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. Samfoonheei on Nov 12, 2020 at 1:27 pm

    Kiri Vehera is an ancient stupa situated in Kataragama, Sri Lanka. This stupa probably dates back to the 3rd century BC. It is believed to have been built by King Mahasena, to commemorate Buddha Shakyamuni’s visit.
    One of the most popular 16 sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the country . Every year, hundred thousand will come to Kiri Vehera to make offerings to this sacred stupa. Interesting read of a such a holy place infused with so positive energy which I wish to visit.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

  2. 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 ???

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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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  • Saras
    Thursday, May 19. 2022 02:38 PM
    It is quite sad to know the condition of our Earth. Pollution essentially affects the quality of human life than one can imagine. The resources earth provides us are limited. They are blessings which we do not count.

    All these are mainly caused by human activities which harm the environment. It works in mysterious ways, sometimes which cannot be seen by the naked eye. Human has become selfish and is utilizing the earth’s resources at a instant rapid rate to enjoy privileges however forgotten on the effect of it in long run.

    Earth is a privilege given to us by nature and it’s our responsibility to protect it . Our well
    being solely depends on this. We should create awareness and start taking action to help our mother nature instead of looking for another earth. However, this is soon going to be our reality if we do not save the earth now.

    https://bit.ly/3wpmvEW
  • Saras
    Tuesday, May 17. 2022 10:59 PM
    Thank you for the unique interior design of Tao Restaurant in New York. I am very much fascinated to see the huge Buddha statue in this restaurant.

    The design idea is as such that able to bring versatile atmosphere to life. It also has a significant influence on customer experience because it includes planning the layout of the restaurant.

    Looking at the design itself very much suit to a Vegetarian Restaurant.

    https://bit.ly/3MqRkPe
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, May 17. 2022 03:52 PM
    Kyabje Chatral Rinpoche, also known as Chetul Sangye Dorje, is one of the few living disciples of the great master Khenpo Ngagchung . A great renowned realised Dzogchen yogis Master known for his great realization and strict disciplines. He lives a life as a wandering yogi meditating alone in caves for many years ,ceaselessly working to overturn samsara for all sentient beings. During his life Chatral Rinpoche was one of the most vocal opponents of meat eating in Tibetan Buddhism. He releases large amounts of fish from the Calcutta fish markets every year.Chatral Rinpoche even composed a song about this practise of saving lives. His amazing story and teachings had indeed inspired many especially the westerners. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/kyabje-chatral-sangye-dorjee-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, May 17. 2022 03:51 PM
    Samfoonheei on May 17, 2022 at 3:45 pm
    Revisit this incredible sharing of the history of Bhutan and the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. Bhutan a beautiful landlocked country have been long connected with Dorje Shugden ever since the days of 4th Zhabdrung Rinpoche Jetsun Jigme Norbu long and established tradition in Bhutan. Bhutan recognizes Buddhism as the state’s “spiritual heritage,” provides for freedom of religion, and bans discrimination based on religious belief. Buddhism was first introduced to Bhutan in the 7th century by Guru Padmasambhava. The Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal is considered to be the founder of modern day Bhutan. Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal was notable Drukpa Kagyu masters of this nation advocated the practice of the enlightened Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. These goes back to the time of the 3rd Drubwang Tenzin Zangpo from the incarnation lineage where he had authored part of an early propitiation text to Dorje Shugden. Followed by the 4th Zhabdrung Jigme Norbu, from the reincarnation lineage of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, also included extensive prayers to Dorje Shugden in his collected works. Interesting findings the Gyalwang Drukpas are considered to be emanations of Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion. All liturgies to Dorje Shugden can be found in the collected works of prominent high lamas whose incarnation lineages are deeply linked with the very fabric of Bhutan’s history. The 4th Zhabdrung Rinpoche Jetsun Jigme Norbu is highly attained and cannot be wrong about Dorje Shugden. The 4th Zhabdrung Jigme Norbu’s autobiography tells all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing. May more and more people know the truth the very truth and realised that Dorje Shugden is not evil but a very powerful dharma protector. The practice of Dorje Shugden is indeed very beneficial which had been practiced centuries ago.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-4th-zhabdrung-rinpoche-of-bhutan-and-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, May 17. 2022 03:40 PM
    Great reading this post by Martin Desai of Huffington Post that brought out the truth of the illegal ban to the world. Huffpost an American news aggregator and blog, with localized and international editions, publishing a fair and logical article on the religious discrimination issue. It’s the Dorje Shugden controversy that’s have been going on along long time ago. For over more than 20 years Dorje Shugden people had been suffering from discrimination and segregation for their practice. Thank you Martin Desai for high lighting this injustice issue and sharing it is to the world. Thank you Huffington Post for publishing. Those who practice Dorje Shugden are being denied of service from hospitals and clinics. Some even are not allowed to work in government sectors. There’s more proof to support that it has happened like checking into hotel as in this post . Reading this article will tell all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/huffington-post-when-machiavelli-dons-tibetan-robes.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, May 12. 2022 01:34 PM
    Prof. Lokesh Chandra is a well known scholar of the Vedic period, Buddhism and the Indian arts. Amazingly he has he published 576 books and 286 articles just between 1942 and 2004. He has also held many official government positions as well. Wow he has travelled widely all over Europe, Asia and Russia. He has studied many multi languages as such English, Hindi, Sanskrit, Bengali, Pali, Old Persian, Japanese, Chinese, Tibetan, Malayalam, Mongolian, Indonesian, Greek, Latin, German, French, Tamil, Old Javanese, Russian, Avesta, and even Old Persian. Truly genius talented scholar of all time.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Joy for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/books-poetry/professor-lokesh-chandra-indias-great-scholar.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, May 12. 2022 01:31 PM
    GREAT NEWS…..Jewish priests are promoting vegetarianism to their followers . Most modern-day Jews are not vegetarian. Following a vegetarian diet are varied but include health benefits, such as reducing life threading diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers disease. Vegetarians appear to have lower low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure and lower rates of hypertension and type 2 diabetes . That’s very true. By not eating meat one helps to discourage the cruel treatment of animals such as cows, pigs, chickens, and other animals on factory farms for consumption. One also helps to improve the environment, insofar as factory farms are major sources of water and air pollution, including gasses that contribute to global warming. By not eating meat one helps oneself, since a vegetarian diet is far healthier for humans than a diet based on meat. Jewish Vegetarian Society and others did the right approach to values of compassion for animals, protection of the environment, and concern for health reasons and spiritual well-being.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing on behalf of those animals who cannot speak for themselves.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/rabbis-urge-jews-to-go-vegan-in-global-campaign.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, May 12. 2022 01:29 PM
    John Shelby Spong an American bishop of the Episcopal Church. A liberal Christian theologian, religion commentator, and author, spoke bravely of what he thought of the Christian belief away from theism and traditional doctrines. To some Christians, Bishop John Shelby Spong was a heretic. Entrusted with defending the faith, he dismissed notions of the resurrection of Jesus that have been foundations of Christianity for centuries. Bishop Spong came to believe that insistence on an inerrant, literal view of the Bible obscures truth and destroys faith. He was an outspoken leader who believed that faith and worship should be open to marginalised groups. He sermonize a powerful message of love and justice that would resonate in an increasingly secular age. He gain international fame while writing more than two dozen books, appearing on TV shows as well. He was the recipient of three honorary awards to date before his passing. Interesting read .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this inspiring article.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/bishop-john-spong-on-religion-and-god-very-interesting.html
  • Saras
    Tuesday, May 10. 2022 03:39 PM
    Thank you for sharing the wonderful experience of making the wealth vase and the wealth box. A Wealth Box represents the divine abode of the wealth deities.

    It is quite a task to complete this as it requires a lot of effort and energy to input into the various collection of materials to complete the wealth vase and the wealth box.

    I had a lot information about this beneficial ritual which generates the energy to acquire resources for the proliferation of Dharma.

    https://bit.ly/3ssVrST
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, May 10. 2022 03:23 PM
    Very exciting news! H E kyabje Dagom Rinpoche’s incarnation is back. This young incarnation pay a visit to Trode Khangsar Chapel and makes offerings of gold to Djorje Shugden. This 350-year-old Trode Khangsar chapel was built and dedicated to Dorje Shugden the Powerful Dharma Protector. Offering gold to sacred images is a very traditional Tibetan method of paying homage to holy images. Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche’s previous lives were great masters, scholars and practitioners of Dorje Shugden. He held on strongly to his faith, devotion and respect for the Dorje Shugden. It is indeed inspiring to read and know that great masters are coming back. It brings so much hope and deepens faith that these Tulkus are back, life after life. As claimed by the Tibetan leadership that anyone practicing Dorje Shugden one will take rebirth into the lower realms. That’s wrongly says . Interesting post.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/incarnation-of-kyabje-dagom-rinpoche-makes-offerings-of-gold-to-dorje-shugden
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, May 10. 2022 03:21 PM
    Interesting read even not so scary afterall. But someone who have not experience before seeing a dark swirling ‘entity’ that was not exactly the shape of human will be frozen to death. Not for me as I do have Ds pendant with me and chanting Mantras helps me. Most hotels do have special unwanted guests . I did experienced this before while staying in old hotels .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/paranormal-stories/25903.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, May 10. 2022 03:12 PM
    Odiyan Retreat Center is a 1000-acre spiritual home for the Dharma in the West and to support Buddhist centers and practitioners in Asia. Founded by Venerable Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche in 1975, the Odiyan way of life integrates creative and challenging work, with a path of self-exploration. Built entirely by volunteers from all around the world . They work in service of peace and harmony for all life, through the creation, preservation, and activation of ancient wisdom symbols and teachings. An amazing site where it is a living mandala, a sacred symbol found in Tibetan Buddhist culture. This mandala contains five temples and thousands of other sacred symbols. The community volunteers work tirelessly to maintain the mandala so as the benefits of this ancient stream of teachings remain alive. This center provides countless invitations to integrate mindfulness and meditation into everyday experience. Truly wonderful concept indeed. A place with beautiful architecture, temples , a diversity of plant life and animal friends as well. Interesting read . Hopefully our very own Kechara Forest Retreat Center will grow to be like Odiyan Center .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/odiyan-retreat-center-beautiful.html
  • Saras
    Monday, May 9. 2022 03:09 PM
    The interesting thing about a dream is that, as long as you do not stop trying to reach it, it is going to come true. The imagination from a dream and to a painting turn to be real. An authentic form of Manjushri stunning statue now took place in the centre of a beautiful pond, sending waves of blessing to all sentient beings in Kechara Forest Retreat and its surroundings environment.

    May all those who come to see Lord Manjushri receive the blessings of the three principal paths as intended through the aspirational prayers made based on Rinpoche’s kind advice.

    https://bit.ly/3vTtHZI
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, May 8. 2022 01:36 PM
    Mother Mary Teresa , known as Saint Teresa of Calcutta, an Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun and missionary who had dedicated to life in helping the destitute and dying in the slums of Calcutta,now known as Kolkata. During her lifetime Mother Teresa was well known for all her humanitarian efforts, her motivations. She set up soup kitchens, a leper colony, orphanages, and a home for the dying destitute. Inspiring indeed she educated the poorest of the poor, and fed the homeless. Considered as one of the 20th Century’s greatest humanitarians, she was canonized as Saint Teresa of Calcutta. For more than 50 years she had comforted the poor, the dying, and the unwanted around the world. From Calcutta to New York, Albania ,Yemen and many more around the world. She built a global network of nuns and lay volunteers, who today operate hospitals, health clinics, homeless shelters till to this days. She was such an enormous inspiration to many. Meaningful poems by Mother Teresa tells us a thousand words , so true indeed.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this Great Saint.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/people-are-often-self-centred.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, May 8. 2022 01:34 PM
    Meaningful poem composed by the 8th century Buddhist Sage Shantideva. Shantideva’s masterpiece shows the way to transcend the limitations of selfishness and realize the boundless compassion of the Bodhisattva. The goal of a Bodhisattva is nothing less than benefiting others and helping others to achieve enlightenment . When people achieve enlightenment, they become free from samsara , rebirth and suffering. Reading this poem again tells us a thousand words, inspiration poem to ponder.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/shanti.html

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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.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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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
This is pretty amazing!

First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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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
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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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
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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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
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
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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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Trying to WE-fie. Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
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Trying to WE-fie. Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
Trying to "WE-fie". Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
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Trying to "WE-fie". Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
Celebrated Wesak Day 2022 in Penang, with a group of fun, committed, helpful and also devoted friends & family. Kechara Penang Study Group 15/5/2022 ~by Jacinta
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Celebrated Wesak Day 2022 in Penang, with a group of fun, committed, helpful and also devoted friends & family. Kechara Penang Study Group 15/5/2022 ~by Jacinta
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Vesak Day 2022 - Bird liberation. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
All attendees are paying homage to Rinpoche and Buddhas before the start of our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. Outwardly, it seems that Dorje Shugden helps practitioners overcoming their obstacles and problems but ultimately Dorje Shugden’s supreme purpose is to help practitioners on their path to Enlightenment. Do join in our weekly DS puja, every Saturday @3 pm at Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. ~by Jacinta
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All attendees are paying homage to Rinpoche and Buddhas before the start of our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. Outwardly, it seems that Dorje Shugden helps practitioners overcoming their obstacles and problems but ultimately Dorje Shugden’s supreme purpose is to help practitioners on their path to Enlightenment. Do join in our weekly DS puja, every Saturday @3 pm at Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. ~by Jacinta
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All of us are practicing on how to properly use dorje(Vajra), bell and damaru ~ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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With great happiness, merits and excitement that Penang Group have invited Buddha Wangzey to Penang chapel, complete with full rituals and prayer. 30th April 2022 Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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Come and get your blessing from Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden in Penang @ Jalan Seang Tek ~ by Jacinta.
Special thanks to one of our dedicated Penang group members, Choong for superb tormas. Swift Return Puja @ every Saturday, 3pm. Do contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
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Special thanks to one of our dedicated Penang group members, Choong for superb tormas. Swift Return Puja @ every Saturday, 3pm. Do contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ by Jacinta
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Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ by Jacinta
The members of Kechara Penang Study Group are offering serkym to Dorje Shugden and His entourage. There's puja every Saturday @ 3 pm at Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek. All are welcome. ~by Jacinta
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The members of Kechara Penang Study Group are offering serkym to Dorje Shugden and His entourage. There's puja every Saturday @ 3 pm at Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek. All are welcome. ~by Jacinta
We are in the third week of Ramadan this year, and kind volunteers have never failed to feed people in need since Tengku Zatashah started this meaningful #zerofoodwastage initiative in 2016. The aim is to benefit the underprivileged with nice surplus food collected from Ramadan buffets. Every night during the month of Ramadan, volunteers collect surplus cooked food from hotels and distribute it to charity homes and low-income families. THANK YOU, Tengku, dedicated volunteers and hotel partners, for making this Ramadan special for the underprivileged. #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment - KSK @ Vivian
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We are in the third week of Ramadan this year, and kind volunteers have never failed to feed people in need since Tengku Zatashah started this meaningful #zerofoodwastage initiative in 2016. The aim is to benefit the underprivileged with nice surplus food collected from Ramadan buffets. Every night during the month of Ramadan, volunteers collect surplus cooked food from hotels and distribute it to charity homes and low-income families. THANK YOU, Tengku, dedicated volunteers and hotel partners, for making this Ramadan special for the underprivileged. #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment - KSK @ Vivian
We were chanting Migsetma mantra at the time this picture was taken. Thanks to all our Penang members who are very committed to attend Swift Return puja weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group, every Saturday @ 3pm. ~by Jacinta
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We were chanting Migsetma mantra at the time this picture was taken. Thanks to all our Penang members who are very committed to attend Swift Return puja weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group, every Saturday @ 3pm. ~by Jacinta
William, who is our leader/ Umze is cleaning the pantry and Gordon offered up 4 carton of packet drinks today. We cannot thank you enough for all kind hearted who sponsored various offerings weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
1 month ago
William, who is our leader/ Umze is cleaning the pantry and Gordon offered up 4 carton of packet drinks today. We cannot thank you enough for all kind hearted who sponsored various offerings weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
1 month ago
Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Dedicated sisters, Sharyn and Swee Bee. They always make sure our puja offerings, especially fruits are arranged nicely. Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
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Dedicated sisters, Sharyn and Swee Bee. They always make sure our puja offerings, especially fruits are arranged nicely. Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
Committed and hardworking Kechara Penang members, Mr. Tang and Mr. Huey. Really appreciate having you both at our weekly puja . Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
1 month ago
Committed and hardworking Kechara Penang members, Mr. Tang and Mr. Huey. Really appreciate having you both at our weekly puja . Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
KSK medic personnel have been tending to the needs of the clients every week. Their consistent kindness helps improve the medical welfare of those without a home. Thank you for serving and making them your priority on your weekends. #medicteam #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
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KSK medic personnel have been tending to the needs of the clients every week. Their consistent kindness helps improve the medical welfare of those without a home. Thank you for serving and making them your priority on your weekends. #medicteam #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
In the midst of chaos, let's start healing. We have Dorje Shugden Puja every Saturday @ 3 pm. Contact William for more info. Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ by Jacinta.
3 months ago
In the midst of chaos, let's start healing. We have Dorje Shugden Puja every Saturday @ 3 pm. Contact William for more info. Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ by Jacinta.
3 months ago
Pastor is in da' house!!!! Kechara Penang Study Group @ Saturday, 3 pm. Contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
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Pastor is in da' house!!!! Kechara Penang Study Group @ Saturday, 3 pm. Contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
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After Dorje Shugden puja @Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek, members went to a nearby vegetarian shop for gathering. #CNY2022 #HappyReunion by Jacinta.
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After Dorje Shugden puja @Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek, members went to a nearby vegetarian shop for gathering. #CNY2022 #HappyReunion by Jacinta.
In 2021, we've encountered far too many challenges—Pandemic, months-long lockdown, landslide, and flood. We are proud to witness Malaysians helping one another as these agonies come sequentially. Looking back to 2021, Kechara Soup Kitchen has made significant progress, with more to come in 2022. Every year, we move a little closer to our vision. We are immensely thankful to have such dedicated teams of volunteers willing to go above and beyond for our clients. Not to mention our sponsors and donors; none of this would have been possible without you. Thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for helping the underprivileged to a better future. Have a blessed year ahead from our hearts to your hearts. #2022 #newyear #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
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In 2021, we've encountered far too many challenges—Pandemic, months-long lockdown, landslide, and flood. We are proud to witness Malaysians helping one another as these agonies come sequentially. Looking back to 2021, Kechara Soup Kitchen has made significant progress, with more to come in 2022. Every year, we move a little closer to our vision. We are immensely thankful to have such dedicated teams of volunteers willing to go above and beyond for our clients. Not to mention our sponsors and donors; none of this would have been possible without you. Thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for helping the underprivileged to a better future. Have a blessed year ahead from our hearts to your hearts. #2022 #newyear #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
6 months ago
Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh members were preparing for Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
6 months ago
Kechara Ipoh members were preparing for Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 4th Dec 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 4th Dec 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
6 months ago
Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Mr. Cheah has offered 3 sets of Serkym prior to Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
6 months ago
Mr. Cheah has offered 3 sets of Serkym prior to Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has completed a Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 20th Nov '21. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
6 months ago
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has completed a Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 20th Nov '21. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Mr. Philip, our new visitor to Ipoh centre, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa and the Three Jewels prior to DS puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
6 months ago
Mr. Philip, our new visitor to Ipoh centre, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa and the Three Jewels prior to DS puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has resumed our Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 6th Nov 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
6 months ago
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has resumed our Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 6th Nov 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
6 months ago
Mark your calendars - we are about to embark on an epic ride! Kechara Food Bank will be travelling across the Peninsular in our giant truck to send dry food to over 2300 families. Thank you Volvo Trucks Malaysia for your generous donation of this custom-designed truck. What’s more – PPB Group Bhd is generously donating the food provision for this one-of-a-kind journey. Thank you on behalf of our grateful beneficiaries! Want to see all of this in action? Join us live or watch the videos and photos on our social media. Stay tuned!
8 months ago
Mark your calendars - we are about to embark on an epic ride! Kechara Food Bank will be travelling across the Peninsular in our giant truck to send dry food to over 2300 families. Thank you Volvo Trucks Malaysia for your generous donation of this custom-designed truck. What’s more – PPB Group Bhd is generously donating the food provision for this one-of-a-kind journey. Thank you on behalf of our grateful beneficiaries! Want to see all of this in action? Join us live or watch the videos and photos on our social media. Stay tuned!
Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
1 years ago
Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
1 years ago
Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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