An Shigao: The Legendary Monk-Prince of Parthia

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When Parthians such as An Shigao were spreading Buddhism in China actively, many of the earliest Buddhist literature were successfully translated into Chinese.

Many Buddhist scriptures were translated into Chinese when Parthians such as An Shigao spread Buddhism in China.

Historically speaking, China has often been an open society, one that has welcomed foreign influence. As such, Chinese culture has a long history of translating texts from other countries and regions. According to the earliest records that exist today, there were periodic spurts of translation from as early as the 11th century BCE.  Serious translation however, did not occur until the East Han Dynasty (148 CE), when Buddhism was introduced to China. Since then, China has witnessed four great movements of translation, which greatly influenced the philosophy, religion, and social life of the Chinese people.

Records show that China’s cultural borders were open as early as the Shang (ca. 1600–1050 BCE) and Zhou (ca. 1046–256 BCE) Dynasties. Buddhism arrived in China after these periods, and underwent three distinct phases:

  • Phase 1: The translation of Buddhist scriptures;
  • Phase 2: The dissemination of the Buddhist teachings;
  • Phase 3: The divisions within Buddhist practice which reached their height during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE)
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Buddhism entered China via the Silk Road starting from the 1st or 2nd century CE

The first phase was crucial as the influence of monks from India and Central Asia during the Han and Tang Dynasties was central to the foundation of Chinese Buddhism, as well as the understanding of Buddhism itself in the region.

The translation of Buddhist texts into Chinese was carried out by foreign monks; however, some of the earliest Chinese Sutras were also translated with the help of local Chinese translators. When these foreign monks traveled to China, they translated the texts orally into various Chinese dialects while local scholars transcribed their words in written Chinese. Once a few of the foreign monks became fluent in both spoken and written Chinese, they were able to establish Chinese Buddhism through translating hundreds of volumes of scriptures.

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The Biography of An Shigao

Potrait of An Shigao

Portrait of An Shigao (安世高)

An Shigao (安世高), a Parthian monk also known as Parthamasiris, was the first translator of Buddhist texts into Chinese and an early Buddhist missionary to China. He is known by his pen name ‘Shigao’ but his name in Chinese was Qing (安清). Most foreigners from Anxi (安息) who took on Chinese names were given the prefix ‘An’ to denote where they came from. Hence, he is known today as An Shigao. Anxi is the Chinese translation for Arsak, known in English as the Arsacid Empire of Parthia which was located in present-day northeastern Iran.

Before becoming a monk, An Shigao was heir to the Parthian throne but renounced his position and gave the throne to his uncle after his father’s death. He then began a life of Buddhist learning and practice. He was well-known for honouring his parents, for his comprehension of Buddhist Sutras, and had a broad knowledge of medicine, astrology, and various sacred texts.

He came from Arsakes

He came, his camel’s bells jingling,
Eastwards from enigmatic Persian lands.

He descended from his royal throne,
Sparrows twittering as his brick-red robe fell across the manifold waters and mountains.

He toiled through the desert’s golden sands,
Owning nothing after his colossal renunciation.

Cultivating a renunciant’s hopes,
He created the Buddhism of China through erudition, education, and translation.

He walked towards the great sea,
His compassionate eyes arresting blades of light.

The footprints of the past whispered his legend,
Spring came and the flowers were in bloom,
Samsara’s waves still murmured below the harbour of the secular world.

By Ven. Dao Ran

Although most records state An Shigao was a monk, some people claim he was a layperson instead. There is also some confusion as to whether he was a follower of the Sarvastivada or Mahayana school of thought, although affiliations with these two schools need not be viewed as mutually exclusive.

For instance, in “The Hostage An Shigao and His Offspring: An Iranian Family in China”, Antonino Forte claims that An Shigao was not a monk but a layman who was sent by the Parthian government to China as a diplomatic hostage, challenging commonly held beliefs about him.

Seng You (僧佑, 445-518 CE)

Seng You (僧佑, 445-518 CE)

However, Jan Nattier argues that the lay status of An Shigao is questionable since he was referred to as He Shang (和尚), a term used to translate the monastic title of ‘upadhyaya‘ or ‘preceptor’.

Furthermore, in the work titled Chu San Zang Ji Ji (出三藏記集) by Seng You (僧佑, 445-518 CE), it clearly states that An Shigao was proficient in the Abhidharma, which is necessary for a thorough understanding of the Buddhist path. An Shigao was also able to recite meditational sutras from memory and had mastered the true essence of these works completely.

In 148 CE, during the second year of Emperor Huan’s Jianhe Reign during the Eastern Han Dynasty (25–220 CE), An Shigao travelled from Scythia in Central Asia via the Silk Road to Luoyang, the capital of the Han Dynasty. There, he decided to teach and spread the Buddhist doctrine. It was in Luoyang that An Shigao began learning Chinese. A gifted linguist, he became fluent in the language very quickly.

The Imperial Court at Luoyang was particularly vibrant yet dangerous, as aristocrats and scholar-officials waged war against the dominant eunuchs. The political unrest and ferocious intrigue led An Shigao to travel around the country instead, to continue his mission to spread Buddhism.

As he travelled the land, he preached the Buddhist doctrine and translated various Sutras into Chinese. He also attracted a devoted following of students who learned the Buddhadharma from him. In fact, An Shigao was the first foreign monk who could translate the Sutras into Chinese without local help, and he was also able to give accurate oral translations of the Sutras. “Oral translation” refers to a technique used when someone translates the original text into the Chinese language in such a way that it can be recorded in written Chinese characters immediately.

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In Huijiao’s (497-554 CE) text called Gaoseng Zhuan (高僧传), he stated that An Shigao lived in Luoyang for more than 20 years until the middle period of Emperor Ling’s reign. During his stay, he translated over 30 texts. The record reads:

“In the early period of Emperor Huan’s rule, this venerable monk had visited China. He had demonstrated extraordinary abilities of memory recall, he was able to memorise all at once. He became fluent in the Chinese language in a short period; thereafter he translated many Sutras from foreign languages into Chinese.”

“There was a Bodhisattva who came from the state of Arsaka. His name was Shigao. Old Sutra texts which were explained by him are very famous even now. Those texts show the path for purification. He also disseminated the doctrine in the kingdom of Han. Oral and written records by him were counted as millions of characters.”

As An Shigao’s deeds can be found in many important texts as mentioned above, it is clear that he had an impactful role as the first translator of Buddhist texts in China.

 

Works and Translations

During his stay in China, An Shigao produced a substantial number of translations from Indian Buddhist texts. Among these are more than a dozen works that are currently extant, including texts that relate to Abhidharma, meditation, and basic Buddhist teachings. However, teachings of a Mahayana nature are not contained within his corpus of translations.

Due to his brilliant abilities, many early Chinese sources regularly refer to him as a ‘Bodhisattva’ and scholarly studies of his translations have shown that the majority of his works are closely affiliated with the Sarvastivada school of thought.

An Xuan (安玄) and Yan Fotiao (严佛调)

An Xuan (安玄) and Yan Fotiao (严佛调)

An Shigao’s lay disciple, An Xuan (安玄), together with a Chinese collaborator, Yan Fotiao (严佛调), worked in Luoyang at the same time and produced a translation of the Mahayana text titled “The Ugrapariprccha Sutra” (法镜经) around 181 CE.

In “Zen Buddhism: A History, India & China (Volume 1)”, Heinrich Dumoulin states that during the 2nd century CE, there was an upsurge of interest in various meditation practices amongst the Chinese elite. Thus, the abundance of newly translated information about Buddhist meditation during the Eastern Han was one of the reasons for the growth of Buddhism at that time. An Shigao’s translations also included a significant number of Sutras on meditation techniques including Da Anban Shouyi Jing (大安般守意經, The Great Anapanasmrti Sutra), Chanxing Faxiang Jing (禪行法想經), and Yin Chi Ru Jing (陰持入經), which contributed directly to the successful dissemination of the Buddha’s teachings in China.

The Anapanasmrti Sutra exists in several forms, with the earliest translation completed by An Shigao as a standalone Sutra (see T602 in the list below). However, in the Chinese Buddhist Canon (Taisho Tripitaka), there is another version of the Anapanasmrti Sutra which is part of the Ekotta Agama. This version includes teachings on the Four Dhyanas, the Divine Eye, recalling past lives, etc. The translation done by An Shigao is not part of the Sarvastivada Mahayana Agama but an isolated text.

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Below is a list of An Shigao’s works compiled by various scholars including Erik Zürcher, a pioneer in the study of works attributed to An Shigao; Stefano Zacchetti; Paul Harrison; and Kajiura Susumu, as arranged in the Taisho Tripitaka.

  • T 13 Chang Ahan Shi Bao Fa Jing (長阿含十報法經)
  • T 14 Ren Ben Yu Sheng Jing (人本欲生經)
  • T 31 Yiqie Liu Sheshou Yin Jing (一切流攝守因經)
  • T 32 Si Di Jing (四諦經)
  • T 36 Ben Xiang Yi Zhi Jing (本相猗致經)
  • T 48 Shi Fa Fei Fa Jing (是法非法經)
  • T 57 Lou Fenbu Jing (漏分佈經)
  • T 98 Pu Fa Yi Jing (普法義經)
  • T 101 Za Ahan Jing (雜阿含經)
  • T 112 Ba Zheng Dao Jing (八正道經)
  • T 150a Qi Chu San Guan Jing (七處三觀經)
  • T 603 Yin Chi Ru Jing (陰持入經)
  • T 602 Da Anban Shouyi Jing (大安般守意經)
  • T 605 Chan Xing Fa Xiang Jing (禪行法想經)
  • T 607 Dao Di Jing (道地經)
  • T 792 Fa Shou Chen Jing (法受塵經)
  • T 1508 Ahan Koujie Shi’er Yinyuan Jing (阿含口解十二因緣經)
  • T 1557 Apitan Wu Fa Xing Jing (阿毘曇五法行經)
  • Two manuscripts kept in the collection of the Kongōji in Osaka Prefecture, Japan

The most famous of An Shigao’s works is Da Anban Shouyi Jing which addresses the breathing skill of inhaling and exhaling, which Taoists of the time were fond of. An Shigao skilfully translated the text using Taoist terms in order to make them more appealing to Chinese sensibilities. His intent was later misunderstood by Chinese Buddhists, who questioned the quality of his translations. The desire to distinguish Buddhist practices from Taoist ones eventually led to Xuanzang’s famous journey to India.

Xuanzang

Xuanzang (玄奘, 602–664 CE) was a renowned monk, explorer, scholar, writer and translator who was particularly famous for his journey to India and his careful translation of various Buddhist scriptures.

 

The Mystical Qualities of An Shigao

Being an influential teacher and meditation master, An Shigao was also associated with the supernatural and the performing of miracles. According to ancient records, An Shigao was very well informed about the secrets of life and death. He was blessed with the ability to heal, predict the future, and communicate with animals. These abilities are similar to the highest state that Laozi’s (老子) and Zhuangzi’s (庄子) followers wished to achieve through cultivating their minds and bodies.

According to Kittipanyo Bhikkhu (释智誉, Phra Kiattisak Ponampon) in his work “Mission, Meditation and Miracles: An Shigao in Chinese Tradition”, An Shigao had many supernatural abilities:

However, the references to An Shigao’s supernatural powers in his biography are evidence that he was believed to have achieved “the higher knowledge” or “abhiññā”. Abhiññā is one of the fruits of meditative achievement and can be understood as a worldly manifestation of “Buddhist charisma.” The six supernormal knowledges or abhiññā, consist of (1) iddhi-vidhā or “supernatural powers,” (2) dibba-sota or “divine ear,” (3) ceto-pariya-ñāṇa or the “penetration of the minds of others,” or the “mind reading” (4) pubbe-nivāsānussati or the “remembrance of former existences,” (5) dibba-cakkhu or “divine eye,” and (6) āsavakkhaya, or “extinction of all cankers.” The link between spiritual advancement and supernatural power is accepted by most Asian Buddhist communities, but not all Western Buddhologists are comfortable with the supernatural.

Pertaining to the acceptance of the supernatural, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche once shared that people may find the supernatural too mystical for them, and has advised us to not limit the capabilities of the Buddhas and Dharma Protectors in terms of what they are able to do, because Enlightenment operates from the sphere of emptiness that is unlimited in capacity and method. Instead, the limitation comes only from our worldly minds or cultural backgrounds that may make it difficult for us to accept something that is perfectly normal in another practice or culture. Therefore, the wise thing to do is to not dismiss it before a complete investigation is undertaken.

An Shigao is believed to have attained the Buddhist abhinna, which manifested in his linguistic ability in Chinese and animal languages, his ability to remember his former lives, his awareness of his own destiny, and his performing of miracles, feats that “no-one else in the world could achieve”. As shared by Kittipanyo Bhikkhu,

Further evidence that An Shigao was regarded as having attained supernatural powers can be seen in the conversation with the magical python:

Shigao replied: “I am here just to save you, but why can’t I see your body?”
The god replied: “My body is very strange and ugly and will scare the crowd.”
Shigao replied: “[Please] just show yourself [come out]. The crowd will not be shocked.”

The god stretched his head out of the altar [desk, “sanctum” (?)] and [it turned out he] was a giant python. [The python slithered] onto Shigao’s knee with tears running down like rain. His tail was so long that no one knew where it ended.

Shigao talked to him in the foreign [hu, 胡] language which the bystanders could not understand. Then, the python disappeared.”

Traditional Chinese literature includes a genre called zhiguai (志怪). As such, mystical events exist in An Shigao’s biography because supernatural and miraculous elements play an important role in Chinese Buddhist hagiographic literature which are “themselves an important part of historical reality” to Chinese Buddhists.

Meditation lies at the core of Buddhist practice, especially for ordained monks and nuns who renounce the life of a layperson to follow in the Buddha’s footsteps. Apart from purifying defilements of the mind, Buddhist meditation is indispensable on the path to Enlightenment, the state of Nirvana, which is the ultimate goal of all Buddhists. Practitioners achieve insight and “reveal the true facts of existence” through the process of meditation. Wisdom also arises through meditation when the practitioner sees “all beings and their problems, including oneself and one’s own nature, without hatred, boredom, or contempt.”

The Chinese believe that Buddhism and Buddhist meditation are ways to gain spiritual power, as do all Buddhists. Supernatural beings such as the python, references to the ‘way to immortality’, the shining lights, and the earthquakes described in An Shigao’s biography are references to the spiritual power he is said to have gained through meditation. This power is not literally ‘supernatural’ but is a reflection of his achievement of Buddhist perfection. According to the Chinese Buddhist tradition, the more a monk meditates, the more power he has. Thus, the stories of An Shigao’s mystical powers are evidence of Chinese belief in his attainments, and reflect his reputation as the first and foremost Buddhist monk and meditation master in China.

 

Conclusion

Foreign monks like An Shigao left two more very important legacies. Firstly, the early translations and liturgies owe their existence in Chinese to these monks who replaced the original Sanskrit words with their Chinese equivalent. Secondly, the Chinese Buddhist institution was forever defined in relation to the “Buddhist heartlands” of India and Central Asia. They were upheld as the sites from where the ideals of Buddhist practice originated.

But after the Tang Dynasty, they were sidelined following the intellectual vibrancy of sectarian divisions and Chinese rulers who began identifying Buddhist pilgrimage sites within their empire’s borders, and monks like Xuanzang were the last of a generation who looked to India and Central Asia as the epicentres of Buddhism.

Dao An

Dao An (道安, 312-385 CE)

An Shigao is said to have passed away in Kuaiji, a city in present-day Zhejiang Province, killed in the marketplace by a ruffian. His legacy was the introduction of the Indian Buddhist literary heritage to China. Many Buddhist terms such as Anan (阿难, Ananda), Tian (天, Deva or heaven), Se (色, rupa), Fan (梵, the god Brahma), and Chan (禪, dhyana or meditation) first appeared in An Shigao’s work and were adopted by later generations of translators even until the present day.

Having travelled around China teaching, preaching and translating the Buddhist scriptures for over two decades, An Shigao’s works greatly influenced many generations of Chinese masters, including the Tang Dynasty Vinaya Master Dao An (道安, 312-385 CE) who made no secret of his admiration for An Shigao’s translations. His works also led to a revival of the Abhidharma theory during the Jin Dynasty, leading to the establishment of the Chinese Abhidharma School.

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Sources:

  • Ven. Dr. Nedalagamuwe Dhammadinna, “An Introduction to Early Translations of Buddhist Sutra into Chinese”, Kalyāṇi: Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, pp 37- 42
  • An Shigao, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_Shigao
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  • Translation and Cultural Change: Studies in History, Norms, and Image Projection edited by Eva Hung, John Benjamins Publishing, 1 Jan 2005
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  • Dumoulin, Heinrich (2005), Zen Buddhism: A History, 1: India and China, Bloomington, IN: World Wisdom

 

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  2. Alice Tay on Jun 8, 2018 at 5:19 am

    An Shigao, a holy Parthian monk was the first translator of Buddhist texts into Chinese. His legacy was the introduction of the Indian Buddhist literary heritage to China. An Shigao was not like other ordinary monks as he had good qualities with good memory and strong imprint to understand the Sutras and later translated to Chinese without local help. He was also able to give accurate oral translations of the Sutras. Besides, it is believed that that An Shigao gained his spiritual power through meditation. The power reflects his achievement of Buddhist perfection.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline for this nice sharing.

  3. wan wai meng on May 20, 2018 at 12:01 am

    What an interesting article of An Shigao, another huge drop in the dharma ocean of China. An amazing being who was quick to pick up the Chinese language. Thanks to his works, Buddhism began to gain a foothold in China.

  4. Anne Ong on May 3, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    I find the most interesting part of this article is “Being an influential teacher and meditation master, An Shigao was also associated with the supernatural and the performing of miracles. According to ancient records, An Shigao was very well informed about the secrets of life and death. He was blessed with the ability to heal, predict the future, and communicate with animals. These abilities are similar to the highest state that Laozi’s (老子) and Zhuangzi’s (庄子) followers wished to achieve through cultivating their minds and bodies.” Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline for such an inspiring story ??

  5. Pastor Shin Tan on Apr 4, 2018 at 7:26 am

    Last Saturday, at an event marking 60 years of Tibetans being recipients of Indian kindness, Lobsang Sangay mentioned that the exiled Tibetans should strengthen their efforts to make the Dalai Lama’s return to his Potala Palace a reality.

    Representing the Indian government, Ram Madhav, a leader in the governing Bharatiya Janata party, echoed Sangay’s statement with hope that the Dalai Lama will be able to “return to your homeland” through peaceful and democratic means.

    This event was originally planned to be held in Delhi but it was cancelled and relocated to Dharamsala. At the same time, Indian officials were directed by their Foreign Secretary to avoid events hosted by the Tibetan leadership, since they coincided with a “sensitive time” for Delhi’s relations with Beijing. India’s volte-face approach in shunning the Tibetans, with the unprecedented cancellation of many key Tibetan events, is now being viewed as a clear sign that India is no longer willing to be collateral damage in the Tibetan quest to agitate China over the so-called Tibetan cause.

    With mounting pressure from India to not hurt their relations with China, the tone of the message this time around seems to be that of a plea with only one goal in mind: for the Dalai Lama to return to Tibet and reunite with Tibetans inside Tibet. Could it be that after 60 years, the Tibetan leadership has finally realised their fight against China is a futile one, and they should start looking at more achievable goals? May the aspirations of millions of Tibetans to see the Dalai Lama’s return to Tibet be fulfilled and in the words of Madhav, that ” it will not take that long for you (Tibetans) to be back home.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/01/pm-in-exile-urges-tibetans-to-make-dalai-lamas-return-a-reality

  6. Samfoonheei on Apr 3, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    An Shigao is the first known Buddhist missionary and was in fact a prince of Parthia, with a nicknamed the “Parthian Marquis”. He has every thing but renounced his claim to the royal throne of Parthia in order to serve as a Buddhist missionary monk . The first propagator of Buddhist text and meditation texts in China, and also pioneered in the field of Chinese Buddhist translations. Amazing as a foreigner he became the most important translator of Buddhist texts in the early period of their diffusion in China. With his vast knowledge various sacred texts. He has produced a dozen work of translations of Indian Buddhist texts and had a number of students . His works including texts and some of the terms he used as well as dealing with meditation and basic Buddhist doctrines are still in existence used today. After reading this interesting article I now know that Chinese history’s cultural borders were much open early. When Indian Buddhism first arrived in China.
    Thank you Pastor Adeline Woon for this interesting sharing.

  7. Stella Cheang on Apr 1, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    Thank you for this interesting write up about the Parthian monk, An Shigao. His years in China and the pioneering work produced that were greatly revered by contemporary Buddhists as well as of subsequence generations are a good proof of the keenest of the Chinese people towards Buddhism as well as their embracing nature. An Shigao’s contribution to the dissemination of Buddhism into China is paramount.

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    Tuesday, May 17. 2022 03:52 PM
    Kyabje Chatral Rinpoche, also known as Chetul Sangye Dorje, is one of the few living disciples of the great master Khenpo Ngagchung . A great renowned realised Dzogchen yogis Master known for his great realization and strict disciplines. He lives a life as a wandering yogi meditating alone in caves for many years ,ceaselessly working to overturn samsara for all sentient beings. During his life Chatral Rinpoche was one of the most vocal opponents of meat eating in Tibetan Buddhism. He releases large amounts of fish from the Calcutta fish markets every year.Chatral Rinpoche even composed a song about this practise of saving lives. His amazing story and teachings had indeed inspired many especially the westerners. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/kyabje-chatral-sangye-dorjee-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, May 17. 2022 03:51 PM
    Samfoonheei on May 17, 2022 at 3:45 pm
    Revisit this incredible sharing of the history of Bhutan and the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. Bhutan a beautiful landlocked country have been long connected with Dorje Shugden ever since the days of 4th Zhabdrung Rinpoche Jetsun Jigme Norbu long and established tradition in Bhutan. Bhutan recognizes Buddhism as the state’s “spiritual heritage,” provides for freedom of religion, and bans discrimination based on religious belief. Buddhism was first introduced to Bhutan in the 7th century by Guru Padmasambhava. The Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal is considered to be the founder of modern day Bhutan. Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal was notable Drukpa Kagyu masters of this nation advocated the practice of the enlightened Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. These goes back to the time of the 3rd Drubwang Tenzin Zangpo from the incarnation lineage where he had authored part of an early propitiation text to Dorje Shugden. Followed by the 4th Zhabdrung Jigme Norbu, from the reincarnation lineage of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, also included extensive prayers to Dorje Shugden in his collected works. Interesting findings the Gyalwang Drukpas are considered to be emanations of Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion. All liturgies to Dorje Shugden can be found in the collected works of prominent high lamas whose incarnation lineages are deeply linked with the very fabric of Bhutan’s history. The 4th Zhabdrung Rinpoche Jetsun Jigme Norbu is highly attained and cannot be wrong about Dorje Shugden. The 4th Zhabdrung Jigme Norbu’s autobiography tells all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing. May more and more people know the truth the very truth and realised that Dorje Shugden is not evil but a very powerful dharma protector. The practice of Dorje Shugden is indeed very beneficial which had been practiced centuries ago.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-4th-zhabdrung-rinpoche-of-bhutan-and-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, May 17. 2022 03:40 PM
    Great reading this post by Martin Desai of Huffington Post that brought out the truth of the illegal ban to the world. Huffpost an American news aggregator and blog, with localized and international editions, publishing a fair and logical article on the religious discrimination issue. It’s the Dorje Shugden controversy that’s have been going on along long time ago. For over more than 20 years Dorje Shugden people had been suffering from discrimination and segregation for their practice. Thank you Martin Desai for high lighting this injustice issue and sharing it is to the world. Thank you Huffington Post for publishing. Those who practice Dorje Shugden are being denied of service from hospitals and clinics. Some even are not allowed to work in government sectors. There’s more proof to support that it has happened like checking into hotel as in this post . Reading this article will tell all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/huffington-post-when-machiavelli-dons-tibetan-robes.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, May 12. 2022 01:34 PM
    Prof. Lokesh Chandra is a well known scholar of the Vedic period, Buddhism and the Indian arts. Amazingly he has he published 576 books and 286 articles just between 1942 and 2004. He has also held many official government positions as well. Wow he has travelled widely all over Europe, Asia and Russia. He has studied many multi languages as such English, Hindi, Sanskrit, Bengali, Pali, Old Persian, Japanese, Chinese, Tibetan, Malayalam, Mongolian, Indonesian, Greek, Latin, German, French, Tamil, Old Javanese, Russian, Avesta, and even Old Persian. Truly genius talented scholar of all time.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Joy for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/books-poetry/professor-lokesh-chandra-indias-great-scholar.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, May 12. 2022 01:31 PM
    GREAT NEWS…..Jewish priests are promoting vegetarianism to their followers . Most modern-day Jews are not vegetarian. Following a vegetarian diet are varied but include health benefits, such as reducing life threading diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers disease. Vegetarians appear to have lower low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure and lower rates of hypertension and type 2 diabetes . That’s very true. By not eating meat one helps to discourage the cruel treatment of animals such as cows, pigs, chickens, and other animals on factory farms for consumption. One also helps to improve the environment, insofar as factory farms are major sources of water and air pollution, including gasses that contribute to global warming. By not eating meat one helps oneself, since a vegetarian diet is far healthier for humans than a diet based on meat. Jewish Vegetarian Society and others did the right approach to values of compassion for animals, protection of the environment, and concern for health reasons and spiritual well-being.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing on behalf of those animals who cannot speak for themselves.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/rabbis-urge-jews-to-go-vegan-in-global-campaign.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, May 12. 2022 01:29 PM
    John Shelby Spong an American bishop of the Episcopal Church. A liberal Christian theologian, religion commentator, and author, spoke bravely of what he thought of the Christian belief away from theism and traditional doctrines. To some Christians, Bishop John Shelby Spong was a heretic. Entrusted with defending the faith, he dismissed notions of the resurrection of Jesus that have been foundations of Christianity for centuries. Bishop Spong came to believe that insistence on an inerrant, literal view of the Bible obscures truth and destroys faith. He was an outspoken leader who believed that faith and worship should be open to marginalised groups. He sermonize a powerful message of love and justice that would resonate in an increasingly secular age. He gain international fame while writing more than two dozen books, appearing on TV shows as well. He was the recipient of three honorary awards to date before his passing. Interesting read .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this inspiring article.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/bishop-john-spong-on-religion-and-god-very-interesting.html
  • Saras
    Tuesday, May 10. 2022 03:39 PM
    Thank you for sharing the wonderful experience of making the wealth vase and the wealth box. A Wealth Box represents the divine abode of the wealth deities.

    It is quite a task to complete this as it requires a lot of effort and energy to input into the various collection of materials to complete the wealth vase and the wealth box.

    I had a lot information about this beneficial ritual which generates the energy to acquire resources for the proliferation of Dharma.

    https://bit.ly/3ssVrST
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, May 10. 2022 03:23 PM
    Very exciting news! H E kyabje Dagom Rinpoche’s incarnation is back. This young incarnation pay a visit to Trode Khangsar Chapel and makes offerings of gold to Djorje Shugden. This 350-year-old Trode Khangsar chapel was built and dedicated to Dorje Shugden the Powerful Dharma Protector. Offering gold to sacred images is a very traditional Tibetan method of paying homage to holy images. Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche’s previous lives were great masters, scholars and practitioners of Dorje Shugden. He held on strongly to his faith, devotion and respect for the Dorje Shugden. It is indeed inspiring to read and know that great masters are coming back. It brings so much hope and deepens faith that these Tulkus are back, life after life. As claimed by the Tibetan leadership that anyone practicing Dorje Shugden one will take rebirth into the lower realms. That’s wrongly says . Interesting post.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/incarnation-of-kyabje-dagom-rinpoche-makes-offerings-of-gold-to-dorje-shugden
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, May 10. 2022 03:21 PM
    Interesting read even not so scary afterall. But someone who have not experience before seeing a dark swirling ‘entity’ that was not exactly the shape of human will be frozen to death. Not for me as I do have Ds pendant with me and chanting Mantras helps me. Most hotels do have special unwanted guests . I did experienced this before while staying in old hotels .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/paranormal-stories/25903.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, May 10. 2022 03:12 PM
    Odiyan Retreat Center is a 1000-acre spiritual home for the Dharma in the West and to support Buddhist centers and practitioners in Asia. Founded by Venerable Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche in 1975, the Odiyan way of life integrates creative and challenging work, with a path of self-exploration. Built entirely by volunteers from all around the world . They work in service of peace and harmony for all life, through the creation, preservation, and activation of ancient wisdom symbols and teachings. An amazing site where it is a living mandala, a sacred symbol found in Tibetan Buddhist culture. This mandala contains five temples and thousands of other sacred symbols. The community volunteers work tirelessly to maintain the mandala so as the benefits of this ancient stream of teachings remain alive. This center provides countless invitations to integrate mindfulness and meditation into everyday experience. Truly wonderful concept indeed. A place with beautiful architecture, temples , a diversity of plant life and animal friends as well. Interesting read . Hopefully our very own Kechara Forest Retreat Center will grow to be like Odiyan Center .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/odiyan-retreat-center-beautiful.html
  • Saras
    Monday, May 9. 2022 03:09 PM
    The interesting thing about a dream is that, as long as you do not stop trying to reach it, it is going to come true. The imagination from a dream and to a painting turn to be real. An authentic form of Manjushri stunning statue now took place in the centre of a beautiful pond, sending waves of blessing to all sentient beings in Kechara Forest Retreat and its surroundings environment.

    May all those who come to see Lord Manjushri receive the blessings of the three principal paths as intended through the aspirational prayers made based on Rinpoche’s kind advice.

    https://bit.ly/3vTtHZI
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, May 8. 2022 01:36 PM
    Mother Mary Teresa , known as Saint Teresa of Calcutta, an Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun and missionary who had dedicated to life in helping the destitute and dying in the slums of Calcutta,now known as Kolkata. During her lifetime Mother Teresa was well known for all her humanitarian efforts, her motivations. She set up soup kitchens, a leper colony, orphanages, and a home for the dying destitute. Inspiring indeed she educated the poorest of the poor, and fed the homeless. Considered as one of the 20th Century’s greatest humanitarians, she was canonized as Saint Teresa of Calcutta. For more than 50 years she had comforted the poor, the dying, and the unwanted around the world. From Calcutta to New York, Albania ,Yemen and many more around the world. She built a global network of nuns and lay volunteers, who today operate hospitals, health clinics, homeless shelters till to this days. She was such an enormous inspiration to many. Meaningful poems by Mother Teresa tells us a thousand words , so true indeed.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this Great Saint.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/people-are-often-self-centred.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, May 8. 2022 01:34 PM
    Meaningful poem composed by the 8th century Buddhist Sage Shantideva. Shantideva’s masterpiece shows the way to transcend the limitations of selfishness and realize the boundless compassion of the Bodhisattva. The goal of a Bodhisattva is nothing less than benefiting others and helping others to achieve enlightenment . When people achieve enlightenment, they become free from samsara , rebirth and suffering. Reading this poem again tells us a thousand words, inspiration poem to ponder.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/shanti.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, May 8. 2022 01:32 PM
    Great teachings by H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche a Vajrayana master, scholar, poet, teacher. Been recognized by Buddhists as one of the greatest realized masters. H H Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche has spent his whole life bringing dharma, love and benefits to others. Each and every golden words from this great Master gives us a lesson.
    Thank You Rinpoche for sharing this.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/golden-words-by-h-h-dilgo-kyentse.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, May 8. 2022 01:30 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing . Nothing comes easy in life, there is always pain, suffering before success. Accept our emotions, accept that bad feelings are occasionally unavoidable and think of ways to make ourselves feel better. Negative emotions like fear, sadness, and anger are a basic part of life, we have ways to deal with them effectively. A great teachings , reading this post tells us more . Learning to forgive ,leave our emotions and move on.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/apply-this-when-your-emotions-get-in-the-way.html

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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Trying to WE-fie. Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
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Trying to WE-fie. Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
Trying to "WE-fie". Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
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Trying to "WE-fie". Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
Celebrated Wesak Day 2022 in Penang, with a group of fun, committed, helpful and also devoted friends & family. Kechara Penang Study Group 15/5/2022 ~by Jacinta
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Celebrated Wesak Day 2022 in Penang, with a group of fun, committed, helpful and also devoted friends & family. Kechara Penang Study Group 15/5/2022 ~by Jacinta
Vesak Day 2022 - Bird liberation. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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All attendees are paying homage to Rinpoche and Buddhas before the start of our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. Outwardly, it seems that Dorje Shugden helps practitioners overcoming their obstacles and problems but ultimately Dorje Shugden’s supreme purpose is to help practitioners on their path to Enlightenment. Do join in our weekly DS puja, every Saturday @3 pm at Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. ~by Jacinta
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All attendees are paying homage to Rinpoche and Buddhas before the start of our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. Outwardly, it seems that Dorje Shugden helps practitioners overcoming their obstacles and problems but ultimately Dorje Shugden’s supreme purpose is to help practitioners on their path to Enlightenment. Do join in our weekly DS puja, every Saturday @3 pm at Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. ~by Jacinta
All of us are practicing on how to properly use dorje(Vajra), bell and damaru ~ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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All of us are practicing on how to properly use dorje(Vajra), bell and damaru ~ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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After inviting Dorje Shugden Wangze, Pastor Seng Piow teaches us how to use ritual objects and the full set of prayer accompanying it. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
With great happiness, merits and excitement that Penang Group have invited Buddha Wangzey to Penang chapel, complete with full rituals and prayer. 30th April 2022 Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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With great happiness, merits and excitement that Penang Group have invited Buddha Wangzey to Penang chapel, complete with full rituals and prayer. 30th April 2022 Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Come and get your blessing from Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden in Penang @ Jalan Seang Tek ~ by Jacinta.
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Come and get your blessing from Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden in Penang @ Jalan Seang Tek ~ by Jacinta.
Special thanks to one of our dedicated Penang group members, Choong for superb tormas. Swift Return Puja @ every Saturday, 3pm. Do contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
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Special thanks to one of our dedicated Penang group members, Choong for superb tormas. Swift Return Puja @ every Saturday, 3pm. Do contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ by Jacinta
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Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ by Jacinta
The members of Kechara Penang Study Group are offering serkym to Dorje Shugden and His entourage. There's puja every Saturday @ 3 pm at Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek. All are welcome. ~by Jacinta
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The members of Kechara Penang Study Group are offering serkym to Dorje Shugden and His entourage. There's puja every Saturday @ 3 pm at Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek. All are welcome. ~by Jacinta
We are in the third week of Ramadan this year, and kind volunteers have never failed to feed people in need since Tengku Zatashah started this meaningful #zerofoodwastage initiative in 2016. The aim is to benefit the underprivileged with nice surplus food collected from Ramadan buffets. Every night during the month of Ramadan, volunteers collect surplus cooked food from hotels and distribute it to charity homes and low-income families. THANK YOU, Tengku, dedicated volunteers and hotel partners, for making this Ramadan special for the underprivileged. #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment - KSK @ Vivian
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We are in the third week of Ramadan this year, and kind volunteers have never failed to feed people in need since Tengku Zatashah started this meaningful #zerofoodwastage initiative in 2016. The aim is to benefit the underprivileged with nice surplus food collected from Ramadan buffets. Every night during the month of Ramadan, volunteers collect surplus cooked food from hotels and distribute it to charity homes and low-income families. THANK YOU, Tengku, dedicated volunteers and hotel partners, for making this Ramadan special for the underprivileged. #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment - KSK @ Vivian
We were chanting Migsetma mantra at the time this picture was taken. Thanks to all our Penang members who are very committed to attend Swift Return puja weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group, every Saturday @ 3pm. ~by Jacinta
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We were chanting Migsetma mantra at the time this picture was taken. Thanks to all our Penang members who are very committed to attend Swift Return puja weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group, every Saturday @ 3pm. ~by Jacinta
William, who is our leader/ Umze is cleaning the pantry and Gordon offered up 4 carton of packet drinks today. We cannot thank you enough for all kind hearted who sponsored various offerings weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
1 month ago
William, who is our leader/ Umze is cleaning the pantry and Gordon offered up 4 carton of packet drinks today. We cannot thank you enough for all kind hearted who sponsored various offerings weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
1 month ago
Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Dedicated sisters, Sharyn and Swee Bee. They always make sure our puja offerings, especially fruits are arranged nicely. Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
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Dedicated sisters, Sharyn and Swee Bee. They always make sure our puja offerings, especially fruits are arranged nicely. Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
Committed and hardworking Kechara Penang members, Mr. Tang and Mr. Huey. Really appreciate having you both at our weekly puja . Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
1 month ago
Committed and hardworking Kechara Penang members, Mr. Tang and Mr. Huey. Really appreciate having you both at our weekly puja . Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
KSK medic personnel have been tending to the needs of the clients every week. Their consistent kindness helps improve the medical welfare of those without a home. Thank you for serving and making them your priority on your weekends. #medicteam #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
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KSK medic personnel have been tending to the needs of the clients every week. Their consistent kindness helps improve the medical welfare of those without a home. Thank you for serving and making them your priority on your weekends. #medicteam #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
In the midst of chaos, let's start healing. We have Dorje Shugden Puja every Saturday @ 3 pm. Contact William for more info. Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ by Jacinta.
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In the midst of chaos, let's start healing. We have Dorje Shugden Puja every Saturday @ 3 pm. Contact William for more info. Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ by Jacinta.
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Pastor is in da' house!!!! Kechara Penang Study Group @ Saturday, 3 pm. Contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
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Pastor is in da' house!!!! Kechara Penang Study Group @ Saturday, 3 pm. Contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
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After Dorje Shugden puja @Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek, members went to a nearby vegetarian shop for gathering. #CNY2022 #HappyReunion by Jacinta.
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After Dorje Shugden puja @Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek, members went to a nearby vegetarian shop for gathering. #CNY2022 #HappyReunion by Jacinta.
In 2021, we've encountered far too many challenges—Pandemic, months-long lockdown, landslide, and flood. We are proud to witness Malaysians helping one another as these agonies come sequentially. Looking back to 2021, Kechara Soup Kitchen has made significant progress, with more to come in 2022. Every year, we move a little closer to our vision. We are immensely thankful to have such dedicated teams of volunteers willing to go above and beyond for our clients. Not to mention our sponsors and donors; none of this would have been possible without you. Thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for helping the underprivileged to a better future. Have a blessed year ahead from our hearts to your hearts. #2022 #newyear #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
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In 2021, we've encountered far too many challenges—Pandemic, months-long lockdown, landslide, and flood. We are proud to witness Malaysians helping one another as these agonies come sequentially. Looking back to 2021, Kechara Soup Kitchen has made significant progress, with more to come in 2022. Every year, we move a little closer to our vision. We are immensely thankful to have such dedicated teams of volunteers willing to go above and beyond for our clients. Not to mention our sponsors and donors; none of this would have been possible without you. Thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for helping the underprivileged to a better future. Have a blessed year ahead from our hearts to your hearts. #2022 #newyear #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
5 months ago
Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh members were preparing for Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
5 months ago
Kechara Ipoh members were preparing for Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 4th Dec 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 4th Dec 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
6 months ago
Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Mr. Cheah has offered 3 sets of Serkym prior to Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
6 months ago
Mr. Cheah has offered 3 sets of Serkym prior to Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has completed a Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 20th Nov '21. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
6 months ago
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has completed a Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 20th Nov '21. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Mr. Philip, our new visitor to Ipoh centre, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa and the Three Jewels prior to DS puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
6 months ago
Mr. Philip, our new visitor to Ipoh centre, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa and the Three Jewels prior to DS puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has resumed our Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 6th Nov 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
6 months ago
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has resumed our Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 6th Nov 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
6 months ago
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!
8 months ago
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
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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
1 years ago
#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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