5 Ways You Can Support Your Dying Parent

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Dear friends,

This article is very practical and helpful. I respectfully reproduced it here solely with the intent it will benefit others. I thank Ms. Patricia Seeley for her compassionate work and her writings. She makes the most important passage in our lives more easier to deal with for the ordinary lay person. Both the dying and those who are witness to this, our state of mind is the most important. Therefore very important to develop this now while we have the chance. Thank you.

Tsem Rinpoche

 

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 5 Ways You Can Support Your Dying Parent

By Patricia Seeley, M.S,
Director, The Center of Awareness

Death is a subject most people do not like to hear about, think about or talk about. It seems to be a scary unreality of sorts. Yet before we face our own death, most likely we will face the deaths of our friends and / or family first. When these deaths are unexpected, dealing with them seems that much harder. Why – because we are not prepared.

We live in a constant state of fear and denial about death, so when it happens we are unable to really appreciate what the experience has to offer. After all, death makes life possible and if there was no death – none of us would be here. That in itself makes me give a lot of respect to the dying process.

Death and dying can be a time of deepening of our love and faith and a recommitment to the spiritual beliefs and practices that are useful in guiding us along the way. Death is the only doorway that can help us gain insight into the true nature of all things.

Recently my Mother passed away and as I look back on the experience of her decline into illness and dementia, I can honestly say that I am grateful to have had the opportunity to care for her and witness her final days on this Earth. Of course there was a lot of emotional pain for both of us – including regrets – and for me the jolting realization of my own mortality seemingly not too far in the distant future.

 

There are two unhealthy attitudes most people have towards death. One is to be frightened because there is the belief that we do not exist after this life. The other is a more flippant or even sarcastic attitude about death – as if it will be easy to handle when it arrives.

My Mom was more frightened of death than flippant about it. She did not want to talk about death and seemed to avoid it at all times. As a child I remember burying family pets, relatives, and people we knew at church but I do not remember Mom ever talking to me about what was going on or asking how I felt.

It was an interesting paradox for me that her unwillingness to confront death led me to question it and think about it every day of my life from the time I was a little girl in elementary school. Even now, as an adult in mid-life, I think about death every single day. This intense focus on death and dying is probably not normal, but it also has made me very dedicated to my spirituality and to living my life on purpose.

When I moved Mom closer to where I lived in February 2014, I had no idea what to expect.  I always thought I was pretty spiritually savvy and could handle most things.  After all, no one knows what the dying process is like in the same way we do not remember what the birth process was like.  Although I do give myself credit for dealing capably with Mom’s needs on a daily basis, I now see in retrospect that I want things done a little differently when I am leaving this Earth.    Maybe what I learned will help you with your Mother or Father’s passing.  I think that opening our awareness to what is possible so that our choices and actions may be more conscious when we need them to be is very important in the dying process.

Although Mom kept her thoughts and feelings to herself, there were times during her dying process that I wanted to coax some of these feelings out of her. After growing up with her and learning about her childhood and some of her adult experiences (losing my brother to drugs and alcohol and my father’s early unexpected death) I could see that these were things she still felt pain about.

I felt pretty certain she would be “healed” if she could just get it all out before she took her last breath.  On a few rare occasions when she was in one of her unusual mind experiences, she’d say things like, “I know I made mistakes…”  Or “There were things I did not do right…”  But she never would go further than that.

When she became completely dependent on caregivers for her activities of daily living, she would get very upset that she “could not do for herself.”  Having had previous experience caring for her mother, my grandmother, I knew not to make her feel guilty about this.  No one wants to be a burden to anyone else.  “It’s ok Mom,” I would say.  “These things just happen.” And I know that gave her some comfort.

Unfortunately, I was wrong on those days when I thought I was doing the right thing by trying to get her to talk about her feelings about dying.  My boyfriend at the time told me that I had to get her to talk about death because “it would be good for her.”  So at times I did urge her and encourage her and push her to talk. But it was not the right thing to do.

Lesson #1: What “should” be done or said in the final days and hours of a parent’s death is very subjective. Your parent gets to decide what is to be said or left unsaid. If during the dying process, your parent is given the opportunity to talk but they do not want to talk – continuing to urge or encourage them to open up is not the right thing to do. Back off – do not make things worse than they have to be.

The great classic, “The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying” says that the most important thing we can do is be there with the person as they are going through the dying process.  Upsetting them is not wise.

Towards the very end, Mom said a few times that she “knew she had to leave here” but that was as close as she got to admitting she was dying.  She never once used the “D” word and neither did I.

When people are flippant or sarcastic about death, especially their own death, it is a sign of fear. Soygal Rinpoche quotes a Tibetan master who said that is a rare person who is not afraid (at least a little) of dying.

 

If possible, research now as much as you can on the topic of dying and death. Include your significant other, spouse, and / or children in the process. As you learn more, it will be confirmed for you that preparing for death is one of the most important things you can do in life. When we study death, we learn what is really important in life. Being kind and loving to others and being honest and unselfish will help us live a better life so that we do not experience regret that we did not do these things when we had the time.

Lesson #2: Learn about the grief process and the stages of dying. In the Tibetan tradition of Buddhism, there is a clear and detailed explanation of the process of dying, which involves eight stages. Four of these stages correspond to the gradual dissolution of the four elements of our bodies (earth, water, fire, and air). When my Mom’s decline began, it started with her body. She became weaker and required assistance first with talking then with hygiene and other activities of daily living. Then the mind began to get a little forgetful. In the process of these changes, emotions also rang louder. She would get angry that something was happening to her that she could not control. She would get angry at me for “being so nice to her.” “Aren’t you mad that you have to take care of me?” she would snap. And the truth is, I was not mad. She could not help what was happening to her so how could I be mad at her? This was the woman whose body I had come out of!!!  The woman who had carried me into the world. So, even as Mom sat in front of me in a dazed state, with wrinkles on her skin, swollen legs, and bent fingers, I saw her as beautiful. I did not see an old woman going through a difficult time. I saw pure love.   I felt pure love.

When a child is born, it is born of pure love. Yet, that child is also completely dependent upon another person to take care of it for many years. Being an older person who is unable to care for him/herself is the very same thing. I have heard people say they feel sorry for older people whose lives are over because they have nothing left to do and nothing to look forward to. Yet I have never heard one person say they feel sorry for a newborn baby because that baby needs someone to take care of it.

Lesson #3: Realize that being an older person who needs help is the same as being a newborn who needs help. Be as patient, kind and loving to your dying parent as you would your new born child.

When a parent is dying, one of the most important things we can do is to try to understand what their needs are and do what we can to take care of these needs. Parents can often verbalize this while babies cannot.

Doing what your parent wants often requires an act of selflessness – putting aside our needs and feelings so that we can be fully present for our loved one. Whatever has to be done – whatever will make them more comfortable – is always the right thing to do. And this does not have to be hard IF you have taken the time to work on your own emotions first.

During the dying process, people can slip in and out of very strong emotions such as fear, regret, sadness, anger, and clinging to things that once gave them security. It is especially difficult for people who have not done the necessary work, to manage their emotions effectively at this time of transition. Often feelings of overwhelm are strongest. How will you be able to help someone else manage these emotions if you cannot manage your own?

Lesson #4: Meet the person who is dying exactly where they are. Do not expect them to change during the dying process – it is too late. It is also important to remember that it is not appropriate for us to get hysterical, cry, or show other strong emotions in their presence. Take breaks and leave the room when you need to – go outside for fresh air, talk to someone, or work with a hospice chaplain to get your own issues sorted out. If you express upset emotions in the presence of your parent, it will undoubtedly make him or her feel much worse.

Do what you can to provide positive and caring support at all times. I remember with my own Mother, as she began to slip away, I held her hand tightly and asked her if she saw any angels. She often said “yes” and she told me they had their arms outreached to her. I reminded her that they were there to help her to the next place; that she was doing good; and there was nothing to be frightened of. I know Mom heard me because when I said these things, her grip on my hand increased ever so slightly. She was past the speaking stage, but I know she heard me and what I said hopefully made a difference.

As you get older and more people you know begin to depart from this world, you will realize that looking after them is the best preparation for your own death.

Lesson #5: Holding a space of light and love for your parent so that the transition is less difficult is what we are supposed to do. It’s not as hard as you might think it is. The way to make it less difficult is to focus on being a calming influence on the other person.  Say prayers, read poems, light a candle or meditate – these are all good things that will calm your monkey mind and help you be as relaxed and supportive as possible with the few precious moments you have left with your parent.

The death of my beloved Mother was no doubt the most significant experience of my lifetime and I feel blessed to have shared this with her. I wish the same for you.

About Patricia Seeley

Patricia works with seniors of all ages at one of the largest Retirement Communities in Northern California and is also the Educational Director of The Center of Awareness.  She has also worked as a Hospice Chaplain and regularly gives presentations and workshops on managing chronic health conditions, successfully navigating the challenges of mid-life and conscious aging.  She is passionate about lifelong learning and believes that staying interested in exercise, current events and hobbies is the best way to stay emotionally, mentally and physically healthy.  She is a writer specializing in wellness for all ages and has been published in more than 100 newspapers and magazines.

Source: http://consciouslifenews.com/5-dying-parent/1188896/

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  1. Yee Yin on Aug 13, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us this article about how to care for our parents when they are dying. This is especially useful when our parents don’t know anything about Buddhism and are not prepared for their death. In general, talking about death is a taboo, not many people want to talk about it and refuse to talk about it.

    When we are born, we are actually here to prepare for our death. We are not here to enjoy life or to suffer and complain about how tough life is. We are here to live our life in the right way and gain enough wisdom to know what is good and what is bad to us.

    Knowing we are the one creating what we want and how we are, we have to take charge of our own life and make the right choice. I agree with the author, “Being kind and loving to others and being honest and unselfish will help us live a better life so that we do not experience regret that we did not do these things when we had the time.” Start to be kind and loving today because this is how we can find real happiness.

  2. Pastor Chia on May 2, 2019 at 9:39 am

    Since knowing dharma, dealth has becoming the subject we can’t denice it will come soon or later. Better keep our focus to change our habitualation, control our emotion to face dealth coming. When you take refuge whole heartedly, your will able overcoming fear to you. Is good we can do dealth meditation time to time to prepare when dealth coming.

  3. Julia Tan on May 1, 2019 at 9:24 am

    In last night discussion witch my dharma siblings, many showed regret because they didn’t spent enough time with their parents due to their personal problems. Some due to the sudden death of their parents they lost the chance to even say goodbye. So those who’s parents still around, no matter they are old or still young, be with them, make them happy and comfortable, at least let them know you love them. Practicing Dharma is a way to repay their kindness.

    We Buddhist mediate on death. May be its hard for our parents to do that but bring Dharma to them, take them to have pilgrimage in KFR, teach them to chant mantras, even better if they can do dharma work. many many ways to let them collect merits and lead them to have a meaningful life.

    The best gift in life is Dharma. Preparing them right now not when they start showing the dying sign because that would be too late.

  4. Mingwen on May 1, 2019 at 7:40 am

    It’s not necessary & extremely important not to wait for too long to do something if it’s really matter to anyone of us.

    Nothing is permanent, anything can happen in a sudden. Karma do not need to inform us when does he wanna come.

    I’m grateful that I’ve been learning Dharma via Kechara & I’m able to share to both of my parents & family members & apply to daily life. Life just got so much relief after knowing Dharma.

    P.S. photo taken @ Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong, Pahang.

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  5. June Kang on May 1, 2019 at 7:15 am

    It is nice that people was so kind to share his/her experience to let others to learn. Indeed this is a good article for those who actually does not know what to do when facing the dying parents. My personal thought is when you parents are still living, guide them to have spiritual practice, if they are already on the journey of spiritual practice , support them unconditionally. At the end, spiritual practice can help them to be more easily accept death. As a Buddhist, when they are really in Dharma, they will knows that they need to preparing for death because death has no time. That is how Dharma will make them no fear to face death and do purification practice for the mistake done.

  6. Justin Cheah on May 1, 2019 at 3:16 am

    Interesting topic actually. I agree totally to the points in particularly the first one where we should allow the unsaid to be mentioned, basically help to smoothen the transition to help them to open up and be open about it. Everyone dies and we should be ready for it and yes it is ok to be sad but what we can do more for our parents especially when they are going to die. Parents have brought us up to whom we are today and we should repay their kindness, think of this way as a way to repay their kindness at the very least.

  7. Tek Lee on May 1, 2019 at 3:14 am

    Everybody will face death one day. Either to face people close to us dying or we ourselves dying. It is scary, only when we don’t know how death is and don’t understand the process. Only through Dharma that teaches us the process of death, to meditate about death and always be prepared to face death one day. We don’t know when does the day come, but when it comes, we are always prepared. We can also dedicate Puja to our dying parents, introduce Dorje Shugden to them, so that they can have peace of mind when dying.

  8. Vivian Ong on May 1, 2019 at 1:38 am

    It is quite hard to accept someone close to us dying but we still have to embrace it no matter what. But with Dharma, we can apply what we learn to help the dying person as much as we can before they actually passes away.

  9. Andrea Lai on May 1, 2019 at 12:47 am

    Thinking back the old time me, death is a deep fear, like losing yourself or something and getting stuck at nowhere. I easily got emotional feel, hence I dare not attend any visitations or funeral.
    Right now, I think things have changed. As we growing more matured, we will have deeper thought, especially when we engaged into spirituality. I’m glad I found the right path into Buddhism. Rinpoche had taught us to do our sadhana daily with visualization of our parents at our side. I think, that was the best dedication and prayers to my parents.

  10. pammie yap on Apr 30, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Death is definitely not your everyday topic whereby people openly want to talk about. For the Chinese, it’s a taboo. It’s bad luck to talk about it as it might come true. Before learning about Buddhism, I thought of the same. It brings fear and unhappy thoughts.
    “Be as patient, kind and loving to your dying parent as you would your new born child.” This is so true! I realized that my parents need a lot of them lately. A great way for me to practice as well. Another way of helping our parents is prayers. Do lots of prayers and light lots of candles dedicated to them to generate merits for better rebirth and to practice in the future.

  11. Datuk May on Apr 30, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    When I first commented on this article, my mother was still alive and living in Perth, Australia. Since then, my mother has passed away in 2016. In one way, I was still a little frustrated that she was so far away from me being in Malaysia, but I had accepted that it is so and that she chose to live in Perth even after the death of my father as she preferred to be nearer to my brother, her son. Such was the wish of most ladies of her generation.

    Having learnt and studied the Dharma, I was glad that I introduced my mother to Protector Dorje Shugden and since then, she was always calm when she held the DS tsa tse in her hands. Being unable to serve nor look after her most of the time, except for short visits to Perth, I had pujas dedicated to her to be calm and be ok with letting go of any regrets which she might have.

    Honestly speaking, these little deeds which I did for my mother helped me quite a bit when she passed on. It also helped me a lot when I had the undertakers place DS holy pills and water while preparing her body for burial.

    One can never completely be without regrets on the passing of one’s parents, but praying for her good rebirth and dedicating merits of virtuous works to them works for me as a buddhist.

    Definitely passing away of one’s parents will propel us to think about our own death and it is advisable for us to live with purpose and selflessness in order to die with less fear for losing a life well lived.

  12. penelope jayne on Mar 5, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    Thank you for this article

  13. Marek on Dec 21, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    my Mama died today. I’m inconsolable

  14. chris chong on Jun 13, 2016 at 1:07 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this touching article by Patricia. I was deeply touched by the way she describe how she handled her mother’s death and the little conversation she had with her dying mother. To come face to face with death is not easy especially with the person who is dying. With all those fears of uncertainly and attachments, it is almost impossible to have a peaceful mind. Hence, we have to provide our dying parents with utmost care and love for them to have a peaceful and happy mind during their remaining days. If they passed away with a troubled mind, it is not a good news in Buddhism. We believe that a person died with a troubled mind will less likely to have a good rebirth.

    This article also shows me an interesting angle to look at the dying parent’s mind. Sometimes, we tend to overlook their feelings due to their impaired ability to express themselves accurately during their last days. The five ways to help our dying parents mentioned above is very useful, however it is still missing something important. Introducing them to dharma or sharing dharma with them during the last days are extremely important for them. Dharma is the only thing that can help them when they pass away and entered into the bardo stage. A person died without getting any dharma is very sad and it was said to be the same as a stray dog died in an alley.

    Humbly,
    Chris

  15. Wan Wai Meng on Dec 31, 2015 at 1:40 am

    It is important to live well and die even better. Not many people would like to dwell on thoughts of their death and decay. Losing control or not being able to do the things one normally could is scary. I suppose it is very hard in cultures that people don’t openly discuss about death and our final moments. It is hard for the people of nowadays who are distracted by so many things and entertainment to lend much thought to the idea that one day they will also expire. Truth be told anything is born will have to die eventually. A very good article to think about.

  16. Pastor Patsy on Aug 1, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    Most of us are afraid of death and most of the time we avoid talking about death hoping that it will not happen to us. However, we should prepare for death so that we have less or no regrets at that time and
    face it with courage and acceptance.

    “Death and dying can be a time of deepening of our love and faith and a recommitment to the spiritual beliefs and practices that are useful in guiding us along the way. Death is the only doorway that can help us gain insight into the true nature of all things”. – Our mind and body are two different entities. Our body will decay and we will leave our body. But if we train our mind now and understand the dying process and that death can happen anytime, we will appreciate our life better and use this precious human life to practice the dharma and prepare our self for death before it’s too late.

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for sharing this article written by Patricia Seeley. I hope that when my time comes, I am able to cope with it.

  17. Wah Ying on Jul 24, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the article. There’s no best time to read any writing on death and preparing to death, just as we need to contemplate on death all the time.

    However, by seeing the title of the article I was “avoiding”it when Rinpoche first shared it. I read it during the last Saturday’s blog chat session. This is a practical, easy to understand and speaking from personal experience article on dying, helping dying parent/kins/friends.

    The author Patricia Seeley wrote it in a way that’s easy to read. Readers do not feel any “distance” to the writing- she is not talking from a higher point of view, instead she put herself as an ordinary human being – a daughter, not a professional hospice chaplain – and talk from experience without avoiding her regret or actions she could do better. Therefore it makes reader like me easy to understand, and even adopt any strategy to people around us – parents or kins or friends.

    With these practical and personal experience of her, plus our Buddhism knowledge in “dealing” with death, I believe most of us can provide real help to our dying kins, friends and not forgetting a good lessons and preparation for ourselves to prepare to face the death.

  18. Uncle Eddie on Jul 20, 2015 at 10:56 am

    It is a well-known fact that, death is certain, but time of death is uncertain. No one can help you at the time of death. One must die alone. Friends and relatives cannot help you at that time. No matter how much they may wish to protect you from sufferings – the sufferings associated with your death is experienced by you alone. The largest entourage cannot delay your departure from this life, no matter how many petitions they sign. Even if they all took hold of your arms and legs, they cannot hold you back from death, and not anyone of them could go with you. They can do nothing to assist you during and after death. The only thing which can help at that time, and which can also benefit your next life, is your accumulation of merit and wisdom gathered through the practice of Dharma. Only your love, compassion, wisdom and positive Karma can go with you through death and into the next life as your protection, guide and source of happiness and good conditions. Helping the dying: When helping dying people who have not trained in these tantric meditations, it is said that, there is no point in trying to guide them throgh such meditations at that point of time of their dying. Without prior proper training, they could not possibly succeed. Otherwise, it would be far more useful to “encourage” them to generate good thought such as deep faith in Lord Buddha or their spiritual masters, love and compassion for all living beings and so forth. This would be truly beneficial to them at the time of death. At the same time, we must at all cost avoid doing anything to irritate them, or make them feel angersome, as dying in a state of anger or iritation could easily lead to a rebirth in Hell, as cautioned by high Lamas. Our main role is to inspire positive thoughts in them such as good faith, love and compassion in order to generate a good rebirth. This makes an important part of preparation work for purification of negative karma in the final realisation. Om Mani Padme Hung.

  19. Joy on Jul 17, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    After reading this… I feel even more grateful that in Buddhism we actually talk, learn, study, meditate and try our best in practising or visualising the death process. After reading how beautifully Patricia had the opportunity to care for her dying mother, I wished I knew better or knew Tibetan Buddhism at that time and read the dying process, I would have been able to handle the death of my parents a whole lot better. Anyway I am glad I got to know Buddhism and learn about this dying process to at least try to prepare my own self for this ultimate day. One thing’s for sure, it helps you refocus and re-evaluate what’s truly important in life and the purpose why you are here, why I am here. Definitely it is more than just to earn some money, have a good job, get married, have kids, go for holidays, and then what? Still we’ll grow to be wrinkly old bat waiting on our death beds… hopefully with few regrets and attachments. Yes understanding death one certainly learns to respect and appreciate life better. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post on the practical things one can do for the dying.

  20. Pastor Adeline on Jul 13, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    We brought with us the idea of immortality of our body life after life, thinking that we live forever. The fact is that all of us will die and that is the nature cycle of lives. For us to live our lives to the fullest, we ought to understand the meaning of it and how to make it worthwhile while working towards a peaceful end.

    All religions, spiritual practises offered different explanation of what happened at the end of our lives so to encourage us to do good while living. Generally speaking, in order for one to reach heaven, to go to a good place etc. one is encouraged to do good. Contrary to that, one will be going to hell or bad places.

    In Tibetan Buddhism, there is a lot of emphasis on cause and effect, the precious human life, buddhahood etc. The whole purpose of having this precious human body is for us to practise towards buddhahood which include the practise on death.

    In life, there are many events that require us to be prepared so that we know what to expect and if anything goes wrong, we are prepared to deal with it. Why not then be prepared for death? Unlike all the events in our life, death will only happened once, so it will be logical and wise for sure to be prepared!

  21. Shelly Tai on Jul 6, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful post. Death is a very fearful events for everyone the problem is even though is so fearful but most people do not prepare for it what more the death of our own parents, I feel great because now I have the dharma and all the advice that Rinpoche has giving to us so I think now is the practice that we need to train our mind to get ready for this big day as well as our own parents death, whatever the writer share is very true we should comfort them during this very last moment in their life we should said positive thing to comfort them and to help them so that hopefully they can take a higher rebirth.

  22. Phng Keng Hwa on Jul 5, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this post; it gives e a clearer view on what we must all do in order to give our parents a happy farewell when the time comes, no matter when. No matter what we do, we will always do something we will regret, so that’s is why we must create the awareness to find these regretful actions and how we create them and learn to not do them.

    Hopefully, ever since coming to learn all these buddhist teachings that you have provided for me, I am learning to improve myself, and be kinder and more understanding to everyone I meet and especially my siblings and relatives. Thank you, Rinpoche.

    Your humble student,
    Keng Hwa.

  23. JP on Jul 3, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    It is so true that we often don’t spend enough time thinking of our death, let alone preparing for it. It’s like we’re fooling ourselves that we are immortals. There is really no escape and the day will come for all of us.

    I believe when we familiarize ourselves with the dying process, our fears slowly melt away and we will reorganize our priorities and focus on what really matters when we leave this existence.

    As Rinpoche taught last night, developing the mind is the most important as our bodies will fade and betray us at the end of the day.

  24. Leonard Ooi(Penang) on Jun 30, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article. Death always give me the fear and dealing with it has not been easy. With Rinpoche’s teachings, I have learnt to accept with death and cope with the dying process of my relatives and loved ones.

    With folded hands

    Leonard Ooi(Kechara Penang)

  25. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on Jun 29, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this important article written by Patricia Seeley. By learning from someone’s useful experience on handling dying parent, it can significantly make us realize the preciousness of looking after our parents during their old age, especially at their dying moments. Time do not wait for us. Time will not make its U-turn. We can help our parents to go through their dying process the most. We have to guide them and lead them through the spiritual practice we have learnt and practice.

    Everyone is afraid of death as we do not know where we are heading to after our death. “Death and dying can be a time of deepening of our love and faith and a recommitment to the spiritual beliefs and practices that are useful in guiding us along the way. Death is the only doorway that can help us gain insight into the true nature of all things.” This two statements can open up our mind to be more focus, alert and mindful to practice Dharma and help those around us through the Dharma way as we do not wish all our loved ones to fall into 3 lower realms after death. Death is unavoidable and each of us will have to meet our death whether we like it or not.

    Thank you Rinpoche for guiding us all the times.

    With folded hands,
    kin hoe

  26. Alice Tay on Jun 28, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    死亡是我们每个人在此生唯一的忧心,逃避不了,而且还要勇于面对的一环。

    在我还没有深入了解佛法之前,我真的对“死亡”没有一点的心理准备。不过,很感恩的是,我今天还活着而且接触了克切拉后,得到上师仁波切在网上面子书和博文上的分享与教诲,让我对死亡有所了解。

    除此,我还将我所学到的“死亡的过程”与“念死”等等,分享予我母亲。毕竟,她年纪也大了,也是时候要让他们做好心理准备。

    其实,我母亲一开始也像 Patricia Seeley 所提到的很多人不喜欢和很避忌谈关于死亡的一切。但是,我时常都会趁大家聊天时后,都会不时的提起。自然而然,她老人家也开始习惯了。只不过,还需要时间去学习怎样“念死”和当死亡来临时,要做些什么。

    感谢仁波切这篇博文,提醒了我必须努力要记得当身边的人遇到了这一切,我应该要做些什么。还有最重要的是,尽然我们在死亡那一刻是不能挽留与带不走一切,那么我们还需要去挣扎的争取不属于自己的东西吗???

  27. Judy Chen on Jun 28, 2015 at 12:54 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for this article. I wouldn’t know whether I can handle the dying process but after attending and listening to your teachings, as mentioned we should start contemplating and on it daily.
    It is through Kechara, I have learned that we need to be spiritually and mentally ready to accept death.
    With folded hands,
    Thank you Rinpoche

  28. Loh Ann Leong (Penang) on Jun 26, 2015 at 6:20 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the notes, very powerful. It is also keep oneself ready in mentally and spiritually, when facing such. It is very easy for me to express here, but when the times come,I hope I can reflect and utilize the pointers as stated.

    OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA _/|\_

  29. Kevin W on Jun 26, 2015 at 3:02 am

    This article touched me as I’ve went through the death of my grandmother. I miss her.
    I remembered family members & relatives trying to force convert her to Christianity at deathbed and scaring her which I knew could disturb her mind.

    It was so not right.
    It disturbed me a little as I observed what was happening.

    The least I could do was to slip headphones over her head and secretly played youtube Medicine Buddha and Tara mantras repeatedly looping for her; hoping to calm her mind and I could see her face relaxed and at peace. I simply just told others I was playing some piano/meditation music.

    Its sometimes difficult to appease many relatives/family members of different faiths and beliefs which gathers around. A lot of times, things have to be done tactfully and carefully to avoid arguments, disrespect or unnecessary expounding of ones personal beliefs.

    Death is like sleeping. Where we wake up in the 6 realms depends on the final moments at the time of our death.
    One can have achieve the perfect state of mind of awareness, perhaps blissfulness in the middle of their lives, but it is of no use if at their final moments their minds are disturbed, all their efforts will be wasted.
    The culmination of everything depends at that Final state of mind. The last breath.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this beautiful article.
    With folded hands.

  30. Aw Wei Ling on Jun 26, 2015 at 12:40 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    This is very good reminder and advice for us to do the preparation . I will keep in my mind for doing the best when I facing this moment.

    I am so lucky to have this chance to read and understand this article. Thank you so much Rinpoche for sharing this article.

    Humbly With folded hand _/\_
    Aw wei ling

  31. Datuk May on Jun 25, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    Having a 96 year old mother, this is an article worth reading and cultivate the patience for her. I like the comparison on how we are so in awe with the inabilities of a new born baby and the patience to care for him/her till they learn and that it is similar to an old parent who is dying. This is something many do not relate nor realise.

    My regret is that my mother is far away from me, and whenever I visit her in Perth the same regret and frustration would arise that she did not come back to Malaysia to stay with me after my father’s passing.

    Such regret will definitely not settle my personal emotions when I am with her. For now as long as I am away from her I shall dedicate my prayers for her to be happy and when I am with her, I will remember what I have read in this article and enjoy every precious moment to make her comfortable.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this article.

  32. Stella on Jun 25, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    This advice came too late for me to do for my dad but I will keep in mind for other relatives (e.g. my mom) whom may take an earlier leave then me from this world.

    I wish my daddy well in wherever he may be and will be praying for his good rebirth life after life to be close to Buddha’s teaching.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this advice with us. It is a powerful reminder that my mom will leave me eventually.

    Humbly with folded palms.
    Stella

    • Stella on Jul 18, 2015 at 10:52 am

      As I read this post again, one point stood out to me; we should not expect the person in the dying process to change (it’s rather late), but we should envelope the person with as much positive-ness as possible, so that the person will not feel any worse than he/she is feeling already.

      Thank You Rinpoche for this helpful post.

      with folded palms, humbly,
      Stella

  33. Lum Kok Luen on Jun 25, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you so much for this sharing. I can relate to this sharing very, wery well and what Patricia shared is so lovely.

    Having gone through the recent demise of my mother in March this year. every single line in the article above is so, so true.

    Of course, there are a lot of regrets and actions that I SHOULD HAVE DONE, but did not do. As I recollect those moments, tears are coming down my eyes.

    I am now very determined to observe and take this as a learning experience to manage the best I can for my surviving father. I have also shared this with my spouse and we are definitely on our journey to prepare for our parents’, close relatives and our own death, which is inevitable.

    I am also very thankful and rejoice that I have come to Dharma through Kechara and this has certainly impacted all of my family’s lives – FOR THE BETTER.

    Yours humbly,
    _/\_
    Lum Kok Luen

  34. Sharon Ong on Jun 25, 2015 at 12:24 am

    Death and dying are 2 things that are not easy to deal with. Having had a few people I hold dear passing away, one thought that I had was how do I make the dying process a good one for the person who is dying. This went unanswered until this post. I thank Rinpoche for this post as this will help me face death and dying process of the people around me better. With folded hands.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 3. 2020 03:19 PM
    Reading this article it gave a clear pictures of how many animals been slaughtered for human’s menu. The simple act of becoming a vegetarian will make a difference in the health of our environment. When we become more mindful of what we have on our menu every day, that mindfulness will seep into everything we do. Many people choose a vegetarian diet out of concern, to stay healthy, saving animals and environment as well.
    What is important , give the animals a chance, respect them and to do harm them. May more people realized how many thousands or millions of animals be saved if they go on being a vegetarian.
    Thank you Rinpoche for bringing awareness with this article..

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/amazing-survey.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 3. 2020 03:17 PM
    Our Lama Tsem Rinpoche was a gift to us and the Tibetan Buddhism world who just keeps on giving , teaching Dharma and cares more than himself. Rinpoche was definitely one Lama that gives much more than another one else. Well known for his compassion, Rinpoche had guild rather train his students from day one where they are today. Rinpoche had observed , on the lookout to assist and encourage anyone of us and friends. Rinpoche had used the ‘new news’ an exercise to develop greater awareness of people and situations around. Wonderful way , to instill the positive qualities of compassion and awareness in us. Reading this post , I learn something new.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/tales-with-my-lama-what-is-the-new-news
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    This is a best gift for our Lama Tsem Rinpoche on his birthday.

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    Thank you for the wonderful sharing of a talented artist and his amazing art work.
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Jul 2. 2020 04:16 PM
    With our integrity intact, life is less stressful and far less complicated. This is not applying in secular but also in the spiritual practice. If someone who does not have integrity will surely not earn respects from his peers.
    Integrity is very important in our life. It also a good habit for us to cultivate and take as reminder to ourselves that we need to keep hold to our promises in all aspect of chores we are doing.

    https://bit.ly/31yh6MZ
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 2. 2020 01:21 PM
    Chatral Rinpoche was one of the greatest meditation masters and most compassionate bodhisattvas in the history of Tibetan Buddhism. Chatral Rinpoche explains the purpose and benefit of saving the lives of endangered animals, especially those due to be slaughtered. Great advice by Chatral Rinpoche to develop compassion for all sentient beings . Save animals, save nature, as animal life is precious too. He lived as a humble yogi without the distractions of fame and fortune. He practiced what he preaches without compromise and was beloved , respected by many of all faiths throughout the Himalayan region. He was well known for his compassion for animals through his compassionate action and profound wisdom. He had liberate millions of fish animals and had encourages his student not to eat meat and drank alcohol. It’s a right choice to be on vegetarian , as more animals will be save. It be healthier for us, better for environment and kinder to be a vegetarian.
    Powerful saying by Chatral Rinpoche ……Eating meat in one’s diet is much different than eating flesh to liberate a being through supernatural powers. I am just an ordinary practitioner. I would be committing sin and I would be getting negative karma.
    Thank You for this sharing Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/committing-sin.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 2. 2020 01:18 PM
    When i first read this article I did wonder too , how this ever happen. Somehow its real, a geological phenomenon where rocks move without human interference. Known as “sailing stones,” the rocks vary in size from a few ounces to hundreds of pounds. One of the world’s strangest phenomena is at Death Valley National Park in Inyo County, California, U.S. Till today, scientists could not have an answer to this strange phenomena where nobody have seen it moving at all.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/just-what-are-sailing-stones.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 2. 2020 01:17 PM
    Animal abuse frequently occurred in a number of area. Its heart breaking looking at the pictures of that extreme animal and neglect case of a dog in this article . The abused dog was packed in a plastic bag and thrown down a trash chute in the 22-story building. So inhuman for someone to do that . Not only that the dog was under un nourishment, thin, dehydrated and looks more than a skeleton. The condition was so bad that the dog needs a blood transfusion. Thanks to the maintenance workers who found Patrick in the neat of time. Looking at those pictures one will be definitely shocking to see his condition. Thankfully, that poor dog named Patrick is recovering well after been nursed by the hospital staffs. Its one of the worst cases of abuse they’ve seen. A dog is men best friends , shouldn’t be abuse or harm them. Give them love, care as if they are one of us.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/extreme-abuse-dog-found-in-trash.html
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Jul 1. 2020 11:14 PM
    Thank you for your wonderful thoughts of sharing the most heartwarming moments of people around the world. Some of the photos were really touching. I believe there are plenty of kind -hearted people around us with faith in humanity.

    Life is all about second chances, always try to care about others because none of us know what tomorrow may speaks. It’s so much true to say photos will make your day much more better with thousand words and I too enjoyed all the stories.
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 1. 2020 01:13 PM
    The famous saying “What goes around, comes around”, karma in short is action and every action is preceded by our thoughts. Hence what we think continuously about something will eventually lead to action and the result. Its our mind that is responsible for our karma. Reading this post it has helped me and many of us to understand that we create our own reality or karma. I have book marked these so as i can read it time from time to remind myself. still plenty to catch up.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/karma-and-the-law-of-attraction.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 1. 2020 01:11 PM
    Chatral Rinpoche was a Dzogchen master and a reclusive yogi known for his great realization and strict discipline. Beautiful and meaningful poems, all I can say the poem is full of wisdom. All animals deserves a life free from fear and pain. They do have hearts to feel the pain, eyes to see and families to care, just like one of us. Animal should be the right to be here, long before we arrive. If only we understand we care for them , we will help and save them or we can liberate them .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/by-chatral-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 1. 2020 01:10 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this short and powerful teachings . The Four Noble Truths are the most basic formulation of the Buddha’s teaching. They are the truth of suffering, the truth of the cause of suffering, the truth of the end of suffering, and the truth of the path that leads to the end of suffering. It was these four principles that the Buddha came to understand during his meditation under the bodhi tree.
    To cease from evil, To do what is good. To cleanse one’s mind: This is the advice of all the Buddhas. Inspiring saying short yet powerful when we understand it . I will keep this in mind always.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/magic-4.html
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Jul 1. 2020 12:07 PM
    Meat contains many substances, chemicals, which causes harm to us in the long term and red meat shorten human lives. Large consumption of meat especially processed meat are likely lead to cardiovascular diseases ,cancer and a lot more.

    It is really great to see news write up of factual info like this as evidence and proof that eating meat causes more harm than good. Thank you very much for sharing the informative article.


    https://bit.ly/2VvSb8H
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Jun 30. 2020 04:28 PM
    These was one of the many miraculous cases of how Rinpoche has helped.As we learn and practice dharma sincerely, we may received the blessings from guru and to be protected from any harm.
    Through the blessings of Rinpoche, Marici was able to overcome her problem and get well again. Thank you very much for the sharing.


    https://bit.ly/3ipziOS
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jun 30. 2020 02:17 PM
    Equality before the law is the principle that each individual being must be treated equally by the law and that all are subject to the same laws of justice. Everyone will be given justice by treating them equally nor matter what race and religion or belief, you are. All are equal without any discrimination to equal protection of the law as well. After reading this article I do not agree with Paul Ryan what he commented on the conservative radio show ‘Morning In America’. Racism should not be brought up then, claimed that black men do not want to work and are satisfied with being poor. Remarks involving negative prejudices about people on the basis of race, would spark off misunderstanding and disharmony . It is extremely dangerous to label the rich or poor by skin colour or ethnicity.
    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/do-you-agree-with-this.html

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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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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
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
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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
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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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
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
4 months ago
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
4 months ago
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
4 months ago
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
4 months ago
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
4 months ago
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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