Coming into Kechara: A Journey to Find My Spiritual Self

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A Wasteland of Materialism

In the years before Kechara, my World was a Wasteland of Materialism and Spiritual Materialism.

“All the years before Dharma have been good and successful only in a mundane sense. Nevertheless, they are empty and meaningless.” ~ Tsem Rinpoche

Worldly success can take you to a peak, where, for a moment, you think you have conquered all and the world is at your feet. But those “peaks” are just moments where you delude yourself into thinking “I have achieved!” “I am great!”

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A picture of me with Dorje Shugden and my Guru, H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche

Afterwards you fall back again into a world of strife and competition, where all your negative traits of aversion, anger, hate, jealousy and insecurity rear their ugly heads and you are dragged down into a quagmire of unending hurt and suffering. In your hurt and pain, you will just lash out at others and blame them for your unhappiness, finding no ultimate solution or way out.

Nonetheless, I continued to be lured by the false promises of mundane success. I had reached yet another “peak”, when, in July 2002 (a year and a half after my retirement), I attended my graduation ceremony at Leicester University, UK, for my Masters of Arts Degree in Education. I had planned to continue with my studies to obtain a doctorate, as part of a long term program to continue my career in Education. However, the course of my life changed after a tragic event occurred. This led me to abandon all notions of continuing with my career. Instead, I began to search in earnest for a meaningful spiritual path. In mid- 2005, I found Kechara and my Spiritual Guide.

 

Spirituality and Spiritual Materialism

Before I came into Kechara, my idea of spirituality was rather vague and unclear. My engagement in spirituality had been typically that of a Malaysian Buddhist, bound by the dictates of tradition and upbringing. I visited a Buddhist temple of the Theravada lineage, once a week, with my family. I would go to a Guan Yin temple once in a while too. Then I found a Thai temple with a Guan Yin shrine. From then on, it was visiting this temple weekly to pray to Buddha Shakyamuni and Guan Yin with my family!

Besides our weekly visits to this Thai Buddhist temple, we also observed Wesak Day by joining others in the special Wesak Day prayers, receiving blessings from monks in the temple and lighting candles. I observed the three feast days of Guan Yin – her birth, enlightenment and renunciation – by visiting the Guan Yin temple, with the family, to pray and make light offerings.

My prayers to Buddha Shakyamuni and to Guan Yin (Avalokiteshvara in Sanskrit), my favourite Buddha deity from young, were very simple. They were prayers invoking their blessings and protection, as well as propitiating their help to solve my problems and overcome my obstacles.  When I was young the praying was done infrequently, and only when I visited the temple. Before being introduced to their mantras, I would just verbally make prayers of request to Buddha Shakyamuni and Guan Yin and propitiate them for their help, blessings and protection.

 

Spiritual Materialism

My mother had passed on to me the ‘traditional’ practice of requesting the nun in our hometown Guan Yin temple to light candles or to chant mantras for each member of our family, for a whole year, starting from the 1st day of the Lunar Year. We would also request the nun to pray for our children before they sat for a major examination or for any friend or loved one before undergoing an important surgery.

In return, we would make a regular donation or contribution to the temple. The rationale behind this practice is that the nun, a member of the sangha, spends her entire life in prayer and taking care of and maintaining the shrines in the temple; hence she would be filled with pure motivation when she performs the prayers or lights the candles for us. Hence the prayers and candle lighting would be more powerful and efficacious.

 

Guan Yin My Spiritual Mother

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Depiction of Guan Yin

From a young age, I had been “adopted” as a Spiritual Child of Guan Yin and given into her care. As a Spiritual Child, I was told by the nun who had performed the rites that I would receive her special protection until I reached adulthood.

Then a friend, a Guan Yin devotee, kindly introduced me to the mantra “OM MANI PADME HUM“. From the moment I received her mantra, I have chanted it, whenever I prayed to Guan Yin. Over the years, up to this very day, I have held Guan Yin close to my heart. Now when I chant her mantra daily, I chant it as a mantra of compassion visualising white lights from her going out in the ten directions to all beings of the six realms of samsara and blessing them; and I visualise her relieving them of suffering.

 

Coming to Kechara House

Changing Course: In Search of My Spiritual Path

In December 2000, I retired from a 30-year career with the Ministry of Education. For a couple of years after that, I was working on furthering my studies in order to prepare myself to continue my career in Education.

However, all that changed in September 2004: a friend’s 17-year-old daughter fell, hit her head, developed a blood clot and fell into a coma from which she never recovered. In late December 2004 she passed away. Her sudden fall, coma and death in rapid succession triggered questions in me about life and spirituality. It was then that I decided to abandon all thoughts of continuing my career. Instead, I began an earnest search for my spiritual path.

 

Reading Avidly on Buddhism

I had been reading books especially on Buddhism, as I had already been drawn to it in my adult years. I read books by a great Theravadan monk, the late Chief Reverend, K Sri Dhammananda, who had been the abbot of the Brickfield Buddhist Temple before he passed way. I also read books by great Buddhist teachers like the Venerable Ajahn Chah and the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh. Then I began reading books by the Dalai Lama, and I was enthralled by his focus on Compassion and Kindness. Nevertheless, I was still responding to the teachings in these books on an intellectual level.

 

Attending a Teaching Retreat on Tibetan Buddhism

In December 2004, drawn by an advertisement in a local daily, I attended a one week teaching retreat by a visiting Tibetan Buddhist master, Gelek Rinpoche. The main course was a brief introduction to the Lamrim – entitled “Odyssey to Freedom”. Gelek Rinpoche also gave a short teaching of three days on White Tara. I learned much that was new and enthralling. I learned for the first time that suffering came from a negative mind of afflictive emotions. I learnt about the great compassion of Tara. According to Gelek Rinpoche, Tara and Guan Yin all had the same compassionate nature.

Towards the end of the teaching retreat by Gelek Rinpoche, my sister informed me that she was joining a group pilgrimage to Bodhgaya led by Tsem Rinpoche. A tsunami hit Sri Lanka on 26th December when my sister’s pilgrimage group had barely left the island en route to India and Bodhgaya. My sister was most deeply affected by Tsem Rinpoche’s compassion and how, through his powerful “clairvoyant” mind, Rinpoche was able to get the pilgrims to fly off from Sri Lanka, just minutes before the tsunami hit.

 

Stepping into Kechara

Then on Wesak Day 2005, she brought me to the Kechara House centre that was newly set up above a coffee shop in Sunway Mas – KH1 – to join in the prayers and offerings. A few weeks later in June she brought me for the first time to a Dharma sharing session conducted by a senior student of Tsem Rinpoche.

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The Prayer Hall at Kechara House 1

 

Meeting My Spiritual Guide

The profound significance of having a Spiritual Guide did not come to me immediately. I first met my Spiritual Guide H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, in Kechara House 1. It was after my second Sunday Dharma sharing session at Kechara House, that Rinpoche walked into the centre. Then, when he spoke to me, his first words were “So it took you 12 years …”. Thinking back, I then recalled that I had met him before, and that 12 years previously, I did have a short audience with him in the home of one of his Malaysian friends!

I think something must have been sparked off then. I felt that my spiritual journey was about to begin.

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Praying to Lama Tsongkhapa in Kechara House 1

 

Dharma Teachings and Dharma Classes

Upon coming into Kechara, I threw myself into all activities with great zest. I began attending all the Sunday Dharma classes, in Kechara House and wherever they were held (including in the lovely Vajrayogini Chapel of a student of Rinpoche). Later, two Sunday Dharma classes were started in Kechara House – the Dharma class for beginners and the Manjushri class for advanced students. It was in the advanced Manjushri class that we studied the “Fifty Stanzas of Guru Devotion” and the “Wheel of Sharp Weapons” Much later, the Lamrim class was started. I was thirsty for all that knowledge. I bought all the books and CDs on Tsem Rinpoche’s teachings that were available.

I also looked forward to Rinpoche’s talks and teachings. Rinpoche gave Dharma teachings in Kechara House especially on important occasions like Wesak Day and Tsongkhapa Day, as well as at the start of retreats or at the end of a big prayer project like the 10 million Migtsema-thon. Always, through his talks and teachings, Rinpoche would remind us about impermanence and death, about the workings of karma, about taking refuge in the Guru and the Three Jewels, about making meaningful use of our precious optimum human rebirths, about transforming the mind, and about the importance of engaging in Dharma practice and Dharma work to bring about the transformation of the mind.

Later Rinpoche invited me to join the monthly book-club sessions which he conducted in Dhamekhang. These were very powerful moments of learning from our Spiritual Guide. We studied about Guru Devotion and about Chogyam Trungpa in the bookclub sessions that I joined. The last session was a close teaching and discussion on Vajrayogini, by Rinpoche, to a very small group of us.

During the pilgrimages to Gaden Monastery in April 2006 and then to Nepal in October 2008 that were led by Tsem Rinpoche, I received much precious teachings from Rinpoche which he gave to all the pilgrims.

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Group picture of the 2006 pilgrimage to Gaden Monastery

Then, the Lamrim classes were started. They were conducted by a senior student of Rinpoche. A small group of around 15 of us went on to complete two courses of the Lamrim.

In looking back at this part of my spiritual journey in Kechara, through the blessings of our Spiritual Guide, many of us received a strong grounding in Dharma knowledge owing to the continuous Dharma sharing on Sundays in Kechara House. I am deeply indebted to the senior students who shared the Dharma with us Sunday after Sunday. We have continued this beautiful tradition of Sunday Dharma sharing in Kechara House to this day.

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Mrs Chuah, Su Ming and I with Rinpoche at Naropa Cave during the 2008 Nepal pilgrimage

 

Finding the Mahayana Path in Kechara

 

1. Why the Mahayana Path?

The Mahayana Path is the path to Full Enlightenment, or total freedom from suffering or ultimate peace and true permanent happiness.

 

2. The Mahayana Path as presented in the Lamrim

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“Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand” by Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche

The Lamrim that we study in Kechara House is “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand” by Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. The Lamrim comprises the 84,000 teachings of Lord Buddha arranged as “Stages of the Path to Enlightenment“. This Path is the Mahayana Path that I found when I came into Kechara. The Lamrim combines both the Wisdom Lineage from Manjushri and the Method Lineage from Maitreya. It is presented in Three Scopes. The Lamrim comes down to us through Atisha and Lama Tsongkhapa.

As is clearly explained in the Lamrim, as Mahayana Buddhists, we share the Path with the Hinayana practitioners in the Small Scope and in the Medium Scope, until the attainment of Renunciation. The Mahayana Buddhist continues on the Path into the Great Scope of the Lamrim. Following Lama Tsongkhapa’s Three Fundamental Principles of the Path, Mahayana Dharma focuses on the attainment of both Bodhicitta and the Correct View of Emptiness in the Great Scope, after the attainment of Renunciation in the Medium Scope. Mahayana Dharma in the Great Scope also focuses on the attainment of the Six Perfections – Giving, Moral Discipline, Patience, Joyous Effort, Concentration and Wisdom.

To meet the teachings of the Lamrim in the easily accessible form of “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand”, which is Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche’s transcript of the 24-day teaching of the Lamrim by the great Lineage Master, Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche (who had mastered Lama Tsongkhapa’s Lamrim Chenmo in ten intensive years of study and retreat), is the rarest of the rare of fortunate circumstances! I must have accumulated tremendous merits to have met my Spiritual Guide, who had brought to Kechara the Lineage of Lama Tsongkhapa and the Lamrim!

 

3. Kechara House Pujas and Retreats

I was also introduced to the weekly pujas in Kechara House and attended them regularly too. They were the Protector Puja, the Medicine Buddha Puja, and the Dzambala Puja. Furthermore, there were big group retreats like the Setrap Retreat, the Medicine Buddha Retreat, the Black Manjushri Retreat, the Dzambala and the Tara Retreats. There was a Migstema-thon to collect 10 million Migstema mantras. All these retreats and the Migstema-thon were dedicated to Rinpoche’s long life, the growth of Kechara and the spreading of Dharma. There were also prostration retreats as well as water offerings and Lamrim recitation retreats. All in all, participation in all these retreats and pujas was a time for accumulating merits and purifying negative karma for us to remove obstacles to move on in our spiritual practice.

A group of us became members of the first puja team of Kechara House, when we received intensive training in many pujas so that we could serve and benefit people who regularly requested pujas to be performed for them or their loved ones.

I learned that pujas are ritual offerings and prayers to specific Buddha deities and Dharma Protectors to invoke their compassionate help, blessings and protection. It was from the pujas that I was performing on a daily basis then that I learned that there were two circles of compassion that intertwined – the compassion of the Buddhas for all and the compassion of those of us in prayer for others.

I learned that every time I pray, I should visualise my mother on my left, my father on my right, those I find difficult in front of me, all mother beings of the six realms surrounding me in human form, infinite in number, and my friends and loved ones including my pets, behind me. All are in prayer and practice, alongside me, receiving the same purifications and attainments, so that the whole world eventually becomes a Buddha Land. This is a powerful visualisation that I do whenever I am performing my daily sadhana.

 

Volunteering in Kechara

I also began volunteering at our Dharma store in 1Utama every Tuesday. It was on one of the afternoons when I was volunteering there that Rinpoche walked in and gave me a short Dharma talk on the pure motivation of serving others with love and compassion, like a mother’s equal love and care for her children, even if only one child turns out well and the others do not. Hence even if only one person turns up to buy an item from the store, I should accept this with patience, compassion and equanimity. It is from their side, not from the side of the ‘giver’ of the service: it is a lack of merits on their part to fail to visit the Dharma shop and to make purchases of spiritual items. Rinpoche was introducing me to the first steps of mind transformation – we should never serve others on the basis of how they behave, but instead, we should serve them and benefit them unconditionally.

After Taking Refuge with Tsem Rinpoche on Lama Tsongkhapa Day 15th December 2006, Rinpoche advised that my sister and I join the Kechara Soup Kitchen weekly rounds. For a couple of years, we steadfastly served and learned much about compassion in action and about the nature of homelessness and poverty in urban Kuala Lumpur. I remember on one occasion, a small group of us, mostly family members and relatives, went on our rounds of food distribution on Chinese New Year’s Eve because our clients were expecting us to be there as usual.

Every encounter with a homeless person gives us cause to contemplate on how that person has been our mother in a previous life; or, in a previous life, how he/she has been the ‘giver’ and we the ‘receiver’. Then an aspiration should arise that by giving them food now “may we create the causes to be more closely connected with them in a future life so that we can continue to serve and benefit them more“.

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A poem I wrote on Kechara Soup Kitchen entitled, ‘Experiencing Kechara Soup Kitchen’

 

The Significance of a Spiritual Guide

The special significance of having a Spiritual Guide manifested itself to me on the night Rinpoche invited me for dinner.

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Over a dinner to which he had invited me, Rinpoche said the following to me:

“You have the talent to write. Use it with Bodhicitta motivation to spread the Dharma. Write about the procedures of Dharma, write about yourself and how you came into Dharma. You can bring your experience and maturity into the writing.

All the years before Dharma have been good and successful only in a mundane sense. Nevertheless, they are empty and meaningless.

Now you must write for Dharma. In this way, you will gain tremendous merits. Rinpoche, you and others will die, but the written word will live on and on”

Back then, I did not realise the significance and import of Rinpoche’s words. They were words of advice to me to tap into my potential so that I could best serve the Dharma and benefit people.

Only our spiritual guide, who knows all our individual strengths and weaknesses, can design a Dharma ‘practice’ for us, that is tailored specifically to match our strengths and our needs. Rinpoche had found the means by which I could practise the Dharma to transform my mind.

Much to my regret now, I did not recognise the significance of this advice then, and did not pursue it. I worked, for a while, on presenting an article about how I came into Dharma. However, when my thoughts could not ‘gel’ together, I gave up trying.

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Warmth and laughter in the early days

 

Rinpoche’s Compassionate Practice of Lojong and Tonglen

What moves me most deeply about my Spiritual Guide, Tsem Rinpoche, more powerful than any teaching I could possibly receive, is the compassion he manifests in absorbing the sufferings of others including those of his students. I have personally witnessed how Rinpoche manifested this mind of compassion towards others, including those who had betrayed and disappointed him deeply.

On one such occasion, after patiently talking to a senior student who had been with him and worked with him closely for a long time, and seeing that student stubbornly refuse to give in and accept his advice so logically and painstakingly put across to him, Rinpoche finally saw that he had to admit “defeat”. Deeply moved and hurt as he was, Rinpoche quietly, and in a voice that shook with great emotion, recited the following verse from the Eight Verses of Mind Transformation:

“When someone I have benefitted
And in whom I have placed great trust
Hurts me very badly,
I will practice seeing that person as my supreme teacher.”

At that moment, I felt the blessings of a powerful lesson on compassion being transmitted to me.

On another occasion, on 27th December 2007, Rinpoche had become very ill halfway through a day-long pilgrimage of the city’s Kechara departments and outlets. However, he kept his cool and composure and even joked and teased various people. Only when we arrived at our second last stop, Kechara Saraswati Arts, did he finally pause to inform us that he had been very unwell for some time already. Nevertheless, he readily prayed there and then to take on all the sufferings of those in pain.

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A one-day pilgrimage of Kuala Lumpur’s Kechara departments

 

Meeting the Tibetan Guan Yin

Avalokiteshvara (who is actually Guan Yin in Sanskrit), the Buddha who is the embodiment of the compassion of all Buddhas, will appear in any guise and gender and in any realm to benefit all beings.

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4 -Armed Chenrezig/Avalokiteshvara

Coming into Kechara, I was introduced to the 4-armed Guan Yin or Avalokiteshvara – two hands folded in prayer and enfolding a wish-fufilling jewel at his heart (symbolising Bodhicitta), a third hand holding a set of crystal prayer beads and a fourth hand holding a lotus, symbols of altruistic love for all beings and his readiness to help in a multitude of ways to benefit us all. His four arms also represent the Four Immeasurables – loving kindness, joy, equanimity and compassion. As with all Buddhas, who are filled with compassion for all beings, he wears ornaments representing the Six Perfections of generosity, morality, patience, joyful effort, meditation and wisdom, thus inspiring us to practise them.

Praying to the image of Avalokiteshvara, as an image of Enlightenment, is praying to attain the qualities that he embodies. The iconography of such images represents the road-map to Enlightenment. This is the road map of the Mahayana or Bodhisattva path. When we have achieved his qualities, following this “road-map”, then we will become enlightened. Hence praying to 4-armed Guan Yin is to actually draw inspiration from her to walk the path to Full Enlightenment (complete freedom from suffering and ultimate peace) that she has achieved. Reciting her mantra of great compassion, we invoke her blessings of healing and protection for all beings. Praying to Guan Yin or Avalokiteshvara is praying to achieve Him/Her. Buddhas are free of concepts like gender, race, colour or creed.

 

Finding Lama Tsongkhapa

When I first walked into Kechara House, the statues of the Buddha deities that were there were those of Buddha Shakyamuni and Mother Tara. Four months later, a 6-foot Lama Tsongkhapa statue was installed in a strategic corner of Kechara House 1, resplendent in beautiful brocade and adornments. There was a most memorable ceremony to welcome Lama Tsongkhapa to his new home. We lined the road leading to the temple and sang the Migtsema mantra.

Lama Tsongkhapa, in long life form with his hand holding a long-life vase, became my Buddha deity, the focus of my daily sadhana. Lama Tsongkhapa is the founder and patron saint of the Gelug lineage, the lineage of Tibetan Buddhism brought by my Spiritual Guide from his monastery, Gaden Shartse Monastery in Southern India. As Tsem Rinpoche says in his book ‘Faces of Enlightenment’,

“…the Buddhas of wisdom, compassion and power (Manjushri, Avalokiteshvara, Vajrapani) incarnated in Lama Tsongkhapa.”

He is the embodiment of three Buddhas. Through his penetrating intelligence and tireless scholastic pursuits and endeavours, as well as his utter humility and boundless energy, he was able to restore the holy Buddhadharma to its original purity. Indeed Lama Tsongkhapa brought about a renaissance of Tibetan Buddhism.

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With the Lama Tsongkhapa statue that was originally invited to Kechara House 1 (1st Lama Tsongkhapa in Kechara House)

Lama Tsongkhapa’s Guru Yoga and his mantra – the Migtsema – became the mainstay of my daily sadhana. I was to discover the power of his prayers in bringing me out of anger into peace, and to pacify my outer and inner obstacles and negativities. Performing the Guru Yoga of Je Tsongkhapa, with its seven-limb prayer, is a daily exercise of purification and accumulation of merits.

The Migtsema is a mantra that embodies the three Buddhas and their qualities. Reciting the Migtsema and performing the Guru Yoga daily, with great compassion and altruistic motivation, will lead us to achieve a mind of peace, wisdom and great compassion.

Thus, pondering over this, I think I must be wonderfully blessed to meet Lama Tsongkhapa in this lifetime and receive His rare and precious practices, Mantra and the Guru Yoga, as well as the Lamrim and his lineage teachings. In fact, all this has only been possible because of the kindness and compassion of my Spiritual Guide, Tsem Rinpoche.

 

Finding My Dharma Protector

It was also through the kindness and compassion of my Spiritual Guide that I found my precious Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. From the moment I found him, he has unfailingly come to my aid and the aid of my loved ones in all moments of dire need. He was there to help my mother in the last moments of her life. He was there when a loved one went into a state of manic depression. This Wisdom Protector has helped me in my Dharma practice and all Dharma engagements, creating the necessary conducive conditions and removing the obstacles that stood in my way .

 

How Kechara Transformed My View of Buddhism

The Eight Verses of Mind Transformation – Kechara House’s main practice

The Eight Verses of Mind Transformation – Kechara House’s main practice

 

True Spirituality is about Mind Transformation

Meeting my Spiritual Guide and coming into Kechara has been a journey of profound discovery of true spirituality. True spirituality in Dharma is about transforming the mind from an ego-centric mind – a mind that is totally absorbed in ‘self’  – to a mind that is filled with compassion and universal love, a mind that altruistically cherishes others and would see that others are free of suffering. This is the mind of ultimate bodhicitta, which is an enlightened mind or a mind that is completely free of suffering and disturbances of any kind.

 

Mind Transformation: The Process

This process of mind transformation is encapsulated in one of the main practices of Kechara House – “The Eight Verses of Mind Transformation”. It takes you on an eight-step course in mind training and transformation – from the powerful motivation of wishing to attain enlightenment for the sake of each and every sentient being, whom you hold most precious and dear to your heart (more precious than a wish-fulfilling jewel), to offering every happiness and benefit to all beings, your mothers,  and taking upon yourself all their harmful actions and suffering, without these practices being stained by the eight worldly concerns. By such practices will you release all beings from suffering and its causes – the disturbing unsubdued mind and karma.

It is essential, as Verse Two says, that we begin by viewing all beings as Buddha and respectfully hold them as supreme. Only when we lose our ego can we find true spirituality and peace in the Dharma.

An initial step of Mind Transformation is described in Verse Three. This is to always examine our mind and the moment a disturbing attitude or negative emotion arises, we should firmly confront it. As these negative attitudes and emotions are transient in nature and essence, we should check and control them before they seduce us into negative actions that harm others and ourselves, and bring suffering.

Verses Three and Six are also about guarding our mind against negative projections, perceptions and expectations. As Tsem Rinpoche has taught us, mind transformation is training our mind to accept every problematic or challenging situation, recognising them as being karmic in nature. These difficult situations are also a means by which we can develop compassion and the Six Perfections to bring us forward in our spiritual practice. We have to let go of all negative perceptions, projections and expectations from the mind, as they are the real causes of suffering.

With a mind that is open to love and compassion for all, we forgive, let go of negative projections of people and situations and take responsibility, and in this way we will find peace. Transformation of our mind begins with taking responsibility and not blaming others. Thus Verse Three and Verse Six train our mind to develop a positive disposition towards others and towards all situations we encounter. Only then will we start to experience true peace.

Every one of our actions should be motivated by a wish to benefit and serve others – which will lead to peace – and never by a wish to benefit ourselves, which will only bring suffering. We learn to view ourselves as the lowest of all and respectfully hold others as supreme. We learn in mind-training to offer the victory to others and accept the defeat. We also learn to view someone, whom we have benefited and in whom we have placed great trust, and who disappoints us, as our supreme teacher. If we follow the eight steps here carefully in our mind training, we should see our mind shifting towards viewing others with greater empathy and compassion. Ultimately, we will develop a mind of altruism, great love and supreme compassion. This is the mind of Bodhicitta, the mind of Enlightenment, that will bring the ultimate peace and permanent happiness that we seek.

Tsem Rinpoche, my Spiritual Guide, is the embodiment of all the Eight Verses of Mind Transformation. Every day of his life, he faces a never-ending onslaught of difficulties and attacks, especially cyber-attacks, with a mind of great compassion, always showing only respect for his attackers. Thus does he show us the way to develop a mind of Bodhicitta, which is our ultimate protection.

A journey of a thousand steps begins with the first. Today, I feel most thankful that I made the decision to come into Kechara and begin my spiritual journey here, with the kindest of teachers, H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, my most reliable spiritual guide for all times. My heart is filled with deep love and appreciation for how my spiritual guide has patiently pressed my buttons and pushed me to become more and more the real ‘me’ – that being of kindness, clarity and commitment – that resides deep inside me.

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Assisting to spread the Dharma with the blessings of my Guru

 

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About Pastor Lim Han Nee

A teacher for 30 years, it is no surprise that Pastor Lim Han Nee's life long passion was reading philosophical books to quench her thirst for knowledge. Upon meeting her Spiritual Guide H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, she was amazed by the brilliance of the Dharma, and began to immerse herself in Buddhist Philosophy through countless of hours listening and studying the Dharma.
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  1. Datuk May on Sep 1, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    There is a well known quote that says “OLD DOGS CANNOT LEARN NEW TRICKS”, obviously does not apply with Pastor Han Nee who was willing to forego the comfortable and well practised path of Buddhism to learning and studying in detail the Dharma.

    Proudly to say, with Pastor Han Nee’s studious attitude and comprehension of the Vajrayana Doctrine of Buddhism, she has become a gem in Kechara, helping many others to learn and practise Buddhism.

    It is inspiring to read how a retired high qualified teacher is empowered by the wisdom of Buddha’s teachings to learn and to share the Dharma to others.

    However, a precaution to many others, do not think that Buddhism is for the old and wise but to take the very opportunity now to do so as the benefits are awesome.

  2. Gobin on Aug 30, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    Thanks alot for sharing your spiritual journey Paster Han Nee. It’s really nice to know how she get into spiritual. This article is very interesting and inspiring and Very sure many people will find the information useful and inspiring to begin their spiritual journey of their life.

  3. Justin on Aug 28, 2019 at 11:55 pm

    I have known Pastor Han Nee for the last probably 11 years now. She has been very committed and devoted to Rinpoche all these years. No two ways about it. As a matter of fact, it was the then “Han Nee” who welcomed me at the old centre in KH1 back then. I still remember the moment vividly till this day. 11 years on, she is now one of the many pastors we have in Kechara continuing to spread the teachings of Lord Buddha and the lineage of Lord Dorje Shugden.

  4. Pastor Chia on Aug 28, 2019 at 10:39 am

    Thank you Pastor Han Nee sharing your spiritual journey story. Look back before joining in spiritual journey. Most of us just like everyone working in this materialism world without meaningful purpose and wasting time with our life. Meeting spiritual guru and study dharma understood how treasure our human life. We should not focus just for one self benefit. What I learn about dharma, is to share this knowleadge to others and help others get out their suffering. Thanks again to sharing youq precious experience in your spiritual journey at Kechara.

  5. June Kang on Aug 28, 2019 at 6:52 am

    Thank you Pastor Han Nee to inspire others by her story. She learn the Dharma, she share and she relearn. She has given a example that at her age she still can do lots of things to benefit others. She shown to many of us that life can be so meaningful even after retired.

  6. Tek Lee on Aug 28, 2019 at 2:04 am

    Pastor Han Nee’s tirelessly contributing and working in Dharma is really very inspiring. Even until now. At her age, many people will just enjoy life or go travelling after retiring. But for Pastor Han Nee, and many Pastors in Kechara, they tirelessly working in Dharma, spreading Dharma so that more and more people will have the opportunity to learn and benefitted from Dharma. After reading her article, take a check on ourselves, how much have we done in Dharma and in this life? Did we do enough? It is really to have tremendous merit in this life to meet Rinpoche and to be in Kechara. Where we can have conducive condition to practice Dharma. Not only learning from text, but put into practical also.

  7. Pastor Henry Ooi on Aug 28, 2019 at 1:28 am

    This article inspired participants at our weekly blog discussions to share their personal accounts how they came to Kechara. It started with tonight’s moderator, Tek Lee, followed by Loh, Katie, Mingwen, Vivian, Wendy, James, Kenny, Siow Lee, Justin, Bernard. Each person talked of how they were before and how they now are (what their loved ones and friends had observed their change for the better) after learning and practicing dharma. 

  8. Vivian Ong on Aug 28, 2019 at 1:15 am

    Thank you Pastor Han Nee for sharing your spiritual journey. For me, personally I feel much easier to accept what has happen to us in life after learning the Dharma. Everything happens for a reason and it is due to our Karma. I am grateful to have come to Kechara and met my beloved Guru. Although I have notmastered and learned everything in Dharma but it has change and helped me.

  9. Andrea Lai on Aug 27, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    I believe everybody had their own life story of journey into spirituality. As for me, I was brought up from preserved family where my mom was a Theravada Buddhist practitioner. Since young I was forbidden to out of house unless giving rightful reasons. This triggered me with questions of my future life ever since until I found a place that give me peace of mind.
    I’m very grateful I have found Kechara and have a kind, good and very compassionate spiritual Guru who tirelessly teaches us. I hope in my next rebirth, will connect with Dharma in early age (lol). Thank you PHN for your inspiring story. 🙏

  10. pammie yap on Aug 27, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Thank you Pastor for sharing your inspirational spiritual journey post. You tirelessly teach, guide and share Dharma to many who approach you. You are always eager to learn more to improve your knowledge. How blessed are we to be able to connect to Rinpoche and the 3 jewels. Without Rinpoche’s guidance, patience and care, we would not be able to learn and transform ourself to be better. May we continue to learn and serve tirelessly to benefit others.

  11. Anne Ong on May 15, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    Thank you Pastor Han Nee for sharing your wonderful write up about your Spiritual Journey. 12 years later and here you are as Pastor of Kechara. It’s really amazing that Rinpoche can remember you 12 years later at Kechara House. Hope your Spiritual Journey will be smooth and steady,and remain with our wonderful Guru for many more years to come.

  12. Uncle Eddie on Apr 3, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Our World is a world of desire. Every living being comes forth from desire, and endures as a combination of desires. When we emerge into this World, we become infuated with many things – and became a well spring of desires! Through desires we gave rise to attachments. We relished physical comforts and the enjoyment of the senses, and were thus strongly attached not only to our body, but also to possessions of beautiful clothes, cars, properties and wealth. We not only loathe to part with all these possessions but always looking for ways to accumulate more of them! Then habitually, we became attached to these physical attainments. This is another form of attachment. As taught in our Dharma practice,”All sufferings arise from desire.” If we cling to the desire of things, then strong attachments will develop and because of attachment we will suffer. As our Rinpoche has taught us in many ways that non-attachment is one of the keys to a happy life and relationship, and that is exactly, why we had made this journey to learn to do, and to find our spiritual-self at Kechara. Life is, as everyone has experienced, a mixture of youth, pleasures, comfort and happiness, coupled with sicknessess, pains, fear, old age and the ever-present threat of Death! Anxiety always overwhelmed us which we frequently seek to ellude by evading the thought of it! We often feel miserable when our world seems to go upside-down, because we always expect things that are changeable by nature not to change, and that “impermanent” things to last forever! Then if they do not, we get upset. That is why, “accepting the impermanence of life means reshaping all of our assumptions about existence, without conditions and fear.” Therefore, learning to practice non-attachment is to develop unconditional love and a non-clinging attitude towards both things and people, including life, and to enjoy the presence of a serene life with brightness in Kechara – our “Temple of peace and happiness of spirituality”. Thank you so much, Pastor Han Nee for your tireless support, guidance and compassion. Om Mani Padme Hung.

  13. wan wai meng on Mar 23, 2017 at 2:02 am

    Thank you Pastor Han Nee for sharing your spiritual journey. She has experienced so much since she joined Kechara. Pastor Han Nee serves so many on so many levels, she visits and provides consolation to those who are ill and not able to help themselves too.. Some of the cases I know she deals it the chances of them becoming better is almost non existent yet she unwavering serves, that to me is a great quality of Pastor Han Nee.

  14. William Chua on Mar 14, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Thank you Pastor Han Nee for sharing your journey in Dharma and Kechara House. You are one of the most respected Pastors in Kechara who tirelessly work for the growth of Dharma and the organisation. Despite your age, your hunger to learn and participate in events is overwhelming. Your devotion towards Rinpoche is shown through your actions and through that, our members are also inspired by your actions. You are an example of using your precious life to the max. Your journey is inspiring and gives insight to people who may think that the time is over for them. It is never too late to pursue your passion. Love your sharing.

  15. Soon Huat on Mar 12, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Thank You Rinpoche for always be patient with us and guide us. Thank You Pastor Han Nee for sharing your spiritual journey to motivate us in our Dharma Path. I get to know Pastor Han Nee from the Intensive Dharma class.She is the one who taught me to have equinity to all sentient beings and develope Pure View to our Guru. Guru is above all in Tibetan Buddhism, if we can not have pure view to Guru, we will not be able to full tapping the advantage of Tibetan Buddhism (known as swift path). Pastor Han Nee always emphasize the Boddhicita in the class, I think it is very important to us. To be honest, I have very and obvious selfish mind previously. Slowly I realized I nowadays always think of others more (even it is little but it is big step for me). This shows how powerful of Guru, Dharma center and blog. Trust our Guru. Stick to One Guru One Center concept. We are not qualified for center hoping yet.

    Thank You Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee to be with us always.

  16. Lew on Mar 11, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Pastor Han Nee is one of the very respected figure in Kechara. She is always very respectful towards her Guru Tsem Rinpoche and the 3 jewels. This is the first time I know about her spiritual journey, and after reading her journey, now I know why she is very committed and do so much for others despite her age.

    I wish one day when I grow old, I have the courage & perseverance like Pastor Han Nee to give up the worldly aspirations to benefit others.

  17. Sarah on Mar 6, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Dear Pastor Han Nee,
    Thank you for sharing your spiritual journey. I find it very interesting and inspiring and I’m sure many new practitioners in Kechara House will find the information useful and inspiring too.

  18. Jacinta Goh on Mar 6, 2017 at 8:31 am

    Dear Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee,

    Overall, although I was very touch with Pastor’s write up but I wish it could be more. I am not such an intellectual person and hence, most of the time I prefer seeking to read the actions of Bodhisattva, the deeds that They have done, the words spoken by Them rather than the plain, unmeaningful words found in any Buddhist texts. I prefer stories generally. However, I do read the technical terms from time to time and somehow, when I saw/read/heard/experienced myself on the actions of the Bodhisattva or other being’s life experiences, the words from the text will literally comes back to me. I am unable to explain the reason and how it did, but as if I suddenly memorised it. Hence, I love to hear and read Kecharians about encounters of them with Rinpoche as I have never met Rinpoche in person even once. (Talking about great merits, *sobs sobs).

    When Pastor started talking about her previous life as an ordinary Buddhist person who goes to temple regularly and etc, I think Pastor must have gained tremendous merits to be where you are now. Besides, the search for seeking the way of Life (the Truth) seems to be quite a life-long journey too. This is when the role of Spiritual Guide comes in. When we have a teacher, the journey is easier, less bumpy and not much crossroads. I believe there are still doubts and crossroads along somewhere but it will be lesser as compared to those who seek to have their own way of practice. When Pastor talked about the TSUNAMI, I wish Pastor could provide more details on it and how did Rinpoche come to know about it and what they did? It must be very exciting !!! Just like the show , the Second from Disasters. And then, when Pastor described about how Rinpoche has recited one of the 8 Verses of Thought Transformation when confronting a stubborn student, it moved me, as if I felt it too. Feel like just giving in to the student as we cannot stop negative karma arising but never reduced our compassion to them.

    “When someone I have benefitted
    And in whom I have placed great trust
    Hurts me very badly,
    I will practice seeing that person as my supreme teacher.”

    All in all, it actually strengthened my faith to stay on in Kechara amidst the problems that Kechara is facing now, which will definitely affect me some way or another. I am thankful for Rinpoche having this blog. It actually connects me to Rinpoche, Pastors and Kecharians. Without which, I will be left out no where.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee.
    P/s: Pastor can write very well and the poem is great.

  19. Echeah on Mar 6, 2017 at 2:03 am

    Pastor Han Nee, this is a very well written account of your dharma journey. There is so much detail in it of events that happened in the past that I am amazed at your powers of recollection! I am sure that must have been memory that had been honed through years of dharma practice, especially Lama Tsongkhapa’s.

    The article sparks up fond memories of the early days at Kechara 1 & 2 and one thing is certain, that impermanence is a fact. Things have changed with the ebb of time. People have come and gone. Those days are but a distant memory and it feels like a bygone era!

    I do agree that dharma knowledge is very important as it is better if we understand the basis of what we are doing. The challenge is to then translate the knowledge into practice with the right motivation. A challenge because it is a daily re-habituation back towards our true nature. Since this dharma journey is often fraught with challenges (mostly inner), we need like-minded friends who would lend support and cheer us along. I find that Pastor has been tirelessly and compassionately guiding and teaching many fellow students and I have also personally benefitted. For this I thank you.

  20. Sharon Ong on Mar 5, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    Thank you for sharing with us your spiritual journey, Pastor Han Nee. I have always enjoyed your writing and I do hope to read more in the near future. It is not every day that I get to read in such beautiful English literature quality piece of writing.

    Finding one’s self is tough but I would say that finding our spiritual self is even tougher as this self is covered by many layers of attachment, ignorance, aversion. But we are fortunate to have a spiritual home in Kechara to help us find our spiritual self and to hone that diamond in the rough in all of us till our true nature shines forth.

    I have had the good fortune to be in your Dharma classes until Year 3 and while am not the most brilliant of students, I must sincerely thank Pastor for trying to drum some Dharma into my numbskull. Your passion, dedication and commitment to our class are most commendable. One of the things I admire about Pastor is your willingness to learn to be abreast with modern technology as not many people your age would even bother as they will cite,”You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”

    With folded hands, THANK YOU, Pastor Han Nee. May Pastor be blessed with a long, healthy life and many, many more years in Dharma.

  21. Lum Kok Luen on Mar 5, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Dear Pastor Han Nee,

    Thank you very much for sharing your journey into Dharma. Certainly, our journey does not end here but will and must continue until we achieve Enlightenment.

    Without HE Tsem Rinpoche, all of us would still be fully “enjoying” our samaric life without the inkling that we are actually dooming ourselves to eternal suffering.

    Reflecting over the last three years that I have come to know you and receiving your sharing and spiritual advise, I have grown and appreciate even more of Rinpoche’s teachings and his unending compassion in bringing ALL to achieve liberation.

    We are extremely fortunate to have met and stayed with Rinpoche to practice the Gelug lineage in the Mahayana path.

    The only way to repay Rinpoche’s kindness is to truly transform our minds and living 24/7 according to the prescribed method in the 8 Verses of Mind Transformation.

    Thank you PHN.

    Lum Kok Luen

  22. Samfoonheei on Mar 4, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    A beautiful story of Pastor Han Nee how she was connected to Kechara and meeting our Precious Guru.Her beautiful spiritual journey to find what she is looking for after all these years,following Kechara through thick and thin. Rejoice,her interest in Dharma and learning more in Buddhism is one inspiring example shown to us.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee sharing us these article.

  23. Stella Cheang on Mar 4, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Thank you, Pastor Han Nee for this candid and detailed recount of how you engaged and journeyed with Kechara. Your enthusiastic and keenest in learning Dharma is an inspiration. It is especially meaningful to learn from examples of Rinpoche shared by Pastor Han Nee that Dharma is about practicing the ancient verses by putting them into action with the pure motivation to benefit others. I hope many people who are going to read this beautiful article will realize spiritual transformation starts from having the patience, motivation and finding our Spiritual Guide.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/his-holiness-the-16th-karmapa-rangjung-rigpe-dorje
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 6. 2020 03:37 PM
    Chenrezig, also known as ‘All-Seeing Lord’.” is the most revered of all Bodhisattva, embodying the compassion of all Buddhas. Chenrezig listens to the prayers of all sentient beings in times of challenge and difficulty. His vow is to remain in samsara until all beings have been freed, especially lessens anger and also for those who suffer from depression. Here Chenrezig is depicted together with Dorje Shugden the dharma protector who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. A beautiful thangka to have.
    Thank you.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/semnyi-ngalso-chenrezig
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Apr 5. 2020 03:25 PM
    Nairatmya is the Buddha Mother of the Sakya sect and is the embodiment of prajna wisdom. As well as a meditational deity and the consort of Hevajra which has many different forms and combinations of forms for these two deities. She has phenomenal power which enables practitioners to break through the ignorance of afflictions and increase the practitioners’ Buddha wisdom and merits. She did appeared to the Mahasiddha Virupa urging him to continue with his tantric practice. Depicted with the dharma protector Dorje Shugden forms a beautiful and powerful thangka.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/nairatmya-she-who-has-no-self
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Apr 5. 2020 03:23 PM
    Born as a prince …Siddhartha Gautama but then became known as Shakyamuni only after he became the Buddha . Buddha gave teachings or compassionately turning the wheel of Dharma at a variety of places for many years until his parinirvana. Through these teachings, Buddha showed the way that leads all beings to the experience of awakening and liberation from samsara. In this beautiful thanka Buddha is depicted with his many disciples and Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/buddha-shakyamuni-turning-the-wheel-of-dharma
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Apr 5. 2020 03:21 PM
    The Buddha was a philosopher, mendicant, meditator, spiritual teacher, and religious leader who lived in ancient India. He is revered as the founder of the world religion of Buddhism. Life as a prince living in the wealthy circumstances of a noble family . In his late twenties, Prince Siddhartha encountered the “four signs” during excursions from the palace. He realized that the only way out of this suffering world of samsara was through finding and following the right spiritual path. He gave up the ascetic way of life and turned to meditation, until he reached his goal of enlightenment under the Bodhi-tree in Bodhgaya. Interesting story of who the noble prince was, the major events of his life, and the incredible legacy that he left behind for the world with the creation of Buddhism.
    In this beautiful thangka , depicted together with Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. As a dharma protector in order to safeguard the Buddha’s teachings .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-noble-prince-who-founded-buddhism
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 4. 2020 06:15 PM
    Nor matter what race or religion, one of the most beautiful qualities of friendship is to understand and be understood. Animals of different species can be together, playing together and have a close bond, we as human too could do it. Dogs aren’t only man’s best friend, there are other animals playing together. With patience, the seeds of loving-kindness, and understanding even our enemies can become friends. Most important whether that person is of the same race, faith, rich or poor, good or bad ,all are treated equally. There is a time for silence with the one who hurts us and yet a time to let go of the past. We should love all beings too.
    I have seen wonderful pictures of people and animals hugging, playing together, it tell us a special bond between them. When we love them….the animals will gives you loves.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing and teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-article/absence-of-hatred
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 4. 2020 06:14 PM
    Jetsun Milarepa was a Tibetan siddha, who famously was a murderer as a young man then turned to Buddhism to become an accomplished buddha despite his past. He is generally considered as one of Tibet’s most famous yogis and poets, serving as an example for the Buddhist life. Interesting biography of Milarepa which I truly enjoying and inspiring story of him. Depicted with Mahasiddha Marpa a great translator, Vajravarahi is a semi-wrathful form of Vajra Yogini, and Dorje Shugden is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, created a beautiful powerful thangka .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-incredible-poet-and-yogi-jetsun-milarepa
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 4. 2020 06:13 PM
    Lama Tsongkhapa is a “Buddha of our times” in the Gelug Vajrayana tradition. As an enlightened being, Buddha Tsongkhapa has the same realizations as all of the Buddhas. His practice is very powerful reliable and beneficial, as he was an emanation of Avalokitesvara , Manjushri , and Vajrapani . Among the many renowned teachings he gave and dharma texts he composed, Lama Tsongkhapa’s Lamrim Chenmo. We are fortunate , having the chance to receive and practice Dharma teachings from Lama Tsongkhapa through our lama. Beautiful thangka depicted along with Dorje Shugden the powerful Dharma Protector.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing and with short explanations.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/lama-tsongkhapa-sitting-on-a-lotus

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I must thank my dharma blog team who are great assets to me, Kechara and growth of dharma in this wonderful region. I am honoured and thrilled to work with them. I really am. Maybe I don't say it enough to them, but I am saying it now. I APPRECIATE THESE GUYS VERY MUCH!

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The Unknown

The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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.
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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
2 months ago
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!
2 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
2 months ago
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
3 months ago
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!
3 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.
3 months ago
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.
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
3 months ago
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
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.
3 months ago
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.
3 months ago
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.
One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
3 months ago
One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
9 months ago
Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
9 months ago
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
9 months ago
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
9 months ago
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
9 months ago
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
9 months ago
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
10 months ago
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
10 months ago
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
10 months ago
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
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
10 months ago
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
Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
10 months ago
Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
10 months ago
Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
10 months ago
The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
Sacred Vajra Yogini
10 months ago
Sacred Vajra Yogini
Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
10 months ago
Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
10 months ago
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.
10 months ago
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.
10 months ago
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
10 months ago
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
10 months 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!!!
10 months 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
11 months ago
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
11 months 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
11 months ago
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
11 months 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
11 months ago
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
11 months ago
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
11 months 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
11 months ago
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
11 months ago
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
11 months ago
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
11 months ago
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
11 months 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
11 months 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
11 months 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
11 months ago
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
11 months ago
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
11 months ago
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
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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
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
4 weeks ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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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
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
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Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
1 month ago
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
1 month ago
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
1 month ago
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
1 month ago
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 months ago
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 months ago
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
2 months ago
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 months ago
Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
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Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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