Betrayal

By | Apr 25, 2016 | Views: 606

When I come across an article like Judas’ betrayal of his master, I am curious why he did that to his master who is deemed the Messiah.

There are a couple of views on this matter: firstly, he was not a firm believer that his master was the Messiah and secondly, he was a greedy opportunist, who took advantage of his master’s ‘fame’ to loot from the goodwill of his master’s followers.

It seems that his master already foresaw his disciple’s betrayal and in the end, he was forgiven together with everyone else:

Forgive them, for they know not what they do.

I also sometimes wonder why certain types of people go to houses of worship when in all honesty, they are not there for self improvement. But, there are those who genuinely want to change but due to strong attachment to worldly matters, in the end, were unable to change permanently and reverted to their ‘old’ selves.

I also always wonder why highly attained teachers, with their powers of clairvoyance and able to see what is coming with certain students, would still take such students in knowing that the teacher-student relationship is sealed for ‘life’. I guess it must be the teachers’ great compassion which overrides the ‘rule book DON’Ts”, thereby allowing the students the opportunity to collect some form of merits which they would not otherwise receive based on their inherent ‘bad’ behaviour.

Most ‘back sliders’ would support their actions based on worldly intelligence but there is clearly a difference between  worldly ‘intelligence’ and wisdom, as the proverbial saying which holds true all the time goes:

Knowledge comes from learning and wisdom comes from living.

In Buddhism, we say our minds are filled with delusions that focus much on the self, and its close relation, the ego.

To end this note, I would like to share a parable I read years ago from the Bible, known as the parable of the two sons. It goes like this:

There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, “Son, go and work today in the vineyard.” “I will not”, he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.

Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, “I will, sir”, but he did not go.

“Which of the two did what his father wanted?” Jesus asked his disciples.

“The first”, they answered and Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you.”

Isn’t this a great parable that keeps the reader guessing? Just imagine yourself as the father – who do you think did what you asked?

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  1. samfoonheei on Dec 14, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    Found this old post truly thought-provoking. Betrayal is common for anyone with no conscience. Many of us might have experience ‘betrayal’ before. There are many circumstances that could be considered betrayal, from a friend turning on you in time of need. Well it is always and easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.
    Eventually, for the good of our own mental and emotional health, we should forgive the person who betrayed. When a person cannot control excessive ambition, greed, lust or passion they liable to betray. Practice accepting difficult emotions and learn to forgive. The experience of being betrayed is a lesson where we really have to look at things, friends and so forth at a wider angle. Learning from there and letting go.
    Thank you Keng Nam for this sharing.

  2. freon on Jun 21, 2016 at 12:57 am

    Dear Keng Nam,

    I like the thoughts on – “I guess it must be the teachers’ great compassion which overrides the ‘rule book DON’Ts”. I resonance on this.

    Many times, when we see such a bad attitude students around the lama, we will think why did the lama wanted these students, doesn’t it make the lama work’s more difficult? The lama have to have so may scolding, so much sleepless nite, so much effort to train such a students. Why did the Lama wasting time on these students, knowingly the student will betrayed and harm him.

    Some times ago, i figure out, if the lama do not take this type of students, what kind of student can the lama have especially in this time? Perfect attitude student? I think in this era, there would not be any perfect good students. And why did the lama wanted to take rebirth in this age? I figure that the lama choose to take rebirth in this time, even knowingly they themselves would be badly hurt just because the Lama wanted to save as many sentient beings as possible. A true Bodhisattva’s acts. It is like to take rebirth in a cave that full with scorpions, snakes, and poisonous animal. I remember in an article, previous Buddha once said about the bad attitude that Shakyamuni’s Buddha students will have, laziness, lies, ego, selfish etc. At first, we would think, Shakyamuni Buddha is a Buddha, why did he have this kind of students? And not those perfect students. The answer is simple- Shakyamuni Buddha took rebirth because He giving us a chance to be liberate. Shakyamuni Buddha is showing us the path not to have endless rebirth, not to hurt anyone and many more.

    Thus a Lama is really a rare precious treasure, which is difficult to find. It took effort for a students to keep promises towards our lama, and not to harm our lama, after all by listening to our Lama’s words it benefits us and sentient beings around us. To betray to a bodhisattva is to betray ourself. May i be mindful not to harm.

    Thank you Keng Nam, for this article

    Regards
    Freon

  3. Carmen Koo on Jun 20, 2016 at 6:01 am

    “Forgive them, for they know not what they do.” To some extent, this sounds like what we term in Buddhism as ignorance, and we act out of it.

    From the parable, what hits me most is that no matter what we say and what we do, at the end of the day, as Mother Theresa said, and I extract a short line out of the entire beautiful quote, “ for in the end, it is between you and God, it was never between you and them anyway”. Our conscience, and our karma would know what we have said and done, or not, and that is what really matters.

    Betrayal is a topic that many of us have experienced personally, and witnessed. I have personally witnessed countless cases of betrayals delt to Rinpoche, and yet, Rinpoche has never ceased in his compassion, love, opportunities, dharma, kindness and care for others regardless. Many of us would withdraw from one or two betrayals, and yet, here is Rinpoche who continuously gives to others without being bound by experience and circumstance, and continues to pray for those who have hurt him.

    Betrayal, like many other life experiences, imparts us with wisdom and knowledge to go beyond seeing it from a perspective stemming from “I”, to motivate us to not bring this feeling that we have “suffered” to others. It makes us conscious and weary of our own actions towards others. Perhaps the experience of being betrayed was meant for us, but how we use this experience is another topic on its own.

    Thank you for this article, Keng Nam.

  4. Fong on Jun 17, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    Betrayal is only in the secular world. I don’t think there is any real betrayal on a higher spiritual level as I believe that highly attained masters like Jesus knew what was coming. The act had to be carried out else there would have been no martyr and history would be different.

    From another perspective, attained masters practice love and compassion. If they with their clairvoyance can see the karma and the acts that a person carried, it would be what they have vowed to do which is to save that person from hell.

    But, the resultant karma from the betrayal will send him to hell! Here again he would have collected a lot of merits from walking the dharmic path. Moreover, he would have some form of imprint of dharma in his mindstream.

    Another point to consider would be that maybe, just maybe another positive karmic seed would have been planted for the next life.

    So, if the teacher does not do anything but instead turn away this person, then the teacher himself would not be keeping his vows or practice compassion.

    That’s just how I see it. Thanks, Keng Nam for the thought provoking article.

  5. Doreen Teoh on Jun 7, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    i believe everyone has experience ‘betrayal’ in their this short life be it when we are young, middle age or older. Experiencing the feeling of betrayal is the saddest thing is that it never comes from your enemies, but it comes from friends and loved ones”…the feeling of ‘betrayal’ can never comes from strangers and enemies, as we have set the defence mechanism, as setting out boundaries, no trust and cautiousness towards this group. The same mechanism will not apply towards friends, family, acquaintances as we have set this relationships at a certain level of trust and understanding.

    All this mechanism that is set comes from our own life experiences which does not comes with wisdoms. Buddhas and Gurus, have the clairvoyance to know the outcome of every students and sentient beings that they comes across, and yet knowing the consequences or the outcome of this relationship, the Buddhas and Guru still will continue to accept this relationship. When a “betrayal’ happens to us and Buddhas/Gurus, the outcome of the feeling/experience will be different, as a normal beings we will feel so hurt, anger and sense of lost/ or revenge, but Buddhas will have adverse thought, as Buddhas greatest sadness is to know another beings has left the teachings or dharma, and yet one is not saved. We have all this thoughts and feelings as we still have this “self” and “ego” that is so in us. Buddhas has becomes selflessness.

  6. NgJesvin on May 29, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    Thank you Keng Nam for the sharing.

    The last quotes from the article ” the saddest thing about betrayal is that it never comes from your enemies.. It comes from friends and loved ones” has provoked my thought. I totally agree with the phrase in the quote because betrayal only comes from a person that we know, we care, we love or the people we are attached to. If we keep on feeding the feeling of betrayal, it will grow deeper in us. This suppressed anger and hatred are the poison that will lead to the three lower realms.

    Thank you.

  7. Boon on May 24, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    Thank you Keng Nam for this thought provoking article. I think in this world there are a lot of things that are more than meet the eyes. If we have the buddha’s clairvoyance and wisdom, we should be able to answer why things are played out in certain manner. But at this stage, I’d say that we could only try learn from the stories so that we could be a less ignorant person.

  8. Keng Nam on May 9, 2016 at 9:43 am

    I would like to thank you all for your comments on the article. Lester, you are right – there is a school of thought regarding Judas act of betrayal as a kind of ‘pre – ordained’ act. Well it has to be someone in order for the crucifixion to take place.

    Pastor David – your take on worldly intelligent v Dharmic Wisdom is spot on as well as the former is secularly based (with the 8 worldly concerns) will draw self into selfish acts.

    Vinnie – the parable of the 2 sons was indeed a ‘head’ scratching scenario. I have asked various Christian friends and they seem unaware of the right answer and when Jesus responded to jus disciples – I understood why the father considered his second son had done as he requested.

    This I observe with my 85 year old friend. He recently had problems with his neighbour about his overgrown hedge. The neighbour wanted it cut down. My friend has no physical means to cut the hedge. He asked him son to do it. His son outright refused to help. A day later, the hedge was cut. My friend thought the neighbour cut it. But his son told him, he did it but my friend did not believe him. He was still angry with his refusal to help.

  9. Phng Keng Hwa on May 7, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for this article. it was truly thought-provoking and inspiring for our self-improvement and benefit. 🙂 This truly is short and simple, yet underlines and portrays the compassion and true form of betrayal in a very elegant and subtle way. 🙂

    The videos in the comment by NUTroll is really helpful and interesting too. 🙂

    Thank you for posting this. _/|\_

    Your student,
    Keng Hwa.

  10. Datuk May on May 2, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Thank you Keng Nam for such an interesting article.

    It is without doubt that Betrayals occur everyday but it is our reaction to such betrayals that lead us to sadness and disappointment and even depressions. How much these betrayals hurt us will greatly depend on how much trust we have placed on the individuals or circumstances, NOT forgetting on ourselves. Basically it is us who betrays ourselves the most.

    In the instance of our Guru, the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, even knowing that many of us ungrateful students will betrayal His love and teachings and be harmful to the Goodness that Rinpoche represent, Rinpoche strongly trusts that in having these students with Him even for a while will be of benefit to them.

    Such may have been the circumstances of why Jesus accepted Judas knowing eventually betrayal was the result.

  11. Uncle Eddie on Apr 30, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    In the depths of the ocean swims a single blind turtle, who surfaces for air every hundred years. How rare it would be for the turtle to surface with its head through the hole in the yoke! The Buddha said that attaining a precious human rebirth is even rarer than that. We have all obtained a precious human form, but a very high Lama once said, in itself, it is nothing to be proud of, for there are an infinite number of other forms of life on the Planet, but none are engaged in the kind of destruction in which humans indulged. Human beings endanger all living beings on the Planet. Like in the case of your “Betrayal” story, not only you are curious why Judas betrayed his master, Jesus Christ, who is deemed the Messiah, we all, are too! Dalai Lama has once said that we have been propelled into the cycle of suffering by our delusions and actions they provoke which are known as Karma. Due to the cause-and-effect relationship between our actions and experiences, we spend our lives enduring all kinds of our ups and downs, in endless troubles and confusions. Of course whatever we do now, according to the Law of Karma – the principle of cause and effect – has consequences for the future. Therefore, Karma can be understood as cause and effect in the same way that “every action has an equal and opposite reaction”. Jesus Christ’s disciple Judas, could have met with his equal opposite reaction, I believe! Thank you, Keng Nam, for your wonderful thought provoking article.

  12. Edern Tan on Apr 29, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Thank You for the really interesting article!

    To me personally, I don’t really understand what the parable was all about and what morals was it trying to convey. This is how I interpreted it: it was based on John the Baptist where he sowed the way of righteousness to the followers but they refused to believe. However, only the tax collectors and prostitutes believed him. Hence determining that the tax collectors and prostitutes would be ahead of all the other followers entering the kingdom of God.

    Perhaps many highly attained teachers, with their powers of clairvoyance, they are able to not only see the intentions of betrayal of their students, they are also able to see the good in them, even the slightest bit. Thus bringing them in hopefully to destroy the negative intentions of theirs and nurturing the good in them.

  13. Martin on Apr 29, 2016 at 2:05 am

    Thank you Keng Nam for this thought provoking post.

    Jesus knew that he would be betrayed and yet allowed Judas to be close to him. To many it may seem like the Messiah made a foolish decision. I never knew the reason until I met my own guru, Tsem Rinpoche who similarly loved many and have always allowed himself to be exposed to dangers and betrayals by those close to him.

    Why? So that those who might betray him can have the best opportunity to learn, be given love and to have the opportunity to earn merits and perhaps change their own karma. It is an act of high compassion.

  14. Pastor Loh Seng Piow on Apr 28, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    There are no less such “Judas” around high lamas like Tsem Rinpoche, Rinpoche treated them with only loving kindness and generosity, gave them gifts, bought them meals, gave them hours and hours of counselling when they are down, taught them hours and hours of Dharma, but in the end they still turned around and back-stabbed Rinpoche and his organization, and went out there to spread nasty lies about Rinpoche and his organization. Such a person we can only treat them with more compassion, because if they were so close to such a holy person with so much compassion and yet they could not feel it and reciprocate, but did the opposite, imagine how their lives would be like when they are out there. The main cause of such action is the lack of merits, and a lot of bad karma, that pushed them away from goodness and any spiritual progress.

  15. Lester on Apr 28, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Dear Keng Nam, Christianity (or the Abrahamic religions) operates on a different logic from ours. Judas betrayal is an event that must happen, in order that Jesus be crucified, so that God’s promise of universal redemption can materialise. In a sense, Judas was not acting out of freewill when he betrayed Jesus. It is simply preordained. There is a Christian sect somewhere in Asia Minor that therefore regards Judas as a saint. That aside. In Buddhism too, we may regard Devadatta as a traitor to Buddha. But few of us know that Devadatta in his previous lives was actually Buddha’s guru. As an advanced bodhisattva, he vowed to set the reverse example as a warning to other disciples. Buddha in the Lotus Sutra prophesied that Devadatta, who has been enjoying the third jnanic bliss in the Avici Hells, will eventually become a Buddha too. Just my ramblings. Have a nice day. 🙂

    • Keng Nam on May 9, 2016 at 9:56 am

      Lester – do you think Judas’ act of betrayal can be considered ‘Crazy Wisdom’ ? Just a thought…

      • Lester on May 9, 2016 at 10:39 am

        Hi Keng Nam, I don’t know. Christians certainly don’t buy that. Personally, I think Abrahamic religions make no sense. 🙂

        • Keng tan on May 9, 2016 at 4:33 pm

          Of course…breathe not a word of it…and even in Buddhism many are not even close to understanding this practice by erudite masters…

  16. Joy on Apr 28, 2016 at 9:39 am

    I stop wondering so much after learning the Dharma and try to not be quick to judge although sometimes you know in your sixth senses that some people are just not ‘right’. There is just something about their behaviour that contradicts yet the Guru is still so very kind to keep them close because the Guru is their only hope to collecting some kind of merits and Buddha imprints.

    Yes the nature of samsara is pain and suffering as Rinpoche has profoundly taught us the other day. There is no point in reacting to it because then we continue creating the pain. So no doubt there will always be those who will betray us, especially those who are close, but when we use the teachings of karma to view it, we must have created some harm towards them or others to be on the receiving end this time around… we ourselves must have betrayed before to be given the same dose of medicine… no one is holier than thou. As for Jesus and Buddha and all the great Gurus it is to show us the nature of samsara, our delusion and projections of how things or people “should” be and to teach us the greatness of “FORGIVENESS”.

    No one but will feel the pain but we our selves when we don’t let go. No one said that all brothers and sisters and fathers and mothers are suppose to be nice, there are those who are not nice for that is the nature of samsara and my karma to experience it. The Buddha’s teaching is the best and He is no doubt the best psychiatrist, everything stem from us, we should not blame anyone else. So if the world is hard to walk, we wear slippers to protect our feet, not cover the world with leather or in my case, rubber, since I’m vegetarian hehe. So when I realise that it all became so much easier to swallow and accept and move on… and like what you said Keng Nam “Knowledge comes from learning and wisdom comes from living.”

  17. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Apr 28, 2016 at 8:54 am

    As it states in Yonten Shigyurma, the guru is the foundation of all good qualities. So the betrayal of your lama is really a betrayal of yourself, because once you sever that connection, you delay your potential to achieve full enlightenment and the opportunity for any kind of improvement on the ultimate level becomes impossible.

    The feeling of betrayal can be viewed from a couple of perspectives:

    1) if you feel betrayed, it means you opened yourself up enough to someone else, to love and trust them. This is positive because it reflects you have the potential to be kind

    2) if you feel betrayed, it means you have expectations of your relationship with that person who betrayed you that went unfulfilled (like the second son in the parable shared above)

    The parable of the second son leads me to conclude that betrayal breaks trust, because once a person lies like that you can never trust their word again. Hence if we are always betraying people in small ways and on a daily basis, we are severely eroding their trust in us and we should reconsider our actions. Do we want to continue to chip away at our integrity and end up alone, or do we want to bite the bullet and be honest, even if it means experiencing some painful consequences now? Since we don’t like to be betrayed and lied to, equally we should not betray and lie to others. Why? Because when we have acquired the reputation of always betraying people, people will invariably be wary of us and stay away.

  18. Beatrix Ooi on Apr 28, 2016 at 6:48 am

    In our ordinary eyes, betrayal seems like a very common behavior which people oftenly portrays. It’s a very bad phenomena because if we can’t even have integrity and stay loyal to someone or a group of friends, what kind of human beings are we?

    The example given about the two sons is very good, because we always think that betrayal means hurting someone but it can happen in a very subtle way, just like what the second son did. In this case it may seem like a small issue but lying is lying, not keeping up with the promises we’ve made makes us a terrible person. We must always have integrity and do what we have promised no matter who and what the object is.

  19. Pastor Adeline on Apr 28, 2016 at 4:56 am

    This article brought us a different light on betrayal and how limitless the compassionate mind is. An enlightened being does care and love equally regardless. They accept beings as they are, going all the way to guide and help them like the space that receive everything without prejudice.

    Our ordinary mind works very differently. We betray, lie, avoid, pretend, have endless excuses for not being successful but at the same time we want god, our teacher, attained being to think like us and support our lame excuses for not transforming. This condition is the very reason why we do not see our problems.

    The above is the difference between a selfless and a selfish mind. Betrayal will not surface once the mind has shifted to focus on the benefits of others. Instead of wondering why ordinary mind works in a certain way, we should concentrate on achieving the state of the extraordinary mind.

  20. Vinnie Tan on Apr 28, 2016 at 1:56 am

    Thank you Keng Nam for for this nice article on betrayal. Personally I think it would nice if you could explain more on the part about the two sons. It would be lovely to know what is your views to that.

    To me, most people betray people like how the second child does. They lied and not do things letting it fade. Through that it feeds into our ego, laziness and sneakiness to what we are doing. It is sad to see that more people are doing what the second child is doing. It only shows how the world is degenerating. Thinking that by saying something, and not doing something is alright. It is just so sad to see things like that happening as it is happening to ourselves as well. Moreover, we do not like people that do that to us, yet we do the same thing to others. Reason being that this is the betrayal that we all feel.

    We do it with others that we betray them, yet when we are being betrayed by others we get upset about it. However, we do it to others anyway. It is sad to see how people’s mind fickle like that.

  21. Pastor Han Nee on Apr 27, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    Judas’ story is likely to go down to posterity,as the classic act of betrayal of a spiritual teacher by a close disciple.

    Students and disciples of today are also repeatedly betraying their teachers, and as we examine these situations,it is becoming more apparently a case of their wanting to prove their teachers wrong and their ego right.

    Compassionate teachers will continue to accept such students(knowing their ultimate betrayal will take place) for them to have a window of opportunity (however small) to collect merits.

    Thank you Keng Nam for this sharing.

  22. Jacinta Goh on Apr 27, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    Always think of ways to benefit others, even though we know they will eventually betray us. Do it, even though we might not be appreciated by others or perhaps others will misunderstand us – these are the thoughts that come to my mind.

    Anger will only worsen the situation and the people that we wanted them to change. Only love can heals. It’s hard to practice, but Buddha and Guru have shown the way. So, we can do it too.

    “Forgive them for they do not what they do”. Generally people have the inherent goodness in them but when karma catches up, the goodness was overwhelmed by negative karma ripening. This is why we are trapped in samsara. I hope I get this right. Bottom line… before we judge others, better make sure that we are ‘right’.

    Thanks Rinpoche and Keng Nam.

  23. Valentina Suhendra on Apr 27, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Dear Keng Nam

    Thank you for this short but meaningful article. I think betrayal has existed since human kind exists. Even in our daily lives, we experienced betrayals of various degree big and small from people not fulfilling their promises to your love ones turning their back on you. Whenever I read about the story of Judas betraying Jesus, it immediately reminded me of the story of Brutus betraying Julius Caesar. The story is very sad and chilling and made us wonder and cautious as to who should we trust.

    Valentina

  24. Li kheng on Apr 27, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Teachers who give monster students a chance at whatever dharma they can absorb is truly kind. Because monsters would have been rejected everywhere else they go because people would not be so tolerant.

    Also another point I learn is, betrayal always come from within because only those we trust have the chance to come close enough to hurt us.

  25. Pastor Antoinette on Apr 27, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    Dear Keng Nam,

    Indeed the word betrayal is something very painful.
    Nobody wants to be betrayed and on top you mention that most of the times it comes from people close to us.

    I think expectation is a crucial point.
    In Buddhism we are in for transformation. Our teacher and guide will do everything he can to help us improve. He uses skilful ways and does whatever is necessary for us to move on.

    In the end it is about ourselves and our motivation.
    I think we can even betray ourselves by not doing what we wanted to do or by giving up in front of an obstacles.

    “Impermanence need not be a bad thing” http://www.kechara.com/kechara-house/resources/lamrim-and-life/ from 10 steps to happiness.

    “At the time of death, only merits or good seeds from our virtuous actions can help us ensure good rebirths. It is the only path to lasting happiness for our present and future lives.”

    Thank you,
    P. Antoinette

  26. Pastor David Lai on Apr 27, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    Hi Keng Nam,
    That’s an interesting short little article about betrayal. I find the parable of the 2 sons quite intriguing. Would have been nice to read your explanation on this parable and what is the meaning behind the betrayal of the second son. Personally, I do find that most people betray teachers just like the second son. They do it because they don’t find the value in Dharma or the teachings of their faith and they let the 3 types of laziness take hold (unwilling to do, feeling not capable of doing and caught up in worldly affairs).

    Also, earlier in the article, you mentioned about ‘back sliders’ betray their teachers because they are following their worldly intelligence and not wisdom. Would have been nice to read an explanation on this one. Like how worldly intelligence encourages the ego, selfishness and acquisitions while wisdom encourages altruism, devotion to a teacher and renunciation. This is what comes to mind when I think of what you wrote.

  27. Louise Lee on Apr 27, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    谢谢 Keng Nam 的分享。

    我们常常就是如此的对待事情,大家当然会非常疼爱第一个儿子,但是我们绝对不可以放弃第二个孩子。 我们不可以因此而放弃,我们应该更加的耐心栽培他。他只是贪婪,应该还有要救的。

    • Pastor Shin on Apr 28, 2016 at 10:41 am

      Thank you Louise for sharing your opinion. Indeed, for highly attained teachers, in the context of the parable of the 2 sons, they will not be bias and choose the son who “did what his father wanted” and despise the other son, because these highly attained teachers or masters have compassion for both a ‘good’ person, as well as a ‘bad’ person (who perhaps needs more help and guidance)as ultimately, both beings need help to get out of samsara. A Bodhisattva has the determination to lead all beings without exception into final and complete enlightenment. But of course, that doesn’t mean the Bodhisattva will let the harmful person take advantage and harm other people just for his/her salvation alone.

      What I find interesting is that some Gospels suggest that Jesus foresaw and allowed Judas’ betrayal, one explanation is that Jesus allowed the betrayal because it would allow God’s plan to be fulfilled – Judas’ betrayal, for instance, is seen as setting in motion the events that led to Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection, which, according to traditional Christian theology, brought salvation to humanity.

      We cannot judge whether a person is good or bad easily, however, the best judge is karma. Everyone has ‘free will’ to do what they want, but ultimately, they have to face the consequences. Jobs 4:8 – As I have seen, those who plow iniquity and sow trouble reap the same.

  28. Pastor Niral Patel on Apr 27, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    Thank you Keng Nam for this thought inspiring post. For me two very important aspects stood out from this post. The first is that great beings always show compassion, whatever religion they are from or whatever form of faith they practice. This is a hallmark of someone that is truly showing others how to live a good life. This can be seen in this above, and many other cases around the world, especially as I have noticed, within the Buddhist schools as so much emphasis is placed on the development of compassion and focusing on others rather than oneself. This is even more so evident with great beings, who out of compassion and disregard for their own pain, keep those they know will cause some form of harm close to them. This is to ensure that at least they get good imprints planted within their mindstreams and even eventually live a good life, in this life or in future lives.

    The second is about the pain of suffering, which Keng Nam has rightly shared is caused by those closest to us, rather than our enemies. The reason being, due to our hatred or anger towards our enemies we are expecting them to cause us harm or misery in some form or another. Whereas we do not expect this from those closest to us. This is because we project on to these people the way that they should behave towards us. When they do not conform to these projections, we are hurt. They best way to live is in the moment, as it were. Not to let our thought patterns project our ideas on what a person should or should not be like in relation to us. This is the best way to live and not get hurt by such betrayal, for as Jesus said, they probably don’t even realise what they are doing is bad, because they are caught up in their own projections of how things should be. They right path of practice is to transform ourselves while encouraging others to do the same, through knowledge and through our own actions.

  29. Sharon Ong on Apr 27, 2016 at 12:51 am

    Great post, Keng Nam! I particularly like this bit – Knowledge comes from learning and wisdom comes from living.

    Thank you very much for this wonderful post.

  30. Stella Cheang on Apr 26, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    Indeed, the saddest thing about betrayal is that it comes from the one closest rather than from the enemies. It is because we are so guarded towards the enemies and we allow no room for enemies to make a wrong move against us. But, this is not the main point of this post. In my humble opinion, we are all like the second son. How many one of us actually do exactly what was taught by the holy one, and how many of us actually can truly claim we are above and beyond reproach. We are all sinner, ain’t we? Since we have now entered the house of religion, won’t it be nice for all to leave our pride, ego, hatred, jealousy and judgement outside the door. Enter with a mind to learn and to free ourselves from the burden of samsara.

    Thank you Rinpoche, and Keng Tan for this refreshing post.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

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  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, May 10. 2024 02:57 PM
    A card and hard disc from Sean Wang was truly a smart idea afterall. Nobody could imagine such idea but he did it. Placing thumb drives with millions and billions of Vajrayogini her holy mantra in Tibetan into the holy statue. Not only that drawing pictures too . Such a great idea whereby people come to make offerings, prostrate, circumambulate, collecting huge amount of merits for themselves and their love ones. Thanks to Sean Wang/
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/letters-cards-gifts/seans-got-a-great-idea.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, May 10. 2024 02:55 PM
    Reading this blog kindly reminded us of the most cherished people in our lives that’s our parents. Mother’s Day that is on this Sunday 12th of May and Father’s Day falls on the third Sunday in June. Teachers Day too important ……a day to honour and recognise their roles in our lives. Rinpoche always emphasised that we should not avoid the responsibility of repaying the kindness of the people who have helped us in our life. The only true way to honour and repay their kindness is to let them know that their kindness meant a lot to us . Do something good for them or someone else as this practice ultimately gives enormous power and possibilities for positive effects in many lives not just our own life. Simple saying thank you and expressing our appreciation can go a long way.
    Reading all those powerful quotes by Rinpoche gives us a lesson and example.
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers team for sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/celebrating-kindness-20-quotes-from-tsem-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 8. 2024 06:11 PM
    Achi Chökyi Drölma is the Dharma Protector of the Drikung Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. She also appears as a protector in the Karma Kagyu refuge tree as Achi Chodron. Although Achi has a particular committment to protect the Drikung Kagyu, she is recognized and practiced by all lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. To benefit the beings in samsara, she displays a limitless number of manifestations at different times and in different space dimensions. She vowed to protect the Drikung Kagyu lineage and its practitioners, removing inner and outer obstacles , a revered figure in Tibetan Buddhism, embodies the harmonious union of compassion, wisdom, and protective energy. a powerful wisdom-protector who guards and protects all sincere Dharma-practitioners to rely on her. She is also known for her power to confer wealth. She rose to protect Drikung Kagyu lineage while Dorje Shugden who rose to protect the Gelug teaching. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Gen Lobsang Phuljung for this interesting write up

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/achi-chokyi-drolma-chief-protectress-of-the-drikung-kagyu.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 8. 2024 06:00 PM
    Dorje Shugden is a special Dharma Protector who quickly fulfils wishes and sincere prayers. He brings healing, harmony and peace; protects from harm and obstacles and attracts opportunities for success and growth. To promote the practice of Dorje Shugden, Kechara has came up a easy way for more people to understand the Powerful Practice. Presented in six different languages as such in English, Tibetan བོད་ཡིག, Chinese 中文, Hindi हिंदी, Tamil தமிழ், Nepali नेपाली so everyone could access. All those materials were distributed to visitors free of charge at all Kechara outlets. Looking at those pictures of visitors says all of how Kechara had spreads the practice of Dorje Shugden like wild fire. More people will get to know and understand the true stories and benefits of Dorje Shugden.
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/kechara-spreads-the-practice-of-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 8. 2024 05:57 PM
    For the last 60 years, the Tibetan Government-in-Exile has exploited, abused, marginalised and persecuted their people. For the first time in six decades, since the Tibetans first entered a life in exile, we are seeing more and more examples of ordinary Tibetans speaking up against this exploitation. In years gone past, Tibetans would never have dared to voice their objections to the leadership. They have been mixing religion and politics ever since. A majority of the Tibetans in India are stateless, and been sufferings quietly. Hundreds of thousands of Tibetans were killed during the Chinese invasion, prompting the young Dalai Lama to flee into exile in 1959. Because of all the exploitation the younger Tibetan generation are willing to express and speaking up.
    Reading the commentary by a anonymous member of the Tibetan community tells us how those desperate Tibetans experienced all this while and to voice the truth. Interesting read. In order to achieve peace it is necessary to address the root of violence and conflict by having dialogue between the Chinese Government and the Tibetan Government.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/tibetan-refugee-youth-speaking-up.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 8. 2024 05:55 PM
    Coming up with these informative website is a great work of Rinpoche and writers team. With these website it had many people get to understand more of Tibetan Buddhism , great teachers teachings and of course all about the practice of Dorje Shugden. I am one of them , its was this website I got to know , learn, and understand about Tibetan Buddhism and Dorje Shugden.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands and writers team .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/fantastic-new-dorje-shugden-website-launched.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 8. 2024 05:53 PM
    The legendary Ra Lotsawa Dorje Drak was born in the village of Nyenam,Southern Tibet amidst many auspicious signs of a high rebirth. Ra Lotsawa was a great tantric master and is one of the most controversial Buddhist teachers in Tibetan history who had used wrathful means to subjugate his opponents. One of the previous lives of Dorje Shugden is the renowned lama Ra Lotsawa Dorje Drak, Amongst his great deeds, Ra Lotsawa was known to have renovated many with Samye, Tibet’s first monastery. He also sponsored numerous new translation works, the copying and recitation of sacred scriptures, and the installation of Buddha statues. Interesting read of the biography of this great master. Ra Lotsawa Dorje Drakpa left behind a legacy of many great lamas, practitioners and preserving, as well as spreading this tantric system in Tibet.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/ra-lotsawa-dorje-drakpa-tibetan-master-of-the-vajrabhairava-tantra.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 8. 2024 05:51 PM
    Dorjé Shukden is a controversial Tibetan Buddhist protector deity, believed by some to be a wrathful spirit and by others to be an enlightened Buddha. The controversy that arose from this divided understanding over the last fifty years has impacted the Tibetan Buddhist community globally and continues to be relevant to observers and practitioners of Buddhism the world over. The Yellow Book, based on its cover. It was composed by Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche in 1970, but it was not published until 1973. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche never intended for his book to be published but somehow it was published without his permission. According to the introduction, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche authored this book in 1970 based on teachings given by Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, the junior tutor to the 14th Dalai Lama.The original intention of this book was to be complementary material to Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche’s book, Music Delighting An Ocean of Protectors, which was published six years before the Yellow Book. The Yellow Book did not circulate widely until several years later. It is a collection of cautionary tales and teachings but sadly some influential powerful officials and people who had corrupted the Gelug lineage . Interesting read.
    I am looking forward to finish reading this book.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Martin for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/dr-christopher-bells-views-on-zemey-rinpoches-yellow-book.html
  • Samfoonheei
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    Saturday, May 4. 2024 06:13 PM
    Firebirds are mythical birds found in the folklore of many cultures. They are often depicted as magical birds with feathers that glow like flames or the sun. The mythology surrounding firebirds varies between cultures, but there are some common themes. In Greek mythology, the mythical bird known for its ability to be reborn from its ashes, symbolizing immortality and renewal. It is often depicted as a beautiful and majestic creature with brightly coloured feathers and a long tail. Interesting read of the stories related to the mythology, legend and folklore in this blog.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/beautiful-1000-armed-avalokitesvara.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 4. 2024 06:13 PM
    Wow….such a stunning sacred image 1,000 Armed Avalokitesvara as gift from Joshua and family for Rinpoche . More so receiving it on Wesak Day is indeed wonderful. Merely looking at this stunning images is a blessing. Its such a meaningful and beautiful gift.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/beautiful-1000-armed-avalokitesvara.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 4. 2024 06:09 PM
    For thousands of years a mystical paradise land hidden within the Himalayan Mountains called Shambhala also known by many names. For many generations, people have attempted to search for this paradise land of spiritual evolution.According to the legend, Shambhala is a place of peace and happiness. The existence of Shambhala is mentioned in the old scripture. There are many legends associated with the location of Shambhala. There are many great meditators that have travelled astrally to this beautiful paradise place sharing and describe their experiences. Reading through this interesting article again and again to understand better.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-mythical-land-of-shambhala.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 4. 2024 06:07 PM
    Cham Dance is the traditional dance of Tibetans. It involves a series of masked dances, which are usually performed by monks and laymen, wearing colourful costumes. These dances are vibrant and lively and are performed during annual festivals. Dorje Shugden Cham dance is one of them, is said to have originated in the Himalayan range and by far the date and year are kept as a treasured secret to this date. The Dorje Shugden cham dance is rare but not an obscure lineage; there are certain monasteries in Tibet who have practised this dance for hundreds of years. Dorje Shugden Cham dance is a colourful and impressive performance, performed by Buddhist monks who practiced Dorje Shugden. The Cham dance is very powerful and through the dance which depicts the truth of Dorje Shugden.There are a few variations of accounts on the history and the lineage of Dorje Shugden, written by various attained lamas in the last 350 years. Collected works on Dorje Shugden written by His H H Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche considered the most accurate account. As describes clearly how Dorje Shugden for many lifetimes had manifested high level Mahasiddhas. Dorje Shugden and his entourage of thirty-two deities are all depicted in the Cham dance as a World Peace Protector. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/dorje-shugden-cham-dance-in-nyemo-gyelche-monastery-tibet.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2024 04:08 PM
    Momo is a dumpling made of all-purpose flour and filled with either meat or vegetables. Inspired by Tibetan dumplings, the dish is a very popular Nepali street food. It is one of my favourite foods. Last year while in Kathmandu I am fortunate given the opportunity to learn and made vegetarian Momos.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing as it reminds me of trip there visiting some of the Holiest sites and trying my hand making momos then.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/making-nepalese-momos.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2024 04:06 PM
    Bouddha, also known as Boudhanath, is a stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal which is located about 11 km from outskirts of Kathmandu. Its massive mandala makes it one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal and the world. The Boudhanath Stupa pyramid is coated with over 60 pounds of gold, is one of the largest and one of the most significant Buddhist monuments in the world. This great Stupa is home to precious relics and this semi-circular structure stands out with its majestic mandala, recognized by UNESCO in 1979 as a World Heritage Site. The Boudhanath is the most sacred sites in Tibetan Buddhism outside of Tibet, reflecting the cosmological tenets of Buddhism. Was there last year June joining thousands of pilgrims circumambulate the stupa.
    The aerial view of this Boudhanath Stupa is magnificent indeed. Looking merely at the pictures is a blessing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/aerial-view-of-bodha-stupa.html

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This is pretty amazing!

First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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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
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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
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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
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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
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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We hope you enjoyed our pictures, as much as we enjoyed our Wesak Day together in Penang. Let us carry the energy and enthusiasm we experienced so far and inspires many more. Happy Wesak Day! 22/5/2024 KPSG by Jacinta
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We hope you enjoyed our pictures, as much as we enjoyed our Wesak Day together in Penang. Let us carry the energy and enthusiasm we experienced so far and inspires many more. Happy Wesak Day! 22/5/2024 KPSG by Jacinta
Puja offering packages. Thanks to those who sponsored the puja. May all your wishes be fulfilled. KPSG by Jacinta
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Puja offering packages. Thanks to those who sponsored the puja. May all your wishes be fulfilled. KPSG by Jacinta
Colourful altar with plenty of offerings. We had DS puja with Praise to Buddha Shakyamuni as we celebrate this special day of Buddha's Birth, Enlightenment and Parinirvana. KPSG by Jacinta
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Colourful altar with plenty of offerings. We had DS puja with Praise to Buddha Shakyamuni as we celebrate this special day of Buddha's Birth, Enlightenment and Parinirvana. KPSG by Jacinta
Some of the activities done during the Wesak Day Celebration in Penang. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Some of the activities done during the Wesak Day Celebration in Penang. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Wesak Day Celebration in Penang!Buddha's Bathing Ritual. 22/5/2024 Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Kechara Penang Appreciation Day! 18th May 2024. The commitment, effort and dedication given will inspire & benefit many more. None of us wants recognition but sometimes a day like this will push us to do more and grow spiritually.
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Kechara Penang Appreciation Day! 18th May 2024. The commitment, effort and dedication given will inspire & benefit many more. None of us wants recognition but sometimes a day like this will push us to do more and grow spiritually.
Kechara Penang Appreciation Day! 18th May 2024. The commitment, effort and dedication given will inspire & benefit many more. None of us wants recognition but sometimes a day like this will push us to do more and grow spiritually. We're like a close-knit family, supporting each others and help out whenever we can.
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Kechara Penang Appreciation Day! 18th May 2024. The commitment, effort and dedication given will inspire & benefit many more. None of us wants recognition but sometimes a day like this will push us to do more and grow spiritually. We're like a close-knit family, supporting each others and help out whenever we can.
Kechara Penang Appreciation Day. 18th May 2024. A special day to honour our regular members. You all deserve a shout-out!!! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Kechara Penang Appreciation Day. 18th May 2024. A special day to honour our regular members. You all deserve a shout-out!!! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Jam-packed! Penang Gompa was crowded with puja attendees, fruits, flowers, food and many other offerings. First time ever but definitely will not be the last. Perhaps it's time for bigger Gompa _/\_. 18th May 2024. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Jam-packed! Penang Gompa was crowded with puja attendees, fruits, flowers, food and many other offerings. First time ever but definitely will not be the last. Perhaps it's time for bigger Gompa _/_. 18th May 2024. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
11/5/2024 Saturday @3pm. After puja, all members helped out clearing the offerings and we shared out the blessed food offerings with our families, friends and even animals. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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11/5/2024 Saturday @3pm. After puja, all members helped out clearing the offerings and we shared out the blessed food offerings with our families, friends and even animals. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
11/5/2024 Saturday @3pm. Activities during puja. Members chanting Dorje Shugden mantras. We've completed Dorje Shugden puja cum Namasangiti. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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11/5/2024 Saturday @3pm. Activities during puja. Members chanting Dorje Shugden mantras. We've completed Dorje Shugden puja cum Namasangiti. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
11/5/2024, Saturday @3pm. Activities : Offerings of khata to Rinpoche, garland of flowers to Dorje Shugden and a new Tibetan butterlamp being offered on the altar. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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11/5/2024, Saturday @3pm. Activities : Offerings of khata to Rinpoche, garland of flowers to Dorje Shugden and a new Tibetan butterlamp being offered on the altar. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Today we have an inaugural cancer free diet talk and info sharing by Mr. Ooi. Mr. Ooi is a Penangite and like any other man, he has a family to provide for. From colon cancer stage 4,he is now known as a cancer-free man. Learn more about his story and his acquaintance with Dorje Shugden here https://youtu.be/x7i-yXJBUwM?si=A-5O0udxjg52iS58
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Today we have an inaugural cancer free diet talk and info sharing by Mr. Ooi. Mr. Ooi is a Penangite and like any other man, he has a family to provide for. From colon cancer stage 4,he is now known as a cancer-free man. Learn more about his story and his acquaintance with Dorje Shugden here https://youtu.be/x7i-yXJBUwM?si=A-5O0udxjg52iS58
Kind-hearted sponsors sponsored these kuih-muih & flowers for today's puja @ 4th May, 2024. Should you wish to contribute these or sponsor our weekly puja, do contact us for more details. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Kind-hearted sponsors sponsored these kuih-muih & flowers for today's puja @ 4th May, 2024. Should you wish to contribute these or sponsor our weekly puja, do contact us for more details. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Pastor Seng Piow guides us on the flow of Dorje Shugden puja, its benefits, significant of Chanting the names of Manjushri and also explaining the dedication for the sponsors and to those in need before we start the puja as we have 2 newcomers today.
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Pastor Seng Piow guides us on the flow of Dorje Shugden puja, its benefits, significant of Chanting the names of Manjushri and also explaining the dedication for the sponsors and to those in need before we start the puja as we have 2 newcomers today.
Two Pastors in da house! Double the merits, double the happiness. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Two Pastors in da house! Double the merits, double the happiness. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Mr. Cheah Fook Wan offered lights and incense to The Three Jewels prior to the puja in Ipoh. (KISG - Kin Hoe)
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Mr. Cheah Fook Wan offered lights and incense to The Three Jewels prior to the puja in Ipoh. (KISG - Kin Hoe)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations on Sunday afternoon in Ipoh. (KISG- Kin Hoe)
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Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations on Sunday afternoon in Ipoh. (KISG- Kin Hoe)
Powerful Dorje Shugden puja @ Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. Every Saturday, 3 pm. Remove obstacles and grant blessings to fulfil wishes. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 6th April 2024
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Powerful Dorje Shugden puja @ Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. Every Saturday, 3 pm. Remove obstacles and grant blessings to fulfil wishes. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 6th April 2024
Rejoice to the volunteers (also kind sponsors) who cleaned the Gyenze Chapel and made abundant offerings to Gyenze. ~ Alice
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Rejoice to the volunteers (also kind sponsors) who cleaned the Gyenze Chapel and made abundant offerings to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
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Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
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Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Our weekly Dorje Shugden Puja @ 23/3/2024 . William, as the umze is seen here burning incense powder as we are about to recite the Sangsol Prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Ganden Serkong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Our weekly Dorje Shugden Puja @ 23/3/2024 . William, as the umze is seen here burning incense powder as we are about to recite the Sangsol Prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Ganden Serkong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
And here's Mr Wong of KSK Ipoh who dropped by to pray and offered some donation to the Chapel. Kechara Penang Study Group. Pic by Siew Hong & uploaded by Jacinta.
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And here's Mr Wong of KSK Ipoh who dropped by to pray and offered some donation to the Chapel. Kechara Penang Study Group. Pic by Siew Hong & uploaded by Jacinta.
Today's puja (16/3/2024) ended around 420pm, Jacinta was the umze of the day. Pic by Siew Hong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Today's puja (16/3/2024) ended around 420pm, Jacinta was the umze of the day. Pic by Siew Hong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Group photo taken after the last session, sealed with King of Prayers. Come and join us next time! Sayonara - 9-10th March 2024 - Kechara Penang DS Retreat by Jacinta.
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Group photo taken after the last session, sealed with King of Prayers. Come and join us next time! Sayonara - 9-10th March 2024 - Kechara Penang DS Retreat by Jacinta.
Abundance altar! Fruits, flowers, Mee Koo (traditional Penang buns), Bee Hoon, sourdoughs and snacks are some of the offerings to Rinpoche, Buddhas & Bodhisattvas. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat 9-10th March, 2024 by Jacinta.
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Abundance altar! Fruits, flowers, Mee Koo (traditional Penang buns), Bee Hoon, sourdoughs and snacks are some of the offerings to Rinpoche, Buddhas & Bodhisattvas. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat 9-10th March, 2024 by Jacinta.
Siew Hong, one of retreatants and an active member of Kechara Penang group proudly presented her torma to be used during the Kalarupa puja. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Siew Hong, one of retreatants and an active member of Kechara Penang group proudly presented her torma to be used during the Kalarupa puja. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Torma making was taught by Pastor Seng Piow and held one day before the retreat. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Torma making was taught by Pastor Seng Piow and held one day before the retreat. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat cum Puja, 9-10th March 2024 led by Pastor Seng Piow with 12 retreatants. Uploaded by Jacinta
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Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat cum Puja, 9-10th March 2024 led by Pastor Seng Piow with 12 retreatants. Uploaded by Jacinta
The celebration ended with a Dorje Shugden puja, dedicated to all the sponsors, our loved ones and as well as for the happiness & good health for all sentient beings. May Rinpoche return swiftly too and taking this opportunity wishing all Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai from all of us, Kechara Penang Study Group. Uploaded by Jacinta.
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The celebration ended with a Dorje Shugden puja, dedicated to all the sponsors, our loved ones and as well as for the happiness & good health for all sentient beings. May Rinpoche return swiftly too and taking this opportunity wishing all Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai from all of us, Kechara Penang Study Group. Uploaded by Jacinta.
Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
3 months ago
Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
In this pic, Pastor Seng Piow is sharing Dharma with newbies ~ Sharyn's friends. It's always good to make light offerings at the beginning of new year. By making light offerings, you are able to dispel the darkness of ignorance and achieve wisdom. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
3 months ago
In this pic, Pastor Seng Piow is sharing Dharma with newbies ~ Sharyn's friends. It's always good to make light offerings at the beginning of new year. By making light offerings, you are able to dispel the darkness of ignorance and achieve wisdom. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
One the day of Losar (new lunar year), it is always beneficial for Buddhist practitioners to get together in making abundant offerings to Buddhas on the altar to usher in goodness, prosperity and well-being of our loved ones. It's more auspicious this year as Losar and the Chinese New Year begin on the same date, 10th Feb, 2024. Back in Penang, our Kechara members came together to decorate the altar with abundance offerings for Dorje Shugden puja @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
3 months ago
One the day of Losar (new lunar year), it is always beneficial for Buddhist practitioners to get together in making abundant offerings to Buddhas on the altar to usher in goodness, prosperity and well-being of our loved ones. It's more auspicious this year as Losar and the Chinese New Year begin on the same date, 10th Feb, 2024. Back in Penang, our Kechara members came together to decorate the altar with abundance offerings for Dorje Shugden puja @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
4 months ago
Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
Jun from Ipoh was offering mandarin oranges to Mother Tara and The Three Jewels. (Kin Hoe)
4 months ago
Jun from Ipoh was offering mandarin oranges to Mother Tara and The Three Jewels. (Kin Hoe)
Prior to our puja in Ipoh, Mr. & Mrs. Cheah Fook Wan were preparing for the offerings to the Buddhas. (Kin Hoe)
4 months ago
Prior to our puja in Ipoh, Mr. & Mrs. Cheah Fook Wan were preparing for the offerings to the Buddhas. (Kin Hoe)
On Sunday afternoon, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations in Ipoh. (Kin Hoe)
4 months ago
On Sunday afternoon, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations in Ipoh. (Kin Hoe)
Some of the best shots taken during Thaipusam in Penang. Swee Bee, Huey, Tang KS, Nathan, Choong SH and Jacinta volunteered. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
4 months ago
Some of the best shots taken during Thaipusam in Penang. Swee Bee, Huey, Tang KS, Nathan, Choong SH and Jacinta volunteered. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Simple yet powerful ally ~ Bhagawan Dorje Shuden. Kechara Penang Study Group consists of Chien Seong, Hue, Choong SH, Tang KS, Swee Bee and Jacinta. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Uploaded by Jacinta.
4 months ago
Simple yet powerful ally ~ Bhagawan Dorje Shuden. Kechara Penang Study Group consists of Chien Seong, Hue, Choong SH, Tang KS, Swee Bee and Jacinta. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Uploaded by Jacinta.
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