Jadrel Sangay Dorji Rinpoche

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(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Dear spiritual friends around the world,

Reading the deeds and life stories of great masters, mahasiddhas and teachers are really something that is necessary on a regular basis. We have everything surrounding us that beckons us to fail in our spiritual practice and therefore we need every bit of blessings and inspiration from great beings such as this master. Every bit of inspiration helps so much. Although it is a obituary on this perfected master Jadrel Sangay Dorji Rinpoche, it still very beautiful and I am sure you will enjoy reading.

I very much admire this master Jadrel Sangay Dorji Rinpoche but I have never heard of him till around just perhaps a few years back. I really like his promotion of vegetarian way of life as part of being his strong Buddhist practice. He encouraged all his disciples and those who met him to become vegetarian. He advocated not hurting animals and he released millions of animals throughout his life from slaughter and captivity. He also lived the life of a yogi and preferred to live in caves and as a measure of his compassion he avoided riding horses as much as possible and walked instead so he would not cause discomfort to horses. Such expression of compassion really shows the depth of Buddha’s teachings embodied by this master.

I thought I would share about him here so you may be blessed. May you all be blessed and be inspired. May everyone practice great compassion, wisdom and never hurt any animals nor eat them.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Jadrel Sangay Dorji (1913-2015)

January 9, 2016

Prolific builder of hermitages and stupas and a Bodhisattva life-saver

Obituary : In his century plus long life, he was quite free from worldly activities, and was aptly titled a renunciate – Jadrel. He built few monastic centres in a hectic period when the energies of his contemporaries were substantially consumed by mobilization of offerings for construction of monastic colleges and their institution building.

Great siddhas and lamas of the past pitched tents in temporary sites to teach freely in gatherings before they went into retreat in wild nature, he reminded. He viewed establishment of gorgeous centres as a sign of dharma decline. He recognized just one reincarnation and lent further recognitions to some reincarnations others already recognized. Though much sought after, as he grew older he shunned contacts. His modest home on the sun-bathed Pharping hill drew nevertheless people who left after viewing it, not the liberated man inside. His two daughters, in particular elder yogini daughter Sarwasati, attended on him along with disciples whom he tasked to be multi-skilled.

Jadrel Sangay Dorji Rinpoche releasing birds.

Once a crowd stood in drizzle in his mucky lawn waiting for him to emerge on his terrace, hopeful like wanderlust struck tourists wishing to get a glimpse of a legendary royalty. On second day, he did briefly in the evening, preceded by a cane chair bearing man in shorts. He, with his tall and erect frame, clothed in white crumpled lungi-like wear, followed. He briefly enunciated, from far and above on his terrace, on the abridged Bar Sam Droel sum (shortened versions of barched lamsel, sampa lhundrup and droelma) and told them that the entire dharma has been condensed into them. Then Jadrel quickly vanished indoor where he mostly read Kuenkhen Zoduen (Treasuries of Longchen) or other Nyingthig works, such as Jigme Lingpa’s Terchoe, and practiced immaculately in solitude. He was supreme in Longchen Nyingthig. He passed away in this room in Pharping house, naturally, not from any illness, at 5.35 pm on the 30th of December.

The neighbourhood of Pharping consisting of Yangleyshey and Drollu rose to prominence after Jadrel came to Yangleyshey. The mixed castes of Nepalese, and nuns and monks scattered across the impressively build monasteries in this area owe enormously to Jadrel. Like a humanist who appealed universally across peoples and cultures, all ethnicities like Chhetris and Sherpas respected him. He chatted with Pharping goat and cattle herders and enjoyed cups of tea from coolie dhabas when he was in Salugari, his winter home. Jadrel came as a pilgrim to Yangleshey, built a meditation house. He emphasized Yangleyshey as an epicenter of Vajrayana. As a matter of fact, there is much that is wanting as regards the sanctity and hygiene of the place, in spite of the fact that it is one of two caves in Nepal hallowed by meditation by Guru Rimpoche. Its condition is a far cry from any holy place in Bhutan. Yet Yangleyshey is now a widely known place on the Buddhist map. Since Jadrel meditated in Yangleyshey and settled in Pharping, Pharping and Drollu’s spirituality-based real estate fortunes went meteoric. The once idyllic patch of pastureland of Drollu belonging to the Nepalese Durbar, from where fresh milk was carried to the court, have turned into a shimmering pinnacle of Himalayan Buddhist temples’ architecture.

Jadrel was in Paro Takstang in 1958 where he, under the patronage of HM the Queen Phuntsho Choden, renovated Ugen Tsemo temple. According to a brief note on his accomplishments by Shekar Jamyang Tenpa, Jadrel also installed a new statue of Guru Dorji Droleod in Paro Takstang cave at that time. Some three decades later, in 1985, he was in Bay Langdra in Bhutan. Later in 1988, Jadrel opened Bay Langdra Hermitages where His Eminence Katho Sithu and many other meditators came to live. The previous Katho Sithu Ngawang Palzang and Sera Khando were the young Jadrel’s early lamas while in Tibet.

Jadrel was extremely focused on founding drubdra (place for meditation students), helped sometimes by his local patrons. In these hermitages he trained and initiated practitioners in three-year long meditation. Mostly located in Nepal, but a few in India, he founded Dzobangla Hermitages in 1961, Sonadaar Nunnery Hermitages in 1965, Yangleyshey in 1971, Salbari in 1975, Tinchula in 1978, Yolmo Dashamelug in 1981, Yolmo Drodpadong in 1983, Yolmo Neyding in 1984, Godawari Hermitages in 1985, Sikkim Taktse in 1990, Daki Yongduling in 1993, Chumig Jangchu in 1994, Yolmokhang in 1995, and Yolmo Sermothang in 1996.

Jadrel Sangay Dorji Rinpoche blessing fishes to be released.

Between building a network of choeten (stupa) and hermitages, and training disciples in meditation, Jadrel had one saintly passion he took to epic proportion. Every 15th and the 30th of a lunar month, Jadrel bought fish in huge bulk from numerous fisheries and fish markets by placing advance order, and released them into freedom and life. His close aides Damchoe Dorji from Tibet and Kuenchap from Bhutan estimated that in 2014 alone, Jadrel released about three million fish of various sizes. The total number is astonishing when yearly averages are aggregated over the last 50 years. Jadrel’s fish release routine began soon after he turned vegetarian in Bodh Gaya in 1960. His tsampa thugpa diet did not change much throughout his life. Mushrooms and seaweed gave him greater appetite. His insistence led Bodh Gaya Monlam Chenmo to become vegetarian by 1990. His hermitages and life-giving fish release were mostly financed by general offerings by locals, for funerary prayers or rituals for the living. He spurned foreign donations, the main path of efflorescence of private monastic architecture and paintings today. For instance, eighth or so years ago, a faithful foreigner offered a pile of $ 300,000. Jadrel declined to accept, far from wanting or needing it. His disciples ravenously thought their projects needed it, but they had to let go.

Jadrel’s life-giving routine twice a month made him frequent Trisuli Khola near Pharping and Teesta near Salubari. But the scale of life-saving he undertook was done more favourably in Kolkota’s estuaries. Every month, Jadrel and his aides took a train, with huge barrels of fish, to Kolkota, and released hundreds of thousands of them into Diamond Harbour. His stature even in Diamond Harbour is mythic. He became perhaps the World’s Fish Procurer-in-Chief but with a difference: to free them divinely again into rivers, harbor or ocean. If the same fish were procured, released and caught again in a cycle, it did not matter as every moment of longevity counted. Jadrel also saved goats, buffaloes, and poultry birds but where they would go after saving became an increasing constraint. There is, however, pastureland full of goats in Yolmo saved by him. He scripted a short new prayer he incanted while releasing fish or saving other lives.

Himalayan Buddhism talks about ethical debt to beings incurred knowingly or unknowingly (tshor dang ma tshor) in our present and previous lives. There are two categories of debts: karmic debt (lan chags) and debt of the flesh (sha ‘khyon) (Lhatshuen Namkha Drimed). Debt of the flesh is accumulated because other beings are broken into pieces and eaten, under the heavy chain of man’s food. The common dzongkha and Tibetan word soeltum (gsol ‘krum) for meat curry, literally meaning crushed and swallowed reveals it all. The replenishment of the waters with life is a deeply compassionate, ethical, aesthetic and ecological act, and Jadrel combined all those self-transcending qualities. As Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche wrote, “The passing of Chatrel Sangye Rinpoche marks the end of an era.” May the light of his life lived in a refreshed old-paradigm inspire many future jadrels.

Contributed by
Karma Ura from Pharping-Yangleyshey

Source: http://www.kuenselonline.com/jadrel-sangay-dorji-1913-2015/

 

H.H Chatral Sangye Dorjee Rinpoche Releasing Fishes

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Jadrel Sangay Dorji Rinpoche says: If you take meat, it goes against the vows one takes in seeking refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Because when you take meat you have to take a being’s life. So I gave it up.

Jadrel Sangay Dorji Rinpoche says: Meat, the sinful food, is not permitted according to the three vows: the vows of individual liberation, the Bodhisattva vows and the tantric vows. Thus Buddha stated: “I have never approved, do not approve, and will never approve of a meat diet.” He declared: “my followers must never eat meat.”

Jadrel Sangay Dorji Rinpoche considered that becoming a vegetarian can be a gradual path. Many of his students do not eat meat, fish and egg, nor drink alcohol, but some of them do.

 

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  1. Samfoonheei on Jan 24, 2021 at 4:18 pm

    Kyabje Chatral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche is one of the most accomplished Tibetan Buddhist yogis of our time. Regarded as one of the most highly realized Dzogchen yogis ,he lived in a simple dwelling without the distractions of fame and fortune. He practices what he preaches without compromise and as a result he is beloved and respected by people of all faiths. Spending a great deal most of his time practicing in caves . Thousands of people in the Himalayan region consider Rinpoche to be their root guru because through his compassionate action and profound wisdom. During his life Chatral Rinpoche was one of the most vocal opponents of meat eating in Tibetan Buddhism. He encouraged followers to go on vegetarian. For many years he had been buying fish in huge bulk from numerous fisheries and fish markets and released them into Diamond Harbour in Kolkota’s estuaries. He founded and restored many meditation retreat centers in Bhutan, India and Nepal as well as overseen the construction of several stupas. Inspiring indeed. He left a legacy that will undoubtedly live on for many generations.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring sharing .

  2. Samfoonheei on Nov 9, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    Inspiring article of a Lama Jadrel Sangay Dorji Rinpoche, one of the greatest Dzogchen masters of all time. He was an accomplished Tibetan Buddhist yogi known for his great realization and strict discipline. He practices what he preaches without compromise and as a result is beloved throughout the Himalayan region by people of all faiths. He is truly a great master who advocate vegetarianism and had encouraged his students to go on vegetarian. Interesting read of a GREAT lama.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring sharing.

  3. Jacinta Goh on Feb 1, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    We do have a choice nowadays. Not one but many. We do not have to ‘kill’ in order to feed our hungry stomach. I will not be mad for those who are still having meat as their daily routine as I have been one of them previously. During those days, I didn’t aware that animals are being ‘killed’ for our consumption. It was more like God’s given right. However, meeting Rinpoche’ s blog has turned my life around. I bow down to H.H. Chatral Sangye Dorjee Rinpoche for His outspoken and a great supporter for vegetarianism.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this article.

  4. Samfoonheei on Nov 12, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Wonderful and inspiring article about this lama Jadrel Sangay Dorji Rinpoche.He built many monasteries for his student to meditate and mean time encourage them to go on vegetarianism and save animals.He encouraged all his disciples and those who met him to become vegetarian Jadrel’s compassion towards animals was immeasurable .Every month, Jadrel and his aides released hundreds of thousands of fishes and blessing them before releasing so as others animal saved.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this very inspiring article.

  5. Wan Wai Meng on Sep 13, 2016 at 12:55 am

    It is very joyful to see animals being set free and given a lease of life.

    The example of Jadrel Sangay Dorji Rinpoche is truly worth emulating. Perhaps one could stress that in many regions of Tibet which is barren and bereft of conditions for the growth of vegetables and plants, one has to take meat as sustenance. But since many lamas, monks and Rinpoches have migrated to other less extreme circumstances that makes vegetables, tubers, mushrooms are available it does not make any sense to carry on with a diet consisting of meat. Somehow the bodhisattva vows don’t go hand in hand with the consumption of meat.

    • Wan Wai Meng on Sep 13, 2016 at 12:57 am

      This Lama also composed special prayers to bless the animals that will be released as part of animal liberation.

  6. Stella Cheang on Aug 4, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    With due respect to Buddhist who are non-vegetarian, I feel strongly with what Jadrel Sangay Dorji Rinpoche said. “If you take meat, it goes against the vows one takes in seeking refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Because when you take meat you have to take a being’s life…”

    Refrain from harming another living being is the first of the five basic Buddhist percepts. As simple as this percept may sound, many people still continue to unknowingly (or knowingly) consume meat which is directly harming the life of another sentient being. It is actually a painful karmic debts to repay later on.

    I am happy to see another revered lama shared the same passion as our Guru, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche in promoting vegetarianism and being compassionate towards animal. I am saddened for his passing but rejoice that Jadrel Sangay Dorji Rinpoche had led a virtuous life until the ripe old age of 102 years old.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article with us.

  7. Sharon Ong on Apr 28, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Another inspirational role model for us to emulate. Am particularly touched by Jadrel Sangay Dorji Rinpoche’s compassion towards animals, not only through advocating vegetarianism but also through his choice of walking as much as possible instead of riding on a horse so that he would not cause discomfort to horses.

    Thank you for another wonderful post, Rinpoche.

  8. Pastor Adeline on Apr 26, 2016 at 6:33 am

    Jadrel Sangay Dorji Rinpoche is the mirror of His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche; both advocate vegetarianism and compassion dining with action, among many other good deeds they do. Jadrel Sangay Dorji Rinpoche showed dharma in action, led a life dedicating for the welfare of beings and preservation of the lineage through his body, speech, and mind – a guiding light many has followed and devoted appreciatively. He is both hermit and “socialite” who did retreats, restorations, building works, animals liberations, etc.

    In my limited knowledge, it is uncommon for a Tibetan lama to promote vegetarianism and save animals due to the limitation of Tibet’s high altitude. Hence, many have a perception that Tibetan Buddhists support meat eating. Thanks to Jadrel Sangay Dorji Rinpoche, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, Drubwang Rinpoche, and other lamas that this wrong perception is now challenged and broken.

    One of the core teachings of the Buddha is compassion. By enjoying another being’s blood and flesh is fully against that teaching. Being a vegetarian is good, but even better to have others to opt for the same choice which Jadrel Sangay Dorji Rinpoche did successfully. Vegetarianism is the same as any other practices that can be a gradual path which is easier to be done comparatively. Do consider.

  9. kb thapa on Apr 26, 2016 at 1:06 am

    In Jadrel Sangay Dorji Rinpoche life he build monasteries in many places for students to study and passionately advocated vegetarianism to the the world. This is the qualities of great lama who serves the community non stop very compassionate lama..

  10. Pastor David Lai on Apr 25, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    This is a wonderful example of a lama who advocates Buddhism and spirituality in general. It seems that his entire lifetime was spent on proliferating his lineage that benefit many who seek spirituality and on advocating vegetarianism as a practical manner to actualize the teachings on compassion, love and Bodhichita.

    I believe that vegetarianiam transcends faith and is really an ethical practice of kindness and non-harming of animals. Animals unlike human beings who are undowed with speech, are basically unable to defend or express their sufferings. It is only reasonable that ethical and self-conscious individuals strive towards non-harming and evntually abolishing the exploitation of animals.

    In the end, as I have mentioned in other blog comments of similar nature, how civilized our society should be determined by the lessening of the harming and exploitation of animals.

  11. Beatrix Ooi on Apr 25, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    Jadrel Rinpoche exudes very good qualities, he is truly a great master. It’s very rare to see lamas who advocate vegetarianism because I think in Tibet, they have to consume meat in order to keep themselves warm during the winter. Therefore, it’s almost impossible to go on a vegetarian diet as there aren’t that much vegetables in Tibet.

    And what makes him remarkable is that he does not only advocate vegetarianism but he also walks the talks, through animal liberation. It’s very beautiful to see high lamas like Jadrel Rinpoche rescuing animals because this again shows that they are compassionate.

  12. Pastor Loh Seng Piow on Apr 25, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    This lama’s work is worth rejoicing. Besides building monasteries for the people, which is the “default” job of a lama, Jadrel Sangay Dorji also saved many lives and advocated vegetarianism. This is admiring, especially when he was not born a vegetarian. Many monks (specifically non-Hinayana tradition) nowadays still eat meat, this was fine during Buddha’s days when monks begged for food with their alms, but nowadays monks go to the market to buy raw food to cook, they have a choice, so why still choose meat? Before talking about compassion, one should at least start with becoming a vegetarian, or better still, a vegan first.

  13. Vinnie Tan on Apr 25, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    The story of Jadrel Sangay Dorji Rinpoche is just such an inspiration to all of us.

    Just like H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, they were not born as vegetarians. Yet, because of their love and compassion towards all sentient beings they teach all of us that we should be vegetarians because we should not be killing any living being at all as they might be our parents in our previous lives.

    Animal liberation is just amazing as it gives the lives of these animals that chance of freedom. They will get a second chance to live freely and not be harmed in any way.

    By the end of the day if we constantly crave for meat, it is just like eating another human being as we will all just be slabs of meat one day that will be thrown around. It is just like what we do to animals. It is not justifiable that it is alright to do things like that for animals, but not for human beings.

    It would only be more sound if we do not consume meat at all.

  14. Pastor Han Nee on Apr 25, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring life story of Jadrel Sangay Dorji Rinpoche (1913-2015).He passionately advocated vegetarianism,and to show his compassionate care for them, he also relentlessly sought to release as many animals, fish and birds as he could.I like what it says here about him releasing the fish into the waters : “He became perhaps the World’s Fish Procurer-in-Chief but with a difference: to free them divinely again into rivers, harbor or ocean. If the same fish were procured, released and caught again in a cycle, it did not matter as every moment of longevity counted!”

    There was this instinct in him for simplicity. He would not lavishly build imposing centers or monasteries. He preferred unadorned simplicity in life. He preferred to build places of meditation and hermitages where he could train his students to engage in long three year meditation. He preferred the training of the mind of his students in intensive meditation.

    His death was the passing of a great siddha, yogi, Lama and a great vegetarian, who strongly and compassionately advocated saving animals through his own countless acts of liberating innumerable animals, birds and fish.

  15. Pastor Antoinette on Apr 25, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    What an inspiration!

    One focus of Jadrel Sangay Dorji life was to build monasteries in Nepal and India, places for students to meditate and study and in doing so, he has changed the life of many for the better.

    Another highlight of his life was saving uncountable lifes. Jadrel Sangay Dorji has not been born vegetarian but when he started eating vegetarian, he did much more than stopping eating meat and fish. He is known for releasing countless animals into freedom and inspiring others to do the same. On a regular basis, twice a month a huge amount of animals has been released.

    H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche inspires everyone to become vegetarian and to not harm any kind of life. In Kechara, animal liberations are done on a regular basis. It is important to educate people and through this blog, https://www.tsemrinpoche.com, the word is spread all over the world.

    I rejoice for the hard work Jadrel Sangay Dorji has done and that he benefited countless beings and by doing so inspiring many others to do the same.

    It is important to read about the deeds and life stories of great masters to be inspired and do more for others. Thank You Rinpoche for showing us the way.

  16. Li Kheng on Apr 25, 2016 at 10:38 am

    People alway tell me they need inspiration. I think the world is not short of inspiring people, we just need to know where to look.

    A man who lives by example:

    Love for all living beings: he advocates vegetarianism and liberates millions of animals fated to be slaughtered.

    Gratitude for the environment: recognizing the need to replenish the water of our world.

    Renounce all that cause suffering: lives a simple life focused on benefiting others.

    Thank you Tsem Tulku Rinpoche for this beautiful post!

  17. Joy on Apr 25, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Somehow I’ve always thought that one of the core practice Buddhism was to not eat meat. It is only later when I grew up and got to know more about Buddhism, particularly Vajrayana/Tibetan Buddhism that I was told eating meat was “fine”. I thought it was odd at first because Buddhism strongly advocate no killing, no harming any sentient being so how can eating meat be considered okay in the eyes of law of cause and effect?

    When Rinpoche decided to stop eating meat and started to make that change, initially we were afraid we could not overcome of desire for meat and would fail. But because the motivation was to create the cause for our own animal sanctuary to manifest and hence we decided to forgo eating dead beings.

    I’m really glad to see another Tibetan Lama – Chatral Rinpoche who like our Rinpoche gives very logical, powerful advice on vegetarianism and the basics Buddhist principle is truly practice ‘no killing’. As what Rinpoche always say, not eating meat is the very gross level of compassion in action. If we can’t even do this and let go of our attachment to eating meat, then lets not even talk about developing Bodhichitta! The rest of our practice on compassion is nothing more than another self-deception that is based on our self-cherishing mind.

  18. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Apr 25, 2016 at 8:46 am

    What a coincidence! I first heard about Chatral Rinpoche just a few weeks ago when I came across these memes below. What caught my interest was that so few Tibetan lamas are this outspoken and direct about being vegetarian – in one of the memes, Chatral Rinpoche even admonishes the lamas, saying “what a shame if even the lamas can’t give up meat!”

    His memes were posted alongside a quote from Geshe Kelsang Gyatso who said that animals are sentient beings with the potential to become Buddhas. Therefore by participating in their death because we eat meat, we rob them of this Buddha potential and it’s incredibly heavy negative karma for us.

    I thought it was an interesting contrast that lamas like Tsem Rinpoche, Chatral Rinpoche and Geshe Kelsang Gyatso are such outspoken advocates of vegetarianism because it’s totally opposite to the many Tibetan monks and nuns I have seen who appear to defend meat-eating. I think their defence has less to do with attachment, and more to do with their lack of exposure and education that vegetarianism can be healthy. Having said that, in this day and age, I think it’s time for a new approach to our diets as Buddhist practitioners, especially since we live in a world where there are many dietary alternatives.

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  19. MartinC on Apr 25, 2016 at 3:02 am

    I love this post and reading about this amazingly compassionate lama. In the recent years, many high lamas have called for abstinence in the taking of meat. HH The 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinly also gave instruction to his followers not to consume meat in 2007. H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has been very consistent is his advocacy of a no-meat diet for a long time as well.

    When the Buddha ordered all practitioners to ‘do not harm’ and not to kill, it is only logical that the Buddha meant, not to kill directly or indirectly or to rejoice in the slaughter of other sentient beings. Eating meat clearly transgresses the instructions not to cause the killing of other beings and rejoicing in the killing. Clearly when we salivate and take delight in partaking in the meat dish, we are by default rejoicing in the making of the dish.

    It is one thing to eat meat because we have to, as in there is nothing else to eat and we are unaware of the ills of eating meat and causing harm. These days we cannot use any of those two reasons as justifications.

  20. Carmen Koo on Apr 25, 2016 at 1:00 am

    How Jadrel Rinpoche advocates Vegetarianism reminds me of how Tsem Rinpoche does it in today’s times. Rinpoche loves animals, and is a strong advocate in educating other’s about animal’s rights and cruelty towards animals. Like how Jadrel Rinpoche adviced his students to have vegetarian diet, I too was inspired to be vegetarian by Tsem Rinpoche. I’ve seen Tsem Rinpoche save lives as well, and continue to do so, again just like Jadrel Rinpoche. There are many similarities that you can draw upon from beings with great compassion, and their deeds and activities too, are similar in nature.

    Thank you for sharing this story so that we can get the blessings, in addition to being inspired and have our knowledge increased, from reading stories of lineage lamas, Rinpoche.

    Watch Tsem Rinpoche save lives here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WilfP2hRj10

    Carmen

  21. Pema Thinley on Apr 24, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    When I first time saw him in a photo, I was deeply inspired by the simplicity and kindness he appeared. He was known to Bhutanese for saving many lives of animals and many went vegetarian after meeting him. Though, I didn’t have karma to meet him, his words were so inspiring that he always talked of compassion towwrds animals because loving someome who cannot love back is the real selfless love. I cannot imagine how may lives he saved _()_. We lost someone so precious.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. We must cut out the negative karma accumulated by eating meat.

  22. Valentina Suhendra on Apr 24, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Dear Rinpoche

    Thank you for this inspiring story of Jadrel Sangay Dorje Rinpoche. It is amazing how this yogi who lived for over one century has inspired many people to become a vegetarian and continuously saving animals who were about to be butchered. I love the fact that he was saving a lot of animals too. It just reminded me how I became a vegetarian. I could not see the logic that something have to die so I can live. I know the law of karma that killing is a negative karma. My relatives and friends tried to reason with me that someone else killed the animals and not us. However, I did not understand why I was not at fault since these people killed the animals so I can satisfy my taste bud. So one day around October 2003, I decided to become a vegetarian. My parents were furious and friends started betting as to how long will I last with this diet. 13 years have passed, and I am still a vegetarian.

    My point is I am inspired by this Lama’s courage because saving animals and encouraging others to become vegetarians could be very challenging because he was challenging their sense of enjoyment and pleasure. I rejoice in his deeds and effort.

    Valentina

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  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2024 04:08 PM
    Momo is a dumpling made of all-purpose flour and filled with either meat or vegetables. Inspired by Tibetan dumplings, the dish is a very popular Nepali street food. It is one of my favourite foods. Last year while in Kathmandu I am fortunate given the opportunity to learn and made vegetarian Momos.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing as it reminds me of trip there visiting some of the Holiest sites and trying my hand making momos then.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/making-nepalese-momos.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2024 04:06 PM
    Bouddha, also known as Boudhanath, is a stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal which is located about 11 km from outskirts of Kathmandu. Its massive mandala makes it one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal and the world. The Boudhanath Stupa pyramid is coated with over 60 pounds of gold, is one of the largest and one of the most significant Buddhist monuments in the world. This great Stupa is home to precious relics and this semi-circular structure stands out with its majestic mandala, recognized by UNESCO in 1979 as a World Heritage Site. The Boudhanath is the most sacred sites in Tibetan Buddhism outside of Tibet, reflecting the cosmological tenets of Buddhism. Was there last year June joining thousands of pilgrims circumambulate the stupa.
    The aerial view of this Boudhanath Stupa is magnificent indeed. Looking merely at the pictures is a blessing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/aerial-view-of-bodha-stupa.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2024 04:04 PM
    Shanti Stupa in Pokhara was built by Nipponzan-Myōhōji monk Morioka Sonin with local supporters under the guidance of Nichidatsu Fujii, a Buddhist monk and the founder of Nipponzan-Myōhōji
    A famous site where locals as well as foreign tourists will go there throughout the year. One have to climb 400 steep steps to get to the Pagoda, it was worth the climb, as its situated on the Anadu Hill at the height of 1100 meters.
    Shanti Stupa shrine was built as a symbol of peace designed to provide a focus for people of all races and creeds, and to help unite them in their search for world peace. It has also become a tourist attraction as it provides a panoramic view of the Annapurna range, Pokhara city and Fewa Lake. The white pagoda has two tiers for tourists and religious visitors to circumambulate. Its location on the hilltop provides a splendid view of sunrise and sunset for visitors. Hopefully I could visit this amazing Holy site soon.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/pokhara-stupa.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2024 04:04 PM
    Its an old blog yet its hold many wonderful memories for The Tsem Ladrang team , I am sure. They are the ones who found a beautiful house in the hills of Naranthan in Kathmandu, Nepal. The place is serene and peaceful with beautiful mountains ranges. Looking at the old pictures its breath-taking and brilliant. The Ladrang is surrounded by scenery of outstanding natural beauty. Having a spacious yard, guest quarters, butterlamp house, to mention a few. The Ladrang has a spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and Kathmandu Valley.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing and teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsem-ladrang-naranthan-nepal.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2024 04:02 PM
    Buddhist Pilgrimage in Nepal is the best trip that takes us to the spiritual centers where Buddhism’s practices and meditations emerged. Nepal is popular for its Buddhism practices and itself is the birthplace of the originator Gautam Buddha. This beautiful Himalayan nation hosts the amazing Buddhist trails, monuments and stupas. It’s the place where the Buddha meditated and the Buddha enlightened the people with wisdom. Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, boasts many caves, stupas, and monasteries that are associated with Bodhisattvas, Buddha and Siddhas. The cave of Naropa and his guru Tilopa is beside Pashupatinath temple, bank of the holy Bagmati River. All these caves is considered as the holy site and Buddhist pilgrimage sites as the caves is the place where Naropa received training, teachings and had visions of Vajrayogini.
    I am fortunate to have visited this Holy caves while at Kathmandu last year.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/puja-at-naropas-cave-kathmandu-nepal.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2024 04:00 PM
    The Lord Buddha was born in 623 BC in the sacred area of Lumbini, southern Nepal.Lumbini is one of the world’s most important spiritual sites for the Buddhist pilgrims from around the world. The site is a popular place of Buddhist pilgrimage for many yearly. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997. The tranquility, aura and peace that we would experience in Lumbini makes it among the most holy places to visit in the world. I am fortunate going to this holiest place of Buddha birthplace last year with my Dharma brothers and sisters .It is the place where, according to Buddhist tradition, worth visiting
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-article/the-birth-palace-of-gautam-buddha
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 2. 2024 02:06 PM
    Very interesting and informative article. In most cultures, women is consider as lower in status compared with men. Ancient times in India, man took the lead while women is seconded. But times has changed for the better where women are not degraded in society. They receive equal recognition, appreciation, and stature, yet in countries and places around the world, women are still viewed as inferior and treated accordingly. But in Buddhism women have been increasing in number and has proven that many of them have gained full enlightenment in a female body. In Buddhism is concerned there’s no discrimination toward women ,both men and women are equal. There‘s many female Mahasiddhas and Yoginis as in this blog. May it inspired many more to come. Interesting article and its great sharing knowledge.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands,

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/courtesans-of-ancient-india.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 2. 2024 02:05 PM
    Sleep paralysis is a feeling of being conscious but unable to move. It occurs when a person passes between stages of wakefulness and sleep. During these transitions, one may be unable to move or speak for a few seconds up to a few minutes. Some people may also feel pressure or a sense of choking. Sleep paralysis is a temporary inability to move or speak. It’s not harmful and should pass quickly, but at times can be frightening. It can affect anyone but is most common in young adults and they might have hallucination. The scary facts about sleep paralysis is those who suffer from it have said it felt like someone was choking them on their chest so they could not breathe.
    As for me I have not experience as such before as least i know now what i can to do.
    Thank you Vinnie Tan for sharing. Interesting read of these stories related to sleep paralysis.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/sleep-paralysis-medical-or-paranormal.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 2. 2024 02:03 PM
    nteresting as this texts been composed after being inspired to do so . That’s interesting as this nature are traditionally considered exceptionally potent in their blessings if the claim of divine inspiration is authentic. According to the account in the introduction, the author composed this text after being divinely inspired to do so. It’s a very rare kind and its acceptance been recognised and received praise by very high lamas of our tradition. Reading this article tell us all of how powerful Dorje Shugden when we invoke in our prayers.
    Interesting read of the short biography of Ven. Geshe Kunchok Gyaltsen, the author of Mass of Vajra Fire.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mass-of-vajra-fire-invocation-of-the-mighty-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 2. 2024 02:01 PM
    That’s wonderful Rinpoche has composed prayers in English so as everyone could recite and practice. For beginners is such a meaningful insights and perspectives without commitments and initiation. Moreover each prayers is for a specific blessing that helps practitioners to gain attainments and overcome obstacles. Easy and simple for everyone to start off.
    We are fortunate that everything Rinpoche did brought tremendous benefit to all sentient beings. Whatever prayers Rinpoche has composed are especially potent with blessings.
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/holy-prayers-to-invoke-the-divine.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 2. 2024 01:59 PM
    A great article , revisit this again of Tibetan Lamas and their dogs. As now I have a pet doggie with me, I came to understand more of them . Dogs are the most amazing creatures, they give us unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive. Buddhists believe dogs also have the potential to become enlightened and can teach us about responsibility, love, and other Buddhist principles. The Q & A by Sandra Klein’s interview with the Venerable Gonsar Rinpoche gave us a better understanding and very informative of Tibetan dogs under Lamas care. ccording to the Buddha Dharma, all sentient beings have Buddha nature — from ants to humans. Though we often look at dogs as wonderful companions an teach us to embrace Buddhist principles. They, themselves, embody many of these principles.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/dogs-in-tibetan-monasteries.html
  • Brent
    Tuesday, Mar 26. 2024 04:47 PM
    Living with my wife, whose world is meticulously painted with the hues of OCD, is a journey that intertwines the essence of love with the complexities of the human mind. Her relentless pursuit of cleanliness and order, transforming even the most negligible corner into a testament of organization, often dances on the fine line between admiration and frustration. The sight of her steering clear from trash bins as if they were labyrinths of chaos, serves as a poignant reminder of the battles she fights within. Yet, it’s through these very battles that I’ve learned the profound language of patience and the unspoken strength of support. Therapy, in its gentle embrace, has been a beacon of light for her, guiding her through the stormy seas of OCD. It has not only offered her solace but has also unveiled the strength of her spirit, teaching us both the beauty of resilience. As she journeys through the pathways of healing, I stand by her, a testament to the power of love and the enduring promise of hope. Together, we navigate the complexities of her world, discovering that within the challenges lie opportunities for growth, understanding, and an unbreakable bond. https://www.mindfullyaliveonline.com/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 15. 2024 07:31 PM
    Venerable Ajahn Chah was a Thai Buddhist teacher of the Buddhadhamma and a founder of two major monasteries in the Thai Forest Tradition. Well respected and loved as a man of great wisdom, he was also instrumental in establishing Theravada Buddhism in the West. Interesting life story, how he chose to leave the settled monastic life and became a wandering ascetic. Walking across Thailand, lived in forests, caves and cremation grounds while learning from the meditation monks of the Forest of various monasteries. He wandered through the countryside in quest of quiet and secluded places for developing meditation. He even lived in tiger and cobra infested jungles, using reflections on death to penetrate to the true meaning of life. After years of wandering, Venerable Ajahn Chah established a monastery where he taught simple, practice-based form of meditation, and attracted a numerous of students including western foreigners. He was one of the greatest Dhamma teachers of the modern era. His wise teachings have continued to guide thousands of people along the path of Dharma. Venerable Ajahn Chah’s teachings of the Thai Forest Tradition gradually spread across all over the world. Several of Ajahn Chah’s Western students have since established monasteries throughout the world. Just in Thailand itself, there are more than 300 branch monasteries in Ajahn Chah’s tradition. Ven erable Ajahn Chah used his ill health as a teaching point, emphasizing that it was a living example of the impermanence of all things and reminded people to endeavour to find a true refuge within themselves. The legacy of Venerable Ajahn Chah’s teachings and legacy continues into the modern age.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/venerable-ajahn-chah-the-forest-monk.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 15. 2024 07:30 PM
    Wonderful blog written on the practice of Kalarupa for us to understand better. As an emanation of Manjushri, Kalarupa’s practice helps us to destroy ignorance and to develop wisdom overcoming our anger and suffering . Awesome Kalarupa manifested in multiple forms to help sentient beings who personifies enlightenment by the conquest of anger. Kalarupa also regard as one of the three main Dharma protectors of the Gelugpa is extremely fierce and ugly, and tames all kinds of spiritual ugliness. The fierceness of his iconography teaches us to remind ourselves that all the causes and effects of anger arising from ignorance are dreadful and distorted.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Antionette for this detailed sharing,

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/kalarupa.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 15. 2024 07:27 PM
    Nepal is a very spiritual country, having a huge Dorje Shugden mural in Kathmandu, is indeed a big achievement for Kechara. Located on Charkhal Road in Dilli Bazaar, the mural can be found midway between our two Dorje Shugden chapels which are in Putalisadak and Chabahil. It is also very close to one of Kathmandu’s largest shopping malls. Many locals , tourist will be able to connect them to a powerful deity that is so closely associated with their culture. Well the mural not only beautiful but also full of symbolism and everyone merely by seeing it is blessed. Thanks to those talented artists and generous sponsors making it a success.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/spectacular-dorje-shugden-mural-in-kathmandu-nepal.html

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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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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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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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Pastor Seng Piow guides us on the flow of Dorje Shugden puja, its benefits, significant of Chanting the names of Manjushri and also explaining the dedication for the sponsors and to those in need before we start the puja as we have 2 newcomers today.
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Pastor Seng Piow guides us on the flow of Dorje Shugden puja, its benefits, significant of Chanting the names of Manjushri and also explaining the dedication for the sponsors and to those in need before we start the puja as we have 2 newcomers today.
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Mr. Cheah Fook Wan offered lights and incense to The Three Jewels prior to the puja in Ipoh. (KISG - Kin Hoe)
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Rejoice to the volunteers (also kind sponsors) who cleaned the Gyenze Chapel and made abundant offerings to Gyenze. ~ Alice
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Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
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Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
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Our weekly Dorje Shugden Puja @ 23/3/2024 . William, as the umze is seen here burning incense powder as we are about to recite the Sangsol Prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Ganden Serkong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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And here's Mr Wong of KSK Ipoh who dropped by to pray and offered some donation to the Chapel. Kechara Penang Study Group. Pic by Siew Hong & uploaded by Jacinta.
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Today's puja (16/3/2024) ended around 420pm, Jacinta was the umze of the day. Pic by Siew Hong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Group photo taken after the last session, sealed with King of Prayers. Come and join us next time! Sayonara - 9-10th March 2024 - Kechara Penang DS Retreat by Jacinta.
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Abundance altar! Fruits, flowers, Mee Koo (traditional Penang buns), Bee Hoon, sourdoughs and snacks are some of the offerings to Rinpoche, Buddhas & Bodhisattvas. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat 9-10th March, 2024 by Jacinta.
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Siew Hong, one of retreatants and an active member of Kechara Penang group proudly presented her torma to be used during the Kalarupa puja. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Torma making was taught by Pastor Seng Piow and held one day before the retreat. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat cum Puja, 9-10th March 2024 led by Pastor Seng Piow with 12 retreatants. Uploaded by Jacinta
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Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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One the day of Losar (new lunar year), it is always beneficial for Buddhist practitioners to get together in making abundant offerings to Buddhas on the altar to usher in goodness, prosperity and well-being of our loved ones. It's more auspicious this year as Losar and the Chinese New Year begin on the same date, 10th Feb, 2024. Back in Penang, our Kechara members came together to decorate the altar with abundance offerings for Dorje Shugden puja @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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One the day of Losar (new lunar year), it is always beneficial for Buddhist practitioners to get together in making abundant offerings to Buddhas on the altar to usher in goodness, prosperity and well-being of our loved ones. It's more auspicious this year as Losar and the Chinese New Year begin on the same date, 10th Feb, 2024. Back in Penang, our Kechara members came together to decorate the altar with abundance offerings for Dorje Shugden puja @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
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Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
Jun from Ipoh was offering mandarin oranges to Mother Tara and The Three Jewels. (Kin Hoe)
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Jun from Ipoh was offering mandarin oranges to Mother Tara and The Three Jewels. (Kin Hoe)
Prior to our puja in Ipoh, Mr. & Mrs. Cheah Fook Wan were preparing for the offerings to the Buddhas. (Kin Hoe)
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Prior to our puja in Ipoh, Mr. & Mrs. Cheah Fook Wan were preparing for the offerings to the Buddhas. (Kin Hoe)
On Sunday afternoon, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations in Ipoh. (Kin Hoe)
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On Sunday afternoon, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations in Ipoh. (Kin Hoe)
Some of the best shots taken during Thaipusam in Penang. Swee Bee, Huey, Tang KS, Nathan, Choong SH and Jacinta volunteered. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Some of the best shots taken during Thaipusam in Penang. Swee Bee, Huey, Tang KS, Nathan, Choong SH and Jacinta volunteered. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Simple yet powerful ally ~ Bhagawan Dorje Shuden. Kechara Penang Study Group consists of Chien Seong, Hue, Choong SH, Tang KS, Swee Bee and Jacinta. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Uploaded by Jacinta.
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Simple yet powerful ally ~ Bhagawan Dorje Shuden. Kechara Penang Study Group consists of Chien Seong, Hue, Choong SH, Tang KS, Swee Bee and Jacinta. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Uploaded by Jacinta.
Thaipusam in Penang. Some of the best shots. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Thaipusam in Penang. Some of the best shots. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Nothing beats having a sacred audience with our lineage lamas. It's not selfie or wefie, but we have the best 'groufie'!!! 20th Jan 2024, Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Welcoming our lineage Gurus to our Penang Chapel today! Pastor Seng Piow explained the significance of having Guru Tree and introduced to us our lineage lamas, Buddhas, deities, protectors and etc.
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Welcoming our lineage Gurus to our Penang Chapel today! Pastor Seng Piow explained the significance of having Guru Tree and introduced to us our lineage lamas, Buddhas, deities, protectors and etc.
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Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Tara Recitation is on now at KISG - Wai Meng
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Tara Recitation is on now at KISG - Wai Meng
Photo from Wan Wai Meng
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Photo from Wan Wai Meng
A sea of yellow ~usually in Tibetan Buddhism yellow represents growth. We prayed that our Penang group will grow in terms of people, wealth and attainments too. _/\_ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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A sea of yellow ~usually in Tibetan Buddhism yellow represents growth. We prayed that our Penang group will grow in terms of people, wealth and attainments too. _/_ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
After Dorje Shugden puja @3pm, we had Rinpoche's Swift Return puja too. We laughed as Sis Swee Bee was commenting that Tang should smile ~ here's the reason why we laughed.  Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta Goh
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After Dorje Shugden puja @3pm, we had Rinpoche's Swift Return puja too. We laughed as Sis Swee Bee was commenting that Tang should smile ~ here's the reason why we laughed. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta Goh
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Today's (9/12/2023)Dorje Shugden puja led by Gordon. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Today's (9/12/2023)Dorje Shugden puja led by Gordon. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Dharma sharing by Hue before we proceeded with DS puja & Rinpoche Swift Return puja. Hue is one of the long time Kechara Penang members and he comes to puja regularly. He shared that he truly believes that Dorje Shugden and Rinpoche always there guiding him. He shared how sometimes DS will give him hints to avert troubles ahead or to alert him when he 'misbehaved'. Hope many will come to know more about this powerful Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden aka DS. Having Dorje Shugden is like having a powerful ally that will protect us day and night. Just trust Him and have faith. Kechara Penang Study Group, 25/11/2023 by Jacinta.
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Dharma sharing by Hue before we proceeded with DS puja & Rinpoche Swift Return puja. Hue is one of the long time Kechara Penang members and he comes to puja regularly. He shared that he truly believes that Dorje Shugden and Rinpoche always there guiding him. He shared how sometimes DS will give him hints to avert troubles ahead or to alert him when he 'misbehaved'. Hope many will come to know more about this powerful Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden aka DS. Having Dorje Shugden is like having a powerful ally that will protect us day and night. Just trust Him and have faith. Kechara Penang Study Group, 25/11/2023 by Jacinta.
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Bhutan 864,803
Canada 797,322
Australia 619,377
Philippines 555,278
Indonesia 451,828
Germany 370,298
France 312,722
Brazil 251,023
Vietnam 226,545
Thailand 217,772
Taiwan 206,933
Italy 175,641
Spain 160,953
Netherlands 156,804
Mongolia 147,273
Portugal 138,190
South Africa 138,017
Türkiye 132,302
Sri Lanka 128,762
United Arab Emirates 121,726
Japan 119,012
Russia 114,691
Hong Kong 114,218
China 107,718
Romania 104,740
Mexico 97,736
New Zealand 93,880
Switzerland 88,746
Myanmar (Burma) 88,535
Pakistan 82,184
Sweden 78,121
South Korea 75,124
Cambodia 70,770
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