Wisdom from an Old Lady

May 2, 2011 | Views: 1,752

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Machig Labdron (main figure), a the famous 11th century awakened Tibetan yogini (click to enlarge)

Machig Labdrön (ma gcig labs sgron, 1055-1153) was an inspiring 11th century Tibetan yogini whose practice of Chöd profoundly influenced Tibetan Buddhism. Chöd is literally the “severance” or “cutting through” of the existence of ego. Being a Tibetan woman during the time when Buddhist masters were normally Indian and male, her attainments were unique and fascinating. Machig Labdrön‘s story is that of a strong, committed practitioner who had gone through life as a beggar, wife, mother, effectual teacher, and founder of a powerful lineage.

Machig’s remarkable life began with her conception and birth. While her mother, Lady Lungmo Bumcam was pregnant with her, she received many auspicious dreams and signs. One of her dreams was described thus:

“When consciousness entered the womb of the mother on the fifteenth day, she dreamt that four white dakinis carrying four white vases poured water on her head, and afterwards she felt purified. Then, seven dakinis, red, yellow, green, etc., were around her making offerings, saying ‘Honor the mother, stay well our mother to be.’

After that, a wrathful dark-blue dakini wearing bone ornaments and carrying a hooked knife, and a retinue of four blue dakinis carrying hooked knives and skull cups surrounded her, in front of her, behind her, to the left, and the right. All five were in the sky in front of Bum Cham. The central dakini was a forearm’s length taller than the rest.

She raised her hooked knife and said to the mother: ‘Now I will take out this ignorant heart.’

She took her knife and plunged it into the mother’s heart, took out the heart, and put it in the skull cup of the dakini in front of her, and they all ate it. Then the central dakini took a conch which spiraled to the right and blew it. The sound resounded all over the world. In the middle of the conch was a luminous white ‘A’.

She said ‘Now I will replace your heart with this white conch shell.'”

Source: Allione, Tsultrim. “The Biography of Machig Labdron (1055-1145),” in Women of Wisdom. Snow Lion Publications. ISBN 1-55939-141-3, pp. 174-175

Machig Labdrön statue in her meditation cave at Zangri Khangmar

Machig Labdrön statue in her meditation cave at Zangri Khangmar (click to enlarge)

After she woke up, she felt great bliss.

At birth, there was a significant appearance of the Tibetan syllable ‘AH’ on the crown of Machig’s head, and a third eye appeared on her forehead. Her father, Chökyi, the Chief of Tsomer Village in the Labchi region of southern Tibet recognised the syllable as a sign that Machig was a dakini and supported her spiritual development at a young age under the tutelage of Drapa Ngonshe (grwa pa mngon shes, 1012 – 1090). Machig was able to recite The Perfection of Wisdom in Eight Thousand Lines, also known as the Prajnaparamita Sutra, at the age of eight. A ruler of the region who invited Machig to a festival where she recited the Prajnaparamita Sutra was so impressed that he gave her the name Labdrön, which means “the Shining Light of Labchi”.

Prajnaparamita - The Great Mother

Prajnaparamita (click to enlarge)

At thirteen years old, with the passing of her mother, Machig and her sister, Bume, started travelling to study under the many great masters of her time. Soon Machig’s fame for her scholarly knowledge of Buddhism and her impressive recitation skills grew, even outshining some of her own teachers. She was hired by many patrons to recite this sutra in their homes, to attain blessings and spiritual merit for their families. Her popularity was due to her quick recitation of the entire text, which meant the patrons would save on meals served to her during her recitation.

Machig met Kyotön Sonam Lama (Skyo ston bsod nams bla ma), a greatly respected teacher while he was on his retreat in the mountain caves. Only in her twenties, fame of her accomplishments in reciting the Prajnaparamita Sutra had reached him. He advised Machig to stop blindly reciting with only conceptual understanding and instead to explore the sutra deeper into her own mind. It was only then that she truly attained the meaning of inherent existence while reading the chapter on demons. Beginning anew without the impediment of the ego, Machig gave up the comforts of her high societal life to live as a beggar, associating herself with the other outcasts, such as lepers, She roamed the streets directionless, eating anything, and sleeping wherever she could find.

Machig Labdrön depicted as a young girl

Machig Labdrön depicted as a young girl (click to enlarge)

Another significant event in Machig Labdrön’s life was when Sonam Lama gave her an empowerment and she floated through the temple walls while in the state of deep concentration (samadhi). Floating in the air, Machig then angered a Naga King when she landed on the Tree of Serlak, which was rooted on the side of his lake. Feeling insulted, he gathered his fierce army and called upon wild nagas to attack the girl on the tree. Machig, naked and in pure equanimity, calmly offered her body as food for the nagas. Shocked by her courage and compassion, the nagas instead pledged their allegiance and promised to protect Machig eternally. This story gives relevance to the saying “Feeding your Demons” where Machig offered herself as food rather than fight the nagas.

Padampa Sangye (pha dam pa sangs rgyas), a famed Indian master, came to Tibet specifically seeking Machig with the claim that she would greatly benefit other beings. Padampa Sangye’s words of wisdom to Machig were:

“Confess all your hidden faults! Approach that which you find repulsive! Whoever you think you cannot help, help them! Anything you are attached to, let go of it! Go to places that scare you, like cemeteries! Sentient beings are as limitless like the sky, be aware! Find the Buddha inside yourself. In the future your teaching will be as bright as the sun shining in the sky!”

Source: Allione, Tsultrim. “The Biography of Machig Labdron (1055-1145),” in Women of Wisdom. Snow Lion Publications. ISBN 1-55939-141-3, pp. 181

The teachings that Machig received from Padampa Sangye had given her the foundations to later develop and formulate the Mahamudra for Chöd, a religious tradition that she became famous for establishing. Chöd is practiced in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

Padampa Sangye

Padampa Sangye, a famous sage from India who became Machig Labdrön’s guru (click to enlarge)

As prophesied by her teachers in a series of visions, Machig met the father of her children, Töpa Bhadra, an Indian yogi, said to be the emanation of Buddhakapala, the “Skullcap of the Buddha”. Their first union set the room ablaze with a kaleidoscope of five coloured lights spraying out of the house. Their first son was born when Machig was twenty-four, and when she was twenty-five, she gave birth to another son. Consequently, Machig gave birth to a third son and two daughters.

Although previously famous and highly revered for her spiritual attainments, she was now avoided, and had to wander the streets of Tibet with her family in abject poverty. When she was thirty-five, Machig left her family and went back to living as a renunciate, and gave initiations to people.

Machig statue at Tara Mandala

Machig statue at Tara Mandala, Colorado, USA

A few years later at age thirty-nine, Zangri Khangmar, also known as the Red House of Copper Mountain, was established by Machig, and it became her main place of teachings and activities for the rest of her life. Her fame grew and spread throughout Tibet with many learned practitioners arrived to debate with her, and she would always prove her profound realisation flawlessly. It was at Zangri Khangmar that the Deity of Compassion, Tara and her entourage of dakinis came to Machig in a vision. She was told that she was the mind emanation of Prajnaparamita and she should teach. When Machig protested, she was admonished by Tara who said, “Don’t be timid.” With this vision, the lineage between Prajnaparamita, Tara and Machig was directly established, with Machig as the human teacher.

Machig statue at Druk Zangri Khamar, Bhutan, the seat of Machig Labdrön. Photo credit: Josh Brownlee (left) and Machig Labdrön in stone from the collection of Rubin Museum of Art (right) (click to enlarge)

Her children joined her at Zangri Khangmar and soon showed their potential as practitioners. Her younger son was cured of his mental illness, and at fifteen, she sent him to a closed-off cave for several years of retreat, armed with the many teachings and empowerments she had given him . Eventually all of her children, and their children, became key holders of her lineage teachings.

When her fame spread to India, it caused a stir amongst Indian Buddhists. Buddhist theology had only flowed from India to Tibet and not vice versa during Machig’s time. As such, three attained Indian pandits were chosen to test the validity of the practice that she had established. They used their abilities of “fast walk” to visit Machig in Tibet. They questioned and investigated her legitimacy and her Mahamudra teachings of Chöd in a public debate. Machig, in front of hundreds of thousands of people, proved her profound understanding, and clearly proclaimed herself as the reincarnation of Yeshe Tsogyal, the consort of Guru Rinpoche, and her immediate past life as Mönlam Drup.

As Mönlam Drup, she was an Indian prince who became a monk and was scholarly and spiritually accomplished. Having received many visions with repeated requests to help beings in Tibet, he retreated into a cave where his consciousness left his body and merged with a wrathful blue-black dakini to enter the womb of a woman in Tibet. This woman was Machig’s mother.

With the descriptions given, they found the male body of Machig’s previous incarnation in the Indian cave, proving her legitimacy, and she was invited by many to teach in India. Machig refused, as she wished to uphold her commitment to her people in Tibet and preserve the uniqueness of her lineage in Tibet.

As predicted by Machig herself, during her debate with the Indian Pandits, her prophetic passing came true. Machig Labdrön passed into the Land of the Dakinis at the age of ninety-nine. Her legacy was upheld and spread far by her children, their children, as well as numerous disciples, and is still being practiced within Tibetan Buddhism.

Three times with a thundering voice she spoke the syllable PHAT. Then without moving away from the essence of reality, her mind left her body through the brahmanic aperture and in a rainbow disappeared into the vastness of space. Thus, she departed into the expanse of suchness.

~ Machig Labdrön

Source: Edou, Jerome, “Machig Labdrön and the Foundations of Chöd”. Snow Lion Publications, ISBN 1-55939-039-5, pp. 170

Mahamudra Chöd, also known as “The Beggar’s Offering” or “The Cutting Off Ritual”, is a practice grounded in the Prajnaparamita Sutra and directed at the cutting through of ego-clinging and erroneous patterns of thinking. It is usually practiced in fearful places like charnel grounds for the practitioner to overcom fears, and offerings are visualised with the mind, such as offering of our own body as the mandala, in order to cut our attachments to our corporeal existence.

The Guru mantra of Machig Labdron:

OM A HUM MACHIG LABDRON MA NAMAHA

Iconographically, Machig Labdrön is the representation of enlightened female energy and often depicted with the attributes of a dakini holding a drum in her right hand and a bell in her left. With a youthful face and three eyes, Machig has a white body, stands on her left leg, bent in motion, with her right leg lifted high. In conformity to the tradition of a practicing yogini, she wears the Six Bone Ornaments of the charnel grounds. Dakinis with the attribution of the wisdom paramita are depicted as wearing five bone ornaments.

A famous prayer by Machig Labdron:

Wisdom from an Old Lady

For ninety-nine years,
I have worked for the benefit of beings.
now this work is almost complete.

I will not take birth again
in this human realm in a physical form,
nor will I leave behind any remains or relics.

But my emanations in the world will be innumerable;
and many will recognize them.
They will be perceived in different ways,
depending on karma, pure or impure.

In the same way, mind itself has no support, has no object:
let it rest in its natural expanse without any fabrication.
When the bonds (of negative thoughts) are released,
you will be free, there is no doubt.

As when gazing into space, all other visual objects disappear,
so it is for mind itself.
When mind is looking at mind,
all discursive thoughts cease and
enlightenment is attained.

As in the sky all clouds disappear into sky itself:
wherever they go, they go nowhere,
wherever they are, they are nowhere.

This is the same for thoughts in the mind:
when the mind looks at mind,
the waves of conceptual thought disappear.

This body of ours is impermanent,
like a feather on a high mountain pass.
This mind of ours is empty and
clear like the depth of space.

Relax in that natural state, free of fabrication.
When mind is without any support, that is mahamudra.
Becoming familiar with this, blending your mind with it
— that is buddhahood.

Supreme view is beyond all duality of subject and object.
Supreme meditation is without distraction.
Supreme activity is action without effort.
Supreme fruition is without hope and fear.

This old lady has no instructions more profound
than this to give you.”

– Machig Labdron

 

Sources:

  • Rotterdam, Lopon Charlotte, Tara Mandala; Who Is Machig Labdron?, https://www.taramandala.org/introduction/our-lineage/who-is-machig-labdron/ (accessed: 9 February 2019)
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  • Edou, Jerome, Machig Labdron and the Foundations of Chod, 1996, (accessed 22 February 2019)
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  • Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia, Machig Labdron as a Young Girl, 7 June 2013, http://www.chinabuddhismencyclopedia.com/en/index.php?title=File:Machig_Labdron_as_a_Young_Girl.jpg (accessed: 9 February 2019)
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  • Wendy, Zangri Khangmar; Machig Labdron in the Cave, 3 June 2007, https://www.flickr.com/photos/9070942@N06/719829957 (accessed: 9 February 2019)
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  1. Tsa Tsa Ong on Oct 29, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this very amazing story about Machig Labdrön. Her mother’s auspicious dream when she was pregnant with Machig Labdrön, her lineage, her powerful practice, and previous incarnations.? Thank you very much Rinpoche and blog team for this wondrful post.???

  2. Jacinta on Sep 21, 2018 at 9:43 am

    For the last two days the name “Machig Labdron” keeps ringing in my mind. Machig Labdron is an important deity for Mahamudra Chod practice. I heard about “Chod” practice and I just don’t know why but am fascinated with this practice and make some small note from Rinpoche’s teaching Chod practice – (around last 15 mins https://youtu.be/KTD9IkWo5zg)

    It is a direct practice to cutting out ego [ direct antidote ~ not indirect] . It’s sweet and concise but extremely effective for cutting out ego. Chod means to slay or cut. The visualisation is similar to kawang practice but kawang is much more condense whereas Chod practice can generate greater merits and purification at the same time.

    For Chod, it is not so much on how to practice but where to practice this~ the best is wrathful place; a cemetery and sitting on a corpse. A very secret practice in Gelug Lineage. When Kyabje Zong Rinpoche did Chod, at the back of the room can hear sound (as recounted by Rinpoche in the teaching). Many spirits that have been starving and thirst for a hundred years came forward. Instead of asking them to get lost we actually generate great great compassion for them. I hope I can read more on Chod and Machig Labdron.

    I also learnt that: How much fear you have (when practicing Chod) it’s actually how much self cherishing mind you have and how much happiness you have is also how much self-cherishing mind you have.

    Happiness and fear is like two sides of a coin! It arises from the same cause.

    I found her incarnation story here~ The Great Female Master Jetsun Lochen Rinpoche. Very extensive write up and really thank you for that. https://bit.ly/2pxxOrH

    Lastly, with regards to the poem above, may I realise the profound meaning of this poem and especially this :
    “Supreme view is beyond all duality of subject and object.
    Supreme meditation is without distraction.
    Supreme activity is action without effort.
    Supreme fruition is without hope and fear.”

    Thank you Rinpoche.

  3. Samfoonheei on Jan 20, 2018 at 11:05 am

    Wow ……beautiful poem by Maching Labdron.
    She was believed to be an Mind Stream emanation (tulku) of Yeshe Tsogyal, as well as “an emanation of the ‘Great Mother of Wisdom. She was well thought of as a Tibetan tantric Buddhist practitioner, teacher and yogini. Machig had been an Indian yogi in her previous life. Very inspiring and beautiful filled with wisdom, worthy words to remind us all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

  4. Stella Cheang on Jan 14, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    What beautiful enlightened words from Goddesss Maching Labdron! It is so fortunate for me to come across this post! Maching Labdron is a renowned Tibetan female tantric master from the 11th Century. She is known for being the yogini who originated the lineages of Chöd practice that is part of the core tradition today. Thank you, Rinpoche, for this very powerful sharing!

  5. Fong on Mar 20, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    In the translated word of Machig Lapdron,

    A demon is anything that obstructs the achievement of freedom…. There is no greater devil than this fixation to a self. To free the mind of ego is to free the mind of fear. So, it is very important for us to exert ourselves to sever our ego, though we may think that it is not present, which makes it all the more difficult.

    “Right now you have the opportunity. Look for the essence of mind – this is meaningful. When you look at mind, there’s nothing to be seen. In this very not seeing, you see the definitive meaning.” -from Machig’s Last Instructions. – https://www.tumblr.com/search/machig%20labdr%C3%B6n

    Relax in that natural state, free of fabrication.
    When mind is without any support, that is mahamudra.
    Becoming familiar with this, blending your mind with it
    — that is buddhahood.

    Which is why we have to learn to be consistent and focused.
    1) Seven facts of enlightenment-
    2) Mindfulness (to remember Dhamma) – “Sathi”
    3) Investigation (of Dhamma) – “Dhamma Vichaya”
    4) Energy – “Viriya”
    5) Joy or Rapture – “Peethi”
    6) Relaxation or tranquility (of both body & mind) – “Passaddhi”
    7) Concentration (of mind) – “Samadhi”
    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-article/samanera-panha-the-ten-questions-a-samanera-should-answer

    Thus, we have to practice to be focused yet relaxed that we are able to meditate correctly.

    Equanimity – “Upekkha

  6. sandra on Mar 26, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Dear Machig Labdron, please bless us all to have realizations like you too. This life seems listless otherwise..

  7. Joy on Feb 27, 2013 at 3:51 am

    Wow I am so mesmerized by this profound poem on non duality and emptiness, I think. I love Machig Labdron!!! She is naked and bare, she shows us she has no ego. She is beyond time and space and she shows the mind of an awakened one who sees through all reality, who has achieved a mental state of an awakened one which abides in calmness.

    I love this praise the most “In the same way, mind itself has no support, has no object: let it rest in its natural expanse without any fabrication.
    When the bonds (of negative thoughts) are released,
    you will be free, there is no doubt.”

    To me it means when we can let go of all our projected concepts and attachments… then we will truly be free. Free from the entanglements of our own self created polluted deceptions of happiness.

  8. Sharon Saw on Jan 21, 2013 at 4:59 am

    Thank you for this wisdom – that everything is impermanent and the essence of enlightenment is the realisation of emptiness. Easier said than done but at least it is a signpost on the journey and something to contemplate.

  9. mima on May 7, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche, this text is very inspiring and beneficial.

  10. Jnaseh on May 4, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Hello Dear Rinpoche,

    Mother’s Day is coming up here in the USA. I was wondering if you might be able to offer a short sharing (similar to your postings or video responses from the Facebook questions) on the dharmic view of Mothers, Mother Sentient Beings (as I’ve heard you reference at times) in order to deepen the appreciation for Mothers from a dharma-centered ground of understanding.

    Are there certain mantras or practices that would be advisable to do to offer to our Mothers?

    Thank you for considering this question when you get a moment. Happy Upcoming Wesak Celebrations to you and the Kechara community!

    Sincerely,
    Jnaseh

  11. joey wong on May 4, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Dear Rinpoche

    This text is really striking and reminds me of my purpose to do Dharma work….

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    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Joy for sharing this with us for-most looking at most of the painted Buddha images tells us a thousand words.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 15. 2022 12:44 PM
    Feeling disappointed when someone a Sangha supposed to promote peace, harmony and helps to give teachings to those who are new instead promoting hatred, cursing another person. Its wrong to tell people to break their samaya with their teachers. They must be given the wrong information about Dorje Shugden and Shugden Buddhist practitioners . The Tibetan Leadership has spread their lies and causing misunderstanding among the Tibetans. The rights of Dorje Shugden practitioners were denied just because for practicing their religion as they have done for the past 400 years. Dorje Shugden practitioners are side-lined from their own community, denied medical care, education and even employment in government offices. The Tibetan Leadership has instituted this ban against Dorje Shugden causing sufferings among many. Sad indeed hopefully these controversy will dissolve soon as more people understand and know that Dorje Shugden is not an evil as claimed by the Tibetan leadership.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/go-on-break-your-samaya.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 15. 2022 12:42 PM
    Buddhism is one of the most popular religions all over the world. Buddha statues have different shapes, sizes, different gestures or mudras and styles of presentation. Well said by Tsem Rinpoche the bigger and more Buddha statues makes a difference in our life. It gives out more powerful positive and relaxing energy to help us. concentrate better. One of the methods for us to purify our karma to suit our current karma-bound situation. By circumambulating 500 mantra stones one time we could accumulate much more merits in just one round of circumambulation. All thanks to Rinpoche having this idea with many mantra stones as possible for us to circumambulate. The larger the Buddha image, the more merits are collected the greatest amount of benefit for one who sincerely circumambulating.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this amazing post and explaining all the details for us to understand more.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/bigger-and-more-buddha-statues-makes-a-difference.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 15. 2022 12:37 PM
    Ra Lotsawa said to be an emanation of Manjushri was a great tantric master who had used wrathful means to subjugate his opponents. He was declared to be a saint and a fully enlightened Buddha. Many viewed as a murderous villain with magical powers and by some as a liberator of human suffering. Ra Lotsawa used his power and magical abilities to defeat his enemies rather rivals to accumulate wealth. He received many Empowerments and practices, which came into conflict with other lamas. His life offers a rare view into the often overlooked roles of magic and sorcery in the Buddhist tradition. In the book The All-Pervading Melodious Drumbeat tells the story of Ra Lotsawa Dorjé Drak . It was written by Ra Yeshe Sengye, and translated for the first time into English. Despite this obsessed legacy, his fame also rests on an illustrious career as a translator of Buddhist scriptures. Ra Lotsawa was so revered in Tibetan Buddhism even though he was so evil where nobody can denied. Interesting read an classic account of one of the most colourful and memorable figures in Tibetan Buddhist history.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/ra-lotsawa-the-yamantaka-hero.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Sep 13. 2022 01:04 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing of Mumu , Such an adorable doggie and fortunate one staying with Rinpoche. All I can say is Mumu was energetic, intelligent, affectionate and could obey under the care , love of Rinpoche.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/funnies/mumu-goes-bye-bye.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Sep 13. 2022 01:01 PM
    The true story of HH Dalai Lama fantastic escapes in comic form. Thats interesting as its simple, easy which is suitable for every one to read and see especially children. Children could see and understand through pictures. All thanks to Rinpoche and Kechara Comic Publication team for coming up with this book in comic form. The truth should make known to all , how Dorje Shugden has helped in the escape.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-greatest-escape-in-history.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Sep 13. 2022 01:00 PM
    Tibetan incense is natural incense used in Tibetan Buddhism rituals for 1,300 years. In Tibet, for many centuries, incense has been a part of their daily lives. Widely used for relaxation, meditation and the cleansing of the home environment. Incense is also widely used in Buddhist temples and monasteries, as an offerings. In Buddhism, symbolic offerings are made to the Triple Gem, giving rise to contemplative gratitude and inspiration. Offering incense is a symbol of purification. It is a very powerful way to revitalize environment ,removing obstacles and purifying one’s karma. Incense offering to our Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden is indeed very helpful and beneficial. It helps in many ways as such to clear any obstacles ,and so on.All thanks to our Guru Tsem Rinpoche for sharing this practice .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Beatrice Ooi for this sharing and explaining the details of incense. We are so fortunate to learn, understand and practice it.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/incense-offering-to-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Sep 13. 2022 12:58 PM
    Looking at the picture in this post tells all. That Russian boat workers risking his life just wanted to save this poor dog. Extreme freezing cold weather , yet that fisherman did what he needed to do. The dog was rescued and brought back to the shore ,running happily with other dogs. Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring, truly inspiring. Let our hearts be stretched out in compassion toward others even they are animals, they are one us. Compassion conquered all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring post.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/russias-soft-spot.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Sep 6. 2022 01:54 PM
    11 December 1993 marked the date where a heart breaking tragedy strike at Highland Tower , located at Taman Hillview, Ulu Klang Selangor. It’s the very day when of the three blocks collapsed completely killing 50 residents. Bukit Antarabangsa area soon come to an almost complete halt as this area to be a high risk zone. The Highland Towers tragedy that happened is the worst high-rise building collapse in the nation’s history. The remaining residents shifted else way as the area considered not safe over the stability of the two other towers. Due to the number in deaths there it became haunted as many people have claimed and many creepy incident has happened. It is regarded to be the creepiest, most haunted places in Malaysia due to the Highland Tower incident. Its not surprising that one might have experiences or have seen weird things around the area. Krishna Rajagopal’s as one of them. Thanks for sharing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/paranormal-stories/bukit-antarabangsa-hauntings.html#
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Sep 6. 2022 01:50 PM
    H E Tsem Rinpoche our Guru was the one who teaches us constantly, and has shown us the way. As we walk with the Rinpoche, we walk in the light of existence, away from the darkness of ignorance. Rinpoche was the one who teaches us what life is and also how to make the most of it. We are the only one who enlightened our path by removing the darkness of our ignorance and in the spiritual journey. Without Rinpoche many aspects of our life would have been unexplored. Not only our Guru will help us in our spiritual journey and in many other ways to transform our mind to be a better person. Enriching our life and widening our horizons. We are so fortunate to have connected with Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden in this life. Whatever advice given by Dorje Shugden should be taken seriously as Dharma.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands for imparting the immense wealth of knowledge and wisdom. I am where I am only because of Rinpoche.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-farm-of-your-mind.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Sep 6. 2022 01:48 PM
    Language is important in every aspect of our lives as it allows people to communicate in a manner that enables the sharing of common ideas. More or less a communication tool used by everyone in their daily life . A very good idea of having Dharma teachings or whatever for more people to understand. Having Dharma in other languages where more people will get to learn and practice Dharma. Now its available in Nepali and Indonesian languages.…… a big hand applause to Valentina Suhendra and Mitra. Both are long time students of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche . Their fellow countrymen working in Malaysia and around the world will understand it better and may receive the benefits of practicing it. More will get to know of the Powerful Dorje Shugden .
    Thank you Rinpoche

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/videos/dorje-shugden-videos-in-indonesian-and-nepali.html

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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!
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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.
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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Part 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 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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    This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
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    Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
  • These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
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    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 yearss ago
    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
    3 yearss ago
    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
  • Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
    3 yearss ago
    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
  • Beautiful
    4 yearss ago
    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
  • My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
    4 yearss ago
    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 yearss ago
    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 yearss ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    4 yearss ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    4 yearss ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    4 yearss ago
    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
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    4 yearss ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    4 yearss ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    4 yearss ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    4 yearss ago
    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
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    5 yearss ago
    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
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    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    5 yearss ago
    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
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    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 yearss ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    5 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    5 yearss ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
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    5 yearss ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    5 yearss ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 yearss ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    5 yearss ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    5 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    5 yearss ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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Is this where Rinpoche received the thangkha of Dream Manjushri?
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Is this where Rinpoche received the thangkha of Dream Manjushri?
Is this the ruins of Zimkhang Gongma established by Panchen Sonam Drakpa. -Choong
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Is this the ruins of Zimkhang Gongma established by Panchen Sonam Drakpa. -Choong
We hold our DS puja weekly without fail. We welcome you to join us. Penang DS puja @ 3pm~ by Jacinta
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We hold our DS puja weekly without fail. We welcome you to join us. Penang DS puja @ 3pm~ by Jacinta
DS PUJA @ Penang. A close up of the offerings. What a feast! #Throwback 23/7/2022.
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DS PUJA @ Penang. A close up of the offerings. What a feast! #Throwback 23/7/2022.
#Throwback 23/7/2022. Our weekly DS puja attendees. All of us were getting ready to invite Buddhas to come forth, joining and blessing us during DS puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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#Throwback 23/7/2022. Our weekly DS puja attendees. All of us were getting ready to invite Buddhas to come forth, joining and blessing us during DS puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
#Throwback23/7/2022 Welcoming Buddha Shakyamuni, Gyenze, Shize & Namgyalma to Penang chapel. Abundance offerings, including sensory offerings were nicely set up and offered up to Buddha surfing our weekly DS puja @ 3pm, Jalan Seang Tek, Penang ~by Jacinta
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#Throwback23/7/2022 Welcoming Buddha Shakyamuni, Gyenze, Shize & Namgyalma to Penang chapel. Abundance offerings, including sensory offerings were nicely set up and offered up to Buddha surfing our weekly DS puja @ 3pm, Jalan Seang Tek, Penang ~by Jacinta
Kechara Earth Project 17 July 2022
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Kechara Earth Project 17 July 2022
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Kechara Earth Project 12 June 2022
#Throwback. Visitation of Ven. Zawa Tulku Rinpoche and Ven. Geshe Jangchup Gyaltsen to Kechara Penang Chapel on 17/5/2022. We did a short prayers together. Really happy for the short visit. Kechara Penang Study Group~ by Jacinta
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#Throwback. Visitation of Ven. Zawa Tulku Rinpoche and Ven. Geshe Jangchup Gyaltsen to Kechara Penang Chapel on 17/5/2022. We did a short prayers together. Really happy for the short visit. Kechara Penang Study Group~ by Jacinta
Photo from JC
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Photo from JC
Trying to WE-fie. Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
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Trying to WE-fie. Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
Trying to "WE-fie". Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
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Trying to "WE-fie". Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
Celebrated Wesak Day 2022 in Penang, with a group of fun, committed, helpful and also devoted friends & family. Kechara Penang Study Group 15/5/2022 ~by Jacinta
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Celebrated Wesak Day 2022 in Penang, with a group of fun, committed, helpful and also devoted friends & family. Kechara Penang Study Group 15/5/2022 ~by Jacinta
Vesak Day 2022 - Bird liberation. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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Vesak Day 2022 - Bird liberation. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
All attendees are paying homage to Rinpoche and Buddhas before the start of our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. Outwardly, it seems that Dorje Shugden helps practitioners overcoming their obstacles and problems but ultimately Dorje Shugden’s supreme purpose is to help practitioners on their path to Enlightenment. Do join in our weekly DS puja, every Saturday @3 pm at Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. ~by Jacinta
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All attendees are paying homage to Rinpoche and Buddhas before the start of our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. Outwardly, it seems that Dorje Shugden helps practitioners overcoming their obstacles and problems but ultimately Dorje Shugden’s supreme purpose is to help practitioners on their path to Enlightenment. Do join in our weekly DS puja, every Saturday @3 pm at Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. ~by Jacinta
All of us are practicing on how to properly use dorje(Vajra), bell and damaru ~ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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All of us are practicing on how to properly use dorje(Vajra), bell and damaru ~ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
After inviting Dorje Shugden Wangze, Pastor Seng Piow teaches us how to use ritual objects and the full set of prayer accompanying it. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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After inviting Dorje Shugden Wangze, Pastor Seng Piow teaches us how to use ritual objects and the full set of prayer accompanying it. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
With great happiness, merits and excitement that Penang Group have invited Buddha Wangzey to Penang chapel, complete with full rituals and prayer. 30th April 2022 Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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With great happiness, merits and excitement that Penang Group have invited Buddha Wangzey to Penang chapel, complete with full rituals and prayer. 30th April 2022 Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Come and get your blessing from Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden in Penang @ Jalan Seang Tek ~ by Jacinta.
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Come and get your blessing from Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden in Penang @ Jalan Seang Tek ~ by Jacinta.
Special thanks to one of our dedicated Penang group members, Choong for superb tormas. Swift Return Puja @ every Saturday, 3pm. Do contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
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Special thanks to one of our dedicated Penang group members, Choong for superb tormas. Swift Return Puja @ every Saturday, 3pm. Do contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ by Jacinta
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Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ by Jacinta
The members of Kechara Penang Study Group are offering serkym to Dorje Shugden and His entourage. There's puja every Saturday @ 3 pm at Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek. All are welcome. ~by Jacinta
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The members of Kechara Penang Study Group are offering serkym to Dorje Shugden and His entourage. There's puja every Saturday @ 3 pm at Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek. All are welcome. ~by Jacinta
We are in the third week of Ramadan this year, and kind volunteers have never failed to feed people in need since Tengku Zatashah started this meaningful #zerofoodwastage initiative in 2016. The aim is to benefit the underprivileged with nice surplus food collected from Ramadan buffets. Every night during the month of Ramadan, volunteers collect surplus cooked food from hotels and distribute it to charity homes and low-income families. THANK YOU, Tengku, dedicated volunteers and hotel partners, for making this Ramadan special for the underprivileged. #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment - KSK @ Vivian
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We are in the third week of Ramadan this year, and kind volunteers have never failed to feed people in need since Tengku Zatashah started this meaningful #zerofoodwastage initiative in 2016. The aim is to benefit the underprivileged with nice surplus food collected from Ramadan buffets. Every night during the month of Ramadan, volunteers collect surplus cooked food from hotels and distribute it to charity homes and low-income families. THANK YOU, Tengku, dedicated volunteers and hotel partners, for making this Ramadan special for the underprivileged. #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment - KSK @ Vivian
We were chanting Migsetma mantra at the time this picture was taken. Thanks to all our Penang members who are very committed to attend Swift Return puja weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group, every Saturday @ 3pm. ~by Jacinta
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We were chanting Migsetma mantra at the time this picture was taken. Thanks to all our Penang members who are very committed to attend Swift Return puja weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group, every Saturday @ 3pm. ~by Jacinta
William, who is our leader/ Umze is cleaning the pantry and Gordon offered up 4 carton of packet drinks today. We cannot thank you enough for all kind hearted who sponsored various offerings weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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William, who is our leader/ Umze is cleaning the pantry and Gordon offered up 4 carton of packet drinks today. We cannot thank you enough for all kind hearted who sponsored various offerings weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Dedicated sisters, Sharyn and Swee Bee. They always make sure our puja offerings, especially fruits are arranged nicely. Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
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Dedicated sisters, Sharyn and Swee Bee. They always make sure our puja offerings, especially fruits are arranged nicely. Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
Committed and hardworking Kechara Penang members, Mr. Tang and Mr. Huey. Really appreciate having you both at our weekly puja . Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
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Committed and hardworking Kechara Penang members, Mr. Tang and Mr. Huey. Really appreciate having you both at our weekly puja . Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
KSK medic personnel have been tending to the needs of the clients every week. Their consistent kindness helps improve the medical welfare of those without a home. Thank you for serving and making them your priority on your weekends. #medicteam #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
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KSK medic personnel have been tending to the needs of the clients every week. Their consistent kindness helps improve the medical welfare of those without a home. Thank you for serving and making them your priority on your weekends. #medicteam #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
In the midst of chaos, let's start healing. We have Dorje Shugden Puja every Saturday @ 3 pm. Contact William for more info. Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ by Jacinta.
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In the midst of chaos, let's start healing. We have Dorje Shugden Puja every Saturday @ 3 pm. Contact William for more info. Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ by Jacinta.
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Pastor is in da' house!!!! Kechara Penang Study Group @ Saturday, 3 pm. Contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
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Pastor is in da' house!!!! Kechara Penang Study Group @ Saturday, 3 pm. Contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
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After Dorje Shugden puja @Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek, members went to a nearby vegetarian shop for gathering. #CNY2022 #HappyReunion by Jacinta.
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After Dorje Shugden puja @Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek, members went to a nearby vegetarian shop for gathering. #CNY2022 #HappyReunion by Jacinta.
In 2021, we've encountered far too many challenges—Pandemic, months-long lockdown, landslide, and flood. We are proud to witness Malaysians helping one another as these agonies come sequentially. Looking back to 2021, Kechara Soup Kitchen has made significant progress, with more to come in 2022. Every year, we move a little closer to our vision. We are immensely thankful to have such dedicated teams of volunteers willing to go above and beyond for our clients. Not to mention our sponsors and donors; none of this would have been possible without you. Thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for helping the underprivileged to a better future. Have a blessed year ahead from our hearts to your hearts. #2022 #newyear #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
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In 2021, we've encountered far too many challenges—Pandemic, months-long lockdown, landslide, and flood. We are proud to witness Malaysians helping one another as these agonies come sequentially. Looking back to 2021, Kechara Soup Kitchen has made significant progress, with more to come in 2022. Every year, we move a little closer to our vision. We are immensely thankful to have such dedicated teams of volunteers willing to go above and beyond for our clients. Not to mention our sponsors and donors; none of this would have been possible without you. Thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for helping the underprivileged to a better future. Have a blessed year ahead from our hearts to your hearts. #2022 #newyear #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh members were preparing for Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Kechara Ipoh members were preparing for Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 4th Dec 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 4th Dec 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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