The Beautiful & Sacred Kiri Vehera in Kataragama (Sri Lanka)

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Kiri Vehera in Kataragama is one of the sixteen sacred places that have been visited by Buddha Shakyamuni in Sri Lanka.

Kiri Vehera Stupa (Kiri Vehera) in Kataragama is one of the sixteen sacred places in Sri Lanka that have been visited by Buddha Shakyamuni (Solosmasthana). Kiri Vehera is unique because it facilitates a close and beautiful relationship between Buddhism and Hinduism. In the 6th century BC, King Mahasena, the previous incarnation of the celebrated God of War within the Hindu pantheon, Lord Murugan, met with Buddha Shakyamuni and took refuge in the Three Jewels. After this meeting, the king built Kiri Vehera in Kataragama to commemorate Buddha Shakyamuni’s visit. The relationship that was forged between Buddha Shakyamuni and Lord Murugan facilitated a close and peaceful coexistence between Buddhist and Hindu devotees in the region.

Therefore, Kiri Vehera in Kataragama is a must-visit place because it is charged with the Buddha’s blessings, and it inspires peace and tolerance among people of different backgrounds and faiths.

Tsem Rinpoche
 


 

History

 

The legend of Kiri Vehera Stupa

Buddha Shakyamuni visited Kataragama in 580 BC and gave a discourse to King Mahasena.

In 580 BC, eight years after he became enlightened, Buddha Shakyamuni, together with 500 arahants, went to Kajaragama (Kataragama) and met with King Mahasena who ruled over Mahagama, the present day Tissamaharama. Buddha Shakyamuni gave a discourse in the king’s Kihir tree garden. After listening to the precious Dharma from the Buddha, King Mahasena attained the stage of sovan or the first stage of spiritual eminence. Buddha Shakyamuni gave King Mahasena a lock of his hair and a sword that was used to cut his hair when he renounced his worldly life. After this meeting, King Mahasena built a stupa on the spot where Buddha Shakyamuni sat, to commemorate his visit and to enshrine the hair, sword, and the golden throne that the Buddha used to deliver the teaching. In addition, King Mahasena vowed to protect and promote Buddhism. Since the stupa was built on the garden of Kihir trees, it was known as Kihir Vehera. For easier pronunciation, the name was later changed to Kiri Vehera.

Buddha Shakyamuni’s visit to Kataragama is mentioned in Dhatuvamsa, a palm leaf manuscript found in Sri Lanka, and Samanthapasadika, a compendium of commentaries on Theravada Tipitaka Vinaya that was translated from Sinhala language into Pali by Buddhaghosa, a 5th century Indian Theravadan Buddhist and scholar. According to various historical records, Kiri Vehera was also known as Magulmahaseya.

 

The Legend of the God of Kataragama

Lord Murugan, the protector deity of Kataragama and his two consorts, Valliamma and Thevaniamma.

After he had passed away, King Mahasena was reborn as the God of Kataragama. He was also known by various names, Kartikeya, Skanda Kumara, or Lord Murugan. The people of Kataragama regarded Lord Murugan as Kataragama Deviyo or the protector deity of Kataragama, who would help those who appealed to him with faith. Maureen Seneviratne, a Sri Lankan writer and journalist, stated in her article, The Cult of Kataragama, that Kartikeya, Kanda Kumara, Lord Murugan, and the God of Kataragama are the same deity:

The cult of Kataragama is that of the war-god of the Hindu pantheon. At first, he dwelt with the other gods and his terrible father, Siva the Destroyer, third and awesome lord of the great Hindu Triumvirate, on the Mount Kailasa. To his devotees, the god of Kataragama is known by many names and many powers are attributed to him. Kandasamy they call him, or Kanda Kumara, Skanda or Subramanyo, the second son of the high, majestic Siva; Muruga: the god of youth and tenderness and beauty, especially in Ceylon, because all these things, and love of a maiden, brought him to the island—so legend has it, thousands of years ago. But Muruga is a name only spoken in fulsome awe; it is never written for it is too holy a word for that. Kartikeya is another of his names denoting his origin: ‘the one coming from the Pleiades;’ Gangeya: ‘born from the Ganges,’ sacred river of the Hindus in India; Sanmugam: ‘the one with six faces.’

Lord Murugan’s parents, God Shiva and his wife, Parvati.

According to Hindu mythology, Lord Murugan was the son of God Shiva and his wife, Parvati. He was also the brother of Ganesha, the God of Wisdom. One day, Narada, Lord Brahma’s son who wandered in the three worlds, introduced Lord Murugan to Valliamma, a girl whom he spotted in the southeastern forest of Sri Lanka. Valliamma was the daughter of the chieftain of the indigenous Vedda tribe. Prior to this event, Valliamma had made a vow that she would not marry any man except for the God of Kataragama himself. Due to the power of this vow, Lord Murugan came to her and helped her to fulfil her vow by marrying her. After the marriage, Lord Murugan’s first wife and the daughter of Lord Indra, Thevaniamma, came to Sri Lanka and made fruitless attempts to ask Lord Murugan to get rid of Valliamma. Eventually, Thevaniamma decided to accept the situation and stay with Lord Murugan and Valliamma in the mountain jungle near Menik Ganga. Today, Kataragama residents celebrate the relationship between Lord Murugan and Valliamma in the annual Esela Perehera (Esala Festival).

Lord Murugan was a faithful follower of Buddha Shakyamuni’s teachings. Through his sincere help, Lord Murugan managed to gain the love and respect of the people in Kataragama. Lord Murugan is depicted as having six faces, twelve hands and eyes to signify that he has the physical strength of six men. The people of Kataragama believe that Lord Murugan and his two wives live in Kebiliththa, in Yala National Park. Every year, thousands of Lord Murugan’s devotees visit Kebiliththa to make offering and get his blessing.

Every year, thousands of devotees come to Kebiliththa to make offering to Lord Murugan and to get his blessing.

 

The relationship between Kiri Vehera, sacred Bodhi tree, and Kataragama Devalaya

Shanghamitta (281 – 202 BC), the daughter of Emperor Ashoka, brought the Bodhi tree sapling to Sri Lanka.

In the 3rd century BC, the daughter of Mauryan Emperor Ashoka, Sanghamitta (281 – 202 BC), brought the sapling of the original Bodhi tree, under which Buddha Shakyamuni attained enlightenment, from India to Sri Lanka. The Bodhi tree was later planted in Anuradhapura. One of the first saplings that sprang from the Anuradhapura Bodhi tree was brought to Kataragama and planted near Kiri Vehera. Today the Bodhi tree in Kataragama religious complex has become the sacred object of veneration.

After King Mahasena built Kiri Vehera, several kings who came to pay homage at this sacred place renovated and made improvements to Kiri Vehera. One of these kings was King Dutugemunu (r. 161 – 137 BC). According to the legend, when he was in Menik Ganga area, to prepare for a war with King Elara (r. 205 – 161 BC), a Chola Dynasty prince who invaded and usurped the throne of Anuradhapura Kingdom, Lord Murugan appeared before King Dutugemunu and said “O’ Prince, go fearlessly your way ahead, your victory is certain and always believe that I am by your side whatever happens.” Lord Murugan then gave a sword to King Dutugemunu to be used in the war. According to Mahavamsa, the chronicles of Sri Lankan kings, King Dutugemunu then made a vow in front of the Bodhi tree in Kataragama that he would renovate Kiri Vehera and build a shrine to honour Lord Murugan. After he was successful in overthrowing King Elara and brought the regions in Sri Lanka under unification, King Dutugemunu went to Kiri Vehera in Kataragama to meditate. Once again Lord Murugan appeared before the king and shot an arrow in the direction of Wedihiti Kanda, a rocky mountain near Kiri Vehera, and instructed the king to build a shrine for people to venerate him in that place. It was believed that the arrow fell on the spot where Lord Murugan met his second wife, Valliamma.

The Bodhi tree in Kataragama.

King Dutugemunu (r. 161 – 137 BC) who renovated Kiri Vehera and built Kataragama Devalaya.

Wedihiti Kanda – Lord Murugan appeared before King Dutugemunu and shot an arrow in the direction of Wedihiti Kanda, a rocky mountain near Kiri Vehera, and instructed the king to build a shrine for people to venerate him in that place.

True to his promise, King Dutugemunu enlarged Kiri Vehera stupa and built Kataragama Devalaya, a temple to honour Lord Murugan. Since Lord Murugan mainly resides in Kebiliththa and only come to Kataragama Devalaya on special occasions such as Esala Festival or poya (full moon) days, his minister, Kadawara Deviyo, is believed to be the guardian of the temple. Kiri Vehera, the sacred Bodhi tree, and Kataragama Devalaya are located in the present-day Kataragama religious complex.

The entrance of Kataragama Devalaya.

Kataragama Devalaya was originally built by King Dutugemunu.

Kadawara Deviyo, Lord Murugan’s minister and the guardian of Kataragama Devalaya.

 

The Dark Ages

In the 13th century, King Kalinga Magha (r. 1215 – 1236), who was also known as Magha the Tyrant, invaded the kingdoms in Sri Lanka and brought massive destruction to many sacred places including Kiri Vehera and Kataragama religious complex. The area was soon covered with jungle and became hidden from human view until the 20th century. During these dark ages, only several pilgrims and villagers who lived near the area knew about the existences of Kiri Vehera and Kataragama Devalaya. They continued to worship Lord Murugan at the hidden temple although they had to walk to the shrine since there were no proper roads to access the place.

 

Kiri Vehera Restoration Projects

Between 1911 and 1912, a group of archaeologists that consisted of H.C.P. Bell (CCS), Hocart, Dr. Senarath Paranavitane, Dr. Raja H. de Silva, Dr. D.T. Devendra, Dr. Godakumbure, M.H. Sirisoma, and Roland de Silva, made major attempts to uncover many archaeological sites in Sri Lanka, including Kiri Vehera.

The statue of Sir Cyril de Zoysa (1896 – 1978) in Kataragama.

A more focus renovation program was executed in 1970 under the leadership of Sir Cyril de Zoysa (1896 – 1978), a Sri Lankan industrialist, senator, and philanthropist who formed the Kiri Vehera Restoration Society. When he took on the project, only the pinnacle of the stupa was visible. By referring to the ancient chronicles and historical records about the dimensions and specifications of the stupa, Sir Cyril de Zoysa identified the sacred Kiri Vehera and restored it to the current glory. On 26 October 1970, Sri Lanka Prime Minister at the time, the Honourable Dudley Senanayake, officially crowned Kiri Vehera with a gilded pinnacle. In May 2009, to commemorate the contribution of Sir Cyril de Zoysa to the city of Kataragama, the honourable Speaker of the House, W.J.M. Lokubandara, unveiled the statue of this great man. The Sri Lankan government continued to maintain and made improvements to the stupa. In 2014, a permanent lighting system was installed at Kiri Vehera.

In 2014, President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa, inaugurated a permanent lighting system at Kiri Vehera.

 

About Kiri Vehera Stupa

Many devotees come to Kiri Vehera every year to make offerings to this sacred stupa.

Every year, many devotees come to Kiri Vehera to make offerings to this sacred stupa.

With the measurement of 29m (95ft) tall and 85.3m (280ft) circumference, the majestic Kiri Vehera is milky white in colour. According to Richard Gombrich and Gananath Obeyesekere, in their book titled Buddhism Transformed: Religious Change in Sri Lanka, the significance of Kiri Vehera’s colour is described as follows:

If the predominant colour in Kataragama is red, the colour of the Kiri Vehera is white; if one place represents the celebration of the senses, the other celebrates their subjugation and transcendence. Underlying all of this is the powerful “myth model” of the Buddha’s own renunciation of the world: his enjoyment of a life of hedonism; his confrontation with the four signs – sickness, old age, death, and the model of their transcendence in the yellow-robed medicant; his final achievement of salvation – a calm, a blowing out, nirvana. The pilgrim also has made his full progress: he crosses the river and leaves the everyday reality of mundane existence; from there he goes on to the passion and sensuality of Kataragama, then to the shock of life’s suffering and misery, and finally to a realisation of release from both passion and misery – all aspects of impermanence – into the serenity and calm of the Kiri Vehera.” Even today, over two thousand years after it was first built, the sacred Kiri Vehera continued to attract thousands of pilgrims and tourists from around the world.

Visitors and Buddhist devotees make flower offerings at the sacred Kiri Vehera.

Beautiful offerings of light at Kiri Vehera.

The current head of Kiri Vehera Raja Maha Viharaya is Venerable Kobawaka Dhamminda Thera. He was the senior student of the late Venerable Dr. Aluthwewa Soratha Nayaka Thera (Venerable Soratha Thera) (1943 – 2013), the previous chief incumbent of the temple.

Address:
Kataragama
91400 Kataragama, Uva Province
Phone: +94 47 2 235237
Opening hours: 24 hours
Entrance fee: free

 

About Kataragama Religious Complex

Kataragama Religious Complex is the representation of the religious tolerance in Sri Lanka where people of various faiths coexist peacefully. In addition to Kiri Vehera, the sacred Bodhi tree, and Kataragama Devalaya, there is a Muslim mosque in the area. Visitors and pilgrims can make offering of flowers and fruits to the sacred places and purchased mementos from the nearby souvenir shops/ stalls.

A small stall that sell flower offering at Kiri Vehera.

A small stall that sells flower offering at Kiri Vehera.

The small stalls that sell souvenirs at Kiri Vehera.

The small stalls that sell souvenirs at Kiri Vehera.

 

Best Time to Visit

Kataragama in Uva Province is influenced by Northeastern monsoon. Visitors can expect dryer weather from May to September. The best time to visit Kataragama is during Vesak celebration in May or during Esala Festival between the month of July and August.

 

The relationship between Buddhism and Hinduism in Kataragama

Venerable Dr. Aluthwewa Soratha Nayaka Thera (1943 – 2013), the late chief of Kiri Vehera Raja Maha Viharaya.

The relationship between Buddhism and Hinduism in Kataragama is oblivious. The Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims that visited the place showed their deep veneration to the Buddhist sites of Kiri Vehera and the Bodhi tree, and the Hindu site, Kataragama Devalaya. In 2003, the late Venerable Soratha Thera explained about this unique relationship in an interview with The Sunday Observer:

[In his previous life as King Mahasena, Lord Murugan had taken] refuge in the Triple Gems and vowed to remain to protect and promote the Buddhist religion and its followers for all time to come. …

Many Buddhists believe that the Kataragama God is a Bodhisattva (Buddha-to-be) having the power and compassion to intervene in the lives of those who appeal to him. He is the guardian and friend of Sri Lankan Buddhists especially, but he will help people of any religion and nationality.

It makes no difference if one is a Buddhist, Hindu, Jain or what. Respect him and have firm faith in him, and he can intervene to settle personal problems that interfere with one’s spiritual growth. There are tried and proven ways to obtain his help.

Regarding some comments made that Lord Murugan is a Hindu god, and therefore he should not be worshiped by Buddhists, Venerable Soratha Thera explained:

Our Sinhala traditions preserved [oral] and ancient poems like the Kanda Upata [which] declare that Kataragama Deviyo came to this Sinhala Deepa long ago by boat from North India, just as our ancestor Vijaya and his companions did also. This god has been living here as long as we have, maybe even longer. He had never harmed anyone, except those who aimed to do injustice or harm to others. We consider god Kataragama to be one of the Four Guardian Deities* of the Sinhala pantheon, perhaps the most powerful one of them all. If Hindus and others wish to worship him, we Buddhists have no objection. He is great enough to satisfy everyone, whatever their backgrounds or beliefs are.

*Note: The four guardian deities of Sri Lanka are Kataragama (Lord Murugan), Vishnu, Pattini, and Saman.

Regarding the comments made by some people that said there is no place in Buddhism for god worship, Venerable Soratha Thera explained:

Lord Buddha himself met and accepted the salutations of major deities like Brahma, Indra, and others. He never denied the existence of devas. He was a great friend to humans and non-humans alike.

Modern-educated Sri Lankans, influenced by Western misinterpretations of Buddhism, cling to the mistaken idea that Lord Buddha advocated 19th century-style rationalism or atheism. We should protect the Buddha Sasana by accepting the whole body of traditional Buddhist doctrine and practice, and not pick and choose to suit the passing fashions of thought.

Due to the great contribution of scholar monks like Venerable Soratha Thera, Buddhism in Sri Lanka continued to coexist peacefully with other beliefs in the region.

 

Festivals

 

Esala Festival

The lively procession during Esala Festival.

Esala Festival is the biggest event in Kataragama and is usually held in the month of July and August. Although the objectives of Esala Festival are to celebrate Lord Murugan and his courtship with Valliamma, the event is closely related to Kiri Vehera and Sinhala Buddhism. Before any festival, the secretary of Kataragama Devalaya come to Kiri Vehera to make offering of betel chew to the chief incumbent and take five lay person vows (Pancha Sil) prior to fixing the festival dates and inviting the sangha’s participation. Buddhist Parita chanting (Pirith Nilaya) during the festival may only be performed by the monks of Kiri Vehera Raja Maha Viharaya. The first puja should be offered to Buddha Shakyamuni before performing a puja for Lord Murugan.

Menik Ganga. During Esala Festival, people of various faiths and religions clean themselves with holy water from Menik Ganga.

People of various faiths and backgrounds (e.g., Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, and the indigenous Vedda tribe members) attend Esala Festival. During the festival, the attendees clean themselves with the holy water from Menik Ganga and make offerings of fruits, incense, and flowers at the temple. The acts of self-mortification such as walking on hot ember or Kavadi dancing, are also common among Hindu devotees.

The highlight of Esala Festival happens on the full moon evening. The event begins with the chanting of Buddhist Parita by the monks of Kiri Vehera Raja Maha Viharaya to invite the blessings of the Three Jewels. The monks then sprinkled the blessed water on the Basnayake Nilame (Chief Official) of Kataragama Devalaya and his entourage as an indication that the event is also sacred to Buddhist devotees. Then, the joyous procession started. There are two trained elephants that joined the event. One of the elephants carry a relic casket that represents the presence of Buddha Shakyamuni, and another elephant carries a six-cornered yantra (spiritual) device that represent Lord Murugan’s presence. The procession proceeds to Kiri Vehera where the monks received the Chief Official of Kataragama Devalaya. The Chief Official takes refuge in the Three Jewels and accepts Pancha Sil. A Gilanpasa Buddha Puja is then performed, and offerings were made to Buddha Shakyamuni and the sangha members. After the Buddhist rituals are completed, the space is filled with the blessings of Lord Murugan.

The lively procession during Esala Festival.

The lively procession during Esala Festival.

 

Vesak Day

The sacred and beautiful Kiri Vehera is illuminated with lights on Vesak day.

Another important event at Kiri Vehera is Vesak day that celebrates Buddha Shakyamuni’s birth, enlightenment, and Parinirvana. Just like in other parts of Sri Lanka, in Kiri Vehera, Vesak is celebrated during full moon day in May. The event is marked by the religious and cultural festival. During Vesak celebration, Kiri Vehera is illuminated with lights, and many Dharma related activities (e.g., Dharma discussions, meditation) are held.

 

Nanumura Mangalya

Every Saturday morning, Nanumura Mangalya, a ceremony to offer Menik Ganga water to the sacred Bodhi tree is held to commemorate King Mahasena’s vow of allegiance to the Buddhist principles.

 

How To Get there

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Kataragama is located in Uva Province and approximately 15 km (9.3 mi) from Yala National Park. Visitors can travel by bus or alternatively by chartered car. Kataragama can be reached from Tissamahara (1 hour by bus), Ella (3 hours by bus), Colombo (45 minutes by airplane or 6 hours by bus).

 

Accommodation

The town of Kataragama is a popular pilgrimage spot for Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and the indigenous Vedda people of Sri Lanka. Many places have sprung up to cater for these pilgrims, but if you visit Kataragama in July and August when Esala Festival is held, the accommodation can be scarce. Below are just some of the several places available. It is recommended that you do further research to find accommodation that is suitable for your needs.
1. Mandara Rosen

The hotel is located in the midst of lush mountain, and it offers 58 tastefully designed rooms with modern amenities.

Address:
No 57 Detagamuwa
Kataragama 91400, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 47 2 236030
Website: http://www.mandararosen.com
2. Gregory’s Safari Bungalow Yala

The Bungalow offers four air-conditioned bedrooms and cabana equipped with modern amenities.

Address:
No.101/18, Manikpuragama
Wallimathagama,
Kataragama, Sri Lanka.
Phone: +94 71 944 5566
Website: http://www.gregorybungalow.com/katharagama/index.php

 
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  1. Anne Ong on Dec 26, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    Interesting history and pictures of this pilgrimage place. Sri Lankans are so blessed to be able to have so many holy places so close by. A very spiritual island which is a veritable melting pot of religions. A place where Hinduism and Buddhism took root. Thank you very much Rinpoche and blog team for this wonderful article ???

  2. Choong on Jun 29, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    This is an extremely blessed nexus. I did not know that Sri Lanka has so many notable links to the Buddha. After reading this article, I am also glad that the long civil war in Sri Lanka has ended. May Sri Lanka and all its peoples be blessed.

    What I also just came across is that Āryadeva, a disciple of Nagarjuna and author of several important Mahayana Madhyamaka Buddhist texts, is also from Sri Lanka. He is also known as Kanadeva, the 15th patriarch in Chan Buddhism, and as “Bodhisattva Deva” in Sri Lanka.

  3. Wai Meng Wan on Jun 29, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    This is very nice, another spot that we can go for pilgrimage for. Sri Lankans are so blessed to be able to have so many holy places so close by.

    Yes this is a very unique place where buddhism and hinduism intersect, and all can pray here. Lord Katargama sounds very much like a dharma protector (dharmapala) for the Sri Lankans.

  4. Stella Cheang on Jun 21, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    Heartwarming to read about religious harmony in Kataragama, where Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam co-exist peacefully. Sri Lanka truly practice religious freedom, which is akin to embracing the teachings of Buddha. Kings of the past were very motivated to enshrine the holy sites and spread Buddha Dharma. It is a good example modern leaders can model after. Thank you, Rinpoche, for this sharing.

  5. Kenneth on Jun 19, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    The story of its restoration is equally as interesting and wonderful. Great story, especially the intersection of Buddhist history with Hindu mythology!

    Kiri Vehera - A crumbling mound rises to its ancient glory

    Kiri Vehera - A crumbling mound rises to its ancient glory - Out of the jungle, a thing of beauty

    • Valentina Suhendra on Aug 6, 2017 at 6:19 am

      Dear Kenneth

      Thank you for your comment. Prior to reading this article, I did not know about the intersection between Hinduism and Buddhism. It was interesting that in his previous life, Lord Murugan was a Buddhist King who built Kiri Vehera stupa. Even to this day in his current form, Lord Murugan continues to benefit sentient beings. After learning about this, I develop an appreciation for Hinduism, and it is another proof as to the reason we have to practice inter-religious tolerance and promote inter-religious harmony.

      Valentina

  6. Fong on Jun 16, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    A very spiritual island which is a veritable melting pot of religions. A place where Hinduism and Buddhism took root. So much religious history and culture. it would be wonderful to be able to immerse oneself in the culture and history of the island.

  7. Samfoonheei on Jun 15, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Wow….there so much to see just in Sri lanka.A country with beautiful and amazing ancients historical sacred Buddha site and so forth.The beautiful and Sacred Kiri Vehera in Kataragama,Sri Lankais another wonderful place to visit.Ita a place with beautiful history and legands as well.The sacred Kiri Vehera Stupa is a must visit place.
    The unique relationship between Buddhism and Hinduism Kataragama very special in way that pilgrims visited the place showing their great
    respect,reverence ,worship to the Buddhist sites of Kiri Vehera and the Bodhi tree, and the Hindu site, Kataragama Devalaya.
    Buddhism in Sri Lanka continued to coexist peacefully with other beliefs in the region.
    Its interesting to know about the Esala Festival which is the biggest event in Kataragama whereby various faiths and religions clean themselves with holy water from Menik Ganga.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these wonderful article and very informative.

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  • S.Prathap
    Monday, Jul 13. 2020 03:33 PM
    Sailing stones, are a geological phenomenon where rocks move and slide across the surface or on long tracks along a smooth valley floor .Scientist have been wondering how these happened and puzzled by the mysterious “sailing stones .

    Actually we need to thank the mother earth for creating all the wonders and miracles.Thank you very much for this good sharing.

    https://bit.ly/2CxqENS
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 13. 2020 12:30 PM
    Duldzin Drakpa Gyeltsen was considered as an emanation of Lama Tsongkhapa. He was one of the principal disciples of Je Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism. He was the founder of Tsunmo Tsal and built Ganden Monastery in Tibet. A great holder of the vinaya, well known and respected by many. With his incredible devotion and commitment that he had promise to arise as an Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden to preserve the lineage of Tsongkhapa teachings.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/duldzin-drakpa-gyeltsen.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 13. 2020 12:28 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for the precious Dharma teachings. Giving teachings in the early sunrise is indeed wonderful. Watching sunrise and spending a moment listening Rinpoche’s teaching will brighten the day with positive energy.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sunrise-dorje-shugden-puja-in-kechara-forest-retreat.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 13. 2020 12:26 PM
    Thich Nhat Hanh is truly a global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist, revered around the world for his powerful teachings on mindfulness. He is the founder of the Plum Village Tradition where he spent most of his later life residing at the Plum Village Monastery in France. He is one of the best known and most respected Zen masters in the world today. He has been travelling internationally to give retreats and teachings. He finally made a surprise decision to go back to his root country in Vietnam . Interesting read of a great spiritual leader who has won him several awards for his incredible work of spreading compassion around the world solely just to benefits others.He has authored more than 100 books on various subjects and commentaries on ancient Buddhist texts.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/thich-nhat-hanh-the-icon-of-peace-and-courage.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jul 12. 2020 02:20 PM
    Most Chinese people believe in Buddhism. So there are countless religious sites in this vast land. China has such an incredibly long history that it makes sense that there would be a lot of places of interest where holy relics were kept. It would be wonderful to go spiritually enriching, going on pilgrimage to all these Holy scared places as mentioned. Interesting to read with lots of information making the trip much easier . Its amazing there are so many temples where holy Buddha relics been kept. Looking at it merely tells us all and is a blessing connected with the spiritual qualities of the Buddha. Interesting read and beautiful pictures shared.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Stella for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/holy-relic-sites-of-china-very-interesting.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jul 12. 2020 02:19 PM
    Kechara Oasis serves good and healthy foods for most its vegetarian. Kechara Oasis founded by our Lama Tsem Rinpoche caters to fine, high quality, delicious food leaves a deep impression on our nature. Looking at those pictures tells us more. Well decorated those foods shown. We can live and be healthy without killing animals for food. Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life. As our Lama had always encouraged us to on vegetarian to save animals .
    Choosing to go on vegetarian is the best choice. One of these day I will go KO to try those delicious dishes.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/liaisons/look-at-the-food.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jul 12. 2020 02:17 PM
    A mandala offering in Tibetan Buddhism is a symbolic offering of the entire universe to the Buddha . Its very meritorious to do this practice with the purpose of helping us to transform our ordinary minds and offering away our ego to gain enlightenment. Mandala offering is a powerful method or a preliminary practice for accumulating extensive merit. The mandala offering is more like training us to develop the mind that takes delight and joy in making other people happy. In doing so, we create a vast collection of merits and it’s important that our visualization is clear and well fully concentration. I still plenty to learn from this post and will read again time from time to understand better.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mandala-offering-a-powerful-method-to-accumulate-merits.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jul 11. 2020 02:22 PM
    Avalokitesvara is one of the most famous bodhisattvas in Buddhism. Of the many bodhisattvas, it is identified specifically as the embodiment of compassion and as such has been worshipped throughout Buddhist Asia. Beautiful statue of of 1000-armed Avalokitesvara been offered to Rinpoche. A beautiful gift indeed. The bodhisattva seeks the full and complete enlightenment of Buddhahood out of compassionate concern for the salvation of all sentient beings. Very auspicious and meritorious to have one in the home .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this beautiful statue given by Joshua and family from Singapore .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/beautiful-1000-armed-avalokitesvara.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jul 11. 2020 02:19 PM
    Well said by Jayadevi that as a Buddhist we need to behave well setting a good example to all. Behaving well to practice the Dharma and will inspire more people to practice. We create beauty with our attitude, our behaviour, our actions, will inspire people. Living in a place where we are the only one who practice Buddhism is far more important with our behaviour to gain respect and trust.
    Being a Buddhist is not that hard as long we have a proper teacher guiding us , learning and putting in actions in a correct manner . Following our teacher advice and for most to have our mind transform. We are fortunate to learn, practice Dharma from Rinpoche.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands,

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/whats-the-hardest-thing-about-being-a-buddhist.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jul 11. 2020 02:17 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and Wei Tan for this wonderful sharing . Happiness depends upon ourselves how we manage things out. It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness and seeing the happy faces of others. But when we expect too much it becomes an obstacle. Everyone chases after happiness, but few understand where it comes from. Well everything starts within ourselves, mind and in our heart. The only thing that will make us happy is being happy with who we are. To me happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude in helping others to be happy. Learning dharma has me change the way I think , it’s a choice .
    Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. — quoted Buddha

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/when-we-live-our-lives-in-an-unselfish-manner-we-have-more-happiness.html
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Jul 10. 2020 10:20 PM
    I have a strong respect for all the religions, religious places and the mode of prayers they follow. I believe it is more important to have a strong faith, and this faith will lead us on the correct path.

    Thank you for the precious sharing and bring us to the beautiful snow-covered peaks view of Gaden Monastery. I am bless to see the photo of Golden Stupa that encases the holy remains of Lama Tsongkapa’s blessed body/clothes/relics. I sure you must had enjoyed the wonderful experiences of the journey.
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 10. 2020 08:59 PM
    NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft has discovered several terrestrial-mass planets orbiting. Interesting they have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the habitable zone . Wow… an Earth-sized world within the habitable range of its star, which could allow the presence of liquid water to exist. It has proven we are not alone in this universe where others being such as Aliens or UFO. I do believe definitely there are other unknown beings exist and other planets as well. Maybe in future , more discoveries.
    Interesting read .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/guess-what-was-found.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 10. 2020 08:58 PM
    Money is not everything in life and is not evil . But one uses it in a wrong way it creates harm and unhappiness. Money is the worst discovery in human life but it is the most trusted material to test human nature. With the money , we have use it wisely as one without money in life is tough and rough. If have more money than we need it is good to give away helping in charity and to those who needed badly. To teach our children the right way, never spoiled them with attachment. There is no easy way or short cut .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/is-wealth-evil.html
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Jul 10. 2020 12:55 AM
    The art of dinning come from the menu, style and the concept of the restaurant. I haven’t been there but the menu looks yummy. I love almost all vegetarian food that’s made from fresh and healthy ingredients. Vegetarian food leaves a deep impression of our nature. Thank you for the sharing, I wish to walk in one of these days.
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 9. 2020 04:41 PM
    Heart breaking after watching the video. Its really sad watching those animals including bludgeoning, neck-breaking while many are skinned alive. The way they were killed just for their fur is horrible inhumane practices. In fact those animals are confined to relatively small wire cages with little enrichment. Millions of fur-bearing animals are killed every year by trappers worldwide. For many of us, wearing fur is simply cruel, and to be avoided at all costs. China is the largest importer of fur pelts in the world and the largest exporter of finished fur products. Glad that campaign groups such as PETA have long highlighted the cruelty of such farms. Fur farming is now banned in a number of countries such as Austria, Croatia, the United Kingdom and so forth. Not only causing the suffering and deaths of millions of animals each year, the production of wool, fur, and leather contributes to climate change, land devastation, pollution, and even water contamination. Hopefully the fur industry can work together with farms with better regulations.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing to bring awareness of the cruelty of animal at fur farm.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/animal-cruelty-in-china.html

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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ 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
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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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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
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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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
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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
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
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Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
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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
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