Milarepa

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Milarepa. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click on image to enlarge.

Milarepa. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click on image to enlarge.

b.1040 – d.1123

Tradition: Marpa Kagyu མར་པ་བཀའ་བརྒྱུད།
Geography: Nyang ཉང།
Historical Period: 11th Century ༡༡ དུས་རབས། / 12th Century ༡༢ དུས་རབས།
Institution: Sekhar Gutok སྲས་མཁར་དགུ་ཐོག།; Kailash གངས་རིན་པོ་ཆེ།; Tsari ཙཱ་རི།
Name Variants: Mila Zhepe Dorje མི་ལ་བཞད་པ་རྡོ་རྗེ།

Milarepa (mi la ras pa) is one of the most famous individuals in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, but very little of his life is known with any historical certainty. Even the dates of his birth and death have been notoriously difficult to calculate. Tsangnyon Heruka (gtsang smyon heruka, 1452-1507) – Milarepa’s most famous biographer – records that the boy was born in a water-dragon year (1052) and passed away in a wood-hare year (1135), dates also found in biographical works from a century earlier. Numerous other sources, including the important mid-fifteenth-century Religious History of Lhorong (lho rong chos ‘byung) push back the dates one twelve-year cycle to 1040-1123, a life span widely accepted by modern scholars. A number of prominent Tibetan historians, including Katok Tsewang Norbu (kaH thog tshe dbang nor bu, 1698-1755), Situ Panchen Chokyi Jungne (si tu paN chen chos kyi ‘byung gnas, 1700-1774), and Drakar Chokyi Wangchuk (brag dkar chos kyi dbang phyug, 1775-1837), however, place Milarepa’s birth in 1028. Still other sources place his birth as early as 1026 or 1024. He is usually said to have lived until his eighty-forth year, although sources again record variant life spans of 73, 82, or 88 years. In any case, it is clear that he lived during the eleventh and early-twelfth centuries, at the advent of the latter dissemination (phyi dar) of Buddhism in Tibet.

A statue of Milarepa. Image credit: himalayan.art.org. Click on image to enlarge.

A statue of Milarepa. Image credit: himalayan.art.org. Click on image to enlarge.

According to Tsangnyon Heruka’s account, Milarepa‘s ancestors were nomads of the Khyungpo (khyung po) clan from the northern region of the “central horn,” (dbus ru) one of two administrative regions of Tibet’s central province (dbus). One early ancestor was a Nyingma tantric practitioner named Josey (jo sras). Khyung po Josey became famous for his exorcism rites, a practice that earned him both respect and a good deal of wealth. While residing in a place called Chungpachi (gcung pa spyi) in the region of Lato Jang (la stod byang), he had an encounter with a particularly fierce spirit and at last caused the demon to cry out in horror “mila, mila (mi la),” an admission of submission and defeat. Josey subsequently adopted this exclamation as a new clan title and his descendents came to be known by the name Mila.

Khyungpo Jose eventually married and had a son. This son in turn had two sons, the elder of whom was known as Mila Doton Sengge (mi la mdo ston seng ge). The latter’s son was named Mila Dorje Sengge (mi la rdo rje seng ge). Dorje Sengge, who was fond of gambling, lost his family’s home and wealth in a fateful game of dice. The family was thus forced to seek out a new life elsewhere and eventually resettled in the small village of Kyangatsa (skya rnga rtsa) in Mangyul Gungtang (mang yul gung thang), close to the modern border of Nepal. The father Doton Sengge served as a local village priest, performing various rituals and religious activities, while the son undertook trading trips in Tibet and to Nepal. In this way they were able to regain a good deal of wealth. Dorje Sengge married a local woman and had a son they named Mila Sherab Gyeltsen (shes rab rgyal mtshan); the latter in turn married a woman named Nyangtsa Kargyen (myang rtsa dkar rgyan). This couple then gave birth to the boy who would become Milarepa.

Milarepa, the great poet yogi of Tibet surrounded by life story vignettes.

Milarepa, the great poet yogi of Tibet surrounded by life story vignettes. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click on image to enlarge.

Upon hearing the news of his child’s birth, Mila Sherab Gyeltsen is said to have exclaimed, “I am delighted to hear the news that the child has been born a son,” and so the boy was named Topaga, literally “delightful to hear.” He later proved to have a pleasing voice and so lived up to this name. Several years later, his sister Peta Gonkyi was born and eventually Milarepa was betrothed to a local village girl named Dzese.

When the boy turned seven, his father was stricken with a fatal illness and prepared a final testament that entrusted his wife, children, and wealth to the care of Milarepa’s paternal uncle and aunt, providing that Milarepa regain his patrimony once he reached adulthood. The uncle and aunt, usually depicted as greedy and cold-hearted, responded by taking the estate for themselves, thus casting Milarepa’s family into a life of abject poverty. In at least one version of the life story, by the fourteenth-century author Yungton Zhije Ripa (g.yung ston zhi byed ri pa), the relatives’ actions are partially justified, noting that local marriage customs dictated that following Sherab Gyeltsen’s death, the estate should have rightfully remained within the family of his brother, i.e. Milarepa’s paternal uncle. In any case, the boy was sent to study reading and writing with a Nyingma master while his mother and sister were forced to labor as servants for their uncle and aunt.

Marpa Chokyi Lodro. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click on image to enlarge.

Marpa Chokyi Lodro. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click on image to enlarge.

Nyangtsa Kargyen then sent her son to train in black magic in order to seek revenge upon their relatives. Carrying out his mother’s wishes, he trained in black magic with Nubchung Yonten Gyatso (gnubs chung yon tan rgya mtsho) and thereby murdered thirty-five people attending a wedding feast at his aunt and uncle’s house. From Yungton Trogyal (g.yung ston khro rgyal) he then learned the art of casting hailstorms. Unleashing a powerful storm across his homeland, he destroyed the village’s barley crops just as they were about to be reaped, washing away much of the surrounding countryside.

Milarepa eventually came to regret his terrible crimes and in order to expiate their karmic effects he set out to train with a Buddhist master. He first studied Dzogchen (rdzogs chen) with Rangton Lhaga (rang ston lha dga’) in Nyangto Rinang (myang stod ri nang). His practice, however, proved ineffective, and Rangton instead directed Milarepa to seek out Marpa Chokyi Lodro (mar pa chos kyi blo gros, 1002/1012-1097), the great translator residing in Lhodrak (lho brag) in southern Tibet.

Marpa Chokyi Lodro, the Translator: the founder of the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism. At the right is Milarepa Gyepa Dorje, the most famous student of Marpa and greatest poet yogi of Tibet.

Marpa Chokyi Lodro, the Translator: the founder of the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism. At the right is Milarepa Gyepa Dorje, the most famous student of Marpa and greatest poet yogi of Tibet. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click on image to enlarge.

Milarepa eventually reached Lhodrak where he met a heavyset plowman standing in his field. In reality, this was Marpa who had had a vision that Milarepa would become his foremost disciple. He had thus devised a way to greet his future student in disguise. Marpa was famous for his fierce temper and did not immediately teach Milarepa. Instead, he subjected his new disciple to a stream of verbal and physical abuse, forcing Milarepa to endure a series of ordeals, including a trial of constructing a series of four immense stone towers. Marpa eventually revealed that Milarepa had been prophesied by his own guru, the Indian master Naropa. He further explained that the trials were actually a means of purifying the sins he had committed earlier in his life. The tower still stands at the center of Sekhar Gutok Monastery.

Marpa first imparted the lay and bodhisattva vows, granting Milarepa the name Dorje Gyeltsen (rdo rje rgyal mtshan). Milarepa then received numerous tantric instructions that Marpa had received in India, especially those of tummo (gtum mo), or yogic heat, the aural instructions (snyan rgyud) of tantric practice, and instructions Mahamudra. Marpa conferred upon Milarepa the secret initiation name Zhepa Dorje (bzhad pa rdo rje) and commanded him to spend the rest of his life meditating in solitary mountain retreat.

Milarepa: the great poet yogi of Tibet surrounded by life story vignettes. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click on image to enlarge.

Milarepa: the great poet yogi of Tibet surrounded by life story vignettes. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click on image to enlarge.

Milarepa returned to his homeland for a brief period and then retired to a series of retreats nearby. Most famous among these is Drakar Taso (brag dkar rta so) where he remained for many years in arduous meditation. With nothing but wild nettles to eat, his body grew weak and his flesh turned pale green. He later traveled widely across the Himalayan borderlands of southern Tibet and northern Nepal, and dozens of locations associated with his life have become important pilgrimage sites and retreat centers. In his account of the life story, Tsangnyon Heruka drew largely upon earlier sources in order to document dozens such locations, but he reorganized them to create a new map of sacred sites—many of which were designated “fortresses” of meditation—along Tibet’s southern border: six well-known outer fortresses, six unknown inner fortresses, and six secret fortresses, together with numerous other caves. Stories of Milarepa’s taming and converting demons in these locations, recorded in Tsangnyon Heruka’s companion volume The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa (mi la ras pa’i mgur ‘bum) echo accounts of the eight-century Indian master Padmasambhava. Many of Milarepa’s most famous retreat locations were said to have been previously inhabited by Padmasambhava himself. Tsangnyon Heruka’s reckoning of Milarepa’s meditation sites therefore reveals a process of spiritual re-colonization, one that effectively claimed much of the Himalayan border for Milarepa’s lineage. Three famous sacred sites of southern and western Tibet – Tsari (tsA ri), Labchi (la phyi), and Kailasa (ti se) – are said to have been established or prophesied by Milarepa, and all three later became important Kagyu retreat and pilgrimage centers, identified as Himalaya/Himavat, Godavari, and Caritra/Devikota from the list of twenty-four pithas of the Cakrasamvara Tantra, as well as the mandalas of Cakrasamvara‘s body, speech, and mind. Drakar Taso became an important monastic institution and printing house under the direction of Tsangnyon Heruka’s disciple Lhatsun Rinchen Namgyel (lha btsun rin chen rnam rgyal, 1473-1557).

Milarepa spent the rest of his adult life practicing meditation in seclusion and teaching groups of disciples mainly through spontaneous songs of realization (mgur). One of the first of Milarepa’s songs recorded in Tsangnyon Heruka’s takes place after returning to his homeland for the first time and poignantly marks his decision to take up a life of solitary meditation:

I bow down at the feet of most excellent Marpa.
Bless this beggar to turn from clinging to things.

Alas. Alas. Ay me. Ay me. How sad.
People invested in things of life’s round—
I reflect and reflect and again and again I despair.
They engage and engage and stir up from their depths so much torment.
They whirl and they whirl and are cast in the depths of life’s round.

Those dragged on by karma, afflicted with anguish like this—
What to do? What to do? There’s no cure but the dharma.
Lord Aksobhya in essence, Vajradhara,
Bless this beggar to stay in mountain retreat.

In the town of impermanence and illusion
A restless visitor to these ruins is afflicted with anguish.
In the environs of Gungtang, a wondrous landscape,
Grasslands that fed yaks, sheep, cattle, and goats
Are nowadays taken over by harmful spirits.
These too are examples of impermanence and illusion,
Examples that call me, a yogin, to practice.

This home of four pillars and eight beams
Nowadays resembles a lion’s upper jaw.
The manor of four corners, four walls, and a roof, making nine
These too are examples of impermanence and illusion,
Examples that call me, a yogin, to practice.

This fertile field Orma Triangle
Nowadays is a tangle of weeds.
My cousins and family relations
Nowadays rise up as an army of foes.
These too are examples of impermanence and illusion,
Examples that call me, a yogin, to practice.
My good father Mila Shergyal
Nowadays, of him no trace remains.
My mother Nyangtsa Kargyen
Nowadays is a pile of bare bones.
These too are examples of impermanence and illusion,
Examples that call me, a yogin, to practice.

My family priest Konchok Lhabüm
Nowadays works as a servant.
The sacred text Ratnakūṭa
Nowadays serves as a nest for vermin and birds.
These too are examples of impermanence and illusion,
Examples that call me, a yogin, to practice.

My neighboring uncle Yungyal
Nowadays lives among hostile enemies.
My sister Peta Gonkyi
Has vanished without leaving a trace.
These too are examples of impermanence and illusion,
Examples that call me, a yogin, to practice.

Lord Aksobhya in essence, compassionate one,
Bless this beggar to stay in mountain retreat.

While staying at Drakar Taso, Milarepa later reaffirms his commitment to meditation practice in a stirring song about his aim of dying in solitary retreat:

I address my prayers to the lord lama’s body.
Bless this beggar to stay in mountain retreat.

My happiness unknown to loved ones
And misery unknown to foes—
If thus I can die in this mountain retreat
The aims of this yogin will be complete.

My aging unknown to companions
And sickness unknown to my sister—
If thus I can die in this mountain retreat
The aims of this yogin will be complete.

My death unknown among people
And rotting corpse unseen by vultures—
If thus I can die in this mountain retreat
The aims of this yogin will be complete.

Flies sucking on my putrid flesh
And insects gnawing my bones—
If thus I can die in this mountain retreat
The aims of this yogin will be complete.

No footprints upon my doorstep
And no sign of blood inside—
If thus I can die in this mountain retreat
The aims of this yogin will be complete.

No one to stand round my corpse
And no one to mourn for my death—
If thus I can die in this mountain retreat
The aims of this yogin will be complete.

No one to ask where I’ve gone to
And no one to say I have come—
If thus I can die in this mountain retreat
The aims of this yogin will be complete.

May the prayer of this beggar to die
In a cave of some lonesome locale
Be cast for the benefit of beings.
When cast, my aims are fulfilled.

Milarepa, principal student to Marpa the translator, teacher of Rechungpa and Gampopa. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click on image to enlarge.

Milarepa, principal student to Marpa the translator, teacher of Rechungpa and Gampopa. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click on image to enlarge.

Milarepa passed away at the age of 84, after eating poisoned curds given by the jealous geshe Tsakpuwa (rtsag phu ba). After Milarepa’s body was cremated, dakini goddesses are said to have carried away his corporeal relics, leaving his disciples with little more than a piece of his robe, a lump of rock sugar, a knife and flint steel, and the yogin’s many songs of inner realization.

Milarepa is credited with gathering numerous disciples; the best known are Rechung Dorje Drakpa (ras chung rdo rje brag pa, 1084-1161) and Gampopa Sonam Rinchen (sgam po pa bsod nam rin chen, 1079-1153). The latter helped to establish a lineage of Kagyu masters and institutions that continue to play an important role in the dissemination of Tibetan Buddhism.

 

མི་ལ་རས་པ།

བོད་དུ་སྙན་པའི་གྲགས་པ་མཆོག་ཏུ་རྒྱས་པའི་གྲུབ་པའི་དབང་ཕྱུག་རྗེ་བཙུན་མི་ལ་རས་པ་ནི། མཉམ་མེད་བཀའ་བརྒྱུད་པའི་བྱུང་རབས་ལོ་རྒྱུས་ནང་ཆོས་ལུགས་འདི་ཉིད་གསར་གཏོད་ཐད་མཛད་རྗེས་ཆེ་ཞིང་། ཕྱིས་བྱུང་སྒྲུབ་པ་ཉམས་ལེན་པ་རྣམས་ཀྱི་མིག་དཔེར་འོས་པའི་སྒྲུབ་པའི་རྒྱལ་མཚན་འཛིན་པའི་བསྟན་འཛིན་གྱི་སྐྱེས་ཆེན་ཞིག་ཡིན། རྣམ་ཐར་ཁག་ཏུ་ཁོང་གི་སྐུ་ཚེའི་ལོ་རྒྱུས་ནི་གཏམ་རྒྱུད་དང་དངོས་བྱུང་འདྲེས་མའི་ཚུལ་དུ་བཞུགས། ཁོང་ཆུང་ངུའི་དུས་སུ་རང་ཉིད་ཀྱི་ཕ་གཞིས་ཤོར་བའི་ལན་དུ་མི་ཉི་ཤུ་ལྷག་ཙམ་བསད་པ་དང་། དེ་ནས་འགྱོད་པ་དྲག་པོས་ཀུན་ནས་བསླངས་ཏེ་ཆོས་ལ་ཞུགས་པར་བཤད། རྗེས་སུ་ལྷོ་བྲག་རྗེ་མར་པའི་ཞབས་ལ་གཏུགས། ཆོས་ཀྱི་ཆེད་དུ་དཀའ་བ་ཚད་མེད་སྤྱད་དེ་སྔོན་བསགས་ལས་ཀྱི་སྒྲིབ་པ་མཐའ་དག་བྱངས་པའི་མཐར་དབང་དང་གདམས་པ་ཡོངས་རྫོགས་ཐོབ། དེ་ནས་སྐུ་ཚེ་ཧྲིལ་པོ་དབེན་པ་བསྟེན་ཏེ་བྲག་ཕུག་ནང་སྒོམ་ཉམས་ལེན་མཛད། བོད་ཡུལ་ལྷོ་ཕྱོགས་ཀྱི་བྲག་ཕུག་དང་རི་ཁྲོད་མང་པོར་ཞབས་ཀྱིས་བཅགས་པས་དེ་དག་ཡང་གནས་ཆེན་དུ་གྱུར་ནས་ཡོད།

 

Teachers

  • Marpa Chokyi Lodro མར་པ་ཆོས་ཀྱི་བློ་གྲོས། b.1012? – d.1097

 

Students

  • Gampopa Sonam Rinchen སྒམ་པོ་པ་བསོད་ནམས་རིན་ཆེན། b.1079 – d.1153
  • Rechungpa Dorje Drakpa རས་ཆུང་པ་རྡོ་རྗེ་གྲགས་པ། b.1085 – d.1161

 

Subsequent Incarnations

  • Gotsangpa Gonpo Dorje རྒོད་ཚང་པ་མགོན་པོ་རྡོ་རྗེ། b.1189 – d.1258

 

Images

AVALOKITESHVARA JINASAGARA WITH KAGYU MASTER. Avalokiteshvara Jinasagara is depicted at center with meditation deities immediately surrounding: Hayagrīva (left), Guhyajñāna (right), Siddharajni (center top), Mahākāla (center bottom). On the uppermost level is Milarepa on the left, Marpa in the center, and Gampopa on the right. More at Himalayanart.org

AVALOKITESHVARA JINASAGARA WITH KAGYU MASTER. Avalokiteshvara Jinasagara is depicted at center with meditation deities immediately surrounding: Hayagriva (left), Guhyajñana (right), Siddharajni (center top), Mahakala (center bottom). On the uppermost level is Milarepa on the left, Marpa in the center, and Gampopa on the right. More at himalayanart.org

KARMA KAGYU REFUGE FIELD. Karma Kagyu Field of Accumulation painting with the Fifteenth Karmapa, Kakyab Dorje, as the last lineage holder at the time of the compositions creation. More at himalayanart.org.

KARMA KAGYU REFUGE FIELD. Karma Kagyu Field of Accumulation painting with the Fifteenth Karmapa, Kakyab Dorje, as the last lineage holder at the time of the compositions creation. More at himalayanart.org.

DRUKPA KAGYU AND KAGYU LINEAGES. Eighteenth century thangka of Drukpa Kagyu and Kagyu lineage masters. More at himalayanart.org

DRUKPA KAGYU AND KAGYU LINEAGES. Eighteenth century thangka of Drukpa Kagyu and Kagyu lineage masters. More at himalayanart.org

DRUKPA KAGYU LINEAGE OF BHUTAN. Nineteenth century painting of the Drukpa Kagyu lineage of Bhutan. More at himalayanart.org

DRUKPA KAGYU LINEAGE OF BHUTAN. Nineteenth century painting of the Drukpa Kagyu lineage of Bhutan. More at himalayanart.org

EPISODES FROM THE LIFE OF MILAREPA. This nineteenth century painting of Milarepa is possibly a copy of an original from Pelpung Monastery. A representative of the Situ style, it exemplifies the types of paintings commissioned by Situ Panchen and his circle. More at himalayanart.org

EPISODES FROM THE LIFE OF MILAREPA. This nineteenth century painting of Milarepa is possibly a copy of an original from Pelpung Monastery. A representative of the Situ style, it exemplifies the types of paintings commissioned by Situ Panchen and his circle. More at himalayanart.org

PEMA KARPO. This 19th Century painting from Bhutan shows Pema Karpo surrounded by deities and Buddhist masters Marpa, Milarepa, and Marpa. The primordial buddha Vajradhara is pictured above the central figure. More at himalayanart.org

PEMA KARPO. This 19th Century painting from Bhutan shows Pema Karpo surrounded by deities and Buddhist masters Marpa, Milarepa, and Marpa. The primordial buddha Vajradhara is pictured above the central figure. More at himalayanart.org

TAKLUNG TANGPA TASHI PEL WITH LINEAGE. A portrait of Taklung Tangpa Tashi Pel with the basic Kagyu lineage, dating to the thirteenth century. More at himalayanart.org

TAKLUNG TANGPA TASHI PEL WITH LINEAGE. A portrait of Taklung Tangpa Tashi Pel with the basic Kagyu lineage, dating to the thirteenth century. More at himalayanart.org

KARMA PAKSHI WITH LINEAGE. A thirteenth-century portrait of the Second Karmapa, Karma Pakshi. More at HimalayanArt.org

KARMA PAKSHI WITH LINEAGE. A thirteenth-century portrait of the Second Karmapa, Karma Pakshi. More at himalayanart.org

MILAREPA. An eighteenth century scuplture of Milarepa from Tibet, carved of stone. More at himalayanart.org

MILAREPA. An eighteenth century scuplture of Milarepa from Tibet, carved of stone. More at himalayanart.org

CAKRASAMVARA WITH THE FOOTPRINTS OF DRIGUNGPA RINCHEN PEL. Chakrasamvara, Sahaja Heruka, with the footprints of Drigungpa Rinchen Pel. More at himalayanart.org

CAKRASAMVARA WITH THE FOOTPRINTS OF DRIGUNGPA RINCHEN PEL. Chakrasamvara, Sahaja Heruka, with the footprints of Drigungpa Rinchen Pel. More at himalayanart.org

 

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  1. Tsa Tsa Ong on Oct 7, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Dorje Sengge married a local woman and had a son they named Mila Sherab Gyeltsen (shes rab rgyal mtshan); the latter in turn married a woman named Nyangtsa Kargyen . This couple then gave birth to the boy who would become Milarepa. Marpa first imparted the lay and bodhisattva vows, granting Milarepa the name Dorje Gyeltsen. Milarepa then received numerous tantric instructions that Marpa had received in India, especially those of tummo (gtum mo), or yogic heat, the aural instructions (snyan rgyud) of tantric practice, and instructions Mahamudra.
    Marpa conferred upon Milarepa the secret initiation name Zhepa Dorje (and commanded him to spend the rest of his life meditating in solitary mountain retreat.Milarepa spent the rest of his adult life practicing meditation in seclusion and teaching groups of disciples mainly through spontaneous songs of realization .
    One of the first of Milarepa’s songs recorded in Tsangnyon Heruka’s takes place after returning to his homeland for the first time and poignantly marks his decision to take up a life of solitary meditation: Milarepa passed away at the age of 84, after eating poisoned curds given by the jealous geshe Tsakpuwa . After Milarepa’s body was cremated, dakini goddesses are said to have carried away his corporeal relics, leaving his disciples with little more than a piece of his robe, a lump of rock sugar, a knife and flint steel, and the yogin’s many songs of inner realization. Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for sharing this interesting history on Milarepa.🙏😊

  2. Samfoonheei on Sep 17, 2018 at 9:21 am

    Milarepa was born in western Tibet to a wealthy family. Due to the hush treatment his family gone after his father passing by his greedy uncle. Milarepa sought revenge by studying black magic in his younger years on a wicked uncle, killing many people. Feeling sorrow about his deeds , he later became student of Marpa the translator and practice solitary meditation in caves and mountain retreats. He then turned to Buddhism to become an accomplished yogi despite his past as a murderer. After many years of practice , he lived as a fully realized yogi, and eventually even forgave his aunt, who caused the misfortune of his family. He began his simple, solitary lifestyle, living in caves, travelling widely across the Himalayan borderlands of Tibet and He spent the rest of his life practicing meditation. Areas which were associated with his life have become an important pilgrimage sites till today. He was one of the most famous Tibetan Buddhist masters, yogi saints and poets who was well remembered for his determination .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing.

  3. Joy Kam on Jul 26, 2018 at 4:58 am

    Listening to the chanting of sacred words, melodies, mantras, sutras and prayers has a very powerful healing effect on our outer and inner environments. It clears the chakras, spiritual toxins, the paths where our ‘chi’ travels within our bodies for health as well as for clearing the mind. It is soothing and relaxing but at the same time invigorates us with positive energy. The sacred sounds invite positive beings to inhabit our environment, expels negative beings and brings the sound of growth to the land, animals, water and plants. Sacred chants bless all living beings on our land as well as inanimate objects. Do download and play while in traffic to relax, when you are about to sleep, during meditation, during stress or just anytime. Great to play for animals and children. Share with friends the blessing of a full Dorje Shugden puja performed at Kechara Forest Retreat by our puja department for the benefit of others. Tsem Rinpoche

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    Saturday, Feb 29. 2020 08:21 PM
    It is very heart wrenching looking at the pictures, why people would want to harm innocent animals and create so much pain to them. Animals deserve to live freely like all of us. Tara is lucky to have been rescued by the kind hearted NGOs and later sent to oversea. The authority should impose hefty punishment to those who abuse animals. This will hopefully prevent them from treating animals badly.

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    Saturday, Feb 29. 2020 07:50 PM
    A very unique and creative idea to recycle the bottles. Never thought using beer bottles can give such an impressive architecture effect. A place worth visiting. Appreciation to the monks and team in bringing the recycling message and awareness to the locals and visitors. We should learn from them, stop any wastage and appreciate our environment.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/beer-bottle-temple-in-thailand.html#comment-900985
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  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 29. 2020 02:17 PM
    Beautiful Buddhist temple of a million bottles, in Khun Han district of Sisaket province, Thailand. Amazing this temple was built with over 1.5 million empty green Heineken bottles and Chang beer bottles. It took them 2 years to collect the bottles which began in 1984 and built the main temple. Well it is a testament to a community coming and work together to reduce pollution in their area. Now this temple is Thailand’s most eco-friendly temple. Looking at those pictures tell a thousands words. All the green Heineken and brown domestic Chang and Singha beer bottles are aligned into the concrete walls and spired roof of the structure. One could see colourful bottles along the railings of the walkways leading to the temple grounds. Very unique structures indeed. Have not been there this temple yet but wish someday i could see for myself the beauty of it.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this unique construction of this temple to save the environment, Eco friendly and green.

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    Saturday, Feb 29. 2020 02:13 PM
    Wesak day is to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and passing away of Buddha. Its celebrated by Buddhist world wide and is the most important Buddhist festival of the year. Reading this post , more people will get to understand more of how its celebrated in other parts of the world. Different countries have different ways to mark the birth of Buddha like bathing the Buddha Statue , having prayers, mass alms offering and so forth.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

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    The Buddha Statue of Hyderabad is the world’s tallest monolith of Gautama Buddha in the world. The statue situated at the famous Lumbini Park in the Hussain Sagar Island in Hyderabad. To reach there one needs to travel by boat and had attracted thousands of tourist yearly . Known as the “Rock of Gibraltar”, by many. Lovely pictures shared. Famous sculptor and Indian architect Ganapathi Sthapathi was the man behind this iconic monolithic statue of Gautama. To bless the surroundings and the people who see it from far and near. It is so beautiful , merely looking at this huge Buddha statue is a blessing.
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    Friday, Feb 28. 2020 03:52 PM
    Inspiring ……. Sikkimese Lama who played an important part in Tibetan Buddhism. Kazi Dawa Samdup a former school headmaster was best known as one of the first translators of important works of Tibetan Buddhism . Translating Tibetan texts into the English language and was a pioneer central to the transmission of Buddhism in the West. During his lifetime, he had acted as the interpreter to well-known people due to his proficiency in the English and Tibetan languages. He did served kings, lamas, politicians, and explorers as well. His translation of Tibetan Buddhist texts have been reprinted a number of times and even translated into many languages. Although he passed away many years ago yet his legacy continues to live on.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring sharing of a GREAT Lama.

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    Friday, Feb 28. 2020 03:50 PM
    When any object is huge, naturally it will huge in the power in every situation, and will make a difference . Hundreds of millions of people practice Buddhism worldwide, so it won’t be surprise that some of the largest and most impressive huge statues to any faith are found throughout Asia and across the globe. Having all these huge objects are actually manifestations of compassion to assist us in the accumulation of merit and the purification of negative karma.Merely by seeing huge statues or grotto will plant the seeds of enlightenment in the visitors their mind.
    Now 500 mantra stones engraved with Dorje Shugden’s sacred mantra have been placed at the grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat. Through the kindness of our Lama HE the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, we have place a place called home to many. Rinpoche has conceived of this area where the huge grotto with Dorje Shugde ‘s sacred mantra stones be placed to benefit all sentient beings. With Rinpoche ‘s explanation we need to purify our negative karma to suit our current karma-bound situation. We could do candles and incense offerings and even circumambulate around the 500 mantra stones as well. Interesting teachings for us to understand better.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing all the profound teachings and explanations of purification .

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  • S.Prathap
    Friday, Feb 28. 2020 03:25 PM
    What an amazing discovery by a Indonesian man who has a dream of a bluish-red dragon diving into a old well at Brahu Temple, sub-district of East Java Province.. It then lead him to the discovery of a White Tara statue , coins, and golden stones dated back in 1293-1500 CE.

    It goes to show that the power of the long gone enlightened ones are still alive and we are not abandoned.Thank you for this interesting post and sharing with us the legends and profound teachings about Tara .


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    Friday, Feb 28. 2020 01:26 PM
    Thank you for the great information about acupuncture. Knowing this popular Chinese healing therapy using needles into a person body to relief pain and make a person feel better. A effective and powerful way for some who prefer traditional medication. I had learned that this treatment is believed to create energy balances and to remove negative blockages from the body.

    I do have friends who often visit an acupuncturist for their muscle aches and pains. I have seen improvements in their health conditions. To me, I always support traditional medications and I do believe that this treatment had cured many chronic illnesses.

    Thanks for the sharing, hope this article will help to clear thoughts for some who is seeking to visit one.
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Feb 27. 2020 03:50 PM
    In general jealousy seems to be bad for any relationships. It’s a feeling of resentment against someone, feeling of insecurity and conflict. It’s human nature. It’s natural to feel jealous from time to time. Well it becomes problematic when we act out in jealousy. Everything happen for a reason, some people have been doing well , wealthy and some do not , all these are our past karma. We should not feel jealous but rejoice for them. We should try self-confidence letting go the situation. Jealousy can be harmful as it will hijack our mind, ruin our relationships, destroy our family, and some extreme cases such stealing or killing as well . At times jealousy becomes lethal, as do domestic fights, and ends up killing others or themselves.
    To avoid jealousy we should accept and begin to appreciate who and what we are. Always rejoice to others and take them as an inspiration example. We should think less about ourselves, and more about others. Learning Dharma , practicing Dharma and putting into action , our jealousy will disappear. It’s the best choice.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/question-on-jealousy.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Feb 27. 2020 03:48 PM
    What a wonderful way going on a holy pilgrimage, and serving a Great Lama. Khensur Rinpoche who is a good friend of our Lama for 27 years. Rinpoche had known Khensur Rinpoche since Rinpoche time in India. Khensur Rinpoche had spent his whole life living in the monastic community teaching. Kensur Rinpoche had established Shar Gaden Monastery where the practice of Dorje Shugden and lineage is protected and preserved.
    Looking at all the pictures tells us a thousand words, how the team lead by Su Ming and team serving a Great Lama Khensur Rinpoche and Gen Wangyal. Such as taking them to see the doctor for medical check-up having all the necessary tests done, to see the dentist as well as checking their eyes and so forth . Well done Su Ming and team.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing which will inspire us to go all the up serving monks.
    In a way to show , gratitude to them how we appreciate their present .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/whats-a-meaningful-pilgrimage.html
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Feb 27. 2020 02:44 PM
    Great and clear explanation for us to understand as well as to increase our knowledge of why bigger and more Buddha statues makes a difference in our lives. Big statues have been always been regarded as big blessings for the area around it and also the sentient beings that live around that area.

    In Kechara Forest Retreat have many holy outdoor statue to create cause for people come to pilgrimage, embucirculate around the statue will help those have heavy body karma.Thank you very much for this article.


    https://bit.ly/386stv0

  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Feb 26. 2020 03:48 PM
    Many countries around the world have looking and working with China. They realised being friendly with China is a wise choice for the benefits for the growth of their country. China has become world largest economy country. For Tibet befriending China in long term will benefits both countries. Time had changed with Tibet having workshops with the Chinese is a good sign improving their relationship after all these years . People have their right and freedom to choose what they practice. Practicing Dorje Shugden is nothing to do with China. Every one of us have the right and freedom to choose what we want to practice. HH Dalai Lama is looking forward to return to Tibet one day. It only can be happen if the Tibetan leadership, letting go of the past and have more dialogues and meetings with the Chinese government in future. And solving all the political problems and lifting Dorje Shugden’s ban once for all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this great news.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-importance-of-tibet-befriending-china-nepali.html

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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
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Sacred Vajra Yogini
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Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
9 months ago
This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Beautiful red lanterns around Vajrayogini Stupa at Kechara Forest Retreat. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Auspicious red decorations at Tsongkhapa shrine. Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Auspicious red decorations at Tsongkhapa shrine. Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Gong Xi Fa Cai! Here's to new beginnings and better endings with this Year of the Metal Rat! shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Throwback KSDS Graduation - All kids were so excited with to perform. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children learning the method to make water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
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Monthly animal liberation in Kechara House. KSDS have opportunity to participate in the meritorious activity every mth. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback Kids camp 2019 - Wonderful volunteers. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback Kids camp 2019 - Wonderful volunteers. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback Kids camp 2019 - The nature of KFR is expressed on this drawing. Lin Mun KSDS
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Special thanks to Hue, one of our dedicated members in Kechara Penang Study Group. Thanks for helping out during our bird liberation. ~Jacinta
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Animal Liberation is one of the great ways to show empathy, kindness and compassion to kids. Start them early! ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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