A Muhibbah Celebration: The Lantern Festival Charity Bazaar

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Lantern Festival Charity Bazaar by Kechara Sunday Dharma School, 2016

Lantern Festival Charity Bazaar by Kechara’s Sunday Dharma School, 2016

Dear friends,

The Lantern Festival, more widely known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, falls on the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar, with a full moon at night. During the Lantern Festival, children celebrate with processions of paper lanterns while the adults enjoy mooncakes with their friends and families.

In ancient times, the festival celebrated three fundamental concepts which are closely linked to one another:

  • Gathering, such as family and friends coming together, or harvesting crops for the festival. It is said the moon is the brightest and roundest on this day, an auspicious sign symbolising family reunion.
  • Thanksgiving, to give thanks for the harvest or for harmonious unions.
  • Praying or worshipping.

Traditions and myths surrounding the festival are formed around these three concepts. Although emphasis on the traditions has changed over time due to changes in technology, science, economy, culture and religion, the essence of focusing on well-being and togetherness has remained. Hence an important part of the festival celebration is moon worship. The ancient Chinese believed in rejuvenation and associated this with the moon and water.

There is an ancient fable that exists to explain the origins of this festival. As the story goes, the sun and the moon are a couple and the stars are their children. When the moon is pregnant, it becomes round and then becomes crescent-shaped after giving birth to a child. These beliefs made it popular among women to worship and give offerings to the moon on this evening. Offerings are also made to the well-known lunar deity, Chang’e who is the Moon Goddess of Immortality.

The lanterns used in ancient times were fairly simple, and only the emperor and nobility had large ornate ones. As times changed, modern day lanterns have become increasingly elaborate and embellished with many complex designs. In keeping with the times, these lanterns have even been upgraded with the use of battery candles instead of real candles.

Mooncakes are another hallmark and tradition of the Lantern Festival. The round shape of the mooncake represents completeness and reunion. It is common practice to share and enjoy round mooncakes with family members and friends during the week of the festival.

So as you can see, this festival is very popular for young and old alike. As a way to enshrine this tradition, some of our Kechara members recently organised a celebration to commemorate this festival. I commend the volunteer team who took time off their busy schedules to organise the Lantern Festival Charity Bazaar. I was especially happy to see the inclusion of underprivileged children in this festival. I thank my Kecharians for their kindness, for giving back to the community and for raising awareness of the importance of a harmonious and united society. I would also like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the many departments who sponsored and supported this event and made it a success.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

September 3, 2016 was a memorable day as we witnessed the extent that some people would go to in order to benefit others. It was an event where teachers from Kechara’s Sunday Dharma School (KSDS), kind sponsors and members from all walks of life came together for a noble purpose – to give back to the community through the Lantern Festival Charity Bazaar. Many people put in valuable time, effort and energy into this event that brought the Kechara organisation, friends and families, the local community, orphanages, charity organisations and entertainers all under one roof. This event was open to the public and many responded positively.

The canopy being set up the day before the event in front of Kechara House

The canopy being set up the day before the event in front of Kechara House

The backdrop of the stage was designed and constructed by KSDS's creative teachers - Jesvin Ng, Wong Yew Kien and Ray Thing

The backdrop of the stage was designed and constructed by KSDS’s creative teachers – Jesvin Ng, Wong Yew Kien and Ray Thing

Preparatory work underway for the event

Preparatory work underway for the event

Volunteers and KSDS teachers started the preparation early

Volunteers and KSDS teachers started the preparations early

KSDS teacher helped set up the canopy

KSDS teachers helped set up the canopy

KSDS teachers and volunteers helped arranged the stalls

KSDS teachers and volunteers helped arranged the stalls

This was the second event of 2016 presented by KSDS since the Art Exhibition held on Wesak Day in May. The core team for this event was Grace Tan, Asyley Chia and Jayce Goh who laboured for months to seek sponsorship, source for merchandise and oversee preparations. Like the saying “The value of sunrise is known to people who were in the darkness”, those who worked hard for the event enjoyed the fruits most and that was to see participants benefit from it.

Core team member Grace Tan finally has a break

Core team member Grace Tan finally has a break

Core team member Asyley Chia hanging an event banner at a strategic location weeks before the event

Core team member Asyley Chia hanging an event banner at a strategic location weeks before the event

Core team member Jayce Goh and her contented smile

Core team member Jayce Goh and her contented smile

Food @ The Bazaar

The Lantern Festival Charity Bazaar was held outside Kechara House at SunwayMas Commercial Centre in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. There were 43 stalls of goodies that were either subsidised or fully funded by local businesses and the community. In support of the charity event, they contributed a variety of goodies, ranging from sizzling local hawker food to branded children’s fashion gear. Besides having the kind sponsors, over 40 volunteers proactively offered their time to make the event a success. Some of the external volunteers were of different faiths but supported this good cause anyway as they acknowledged no boundaries in doing good work.

An ample variety of food choices were made available that night:

Mooncakes

  • Vegetarian mooncakes fully sponsored by Kechara Oasis
  • Shanghai mooncakes fully sponsored by Grace Tan
  • Proceeds from Yu Ai mooncakes were partially donated to Kechara by Jane from Yu Ai

Street Foods

  • Vegetarian Hand Rolls and Sushi Boxes fully sponsored by Eric Tan of Ric Sushi
  • Popiah and Rojak fully sponsored by Kelly Tay, Wanda Daly, Loraine Yong, Doris Ong, Lim Joo Kheng, Goh Tiang Yong and Adrian Poon
  • Fried Meehoon and Fried Rice fully sponsored by Philip Loh
  • Fried Meehoon and Fried Rice for orphans fully sponsored by Lynn Lew
  • Fried Meehon fully sponsored by Tai Ah Kheong
  • Fried Radish Cakes fully sponsored by Lee Geit Hong
  • Mee Mamak fully sponsored by Kechara Oasis

Fresh Fruit

  • Jackfruit fully sponsored by Eric Chan from Dulai Fruits
  • Pomelo fully sponsored by Yoke Peng

Snacks

  • Crackers, Tibetan Tingmo, Momo, Shabalay and pickled green papaya fully sponsored by Kechara Oasis
  • Nasi Pulut fully sponsored by Wong Gan Mooi @ Wong Li Moy
  • Herbal Eggs fully sponsored by Chin Sook Guan
  • Bread fully sponsored by Diem Café
  • Homemade Cupcakes fully sponsored by Kwek Siew Hong and Reese Thon

Beverages

  • Cocomax fully sponsored by Daniel Yong of Starkiss Food Corp
  • Bottled Mineral Water fully sponsored by Mr Seow of Tai Tong
  • Lemongrass Juice fully sponsored by Kechara Oasis
  • Packet Soya Bean Milk fully sponsored by Jess Loke
  • Dilem Orange Juice fully sponsored by Daniel Yong of Starkiss Food Corp
  • Proceeds from the sales of Nutrigen were partially donated to Kechara by Chak Lee Huey and Tee Shin Shin

Desserts

  • Ice-cream fully sponsored by Hayden Yap
  • Cendol fully sponsored by Kelly Tay, Wanda Daly, Loraine Yong, Doris Ong, Lim Joo Kheng, Goh Tiang Yong and Adrian Poon
  • Durian Balls fully sponsored by Daniel Yong of Starkiss Food Corp
  • Pudding fully sponsored by Tay Mei Ling
  • Pumpkin Sago fully sponsored by Cheng Yeok Kue

Frozen/Dried foods

  • Sunflower Thai Fragrant Rice in 5kg bags fully sponsored by Ms Lai from YHL Trading
  • Dried Yellow Noodles fully sponsored by Hong Fresh Noodles Specialist
  • Frozen SK Paratha fully sponsored by Daniel Yong of Starkiss Food Corp
  • Vegetarian Burger Patties fully sponsored by Hearty Choice
  • Flowering Tea fully sponsored by Yeo Kwai Gin of Kedai Ubat Aw Kah Yan
  • Proceeds from the sales of Tai Tong biscuits, vegetarian instant noodles and 3-in-1 instant coffee were partially donated to Kechara by Tai Tong
Vegetarian Sushi and Hand Rolls

Vegetarian Sushi and Hand Rolls

Yu Ai mooncake

Yu Ai mooncakes

Kechara Oasis mooncake

Kechara Oasis mooncakes

Pomelos fresh from Tambun, Perak

Pomelos fresh from Tambun, Perak

Volunteers came early to arrange merchandise at the stalls

Volunteers came early to arrange merchandise at the stalls

Volunteer attending to a guest

A volunteer attending to a guest

Pastor Adeline with a young volunteer from KSDS and her friends

Pastor Adeline with a young volunteer from KSDS and her friends

 

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Shopping @ The Bazaar

Fashion and Accessories

  • Children’s shoes and branded apparel sponsored by Lim Boon Seang
  • Soft toys sponsored by Evon Law Chew Ching and Cheah Xin Ying
  • Lip balm, mosquito soothing balm and repellent balm produced and sponsored by Grace Tan
  • Knitting products sponsored by Heidi Chia Wai Yen
  • Handbags sponsored by William Chua
  • Mens shoes sponsored by William Chua
Volunteers getting ready for the event

Volunteers getting ready for the event

Balloons sponsor Hankidz inflating the balloons

Balloon sponsor Hankidz inflating the balloons

All merchandise neatly arranged by volunteers

All merchandise neatly arranged by volunteers

Photographers and videographers getting reading for the event, led by KSDS's main photographer Loh Kwai Yee

Photographers and videographers getting reading for the event, led by KSDS’s main photographer Loh Kwai Yee

Learning and Development

  • Balloons sponsored by Hankidz
  • Childrens Story Books sponsored by Crystal
  • Furry Tails Pet House
One of the Hankidz team members offering a balloon to a guest

One of the Hankidz team members offering a balloon to a guest

The team from Hankidz getting ready to entertain the kids

The team from Hankidz getting ready to entertain the kids

Cute furry animals made an appearance at the Lantern Festival Charity Bazaar

Cute furry animals made an appearance at the Lantern Festival Charity Bazaar

Charity Booths

  • House of Joy Puchong
  • Rumah Shalom
  • Single Mother Association
  • Tong Shin Senior Citizen Care Centre
  • Yayasan Sunbeams Home
  • Kechara Soup Kitchen
  • Malaysian Chinese Women Entrepreneurs Foundation
  • Peekaboo Creative Academy
Children from Yayasan Sunbeams Home arriving at the event

Children from Yayasan Sunbeams Home arriving at the event

Children from Yayasan Sunbeams Home wait in anticipation for the performance to start

Children from Yayasan Sunbeams Home wait in anticipation for the performance to start

Guests fill up the seats

Guests fill up the seats

Activities at the bazaar warming up

Activities at the bazaar warming up

More and more guests arrive and purchase coupons

More and more guests arrive and purchase coupons

Volunteers busy attending to the guests

Volunteers busy attending to the guests

Food stall volunteers preparing local delights for the crowd

Food stall volunteers preparing local delights for the crowd

Others

  • Helium gas balloons sponsored by Yew Peng Thiam
  • Proceeds from the sale of Buddhist offering items were donated to Kechara by Kechara Paradise
  • Proceeds from the sale of flower arrangements, posies and soft toys were donated to Kechara by Kechara Blooms
  • Lantern and candles sets sponsored by Lee Ser Wor and Sharon Ong
Beautiful items from Kechara Paradise

Beautiful items from Kechara Paradise

Lovely merchandise from Kechara Blooms

Lovely merchandise from Kechara Blooms

Foil balloons add a festive flair to the event

Foil balloons add a festive flair to the event

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Performances

The Lantern Festival Charity Bazaar was not just a charity bazaar but also an event designed to bring awareness to the less fortunate. As students of His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche and inspired by Rinpoche’s compassion for all sentient beings, KSDS reached out with sponsorship to the less fortunate from Yayasan Sunbeams Home, Single Mother Association, House of Joy Puchong, Tong Shin Senior Citizen Care Centre and Rumah Shalom.

The event attracted an estimated 600 people and proved to be a good platform to raise awareness amongst the public of the less fortunate and of the good work of Kechara. The team invited Yayasan Sunbeams Home to join in the fun and offered the Yayasan’s children a platform to showcase their talents with their stage performance that night. The event’s entertainment and performances were provided by Yayasan Sunbeams Home, Peekaboo Creative Academy, Hankidz and Bailamos dance team.

Young volunteers proactively serving guests

Young volunteers proactively serving guests

A young volunteer promoting healthy dry noodle to guests

A young volunteer promoting healthy dry noodle to guests

A young volunteer confidently explaining the products to guests who were interested

A young volunteer confidently explaining the products to guests who were interested

Can anyone answer riddles in both English and Mandarin that were on the colourful lanterns?

Can anyone answer riddles in both English and Mandarin that were on the colourful lanterns?

Who can resist the all-time favourite local delight, Rojak?

Who can resist the all-time favourite local delight, Rojak?

The sizzling hot fried radish cake was a must-try

The sizzling hot fried radish cake was a must-try

Make the right choice with healthy vegetarian gourmet food

Make the right choice with healthy vegetarian gourmet food

Ice cream, anyone?

Ice cream, anyone?

Is it time for dessert yet?

Is it time for dessert yet?

Very dedicated young volunteers from KSDS offering their time and energy to make the event a success

Dedicated young volunteers from KSDS offering their time and energy to make the event a success

Core member of the organising committee, Grace Tan, with her friend and children

Core member of the organising committee, Grace Tan, with her friend and children

How may I help you?

How may I help you?

Time to get some mooncakes

Time to get some mooncakes

Event Schedule

  • 6:00pm Opening Speech by Head of Kechara Sunday Dharma School
  • 6:15pm Opening Ceremony
  • 6:20pm Salsa Performance by Bailamos Dance Team
  • 6:30pm Fan Dance by Peekaboo Creative Academy
  • 6:35pm Dance by Peekaboo Creative Academy
  • 6:40pm Musical Dance by Peekaboo Creative Academy
  • 6:45pm Performance by Yayasan Sunbeams Home
  • 6:50pm Kids K Pop by Peekaboo Creative Academy
  • 6:55pm Dance by Peekaboo Creative Academy
  • 7:00pm Kids Hip Hop by Peekaboo Creative Academy
  • 7:05pm Performance by Yayasan Sunbeams Home
  • 7:10pm Kids Latin Dance by Peekaboo Creative Academy
  • 7:15pm Teen Hip Hop Dance by Peekaboo Creative Academy
  • 7:30pm Magic Show and Story Telling by Hankidz
  • 8:35pm Lantern Parade Preparations
  • 8:45pm Lantern Parade
  • 9:30pm Lucky Draw
  • 9:45pm Closing Ceremony
  • 10:00pm Good Night
Children and adults anxiously waiting for the performances to start

Children and adults anxiously waiting for the performances to start

Professional photographers take their positions to shoot and record the exciting performances

Professional photographers take their positions to shoot and record the exciting performances

First, opening speech by Head of KSDS, Pastor Adeline Woon

First, opening speech by Head of KSDS, Pastor Adeline Woon

It was with honour to have Datuk May, President of Kechara House, to officiate the opening ceremony

It was an honour to have Datuk May Phng, the President of Kechara House, officiating the opening ceremony

The energetic trio who were the Masters of Ceremony for the night, from left: Lee Lin Mun, Apple Ang Xia Shi, Alvin Lai Yee Weng

The energetic trio who were the Masters of Ceremony for the night, from left: Lee Lin Mun, Apple Ang Xia Shi, Alvin Lai Yee Weng

First performance of the night by the professional Bailamos Dance Team

First performance of the night by the professional Bailamos Dance Team

Fan Dance by Peekaboo Creative Academy

Fan Dance by Peekaboo Creative Academy

Performance by Yayasan Sunbeams Home

Performance by Yayasan Sunbeams Home

Behind the scene of the musical performance

Behind the scenes of the musical performance

Dance performance by Yayasan Sunbeams Home

Dance performance by Yayasan Sunbeams Home

Kids Hip Hop by Peekaboo Creative Academy

Kids Hip Hop by Peekaboo Creative Academy

Musical dance by Peekaboo Creative Academy

Musical dance by Peekaboo Creative Academy

A bustling Kechara House front desk

A bustling Kechara House front desk

Luke Chong, professional videographer of Six Studio & Video Studio, volunteering his skills at the event

Luke Chong, professional videographer of Six Studio & Video Studio, volunteering his skills at the event

Many guests and parents taking photos of the performance

Many guests and parents taking photos of the performance

Kids Hip Hop by Peekaboo Creative Academy

Kids Hip Hop by Peekaboo Creative Academy

Kids Latin Dance by Peekaboo Creative Academy

Kids Latin Dance by Peekaboo Creative Academy

Magic Show and Story Telling by Hankidz

Magic Show and Story Telling by Hankidz

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Fun-filled Activities

Despite the thunderstorm that hit at 5 o’clock in the evening, the event drew a huge crowd including walk-ins. Most were there to support a good cause while others were attracted by the great buys and good products on offer at the bazaar. It was truly an enjoyable night for both children and adults with live performances, delicious hot sizzling food, the lantern parade and the chance to be part of a larger meaningful activity.

Pastor Adeline Woon with the MCs of the night

Pastor Adeline Woon with the emcees of the night

Pastor Henry, President of Kechara Soup Kitchen, giving out goody bags to children from Yayasan Sunbeam Home on behalf of KSDS

Pastor Henry, President of Kechara Soup Kitchen, giving out goody bags to children from Yayasan Sunbeam Home

Lantern parade, a time to foster closer parent-child relationships

The lantern parade, a time to foster closer parent-child relationships

Children get ready to parade their lanterns

Children get ready to parade their lanterns

Everyone joined in the lantern parade

Everyone joined in the lantern parade

Pastor Adeline Woon, Grace Tan (far right), Mr and Mrs Daniel Yong of Starkiss Food Corp

Pastor Adeline Woon and Grace Tan (far right) with Mr and Mrs Daniel Yong of Starkiss Food Corp

A certificate was given to Luke Chong of Six Studio & Video Studio as a small token of appreciation for their generosity

A certificate was given to Luke Chong of Six Studio & Video Studio as a small token of appreciation for their generosity

"Don't wait for the light. Be the light." -- His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche

“Don’t wait for the light. Be the light.” — His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche

Drum roll for the lucky draw

Drum roll for the lucky draw

Second prize lucky draw winners

Second prize lucky draw winners

Giving out more goods donated by the kind sponsors to Yayasan Sunbeams Home

Giving out more goods donated by kind sponsors to Yayasan Sunbeams Home

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Food Giving

That was not the end! Specially-packed food from the bazaar was donated to Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK) to be distributed to the homeless as part of KSK’s routine food run, right after the event on that night itself. The items were:

  • 57 packs of jackfruit were added to the food distribution run on the Cahaya Suria route
  • 93 cupcakes and muffins were added to the food distribution run in the Segi College and Chow Kit areas
  • 79 boxes of fried noodles and “kuih” were specially delivered to the homeless at the Chow Kit area, as well as security guards and cleaners at Damansara Perdana, Tesco Mutiara and BU11 areas
It has been a weekly routine for Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK) to distribute food every Saturday midnight

It has been a weekly routine for Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK) to distribute food every Saturday midnight

KSK volunteers ready to distribute food to the homeless at Cahaya Suria route

KSK volunteers ready to distribute food to the homeless on the Cahaya Suria route

Volunteer checking the streets to ensure homeless clients receive food

A volunteer patrols the streets to ensure homeless clients receive food

Volunteer unpacks boxes of homemade food

A volunteer unpacks boxes of homemade food

Volunteer diligently ensuring that everyone receives their share of food

A volunteer diligently ensuring that everyone receives their share of food

The day after the event, the KSDS team and volunteer parents of KSDS students did not lax in the prevailing mood of benevolence. Together with KSK, the team delivered donated merchandise to homes in need. The team wanted to carry out Rinpoche’s mission of kindness and generosity towards the homeless and less fortunate. The donated merchandise included close to 100 5kg bags of rice, a few hundred packets of yellow dried noodles, cartons of vegetarian cup noodles, bread, cartons of mooncakes, cartons of soya bean milk, mineral water, biscuits, coffee and toys. The recipients of this distribution were:

  • Tong Shin Senior Citizen Care Centre in Kuala Lumpur that houses around 60 senior citizens including those with critical illnesses. Some of these old people have been abandoned by their families because they were unable to pay the hospital bills. They came to live in Tong Shin Senior Citizen Care Centre after the hospital contacted them to care for these abandoned old people.
  • House of Joy, a Christian centre in Puchong that is run by Lesley and the children. They have three homes in the Klang Valley area and one near Karak. In total, the four homes care for over 80 children and more than 20 senior citizens, including disabled folk.
A full load of goodies ready to be distributed to people in need

A full load of goodies ready to be distributed to people in need

A wonderful collaboration between KSDS and KSK

A wonderful collaboration between KSDS and KSK

Getting ready to unload these goodies for people in need

Getting ready to unload these goodies for people in need

  • Pertubuhan Ibu Tunggak Semarak Kasih Selangor in Klang that has over 30 children in its care. The children housed here are from single parents who needed a place to care for the children while they work to earn a living, without having to worry about their children’s safety.
  • Rumah Shalom in Puchong, run by Christian Pastor Arun who cares for a total of 40 orphans.
A group picture after distribution is done at Tong Shin Senior Citizens Car

A group picture after distribution is done at Tong Shin Senior Citizens Care Centre

Volunteers help unload the food from the truck

Volunteers help unload the food from the truck

The core team and the house assistant before leaving Pertubuhan Ibu Tunggak Semarak Kasih Selangor in Klang

The core team and the house assistant at Pertubuhan Ibu Tunggak Semarak Kasih Selangor in Klang

Everyone happily working under hot sun for charity

Everyone happily working under the hot sun for charity

A happy group photo after food distribution at Rumah Shalom

A happy group photo after food distribution at Rumah Shalom

Happy faces after the team distributed food at House of Joy

Happy faces after the team distributed food at House of Joy

 

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Special Thanks

The team worked very hard to make the Lantern Festival Charity Bazaar and food distribution a success. Some of them took a leave of absence from work to plan and execute this event and were fortunate to be supported by understanding colleagues at work. The team is very grateful and appreciative of each and every contribution from benevolent members of society.

The organising committee would like to give special thanks to all sponsors who took the time and effort to be part of this event. Heartfelt gratitude goes to:

  • Absolute Thai
  • Bailamos Dance Team
  • Hankidz Kids Leadership Coaching
  • Hong Fresh Noodles Specialist Sdn. Bhd.
  • Kechara Oasis
  • Peekaboo Creative Academy
  • Pulpa’s Malaysia Tropical Fruits
  • Ric Sushi
  • SK Kitchen
  • Syarikat Perniagaan Tai Tong
  • YHL Goup
  • Yu Ai Food Industries Sdn. Bhd.
  • Ms Heidi Chia
  • Mr Philip Loo
  • Ms Teoh Yoke Peng
  • Mr Thoo Chee Yoon

The team would also like to extend their sincere appreciation to generous donors who contributed directly to facilitate the setup and launching of the Lantern Festival Charity Bazaar. They are:

1. Mr & Mrs Too 2. U R My Pet House Sdn. Bhd. 3. Frankie Poon
4. Lee Lin Mun 5. Yong Mei Lan, Loh Kwai Chee, Chak Lee Huey, Tee Shin Shin, H’ng Lee Cheng 6. Lee Ser Wor
7. Zoe Lee 8. Grace Lai 9. Tan Li Chin
10. Wong Soo Moy 11. Lew Pui San 12. Angel Chong
13. Dorothy 14. Owen Chen 15. Elaine
16. Grace Tan 17. Lim Boon Seang 18. Lin Yok Kong
19. Amelia Ong 20. Julie Cheng 21. Anonymous
22. Chan Lee Quen 23. Sia Chiu Duan 24. Jean How
25. Michelle Lee 26. Anonymous 27. Tan Ray Liam

Not forgetting Kechara Soup Kitchen, Kechara Paradise and Kechara Blooms for participating in the event. Lastly, the team is grateful to have Kechara House’s continuous support in making arrangements to allow for the event to take place smoothly. Most of the all, the team would like to thank Rinpoche for instilling in all Kecharians a precious sense of duty to care for the less fortunate and to practise Dharma through our actions transcending race, creed and religion.

Volunteers behind the scenes

Volunteers behind the scenes

Happy family gathered at the bazaar and had a good time

Happy family had a good time at the bazaar

Children from Yayasan Sunbeam Home enjoying their food

Children from Yayasan Sunbeam Home enjoying their food

Hankidz balloons are one of the popular items at the bazaar

Hankidz balloons were one of the popular items at the bazaar

 

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Addendum

Kechara House Buddhist Association Malaysia, founded by His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, believes in the importance of unity and harmony, and therefore continuously strives to give back to society in various forms and ways. Stay tuned for more exciting events from Kechara, or visit us at:

Kechara House
No. 7, Jalan PJU 1/3G,
SunwayMas Commercial Centre,
47301 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor, Malaysia

Tel: +603 7803 3908
Fax: +603 7803 3108
Email: care@kechara.com

Opening Hours
Monday – Wednesday: 1pm – 10pm
Thursday & Friday: 1pm – 6pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 9am to 1pm

Kechara Forest Retreat
Lot 3189, Jalan Chamang
Bentong, Pahang.
Read more about KFR here.

A guest amused by one of the performances

A guest amused by one of the performances

KSDS parents and children attending in support of the event

KSDS parents and children attending in support of the event

Happy balloon, happy boy

Happy balloon, happy boy

KSDS teacher with her student

KSDS teacher with her student

KSDS teachers demonstrated teamwork

KSDS teachers demonstrated teamwork

Dedicated, caring and loving KSDS teachers

Dedicated, caring and loving KSDS teachers

Core team members Grace Tan and Asyley Chia with the MCs of the night

Core team members Grace Tan and Asyley Chia with the emcees of the night

A big and happy group photo

A big and happy group photo

 

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  1. Wan Wai Meng on Dec 24, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    Thank you to Pastor Adeline and all volunteers, organisations who could turn a cultural event to an event that focused on services and giving. Looking forward to more events from Kechara that are centered around being more conscious to the needs of the community.

  2. Pastor Antoinette on Nov 12, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Wow! This is a beautiful event with so many people coming together to bring happiness to those less fortunate. The many pictures tell how much fun everyone had. Many kind people have invested their time and resources for something meaningful. I rejoice very much for everyone.

    Thank you Rinpoche, Pastor Adeline, KSDS teachers and the many volunteers and sponsors for making this possible.

  3. Edwin Tan on Nov 10, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Thank you Pastor Adeline for the wonderful write up of the happenings on Mid Autumn night.

    Tremendous great efforts by the teachers of KSDS and all the volunteers to make the event a successful one.

    It is always in these times of great meanings that we should be thinking of giving back to society. Usually when everyone is happily celebrating, there are many who are forgotten.. I am really happy to see how great people from Kechara give back to community by planning such a special event.

    All the food, fun, activities, and even give aways at the end of it for KSK runs.

    Truly momentous night for those who attended… thank you!

  4. Pastor Han Nee on Nov 9, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    In the Muhhibah style celebration of the Lantern Festival at Kechara House, tradition opens up to the lovely spirit of giving. On this occasion, the Mooncake and Lantern Festival, which had always been a cultural tradition of family reunions, was transformed into a charity bazaar, and the less fortunate were invited to share in the joy and excitement of the event. Children from the Yayasan Sunbeam Home were invited to participate in the evening’s fun performances as well as carry the lanterns around later that evening. The evening’s main attraction was the pure bliss of the food paradise of a bazaar, with hot delicious vegetarian food served by many stalls!

    On the same night , food from the bazaar was taken to be distributed to the homeless on Kechara Soup Kitchen’s food distribution round of Cahaya Suria. The next day, with the help of Kechara Soup Kitchen, the Kechara Sunday Dharma School teachers and volunteers went on a round of distribution of food supplies to various Homes for the disadvantaged.

    Kudos to Pastor Adeline and the teachers of the Kechara Sunday Dharma School (for kids) for their hard work, team spirit and initiative, planning so far ahead of time, to ensure the success of the Lantern Festival Charity bazaar.

  5. Joy Kam on Nov 9, 2016 at 4:13 am

    Beautiful to see Malaysians from all walks of life, young and old coming together in harmony to enjoy an ancient Chinese celebration. But what’s most important and wonderful is the how the team got together and made this a positive festival of giving back to the community!

    It goes to show that when we work together in harmony for a common goal, anything is possible. What more when the motivation is set right to bring happiness to others, it can only result into happiness in return. I see many exhausted looking faces but in the end satisfied, fulfilled and happy – a kind of happiness that reinforces positive energy of a caring compassionate conscientious attitude. And this positive light can be passed on to others, to a community, and then passed on to expand in a society, and then a whole nation and eventually the whole world. This is my visualisation of how kindness and compassion can expand. I am sure this is possible but it definitely has to start somewhere first, from a simple act, a simple gesture, a simple event… like this colourful lantern festival.

    So bravo and truly rejoice to the team and all those who made this a truly beautiful and meaningful Lantern or Mid-Autumn Festival!

  6. TekLee on Nov 9, 2016 at 1:29 am

    Thank you Rinpoche or sharing this article. Rejoice to the main organizers who get the whole event running smoothly. Rejoice to all the teachers of KSDS who make the whole event happened! This is indeed a very meaningful event. Despite moon cake festival is a Chinese traditional festival, the most memorable one is the smile on those children’s face. It’s so heart warming. Other than arranging the children from the orphanage to join the event, we could actually sponsor the coupons for the children to buy food in the event. The event even brought forward to the next day where Pastor Adeline, Justin and the parents deliver the food to the orphanage and some homes. This event had doubled the meaning and double the joy. Chinese festival is usually celebrate with family. But for those unfortunate one, we celebrate with them to make them feel warm and happy. To celebrate festival is indeed important, but to bring happiness to the unfortunate one, to put a smile on their face in this special festival, is indeed priceless. The feeling we got is indescribable. Thank you again Rinpoche for the article and most importantly, the festival 🙂 _/\_

  7. Uncle Eddie on Nov 8, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    A very hearty congratulations to the Organising Committee of KSDS, volunteers, guests and helpers of all young and old for such a successful, happy and well-organised Lantern Festival of 2016 held at Kechara House. It was said to be indeed a very well enjoyable occassion for both children and aldults, which was supported by many walk-ins too, who have showed a good compassionate cause for the great buys of so many interesting products for charity. It was said to be a truly fun-filled charity of activities for one and all, who participated! This is indeed great team-work well done!

  8. shelly tai on Nov 8, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    Rejoice for all the volunteers and KSDS teacher who involved in this meaning event keep up the good work continue to host more event to the public in order to create awareness about Kechara .

  9. Echeah on Nov 8, 2016 at 1:31 am

    Kudos to the KSDS and volunteers for a job well done. It’s wonderful to see kids with happy faces.

    Lantern festival is very cultural. It’s not celebrated in a big way by families these days but usually observed just for the kids’ enjoyment. I remember that as kids, we looked forward every year to go to Petaling Street to choose our brand new lanterns made of colourful cellophane. We would light the candles after dinner and walk around the huge hospital compound in the dark, at the same time being very scared of our surroundings, as you know, the nurses tell you all kinds of stories about hospitals and night time. We used to live in the hospital as my mother was the Matron of the hospital. Those were the happiest times of my life and I recall them so vividly in my mind.

    I look back in time past with a kind of sadness. Nothing will bring them back, loved ones, youth, happy times, people, old house, garden, familiar faces faded into the distance. Nothing lasts.

  10. Justin Cheah on Nov 8, 2016 at 12:39 am

    This is a great event to be honest. Many were involved to do hold this event successfully. What i love the most is when they also cared for the less fortunates and homeless by extending the donated items to all who needed it. Great team work and effort! Kudos to all involved!

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  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 21. 2021 03:12 PM
    In Buddhism, offerings are made to the Triple Gem, giving rise to contemplative gratitude and inspiration. One such offerings such as foods. flowers, and so forth. Reading this post gives us a more understanding of some do’s and don’ts regarding food offerings. Offering food is a meritorious act that also reminds us not to be greedy or selfish.
    GREAT guidance , precious teachings and listening from those videos tell us more. All about making offerings, the importance of our motivation and the results of making offerings to the Three Jewels
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/a-quick-note-on-food-offerings.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 21. 2021 03:09 PM
    nteresting story of Namkar Barzin who is a worldly Dharma Protector in their own right after being subdued by Domo Geshe Rinpoche. And is part of Dorje Shugden’s entourage whose history goes back to about 90 years ago. Namkar Barzin is the second minister to Dorje Shugden after Kache Marpo. Well known for having the power to protect buildings, institutions, monasteries, and so forth . And also promotes peace, harmony, prosperity and growth as such as powerful in protecting Dharma.
    Interesting read story of how Namkar Barzin became a Minister in the entourage of Lord Dorje Shugden. Rinpoche did composed a prayers to Namkar Barzin feeling strongly connected to him and this will benefit people spiritually.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/invocation-to-namkar-barzin.html
  • sarassitham
    Tuesday, Apr 20. 2021 10:09 PM
    Astrology is a big influence on our life as it determine certain traits of character that influence our actions. Astrology does have some things in common with religions, such as seeking to understand the greater nature of the universe.

    Well! Tibetan Buddhism astrology goes much further, seeing deep into our soul and the karma you are working through in this life time, and far into the future even to the end of your life’s path.

    Thank you for the interesting sharing and happy to discover the Magical Square system of Tibetan astrology .

    https://bit.ly/3dyPGMz
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 19. 2021 05:14 PM
    The Chinese concept of yin and yang describes nature in daulities with two opposite, complementary, and interdependent forces. In simple words, two halves balancing together that make a whole. Yin and yang always flows and changes with time. Examining and understanding these patterns in ourselves and around us brings more balance in life. Examining and understanding these patterns in ourselves and around us brings more balance in life. All things carry the yin while embrace the yang. Neutralising energy brings them into harmony. Accepting true constants in life, change and death facts can release us from as much suffering and bring freedom in life. We must remember to let go of the past, and allow life to take its course. To me simplicity, patience, compassion are our greatest treasures. Great quotes.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/taoist-wisdom-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 19. 2021 05:10 PM
    Benza Guru Drubtop’ accomplished practitioner from Bhutan who has achieved spiritual realizations due to the recitation of the Padmasambhava Mantra. Previously he was a blind beggar living in the outlying suburbs of Bhutan. To regain his vision, the farmer following the advice of spiritual teachers and decided to recite the Vajra Guru Mantra with which he could improve his eye sight. His faith in Padmasambhava began to emerge and increase. As day and night didn’t make much difference to him and he began to recite the mantra diligently day and night, praying to Guru Rinpoche with great devotion. He eventually achieved an incredible level of realization. After having the vision of Padmasambhava ,he passed away thus fulfilling the prophecy. Inspiring read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/a-true-account-of-an-accomplished-practitioner-of-the-vajra-guru-mantra-in-recent-times.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 19. 2021 05:09 PM
    We build up understanding through our experience in the world. The process of reflection helps us to develop our understanding more deeply . We then could share our intuitive knowledge with others. It provides the opportunity to step back and take a look at what our work means to us. Self-reflection focus our mind and energy makes us a better decision maker.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this meaningful thought

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/around-us.html
  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Apr 15. 2021 10:48 PM
    This is an interesting informative sharing of Wonderful Vietnam. An amazing country with it’s rich traditional culture, variety of World Heritage Sites, breathtaking landscapes, wonderful rainforest, world famous foods and fascinating tropical coastline.

    Thank you for the sharing and I loved all the attractive destination and photos shared. Surprisingly, Vietnam has something to offer everyone and a most beautiful country in South East Asia worth to visit and to explore.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 15. 2021 04:32 PM
    King Trisong Detsen (740-798) was the second of the Three Dharma Kings of Tibet He played a pivotal role in the introduction of Buddhism to Tibet and the establishment of the Nyingma. He believed to be an emanation of the bodhisattva Manjushri, that built Samye Monastery the first monastery . King Trisong Detsen aimed to revitalize Tibetan Buddhism so much so arranged a debate known as the Council of Lhasa. The Council of Lhasa, at Samye, was a famous debate, between the Chinese Buddhist monk Moheyan and the Indian Buddhist master Kamalashila. It is also known as the Great Debate, this debate lasted for 2 years. An interesting story behind this long and rancorous debate. The Council of Lhasa is an important event in Tibetan history and shaped the practice of Buddhism in Tibet up until today.
    Thank You Rinpoche and Pastor Antoinette Kass for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-great-council-of-lhasa.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 15. 2021 04:29 PM
    Coming across this post of suspended coffees truly had me wonder if in Malaysia will come up with this compassionate concept. A suspended coffee is a great way to pay forward for a coffee meant for someone else who cannot afford a warm beverage. Kindness can come in many forms including the purchase of a suspended coffee,
    a very good concept indeed. This is a tradition that comes from Naples, Italy, dated in the 20th century. Buying a cup of coffee for a stranger , who needed it especially during cold nights. A simple act of kindness can change someone’s life. To date, many countries in US and Europe have started these compassion concept and had in fact inspired more. Hopefully one day this will happen in Malaysia .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/a-real-compassionate-idea.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 15. 2021 04:27 PM
    n the remote mountain highlands of eastern Tibet, there exists a unique lineage of female spiritual practitioners at Gebchak Gonpa. A nunnery of more than 350 from all the Tibetan schools of Buddhism came to study and practice Dharma, upholding rigorous meditation and yoga practices. Gebchak’s yogini nuns are famed for their accomplishments in profound yogas and meditation. These women have devoted their entire lives to practicing the Dharma. Interesting read of those Gebchak’s yogini nuns lives, as stated in the post.
    Sadly, during the cultural revolution the Gebchak Gonpa was destroyed and the remaining nuns were dispersed. Yet many of them continue preserving their unique female yogic tradition who had survived the Cultural Revolution. Today, new generations of nuns and lamas are preserving Gebchak’s practice lineage rebuilt and re-established Gebchak Gonpa, despite extreme physical hardships.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/gebchak-gonpa.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 14. 2021 03:42 PM
    Thank you, Mr. Martin, well write-up this article of great-lamas-masters great-masters speak truly all about Tsem Rinpoche. We as students have seen and heard of all Rinpoche wonderful and extraordinary qualities. Rinpoche not only cares and loves all his students and even to strangers as well. Nor matter who you are regardless of race and faith Rinpoche will be too willingly to help. That’s Rinpoche’s nature a Bodhisatva . Rinpoche had made a way from Us to India and then Malaysia just to spread Dharma teachings and nothing else. Rinpoche as advice by his teacher to be in Malaysia and that’s where he established many departments to benefits all sentient beings. Reading through this post tells us all Great Masters, Lamas, Geshes and many highly attained Lamas and Masters specking what is true the same qualities of Rinpoche. Rinpoche was very kind, generous, giving, compassionate, always doing charity, giving to the poor, raising funds, sponsoring. Described Rinpoche as someone highly intelligent and extraordinary person. Interesting read , may more people reading this article to have a clearer view of Rinpoche.
    All I could say is that Rinpoche had showed us the light of life. With folded hands , may we able to meet Rinpoche again in this life and so forth.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/great-masters-speak-about-tsem-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 14. 2021 03:40 PM
    Interesting biography of a great Lama Zanabazar was a renowned painter, sculptor, architect and costume designer. He was known as“Michelangelo of Asia”, for his artistic skills which were matched by his literary prowess as a Buddhist scholar, linguist and poet. Zanabazar as a historical figure played an important role in propagating Buddhism in Mongolia. He had established Mongolian unique cultural identity. Zanabazar was the first Bogd Gegeen or high-saint-of-mongolia or supreme spiritual authority, the Gelugpa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in Outer Mongolia. He is believed to be a Geluk protagonist whose alliance with the Dalai and Panchen Lamas was crucial to the dissemination of Buddhism in Khalkha Mongolia. Interesting read with all the rare pictures shared.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/zanabazar-the-first-high-saint-of-mongolia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 12. 2021 04:12 PM
    Looking at those very unique house been built simply stunning. Creatively with nature indeed , salute to those architecture who has such a wild ideas and innovations building such an incredibly unique houses in nature. No easy though but everything is possible.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/into-the-wild.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 12. 2021 04:11 PM
    Truly stunning Kuanyin Statue also know as”Goddess of Mercy” Statue designed by Portuguese architect . Very serene with the huge golden statue seemingly floating over the sea at high tide. One of the underrated landmarks in Macau. It is believed that when this statue is built, Macau has become more prosperous, peaceful and economically better. Many locals and tourist visited this beautiful Statue and it’s a popular spot where they will walk along the sea watching sunset. Merely by looking at this Statue is a blessing. Those beautiful pictures tells us all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/kuan-yin-of-macau-city.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 12. 2021 04:07 PM
    Beautiful Yonghe Temple in Beijing, China known to some locals as the‘Palace of Peace and Harmony Lama Temple’ has three world-record masterpieces. This temple is a temple and monastery of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism built during the reign of Emperor Kang Xi (1694). Very impressive buildings and a great insight into Chinese Buddhist temples with 300 years of history . The building and artwork of the temple is a combination of Han Chinese and Tibetan styles.
    Looking at the restoration and conservation work of the Lama Tsongkhapa Statue in Yong He Gong is not easy after all. Thanks to Liu Yuming,77, restoration masters of China’s Cultural Relics. He had done a good job helping to preserve those rare cultural relics left in China. It is indeed a uphill task that needs a lot of patience , skill, delicate , and love . Interesting read even though it an old post. Would love to see this master piece of Lama Tsongkhapa Statue one day .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/an-age-of-restoration.html

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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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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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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
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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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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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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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  • April 21, 2021 03:13
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, When one experiences the outcome of negative karmas, how does one have compassion for oneself and overcome tough times? Relying on buddhas is definitely top of the list but I find my fear and self doubt and bad temper sabotages all the outer dharma practice I do. I am weak in the practical side of applying dharma!
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question. What you have expressed is something that a lot of people go through, because of the accumulation of negative karma from previous lifetimes. What you must remember is that our negative habitual patterns from previous lives are very strong, hence effort is needed in the spiritual path. That is why Joyous Effort is one of the Six Perfections. Karma, our habitual patterns, fear and self-doubt will try to knock us of the path of self-transformation at every turn until we are strong enough to withstand them. One way to overcome this is to develop strong faith in the Three Jewels, and the way to do this is to engage in the practice of Taking Refuge. I'm not just talking about Talking Refuge at the beginning of formal Dharma practice such as your sadhana or pujas. But actually Taking Refuge remembering the qualities of the Three Jewels. When I first came to Kechara, I had a lot of physical obstacles manifest, a lot of fear and doubt. H.E. Tsem Rinpoche suggested that I read the section of the Lamrim that talks about Taking Refuge, and explains how to do it properly, remembering the qualities of the Three Jewels and the benefits they grant on the spiritual path. When you practice Taking Refuge, you remember these and you contemplate them. Then your faith in the application of the Dharma increases, and your fear, self-doubt, etc, disappear. When that happens, even if your negative karma and habits try to knock you off the path, you find yourself back on the path. Another thing you must remember is that when we are practicing the Dharma, due to our habits, we will not be perfect at something directly after learning about it. It takes time to train ourselves. That is why the central teaching in the Gelug tradition we practice is called the Lamrim, or the Graded Stages on the Path to Enlightenment. It is step-by-step. It is a process. It is not instant. So you shouldn't let fear, self-doubt, etc get in the way. Instead calmly apply the antidote to these, which is strong refuge. When you develop strong refuge, you will have faith and confidence in the teachings. When you have these, you will practice the teachings, no matter what happens. The compassion for yourself and overcoming tough times comes through faith in the Three Jewels and the teachings of self-transformation. I met someone the other day who said self-transformation was not possible for him, but then why did Buddha Shakyamuni and the enlightened beings teach the Dharma? Of course, it is possible, and in order to progress on the spiritual path, you must have faith and conviction. This comes from the simple, yet foundational practice of Taking Refuge. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 19, 2021 02:53
    Sandra asked: Hello respected pastors, I heard once from here that too much mantra recitations produce wind in the body? Did I hear right? What are the repercussions of that? I do find I cough during mantra recitations these days...I only do about 6 malas though!
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question. Mantras are the form of the enlightened beings in sound. Hence, when you recite mantras they are very powerful. All mantras move the psychic winds in the body. They don't actually produce physical wind in the body. The psychic winds move naturally due to the power of the mantras, and only have a beneficial effect on the body. If you are not initiated into the Higher Yoga Tantra practices, any of the common mantras are fine to recite. These include Lama Tsongkhapa's Migtsema, your Guru's mantra, Chenrezig, Tara, Manjushri, etc. These will move the winds in your body naturally, so there will be no untoward side effect. However, mantras of Higher Yoga Tantra deities, such as Yamantaka, Vajra Yogini, Heruka, etc, should only be known and recited by those who have received initiation into the practice and received the commentary to the practice from a qualified guru. These mantras move the psychic winds in the body more forcefully hence can have negative side effects if not done properly. If you are having any negative effects when reciting mantras, such as coughing, that could be due to a number of other more ordinary reasons, such as reciting too loudly or being out of breath when reciting. When you are reciting mantras during your sadhana, you should only recite loud enough for yourself to hear, and not disturb others if they are around. If you are in a puja, you follow the puja lead to either recite out aloud or quietly. If you are getting out of breath, slow down your mantra recitation, or reduce the amount of mantras you are doing until you are used to it. Then you can slowly increase to however many you want to recite. The main issue is consistency, you should recite mantras as part of your sadhana every day. You can also recite extra mantras throughout the day, but the key is to make sure that you finish your daily sadhana. And you should not rush through your mantra recitation, but recite the mantra clearly. I hope this helps.
  • April 13, 2021 21:55
    ray asked: Dear Pastors, Thank you for clearing my doubts previously about purification practices. Today i have a question about reciting praises to buddhas, why do we recite praises and how does reciting praises to buddhas like Tara, Dorje shugden etc. help and benefit us? Because ive seen certain prayer texts to mother tara which i think is referring to the 21 tara praises stating that : ~If this prayer is recited two, three, or seven times, It will pacify all the sufferings of torments Caused by spirits, fevers, and poisons, And by other beings as well. If you wish for a child, you will get a child; If you wish for wealth, you will receive wealth. All your wishes will be fulfilled And all obstacles pacified.~ Will reciting praises to buddhas also be able to fulfill our wishes as stated? Thank you very much.
    pastor answered: Dear Ray, Thank you for your question. As I am sure you are aware, there are many different types of prayers. Praises are one type of prayer, or commonly included in longer prayers. When we praise the enlightened beings, we generate merit. This is due to the power of the enlightened beings. Generally speaking these prayers are praises of the qualities of either the enlightened being's body, speech, mind or benefits derived from their practices. Or the praise can be a combination of these. The merit generated from praising an enlightened being is immense. Some prayers even have the power to grant certain specific benefits due to the merits generated from the praise. Hence, some prayers even have the benefits listed in them. So yes, if you recite the praise with strong faith and refuge in the particular enlightened being, you will generate merit which will help to achieve the benefits stated. On a normal level, you will receive the benefits. On a higher level, you create the merit to achieve the same body, speech, mind and qualities of the enlightened being, meaning you create the causes to be enlightened yourself. I hope this helps.
  • April 12, 2021 03:20
    Eden asked: Dear Pastors, How are all of you doing? I have a few questions here. I will be very grateful if you can answer them. Thank you. 1) If we are here because of our previous life karma, previous previous karma and so on. May i know when does all of this started? How does this chain of karma started? Im sure we all had our 1st life and everything had a beginning to it. 2) I am currently facing some problem over my career pathway, are there any practices and mantras that I can do to request for guidance?
    pastor answered: Dear Eden, Thank you for your questions. 1. Buddhism does not believe in a 1st life, and the reason being is the Buddhist view of time. Most people think of time and existence as linear. It has a definitive starting point and a certain end point. But Buddhism views time as a cyclic. Hence, our universe as we understand it, will at one point cease to exist, and then a new universe will come into existence. However, even though our current universe will end, due to the force of karma and reincarnation, we will take rebirth into the new universe and have many rebirths there. So in Buddhism we say that we have had "countless" rebirths, as you would never be able to count how many lifetimes you have had. This cycle is vicious and leads us to take rebirth endlessly. The only way to stop this cycle is to transcend it altogether, which is the state of Buddhahood, in which you are completely liberated from the cycle, known as "samsara". Also the way in which we think about karma is not linear either. It is not one for one. By this I mean, if you do one negative action, it is not that you will experience only one negative result. You will actually experience many negative results, with differing levels of severity until the karma is exhausted. How you respond to the negative results can lead to either more negative karma, or positive karma. Hence, the law of karma according to the Buddhist view point is much more nuanced then the general understanding of karma that people have these days. The Buddha explained this process in a teaching known as the 12 Links of Dependent Origination, which is quite complex. If you want to learn more about this teaching, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche gave a very profound teaching on it here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/teaching-on-the-twelve-links-of-dependent-origination.html Hence, according to Buddhism, the understand of time is a never-ending cycle in which universes are created, destroyed and created again due to the power of karma. Since it is a cycle, there is no "beginning" or "1st life" for sentient beings. 2. In regards to your career pathway, I would suggest you engage in the combined practice of Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden. We have heard of many people who are either stuck in their career or who need to find good jobs, succeed in the their goals after engaging in this practice with a sincere motivation. There is a book available regarding the practice here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/the-dorje-shugden-handbook. We also have an entire section of this website dedicated to various aspects of the practice, including history, other prayers, etc. (https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/dorje-shugden). I hope this helps. Let us know if we can help in any other way.
  • April 11, 2021 00:23
    Lara asked: Hello pastors, I have a family member suffering from depression right now. May I know how I can help him to overcome this? Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Lara, I'm sorry to hear that your family member is going through this. When someone is going through such a difficult time, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has advised that the person themselves seek qualified medical help as well as engage in the practice of Lama Tsongkhapa, which is well-known to help overcome things like depression. From your side you should be as supportive as possible. Take the time to understand what your family member is going through, and in which ways you can support them to overcome their depression and heal. You can watch a fantastic teaching about the practice of Lama Tsongkha here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sayonara-to-depression.html. The prayer text for the practice can be found here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/sadhana-prayers.html#19 However, sometimes family members may not be open to the engaging in the practice themselves. In that case, you can engage in the practice yourself and dedicate the merits for the family member to heal, but this will not be as effective as the family member doing the practice themselves. Another thing that you can do, it to make abundant offerings or engage in virtuous activities like as helping the less fortunate, and dedicating the merits from those activities to your family member. You can also have pujas sponsored for your family member. The following two pujas would be excellent: Medicine Buddha Puja - which is good for healing, both physical and mental (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/medicine-buddha-puja-fund) Dorje Shugden Puja - to remove obstacles for a swift recovery (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dorje-shugden-wishfulfilling-puja-fund) These are the various methods in which you can help. You can do just one or a combination of the methods mentioned to generate as much positive energy and merit as possible for your family member. I hope this helps.
  • April 10, 2021 07:50
    ray asked: hi pastor i have a question regarding purification practices because ive been having some doubts now, is it true that some people say engaging in purification practices bad things would then happen to the practitioner after that? be it being sick or facing obstacles coming after that.
    pastor answered: Dear Ray, Thank you for your question. When we engage in purification practices, what we are purifying is our negative karma. If you know about karma, you know that eventually you will need to experience your karma, be this negative or positive. When you experience your negative karma, then you experience negative situations. This could be something major, like having an accident, to something very minor such as feeling bad if say a loved one says something in a way that you perceive as being negative. Any experience you have that you perceive as negative, is a manifestation of your negative karma. During purification practices, through your own effort of invoking upon the enlightened beings and practice of the Four Opponent Powers, you are able to purify this negative karma. However, for a negative karma to be fully exhausted, you need to experience it. Say you have a karma to get into an accident, if you don't purify and exhaust it, then you will need to suffer from it 100%. This could mean getting into a car accident which is very severe and you are hurt badly. If you engage in purification practices then you can purify, let's say 99% of the karma. But for it to be exhausted fully, you still need to experience it. In this case, maybe you do get into an accident. Since you have purified most of the karma, your car only bumps into another car very softly. You don't even feel it, the person in the other car doesn't feel it and you car is not damaged at all. This is the reason why some people say if you engage in purification practices, bad things will happen. And because of that people are put off doing purification practices. This is wrong thinking because if you do experience negative situations when engaged in purification practices, this could be because: a) What you experienced is actually the purified karma, rather than the full force of the karma. In this case you should rejoice that through your effort of engaging in the practice, you didn't experience something much worse. b) It could just simply be the manifestation of a karma that wasn't purified. This means, you would have had to go through this experience anyway. c) Because you are engaged in purification practices, you are thinking of karma a lot. Therefore, when such experiences occur then you attribute it to karma, and then think it is linked to your purification practice. Then you believe that doing purification practices is bad because you have to suffer from such experiences. This is wrong thinking. Perhaps even if you were not doing purification practices, then you would still experience the situation, but you wouldn't actually think anything of it. You would just go about the rest of your day as usual. That being said, when you are doing purification practices, there comes a point were certain negative karma is so weak that you need to experience it for it to be exhausted completely. This can and does manifest as negative situations, such as minor illnesses, or even accidents, etc. However, the point to remember is the karma causing these situations have been purified so they are very mild compared to their full form. These negative situations can also be purified/exhausted in dreams, etc. Another way they can be purified is having mental disturbances or emotional ups and downs when actually doing the purification practices. In essence, you will need to feel the effects of your negative karma in some form or another, so better that you experience it in a very mild form right? This is what purification practices helps you to do. Purification practices are not something to be scared of. In fact, you should rejoice when engaged in purification practices. On a more deeper level, without some form of purification practice it is hard to understand higher aspects of the Dharma. Your negative karma will block you from being able to understand the Dharma and then internalise it. That is why purification practices are emphasised within each and every tradition and are a prerequisite for higher teaching such as tantra. The benefits of purification practices (such as enabling you to exhaust your negative karma in a very mild form, and preparing your mind for higher teachings) outweighs having to experience a very small negative situation. Therefore think about the benefits of purification practice and contemplate on it. This will help you to develop faith in them and get rid of any doubts or fears that you may have. I hope this helps.
  • April 1, 2021 04:54
    You are awesome! asked: Hello, you are awesome! keep going!
    pastor answered: Thank you for your kind message. It is very encouraging for us to read. May you always be blessed by the Three Jewels.
  • March 28, 2021 15:08
    vikas baluni asked: abut growth of my business
    pastor answered: Dear Vikas Baluni, I am unclear as to the actually meaning of your question but I believe you are asking how to increase and grow your business. According to Buddhism, everything that we go through in life is due to karma, this includes both the good things and the bad things. Therefore, for your business to grow and do well depends on your good karma. Only one type of energy can overcome karma and is always good for your, and that is what we call merit or punya (in sanskrit). So in order to have merit for your business to do well, you have to take actions that generate merit. The main of these is to transform your mind to become a more compassionate and wiser person, to help others less fortunate, to engage in pujas and other such virtuous activities. There are certain deity practices that are well-known in Buddhism to help increase the energies of wealth and success in our lives. These can help your business to grow. Once such practice is that of Bhagawan Gyenze, you can click here to find out more: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth.html Bhagawan Gyenze will definitely help you to grow your business, if you have a good motivation. If you motivation is only about yourself, then your business will not grow that much. But if you have the motivation help others, then Bhagawan Gyenze will help you even more. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 25, 2021 01:11
    Jason asked: I have been practicing white dzambala and the bathing / water tormas for quite some time now. Recently I have been getting regular dreams where white dzambala appears and just smiles at me, or I dream that I am doing white dzambala chutor practice. I understand that when lama tsongkhapa got dreams of deities he thought that this was Mara acting up and paid no attention to it until his lama said something. My lama is currently on retreat and it is difficult to contact him. Please give me some advice on what is happening. I'm just some normal beginners smuck and I'm getting worried that this is a bad sign. When I wake up I feel at peace... But according to commentaries this could be Mara.
    pastor answered: Dear Jason, Thank you for your question. I am really happy to hear that you are engaging in Dzambhala's practice. It's extremely beneficial. You are right that Lama Tsongkhapa ignored his dreams of deities, and viewed them as bad signs. But before jumping to conclusions, we must analyse the reasons why Lama Tsongkhapa ignored not only his dreams, also the visions of the deities he received. The reason that Lama Tsongkhapa did not consider it a positive sign is because as practitioners on the spiritual path, it is all too easy to get carried away with 'signs' or advice, visions, dreams from supposed deities. Sometimes if we 'analyse' them it can lead us in the wrong direction because of our mistaken understanding. Sometimes, other entities can also enter our dreams and tell us things that we believe, hence we start practising things that are not Dharmic in nature. Lama Tsongkhapa warned against such things, rather Lama Tsongkhapa said that we should rely on the Dharma teachings that are genuine and transmitted to us through an unbroken line through our lineage. Generally speaking however, these dreams you are having are literally just dreams, so there is nothing to worry about. One category of dreams we have are known as samsaric dreams. These arise from karma and karmic traces in the mind. This can also include emotions, memories, etc. The meaning we find in these dreams are imputed by the dreamer, and not inherent in the dream. This also applies to waking life. We impute meaning onto situations and circumstances, rather than the meaning being inherent to the circumstance. It is like reading a book. Words in the book are just marks on paper, however, because we use our sense of meaning, we make a meaning out of it. However, this is always open to interpretation. For example, if you tell your dream to two people, they can interpret the meaning very differently, even though you told them the exact same details. When we have dreams such as of our teacher, our practice, the Buddhas, etc., it is still more than likely to be just a samsaric dream. Because we have been engaging in sustained practice, or have imprints from previous lives, these can surface in our dreams hence we have dreams of Buddhas, our teachers, etc. There is nothing to worry about or to consider overly auspicious or a 'sign'. Just realise that you have had the dream, do not allow your thoughts to dwell on it, accept it and move on. However, do take note that you had these dreams and once your Guru is out of retreat, please consult your Guru and inform him/her of these occurances and seek your Guru's advice if any. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2021 02:01
    Jason asked: I white dzambhala is a wealth deity but can he also act as a dharma protector?
    pastor answered: Dear Jason, Thank you for your question. The practice of Dzambhala is actually a Yidam practice, this means that Dzambhala is a meditational deity. When you engage in his practice, as well as bestowing wealth, through his practice you also develop qualities that help you progress towards enlightenment. In the case of Dzambhala, the primary quality he helps you develop is actually generosity, which is one of the Six Perfections. Therefore, although he is known as a wealth deity, he is much, much more than that. When you engage in his practice, you are actually developing virtuous qualities in your mindstream. The function of Dharma Protectors however is to remove obstacles and to create conducive conditions so that you can transform your mind. Hence, the function of a meditational deity and a Dharma Protector is different. That being said, when you engage in Dzambhala's practice properly, you do gain wealth. Generally, we only consider this wealth to be external wealth, but Dzambhala's practice is more than that, because through his practice you gain internal wealth which are virtuous qualities. Due to the fact his practice also brings material wealth, he is known as a wealth deity. When you practice any meditational deity, you will gain some physical benefit as well, which can seem to mirror the effect of Dharma Protectors, but their function is very different. Dzambhala for example grants material wealth, but his actually function is to increase inner wealth. Another example would be Medicine Buddha, outward he heals our physical body, but inwardly he also helps to heal our minds and develop qualities such as compassion. Dharma Protectors can also help to heal our body, but for real internal change, we need to rely on a meditational deity. I hope this answer helps.
  • March 16, 2021 21:23
    ray asked: Dear pastors, i have a question regarding vajra and bells. can one use them if they do not have any sort of initiation or whatsoever?
    pastor answered: Dear Ray, Thank you for your question. You are right that traditionally vajras and bells are only used after receiving initiation. However, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche recommended learning how to use the vajra and bell, as a means of creating the causes to receive initiation in the future. That said, there are many dos and don'ts related to using the vajra and bell. You can learn not only how to use them, but also vajra and bell etiquette from one of Kechara's Pastors. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 7, 2021 17:30
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Do you recommend doing Tsem Rinpoche’s guru yoga as part of daily Sadhana? I am sure I read on the article for the name retreat that it could be done as daily prayers but now I can’t see that sentence? Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Yes of course, you may include Tsem Rinpoche's Guru Yoga as part of your daily sadhana if you wish. This creates a very strong bond with Tsem Rinpoche. If you are following the Diamond Path sadhana (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/diamond-path), you insert the Guru Yoga after you have completed the Gaden Lhagyama (Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa). Alternative, if you are using a different prayer text, you insert the Guru Yoga after Gaden Lhagyama, or before any deity prayers that you do such as Manjushri, Tara, etc. After you complete the deity practice section of your sadhana, you continue on to your Dharma protector practice, and finish with your completion dedication. I hope this helps. Do let us know if this is not clear. Thanks.
  • March 4, 2021 22:52
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Can a lay person work towards the preliminary practices by accumulating daily ? Many thanks.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Yes, of course. Anyone can engage in the preliminary practices, you don't have to be ordained in order to do so. However for one's practice to be considered a full preliminary practice, you need to do 100,000 repetitions of whichever practice you are engaged in without break. That means you must engage in at least one session a day, until the count is completed. 10% of the count is also added on top, to make up for any unintentional mistakes. So the figure would actually be 110,000. If you skip a day, that means you have broken your preliminary retreat. If this occurs you can still dedicate the practice you have done so far, and you will still benefit from the merit generated and the purification of negative karma from the practice, but it is not counted as a full preliminary practice. Also you must adhere to the retreat procedures for the duration of the time it takes you to complete the particular preliminary practice. For example, an altar with daily offerings, retreat seat with swastika, refraining from eating black foods, etc. This may not be convenient for most people in our day and age. So what you can do is to spend a certain amount of time accumulating a specific figure, for example 10,000 repetitions of a particular practice. Seal the practice at the end with a strong dedication, like the King of Prayers. Later on, you can repeat the procedure more times until you complete 100,000. This method was given by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche for modern-day practitioners who do not have the time to complete 100,000 in one go. While it technically does not constitute a full preliminary retreat, you still gain immense merits and purification from engaging in the practice, even if spaced out. As Rinpoche said, it's better for you to do mini preliminary retreats than not doing any of the preliminary practices whatsoever. That being said, if you do have the ability to do a full preliminary retreat and it will not negatively impact you, such as create financial difficulties or strain familial relationships, then of course go ahead! To have the sincere wish to engage in any Dharma practice is wonderful. You can read more about the individual preliminary practices here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/preliminary-practice.html You can watch a short teaching on the preliminary practices by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/cosmic-tantra.html
  • March 3, 2021 04:13
    Sandra asked: Dear respected pastors, what are dreams? Do dreams have significance? Are they simply images the mind views at night - do they resemble the dreamer's state of mind? Thank you for all your replies :) :)
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Hello. Nice to see you back here. On the normal level, both waking and dream states are both marred by our delusions. The teachings tell us that this deluded state continues through all our experiences, whether during the dreaming or waking states. The way to overcome this is to "wake up" from our delusions, or reach enlightenment. Normally when people think of dreams, they do so in psychological terms and so focus on the content of the dream. When we investigate the nature of the dream itself, we begin to investigate something deeper, the processes that underlies the whole of our existence. Understand this propels you further along the spiritual journey towards enlightenment. We have many dreams during one night of sleep, and may or may not consciously remember then when we wake up. In terms of content, dreams can be used to work through psychological issues or can indicate certain issues and overcoming them (as is common within Western psychological practices). In Tibetan Buddhism, dreams can be used for much more. In the advanced practices, one can transform ordinary dreams to further one's spiritual journey. This is not only in terms of working through psychological issues, but in terms of meditation and practice as well. Generally, there are three types of dreams as described below. Most of us only experience the first type, unless we progress on the spiritual path. 1. Samsaric dreams: these arise from karma and karmic traces in the mind. This can also include emotions, memories, etc. The meaning we find in these dreams are imputed by the dreamer, and not inherent in the dream. This also applies to waking life. We impute meaning onto situations and circumstances, rather than the meaning being inherent to the circumstance. It is like reading a book. Words in the book are just marks on paper, however, because we use our sense of meaning, we take a meaning out of it. However, this is always open to interpretation. For example, if you tell your dream to two people, they can interpret the meaning very differently, even though you told them the exact same details. 2. Clarity dreams: These dreams occur when you are fairly progressed in meditational practices and can carry this into the dream state. These dreams arise not from the emotions, or memories, etc., but from more subtler forms of karma and delusions. However, just like in waking mediational practice, you are not affected by the images or thoughts that appear to you. 3. Clear Light dreams: In the advanced tantric practices, there are teachings called dream yoga. The object of these is to achieve the clear light dreams, which are very difficult to achieve and take years and years of intense practice. The most important clear light mind that arises is actually at the time of our death, if we are trained enough in this very subtle state, we can actually control where we take rebirth. If we are more experienced in this state, then we can actually use it to meditate on the teachings and achieve enlightenment. Clear light dreams are a "lesser" type of clear light mind, that helps practitioners prepare for the time of death. When we have an auspicious dream such as of our teacher, our practice, the Buddhas, etc., even though this is auspicious, it is still more than likely to be just a samsaric dream. There are instances however, when the enlightened beings and Dharma protectors will send practitioners dreams to help with their practice or as methods of divination. Tsem Rinpoche once told us of a very powerful Nyingma lama known for his divination abilities. Students would ask him a question, then he would take a nap, and receive divination advice in this dreams, which he would then relay to his students. This lama was well-known for this ability because his dream divinations were extremely accurate. As I am sure you can tell, the scope of dreams with the Buddhist context is very vast and I will not be able to cover everything here. However, I hope that what I have written helps your understanding. Thank you.
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Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
11 months ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
11 months ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
11 months ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
11 months ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
1 years ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
1 years ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
1 years ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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