Growing Up With Rinpoche

By | May 7, 2016 | Views: 1,026

If I examine my life honestly, I can safely say that all of the good things that have happened to me have been the result of my teacher, as well as any good qualities that may have scratched their way just a little bit through the mud.

I first met Rinpoche in 1997, when he came to visit us in our apartment and over the years, I have been fortunate enough to be exposed to such a person. Let’s not even talk about ‘guru’ for now but about Rinpoche as a person, as someone who is overwhelmingly kind, fiercely loyal, unbelievably caring, extremely sharp and hilariously funny. Anyone would be fortunate to have such a friend in their lives. What more is there to say about having such a person who possesses Bodhicitta motivation as one’s spiritual guide?

Now having known Rinpoche for more than half my life (18 years!), you can be sure that such a conclusion was not developed overnight, free from any kind of observation. Such a conclusion has come from years of observing Rinpoche both in public and in private, always in action to assist and benefit anyone in need, even if they themselves do not realise at the time that they needed his help.

I can also tell you that 18 years means a lot of pictures and as I was going through my archives (as I often do, apparently!), I realised that except for 1999, 2006 and 2008 to 2010, I pretty much have one photo with Rinpoche for every year I have known Rinpoche…which is kind of cool 🙂

What comes to mind when I look at these pictures? Good memories, no doubt but I am definitely reminded of impermanence. Impermanence in appearance, for sure and not to hang on to it. It is a foolhardy endeavour to hope that our permanent happiness can be based on our impermanent appearance, or our impermanent-anything for that matter because everything that exists beyond attainments in our mind will never be permanent.

It also strikes me that through it all, I never realised how much I changed. I know, you would think, “How can you not realise that you have changed in 18 years?! Two decades is a long time!” but that is the delusion we are all under. As we live out our lives, we generally fail to actively observe it and as a result, we abide in the delusion that we have always been the same. Think about it – how self-aware were you as a 5-year old? And how self-aware were you as a 15-year old, a 25-year old, etc.? Did your level of self-awareness change? Did you spend more moments in awareness, or did you just go through life taking it as it comes? For most people, it is safe to say that we generally abide in the latter state which is why, when we apply hindsight, you hear statements like, “Gosh! How quickly time flies!” Time flies quickly because we were never truly aware of what we were doing, and how time was passing and upon examining it, realised how much time we have lost.

So instead of losing even more time, why not apply a remedy to the situation so we don’t have the same kind of epiphany 10 years down the line, having wasted even more time? This kind of thinking, the one where we lack self-awareness, is dangerous and it would benefit us to develop awareness through, for example, meditation practices. Why? Well, instead of relying on hindsight to examine how different we are, would it not make more sense to try and always be aware of the change? That way, we can move beyond dealing with the consequences of change, and progress into being in control of the change itself.

When I look back, I am most definitely not that kid who first met my teacher 18 years ago. My life has taken twists and turns I could never possibly have imagined but at every major intersection and point of my life, my guru has always been there, lighting the path and guiding me along the way and for that, I will always be very grateful to him.

1997 - in the Burmese Temple, Penang. My first picture with Rinpoche.

1998 - in one of the early Dharma centres that Rinpoche established. I am in the white shirt on the right. It was around this time I realised if I'm going to be dragged to a Dharma centre every weekend, I might as well make an effort to understand what was being taught than sit there with a forever-bored look on my face!

2000 - in Royal Selangor Club, Bukit Kiara at an appreciation dinner for flea market volunteers. Everyone was having severe financial difficulties during this time and some senior students, led by Pastor Henry, organised a flea market to raise funds for Rinpoche's living expenses. Rinpoche organised this dinner to thank everyone who helped.

2001 - in Jurong Reptile Park, Singapore receiving refuge from Rinpoche.

2002 - in Eastin Hotel, when Rinpoche organised a surprise birthday party for my mother. I remember this was at a time when everyone was still doing very badly financially. Despite these worries, Rinpoche still brought everyone together and organised the surprise for her.

2003 - in SS22, in our family home.

2003 - in a Javanese restaurant behind Jalan Bukit Bintang, celebrating my aunt's birthday after we had just invited a 3ft Lama Tsongkhapa statue into my family home. Taken just a few months after the previous picture!

2004 - in Kechara House 1, just after I (accidentally!) tipped a whole monk's bowl of fruit all over Rinpoche. I was mortified but Rinpoche very kindly laughed and said that this spillover was a good sign that I would be doing more Dharma work in the future.

2004 - in Colombo, Sri Lanka on our way to Bodhgaya. Rinpoche was scouting Sri Lanka and Bodhgaya so he could lead a group of 62 pilgrims on pilgrimage the following month. Rinpoche has always taken a personal and deep interest in every aspect and activity of Kechara, to ensure everyone has the best opportunity for spiritual advancement.

2005 - in Dagom Ladrang, Kathmandu during an audience with His Eminence Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche. I had no idea he was a Dorje Shugden lama; to me, he was just a powerful being that my guru told me is one with Yamantaka. If I recall correctly, Rinpoche presented me as someone who wishes to become ordained in the future. I was immensely lucky to meet him because Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche passed away just a couple of years later.

2005 - in a cafe in Sunwaymas, at an appreciation dinner for Kechara Paradise directors. If I recall correctly, I was about to leave Malaysia to attend university in England, hence the khata around my neck – it would be the last time I would see Rinpoche for months.

2007 - in Bangkok with His Eminence Gangchen Rinpoche and Venerable Lama Michel, after attending the cremation of His Eminence Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche.

2011 - in the Samsung store in Gardens Mall, checking out some phones.

2012 - at the Chamang Waterfall, after recovering from a long period of illness. I was in the hospital for a month recovering from a laparoscopic appendectomy which normally takes three days to recover from. After being discharged, Rinpoche put me in a Shize retreat because I was still extremely weak. This photo was taken the day I finished my retreat, which took exactly 100 days, and the first day I felt well enough to leave the house. Rinpoche had no idea I was finishing my retreat that day; I got the call to join everyone just as I finished reciting my dedication prayers.

2013 - in Cahaya Suria, Chow Kit, Masjid Negara, Pudu and Jalan Bukit Bintang distributing face masks and eye drops to the homeless suffering from the haze.

2014 - in Topanga, USA looking at beautiful properties.

2014 - in the US Ladrang, in front of the sponsors' appreciation shrine. Rinpoche wanted this shrine to be created, to generate merits for everyone who has been so generous to Kechara's work over the years, in thanks for their kindness.

2015 - in Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong after Rinpoche took pictures of our 24-foot Dorje Shugden statue for the first time.

2016 - in Tsem Ladrang, in front of the main altar. The elaborate offerings on the altar is to generate merits and resources for the great works we need to accomplish throughout the Kechara Organisation. As the Ladrang is the heart of the organisation, it's the Ladrang's responsibility to generate these merits.

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  1. Anne Ong on Jan 5, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    Thhank you for this post Pastor Jean Ai for sharing your personal experiences of Rinpoche. To have met Rinpoche at such a young age is a great blessing. Your life is really a culmination of merits from a previous life and the keeping of samaya that you are always by your teacher and that he guides you. What makes this post even more beautiful is the knowledge that this relationship will continue well into the next life. I feel so happy to see those sweet and happy pictures of you and family taken with Rinpoche when you were a little girl until now 🙂 _/\_

  2. Jacinta Goh on Dec 16, 2016 at 1:24 am

    Dear Pastor Jean Ai,

    Thanks for your sharing above. What makes your story even livelier is the few other comments below. Those who have commented really sum up who Rinpoche is. This is one of the ways on how we can recall the kindness of a Guru and especially beneficial for those who are not able to serve Rinpoche in person. Once again, thanks!

    With love,
    Jacinta

  3. Sock Wan on Jun 17, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Dear Pastor Jean Ai,
    Thank you for sharing with us your personal experience growing up with Rinpoche. Many people made negative comments on Rinpoche, then funny thing is they do not even know Rinpoche personally, they have not even spent a second with Rinpoche. It puzzled me on what basis do they have to make such comments.

    Rinpoche’s love, care and compassion is very genuine, he has never asked for anything in return. His wish for us is to be happier and better. Wealth to Rinpoche is not for personal indulgence, getting more clothes, house, car etc, but to use the wealth to benefit another person. Whatever Rinpoche has, he gives it away for those in need, to relieve another person’s suffering.

  4. Edward Ooi on Jun 13, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Similar to Pastor Jean Ai’s life, Rinpoche has played a major role in my life. If it is without Rinpoche, my whole family would have been crumbled by now. My parents first came to meet Rinpoche at around 1999, when my mother was pregnant with me for two months. At that point of time, Rinpoche came to Dato Ruby’s house to give a dharma talk, my parents were invited to join the talk by Dato Ruby and that is how my parents met Rinpoche.

    Rinpoche has definitely helped our lives to become better for example: My mother was about to pass away in 2004 and Rinpoche compassionately saved her life (If it wasn’t for Rinpoche, I cannot imagine how difficult life would be for my family), my parents used to argue a lot because my father had gambling issues, that was also solved by Rinpoche (my father made a promise to Rinpoche to never gamble again), my uncle almost pass away due to brain cancer, the tumor grew to 2/3 size of his and Rinpoche definitely helped my uncle to go through it. Above are some of the few things Rinpoche has helped my family with.

    To me, Rinpoche is indeed more like a parent to me that he is a just a spiritual teacher. He has taught to me to be compassionate and helpful to every sentient being in this world regardless if they are humans or not, what matters is that they all have emotions. Thank You Rinpoche for these many years of care and love.

    • Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Jun 14, 2016 at 6:47 am

      Edward, you are very lucky to have Rinpoche’s presence and guidance in your life and it is something you should never take for granted. When I was your age, I knew Rinpoche was nurturing me towards something good but I didn’t know what it was. I just went along with it because even though I didn’t know much Dharma then (and I still don’t), my childish mind really liked Rinpoche for his generosity, kindness, care, consistency and integrity. I trusted Rinpoche for those qualities and I still do.

      Now that I am older and I look back on my life, I can see how the nurturing and time that Rinpoche kindly spent on me helped me to deal with the ‘difficulties’ and disappointments in my life. If I hadn’t had Rinpoche’s care and teachings, I think I would have dealt with those things in a much more destructive manner.

      So I dare say this to you based on my own experience – when Rinpoche gives us advice and assignments, it may look ‘trivial’ and mundane and simple, but in reality they are teaching us skills that are beyond our understanding, that will help us in the future 🙂 I hope you will remember this next time you are fortunate enough to get some assignments from the teacher who has been so kind to your family and to mine too! 🙂

  5. Grace Tan on Jun 12, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Dear Pastor Jean Ai,

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful growing up story as well as your spiritual journey with Tsem Rinpoche with us. You are indeed very lucky to be born in a family that have faith in Tsem Rinpoche and Rinpoche’s dharma teaching. Like what others commented, you must have created a lot of merits in your previous life to be able to connect to Rinpoche and Dharma again at a very young age this life.

    I have seen children age from 2 years to 16 years old attending the Kechara Sunday Dharma classes and I felt rejoice for these children as well as they have the merits to be connected to Tsem Rinpoche’s teaching just like pastor Jean Ai. I hope pastor Jean Ai’s story and experiences will continue to inspire and motivate more people to plant the dharma seeds in their children at young age.

  6. Liang Jing on Jun 12, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    Rinpoche is really a good person, he is kind to people on the street who are strangers. Rinpoche has estableshed Kechara Soup Kitchen to feed the homeless. Rinpoche gives me teachings and gifts from time to time. And daily prayers for me to do. Rinpoche doing all these to benefit others, including me, not for his own interest. He is selfless. Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for sharing.

  7. Frederick Law on Jun 4, 2016 at 3:15 am

    Dear Pastor Jean Ai,

    Dear Pastor Jean Ai, Thank you for sharing this beautiful personal experience of Rinpoche. To be able to meet a Guru who is so kind and compassionate,and care for the well being of the student is really awesome.

    From this post, it shows that Rinpoche is a very kind and genuine Guru, whose compassion is unrival, no matter if it is 20 years back, or 20 years later, H.E Tsem Rinpoche Bodhicitta and care is the same. I rejoice in the merits you had collected in previous life, to be able to meet Rinpoche at such a young age, and whom instrumental in you development over the years 🙂

    Thank You,

    Frederick Law

  8. JP on May 13, 2016 at 12:06 am

    Dear Pastor Jean Ai,

    Thank you for sharing your personal experiences of Rinpoche. To have met Rinpoche at such a young age is a great blessing. Rinpoche’s influence in your teenage years must have been tremendous. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be where you are now.

    I rejoice in your endeavours to transform and take Rinpoche’s teachings and guidance to heart. Do share more with us as your stories will inspire others for the better.

    Best regards,
    JP

  9. Pastor Antoinette Kass on May 11, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Dear Pastor Jean Ai,

    To know Rinpoche since your childhood is indeed a huge blessing. As stated in the article and by many comments Rinpoche’s qualities and virtues are even higher that those of our parents. How rare is it to find such a person.

    I rejoice for Pastor Jean Ai who has created the causes to meet her Guru at such an young age in a previous life. At her young age, she is on her way to become a nun and does work tirelessly in the Ladrang, for long hours every day.

    Thank you for writing and pictures about your journey protected by Rinpoche. It is most precious to be so close to your Guru.

  10. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on May 9, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    Something Pastor Seng Piow said below really encapsulated something I had been thinking but could not find the right words to say: “one can truly see the qualities and virtues of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche. It is easy to care for a person for a short period of time, but to care and love someone for decades throughout their growing up lives, only our parents can do that.”

    Genuine care for someone does not wane or ebb over time. If it was fake, if it was forced and not genuine, it would swing and change according to one’s mood. But Rinpoche’s love and care for all of us remains steady and constant.

    The story I write above has been replicated many times over with so many more of Rinpoche’s students and I hope that one day, all of them will share their story and let people know through their own experiences the qualities and accomplishments of our beloved lama.

  11. Valentina Suhendra on May 9, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    PJA’s relationship with Rinpoche have gone a long time. From reading Rinpoche’s various biographical article and being in Kechara for over 10 years, I know that Rinpoche has been working hard and facing many challenges. So for PJA to be able to stay for that long really proof her loyalty.

  12. Lester on May 9, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Dear pastor, gurus can be found in many places these days. But to find one that clicks, and with whom faith can sustain and grow is the most fortunate karmic merit. I wish you many realisations and attainments in every life. 🙂

  13. Beatrix Ooi on May 9, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Very beautiful article Pastor Jean Ai, I like how you laid out those little interesting stories that happened along the way. Meeting Rinpoche or a guru in this case, is one of the most fortunate things that could ever happen to someone.

    I can easily say that Rinpoche is the kindest person I have ever met, all he ever does is solely to benefit others and not himself, even if it means staying up for days and falling sick. This is how kind Rinpoche is and which is not something everyone will know because Rinpoche has humility and he doesn’t like to take credits.

    H.E Tsem Rinpoche is a great combination of both compassion and wisdom, a great example of sanghahood and a great model of guru devotion. I’m very fortunate and grateful to have met such a great and compassionate Guru.

  14. Pasto Loh Seng Piow on May 9, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Really beautiful story, with this kind of stories that span over the years and even decades, one can truly see the qualities and virtues of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche. It is easy to care for a person for a short period of time, but to care and love someone for decades throughout their growing up lives, only our parents can do that. And thus Rinpoche is exactly like our parents and even more. Some one with selfless compassion who loves us without condition. Besides our parents, that person could only be a Bodhisattva.

  15. Martin on May 9, 2016 at 5:04 am

    Thank you for this post Pastor Jean Ai. Those of us who have experienced Rinpoche’s great love, and benefitted from Rinpoche’s teachings and all-embracing presence in our lives, have at some made made the prayer that we meet with our Guru again early in the next life. And that is what makes this post special in my opinion – it is as if the pictures above reflect one one chapter of a incredible book.

    I see how Rinpoche and PJA were, in the pictures when PJA was just a child and I see how they are now almost daily and I am again reminded how steadfast and completely abiding Rinpoche’s love is. Everything else is so ethereal.

    What makes this post even more beautiful is the knowledge that this relationship will continue well into the next life. In our lives we will encounter many significant relationships that will change us but truly, there is no greater relationship than that of a Guru and his student.

  16. Pastor David Lai on May 9, 2016 at 4:44 am

    Dear PJA,
    What a beautiful post and your life is really a culmination of merits from a previous life and the keeping of samaya that you are always by your teacher and thathe guides you. Your life is a perfect example with all the perfect conditions to continue in one’s practice.

    All of us have a previous life and that we had perform innumerable merits to be able to meet the Dharma so young and able to do so much. May I and everyone else have the merit to be so close to the Dharma and especially to be close to the teacher in every lifetime especially in a life.

  17. kb thapa on May 9, 2016 at 12:08 am

    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai sharing your story with everyone around the wrold.. your spiritual journey with Rinpoche very nice with pictures and written very vell. It will benefit many girls like u to do dharma. u have started your spiritual journey with Rinpoche in a very early age guiding you and gave blessing. This is because u have been doing dharma work from fast life now u have connected to the dharma again.. soon u going to be a nun what fortunate and blessed u r.. i can’t wait to see u in maroon robs…

  18. Joy Kam on May 8, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    What a very very fortunate and colourful life you’ve had with an enlightened being – Tsem Tulku Rinpoche and much rejoicing in your great merits to have the seed of dharma ripened at young age and met Rinpoche. Lovely sharing… I remembered some of the events that took place in these photos and indeed for each one of us it is a precious treasure.

    Sometimes in life I often wonder how one did we manage to cross path with an enlightened being, to find a Guru amongst the abyss of samsara… think about what are the odds and chances… literally 0.0000000001%? I don’t know but it is really quite a miracle in itself to be able to connect with Tsem Tulku Rinpoche and I guess we must have done something right in our previous life to be able to return again in this life and somehow reconnect? This part about Buddhism, karma, merits, affinity is what really blows my mind.

    I love how you shared the many different phases of your life with Rinpoche in pictures, as they say a picture paints a thousand words. And we can tell from that smile on your face, you were a very happy person when you are with Rinpoche as if it is meant to be… an old student meeting her Lama again perhaps 🙂 and I remembered right from the start (or at least when I was around) Rinpoche had always very good wishes and hopes for you to do dharma work.

    It is also admirable to see such a young person so attune and interested in he dharma, many would only be just on the surface, and in the end samsara still rules them. But I am glad your determination and passion for dharma was stronger than samsara’s enticing calls and somehow you overcame your anger, doubts, frustration and wrong perceptions and hence here you are… a great nun in the making. I am certain you will go on to inspire many young souls seeking spirituality and being in the same position and going through the same tribulations as you, and you would guide them well with your kindness and wisdom as you have thread those very path. Rejoice for you have come a long way Pastor Jean Ai and happy for you 🙂

  19. Vinnie Tan on May 8, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for sharing your personal growth story with all of us here and your spiritual journey with Rinpoche guiding you all the way. You are definitely very fortunate to have met Rinpoche at such a young age and can pursue dharma all the way since then. Definitely there were obstacles for you, yet you persevere and made it through. With these ups and downs it has made you into this very beautiful person that you are right now.

    I believe that once we have set our minds to change and transform, we will be able to do it. We will have improvements that makes a difference each day. We may not see it immediately, but after a period of time, we will be able to see that change that we have. The people around us will feel and see that change that we have.

    In my opinion, the easiest way to judge if our minds have transformed is that when the people that use to go away from us starts becoming our friends and people do not keep a distance like they used to do so, it will mean that we have changed. Another way is that we are much lighter and happier.

    Thank you PJA for such a great story of your experiences. There are definitely more stories like that. I just cannot wait to read more about it.

  20. Pastor Niral Patel on May 8, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    Thank Pastor Jean Ai for sharing with us your long and varied history in knowing His Eminence 25th Tsem Rinpoche. You are very fortunate in knowing Rinpoche for so long, both you and your family are very blessed to have had Rinpoche in your lives for such a long time. How you’ve changed over the years, I could hardly recognise you in the earlier photographs! But I guess, as you mention, this is also a teaching of impermanence for us.

    Your long experience with Rinpoche has led you, over the years, to come to your own conclusions about Rinpoche despite what others may say, and this is brilliant. Sharing your experiences with Rinpoche is another testament to the qualities that Rinpoche embodies and those are the qualities that the enlightened beings teach us we must practice and emulate. They are the qualities of love, compassion and wisdom, not just towards those we love but towards every all beings. Thank you for sharing this will us.

  21. Li Kheng on May 8, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for sharing the beautiful images. It is very generous of you because, truly, not everyone would welcome others to view their personal lives. However, I believe you shared because you believe that it will benefit many people.

    Having a friend like Rinpoche is your life is truly a blessing. An individual who is kind, generous, wise, courageous, tirelessly for others is a beacon of light as society gets darker with modernization. To top this off, a friend who can expound the pure Dharma through an unbroken lineage is a humungous bonus!!! Yes, greedy talking here 😉

    I am glad that through journey’s like your, a path is opened to more kids today through Kechara and its various youth programs like Manjushri Kid’s Class and YAK. Dharma does nurture an aspect that is often neglected or even discouraged by the worldly society.

    Lastly, it was fun to see a little girl grow up into a courageous woman and nun-to-be. Thanks again!

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    The process of taking photographs is so easy, so common. Yet, for certain people, when the situation and circumstances are just right, taking photographs can be a special experience.

    Thank you for the sharing of an award wining photograph that worth a thousand words. This picture is one of the best that captures reality in life of a monk’s discipline and the effort of his vows to his guru. The monk found his right time to do his meditation has the rest of the people in his compartment seem to be faraway sleeping without knowing what will happen to them in next second.

    I’m sure the monk would have done a protection prayers to all the people in the train for a safe journey.
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    Breath taking looking through those ancient beautiful Hindus temples. All are monolithic structures , with ancient architecture. Such as Kailasa Temple, Ellora, India built in 8th century and it took over a period of 20 years to construct. Some of these magnificent structure has been listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. All I can say is all these Hindus Temples not really beautiful but really impressive . I have not been to any of these temples but wish to see it. Anything ancient architecture or structures or holy place will always fascinated me and in my travel bucket. Can imagine how it was built those days without modern machinery. Interesting.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/beautiful-hindu-temples.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jun 5. 2020 03:55 PM
    Nepal-China relations have always remained friendly and cordial. The historic and multi-faceted bilateral relations between the two countries have evolved since centuries ago. The two countries have been marked by friendliness, understanding, mutual support, cooperation and respect for each other’s sensitivities. China has helped develop infrastructure and decrease import dependence. China has helped in the construction of highways and roads in Nepal. Nepal and China agreed to enhance cooperation in trade, investment, agriculture, cultural exchanges, tourism and so forth. Both countries benefited since then with the signing of the Sino-Nepal Treaty of Peace and Friendship signed. Bringing opportunities for both especially Nepal will have a better economic growth. They are working together to preserve Buddhism in the holy sites of Bodhgaya in India and Lumbini in Nepal. This will being innumerable benefits for the continent and the world.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Seow Choong Liang for this sharing.


    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/nepal-and-china-two-old-civilizations-embrace.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jun 5. 2020 03:50 PM
    Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen a great scholar, yogi and master of Sutra and Tantra as promise arose as a Dharma Protector. He is one of the more famous previous incarnations of Dorje Shugden to protect the precious teachings of his teacher Lama Tsongkhapa. Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen’s best known legacy is the construction of Gaden Monastery, a 600-year-old monastic institution which continues to exist to this day. Recording to H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche’s account the sacred remains of Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen is at Tsunmo Tsel Monastery . It’s a blessing I saw the beautiful stupa where the sacred remains of Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen was. Interesting read of the life of a GREAT Lama and his legacy which i enjoyed reading.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-vinaya-holder-duldzin-drakpa-gyaltsen.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jun 4. 2020 02:18 PM
    Pemayangtse Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries of Sikkim and the most famous monastery in West Sikkim. It’s a spiritual retreat for every tourist the whole year through as it offers a meditative environment quietly set amidst woods. Wow…This monastery is about 300 years old, which also offers the reflection of the rich architecture the ancient manuscripts and scriptures to tourist . I would love to see this legendary monastery with such an interesting history behind it. Recording to the British explorer and the Professor of Tibetan, description of Dorje Shugden found at Pemayangtse Monastery in Sikkim is rare and significant. Interesting read.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-in-nyingma-pemayangtse-monastery-sikkim.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jun 4. 2020 02:14 PM
    A bird-friendly garden can be exactly many people would love to have. I am one of them I loved spotting and watching birds especially when the birds chirping sounds can be heard. Sitting under a tree , listening to birds chirping while reading a good book is priceless. The nature of the enduring happiness which the love of birds gives makes my day. Birds are some of the most wonderful manifestations of nature. Feeding them with foods is a wonderful sight to see too. Its Rinpoche ‘s kindness and compassion that had inspired all of us to be kind , caring to all animals nor matter what they are.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow for sharing this post.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/fulfillment-in-my-garden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jun 4. 2020 02:13 PM
    A profound teachings about the mind and reincarnation. We are fortunate with Rinpoche ‘s teaching online and videos we could learn some knowledge from it. Many people have benefited from all these wonderful teachings especially how reincarnation works and how is the emptiness related to karma as well. With simplicity, comprehensive and logical explanations of our mind for all to understand. After watching those teachings from the videos , it opened my thoughts , to how reincarnation works. Still learning. Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-mind-and-how-it-reincarnates.html
  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Jun 4. 2020 12:01 AM
    Today there are more people turning to be a vegetarian. Vegetarians are usually more conscious about the earth and their overall health. People should consider becoming vegetarian because it has health benefits, reduces animal abuse, and helps reduce the risk of some diseases.

    Vegetarian diet has become mostly accepted in many cultures for its limitless benefits. It will be a healthy option if we choose to adopted to be a vegetarian with well balance diet. Of course going green definitely keeps immunity higher.

    Thank you for the knowledgeable sharing article, It is important for people around the world to understand the importance of being vegetarian.
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Jun 3. 2020 11:20 PM
    It is very beautiful. The house you wish for in Colorado is a dream which is waiting to be fulfilled into reality but this one is real. You will find you won’t have any problems going for retreats when you feel you want to have a change of environments or to get away.
    A perfect place for prayers, meditation and retreats.Thank you very much for the good article with nice pictures.


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  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jun 3. 2020 01:41 PM
    Nearly everyone has had weird, scary experiences, things that happen in life that seem to defy any sort of rational explanation. Unexplained at times. For me I am not scare as long as I do not disturb them. In fact feel sad for them, will dedicate my prayers to them now since prayers can help them. Ghost and spirit haunting always seem to be up to mischief at times. Watched those videos……interesting when the mysterious and unexplained happens such as the ‘moving pint’ incident at the pub. Interesting sharing of ghost footage taken in different pubs around the world.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ghosts-in-the-pub.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jun 3. 2020 01:40 PM
    Andy Mattia a friend of our Lama…Tsem Rinpoche lost and found after 24 years . Rinpoche had not forgotten about him and recollected some of the finest moments of life with him. Its not too late , at least for a moment Rinpoche knew of his passing and had a picture of him after all these long years. A friend like Andy whom Rinpoche do not want to lose as he was kind and generous ,helping Rinpoche during the most difficult times at Los Angeles, California. Interesting read of how the writers managed to search and search without giving up and found it at last .Interesting video too.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/andy-mattia-the-long-lost-friend.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jun 3. 2020 01:37 PM
    Everyone in the world has the right to practice what one ‘s own religion, and beliefs. Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. Its their choice and no one are above the law saying one should or should not pray to this and that. Our lama Rinpoche had been targeted all this years just because Rinpoche chose to continue practicing Dorje Shugden. Rinpoche had been abused online with all sorts of ugly words or so. Dorje Shugden ‘s practitioners been discriminated is really sad, just because one religious beliefs. NOT only that Rinpoche’s student too targeted using nasty words as well. Dorje Shugden is accused to be a evil spirit, they should checked and read the history and origin before commenting. Recently i did received nasty and disgusting comments too on my postings in FB. Who are they to comment , such a nonsense . Well they will soon have to swallow their own words.
    Those Dorje Shugden practitioners are not allowed to participate in many events , denied service and so forth. Reading all the untrue and nonsense comments , felt sickening and shocking. As Buddhist we should respect each other and make peace , harmony not ‘war’.
    Thank you for this sharing ,hopefully more are aware of what the ban on Dorje Shugden has caused. Enough is enough , may the ban soon be history.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/will-the-dalai-lama-agree-with-this.html
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Jun 2. 2020 05:00 PM
    Truly a great teacher and after years of wandering, the first monastery in the Ajahn Chah tradition was found followed by many monasteries and continues to flourish.He left the world a legacy of a GREAT TEACHER of his teachings,and realizations of the Buddha dharma.
    Despite all this, Ajahn Chah attracted an increasing number of followers who wanted to become his disciples. Thank you very much for the good sharing.

    https://bit.ly/2U2hJtx
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jun 2. 2020 01:18 PM
    For more than a thousand years, artists have played a key role in the cultural life in Asia. At Tibet, Kashmir, and Nepal their arts flourished as its equally important part of their culture, architecture and their way of living to the outer world. The artist using art to express their knowledge, skills . The art painting reveal the way of lifestyle and strong belief they have in Buddhism. From the book ‘Arts from the Rooftop of Asia , Chinese has influence in the Tibetan paintings of thangkas and many art paintings in the region. Religious influence on Nepalese handicrafts. Interesting book revealing the history of arts with rare and precious pictures.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/arts-from-the-rooftop-of-asia-tibet-nepal-and-kashmir.html

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    She’s going to spend her whole life here without being able to move correctly. Like a machine. They are the slaves of the people and are viewed as a product. It’s immoral. Billions of terrestrial animals die annually. Billions. You can’t even imagine it. And all that because people don’t want to give up meat, even though there are so many alternatives. ~ Gabriel Azimov
  • Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
    1 years ago
    This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
  • Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
    1 years ago
    Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
  • This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
    1 years ago
    Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
  • These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
    1 years ago
    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
  • Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
    1 years ago
    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
  • Beautiful
    1 years ago
    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
  • My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    1 years ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    1 years ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    1 years ago
    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
    1 years ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    1 years ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    1 years ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    1 years ago
    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    3 yearss ago
    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
  • Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
    3 yearss ago
    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
  • BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
    3 yearss ago
    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
    3 yearss ago
    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
    3 yearss ago
    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 yearss ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    3 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    3 yearss ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    3 yearss ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
    3 yearss ago
    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
  • Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
    3 yearss ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 yearss ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    3 yearss ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    3 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    3 yearss ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
yesterday
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
6 days ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
3 weeks ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
3 weeks ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
4 weeks ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
3 months ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
3 months ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
3 months ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
3 months ago
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
3 months ago
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
3 months ago
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
3 months ago
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
3 months ago
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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
4 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
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