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. Ummamageswari on Jun 26, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Thank you so much for this article. 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. Till this day, his teachings are still studied and revered by Buddhist scholars around the world.

    Shantideva was attracted to spirituality and Buddhism from a very young age. Shantideva’s purity of mind and truthiness of purpose were rewarded with visions of Manjushri. Thank you.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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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    Pujas are definitely powerful and can alleviate dangers and harm immediately to counter the problem and disturbances that is currently arising. It also means that we create demerits and negative karma for ourselves which will deter the enlightened being to help us when we are in need.
    Puja is needed to clear our negative karma and collect merits as well.The instructions given by oracle when take trance is a guideline for us to achieve our goals.Thank you so much for the good article
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 9. 2020 03:08 PM
    In Buddhist tradition, Maitreya the future Buddha,who will achieve complete
    enlightenment, and teach the pure dharma. According to scriptures, Maitreya will be a successor to the present Buddha, Gautama Buddha, presently a bodhisattva residing in the Tushita heaven. Maitreya will appear as the fifth universal Buddha of this world age and turn the wheel of Dharma for the benefit of all. Depicted with Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom in this beautiful art painting thangka. Merely looking at this thangka is a blessing.
    Thank you for this sharing. May the artist continue with his good work.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-buddha-of-the-future-maitreya
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 9. 2020 03:05 PM
    Arya Tara, also known as Jetsun Dolma in Tibetan Buddhism, is a female Bodhisattva in Mahayana and Vajrayana. She is known as the “mother of liberation” and is the Goddess of peacefulness, long life and protection. She embodies inner and outer peace bringing spiritual clarity and purity to those who seek her help. Arya Tara who symbolizes the activity of all the Buddhas , to work tirelessly to liberate all beings until samsara is emptied. She made her vows to be reborn in a female form again and again. Arya Tara, along with the Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri in this beautiful thangka paints a thousand words.
    Thank you for this sharing , its a beautiful thangka.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-swift-liberator-arya-tara
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 9. 2020 03:03 PM
    Namche Bazaar a traditional Sherpa village is a beautifully crafted Himalayan town which is nestled along the crescent shaped hill slopes. It is truly a place worth visiting by many trekkers who are on the verge of making their journey deep into the gorgeous Khumbu region. It is also the staging point for expeditions to Everest and other Himalayan peaks in the area. Namche Bazaar is one of the main stops on the trail up to Everest Base Camp for trekkers from all over the world. Here trekkers or visitors will get to enjoy the clearest views of the beautiful mountainous landscape of Himalaya. A beautiful place with natural surroundings will be good to visit. Wish to some day.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/namche-bazaar
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Apr 8. 2020 09:36 PM
    He is well known as the father of yoga in the West, who has devoted his life to the spread of knowledge about the techniques of yoga meditation. His Yoga teachings are widely practiced around the world by many from various faiths, backgrounds, races, and nationalities.
    The sacred sounds invite positive beings to inhabit our environment, expels negative beings and brings the sound of growth to the land, animals, water and plants. Thank you for the good article.
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 8. 2020 05:58 PM
    Beautiful architectural and unique structures of sixty-four Yogini Temple of Hirapur, India. It is the smallest temple among the list of four major surviving 64 Yogini temples in India. The temple is beautifully well preserved, quite remarkable given the fact that this shrine is only one of a handful traditional form of Yogini temples in India that still exist. This Hirapur shrine is indeed very unique in many ways. Wish I could visit this amazing someday.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David Lai for this wonderful sharing of the sixty-four yoginis of these temples are believed to be none other than celestial dakinis in reality .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sixty-four-yogini-temple-of-hirapur.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 8. 2020 05:55 PM
    According to Buddhism, the world in which we live and all that happens to us is a result of our past actions. Past harmful actions create unhappiness results and skilful actions create happy results. One way to purify obstacles we experience due to our past harmful action is through prayers and pujas. The power of prayers derives from the sincere motivation of the person asking for prayers, as well as the pure mind of the persons performing the prayers. It is said that prayers performed by lamas are especially powerful and effective as they are done on the basis of pure morality. There are many types of pujas which can be performed for various purposes for the dying, for the deceased and for sickness. All depending on one request and recording to one’s needs with specific problems . Removing these obstacles will help us to achieve happiness and good fortune in all our activities. We are so fortunate to learn, practice some of the pujas at Kechara Forest Retreat. Many people have truly benefited from these pujas done when with concentration and faith.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this extensive article pujas which I have better knowledge of other pujas other that what I knew.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/the-power-of-prayers.html
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    Wednesday, Apr 8. 2020 01:54 AM
    We all have to realize that there are many strange things that we need to be explore and to understand better. Thank you for the sharing it very interesting to know about the 10 most terrifying supernatural house and place on this earth.
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Apr 7. 2020 02:40 PM
    After reading this article I came to realize I have plenty to know. I get to understand a little much more knowledge of the Body of a Buddha. The details of the 32 marks and there are teachings of each mark.
    Reading this gives me a whole new understanding into Buddha images, and their importance.Thank you very much for the informative article.
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 7. 2020 01:48 PM
    Ksitigarbha is a bodhisattva primarily revered in East Asian Buddhism . Usually depicted as a monk with a nimbus around his shaved head, he carries a staff to force open the gates of hell and a wish-fulfilling jewel to light up the darkness.In Tibetan thangkas, he is often depicted as a classical seated Bodhisattva with crown. He is regarded as the bodhisattva of hell beings. Well known for his greatest compassionate Vow being, that is not to achieve Buddhahood until all hells are emptied. In this beautiful thangka he is depicted with Dorje Shugden an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. Dorje Shugden who is a Dharma Protector in order to safeguard the Buddha’s teachings.
    Thank you for this beautiful thangka.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/ksitigarbha-the-saviour
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 7. 2020 01:45 PM
    Machig Labdron was a renowned 11th-century Tibetan tantric Buddhist practitioner, teacher and yogini who originated several Tibetan lineages of the Vajrayana practice of Chod . She is often depicted with the attributes of a dakini, a representation of enlightened female energy. Together with Buddha Shakyamuni, Padampa Sangye, Vajravarahi, Green Tara, Prajnaparamita, Chang Shon, Troma Nagmo and Dorje Shugden as depicted in this beautiful thangka.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-founder-of-chod-machig-labdron
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 7. 2020 01:43 PM
    Black Manjushri is the wrathful healing form of Manjushri that helps us to heal our deep inner negative emotions and mental suffering. Those suffering from aggressive and assertive diseases such as cancer, AIDS , heart disease or those who are prone to negative emotions. Black Manjushri ‘s practice is indeed very beneficial in healing as long as one have faith. It is widely practiced by Gelug practitioners and other lineage as well. Black Manjushri purifies contaminations and impurities. In this thangka , Black Manjushri is depicted with Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. Beautiful and powerful thangka to have it in our home.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-wrathful-healing-form-of-manjushri-black-manjushri
  • sarassitham
    Monday, Apr 6. 2020 10:29 PM
    Wow! Great to know the effect of mantra stone, an interesting article to know the powerful way of offering and the blessing. I understand that mantra is a form of meditation that has existed for a long time but offering mantra stone to deity is something new to understand.

    Thank you for the wonderful sharing and I am blessed to come across a beautiful message on offering mantra stone and the benefit behind it.
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 6. 2020 03:40 PM
    Kuan Yin is one of the major deities in Buddhism and one of the most popular deities. Also known as the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion . Kuan Yin is regarded as male in India, and slowly transformed to have a female image in China. She is known for her kindness and can also be regarded as an icon of femininity in modern Buddhism. In this beautiful thangka Kuan Yin is depicted with Wei Tuo who is the great Dharma Protector in Buddhism who protects the Dharma, the teachings of the Buddha and those who cultivate the Dharma. Together with Dorje Shugden also a Dharma protector in order to safeguard the Buddha’s teachings. Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri as depicted makes a powerful thangka to have.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/goddess-kuan-yin-the-embodiment-of-compassion
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 6. 2020 03:38 PM
    Born into a noble family the 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje was spiritual leader of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He was well respected and consulted by high lamas of other lineages. He was given many names expressing this respect, including “King of the Yogis”. Interesting short life history of a great lama.
    Lama Jigme Rinpoche an accomplished teacher of the Kagyu lineage has once said….
    “Although the 16th Karmapa appeared and acted as a human being, his mind was completely open, without any limitation. He knew everything in an instant and without having to think about it.”
    Depicted in this beautiful thangka with Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. He took the form of a Dharma protector in order to safeguard the Buddha’s teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/his-holiness-the-16th-karmapa-rangjung-rigpe-dorje

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  • She’s going to spend her whole life here without being able to move correctly. Like a machine. They are the slaves of the people and are viewed as a product. It’s immoral. Billions of terrestrial animals die annually. Billions. You can’t even imagine it. And all that because people don’t want to give up meat, even though there are so many alternatives. ~ Gabriel Azimov
    10 months ago
    She’s going to spend her whole life here without being able to move correctly. Like a machine. They are the slaves of the people and are viewed as a product. It’s immoral. Billions of terrestrial animals die annually. Billions. You can’t even imagine it. And all that because people don’t want to give up meat, even though there are so many alternatives. ~ Gabriel Azimov
  • Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
    11 months ago
    Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
    11 months ago
    This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
  • Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
    12 months ago
    Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
  • This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
    12 months ago
    This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
    12 months ago
    Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
  • These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
    1 years ago
    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
  • Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
    1 years ago
    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
  • Beautiful
    1 years ago
    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
  • My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    1 years ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    1 years ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    1 years ago
    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.
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
    1 years ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    1 years ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    1 years ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    1 years 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).
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    2 yearss ago
    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
  • Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
    2 yearss ago
    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
  • BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
    2 yearss ago
    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
    2 yearss ago
    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
    2 yearss ago
    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    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” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    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
    2 yearss ago
    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
  • Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
    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.
    3 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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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
4 weeks ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
4 weeks ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
4 weeks ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
4 weeks ago
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
1 month ago
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
1 month ago
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
1 month ago
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
2 months ago
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 months ago
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 months ago
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
2 months ago
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 months ago
Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 months ago
KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
2 months ago
Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
2 months ago
Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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