Why I Left Everything to Become A Buddhist Monk

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Transcript: Why I Left Everything to Become A Buddhist Monk

What’s up Youtubers? It’s Nick here and I’m alive.

It’s been a very long time since I last posted, and as you can tell the setting is a little bit different now. I’m bald, so I look completely different. I’m bald, my eyebrows are gone, and it’s because I just got done ordaining as a Buddhist monk here in Thailand at Wat Phra Dhammakaya.

 

Why did you leave to become a Buddhist monk?

And people have been asking me, “Why did you leave everything behind in California, your life behind, to become a Buddhist monk?” And for me, the answer is fairly simple.

In my world, I feel like I have everything in the physical world. I have everything, and according to the western standards, I’m educated, I have a Master’s degree, I have my own business called True Nature Counselling Center, I work for an agency where I’m the lead therapist, I’m a trained therapist, I travel around to do speaking gigs, I work as a professional dancer, a modern dancer, I do hip hop, I also do ballet, I have my own car, I own my own home, I have a lot of friends, and I have good health, I’m in shape. So again, according to western standards, I made it. I have everything. But for me, it’s so what?

The question that keeps me going is, if you were to die tomorrow, so what? What impact did you have on this world? What impact are you making on this world? And everything that I worked so hard for I can’t take — the money, the car, the fame, the anything, I can’t take that.

So for me, I wanted to get quiet. I wanted to detach from the physical world and develop my inner world. To me, that’s more important. Before, I used to be guided by the outside world — what people thought of me, my career, my identity, my labels, who I was, how I was perceived. And for me that’s gone. That’s absolutely gone and it’s time to mature where I wanted to be guided by something more genuine, something more real. And for me that is the soul, that is the spirit, that is the inner world that guides me.

And I wanted to come to Thailand to detach, also to self-reflect, to determine who am I? What do I stand for? What are my values? What guides me? And also to just simply become a better human being in order to be of service to this world. Where to decrease my ego a little bit and also to genuinely learn wisdom. I want to guide people.

And if you guys have been watching my Youtube, you understand that as a marriage and family therapist my goal really is to target two audiences. One, I want to work with celebrities and entertainers in Hollywood, so the arts, professional athletes in the Hollywood world. And secondly, I want to target the sciences, which is the CEOs, the executives in Silicon Valley, the tech world.

So those are my two main ones and I feel like you can have everything. You can have big goals. You can have big dreams. But at the end of the day, are you a good person? Do you have good habits? Are you kind? Are you compassionate? And do you have a sense of self and identity, where you have a spiritual foundation, you’re grounded in spirituality. You’re grounded in yourself. So that’s kind of what I’s going for and again, in order for me to do this kind of work and to help people heal, I needed to do my own work. And this is why I’m here, to self-reflect and again, to become a better person.

 

What is it like to be a Buddhist monk?

Well, first off let me start by saying where I am. This is called Wat Phra Dhammakaya. It’s the world’s largest temple, and I’m telling you, it’s humungous. It’s shaped, the main meditation centre, it’s shaped as a square. Each side of the square is one kilometre so that’s about two thirds of a mile, and it’s two thirds of a mile each way, so it’s humungous.

This place is designed to fit one million people. So one million meditators. One million monks. And it’s just huge! Also behind me the gold Cetiya; there are one million Buddha statues on top of it. So this place is simply sacred. This place is holy. And you can just feel the energy around here, and it’s absolutely beautiful.

The schedule of a monk is insane. I thought coming here to become a monk would be the easiest thing, where life is just simple. But no, that’s not how it worked. And I have a new found respect for Buddhist monks out there.

Nick Keomahavong as a Buddhist monk

Nick Keomahavong as a Buddhist monk

When I arrived at the airport, I drove an hour here to the temple. And right away, I checked in. They took all my belongings. So no phones, no computers, no laptop, nothing. They took all my luggage, my wallet, my keys. Everything was gone. And they shaved my head, and they gave me a white shirt, and they gave me white pants and there you go. Your identity is gone, and it’s time to learn how to become a Buddhist monk.

Our schedule every morning starts at 4 a.m. So we wake up super early. The ground that we sleep on, it’s insane. We’re simply sleeping on a yoga mat. It’s this thin, and what do we have? We have a blanket, then we have another blanket that we use as a pillow and that’s it.

So I’m used to the comforts of my home, where my bed is nice, it’s big, it’s comfortable. But this? Nope. What they’re teaching you is how to detach from worldly things and just really getting back to the basics. Sleeping, or sleep, or sleeping is for sleep, so that’s the intention of that.

But again, we wake up every morning at 4 a.m. We have to get ready, and then we start morning chanting at 5 a.m. We do morning chanting for about maybe half an hour, and then we meditate for another half an hour, and then after that at six o’clock, we do our chores. That includes cleaning the toilet, being on the laundry team so you’re doing laundry for everyone. You can be on the food team where you help get breakfast and lunch ready, and also cleaning the meditation hall. So those are some of the chores that we do. By 7 a.m., we have breakfast so that’s super early.

After that, we have then our second evening, I mean, second morning chanting. Sorry. After that we have our second morning meditation so we’re meditating each time about an hour, forty-five minutes to an hour. After that we have lunch and then we have a little bit of time off and then at two o’clock we have meditation again with a Dharma talk. So the teaching monk would teach us just education about Buddhism, about the world, about spirituality.

And then we have a little bit of free time, and then at night at 7 p.m., then we have evening chanting, and then a Dharma talk and then meditation again.

The schedule has been super difficult because all you’re doing is you’re eating breakfast and lunch by noon, and after that you’re done. The reason for that is as a Buddhist monk, you’re not using so much energy. Most of the time is through meditation, being mindful, doing your chores, and so you don’t need to consume that much.

But overall, my experience is amazing. Amazing.

Each day, 24 hours felt like a week, at times a month. It’s strange because time just completely stopped without your phone, without your keys, without your wallet. It’s, it’s just gone.

And I remember for the first time standing up wearing my robes and I’m like, “Holy crap! I’m not looking for my keys, I’m not looking for my wallet, I’m not looking for my phone.” And it just felt so free.

One of the differences of being in a monastery, being in a temple, is the conversation is different. It’s weird how in the western world when we meet someone, the first thing we always ask is, “Who are you? What do you do? Where do you live?” Those kinds of questions.

But in the temple, the questions were different. The questions were “How’s your meditation? What good did you do today? What’s your plan for the future?” But they really asked questions that had more depth to it and it’s not surface-y.

Your identity, what you do in the physical world, kind of… it really doesn’t matter. How much money do you have, who cares? Who gives a damn? They’re not interested in that. But what they really want to know is, how are you going to improve yourself. How do you want to become a better man? What’s the good that you did today? So again these are really different questions.

 

So why is meditation important?

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In the monastery, we meditate a lot. It’s funny, in the western world we would do, you know, five minute meditation. But no, when you come here, each session is about an hour, sometimes an hour and twenty minutes, and they do not sugar coat it.

If you have never meditated, if you’re an experienced meditator, no, it doesn’t matter. We are meditating for long sessions and you’re going to get used to it. But each day, we would meditate around three to maybe five to six hours, so it was a lot of time.

Meditation is probably the most important thing ever. The analogy that they taught us is just like showering. For the physical body, we know how to clean the physical body, and that’s through showering. And we do that on a daily basis, without people even telling us. It’s been a habit of ours where we can’t even sleep because it feels so dirty, and you just need a chance to shower.

So that’s how we take care of the physical body. But for the mind, we never shower that and we never clean that. Our day is filled with emotions and different events where we have anger and jealousy and greed and delusion, and we never clean it. And the only way to clean it is through meditation. Meditation is showering of the mind.

They also teach us that in the physical world, if you don’t shower for a day, it’s okay, whatever. If you don’t shower for a couple of days then you start to notice it and it bothers you. If you don’t shower for a week or so, other people notice it because you start smelling, so it will bother other people. And then if you don’t shower for a very long time then it’s just a big issue.

But same thing with the mind. When we don’t meditate for a day, okay, whatever. If we don’t meditate for a week, Ah! Your mind starts getting clouded. It starts building up stress, anxiety, worries, depression. If you don’t shower for a month, again, your mind is clouded.

And it’s interesting because there are people out there who have never showered their minds, it’s been two decades. It’s been 30 years that you’ve never showered your mind and you’re thinking the same thoughts. So just imagine how clouded your mind is. And this is why mediation is so important. Again, it’s just simply showering the mind and clearing the mind. Meditation is important because it gives you an opportunity for clarity. That simple.

When you can get your mind to still, let all the emotions, let all the thoughts, just calm down, then you can make clear choices. A lot of times people say, “Well, I don’t have enough time.” Well, the fact that you’re going through life and making sloppy decisions because your mind is not clear, you’re actually wasting time. If you actually took time each day to shower the mind, get quiet, get still, you would save so much time. You would develop inner joy, inner happiness, a peace of mind, and also again, clarity. That’s when wisdom just comes up. And then you can make decisions for yourself, your company, your family. That is more effective, and you can save more time. So try it out, it’s very important.

 

What’s a tip that I can give people in the Western world?

The tip, really, would be to develop a spiritual practice. You need to get grounded. You need time each day to detach from the physical world, to detach from your labels, your identity, who you think you are, this notion of feeling special. Detach from all that and get connected to the source of who you are. And again, that’s through meditation.

And the biggest misconception people have about Buddhism is that you need to be poor, you need to be a minimalist, and you need to not pursue anything in the physical world. And that’s not true. You can be a billionaire and still be a Buddhist. You can have big dreams and big goals and big visions, that’s not the issue. You can have a mansion, that’s not the issue. You can have private planes and private jets and again, that’s not the issue. But the issue is, are you a good person? And are you contributing to make this world a better place?

You can be a billionaire but be an asshole, versus be a billionaire and be kind and compassionate and help those around you. For people that have everything, that have all the material items necessary in the physical world, my question for you is, “How much is enough?” When you have a million dollars, do you need ten million dollars? Do you need a hundred million dollars? Now do you need a billion dollars? Do you need more clothes? Do you need more friends? Do you need more likes and followers? And like, when is enough, enough? And again, at the end of the day, when you die, you can’t take any of that. So my question to you would be to, or my challenge to you is really to see what do you want to leave behind? And also what are your values? And what guides you? I don’t know. These are questions that you might want to explore.

So again, I just want to say thank you to everyone for following me on my journey. Again, I’m an introvert. I’m very private. But doing this Youtube series, sharing my life, sharing my journey, has been amazing. I really do want to do more meditation videos. And again, I just came here to Thailand to develop myself, to be authentic, to have substance, and the rest of the time now is I want to give back to you guys.

Traveling around the world to do meditation videos, teaching you guys of… pursue you, dream big, but at the same time be grounded, and the way to do that is through meditation, and I’m going to guide you guys through every step of the way.

If you have a suggestion of where you want me to travel to, to meditate, feel free to comment below. Send me your ideas, topics that you guys have. Again, this channel is for you guys and I want to learn and grow with you guys, and let’s do this together. But happy meditating and let’s do this. It’s going to be a fun and exciting journey and continue to subscribe and follow me and share this with your friends. So, thank you.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJXRcoM4TTw

 

About Nick Keomahavong

Nick Keomahavong

Nick Keomahavong

In 2017, Nick Keomahavong, a successful marriage and family therapist and a professional dancer, left his comfortable home in California and boarded a plane to Thailand. He had signed up for the International Dhammadayada Ordination Program (IDOP).

By western standards, Nick is living a successful and comfortable life. He has a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree specialising in Communications from San Diego State University, and a Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Counselling from the University of Phoenix. In addition, Nick has completed a Gestalt Therapy training program at the Pacific Gestalt Institute of Los Angeles and is now a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He specialises in anxiety, depression, grief and loss, self-esteem, mood, life transitions, mental health and related matters.

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Nick is the founder and CEO of the True Nature Counseling Centre, an organisation that aims to help its clients find stability by reconnecting with their inner self to become balanced and whole. In addition to running a successful counselling practice, Nick is a professional dancer and the host of ‘Real Talk with Nick‘, a YouTube channel that provides psychological education and entertainment to its viewers.

Despite his achievements, Nick realised that he would not be able to take his reputation and material possessions with him when he passes on from this world and so, after contemplating upon impermanence, he decided to develop his spiritual side and joined the IDOP. Through this program, Nick came to appreciate a simpler way of life and learned proper meditation techniques to clear his mind.

I wanted to share this story on Nick Keomahavong because this man faces the truth of life and life’s results. He pondered, he thought deeper and embraced the truth of life. Which is all things are transient, impermanent and does not give true happiness. Anything based on transient phenomena within the material world and projected world of our mind will not last. He does not hide or avoid the truths of life behind materialism, technology, pop culture and so on. But he faces it head on. Despite what the materialistic world might think of his decision to give up the ‘pleasures’ for a life of an abstinent monk, this man has his own mind, will and logic and he follows it through. He is indeed not only brave but determined and inspirational. For many living behind the illusions of the materialistic world and it’s false promises is nearly impossible to do what Nick is doing. Never mind leaving behind the materialistic world, but even hearing the truth about it is rare already. So I find Nick’s sharing in the video and his thoughts powerful. Also very logical. I especially like the analogy he gives of why we should do meditation and how it helps us in daily life. I am sharing about this person to inspire more people to delve deeper in life and it’s true meaning as well as it’s purpose. We can be here for higher purposes and thereby not wasting our human potentials.

I wish the best of luck to Nick Keomahavong and his spiritual journey.

Tsem Rinpoche

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  1. Samfoonheei on Jun 17, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    Inspiring aticle of Nick Keomahavong, a Youtuber , previously a practicing psychotherapist, professional dancer, businessman, has been ordained as a Theravada Buddhist monk in Thailand . At the pinnacle of his professional success he left everything, his comfortable life in San Diego ,California travelling to Thailand to be a monk. Years of self-improvement and understanding of human sufferings has led him to completely transform his life to be a Buddhist. Interesting read .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

  2. S.Prathap on Apr 6, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    Through this video and transcript, Nick has actually shown and described to us that actually it is not that impossible for anyone of us to become an ordained monk or nun in the monastery.
    This is a very inspiring story. Money and material possession don’t give us the real happiness, like Nick said, when we have a million, we want 10 million. When we have 10 million, we want 100 million.Thank you very much for the article.

  3. Chris Chong on Jun 23, 2019 at 4:16 am

    Thank you, Rinpoche and blog team for sharing this inspiring young man’s video with us here. It is enlightening to hear the inner thoughts of someone that actually went into the spiritual path to Buddhahood first hand.

    Nick is a man which the society will be labeled as “successful” because he owns all the things that the society perceive as “basic needs” for everyone. Everyone needs to get a car, a good job, a good partner, a good house and a healthy body. Once that person has achieved it, they will be labelled as successful.

    However, being labelled successful by the society does not bring true happiness. It is a world of dissatisfaction where we will be soon dissatisfied with some part of our lives and we will need to constantly improve our life to feed this growing dissatisfaction. I guess this feeling of dissatisfaction drove Nick to seek for higher purpose in life outside of the mundane lifestyle.

  4. Pastor Shin Tan on Nov 20, 2018 at 4:39 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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  5. Chris on Sep 11, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this inspiring story.

    I totally agree with what Nick said. Those who have an insight into what a monk’s schedule will be inspired and amazed at how different it is than what most people will expect. There is a common thinking of many people going to be ordained as a monk because they cannot handle the real life and they are escaping by becoming ordained. However, that is not the case.

    From Nick’s sharing, I know that a monk has to be disciplined in their mind and actions. It is actually harder to go through what a monk goes through because it requires discipline, perseverance, and tenacity. Meditation alone takes up 6 hours of the schedule and it is not easy for us to face our inner voice and try to be still focusing on the meditation for 6 hours. Our mind is so jumpy and restless and it will not be easy for us to go through what a monk goes through daily. It actually requires more inner strength in order to face our inner self than chasing our desires and letting our mind wander aimlessly.

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  6. Pastor Adeline Woon on Aug 22, 2018 at 11:49 pm

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  7. Yee Yin on Aug 19, 2018 at 1:56 am

    Nick has everything a normal person dream of, money, career, car, house, and friends. He is a very qualified person in his own field. It is unusual for a person who is so successful like Nick to give up all the material things he has and became an ordained monk.

    Nick can think very far and he is someone who focuses out. The questions he asked himself is ‘what impact I have made in this world if I die today’, not the usual ‘what have I not done or enjoy if I die today’. With this question in mind, he found the answer in a Thai temple. He knows how important it is to be kind and compassionate and these are the keys to happiness.

    He did not complain about the hardship he experienced in the temple, he explained this was a training of detachment. He also mentioned in the temple, you can be your true self, what or who you are before doesn’t make a difference here. Without the identity and phone actually, give Nick more time to contemplate and focus on the training. He feels freer than before.

    Money and material possession don’t give us the real happiness, like Nick said, when we have a million, we want 10 million. When we have 10 million, we want 100 million. It is never enough and we put so much effort and time to work for something we can’t bring when we die.

  8. Joy Kam on Jul 26, 2018 at 5:41 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

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  9. wan wai meng on May 19, 2018 at 5:00 am

    I am thankful to Nick for sharing his insights about his time as a monk and also the insight he had gotten meditating at Wat Phra Dhammakaya. I liked that he equated meditation as showering the mind. I have never heard such an analogy before but it seems like quite a precise analogy for meditation. Everyday our minds are exposed to all manner of ideas and concepts and some of things we encounter could be like a contaminant and hinders us from seeing things as it really is. So taking a shower of the mind makes a lot of sense.

  10. Jason on Apr 23, 2018 at 3:03 am

    This is a very inspiring story. Nick had everything in his life but he intend to think deeply what is life about. Nowadays, many people keep attaching to physical things which can’t bring any ultimate happiness in future. People always keep loooking for more especially in money.
    Money itself is nothing if we can’t spend it to benefit more people. We must always remind ourself that everything that we owned( physical things) is temporary and we can’t bring it when we die.
    This YouTube really inspired me to practice Dharma to benefit myself and others as well.

    Jason

  11. Jace Chong on Apr 16, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche and the blog team for this inspiring article.

    Like Rinpoche says, Nick’s journey is enlightening as not many people can realise impermanence living in a materialism world. The human life is about developing a higher state of mind where closer to Buddha’s, where suffering ceased.

    I think Nick made a good choice to use the platform of Youtube and social medias to talk about his learning. Unlike counselings and theraphies they work like professional services to others, spiritual practice on the other hand is something invoking for people to have inner peace and strength. Happiness is free and the method to find the meaning of life should be accessed easily by the public, Nick does this even he is an introvert and private person for a great motivation to benefit others.

    Thank you RInpoche and Nick to show us a better we can take for our life.

  12. Anne Ong on Apr 13, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    I rejoice to Nick who has found spiritual happiness! I truly respect his courage to leave everything behind to live a simple life as a monk in Thailand. Nick’s sharing about himself and spiritual journey is really inspirational .Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for this inspiring post and video ??

  13. Cc on Apr 8, 2018 at 11:52 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.
    Inspiring. It is true as what he say when we have everything and what’s next.

    To be grounded in spiritual world.???
    Helping people and going back to the basic and meditation and developing boddhisatva.
    Life should be just as simple as that.

    ???

  14. so kin hoe (KISG) on Apr 6, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the video and transcript of Nick Keomahavong’s sharing about his points of view and reasons for him to leave all his worldly possessions and looking forward to learn of how to become an ordained, Buddhist monk. According to Nick, all the achievements and possessions which he currently owns will not be taken along at the time of his death and hence, Nick has started to begin his spiritual path heading towards the realization of emptiness and a sense of compassion where he wants to contribute his skill, knowledge and wisdom to help others in this world.

    Upon listening to Nick in his video, I understand that the healing of one’s inner problem such as anger, laziness, self-cherishing mind, ego, greed, attachment and ignorance (which can lead us to negative results in life with unhappiness and suffering), cannot be found from the worldly achievement, wealth and other possessions but more from our spiritual practice that can dig out the problems rooted deep in our minds and eradicate our inner problems by cultivating and developing more compassion and good habits within ourselves.

    Through this video and transcript, Nick has actually shown and described to us that actually it is not that impossible for anyone of us to become an ordained monk or nun in the monastery. Most importantly is we have to let go of all our worries, attachments, comfort zone, self-centered mind and fully trust in the Buddha that all the Buddha’s teachings including Dharma practice, meditation and mind training can lead us towards finding our real purpose in life, which are free from our self-created problems and leading our lives with compassion and motivation of benefiting others by saving animals and all living beings, feeding the homeless people, sponsoring for spiritual institutions and stop creating any harmful actions that can give sufferings and pain to others.

    Nick has given us a convincing testimonial that by practicing meditation daily, we can remove our accumulated stress, anxiety, worries and depression that can prevent us from moving forward in our lives positively. May our world become a better place to live that can be filled up with compassion and peace.

    Thank you with folded hands,
    kin hoe

  15. Pastor Shin Tan on Apr 4, 2018 at 7:26 am

    Last Saturday, at an event marking 60 years of Tibetans being recipients of Indian kindness, Lobsang Sangay mentioned that the exiled Tibetans should strengthen their efforts to make the Dalai Lama’s return to his Potala Palace a reality.

    Representing the Indian government, Ram Madhav, a leader in the governing Bharatiya Janata party, echoed Sangay’s statement with hope that the Dalai Lama will be able to “return to your homeland” through peaceful and democratic means.

    This event was originally planned to be held in Delhi but it was cancelled and relocated to Dharamsala. At the same time, Indian officials were directed by their Foreign Secretary to avoid events hosted by the Tibetan leadership, since they coincided with a “sensitive time” for Delhi’s relations with Beijing. India’s volte-face approach in shunning the Tibetans, with the unprecedented cancellation of many key Tibetan events, is now being viewed as a clear sign that India is no longer willing to be collateral damage in the Tibetan quest to agitate China over the so-called Tibetan cause.

    With mounting pressure from India to not hurt their relations with China, the tone of the message this time around seems to be that of a plea with only one goal in mind: for the Dalai Lama to return to Tibet and reunite with Tibetans inside Tibet. Could it be that after 60 years, the Tibetan leadership has finally realised their fight against China is a futile one, and they should start looking at more achievable goals? May the aspirations of millions of Tibetans to see the Dalai Lama’s return to Tibet be fulfilled and in the words of Madhav, that ” it will not take that long for you (Tibetans) to be back home.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/01/pm-in-exile-urges-tibetans-to-make-dalai-lamas-return-a-reality

  16. Samfoonheei on Apr 2, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    Very inspiring …. giving up his promising career as a therapist, a professional dancer,CEO, family, Nick Keomahavong travelled to Thailand to be a monk. A place totally new to him, leaving all what he have to become a monk. He has everything in life but he has a deep thought what if he were to die tomorrow ,nothing he can take along. All he wanted is to detach from the physical world and develop his inner world. His thoughts, discussion and what he said truly powerful enough to inspired more people . Going through the same routine daily seem to Nick is a amazing experience of a life time. He explained in a simple way the importance of meditation how it helps us in daily life. Wonderful sharing of his spiritual journey through the youTube.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

  17. Jacinta Goh on Apr 2, 2018 at 12:26 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this with us. From the story, I can see that Nick is a person who has it all and nonetheless he still feel that finding himself is more important than all the material pursuits. In fact, by being a monk he has everything to gain. It’s the best when we can shower or declutter our mind from time to time or at least daily. I find it true as well. The best period that I love is when I’m having retreat. I don’t have to answer call or reply any messages and in fact, it didn’t really matter if I were to reply it later. After all, it’s very meaningless but in order to keep business going, I have to. Actually it disturbs the mind a lot with all those petty stuffs, I must say. It’s kind of stick/dirty your mind. I wish him all the best and looks like he is coming out to help and benefiting others again.

  18. Pastor Lim Han Nee on Apr 1, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this account of Nick Keomahavong ,of why he gave up everything – a flourishing business and great career as well as the comfort of a home and worldly possessions – to become a monk, with nothing to his name.It is amazing and wonderful that at the height of his career and when literally the world was at his feet, he could have such a powerful insight into what happens when he dies.Amazing that he can think of how he would have to leave everything behind as well as have the conviction that carrying on with his current way of life, he would not have left much of a positive impact on the world.

    Thus he wants to be a monk to develop his inner self and shape the values and cultivate the qualities that would make him a better kinder person, to be of greater benefit and service to others. In order to help others heal and to guide others in the conduct of their lives, he has to heal himself and find his true inner self first. He will be immersed in meditation and for him this is most wonderful. He believes in the power of meditation to help one achieve purification, clarity and wisdom. One would develop inner joy, inner happiness and a peace of mind in the process.

    Wonderful that at such a relatively young age, he is able to sieve out the distractions and the transitory of this life and separate himself from them. Nick is truly inspiring and he makes you want to really get at the true meaning and purpose of life.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 16. 2024 11:02 AM
    That’s wonderful now we have H E Tsem Rinpoche’s short biography in Mongolian. More and more readers got to know of our Guru and Dorje Shugden. May Rinpoche’s teaching spread and reach out to those Monglians.
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers team for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsem-rinpoches-short-biography-mongolian.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 16. 2024 10:55 AM
    H E Zava Damdin Rinpoche, is an erudite Mongolian Buddhist master within the Gelug tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Zava Damdin Rinpoche was recognised as the reincarnation of one of the greatest Buddhist masters, yogis, healers, scholars and mahasiddhas in Mongolia. Zava Damdin Rinpoche is famed for his absolute guru devotion. In spite of the unlawful ban on the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden Zava Damdin Rinpoche remain devoted to the practice and has continued to see enormous growth around the world. Especially in Mongolia which has long held a strong historical and religious connection with Tibetan Buddhism. Back in 2016 H E Zava Damdin Rinpoche conferred Yamantaka initiation and Dorje Shugden sogtae . More than 10,000 ordained monks and lay people attended the initiation in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Looking at those pictures in this blog says all, all monks and lay people were so blessed indeed. It has proven that the practice of Dorje Shugden is very popular . They were more blessed and fortunate as after the initiation, they were given a ‘heart’ crystal and a chakra which were consecrated during the sogtae ceremony. They are given as a blessing and reminder of the initiate’s commitments to Dorje Shugden, and also as a symbol of Dorje Shugden’s promise to protect them.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/10000-mongolians-receive-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 16. 2024 10:51 AM
    .Great research by Dr Matthew William King on Dorje Shugden . It paints a thousand words of truth where more and more people understand better of Dorje Shugden. The practice of Dorje Shugden is often associated with Lamas in the Himalayan region in Tibet.
    No doubt due the efforts of Lamas in Tibet and Lamas in Bhutan the practice was promoted. Together, these enlightened masters proliferated the practice, authoring and composing texts and prayers to invoke the blessings and protection of the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. In Mongolia, the practice’s popularity was due to Mongolia’s own lamas independently promoting and encouraging it. Mongolian lamas preserve the tradition of Dorje Shugden through active propitiation since then. The powerful Mongolian nation has indeed a long history and connection with Dorje Shugden the Powerful Protector. As expressed in the life of Venerable Choijin Lama, a State Oracle of Mongolia who took trance of Dorje Shugden among other Dharma Protectors. Interesting read of how Mongolia saved Dorje Shugden .
    Thank you Rinpoche .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/how-mongolia-saved-dorje-shugden.html

  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 16. 2024 10:49 AM
    Precious thangkas of Lama Tsongkhapa’s Life Story one must not missed. As its very rare old thangkas tells us the life story of Lama Tsongkhapa. Lama Tsongkhapa was an influential Tibetan Buddhist monk, philosopher and tantric yogi. Lama Tsongkhapa was hailed as the second Buddha by contemporary Buddhist masters of his time. Famous for reviving Buddhism in Tibet and revered for elevating the Dharma to all its present glory. . Through deep study, profound practice and high attainments, Lama Tsongkhapa led a revival of pure Buddhist teachings and distilling the best teachings. His teachings became the basis for the establishment of the Gelug monastery, a monastic institution which survives to this day.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing such insightful life stories of a great Master with beautiful thangkas pictures .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/15-thangkas-of-lama-tsongkhapas-life-story.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 16. 2024 10:46 AM
    The Iceman mummy, Otzi, was discovered amidst sheets of melting ice on the border between Italy and Austria, at an altitude of 3,200 m above sea level. The 5300-year-old world’s oldest wet mummy Iceman so special as is invaluable for archaeology and as well as for medical science, genetics, biology, anthropology, and many other disciplines. The nature of his life and the circumstances of his death are the subject of much investigation. That’s interesting discovery, the clothes he wore and equipment he carried are unique.The alleged curse revolved around the deaths of several people involved with the discovery, recovery and subsequent analysis of Otzi’s body. The legend continues and these days, Otzi the Iceman rests in a refrigerated room at the South Tyrol Archaeological Museum in Bolzano, Italy. Each year thousands of visitors visited his mummified remains contained in a special cold cell at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano, Italy.
    Interesting read
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/creatures-and-monsters/the-curse-of-otzi-the-iceman.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 12. 2024 01:10 PM
    A sacred pilgrimage site for 22 centuries, this Dambulla cave is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. Also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla is a World Heritage Site in 1991. King Valagamba of Anuradhapura in the first century built a temple in thankful worship. Located in central Sri Lanka, the Dambulla Cave Temple is a living Buddhist site that is focused on a series of five cave shrines.The place is worth a visit though, just for the stunning sculptures and paintings in this historical paradise. The site is remarkable in the Buddhist world with the continuous tradition of living Buddhist ritual practices and pilgrimage for more than two millennia. That’s interesting.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-article/dambulla-cave-temple
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 12. 2024 01:09 PM
    Zasep Tulku Rinpoche is the 13th incarnation of the famous Kagyupa teacher, Lama Konchog Tenzin of Zuru Monastery. His teachings, delivered in excellent English are easily understood and fully engaging. Zasep Tulku Rinpoche is a highly realized internationally respected teacher of Gelugpa Buddhism, been exile from Tibet and had travels as teacher to many countries around the world. Zasep Rinpoche received extensive teachings and initiations from many erudite great masters. Today, Zasep Rinpoche is the spiritual leader of Gaden for the West, an international organisation of Dharma centres in Australia, Canada and the United States, successfully spreading the Gelug teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa to many, many people who are karmically connected to him. A Tulku’s Journey From Tibet To Canada a book published Rinpoche autobiography, beautifully reflects his devotion to his teachers and the practices. Zasep Rinpoche points out, the practice of Dorje Shugden officially started in the Sakya school before it was embraced by the Gelugpas. Interestingly, this book also mentioned the great deeds of Dorje Shugden and how much this Dharma Protector has helped the Tibetan people as well and Tibetan Buddhism too.Zasep Rinpoche have touched the hearts of everyone he has encountered. Interesting read one must not missed as it is a true story of an incredible Tibetan Buddhist scholar and lama’s journey.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing of a great Master

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/zasep-rinpoche-speaks-plainly-about-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 12. 2024 01:07 PM
    As prophesies by Shakyamuni Buddha, Lama Tsongkhapa is an emanation of the Bodhisattva of wisdom, Manjushri. Lama Tsongkhapa was an influential Tibetan Buddhist monk, philosopher and tantric yogi, and saint who lived in Tibet. His practice will instill deep wisdom and confers great blessing upon us. His pure teachings and activities led to the formation of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. With the establishment of the Gelug monastery which survives to this day. Lama Tsongkhapa, considered one of the greatest Buddhist masters and philosophers of all time. There many benefits that arise from Lama Tsongkhapa’s practice. Merely by reciting Lama Tsongkhapa’s mantra known as Migtsema mantra. is indeed very beneficial for everyone of us. We are so fortunate to learn and practices from our Guru.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing of a great Master.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/lord-tsongkapa-king-of-the-dharma.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 12. 2024 01:06 PM
    Dorje Shugden was enthroned as a protector of the Sakya tradition centuries ago and only later widely practised in Gelugpa tradition. All these was stated by H.H Trijang Rinpoche in his work “Music Delighting the Ocean of Protectors. The throne holder of Sakya school of Buddhism, Sonam Rinchen enthroned Dorje Shugden as one of the protectors of Sakya. The practice of this Dharma Protector was later passed to his son the 31st Sakya Trizin Kunga Lodro who was believed to be the emanation of Dorje Shugden himself. Interesting facts. He even composed a Dorje Shugden prayer or Kangsol to invoke the blessings of Dorje Shugden. The prayer has since been well known and it is used to this day. The 39th Sakya throneholder Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen who also practised Dorje Shugden and praised Dorje Shugden as an emanation of Avalokiteshvara. Not only one but three Sakya Trizins who relied on Dorje Shugden and they referred to him as an enlightened being.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing so as more and more practitioners know the truth and only truth that Dorje Shugden is an enlightened being

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sakya-trizins-dorje-shugden-prayer.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 12. 2024 01:04 PM
    A good reminder for all students reading what Venerable Acharya Kyabje Zasep Tulku Rinpoche wrote in his guidelines for students. We as students can make progress on our spiritual path and gain Dharma realizations all depends ourselves where else A dharma teacher who is our spiritual guide can show us how to meditate correctly and make progress on our spiritual path.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/guidelines-for-students.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 1. 2024 03:28 PM
    Buddhism one of the oldest religions in the world has been around for over 2,600 years. Many people all over the world from all walks of life have embraced Buddhism. Buddhism is one of the fastest growing religions in the west and have spreading further , all thanks to those highly lamas such as Gaden Tripas, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, Lama Yeshe, Geshe Wangyal, Kensur Lobsang Tharchin, Geshe Rabten, and so forth. Many people more people are becoming more aware of Buddhism and finding it a suitable way of life and religion. With the great spread of Buddhism, many people had benefitted with the practice as it emphasized individuals’ path to enlightenment and salvation, which could be attained in this life.
    As in this blog, we see many famous Buddhist celebrities from the west such as Keanu Reeves, former American president Bill Clinton , Richard Gere, Steve Jobs and many more celebrities had been connected to Buddhism.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing, how Buddhism had changed their life

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/celebrity-buddhists.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 1. 2024 03:26 PM
    The Legend of the Mermaid is well known and told with different forms and endings in all the oral tradition of peoples linked to the sea. It was rumored that the mermaid has a magical treasure. In folklore, a mermaid is an aquatic creature with the head and upper body of a female human and the tail of a fish. Mermaids appear in the folklore of many cultures worldwide. Interesting read mermaids were natural beings who, like fairies, who had magical and prophetic powers. We usually see it as in movie whether it do really exists no one have really seen it nowadays. While there is no evidence that mermaids exist outside folklore, reports of mermaid sightings continue to the present day. Mermaids have been a popular subject of art and literature in recent centuries. They depicted in operas, paintings, books and live-action films.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/creatures-and-monsters/the-legend-of-the-mermaids.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 1. 2024 03:23 PM
    Wow that’s wonderful a very special gift for our Guru Tsem Rinpoche. A Dorje Shugden shop full of beautiful items which were connected to Dorje Shugden as such as posters, statues, pendants, tsa tsas, books, key chains, thangkas and so forth. Located in the most famous night market in the heart city of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. There’s where tourists and local will go over there. Many of them will be blessed merely b looking at it or passing by the shop. Posters will be given to anyone who stop by , its such a wonderful way to share and get people to know of this great Dharma Protector.
    Thank you Rinpoche and those who made it possible benefiting many more people to come.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/exciting-dorje-shugden-store-in-petaling-street-malaysia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 1. 2024 03:22 PM
    Trance is a state of semi-consciousness in which a person is not self-aware. The person is in a deep state of distraction by some inner turmoil or some outer mental influence. Taking trance is nothing new and not just in the east. Listening the video tells us more about trance. Interesting to know, but we should not get involve in trances as advice. Its better get involve in Dharma practice and have our mind transform.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/taking-trances.html
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    Friday, Jun 28. 2024 03:33 PM

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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
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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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
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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.
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

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

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Beautiful offerings arranged by Choong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Beautiful offerings arranged by Choong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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7/7/2024 Kechara Penang weekly puja completed. Kechara Penang Study Girup by Jacinta.
This week's puja offerings sponsored by a few people and we hope their wishes be fulfilled. Pic taken by Choong and uploaded by Jacinta.
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This week's puja offerings sponsored by a few people and we hope their wishes be fulfilled. Pic taken by Choong and uploaded by Jacinta.
29th June 2024. Kechara Penang Study Group completed weekly Dorje Shugden cum Manjushri Namasangiti. Pic taken by Choong and uploaded by Jacinta
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29th June 2024. Kechara Penang Study Group completed weekly Dorje Shugden cum Manjushri Namasangiti. Pic taken by Choong and uploaded by Jacinta
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Need a dose of spiritual nourishment or perhaps any spiritual protection? Do take up our Kechara Penang food/candles offering packages. Do not hesitate to contact our member Choong for more info. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Different food offerings offered on Penang Kechara Chapel's altar behalf of the sponsors. May sponsors' wishes be fulfilled. Great effort from Choong Soon Heng, one of our Kechara Penang dedicated members who thought of this way for people to generate merits while clearing obstacles. Uploaded by Jacinta.
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Different food offerings offered on Penang Kechara Chapel's altar behalf of the sponsors. May sponsors' wishes be fulfilled. Great effort from Choong Soon Heng, one of our Kechara Penang dedicated members who thought of this way for people to generate merits while clearing obstacles. Uploaded by Jacinta.
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These are some of the offerings offered on behalf of our sponsors. We have different offerings packages which one can choose from or just simply sponsor our weekly puja in dedication to our loved ones. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Puja offering packages. Thanks to those who sponsored the puja. May all your wishes be fulfilled. KPSG by Jacinta
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Colourful altar with plenty of offerings. We had DS puja with Praise to Buddha Shakyamuni as we celebrate this special day of Buddha's Birth, Enlightenment and Parinirvana. KPSG by Jacinta
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Some of the activities done during the Wesak Day Celebration in Penang. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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11/5/2024 Saturday @3pm. After puja, all members helped out clearing the offerings and we shared out the blessed food offerings with our families, friends and even animals. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
11/5/2024 Saturday @3pm. Activities during puja. Members chanting Dorje Shugden mantras. We've completed Dorje Shugden puja cum Namasangiti. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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11/5/2024 Saturday @3pm. Activities during puja. Members chanting Dorje Shugden mantras. We've completed Dorje Shugden puja cum Namasangiti. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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11/5/2024, Saturday @3pm. Activities : Offerings of khata to Rinpoche, garland of flowers to Dorje Shugden and a new Tibetan butterlamp being offered on the altar. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Today we have an inaugural cancer free diet talk and info sharing by Mr. Ooi. Mr. Ooi is a Penangite and like any other man, he has a family to provide for. From colon cancer stage 4,he is now known as a cancer-free man. Learn more about his story and his acquaintance with Dorje Shugden here https://youtu.be/x7i-yXJBUwM?si=A-5O0udxjg52iS58
Kind-hearted sponsors sponsored these kuih-muih & flowers for today's puja @ 4th May, 2024. Should you wish to contribute these or sponsor our weekly puja, do contact us for more details. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Kind-hearted sponsors sponsored these kuih-muih & flowers for today's puja @ 4th May, 2024. Should you wish to contribute these or sponsor our weekly puja, do contact us for more details. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Pastor Seng Piow guides us on the flow of Dorje Shugden puja, its benefits, significant of Chanting the names of Manjushri and also explaining the dedication for the sponsors and to those in need before we start the puja as we have 2 newcomers today.
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Pastor Seng Piow guides us on the flow of Dorje Shugden puja, its benefits, significant of Chanting the names of Manjushri and also explaining the dedication for the sponsors and to those in need before we start the puja as we have 2 newcomers today.
Two Pastors in da house! Double the merits, double the happiness. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Two Pastors in da house! Double the merits, double the happiness. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Mr. Cheah Fook Wan offered lights and incense to The Three Jewels prior to the puja in Ipoh. (KISG - Kin Hoe)
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Mr. Cheah Fook Wan offered lights and incense to The Three Jewels prior to the puja in Ipoh. (KISG - Kin Hoe)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations on Sunday afternoon in Ipoh. (KISG- Kin Hoe)
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Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations on Sunday afternoon in Ipoh. (KISG- Kin Hoe)
Powerful Dorje Shugden puja @ Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. Every Saturday, 3 pm. Remove obstacles and grant blessings to fulfil wishes. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 6th April 2024
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Powerful Dorje Shugden puja @ Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. Every Saturday, 3 pm. Remove obstacles and grant blessings to fulfil wishes. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 6th April 2024
Rejoice to the volunteers (also kind sponsors) who cleaned the Gyenze Chapel and made abundant offerings to Gyenze. ~ Alice
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Rejoice to the volunteers (also kind sponsors) who cleaned the Gyenze Chapel and made abundant offerings to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
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Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
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Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Our weekly Dorje Shugden Puja @ 23/3/2024 . William, as the umze is seen here burning incense powder as we are about to recite the Sangsol Prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Ganden Serkong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Our weekly Dorje Shugden Puja @ 23/3/2024 . William, as the umze is seen here burning incense powder as we are about to recite the Sangsol Prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Ganden Serkong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
And here's Mr Wong of KSK Ipoh who dropped by to pray and offered some donation to the Chapel. Kechara Penang Study Group. Pic by Siew Hong & uploaded by Jacinta.
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And here's Mr Wong of KSK Ipoh who dropped by to pray and offered some donation to the Chapel. Kechara Penang Study Group. Pic by Siew Hong & uploaded by Jacinta.
Today's puja (16/3/2024) ended around 420pm, Jacinta was the umze of the day. Pic by Siew Hong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Today's puja (16/3/2024) ended around 420pm, Jacinta was the umze of the day. Pic by Siew Hong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Group photo taken after the last session, sealed with King of Prayers. Come and join us next time! Sayonara - 9-10th March 2024 - Kechara Penang DS Retreat by Jacinta.
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Group photo taken after the last session, sealed with King of Prayers. Come and join us next time! Sayonara - 9-10th March 2024 - Kechara Penang DS Retreat by Jacinta.
Abundance altar! Fruits, flowers, Mee Koo (traditional Penang buns), Bee Hoon, sourdoughs and snacks are some of the offerings to Rinpoche, Buddhas & Bodhisattvas. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat 9-10th March, 2024 by Jacinta.
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Abundance altar! Fruits, flowers, Mee Koo (traditional Penang buns), Bee Hoon, sourdoughs and snacks are some of the offerings to Rinpoche, Buddhas & Bodhisattvas. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat 9-10th March, 2024 by Jacinta.
Siew Hong, one of retreatants and an active member of Kechara Penang group proudly presented her torma to be used during the Kalarupa puja. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Siew Hong, one of retreatants and an active member of Kechara Penang group proudly presented her torma to be used during the Kalarupa puja. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Torma making was taught by Pastor Seng Piow and held one day before the retreat. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Torma making was taught by Pastor Seng Piow and held one day before the retreat. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat cum Puja, 9-10th March 2024 led by Pastor Seng Piow with 12 retreatants. Uploaded by Jacinta
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Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat cum Puja, 9-10th March 2024 led by Pastor Seng Piow with 12 retreatants. Uploaded by Jacinta
The celebration ended with a Dorje Shugden puja, dedicated to all the sponsors, our loved ones and as well as for the happiness & good health for all sentient beings. May Rinpoche return swiftly too and taking this opportunity wishing all Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai from all of us, Kechara Penang Study Group. Uploaded by Jacinta.
5 months ago
The celebration ended with a Dorje Shugden puja, dedicated to all the sponsors, our loved ones and as well as for the happiness & good health for all sentient beings. May Rinpoche return swiftly too and taking this opportunity wishing all Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai from all of us, Kechara Penang Study Group. Uploaded by Jacinta.
Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
5 months ago
Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
In this pic, Pastor Seng Piow is sharing Dharma with newbies ~ Sharyn's friends. It's always good to make light offerings at the beginning of new year. By making light offerings, you are able to dispel the darkness of ignorance and achieve wisdom. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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In this pic, Pastor Seng Piow is sharing Dharma with newbies ~ Sharyn's friends. It's always good to make light offerings at the beginning of new year. By making light offerings, you are able to dispel the darkness of ignorance and achieve wisdom. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
One the day of Losar (new lunar year), it is always beneficial for Buddhist practitioners to get together in making abundant offerings to Buddhas on the altar to usher in goodness, prosperity and well-being of our loved ones. It's more auspicious this year as Losar and the Chinese New Year begin on the same date, 10th Feb, 2024. Back in Penang, our Kechara members came together to decorate the altar with abundance offerings for Dorje Shugden puja @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
5 months ago
One the day of Losar (new lunar year), it is always beneficial for Buddhist practitioners to get together in making abundant offerings to Buddhas on the altar to usher in goodness, prosperity and well-being of our loved ones. It's more auspicious this year as Losar and the Chinese New Year begin on the same date, 10th Feb, 2024. Back in Penang, our Kechara members came together to decorate the altar with abundance offerings for Dorje Shugden puja @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
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Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
Jun from Ipoh was offering mandarin oranges to Mother Tara and The Three Jewels. (Kin Hoe)
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Jun from Ipoh was offering mandarin oranges to Mother Tara and The Three Jewels. (Kin Hoe)
Prior to our puja in Ipoh, Mr. & Mrs. Cheah Fook Wan were preparing for the offerings to the Buddhas. (Kin Hoe)
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Prior to our puja in Ipoh, Mr. & Mrs. Cheah Fook Wan were preparing for the offerings to the Buddhas. (Kin Hoe)
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