Be low maintenance

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After five years in the Dharma, you should be a student who is ‘low maintenance’ or no maintenance which would mean you have transformed because you took the Dharma to heart…Very little ups and downs should disturb your practice after five years. Having ups and downs is fine, but it should not ever usurp your practice, faith and diligence because you know to accept it to be karma arising you have accrued and have to experience. Be a student that maintains others and not need further maintenance always otherwise you should transform yourself faster.

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  1. Sharon Ong on Jun 4, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    This is a good short but profound teaching on how to check our spiritual progress and what we should strive for. Low maintenance in the secular sense means living a simple life with less demands and wants. Low maintenance in the spiritual sense is to have a stable practice, a virtuous mind and be someone who nurtures others spiritually. Eg: We should not need reminders to do our daily practices or assignments given by our teacher.

    Thank you for this precious teaching, Rinpoche. May all of us be low/zero maintenance students.

  2. Phng Keng Hwa on May 22, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche. 🙂

  3. Michael C. on Apr 25, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Found my way to this article by June Tang (Khjb)posting this quote into a widget on the right of your blog. My first visit to my local Dharma center was in 2010 and I went a few times between 2010-2012 as a tourist. I didn’t start to practice any Dharma ’till 2012. I’ve been very wishy-washy. Practice here and there for a few days or months then nothing then back to practice. Each time I fall off the horse I get more discouraged. Each time I get back on the horse I practice with more resolve. But it only takes one slip up for me and I’m off the horse for a while. I took Refuge for the first time with my Root Guru November 24, 2013 on Lha Bab Duchen. I used the Full moon April 15, 2014 to make some changes and get back to the Straight & Narrow. So far so good. I abandoned all my friends. Instead of my helping them, we bring each other down together. Best to stay away from them completely until I have thoroughly stabilized my mind. My problem is I’ve been practicing thus far on a purely emotional basis. Today I want to practice so I will. The next day I don’t feel like practicing so I don’t. Better to approach my practice logically and reasonably with an understanding of cause and effect relationships. I want to be a low-maintenance Dharma Practitioner! Thanks for posting.

  4. Carmen Lin @ KMP on Dec 23, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post, I think when we are trying to avoid to do something and is thinking of letting others to take the responsibilities, when such a thoughts arise we push ourselves to go beyond and further and that’s when I think transformation kicks in.

  5. Albert Ratchaga on Feb 27, 2013 at 2:30 am

    Dharma practice means to let go our attachment in life, of course we cannot do it over night, that’s why we need to practice. When we are on high maintenance that means we are very attached to our lifestyle and our feeling, it is not good at all because when we are on high maintenance, we are using the expand of others..

    High maintenance does not only mean material, it includes emotional too, when we want others to give us attention always, it does exhaust them out. Reduce our expense, give to others instead, we should always be satisfied with what we have and practice giving, spend lesser and your life will be happier.

  6. jennifer on Jul 11, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this short, sweet yet profound and precise teaching.
    Since i’ve incorporated Dharma into my life, i can feel and see the changes in my life, i am more mindful in everything i do and say. I am more energetic, more motivated to do more and am looking at the world and all around me from a different perceptive. I am only a beginner but i am learning more and more each day and bringing into my life what i have learnt and am working hard to be of ‘no maintenance’.
    It has been difficult but i know that i have the good karma to receive teachings from Rinpoche and be guided by Rinpoche.
    Thank you so much Rinpoche.

  7. verontung on Jun 25, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Be low maintenance… be low maintenance… Thanks Rinpoche for such a straight to the point sharing…

    Shall keep in mind and to go through all the ups and down with dharma…

  8. sarahyap on Jun 20, 2012 at 12:29 am

    I suppose being low maintenance covers both expenses on worldly materials and also emotions… with the latter being the most important.

    As Dharma is designed to transform our minds, how we think and how stable our emotions and practice should reflect in our actions to bring results. If we continue to sulk, need attention and nurturing, denying what needs to be done, etc… we are being very high maintenance to the people around us, as they need to deal with our unreliability and sorry excuses. If we keep doing that, then it is a clear indication that we have not practised the Dharma, because Dharma makes ours and other’s lives lighter and more peaceful… not causing trouble and headache to those around us

    • DR on Jun 20, 2012 at 7:13 pm

      Well said Sarah. Those with high maintenance are actually very selfish people. They drain you of your time, energy, resources. Some think that you owe it to them, some perpetually dwell in self pity and some think that they are god’s gift to the world hence you must always be the giver and them the taker.

      Through my years of being in a dharma instituition, sad to say, i have come across many high maintenance people. It is nothing different than from the secular world. No matter what method or solution you give them, it is always rejected. Some have improved but unfortunately some had to leave too…. either their karma ran out on them or were asked to leave with the hope that they will realise the wrong they have done.

  9. Han on May 26, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for this short and straight to the point article.

    Definitely, I want to
    “Be a student that maintains others and not need further maintenance always otherwise you should transform yourself faster.”

  10. James Long on Oct 1, 2011 at 2:32 am

    第一年是摸索,吸取新的知识,接着是将所知的加于练习,思考。

    无论是学什么,三年后如果看不到什么改变,是时候反省了。这也表示我们没有放心思去学习。佛法不是只是坐在佛坛打坐诵经就可以了,真正的修行是每一天面对外间的人事物时,我们是否以一种比昨天昨天更开放、自在的心境来对待。

    持之以恒,五年都会看到一些转变。

  11. monlam on Sep 20, 2011 at 3:20 am

    After I read this post, I know I need to improve myself in Dharma, then I can help others more.

  12. skyong on Sep 16, 2011 at 12:44 am

    Being reminded to do the same thing again and again. Being told many times of the same thing. We might not have done enough to meet certain level of expectations. Clarify expectations and next time do it with more concentration, and patience. If we are unfamiliar with the task at hand we should not do it hastily just to get over with quickly. Ask someone experience or who has done it before for guidance if available.

  13. Wan Wai Meng on Sep 8, 2011 at 12:42 am

    I suppose if we are low maintenance after five years then it lets our teacher/lama to focus on the newbies or newer people for example. As within five years if we are serious about spirituality it should be sufficient time for us to learn and practise enough so we do not need constant maintenance.

    I suppose it is a reflection of how selfish we are, if we remain selfish then we still need constant attention from our teacher. If we have developed more compassion we’d really want to be really low maintenance so our teacher can devote his time to stabilise newer students or have more time to help people who have chronic problems or even life threatening ones.

  14. tsemtulku on Sep 5, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    From Jordan L. Polycranos on Facebook:

    Love this and you give the best ‘kick in the pants’ Dharma at times.
    It’s diligence, great love and being comfortable with my practice enough when obstacles arise to push through and not look back that have really been fruits of my effort.
    Being mindful and having confidence in my abilities and rediscovering the fun and joy of simple things like saying the Mani for others or saving worms after it rains.

  15. Sandy on Sep 5, 2011 at 2:42 am

    Dharma can be, initially, infuriating, frustrating and feel like such a difficult concept to get our heads around. However, as time goes on and the mind is observed, it appears that it’s not actually Dharma that’s difficult to embrace at all; the difficulty comes from our attachments, desires and aversions being unwilling to relent, and so we say that the Dharma is “hard;” in fact, the Dharma is quite easy – it’s the mind’s obstacles that seem to provide the frustration and irritation, which can leave us feeling like we should give up on the medicine and carry on courting the illness.

    Having recently spent time living in a monastery, where life is stripped to the essentials, I personally felt so much at peace and found that my mind was far more at ease than it is when living every day life. When the mind is faced with difficulty (for example, I spent three hours digging a long ditch for cabling, in the searing heat) I found that I had nowhere to “escape” to – I had to face the difficulty and resolve it. I asked myself, “Where is the suffering? Where are your problems really coming from?” In that moment, I realised that suffering is simply experiencing in a moment something that you don’t want and that, by realising that the moment will pass, I found it easy to let go and continue on with the work without the internal whining.

    So, I reached the conclusion for myself that it is far better to practise Sharma even in times when you don’t feel like it because, ironically, it’s in those moments that you’ll gain the little insights that will eventually lead to the big insights. Reading and studying and intellectualising are completely useless on their own. Buddhism was taught as a realised religion (i.e. you have to read, investigate, understand AND apply the teachings in order to realise the truth for yourself) and so, as Rinpoche touched upon, in order for the Dharma to be effective, it has to be taken to heart and applied. Holy, virtuous words alone are useless – Buddha said so himself. It’s only in the application of the Dharma – in the consistent application of the Dharma – that we will see results. Anything less than that results in time simply being wasted, like stepping into a gym, looking at the weights and wondering why you aren’t becoming stronger.

    Kind regards,
    Sandy

  16. henry ooi on Sep 4, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Many a time we lament, complain, etc but we just do not do anything to improve ourselves. We hope that be lamenting and complaining someone else will offer the solution and perhaps even solve our self created problems for us. Some of our excuses are:

    “I don’t know how to solve my problems or I am not good enough to solve others’ problems. There are others who are more qualified than me.”

    (I think it’s more of that not wanting to take responsibility, low esteem and laziness.)

    “I dare not speak up lest I offend that person.”

    (Fear of rejection because of our ego.)

    “I don’t have time to talk and offer solutions.”

    (Selfishness and laziness.)

    And the list goes on….

    In order not to be maintained but to maintain others, I do me best to put into practice the six Paramitas that Rinpoche has taught again and again.

  17. Janice Kwok on Sep 3, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Simple words supercharged meanings. Just like your car, if you constantly maintain it, it should become very low maintenance. If you didn’t then it start showing its faults and problems, break down and then it needs a super haul. Just like we check our car at set times, we should check ourselves and go on to the next level. 🙂

  18. Frederick Law on Sep 3, 2011 at 10:02 am

    the both im referring to is Nicholas and Doreen Teoh 🙂

  19. Frederick Law on Sep 3, 2011 at 10:00 am

    i agree with both of you, for me when i started Dharma and understand what is Dharma, it very difficult for me as well, its tough to let go of things that burdens me, especially when face with a very tough time during the initial stage i join Kechara, for a few month i was struggling with my burden, because i still could not let go of what had happen. But thanks to Nicholas and the team, after i did volunteer work, and read up Rinpoche blogs, understand Dharma, i started to see that everything happens because of our own karma, so just face it and deal with it, and learn to let go, because holding on to the things which has happen makes the suffering even more.
    Learning to let go, understand that it happens because of own karma, face it and manage it will brings more positive results, den holding on and grudging everyday why this happen to me, why that happen to me, it brings us no where, absolutely no where, it will drag us down.

    For Dharma has the medication for us. Thank you Rinpoche for the wonderful quote. with folded hands.

  20. jose on Sep 2, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Hello, I have been practicing for the last year,most of what i learned was from Buddhist literature, I live in a small central american country which is 99% Christian. In fifteen days I am moving to California. but just as I feel stable anything can come out of left field and knock me down, doubt arises, inner pain, fear, regret…I understand things but the realization comes and goes. I feel lost in my practice, what should I do? Since the age of thirteen I have had Generalized anxiety disorder, Buddhism has helped with this greatly, yet scientific explanations and thinking that I have no soul makes me sometimes take nihilistic views on life. All I want is some guidence, thank you.

  21. Benji on Sep 2, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Thank you Rinpochela, for another precious timely advice – i do agree, having taken Buddha Dharma to heart, one should change for the better; if not, one is really bluffing oneself.

  22. Tony on Sep 2, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Thanks so much Rinpoche. Occasionally I struggle with not wanting to do my daily practice. I get lazy or tired
    or whatever excuse pops into my head that drives me away from practice and towards my samsaric tendencies. However I am comforted and inspired just by the thought that you are out there working continuously to benefit all of us. Thank you again for your example, your words, your limitless compassion and dedication to teaching even though it is not what you prefer to be doing. You are so appreciated

  23. tenzin llhamo on Sep 1, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Dearest Rinpoche, thank you and I will try very hard to be of ‘no maintenance’.

  24. ST on Aug 31, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    You have so high standards and always raising the bar so to speak.

    I have been practicing the Dharma and am no where near where I should be – without a Guru and support of others in the spiritual community.

    Those who are near you don’t know how blessed and fortunate they are compared to desolate souls like me in a far distant land of never never probing in the dark!

    • Sharon Saw on Feb 26, 2013 at 11:28 pm

      Dear ST,

      It is crucial to find a Guru to expedite our spiritual journey. I hope you will find a Guru soon… and don’t place limitations on yourself geographically.. if you are in a place which doesn’t have Dharma, just move to a place which does! I have often asked people – if you knew for sure that Shakyamuni Buddha was in Alaska, would you move there to take teachings or would you say it’s too far, i have a job, i have a family, i have to pay my housing loan etc? It’s a wonderful thing to contemplate on…

  25. Nicholas on Aug 31, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Initially to put dharma in practice was really a challenge for me but good enough I have the Rinpoche, the dharma brothers & sisters to guide me through and I start to enjoy it.

    As time passes every moment when I face difficulties I always measure on how long I hold it and how fast I can let it go and learn frm it and move on. It’s not easy…..not easy at all. It takes quite some time for me & I’m still practicing hard.

    But I need to remind myself that if I don’t let it go it will haunt me for long time and I’ll never move on. I’ll never happy and make people around me suffer too.

    Dharma for me is to be happy not just for this moment but for long term and also for others. The fastest I can accept my karma and move on the better I think I’ll able to help others to guide/advise them and go through it.

    Thanks Rinpoche for this precious teaching.

    • Doreen Teoh on Aug 31, 2011 at 10:31 pm

      I fully agree with you, Nicholas. We have to let go our luggage and move on. If not, the luggage will burden someone too. It is not easy, but it is the tolerance and patient, and time that will determine this. Yes, it is always the support of our family, dharma brothers and sisters that hold you on.

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    MA LU SEM CHEN KUN GYI GON GYUR CHING
    DU TE PUNG CHAY MI ZAY JOM DZAY LHA
    NGO NAM MA LU YANG DA KYEN GYUR PAY
    CHOM DEN KOR CHAY NAY DIR SHEG SU SOL

    Protector of all beings without exception,
    Divine subduer of innumerable negative forces,
    Deity, perfect knower of all things,
    Bhagawan and attendants, please come here.

    Read more about Incense Offering to Dorje Shugdenat http://bit.ly/33R1cuk
  • nicholas
    Thursday, Dec 5. 2019 12:56 PM
    Malaysia’s rich cultural diversity is reflected in the country’s packed calendar of events and festivals. Most of these celebrations have religious or cultural origins and many are also designated as either state or national holidays.

    Celebrated by everyone in the country, the colourful festivities which observe the ethnic traditions and beliefs of the varied backgrounds of the population are what gives Malaysia the label of “Truly Asia” that it is so well known for.

    The national events and festivals of Malaysia are occasions for family reunions and for joyful community get-togethers. They are world-class examples of how diversity can be inclusive and celebrated.

    Many of these days of observation follow the lunar calendar, thus the dates they fall on vary from year to year.

    Check out the Top Ten Events and Festivals to Visit in Malaysia at http://bit.ly/2qiDrh8
  • nicholas
    Thursday, Dec 5. 2019 12:50 PM
    Before our globalised world of jet-setting travel, cosmopolitan cities and urban migration, the entire region of the Malay archipelago was, for more than 600 years, an international destination for Arab, Indian and Chinese maritime traders and European explorers who, through the centuries, settled down for trade or for love in these parts, thus creating cosmopolitan communities.

    A true melting pot, Malaysia is one of those rare places in the world where people of different ethnic origins, cultures, traditions and religious beliefs have infused harmoniously to form a distinct multicultural society.

    This country’s rich heritage includes hundreds-of-years-old temples, churches and mosques — some of these located within doors of each other, others having in one place shrines dedicated to deities of different faiths or denominations. All of them have played a key role (and still do!) in shaping the nation by being centres for the community to convene and connect spiritually.

    Check out the Top 10 Spiritual Power Places in Malaysia at http://bit.ly/2sBuVdU
  • Chris
    Thursday, Dec 5. 2019 11:16 AM
    Thank you for sharing this story with us Pastor Niral. It is a very warm story that fills my heart with joy and warmth. Rinpoche had always taught us to focus out and take care of the people around us and this will bring us great joy. Our little actions will have an unimaginable impact on those people who are in need of warmth.

    http://bit.ly/2LpuoCp

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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. 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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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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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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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
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
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There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
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Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden\'s grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche 

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    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!!
    2 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.
    2 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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KISG has carried out monthly animals liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh on Sunday. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has carried out monthly animals liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh on Sunday. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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The last bird taking his flight of freedom. Be compassionate always. Be kind to animals ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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Attended Dorje Shugden puja after our monthly Bird Liberation ~ Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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Attended Dorje Shugden puja after our monthly Bird Liberation ~ Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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Owen Liew offered incense to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas on behalf of KISG. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Steve from Ipoh offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas prior to our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Steve from Ipoh offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas prior to our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has completed our weekly Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Throwback - KSDS parent and student visited Kechara Forest Retreat ~ Wesak Day for virtuous deeds and have fun together. Alice, KSDS
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Wonderful to see these 2 siblings learn dharma together and pray to Manjushri before the class start. Alice, KSDS
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The youngest in the class of only 3 years ago learned how to do full lotus pose for breathing meditation session. Alice, KSDS
The youngest group of KSDS are very helpful in arranging the seats before the class. Alice, KSDS
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The youngest group of KSDS are very helpful in arranging the seats before the class. Alice, KSDS
Kechara Ipoh Study Group carried out Mother Tara's prayer recitations on Sunday morning. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Kechara Ipoh Study Group carried out Mother Tara's prayer recitations on Sunday morning. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Throwback- Group work activities during camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Grace led the teenage class on a blog chat article. Lin Mun KSDS
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Students and teachers were so excited with the performance hat. Lin Mun KSDS
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Class age 10-12 is lead by teacher Jayce. Lin Mun KSDS
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