一个被世人误解的佛教学者与大成就者 —— 寂天论师

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伟大的佛教学者与大师 —— 寂天论师。点击图片放大或点击此链接查看高解析度图像。

寂天论师是约公元七八世纪之间的一位伟大佛教学者、僧人以及哲学家。他也被视为八十四位大成就者之一。

寂天论师出生为一名非常富有的王子。在登基国王典礼的前夕,他选择放弃了这个物质世界。如此非凡的转变,乃受到文殊菩萨的教诲和建议之启发。与此同时,他也选择在著名的那烂陀寺出家为僧。

寂天论师经常沉浸在学习和冥想中。他无畏的牺牲及坚持,引导了无数众生走向佛法正道,至今依然。直到今天,他的法教依然获得全球佛教学者的研读和尊敬

 

早年生活

我们对寂天论师生平的认识,主要来自两位西藏作者的著作。他们分别是多杰雄登的前世之一 —— 布顿仁钦珠,以及16世纪藏传佛教觉囊派的大师 —— 多罗那他。研究学者相信,近期发现的一份14世纪尼泊尔手稿可能记载了关于寂天论师生平的珍贵资料。

Most of what we know about Shantideva’s life comes from the writing of Buton Rinchen Drub (left), Tāranātha (centre), and Santaraksita (right) (click to enlarge)

我们对寂天论师生平故事的了解,主要是来自布顿仁钦珠(左)、多罗那他(中)和寂护大师(右)的著作。点击图片放大或点此链接查看高解析度图像。

尽管这些资料确实提及了寂天论师的生平,但它们几乎从不注明日期。其中少数例外的重要著作之一是印度那烂陀寺的住持 —— 寂护大师所撰写的一篇文章。他于公元763年撰写的一篇有关寂天论师的短文中,提及了寂天论师约生活于公元七世纪末到八世纪中期之间。

Shantideva’s purity of mind and trueness of purpose were rewarded with visions of Manjushri (click to enlarge)

寂天论师心念纯正、发心清净,让他得以亲见文殊菩萨。点击图片放大或点此链接查看高解析度图像。

寂天论师在一片瑞兆中生于古印度南方贤疆王国(现在的印度古吉拉特邦)的皇室家族。父亲是善铠国王,母亲则是金刚瑜伽母的化身。寂天论师原名寂铠。

寂天论师从小就对灵修与佛教有浓厚的兴趣。六岁时,他有幸遇到一位伟大的瑜伽士和佛教行者。

这位年轻的王子接受瑜伽士传授文殊菩萨灌顶,并精进修持。纯正的心念和清净的发心,让寂天论师得以亲见文殊菩萨并得到直接的教诲

这些经历,让寂天论师自小就显露出非凡的智慧乃至菩萨的品德。他不仅在哲学、艺术与科学上展露出过人的天赋,其敬老尊贤和慈悲对待老弱贫苦的高尚品德,更让他年纪轻轻就赢得了父母和同辈们的尊敬。

 

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拒绝世俗的权力与财富

寂天论师的父王驾崩之后,众大臣与百姓要求寂天论师继承王位。年轻的王子虽然对世俗的权力、名誉和财富毫无欲望,然而,为了不想让众臣民失望,他唯有同意登基为王。

在登基典礼的前一晚,寂天论师做了一个改变他一生的梦。在梦中,文殊菩萨坐在宝座上说道:“我的爱儿,这是我的宝座,我是你的上师。我们俩怎么能坐在同一个宝座上呢?”[资料来源: chinabuddhismencyclopedia.com] 文殊菩萨随后建议他出家为僧。寂天论师决定听从文殊菩萨的建议,舍弃他所有的财产和财富,逃离了王国。

 

在那烂陀寺研修

寂天论师逃离皇宫之后,在一个森林里歇息静坐。文殊菩萨再度出现,并赠送他一把木剑。接过这把剑后,寂天论师即刻通达八正道(正见、正思维、正语、正业、正命、正精进、正念和正定),随后启程前往那烂陀寺。

The ruins of Nalanda Monastery

那烂陀寺遗址。

在那烂陀寺,住持胜天大师让这名王子成为他的座下弟子,授予他出家戒,并赐法名寂天。寂天论师继续精进修持并获文殊菩萨亲授三藏法教。他精研佛陀法教,并撰写了《诸经要集》与《学处要集》。透过高度的禅定与纯净的发心,寂天论师证得了神通并成就菩萨道。

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然而,寂天论师从未向任何人透露有关他的修持成就。许多僧侣们嘲笑他只有三种“特别的觉悟”,即睡觉、吃饭及拉撒。他们还给他取了绰号叫“布苏古”(Bhusuku,梵语音译)。

  • 布(Bhu)源自“bhukta”一词,意思是“吃”
  • 苏(Su)源自“susta”一词,意思是“睡觉”
  • 古(Ku)源自“kuchiwa”一词,意思是“走路”

因此,“布苏古”这个称号暗讽寂天论师只会吃饭、睡觉和走路上厕所。

帕绷喀仁波切在《掌中解脱》里提到:

“我们不能单凭现象就判断某人,以寂天大菩萨为例,当时许多学者都认为他是“ 三想者”(只关心三件事,即吃、睡和排泄),未曾发现他有任何功德。”

资料来源:帕绷喀仁波切,《掌中解脱》,第338页。

僧侣们认为寂天论师让寺院蒙羞,因为他吃着功德主们诚心供养的食物,却不认真修持。他们想方设法要把他逐出寺院却不成功,因为他并没有违反任何条规。

于是,他们决定逼寂天论师自行离开寺院。他们想出一个方法,要寂天论师当众给一大群僧人开示。他们深信寂天论师必然会为自己的不学无术感到无地自容,逼不得已只能离开那烂陀寺。

 

在那烂陀寺给予开示

在收到僧侣们的邀请时,寂天论师先是谦虚地拒绝了他们。然而,僧侣们依然不死心,转而要寂天论师的上师下令他给予开示。在上师的指示下,寂天论师立刻同意了这项请求。

An illustration of Shantideva teaching session at Nalanda Monastery by Tenzin Norbu

寂天论师在那烂陀寺给予佛法开示。(丹增罗布的著作插图 )

接下来发生的事情有两个版本。

根据第一个版本,僧侣们极其想要羞辱寂天论师,还特别在一片空旷的草地中央搭建了一座非常高的法座。在没有旁人的帮助下,一般人绝对不可能爬得上这个法座。

他们邀请了寺院以及邻近村庄的所有人前来参与这个盛会。寂天论师到场时,伸长手臂将巨大的法座压低,并轻松地坐了上去。当寂天论师坐稳之后,法座又恢复了原来的大小。

开示之前,寂天论师先与在场的观众进行互动交流:

寂天论师问道:“我该给予什么开示呢?你们要听那些已经听过的,还是一些全新的经论?”

观众回答:“我们要听全新的经论!”

寂天论师答说:“我有三个教诲。《学处要集》太长,而《诸经要集》却太短。因此,我将教授你们中等长度的《入菩萨行论》。”

资料来源:chinabuddhismencyclopedia.com

A painting of Shantideva from the 19th century (click to enlarge)

19世纪的一幅寂天论师画像。点击图片放大或点击此链接查看高解析度图像。

寂天论师与观众进行了简短的交流之后,便开始凭记忆教授《入菩萨行论》。据说,寂天论师讲法时,许多人都目睹了文殊菩萨示现在寂天论师的头顶上。

当寂天论师讲解《入菩萨行论》最具挑战性的部分 —— 第九章三十四颂时,他说:“一切万物如虚空。” (资料来源:格西格桑嘉措,《菩薩心行》(英文版),第三页)

寂天论师刚讲完这一句,他的身体就开始腾空,逐渐升高,最终消失。空中只传来他讲授《入菩萨行论》最后两章的声音,然后一切回归寂静……。

看到此景,在场观众无不肃然起敬。僧侣们终于意识到他们因功德不足,而看不出他的成就。然而,一切都太迟了,寂天论师已经离开。

Shantideva started to levitate during his teaching session at Nalanda Monastery (click to enlarge)

寂天论师在那烂陀寺讲法时,身体腾空而起。点击图片放大或点击此链接查看高解析度图像。

第二个版本的说法是寂天论师获得寺院住持以及文殊菩萨的协助。

据说,寺院有一个习俗,那就是每个僧人都会轮流在法座上背诵经文。这是一项由僧人自愿参与的活动,然而寂天论师却未曾参与过。有一天,寺院住持胜天大师要求寂天论师参与这项修习活动,否则他将面临被逐出寺院的命运。其他僧人们都很兴奋,因为他们从不曾看过寂天论师背诵任何经文,所以乐于看到他被羞辱。

活动的前一天晚上,胜天大师亲临寂天论师的住处,劝他背诵文殊菩萨的心咒,还把文殊菩萨仪轨的密戒传授给他。寂天论师为了确保自己在背诵经文时不会睡着,还将衣领系在天花板上。

Another illustration of Shantideva levitating during his teaching session at Nalanda Monastery (click to enlarge)

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黎明时分,他听到头顶上传来一把声音问:“你知道你在干什么吗?” 寂天论师问是谁。那个声音回答:“这是一个愚蠢的问题。你大半个夜晚都在呼唤我。”

寂天论师随后意识到自己正与文殊菩萨对话。他立即双手合十,祈求文殊菩萨赐他证悟圆满智慧的能力。

第二天早上,轮到寂天论师开示时,他坐上法座后身体随即腾空而起,身上笼罩着光环,使得在场人士无不对他生起强大的信心。接着,寂天论师开始给他们讲解《入菩萨行论》。讲到第十章时,他的身体开始飘向空中。开示结束后,信众纷纷在他的脚下献上鲜花。其他学者也请求寂天论师传授《入菩萨行论》的释义,而他也答应了。

 

视频:寂天论师之《入菩萨行论》

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寂天论师在南印度弘法

《入菩萨行论》(点击图片下载PDF文件)

寂天论师在完成那烂陀寺的开示后,决定前往南印度。他离开之后,那烂陀寺的僧侣们开始针对他传授的《入菩萨行论》究竟包含九章还是十章而争论不休。来自克什米尔的学者们认为寂天论师只传授了九个章节,而一些具有超强记忆力的摩揭陀学者却认为他一共传授了十个章节。

此外,没有任何人知道寂天论师在开示中提起《学处要集》和《诸经要集》。后来,僧侣们决定派几位僧人寻找寂天论师的下落,并请求他重复之前所教授的法教。

僧人们最终在印度南部的吉祥塔附近找到了寂天论师。他们邀请他返回那烂陀寺,但他拒绝了。然而,他却答应重述他早前的开示内容。

寂天论师透露他将《学处要集》和《诸经要集》收藏在他于那烂陀寺的房间里。他将这两部经典都写在棕榈叶上,并把它们藏在屋檐下。自此,寂天论师奠定了他作为佛教大师的地位,他的事业更在大乘佛教的大地上广泛弘传。

《入菩萨行论》是一部讲述菩萨及一切众生如何实修菩萨道的经典。 《入菩萨行论》传承由文殊菩萨亲授寂天论师,再传至来自苏门答腊的金洲大师(阿底峡尊者的上师)。阿底峡尊者从金洲大师那里学习了这个教法,再将之传授给噶当派大师们。这些法教代代相传,再由宗喀巴大师传授予众多格鲁大师们。

 

视频:《入菩萨行论》偈颂唱诵

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寂天论师的神奇事迹

离开那烂陀寺后,寂天论师每到一处都会尽力帮助他人减轻痛苦。除了弘法,他的神奇事迹也广为人知。以下是一些最著名的事迹。

 

寂天论师与一把木剑

A 15th century statue of Shantideva (click to enlarge)

15世纪的寂天论师像(点击图片放大)

有一天,寂天论师透过神通,预知他需要帮助某位国王,以便能帮助更多人。于是,寂天论师来到皇宫外,并留意到那里有一群心怀不满的人。寂天论师手持一把金色木剑,申请并被接纳为宫廷侍卫。这位国王十分富有,但这些财富却让他感到痛苦与焦虑。寂天论师忠诚侍奉国王好几年,并在这期间成功地制服了那些心怀不轨的人,让国王和臣民得以安心。寂天论师也因此获得国王与臣民的尊敬与信任。

然而,国王对寂天论师的重视却让某人心生嫉妒。他向国王报告说寂天论师犯了欺君之罪,他的剑只不过是一把木剑。国王于是下令寂天论师出示他的剑。起初,寂天论师拒绝了,并警告国王与在场的每个人关于展示那把剑所会带来的伤害性后果。然而,国王依然坚持要他那么做。

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寂天论师警告大家一定要闭上或遮盖一只眼睛。当他解开剑鞘那一刻,一道宛如十个太阳构成的强光立刻充满整个房间,所有没遮盖的眼睛都瞎了。大家纷纷下跪,祈求寂天论师的原谅。

寂天论师将唾液涂在他们的眼睛上,视力就恢复了。国王与臣民立即对寂天论师生起极大的信心,并皈依于他。

 

一碗米饭喂饱一大群人

寂天论师在印度南部时,恰逢该地区发生严重的饥荒。寂天论师告诉大家他会慷慨布施来减轻他们的痛苦。第二天,许多人聚集围观,想看看他会怎么做。当时,只见寂天论师拿出了一碗米饭,并用它来喂饱在场的每一个人。这件神奇事迹使许多人对寂天论师生起信心,继而皈依三宝。

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以辩论折服外道

寂天论师每到一个地方都给当地人的生命带来重大的影响,这使得他声名远播。许多外道大师都嫉妒他的能力,当中也包括当时最著名的外道大师之一 —— 香迦得瓦(Shankadeva)。香迦得瓦提出跟寂天论师进行一场辩论,寂天论师同意了。最终,寂天论师以神通与逻辑赢得了这场辩论。他的论点极具说服力,使得香迦得瓦及弟子们大为折服,转而皈依佛教。

另一个记载显示寂天论师透过神通看到某地区的外道已俱足佛缘,已是为他们引介佛法的时候。当时,该地区有一位外道大师经常挑战佛教大师与他辩论,然而却没有人能接受这项挑战。

A thangka of Shantideva from between the 18th and 19th century (click to enlarge)

公元18与19世纪之间绘制的寂天论师唐卡。点击图片放大或点击此链接查看高解析度图像。

有一天,寂天论师伪装成乞丐前往这个地区。国王的其中一个随从遇见寂天论师,并注意到一些不寻常的事情。有一次,随从不小心把水泼在寂天论师身上,水滴一碰到寂天论师的皮肤就开始沸腾起来。随从将此事禀告国王后,国王立刻向寂天论师求助,而寂天论师也因此接受了外道大师的挑战。

到了辨经当天,国王与臣民目睹寂天论师如何凭着渊博的学识和超强的思辨能力,成功地让对手哑口无言。这名外道大师试图祈请其神明的协助。然而,他根本来不及完成祈请仪式,寂天论师就已透过禅定力引发一场风暴。国王、王后及在场群众纷纷走避,而外道大师则被卷入飓风中,无力反抗。

不久后,天色变暗。寂天论师双眼之间闪出一道亮光,照射在国王和王后身上。寂天论师为他们洗澡更衣,并将他们安排在火炉旁取暖。国王、王后与众臣民目睹寂天论师的力量后,立刻对他生起信心。

 

晚年生活

寂天论师无视个人的世俗安乐,一生致力造福一切有情众生。他的无私善举,引领无数众生走向佛道。

Even today, the story of Shantideva continues to inspire many and popular among children and adult – Dominique Townsend reads from her children's book "Shantideva- How to Wake up a Hero," at Rubin Museum Block Party. Credit- Lyn Hughes.

直至今日,寂天论师的事迹依然给许多人带来启发,且深受儿童和成人的喜爱。多米尼克汤普森在鲁宾博物馆街区聚会为一班孩子朗读她的其中一部儿童读本《Shantideva – How to Wake up a Hero》。图片来源:Lyn Hughes

Various advises from Shantideva (click to enlarge)

寂天论师法语录(点击图片放大)

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寂天论师的《入菩萨行论回向文》

这是第14世达赖尊者最喜爱的回向文之一,摘自由寂天论师撰写的《入菩萨行论》第十章。

所有诸方世界中 若身若心苦逼者

以我所作诸福德 愿行安乐广大海

尽其所有轮回际 此乐终当不失坏

愿诸众生恒得受 菩提大乐无穷尽

愿诸盲者能见色 愿诸聋者能闻声

愿诸孕女无灾损 犹如天妇幻化生

愿诸裸露者衣被 愿诸饥虚得侯粮

愿诸渴者得净水 甘美芬芳亦清凉

愿诸贫匮得宝藏 愿诸忧恼得欢忻

愿颓丧者皆振奋 所作坚毅悉圆成

所有病困苦有情 迅速痊好具力与

一切有情无病者 长时健康无灾患

有情悉皆无痛苦 亦无罪垢无逼恼

更无怖畏及侵陵 无一有情不安乐

乃至虚空世界尽 及无罪垢无逼恼

此中愿我恒安住 尽除一切众生苦

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  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 4. 2024 04:11 PM
    Lama Tsongkhapa was an influential Tibetan Buddhist monk, philosopher and tantric yogi, whose activities led to the formation of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism . Lama Tsongkhapa was hailed as the second Buddha by contemporary Buddhist masters of his time. Famous for reviving Buddhism in Tibet and revered for elevating the Dharma to all its present glory. Hence having a 12 ft Lama Tsongkhapa Statue at new Kechara Gompa (Prayer Hall) is indeed a blessing. Its truly beautiful. Merely by looking at it is a blessing .
    Thank you Rinpoche and team effort making it possible.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/10-ft-tsongkapa-here.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 4. 2024 04:09 PM
    The Pemayangtse Monastery is a Buddhist monastery, near Pelling in the northeastern Sikkim. The monastery is about 375 year old and is one of the oldest and premier monasteries of Sikkim. Its also the most famous monastery in Sikkim and one of the most important monastery belonging to the Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism. Pemayangtse monastery was founded around 1647-48 recording to history. Well the Monastery is part of Buddhist religious pilgrimage circuit built with scenic backdrop of snow-capped mountains on two sides. Where many locals and tourists will travel to Sikkim yearly . Over the centuries, the monastery has withstood earthquakes and has gone through series of refurbishments and preservation efforts. Interesting story behind this monastery, would love to travel to Sikkim again .
    Lieutenant Colonel Laurence Austine Waddell was a British explorer, collector in Tibet, and author, travelling throughout India,Sikkim and areas on the borders of Nepal and Tibet. He wrote about the Tibetan Buddhist religious practices from what he observed while there. In Sikkim he made a stunning discovery, that Dorje Shugden existence in the Nyingma monastery as written in his book. Hence it has proven that Dorje Shugden been worshipped not only in Gelug lineage but as well in the Nyingma centuries ago too. Its not a minority practice afterall .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Seow Choong Liang for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-in-nyingma-pemayangtse-monastery-sikkim.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 4. 2024 04:07 PM
    Revisit this interesting post of a great Master
    Buton Rinchen Drup, was a 14th-century Sakya master and Tibetan Buddhist leader. He is widely considered to be one of Tibet’s greatest scholars, historians, translators, and writers. He has been the role model for many of Tibet’s greatest masters over the centuries, including the present Dalai Lama. His legacy also included the compilation of 500 years’ worth of translated teachings into the encyclopedic Kangyur and Tangyur collections. This monumental effort helped to preserve and propagate the teachings throughout Tibet. These collections have become well known by all of the schools of Buddhism in Tibet, and continue to this day. He truly was one of the brightest lights of Tibetan Buddhism.
    Throughout his life, Buton Rinchen Drup has continued to serve humanity and the Dharma. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/tibets-great-scholar-buton-rinchen-drub.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 4. 2024 04:05 PM
    Toyuq, located 50 km east of Turpan a unique city in the Flaming Mountains.From all sides the city is surrounded by deserts and mountains, destroyed medieval towns and ruins of ancient settlements. Toyuq, an Islamic pilgrimage center, nestles at the base of the Flaming Mountains. Here there are many mosques, both medieval and modern ones been built over the years. The first Uighur ruler had converted to Islam, and shrines was then built in the locality honouring the ruler. There was a story behind the legendary Seven Sleepers of Ephesus where there was a group of youths hiding inside a cave, at the Flaming mountains outside the city of Ephesus around 250 AD. Buildings can be seen practically everywhere with pierced walls that is used for drying grapes to make raisins. Raisins and melons are most known products of the region. Turpan is one of the most densely populated cities in Xinjiang the popukation consists of mainly the Muslim Uyghurs.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting post with many interesting history dated to 6,000 years ago.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/toyuq-village.html
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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 25. 2023 04:37 PM
    The Fourth Takpu, Pema Vajra Jampel Tenpai Ngodrub was a highly attained lama. He was also commonly known as Takpu Dorje Chang who had many authentic visions of the Buddhas. He had even received directly teachings from Buddhas. He had received direct visions of Tara herself. Tagpu Pemavajra had travelled to Tushita, the heavenly abode of Lama Tsongkhapa as requested by Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche where he received the complete cycle of teachings on Dorje Shugden. Tagpu Pemavajra was one such lama who was attained enough to receive these teachings for the benefit of others. He was instrumental in the development of the Dorje Shugden practice within the Gelug tradition. Wow he was able to astral travel to various pure lands and receive special teachings. Interesting biography of a great lama.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-fourth-takpu-pema-vajra-jampel-tenpai-ngodrub.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 25. 2023 04:32 PM
    Jan Salter a renowned artist, and inspiring lady who founded the Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre, a charity organisation. She was an inspiring lady whose energy and commitment to the goal of alleviating the suffering of street animals. She used her own saving to building and starting the Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre the first organisation in Nepal. In recognition of the work for the welfare of the stray animals she was awarded by the International Human Society and the British government. She had benefitted many with her generous nature that she used to benefit others in ways that went far beyond the meaning of normal charity work.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/jans-a-hero-kathmandu-nepal.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 25. 2023 04:30 PM
    Amazing discovery a 2,000 year old Indian Buddhist document as it tell us how Buddhism took root in India. It’s the oldest Buddhist manuscripts yet discovered, dating from about the 1st century BCE to 3rd century CE. Found in the north-western outskirts of the Indian subcontinent an ancient Buddhist kindgom. The document, written on a birch bark scroll offers rare insight into the early history of Buddhism. Surviving manuscripts are rare only a few hundred are known to still exist. Understanding the history of the region helps us realize the significance of this scroll.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/indian-buddhism.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 25. 2023 04:27 PM
    Yu Pengnian a real estate tycoon ‘s journey from poor street hawker to be one of a richest person in mainland China. His passion for charity is a result of his own humble beginnings. He has donated all his assets of billions to charity, making him China’s top philanthropist. Whatever profits he made from his business he donated to the Yu Pengnian Foundation which he founded. He became the first Chinese national to give more than billions to charities, scholarships, helping poor students. Self- made Chinese billionaire he gives away entire fortune to charity.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/chinese-philanthropist-donates-it-all.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 25. 2023 04:25 PM
    Even though its an old post its definitely very inspirational article. About Master Cheng Yen, a Taiwanese Buddhist nun, teacher, and philanthropist. Master Cheng Yen was an inspiring spiritual leader who was the founder of the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation. Due to her incredible work she was featured on FORBES a leading news and information source. As the founder of the international charity and humanitarian organization Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, Master Cheng Yen has become a global icon. As a revered Buddhist nun and Dharma teacher, she has been a key figure in the development of modern Taiwanese Buddhism. With the great aspiration of compassion and joy, she embarked on a great mission of helping and saving those sufferings and hardships. She initiated and dedicated herself to whole life long mission of helping people and spreading kindness. The Tzu Chi Foundation has million supporters and volunteers throughout the world. They are known for the astonishing speed and efficiency which it brings aid to victims of natural disasters. Countless numbers of victims had benefitted from their compassionate work. Interesting read of an inspiring Master.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/nun-on-forbes.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 25. 2023 04:23 PM
    With a supportive parents Tsechen Wongmu ( Ma Ying ) a college-student-turned nun at a young age. She moved to Xinlong Dongzhi temple in southwest China’s Sichuan province amid the snow-covered mountains 4,200 meters high. She had made brave move. As a little girl she learned about Buddhism from her grandparents. This holy mountain is reputed as “King of Mountains in Sichuan” with fascinating snow and alpine. She has made a choice to be there. She has won public attentions after posting her poem and diary on internet with millions of followers. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring read.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/post-80s-girl-practices-buddhism-as-a-nun-in-snow-capped-plateau.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 17. 2023 03:27 PM
    We are not alone , there are many unexplained mysterious monsters sightings. These sightings has remain unsolved mysteries. All these encounters has send shockwaves throughout many parts in the world. The video of mysterious monsters which was narrated by Peter Graves , has viewers to believe mysterious monsters do exists after all. Very convincing . Many interesting frightening creatures such as Lochness, Bigfoot,Yeti and so forth are explored in this video. Do watch .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/the-mysterious-monsters-narrated-by-peter-graves.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 17. 2023 03:25 PM
    We are not alone , there are many unexplained mysterious monsters sightings. These sightings has remain unsolved mysteries. All these encounters has send shockwaves throughout many parts in the world. The video of mysterious monsters which was narrated by Peter Graves , has viewers to believe mysterious monsters do exists after all. Very convincing . Many interesting frightening creatures such as Lochness, Bigfoot,Yeti and so forth are explored in this video. Do watch .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/the-mysterious-monsters-narrated-by-peter-graves.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 17. 2023 03:23 PM
    Visited this stunning standing Manjushri which is located at the Manjushree Park at Chobhar, in Kathmandu, Nepal recently. Feeling so blessed able to see it , with my friends. Manjushree Park, one of most natural, historic attactive park within Kathmandu valley. Fantastic well managed picnic spot one should visit and not to be missed when one is at Kathmandu Nepal. Visible 33 ft. high black stone carved Manjushree statue .Manjushri is one of the most important iconic figures in Mahayana Buddhism. The powerful image representing ever-present wisdom plus the sword of awareness to cut off all delusion. An interesting story behind this Kathmandu Valley where mythology and geology intertwine.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/the-standing-manjushri-in-nepal.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 17. 2023 03:15 PM
    According to Buddhist teaching, prostration manifests the spiritual growth, faith of a person. In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, prostration is an important element of practice. Traditionally, prostrations are more than a show of respect for Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Making prostration is a basic part of our lives in Buddhism. They are a method to purify our mind, or the antidote for ego-clinging. One of the general benefits of prostration is that in the future we will achieve a good rebirth . Prostration is a very powerful activity that can clear away obscuration of our body, speech, and mind as well as clearing our past and present negative karma. A huge merits for anyone doing prostration with proper visualization as well as the proper motivation.
    Having seen practitioners doing prostration along the road at Lhasa and reading teachings on prostration on blogs had motivated me to do retreat on it. Its was during the MCO back in 2020, I did a prostration retreat then. Even though it took me a longer time somehow I have completed 100,150k prostrations . Now I am still continue to do but not as many prostration as before.
    Well even though this is an old post I would to congratulate those involved in the prostration retreat at that time. It’s a good that Kechara is have a teachings on prostration and retreat .
    Thank you Rinpoche.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/letters-cards-gifts/prostration-retreat-completed.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
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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
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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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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.
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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!!!
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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The celebration ended with a Dorje Shugden puja, dedicated to all the sponsors, our loved ones and as well as for the happiness & good health for all sentient beings. May Rinpoche return swiftly too and taking this opportunity wishing all Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai from all of us, Kechara Penang Study Group. Uploaded by Jacinta.
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The celebration ended with a Dorje Shugden puja, dedicated to all the sponsors, our loved ones and as well as for the happiness & good health for all sentient beings. May Rinpoche return swiftly too and taking this opportunity wishing all Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai from all of us, Kechara Penang Study Group. Uploaded by Jacinta.
Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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In this pic, Pastor Seng Piow is sharing Dharma with newbies ~ Sharyn's friends. It's always good to make light offerings at the beginning of new year. By making light offerings, you are able to dispel the darkness of ignorance and achieve wisdom. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
One the day of Losar (new lunar year), it is always beneficial for Buddhist practitioners to get together in making abundant offerings to Buddhas on the altar to usher in goodness, prosperity and well-being of our loved ones. It's more auspicious this year as Losar and the Chinese New Year begin on the same date, 10th Feb, 2024. Back in Penang, our Kechara members came together to decorate the altar with abundance offerings for Dorje Shugden puja @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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One the day of Losar (new lunar year), it is always beneficial for Buddhist practitioners to get together in making abundant offerings to Buddhas on the altar to usher in goodness, prosperity and well-being of our loved ones. It's more auspicious this year as Losar and the Chinese New Year begin on the same date, 10th Feb, 2024. Back in Penang, our Kechara members came together to decorate the altar with abundance offerings for Dorje Shugden puja @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
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Jun from Ipoh was offering mandarin oranges to Mother Tara and The Three Jewels. (Kin Hoe)
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Prior to our puja in Ipoh, Mr. & Mrs. Cheah Fook Wan were preparing for the offerings to the Buddhas. (Kin Hoe)
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On Sunday afternoon, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations in Ipoh. (Kin Hoe)
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Simple yet powerful ally ~ Bhagawan Dorje Shuden. Kechara Penang Study Group consists of Chien Seong, Hue, Choong SH, Tang KS, Swee Bee and Jacinta. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Uploaded by Jacinta.
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Simple yet powerful ally ~ Bhagawan Dorje Shuden. Kechara Penang Study Group consists of Chien Seong, Hue, Choong SH, Tang KS, Swee Bee and Jacinta. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Uploaded by Jacinta.
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Thaipusam in Penang. Some of the best shots. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Nothing beats having a sacred audience with our lineage lamas. It's not selfie or wefie, but we have the best 'groufie'!!! 20th Jan 2024, Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Welcoming our lineage Gurus to our Penang Chapel today! Pastor Seng Piow explained the significance of having Guru Tree and introduced to us our lineage lamas, Buddhas, deities, protectors and etc.
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Welcoming our lineage Gurus to our Penang Chapel today! Pastor Seng Piow explained the significance of having Guru Tree and introduced to us our lineage lamas, Buddhas, deities, protectors and etc.
Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Tara Recitation is on now at KISG - Wai Meng
Photo from Wan Wai Meng
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Photo from Wan Wai Meng
A sea of yellow ~usually in Tibetan Buddhism yellow represents growth. We prayed that our Penang group will grow in terms of people, wealth and attainments too. _/\_ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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A sea of yellow ~usually in Tibetan Buddhism yellow represents growth. We prayed that our Penang group will grow in terms of people, wealth and attainments too. _/_ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
After Dorje Shugden puja @3pm, we had Rinpoche's Swift Return puja too. We laughed as Sis Swee Bee was commenting that Tang should smile ~ here's the reason why we laughed.  Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta Goh
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After Dorje Shugden puja @3pm, we had Rinpoche's Swift Return puja too. We laughed as Sis Swee Bee was commenting that Tang should smile ~ here's the reason why we laughed. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta Goh
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Today's (9/12/2023)Dorje Shugden puja led by Gordon. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Today's (9/12/2023)Dorje Shugden puja led by Gordon. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
2 months ago
2 months ago
Dharma sharing by Hue before we proceeded with DS puja & Rinpoche Swift Return puja. Hue is one of the long time Kechara Penang members and he comes to puja regularly. He shared that he truly believes that Dorje Shugden and Rinpoche always there guiding him. He shared how sometimes DS will give him hints to avert troubles ahead or to alert him when he 'misbehaved'. Hope many will come to know more about this powerful Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden aka DS. Having Dorje Shugden is like having a powerful ally that will protect us day and night. Just trust Him and have faith. Kechara Penang Study Group, 25/11/2023 by Jacinta.
3 months ago
Dharma sharing by Hue before we proceeded with DS puja & Rinpoche Swift Return puja. Hue is one of the long time Kechara Penang members and he comes to puja regularly. He shared that he truly believes that Dorje Shugden and Rinpoche always there guiding him. He shared how sometimes DS will give him hints to avert troubles ahead or to alert him when he 'misbehaved'. Hope many will come to know more about this powerful Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden aka DS. Having Dorje Shugden is like having a powerful ally that will protect us day and night. Just trust Him and have faith. Kechara Penang Study Group, 25/11/2023 by Jacinta.
Kechara Penang Study Group had our weekly DS puja , led by our beloved sis Swee Bee and serkym by Mr. Lee. After that, we completed Swift Return puja also. 18th Nov 2023. By Jacinta
3 months ago
Kechara Penang Study Group had our weekly DS puja , led by our beloved sis Swee Bee and serkym by Mr. Lee. After that, we completed Swift Return puja also. 18th Nov 2023. By Jacinta
#Back2back 11th Nov 2023 Dorje Shugden puja & Rinpoche's Swift Return puja @Penang Chapel, 49 Jalan Seang Tek, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang. Every Saturday @3pm/5pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
3 months ago
#Back2back 11th Nov 2023 Dorje Shugden puja & Rinpoche's Swift Return puja @Penang Chapel, 49 Jalan Seang Tek, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang. Every Saturday @3pm/5pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Pic: Rinpoche Swift Return puja ~ 21/10/23 Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
4 months ago
Pic: Rinpoche Swift Return puja ~ 21/10/23 Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
#Backtoback A few months back, Kechara Penang Study Group started to have two pujas consecutively on Saturday. Dorje Shugden puja @3pm and thereafter Rinpoche Swift Return puja. This can only be achieved due to the committed members from Penang. A big round of applause...... Pic : DS puja on 21/10/2023 Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
4 months ago
#Backtoback A few months back, Kechara Penang Study Group started to have two pujas consecutively on Saturday. Dorje Shugden puja @3pm and thereafter Rinpoche Swift Return puja. This can only be achieved due to the committed members from Penang. A big round of applause...... Pic : DS puja on 21/10/2023 Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
More pictures of the day! Kechara Penang Chapel & public blessings 3rd Oct 2023 by Jacinta.
4 months ago
More pictures of the day! Kechara Penang Chapel & public blessings 3rd Oct 2023 by Jacinta.
Some pictures of the public blessings taken right after the puja was completed by the monks. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 3rd Oct 2023.
4 months ago
Some pictures of the public blessings taken right after the puja was completed by the monks. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 3rd Oct 2023.
3rd Oct 2023, Tibetan monks came to Kechara Penang for chapel & public blessing, in conjunction with the arrival of H. E Tsem Rinpoche's holy statue. Thanks to Pastor Henry & Pastor Seng Piow, who guided us throughout the event. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
4 months ago
3rd Oct 2023, Tibetan monks came to Kechara Penang for chapel & public blessing, in conjunction with the arrival of H. E Tsem Rinpoche's holy statue. Thanks to Pastor Henry & Pastor Seng Piow, who guided us throughout the event. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Tsem Rinpoche's holy statue is here! 3rd Oct 2023. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
4 months ago
Tsem Rinpoche's holy statue is here! 3rd Oct 2023. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
29th Sept 2023. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden puja adjourned at 4.30pm with 9 attendees. Thereafter, a Rinpoche Swift Return puja was completed too. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
4 months ago
29th Sept 2023. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden puja adjourned at 4.30pm with 9 attendees. Thereafter, a Rinpoche Swift Return puja was completed too. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
We've completed DS puja at 4pm, 16th Sept 2023. Umze for the day was KS Tang. Bee Bee, Eric & Eric Jr attended too. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
4 months ago
We've completed DS puja at 4pm, 16th Sept 2023. Umze for the day was KS Tang. Bee Bee, Eric & Eric Jr attended too. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
On 19th Aug 2023, we have just completed our DS puja, led by William. We started our DS puja with taking refuge with the Three Jewels i.e. Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.
6 months ago
On 19th Aug 2023, we have just completed our DS puja, led by William. We started our DS puja with taking refuge with the Three Jewels i.e. Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.
At the conclusion, we invoked Rinpoche's blessing by chanting His name mantra. See you all next week. Every Saturday @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
6 months ago
At the conclusion, we invoked Rinpoche's blessing by chanting His name mantra. See you all next week. Every Saturday @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Lots of offerings for 2 days retreat (22nd - 23rd July 2023). We offered vegetables, fruits, biscuits, carbonated drinks and many more. Do join us next time. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
7 months ago
Lots of offerings for 2 days retreat (22nd - 23rd July 2023). We offered vegetables, fruits, biscuits, carbonated drinks and many more. Do join us next time. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
We have a few new retreatants this round. Through the guidance of Pastor Seng Piow, all of them completed the retreat successfully. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
7 months ago
We have a few new retreatants this round. Through the guidance of Pastor Seng Piow, all of them completed the retreat successfully. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
#Throwback 22nd July 2023, Kechara Penang Study Group DS retreat, led by Pastor Seng Piow. By Jacinta
7 months ago
#Throwback 22nd July 2023, Kechara Penang Study Group DS retreat, led by Pastor Seng Piow. By Jacinta
When you're in Penang, do drop by at Penang Chapel @ 49, Jalan Seang Tek for our weekly Dorje Shugden puja & Swift Return Puja. You'll get to fulfill your wishes, overcome problems and perhaps you can get protection from negativities and harm too. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
7 months ago
When you're in Penang, do drop by at Penang Chapel @ 49, Jalan Seang Tek for our weekly Dorje Shugden puja & Swift Return Puja. You'll get to fulfill your wishes, overcome problems and perhaps you can get protection from negativities and harm too. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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