The First Drukchen, Tsangpa Gyare Yeshe Dorje

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Tsangpa Gyare. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click on image to enlarge.

The First Drukchen, Tsangpa Gyare Yeshe Dorje. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click on image to enlarge.

b.1161 – d.1211

Incarnations: Drukchen འབྲུག་ཆེན།
Tradition: Drukpa Kagyu འབྲུག་པ་བཀའ་བརྒྱུད།
Geography: Nyang ཉང།
Historical Period: 12th Century ༡༢ དུས་རབས།
Institution: Napu Monastery སྣ་ཕུ་དགོན།; Ralung Monastery རྭ་ལུང་དགོན་པ།; Nyetang Longdol Hermitage མཉེས་ཐང་ཀློང་རྡོལ་རི་ཁྲོད།; Druk Jangchub Choling འབྲུག་བྱང་ཆུབ་ཆོས་གླིང།
Clan: Gya རྒྱ།
Offices Held: First Throne Holder of Ralung Monastery
Name Variants: Drowai Gonpo Yeshe Dorje འགྲོ་བའི་མགོན་པོ་ཡེ་ཤེས་རྡོ་རྗེ།; Drukchen 01 Tsangpa Gyare Yeshe Dorje འབྲུག་ཆེན ༡ གཙང་པ་རྒྱ་རས་ཡེ་ཤེས་རྡོ་རྗེ།; Gyare Yeshe Dorje རྒྱ་རས་ཡེ་ཤེས་རྡོ་རྗེ།; Sherab Dutsi Dorje ཤེས་རབ་བདུད་རྩི་འཁོར་ལོ།; Yeshe Dorje ཡེ་ཤེས་རྡོ་རྗེ།

Tsangpa Gyare Yeshe Dorje (gtsang pa rgya ras ye shes rdo rje) was the youngest of seven children, born on the slopes of Habo Gangzang (ha bo gangs bzang) in Upper Nyang (nyang stod) in 1161. He belonged to the highly regarded Gya (rgya) clan. His parents, who already had many mouths to feed, handed him over to a Bonpo who gave him the name Yungdrung Pel (g.yung drung dpal).

When Tsangpa was eight, his mother died, and he spent most of his young years boarding with his teachers. When he was twelve, his older brother Kelden (skal ldan) took him to Tsangrong (gtsang rong) where he continued his studies. He stayed for three years with his teacher Tatangpa (rta thang pa), who gave him his first tonsure and novice vows. Starting when he was fifteen, he spent an eight-year period under Kharlungpa (mkhar lung pa) learning a large variety of texts and practices, ranging from the common scholastic subjects of Abhidharma and logic to the most esoteric teachings of Zhije and Dzogchen.

At the tender age of twenty-two, while studying with Kharlungpa, he taught Buddhism to a group of people for the first time and was given the position of teaching assistant. Soon after this he met Lingrepa Pema Dorje (gling ras pa pad+ma rdo rje, 1128-1188), who would eventually become his most important teacher. They met at a religious site consecrated and given the name Ralung (rwa lung) by Lingrepa; Tsangpa Gyare would later establish the famous monastery of the same name there, in 1180.

He had some heart-to-heart discussions with Lingrepa and he did experience the Lama’s blessings, but he soon went on a pilgrimage to Lhasa and Samye (bsam yas) and other holy sites. Eventually he met again with Lingrepa, who was traveling to give teachings at the request of one of his patrons in Trengpo Zhora (‘phreng po zho ra). Meanwhile, Tsangpa, who was known to his fellow acolytes as Gyaton (rgya ston), the “Teacher of the Gya clan”, had come down with the “black pustule” (‘brum nag) disease, which very likely means the dreaded bubonic plague.

Tonpa Dorgyal (ston pa rdor rgyal) said to Lingrepa, “Gyaton’s black pustules are in danger of spreading to others, so he ought to be taken to Zangdo Cave (zangs rdo phug).”

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Tsangpa Gyare Yeshe Dorje from a thangka of Kagyu lineage masters. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click on image to enlarge.

Lingrepa responded by saying that the afflicted ones should be taken to his own retreat place called Napu (sna phu). Tonpa Dorgyal, who had complained about the danger, was sent along to be Tsangpa’s personal nurse. Tsangpa soon recovered, even before going to Napu. But the climate there did not agree with him and the disease flared up again. Once he was well again, he tried to meditate based on Mahamudra, but had trouble getting started.

So the brethren told him, “This problem is because when Napuwa (sna phu ba), a common epithet of Lingrepa, came to Ralung you failed to request a dharma connection.”

In his later years Tsangpa looked back on this and said, “It wasn’t that I only had esteem for the brethren and that I was lacking in veneration for the lama. What they said hurt me, and I thought, ‘Ouch! I must find out how much of this lama’s blessings will enter in and by just how many of his good qualities I can be infected.”

‘Calling the day night,’ as the saying goes, he applied himself with renewed energy to the spiritual practices and had such fine meditative experiences that he was unable to get off of his cushion. Telling his teacher about these experiences, Lingrepa said, “That’s all. From now on you will be having unadulterated realizations.”

A little while later, he would have experiences in which the whole external world would turn into something like a thin shell or a mist, and this would make him extremely happy. Lingrepa said, “Well, that’s what we call realization. It would be great if you could keep it up.”

Although Tsangpa Gyare did study scriptural texts with Lingrepa, he also went for specialized tantra studies, as did most early Kagyupas, to a member of the Ngok (rngog) family. In his case he studied with Ngok Dorje Sengge (rngog rdo rje seng ge). He was visiting this same teacher when, on his return, he met on the road two women meditators who told him the sad news of Lingrepa’s death. Monks might be expected to control their grief, but Tsangpa Gyare pounded himself with his fists, wept aloud and composed a sorrowful song that made everyone else weep along with him. In the months that followed he was preoccupied with the memorial building and funerary rites.

While the finding of textual treasures (gter ma) is usually associated with the Nyingma school, it is not exclusively so, and Tsangpa Gyare is credited with the discovery of important treasures. When Tsangpa Gyarepa was deciding on a place for an extended retreat, Lingrepa had urged him not to go to Tise or Tsari as was common in those days. He sent him instead to Kharchu (mkhar chu), a river valley that leads into what is today called Bhutan. There he discovered the text of a teaching said to have been authored by the Indian Tipupa (ti phu pa) that was granted to his disciple Rechungpa Dorje Drak (ras chung pa rdo rje grags, 1085-1161). According to legend, since there were no suitable vessels for the teaching at the time, Rechungpa concealed the text in Kharchu. The secret of its place of concealment was passed on through the lineage through Sumpa Repa (sum pa ras pa) to Lingrepa, who told Tsangpa Gyarepa where to look for it. This was The Six Cycles of Equal Taste (ro snyom skor drug).

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Another depiction of the First Drukchen, Tsangpa Gyare Yeshe Dorje. Image credit: himalayanart.org. Click on image to enlarge.

The epithet Tsangpa Gyare signifies first that he was native to Tsang Province, and secondly, that he was a repa (ras pa) or ‘cotton-clad one’ belonging to the Gya (rgya) clan. He became famous throughout the central parts of Tibet under the name Tsangpa Gyarepa only a year or two prior to 1193 when he met Lama Zhang Yudrakpa (bla ma zhang g.yu brag pa, 1123-1193). This meeting occurred very shortly before this famous teacher’s death. Lama Zhang predicted that he would greatly benefit living creatures if he became a monk, so he took full ordination later that year along with the name Yeshe Dorje (ye shes rdo rje).

Tsangpa Gyare’s later years were largely occupied with teaching. Sometimes he stayed a few years in one place, but much of the time he toured the central parts of Tibet at the request of abbots and others. In about the middle of the decade of the 1190s he founded Longdol Hermitage (klong rdol rei khrod), said to have been located not far from Lhasa, but further south along the banks of the Kyichu River (skyid chu). After a few years the community had increased to about five hundred. A sign of his increasing public stature, he was asked to mediate between warring parties at Nyetang Monastery (snye thang). He also established Shedrub Chokhor Ling (bshad grub chos ‘khor gling), in 1193.

In 1205 Tsangpa Gyare founded Druk Monastery (‘brug dgon), the monastery that gave the Drukpa its name, and there he gave a series of public empowerments. It was said that half the population of Tibet’s central province was present. Still, despite or because of all the increasing public activity, he continued to seek the solitude of remote retreat places. He also sent many of his students into long-term retreats. They say they filled the entire range of the Himalayas and beyond, covering a distance as far as a vulture could fly in eighteen days.

When Tsangpa Gyare died, his body was cremated, and many miracles were reported: his heart and tongue came out of the fire without being burned, and many crystalline relics called ringsel were also found. His vertebrae turned into twenty-one images of Avalokiteshvara, and some of these have been preserved even today. Two of his disciples are known as founders of two sub-lineages of the Drukpa school. One is the Upper Druk (stod ‘brug), founded by Gotsangpa Gonpo Dorje (rgod tshang pa mgon po rdo rje, 1189-1258). The other is the Lower Druk (smad ‘brug), founded by Lorepa Wangchuk Tsondru (lo ras pa dbang phyug brtson ‘grus, 1187-1250).

 

འབྲུག་ཆེན ༠༡ གཙང་པ་རྒྱ་རས་ཡེ་ཤེས་རྡོ་རྗེ།

གཙང་པ་རྒྱ་རས་ཡེ་ཤེས་རྡོ་རྗེ་ནི་ཕྱི་ལོ་༡༡༨༠ ལོར་ཉིད་ཀྱིས་ཕྱག་བཏབ་པའི་རྭ་ལུང་དགོན་པ་གཙོས་དགོན་ཁག་གསུམ་གྱི་ཡ་གྱལ་འབྲུག་དགོན་པ་ལས་མཚན་ཐོགས་པའི་དཔལ་འབྲུག་པ་བཀའ་བརྒྱུད་ཅེས་པའི་ལུགས་ཀྱི་སྲོལ་འབྱེད་པ་པོ་ཡིན། ཁོང་ཕྱི་ལོ་བརྒྱ་ཕྲག་བཅུ་བདུན་བར་རྭ་ལུང་ས་ཁུལ་ལ་མངའ་དབང་བསྒྱུར་བའི་རྒྱ་ཞེས་པའི་ཁྱིམ་བརྒྱུད་དུ་སྐུ་འཁྲུངས། རྗེ་ཕག་མོ་གྲུ་པའི་སློབ་མ་གླིང་རས་པའི་ཐུགས་སྲས་རྣམས་ཀྱི་གཙོ་བོར་གྱུར། ཁོང་འབྲུག་ཆེན་སྐུ་ཕྲེང་རིམ་བྱོན་གྱི་དང་པོར་བགྲངས་ཀྱང་། འབྲུག་ཆེན་སྐུ་ཕྲེང་གཉིས་པ་ནི་ཁོང་མྱ་ངན་ལས་འདས་ནས་ལོ་ངོ་བརྒྱ་ཕྲག་འགའི་རྗེས་རྒྱའི་སྐུ་བརྒྱུད་ཆད་པའི་སྐབས་ཙམ་ལས་སྐུ་མ་བལྟམས། ཁོང་གིས་ཕྱག་དཔེ་ཁག་གཅིག་མཛད་ཅིང་དེའི་ནང་ནས་གྲགས་ཆེ་བ་ནི་ཆོས་མཐུན་བླང་དོར་གྱི་གནད་བསྟན་པའི་ཉམས་མགུར་རྣམས་ཡིན། དེ་བཞིན་ཁོང་གིས་ཏི་ཕུ་པས་རས་ཆུང་པ་ལ་གདམས་པའི་རོ་སྙོམ་སྐོར་དྲུག་སོགས་གཏེར་ཆོས་ཁག་གཅིག་ཀྱང་གཏེར་ནས་དྲངས་པར་བཤད།

 

Teachers

  • Lingrepa Pema Dorje གླིང་རས་པ་པདྨ་རྡོ་རྗེ། b.1128 – d.1188
  • mkhar lung pa མཁར་ལུང་པ།
  • Zhang Yudrakpa Tsondru Drakpa ཞང་གཡུ་བྲག་པ་བརྩོན་འགྲུས་གྲགས་པ། b.1123 – d.1193

 

Students

  • Tropu Gyeltsa Rinchen Gon ཁྲོ་ཕུ་རྒྱལ་ཚ་རིན་ཆེན་མགོན། b.1118 – d.1195
  • ‘bras mo ba འབྲས་མོ་བ།
  • Gotsangpa Gonpo Dorje རྒོད་ཚང་པ་མགོན་པོ་རྡོ་རྗེ། b.1189 – d.1258
  • Lorepa Wangchuk Tsondru ལོ་རས་པ་དབང་ཕྱུག་བརྩོན་འགྲུས། b.1187 – d.1250
  • mar ston མར་སྟོན།
  • Wonre Darma Sengge དབོན་རས་དར་མ་སེངྒེ། b.1177 – d.1237
  • Zhonnu Sengge གཞོན་ནུ་སེངྒེ། b.1200 – d.1266

 

Subsequent Incarnations

  • The Second Drukchen, Kunga Peljor འབྲུག་ཆེན ༠༢ ཀུན་དགའ་དཔལ་འབྱོར། b.1428 – d.1476
  • The Third Drukchen, Jamyang Chodrak འབྲུག་ཆེན ༠༣ འཇམ་དབྱངས་ཆོས་གྲགས། b.1478 – d.1523
  • The Fourth Drukchen, Pema Karpo འབྲུག་ཆེན ༠༤ པདྨ་དཀར་པོ། b.1527 – d.1592
  • The Fifth Drukchen, Paksam Wangpo འབྲུག་ཆེན ༠༥ དཔག་བསམ་དབང་པོ། b.1593 – d.1641
  • The Sixth Drukchen, Mipam Wangpo འབྲུག་ཆེན ༠༦ མི་ཕམ་དབང་པོ། b.1641 – d.1717
  • The Seventh Drukchen, Kargyu Trinle Shingta འབྲུག་ཆེན ༠༧ དཀར་བརྒྱུད་འཕྲིན་ལས་ཤིང་རྟ། b.1718 – d.1766
  • The Eighth Drukchen, Kunzik Chokyi Nangwa འབྲུག་ཆེན ༠༨ ཀུན་གཟིགས་ཆོས་ཀྱི་སྣང་བ། b.1768 – d.1822
  • The Ninth Drukchen, Mingyur Wanggyel འབྲུག་ཆེན ༠༩ མི་འགྱུར་དབང་རྒྱལ། b.1823 – d.1883
  • The Tenth Drukchen, Mipam Chokyi Wangpo འབྲུག་ཆེན ༡༠ མི་ཕམ་ཆོས་ཀྱི་དབང་པོ། b.1884 – d.1930
  • The Eleventh Drukchen, Tendzin Khyenrab Gelek Wangpo འབྲུག་ཆེན ༡༡ བསྟན་འཛིན་མཁྱེན་རབ་དགེ་ལེགས་དབང་པོ། b.1931 – d.1960
  • The Twelfth Drukchen, Jigme Pema Wangchen འབྲུག་ཆེན ༡༢ འཇིགས་མེད་པདྨ་དབང་ཆེན། b.1963

 

Images

Eighteenth century thangka of Drukpa Kagyu and Kagyu lineage masters. More at HimalayanArt.org

Eighteenth century thangka of Drukpa Kagyu and Kagyu lineage masters. Tsangpa Gyare is the figure above and to the left of the central figure, Pema Karpo. Image credit: HimalayanArt.org

The central figure of Mahakala is depicted with historical figures including Nagarjuna and Ga Lotsāwa, as well as masters of the Drukpa Kagyu lineage. More at HimalayanArt.org

MAHAKALA WITH FOUR HANDS. The central figure of Mahakala is depicted with historical figures including Nagarjuna and Ga Lotsawa, as well as masters of the Drukpa Kagyu lineage. Tsangpa Gyare is the rightmost lama at the top. Image credit: HimalayanArt.org

 

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Source: Dan Martin, “The First Drukchen, Tsangpa Gyare Yeshe Dorje,” Treasury of Lives, accessed July 10, 2018, http://treasuryoflives.org/biographies/view/Tsangpa-Gyarepa-Yeshe-Dorje/11865.

 


 

Dan Martin is a scholar based in Israel. He received his Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1991.

Published August 2008

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    Tsangpa Gyare Yeshe Dorje, was born in the province of Tsang. Many miraculous signs and auspicious omens appeared when he was born. After his birth, Tsangpa Gyare was abandoned by his parents and soon was recognized then brought up by some siddhas of that time. He spent most of the time studying , learning a variety of Dharma texts and practices. The young Tsangpa Gyare grew up to be come a great teacher where he gave teachings attended by thousands of people coming from far and near. In his later years he founded Druk Monastery and spending most of his time giving teachings till his passing. When Tsangpa Gyare died, many miracles were reported and it seem that his heart and tongue came out of the fire without being burned, and having many crystalline relics. His vertebrae turned into twenty-one images of Avalokiteshvara, and some of these have been preserved even today. He was indeed considered as the emanation of the Bodhisattva.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing.

  2. Pastor Adeline Woon on Jul 28, 2018 at 6:57 am

    Nice short video of a new LED signage reminding us of who we can go to for blessings in case of need: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBwrkaKUoH0

  3. Joy Kam on Jul 26, 2018 at 4:24 am

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

    Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbzgskLKxT8&t=5821s

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  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Sep 26. 2021 01:50 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing of beautiful ancient thangkas. It’s a rare opportunity to see all these ancient Tibetan thangkas of various Buddhas. These rare ancient thangkas range from very simple early Indian sculptures of the Buddha and Dharma Protectors. Many images of Dorje Shugden were found in those ancient thangkas and has been relied upon by all sects of Tibetan Buddhism. All traditions and schools of Buddhism had propitiate Dorje Shugden centuries ago. Looking at those ancient thangkas tells a thousand words. Merely by looking at it is a blessing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/beautiful-ancient-thangkas-to-share-with-you.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Sep 26. 2021 01:48 PM
    Thank you Joy Kam for sharing your views and thoughts time spent with Rinpoche. Having years with Rinpoche you understand more and glad I could learn some knowledge from you. Interesting miraculous events that happened before along her journey which will definitely serve as an inspiration for us. Learning is a treasure especially learning from someone mistakes. We benefit from learning from others, as it helps us to make better choices ourselves.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/rinpoche-through-my-eyes-change-karma
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Sep 26. 2021 01:47 PM
    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for your beautiful sharing . Fortunate to read some of those of Rinpoche’s myriad Dharma activities. It has benefit many of us just by reading and learning some teachings as well from there. Rinpoche went out to help others nor matter what and beyond. Its wise to learn from others by their experience.
    Thanks again Pastor .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/growing-up-with-rinpoche-taking-spiritual-pain-away
  • Sarassitham
    Friday, Sep 24. 2021 09:37 PM
    Money is an important factor in everyone’s life. Holding cash on you hand isn’t enough. It’s how you value it, use it, grow it, and spend it, that matters most. Money is only a tool or medium to achieve happiness, it may not guarantee happiness.

    In this Covid -19 pandemic situations we know many lost their jobs , The middle class shrunk as thousands of people were pushed in poor class . On the other hand rich people were not affected much financially.

    If one seek happiness, friendliness, charitable disposition, concern for others, and similar attributes, no amount of money can buy these, you get them only by cultivating positive attitudes at the very young age.

    Contrary to what most people think, it is not money or the love of money which is the root of evil—it is greed, a love of power and authority, poverty, and a fear of want which are often the roots of evil in this world.

    https://bit.ly/3CNlpU1
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Sep 24. 2021 03:10 PM
    One of the greatest blessings for Buddhist practitioners of our time manifested all because of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen a great scholar-saint. In the book “Music Delighting the Ocean of Protectors“, the Third Trijang Rinpoche, Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso had confirmed Depa Norbu as the murderer of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen. The Third Trijang Rinpoche, Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso was a Gelugpa Lama and a direct disciple of Pabongkhapa Déchen Nyingpo. He was a junior tutor of the H H the 14th Dalai Lama and also a teacher who had taught many Gelug Lamas in the West. Due to jealousy and envy court officers of the 5th Dalai Lama murdered Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen without the 5th Dalai Lama knowledge. It was at Depa Norbu’s hand and under his orders that Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen was murdered. Interesting read of this post.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-articles/the-3rd-kyabje-trijang-rinpoche-points-out-clearly-the-murderer-of-tulku-drakpa-gyeltsen.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Sep 24. 2021 03:07 PM
    In a nutshell, Hong Kong is famous for attractions such as Causeway Bay, The Peak, and Hong Kong Disneyland. A city where skyscrapers meet centuries-old temples, Hong Kong is also known for its night markets filled with delights like dim sum and egg waffles. There’s so much more to this vibrant city. From a stunning skyline to surprising and gorgeous natural sceneries . There are many places of interest for locals and tourist such as Hong Kong Disneyland, Tian Tan Buddha , temple street night market to name a few. Renowned as the culinary capital of Asia, Hong Kong is a world of exquisite, mouth-watering international dining options and most peaceful place to visit. The imposing structure Tsing Ma Bridge is one of the most prominent landmarks of Hong Kong and that links it to Lantau Island.
    I have not been to this beautiful Hong Kong yet but heard so much about the beauty which one day love to visit. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Stella Cheang for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/wonderful-hong-kong.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Sep 24. 2021 03:04 PM
    Beautiful unique island that’s belongs to Japan with a beautiful history. Okinawa is Japan’s southernmost prefecture, consisting of a few dozen, small beautiful islands including many inhabited islands over a vast ocean area. This particular island is a so-called Blue Zone, an area where the people live longer than most others elsewhere in the world. Okinawans are known for their longevity. Okinawa has amazing star-gazing, diving, a unique cuisine and yes, cherry blossoms too. Its also known as the “Hawaii of Japan”. The seas surrounding Okinawa’s islands are considered among the world’s most beautiful with coral reefs and abundant marine wildlife. That’s wonderful with many attractions for tourist to explore especially the Gyokusendo Cave. Its a natural museum beautifully carved over 300,000 years where this limestone cave is grown on a coral reef. Looking at those amazing pictures of the caves tell all. Interesting read and a place worth visiting to get away from the hot weather and the noise of cities. A place with plenty of interests, nice foods , cultural celebration and so forth.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline for this sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/wonderful-okinawa.html
  • Sarassitham
    Thursday, Sep 23. 2021 05:26 PM
    Thank you for this very interesting article on the amazing Xuanzang and his journey to the West. He is particularly famous for his valuable and historical spiritual journey to India. The life and adventures of a Chinese monk who made a 17-year journey to bring Buddhist teachings from India to China.

    Buddhism became more prevalent and more widely understood in China and subsequently elsewhere in the world. The record of his pilgrimage helps us to study and understand Buddhism and the cultures along the Silk Roads. It seems the Dharma has a life of its own as it worked its way to the West and the rest of the modern and developed world.

    I admire all these translators who made the teachings available to the rest of humanity of having translated it to the dominant language of today, and from that to other languages as well.
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 23. 2021 12:29 PM
    Oprah Winfrey was once a television host, a producer, actress and philanthropist. Been the world’s only black billionaire, that has remained the greatest black philanthropist in American history. The Oprah Winfrey Show ended with thousands of episodes over 25 years. The show’s host addressed serious topics from racism, AIDS and sexual abuse and provided light-hearted moments for viewers. From celebrity interviews to the comedy interviews , which I did enjoyed watching those shows. I always loved and appreciated how she a stand out person willing to represent her people, and her opinions were very valid at times.
    Even in the face of adversity and hardship, she had gone through she made it to where she is now. Inspiring story behind , from rag to riches. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/people/oprahs-last-show.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 23. 2021 12:27 PM
    Meditations are excellent for cognitive enhanced performance in our lives as well as relaxation. The silence and stillness we experience in meditation and
    the increased happiness and diminished stress. Calming our mind and gaining insight . Researchers had also observed that there is an immediate dramatic increase in performance on cognitive tasks following only Vajrayana styles meditation. Even just a single session of Vajrayana meditation have amazing benefits that can lead to radical enhancements in brain performance. That’s wonderful. Different meditation techniques have different results yet all meditation have excellent effects
    on the mind and body of each individual who practiced it.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/vajrayana-meditation-techniques-can-enhance-brain-performance.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 23. 2021 12:26 PM
    Earth Hour is a worldwide movement organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature. The main objective of this event which is held annually , encouraging individuals, communities, and businesses to turn off non-essential electric lights . Earth Hour is celebrated worldwide to show support for the fight against climate change and commitment towards a better planet. Well a wonderful idea and is an opportunity for millions of people world wide in support of nature and our planet. More countries are joining hands to combat the problems they are facing in fighting a cooler climate. By switching off our lights for one hour, we can make a substantial difference in energy consumption and can help reduce the effect of global warming on this planet. Earth Hour motivates people to look beyond the hour and has become a major catalyst for positive environmental impact. Its very important to preserving our environment for our future generations. Glad that Malaysia had joined the World to mark The Earth Hour in 2013.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/earth-hour-2013.html
  • Sarassitham
    Wednesday, Sep 22. 2021 06:12 PM
    Thanks for the article sharing, it’s funny yet it’s true. Most on the picture tells the actual play which I experience. I had a great time laughing to the pictures.
  • Sarassitham
    Monday, Sep 20. 2021 08:45 PM
    Thank you for the interesting sharing of the sacred Vajra Yogini statues and the history of the Ratsag Monastery. I am glad to come across this very powerful practice and happy to learn and get connected to this divine Buddha.

    In this modern times, we face so very many challenges with illnesses and diseases, this article is so useful and easy to practice. I had a good read on the historical site of this Monastery and blessed to see the beautiful images.
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Sep 20. 2021 03:09 PM
    In folklore, a ghost is the soul or spirit of a dead person appear to the living. Descriptions of ghosts vary widely that exist everywhere depending on the person who see it. Ghosts generally appearing for reasons. These could range from unsolved murders, forced suicides, preventable tragedies and so forth.
    Reading this post has a better understanding of how to solve or rather handle such situation. I do believe ghost do exist after all. To me ,we respect and having compassion for all those unseen beings we so call it ghost. Learning Buddhism and putting into practice, we have the knowledge to deal them. Doing prayers and dedicate to them to relief their sufferings.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/questions-on-ghosts.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Sep 20. 2021 03:06 PM
    So touching reading article again. Lama Yeshe a rare attained being indeed giving inspiration to many , leaving a legacy . He was one of the most beloved Tibetan Buddhist masters of the late twentieth century. He was co-founded Kopan Monastery (1969) and the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (1975). He followed the Gelug tradition, and was considered unconventional in his teaching style. He is legendary pushes people’s buttons in his teaching similar to Tsem Rinpoche’s teachings . All the pushing is for the students to be better in life. We are indeed fortunate to have Rinpoche at Kechara Forest Retreat , Malaysia . Many of us have benefited from Rinpoche’s teachings .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/he-would-push-their-buttons.html

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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Mark your calendars - we are about to embark on an epic ride! Kechara Food Bank will be travelling across the Peninsular in our giant truck to send dry food to over 2300 families. Thank you Volvo Trucks Malaysia for your generous donation of this custom-designed truck. What’s more – PPB Group Bhd is generously donating the food provision for this one-of-a-kind journey. Thank you on behalf of our grateful beneficiaries! Want to see all of this in action? Join us live or watch the videos and photos on our social media. Stay tuned!
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Mark your calendars - we are about to embark on an epic ride! Kechara Food Bank will be travelling across the Peninsular in our giant truck to send dry food to over 2300 families. Thank you Volvo Trucks Malaysia for your generous donation of this custom-designed truck. What’s more – PPB Group Bhd is generously donating the food provision for this one-of-a-kind journey. Thank you on behalf of our grateful beneficiaries! Want to see all of this in action? Join us live or watch the videos and photos on our social media. Stay tuned!
Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
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Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
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Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
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Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
10 months ago
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
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Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
1 years ago
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
1 years ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
1 years ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
1 years ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
1 years ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
1 years ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
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Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
2 yearss 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
2 yearss 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
2 yearss 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
2 yearss 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
2 yearss ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss 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
2 yearss 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
2 yearss 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
2 yearss 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.
2 yearss 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.
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