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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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 23. 2019 12:35 PM
    Back in 1996, H H Dalai Lama had made a controversial statement about Dorje Shugden that have caused much disharmony, sufferings among Tibetan Buddhism practitioners . The Tibetans were divided into two , families torn apart just as they do not agree and accept the practice of Dorje Shugden. The African Americans of black people and slavery , the women in Finland, Iceland, Sweden and some western U.S. states, slavery are some of the historical similarities with Dorje Shugden ban where they suffered badly such as physical abuses, denied services to hospitals, restaurants , schools and so forth having many signs and boards installed to prohibit them from entering. Those who refused to follow their order or to give up their practice were conform faced torture, imprisonment discrimination and abuse. Tibetans in exile, wicca, pagans and so forth are denied their rights of religious freedom. Everyone should have their own rights to choose what we believe and practice. The Dalai Lama have said that Dorje Shugden cannot harm him , as proven Dorje Shugden is not evil. It is recognised to be an emanation of the bodhisattva Manjushri and a dharma protector. They (CTA ) should stopped and should not be involved in religion. Allow religious freedom for the sake of all, and future generations to come. Peace and harmony must be maintained, for the growth of a nation.
    Thank you Velentina for this well researched article to bring more awareness and knowledge for many of us and these abroad.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 23. 2019 12:27 PM
    A beautiful story of guru devotion of a Russian princess Buddhist nun. Very inspiring , she was a Russian-born French-American socialite, film actress, and Gelug Tibetan Buddhist nun. The legendary Zina Rachevsky was the earliest Western student and patron of Lama Yeshe . She came from an incredibly wealthy family, having everything money, fame, beauty yet she was not happy and that triggered her soul-searching. Travelling to India, that’s where she met Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa. That’s the first time they encounters with Westerners and Lama Yeshe was glad to learn that this wealthy lady came to them in search of enlightenment. Zina became the first Western student of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa . It was her request and insisted that the Lamas to teach Westerners on Buddhism. She led her life to the fullest from her Hollywood days to renouncing everything.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring article of a princess turned nun.

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Everyday offerings of fresh cooked food and drinks are offered to awakened world peace protector Dorje Shugden on my shrine. It is my way to thank Him for all the help He has given to so many people throughout the decades I\'ve introduced Him to. It is my way to include Him as my family and a feeling of closeness and gratitude I have for Him. He\'s a revered family member who happens to be enlightened and also my close friend. Tsem Rinpoche (Food offering prayer~ https://bit.ly/1VkYXJa)
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Everyday offerings of fresh cooked food and drinks are offered to awakened world peace protector Dorje Shugden on my shrine. It is my way to thank Him for all the help He has given to so many people throughout the decades I've introduced Him to. It is my way to include Him as my family and a feeling of closeness and gratitude I have for Him. He's a revered family member who happens to be enlightened and also my close friend. Tsem Rinpoche (Food offering prayer~ https://bit.ly/1VkYXJa)
Read about this special Goddess Lok Yeay Mao of Cambodia. I came across her picture and found her very unique and blogged about it. Do enjoy the reading- https://bit.ly/2HR3vqi
1 month ago
Read about this special Goddess Lok Yeay Mao of Cambodia. I came across her picture and found her very unique and blogged about it. Do enjoy the reading- https://bit.ly/2HR3vqi
March 18, 2019-Oser is very photogenic as usual.
1 month ago
March 18, 2019-Oser is very photogenic as usual.
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    Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
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    2 weeks ago
    This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
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    Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
  • These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
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    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 weeks ago
    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
    3 weeks ago
    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
  • Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
    4 weeks ago
    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
  • Beautiful
    1 month ago
    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
  • My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
    1 month ago
    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 month ago
    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    3 months ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    4 months ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    4 months ago
    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
    4 months ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    4 months ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    4 months ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    4 months ago
    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
  • His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    4 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    Trijang Rinpoche never gave up his devotion to Dorje Shugden no matter how much Tibetan government in exile pressured him to give up. He stayed loyal inspiring so many of us.
  • Very rare video of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the 10th, the all knowing and compassionate one. I pay deep respects to this attained being who has taken many rebirths since the time of Lord Buddha to be of benefit to sentient beings tirelessly. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    Very rare video of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the 10th, the all knowing and compassionate one. I pay deep respects to this attained being who has taken many rebirths since the time of Lord Buddha to be of benefit to sentient beings tirelessly. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This bigfoot researcher gives good reasonings on bigfoot. Interesting short video.
    4 months ago
    This bigfoot researcher gives good reasonings on bigfoot. Interesting short video.
  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
    4 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
    5 months ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
  • Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
    5 months ago
    Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
  • Living off the grid in Australia
    5 months ago
    Living off the grid in Australia
    A Jill Redwood is a jack of all trades, Jill built her own house on her property and lives entirely off the grid with no mains power or town water, mobile reception or television. Living on around $80 a week, Jill has over sixty animals to keep her company and an abundant garden that out serves as an organic supermarket right at her doorstep. Her main expenses are animal feed and the rates on her property. Watch this incredible three minute video and be inspired to live differently.
  • Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Heart Sutra sang by a monk for the modern crowd. Very interesting and beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    Heart Sutra sang by a monk for the modern crowd. Very interesting and beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Submerging powerful mantra stones in water at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
    5 months ago
    Submerging powerful mantra stones in water at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    1 years ago
    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
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    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    1 years ago
    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    1 years ago
    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
    1 years ago
    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    2 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    2 yearss ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    2 yearss ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
    2 yearss ago
    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
  • Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
    2 yearss ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    2 yearss ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    2 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    2 yearss ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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One day, we received a humble wish list from this poor family, an elderly mother who takes care of her grown up son with special needs. ‘It’s quite uneasy to use toilet without a proper door but I do not have enough money to fix it,’ said the mother. Without a second thought, our kindest sponsor, La Hong Eu has decided to make meaningful sponsorship to this case. Big thanks to Bernard Ting and Vickneshwaran for helping this family to replace the broken one with a brand new folding door. Together we are the reason that someone has a sweet smile on her face. #Kechara #foodbank #care - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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One day, we received a humble wish list from this poor family, an elderly mother who takes care of her grown up son with special needs. ‘It’s quite uneasy to use toilet without a proper door but I do not have enough money to fix it,’ said the mother. Without a second thought, our kindest sponsor, La Hong Eu has decided to make meaningful sponsorship to this case. Big thanks to Bernard Ting and Vickneshwaran for helping this family to replace the broken one with a brand new folding door. Together we are the reason that someone has a sweet smile on her face. #Kechara #foodbank #care - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Laying the rescued food down on the table would mean we will minimise chance of wastage from another level when our recipients will have the privilege to choose what they really need and want. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 days ago
Laying the rescued food down on the table would mean we will minimise chance of wastage from another level when our recipients will have the privilege to choose what they really need and want. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Have you ever done beading? Join us for a blessed Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! http://bit.ly/2IMh5eN - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 days ago
Have you ever done beading? Join us for a blessed Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! http://bit.ly/2IMh5eN - shared by Pastor Antoinette
What do you do on Saturday mornings? Join us for a meaningful time and be blessed by the Buddhas during the Spiritual Saturday at Kechara Forest Retreat! - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 days ago
What do you do on Saturday mornings? Join us for a meaningful time and be blessed by the Buddhas during the Spiritual Saturday at Kechara Forest Retreat! - shared by Pastor Antoinette
With Dorje Shugden in your car, bus, bike, boat or lorry, you will be protected and blessed. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 days ago
With Dorje Shugden in your car, bus, bike, boat or lorry, you will be protected and blessed. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Recently in Kechara Forest Retreat, this bus was blessed and is now protected by the Three Jewels. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 days ago
Recently in Kechara Forest Retreat, this bus was blessed and is now protected by the Three Jewels. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they just have the heart. In order to send the foodpack to our client in johor bahru area, we need a team that are always ready . Luckily, we have a group of wonderful volunteers that are commited to serve our community. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
3 days ago
Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they just have the heart. In order to send the foodpack to our client in johor bahru area, we need a team that are always ready . Luckily, we have a group of wonderful volunteers that are commited to serve our community. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Children paint their own mask for Halloween day. Lin Mun KSDS
4 days ago
Children paint their own mask for Halloween day. Lin Mun KSDS
Parents and students did a group discussion together on the Bully topic  Lin Mun KSDS
4 days ago
Parents and students did a group discussion together on the Bully topic Lin Mun KSDS
A talk on Bully by Peggy. A very informative sharing for students and parents. Lin Mun KSDS
4 days ago
A talk on Bully by Peggy. A very informative sharing for students and parents. Lin Mun KSDS
Great to start kids with dharma knowledge from young. Lin Mun KSDS
4 days ago
Great to start kids with dharma knowledge from young. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Victoria guided the students to do prayer in the dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
4 days ago
Teacher Victoria guided the students to do prayer in the dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Creative horror drawing created by Teacher Kien. Alice, KSDS
4 days ago
Creative horror drawing created by Teacher Kien. Alice, KSDS
Teacher Asyley led the kids to participate animal liberation. Alice, KSDS
4 days ago
Teacher Asyley led the kids to participate animal liberation. Alice, KSDS
Healthy Meals for lunch sponsored by Mr Ravi & friends! We thank you for your unending support to #kecharasoupkitchen in our plight in serving the #homeless. Would you like to sponsor lunch for our street friends? To find out more, checkout our website for more details :) Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 days ago
Healthy Meals for lunch sponsored by Mr Ravi & friends! We thank you for your unending support to #kecharasoupkitchen in our plight in serving the #homeless. Would you like to sponsor lunch for our street friends? To find out more, checkout our website for more details :) Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 days ago
1 week ago
Bernard was briefing the volunteers on the details before they headed out last Saturday to PPR Kota Damansara. #kechara #foodbank #urbanpoor - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
Bernard was briefing the volunteers on the details before they headed out last Saturday to PPR Kota Damansara. #kechara #foodbank #urbanpoor - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Seen here are team leaders giving their final briefing to the respective volunteers before they head out last night. Thank you very much to all the volunteers who turned up. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
Seen here are team leaders giving their final briefing to the respective volunteers before they head out last night. Thank you very much to all the volunteers who turned up. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you very much to James and Shereen for sponsoring oranges for tonight's distribution. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 weeks ago
Thank you very much to James and Shereen for sponsoring oranges for tonight's distribution. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
We received a lot wine bottles for recycling. It was packed nicely by the person. KEP-Serena
2 weeks ago
We received a lot wine bottles for recycling. It was packed nicely by the person. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling activity at Kechara Soup Kitchen. You can drop the recycled items here if you are nearby. KEP-Serena
2 weeks ago
Today we are having recycling activity at Kechara Soup Kitchen. You can drop the recycled items here if you are nearby. KEP-Serena
The generous support from Tesco Malaysia and AEON Retail Malaysia have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thank you very much! Here are photos taken during the distribution at government low cost flat. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 weeks ago
The generous support from Tesco Malaysia and AEON Retail Malaysia have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thank you very much! Here are photos taken during the distribution at government low cost flat. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you committed university students of University of Malaya for helping in our #foodrescue activities. These still good to eat and in date edible bread will be very useful for the needy students in universities! Thank you Komugi Malaysia for contributing and help reduce food wastage! #zerofoodwastage #kecharafoodbank #kecharasoupkitchen #endhunger - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 weeks ago
Thank you committed university students of University of Malaya for helping in our #foodrescue activities. These still good to eat and in date edible bread will be very useful for the needy students in universities! Thank you Komugi Malaysia for contributing and help reduce food wastage! #zerofoodwastage #kecharafoodbank #kecharasoupkitchen #endhunger - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Throw back, Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Chen Chen run thru me when he saw I'm carry a table and Voluntary help me carry the table.. He really warm my heart and remind me must be kindness to others anytime everyway. Just happened that day's topic is "KINDNESS" Thank You Chen Chen, Lovely Boy right?
2 weeks ago
Throw back, Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Chen Chen run thru me when he saw I'm carry a table and Voluntary help me carry the table.. He really warm my heart and remind me must be kindness to others anytime everyway. Just happened that day's topic is "KINDNESS" Thank You Chen Chen, Lovely Boy right?
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