Ven. Sri Dhammaratana’s birthday celebration

Jul 30, 2011 | Views: 2,064

Ven. Sri Dhammaratana

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Last week, I was invited by the Buddhist Maha Vihara Malaysia to attend their special Dana ceremony in celebration of Venerable K. Sri Dhammaratana’s 63rd birthday. This Dana ceremony was also to commemorate the 1st anniversary of the passing away of Ven Chief Dhammaratana’s mother, the late Madam Daya Siriwardena.

Dana is an ancient Pali word for “generosity”, or “gift/giving”. 2,500 years ago, during Buddha Shakyamuni’s time, disciples and followers of sangha members would voluntarily give Dana in the form of food, shelter, clothing etc. It was in a very practical form towards the sangha member to survive.

Today, it is the same. However, times have changed and as the practice of the Buddha Dharma is in the degenerate age, the simplest (but one of the most effective ways) to receive merits and blessings from a sangha would be through offerings, i.e. Dana.

So, yesterday I attended the special Dana ceremony at the Buddhist Maha Vihara’s grand prayer hall, Asoka Hall. There were 71 sangha members who came from different Buddhist traditions: Mahayana, Vajrayana and Theravadan… and amongst them there were hundreds of devotees. They came to celebrate their Venerable Chief Dhammaratana’s birthday by being there and by offering Dana to the sangha… how beautiful.

Venerable Chief Dhammaratana is the Chief Incumbent of Buddhist Maha Vihara, Brickfields and is very well known in Malaysia for his missionary work. At the age of 17, he became a novice monk of which he briefly mentioned during his speech later during the day.

The event started at 11.45am, where the emcee introduced the different sangha members that were present. This was followed by a short speech by Venerable Punaji Thera.

Venerable Punaji Thera, or Ven. Dr M. Punnaji Maha Thera, is a Buddhist monk from Sri Lanka. Ordained at the age of 30, he has obtained 2 doctorates in the United States, where he currently resides.

After the short speech, 3 prayers were done to represent the 3 different Buddhist traditions: Ven. Chief Dhammaratana did a prayer representing the Theravadan tradition, followed by a Mahayana prayer and then I was then requested to do a short prayer to represent the Vajrayana tradition.

The guests then offered Dana in the form of food to all 71 sangha. Many people of different ages came around to offer food onto the Sangha’s plates, who remained seated. Maha Vihara’s President, Brother Tilak Leslie Jayawardena, then gave Dana in the form of monetary offerings to all Sangha members. At this time, Kechara also offered Dana consisting of a box of Kechara incense, a gift card, an envelope with money and a khata which was wrapped around those items.

Orphans from Ti-Ratana Orphanage also came to give Dana in the form of bags with different type of goodies. Very cute and sweet offerings!

At 12.30pm, I presented an offering to Venerable Chief Dhammaratana – a 3ft Buddha Shakyamuni statue from Kechara Discovery and painted by Kecharians. I then gave a short speech, with James aiding me with the Chinese translation. You can see it all in the video below…

On behalf of the Gelugpa Vajrayana Buddhist Association Malaysia, Henry Ooi (who is also Vice-President of Kechara House) presented the President of Maha Vihara with a 12 inch Tsongkhapa statue. He then gave a speech, after which Venerable Chief Dhammaratana gave a short sermon.

He thanked all of the Sangha members who were there with him. He emphasized about unity that must occur between the different Buddhist traditions… explaining how during Buddha Shakyamuni’s time, there wasn’t “this and that” tradition. It was only after Buddha’s death that there was a split and segregation of traditions: “It (different Buddhist teachings) still goes to the same sea… same way”.

He advises for all to not criticize and make comments about other monks, but to open our eyes and to work together. Venerable Chief Dhammaratana identified how “we cannot be ego, we cannot be just selfish”, and he humbly appealed to all to work together.

It was a great speech from someone who is very qualified to speak as he has spent 46 years of his life in robes. To listen to what he says, the speech is in the same video below.

Do take a look at the photos and the video of an event that saw Sangha from Cambodia, Thailand, China, Tibet, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Burma… all under one roof!

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Ven. Sri Dhammaratana arriving at Maha Vihara

Mahayana monks arriving…

Vajrayana monks arriving…

Theravadan monks arriving…

Mahayana nuns arriving…

What a beautiful picture!

Ven. Sri Dhammaratana in the Maha Vihara compound

Venerable K. Sridhamma Thero and I greeting each other

(left) Greeting the President of Maha Vihara and (right) a volunteer with a khata

Ven. Sri Dhammaratana reciting a prayer before the Dana offering. Seated beside me is Ven Punnaji Thera

Dana offering prayer from the Mahayana monks

How beautiful… rows of sangha members gathering at the Buddhist Maha Vihara Malaysia

Ven Punnaji (right) currently resides in the States. He has many followers in Europe, Canada and America


Volunteers and guests giving Dana offering to the sangha

Presenting Ven. Sri Dhammaratana with a birthday gift of a 3ft Buddha Shakyamuni statue

Presenting Ven. Sri Dhammaratana with a khata

James Long presenting some monks with Dana offerings from Kechara

Andrew Boon presenting some monks with Dana offerings from Kechara

Albert Ratchaga presenting the Assistant Chief monk of Maha Vihara with Dana offerings from Kechara

Henry Ooi (left) presenting the President of Maha Vihara with a 12″ Tsongkhapa statue and khata on behalf of the Gelugpa Vajrayana Buddhist Association Malaysia

Ven. Sri Dhammaratana giving a speech to his students and guests

The event ends and Ven. Sri Dhammaratana and I have a few last words with each other again

Ven Punnaji and I saying our goodbyes to each other. He is visiting Malaysia for 3 months and will be returning to the States after

A monk from Sera Jey Monastery came up to greet me

Another monk from Jangtze Monastery came up to greet me as well…

I bumped into some long lost friends, including this nun…

She said that she went to Kechara Oasis to try the food, but it was closed… so I told her to go again next time during opening hours hehe

 

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  1. Sharon Ong on Jan 5, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    A beautiful post with photos reflecting true spirituality. There is something very, very beautiful and moving about the way these monks from different traditions greet and interact with each other. Thank you with folded hands.

  2. Sharon Saw on Feb 7, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    What i love about this event was the unity of the sangha – here are 71 sangha from different traditions who joined together at one joyous event. I also liked what Venerable Chief Dhammaratana shared in his sermon about how Buddha’s teachings was unified when he was alive but only segregated after he went into clear light. This shows that there is no difference between the three traditions of Buddhism. It is only wrong view and ignorance when some people differentiate and even look down on other traditions. If we could only respect each others different traditions, we would all be better off. I had just read this blog post about HH the Dalai Lama and the Cardinal (http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/his-holiness-the-cardinal.html) which shows that mutual respect goes across different faiths also, let alone among our own.

    • Paris on Feb 10, 2013 at 12:56 am

      It’s a day of inter-faith harmony today! I’ve just read the newest post for today about the close friendship between the 16th Karmapa and the previous Trijang Rinpoche (http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/mind-blowing-connections-between-two-high-lamas.html) so it’s wonderful to then chance upon this article and see how Rinpoche and other spiritual leaders today in Malaysia are creating the same friendships, fostering understanding and harmony.

      As Rinpoche has so often taught us, if we want to represent our own religion well, then it is about also respecting the faiths and beliefs of other traditions and religions. Then we are really practising equanimity, respect for others, humility for our own practice and kindness. When we do this, we become true representations of our own religion and in turn, garner the respect and love of others too.

      Acting in any other way – putting other religions down, insisting that our way is the only or better way – only drives a wedge between us and others, makes people fear us and eventually, not even want to be near us. So how can we represent our religion well that way?

      Thank you Rinpoche for always showing us what it means to be respectful and kind, even towards traditions that are outwardly completely different from ours, and for showing us that even if we might totally understand the practices and actions of other traditions or religions, we can still have full respect and harmony, rejoice in what they are doing and cause their good works to grow. For in doing that, our own practice and tradition grows too!

  3. David Lai on Feb 3, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    I bumped into this beautiful post and I delight in watching Rinpoche interact with the other monks at the Mahavihara Temple in Brickfields. Rinpoche has no sectarian issues with the other monks whatsoever. Rinpoche has no airs when he interacts with the younger and senior monks and in fact, he is extremely humble, polite and even somewhat subservient to the older monks. He folded his hands throughout the prayers in Pali and everything about Rinpoche reveals his qualities as a true monk.

    I love the prayers recited by the monks and Rinpoche and I love the fact that the lay people get to serve the monks as a form of offering. This is a most beautiful, spiritual and merit-making experience! It is beautiful that the tradition of the Vinaya both in all traditions are still very much alive and with the existence of the Sangha that holds their vows, the merits to sustain the preservation and propagation of the Buddhadharma in Malaysia.

  4. Jeffrey Yee on Jun 28, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    I was doing some online searches using google when I resurfaced this post. I read it about a year ago when it was posted but it did not really appeal to me back then. However, after reading up about the Sangha community and its importance, it really amazes me how these pictures here look so beautiful to a point where it deeply touches my heart. Rinpoche made me realize how our perception can take a different stand when we are instilled with more Dharma knowledge – Everything Changes Nothing Changes. Thank you.

  5. Diana Pereyda on Aug 4, 2011 at 5:53 am

    Never heard of the offering Dana before, but seeing it offered to the Sangha like that,I see it’s a wonderful way to show respect. As usual Rinpoche presence was awesome and inspiring and I am sure they were very impressed how hard his Kachara volunteers and staff work to prepare and are right by his side always!!!

  6. henry ooi on Aug 1, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    It was a sunny morning on that day but it drizzled a bit before the ceremony begun, how auspicious!

    It was so beautiful to be in the midst of this ceremony to witness the holy Sangha gathered together and to allow lay people to make offerings.

    The Chief’s speech for all and sundry to come together to do and spread dharma is so meaningful.

  7. tsemtulku on Jul 30, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Dear Liaisons,

    As you would probably know by now, Rinpoche attended the big function at the Buddhist Maha Vihara (BMV) in Brickfields on Sunday to celebrate the Chief Monk Venerable Dhammaratana’s birthday and to commemorate the 1st year death anniversary of Chief Monk’s mother. I am sending you a short update and summary here, but full details, more photos and a video are being prepared by the blog team to be shared with all soon.

    The event was only about 2 hours long, and comprised some short speeches by the President of MBV (A lay person) and an older monk, Venerable Punaji; dana offering, further offerings to the Sangha and, the highlight of the morning: Rinpoche making a very grand offering to the Chief. Chief himself also made a very short speech before the morning concluded with a transfer of merits ceremony.

    Rinpoche was seated at the main table, just 2 seats away from the Chief Monk and was representing the Vajrayana sangha at the event. Gen Lobsang Yeshi also attended and was seated just behind Rinpoche. There were about 60-70 monks and nuns there from all three traditions (Theravada, Mahayana and Hinayana).

    Kechara volunteers and staff, especially from KC and led by Su Ming worked very hard the day and night before to prepare all the offerings. They even brought in their own tables and vases to display a three-foot Shakyamuni statue that Rinpoche wished to offer to the Chief Monk, and did very beautiful preparations. The MBV even allowed us to set up the Shakyamuni statue right in front of the hall, under their own large central image of Shakyamuni. They also prepared smaller offering packages for each member of the Sangha there which included angpow and incense.

    Before Rinpoche presented the Shakaymuni to the Chief Monk, he also gave a short Dharma teaching to all present about the significance of the Sangha, why we make offerings to the Sangha and why their efforts to celebrate the Chief Monk’s birthday was so important and beneficial. Rinpoche clearly explained to people why they were doing what they were doing, and how special it really is. People were very keen to listen; there were some who kept their hands folded throughout the talk and had a lot of respect. I think many of them have not had explanations like this before so it would have helped them a lot to understand the significance behind the activity and to strengthen their respect for the Chief. . James also helped to translate which was very good for many of the Chinese speakers there, especially the Chinese Mahayana monks.

    I’d like to add that the people at BMV were very nice and it seems that they really did appreciate Rinpoche being there and were impressed by Kechara volunteers’ efficiency. Freon Tee (Wai Meng’s friend) was coordinating from BMV side and helpful throughout the day.

    Throughout the day, many people – both monks and lay people – came to pay their respects to Rinpoche. There were also some Gaden Jangtze monks present, who came to say hello.

    As I mentioned, a full report will be available on Rinpoche’s blog soon, as well as a video of the full, main events of the day. In the meantime, please refer to the photos below for a pictorial summary! I will update again when the blog post and video are up.

    Thank you especially to the Kechara Care volunteers for their hard work in coordinating and preparing the offerings. They did a wonderful job! It’s a wonderful thing to have made many new friends in the Malaysian Buddhist world.

    Love,
    Paris

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The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
~Tsem Rinpoche

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According to legend, Shambhala is a place where wisdom and love reign, and there is no crime. Doesn\'t this sound like the kind of place all of us would love to live in? https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=204874
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According to legend, Shambhala is a place where wisdom and love reign, and there is no crime. Doesn't this sound like the kind of place all of us would love to live in? https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=204874
108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden\'s blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
5 months ago
108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden's blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
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Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat\'s doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
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One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat's doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
5 months ago
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
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On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
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By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
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It's very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it's very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
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Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
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One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
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Height: 33ft (10m)
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
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Sacred Vajra Yogini
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Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
1 years ago
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
1 years ago
This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
1 years ago
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
1 years ago
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
1 years ago
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
1 years ago
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
1 years ago
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
1 years ago
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
1 years ago
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
1 years ago
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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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
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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
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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
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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 month 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 month 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
2 months ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
2 months ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
2 months ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
4 months ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
4 months ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
4 months ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
4 months ago
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
4 months ago
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
4 months ago
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
4 months ago
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
4 months ago
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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