1123), he combined the two streams of teachings into one.

In order to appreciate and study this work, we need to know a little bit about Gampopa, its author. Without a history of the author’s life, the teachings will not have as much meaning. We need to become familiar with Gampopa, and get to know Gampopa as a man who has actually lived a life as an ordinary person and who, through his practice, achieved actual spiritual attainments. These teachings are the outcome of his experience and practice of the Dharma.

 

 

 

Buddha Vajra Yogini

 

 

Prophesies

Before Milarepa received his various disciples, the Buddha-figure Vajrayogini appeared to him in a vision and prophesied that in the not too distant future he would receive a sun-like disciple, a moon-like disciple, and many other disciples who would be like the stars in the sky. The sun-like disciple turned out to be Gampopa, who is also known as the Great Doctor of Dagpo (Dvags-po lha-rje). He became one of Milarepa’s chief disciples, along with Rechungpa (Ras-chung-pa rDo-rje grags-pa) (1084-1161), and many others.

 

Milarepa

 

Gampopa was not an ordinary person. His presence in this time and universe had been prophesied in many sutras, specifically in the  White Lotus Sutra, in which there is a clear prediction of his coming, as follows:

One day, at the time of Buddha Shakyamuni, Buddha turned to his disciple Ananda and said, “Ananda, after my entrance into parinirvana, in the northern direction of this hemisphere there will be a fully ordained monk who will be known as the Bhikshu Doctor.” Gampopa was a bhikshu, an accomplished doctor who had a natural talent for medicine. “He will be someone who has gone through many previous lives of completely dedicated practice of Dharma, and who has had many spiritual teachers.”

Life as a Householder

Gampopa was born in a small village in Tibet, in the southern region of Dagpo (Dvags-po), near the border of Nepal. His father was a greatly renowned medical doctor of that village. His parents had two sons, and Gampopa was the older of the two. As a child, Gampopa was extremely clever. He learned his father’s profession and also, in turn, became a great doctor. When he was about fifteen years old, he studied many Nyingma scriptures and so had tremendous knowledge of the Nyingma tradition. He pursued many spiritual studies and when he reached the age of twenty-two, he married Chogmey (mChog-med), the daughter of a very rich family in a neighboring village. After their marriage, they had a son and daughter of their own.

After some years, his son died suddenly. Gampopa took his son’s body to the cemetery and did what had to be done according to custom of that area. When he returned home from the funeral, he found his daughter dead too. Not too long after the death of his daughter, his wife came down with many sicknesses. Gampopa, being a doctor himself, gave her all kinds of medicines, consulted other doctors and tried various pujas for her recovery, but none of them succeeded. As she grew worse and worse, they lost hope. Finally, Gampopa sat by her bed and read her a sutra in preparation for her death. But she didn’t die.

Gampopa wondered why she couldn’t die. What was keeping her from death? What was it that she could not give up in this life, a life with no hope, only the promise of continual pain and suffering? Feeling great compassion for his wife lying there so ill, Gampopa gently asked, “I have done whatever I could to heal you. I have tried many doctors, remedies and all types of prayers and rituals for your recovery, but all of them have failed. They have not been effective because of your own previous actions. The karmic forces and prayers of our former lives unite you and me. But now, although I have a great deal of affection and love for you, I must ask what is it that is actually keeping you here? Any wealth that we have in the house, any material possessions we have accumulated together, if they are holding you or if you have a great deal of attachment for any of them, I will give them all away. I’ll sell them or give them away to the monastery as an offering or will give them to the poor. I will get rid of anything that might be holding you back from dying. Whatever you wish me to do, I shall do.”

Chogmey replied, “I’m not attached to wealth or anything in the house. This is not what is holding me back. My great concern is for your future and, because of that, I cannot die. After my death, it will be easy for you to remarry and have many daughters and sons, more than we had together. I see, however, that this kind of life does not have any kind of meaning for you. That is why my concern is so great for you. If you promise me that instead of leading such a life, you will become a dedicated practitioner of the Dharma – which is the most effective and efficient way to achieve your own happiness and the happiness of all sentient beings, then I’ll be able to peacefully leave this life. Otherwise, I shall remain like this for a long time.”

“If this is the case,” said Gampopa, “then, by all means, I shall give you my word of honor that I shall become a dedicated practitioner of the Dharma and give up this way of life.”

Chogmey replied, “Although I trust you, in order to make me completely happy and assured of your pledge, please bring a witness.”

Gampopa asked his uncle to witness his vow. Standing before his beloved wife, with his uncle as witness, Gampopa made his pledge to dedicate his life to the Dharma. This made Chogmey very happy, and she said, “Even after my death, I will be looking after you.” So saying, she held his hand and, with many tears, passed away.

He prepared an elaborate funeral rite for his wife’s cremation. Out of the ashes, bones and clay, he made many votive tablets with the impressions of the statues of Enlightened Beings. The stupa he built in her honor, “The Stupa of Chogmey” (mChog-med mchod-rten), stands to this day in Tibet.

Now that Gampopa was left alone, he divided all his wealth into two equal parts. One part he sold and, with the money, made offerings to the Three Jewels and distributed alms to the poor and needy. He kept the second portion for the maintenance of his life and religious practices.

One day his uncle, who had been the witness when Gampopa gave his pledge to Chogmey, visited Gampopa, expecting him to be deep in mourning for his beloved wife. He came to give him advice, to tell him not to be worried, and to console him by explaining his situation in the light of the law of karma.

Gampopa replied that he was not at all worried. On the contrary, he was quite happy that she had died. The uncle became extremely angry at hearing this and, picking up a handful of dust, threw it in Gampopa’s face. “What do you mean?” he cried. “You could not have found a better wife, such a beautiful person!”

Surprised by the outburst, Gampopa questioned his uncle, “What sort of a witness are you? Weren’t you there when I pledged to follow Dharma practices? Weren’t you listening? At this, the uncle became very, very ashamed and said, “That is quite true. Although I’m an old man, I never remember to do Dharma practice, while you who are so young have such courage in following the spiritual path. I would be so happy if I could help you in any way.”

Becoming a Monk and Studying with Kadam Masters

One day, Gampopa packed a great store of food and clothing, deciding now to live in solitude. Without a word to either his relatives or friends, he left his hometown for the Penpo (‘Phan-po) region in search of a guru.

Soon afterwards, he met Shawa-lingpa (Sha-ba gling-pa), a compassionate teacher from the Kadam tradition and requested novice and full monk vows. He received the ordination name Sonam-rinchen (bSod-nams rin-chen). As a monk, he practiced intensively with a series of Kadampa Geshes, meditating and studying with these great masters. He often spent days without food or a drop of water, absorbed in the blissful mental and physical feeling of perfect concentration. Gampopa reached such a level of attainment of samadhi concentration that he was able to sit for seven days completely absorbed in meditation.

Thus, Gampopa already had a great deal of insight and confidence in his Dharma practice before he set out on his quest for his guru, Milarepa. He had mastered the complete Kadam teachings and had extraordinary dreams, such as that he was a tenth-level bodhisattva. He frequently dreamt that a blue yogi with a walking stick placed his right hand over his head and would sometimes spit at him. Thinking that this strange dream was an indication of a harmful spirit who was trying to cause him a great deal of interference and obstacles for his Dharma practice, he did an intense retreat on Achala (Mi-g.yo-ba), the Immovable One. Achala is a fierce-looking figure specially meditated on in the Kadam tradition to eliminate all obstacles to practice. After his retreat, however, the same dream came more often, stronger and more vivid that ever. Little did he know that this dream was a sign that he would soon be meeting his future teacher, the great yogi Milarepa.

Meeting Milarepa

The first time Gampopa heard the name of Milarepa he was circumambulating a stupa monument on the road and overheard a discussion among three beggars. One was complaining all the time about the current famine in the country and how he had not eaten for a long time. Another replied that they should be ashamed of themselves and not talk about food all the time, lest this bhikshu circumambulating the stupa should hear, which would be very embarrassing. “Besides,” he said, “we are not the only ones who do not have anything to eat. There is the great, renowned saint yogi, Milarepa, who never has any food at all and who just lives in the mountains dedicating himself completely to Dharma practice. He never complains about food. We all need to pray that we may develop the sincere wish to lead a life as simple as his.”

Upon hearing Milarepa’s name, Gampopa experienced great bliss and happiness. He reported this to his teacher, who said, “I have known all along that you had a close karmic relationship with such a meditation master. Go to him and all will be successful.”

That night, Gampopa could hardly sleep. Most of the night, he offered intense prayers and wishes that he might immediately meet the great yogi Milarepa. When he finally did doze, he had a very special dream in which he heard the sound of a white conch, the loudest on earth. He reported this as well to his teacher, who said, “This is an extremely auspicious sign. You should go to find Milarepa immediately.”

Gampopa ran to where the beggars were camping and asked them if they knew Milarepa personally and if they knew where he was staying, and, if so, could they lead him to this teacher. He told them he had sixteen ounces of gold dust and would give half of it to them and half he would keep as an offering to the great guru, when he met him. The oldest beggar said he knew Milarepa and agreed to guide Gampopa to Milarepa’s cave.

The old beggar was deceitful, and, on the way, admitted that he did not know the way to the cave. He claimed that he was not well, and could not guide Gampopa any further. They had arrived at a place where there were no houses, people or animals; it was completely deserted. The beggar left and Gampopa found himself all alone. He wandered on and on for many days, without food, until finally he met a group of merchants. Gampopa asked one of them if he knew where Milarepa could be found. The merchant replied that he knew Milarepa well and that Milarepa was a great meditator and a great yogi. He told Gampopa that he switched his abode often, moving from cave to cave, and town to town, but that nowadays he was staying in this particular town and this particular cave. The man pointed toward the cave, and gave the aspiring disciple clear directions to the great yogi. Overcome by joy, Gampopa hugged the merchant in gratitude and did not let go for a long while.

It was a journey of several days and, as he was traveling without any food, he finally fell unconscious to the ground. When he revived, he thought that he had no karma to meet this great yogi and that he was going to die now for sure. So, he put his hands together and, with deepest gratitude and respect, prayed very hard that he would be able to take rebirth as a human being and that he would be born as Milarepa’s disciple.

While Gampopa was lying on the ground, waiting for death, one of the Kadampa masters saw him. Seeing that Gampopa had fallen there on the hard ground, he came over to help. He asked, “What are you doing here?” Gampopa replied, “I’m looking for the great teacher Milarepa. I’ve been traveling for many days without food and water. Now I feel that I’m going to die, and I’m so sorry that I have no karma to see this guru.” The Kadampa master went and got some water and food and then guided Gampopa to the town where Milarepa was staying.

When he reached the town, he asked many people how to meet this guru and how to receive the specific types of teachings he was looking for. Finally, he met a person who was a great master and who was a disciple of the accomplished yogi. Gampopa told him that he had a strong desire to meet this guru and to receive his teachings. The master told him that he could not see the great yogi immediately. He said that he must wait a few days and be tested before he could actually receive teachings.

A few days before, Milarepa had had a meeting with his disciples, and he told them of the coming of Gampopa. He said that he was expecting the arrival of a bhikshu doctor who, after studying with him, would receive the complete teachings and spread them in all ten directions. Milarepa told them of a dream he had had the previous night, in which the bhikshu doctor brought him an empty glass vase. Milarepa filled the vase with water, signifying that he would come with a completely open and receptive mind to receive the teachings, and Milarepa would fill the vase of his mind with the nectar of his complete teachings and insights.

Milarepa then laughed with great joy and said, “Now I’m confident that the Buddha Dharma will shine like the sun in all directions.” He then sang to those gathered around him, “The milk of the white lion is no doubt nutritious, but a person who has not tasted it does not benefit from this nutrition. You must taste for yourself – even only a drop – and then you can appreciate the nutritious effects. The same is true with my teachings. First you must develop the experience of it, the taste of it, and then it will be so nutritious.”

“There is no question of the validity and profundity of the teachings that come from the lineage of Tilopa and Naropa. But if you don’t meditate on them, then you won’t understand their profundity. Only after meditating on them and developing genuine experience can you fathom their depths. My great fatherly guru, Marpa, has brought them from India and I, the yogi, have meditated on them. I have tested the validity of these teachings and have developed the experiences accordingly.”

“The milk of a white lion must have a special container. It cannot be put in any ordinary one. If it is put in a clay pot for instance, as soon as this milk touches the pot, the pot cracks. For these vast and profound teachings of this lineage, there must be a special kind of practitioner. I refuse to teach the tradition to anyone who comes to receive my teachings who is not ready for them. I will only teach it to persons who are completely developed and suitable, who are ready for this teaching and the practice of it.”

The disciples asked Milarepa, “When is this person who you have dreamt about coming?” Milarepa answered, “He will probably reach here the day after tomorrow. He has fainted and has called for my help. I used my miraculous powers to guide him here.”

The next day, while meditating, Milarepa periodically burst into peals of laughter. Alarmed by these outbursts, a faithful patroness came to him and demanded an explanation. “What is the cause of this? Sometimes you are so serious and sometimes laughing. You must explain this behavior because people might think that you have gone mad. What is going on? You cannot be mysterious about this!”

Milarepa answered, “I’m perfectly fine. My mental state is perfectly normal and I’m not being mysterious. I see something funny happening to a disciple of mine who is coming to see me. First he fainted and now he has aches and sores all over his body, but he is courageous and he is exerting a great deal of effort to come and see me. Seeing this makes me laugh. I’m happy and at the same time I think it’s very funny.”

“He will reach this town soon, and whoever invites him into his or her home first will attain enlightenment in a short time because of his blessings. The generous host or hostess will get a great deal of insight and powers to accomplish his or her goals with great speed.”

A few days later Gampopa arrived, very weak and sick. It happened that the first door he reached was the house of the patroness who had questioned Milarepa. She was on the lookout for him, and came out immediately. She asked the seeker who he was and what he wanted. Gampopa explained the details of his journey in search of Milarepa. The patroness immediately knew that this was the disciple Milarepa had told her about. She invited him in, and made many offerings to him, remembering Milarepa’s prediction.

The lady regaled Gampopa with tales of Milarepa’s predictions. She said, “Your lama has been waiting for you; he has explained about you to all of us. He said that you fainted and that he sent you miraculous assistance, and now he’s impatiently awaiting your arrival. You can go to see him immediately and you will have a warm reception.” At this Gampopa became inflated with the praises, and thought, “Oh, I must be a very great person, my teacher has been waiting for me.” Milarepa, seeing the pride that Gampopa had developed, would not even look at him for half a month. He intentionally neglected and ignored him, and Gampopa had to find another place to stay.

At the end of two weeks, the lady led Gampopa to Milarepa’s house and asked Milarepa if he would meet with Gampopa. Milarepa agreed. When Gampopa arrived, Milarepa was sitting in the center; Rechungpa was sitting to one side of him on the same level seat, and on the other side, also on the same level, was another disciple. They were all dressed exactly alike, completely in white. They looked exactly alike, and sat in the same posture. They each had exactly the same expression on their faces. Milarepa waited to see if Gampopa knew who he was. Clever Gampopa may have noticed Rechungpa’s subtle nod, indicating that Milarepa sat in the center of the trio. Gampopa made prostrations to Milarepa, took all his offerings and stacked them up before him. He spoke of his burning desire to meet the guru, receive the teachings and attain enlightenment.

Milarepa went into meditation for a few seconds, and then reached into the pile of gold dust that Gampopa had offered, picked some up and threw it in the air. “I offer this to my guru Marpa,” he declared. All at once, the air resounded with thunder, and lightning seared the skies. There appeared a great rainbow and many other auspicious signs.

Milarepa had been drinking some chang, a strong alcoholic brew. It sat in his skull cup on the table. After a while he picked up the skull cup with the liquor in it and gave it to Gampopa, who at first hesitated because he was a fully ordained monk, with a vow of abstinence. He was embarrassed, sitting there in the presence of all the other disciples. Milarepa said, “Do not have more second thoughts. Drink what I give to you.” And so without any more hesitation he drank it all.

Then Milarepa asked him his name, and he answered that it was Sonam-rinchen, the name his Kadampa master had given him. Milarepa thought that it was a very auspicious name: Sonam means “positive force,” and Rinchen means “the great jewel.” So he was the Great Jewel of Positive Force. Milarepa lovingly repeated a verse of praise with his name included in it three times. Gampopa felt that the name he had been given was very significant and meaningful

 

 

 

Marpa

 

 

The Master Tells His Story

Milarepa then said, “First of all, I’ll tell you a bit about my life story. But before I do that, we will all make homage and prostrations to our great guru, Marpa, the source of the lineage of the tradition of practice that we all follow.” After they did their homage and prostrations, Milarepa told his story:

“In India, nowadays, the most famous mahasiddha actualized beings are Naropa and Maitripa. Marpa happens to be the great spiritual son of these two great and famous Indian mahasiddhas. And our great teacher Marpa is the holder and source of all these teachings we have been following so closely. The dakas, dakinis, and Dharma protectors make his fame known in all the directions. After hearing of Marpa’s superb reputation, no matter what difficulties I encountered, I was determined to find him. Upon meeting Marpa, I had no material offerings to make, but I made the offering of my body, speech and mind. In response to my sincere request, Marpa graciously admitted that he had effective methods for attaining enlightenment in one short lifetime, which had been transmitted to him by his great master, Naropa.”

“I spent several years there, receiving intensive teachings and practices from my master, living an unpretentious life, completely dedicated, purely motivated, filled with great courage and determination to attain enlightenment for the sake of all sentient beings. I have received all of Marpa’s teachings in full. My master swore that there was nothing else that he could give me. I have filled the vase of my mind to the brim with the complete nectar of the teachings of my guru, Marpa.”

“This is what Marpa told me, it is very important advice, ‘It is now the time of the five degenerations, and especially at this time, the human life span is degenerating. It is on the decrease, not on the increase. Do not thirst for knowledge of everything. Try to understand the essence of the practice of the Dharma and try to perfect that essence. Only then will you be able to attain enlightenment in one short lifetime. Don’t try to master every field.’ “

“I, with extraordinary determination, in accordance with the teachings of my guru, Marpa, and a thorough understanding of impermanence, after harnessing the force of perseverance, have achieved and experienced many fruitful insights from these teachings. I have gained a clear recognition of the Three Kayas, the bodies of the Buddhas: a complete confidence and recognition of them through my experience, practice and meditation. I have faith in achieving these Three Kayas. And just as I have developed these insights and experiences from my practices, I am willing to give you all the teachings that I have received from my gracious guru, Marpa. You too need not take these teachings as a theory, as mere intellectual understanding of the Dharma. You must develop the actual experience of them just as I have.”

Then Milarepa said to Gampopa, “Take back your offering of gold dust, for an old man like me has no use for gold. And take back the tea that you offered – an old man like me has no pots and no kitchen to make tea in. I have no use for gold or tea; take back your entire offering. If you see yourself ready to fully entrust yourself to me, and live under my guidance and teachings, then you must live as I do. You must live a simple life and imitate my way of living and my way of practice.”

Gampopa replied, “If you do not accept my tea because you have no pots and no kitchen, then I’ll go somewhere else to make tea.” So Gampopa went to a nearby house, made the tea, and returned to his guru with his offering. Milarepa was very pleased. He called the other disciples and together they all enjoyed the delicious tea Gampopa had prepared.

Milarepa Teaches Gampopa

Milarepa inquired about the teachings and practices that Gampopa had received. Gampopa gave a complete description of all the teachers and teachings he had had, and the meditations that he had done. Milarepa remarked that all of them were excellent teachings, and that Gampopa had a complete foundation for the teaching on tummo (gtum-mo), the inner heat, a skillful method of realizing the true nature of reality as voidness.

Milarepa continued, “Although all the empowerments, teachings and blessings you have received from your previous masters are perfectly acceptable in my tradition, I must give you another initiation, just to make sure that all the others that you have received have not become invalid due to your life circumstances. I will initiate you into the practice of Vajrayogini.” Following the empowerment, Milarepa gave him all the teachings in a short period of time. Gampopa immediately immersed himself in the practices and quickly developed the experiences and insights of these teachings. Each day his insights grew and grew, just like a sprout coming out of the ground. He was fully satisfied and extremely happy with his progress.

He meditated on tummo, and each day he had a new experience. One extremely cold winter night, he was meditating completely naked in a cave to test the inner heat that he had developed. He remained warm throughout the night, but in the morning when he stopped doing the tummo practice, he froze completely. He did this meditation for a week and, at the end of the week, had visions of the five Dhyani Buddhas. When he went to his teacher to report all of his experiences and the visions, Milarepa said, “This is neither good nor bad. Make further effort to actualize it. Do not be attracted by such visions, perfect the power of the inner heat.”

Gampopa meditated intensively for three months, and at the end of this time he felt that the entire universe was spinning like a huge wheel. After feeling this for a long while, he went to Milarepa to ask his advice. His guru answered, “This is neither good nor bad. It’s a sign that the various thoughts and energies which go into the various subtle energy channels are now entering the central channel. You must make further effort and do more meditation.”

After doing more practice he had the vision that Avalokitesvara penetrated through the top of his head and dissolved and merged within him. When he asked Milarepa about this, his master said, “This is neither good nor bad. It’s an indication that your crown chakra energy-center is opening up.”

Doing the meditation, Gampopa underwent a series of internal physical changes. He felt a violent wind and a flow of hot air going up and down along his spine. When he reported this to Milarepa, he replied, “This is neither good nor bad. It’s an indication that the subtle energy channels are connecting to each other in the body. When you gain control of these subtle channels and they connect, then you experience these sensations. Now you must go back, and do more meditation.”

Another time he had a complete vision of all of the various states of the divine beings, the gods. He had a pure vision of the higher gods pouring white nectar over and initiating the gods of the lower states. Milarepa explained, “This is neither good nor bad. It’s an indication of the opening up of the chakra energy-center of the throat. The various sources and places of bliss are now developing in each of these positions of your body.”

At this point, Milarepa gave Gampopa many yogic exercises to do, mudra hand gestures and movements of the body to open up the other subtle energy-centers in the body. He told him, “Do not be too attracted to these things. Just take them as indications of your progress, but do not get distracted by them. Instead, just go along and perfect these practices.”

At this level of the meditation, it’s extremely important for the disciple to live in close contact with the guru, because the disciple must receive very specific guidance. If the disciple lives a long way away from the guru, then the guru cannot give the timely personal guidance that is crucial for the student to progress. And if the guru himself has no personal experience of what the student is going through, then this is a great problem. All the progress of the disciple is stopped at that time. Therefore, it is essential to have an extremely realized experienced guru, and to receive daily guidance for each step of meditational experience.

Gampopa’s Progress

At this stage, Gampopa was able to depend for food completely on samadhi concentration, never on ordinary food. One night, Gampopa dreamt of an eclipse of the moon and an eclipse of the sun. In Tibetan astrology it is believed that when an eclipse occurs, the sun and moon are being eaten away by a demon. He also dreamt that there were two types of beings devouring the sun and moon: one, the size of a hair from the tail of a horse, and the other, appearing to be thin strips of insects. When Gampopa went to seek Milarepa’s advice on the dream, Milarepa told him not to worry that he might be on the false track, and that it was neither good nor bad. The dream was a sign of his progress in meditation. It meant that the subtle winds from the two side energy channels were now beginning to funnel into the central channel.

Milarepa further encouraged him to continue his practice, as he recognized that these were all indications of his disciple’s achievements. When a practitioner is able to funnel the breaths and subtle energy-winds from the side channels into the central channel, the person has advanced a great deal. The subtle energy system in all sentient beings is the same. Ordinarily, sentient beings breathe predominantly through the right channel and thus have great attachment, or they breathe principally through the left channel and consequently have a great deal of anger. We rarely develop constructive thoughts, which originate in the central channel, because the channel is blocked with knots. When experienced yogis are able to breathe through the central channel, they have untied the knots. They are able to direct the breath and subtle-energies from the two side channels into the central one, thereby generating only positive intentions.

After that when Gampopa visited Milarepa, Milarepa seemed to be very pleased. But all he would say to Gampopa after he heard of each new insight or experience was, “And now after that (de-nas), now after that, now after that,” meaning that as the experiences unfolded, Gampopa must go on to the next one until he reached enlightenment. Milarepa did not dare to tell him directly of his progress, fearing that Gampopa might become prideful, which would impede his further progress on the path.

Gampopa then went to meditate in a cave for a month. At the end of his retreat, he had a complete vision of Hevajra together with the mandala and the retinue of the Hevajra Buddha-figure. As soon as he saw this, he thought that this is what the Lama meant when he said, “now after that, now after that, now after that.” This was what his practice was leading to in the end. But, the vision was followed over time with other visions of mandalas and other Buddha-figures. One day he had a vision of a form of Heruka that included the complete bone-built mandala of the deity. Milarepa cautioned him not to feel that this was a great achievement, saying that this is neither good nor bad. It’s only an indication of the opening up of the chakra center at the navel. When you fully open the navel chakra, you see everything as white, as white as bones bleached by the sun, because the energy of the white bodhichitta energy has developed fully.

He then had an experience that was not exactly a dream. He felt that he became huge, a giant. He felt that all types of sentient beings from the various states of rebirth were crawling on his limbs, his toes, and all over various parts of his body. This was an indication that he had developed a completely actualized subtle energy system. Up to that stage, he had been doing only the general meditation on tummo, the inner heat meditation. Now, he could be given instructions on the most advanced level of tummo practice.

Experiences, Dreams, and Accomplishments

It is to be noted that whenever Milarepa heard reports on the various stages of experiences of Gampopa, he always said, “It is neither good nor bad. Meditate more.” He fully explained to his disciple what his experiences meant, but never praised him. And that is how it needs to be, how a guru needs to direct his disciples. If a guru praises too much and gives too much encouragement saying things like, “This is extremely important,” or “Now you have had a great experience,” the disciple will get carried away, which will be a great obstacle. He will not improve and will become attached to his various experiences and be overcome by them.

Although his life story has been described in a few pages, Gampopa had to meditate months and months; it was not so easy to develop these experiences, it takes years of intensive meditation. At this stage, Gampopa had thirty-three special dreams successively, but as it is too much to mention each of them, only the last one of them will be detailed.

When Milarepa asked his three chief disciples, Gampopa, Rechungpa and Lingrepa (Gling ras-pa) to report their dreams to him, Lingrepa reported his dream of a sunrise. He told his guru that in the dream, as soon as the sun rose from the top of the mountain, the rays concentrated on his heart and his heart became transformed into great light. Rechungpa told Milarepa that he dreamt that he crossed three towns making a great deal of noise.

Gampopa would not tell his dream to Milarepa. He just made prostrations and cried and put his head in the lama’s lap. He mourned that it was not worthwhile to tell his dream. It was such a terrible one, that it must mean that he was an extremely awful person. He was afraid that it meant he had a great deal of obstacles and pleaded with Milarepa not to make him tell it. Milarepa told Gampopa that he knew when a dream was good or bad, and to just tell him the dream.

Lingrepa’s dream, which appeared to be the best of all, made Lingrepa think he was the greatest of the three disciples, because his dream seemed full of auspicious signs. Milarepa interpreted this dream as the worst. He said it indicated that Lingrepa’s compassion was very small and that his benefit to sentient beings would be extremely limited. The rays of sun concentrating on his heart meant that he would go to the dakini Vajrayogini’s Buddha-field in this lifetime. He interpreted Rechungpa’s dream to mean that he could not attain enlightenment in one lifetime. He had to wait three more lifetimes because he had broken his promise to do something for Milarepa three times.

What seemed to be a nightmare to Gampopa was that he was in an open field with many animals, and he was going around and chopping off their heads. Gampopa was surprised when Milarepa was pleased with this apparently terrible dream. After he finished telling his master his dream, Milarepa said, “Give me your hand,” and he held it fondly. He said that he had great faith in Gampopa, and that he had lived up to his expectations. He told them that chopping off the animals’ heads meant that Gampopa would be able to liberate many sentient beings from their bondage in samsara.

Milarepa said, “Now my work for the benefit of sentient beings, my work for the preservation and propagation of the Dharma, has been completed. I have someone else who can take my place.”

Gampopa had reached the stage where he did not breathe like ordinary sentient beings any more, he inhaled and exhaled only once a day. He was experiencing a stream of continuous insights and visions of Buddhas in their true forms, including the Eight Medicine Buddhas, and the Thirty-five Confession Buddhas.

Milarepa told his student that he was now ready to receive teachings from a Sambhogakaya – one of Buddha’s body of subtle forms that only arya bodhisattvas, those with nonconceptual perception of voidness, can see. Soon, he would be able to experience a Dharmakaya – the body of an omniscient mind, which is only accessible to the enlightened.

Milarepa and Gampopa

 

 

 

A Parting of Ways

One day Milarepa said to Gampopa, “I am very old and would like to spend the rest of my life with you. But, because of the force of some previous prayers, we must be separated and you must go to the central province of U (dBus).”

Milarepa gave Gampopa a great deal of advice, warning him about pride, specifically because he had so many miraculous powers. He told him not to be overwhelmed by his knowledge of the past and future or by his extraordinary physical powers; these could become great obstacles for him. He especially advised him not to seek faults to his right or left, meaning that he should be careful not to seek out the faults of those around him. He taught him that one never knows what other people are truly like, that only they can judge themselves. There was no way that Gampopa could accurately judge them, whether their actions were for good or ill.

Milarepa then told Gampopa to go to a certain place and to establish a monastery there, explaining that there he would find all his disciples, all the people to whom he was karmically connected for furthering the Buddha Dharma. He cautioned Gampopa not to live in close contact with those who were enslaved by the three emotional poisons – attachment, anger, and closed-minded naivety – because they would infect him. He warned him also not to live around people who have a great deal of attraction and repulsion. He added that he should avoid misers, explaining that if he lived long enough with them, he would end up saving even small pieces of wood. He counseled Gampopa to have a great deal of patience and never disregard his lamas, even if he saw himself as enlightened. He was to stay clean, neat and amiable with all people. Finally, Milarepa told Gampopa to increase all the forces of his attainments by continuing to do his meditation and practices until he attained the final goal, enlightenment.

Milarepa saw Gampopa off in the same way as his guru, Marpa, had done. He made many preparations and brought food, and with his other disciples went some distance with him. Before departing from his guru, Gampopa recited many verses of praise, acknowledging his good fortune to have met Milarepa in this lifetime. He sang of how it had been his sole desire to meet him and how grateful he was not only to have been able to study according to Milarepa’s tradition, but that he had had the good karma to combine this knowledge with the teachings he had received from his Kadampa masters. Gampopa felt assured that he had made full use of his precious human life.

 

Milarepa, Marpa and Gampopa

 

 

One Last Bridge to Cross

They came to a bridge and Milarepa said; “Now you go by yourself. Take your leave of me. For auspicious reasons I will not cross the bridge.” Then he blessed Gampopa who crossed over. When he had crossed the bridge, Milarepa called him back. “Come back once more, I have a very special teaching to give you. If I do not give you this advice, to whom shall I give it?”

Gampopa asked, “Should I offer a mandala to you for this special teaching and advice?” Milarepa said an offering was not necessary. He cautioned him not to waste the advice, but to put it in the deepest recesses of his heart. Then Milarepa turned his back on Gampopa, lifted up his robe, and showed him his bare bottom. Gampopa saw that Milarepa’s bottom was all calloused, just like hardened leather.

Milarepa said, “For practice there is nothing greater that meditation – provided you know what to meditate on and how to meditate on it. I, who have gained knowledge and understanding of many different meditation methods, meditated until my bottom became as hard as leather. You need to do the same. This is your last teaching.”

He then told Gampopa that it was time for him to leave. The disciple left his master, and went to the south of Lhasa, where he established his monastery according to Milarepa’s prophesy.

Conclusion

The Jewel Ornament of Liberation is the result of the experiences Gampopa developed from the teachings and meditations of Kadampa masters and Milarepa’s tradition. When he wrote this text, he was a realized being according to both traditions, and he combined the wisdom of the two schools in the text.

It is the tradition of discourses that a brief biography of the master who has written the textbook be always explained, in order that the words of the author can have a greater effect on the disciples. If you just read a book or if you just study something without knowing about the author, it is not as meaningful. I am following this tradition.

Actually, there is no difference between us and Gampopa and Milarepa. Milarepa was at first an ordinary person, filled with the negative force of all his harmful destructive deeds. But he worked hard to eliminate his disturbing emotions and delusions, and gradually developed insights and experiences. The same is true for Gampopa; he had to work very hard to reach his spiritual attainments. When they started out, they were not great enlightened beings, and it was not easy for them to meditate and develop wisdom and accomplishments. In the case of Milarepa, he was even worse than most of us, proving that there is always the possibility of attainment if we are willing to work hard. When we develop the perseverance and courage of the great masters, then we ourselves can be like Milarepa and Gampopa.

The Jewel Ornament of Liberation is the product of one such great master, who, for our benefit, combined the two streams of the Kadampa and mahamudra traditions into one clear path.

 

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  1. Jacinta on Jan 19, 2019 at 9:46 am

    Reading the biography of the great Masters such as Lord Gampopa will only instil greater faith and encouragement and not otherwise. Even if one is feeling down, one can only gain positive energy by reading it. May I remember what the great Masters have gone through in seeking Dharma and from this, may I find the little strength and courage to go on too. Besides this, thank you Rinpoche for the great examples for what Rinpoche has been through in this life too.

  2. Stella Cheang on Aug 1, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    Thank you for sharing this story with us, Rinpoche. I enjoy reading the spiritual journey of Gompopa. He started off as a normal person like us, who went through the motion of the mundane routine, e.g. study hard, inherit his father’s profession, married a rich wife, had children, etc. Yet, clear signs were shown to him that all the samsara enjoyable were impermanence and there was a high purpose in life. Even though by the time he met with his Guru Milarepa, Gompopa had already some realizations, he still continue to work every hard on his meditation.

    A point to note from this article: at a specific point of the meditation practice, the student must live in close proximity with his Guru in order to get very specific instructions and guidance from the Guru. It is extremely to the interest of the student to have a realized experienced Guru who is skilled to guide each meditational step.

  3. Nancy Loo on Feb 1, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    I really admire Gampopa’s determination in search for his guru, Milerapa that even till the moment he thought that he will die of starvation, he still prayed to be reborn as a human being in order for him to meet with Milerapa .Upon finding Milerapa, Gampopa’s has followed and adhere to all Milerapa’s teachings, advice and instructions. This is indeed another example of Guru Devotion .Thank you Rinpoche .

  4. Bradley on Dec 23, 2013 at 11:47 am

    This is a wonderful life story of a real spiritual master 🙂 He truly was enlightened. I’m reading the Jewel Ornament of Liberation as we speak. It very much resembles the Lamrim of Tsongkhapa (The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path, and the book Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand. Thank You Rinpoche for this biography it truly is inspiring. One question, is there a mantra for Gampopa?

  5. Julien Roth on Aug 27, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Thank you for sharing such an interesting story with us Rinpoche. I had enjoyed reading it. I think the message in this story is to tell people that anyone is able to reach the state of Enlightment, no matter where you are.

  6. Wan Wai Meng on Jul 11, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Gampopa story is really inspiring, the guru Milarepa was so kind to keep his students mind in check, so pride does no hinder them at all. I also recalled even amongst theravadan, they ask the meditator not to be distracted about what appears to their minds.

  7. sweekeong on Jul 5, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    This is an extraordinary story for a ordinary man. Definitely he has a lot of guru devotion which is translated into actions by following his guru instructions. Milarepa is only concerned of Gampopa progress toward enlightenment as quickly as possible and clearing his obstacles since Gampopa is destined to become to enlighten in this very life but it is still entirely dependent on himself alone. What strikes me the most is Milarepa advised Gampopa be humble about his special power, not to judge people around. While meditation Gampopa saw some signs and went to Milarepa. He told Gampopa not to judge good or bad, and to continue meditating. It caution us that we would become proud when seeing these signs and become associate and attached to it.

    However Gampopa has to part ways with Milarepa before he become enlightened and his guru gave him some more advice in order for him to stay firm on the path and not to be swayed by external influences which might degenerate his practice.

  8. Grace Leong on Jul 3, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    The stories of all these great practitioners are so inspiring on one hand, but in reality also extremely difficult to emulate ! They started off with a whole load of great karma to have met such great teachers , who not only impart all their knowledge to the students but skillfully and painstakingly keep the students close to them to ensure the success of their journey. The students have to learn up all the knowledge and spend time consistently and patiently meditating the knowledge to truly achieve the realizations , level by level . Meanwhile, they also have to get rid of all their attachments including the very basics of food and clothing. One of the hardest is to keep humble of their achievements . Once the ego is not controlled all the achievements from the meditation will be destroyed.
    Finally the fruits of all the hard labour is realized. And that’s the time to leave and spread the teachings, to benefit others !
    Thank you Rinpoche for the very inspiring sharing !

  9. Jace Chong on Jun 28, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the story with us, and thanks to The Berzin Archives.

    There are much things to learn from the story. Milarepa’s love and skill to Gampopa is really profound. A Guru would carefully teach their student to be the best that they can be. And without disappoint his Guru, Gampopa made it in the end.

    I feel like crying too when Milarepa hold Gampopa’s hand and he said that he had great faith in Gampopa, and that he had lived up to his expectations. He told them that chopping off the animals’ heads meant that Gampopa would be able to liberate many sentient beings from their bondage in samsara.

    To reach enlightenment there’s no shortcut, one must go through many mind training and if we are lucky, we have a Guru to guide us through. I feel so fortunate to meet Tsem Rinpoche as my Guru. For a student that still have a long way to reach enlightenment, I make a wish to meet Tsem Rinpoche life after life.

  10. Cliff on Jun 26, 2013 at 12:33 am

    Thank you Rinpoche The Berzin Archives for this insightful biography of Gampopa and the stories that came with it. I truly enjoyed reading every word of it would have loved to read more about his other life changing dreams, each and every one of them had such an interesting comment from Milarepa. It was with such skill and wisdom that he was able to teach Gampopa to further his training and meditation without having him feel pride which would have created obstacles for himself. It was really sad but also a beautiful story in the beginning as to how Gampopa had set out his life goal to study the dharma, may his wife have taken a better rebirth closer to the dharma and his two children.

    I was really shocked to find out the meanings behind the three dreams Rechungpa, Lingrepa and Gampopa had. Being that Gampopa had been chopping all those animal’s heads off, it was a beautiful meaning behind it that Gampopa would be able to liberate many sentient beings from the bondage of samsara left me in awe as to how awesome that was. Gampopa was such a great practitioner who meditated with precise instructions from his guru Milarepa and with great guru devotion followed exactly to every instruction given. It was amazing the practices that Gampopa were able to master like self inner heat, learning to breathe through his inner channel and experiences many different auspicious dreams that finally leading him to mastering those practices were so amazing.

    I found it really funny when Milarepa and Gampopa were parting ways at the bridge and Milarepa was about to give him his last advice and then turned around and lifted his robe made me laugh for a second until reading the meaning behind it, made me develop great respect for Milarepa and that I hope Gampopa had followed his guru’s last advice which I know he did.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this Biography of Gampopa, I truly enjoyed reading it. I hope Rinpoche is well rested and feeling better.

  11. Ethan Hoo on Jun 20, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Thank you for sharing this story with us, Rinpoche. I’m in awe of the hard work and perseverance this attained master, Gampopa, and his teacher Milarepa, had to put in, in order to reach the goal of enlightenment.

  12. Sean Wang on Jun 20, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Thank you for sharing thing such an interesting story with us. It goes to show we are all capable of reaching Enlightenment despite being in Samsara. We all have to have a hardworking attitude when it comes to practicing Dharma and to trust our guru no matter how hard it seems.

  13. Shelly tai on Jun 18, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Shelly tai on 18 June at 510pm
    Dear Rinpoche thank you for sharing this inspiring story to us. I think for all of us to achieve something we need to give up something what more enlightment and not just that a lot of hard work and determination.

  14. MartinC on Jun 16, 2013 at 5:25 am

    A recurring theme throughout Gampopa’s story is how Milarepa was always very careful not to allow conceit and pride stand in his sun-disciple’s development. Milarepa himself experienced Marpa’s compassionate work to break down Milarepa’s pride and perceptions of how things ought to be, before Milarepa was ready to receive Marpa’s teachings.

    We also saw how Gampopa was a careful man, and always made sure that he had enough to sustain himself and yet in the end, he was willing to give up all the security he thought he needed, even his sense of security and instead followed Milarepa all the way, living as Milarepa did. When Gampopa made offerings to Milarepa, the great teacher took a handful of the offerings to make his own offerings to Marpa but rejected the rest. We see from there, that reverence for the Guru was the only important thing, and nothing else.

    Gampopa himself had to endure quite a bit of difficulties and none of his problems distracted him from seeking great learning from Milarepa. No one is exempted from obstacles to learning and no one is exempted from disheartening events that all but serve to command our focus and concentration. Gampopa’s story tells us that in our study and practice of Dharma we have to let our worldly life and perceptions go. We have to be extremely vigilant not to allow that little or much we have learned stoke the pride in us – a threat which is always there as we saw how careful Milarepa was, not to praise Gampopa even as his student achieved realization after realization. Fundamentally, Milarepa’s last lesson to Gampopa was that there are no short-cuts to developing one’s realization as Milarepa himself spent an entire lifetime meditating. Learning gives us knowledge but it is in meditating on knowledge that we gain precious realizations.

    The relationship and great love between the teacher and his student was palpable and throughout, we see how Gampopa does not doubt or challenge his teacher’s instructions and words, nor indeed did Gampopa break any of his promises to his teacher. Rechungpa did and see how heavy the consequence of breaking one’s promise to the Guru-each broken promise yields a damage that takes an entire lifetime to mend. And this from Rechungpa, himself a great practitioner.

    Finally, we see how efficacious Vajrayogini’s practice is, that even though Gampopa was already a significant practitioners, Milarepa still wanted an “insurance” to seal Gampopa’s potential by initiating him into Vajrayogini’s practice, the very practice that all Tsem Rinpoche’s students have been invited to gain qualification and readiness for via practicing what we have already been taught.

  15. KH Ng on Jun 14, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, With Folded Hands, Thank You for the story of Gampopa. It is indeed inspiring and eye opening to read many insights of the stages of meditation. I take it as a blessing and a seed for us all to do the same with Rinpoche’s guidance. May we be fit vessels to be able to receive such teachings and practices.

  16. Lim Han Nee on Jun 14, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for sharing this life-story of Gampopa.

    Though Gampopa had had many past rebirths of completely dedicated practice to Dharma, yet in this lifetime, he is still a source of great inspiration to us beings of this degenerate age.

    Gampopa had lived the life of a layman (a great medical doctor), pursuing mundane pursuits,until tragic experiences , one after another, forced him to change course. First his son and then his daughter passed away. Then his wife,Chogmey, was stricken with many illnesses. However, she refused to die, even though all hopes of recovery were gone.

    When he asked his wife why she was still clinging on to life, she replied that she worried that Gampopa would remarry and have many children, which would cause him to lead a meaningless life. Thereupon, Gampopa pledged that he would devote the rest of his life to the practice of Dharma.

    Gampopa kept his word. He became ordained as a monk, and pursued the study and practice of Dharma. He mastered meditation and the complete Kadam teachings under great Kadam masters.Then he went in search of Milarepa as a teacher. The story of the teacher -student relationship between Milarepa and Gampopa is a beautiful one.

    When he had received much teaching from Milarepa, he was asked to leave and set up a monastery on his own. The last teaching from Milarepa was that of the importance of meditation – Milarepa showed Gampopa his bared back which had been calloused and hardened, like leather, by years of sitting in meditation.

    Yes, in this degenerate age, having a precious Guru and Dharma are the most important things of all for us.

  17. Louise Lee on Jun 14, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Gampopa 因为亲人的去世让他明白一切无常, 不要执著现在拥有的东西。 也因为太太的承诺让他遇见了上师!

    看着他面临死亡也不后退的勇往前进的只想拜见让我非常地敬佩!

    在学习中也面对了许多的考验,因为他对上师的信心, 看的出他的三昧耶是非常纯洁。

    从这一片文章里,其实让我想起詹仁波切, 因为仁波切对宋仁波切的承诺, 无论多么的困难,仁波切还是例行的诺言!

    让我作为学生的觉得内疚, 常常一位持了一点的小苦就会感觉不好!所以我们必须向各位伟大的上师学习!

    谢谢仁波切。

  18. jill Yam on Jun 14, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for the wonderful sharing of this teachings.
    It makes me realize that if we really have faith in our guru and preserver in any thing we set out to do, we will actually make it in the end. And we must not let our ego or pride gets in the way.

  19. Sofi on Jun 14, 2013 at 6:59 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting story. As with Milarepa, Gampopa too suffered in his journey in finding his Guru. However, unlike Milarepa with Marpa, Gampopa came to Milarepa as ” an empty glass vase”…a completely open and receptive mind to receive the teachings. As such, unlike Milarepa who had to accomplish many, many tasks set by his Guru, Marpa, to clear his heavy karma and preconcieved thinking, Gampopa was immediately given teachings and instructions to begin his journey to further attainments. In fully submitting to Milarepa, Gampopa was able to attain as much as Milarepa was able to teach him. Here is the best example of how a Guru/Student samaya should be emulated by us. Gampopa thoroughly followed Milarepa’s every instructions with complete trust and Milarepa was skillful in his guidance, careful to never praise Gampopa on his achievements, which may impede Gampopa’s progress due to ego arising.
    It is so fascinating to read about Gampopa’s visions/experiences at each stage of his meditation. From this, we can see how important meditation is to achieving self-realization (for readjustment of our wind-channels to its true nature). Milarepa showed the importance by his leathery bottom. Even after parting, Gampopa showed his Guru devotion by continually following Milarepa’s advice/teachings, until he himself became attained. May I too have the merits to have his experiences and attainments, under the guidance of Rinpoche.
    One thing that strikes me the most is what Marpa had said to Milarepa…Do not thirst for knowledge of everything. Understanding and perfecting the essence of the practice of the Dharma will enable one to attain enlightenment in one short lifetime. Nowadays, I know or hear of many who try to learn every practises that they come across but in doing so, looses their focus and getting more uncertain. So what Marpa adviced for this degenerate age was a very direct path..the essence of dharma, which I would take to be Rinpoche’s teachings and the Lamrim, a search within one’s own mind.
    I think in this age, we are more like Milarepa, coming into dharma with lot’s of hang-ups which Rinpoche need to breakdown before he actually will be able to confer real practise to us. If we had come to Rinpoche as Gampopa did, all ready with open mind and totally surrendering oneself to the Guru to be taught, then Rinpoche would not have to set so many tasks for us to achieve or be wrathful with us.
    With this story, I now understand better why Rinpoche is always advising us read up on the life stories of attained masters, as they inspire us and shows attainments is only dependent on what we are willing to give up and how much effort we want to put in. As well as how important the role of meditation plays in gaining deeper insight and realization. Of course the Guru/Student relationship is important as only the Guru has the knowledge of what and how to guide us, as well as, monitoring our progress.
    Thank you again, Rinpoche.

  20. Patrick on Jun 13, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    For most people here Rinpoche shared a teaching. For me it was not the content but the sharing itself that was the teaching. When I saw this here I had to go through a lot of emotions but now I´m just laughing. Thank you Rinpoche. I got the hint and will continue doing what I do and try to reduce my expectations.

  21. Desmond on Jun 13, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Indeed a very thoughtful sharing from you Rinpoche. Yes in Kagyu tradition, most of the practices were referred to Lord Gampopa and as Rinpoche mentioned Gampopa is one of the most promising disciple of Milarepa. From Guru Marpa, to Milarepa and Lord Gampopa all form the basis of Kagyu School tradition practices. It is the foundation where the 1st Karmapa was created and till today the H.H 17th Karmapa would still teach basis from Milarepa and Gampopa. It still very valuable and inspiring to many. Thank you Rinpoche so much for taking such effort in sharing out this piece of great story.

  22. hecelus tan on Jun 12, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    I have been reading about the Milarepa life story, It’s so inspiring and special. I think is the blessing of Milarepa and the guru. Recently Rinpoche you posted Milarepa’s disciple – Gampopa’s story. How blessed it was. I felt that every compassionate qualified Mahayana gurus will always guide all his disciples by pushing their buttons. All these gurus are extremely severe to all his qualified disciples. Like Marpa out of great compassion he let Milarepa does all the unpleasant tasks and finally Milarepa gets badly hurt on his body and also felt sad. Finally Milarepa realizes that Marpa does all these to him just because out of great compassion want to purify all his heaviest negative Karma especially killing others with curses in a very short time. So that is why Milarepa is able to gain full enlightenment in one lifetime. All these great masters had shown us how important guru devotion is. Like great Yogi Sangye Yeshe said: ” Without the guru, there is no Buddha.” And not only that, one thing I found it very interesting was all these great masters’ main Yidam were Vajrayogini. I think that is why Rinpoche dedicated Dharma centre to Vajrayogini and named it as Kechara. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing us such inspiring great story. With folded hands, Hecelus Tan. I also learnt that motivation is the most important in Dharma practice. Our actions are virtuous or non- virtuous depend on our own motivation. Most of us know about it but it is no easy to really 100% put it into actual practice. But I will train myself to do it! Thank you!

  23. kenny wong on Jun 12, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    dear Rinpoche,

    thank you for sharing such a rare story with us.. the moral of the story is even if we are a normal person with all the fixtures and trappings of our samsaric life. It is still possible to be able to reach and gain attainments provided we are ready to “WORK DAMN HARD” and have the fortitude to meet a “real” guru… there is still hope for everyone who is willing to “try”…

    I really enjoyed the article.. with folded hands… thank you.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Oct 16. 2021 03:43 PM
    The film Faces of Death shows nothing is more precious than being in the present moment, fully alive , fully aware . We won’t know what happening next. Death is a significant and inevitable part of life. Death teaches us that life is impermanent. There is no escape from death. We are all going to die some day. It doesn’t matter whether we are rich or poor, successful or ordinary, evil or good, we are going to die one day. Death refers to the end of life, we all go through this sad occurrence, and it is unavoidable. We have to accept death, but for as long as we are alive, we should live our life to the fullest meaningfully and make sure to enjoy it. Life is a lot more fragile than we think. So we should treat others in a way that leaves no regrets. Nothing is permanent in this world. Life’s impermanence.
    Buddhism emphasizes the importance of accepting the impermanence of life. Some scenes in the video appear quite gruesome, not to me as I have seen real ones as I been working and assisting surgeon in open surgeries before. Have seen thousands of births and many deaths occur while working . Life’s impermanence, I realised is what makes every single time and hour so precious. Its what shapes us our time and what makes it so important than not a single moment be wasted. We should not cling on to our body and our self-cherishing mind. It takes facing death to appreciate life and each other fully people die remains in the memory of those who live on. Everything must have its beginning and must have ending. We never know how much we really believe anything until its truth becomes a matter of life and death to us. The source of human suffering and discontent is that we crave and cling to the things of this world. Human life is brief, nothing does. Our hair , teeth fall our bodies decline and decay. Watching this documentary film is indeed powerful, truthful and tells us more, Life is certain , death is uncertain , I am glad to have across Rinpoche ‘s blog learning and practicing dharma . I have immersed myself in learning more and accepting that life is finite. All that exists is impermanent, nothing lasts. Therefore nothing can be grasped onto. Awareness of impermanence and appreciation of our human potential will give us a sense of urgency that we must use every precious moment. Profound teachings reading those comments.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this precious sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/faces-of-death-movie-review.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Oct 16. 2021 03:37 PM
    Wow …interesting read . You would not believe this . A boy named, Jacob Barnett was 2 years old when he was diagnosed with moderate to severe autism by doctors. It seem this boy would likely never talk or read and would probably be forever unable to independently manage basic daily activities. At the age 3 he is able to able to solve 5,000-piece jigsaw puzzles. They were wrong this child turned to be a math whiz heralded as a boy genius whose passion and mastery of physics impressed experts later . At age nine, while playing with shapes, he built a series of mathematical models. That’s fantastic and shock his parents. He even demonstrated how he imagined numbers as shapes. Jacob enrolled in university at age 12, and he even published his first physics paper. He is considered as one of the world’s most promising physicists and the youngest researcher to ever be accepted in the Institute for Theoretical Physics.
    Jacob Barnett is indeed another proof of reincarnation, I do believe.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting post.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/another-proof-of-reincarnation.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Oct 16. 2021 03:35 PM
    Back in 2015, Kechara had the privilege and great merits to witness an auspicious trance in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat. Those who were there witnessed a rare event where Dharma protector Dorje Shugden taken full trance of his official Panglung Oracle. Kechara has been very honoured and blessed that Dorje Shugden took trance of the Protector Dorje Shugden via the 7th Panglung Oracle or Chojela, an authentic and genuine oracle of Dorje Shugden . Wow all of the prayers, offerings, invocations, ritual instruments and recitations were all performed by Kecharians. They really did a good job. Rejoice. I not in Kechara yet back then , would hope one day Chojela will be taking trance again in the near furture.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing with beautiful pictures that tell us all.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/700-meet-a-buddha.html
  • Sarassitham
    Wednesday, Oct 13. 2021 06:08 PM
    This is an amazing and extremely inspiring story of a young brave woman who was willing to help and save many innocent children, in spite of her own personal danger. She did not give up easily and would find a solution to problems. She took great courage to take a stand against oppression, and facing a great wrong of those holding power.

    Though she lost her father at an early age, his dedication to others and his last words made a deep impression on her. Her kindness and compassion won many heart.
    She was recognized as a heroine during the holocaust and made history of winning many internationally awards and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

    Thank you for the wonderful sharing, May God blessed her wonderful soul.

    https://bit.ly/3AwsEhy
  • Sarassitham
    Tuesday, Oct 12. 2021 08:37 PM
    Wow ..that’s scary and shocking. Can’t deny the fact that human are indeed the most terrifying species in the world. Unlike every other species on this list the vast majority of human killings are intentional, showing that appreciation of life needs to drastically improve.

    Most of these animals are now facing extinction or nearing extinction due to man’s greediness. The rush towards wealth has out weight and causes this issue which we don’t realize now that it may belongs to one of our losses.

    We should appreciate all living creature and hope that more people will be more compassionate and aware on our ecology.

    https://bit.ly/3BLZzzS
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Oct 12. 2021 12:58 PM
    Beautiful story of Tsem Rinpoche’s mother . Thank you, Rinpoche for sharing those precious picture of Rinpoche’s mother. Looking at those pictures tell us she is indeed beautiful


    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/i-like-this-picture-of-my-mother.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Oct 12. 2021 12:56 PM
    Powerful and wonderful teachings on Lord Setrap practice. Rinpoche had brought this powerful teachings all the way from India to Malaysia. Many Kecharians have benefited relying on Lord Setrap practice, that’s what I heard from those miracles stories. Beautiful thangka shared in this post and rare precious pictures of High Lamas.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing. Looking at just the pictures is a blessing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/autobiography/something-i-wrote-on-blog-chat.html?
  • Sarassitham
    Monday, Oct 11. 2021 08:01 PM
    The importance of the zodiac to the Chinese culture is that the animal signs have been used in stories and folklore. These developed the different personality traits that were represented by each animal.

    Learning more about astrology and the zodiac signs helps us to understand people and their action. It’s always interesting to find ahead of time what we need to be aware of with our surroundings.

    Thanks for the interesting sharing, the zodiac provides guidance on how people live their lives.

    https://bit.ly/3AqN6Ad
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Oct 10. 2021 04:24 PM
    Recitation of mantra meditation have benefits us in long run helps to increase self-awareness, reduced stress and a greater sense of calmness. Mantras are positive words or phrases. When we chant mantras our mind releases the positive energy that decreases the negative thoughts or stress. It’s a wonderful practice. Help us to improved mood and well-being, reduced anxiety , verbal memory and so forth. Mantras have influence over our mind and body. Mantras are repetitive sounds, many neuroscientists have proved that sound and language of mantras influence the aspects of our life. Watching the video tells us more. I am glad to have met Rinpoche, learning and practicing from scratch have me change to more calmer than before. Recitation have me chance.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mantra-can-change-me.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Oct 10. 2021 04:21 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing . Its rare and precious as we are not often given a chance to view Tibetan and very tradition funeral is conducted of a great Saint the renowned H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche. Lati Rinpoche’s passing was a great loss to the Buddha Dharma world especially to Gelug Lineage ,Gaden Shartse Monastery, Gaden, Sera Drepung, and Tibetans on the whole. Lati Rinpoche had contributed towards teachings and spreading the Dharma was worldwide and was well respected by many devotees all over the world. Lati Rinpoche has travelled extensively, benefiting dharma students in various parts of the world. Lati Rinpoche did published several books published in Engilsh, and bringing teachings to countless thousands. Watching the video again had me thinking of our very own Lama Tsem Rinpoche ‘s funeral with much thoughts and tears. May we have merits so as to meet Tsem Rinpoche again.
    With folded hands thank you Rinpoche for been in Malaysia following the advice of a great teacher. Looking at those rare pictures of the cremation of H E Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, paints a thousands words.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/his-eminence-kyabje-lati-rinpoche-enters-clear-light.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Oct 10. 2021 04:16 PM
    Its always good to know our family ‘s root history. Wow….. very rich heritage of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s family background. Not easy with extensive research only could traced back to both sides of history. Rinpoche’s heritage is truly rich in cultures and spiritually. Interesting read and beautiful pictures shared giving us a glance of the rich heritage of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche in China. Some pictures are rare and precious.
    Thank you Rinpoche, Pastor David and Pastor Niral, for this informative article

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsem-rinpoches-heritage-in-china.html
  • Sarassitham
    Friday, Oct 8. 2021 09:09 PM
    Thank you for sharing this inspiring article with us. Although 80 years old, Mipham Gonpo’s never let his disability stop him from achieving his dharma practice. He was very ambitious and his mind was very determined to use the rest of his life to gain higher states of realizations before his death.

    Most of us are regularly unprepared for the actual task of discovering that which the dharma offers. Some have knowledge of dharma, they have understood some teachings, but they lack inspiration to practice.

    We should work on developing our minds and living a healthy lifestyle. Keeping the mind busy and fulfilled can help to overpower negative thoughts. Maybe it’s time to make a start as today there are great masters and people who want to engage with the dharma through meditation.

    https://bit.ly/3iJyNkq
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Oct 8. 2021 12:33 PM
    No one deserves to go hungry as Rinpoche had gone through be hungry, homeless knew better than any of us. That’s the reason, Rinpoche conceived of Kechara Soup Kitchen or KSK better known to many of us. KSK has a strong policy to serve all, regardless of race, and religion . Hence the motto for Kechara Soup Kitchen is “Hunger Knows No Barriers” speaks a thousand words. Rinpoche had always sympathise deeply with people when coming across any of those who had nothing in the streets , living a hard difficult life. KSK started from a small scale to what Kechara Soup Kitchen is doing these days. It is the actualisation of a long-standing dream of Rinpoche.
    Thank you Rinpoche for creating KSK, that’s where I came to volunteer and get to know Kechara, learning and practicing Dharma .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-soup-kitchen-ksk/why-i-conceived-of-kechara-soup-kitchen-or-ksk.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Oct 8. 2021 12:32 PM
    Something incredible happened , it’s a rare incident where a King cobra did not bites but turn friendly . Cobras are large, venomous snakes with a trademark hood, and their bites can kill a dog within only an hour. Two puppies were lucky enough to meet a kind and friendly cobra. A man, who lived in the Indian state of Punjab, realized that two of his puppies were missing after being alerted by the mother dog. The incessant barking led the man to a deep well. Shocking to see the two puppies sitting close to a king cobra . Couldn’t believe what he saw, the king cobra did not attack the two puppies instead protecting them. Most would have reacted as the man did and thought the cobra would attack the puppies. It seemed that the king cobra was protecting the two puppies and kept them in the safest part of the well. Incredible indeed . Later the two unharmed puppies were helped up, united with their mother and the owner . So as the king cobra and later released it back to the forest. This stories remind us how surprising animals can be and that not everything is always as it seem.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/you-wont-believe-this.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Oct 8. 2021 12:31 PM
    Aliens definitely exist and they could be living among us on Earth, but have gone undetected so far. There are so many billions of stars out there in the universe that there must be all sorts of different forms of life. There have been plenty of UFO sightings on Earth even centuries ago.
    What is incredible encounter , caught on camera by 2 British tourists while visiting the Mamaus region of the Amazon jungle. They were taking video and pictures of some aboriginal kids in the village. They could not believe what they saw from the videos without realising that they actually caught aliens on their camera as well. Looking at the pictures tells us more, could see clearly that its an alien standing among the tress. Fantastic filming . We are not alone for sure.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/videos/foreign-visitor-in-the-amazon.html

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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Mark your calendars - we are about to embark on an epic ride! Kechara Food Bank will be travelling across the Peninsular in our giant truck to send dry food to over 2300 families. Thank you Volvo Trucks Malaysia for your generous donation of this custom-designed truck. What’s more – PPB Group Bhd is generously donating the food provision for this one-of-a-kind journey. Thank you on behalf of our grateful beneficiaries! Want to see all of this in action? Join us live or watch the videos and photos on our social media. Stay tuned!
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Mark your calendars - we are about to embark on an epic ride! Kechara Food Bank will be travelling across the Peninsular in our giant truck to send dry food to over 2300 families. Thank you Volvo Trucks Malaysia for your generous donation of this custom-designed truck. What’s more – PPB Group Bhd is generously donating the food provision for this one-of-a-kind journey. Thank you on behalf of our grateful beneficiaries! Want to see all of this in action? Join us live or watch the videos and photos on our social media. Stay tuned!
Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
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Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
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Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
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Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
11 months ago
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
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Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
1 years ago
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
1 years ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
1 years ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
1 years ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
1 years ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
1 years ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
1 years ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
2 yearss ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
2 yearss ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
2 yearss ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
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