Celebrating Ullambana: The Original Hungry Ghost Festival

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The 15th day of the 7th Lunar Month is an important date for Buddhists and Taoists alike. For Taoists, the highlight of the month-long Hungry Ghost Festival is to appease wandering spirits and hungry ghosts who are released from Hades by Tai Su Yah. Many Chinese regard the Hungry Ghost Month as an inauspicious one, and much of the folklore surrounding this festival is filled with age-old rituals, customs and taboos to avoid offending wandering spirits.

On the contrary, Buddhists celebrate the 7th Lunar Month as Ullambana or Yu Lan Pan (in Mandarin). It is believed to be a month of auspiciousness as this is the time to honour our dearly departed by generating as much merits as possible to help them take better rebirths in the upper realms of existence. Buddhists further believe that the best rebirth is a human one as humans, amongst all the Six Realms of Existence, are blessed with the necessary faculties to study, understand and practise the Dharma.

 

The Origins of Ullambana

Buddha Shakyamuni with his chief disciples, Shariputra and Maudgalyayana

Buddha Shakyamuni with his chief disciples, Shariputra and Maudgalyayana

The Ullambana Festival began as a filial son’s wish to liberate his deceased mother’s sufferings. According to the Ullambana Sutra, Maudgalyayana, one of Buddha Shakyamuni’s chief disciples, began to think deeply about his deceased parents after he attained his arhatship. Wanting to repay his parents’ kindness, he sought out his parents with his supernatural powers.

Using his clairvoyance, Maudgalyayana saw that his father was reborn as heavenly being in the Realm of Gods. However, he could not find his mother there, as she had been reborn in a lower realm, known as Avici or the Realm of Hungry Ghosts. His mother had taken on the form of a Hungry Ghost (preta), with a thin long neck and a huge belly that was forever starving.

When he tried to relieve her sufferings by feeding her, the food he offered turned into burning coals as soon as it touched her tiny mouth. Seeing this tremendous suffering, Maudgalyayana went to seek his Guru’s advice on how to liberate his mother from such a woeful state.

According to the Sutra, the Buddha said,

“Your mother’s offences are deep and firmly rooted. You alone do not have enough power. Although your filial sounds move heaven and earth, the heaven spirits, the earth spirits, twisted demons, and those outside the way, Brahmans, and the Four Heavenly King Gods, are also without sufficient strength. The awesome spiritual power of the assembled Sangha of the ten directions is necessary for liberation to be attained. I shall now speak a Dharma of rescue which causes all those in difficulty to leave worry and suffering, and to eradicate obstacles from offences.”

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All the food Maudgalyayana offered to his mother turned into burning coals as soon as she tried to eat it.

The reason why Maudgalyayana‘s mother was in such suffering was due to her actions when she was still alive. Maudgalyayana had given some money to her to make food offerings to some monks but due to her miserliness, she kept the money for herself and did not make the offering. As a result, she accumulated such heavy negative karma that even her son, an arhat, could not save her from Hell.

The Awakened One then advised Maudgalyayana to make offerings to the Sangha of the ten directions on the 15th day of the 7th month, which marks the end of the rains retreat. The offerings prescribed by the Buddha were food, incense, oil, lamps, candles, beds and bedding, all of the best quality.

The Buddha then instructed the assembly of monks to recite mantras and dedicate them to the sponsor’s family and parents of seven generations. Due to the vast merits generated from these offerings, Maudgalyayana’s mother was liberated from the lower realms to be reborn as a human.

 

Why Buddhists Celebrate Ullambana

Ullambana means “deliverance from suffering” in Sanskrit and the best way to relieve the sufferings of others is by dedicating oceans of merits to them. According to the Ullambana Sutra, the Buddha taught that this is a great opportunity to make offerings to the Three Jewels to create the merits to free our ancestors who are suffering in the lower realms.

The merits generated during Ullambana can also be dedicated to our parents and loved ones who are still living, and to increase outer and inner wealth in this and future lives. Many also take the opportunity to repay and appease their karmic debtors during this time. The dedication of merits should ideally be extended to all sentient beings as well.

 

Comparing Ullambana and the Hungry Ghost Festival

ULLAMBANA HUNGRY GHOST FESTIVAL
Celebrated by Buddhists as an auspicious month to generate merits for loved ones, both deceased and alive. A significant festival for Taoists and is often regarded as an inauspicious month by many Chinese.
Offerings are made to the Three Jewels to generate merits to liberate loved ones from the lower realms and for better rebirths. Merits can also be dedicated to karmic debtors and all sentient beings. Offerings are made to appease wandering spirits and hungry ghosts.
The origins date back to Buddha Shakyamuni’s time as recorded in the Ullambana Sutra. The origins date back to the reign of the 14th Century Ming Dynasty’s Hongwu Emperor.
Modern Ullambana offerings include: Food, flowers, light/candles and incense. Modern Hungry Ghost Festival offerings include: Hell bank notes, paper paraphernalia, food, candles and entertainment.

 

How Did Ullambana Evolve into the Hungry Ghost Festival?

According to a report published by the Taiwan Folklore Museum, Ullambana only acquired its inauspicious connotations during the reign of the Hongwu Emperor in the 14th Century. Prior to that, the 7th month was a time for ancestor worship and honouring parents, a practice steeped in filial piety. The museum’s research shows that the Hongwu Emperor “blamed the ghosts” as a way of deterring the commoners from worshipping on the same auspicious days as the Imperial Court.

Historical documents also show that Liu Bowen, an advisor to the Hongwu Emperor, proposed the idea of sending people disguised as Taoist priests to cities and counties to spread the false news that a disaster would happen in the 7th month. From then on, the idea that the 7th month is an unlucky month began to spread, so much so that many would not hold weddings during this period and people minimised their socialising at night to avoid offending the Hungry Ghosts.

 

Celebrating Ullambana in Kechara Forest Retreat

On 27 August 2017, Kechara set out to celebrate the Ullambana Festival by staying true to its original essence: a day to deliver all from suffering through various virtuous activities. Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) played host to scores who started coming through the main gates as early as 9.30am. This year, two meritorious pujas were part of the day-long programme and many merit-making opportunities were offered at various holy sites around KFR.

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Paul Yap briefing all volunteers before the start of the event

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Light offerings were one of the most popular this year

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Kechara kids, (from left) Hayden Chan, Lew Wen Yi and Lew Wen Yue, promoting animal welfare to raise funds for The Aviary in KFR

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From left: JP Thong, Victor Choi and Dr. Chris Chong at the Vajrayogini Butterlamp Retreat counter

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Datuk May Phng pays a visit to the VajraSecrets stall

The first puja was Lama Chopa Tsok, also known as the “Guru Puja With Tsok Food Offerings for Unseen Beings“. Pastors Lim Tat Ming and Chia Song Peng led this two-hour long puja, which started at 10am. Those who attended had the opportunity to hear the Guru Puja being sung in Tibetan just the way it is done in the monasteries.

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Lama Chopa Tsok led by Pastors Chia Song Peng and Lim Tat Ming

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Lama Chopa Tsok in progress

Lama Chopa is the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa, composed by His Holiness Panchen Losang Chokyi Gyaltsen based on secret oral teachings. This practice strengthens our relationship with our Lama or spiritual teacher through making abundant offerings, especially the offering of one’s practice. Tsok (or tsog) offering is a great banquet offered up to all the Enlightened and unenlightened beings. As one of the most essential practices of generosity, this puja is extremely effective in accumulating vast merits.

The sacred ritual of Tsok can only be performed by those with Tantric initiations. While the tantrikas performed the prayer session, non-tantrikas were encouraged to recite Lama Tsongkhapa’s Migtsema mantra. Upon completion of the ritual, the food offerings were then distributed to those who attended to be taken home and shared with family and friends.

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Pastors Albert Ratchaga, Antoinette Kass and Tan Gim Lee offer the tsok at H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s throne

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Members of the puja team partake of the Tsok offering

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Pastor Tan Gim Lee offers the leftover tsok to the unseen beings

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Abundant food offerings sponsored by Kecharians, family and friends.

After the Guru Puja, there were special performances to entertain the crowd while they tucked into the complimentary vegetarian lunch sponsored by Kechara Oasis, Aunty Ally and Veggie House Restaurant.

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Kechara Oasis was one of the lunch sponsors

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Classical Chinese orchestra performance

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A treat for the crowd – modern Chinese dance performed by Firex

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K-Pop dance by upcoming dance sensation Firex

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One of the many merit-making opportunities at the Vajrayogini Stupa. Yeo Kwai Gin and his family travelled all the way from Kuantan for this event.

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Giant 8ft incense sticks were offered outside the Gyenze Chapel

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Many stopped at the Gyenze Chapel before entering KFR to make supplications to Gyenze, the “increase” form of the World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden

At about 2pm, the Gyabshi Puja or “Grand 400 Offerings Ritual to Send Off Unseen Beings” began with the distribution of dough balls. These are a symbolic method of “removing” one’s pains, illnesses and negativities. Members of the puja team gave a short demonstration on how to shape the dough ball into a bone-like shape.

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Yap Yoke Chim demonstrates how to turn the dough balls into a bone-like shape

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Puja participants were encouraged to roll their dough balls over areas that require healing

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The “bones” were sent off during the latter part of the puja along with other offerings for the unseen

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Part of the 400 offerings of 100 men, 100 stupas, 100 tormas and 100 lights

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100 lights are offered during Gyabshi

In ancient Tibet, 100 stupas, 100 tormas, 100 lights and 100 men were offered as part of the elaborate Gyabshi ritual. Due to the significant amount of offerings required, only the wealthy and nobility were able to commission a Gyabshi puja for themselves. Today, the stupas and men are symbolically represented by stupas and figurines made from torma dough.

Gyabshi calls upon the potent blessings and protection of Yamantaka, Dorje Shugden and Buddha Shakyamuni. Coupled with extensive offerings, this puja generates a tremendous amount of positive energy that can clear negativities and heavy obstacles related to health, financial or even supernatural causes. It is highly recommended for problems that are dangerous and life-threatening such as severe illnesses, financial or legal issues, physical threats and harmful spirit disturbances.

Given the vast amount of merits generated by this puja, it was a very good opportunity to sponsor and dedicate it to those who have passed on, our loved ones who are still alive, karmic debtors and all sentient beings.

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The Gyabshi puja was led by Pastor Tan Gim Lee

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The altar set up for Gyabshi requires hours of preparation as each of the tormas, men and stupa are handmade from dough

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This figurine or “Lu” represents the sponsor(s).  When it is taken out of the hall, one should visualise all sicknesses and negativities leaving together with this figurine.

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Food offerings for the unseen beings such as local land deities

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Once the tormas are carried out of the prayer hall, no one should look back.

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The lu and other offerings are then placed at a quiet corner

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Volunteers who made this Ullambana a success!

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  1. Samfoonheei on Jul 12, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    The Buddhist origins of the Ullambana Festival can be traced back to a story that originally came from India. To many of us it is also known as the Hungry Ghost Festival. On this day, it is believed that the “Gates of the Hell” are opened and the dead souls visit . Every year in the 7th lunar month, people burned joss paper for the roaming ghosts and offerings are made to the spirits of the dead and to any other wandering spirit, for that matter. The festival is celebrated for fifteen days in the seventh month of traditional Buddhist calendar.
    Those days I was told too but not actually after joining Kechara I came to know more about it. Ullambana is the day for helping those beings who are suffering so that they can obtain liberation and as well as to remember our dear ones who has passed away.
    On this day, Buddhists offer prayers both to their departed forefathers and to their living parents and elders as well. This year is no exception, Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong will be celebrating too , having 2 powerful pujas and other activities.
    It will great to participate the Ullambana Festival in Kechara Forest Retreat.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Sharon for this sharing.

  2. Julia Tan on Jun 30, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    I used to be very scared during the ghost festival. by hearing the name already scared the hell out of me. Not only that, every night I go to bed with fear because I was told the ghost are every where looking for food and people to exchange their life.

    After understanding the real story behind it (after I joined Kechara and get to know more about Dharma). I started to change my mind set for this festival. It’s a festival for us to remembering those who had left us for another realm. As Buddhists we make offerings to the Three Jewels to generate merits to liberate loved ones from the lower realms and for better rebirths. Merits can also be dedicated to karmic debtors and all sentient beings. It is also an auspicious time to repay the kindness to the people we loved by dedicating the merits to them for their well beings and their spiritual path. It’s an auspicious month indeed.

  3. Pastor Chia on Jun 27, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    The tradition celebrating Ullambana festival in buddhist is to make offering to the 3 jewels and buddha in 10 direction. In ancient buddhism, most of the monks with enter to retreat due to raining season. In seven lunar time most of the monks just come out from their retreat. By making offering to the sangha just come out from retreat collect tremandous merit during this time. So seven month in buddísm consider the holy month making offering to Buddha, dharma and sangha. Those merit collected is good to dedicate to the sentient beings who reborn at three lower realm and get liberate from the suffering.

  4. Datuk May on Jun 26, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    In all religions and our faith system are traditions which we have practised without clear understanding of why. However as we study within the scriptures of Buddhism, the Dharma, our understanding becomes clearer.

    As in the case of Ullambana/The Hungery Ghost Festival, the knowledge we have are extremely contradictory with the Buddhist and Taoist doctrines.

    At the end of it all, we must respect the beliefs of others and for us to celebrate what we believe in. There are similarities to the reasons why Ullambana/Hungry Ghost Festival co-exist, it is for us to honour and respect our dearly departed and to make the celebration in their honour.

  5. Loh Yun Seen on Jun 26, 2019 at 8:36 am

    Even though it has been a Chinese tradition to believe that the seventh lunar month is the so called ghost month, but I believe that spirits or unseen beings are everywhere around us all the time and they are not just being “released” during the seventh lunar month. As such, celebration of Ullambana is in fact an important festival that not only helps to remind us of this group of beings that are struggling and suffering in the lower realms but also allows us an opportunity to purify ourselves through the offerings made during the celebration.

  6. June Kang on Jun 26, 2019 at 8:34 am

    目犍連尊者雖然神通第一,仍然無法让母親止饑,善惡有報,自己造的业就要自己還。即使是具足神通有如目犍連也無法代償別人的罪业,所以,不要小看业力。殊胜的是,佛陀指示他在七月十五日当天,举行供僧与大家结善缘,以这分清净心加上欢喜心,共同为他母亲祝福,唯有这股很大力量才能转她的业,

    克切拉所举办的盂蘭盆节是坚持其原有佛陀所说的本质, 所以是很殊胜的。而很多現在民間七月十五日的中元普度方式,與佛陀在世時,目犍連設齋供僧的意義完全不同。

  7. Mingwen on Jun 26, 2019 at 7:50 am

    There are many unseen beings & we shall all respect each other regardless about belief, culture & religion that we are practicing.

    Many people will mistakenly regard their regions as the most supreme ones & started to condemn the other parties and this is not right.

  8. Tek Lee on Jun 26, 2019 at 1:59 am

    The traditional Chinese way of “celebrating” Ullambana through out the world is very different. To them, this at least half of the 7th month in lunar calendar is inauspicious. There are many restriction, like don’t go out at night, don’t wear certain colour of shirt, as it will attract the unseen beings, make offerings at road side to the unseen beings so that they can “bless” them to have good business, and to some people, so that the unseen won’t “disturb” them. In Malaysia, we, as Chinese are grown up surrounded by the old traditional Chinese believe. Until I join Kechara and come across Ullambana, only I discover the real story behind it for us to really celebrate Ullambana. Of course, until these modern days, we still can see many people make offerings at roadside to the unseen beings, especially those who’s doing retail shop business, be it f&b or any retail shops. Of course, some old tradition still need to maintain to keep the culture going. As a Buddhist, we will do it as Buddhist way, and dedicate our merits to all sentient beings, to beings in the lower realms, to our family and friends and our karmic debtors. 🙏

  9. Andrea Lai on Jun 26, 2019 at 1:19 am

    My first thought of hungry ghost festival was scary, no night outings for that entire month and it’s a taboo for Chinese not to believe it for bad things will come upon you. What I heard was negativity of this fest.
    Ever since I got to know Tibetan Buddhism, learning that Ulambhana was one of the event for dedications to those under worldly beings, blessing them and as well as for us to practice compassionate too. Knowing of this meritorious fest, I won’t feel much fear anymore yet rejoice. Thank you for the sharing. 🙏

  10. Pastor Henry Ooi on Jun 26, 2019 at 12:31 am

    Many Malaysian Chinese who practise the philosophy of Daoism and its rituals regard the 7th month as an important month. As a child growing up in Penang, I used to go to  places during the 7th month, where there were food set up as offering to the so called wandering ghosts/spirits. Stages were set up and Chinese opera troupes put on shows that tell stories of ancient days in China. Alas, these skilled actors are, now a dying breed and are being replaced by girls in skimpy outfit, belting out modern songs. Those days at such places, even until today, usually the chairs in the front row facing the stage were not meant for people to sit on. They were ‘reserved’ for the ghosts /spirits to ‘enjoy’ the performances. Whether it is true or not that ghosts wander during the 7th month, it is a belief and practice that is still very much alive today. 

  11. Vivian Ong on Jun 26, 2019 at 12:19 am

    Before I join Kechara, my family used to pray to ancestors and also the unseen street spirits during the Ulambana period. After I joined Kechara, I purchase dedication tablet and also candles to be offered to my departed ancestors during the Ulambana day. Now I understand better that we can dedicate prayers and merits to our departed loved ones to ease their suffering.

  12. Justin Cheah on Jun 25, 2019 at 11:57 pm

    Didn’t know it all started from Maudgalyayana and it’s an intriguing story to say the least. Am fascinated by the type of “celebration” although differentiated by culture and lifestyle but the main objective is very much the same. It not only teaches us to remember those who were already gone and respect their existence in another realm but also for us to reflect what we are to really do to be really making this precious human life a meaningful one.

  13. pammie yap on Jun 25, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    Buddha truly is compassionate and full of wisdom. How fortunate are we to be able to make offerings in this holy month and generate mass amount of merits for our dearly departed. And we can also take this opportunity to dedicate merits to those who are still with us. We are truly blessed to have Kechara Forest Retreat, a place where we can attend Puja and make offerings to the many Buddhas around the land. Thank you for a wonderful sharing with so many beautiful pictures.

  14. Valentina Suhendra on Oct 19, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    Dear friends,

    This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become.

    Tsem Rinpoche

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  15. Aldan Chan on Oct 17, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Thank you for sharing this interesting post about Ullambana. The story above has taught me not to neglect the Dharma and my sadhana as it will only pull you deeper down into the lower realms. It hurts to see one of your parents happy and the other suffering in pain. I`ll be in pain to see that in front of my eyes. Thank you for sharing. _/\_

  16. Anne Ong on Oct 10, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    Thank you very much Sharon for your very good explaination about Buddhist Ullambana and Hungry Ghost Festival. Majority of people will just follow tradition or family blindly and do not understand what it is the meaning behind. I didn’t know the difference until now.

  17. Fong on Sep 8, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Thanks for clarifying the festival. I always thought it was just day when the ghosts came out to “play”. But after reading this article, I have a better understanding of what the Hungry Ghost festival is all about. For quite a few years, I couldn’t put the Hungry Ghost festival together with Ullambana. In fact, the word Ullambana did not exist in my vocabulary before.

    So, there is a connection between the two and not mutually exclusive!! Rather, it is an engineered divide. How very interesting.

  18. freon on Sep 4, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    Dear Sharon,

    Thank you for this wonderful article. Before I read this article, I was having a confuse on what is Buddhist Ullambana and Hungry Ghost Festival, are they the same? This article have dispel my ignorant. We tends to accept the traditional of worshipping ghost without any further investigation. Through this article, I could say that is an eye opener that I came to know this auspicious festival became a ghost day because of the selfishness of the Emperor.

    Thank you for this article

    Yours sincerely
    Freon

  19. Lew on Sep 3, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Thank you all the visitor, sponsor, and volunteers (who work very hard) to make this event a success.

    See you all again next year!

  20. Cc on Sep 3, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    Thank you Sharon for sharing.
    Majority of people will just follow tradition or family blindly and do not understand what it is the meaning behind. We are fortunate enough and we should encourage more people to do more dharma.

    Any chinese version so that we can share with elderly?

    🙏🙏🙏

  21. Callista on Sep 2, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    Believe me before I read this article, I used to fear Ghost month festival coz when I looked at those papers humans it seems like the Ghost movies props and its scary.
    I am just like Lin Mun and others. We often mixed up Taoism and Buddhism practice because of the culture. I am so grateful to have this opportunity to listen and learn from Guru teachings, Pastor teachings, my mum, my sis and fellow Kecharian friends which helping me along Dharma pathway. The explanation in this article indeed enhanced my knowledge about Hungry ghost month or Ullambana festival.
    As a Buddhist generating merit is essential for the alive and deceased. Hence, besides burn papers which causes damage to the environment. Why don’t we offer or do something fruitful and isn’t it better!

    Thank you Tsem Rinpoche, Sharon and others

  22. Lin Mun on Sep 2, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Thank you Sharon for the explanation in this article. Previously I’m confused and often mixed up the understanding of Ullambana and Hungry Ghost Festival. I think the same for most of the Chinese communities. Many are very much ingrained with the Taoist method without proper understanding and thus continue to practise blindly. I am glad that I have the opportunity to practise the right method under the guidance of Rinpoche and Kechara team. In it indeed a great experience to participate the Ullambana Festival in Kechara Forest Retreat. May more people are opened and receptive towards the right teaching.

  23. Samfoonheei on Sep 1, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    There is still alot of knowlege for me to learn all about this Ullambana. Now i can understand better and the differences between the Hungry Ghost festival. Reading through these wonderful article i realised what i know about Hungry Ghost festival is very little and different from what i knew.
    Thank you Sharon Ong for these wonderful article which has opened my eyes and mind.
    I am glad i was there at KFR to see for myself and learned some knowlege of this Ullambana . My very first time experience celebrating of the original Hungry Ghost festival. Thank you Rinpoche and Sharon Ong
    With folded hands
    Sam

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  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Feb 20. 2020 05:13 PM
    Thank you for you thoughtful sharing of providing natural relief of those who are suffering from migraine. To my experience migraine is a chronic illness because I have suffered from them. Most people assume that the migraine was triggered by one single item but
    to me it’s due to a combination of factors.

    I think this article will be so much helpful for many who is looking for solution to prevent and cure this chronic illness.

    Hope this natural remedies will benefits many to explore a new treatment and prevent them from taking magic pills for fast relief.
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Feb 20. 2020 04:19 PM
    Thank you Pastor David for sharing this well research article on Sakya lineage connection with Dorje Shugden . The Sakya Lineage and Dorje Shugden has a long related history over hundred years ago. Wow……six out of the 42 supreme Sakya throne holders, six of the throne holders had indeed practiced Dorje Shugden. And even the 31st and 37th Sakya Trizin, two of the throne were recognised to be the incarnations of Dorje Shugden. They even built chapels and composed prayer texts to Dorje Shugden. It has proven that not only Gelug lineage did propitiate Dorje Shugden but also Sakya lineage. Sakya Lamas had practiced Dorje Shugden even long before the Gelug lamas. Dorje Shugden had been practiced by so many masters and lamas from various schools of Buddhism . Dorje Shugden was enthroned first as a Dharma protector in Tibet over 400 years ago by the highest Sakya throneholders and masters. Hence these practice is not a minor practice after all. It has again proven that Dorje Shugden is a beneficial practice and not the evil practice as claimed by CTA.
    Interesting read.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-sakya-lineage-dorje-shugden.html
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Feb 19. 2020 02:40 PM
    Very interesting and inspiring article. It is very true our human perception toward a point of view like what is right or wrong there is always a mistake or I should said in most time is wrong or is not bringing any benefits to us.
    All our problems arise from the mind. So to solve them, we need to work on the mind. Hence, no martial arts can be greater than spirituality. Thank you very much for sharing this profound story with us.

    https://bit.ly/2V1RuEU
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Feb 19. 2020 02:22 PM
    I feel so blessed for learning something from this article. Thank you so much for your thoughtful sharing. I truly understand the possess power to change our lives during our falls was actually a good sign. I gained some positive energy and felt was extremely incredible!

    There are highs and lows in any journey, however if life is more down than up, then it’s time to question why, I had a great teaching from this sharing.

    I totally agree that the lows should be appreciated and enjoyed, because its from the lows that experience the highs. Living our life with positivity so that we can continue to improve and achieve what we desire.
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Feb 18. 2020 04:32 PM
    Amazing architecture of a small village Toyuq, located 50 km east of Turpan in the Flaming Mountains. Amazing ancient Buddhist caves dug into the hillside dated as far back as 3rd century AD. Well….they are the oldest in Xinjiang. With an interesting history behind this village. Buddhism spread here from India along the ancient Silk Road but declined after the Turkic Muslim conquests in the late 13th century. Many then converted to Muslim and a number of caves of ancient painting were destroyed. Amazing pictures of ceiling panels with standing Buddhas, and Thousand-Buddha motifs in the post . Its indeed a treasure trove of stone carvings and mural paintings .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/toyuq-village.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Feb 18. 2020 04:30 PM
    All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us. Life is short and the time of death is uncertain. Act now, its never be late to learn, practice Dharma in our life. Death is a challenge, never waste our time on something which leads us to nowhere. Learning Dharma is our best choice, do Dharma works to benefits others and always works with it. This will miraculously transform our whole life before the moment of death that really matters.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/the-precise-moment.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Feb 18. 2020 04:28 PM
    Geshe Thupten Lama one of the great scholars and masters who will never give up Dorje Shugden ‘s practice and courageously spoke up openly against the ban. Even wrote letters to Dalai Lama defending the ban on Dorje Shugden. Because of all these his life was threatened and was forced to seek political asylum in America. The CTA even considered him as a evil Chinese spy. Since the Dorje Shugden controversy many people had suffered causing disharmony, discrimination, families and monasteries torn apart are some of the examples. To have harmony and peace in a country we should have freedom to practice one’s own religion and beliefs. And politics should not involve religion in any government. Peace cannot be kept by force , it can only be achieved by understanding. All should be treated equally and without prejudice regardless of our religion views.
    Geshe Thupten Lama is indeed a great scholar and was one of the pioneers who founded Tibetan schools in exile, wrote a book …..The Supreme Path to the Trikaya, which explained all about on the practice of the Six Paramitas or the Six Perfections, and other beneficial Dharma treasures.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-supreme-path-to-the-trikaya.html
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Feb 18. 2020 03:46 PM
    The Incredible Legend of Hoichi the Earless Minstrel is exactly that, the suspense with a great interesting twist to the ending. Not so perfect as is in real life, the sacrifice of his ears for his life in peace, although of course not by his choice but the negligence of another.

    In this story, we can see how they use Heart Sutra to as protection from black magic and ward off evil spirits. Thank you very much for sharing such an intriguing story about Hoichi the Earless Minstrel.


    https://bit.ly/3bW6F8K
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 17. 2020 03:17 PM
    Interesting ….. astronauts and military personnel has discovered the existence of UFO and aliens beyond the earth. They have proof that UFO do exist and we are alone in the universe. Leroy Gordon Cooper, a space pioneer and Robert Dean a retired Command Sergeant Major in the US Army tells us all . With Leroy Gordon witnessed first-hand encounter of an actual UFO and the “Cosmic Top Secret” documents detailing alien activity on earth viewed by Robert Dean has already proven it. But it was kept secret.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ufo-astronauts-and-military-men-speak.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 17. 2020 03:15 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing explaining the present-day technology that has affected our general well-being situation spiritually . Giving an example of why rain dance doesn’t work anymore. Spiritual practice give us aspects of the powers of the divine. Technology is a magic and its objects remains a puzzle that is hard to unlock in regards to human experiences. The effect of technology could enhance the human material civilization, but its impact was so strong to our spiritual practice, it caused human addiction. In the modern era, technology has become a seemingly ubiquitous part of everyone’s life such as computers and hand phones. The natural element are gone, environment been disturbed so things will not happen . Interesting read.
    Professor Stephen Hawking, did mention before that advances in science and technology could lead to destructions .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/how-sole-dependence-on-modern-technology-could-affect-our-spirituality
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 17. 2020 03:13 PM
    Living our life in the public eye , we have a heavy responsibility on our shoulder that most people thought. But with determination and courageous Rinpoche did it without any burden. Rinpoche did it all these years, born and bred to be in the public eye, Rinpoche seemed to know what to do without thinking about it. A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives that’s what Rinpoche thought of. Rinpoche’s thought was to help them and to bless their spiritual practice in a way. Rinpoche cares more for the people than himself, of course Rinpoche loves to be alone. Rinpoche loves to alone living up the greenery mountains and clear lakes as mentioned before. Rinpoche could not avoid being in the public eye and getting recognized. Rinpoche never retaliated in whatever situation, such as the Dorje Shugden controversy ,Rinpoche kept all his vows in accordance with the Vinaya nor matter what happened.
    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for sharing your wonderful recalling memories with our Lama.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/growing-up-with-rinpoche-life-in-the-public-eye
  • S.Prathap
    Monday, Feb 17. 2020 02:37 PM
    Very informative and inspiring story of the Great Buddha of Kamakura.Great to know of the history of this Great Buddha.From what i saw and understand it is a beautiful place to pay visit.

    It is one of the most iconic Buddha statues in the world.All it took were 2 people, Lady Inada and Priest Joko of Totomi to build this magnificent Buddha that withstood the test of time.Thank you very much for sharing this nice article.

    https://bit.ly/2u8sWiy

  • sarassitham
    Monday, Feb 17. 2020 01:53 PM
    A person may choose to follow a vegetarian diet for various reasons, including health issues, environmental concerns, or religious beliefs.

    I glad to come across this lovely article. Thank you so much Rinpoche for the delicious healthy meatless recipes. It’s a super simple, has anybody can learn to cook with simple ingredients, easy, quick ,fast and most importantly it very nutritious. I’m going to try all this recipes soon.
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Feb 16. 2020 10:06 PM
    I am grateful that Kechara organise this event every year so we can make offering to our ancestor, departed families and also to all sentient beings whether alive or not. We may not know what action we have engaged which afflicted others in the past and the prayer is important to purify our negative karma. Thank you Kechara for organising this event and allow us the opportunity to collect merits through the prayer and offerings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/ullambana-festival-at-kechara-forest-retreat.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Feb 16. 2020 09:59 PM
    A very beautiful Buddha statue. With this huge size many beings can view from a far and benefit them by planting a dharma seed to them. I’m sure the statue will attract a lot of people to visit Thimpu in Bhutan. May all be blessed and rejoice for the people for are involved in the planning, sponsorship and construction.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/buddha-at-thimpu-bhutan.html#comment-899271

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    Bodha stupa July 2019-
    Rainy period
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    8 months ago
    Cute Tara girl having a snack. She is one of Kechara Forest Retreat’s resident doggies.
  • Your Next Meal!
    8 months ago
    Your Next Meal!
    Yummy? Tasty? Behind the scenes of the meat on your plates. Meat is a killing industry.
  • This is Daw
    8 months ago
    This is Daw
    This is what they do to get meat on tables, and to produce belts and jackets. Think twice before your next purchase.
  • Don’t Take My Mummy Away!
    8 months ago
    Don’t Take My Mummy Away!
    Look at the poor baby chasing after the mother. Why do we do that to them? It's time to seriously think about our choices in life and how they affect others. Be kind. Don't break up families.
  • They do this every day!
    8 months ago
    They do this every day!
    This is how they are being treated every day of their lives. Please do something to stop the brutality. Listen to their cries for help!
  • What happened at Fair Oaks Farm?
    8 months ago
    What happened at Fair Oaks Farm?
    The largest undercover dairy investigation of all time. See what they found out at Fair Oaks Farm.
  • She’s going to spend her whole life here without being able to move correctly. Like a machine. They are the slaves of the people and are viewed as a product. It’s immoral. Billions of terrestrial animals die annually. Billions. You can’t even imagine it. And all that because people don’t want to give up meat, even though there are so many alternatives. ~ Gabriel Azimov
    9 months ago
    She’s going to spend her whole life here without being able to move correctly. Like a machine. They are the slaves of the people and are viewed as a product. It’s immoral. Billions of terrestrial animals die annually. Billions. You can’t even imagine it. And all that because people don’t want to give up meat, even though there are so many alternatives. ~ Gabriel Azimov
  • Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
    10 months ago
    Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
    10 months ago
    This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
  • Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
    10 months ago
    Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
  • This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
    10 months ago
    This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
    10 months ago
    Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
  • These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
    10 months ago
    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
    11 months ago
    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
    11 months ago
    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
  • Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
    11 months ago
    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
  • Beautiful
    11 months ago
    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
  • My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
    11 months ago
    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
    11 months ago
    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
    12 months ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    1 years ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    1 years ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    1 years ago
    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
    1 years ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    1 years ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    1 years ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    1 years ago
    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    2 yearss ago
    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
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    2 yearss ago
    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
  • BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
    2 yearss ago
    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
    2 yearss ago
    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
    2 yearss ago
    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    2 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    2 yearss ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    2 yearss ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
    2 yearss ago
    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
  • Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
    2 yearss ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    2 yearss ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    2 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    2 yearss ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
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Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
1 week ago
Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
2 weeks ago
Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
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Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
3 weeks ago
Beautiful red lanterns around Vajrayogini Stupa at Kechara Forest Retreat. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Beautiful red lanterns around Vajrayogini Stupa at Kechara Forest Retreat. shared by Pastor Antoinette
Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
The rain may have doused the fires but the embers of pain still linger in our hearts. Sending Australia our love & prayers. Let's continue to #PrayForAustralia. ❤️ shared by Pastor Antoinette
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The rain may have doused the fires but the embers of pain still linger in our hearts. Sending Australia our love & prayers. Let's continue to #PrayForAustralia. ❤️ shared by Pastor Antoinette
Auspicious red decorations at Tsongkhapa shrine. Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Auspicious red decorations at Tsongkhapa shrine. Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong. shared by Pastor Antoinette
Gong Xi Fa Cai! Here's to new beginnings and better endings with this Year of the Metal Rat! shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Gong Xi Fa Cai! Here's to new beginnings and better endings with this Year of the Metal Rat! shared by Pastor Antoinette
Throwback KSDS Graduation - All kids were so excited with to perform. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback KSDS Graduation - All kids were so excited with to perform. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback WOAH camp 2016 - DIY soap. So interesting. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback WOAH camp 2016 - DIY soap. So interesting. Lin Mun KSDS
Children learning the method to make water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children learning the method to make water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
Monthly animal liberation in Kechara House. KSDS have opportunity to participate in the meritorious activity every mth. Lin Mun KSDS
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Monthly animal liberation in Kechara House. KSDS have opportunity to participate in the meritorious activity every mth. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback Kids camp 2019 - Wonderful volunteers. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback Kids camp 2019 - Wonderful volunteers. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback Kids camp 2019 - The nature of KFR is expressed on this drawing. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback Kids camp 2019 - The nature of KFR is expressed on this drawing. Lin Mun KSDS
Special thanks to Hue, one of our dedicated members in Kechara Penang Study Group. Thanks for helping out during our bird liberation. ~Jacinta
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Special thanks to Hue, one of our dedicated members in Kechara Penang Study Group. Thanks for helping out during our bird liberation. ~Jacinta
Animal Liberation is one of the great ways to show empathy, kindness and compassion to kids. Start them early! ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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Animal Liberation is one of the great ways to show empathy, kindness and compassion to kids. Start them early! ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
The merits from life liberation are varied and boundless ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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The merits from life liberation are varied and boundless ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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