The Great Buddha of Kamakura

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The Great Buddha of Kamakura

The Great Buddha of Kamakura

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

I am writing a series of articles on various holy sites such as Mount Wutai in China, the Temple of the Tooth in the city of Kandi, Sri Lanka and several holy places in India such as Bodhgaya, Lumbini, Varanasi and Kushinagar. The objective of writing these articles is to provide information and inspire readers to visit those important religious sites which are well known places of pilgrimage.

A particular place can be considered holy when at least one of the following criteria is met:

  1. Someone had engaged in intensive meditation to generate higher insight and state of mind (e.g., love, compassion and bodhicitta) in the area and therefore infused positive energy into the place.
  2. Someone had a pure vision of a holy being (for example, a Buddha, a Mahasiddha, daka or dakini) and/or received teachings from the holy being(s) in the area. This would have imbued the place with the energy and blessings of the holy beings and/or teachings.
  3. A place where holy beings abide or where supernatural beings engaged in virtuous activities, which blessed the place with positive energies.
  4. The place was blessed or consecrated by a highly realised being who invited the enlightened beings to reside there.

When visiting places that have been blessed, visitors can feel a sense of peace, happiness, healing and well-being from the blessed energies of that environment. It can also leave a spiritual imprint or open up an existing positive imprint in the minds of visitors or pilgrims, which can help spur them on their spiritual path.

During the process of writing this article, I learnt about the sincere determination of the people who built the Great Buddha of Kamakura in Japan, such as the Lady Inada and the Priest Joko of Totomi. They beat all odds to fulfil Lady Inada’s promise to the late Shogun Minamoto Yoritomo of the Kamakura Shogunate. Lady Inada and Priest Joko of Totomi faced many challenges such as natural disasters and a lack of funding but they persevered and never gave up. I am truly inspired by their effort and determination to achieve their noble goal despite many difficulties.

I hope you will find this instalment of the series on holy places enjoyable and informative. May it serve as an inspiration for you on your spiritual journey.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Overview

Kamakura is located south of Tokyo, Japan

Kamakura is located south of Tokyo, Japan

Kamakura Daibutsu, or The Great Buddha of Kamakura, is a beautiful and graceful bronze statue of Buddha Amitabha, located within the grounds of Kotoku-in Temple in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Kotoku-in Temple’s official name is Daii-san Kotoku-In Shojosen-ji. This Buddha image has survived several natural disasters including a powerful storm in 1335, an earthquake and tsunami in 1495 and the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923. Nevertheless, through extensive maintenance and repair efforts, this beautiful Buddha statue is still standing today. The statue is approximately 13.35 metres tall and weighs around 121 tons.

Priest Honen, the founder of the Jodo Sect of Buddhism

Priest Honen, the founder of the Jodo Sect of Buddhism

According to the Kotoku-in temple records, the original Great Buddha of Kamakura was made of wood. It was completed in 1243 during the Kamakura Shogunate period. It took approximately ten years to build the original statue with funds raised by Inada-no-Tsubone, also known as Lady Inada and the Buddhist priest, Joko of Totomi.

Lady Inada and Priest Joko of Totomi were the followers of the Jodo Sect of Buddhism, which was established by Priest Honen (1133 – 1212 CE). Followers of the Jodo sect focus their devotion towards the Buddha Amitabha because they believe that this Buddha will help to liberate all beings regardless of position, age or gender. According to this tradition, one needs to chant, “I take refuge in Buddha Amitabha” or “nenbutsu” in order to receive his protection and be reborn in his paradise.

The Great Buddha of Kamakura inspired Rudyard Kipling (1865 – 1936 CE), a famous English journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist, to write a famous poem called ‘Buddha at Kamakura’ in 1892 following his visit to Japan in 1889-1892.

 

Buddha at Kamakura (1892)

‘And there is a Japanese idol at Kamakura’

O ye who tread the Narrow Way
By Tophet-flare to Judgement Day,
Be gentle when ‘the heathen’ pray
To Buddha at Kamakura!

To Him the Way, the Law, apart,
Whom Maya held beneath her heart,
Ananda’s Lord, the Bodhisat,
The Buddha of Kamakura.

For though He neither burns nor sees,
Nor hears ye thank your Deities,
Ye have not sinned with such as these,
His children at Kamakura,

Yet spare us still the Western joke
When joss-sticks turn to scented smoke
The little sins of little folk
That worship at Kamakura—

The grey-robed, gay-sashed butterflies
That flit beneath the Master’s eyes.
He is beyond the Mysteries
But loves them at Kamakura.

And whoso will, from Pride released,
Contemning neither creed nor priest,
May feel the Soul of all the East
About him at Kamakura.

Yea, every tale Ananda heard,
Of birth as fish or beast or bird,
While yet in lives the Master stirred,
The warm wind brings Kamakura.

Till drowsy eyelids seem to see
A-flower ’neath her golden htee
The Shwe-Dagon flare easterly
From Burma to Kamakura,

And down the loaded air there comes
The thunder of Thibetan drums,
And droned—‘Om mane padme hum’s’
A world’s-width from Kamakura.

Yet Brahmans rule Benares still,
Buddh-Gaya’s ruins pit the hill,
And beef-fed zealots threaten ill
To Buddha and Kamakura.

A tourist-show, a legend told,
A rusting bulk of bronze and gold,
So much, and scarce so much, ye hold
The meaning of Kamakura?

But when the morning prayer is prayed,
Think, ere ye pass to strife and trade,
Is God in human image made
No nearer than Kamakura

Rudyard Kipling (1892)

 

History

In 1195, Shogun Minamoto Yoritomo (1147 – 1199 CE), the founder of the Kamakura Shogunate (1185 – 1333 CE), and his wife, Hojo Masako (1156 – 1225 CE) participated in the reconstruction of the Great Buddha Statue of Todaiji. Upon seeing the monumental Buddha statue, Shogun Minamoto Yoritomo developed a wish to build an equally colossal Buddha statue to promote his region, Kamakura. Unfortunately, he passed away four years later in 1199 before he had the opportunity to fulfil his ambition.

Shogun Minamoto Yoritomo

Shogun Minamoto Yoritomo

The tomb of Shogun Minamoto Yoritomo

The tomb of Shogun Minamoto Yoritomo

After Shogun Minamoto Yoritomo’s passing, one of his court ladies by the name of Inada no Tsubone (Lady Inada) made the pledge to fulfil Shogun Minamoto Yoritomo’s wishes to build a monumental Buddha statue in Kamakura. Upon obtaining authorisation from the Shogun’s widow, Hojo Masako, Lady Inada and a Buddhist Priest by the name of Joko of Totomi embarked on the project to build the Buddha Amitabha statue. Unfortunately, in terms of funding, Lady Inada did not get much support from the Shogunate because at that time, the Kamakura Shogunate was controlled by the Hojo regents. During this period in history, the Buddha Amitabha was associated with the Jodo Sect. As the regents preferred the Zen tradition, they did not give her aid in this project. In addition, the fifth Hojo Regent at the time, Hojo Tokiyori (1227 – 1263 CE), had pledged to build Kenchoji, a Zen temple. Kenchoji temple survives to this day and is considered the oldest Zen training monasteries in Japan.

Hojo Masako by Kikuchi Yosai

Hojo Masako by Kikuchi Yosai

The failure to receive donations from the Kamakura Shogunate did not cause Lady Inada and Priest Joko of Totomi to abandon their wish to build the Great Buddha of Kamakura. Priest Joko of Totomi, at the request of Lady Inada, then embarked on a challenging fund-raising journey as a mendicant priest and was successful in gathering sufficient funds to build the statue.

Kotoku-in Temple

Kotoku-in Temple

Priest Joko of Totomi and Lady Inada strategically selected the western part of Kamakura, on Kotoku-in Temple grounds, to build the Buddha statue, thereby embracing the Jodo Sect’s belief that Buddha Amitabha resides in a western pure land. The name of this pure land is Sukhavati, or the Land of Pure Joy.

The first Great Buddha of Kamakura was made of wood, not bronze like the current day statue. Nevertheless it was still colossal as the diameter of its head was approximately 24 metres long. The construction of the first Great Buddha of Kamakura and a prayer hall were completed in 1243.

In 1247, four years after its completion, the wooden statue of the Great Buddha of Kamakura was destroyed by a powerful storm. Fortunately, in 1252, Lady Inada and Priest Joko of Totomi managed to raise the necessary funding to construct a new Buddha Amitabha statue. Learning from past experience, Priest Joko of Totomi and Lady Inada decided to build the new Great Buddha of Kamakura using bronze instead of wood. Their decision has proven to be the correct one, as the bronze Buddha they built at that time still stands today. The artists, Hisatomo Tanji and Goro-emon, took more than twelve years to complete the project. The Great Buddha of Kamakura’s construction was fully funded by donations from the Jodo Sect’s adherents and benefactors.

Ashikaga Takauji

Ashikaga Takauji

The Great Buddha of Kamakura was initially located inside a large wooden building. However, in 1333, the Kotoku-in Temple in Kamakura became a combat zone between Ashikaga Takauji’s troops and remnants of the Regent Hojo Takatoki’s troops. Originally a general under the Kamakura Shogunate, Ashikaga Takauji had become disillusioned with the leadership of the regents and sought to over throw them instead. During the events at Kotoku-in, nearly 500 of the Regent Hojo’s samurais sought refuge inside the Great Buddha of Kamakura’s wooden hall to protect themselves from a big typhoon in 1335. Unfortunately, the building collapsed and none of the samurais survived.

During his many military campaigns, Ashikaga Takauji conquered Kamakura. It was then that Regent Hojo Takatoki and his clansman committed suicide. This marked the end of the Kamakura Shogunate, and as Ashikaga Takauji took the title of shogun for himself, began the Ashikaga Shogunate period of Japanese history.

The battle between Ashikaga and Hojo troops

The battle between Ashikaga and Hojo troops

In 1495, Kamakura was hit by an earthquake which was followed by a tsunami. The newly reconstructed hall was once again destroyed. Miraculously, the statue of the Great Buddha of Kamakura remained unscathed. The government at the time did not help with the repairs, as the administration had been moved from Kamakura to Kyoto by the newly established Ashikaga Shogunate. As a result, the Great Buddha of Kamakura has been sitting in the open air ever since. It has even endured harsh weather for almost 700 years now.

Over the years the temple grounds became a place where gamblers and the destitute would live. Upon witnessing the neglect and the deterioration of the once grand statue, Priest Yuten Ken’yo (1637 – 1718 CE) from Zojoji, Tokyo, attempted to restore the statue to its former glory. He belonged to one of the seven main temples of the Jodo Sect and devised a grand plan to build a new hall to cover the statue in order to protect it from harsh weather conditions and unwelcome visitors. Unfortunately, the donations he collected in 1712 was only enough to repair the Great Buddha statue, but not enough to build a new hall. However, without his effort, the Great Buddha of Kamakura would not have been preserved to this day. To honour Priest Yuten Ken’yo and the sponsors’ contributions, four round bronze plates, in the shape of lotus petals, with the sponsors’ names carved on them, were constructed behind the Great Buddha of Kamakura.

Bronze lotus petals with the names of sponsors

Bronze lotus petals with the names of sponsors

After the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923, the base of the Great Buddha statue was damaged, but it was repaired immediately. In 1960, effort was made to reinforce the neck and the base of the statue in an attempt to toughen the statue in anticipation of another big earthquake. From January – March 2016, further maintenance and restoration work was done to preserve the statue.

Recent renovation work on the Great Buddha of Kamakura

Recent renovation work on the Great Buddha of Kamakura

 

About The Great Buddha of Kamakura

The back of the Great Buddha of Kamakura

The back of the Great Buddha of Kamakura

 

Measurements

The Great Buddha of Kamakura is 13.35 metres (43.8 feet) tall and weighs around 121 tons (267,000 pounds). The detailed dimensions of the statue’s features are as follows:

  • Face: 2.35 metres (7ft. 9in.) across
  • Eyes: 1 metre (3ft. 3in.) wide each
  • Mouth: 0.82 metre (2ft. 8in.) wide
  • Ears: 1.90 metres (6ft. 3in.) wide each

The circumference of the knee is 9.10 metres (29.9 ft.) and that of the thumb is 0.85 metre (2ft. 9in.).

 

Style

The Great Buddha of Kamakura’s style was heavily influenced by the Kei School. This was a popular Japanese Buddhist style of sculpture which flourished during the Kamakura Shogunate period (1192 – 1333 CE). There are also some stylised elements from the Chinese Song Dynasty (960 – 1279 CE).

 

Iconography of the Great Buddha of Kamakura

The Great Buddha of Kamakura was thoughtfully built to include attributes of an enlightened being.

Byakugo

Byakugo of the Great Buddha of Kamakura

Byakugo of the Great Buddha of Kamakura

The Great Buddha of Kamakura possesses a byakugo, also known as an urna in Sanskrit. In stylised forms, such as paintings and statues, this is presented as a round protuberance. In actual fact this a is spiral of clockwise-curled hair located between the eyebrows. Considered auspicious, it is one of the 32 major physical attributes of an enlightened being. It symbolises the third eye, which in itself symbolises divine sight, into the past, present, and future. It is believe that the Buddha Amitabha shines light to all sentient beings from the byakugo in order to bless them.

Blue Compassionate Eyes

The eyes of the Great Buddha of Kamakura are dark blue in colour, a glimpse of which can be seen from below the eyelids. The eyelids themselves are half-closed in peaceful meditation. Referring to the 32 major marks of a Buddha’s physical body, we find that the colour of a Buddha’s eyes (both the iris and the white portions) are clear, bright and distinct. They have no red or yellow marks, but are clean and radiant. This comes about from striving tirelessly to help others overcome their suffering, having generated equanimity for all sentient beings and looking at them with nothing but compassion.

Cheeks

Traces of gold on the Great Buddha of Kamakura’s cheek

Traces of gold on the Great Buddha of Kamakura’s cheek

When it was first built, the statue was gilt with gold. Traces of gold can still be seen on the cheeks even today. According to the characteristics of a Buddha’s body, his skin gives out an illuminating golden light as a result of selflessness. Therefore his beautiful and golden skin represents his compassionate nature of never turning away those in need.

Nose

The Great Buddha of Kamakura’s straight nose

The magnificent face of the Buddha

The statue’s high and straight nose with inconspicuous nostrils follows the 80 minor marks of Buddha’s body. This represents the realisation of emptiness coupled with the mind of compassionate enlightenment, also known as bodhicitta. The Buddhas are always ready to bestow their help on others, especially in terms of purifying their minds and bodies. This is represented by their noses being clean from all impurities such as mucus.

Mouth

The Great Buddha of Kamakura’s gentle smile is reminiscent of the loving-kindness and compassion of all the Buddhas, bodhisattvas and highly realised beings. Lafcadio Hearn (1850 – 1904 CE), an international writer known for his books on Japan called the Buddha’s smile the “enchanting smile of the East.” There is also a slight moustache that is typically found in Greek sculpture.

Ears

The statue has long ears, equal in length and they are pierced. According to the 80 minor physical characteristics of a Buddha’s body, the ear represent the victory over negative and afflictive emotions. As a Buddha is always ready to help the mind streams of sentient beings, this is represented in a Buddha’s body as perfect hearing, no matter this distance.

Hands and Arms

The Great Buddha of Kamakura’s hand mudra

The Great Buddha of Kamakura’s hand mudra

The statue’s hand gesture, or mudra in Sankrit, is in the meditation position. Compared to the traditional meditation posture, this mudra is slightly different. In the traditional meditation mudra, as in the case of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni who founded Buddhism, one hand rests on top of the other with thumbs touching. This statue’s hands are different, with the backs of the figures pressed together, but the thumbs touching nonetheless. Although it looks different, it is in fact the same meditation mudra commonly found in statues and images of other Buddhas. In this stylised form, it has come to identify the Buddha Amitabha from other Buddhas in the Buddhist pantheon, and is known as ‘Jobon-josho-in’.

According to the physical characteristics of a Buddha, the fingers and toes shine with light. This light even connects each figure or toe with a web of light. This light is the result of speaking kindly to others, helping others to understand the finer points of the Dharma, being generous, and setting a good example to others by following the methods of practising the Dharma.

 

Interior of the Great Buddha of Kamakura

Inside the Great Buddha of Kamakura

Inside the Great Buddha of Kamakura

The inside of the statue clearly shows the advanced technique employed to cast it. The framework design of the Great Buddha’s interior wall was constructed in a sequence of 40 individual castings. This was followed with three variants of the ikarakuri welding method, used to attach the statues parts onto the correct plate of the statue.

 

The Kotoku-in Temple

In addition to the Great Buddha of Kamakura, there are other things at Kotoku-in Temple that are interesting to view due to their significance and historical value.

Kotoku-in Temple

Kotoku-In Temple

The garden at Kotoku-in Temple

The garden at Kotoku-In Temple

 

Nio-mon Gate

The Nio–mon Gate

The Nio–mon Gate

The temple guardians at Nio-mon Gate

The temple guardians at Nio-mon Gate

Nio-mon Gate is the entrance to the temple and is graced with a pair of temple guardian, or Nio, statues. These wrathful warriors are considered to be emanations of the Bodhisattva Vajrapani, who accompanied and guarded the historical Buddha Shakyamuni from harm. The statue on the right has his mouth open as he speaks the Buddhist syllable ‘A’, while the statue on the left has his mouth closed as he has just finished speaking the syllable ‘Hung’. Together, the pair represent the birth and death of all sentient beings, as the syllable ‘A’ is the first sound in the Sanskrit Devanagari script, while the syllable ‘Hung’ is its last.

 

Cornerstones

The cornerstones on Kotoku-In Temple grounds

The cornerstones in Kotoku-in Temple grounds

Around the Great Buddha of Kamakura, there are cornerstones, which are the remains of the hall that used to enshrine the statue. Originally, there were 60 cornerstones, but today, only 56 cornerstones remain on the temple grounds. All of the cornerstones were made from a type of volcanic rock called pyroxene andesite from Nebukawa, Kanagawa Prefecture. Several of the cornerstones are now used as garden decorations or water basins.

 

Bronze Lotus Petals

There are four bronze lotus petals which were made during the Edo period (1603 – 1867 CE) with the names of sponsors inscribed on them. Originally, the plan was to make 32 lotus petals to honour the sponsors, but only four petals were ever completed.

 

Kangetsu-do Hall

Kangetsu-do Hall was originally part of a Korean royal palace

Kangetsu-do Hall that originally part of a Korean royal palace

The Kangetsu-do Hall is believed to have been transported from Seoul, South Korea. It was part of a Korean royal palace before being acquired by Kisei Sugino (1870 – 1939 CE), the then President of Yamaichi Goshi Kaisha (later Yamaichi Securities Co. Ltd.). Kisei Sugino donated the hall to Kotoku-in Temple in 1924. An image of Chenrezig or Kannon Bosatsu in Japanese, the Buddha of compassion, from the Edo Period is enshrined inside the hall.

 

Stone Tablets inscribed with Haiku

There are several stone tablets inscribed with poems that can be found on Kotoku-in Temple grounds:

One of the stone tables with poem inscribed on it on Kotoku-In Temple ground

One of the stone tables with a poem inscribed on it

Here in Kamakura,
The sublime Buddha is of another world,
But how like a handsome man he seems,
Adorned with the green of summer.

Akiko Yosano (1878–1942)

I face my desk
In soft autumn light
Mountains, rivers!

By Nobuko Yoshiya (1896–1973)

Great Buddha,
The soft light of winter,
Shining on you,
Moves on to the mountains.

By Tatsuko Hoshino (1903–84)

The spring rains,
Melting the Kamakura
snow huts of the north,
Soften even the word,
Kamakura.

By Kensai Iimuro (1883–1928)

How clear the chimes resound
of the temple bells.
The hills of Kamakura,
Filled with autumn winds!

By Kunen Kaneko (1876–1951)

 

Memorial Trees

Memorial trees from the royal family of Thailand

Memorial trees offered by the royal family of Thailand to commemorate their visit to Kotoku-in Temple

There are three black Japanese pine trees that stand on the left of the Great Buddha of Kamakura. The trees were offered by the royal family of the Kingdom of Thailand (previously known as Siam) to commemorate their pilgrimage to Kotoku-in Temple.

Memorial Tree to Honour Crown Prince Vajiravudh’s Visit:

Before becoming King Rama VI, Crown Prince Vajiravudh embarked on a pilgrimage to Kotoku-in on 27th December 1902. It was during the visit that he planted a Japanese pine tree at one of the corners of Kotoku-in Temple. However, by September 2009 the tree had died due to damage caused by insects. The tree that visitors see today at that particular spot is a new tree planted on 3rd July 2010 by the Royal Thai Ambassador to Japan, Mr. Virasakdi Futrakul by order of King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX).

A Memorial Tree by King Prajadhipok:

King Prajadhipok (Rama VII of Siam) and his royal Queen, Rambai Barni, planted a Japanese pine tree to commemorate their Buddhist pilgrimage to the Kotoku-in Temple on 9th April 1931.

A Memorial Tree by Prince Vajiralongkorn:

Prince Vajiralongkorn planted a Japanese pine tree to commemorate his pilgrimage to pay homage to the Great Buddha of Kamakura on 25th September 1987.

 

Warazori (Japanese straw sandals)

The giant Warazori, offerings from Matsuzaka Children Club of Hitachi-Ota City

The giant Warazori, offerings from Matsuzaka Children’s Club of Hitachi-Ota City

A pair of giant warazori, traditional Japanese straw sandals, is displayed on the corridor wall in front of the Great Buddha of Kamakura. The warazori is 1.8 metres long, 0.9 metre wide and weighs around 45 kilo grams. The warazori was donated by the Matsuzaka Children’s Club of Hitachi-Ota City, Ibaraki Prefecture in 1951, after the Japanese were defeated in World War II, as an offering to the Great Buddha of Kamakura for the speedy recovery of Japan. The children donated the warazori with a specific prayer: “the Great Buddha would don them to walk around Japan, bringing happiness to the people.” Starting from 1956, the Matsuzaka Children’s Club have donated giant warazori to Kotoku-in Temple every three years.

 

Temple Shop

The temple shop sells lucky charms, postcards, gifts and souvenirs for visitors to remember their visit to Kotoku-in Temple.

 

Commemorative Seal Service & Administrative Office

Visitors can acquire the Kotoku-in Temple’s memorial red seal, commonly known as goshuin in Japanese, from the Commemorative Seal Service and Administrative Office.

 

How to Get There

By Public Transport

From Hase Station to Kotoku-In Temple

From Hase Station to Kotoku-in Temple

Enoshima Electric Railway (Enoden)

  • Starting point: Kamakura – If you start your journey to Kamakura using the Enoshima Electric Railway, please exit the JR Yokosuka Line at Kamakura Station. You then get on the Enoshima Electric Railway heading to Fujisawa and exit at Hase Station. From Hase Station, you can make your way on foot to Kotoku-in Temple, which is a short walk of approximately seven minutes.
  • Starting point: Fujisawa – From Fujisawa, exit the JR Tokaido Line or Odakyu Line at Fujisawa Station before getting on the Enoshima Electric Railway to Kamakura. Exit at Hase Station and travel by foot for seven minutes to reach Kotoku-in Temple.
  • Starting point: Kamakura Station (by bus)
    Map of Kamakura Station East Exit Bus Stops

    Map of Kamakura Station East Exit Bus Stops

    For visitors wanting to travel by bus, please leave Kamakura Station by the East Exit. From there, you can either ride on the Enoshima-dentetsu Bus (referred to on the map above as bus stop number 1) or ride on the Keikyu Bus (referred to on the map above as bus stop number 6) and take the exit at the Daibutsu-mae which is only 10 minutes away from Kamakura Station.

By Private Vehicle

Map of Interchanges from and to Kamakura

Map of Interchanges from and to Kamakura

  • Direction from Asahina Interchange to Kotoku-in – If you travel by private car, after exiting at Asahina Interchange, take Prefectural Road 204 to Kamakura. Once you see the Hachimangu intersection, turn left and go down Wakamiya-oji Avenue towards Yuigahama Beach. After that, you will find yourself driving below the JR Yokosuka Line track. Please turn right at Geba intersection going to Yuigahama-odori Avenue before crossing the Enoden level. From the Enoden level, drive for about 1.5 kilometres and turn right exactly at the Hase-kannon-mae crossing. Kotoku-in Temple will be on your right side after driving on Prefectural Road 32 for 500 metres.
  • Direction from Zushi Interchange – After exiting at Zushi Interchange, continue on the Zuyo-shindo Toll Road by the Nagae and Nagisabashi crossroads on National Road 134 heading to Enoshima. Drive along the Namerigawa crossroads between National Road 134 and Wakamiya-oji Avenue for 700 metres. After that, turn right when you see a traffic light before taking another right turn at the subsequent intersection. This will take you to Enoden Hase Station and junction with Hase-kannon-mae. Kotoku-in Temple will be on your right side after driving on Prefectural Road 32 for 500 metres.
  • Direction from Tokaido by National Road 1 – If you drive from the direction of Tokyo and Yokohama, exit at National Road 1 and immediately turn left at the Fujisawa Bypass Exit crossroad. Continue to drive down Prefectural Road 30 and when you see the Fujisawa-bashi crossroad, turn left. After driving below the JR Tokaido Line, turn left at the Minami-Fujisawa crossroad. You will reach Kotoku-in Temple after continuing your journey on Prefectural Road 32 bound to Kamakura for five kilometres.

 

Japanese Tourist Visa Requirements:

  • A passport with at least six months validity during the visit to Japan.
  • Proper documentation proving the applicant’s financial ability to support the trip to Japan.
  • Providing a clear itinerary of the trip to Japan and return ticket information.
  • Some nationals are exempt from requiring a visa. However, there is a time restriction based on the applicant’s nationality: citizens of Austria, Germany, Ireland and the UK can stay up to six months; where as citizens of Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Australia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and the United States can stay up to three months.
  • The citizens of countries not mentioned above will have to check with the respective Japanese Embassies in their countries. Generally, after gathering appropriate documentation to obtain a Japanese tourist visa, the applicant can either apply through a registered visa office, or visit a Japanese Embassy in person.
  • Commonly, tourist visas are granted for between 15-90 days, depending on the applicant’s itinerary.
  • If an applicant has a criminal record, it may be challenging for the application to be approved.

 

The Best Time to Visit

Japan is a beautiful country with four different seasons:

  • Spring: March to May
  • Summer: May to September
  • Autumn: September to November
  • Winter: November to March

Spring is the best time to visit the Great Buddha of Kamakura due to its mild weather. In addition, visitors can enjoy the beautiful cherry blossom trees around this time. Due to Kamakura’s close proximity to the ocean, it is wise not to travel at the end of summer or the beginning of autumn since the area is prone to typhoons during these periods.

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Cherry blossoms in Japan

The Great Buddha of Kamakura in Spring

The Great Buddha of Kamakura in spring

 

Visiting Kotoku-in Temple

  • Visitors who need to use a wheelchair are recommended to bring assistants to help them through the challenging grounds of the Kotoku-in Temple. The temple has only one wheelchair-friendly toilet for both males and females.
  • The only animals permitted to walk freely on the temple grounds are service dogs to assist disabled visitors. Other pets need to be caged or properly confined while inside the temple complex.
  • Smoking is strictly prohibited within the temple facility. However, there are a few designated areas for smokers nearby.
  • Visitors are strongly recommended to have their lunch at appropriate places and are required to clean up after themselves.
  • Visitors who wish to obtain pictures for marketing or business purposes need to get approval from the temple management in advance.
  • Visitors are free to take photos for personal use as they wish. However, flying drones on the temple compounds are prohibited.

 

Opening Hours and Fees

The Kotoku-in Temple is open from 8 am to 5:30 pm every day. The entrance fee is ¥200 for general admission and ¥150 for students between 6 and 12 years old. Prices are cheaper if you come in a group of 30 people or more. The general fee for a large group of visitors is ¥170 per person. A large group of students, aged 13-18, are eligible to pay an entrance fee of ¥150 per person, while a large group of students aged 6-12 will be charged ¥100 per child.

Certain visitors are exempt from paying an entrance fee, these include:

  • Disabled visitors with a certificate of physical disability.
  • Teachers supervising a group of students.
  • Children under six years old.

If you wish to see the interior of the Great Buddha of Kamakura, you can visit between 8 am to 4:30 pm and pay an additional entrance fee of ¥20.

 

What to wear when visiting Kotoku-in or other temples in Japan

There is no specific dress code when visiting temples in Japan including Kotoku-in unless you are attending a formal event. However, visitors are be required to take off their shoes before entering the temple building. Generally, since it is an active temple visitors should dress modestly.

 

Where to stay when visiting Kamakura

Kamakura is 30 minutes from central Yokohama and approximately one hour from Tokyo. Visitors can opt to stay at either of these two cities where there are more options for accommodation. If you choose to stay at Kamakura, there are several places that you can consider as mentioned below. However, we suggest that visitors find accommodation that is suitable for their specific needs.

Kamakura Prince Hotel

Address: 1-2-18 Shichirigahama Higashi, Kamakura 248-0025, Kanagawa Prefecture
Average Price: US$210/night
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What to do in Kamakura

Other than visiting the Great Buddha of Kamakura at Kotoku-in Temple, visitors can also visit the following places in Kamakura:

  • Kamakura Hase-dera Temple – You can visit the temple’s observation trail to view more than 40 types of hydrangea flowers.
  • Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine – Other than being one of the known landmarks in Kamakura, it is famous for its cherry blossoms during spring time.
  • Zeniarai Benzaiten Ugafuku Shrine – There is sacred water in this shrine that is believed to be able to multiply coins. People like to wash their coins using the sacred water and use them as good luck charms.
  • Hokokuji Temple – This temple is famous for its beautiful bamboo grove.
  • Inamuragsaki Onsen – At this onsen or hot-spring, visitors can immerse themselves in hydrogen carbonate spring water which is believed help make the skin beautiful.
Hase-dera temple

Hase-dera Temple

Pathway towards the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine

Pathway towards the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

Zeniarai Benzaiten Ugafuku shrine

Zeniarai Benzaiten Ugafuku Shrine

Bamboo grove at Hokokuji temple

Bamboo grove at Hokokuji Temple

Inamuragsaki Onsen

Inamuragsaki Onsen

Sources:

  • http://www.buffaloah.com/a/virtual/jap/kamak_buddha/buddha.html
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C5%8Dtoku-in
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amit%C4%81bha
  • http://www.kamakuratoday.com/e/sightseeing/daibutsu.html
  • http://www.kotoku-in.jp/en/about/about.html
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C5%8Dtoku-in
  • http://studybuddhism.com/en/advanced-studies/lam-rim/refuge/the-32-major-marks-of-a-buddha-s-physical-body
  • http://studybuddhism.com/en/advanced-studies/lam-rim/refuge/the-80-minor-marks-of-a-buddha-s-physical-body
  • http://www.kotoku-in.jp/en/about/grounds_info.html
  • http://www.kotoku-in.jp/en/visit/access_car.html
  • http://www.worldtravelguide.net/japan/passport-visa
  • http://www.tokico.biz/four_seasons/
  • http://www.danielmcbane.com/travel-guides/east-asia/japan/kamakura/
  • http://www.kotoku-in.jp/en/visit/visit.html

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  1. S.Prathap on Feb 17, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    Very informative and inspiring story of the Great Buddha of Kamakura.Great to know of the history of this Great Buddha.From what i saw and understand it is a beautiful place to pay visit.
    It is one of the most iconic Buddha statues in the world.All it took were 2 people, Lady Inada and Priest Joko of Totomi to build this magnificent Buddha that withstood the test of time.Thank you very much for sharing this nice article.

  2. Tsa Tsa Ong on Oct 21, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    Very beautiful looking at the pictures above. Very informative and inspiring story of the Great Buddha of Kamakura. I enjoyed reading the wonderful history of this great Buddha of Kamakura. Thank you very much Rinpoche and blog team for sharing this beautiful article 🙏👏😍

  3. Samfoonheei on Oct 30, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    Heard so much of this amazing Great Buddha of Kamakura, Japan. Which is one of Japan’s most fascinating historical landmarks. The enormous bronze statue is a represents of Amida Buddha in Kamakura City. Kamakura is known for its beautiful relaxed atmosphere and serenity. Kamakura city itself has many historically significant Buddhist temples and beautiful Shinto shrines. It seem that most of them are over 1,200 years old. The great Buddha is one of those historical statue seated in lotus position with hands forming a gesture of meditation. This statues had gone through a number of renovations due to earthquakes, tsunami and so forth..
    Ever year the beauty of this place has attracted many thousands of tourist . I have not been there but looking through those beautiful pictures and reading the history of it paints a thousands of words.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

  4. wan wai meng on Jan 10, 2017 at 3:30 am

    Kamakura Buddha statue is iconic and one can’t help but associate Japan with it. Japan is not Japan if the Kamakura statue is not there. The Shogun who initiated the aspiration to build the Kamakura statue, obviously has seeds of the dharma in him.

    Japan in the feudal age was ruled either by the Emperors or the Shoguns, Shogun ruled via their military power, and Japan then was always thrown into civil wars, and constant warfare dominated the political scene in Japan. For a shogun to have aspirations to build a statue is certainly rare.

  5. Echeah on Dec 26, 2016 at 12:39 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for the most comprehensive travelogue on the Kamakura Buddha. I was there last December and must say the place and the Kamakura Buddha are beautiful and serene, definitely a must-visit for anyone going to Japan. You can line up and navigate a very narrow staircase into the interior of the Buddha’s body. It is also not far from Tokyo and easily accessible. Along the road walking towards the temple from the train station are quaint old shops on both sides of the road, lovely atmosphere, still fresh in memory.

  6. Choong on Dec 7, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    The spirituality of Buddhism is strongly ingrained in Japanese society. The reason for this is during the Kamakura period, Buddhism became for the first time, a religion of the masses.

    Here is an excerpt from “A BRIEF HISTORY OF BUDDHISM IN JAPAN” regarding this development:

    THE KAMAKURA PERIOD (A.D. 1192–1333)

    Changes of the Kamakura Period

    Buddhism was confined to the privileged classes of court nobles, monks, scholars, and artisans who had enough time to master the complicated philosophy and rituals of Buddhism. It was in the Kamakura period that a drastic change took place in the field of religion; Buddhism became for the first time the religion of the masses.

    The old court eventually fell to a new military government which brought about the Kamakura period (1192–1333). The increasing discord and chaos of the times led to disillusionment and a call for the revival of faith. It was during these troubled time that Honen (1133–1212), Shinran (1173–1262), Eisai (1141–1215), Dogen (1200–1253), Nichiren (1222–1282), and other Buddhist leaders appeared and expounded their teachings of salvation for all.

    Source:
    PART I: A BRIEF HISTORY OF BUDDHISM IN JAPAN
    http://www.buddhanet.net/nippon/nippon_partI.html

  7. Pastor Han Nee on Dec 1, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this great article on The Great Buddha of Kamakura.

    The most stirring aspect of this article is the sincere determination of the people who built the Great Buddha of Kamakura in Japan, especially the Lady Inada and the Priest Joko of Totomi. Despite tough challenges, they beat all odds to fulfil Lady Inada’s promise to the late Shogun Minamoto Yoritomo of the Kamakura Shogunate, who had expressed a wish (before he passed away) to build an equally colossal Buddha statue as the Great Buddha Statue of Todaiji, to promote his region Kamakura.

    The Buddha of Kamakura is the Buddha Amitabha. Lady Inada and Priest Joko of Totomi faced many challenges such as natural disasters and a lack of funding but they persevered and never gave up. The main challenge in terms of funding was that the Kamakura Shogunate was controlled by the Hojo regents, whereas during this period in history, the Buddha Amitabha was associated with the Jodo Sect. There was little support of funds from the regents , as the Kamakura Shogunate were followers of the Hojo Sect of Buddhism. Lady Inada and the Priest Joko of Totomi who built the statue were followers of the Jodo Sect of Buddhism , who focus their devotion towards the Buddha Amitabha.

    At first the statue was made of wood. It took ten years to raise the funds to build it. Priest Joko of Totomi, at the request of Lady Inada, had to go on a challenging fund-raising journey as a mendicant priest and only then were they successful in gathering sufficient funds to build the statue. Unfortunately, in 1247, four years after its completion, the wooden statue of the Great Buddha of Kamakura was destroyed by a powerful storm. Undaunted, Lady Inada and Priest Joko of Totomi went on to raise the necessary funds to construct a new Buddha Amitabha statue.

    Fortunately, this time they decided to build the new Great Buddha of Kamakura using bronze instead of wood. Their decision has proven to be the correct one, as the bronze Buddha they built at that time still stands today, despite inclement weather, storms and typhoons hitting the area. It even survived an earthquake and a Tsunami. Of course, this has to be attributed to the blessings of the colossal outdoor Lord Amitabha. Efforts to build a hall over the statue to protect it against harsh weather and undesirable visitors (like vagrants and gamblers, who had previously desecrated the temple grounds) proved unsuccessful.

    Nevertheless, enough funds were collected to restore the statue itself to its former glory! For this, the efforts of Priest Yuten Ken’yo (1637 – 1718 CE) from Zojoji, Tokyo, are to be lauded.

    The maintenance and repair of the great statue have been carried out unfailingly until today. The Great Buddha of Kamakura is 13.35 metres (43.8 feet) tall and weighs around 121 tons (267,000 pounds)!
    Anyone who has a chance to visit this wonderful colossus of a statue, will undoubtedly want to reflect on the fact that without the gallant efforts of people like Lady Inada, Priest Joko of Totomi and Priest Yuten Ken’yo of Zojoji, the great Buddha of Kamakura might not be still standing – tall and seemingly ‘invincible’ to the forces of time and weather.

  8. Samfoonheei on Nov 29, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Very beautiful …..looking at the pictures above.Very informative and inspiring story of the Great Buddha of Kamakura.
    Lady Inada and Priest Joko of Totomi were the followers of the Jodo Sect of Buddhism,with their determination they embarked on a challenging fund-raising journey to build this Great Buddha of Kamakura.Great to know of the history of this Great Buddha.From what i saw and understand it is a beautiful place to visit.Good sharing.
    Thank you

  9. Bradley Kassian on Nov 29, 2016 at 1:25 am

    The Kamakura Buddha is famous around the world. I’ve seen pictures of this buddha many times. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the background regarding this Buddha & holy site.

  10. Fong on Nov 28, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    A comprehensive and inspiring article of the Kamakura BUddha of Japan. This Buddha is so very iconic and people immediately identify it with Japan.

    It is a testament to the tenacity and commitment of the Lady Inada and the Buddhist priest, Joko of Totomi. They continued building the Buddha image despite the lack of funds. And, in later years, this statue was restored after it was damaged by natural disasters.

    Thank you for such a comprehensive article that should one decided to visit this holy site at the spur of the moment, we can from the history written here to the information on accommodations.

  11. Jason on Nov 28, 2016 at 3:31 am

    This is really a magnificent grand Buddha statue. I did google to know more about this statue. It also named as Daibutsu Buddha which means Great Buddha.

    Lady Inada , Buddhist priest Joko of Totomi and Priest Yuten Ken’yo have strong determination to build up and maintain Daibutsu Buddha for future generation. I salute to them.

    This article post in the right time to me because I will visit Tokyo soon. I wish I can pay homage to this Great Buddha with my family.

    Thanks Valentina sharing this article. It is very informative especially you did provide information on accommodation and transportation access to Kamakura.

    Jason

    • Valentina Suhendra on Nov 28, 2016 at 10:37 pm

      Dear Jason

      Thank you for your kind comment. I am glad that the information in the article is useful to you. Do have a fruitful trip to Japan and I hope that you will enjoy the benefits of visiting holy sites when paying homage to the Great Buddha of Kamakura.

      Valentina

  12. Ron Wong on Nov 27, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Very interesting article. It is inspiring to read about how the struggle & perseverance of Lady Inada and Priest Joko of Totomi spiritual journey in building the Great Buddha of Kamakura. Having been completely rebuilt & refurbished several times, how amazingly the spirit of the statue has survived so many natural disaster & calamity over the last 700 years. Looking at & reading the details of the Buddha’s iconography give a sense of peace to the mind, now I know the distinct hand mudra of Buddha Amitabha the next time I see one.

    I regret that I didn’t visit the site while I was in Tokyo many years back. Will look forward to paying homage to this magnificent Buddha the next time when I am there again.

  13. Tan Soon Huat on Nov 27, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    Thank You Rinpoche and Valentina for the great inspiring articleu. There are a lot of beautiful pictures attached with the article which make us understand it better.
    I was from Pure Land sect, I have special feeling to Buddha Amitabha. I wish one day the Buddha statue will be moved to the hall again to protect it from the harshed weather. The body will be pained by full gold so that it can attract more people to pay homage to Him and inspired more people to Dharma path.
    We should learn the persistency and spiritual of Priest Joko of Totomi and Lady Inada when we are building Kechara Forest Retreat. There is always challenge in Dharma path, we need the persistency and stronng Guru Devotion to overcome the challenge and make our Lama’s dream come true to spread Dharma wide and far to benefit more sentient beings.

    • Valentina Suhendra on Nov 28, 2016 at 10:34 pm

      Dear Tan Soon Huat

      Thank you for your comment. I agree with you the persistency of Priest Joko of Totomi and Lady Inada was very inspiring. It helps us to not be disheartened and move on when we are faced with obstacles and try to find an alternative way when plan A does not work.

      I hope that one day very soon, your wishes that the Great Buddha of Kamakura will be restored to its former glory will come true 🙂

      Valentina

      • Tan Soon Huat on Dec 3, 2016 at 1:01 pm

        Thank You Valentina for your kind reply. It might take us a few hours to read and learn from article but it took Rinpoche a few days even a few weeks to compose such a meaningful article for us to learn and improve ourselves in Dharma learning. Thank You with folded hands

  14. Pastor David Lai on Nov 27, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    Great article Valentina. The pictures of the Kamakura Buddha are beautiful and the story of its story poignant. All it took were 2 people, Lady Inada and Priest Joko of Totomi to build this magnificent Buddha that withstood the test of time. It is one of the most iconic Buddha statues in the world and perhaps more so than the larger statue in Todaiji.

    It does make me want to visit Kamakura to pay homage to this Buddha one day and visit the other magnificent Buddhist shrines and temples around Japan. For some strange reason, I recall having dreamt of visiting Japan and its not like a big and monumental task but its the only dream I can recall of actually travelling to a foreign country. I rather visit Japan than the Americas and its really not that far. Anyway, thank you Valentina for this wonderful article that inspired wanderlust.

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
~Tsem Rinpoche

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According to legend, Shambhala is a place where wisdom and love reign, and there is no crime. Doesn\'t this sound like the kind of place all of us would love to live in? https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=204874
2 months ago
According to legend, Shambhala is a place where wisdom and love reign, and there is no crime. Doesn't this sound like the kind of place all of us would love to live in? https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=204874
108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden\'s blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
2 months ago
108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden's blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
2 months ago
Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat\'s doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
2 months ago
One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat's doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
2 months ago
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
3 months ago
On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
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By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
It\'s very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it\'s very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
3 months ago
It's very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it's very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
3 months ago
Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
3 months ago
One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
8 months ago
Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
8 months ago
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
8 months ago
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
9 months ago
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
9 months ago
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
9 months ago
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
10 months ago
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
10 months ago
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
10 months ago
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
10 months ago
Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
10 months ago
Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
10 months ago
Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
10 months ago
The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
Sacred Vajra Yogini
10 months ago
Sacred Vajra Yogini
Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
10 months ago
Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
10 months ago
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
10 months ago
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.
10 months ago
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
10 months ago
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
10 months ago
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!!!
10 months ago
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
10 months ago
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
10 months ago
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
11 months ago
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
11 months ago
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
11 months ago
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
11 months ago
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
11 months ago
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
11 months ago
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
11 months ago
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
11 months ago
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
11 months ago
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
11 months ago
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
11 months ago
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
11 months ago
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
11 months ago
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
11 months ago
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
11 months ago
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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    Cute Tara girl having a snack. She is one of Kechara Forest Retreat’s resident doggies.
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    10 months ago
    Your Next Meal!
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    10 months ago
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  • Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
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    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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    12 months ago
    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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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
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Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
3 weeks ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
3 weeks ago
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
4 weeks ago
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
4 weeks ago
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
4 weeks ago
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
1 month ago
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 month ago
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 month ago
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
2 months ago
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
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Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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