Shantideva: The Misunderstood Scholar and Mahasiddha

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The Buddhist scholar and master, Shantideva. Click to enlarge or click here for more high resolution Buddha images.

Shantideva was a Buddhist scholar, monk and philosopher, who lived between the 7th century and the 8th century. He is considered one of the 84 Mahasiddhas.

Born a wealthy prince, Shantideva turned his back on the material world the night before he was to be crowned king. This extraordinary transformation blossomed from the teachings and advice of Manjushri. In line with those teachings, Shantideva became a monk at the prestigious Nalanda Monastery.

Shantideva immersed himself in study and contemplation. His sacrifice and perseverance laid a path that has guided countless others to Buddhism and continues to do so today. To this day, his teachings are still studied and revered by Buddhist scholars around the world.

 

Early Life

Most of what we know about Shantideva’s life comes from the writings of two Tibetan authors. They are Buton Rinchen Drub, one of the previous incarnations of Dorje Shugden, and Taranatha, a 16th-century lama of the Jonang school of Tibetan Buddhism. Researchers believe that a recently-discovered Nepalese manuscript from the 14th century could hold valuable new information about the life of Shantideva.

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)

Most of what we know about Shantideva’s life comes from the writings of Buton Rinchen Drub (left), Taranatha (centre), and Shantarakshita (right). Click to enlarge or click here for more high resolution Buddha images.

While these and other sources do speak of the events in Shantideva’s life, they seldom include dates. One of the few important exceptions is an essay written by Shantarakshita, the Indian Buddhist master who was the Abbot of Nalanda. In his essay dated 763 A.D., he attributes a passage to Shantideva. This crucial piece of the puzzle tells us that Shantideva lived between the late 7th century and the middle of the 8th century.

Shantideva was born under auspicious signs into the royal family of the ancient kingdom of Saurashtra, the present-day Gujarat state in India. He was the son of King Kushalavarmana (Armour of Virtue) and his wife who was an emanation of Vajrayogini. Shantideva was given the name Shantivarmana (Armour of Peace) at birth.

The ancient kingdom of Saurashtra, the present-day Gujarat state in India (click to enlarge)

The ancient kingdom of Saurashtra, the present-day Gujarat state in India (click to enlarge)

Shantideva was attracted to spirituality and Buddhism from a very young age. When he was six years old, he had the fortune to meet a great yogi and practitioner of Buddhism.

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

Shantideva’s purity of mind and trueness of purpose were rewarded with visions of Manjushri. Click to enlarge or click here for more high resolution Buddha images.

The young prince received the Manjushri initiation from him and practised meditation diligently. His purity of mind and trueness of purpose were rewarded with visions of Manjushri and the Bodhisattva imparted teachings directly to Shantideva.

These experiences moulded Shantideva into a child who displayed extraordinary intelligence, perhaps even the qualities of a Bodhisattva. He demonstrated philosophical knowledge as well as mastery of various arts and sciences. Respectful to his elders and compassionate to the less fortunate, the sick and the poor, Shantideva earned great respect from his parents and peers even at that tender age.

 

Refusing Worldly Power and Riches

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Upon the death of Shantideva’s father, the ministers and the subjects of the kingdom requested that Shantideva succeed him to the throne. Although the young prince had no desire for power, fame and fortune, he did not want to disappoint his subjects and so he agreed to the coronation.

The night before the ceremony, Shantideva had a dream that would change the course of his life. Manjushri was sitting on his throne and said, “My son, this is my seat, and I am your teacher. How can we [both] sit on the same seat?” [Source: chinabuddhismencyclopedia.com] Manjushri then advised him to become an ordained monk. Deciding to follow Manjushri’s advice, Shantideva fled the kingdom and left all his possessions and riches behind.

 

Study in Nalanda

After fleeing the palace, Shantideva paused to meditate in a forest. Manjushri appeared and offered him a wooden sword. Upon receiving the sword, Shantideva achieved the eightfold realisation (i.e., right view, right intention, right speech, right conduct, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right samadhi). Shantideva then made his way to Nalanda Monastery.

The ruins of Nalanda Monastery

The ruins of Nalanda Monastery

At Nalanda, the Abbot, Jayadeva (God of Victory) took the former prince under his tutelage. Jayadeva ordained him as a monk and gave him the ordination name Shantideva (the God of Peace). Shantideva continued to do his practice diligently and received the instructions and teachings on the Tripitaka directly from Manjushri. He contemplated the meaning of the Buddha’s teachings and composed the Compendium of Sutras and Training. Through deep focus and purity of intent, Shantideva attained the power of clairvoyance and a true realisation of the bodhisattva path.

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However, Shantideva did not inform anyone of these great accomplishments. The other monks ridiculed him, remarking that he only had three “special realisations”: sleeping, eating, and relieving himself. They gave him the nickname Bhusuku.

  • Bhu is derived from the word bhukta, which means eating
  • Su is derived from the word susta, which means sleeping
  • Ku is derived from the word kuchiwa, which means walking

Thus ‘Bhusuku’ alluded to Shantideva eating, sleeping and walking to the toilet.

In his book, Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, Pabongka Rinpoche writes:

“Many scholars thought that the great Shantideva, a real [child] of the victorious ones, lived for three things only: eating, sleeping, and relieving himself. They could not see his good qualities. Our perspective is similarly untrustworthy.”

Source: Pabongka Rinpoche, Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, p. 251

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The monks considered Shantideva a disgrace to the eminent Buddhist institution because he was consuming the food from faithful sponsors and not doing his practice. They plotted to have him expelled but could not because he had not broken any rules.

It was then decided that they would compel Shantideva to leave of his own accord. The idea was to ask him to teach in front of a large assembly of monks. They believed that Shantideva would be so embarrassed by his own ignorance that he would have no choice but to leave Nalanda.

 

Teaching at Nalanda

When Shantideva received this request from his peers, he refused out of humility. The monks were not dissuaded however, and asked Shantideva’s teacher to order him to teach. When he received the instruction from his teacher, Shantideva agreed at once.

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

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

There are two versions of what happened next.

According to the first version, the monks’ desire to humiliate Shantideva was so great that they built a huge high throne for him in the middle of an open field. An average person would not be able to climb up the throne without help.

They invited every member of the monastery and people from the nearby villages to come to watch the spectacle. When Shantideva arrived, his arm stretched high and pressed down on the massive throne. The throne started to shrink, and Shantideva took his seat with ease. After Shantideva was seated, the throne returned to its original size.

The discourse began with exchanges between Shantideva and the audience:

Shantideva: “What kind of teaching should I give? Something that has been given before, or something which has never been given before?”

Attendees: “Something that has never been given before!”

Shantideva: “I have these three teachings. Compendium of Training is too long, and Compendium of Sutras is too short. Therefore I will give you the Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life (Bodhicharyavatara), which is of middle length.”

Source: chinabuddhismencyclopedia.com

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

A painting of Shantideva from the 19th century. Click to enlarge or click here for more high resolution Buddha images.

After some brief exchanges, Shantideva started teaching the Bodhicharyavatara from memory. It is said that many of the attendees saw the image of Manjushri above Shantideva’s head as he spoke.

When Shantideva reached the most challenging part of the Bodhicharyavatara, the thirty-fourth verse of the ninth chapter, he said, “Everything is like space.” [Source: Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Meaningful to Behold, p. 3]

As soon as those words left his lips, Shantideva started to levitate. Higher and higher he rose until only his voice could be heard. Shantideva delivered the last two chapters of the Bodhicharyavatara in this manner. And then, there was silence…

Everyone in the audience was awestruck. The monks realised that they had failed to recognise his attainments. But it was too late. Shantideva was gone.

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

Shantideva started to levitate during his teaching session at Nalanda Monastery. Click to enlarge or click here for more high resolution Buddha images.

The second version of the story says that the Abbot and Manjushri intervened to help Shantideva.

It tells us that the monastery had a practice where monks took turns to sit on a throne and recite sutras. This was a voluntary exercise and Shantideva never participated. One day, Jayadeva, the Abbot, asked Shantideva to take his turn or risk expulsion. The other monks were elated – they had never seen Shantideva memorise any scriptures and relished the thought of seeing him humiliated.

The night before the event, Jayadeva visited Shantideva’s quarters and advised him to recite Manjushri’s mantra. The Abbot also gave him the secret precepts of Manjushri’s sadhana. To ensure that he would not fall asleep as he tried to memorise the verses, Shantideva tied his collar to the ceiling.

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

Another illustration of Shantideva levitating during his teaching session at Nalanda Monastery. Click to enlarge or click here for more high resolution Buddha images.

At dawn, he heard a voice above him ask, “What do you think you’re doing?” Shantideva asked who it was. In response, the figure said, “That’s a foolish question. You have been invoking me half the night.”

Shantideva then realised that he was conversing with Lord Manjushri himself. He immediately pressed his palms together and requested realisation and the power of perfect insight.

In the morning, when his turn came to give the teaching, Shantideva sat on the throne. Then, he started to levitate and his body blazed with an aura that inspired faith in everyone present. Then, Shantideva began a discourse of the Bodhicharyavatara. When he reached the tenth chapter, his body began to rise into the sky. After the discourse, the audience began to offer flowers at his feet. The other scholars asked Shantideva to give a commentary on the teaching and he obliged.

 

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Shantideva in South India

After he delivered the discourse at Nalanda Monastery, Shantideva decided to travel to South India (click to enlarge)

After he delivered the discourse at Nalanda Monastery, Shantideva decided to travel to South India. Click to enlarge or click here for more high resolution Buddha images.

After he delivered the discourse at Nalanda Monastery, Shantideva decided to travel to South India. After he left, the monks of Nalanda began to argue over whether Shantideva’s Bodhicharyavatara consisted of nine chapters or ten. The scholars from Kashmir claimed that Shantideva taught only nine while some Magadha scholars who had perfect memories recalled ten.

In addition, none of them knew about the Compendium of Sutras and the Compendium of Training that Shantideva referred to in his teaching. It was decided that several monks would search for Shantideva and request that he repeat the discourse.

The monks finally found Shantideva near the Shridakshina Stupa in South India. They invited him to return to Nalanda but he refused. However, he did agree to repeat the teaching he had given there.

The Bodhicaryavatara (click to download PDF)

Shantideva revealed that the Compendium of Sutras and the Compendium of Training were in his room at Nalanda Monastery. He had written the texts on palm leaves and secured them under the roof. Thus, Shantideva’s reputation as a great teacher was sealed and his work flourished in Mahayana Buddhist lands.

The Bodhicharyavatara was written to show the true path of a Bodhisattva and all beings in general. The lineage of the Bodhicharyavatara that was passed down from Manjushri to Shantideva eventually was passed down to Suvarnadvipa Guru (Serlingpa), Atisha Dipamkara Shrijnana’s teacher from Sumatra. Atisha received the practice from Serlingpa and passed the teachings to Kadampa lamas. The instructions went through a succession of teachers, including Lama Tsongkhapa who passed it down to many Gelug masters.

 

VIDEO: Bodhicaryavatara Buddhist Chant

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The Miracles of Shantideva

After leaving Nalanda Monastery, Shantideva worked to ease suffering wherever he went. Besides teaching, he is also known to have performed many miracles. Here are some of the most remarkable stories.

 

Shantideva and the Wooden Sword

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

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

One day, through his clairvoyance, Shantideva predicted that if he was to help a certain king, many people would get help. Therefore, Shantideva visited the outside of the king’s palace and noticed a crowd of unappeasable people. Armed with a wooden sword painted in gold, he applied and was accepted for a position as a palace guard. The king was very wealthy, but these riches caused him distress and anxiety. Shantideva served the king faithfully for several years. During this time, Shantideva overpowered those with evil intent and gave the king and his subjects peace of mind. The king and his subjects respected and had faith in Shantideva.

However, one man who was jealous of the king’s affection for Shantideva reported to the king that Shantideva had been deceiving the king and that his sword was made of wood. The king ordered Shantideva to show his sword. At first, Shantideva refused. He warned the king and everyone present of the harmful consequences of showing his sword. However, the king insisted.

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Shantideva warned everyone to close or cover one eye. When he unsheathed his sword, the intense light of ten suns filled the room, and every unprotected eye went blind. The people fell on their knees and begged for Shantideva’s forgiveness.

Shantideva rubbed his saliva on their eyes and sight was restored. The king and his subjects developed great faith and took refuge in Shantideva.

 

Feeding the Masses with One Bowl of Rice

While Shantideva was in South India, the region was struck by famine. Shantideva announced that he would help to relieve their suffering through an act of generosity. The next day, many people gathered to see what he would do. Shantideva produced a single bowl of rice and used it to feed everyone who was there. This miracle brought many people to Buddhism through the faith they developed in Shantideva.

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Defeating Non-Buddhists in Debate

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Shantideva continued to touch the lives of people wherever he went and he earned great fame. Many non-Buddhist masters were jealous of his abilities, including one of the most well-known non-Buddhist teachers at the time, Shankadeva. Shankadeva challenged Shantideva to a debate and the latter accepted. Shantideva emerged victorious through the use of miracle powers and logic. So persuasive were his arguments that even Shankadeva and his disciples converted to Buddhism.

Another account tells us how Shantideva saw, through his clairvoyance, that there was a region where the time had ripened for the non-Buddhists who lived there to be introduced to the Buddha’s teachings. In this region, there was a non-Buddhist teacher who challenged Buddhist masters to debate. However, no one was able to accept the challenge.

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

A thangka of Shantideva from between the 18th century and the 19th century. Click to enlarge or click here for more high resolution Buddha images.

Shantideva went to this region disguised as a beggar. One of the king’s attendants met with Shantideva and noticed something unusual. There were drops of water that fell on Shantideva but the moment the water touched Shantideva’s skin, they started to boil. The attendant reported the incident to the king who then asked Shantideva for help. As a result, Shantideva accepted the non-Buddhist master’s challenge.

On the designated day, the king and his subjects watched as Shantideva’s extensive knowledge and power of reasoning reduced his opponent to silence. The non-Buddhist master tried to invoke the power of his god to help him. However, even before he managed to complete the invocation, Shantideva meditated on the wind element and caused a massive storm. The king, his consort, and the whole assembly ran to protect themselves while the non-Buddhist teacher was caught in the hurricane and became powerless.

Then, the sky darkened. From between Shantideva’s eyes, a ray of light appeared in the direction of the king and queen. Shantideva bathed them and replaced their ripped clothes. They were put near a fire to warm themselves. After witnessing the power of Shantideva, the king, the queen and their subjects developed faith in him.

 

Later Life

Throughout his life, Shantideva displayed tremendous dedication to helping living beings without any care for worldly concerns himself. His selfless actions introduced countless people to the Buddha’s teachings.

Although it is not clear when Shantideva passed away, it is said that he served sentient beings in human form for 100 years before entering clear light.

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.

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

Various advises from Shantideva (click to enlarge)

Advice from Shantideva (click to enlarge)

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Shantideva’s Dedication Prayer

The following is one of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama’s favourite dedications, extracted from Chapter 10 of the Bodhicharyavatara of Master Shantideva.

May all beings everywhere
Plagued by sufferings of body and mind,
Obtain an ocean of happiness and joy
By virtue of my merits.

May no living creature suffer,
Commit evil or ever fall ill.
May no one be afraid or belittled,
With a mind weighed down by depression.

May the blind see forms
And the deaf hear sounds.
May those whose bodies are worn with toil,
Be restored on finding repose.

May the naked find clothing
The hungry find food
May the thirsty find water
And delicious drinks.

May the poor find wealth,
Those weak with sorrow find joy;
May the hopeless find hope,
Constant happiness and prosperity.

May there be timely rains
And bountiful harvests;
May all the medicines be effective
And wholesome prayers bear fruit.

May all who are sick and ill
Quickly be freed from their ailments.
Whatever diseases there are in the world,
May they never occur again.

May the frightened cease to be afraid
And those bound be freed;
May the powerless find power
And the people think of benefiting each other.

For as long as space remains,
For as long as sentient beings remain,
Until then may I too remain
To dispel the miseries of the world.

Source: http://resources.tsemtulku.com/prayers/dedication-prayers/shantidevas-dedication-prayer.html

 

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  1. Wai Meng Wan on Dec 18, 2018 at 8:27 am

    Thank you very much to the writers and Rinpoche, for bringing much more information about Shantideva. A lot of the information out there were about how Shantideva was cornered into sharing the Buddha Dharma, and then he left the monastery.

    Much less common was the stories of what Shantideva accomplished after he left the monastery. It was interesting to read that the ‘Bodhicharyavatara’ was the teaching transmitted from Manjushri to Shantideva, then to Atisha and down to the Gaden tradition.

  2. Datuk May on Dec 8, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Whenever I participated in Kechara Soup Kitchen’s activities of going to serve and feed the homeless, the group of volunteers will recite Shantideva’s prayer as shown in this article and I was always inspired by the great compassion evoked in these prayers.

    Reading the story of Shantideva showed me to realise the meaning of Bodhichitta, the ultimate altruism.

    At my current low level practice, learning of the teachings of Shantideva in Guide to the Bodhisattva”s Way of Life (Bodhicharyavatara) will inspire my first step to gaining a mind of altruism to benefit others and myself.

  3. Bradley Kassian on Nov 30, 2018 at 11:03 am

    I really enjoyed reading about the Buddhist scholar, monk, and philosopher Shantideva. I admired how he born into wealth and was to be crowned King, turned his back on the material world. Shantideva was one of the 84 Mahasiddhas and rightly so. Shantideva was very lucky to receive and practice meditation at a really young age. He had a very close relationship with Manjushri. Thanks to Manjushri he decided to become a monk. It’s sad he was ridiculed by other monks, but he proved them wrong when he gave his discourse on the Bodhicharyavatara and levitated. Shantideva showed other miracle abilities over his lifetime and helped many beings. His famous debate with the non Buddhists left all of them in silence. He showed his keen insight, knowledge and logic. He brought many beings to Buddhism. At the end of his lifetime somewhere around 100years, he entered clear light. He is definitely an inspiration for all to follow.

  4. TsaTsa Ong on Nov 25, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    I sincerely enjoyed reading the whole story of Shantideva. As always, i love reading the miracle part of this aarticle as it is very interesting and truly inspiring. And also the lovely Shantideva prayer too. Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for this wonderful write up of Shantideva 🙏👍🤗👏

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    Back in 1996, H H Dalai Lama had made a controversial statement about Dorje Shugden that have caused much disharmony, sufferings among Tibetan Buddhism practitioners . The Tibetans were divided into two , families torn apart just as they do not agree and accept the practice of Dorje Shugden. The African Americans of black people and slavery , the women in Finland, Iceland, Sweden and some western U.S. states, slavery are some of the historical similarities with Dorje Shugden ban where they suffered badly such as physical abuses, denied services to hospitals, restaurants , schools and so forth having many signs and boards installed to prohibit them from entering. Those who refused to follow their order or to give up their practice were conform faced torture, imprisonment discrimination and abuse. Tibetans in exile, wicca, pagans and so forth are denied their rights of religious freedom. Everyone should have their own rights to choose what we believe and practice. The Dalai Lama have said that Dorje Shugden cannot harm him , as proven Dorje Shugden is not evil. It is recognised to be an emanation of the bodhisattva Manjushri and a dharma protector. They (CTA ) should stopped and should not be involved in religion. Allow religious freedom for the sake of all, and future generations to come. Peace and harmony must be maintained, for the growth of a nation.
    Thank you Velentina for this well researched article to bring more awareness and knowledge for many of us and these abroad.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/comparisons-of-the-dorje-shugden-ban-with-historic-persecutions.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 23. 2019 12:27 PM
    A beautiful story of guru devotion of a Russian princess Buddhist nun. Very inspiring , she was a Russian-born French-American socialite, film actress, and Gelug Tibetan Buddhist nun. The legendary Zina Rachevsky was the earliest Western student and patron of Lama Yeshe . She came from an incredibly wealthy family, having everything money, fame, beauty yet she was not happy and that triggered her soul-searching. Travelling to India, that’s where she met Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa. That’s the first time they encounters with Westerners and Lama Yeshe was glad to learn that this wealthy lady came to them in search of enlightenment. Zina became the first Western student of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa . It was her request and insisted that the Lamas to teach Westerners on Buddhism. She led her life to the fullest from her Hollywood days to renouncing everything.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring article of a princess turned nun.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/people/the-russian-princess-nun.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 23. 2019 12:25 PM
    Beautiful art thangka of Palden Lhamo,Guru Rinpoche, Lama Tsongkhapa, Nechung and Dorje Shugden. Palden Lhamo is a protecting Dharmapala of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. She is the wrathful deity considered to be the be an emanation of Saraswati, the Goddess of Wisdom. Interesting story of this fearsome and powerful protector.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/powerful-palden-lhamo
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 22. 2019 01:12 PM
    Beautiful art paintings of Saraswati , Manjushri, and Dorje Shugden. Saraswati is a well-known Indian goddess of music, wisdom and learning. While Dorje Shugden is an emanation of the bodhisattva Manjushri. Both depicted in this beautiful thangka paints a thousand words. Matching colours , its truly amazing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-all-pervading-goddess-of-art-saraswati
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 22. 2019 01:09 PM
    That’s wonderful in Kechara Forest Retreat there are a numbers of wonderful progressive, modern, humorous and knowledgeable pastors who are always ready to help readers to understand better. More and more readers on this blog will get to learn and practice Dharma through questions and answering .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing this nice and happy pictures of Pastors having a joyful ride on a trishaw by Pastor Seng Piow.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/if-you-have-any-dharma-questions-ask-a-pastor-at-kechara
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 22. 2019 01:08 PM
    Rejoice to the group of Kecharian having completed reading the autobiography of H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. How wonderful reading a book of a great master . I have not got hold of this book yet, love to read it .
    Thank you Rinpoche for profound and inspiring teachings. I loved reading those quotes . A beautiful learning and inspiring quotes. With folded hands…….thanks again.
    (In life, we can choose to immerse ourselves in kindness, love, forgiveness, understanding and tolerance because that will benefit us and everyone we meet.)…..quoted Tsem Rinpoche

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/a-group-finished-reading-the-autobiography-of-h-h-kyabje-trijang-rinpoche
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Apr 21. 2019 06:54 PM
    Interesting to learn about the story of Shantideva. Many times we like to make assumption on what we see from surface without knowing the truth. Shantideva showed us that we do not need to show off our knowledge and being humble is the key. We should focus to continue learning and practising dharma. Do not make judgement without any basis.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-scholar-monk-shantideva#comment-840337
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Apr 21. 2019 06:42 PM
    It’s amazing to see all the great and huge Buddha statues in China. So much effort and time has been put in to build such incredible statues. May the people, land and everyone be blessed looking at the holy statues. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article. While many of us do not have the opportunity to visit all these places, viewing the pictures with the brief info itself already very fortunate.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/chinas-huge-buddha-statues.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2019 11:15 AM
    Rejoice to this talented artist who paints beautifully of this rime thangka of four-faced Mahakala with consorts and Dorje Shugden. May the artist continue to paints more thangkas which many more loves it and get to know of the practice. Four-Faced Mahakala is a also a Dharma Protector been having a close connection with Dorje Shugden. Interesting read .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-ancient-protector-four-faced-mahakala
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2019 11:13 AM
    Wow…. Another beautiful rime thangka of Yamantaka, Kalarupa and Dorje Shugden. It explains all and merely looking at it is a blessing. In Vajrayana Buddhism, Yamantaka is also known as Vajrabhairava, which comes in a wrathful protector , buffalo-headed meditational deity. Interesting story. As depicted with Kalarupa who is a manifestation of Manjushri and Dorje Shugden is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom form a beautiful thangka.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-fierce-one-yamantaka
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2019 11:12 AM
    Beautiful rime thangka of Shantideva and Dorje Shugden. Shantideva was an 8th-century Indian Buddhist monk, a great master, scholar, and bodhisattva,at Nalanda. Wow …..interesting story of how he rose off the throne as high into the sky as no one could see him yet his teachings could still be heard from the ground by many . Together with Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri as portrayed in this beautiful thangka.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-scholar-monk-shantideva
  • Sofi
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2019 04:04 AM
    Daily thoughts to ponder deeper

    Great site to visit for lots of wisdom thoughts that evoke much understanding into reality of our lives. Also a place where you can share out with others to make them think deeper. Would be nice if you could let us know which you like best in the comment section.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/daily-thoughts-to-ponder-deeper-2.html
  • Pastor Lanse
    Friday, Apr 19. 2019 11:35 PM
    这篇文章涵盖了艮尼玛的生平、修持、神通、趣事等,让读者对艮尼玛有个整体的认识之余,也对他的特点有深刻的印象。对我来说,艮尼玛最启发我的地方是他只专注于一项修持,全心全意的,一辈子只专注于大威德金刚修持,他占卜、治病等靠的都是大威德金刚修持赐予的加持力。艮尼玛透过本身的成就,向世人证明了佛菩萨的全知和全能。也让我们知道,若真正要修持某种法门,任何一位佛菩萨的法门都是好的,都是全面的,所以不需要什么都学一些,什么都不精,搞到最后一事无成。

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/l/cn/buddhas-dharma/the-jolenpa-bodhisattva-gen-nyima-chinese.html
  • Nicholas
    Friday, Apr 19. 2019 06:36 PM
    The reasons why you must clean your room are as follows: If you invite your guru or some officials to your home, you would give your room a good sweep, wouldn’t you! Similarly, when you invite your guru, the victorious ones, and their children into your room [in the course of your meditations], you should clean it out of respect for them.

    Check out more here: https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
  • Nicholas
    Friday, Apr 19. 2019 06:33 PM
    The 9-foot Dorje Shugden statue in Kechara Forest Retreat has become a popular place for many people to pay homage, make offerings and prayers. It was conceptualized by H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche who foresee the needs of Dorje Shugden that able to benefit many people.

    Check out:
    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/a-wish-fulfilling-shrine.html

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    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
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    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
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    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
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    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
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    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    4 months ago
    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
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    4 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    Trijang Rinpoche never gave up his devotion to Dorje Shugden no matter how much Tibetan government in exile pressured him to give up. He stayed loyal inspiring so many of us.
  • Very rare video of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the 10th, the all knowing and compassionate one. I pay deep respects to this attained being who has taken many rebirths since the time of Lord Buddha to be of benefit to sentient beings tirelessly. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    Very rare video of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the 10th, the all knowing and compassionate one. I pay deep respects to this attained being who has taken many rebirths since the time of Lord Buddha to be of benefit to sentient beings tirelessly. Tsem Rinpoche
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    4 months ago
    This bigfoot researcher gives good reasonings on bigfoot. Interesting short video.
  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
    4 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
    5 months ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
  • Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
    5 months ago
    Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
  • Living off the grid in Australia
    5 months ago
    Living off the grid in Australia
    A Jill Redwood is a jack of all trades, Jill built her own house on her property and lives entirely off the grid with no mains power or town water, mobile reception or television. Living on around $80 a week, Jill has over sixty animals to keep her company and an abundant garden that out serves as an organic supermarket right at her doorstep. Her main expenses are animal feed and the rates on her property. Watch this incredible three minute video and be inspired to live differently.
  • Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Heart Sutra sang by a monk for the modern crowd. Very interesting and beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Heart Sutra sang by a monk for the modern crowd. Very interesting and beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Submerging powerful mantra stones in water at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
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    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
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    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
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    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
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    2 yearss ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    2 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
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    2 yearss ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    2 yearss ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    2 yearss ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    2 yearss ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    2 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    2 yearss ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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Laying the rescued food down on the table would mean we will minimise chance of wastage from another level when our recipients will have the privilege to choose what they really need and want. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Laying the rescued food down on the table would mean we will minimise chance of wastage from another level when our recipients will have the privilege to choose what they really need and want. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Have you ever done beading? Join us for a blessed Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! http://bit.ly/2IMh5eN - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Have you ever done beading? Join us for a blessed Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! http://bit.ly/2IMh5eN - shared by Pastor Antoinette
What do you do on Saturday mornings? Join us for a meaningful time and be blessed by the Buddhas during the Spiritual Saturday at Kechara Forest Retreat! - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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What do you do on Saturday mornings? Join us for a meaningful time and be blessed by the Buddhas during the Spiritual Saturday at Kechara Forest Retreat! - shared by Pastor Antoinette
With Dorje Shugden in your car, bus, bike, boat or lorry, you will be protected and blessed. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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With Dorje Shugden in your car, bus, bike, boat or lorry, you will be protected and blessed. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Recently in Kechara Forest Retreat, this bus was blessed and is now protected by the Three Jewels. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Recently in Kechara Forest Retreat, this bus was blessed and is now protected by the Three Jewels. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they just have the heart. In order to send the foodpack to our client in johor bahru area, we need a team that are always ready . Luckily, we have a group of wonderful volunteers that are commited to serve our community. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they just have the heart. In order to send the foodpack to our client in johor bahru area, we need a team that are always ready . Luckily, we have a group of wonderful volunteers that are commited to serve our community. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Children paint their own mask for Halloween day. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children paint their own mask for Halloween day. Lin Mun KSDS
Parents and students did a group discussion together on the Bully topic  Lin Mun KSDS
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Parents and students did a group discussion together on the Bully topic Lin Mun KSDS
A talk on Bully by Peggy. A very informative sharing for students and parents. Lin Mun KSDS
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A talk on Bully by Peggy. A very informative sharing for students and parents. Lin Mun KSDS
Great to start kids with dharma knowledge from young. Lin Mun KSDS
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Great to start kids with dharma knowledge from young. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Victoria guided the students to do prayer in the dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Victoria guided the students to do prayer in the dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Creative horror drawing created by Teacher Kien. Alice, KSDS
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Creative horror drawing created by Teacher Kien. Alice, KSDS
Teacher Asyley led the kids to participate animal liberation. Alice, KSDS
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Teacher Asyley led the kids to participate animal liberation. Alice, KSDS
Healthy Meals for lunch sponsored by Mr Ravi & friends! We thank you for your unending support to #kecharasoupkitchen in our plight in serving the #homeless. Would you like to sponsor lunch for our street friends? To find out more, checkout our website for more details :) Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Healthy Meals for lunch sponsored by Mr Ravi & friends! We thank you for your unending support to #kecharasoupkitchen in our plight in serving the #homeless. Would you like to sponsor lunch for our street friends? To find out more, checkout our website for more details :) Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Bernard was briefing the volunteers on the details before they headed out last Saturday to PPR Kota Damansara. #kechara #foodbank #urbanpoor - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Bernard was briefing the volunteers on the details before they headed out last Saturday to PPR Kota Damansara. #kechara #foodbank #urbanpoor - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Seen here are team leaders giving their final briefing to the respective volunteers before they head out last night. Thank you very much to all the volunteers who turned up. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
Seen here are team leaders giving their final briefing to the respective volunteers before they head out last night. Thank you very much to all the volunteers who turned up. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you very much to James and Shereen for sponsoring oranges for tonight's distribution. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
Thank you very much to James and Shereen for sponsoring oranges for tonight's distribution. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
We received a lot wine bottles for recycling. It was packed nicely by the person. KEP-Serena
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We received a lot wine bottles for recycling. It was packed nicely by the person. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling activity at Kechara Soup Kitchen. You can drop the recycled items here if you are nearby. KEP-Serena
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Today we are having recycling activity at Kechara Soup Kitchen. You can drop the recycled items here if you are nearby. KEP-Serena
The generous support from Tesco Malaysia and AEON Retail Malaysia have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thank you very much! Here are photos taken during the distribution at government low cost flat. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 weeks ago
The generous support from Tesco Malaysia and AEON Retail Malaysia have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thank you very much! Here are photos taken during the distribution at government low cost flat. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you committed university students of University of Malaya for helping in our #foodrescue activities. These still good to eat and in date edible bread will be very useful for the needy students in universities! Thank you Komugi Malaysia for contributing and help reduce food wastage! #zerofoodwastage #kecharafoodbank #kecharasoupkitchen #endhunger - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you committed university students of University of Malaya for helping in our #foodrescue activities. These still good to eat and in date edible bread will be very useful for the needy students in universities! Thank you Komugi Malaysia for contributing and help reduce food wastage! #zerofoodwastage #kecharafoodbank #kecharasoupkitchen #endhunger - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Throw back, Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Chen Chen run thru me when he saw I'm carry a table and Voluntary help me carry the table.. He really warm my heart and remind me must be kindness to others anytime everyway. Just happened that day's topic is "KINDNESS" Thank You Chen Chen, Lovely Boy right?
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Throw back, Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Chen Chen run thru me when he saw I'm carry a table and Voluntary help me carry the table.. He really warm my heart and remind me must be kindness to others anytime everyway. Just happened that day's topic is "KINDNESS" Thank You Chen Chen, Lovely Boy right?
Throw back, Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Chen Chen run thru me when he saw I'm carry a table and Voluntary help me carry the table.. He really warm my heart and remind me must be kindness to others anytime everyway. Just happened that day's topic is "KINDNESS" Thank You Chen Chen, Lovely Boy right? By Asyley Chia KSDS
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Throw back, Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Chen Chen run thru me when he saw I'm carry a table and Voluntary help me carry the table.. He really warm my heart and remind me must be kindness to others anytime everyway. Just happened that day's topic is "KINDNESS" Thank You Chen Chen, Lovely Boy right? By Asyley Chia KSDS
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