Thich Nhat Hanh: Icon of Peace and Courage

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Thich Nhat Hanh is a courageous Vietnamese Buddhist monk, writer, poet, peace activist, scholar and teacher. Considered one of the most prominent Buddhist masters of our time, he draws thousands of people from around the world to his talks, centres, monasteries and retreats every year.

His courage and determination to benefit all sentient beings was tested during the Vietnam War. During the conflict, he helped victims from both sides as an extension of his compassion and, as a result, faced intimidation and threats from many. But his resolve to help those who were suffering was indomitable. While promoting peace and encouraging an end to the war, Thich Nhat Hanh drew the attention of influential activists from other countries such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and won them over to his cause.

He has written over 100 books to promote the Buddhist path and his message of peace, which includes the best sellers Peace is Every Step, Living Buddha, The Miracle of Mindfulness, and Anger. His life story is a great inspiration for anyone seeking peace and to benefit other sentient beings as he has shown the world what we can achieve if we have the correct motivation and persevere through adversity.

 

Early Life

Thich Nhat Hanh was born in Hue City in central Vietnam on 11th October 1926. In 1942, he entered the Tu Hieu Temple near the city, and it was here that he met his root teacher, the Zen Master Thanh Quy Chan That and received ordination as a novice monk.

The City of Hue in Central Vietnam

The City of Hue in Central Vietnam

Thich Nhat Hanh also received a Buddhist education from Bao Quoc Buddhist Academy where he trained mainly in the Vietnamese Thien and the Mahayana Buddhist traditions. In 1949, he received full monastic ordination and was given the title ‘Thich‘, which derives from the term ‘Thích Già‘ meaning ‘of the Shakya clan‘ that Buddha Shakyamuni belonged to. It is a title given to members of the Sangha or the ordained community, who take it as their surname to identify themselves as monks and nuns.

As a young monk in the early 1950s, Thich Nhat Hanh was involved in the movement to revitalise Vietnamese Buddhism. He felt that the people of Vietnam had lost touch with their religion and he was determined to reconnect them to the teachings of Buddha. He did this by:

  • Teaching and spreading the practice of mindfulness amongst his students
  • Updating translations of various sutras
  • Engaging in social work

Thich Nhat Hanh became one of the first six monks to ride a bicycle, and one of the first monks to take secular courses at university level. It was during this time that he also established the An Quang Temple in Saigon, Vietnam.

Tu Hieu Temple, near Hue City in central Vietnam

Tu Hieu Temple, near Hue City in central Vietnam

 

The Vietnam War

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In 1955, war came to Vietnam and the Vietnamese Sangha were faced with a difficult choice: to retain their contemplative lifestyle in their monasteries, or to help relieve the sufferings of war victims. Thich Nhat Hanh chose both options and founded the Engaged Buddhism movement that embodied his choices.

In his book, Vietnam: Lotus in the Sea of Fire, Thich Nhat Hanh stated that the idea of Engaged Buddhism originated with the 13th century Vietnamese king, Tran Nhan Tong. King Tran Nhan Tong was famous for abdicating his throne to become a monk and establishing one of the Vietnamese Buddhist schools of the Bamboo Forest tradition. In the course of his life, Thich Nhat Hanh would become the leader of the Engaged Buddhism movement in Vietnam and later brought this idea to the West.

A statue of King Tran Nhan Tong, the 13th century Vietnamese King who conceived the idea of Engaged Buddhism

A statue of King Tran Nhan Tong, the 13th century Vietnamese King who conceived the idea of Engaged Buddhism

In 1956, Thich Nhat Hanh was given the position of Editor-in-Chief of ‘Vietnamese Buddhism‘, a periodical published by the Unified Vietnam Buddhist Association.

In 1961, he went to America to study and teach comparative religion at the prestigious Princeton University. While he was in the United States, Columbia University also employed him as a lecturer of Buddhist Studies. It was there that he became fluent in several languages including English, Chinese, Sanskrit, Pali, Japanese and French, in addition to his own language, Vietnamese.

In 1963, he returned to Vietnam to assist in the Buddhist peace effort there. Upon his return, he actively expanded his humanitarian efforts and established several institutions that include:

  • La Boi Publishing House, which would later publish his many books as well as a magazine promoting peace
  • Van Hanh Buddhist University in Saigon, a private university that focuses on Vietnamese language, culture and Buddhist studies. Thich Nhat Hanh taught Prajnaparamita literature and Buddhist psychology there.

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At the height of the war in February 1964, Thich Nhat Hanh established the Order of Interbeing (Tiep Hien Order). In his introduction to a translation of Thich Nhat Hanh’s book Interbeing: Fourteen guidelines for engaged Buddhism, Fred Eppsteiner wrote that he created the order to “combat the hatred, violence, and divisiveness enveloping his country.” The order consisted of dedicated followers who were committed to the principles of Engaged Buddhism and social work. Their underlying principles were the Fourteen Precepts of Mindfulness Training.

In that same year, Thich Nhat Hanh joined university students and professors in establishing the School of Youth for Social Service (SYSS), a relief organisation that helped to construct schools, health care clinics, and rebuild entire villages that were destroyed during the war.

Staying true to his humanitarian principles even during the most difficult situations, Thich Nhat Hanh actively promoted non-violence and peace in war-ravaged Vietnam. The situation was challenging because SYSS helped both communists and anti-communists alike, something that earned them the ire of both sides. He faced threats to his life and many laypeople, nuns, and monks were murdered.

Children in Hue with school supplies from SYSS

Children in Hue with school supplies from SYSS

In 1965, Thich Nhat Hanh issued a document titled ‘Call for Peace’. In it, he wrote,

“It is time for North and South Vietnam to find a way to stop the war and help all Vietnamese people live peacefully and with mutual respect.”

https://www.biographyonline.net/spiritual/thich-nhat-hanh.html

 

Becoming a Dharmacharya

On 1st May 1966, his teacher Master Chan That gave Thich Nhat Hanh the Lamp Transmission that qualified him as a Dharmacharya or Dharma teacher. Thich Nhat Hanh is currently the Dharmacharya and the spiritual head of the Tu Hieu Temple and its affiliated monasteries. He is considered an elder of the Tu Hieu branch of the Lieu Quan lineage’s 8th generation and the 42nd generation of the Lam Te Dhyana School of Buddhism, also known as Rinzai Zen in Japanese.

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His students often refer to him as ‘Thay‘ which means master or teacher or as ‘Thay Nhat Hanh‘. In the Vietnamese version of the Plum Village website, he is also referred to as the Zen Master Nhat Hanh (Thien Su Nhat Hanh).

 

Returning to America

Thich Nhat Hanh with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thich Nhat Hanh with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In 1966, Thich Nhat Hanh was given an opportunity to return to the United States when Cornell University and the Fellowship of Reconciliation invited him to speak on behalf of Buddhist monks. Thich Nhat Hanh used this occasion to offer his views on ways to end the Vietnam War. Thereafter, he continued to speak in other colleges and impressed dignitaries and officials during his stay there.

Prior to his visit, Thich Nhat Hanh had written a letter to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1965, titled ‘Searching for the Enemy of Man’, and during this visit to the United States, he was able to meet Dr. King in person, and urged him to condemn the Vietnam War publicly.

 

VIDEO: Dr. Martin Luther King & Thich Nhat Hanh

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He also met with another prominent Christian leader, Thomas Merton, an American Catholic writer and theologian from the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, as well as peace activists and Catholic priests Daniel Berrigan and John Dear. They were very impressed with Thich Nhat Hanh and had only good words to say about him and Buddhist practice. Thomas Merton went as far as to say,

“The only way to be a good Christian now is to practise Buddhism.”

Thich Nhat Hanh and Thomas Merton

Thich Nhat Hanh and Thomas Merton

On another occasion after a discussion with Thich Nhat Hanh, Father John Dear said,

“We have lost the teachings about mindfulness, the present moment, universal compassion which are all right there in the Sermon on the Mount. Thich Nhat Hanh has taken that in so many deep ways and we Christians haven’t.”

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/earshot/the-extraordinary-life-of-thich-nhat-hanh/6358880

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Father Daniel Berrigan also spent many hours in long conversation with Thich Nhat Hanh discussing subjects such as Buddha and Jesus, war and peace, and life and death. These precious discussions were compiled in a book titled “The Raft is not the Shore”.

Thich Nhat Hanh’s efforts started to deliver results when, in 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. openly questioned the Unites States’ involvement in the Vietnam War during a speech at the Riverside Church in New York City. Dr. King decided to speak on the subject despite criticism that he was mixing international politics with the Civil Rights movement. In fact, Dr. King was so impressed with Thich Nhat Hanh that he nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize. In his statement, Dr. King said,

“I do not personally know of anyone more worthy of [this prize] than this gentle monk from Vietnam. His ideas for peace, if applied, would build a monument to ecumenism, to world brotherhood, to humanity.”

Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. in his letter ‘Nomination of Thich Nhat Hanh for the Nobel Peace Prize’, 25 January 1967

The letter was more than a nomination; it was a strong request to the committee to award the prize to Thich Nhat Hanh. However, Dr. King’s public praise of Thich Nhat Hanh was a violation of tradition, which required nominations to remain private until the prize was awarded. In the end, the Nobel Committee decided not to present an award that year.

 

Advocating for Peace

Sister Chan Kong when she was younger

Sister Chan Kong when she was younger

Unfortunately, shortly after Thich Nhat Hanh left for the United States, one of the Chancellors of Van Hanh University sought to sever its relationship with him and the SYSS. He went so far as to call Sister Chan Kong, the Operations Director of SYSS and a student of Thich Nhat Hanh, a ‘communist’, a particularly sensitive political term at the time.

It became difficult for SYSS to raise much-needed funds and its members were intimidated, harassed and threatened. Despite these challenges, the SYSS persevered in its charitable efforts and remained neutral in the conflict.

In 1969, Thich Nhat Hanh moved to France to lead the Vietnamese Buddhist Peace Delegation at the Paris Peace Talks. In the same year, he also established Église Bouddhique Unifiée (the Unified Buddhist Church) in France. This organisation is not related to the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam.

The signing of Paris Peace Accords

The signing of the Paris Peace Accords

On 27th January 1973, the Paris Peace Accord titled ‘Agreement on Ending the War and Restoring Peace in Vietnam’ was signed. The treaty ended the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War and temporarily stopped the fighting between North and South Vietnam. In 1975, the Northern Vietnamese army took control of South Vietnam and the Communist government barred Thich Nhat Hanh from returning to Vietnam due to his anti-war activities. Although exiled from his homeland, his efforts to promote peace and non-violence won him praise and admiration around the world.

Thich Nhat Hanh’s activism and care for the Vietnamese people did not stop while he was in exile. Between 1976 and 1977, he led the effort to rescue Vietnamese refugees in the Gulf of Siam. However, the governments of Singapore and Thailand put a stop to this effort.

Thich Nhat Hanh led the effort to rescue Vietnamese refugees in the Gulf of Siam

Thich Nhat Hanh led the effort to rescue Vietnamese refugees in the Gulf of Siam

 

Spreading Buddhism in the West

While living in exile, Thich Nhat Hanh became one of the most well-known Buddhist teachers in the West. The media often called him “The Father of Mindfulness”, “The Zen Master Who Fills Stadiums” and “The Other Dalai Lama”. To get a sense of his popularity, consider that in 1993, Thich Nhat Hanh led a retreat of 500 people in New York and taught a crowd of approximately 1,200 people at the National Cathedral in Washington DC.

His teachings appealed to many regardless of religious denomination, spiritual affiliation, political background, and place of origin. His wide appeal is a testament to the fact that Thich Nhat Hanh successfully adapted the teachings of mindfulness for Western sensibilities. His approach to modern Zen practice combines his mastery of various traditional Zen teaching methods, Mahayana Buddhism, and Western psychology. Today, he is known as one of the most important forces behind the development of Western Buddhism.

Thich Nhat Hanh, the Father of Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh, the Father of Mindfulness

The subjects of his lessons range from respect for life and responsible sexual behaviour to generosity, loving communication and the cultivation of a healthy lifestyle. He emphasises joy, engagement in the world and integrating the practice of mindfulness into daily life. In regards to mindfulness, the BBC described:

“To be mindful is to become aware of what is going on in our bodies, our minds, and the world around us.”

His teaching centres on conscious breathing and the mindful awareness of each breath. He reminds his students that any act is an opportunity to touch the sacred, whether it is washing the dishes or driving a car. He asks us to stop the war inside ourselves, to quiet our distracted minds and to return to the present moment.

“If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace. This allows us to discover, that ‘There is no way to happiness — happiness is the way‘.”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/buddhism/people/thichnhathanh.shtml

Some of Thich Nhat Hanh’s most notable students, whose lives were deeply affected by his teachings, include:

  • Natalie Goldberg, author and teacher
  • Skip Ewing, the founder of the Nashville Mindfulness Centre
  • Chan Kong, a Dharma teacher
  • Joan Halifax, the founder of Upaya Institute, a Zen centre in Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Stephanie Kaza, an environmentalist
  • Albert Low, a Zen teacher
  • Noah Levine, author
  • Leila Seth, author and the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court

 

Plum Village and Other Centres

In 1975, together with his main student, Sister Chan Kong, Thich Nhat Hanh established the Sweet Potato Meditation Centre in France. The popularity of his teachings continued to grow and so did the number of his centres around the world.

In 1982, he founded the Plum Village Buddhist Centre in Dordogne in the south of France. The place is the embodiment of his vision of a community where those engaged in social transformation work can come together for spiritual nourishment and rest.

The beautiful Plum Village Monastery

The beautiful Plum Village Monastery

Under his spiritual guidance, Plum Village has developed into one of the largest and most active Buddhist monasteries in the West. Currently, there are approximately 200 resident monastics and a further 8,000 visitors come every year to learn ‘the art of mindful living’. The Unified Buddhist Church is the governing body of Plum Village and other affiliated centres and organisations around the world that include:

  • Blue Cliff Monastery in Pine Bush, New York
  • The Community of Mindful Living
  • Parallax Press
  • Deer Park Monastery in California
  • Magnolia Village in Batesville, Mississippi
  • The European Institute of Applied Buddhism in Waldbrol, Germany

Thich Nhat Hanh’s monasteries and centres around the world continue to be a destination for the practice of mindfulness and meditation. To date, he has established at least six monasteries, dozens of practice centres, and over 1,000 local mindfulness practice communities. His global community consists of approximately 600 monks and nuns, and tens of thousands of lay students.

Sister Chan Kong

Sister Chan Kong

The members of Blue Cliff Monastery

The members of Blue Cliff Monastery

Thich Nhat Hanh and the members of Parallax Press

Thich Nhat Hanh and the members of Parallax Press

Deer Park Monastery in California

Deer Park Monastery in California

The monastics at Magnolia Village Monastery

The monastics of Magnolia Village Monastery

The activity in the European Institute of Applied Buddhism in Waldbrol, Germany

Activities at the European Institute of Applied Buddhism in Waldbrol, Germany

 

Writings

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Thich Nhat Hanh has authored over 100 books on various subjects including mindfulness, meditation, Engaged Buddhism, children’s stories, poems and commentaries on ancient Buddhist texts. In the United States alone, over three million copies of his books have been sold. Some of his best-known titles include Peace is Every Step, Being Peace, The Miracle of Mindfulness, True Love, Anger and The Art of Power.

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama wrote a foreword to Peace is Every Step, where he stated,

“[Thich Nhat Hanh] shows us how to use the benefits of mindfulness and concentration to transform and heal difficult psychological states. He shows us the connection between personal, inner peace and peace on Earth.”

Thich Nhat Hanh’s books are also available in German, French, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese and Vietnamese, amongst other languages.

Thich Nhat Hanh with the Dalai Lama

Thich Nhat Hanh with His Holiness the Dalai Lama

 

Return to Vietnam

Thich Nhat Hanh’s historic return to Vietnam

Thich Nhat Hanh’s historic return to Vietnam

In 2005, after long negotiations with the Vietnamese government, Thich Nhat Hanh was finally permitted to enter Vietnam for a visit. He was also allowed to publish his books in Vietnamese, to teach, to return to his root temple and to travel around the country with members of his monastic order.

 

VIDEO: Thich Nhat Hanh’s Return to Vietnam in 2005

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In 2007, Thich Nhat Hanh returned to Vietnam for the second time. According to an official communication from Plum Village, this visit had three goals:

  1. To support new monks and nuns in his Order
  2. To organise and execute Great Chanting Ceremonies to help heal remaining wounds from the Vietnam War
  3. To lead retreats for monastic and lay people.
Thich Nhat Hanh’s return to Vietnam in 2007

Thich Nhat Hanh’s return to Vietnam in 2007

The great chanting ceremonies were initially called “Grand Requiem for Praying Equally for All to Untie the Knots of Unjust Suffering”. However, due to objections from the Vietnamese government who refused to “equally” pray for American or South Vietnamese soldiers, the name of the chanting ceremony was changed to “Grand Requiem for Praying“. It was during this visit that Thich Nhat Hanh’s also established two monasteries in Vietnam — one at the Prajna Temple in the Central Highlands and another at the site of the original Tu Hieu Temple.

Thich Nhat Hanh in Vietnam

Thich Nhat Hanh in Vietnam

Thich Nhat Hanh in Vietnam

Thich Nhat Hanh in Vietnam

 

Achievements and Awards

Thich Nhat Hanh is renowned as an advocate for peace, for his humanitarian efforts, his teachings on mindfulness, his writings, and a lifetime of working to benefit others. His achievements have inspired countless people and earned him many awards. These are just some of the commendations he has received:

  • The 1991 Courage of Conscience Award
  • The 2015 Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom Award
  • He has been featured in many films including ‘The Power of Forgiveness‘ which was shown at the Dawn Breakers International Film Festival
  • In 2013, he was featured in the graphic novel titled ‘The Secret of the 5 Powers
  • In 2017, the Education University of Hong Kong presented him with an honorary doctorate in recognition of his “life-long contributions to the promotion of mindfulness, peace and happiness across the world.”
Pachen in Terris Peace and Freedom Award

The Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom Award

 

Later Life

Thich Nhat Hanh continues to travel and teach mindfulness around the world despite his advancing years. In a 2005 interview, he responded to a question about his age.

Question: You will be 80 this year. Do you plan to retire as a spiritual teacher at any point?

Answer: “In Buddhism, we see that teaching is done not only by talking but also by living your own life. Your life is the teaching, is the message. And since I continue to sit, to walk, to eat, to interact with the Sangha and people, I continue to teach, even if I have already encouraged my senior students to begin to replace me in giving Dharma talks. In the last two years, I have asked Dharma teachers, not only in the monastic circle but also in the lay circle, to come up and give Dharma talks. Many of them have given wonderful Dharma talks. Some Dharma talks have been better than mine. I see myself in my continuation, and I will not retire. I’ll continue to teach, if not by Dharma talks then in my way of sitting, eating, smiling, and interacting with the Sangha. I like to be with the Sangha.

Even if I don’t give a Dharma talk, I like to join walking meditation, sitting meditation, eating in mindfulness and so on. So don’t worry. When people are exposed to the practice, they are inspired. You don’t need to talk in order to teach. You need to live your life mindfully and deeply. Thank you.”

https://plumvillage.org/about/thich-nhat-hanh/biography/

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However, this great master had a serious setback on 11th November 2014. One month after his 88th birthday, he suffered a stroke and had to undergo intensive rehabilitation. At first, he received treatment at Bordeaux University Hospital in France, and on 11th July 2015, he was flown to San Francisco to undergo an intensive rehabilitation program at the UCSF Medical Centre.

Thich Nhat Hanh leading a walking meditation session

Thich Nhat Hanh leading a walking meditation session

By 8th January 2016, Thich Nhat Hanh had made an amazing recovery and was able to return to his beloved hermitage, Plum Village. Whenever his health allows, he continues to engage in many different activities such as mindful meals, sitting meditation, walking meditation and other public events.

 

VIDEO: Thich Nhat Hanh Returns to Plum Village After Stroke

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On November 11, 2014, Thich Nhat Hanh suffered a stroke which requires him to undergo intensive rehabilitation

On 11 November 2014, Thich Nhat Hanh suffered a stroke which required him to undergo intensive rehabilitation

When his health allows, Thich Nhat Hanh continues to engage in many different activities

When his health allows, Thich Nhat Hanh continues to engage in many different activities

 

Quotes of Wisdom by Thich Nhat Hanh

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Recommended Reading (Free Download)

Peace is Every Step (click to download PDF)

Stepping into Freedom (click to download PDF)

True Love (click to download PDF)

Being Peace (click to download PDF)

Healing is Possible Through Resting (click to download PDF)

Love in Action (click to download PDF)

The texts above were sourced from legitimate book-hosting services offering these texts for free download. They are made available here for purely educational, non-commercial purposes.

 

More Books by Thich Nhat Hanh

  • Vietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire, New York, Hill and Wang, 1967
  • Being Peace, Parallax Press, 1987
  • The Sun My Heart, Parallax Press, 1988
  • Our Appointment with Life: Sutra on Knowing the Better Way to Live Alone, Parallax Press, 1990.
  • The Miracle of Mindfulness, Rider Books, 1991
  • Old Path White Clouds: Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha, Parallax Press, 1991
  • Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life, Bantam reissue, 1992
  • The Diamond That Cuts Through Illusion, Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Diamond Sutra, Parallax Press, 1992
  • Hermitage Among the Clouds, Parallax Press, 1993
  • Zen Keys: A Guide to Zen Practice, Three Leaves, 1994
  • Cultivating The Mind Of Love, Full Circle, 1996
  • The Heart of Understanding: Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra, Full Circle, 1997
  • Transformation and Healing: Sutra on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness, Full Circle, 1997
  • Living Buddha, Living Christ, Riverhead Trade, 1997
  • True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart, Shambhala, 1997
  • Fragrant Palm Leaves: Journals, 1962–1966, Riverhead Trade, 1999
  • Going Home: Jesus and Buddha as Brothers, Riverhead Books, 1999
  • The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching, Broadway Books, 1999
  • The Miracle of Mindfulness: A Manual on Meditation, Beacon Press, 1999
  • The Raft is Not the Shore: Conversations Toward a Buddhist/Christian Awareness, Daniel Berrigan (Co-author), Orbis Books, 2000
  • The Path of Emancipation: Talks from a 21-Day Mindfulness Retreat, Unified Buddhist Church, 2000
  • A Pebble in Your Pocket, Full Circle, 2001
  • Essential Writings, Robert Ellsberg (Editor), Orbis Books, 2001
  • Anger, Riverhead Trade, 2002
  • Be Free Where You Are, Parallax Press, 2002
  • No Death, No Fear, Riverhead Trade reissue, 2003
  • Touching the Earth: Intimate Conversations with the Buddha, Parallax Press, 2004
  • Teachings on Love, Full Circle, 2005
  • Understanding Our Mind, HarperCollins, 2006
  • Buddha Mind, Buddha Body: Walking Toward Enlightenment, Parallax Press, 2007
  • The Art of Power, HarperOne, 2007
  • Under the Banyan Tree, Full Circle, 2008
  • Mindful Movements, Parallax Press 2008
  • Blooming of a Lotus, Beacon, 2009
  • Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life, HarperOne, 2010
  • Reconciliation: Healing the Inner Child, Parallax Press, 2010
  • You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment, Shambhala, 2010
  • The Novice: A Story of True Love, Unified Buddhist Church, 2011
  • Your True Home: The Everyday Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh, Shambhala Publications, 2011
  • Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm, Rider, 2012
  • The Pocket Thich Nhat Hanh, Shambhala Pocket Classics, 2012
  • The Art of Communicating, HarperOne, 2013
  • No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering, Parallax Press, 2014
  • Is Nothing Something? Kids’ Questions and Zen Answers About Life, Death, Family, Friendship, and Everything in Between, Parallax Press 2014
  • Silence: The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise, HarperOne, 2015
  • Old Path, White Clouds: Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha, Blackstone Audio, Inc.; 2016
  • At Home in the World: Stories and Essential Teachings from a Monk’s Life, with Jason Deantonis (Illustrator), Parallax Press, 2016
  • The Other Shore: A New Translation of the Heart Sutra with Commentaries, Palm Leaves Press, 2017

 

Sources:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Th%C3%ADch_Nhất_Hạnh
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/buddhism/people/thichnhathanh.shtml
  • https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/thich-nhat-hanh-mindfulness-google-tech
  • https://www.biographyonline.net/spiritual/thich-nhat-hanh.html
  • www.plumvillage.org
  • http://www.buddhanet.net/masters/thich.htm
  • http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/earshot/the-extraordinary-life-of-thich-nhat-hanh/6358880
  • https://plumvillage.org/about/thich-nhat-hanh/biography/
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_Peace_Accords
  • https://orderofinterbeing.org/about/timeline-of-community/

 

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  1. Samfoonheei on Jul 13, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    Thich Nhat Hanh is truly a global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist, revered around the world for his powerful teachings on mindfulness. He is the founder of the Plum Village Tradition where he spent most of his later life residing at the Plum Village Monastery in France. He is one of the best known and most respected Zen masters in the world today. He has been travelling internationally to give retreats and teachings. He finally made a surprise decision to go back to his root country in Vietnam . Interesting read of a great spiritual leader who has won him several awards for his incredible work of spreading compassion around the world solely just to benefits others.He has authored more than 100 books on various subjects and commentaries on ancient Buddhist texts.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

  2. Samfoonheei on Oct 9, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh a Vietnamese monk, is a global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist. Well known throughout the world for his powerful teachings and bestselling writings. His wisdom have help many to transform negative emotions and live a happier, more peaceful, and more balanced life. This Zen master has articulate and disseminate the core Buddhist teachings of mindfulness, kindness, and compassion to thousands more across the globe. Spending most of his life doing human rights and reconciliation work during the Vietnam War. He’s considered the father of “engaged Buddhism,” a movement linking mindfulness practice with social action, having built a network of monasteries and retreat centers around the world. He is truly an Icon of Peace and Courage, had wrote more than hundreds of books, have inspired countless people. For his achievements he won many awards. Interesting read of biography of a Zen Master. He is living peacefully and in mindfulness in his original home temple in Vietnam. It is wonderful that he could return to Vietnam after being exiled for over 30 years. Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing of an inspiring Zen Master.

  3. Pastor Shin Tan on Nov 20, 2018 at 4:37 am

    All enlightened beings are worthy of homage and worship. They are the best beings to take refuge in and we should offer them our prayers as we can put our full confidence in them. Of all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, I personally find that Manjushri is extremely important. This is because what keeps us in samsara (cyclic rebirth) is our total ignorance and misunderstanding of the reality of existence. What is necessary to penetrate this deep ignorance that keeps us bound in a perpetual state of reincarnation is wisdom. We need many types of wisdom which can be acquired by relying on Manjushri as our yidam (meditational deity). By focusing on his meditation, practice, mantra and path we can gain wisdom in order to have the tool to penetrate the reality of existence. Therefore, Manjushri is an extremely important Buddha for us to focus on and take refuge in.

    Tsem Rinpoche

    (Photograph: this is the beautiful outdoor Manjushri statue who is in a teaching pose. He is floating above a koi fish pond nestled among lush greenery in Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia)

    每一位觉者都能成为我们朝拜、膜拜的对象。他们是我们至高、至好的皈依,我们应该向他们做祈请,并且对他们生起全然的信念。在众佛菩萨之中,我个人认为文殊菩萨极为重要。这是因为使我们身陷娑婆(轮回)的是我们自身的无明,以及对实相的曲解。智慧是一种必要,它能穿透我们深不见底的无明,那个使我们受困于无止境投生的无明。我们需要多种智慧,而依止文殊菩萨作为我们的本尊,即能使我们成就多种智慧。透过文殊菩萨的观想、修持法门、心咒及修行道路,我们能成就智慧,拥有了知实相的“器具”。故此,专注于文殊菩萨的修持法门、皈依他,对我们而言都极为重要。

    詹杜固仁波切

    (相片:这尊户外文殊菩萨像呈转法轮姿。他被茂密的草木环绕,安坐在马来西亚克切拉禅修林的鱼池之上。)

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  4. Pastor Adeline Woon on Aug 22, 2018 at 11:48 pm

    Medicine Buddha puja encourages healing of all levels – physical, mental and emotional healing for those in need.

    High resolution file of this thangka is available for download for all dharma practitioners around the world and for those who just want sacred images in their environment. Enjoy, be blessed and share this with others.

    Here is the link to free download of this image and many other images: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html?nggpage=7

  5. Joy Kam on Jul 26, 2018 at 5:37 am

    Listening to the chanting of sacred words, melodies, mantras, sutras and prayers has a very powerful healing effect on our outer and inner environments. It clears the chakras, spiritual toxins, the paths where our ‘chi’ travels within our bodies for health as well as for clearing the mind. It is soothing and relaxing but at the same time invigorates us with positive energy. The sacred sounds invite positive beings to inhabit our environment, expels negative beings and brings the sound of growth to the land, animals, water and plants. Sacred chants bless all living beings on our land as well as inanimate objects. Do download and play while in traffic to relax, when you are about to sleep, during meditation, during stress or just anytime. Great to play for animals and children. Share with friends the blessing of a full Dorje Shugden puja performed at Kechara Forest Retreat by our puja department for the benefit of others. Tsem Rinpoche

    Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbzgskLKxT8&t=5821s

  6. wan wai meng on May 25, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    Reading about Thich Naht Hanh is so very inspirational, he is truly a Bodhisattva of our times, sad to see that he is so aged. He had gone through so much pain and disappointment to see his people the Vietnamese gone through so much war, suffering of his own people even helping both sides of Vietnamese conflict. Yet he remained so centered and focused in bringing the dharma to the world.

  7. Alice Tay on May 9, 2018 at 3:25 am

    One of the powerful quotes from Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh impressed me very much is:
    The past is no longer here, the future has not yet come; the present moment is the only moment we can live.

    Many of us have believed that letting go is tough. But, holding on to these past are actually hurts us often. We must be willing to let go and open up ourselves to new possibilities of the future. It is not easy, as our mind stick to constant and easily get distraction. Through practice of mindfulness in contemplation and meditation, it leads us to happiness and end for suffering.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this inspiring article.

  8. yin ping on Apr 23, 2018 at 4:12 am

    In Buddhism, mindfulness is to develop self-knowledge and wisdom that lead to freedom from suffering and enlightenment. Zen master, Thich Nhat Hanh is considered by many as the father of mindfulness. He dedicated his life to the dharma work, bringing inner transformation for the benefit of individuals and society.

    This is one of the profound quote from Thich Nhat Hanh which has inspired many.

    “Tea is an act complete in its simplicity.
    When I drink tea, there is only me and the tea.
    The rest of the world dissolves.
    There are no worries about the future.
    No dwelling on past mistakes.
    Tea is simple: loose-leaf tea, hot pure water, a cup.
    I inhale the scent, tiny delicate pieces of the tea floating above the cup.
    I drink the tea, the essence of the leaves becoming a part of me.
    I am informed by the tea, changed.

    This is the act of life, in one pure moment, and in this act the truth of the world suddenly becomes revealed: all the complexity, pain, drama of life is a pretense, invented in our minds for no good purpose.

    There is only the tea, and me, converging.”
    ― Thich Nhat Hanh

  9. Cc on Apr 13, 2018 at 12:08 am

    ??? Thanks for sharing.
    Ven.Thich Nhat Hanh , Father of Mindfulness has a great master who give teaching on mindfulness , meditation and promote peace to stop the Vietnam war and suffering of the people.

    Ven.Thich Nhat Hanh indeed a boddhisattva and it really inspired us.

  10. Jason on Apr 12, 2018 at 3:38 am

    Thich Nhat Hanh is a famous Vietnamese Monk who giving teachings on mindfulness. When we know and practice mindfulness, we will more conscious on every actions we did. These will benefit us and others.
    I am so proud of him because he advocated world peace and he also help to stop the Vietnam War. Ending the Vietnam War will bring peace to Vietnam and less victims.
    He always give help to anyone regardless the people background. This is truly compassion .
    I hope this article will nurture more people to practice compassion and create harmony and peace to this world.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Jason

  11. Pastor Han Nee on Apr 9, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    Thich Nhat Hanh, much loved , revered and renowned Buddhist monk , through his tireless endeavours, has brought the cultivation of Peace and Inner Peace to a meaningful level for lay people and to the ordinary man in the street. His advocacy and implementation of moment to moment mindful living ties up with his powerful teachings on joy, universal compassion ,interbeing and engaged Buddhism.

    He has fought conflicts and adversities courageously with non-violence nurtured by love and a pervasive awareness of suffering . My first powerful encounter with this Buddhist master of peace ,love and compassion was through his book “Peace Is Every Step”. He opened up a new world of Buddhism to me, where the ultimate message of Peace and Compassion was that we have to be completely immersed in “interbeing”. I do understand why he has created the Buddhist Unity Church and why Trappist monk Thomas Merton, through his close study of him and friendship with him, would say “The only way to be a good Christian now is to practise Buddhism” or why Dr Martin Luther King would write the following about him, ” His ideas for peace, if applied, would build a monument to ecumenism, to world brotherhood, to humanity.”

    He has built bridges to unite all , regardless of race or creed. Religion is only a label to him. True spirituality transcends the narrow confines of labels, which usually creates barriers between people.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this powerful sharing on the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh.

  12. Samfoonheei on Apr 9, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    Thich Nhat Hanh is a global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist, revered around the world for his powerful teachings and bestselling writings on mindfulness and peace. He considered by many to be the father of mindfulness in the west. He is the author of many hundred of books. He has inspired many people through his teachings of mindfulness and peace world wide. As such he has rewarded many awards. Amazing his many books are available in many languages world wide besides in German, French, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Chinese, Korean and so forth. Thich Nhat Hanh is an Icon of peace and courage through his life-long contributions to the promotion of mindfulness, peace and happiness across the world. He has since founded many retreats center, monasteries and organisations around the world.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring sharing.

  13. Sharon Ong on Apr 9, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    I first started to notice Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings was when he was interviewed by media queen, Oprah Winfrey. I was blown away by his wisdom and how simple he puts it to us. Ven. reminds me of Mahatma Gandhi as he uses non-violent and peaceful means to counter violence. This soft-spoken peace activist is such an inspiration to me as he embodies humility, expounds profound wisdom and radiates true compassion.

    I would like to share the interview where Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh teaches mindfulness and being in the now. From 19.00, Ven. offers us mantras for a good relationship. Not at all what I expected at first but very applicable for everyone in a relationship. ➡️https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOOJombTJLY

    Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh shares many similarities with my own Guru, Tsem Rinpoche but here are 3 that stand out for me the most.
    ? Both peace advocates use peaceful means to counter adversities. My Guru, although maliciously attacked anti-Shugdenpas for upholding his Protector practice, has used wisdom, compassion and peaceful means to stand firm in his choice.

    ? Both are highly inspirational due to their immense courage to fight for what they believe in and speak up for the voiceless, although they are in “right in front of the line of fire”. How extremely compassionate and selfless!

    ? These 2 erudite masters are able to teach Dharma in simple and easy to understand manner. The best part of their teachings is how they are able to break it down for us, making it so relevant and applicable to our current lifestyle.

    Thank you with folded hands for this wonderful post, Rinpoche.

  14. Stella Cheang on Apr 7, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    ‘Old Path White Clouds’ is the first Buddhism book that I read, therefore, I felt the I am a little more familiar with Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh than other Buddhist masters. He is a strong advocate of mindfulness; promoting peaceful, harmony and respectful living with self and surrounding. His story is an inspiration. Thank you for this sharing.

  15. Anne Ong on Apr 7, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    It’s always wonderful to read about someone who is inspiring and has many talents. Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for sharing about Thich Nhat Hanh who wrote so many inspiring books and built such a beautiful retreat center like Plum Village Monastery ??
    Reminds me of Tsem Rinpoche who is an all rounder multi-talented Lama.???

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  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 29. 2021 03:53 PM
    Interesting reading all the misconception of tales, stories and mysteries . Many tends to believe the misconceptions without finding the details to understand it. They choose to believe the many misconceptions following cultural beliefs, rather looking at all corners from information. Most of us do not know about the truth behind it. At one time I do believed King Tut’s tomb had a curse declaring death on anyone who entered it . It is incorrect because based on my faulty thinking and reading it. Its only later with advance technology of laptops and after researched through it I realised the truth. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.


    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/misconceptions-we-want-to-believe.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 29. 2021 03:51 PM
    A placid, and tranquil place called Tsem Ladrang at Naranthan Nepal is simply the best location. Surrounded by nature’s beauty will be a perfect place for prayers, meditation and retreats. Having beautiful hills and mountain behind the Ladrang, from the Ladrang one could watch sunset in the evenings. That’s wonderful indeed. I do hope I have the opportunity to visit this breath-taking panoramic Ladrang in future. Looking at those pictures tells us all the beautiful, outdoorsy Ladrang with great scenery.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and teachings on butterlamp offerings and the lighting of 1100 butterlamps as well.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsem-ladrang-naranthan-nepal.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 29. 2021 03:48 PM
    Interesting read of Tsem Rinpoche’s Torghut Ancestry’s history. Beautiful to know all about family biologically descended having related to Gelugpa lineage and as well as family line of Genghis Khan.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Seow Choong Liang for this sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsem-rinpoches-torghut-ancestry.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 28. 2021 02:52 PM
    Everyone’s dream home is different. Buying a house is everyone’s dream simply because that is how we have been mentally and socially conditioned. All happiness moments start with family under the roof. Having simple and spacious house surrounding by greenery environment would be wonderful for me.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and thoughts of a dream house.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/my-kind-of-architecture.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 28. 2021 02:50 PM
    Reading this inspiring story tells us more. … how our Guru Tsem Rinpoche through all the odds and struggles to be where he was. Without family and relative ‘s support he had gone through hardship. Rinpoche leaving a comfort zone to a place of hunger and poverty, just for Dharma. Travelling across half the globe from US to India to a new environment all alone just for the love of Dharma . Rinpoche was so determined to continue Dharma no matter what happened.
    To those who knew nothing of Kechara it will say it’s a cult but not me . Coming to Kechara, and meeting Rinpoche it has changed my life . Learning and practicing Dharma from Rinpoche ‘s blog had thought me to be a better person, and spending my life meaningfully. Still learning to improve myself .
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/i-joined-a-cult.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 28. 2021 02:48 PM
    Esquire is an American men’s magazine based in New York City , it has been published by the Hearst Corporation since 1986. Found this old post and realised such an international magazine had interviewed our Guru Tsem Rinpoche long ago. Esquire described our Rinpoche as one of the country’s most avant-garde spiritual leaders. That’s true Tsem Rinpoche down to earth very special Lama and founded the Buddhist organization Kechara. We are fortunate to have Rinpoche in Malaysia, showing us the way.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/esquire-magazine-calls.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 27. 2021 04:10 PM
    Wonderful to have the story in Mongolian of Tsem Rinpoche home at Gaden ,India. More Mongolian will understand better of the life of Tsem Rinpoche . What Rinpoche had experienced and struggles to pursue Dharma goals no matter what happens and condition Rinpoche faced living in cowshed then.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/the-cowshed-that-was-my-home-in-gaden-mongolian.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 27. 2021 04:07 PM
    Women were frequently characterized as second-class citizens those days. There were many notable women who were able to break from societal norms to live the kind of life they chose for themselves. I could tell many women throughout these three eras were not given a chance to outspoken than men. Well those days women were treated as an entirely separate group, regardless of their social status. They had numerous legal, religious, and economic challenges hurdles to go through.
    Reading this inspiring post of famous women ,they deserve at least a worthy mention and not forgotten. I only know the inspiring story of Joan of Arc during my school days. Glad to know more heroines from this post. I am sure there were more throughout the centuries, living as independent women, equal to men. Inspiring indeed how these women standing against the odds and having their own vision . The stories of Lyudmila Pavlichenko the deadliest women and Annie Smith Peck the explorer adventurer and supporter of the women’s suffragette movement stood up well in history.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Shakila Rajendra for this inspiring sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-heroines-time-forgot.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 27. 2021 04:05 PM
    In certain parts of China is actually famous for its dog meat consumption. Despite the widespread outcry against the country’s notorious eating habits there’s still restaurants serving dog’s meat.
    Many locals are aware of the obscene cruelty of the animals being killed for their meat. The government is drawing up laws to prohibit the trade of wildlife and protect those animals and safety of its people. So its not surprised when the locals got angry and putting things into their own hands beating the two dog thieves savagely. Angry villager even attacks the two thieves’ car, smashed the car window. Got red handed and beaten badly till the police came. Nowadays locals gave up dogs meats for health reason and they are aware of it. Hope more could be done to safe those dogs.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/do-you-know-this-is-happening-in-southern-china.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 23. 2021 04:55 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche, for this important knowledge what to look for signs that our doggie in pain. By knowing what to do and look out for, it will certainly help owners to detect the situation. When we spend time with them we could understand them better when they are in pain. Since they are not able to tell us we have the responsibility to take care of them. Pain can be difficult to detect in older dogs. Doggie in pain tend to be more vocal, it’s not always easy to spot immediately. They will only express in a number of ways such as whining, whimpering, growling, and so forth. It is important for dog owners to recognize subtle signs of pain in their dog. Hence reading this post have help me to observe my doggie better.


    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/7-signs-your-dog-is-in-pain-and-trying-to-hide-it.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 23. 2021 04:53 PM
    Inspiring post of a soldier turned Buddhist monk living in remote raw Ural mountains of Russia . With little and much hardship , they never give up feeling happy with their struggles. They managed to build a spiritual community up in the remote mountains. Led by Mikhail Sannikov, now known as Lama Dokshit, a veteran of the USSR’s Afghanistan war . He established a monastery on an isolated mountaintop named Shad Tchup Ling, meaning “place of practice and realisation. The monastery is visited by thousands yearly by tourist and locals.
    But sadly this monastery was built on private lands own by a metallurgical mining company . Since 2016, it has been desired to demolish the Buddhist Shedrub Ling temple on Mount Kachkanar. The Buddhist community have tried many times to legalize the structures. The mining and others have claimed rights to the land. The Buddhist community was asked to leave then. The latest update dated second February 2021 is that the monastery will be under the security of the mining company where the Urals Buddhists are allowed back to the mountain only certain days of the week. May this inspiring monastery up in the mountains continue to flourish and may the mining company not demolished it .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.
    READ MORE AT…for the latest news
    https://www2.stetson.edu/religious-news/210202a.html

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/buddhist-monks-far-off-in-the-russian-mountains.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 21. 2021 04:13 PM
    Reading this post reminds me of my first pilgrimage trip to Wu Tai San . Went with my Kecharians brothers and sisters few years back. Great memories indeed, we are so fortunate given the opportunity to visit such holy site of Lord Manjushri and more it’s a pilgrimage.
    Mount Wutai is a sacred mountain, one of the Four Sacred Mountains in Chinese Buddhism. Mount Wutai, known as ‘the five terrace mountain’, is the highest in Northern China believed to be the earthly abodes of Lord Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom. Great ….Each peak is inhabited by a different form of Manjushri. Its five main peaks, positioned east, south, west, north, and in the middle, embrace one another with broad and plain . From the 1st century AD to the early 20th century many temples have been built on the steep slopes . Besides the religious aspect, the beauty of rising and falling ridges of mountains, exotic rocks, are really amazing. The beautiful scenery there is a masterpiece of exquisite acts of nature, predominantly visible over the five main peaks. What really important is that Mount Wutai have a connection and vast history with many Tibetan lamas. From Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyeltsen to China’s most benevolent rulers, Emperor Kangxi .
    Looking through those beautiful pictures tell us all.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Karen for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/pilgrimage-to-mount-wutai.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 21. 2021 04:10 PM
    Ullambana is a Buddhist festival celebrated on the 15th day of the 7th lunar month according to the Buddhist calendar. It is a festival of liberation, as to provide salvation and relief to the ghosts and spirits of the dead. The Buddhist origins of the Ullambana Festival can be traced back to a story that originally came from India. By observing the practice of Ullambana we could liberate the deceased from the three suffering realms and allow the living to enjoy a life of abundance, good fortune and longevity. During this festival, offerings such as light, foods, prayers are made to the spirits of the dead and to the hungry ghosts. On this day, Buddhists offer prayers both to their departed forefathers and to their living parents and elders.
    Great …at Kechara Forest Retreat , Bentong, two powerful and extensive pujas will be performed according to the tradition of Gaden Monastery. We are fortunate this year even though we are not able to attend at KFR , these pujas will be streamed live. The two powerful and extensive pujas is to remove obstacles and generate even more merits.
    Thank you Rinpoche ,Sharon Ong and those who are involved making it possible.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/celebrating-ullambana-the-original-hungry-ghost-festival.html

  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 19. 2021 03:16 PM
    Sad to see those homeless people and now with the pandemic , it is even more . Thousands of homeless people were housed in temporary shelters during Malaysia’s COVID-19 lockdown . We have to face and accept them they exist every where. Its true that the homeless and the people living on the streets, and many off them much as the thought might create discomfort and uneasiness among many of us. Occasionally, we might come across one sleeping on the pavement, smelly, begging, sitting on pavements with a vacant look in their eyes, walking with a sack and on the lookout for foods. Many have returned to the streets and are now living hand-to-mouth….
    H. E Tsem Rinpoche knows how it is to be homeless as he had experienced homelessness while teenager back in US. Tsem Rinpoche then set up Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK) to distribute warmed foods from 15 packets to thousands . With many volunteers helping up during the distribution in downtown Kuala Lumpur . Not only serves foods , giving free hair cuts and KSK’s volunteer doctors provide free medical check ups, wound dressings. These are some of the services provided. KSK team has done a wonderful jobs. The homeless deserves a much more caring society. Thanks to KSK team and volunteers , keep it up.
    Thank you Rinpoche and and Pastor Henry for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-soup-kitchen-ksk/homelessness-in-malaysia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 19. 2021 03:13 PM
    Colorado, a western U.S. state, has a diverse landscape of arid desert, river canyons and snow-covered Rocky Mountains . Noted for its vivid landscape of mountains, forests, high plains, and so forth . Beautiful place that piques the imagination and inspires the soul with its dramatic landscape and natural beauty . Well it said to be nothing less than stunning, with a diversity that has attracted thousand locals and tourist. An unbeatable destination with natural beauty will truly offers u for everyone.
    I have not been to Colorado or any US states before but reading this post I can imagine the beauty of this place. A perfect environment for me is somewhere quiet far away from a busy place.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/top-25-mountain-towns-in-colorado.html

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I must thank my dharma blog team who are great assets to me, Kechara and growth of dharma in this wonderful region. I am honoured and thrilled to work with them. I really am. Maybe I don't say it enough to them, but I am saying it now. I APPRECIATE THESE GUYS VERY MUCH!

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The Unknown

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
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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
108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden\'s blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
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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
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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
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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 yearss 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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
2 yearss 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)
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second 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)
First 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)
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
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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
2 yearss 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!
2 yearss 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Sacred Vajra Yogini
Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
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Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
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.
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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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
2 yearss 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!!!
2 yearss 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
2 yearss 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
2 yearss 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
2 yearss 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
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
2 yearss 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
2 yearss 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
2 yearss ago
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
2 yearss ago
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
2 yearss 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
2 yearss 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
2 yearss 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
2 yearss 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
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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
2 yearss 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
2 yearss 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
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
2 months ago
Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
2 months ago
Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
3 months ago
#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 months ago
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 months ago
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
6 months ago
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
6 months ago
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
8 months ago
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
10 months ago
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
11 months ago
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
11 months ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
11 months ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
1 years ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
1 years ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
1 years ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
1 years ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
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
1 years 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
1 years 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
1 years 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.
1 years 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
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
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