The Perception of Hardship | 我们对艰苦的观念

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(By Tsem Rinpoche)

What is hardship? Is there really a definitive way of classifying a certain situation as hardship? What may be difficult for you and I may not be a problem for another person. I have been a Dharma teacher for more than 25 years and during this time, I’ve encountered many people who face obstacles when they try to engage in spiritual practice. Many times, these obstacles are self created… and the answer is instant if they choose to view things differently.

I recently read an article about a group of ascetic nuns in China and it reminded me of how many people often give excuses when it comes to practicing the Dharma although there is every reason to practice. The article described the lifestyle of these ascetic nuns during their annual two-week pilgrimage. They travel on foot, live outdoors, and beg only for food. They give no excuses, no complaints… they are just focused on their spiritual practice and it shows their sincerity and devotion.

I want to share this article in hopes that it will inspire all Dharma students to realize and understand that Dharma is worth ‘sacrificing’ for. There is nothing to fear in dharma. The fear is if you don’t have dharma. So the next time you feel like skipping Dharma class because you don’t want to get stuck in traffic, or because you want to do something else, think about these sincere ascetic nuns, and reflect… sincere practitioners go all the way for Dharma.

Tsem Rinpoche
 


 

Ascetic Nuns’ Life Of Pilgrimage (女性苦行僧的行脚生活)

Daoyuan Temple of Haicheng, Liaoning is a nunnery in China that upholds strict discipline. This temple is comprised entirely of women. The nuns practice Buddhism at the Dabei Temple in Haicheng, Liaoning and belong to the same Guiyang School of Zen Buddhism as the Dabei Temple.

辽宁海城道源寺,是国内一所戒律严明的尼众寺院。该寺院僧人全部为女性,僧团依止辽宁海城大悲寺修行,与大悲寺同为禅宗沩仰宗法脉。

According to reports, in the Haicheng Daoyuan Temple, much like the Haicheng Dabei Temple, money is forbidden for all the nuns. They must abide by the Buddha’s precepts and never touch nor collect money. This photo shows [the nuns] holding a monk staff, carrying an incense burner, walking outside in the early dawn.

据报道,海城道源寺与海城大悲寺一样,全体僧人持不捉金钱戒,僧人依照佛陀戒律终身不摸钱,不储蓄。图为执持锡杖,手捉香炉,身披霞光,行脚野外。

Their temple does not have a donation box and they do not deal in business. All the nuns eat only once a day at noon and sleep four hours a day. They meditate for the length of time it takes to burn five incense sticks. This photo shows them walking in the rain.

寺院无功德箱,不搞经营买卖。全体僧人日中一食,过午不食,每天睡4个小时,日打坐时间为“五支香”(禅宗术语:燃烧五支香的长度)。图为雨中行走。

Every year after the mid-autumn festival, they must go on a two week pilgrimage (Angya). During this journey, they practice begging, only for food and not money.

每年农历八月十五后,要外出“行脚”半个月左右,行脚途中托钵,只乞食物,不乞金钱。

During the journey, they do not live in hotels, people’s homes, or temples. They live outdoors. This photo shows the nuns at rest, with bystanders watching.

沿途不住旅馆、不住人家,不住寺院,露宿野外。图为途中休息,路人围观。

Daoyuan Temple nuns began their pilgrimage tradition in 2000, begging for food on their journey each year for the past 15 years.

道源寺僧团从2000年起开始行二时头陀,行脚乞食,至今已有15年历史。

Today, Daoyuan Temple nuns have already walked across Liaoning, Hebei, Jilin, Heilongjiang and other provinces. This photo shows the nuns on the road, braving the winds.

目前,道源寺僧团已经走过辽宁、河北、吉林、黑龙江等省份。图为行脚路上,忽遇大风。

On the road they meet faithful worshipers.

路遇信众顶礼。

This photo shows the nuns on the pilgrimage as curious pedestrians stop to watch.

图为僧侣正在“行脚”,好奇的路人止步观看。


 

While on the road, when the nuns find animals killed by traffic, they will pick it up and bury it, so that they can put an end to its resentment, and cultivate compassion.

路上遇到被过往车辆碾死的众生,僧人用随身携带的方便铲将众生铲起,就近掩埋,以息其怨气,长养慈悲。

The nuns stand dignified, holding refuge taking and animal liberation ceremonies.

僧人们威仪具足,为众生进行三皈依等放生仪式。

The believers they meet on their journey will bring them animals saved from being butchered, and the nuns will hold ceremonies to liberate these animals. The Daoyuan Temple abbot conducts the ceremony.

途中信众送来从刀下抢救回的众生,僧人为其做三皈依等放生仪轨,道源寺住持释妙融法师主法。

Meditation during rest.

休息时打坐。

According to Buddhist precepts, they only beg for food, not money.

依照佛制出家戒律,乞食时只乞食物,不乞金钱。

After completing their alms rounds, the nuns will put all the food together and give it to the “jingren”.

乞食归来,所有僧人将乞到的食物倒出,交给“净人”。

After completing their alms rounds, the nuns will sit down, fast and chant in accord with the number and duration outlined in the precepts.

乞食结束后,僧人们依照受持戒律的条数多少和受持戒律的时间长短,依次而坐,等待过斋。僧人诵经。

Nun reading the Sutras

僧人诵经。

Journal writing

写日记。

Repairing torn robes. After a long period of time, their robes are full of patches.

缝补破了的僧服,久而久之,僧服便成为“百衲衣”。

Drawing pictures and writing Sutras on leaves

捡起枯叶,画上漫画,写下法语。

The Buddhist implement that must be brought along during pilgrimage: the monk staff.

行脚需要携带的佛门法器——锡杖。

Journal writing

写日记。

Setting up the sleeping bags and preparing to rest.

铺好睡袋,准备休息。

[Source: http://www.chinasmack.com/2014/pictures/devout-chinese-ascetic-nuns-live-a-peripatetic-life-of-hardship.html]

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  1. Tsa Tsa Anne on Apr 12, 2021 at 12:42 am

    Amazing nuns who are so sincere and determined. They brave through whatever it takes to reach their pilgrimage site. Every struggles in life develop our strengths and without them we will never grow and never get stronger. Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for such a meaningful sharing. 🙏😊

  2. Samfoonheei on Aug 25, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    Daoyuan Temple of Haicheng Liaoning is a strict discipline nunnery in China. Where the temple composed entirely of women, nuns living a life of hardship . The nuns practice Buddhism at the much like other temple, money is forbidden for all the nuns.Woa….they stick to the strict discipline that they must abide by the Buddha’s precepts and never touch money, never collect money. First time coming across this, new to me. Inspiring looking at those pictures tells us more about them. They will be carrying incense burner, walking outside in the early dawn, rain or shine walking , sleeping along the path as they continue their pilgrimage. Spend most of their time in meditation, walking and only slept out in the open air for 4 hours a day. They only beg for food, not money , that’s truly inspiring. Along the way they do cultivate compassion , buried dead animals found on the road and freeing animals from the slaughterhouse.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article showing us the hardship of nuns.

  3. sarassitham on Jun 12, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    Truly inspiring and very challenging hardship journey on dharma practice nuns. Thank you for the wonderful sharing. Every struggles in life develop our strengths and without them we will never grow and never get stronger. In this article every obstacle that they come across in the journey has an opportunity to improve, learn and tackle the situation because of the disciple.

    We never know the struggles of a person is going through behind every smile they keep moving forward no matter how difficult it may be, always continue to belief its possible.

  4. Yee Yin on Apr 12, 2019 at 3:44 am

    Everyone wants a comfortable life and don’t want to suffer. We work very hard in our lives to look for that comfort. Very often, it means to have a house, a car and some savings in the bank. We don’t really welcome hardship.

    However, it is the hardship that helps us to grow mentally. Without hardship, it is hard to develop good qualities in us. For example, if we have experienced hunger before and we have received help from other people, it will help us to develop kindness in us. When we experience hardship we will work hard to get out of it, we will examine what causes the hardship and how do we change for better so we can be out of it. We force ourselves to be determined and not to give up, many other good qualities can be developed as well such as humility, integrity, honesty, etc.

    Some people who don’t take hardship as a positive experience will run away to avoid it. The more they run away, the more negative experiences they are going to create for themselves. Why? Because when they run away, they are refusing to look at their problem and how can they solve it. Without solving the problem, they will have the same negative experience over and over again and it will make them unhappy and angry.

  5. Mingwen on Jun 8, 2018 at 1:38 am

    It’s how we being selective & lazy to not find ways to break through the self created obstacles. If it is really important, we will find ways to go all the way.

  6. Carmen Koo on Mar 28, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    As long as we are unenlightened, we all have our perceptions, and the degree of it varies between person to person. For some, we are controlled by our perceptions, for some, we let out intentions dominate us regardless of our perceptions and feelings.

    A spiritual path is no doubt hard, because it removes you and your mind from falling deeper into the crevasses of samsara, something instilled to you and compounded onto you by society. The hardship arises when we think it impossible, and we let ourselves choose not to battle our fears and comfort. But at the end, victory is sweet when one perseveres because, not only do you battle the hardship you limit yourself with, but you overcome the obstacles you create for your spiritual growth.

    These nuns are inspiring. They shine so much brighter with the dullness that surrounds them.

  7. Samfoonheei on Feb 11, 2018 at 10:59 am

    Daoyuan Temple of Haicheng Liaoning is a strict discipline nunnery in China. A group of Chinese nuns traverse the highways of China every year after the Mid-Autumn Festival on a two-week long pilgrimage . Wow….fantastic all the ascetic nuns live a life of hardship , travelled on foot and followed a strict and explicit discipline, spending most of their time in meditation. All the nuns obey the rule of never touching or saving money. Whereby they eat only once, at noon, and sleep only for 4 hours. They are truly compassionate , they will even buried any dead animals found on their way. For those saved animals, the nuns will hold ceremonies to liberate these animals. ( There is no success without hardship. For every dark night, there’s a brighter day.)….quoted. That’s what I do believe in life there will surely be hardship before a brighter day.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this inspiring article.

  8. CindyH on Sep 3, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    It really goes to show that what amounts to our hardship is really defined by our delusions as what is difficult to one might not be an issue for another. If we really think about it, it is actually our own neurosis that dictate how hard the hardship will be for us.

    After all, every “hardship” that one come across when attempting to do or practice Dharma is actually reflection of one’s karma. The good news is that those “hardships” are also opportunities for us to practice Dharma. Having it easy doesn’t propel us to check our mind much less transform. And if we don’t weed out the poisons in our mind, how can one have the space for Dharma realisation to take root, much less grow there?

    Granted, facing our hardship is painful but in life isn’t it the case where there is always a price to pay for wanting something? Even when you want to learn how to cycle, you have to keep getting back on no matter how many times you fall off in order to be able to ride a bicycle.

    This also correspond with something I read before which states that one way towards opening the door of Dharma is the abandonment of the eight worldly concerns. One of the purpose of abandoning the eight worldly concerns is so you can develop a calm mind. If you always reacting negatively to hardships, there is no way you can develop stable meditation. So, the hardships do form the path. Guess that why the nuns admirably challenge themselves by forging on with those “hardships”.

  9. Datuk May on Aug 7, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    At my current level of the mind all that the Nuns of Dao Yuan are doing and going through is hardship and at the end of such ordeal would be just relief.

    However in the case of the Nuns, what they are going through is not hardship at all but to overcome their self and physical being in order to have attainments and enlightenment for the benefit of others.

    Extremely inspiring.

  10. Jill Yam on Jul 27, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Amazing nuns who are so sincere and determined. They brave through whatever it takes to reach their pilgrimage site. They don’t have any ego and only compassion as they do animal libertarian along the way to free the animals from suffering.

    They go all the way for Dharma and they don’t give any excuse or complaint. It’s very inspiring to see them ‘sacrificing’ for Dharma while some of us have the perfect place and condition to do dharma.

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing as it had inspired me to do more dharma work while I still can.

    Jill Yam

  11. Valentina Suhendra on Jul 8, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for this article on the nuns of Dao Yuan temple. Firstly, I rejoice that these nuns were able to do their practice without necessary obstacles in China. China has gone a long way since their cultural revolution day in the 1960s. secondly, I am moved by the courage and compassion of these nuns. I have climbed mountains before and I know those bags were heavy (I used several porters to carry my things, but these nuns have to carry their belongings themselves). Although they must have been tired, they still pray for the animals and the corpses on the street. I can see real compassion radiated from their faces.

    May these nuns always have the resources they need to carry out their work.

    Valentina

  12. Wan Wai Meng on Feb 13, 2016 at 12:34 am

    Amazing Nuns who make so much effort and commitment in the Buddha’s footsteps.

  13. JP on Dec 10, 2015 at 12:47 am

    In this modern day and age, there are still Buddhist practioners who go all the way with their practice. It is truly inspiring that they show such determination and resilience with so many modern day distractions. The nuns remind of the ascetics who practice renunciation.

    Our karma to be attached to the desire realm is so strong that it is sometimes necessary to retrain the mind by putting ourselves through such training. As the saying goes,”The fish will not know its wet until it’s out of the water.”

    So when we remove ourselves from the distractions of the 5 senses, we begin to realize that we are beyond our likes and dislikes. We are not restricted to the self limiting parameters that we have made up throughout the years. Hence, the realization is the beginning of our liberation from the “self”.

    All this is easier said than done because of our negative karma and lack of merits. I believe the only saving grace is to be determined and not listen to our emotions. If we make a conscious effort to persevere, we will eventually see results by gaining wisdom and clarity of perceiving the truth.

  14. Pastor Moh Mei on Dec 6, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    Different individuals have different level of tolerance for pain, discomfort and difficulties. Hence hardship is a perception of the mind. In order to quantify and make sense of the world we live in, we create these guidelines that rate happiness, hardship, wealth, intelligence, etc. In reality it’s all in our mind.

    What these nuns go through may be perceived generally by most as hardship but they could easily be more “happy” than a lot of people who are living in better physical comfort.

    It is with the right mind that one can overcome anything. The right mind can be unaffected whether sleeping in soft mattress in an air-conditioning room in a 5-star hotel or sleeping on a hard rock out in the cold wilderness.

  15. Stella on Oct 18, 2015 at 9:15 am

    Many things exist in our mind. If we perceive that the poor corpse of the animal at the road side is dirty and disgusting, then it is. If we perceive that reading a book is tedious, then it is. If we perceive that holding vows is restricting, then it is.

    BUT, if we think that the poor animal who died at the side of the road deserve a burial, then it is no longer disgusting. Then perhaps we will be have the heart to do something for it/about it. Similarly, if we believe strongly that the knowledge from the book can change our life and liberate us from perpetual suffering, then we will not find it tedious to read the book anymore. If we understand that by holding our vows well our tendencies to cause harm onto others and in turn lessen harmful effect on ourselves, then we will always want to hold our vows well.

    Hence, it is our mind that we need to monitor and control and adjust.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing. It reminds me dearly to be mindful about what goes on in my mind.

    With folded palm, head to Rinpoche’s feet,
    Stella

  16. Joy Kam on Aug 25, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    These nuns show such amazing determination, discipline and devotion to the Dharma. I guess if one is truly serious in achieving liberation nothing could stop you.

    It also made me realise how easy it is for us here in Kechara, Malaysia under Rinpoche’s care and guidance, we receive the Dharma with so much convenience. How fortunate and some what spoilt we are that sometimes we take things for granted. Looking at what these nuns have to go through, sleep outdoors in the cold, walk everywhere, eat whatever, it humbles me and makes me appreciate everything that I have so easily to do Dharma.

    Their commitment is admirable. Their attitude gives me courage to face hardships, for hardships is what makes a grow stronger whenever we overcome it. With difficulties, hurdles, obstacles and hardships, realisation and wisdom arise. Hence we should have no fear for hardships… if it’s bitter at the start it’ll be sweeter in the end.

  17. Joe Chang on Aug 20, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring post about the Chinese nuns and their pilgrimage. It puts to shame for those of us who thought that we have ‘sacrificed’ so much for our work, dharma activities and so on. It made me look at the so called ‘work’ I have done all my life (whether paid or volunteer) and made me realize that there is always more that I can do to pursue my personal growth in Dharma. Om Ah Ra Pa Sa Na Dhi!

  18. Yee Ling on Aug 13, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring story! The way these wonderful nuns have renounced their wordly life to live as ascetics practicing Dharma puts my life into perspective. I am humbled by their devotion to Dharma.

  19. Pastor Lim Han Nee on Aug 11, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    This group of ascetic nuns in China -living outdoors, travelling on foot, and begging only for food over a two week pilgrimage period – do show us a form that true hardship can take. Looking at them, we are truly inspired to think that precious Dharma is worth all the hardship. It makes us feel ashamed of our own pettiness in thinking that being stuck in a traffic jam is such a big deal!

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this account of such lovely people, who will brave all, including the elements, for Dharma.

  20. Pastor Adeline on Aug 10, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    佛法的保存與流傳有賴於精進不懈、全心全意學習與實踐佛法的僧眾。今天願意出家的人逐漸減少,更不用說願意苦行的。看到這則分享感到非常歡喜和欣慰,因為知道佛法因此得以繼續流傳下去。

  21. Sharon Ong on Aug 10, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    I have tremendous respect for these nuns who are so utterly devoted to their spiritual journey. They have it so much tougher than most of us. I thank Rinpoche for this post as this will be a great reminder for me to keep going when the going gets tough. Be it in my spiritual journey or my worldly life in general.

    With folded hands.

  22. Sarah Yap on Aug 10, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    Such incredible devotion to Dharma! An uplifting and inspiring story that all Dharma students have to read. We are all so lucky being able to receive the Dharma so easily and yet we complain… that the traffic is heavy to go to the temple… when many Dharma students have to walk to the temple. We complain that reading the blog or a Dharma book is difficult… these nuns write their sutras on leaves! Some complain that eating vegetarian food is not nice, these nuns eat what they receive and are grateful for it. Some complain that they’re not used to live in retreat centres even if its for one night, these nuns sleep outdoors in the cold!

    And now we see the results… those of us that only complain, how far have we gotten with our Dharma practice? Not much.

    Such a wonderful story for us to reflect on… to be grateful for what we have, appreciate the simplicity in getting Dharma from where we are, and the meaning of determination to our spiritual path

  23. Loh Ann Leong (Penang Study Group) on Aug 7, 2015 at 2:21 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this valuable post. This had remind me to go all the way for Dharma, even to confessed myself over here, it is my laziness that caused an obstacles for myself. No more excuses anymore; what are my “hardship”, it is just a label and nothing more.

    OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA _/|\_

  24. Shelly Tai on Aug 5, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this inspiring post and always be there to encourage us not to give up in our spiritual journey. After looking at all these picture I really paid full respect to these nuns who are so devoted to the practice and going through so much hardship and obstacles I think for us to face some difficulty in our Dharma journey we should not complain is hard is difficult .

  25. Jacinta Goh on Aug 1, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    The journey of these nuns are incredible. A life dedicated for others. A life finding purpose and self-discovery. It shows that even ‘woman’ is capable of doing what a ‘man’ can do. Anyway, be it man or woman, it’s just a label in the end.

    How can we be of benefits to others if we do not have the methods or skillful means? How can we ask the teacher to stay and teach if we do not preserver and journey on? When we expect others to practice, others will most probably expect the same thing from us. Hence, just pack up and keep moving forward, no matter how difficult it may seem.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this blogpost.

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    Interesting spiritual journey of Venerable Longlian one of the best-known students of a famous religious leader of modern China. Venerable Longlian was a talented child, at the age of four she could read, write well and was fluent in Chinese poetry. She even could recite scriptures and Buddha’s name and had visited frequently to templesqith her grandparents. Ven. Longlian studied everything from poetry to Chinese medicine under famous teachers at that time. Received teachings from Tibetan scholars as well and took initiations of the three main Gelugpa tantric deities, Vajrabhairava, Guhyasamaja and Chakrasamvara from Changkya Khutukhtu, who was one of the highest authorities in the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism. She did composed more than 1000 poems, through her years.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Shin for this interesting write up of China’s most outstanding Bhiksuni.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/ven-longlian-modern-chinas-most-outstanding-bhiksuni.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Aug 7. 2022 03:02 PM
    In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, monastic vows are for life. But somehow Ci’en temple in Zhejiang province offers three-month course and part-time vows recently. Situated in the luxurious forest, Ci’en temple a small temple remains its charm with impressive landscape and Buddhist culture. The Buddhist temple decided to offer admission to civilians who wanted to experience a monk’s life, only to be overwhelmed with applicants. It’s a small temple , hence only those were interested in Buddhism were given a chance. Participants of the program will live as monks in the temple free of charge. They will learn about Buddhist culture, read its scriptures and will also perform all Buddhist activities as arranged. It’s a good training ground to live as a monk or nun to cultivate minds.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Shin for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/ven-longlian-modern-chinas-most-outstanding-bhiksuni.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Aug 7. 2022 03:00 PM
    Ditsa Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of Gelug sect in the Huzhu County of Qinghai province. Interesting history of this Ditsa Monastery, been shared . How the reincarnated Lama’s body has shrunk into an incorruptible adamantine body. Nobody at the monastery has realised that the reincarnated Lama was a Great Bodhisattva who came to the world for all sentient beings, but as ordinary people. Its only after the Lama had passed away. Since then the monks in Ditsa Monastery became more serious in their practice and maintained pure moral discipline. Reading this post has gave me a better understanding of that Bodhisattvas come into the world with a variety of manifestations as explained by Rinpoche. Set as a reminder to devote ourselves to our teacher with sincerity and respect and everyone we encounter.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-miraculous-vajrayogini-of-ditsa-monastery.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 4. 2022 12:19 PM
    Lama Ole Nydahl is a Buddhist teacher and author in the tradition of the Karma Kagyu lineage. After years of studying Buddhist teachings and meditating , he was ask to go back to the West set up Buddhist centers. He was also the founder of over 600 Buddhist centers worldwide. As advice by his teacher the 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje whom he met at Kathmandu, Nepal he founded the first Buddhist center in the west. Had studied and took many more initiations under many highly attained Lamas such as Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Gyaltsab Rinpoche, Ogyen Tulku Rinpoche and so on.He was also the founder of over 600 Buddhist centers worldwide. Since then, he has travelled worldwide giving lectures, leading meditation courses and guiding Buddhist centers . Lama Ole is the author of several books and is one of the best known western Buddhist teachers. Through his activities the Karma Kagyu lineage is one of the most popular Buddhist traditions in the West. Lama Ole Nydahl received the transmission of the Phowa teachings from highest Tibetan masters and is today the most significant teacher of this practice in the Western world. Interesting biography .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/lama-ole-nydahl.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 4. 2022 12:18 PM
    Meditation on death awareness is one of the oldest practices in all Buddhist traditions. Buddhist meditation practice of remembering that death can strike at anytime and anywhere. We should practice diligently and with urgency in every moment, even in the time it takes to draw one breath. Over the centuries Buddhism has evolved many different techniques such as mindfulness, loving-kindness and visualisation. Death awareness can serve as a real aid to practice, the importance of using every moment wisely, while we still have the time.
    Reading this article again to refresh , it’s a profound teachings one should read and understand it what is all about. All it take us 10 minutes of our time to do the practice.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/ten-minutes.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 4. 2022 12:15 PM
    So blessing seeing all those beautiful Tara at Kechara . Walking through the Tara walk feeling the calmness as if we are walking into the wilderness of a forest . One will surely feels it , all due the kindness of our Lama Tsem Rinpoche , sponsors and those involved in this meritorious project.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/21-taras-of-tara-walk.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 1. 2022 02:33 PM
    n Buddhism, there are a variety of attitudes towards different forms of fasting . According to Buddhist tradition, Buddha’s holy form as the ‘Fasting Buddha’ serves as a reminder for us and inspiration of Buddha’s difficult journey to achieve enlightenment. Fasting Buddha Shakyamuni fasted for forty-nine days under the bodhi tree while subjecting his body to extreme conditions to achieve enlightenment. Although it is believed that the Buddha endured great agony because of prolonged fasting, he never gave up and had used the challenges to justify abandoning his spiritual pursuit. Interesting read. Looking at all those images of Fasting Buddha tells all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing ….a reminder all of us nor matter what happen , never give up in our spiritual journey.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/fasting-buddha.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 1. 2022 02:32 PM
    Reading this again, its worth as great teachings by great Masters and looking at those rare pictures is a blessings. More over listening the powerful Holy voices of HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is indeed rare and precious. Merely by hearing HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s voices and teachings is a blessings too. For everyone at the hall understands all about the Dharma Protector after hearing HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s explanations. The truth is the truth and it cannot be wrong. Interesting read with precious pictures tell us a thousands words. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s advice on Dorje Shugden’s Practice with Chinese, Japanese, Nepali and Spanish subtitles is incredible so many more people will come to know the thruth.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kyabje-zong-rinpoches-advice-on-dorje-shugdens-practice.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 1. 2022 02:30 PM
    They always say time changes things, yes true enough time has changed the view of many regarding the Dorje Shugden controversy. Finally we are allowed to practise Dorje Shugden. HH Dalai Lama was at Bodhgaya said that if people wish to practise Dorje Shugden would be fine for them. Great news indeed. H H Dalai Lama had said openly about Dorje Shugden .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/we-thank-his-holiness-the-dalai-lama.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 28. 2022 01:58 PM
    Wow…. Very special indeed seeing this Vajrayogini statue given to our Lama H E Tsem Rinpoche by a young Malaysian in Bodhgaya, India. More ever given at the most sacred place, under the sacred Bodhi tree. That’s wonderful and it was later consecrated by Kensur Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery. Hence this Vajrayogini statue is very blessed and special . Merely looking at this special Vajrayogini statue is a blessing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/bodhi-tree-vajra-yogini.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 28. 2022 01:56 PM
    Pictures of His Holiness 16th Karmapa with His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche tells a thousand words. Karmapa is Chenresik , while Trijang Rinpoche is Vajra Yogini. This is a true display of spirituality of two greatest masters of Tibetan Buddhism. They are really close together and have a good relationship just for benefit of beings regardless of the traditions they belong as such as Gelupa or Karmapa. Together they even cross incarnation each other, working together for the growth of Dharma. We are fortunate to see this rare photo of this Great Dharma Master.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/mind-blowing-connections-between-two-high-lamas.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 28. 2022 01:56 PM
    Venerable Geshe Thupten a Tibetan great scholars and master from the Gelug tradition and was one of the pioneers who founded Tibetan schools in exile. He has upheld the lineage of Lord Buddha’s liberating teachings as well as continued his practice of Dorje Shugden. The Supreme Path to the Trikaya, text of quintessential Dharma was written by Geshe Thupten Lama. In the texts a very detailed explanations on the practice of the Six Paramitas or the Six Perfections, and other beneficial Dharma treasures was written. Geshe Thupten Lama has worked tirelessly for the Tibetan government in exile yet labelled as a spy. All because he has written a letter to HH Dalai Lama and expressing his view openly regarding the practice of Dorje Shugden. Reading this again more understandings and truth revealed. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-supreme-path-to-the-trikaya.html

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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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  • She’s going to spend her whole life here without being able to move correctly. Like a machine. They are the slaves of the people and are viewed as a product. It’s immoral. Billions of terrestrial animals die annually. Billions. You can’t even imagine it. And all that because people don’t want to give up meat, even though there are so many alternatives. ~ Gabriel Azimov
    3 yearss ago
    She’s going to spend her whole life here without being able to move correctly. Like a machine. They are the slaves of the people and are viewed as a product. It’s immoral. Billions of terrestrial animals die annually. Billions. You can’t even imagine it. And all that because people don’t want to give up meat, even though there are so many alternatives. ~ Gabriel Azimov
  • 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
    3 yearss ago
    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 is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
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    Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
  • This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. 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
    3 yearss ago
    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
    3 yearss 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
  • Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 yearss 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 yearss 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.
    3 yearss 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
    3 yearss 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
    3 yearss 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
    3 yearss 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
    3 yearss ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    4 yearss ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    4 yearss ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    4 yearss 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.
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    4 yearss ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    4 yearss ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
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    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    4 yearss 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).
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    5 yearss 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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    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
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    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 yearss ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    5 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.
    5 yearss ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    5 yearss ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    5 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
    5 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.
    5 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!!
    5 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.
    5 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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Is this where Rinpoche received the thangkha of Dream Manjushri?
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We hold our DS puja weekly without fail. We welcome you to join us. Penang DS puja @ 3pm~ by Jacinta
DS PUJA @ Penang. A close up of the offerings. What a feast! #Throwback 23/7/2022.
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DS PUJA @ Penang. A close up of the offerings. What a feast! #Throwback 23/7/2022.
#Throwback 23/7/2022. Our weekly DS puja attendees. All of us were getting ready to invite Buddhas to come forth, joining and blessing us during DS puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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#Throwback 23/7/2022. Our weekly DS puja attendees. All of us were getting ready to invite Buddhas to come forth, joining and blessing us during DS puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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#Throwback23/7/2022 Welcoming Buddha Shakyamuni, Gyenze, Shize & Namgyalma to Penang chapel. Abundance offerings, including sensory offerings were nicely set up and offered up to Buddha surfing our weekly DS puja @ 3pm, Jalan Seang Tek, Penang ~by Jacinta
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#Throwback. Visitation of Ven. Zawa Tulku Rinpoche and Ven. Geshe Jangchup Gyaltsen to Kechara Penang Chapel on 17/5/2022. We did a short prayers together. Really happy for the short visit. Kechara Penang Study Group~ by Jacinta
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#Throwback. Visitation of Ven. Zawa Tulku Rinpoche and Ven. Geshe Jangchup Gyaltsen to Kechara Penang Chapel on 17/5/2022. We did a short prayers together. Really happy for the short visit. Kechara Penang Study Group~ by Jacinta
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Trying to WE-fie. Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
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Trying to WE-fie. Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
Trying to "WE-fie". Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
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Trying to "WE-fie". Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
Celebrated Wesak Day 2022 in Penang, with a group of fun, committed, helpful and also devoted friends & family. Kechara Penang Study Group 15/5/2022 ~by Jacinta
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Celebrated Wesak Day 2022 in Penang, with a group of fun, committed, helpful and also devoted friends & family. Kechara Penang Study Group 15/5/2022 ~by Jacinta
Vesak Day 2022 - Bird liberation. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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Vesak Day 2022 - Bird liberation. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
All attendees are paying homage to Rinpoche and Buddhas before the start of our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. Outwardly, it seems that Dorje Shugden helps practitioners overcoming their obstacles and problems but ultimately Dorje Shugden’s supreme purpose is to help practitioners on their path to Enlightenment. Do join in our weekly DS puja, every Saturday @3 pm at Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. ~by Jacinta
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All attendees are paying homage to Rinpoche and Buddhas before the start of our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. Outwardly, it seems that Dorje Shugden helps practitioners overcoming their obstacles and problems but ultimately Dorje Shugden’s supreme purpose is to help practitioners on their path to Enlightenment. Do join in our weekly DS puja, every Saturday @3 pm at Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. ~by Jacinta
All of us are practicing on how to properly use dorje(Vajra), bell and damaru ~ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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All of us are practicing on how to properly use dorje(Vajra), bell and damaru ~ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
After inviting Dorje Shugden Wangze, Pastor Seng Piow teaches us how to use ritual objects and the full set of prayer accompanying it. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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After inviting Dorje Shugden Wangze, Pastor Seng Piow teaches us how to use ritual objects and the full set of prayer accompanying it. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
With great happiness, merits and excitement that Penang Group have invited Buddha Wangzey to Penang chapel, complete with full rituals and prayer. 30th April 2022 Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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With great happiness, merits and excitement that Penang Group have invited Buddha Wangzey to Penang chapel, complete with full rituals and prayer. 30th April 2022 Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Come and get your blessing from Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden in Penang @ Jalan Seang Tek ~ by Jacinta.
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Come and get your blessing from Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden in Penang @ Jalan Seang Tek ~ by Jacinta.
Special thanks to one of our dedicated Penang group members, Choong for superb tormas. Swift Return Puja @ every Saturday, 3pm. Do contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
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Special thanks to one of our dedicated Penang group members, Choong for superb tormas. Swift Return Puja @ every Saturday, 3pm. Do contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ by Jacinta
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Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ by Jacinta
The members of Kechara Penang Study Group are offering serkym to Dorje Shugden and His entourage. There's puja every Saturday @ 3 pm at Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek. All are welcome. ~by Jacinta
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The members of Kechara Penang Study Group are offering serkym to Dorje Shugden and His entourage. There's puja every Saturday @ 3 pm at Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek. All are welcome. ~by Jacinta
We are in the third week of Ramadan this year, and kind volunteers have never failed to feed people in need since Tengku Zatashah started this meaningful #zerofoodwastage initiative in 2016. The aim is to benefit the underprivileged with nice surplus food collected from Ramadan buffets. Every night during the month of Ramadan, volunteers collect surplus cooked food from hotels and distribute it to charity homes and low-income families. THANK YOU, Tengku, dedicated volunteers and hotel partners, for making this Ramadan special for the underprivileged. #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment - KSK @ Vivian
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We are in the third week of Ramadan this year, and kind volunteers have never failed to feed people in need since Tengku Zatashah started this meaningful #zerofoodwastage initiative in 2016. The aim is to benefit the underprivileged with nice surplus food collected from Ramadan buffets. Every night during the month of Ramadan, volunteers collect surplus cooked food from hotels and distribute it to charity homes and low-income families. THANK YOU, Tengku, dedicated volunteers and hotel partners, for making this Ramadan special for the underprivileged. #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment - KSK @ Vivian
We were chanting Migsetma mantra at the time this picture was taken. Thanks to all our Penang members who are very committed to attend Swift Return puja weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group, every Saturday @ 3pm. ~by Jacinta
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We were chanting Migsetma mantra at the time this picture was taken. Thanks to all our Penang members who are very committed to attend Swift Return puja weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group, every Saturday @ 3pm. ~by Jacinta
William, who is our leader/ Umze is cleaning the pantry and Gordon offered up 4 carton of packet drinks today. We cannot thank you enough for all kind hearted who sponsored various offerings weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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William, who is our leader/ Umze is cleaning the pantry and Gordon offered up 4 carton of packet drinks today. We cannot thank you enough for all kind hearted who sponsored various offerings weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Dedicated sisters, Sharyn and Swee Bee. They always make sure our puja offerings, especially fruits are arranged nicely. Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
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Dedicated sisters, Sharyn and Swee Bee. They always make sure our puja offerings, especially fruits are arranged nicely. Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
Committed and hardworking Kechara Penang members, Mr. Tang and Mr. Huey. Really appreciate having you both at our weekly puja . Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
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Committed and hardworking Kechara Penang members, Mr. Tang and Mr. Huey. Really appreciate having you both at our weekly puja . Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
KSK medic personnel have been tending to the needs of the clients every week. Their consistent kindness helps improve the medical welfare of those without a home. Thank you for serving and making them your priority on your weekends. #medicteam #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
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KSK medic personnel have been tending to the needs of the clients every week. Their consistent kindness helps improve the medical welfare of those without a home. Thank you for serving and making them your priority on your weekends. #medicteam #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
In the midst of chaos, let's start healing. We have Dorje Shugden Puja every Saturday @ 3 pm. Contact William for more info. Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ by Jacinta.
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In the midst of chaos, let's start healing. We have Dorje Shugden Puja every Saturday @ 3 pm. Contact William for more info. Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ by Jacinta.
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Pastor is in da' house!!!! Kechara Penang Study Group @ Saturday, 3 pm. Contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
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After Dorje Shugden puja @Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek, members went to a nearby vegetarian shop for gathering. #CNY2022 #HappyReunion by Jacinta.
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After Dorje Shugden puja @Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek, members went to a nearby vegetarian shop for gathering. #CNY2022 #HappyReunion by Jacinta.
In 2021, we've encountered far too many challenges—Pandemic, months-long lockdown, landslide, and flood. We are proud to witness Malaysians helping one another as these agonies come sequentially. Looking back to 2021, Kechara Soup Kitchen has made significant progress, with more to come in 2022. Every year, we move a little closer to our vision. We are immensely thankful to have such dedicated teams of volunteers willing to go above and beyond for our clients. Not to mention our sponsors and donors; none of this would have been possible without you. Thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for helping the underprivileged to a better future. Have a blessed year ahead from our hearts to your hearts. #2022 #newyear #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
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In 2021, we've encountered far too many challenges—Pandemic, months-long lockdown, landslide, and flood. We are proud to witness Malaysians helping one another as these agonies come sequentially. Looking back to 2021, Kechara Soup Kitchen has made significant progress, with more to come in 2022. Every year, we move a little closer to our vision. We are immensely thankful to have such dedicated teams of volunteers willing to go above and beyond for our clients. Not to mention our sponsors and donors; none of this would have been possible without you. Thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for helping the underprivileged to a better future. Have a blessed year ahead from our hearts to your hearts. #2022 #newyear #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh members were preparing for Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Kechara Ipoh members were preparing for Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 4th Dec 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 4th Dec 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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