Most Venerable Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende visits Tsem Rinpoche

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His Eminence Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Phende (Abbot Emeritus of Shar Gaden Monastery) and His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche

His Eminence Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Phende (Abbot Emeritus of Shar Gaden Monastery) and His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche

 

Interviewing H.E. Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Phende
of Shar Gaden Monastery
about H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche

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Kechara was extremely honoured and privileged to host the visit of His Eminence Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Phende, accompanied by his devoted attendant Gen Wangyal. Kensur Rinpoche, now an abbot emeritus, was the first abbot of Shar Gaden Monastery. It was Kensur Rinpoche who steered the monastery through troubled times when they were first forced to split from Gaden Shartse Monastery. Together with the other monks from Dokhang Khangtsen, Kensur Rinpoche established Shar Gaden Monastery as a Dorje Shugden stronghold where the practice and lineage could be protected and preserved.

In this day and age, few lamas command as much respect as Kensur Rinpoche who is admired for his bravery and courage. Certainly, his smiling face belies the many struggles he has experienced throughout his life. After leaving Tibet in 1959, Kensur Rinpoche stayed for a number of years in Buxa together with over 1000 other monks. There, they fought to preserve the practices and lineages that were at risk of being lost or had been left behind in Tibet. Kensur Rinpoche told us that during that time, all of the monks would do regular Kalarupa (Druchuma) pujas. The pujas were requested by the Tibetan leadership who asked that the rituals be dedicated to the removal of obstacles for the Tibetan settlements.

In the early 1990s, when everyone was still a part of Gaden Shartse Monastery. Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende, then known as Geshe Lobsang Phende, is on the far left of the picture. He is the umze (lead chanter) of the puja and wearing the tsoksha hat. He sits behind His Holiness the 101st Gaden Trisur Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Chocktrul Rinpoche and our Rinpoche.

In the early 1990s, when everyone was still a part of Gaden Shartse Monastery. Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende, then known as Geshe Lobsang Phende, is on the far left of the picture. He is the umze (lead chanter) of the puja and wearing the tsoksha hat. He sits behind His Holiness the 101st Gaden Trisur Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Chocktrul Rinpoche and our Tsem Rinpoche.

Thus, together with other monks like Gen Wangyal and Geshe Sopa, Kensur Rinpoche helped to rebuild Gaden Monastery in exile, through both spiritual and physical means. Kensur Rinpoche tells of a time when the monks had to go into the forest and chop down the trees by hand, and transport the logs back to the site where Gaden was being constructed. It was through this arduous process, driven by faith and devotion, that monks like Gen Wangyal today speak excellent Hindi since they had to deal with local Indian contractors.

Yet, when the ban came, none of these efforts mattered. They were in fact conveniently forgotten and in 2008, Kensur Rinpoche and the monks of Dokhang Khangtsen were resoundingly kicked out of Gaden Shartse Monastery because they refused to give up their practice. Kensur Rinpoche said that when His Holiness the Dalai Lama began issuing instructions for Shugden and non-Shugden worshippers to be segregated, Kensur Rinpoche thought long and hard about the decision to follow the Dalai Lama’s instructions and split from Gaden Shartse Monastery. His concern was for the welfare of the monks who were about to be kicked out because they did not want to give up their practice. Without resources, how were they ever going to continue?

The Gaden Oracle in trance of Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden grips Kensur Rinpoche's robes, a sign of his great happiness and appreciation for Kensur Rinpoche's devotion to the lineage of Lama Tsongkhapa.

The Gaden Oracle in trance of Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden grips Kensur Rinpoche’s robes, a sign of his great happiness and appreciation for Kensur Rinpoche’s devotion to the lineage of Lama Tsongkhapa.

In the end Kensur Rinpoche decided separating meant he could also protect those who chose to ‘give up the practice’. If the Dokhang Khangtsen monks did not leave, they were going to be expelled anyway and before things reached that stage, the rest of Gaden Shartse would suffer immense pressure from Dharamsala to harass Shugden monks. Kensur Rinpoche said the environment at the time was such that non-Shugden monks would have been harassed for associating with Shugden monks, and Kensur Rinpoche wanted to protect them from this type of unpleasant, uncomfortable situation.

So even in Kensur Rinpoche’s decision to support the split from Gaden Shartse Monastery, the motivation was compassion for everyone involved. Although he did not agree with the decisions of people who chose to give up the practice, still he did not wish to harm them. How many of us can say we are that deeply practised to think about the welfare of those who might cause harm to us?

Tsem Rinpoche and Kensur Rinpoche meeting for the first time in decades. The meeting stretched for many hours because there was much to catch up on.

Tsem Rinpoche and Kensur Rinpoche meeting for the first time in decades. The meeting stretched for many hours because there was much to catch up on. There is a strong connection here as Gen Wangyal the assistant of Kensur Rinpoche is the nephew of Tsem Rinpoche’s previous incarnation (Kentrul Thubten Lamsang).

But the worst was yet to come and in fact, the highest insult arrived in the form of Gaden Shartse Monastery doing the previously-unthinkable. Soon after the split, they erected a wall between themselves and the newly-established Shar Gaden. Consider the fact Kensur Rinpoche has devoted his life to his monastery, then imagine what it must have felt like as Kensur Rinpoche watched this wall being constructed, brick by brick.

Imagine the monastery that you helped to build by hand, telling you in such an obvious and degrading way that they no longer want you nor wish to be associated with you. This is exactly what the Tibetan leadership forces their community to do, and how much hurt and insult they instigate by driving people apart with a total disregard for their feelings and their contribution to Tibetan society and the welfare of the Tibetan people.

Tsem Rinpoche shows Kensur Rinpoche his personal 5ft Vajrayogini statue.

Tsem Rinpoche shows Kensur Rinpoche his personal 5ft Vajrayogini statue.

When Kensur Rinpoche tells this story, he does it without any bitterness or anger. But one can only imagine the pain, anguish and humiliation that many of the other monks also experienced at that time. As a result, Kensur Rinpoche as the first abbot would have had to counsel many monks who were hurt, confused and finding themselves unable to make sense of the event. In the early years of Shar Gaden’s establishment, it was Kensur Rinpoche who raised the funds, educated the young monks, and guided and trained them so that the monastery would have a firm grounding for its longevity and survival.

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These days, Kensur Rinpoche has retired from the abbotship. He now spends most of his time in India where although Kensur Rinpoche is the abbot emeritus, he continues to be involved in monastic affairs. Such is his ongoing concern and unflagging devotion for the welfare of the Sangha. During part of the year, Kensur Rinpoche also travels to Europe where he conducts pujas to raise funds, again for the Monastery. This harkens back to a time when the Dorje Shugden ban first started and Kensur Rinpoche found himself travelling to Europe to conduct pujas to raise funds for the Dorje Shugden Society in Delhi, so they could carry out their important works. It is known by all who have met Kensur Rinpoche that everything he raises is directed straight to the monastery.

While many claim to be great, few are truly great and have their greatness recognised by so many others. Theirs is a greatness developed through their actions, their devotion and their commitment to carrying out their promises. Throughout Kensur Rinpoche’s time in Malaysia, what moved me the most is that although he is such a grand lama, Kensur Rinpoche is totally without airs and graces, and lives very simply with his devoted attendant Gen Wangyal. While his actions make him deserving of the highest throne, yet he asks and demands for nothing, and thinks only for the monastery and its welfare.

For almost every day that Kensur Rinpoche was with us in Malaysia, he did pujas for the success and growth of Rinpoche's work, and for Rinpoche's long life.

For almost every day that Kensur Rinpoche was with us in Malaysia, he did pujas for the success and growth of Tsem Rinpoche’s work, and for Tsem Rinpoche’s long life.

On his visit to Kechara, Kensur Rinpoche performed many long life pujas dedicated to our guru, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche. Kensur Rinpoche expressed that he understood the importance of Rinpoche’s work for the lineage, and he wished to contribute to Rinpoche’s works in this way. He has wanted to offer tenshug (long life requests and official pujas) to our Tsem Rinpoche in the past, but Tsem Rinpoche humbly declined. Kechara was truly honoured that such a distinguished guest and practitioner performed these rituals for our teacher. Kechara also had the opportunity to serve Kensur Rinpoche, taking him for medical check-ups with the best doctors to get his diabetes under control. All of this was overseen by our Rinpoche who wanted to take care of Kensur Rinpoche in his old age, in the same way Kensur Rinpoche has taken care of so many people throughout his life. For Rinpoche, such practitioners who are reservoirs of learning, knowledge and practice grow more and more precious as time passes and this lost generation of perfect masters who were educated in Tibet continues to dwindle in number.

Kensur Rinpoche also performed a soongdroop and rabney consecration puja for all of the statues and images throughout the Kechara Forest Retreat land.

Kensur Rinpoche also performed a soongdroop and rabney consecration puja for all of the statues and images throughout the Kechara Forest Retreat land.

When you ask Kensur Rinpoche how he dealt with the problems he has experienced throughout his life, Kensur Rinpoche’s answer is very simple:

“Pray to your lama for blessings. Pray to Dorje Shugden for material help. Then relax and trust, and don’t worry.

When you have your lama’s blessings and Dorje Shugden’s help, you have no reason to worry.”

Though Kensur Rinpoche’s words may appear simple, because they are uttered by someone who has successfully weathered storm after storm, it is then you realise even simple words can become an immense inspiration when they are backed up by actions that have borne fruit. They are especially more powerful when uttered by someone who has kept his monk vows intact for the last 70 years, for Kensur Rinpoche entered the monastery when he was just seven years old and at the time of writing, is currently 77 years old.

So in the interview above which was recorded while Kensur Rinpoche he was here with us, you will find that Kensur Rinpoche is speaking about our Rinpoche, and talking about what he thinks about our Rinpoche’s works and what he has accomplished.

May Kensur Rinpoche a long life and may all of his wishes swiftly come to fruition. May Kechara always be able to host such practitioners, to create the causes to develop such practitioners ourselves.

Pastor Jean Ai

 

Attendees bow as Kensur Rinpoche arrives for one of the pujas dedicated to Tsem Rinpoche, his long life and his works.

Attendees bow as Kensur Rinpoche arrives for one of the pujas dedicated to Tsem Rinpoche, his long life and his works.

Here, Druchuma or Kalarupa Puja is being done for our Rinpoche's long life.

Here, Druchuma or Kalarupa Puja is being done for our Rinpoche’s long life.

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With the help of assistant monks, Kensur Rinpoche conducted over 20 pujas dedicated to Rinpoche’s long life and the growth of Rinpoche’s works. This is in the middle of the soongdroop puja Kensur Rinpoche conducted to consecrate and reconsecrate Buddha statues and images all over KFR.

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Kensur Rinpoche also performed a rabney consecration puja for all of the statues and images throughout the Kechara Forest Retreat land.

Kensur Rinpoche also performed a rabney consecration puja for all of the statues and images throughout the Kechara Forest Retreat land.

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Kensur Rinpoche blessing the location of the memorial for our Rinpoche's dog, Yogi who recently passed away.

Kensur Rinpoche blessing the location of the memorial for our Rinpoche’s dog, Yogi who recently passed away.

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 While Kensur Rinpoche was in Malaysia, he also led our monthly Dorje Shugden puja (dakhang). At the end of the puja, Kensur Rinpoche blessed all of the members of our Puja House, sangha-to-be and our pastors.

While Kensur Rinpoche was in Malaysia, he also led our monthly Dorje Shugden puja (dakhang). At the end of the puja, Kensur Rinpoche blessed all of the members of our Puja House, sangha-to-be and our pastors.

Kensur Rinpoche greets everyone as he exits Wisdom Hall under the gaze of Shakyamuni and Dorje Shugden, both of whom he has devoted his entire life to.

Kensur Rinpoche greets everyone as he exits Wisdom Hall under the gaze of Shakyamuni and Dorje Shugden, both of whom he has devoted his entire life to.

During Kensur Rinpoche's visit to Malaysia, he was also interviewed about his life story as well as his thoughts and feelings about our Rinpoche.

During Kensur Rinpoche’s visit to Malaysia, he was also interviewed about his life story as well as his thoughts and feelings about our Rinpoche.

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Kensur Rinpoche visited Kechara's new Puja House in Bentong, and blessed the premises. Here, our Head Pastor Yek Yee can be seen greeting Kensur Rinpoche.

Kensur Rinpoche visited Kechara’s new Puja House in Bentong, and blessed the premises. Here, our Head Pastor Yek Yee can be seen greeting Kensur Rinpoche.

Kensur Rinpoche doing a Dorje Shugden black tea in front of a portrait of his guru and teacher Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, who gave Kensur Rinpoche his novice monk ordination vows.

Kensur Rinpoche doing a Dorje Shugden black tea at our Kechara Puja House in front of a portrait of his guru and teacher Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, who gave Kensur Rinpoche his novice monk ordination vows.

Upon his arrival to Malaysia, Kensur Rinpoche toured the various Kechara departments. Here, in the Kechara Gallery, Kensur Rinpoche pays special attention to our Rinpoche's recognition papers (chakdak).

Upon his arrival to Malaysia, Kensur Rinpoche toured the various Kechara departments. Here, in the Kechara Gallery, Kensur Rinpoche pays special attention to our Rinpoche’s story.

At Kensur Rinpoche's insistence, he conducted over 20 pujas while he was in Malaysia. All of them were dedicated to the growth of Rinpoche's works and Kechara, and to our Rinpoche's long life. On some days, the team overseeing Kensur Rinpoche's visit took him to tour other sites in Malaysia, such as Chin Swee Temple in Genting Highlands.

At Kensur Rinpoche’s insistence, he conducted over 20 pujas while he was in Kechara in Malaysia. All of them were dedicated to the growth of Tsem Rinpoche’s works and Kechara, and to our Tsem Rinpoche’s long life. On some days, the team overseeing Kensur Rinpoche’s visit took him to tour other sites in Malaysia, such as Chin Swee Temple in Genting Highlands.

Kensur Rinpoche also had the opportunity to join one of Kechara Soup Kitchen's (KSK) rounds, to offer food to the poor. Here, Kensur Rinpoche is receiving an explanation of KSK's activities.

Kensur Rinpoche also had the opportunity to join one of Kechara Soup Kitchen’s (KSK) rounds, to offer food to the poor. Here, Kensur Rinpoche is receiving an explanation of KSK’s activities.

Kensur Rinpoche offering food to Kuala Lumpur's homeless and urban poor.

Kensur Rinpoche offering food to Kuala Lumpur’s homeless and urban poor.

A small number of Kecharians were fortunate to receive teachings from Kensur Rinpoche. Kensur Rinpoche gave teachings on Kalarupa and the puja, on guru devotion and on the importance of a Dharma centre. For the sangha-to-be and pastors, they were fortunate to receive teachings from Kensur Rinpoche on the behaviour of monks and nuns.

A small number of Kecharians were fortunate to receive teachings from Kensur Rinpoche. Kensur Rinpoche gave teachings on Kalarupa and the puja, on guru devotion and on the importance of a Dharma centre. For the sangha-to-be and pastors, they were fortunate to receive teachings from Kensur Rinpoche on the behaviour of monks and nuns.

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A small team of people were dedicated to serving Kensur Rinpoche throughout his stay in Malaysia. This is Carmen, who is a member of the Kechara's Board of Directors and Tsem Ladrang.

A small team of people were dedicated to serving Kensur Rinpoche throughout his stay in Malaysia. This is Carmen, who is a member of the Kechara’s Board of Directors and Tsem Ladrang.

William, who is head of Kechara's Human Resources and a member of Kechara's Board of Directors, was also involved in Kensur Rinpoche's care.

William, who is head of Kechara’s Human Resources and a member of Kechara’s Board of Directors, was also involved in Kensur Rinpoche’s care.

Abby, who is a member of Kechara's Board of Directors and works extremely hard translating our Rinpoche's works to Chinese, was also very involved during Kensur Rinpoche's visit, helping to coordinate pujas and various other works.

Abby, who is a member of Kechara’s Board of Directors and works extremely hard translating our Rinpoche’s works to Chinese, was also very involved during Kensur Rinpoche’s visit, helping to coordinate pujas and various other works.

Overseeing Kensur Rinpoche's whole visit and the team who served him was one of our Rinpoche's personal assistants, Beng Kooi who is the head of e-Division and a member of Kechara's Board of Directors.

Overseeing Kensur Rinpoche’s whole visit and the team who served him was one of our Rinpoche’s personal assistants, Beng Kooi who is the head of e-Division and a member of Kechara’s Board of Directors.

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The biography of His Eminence Kensur Rinpoche
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His Eminence Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Phende was born in 1941 in Lhasa, Tibet, not far from Gaden Monastery. Born into a very poor family, Kensur Rinpoche joined the local monastery after a monk that the family knew requested for their son to join the sangha. Rinpoche was just 7 years old at the time and he fondly recalls this as one of the best decisions his parents ever made for him.

Five years later, at the age of 12, Kensur Rinpoche entered the great prayer hall of Gaden Shartse Monastery where he received his Getsul (novice) vows from the incomparable His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He began his education with the Five Great Treatises under the tutelage of renowned masters such as H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche.

In 1959, Kensur Rinpoche followed His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and many others into exile in India. Like many other Tibetans, Kensur Rinpoche found himself in Buxa located in Northeastern India. There he remained for some time where his studies of Sutra and Tantra resumed. Kensur Rinpoche remembers those times as difficult but happy ones, where over 1000 monks from all traditions were gathered. During that time, all of the monks would engage in regular Kalarupa (Druchuma) pujas requested by the Tibetan government, for the removal of obstacles for the Tibetan settlements which were just being established.

A Tibetan monastery is an institution of great learning, diffusion and development of Buddhist philosophy, art and culture. It forms the core of religious and political life in Tibetan society and so when the Tibetans first arrived in India, rebuilding their great monasteries was one of their priorities. They focused first on the Three Great Pillars of Gaden, Sera and Drepung Monasteries. Kensur Rinpoche himself was one of the early pioneers who restored the monastic universities in India, and was directly involved in the reestablishment of Gaden in Mundgod, South India. Drepung would later come to be reestablished in Mundgod too, while Sera was reestablished in Bylakuppe, Mysore.

Throughout his life, Kensur Rinpoche has been so highly respected that he has always been requested to hold many positions and offices. Kensur Rinpoche was appointed General Secretary for the Lama Society, an organization in support of Gaden and Drepung Monasteries. Upon the completion of his tenure, he was requested to extend his service but Kensur Rinpoche declined, citing that he had to focus on his studies as advised by His Eminence Kensur Lati Rinpoche. When Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende finally completed his studies with due honours, he was awarded the Geshe Lharampa degree. This is equivalent to a Doctorate in Buddhist Philosophy. With his expertise and knowledge in pujas and rituals, and known for his beautifully sonorous chanting, Kensur Rinpoche was then appointed the Umze (lead chanter) of Gaden Shartse Monastery.

Tsem Rinpoche sponsored a long life puja for his guru, H.E. Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche. In this photo, you can see Kensur Rinpoche fulfilling his role as the umze (lead chanter) for this long life puja.

Tsem Rinpoche sponsored a long life puja for his guru, H.E. Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche. In this photo, you can see Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende fulfilling his role as the umze (lead chanter) for this long life puja.

Amongst Kensur Rinpoche’s many literary contributions was the reorganisation of the common and uncommon rituals and recitation traditions, in order to make them comprehensive and accessible to many. This was made possible with thorough analyses of the original compositions, in collaboration with and guided by none other than His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorjechang and His Holiness Kyabje Zong Dorjechang.

In addition, Kensur Rinpoche also served the monastery and laity as secretary to the Oracle of Dorje Shugden at Gaden Monastery. In this position, the sangha and laypeople relied on Kensur Rinpoche as the main scribe to record the proclamations and prophesies of Dorje Shugden in trance. When in trance, Dorje Shugden would speak in an archaic form of the Tibetan language, which is only understood by erudite scholars. Kensur Rinpoche bearing this position successfully for many years thus reflects and highlights his incredible knowledge and skill.

In February 2008, as a result of the ban on Dorje Shugden, Dokhang Khangtsen (a subdivision of Gaden Shartse Monastery) separated from the rest of Gaden Shartse to became an autonomous Gelug monastic institution on its own right. Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende was appointed as the Abbot to lead this newly-formed monastery, which was given the name Shar Gaden Monastery. Under Kensur Rinpoche’s guidance and leadership, the monastery reestablished its routine and systems, educating and training the monks as they would have been trained in Gaden Shartse. Only, as part of Shar Gaden, the monks also had Dorje Shugden included as one of their practices.

In 2013, after a highly successful five-year term as Abbot, Kensur Rinpoche retired from office, thus taking on the title of ‘Kensur’ or Abbot Emeritus*. Today, Kensur Rinpoche maintains his residence at Shar Gaden Monastery while continuing to serve the monastic community there. To this day, he continues to be highly revered at the monastery, and by countless Dorje Shugden practitioners everywhere.

*When one becomes an abbot (khenpo), they are known as Khen Rinpoche. Upon their retirement, the khenpo becomes a kensur and henceforth becomes known as Kensur Rinpoche. Therefore, until Lobsang Phende became Khen Rinpoche (and now Kensur Rinpoche), he would have been known to all as Geshe Lobsang Phende.

 

Addendum

H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche in the centre and Ven Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende on the extreme right.

H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche in the centre and Ven Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende on the extreme right.

After the unfair ban against Dorje Shugden practitioners was forcibly instituted by the Tibetan leadership onto the people and monasteries, the monasteries split. Over 600 monks from Gaden Shartse Monastery left and set up Shar Gaden Monastery. The Tibetan leadership did their best to get the authorities to close Shar Gaden Monastery but Shar Gaden had registered with the Indian authorities so there was nothing the Tibetan leadership could do. It was very sad. Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende left Gaden Shartse Monastery to be the abbot of the newly formed Shar Gaden Monastery in South India where they can continue Dorje Shugden practice. Prior to the ban Lati Rinpoche and Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende could meet up, share and be close as they all had been very close. After the ban this was not allowed anymore. Dorje Shugden and non-Dorje Shugden people had to be segregated. They cannot mix. The previous prime minister of the Tibetan government in-exile said that Dorje Shugden people and non-Dorje Shugden people are like the moustache and the mouth and it has to be separated. You can see in the 2nd photo, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche blessing a child and Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende standing next to the child. The monasteries were happy, united and had good samaya with each other prior to the ban. The ban destroyed everything including unity and harmony. It is very sad to see this. These pictures are from Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende’s collection.

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Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende is standing with H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche

Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende is standing with H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche

 
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  1. Samfoonheei on Oct 17, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    It’s a privilege to have a highly Master Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Phende visiting our Guru, Tsem Rinpoche at Kechara Forest retreat. And even attending the many long-life pujas conducted for Rinpoche. He is one high lama who devoted his whole life to the Dharma. After leaving Tibet into exile in 1959, he helped in rebuilding of monasteries and nunneries throughout India and Nepal. Kensur Rinpoche is one brave , courage and respected Lama . Since retirement he continues to be involved in monastic affairs and travelling to raise funds for the monastery.
    During Kensur Rinpoche’s stays in Kechara, Malaysia, he was interviewed about his life story and shared his thoughts and feelings about our Rinpoche. He give teachings to some fortunate Kecharians and did join in Kechara Soup Kitchen’s (KSK) rounds, offering foods to the poor.
    May Kensur Rinpoche stays healthy and live long to continue turning the Dharma wheel for the benefits of all beings.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing of a Great Lama.

  2. Carmen koo on Aug 14, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    What strikes my mind the most is that at his age, Kensur Rinpoche can recollect the memories of the past so vividly, and is still so sharp and alert. His aura is extremely at peace, with no signs of all that he had to go through before.

    It is sad that the ban on Dorje Shugden practice had sidelined him from his home he laid brick by brick. Not only him, but the many who chose to continue their practice proudly. It is sad to see how the ban had destroyed relationships, relationships he had built throughout the years in the monastic community, with the local community, with his fellow countrymen and women and practitioners from around the globe.

    Also, again, another proof of reincarnation! Kensur Rinpoche remembers Rinpoche’s past incarnation as Kentrul Thubten Lamsang, who was devoted to his lamas and performed many auspicious deeds where he was, had many disciples and helped the community very much. Just like Tsem Rinpoche’s deeds today.

  3. Wan Wai Meng on Aug 8, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    The Arya sangha is one of the representation of the Three Jewels, and the community of monks of our time is a representation of that spirit and energy. Venerable Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende has gone through so much since leaving tibet. The split amongst Gaden and Shar Gaden, was not something that was arrived at a whim, it was after much thought by the leadership of Shar Gaden.

    It was done to protect the Dorje Shudgen lineage of practices and also all the monks that wanted to carry on practicing the Dorje Shugden practices. I hope future generations can appreciate the monks of Shar Gaden, to split from their spiritual community was and remains one of the hardest decisions they could have ever taken before. I pray the ban on Dorje Shugden will lift soon and the monks of the Gelug order can come together again in harmony and as a spiritual community once more, united to bring dharma to all corners of the world.

  4. Sharon Ong on Aug 2, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    It is always good to read about extraordinary Lamas such as Kensur Rinpoche. Reading about Kensur Rinpoche’s tireless struggles as a Shugden practitioner helps me appreciate my Protector practice even more. If a high Lama like Kensur Rinpoche is courageously practising Dorje Shugden in the face of so many adversities, it is a clear sign that this Protector is extremely beneficial and powerful.

    Thank you for this well-written write-up, Pastor Jean Ai.

  5. Datuk May on Aug 2, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    I met Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende in 2013 during our pilgrimage to Shar Ganden. It was awesome to be so near to such a pure and holy monk. I had this opportunity to be in Kensur’s presence was on behalf of my Guru, in requesting for him to go for a thorough medical check-up and also for a long life puja to be conducted for him. Kensur Rinpoche went for the checkup sponsored by Tsem Rinpoche but declined the Long life puja as he told me he needed permission from his Guru who lived in Europe.

    It was such an honour for Kechara that Kensur Rinpoche visited us and be with us at Kechara Forest Retreat.

    During Kensur Rinpoche’s stay with us, he did not waste any time but conducted numerous pujas for Tsem Rinpoche’s long life and for the blessings on Kechara Forest Retreat and every sentient beings in the space.

    Kensur Rinpoche is truly a humble pure monk and whenever he walked into Wisdom Hall to conduct the numerous pujas and when we bowed in his presence, he would say “Thank you”. Amazing when it is us who should say “Thank you” for all the holy prayers conducted by him to bless us.

    The opportunities to meet such learned and great Masters like Kensur Rinpoche are getting more and more rare as the monks of that era are getting older and we must all take this opportunity of this article to learn and emanate their thoughts and words of wisdom.

    I encourage my friends to read about this great pure monk.

  6. Anne Ong on Aug 1, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche,Pastor Jean Ai and blog team for the beautiful post. It’s wonderful to see this puja event on pictures conducted by H.E. Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Phende for Tsem Rinpoche’s long life and Dharma growth of Kechara. And also the lovely interview with H.E. Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Phende,which i find very sweet, friendly and humble. I wish Kensur Rinpoche a very long and healthy life together with my Guru,Tsem Rinpoche. May The Wheel of Dharma keep turning until samsara ends._/\_

  7. Suzanne Stjern on Jul 31, 2017 at 3:00 am

    Thank you Pastor for writing such a wonderful and inspiring article. His Eminence Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche are living examples of true greatness of human character, who teach us to be just like them. I feel very inspired and motivated to increase my practice. Many blessing to all of Kechara, you all are amazing!

  8. Lim Han Nee on Jul 30, 2017 at 11:43 am

    It was indeed a rare honour and privilege to have received teachings from such a highly realised Master as Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Phende during his recent visit to our Guru, Tsem Rinpoche, and to attend the many long-life pujas he so graciously conducted for Rinpoche.

    As a Lama and Master of such vast knowledge and high attainments, he is yet so humble. His simplicity and directness draws you instantly into his warm circle of compassion and spirituality so naturally and spontaneously. When we learned that he had been there hands on to help in the construction of Gaden Monastery in Mundgod, and that he rose above the conflict created by the ban on the Dorje Shugden practice and helmed the Shar Gaden as abbot in its early tumultuous years, protecting both monks who had broken away to continue to practise Dorje Shugden and those who had ‘given up the practice’, we realise how great is the Bodhi mind that resides in such a rare holy being.

    You are inspired not to waste your time. One who has lived his life as a sangha, serving others, since the age of seven, he still continues at this high age to serve the monastery wherever he goes,spreading the Dharma and raising funds for the Monastery.

    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for this blogpost on such a precious holy being and his visit to our Guru, who never fails to teach us , by fine example, about appreciating great Sangha like Kensur Rinpoche.

  9. Jace Chong on Jul 29, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche, Pastor Jean Ai and blog team for the beautiful post.

    After reading the post, I found that Kensur Rinpoche’s smile is especially beautiful, for someone who been through all these and yet find every reason to rejoice and be happy. Not only the bravery, but the strong motivation the go through hardships to benefit others really blow my mind.

    I am fortunate to have chance to see him closer during some video shoot. I respect Kensur Rinpoche so much that he rarely tell us he is tired even it has been long hours filming some times. He always smile and when he wave his hand saying “Thank you”, I feel ashamed that we should thank him more than he thanks us.

    I wish Kensur Rinpoche a very long and healthy life together with my Guru, Tsem Rinpoche, may The Wheel of Dharma keep turning until samsara ends.

    Thank you.

  10. Sarah on Jul 29, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    This is the story of a remarkable high lama who devoted his whole life to the Dharma. I believe his success in establishing Shar Gaden Monastery was due to his great faith in the Protector. In spite of his advanced years, Kensur Rinpoche is still able to travel and perform pujas to benefit others. I shall always remember his words of advice: “Pray to your lama for blessings. Pray to Dorje Shugden for material help. Then relax and trust, and don’t worry. When you have your lama’s blessings and Dorje Shugden’s help, you have no reason to worry.” May Kensur Rinpoche live long and continue to turn the wheel of Dharma.

  11. Fong on Jul 29, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    Venerable Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende is a very courageous perosn and so full of faith. He trusts the Buddhas and the Dorje Shugden to do take care of him and his flock. To be abbot of Shar Gaden in the early must is so monumental that it would have broken a lesser person. And, yet his thoughts were for the confused young monks and how to ensure that they are able to keep their commitments to Dorje Shugden and their root Gurus.

    We, in Malaysia are so fortunate and honored by the presence of kensur Rinpoche.

  12. Lum Kok Luen on Jul 28, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Dear Pastor Jean Ai,

    It is so humbling and meritorious to read this beautiful posting and sharing of Kensur Rinpoche’s visit to Malaysia and close relationship between HE Tsem Rinpoche and Kensur Rinpoche.

    Both are such high erudite masters of the Dharma who only think of benefiting others out of samsara. We are indeed very, very fortunate to meet and have the merits to attend so many pujas in KFR during His Eminence’s visit to Malaysia.

    Of the innumerable teachings here, the most outstanding advise that I will always hold close to my heart is this:
    “Pray to your lama for blessings. Pray to Dorje Shugden for material help. Then relax and trust, and don’t worry.

    When you have your lama’s blessings and Dorje Shugden’s help, you have no reason to worry.”

    This is the only way for us all to bring ourselves and others out of samsara’s cycle. Guru devotion and following the Guru’s instructions are paramount in our practice.

    I pray and wish and dedicate to the long life, stable health to Kensur Rinpoche and we all be connected to Him life after life and may His teachings and our Guru’s teaching flourish far and wide.

    Humbly yours,
    Lum Kok Luen

  13. Tsem Rinpoche on Jul 28, 2017 at 10:24 am

    This is a powerful picture of Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, Kensur Kyabje Lati Rinpoche and the current incarnation of Trijang Rinpoche meeting together in the year 2000 when Trijang Rinpoche was 18. All three lamas are Dorje Shugden practitioners. In fact Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen was the one that first encouraged my practice of Dorje Shugden when I was 16 years old when I joined his beautiful Thubten Dhargye Ling centre in Los Angeles. I lived with Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen for 8 years before proceeding to Gaden Monastery in South India. Later Kyabje Zong Rinpoche came to our Los Angeles centre and granted sogtae (permission ceremony) to practice Dorje Shugden for life as requested by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen. Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen had tremendous faith in Trijang Rinpoche.

    Kyabje Lati Rinpoche was innovative, dedicated and very much focused on bringing dharma to many. He had tremendous faith in Dorje Shugden as I had the honour to meet him many times. He would seek advice from Dorje Shugden many times via the oracle of Gaden Monastery. Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and Kensur Kyabje Lati Rinpoche have since passed away while the current Trijang Rinpoche is a perfect lineage holder and practitioner of Dharma while he keeps Dorje Shugden as his personal protector as he has done so for many lifetimes.

    This is a powerful and beautiful picture of three great lamas of Buddha’s lineage and also of Gaden Monastery. ~Tsem Rinpoche

    Trijang and Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen

    • Jace Chong on Jul 29, 2017 at 1:54 pm

      Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this beautiful and historical photo.

      These 3 great masters are definitely not common beings who dedicate their lifes for the benefit of all sentient beings. Despite many obstacles arise from the unethical Dorje Shugden’s ban, these lineage holders are especially strong and brave to upkeep the lineage and Dorje Shugden practise.

      May Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and Kensur Kyabje Lati Rinpoche come back soon to continue the great works, may Trijang Rinpoche and all great lineage holders continue to carry the lineage and practice to spread light of hope to dispel the darkness of suffering.

      Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    • Grace Tan on Jul 29, 2017 at 7:40 pm

      Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing of the history of the three great and important highly respected lamas that have hold strongly to the DS practice.

      Also, thank you Rinpoche and the Kechara team that have brought Kensur Rinpoche and Gen Wangyal to Kechara Forest Retreat to conduct many pujas to benefit so many sentient beings. Kensur Rinpoche’s persistency in holding strongly to DS practise really inspires a lot of people and motivates all the DS practitioners around the world.

      We pray the DS ban to be lifted soonest. We hope more voices will be raised via social media to lift the DS ban.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 13. 2020 03:18 PM
    Dorje Shugden statue in Wisdom Hall located in Kechara Forest Retreat seen to be the largest in the world. We are fortunate to have such a huge Dorje Shugden Statue blessing all the sentient beings, environment and unseen beings . The bigger the statue ,it has brought more tremendous benefits to the surrounding area of Bentong. Over the years this largest Dorje Shugden have attracted many tourist as well as locals to see for themselves the beauty of statue and Kechara Forest Retreat. This huge statue serves to be a light for many, giving hope, blessing, inspiration and merit field for all those who come to receive the blessings of Shugden. Interesting write up.
    Thank you Rinpoche for founding this beautiful place away from the city hectic life

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/largest-dorje-shugden-in-the-world.html
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Aug 13. 2020 03:00 PM
    A place where many people around the world experience the art of mindful living. Plum village has a beautiful landscape and quiet environment for anyone to have more freedom, peace and happiness in our daily life.

    Wonderful for all involved looking for peace and calm. The natural surroundings surely enhances the experience. It will also teach the younger generation to appreciate nature.
    Thank you for sharing this article.

    https://bit.ly/3fZqkpa
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 13. 2020 02:39 PM
    Hermits are monks and nuns looking for wisdom. Many go up the remote mountains , spending their time in solitude meditation in order to master their spiritually practice, gaining profundity and knowledge. Its in the mountains away from the city they find a piece of mind to mediate and practice to transform their mind. Watching the video tells us all. Each of the hermits specks with words of wisdom that’s where they earns respect in Chinese society.
    An inspiring man Bill Porter one of the foremost Chinese poetry and essay translators in the world went searching for an answer of the lives of hermits. Bill Porter is the author of the book Road to Heaven, he travelled to hash, remote mountains of Zhongnan Mountain describing his journeys and encounter with Chinese Hermits in the book. Very inspiring documentary which tell us a thousand inspiring words . Life is simple yet the hermits are happy letting go all the worries of the world outside. He discovered then the hermit tradition is very much alive, as dozens of monks and nuns continue to lead solitary lives in quiet contemplation of their faith deep in the mountains.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/hermit-a-profound-documentary-by-bill-porter.html
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Aug 12. 2020 05:29 PM
    Getting quality sleep is one of the best things that we can do to maintaining a good lifestyle throughout our entire lifetime. People often give up good sleep due to busy lifestyle.

    In fact we need sleep to survive, just like we need food and water, in fact there are many biological processes happen during sleep. Lack of sleep can result in decreased immune system function, decreased body temperature as well as a decreased release of growth hormone.

    Thank you very much for your valuable sharing and all these 10 pointers are good guidelines for those who have trouble sleeping.
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Aug 12. 2020 02:11 PM
    Lady Lhalu Lhacham Yangdzom Tsering, an incredible lady and important aristocratic students of Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. A great and influential Gelug lady who devotion to her guru the great Kyabje Pabongka Dorjechang never change despite her life changes from a wealthy lady living luxuries to living in a store room. She received all the teachings and practiced devotedly to her guru, till the end of her life. Inspiring life story of a lady . We shall never leave our guru nor matter what happened.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/pabongka-rinpoche-and-his-yogini-student-the-lady-lhalu.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Aug 12. 2020 02:09 PM
    Very inspiring nun Ani Ngawang Pema a Tibetan Buddhist who stayed in solitary meditation for 45 years. Once in a while it’s good to remind ourselves that there are true spiritual seekers in the world today. She was a student of H.H Trulshik Rinpoche. She was known as the most beautiful girl when she was young in the northeast of Nepal. Many rich and famous families would seek her marriage but she chose a monastery life instead to practice Dharma. Later she stayed in a small hut in solitary meditation for 45 years where nobody see her at all. Soon she became a legend and every one who passed her hut to receive blessings, recite prayers and even circumambulate her small hut.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring post.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/ani-ngawang-pema-45-years-solitary-retreat.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Aug 12. 2020 02:07 PM
    A beautiful picture of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche cutting our lama’s hairs back in 1984 tells us a thousand words . That’s where our lama begin a long life spiritual journey travelling a thousand miles to India to be a monk. A promise made to his root guru to take ordination and go to Gaden Monastery. Meeting Kyabje Zong Rinpoche had changed our Lama’s life for the better forever. With all the sufferings and hardship our lama had gone through since young had not deter Rinpoche from becoming a monk. The promise was kept, even though Kyabje Zong Rinpoche had since passed away. Rinpoche became a monk and was advised coming to Malaysia and that’s where we have Kechara Forest Retreat today.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing. The pictures indeed have a great memories.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/kyabje-zong-rinpoche-cuts-my-hair.html
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Aug 12. 2020 12:59 PM
    What a nice and breathtaking statue that there is in Macau!It would be nice if I had the wonderful chance to go to Macau to see this statue. Kuan Yin will prevent huge obstacles from hitting Macau also attract more and more tourist to come to Macau to visit and pay respects to Kuan Yin.
    Its good to know the reason why this Kuan Yin statue looks a little westernized compared to the ones in Mainland China. Strange thing is, no matter how one depicts Kuan Yin, She always looks beautiful. Thank you very much for the sharing
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Aug 12. 2020 12:47 AM
    The hummingbirds are so beautiful and stunning. They have beautiful colours on their body. First time coming across these beautiful birds. They are among the smallest of birds, and most specialized nectar-eating birds.
    This article doesn’t just apply to taking care of Hummingbird feeders but also all kinds of bird feeders and anything used to feed birds and animals.Thank you for this wonderful sharing.
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 11. 2020 03:01 PM
    Ancient civilization of China already embraced Vajrayogini lineage long before where Mahayana Buddhism was prevalent. Interesting history of Vajrayogini’s teachings and practice that takes root in China . The practice of Vajrayogini is so deep rooted in China not till I know of until I read this post. It is also a really eye opening for me. The Western Xia empire Xixia was one of the three great barbarian empires ruling over northern China during the Song period. A land of myths and mysteries, monks and monasteries, the enchanting nation of happiness . There is that many rocks and cave formations around empire Xixia. The Vajravarahi/Yogini Cave (Dorje Phagmo Cave) is one such caves. Having a beautiful story behind it . This cave is well known after Vajrayogini reincarnated in human form and her four other dakinis performed tantric rituals. Recording to records this caves dates back to 1004 AD, that’s incredible indeed. Since then many Tibetan high lamas such as Sakya Pandita and 6th Dalai Lama had visited this cave doing retreats and prayers. The 6th Dalai Lama even erected a stupa in the cave.
    With the Chinese government help the cave is restored to this present day. Having Vajrayogini manifested as a princess in China to suit the people of that time and culture. May this cave be well preserved for the Vajrayogini practice to flourish in China.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing of a special form of Vajrayogini found in China.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/vajravarahi-caves-in-china.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 11. 2020 03:00 PM
    Tara Arya Tara, also known as Jetsun Dolma in Tibetan Buddhism, is an important figure in Buddhism. She appears as a female bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism who appears as a female Buddha. She is the mother of liberation, and represents the virtues of success through liberating us from our 8 fears such as pride, ignorance, anger, jealousy, wrong views, attachment, miserliness and deluded doubts. She will guides us to enlightenment. Beautiful paintings of the 8 Tara with each thangkas illustrate who protect us from the 8 fears. Interesting to see how each and every thangka can illustrate us a thousands words . Knowledgeable write up about 8 Taras and the 8 fears for us to understand better of Tara.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/8-taras-who-protect-from-the-8-dangers.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 11. 2020 02:59 PM
    The Third Trijang Rinpoche, Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso was a Gelug Lama and a direct disciple of Pabongkhapa Déchen Nyingpo. He was one great lama working tirelessly for the benefit of all sentient beings. Many practitioners had indeed benefited from his teachings. He did travelled tremendously in India and internationally giving teachings in monasteries and giving empowerments in countries such as the United Kingdom, France, Germany and so forth. Beautiful biography of a great lama who’s most famous work is undoubtedly Liberation in the Palm of the Hand which is still use till this day.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing of a great lama.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-third-trijang-lobzang-yeshe-tendzin-gyatso.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 10. 2020 02:19 PM
    Venerable Master Hsing Yun, the founder of Fo Guang Shan Buddhist order and also of one of the largest international Buddhist organizations in Taiwan and in the Buddhist world. He is one of modern China’s most prominent religious figures , well known and respected by many among all people and religious traditions. He has brought changes to the Buddhist world with his humanistic Buddhism. He has been promoting merely in Chinese culture and sticking to his principle not to mix with politics. Master Hsing Yun is a prolific writer and has authored over hundred books in Chinese and later his writing were translated into English and many other languages. Over the years, he has been recognized with numerous awards. He has also gained international prestige for his selfless dedication and contributions towards Buddhism. His contribution toward Buddhism is truly phenomenal, and has helped Buddhism gain a better understanding. Interesting read of a great master.
    Thank you Rinpoche for inspiring sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/fo-guang-shan-in-china.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 10. 2020 02:17 PM
    Beautiful sharing of Dr. Andrea Galli’s article, with important advice for the Tibetan leadership to consider it. Its time for them to change their views and thinking of ways to benefit the Tibetans instead of politicking the long over due Dorje Shugden controversy. Dalai Lama has stated openly that he wish to return to China, hence the leadership should fulfil Dalai Lama and many Tibetans in-exile wishes. Tibetans have been living in India for the past 60 years , it time for them to be move on to think for the future generations and not depending on USA and India or any other countries. In China , those who had remained there felt happier as China allow religious freedom with many Tibetans practicing Dorje Shugden. The Tibetan leadership working closely with China government for the benefit of all Tibetans as China if they really to want peace, harmony , growth of their country and the preservation of religion and culture for the Tibetans. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/a-tibetan-solution-uncovered-in-modern-diplomacy.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 10. 2020 02:13 PM
    Incredible achievements and accomplishments of a great Lama . Lama Thubten Phurbu is one extraordinary intelligence Lama since young. A prominent Gelug lama, is highly respected for bringing Dorje Shugden’s practice and spreading Je Tsongkhapa’s tradition to many people in Tibet. Being outspoken about the benefits of this practice, many monasteries had invited him to consecrate Dorje Shugden tenkhangs , perform Dorje Shugden pujas, and give talks about Dorje Shugden in monasteries throughout Tibet. Lama Thubten Phurbu lives a simple life, spending his time on virtuous and beneficial Dharma works such as building stupas, making statues, printing Dharma books, supporting the poor and needy. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/incredible-lama-thubten-phurbu-and-his-activities.html

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According to legend, Shambhala is a place where wisdom and love reign, and there is no crime. Doesn\'t this sound like the kind of place all of us would love to live in? https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=204874
6 months ago
According to legend, Shambhala is a place where wisdom and love reign, and there is no crime. Doesn't this sound like the kind of place all of us would love to live in? https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=204874
108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden\'s blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
7 months ago
108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden's blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
7 months ago
Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat\'s doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
7 months ago
One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat's doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
7 months ago
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
7 months ago
On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
7 months ago
By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
It\'s very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it\'s very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
7 months ago
It's very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it's very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
7 months ago
Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
7 months ago
One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
1 years ago
Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
1 years ago
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
1 years ago
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
1 years ago
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
1 years ago
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
1 years ago
Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
1 years ago
The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
Sacred Vajra Yogini
1 years ago
Sacred Vajra Yogini
Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
1 years ago
Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
1 years ago
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.
1 years ago
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.
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
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!!!
1 years 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
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
1 years ago
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 months ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
2 months ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
3 months ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
3 months ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
3 months ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
3 months ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
3 months ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
5 months ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
5 months ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
5 months ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
5 months ago
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
5 months ago
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
5 months ago
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
5 months ago
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
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