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 21, 2021 at 4:08 pm

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

  2. Samfoonheei on Aug 28, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    Time flies next week is the Ullambana Festival or the Hungry Ghost Festival which is known by many. Many of us might not understand the true meaning of this festival. After we understand the real story behind this festival one should not fear about those scary story which we once knew . Ullambana is the day for helping those beings who are suffering and as well as to remember our dear ones who has passed away. On this day we offer prayers , candles to the departed and the living as well. Its celebrated every year on the 15th day of the seven lunar month, as such this year which is also our Lama Parinirvana Anniversary day. We are fortunate able to join in this festival at Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Sharon for this sharing.

  3. S.Prathap on Jul 27, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    Now i can understand better and the differences between the Hungry Ghost festival. Reading through these wonderful article i realized what i know about Hungry Ghost festival is very little and different from what i knew.

    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.Thank ypu very much for this good article.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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。

  10. 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.

  11. 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. ?

  12. 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. ?

  13. 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. 

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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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  18. 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. _/\_

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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

  22. 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!

  23. 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?

    ???

  24. 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

  25. 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.

  26. 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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  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2024 04:08 PM
    Momo is a dumpling made of all-purpose flour and filled with either meat or vegetables. Inspired by Tibetan dumplings, the dish is a very popular Nepali street food. It is one of my favourite foods. Last year while in Kathmandu I am fortunate given the opportunity to learn and made vegetarian Momos.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing as it reminds me of trip there visiting some of the Holiest sites and trying my hand making momos then.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/making-nepalese-momos.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2024 04:06 PM
    Bouddha, also known as Boudhanath, is a stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal which is located about 11 km from outskirts of Kathmandu. Its massive mandala makes it one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal and the world. The Boudhanath Stupa pyramid is coated with over 60 pounds of gold, is one of the largest and one of the most significant Buddhist monuments in the world. This great Stupa is home to precious relics and this semi-circular structure stands out with its majestic mandala, recognized by UNESCO in 1979 as a World Heritage Site. The Boudhanath is the most sacred sites in Tibetan Buddhism outside of Tibet, reflecting the cosmological tenets of Buddhism. Was there last year June joining thousands of pilgrims circumambulate the stupa.
    The aerial view of this Boudhanath Stupa is magnificent indeed. Looking merely at the pictures is a blessing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/aerial-view-of-bodha-stupa.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2024 04:04 PM
    Shanti Stupa in Pokhara was built by Nipponzan-Myōhōji monk Morioka Sonin with local supporters under the guidance of Nichidatsu Fujii, a Buddhist monk and the founder of Nipponzan-Myōhōji
    A famous site where locals as well as foreign tourists will go there throughout the year. One have to climb 400 steep steps to get to the Pagoda, it was worth the climb, as its situated on the Anadu Hill at the height of 1100 meters.
    Shanti Stupa shrine was built as a symbol of peace designed to provide a focus for people of all races and creeds, and to help unite them in their search for world peace. It has also become a tourist attraction as it provides a panoramic view of the Annapurna range, Pokhara city and Fewa Lake. The white pagoda has two tiers for tourists and religious visitors to circumambulate. Its location on the hilltop provides a splendid view of sunrise and sunset for visitors. Hopefully I could visit this amazing Holy site soon.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/pokhara-stupa.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2024 04:04 PM
    Its an old blog yet its hold many wonderful memories for The Tsem Ladrang team , I am sure. They are the ones who found a beautiful house in the hills of Naranthan in Kathmandu, Nepal. The place is serene and peaceful with beautiful mountains ranges. Looking at the old pictures its breath-taking and brilliant. The Ladrang is surrounded by scenery of outstanding natural beauty. Having a spacious yard, guest quarters, butterlamp house, to mention a few. The Ladrang has a spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and Kathmandu Valley.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing and teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsem-ladrang-naranthan-nepal.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2024 04:02 PM
    Buddhist Pilgrimage in Nepal is the best trip that takes us to the spiritual centers where Buddhism’s practices and meditations emerged. Nepal is popular for its Buddhism practices and itself is the birthplace of the originator Gautam Buddha. This beautiful Himalayan nation hosts the amazing Buddhist trails, monuments and stupas. It’s the place where the Buddha meditated and the Buddha enlightened the people with wisdom. Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, boasts many caves, stupas, and monasteries that are associated with Bodhisattvas, Buddha and Siddhas. The cave of Naropa and his guru Tilopa is beside Pashupatinath temple, bank of the holy Bagmati River. All these caves is considered as the holy site and Buddhist pilgrimage sites as the caves is the place where Naropa received training, teachings and had visions of Vajrayogini.
    I am fortunate to have visited this Holy caves while at Kathmandu last year.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/puja-at-naropas-cave-kathmandu-nepal.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2024 04:00 PM
    The Lord Buddha was born in 623 BC in the sacred area of Lumbini, southern Nepal.Lumbini is one of the world’s most important spiritual sites for the Buddhist pilgrims from around the world. The site is a popular place of Buddhist pilgrimage for many yearly. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997. The tranquility, aura and peace that we would experience in Lumbini makes it among the most holy places to visit in the world. I am fortunate going to this holiest place of Buddha birthplace last year with my Dharma brothers and sisters .It is the place where, according to Buddhist tradition, worth visiting
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-article/the-birth-palace-of-gautam-buddha
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 2. 2024 02:06 PM
    Very interesting and informative article. In most cultures, women is consider as lower in status compared with men. Ancient times in India, man took the lead while women is seconded. But times has changed for the better where women are not degraded in society. They receive equal recognition, appreciation, and stature, yet in countries and places around the world, women are still viewed as inferior and treated accordingly. But in Buddhism women have been increasing in number and has proven that many of them have gained full enlightenment in a female body. In Buddhism is concerned there’s no discrimination toward women ,both men and women are equal. There‘s many female Mahasiddhas and Yoginis as in this blog. May it inspired many more to come. Interesting article and its great sharing knowledge.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands,

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/courtesans-of-ancient-india.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 2. 2024 02:05 PM
    Sleep paralysis is a feeling of being conscious but unable to move. It occurs when a person passes between stages of wakefulness and sleep. During these transitions, one may be unable to move or speak for a few seconds up to a few minutes. Some people may also feel pressure or a sense of choking. Sleep paralysis is a temporary inability to move or speak. It’s not harmful and should pass quickly, but at times can be frightening. It can affect anyone but is most common in young adults and they might have hallucination. The scary facts about sleep paralysis is those who suffer from it have said it felt like someone was choking them on their chest so they could not breathe.
    As for me I have not experience as such before as least i know now what i can to do.
    Thank you Vinnie Tan for sharing. Interesting read of these stories related to sleep paralysis.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/sleep-paralysis-medical-or-paranormal.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 2. 2024 02:03 PM
    nteresting as this texts been composed after being inspired to do so . That’s interesting as this nature are traditionally considered exceptionally potent in their blessings if the claim of divine inspiration is authentic. According to the account in the introduction, the author composed this text after being divinely inspired to do so. It’s a very rare kind and its acceptance been recognised and received praise by very high lamas of our tradition. Reading this article tell us all of how powerful Dorje Shugden when we invoke in our prayers.
    Interesting read of the short biography of Ven. Geshe Kunchok Gyaltsen, the author of Mass of Vajra Fire.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mass-of-vajra-fire-invocation-of-the-mighty-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 2. 2024 02:01 PM
    That’s wonderful Rinpoche has composed prayers in English so as everyone could recite and practice. For beginners is such a meaningful insights and perspectives without commitments and initiation. Moreover each prayers is for a specific blessing that helps practitioners to gain attainments and overcome obstacles. Easy and simple for everyone to start off.
    We are fortunate that everything Rinpoche did brought tremendous benefit to all sentient beings. Whatever prayers Rinpoche has composed are especially potent with blessings.
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/holy-prayers-to-invoke-the-divine.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 2. 2024 01:59 PM
    A great article , revisit this again of Tibetan Lamas and their dogs. As now I have a pet doggie with me, I came to understand more of them . Dogs are the most amazing creatures, they give us unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive. Buddhists believe dogs also have the potential to become enlightened and can teach us about responsibility, love, and other Buddhist principles. The Q & A by Sandra Klein’s interview with the Venerable Gonsar Rinpoche gave us a better understanding and very informative of Tibetan dogs under Lamas care. ccording to the Buddha Dharma, all sentient beings have Buddha nature — from ants to humans. Though we often look at dogs as wonderful companions an teach us to embrace Buddhist principles. They, themselves, embody many of these principles.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/dogs-in-tibetan-monasteries.html
  • Brent
    Tuesday, Mar 26. 2024 04:47 PM
    Living with my wife, whose world is meticulously painted with the hues of OCD, is a journey that intertwines the essence of love with the complexities of the human mind. Her relentless pursuit of cleanliness and order, transforming even the most negligible corner into a testament of organization, often dances on the fine line between admiration and frustration. The sight of her steering clear from trash bins as if they were labyrinths of chaos, serves as a poignant reminder of the battles she fights within. Yet, it’s through these very battles that I’ve learned the profound language of patience and the unspoken strength of support. Therapy, in its gentle embrace, has been a beacon of light for her, guiding her through the stormy seas of OCD. It has not only offered her solace but has also unveiled the strength of her spirit, teaching us both the beauty of resilience. As she journeys through the pathways of healing, I stand by her, a testament to the power of love and the enduring promise of hope. Together, we navigate the complexities of her world, discovering that within the challenges lie opportunities for growth, understanding, and an unbreakable bond. https://www.mindfullyaliveonline.com/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 15. 2024 07:31 PM
    Venerable Ajahn Chah was a Thai Buddhist teacher of the Buddhadhamma and a founder of two major monasteries in the Thai Forest Tradition. Well respected and loved as a man of great wisdom, he was also instrumental in establishing Theravada Buddhism in the West. Interesting life story, how he chose to leave the settled monastic life and became a wandering ascetic. Walking across Thailand, lived in forests, caves and cremation grounds while learning from the meditation monks of the Forest of various monasteries. He wandered through the countryside in quest of quiet and secluded places for developing meditation. He even lived in tiger and cobra infested jungles, using reflections on death to penetrate to the true meaning of life. After years of wandering, Venerable Ajahn Chah established a monastery where he taught simple, practice-based form of meditation, and attracted a numerous of students including western foreigners. He was one of the greatest Dhamma teachers of the modern era. His wise teachings have continued to guide thousands of people along the path of Dharma. Venerable Ajahn Chah’s teachings of the Thai Forest Tradition gradually spread across all over the world. Several of Ajahn Chah’s Western students have since established monasteries throughout the world. Just in Thailand itself, there are more than 300 branch monasteries in Ajahn Chah’s tradition. Ven erable Ajahn Chah used his ill health as a teaching point, emphasizing that it was a living example of the impermanence of all things and reminded people to endeavour to find a true refuge within themselves. The legacy of Venerable Ajahn Chah’s teachings and legacy continues into the modern age.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/venerable-ajahn-chah-the-forest-monk.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 15. 2024 07:30 PM
    Wonderful blog written on the practice of Kalarupa for us to understand better. As an emanation of Manjushri, Kalarupa’s practice helps us to destroy ignorance and to develop wisdom overcoming our anger and suffering . Awesome Kalarupa manifested in multiple forms to help sentient beings who personifies enlightenment by the conquest of anger. Kalarupa also regard as one of the three main Dharma protectors of the Gelugpa is extremely fierce and ugly, and tames all kinds of spiritual ugliness. The fierceness of his iconography teaches us to remind ourselves that all the causes and effects of anger arising from ignorance are dreadful and distorted.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Antionette for this detailed sharing,

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/kalarupa.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 15. 2024 07:27 PM
    Nepal is a very spiritual country, having a huge Dorje Shugden mural in Kathmandu, is indeed a big achievement for Kechara. Located on Charkhal Road in Dilli Bazaar, the mural can be found midway between our two Dorje Shugden chapels which are in Putalisadak and Chabahil. It is also very close to one of Kathmandu’s largest shopping malls. Many locals , tourist will be able to connect them to a powerful deity that is so closely associated with their culture. Well the mural not only beautiful but also full of symbolism and everyone merely by seeing it is blessed. Thanks to those talented artists and generous sponsors making it a success.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/spectacular-dorje-shugden-mural-in-kathmandu-nepal.html

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Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
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On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
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Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
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One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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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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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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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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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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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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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Pastor Seng Piow guides us on the flow of Dorje Shugden puja, its benefits, significant of Chanting the names of Manjushri and also explaining the dedication for the sponsors and to those in need before we start the puja as we have 2 newcomers today.
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Pastor Seng Piow guides us on the flow of Dorje Shugden puja, its benefits, significant of Chanting the names of Manjushri and also explaining the dedication for the sponsors and to those in need before we start the puja as we have 2 newcomers today.
Two Pastors in da house! Double the merits, double the happiness. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Two Pastors in da house! Double the merits, double the happiness. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Mr. Cheah Fook Wan offered lights and incense to The Three Jewels prior to the puja in Ipoh. (KISG - Kin Hoe)
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Mr. Cheah Fook Wan offered lights and incense to The Three Jewels prior to the puja in Ipoh. (KISG - Kin Hoe)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations on Sunday afternoon in Ipoh. (KISG- Kin Hoe)
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Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations on Sunday afternoon in Ipoh. (KISG- Kin Hoe)
Powerful Dorje Shugden puja @ Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. Every Saturday, 3 pm. Remove obstacles and grant blessings to fulfil wishes. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 6th April 2024
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Powerful Dorje Shugden puja @ Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. Every Saturday, 3 pm. Remove obstacles and grant blessings to fulfil wishes. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 6th April 2024
Rejoice to the volunteers (also kind sponsors) who cleaned the Gyenze Chapel and made abundant offerings to Gyenze. ~ Alice
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Rejoice to the volunteers (also kind sponsors) who cleaned the Gyenze Chapel and made abundant offerings to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
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Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
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Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Our weekly Dorje Shugden Puja @ 23/3/2024 . William, as the umze is seen here burning incense powder as we are about to recite the Sangsol Prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Ganden Serkong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Our weekly Dorje Shugden Puja @ 23/3/2024 . William, as the umze is seen here burning incense powder as we are about to recite the Sangsol Prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Ganden Serkong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
And here's Mr Wong of KSK Ipoh who dropped by to pray and offered some donation to the Chapel. Kechara Penang Study Group. Pic by Siew Hong & uploaded by Jacinta.
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And here's Mr Wong of KSK Ipoh who dropped by to pray and offered some donation to the Chapel. Kechara Penang Study Group. Pic by Siew Hong & uploaded by Jacinta.
Today's puja (16/3/2024) ended around 420pm, Jacinta was the umze of the day. Pic by Siew Hong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Today's puja (16/3/2024) ended around 420pm, Jacinta was the umze of the day. Pic by Siew Hong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Group photo taken after the last session, sealed with King of Prayers. Come and join us next time! Sayonara - 9-10th March 2024 - Kechara Penang DS Retreat by Jacinta.
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Group photo taken after the last session, sealed with King of Prayers. Come and join us next time! Sayonara - 9-10th March 2024 - Kechara Penang DS Retreat by Jacinta.
Abundance altar! Fruits, flowers, Mee Koo (traditional Penang buns), Bee Hoon, sourdoughs and snacks are some of the offerings to Rinpoche, Buddhas & Bodhisattvas. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat 9-10th March, 2024 by Jacinta.
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Abundance altar! Fruits, flowers, Mee Koo (traditional Penang buns), Bee Hoon, sourdoughs and snacks are some of the offerings to Rinpoche, Buddhas & Bodhisattvas. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat 9-10th March, 2024 by Jacinta.
Siew Hong, one of retreatants and an active member of Kechara Penang group proudly presented her torma to be used during the Kalarupa puja. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Siew Hong, one of retreatants and an active member of Kechara Penang group proudly presented her torma to be used during the Kalarupa puja. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Torma making was taught by Pastor Seng Piow and held one day before the retreat. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Torma making was taught by Pastor Seng Piow and held one day before the retreat. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat cum Puja, 9-10th March 2024 led by Pastor Seng Piow with 12 retreatants. Uploaded by Jacinta
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Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat cum Puja, 9-10th March 2024 led by Pastor Seng Piow with 12 retreatants. Uploaded by Jacinta
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The celebration ended with a Dorje Shugden puja, dedicated to all the sponsors, our loved ones and as well as for the happiness & good health for all sentient beings. May Rinpoche return swiftly too and taking this opportunity wishing all Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai from all of us, Kechara Penang Study Group. Uploaded by Jacinta.
Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
In this pic, Pastor Seng Piow is sharing Dharma with newbies ~ Sharyn's friends. It's always good to make light offerings at the beginning of new year. By making light offerings, you are able to dispel the darkness of ignorance and achieve wisdom. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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In this pic, Pastor Seng Piow is sharing Dharma with newbies ~ Sharyn's friends. It's always good to make light offerings at the beginning of new year. By making light offerings, you are able to dispel the darkness of ignorance and achieve wisdom. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
One the day of Losar (new lunar year), it is always beneficial for Buddhist practitioners to get together in making abundant offerings to Buddhas on the altar to usher in goodness, prosperity and well-being of our loved ones. It's more auspicious this year as Losar and the Chinese New Year begin on the same date, 10th Feb, 2024. Back in Penang, our Kechara members came together to decorate the altar with abundance offerings for Dorje Shugden puja @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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One the day of Losar (new lunar year), it is always beneficial for Buddhist practitioners to get together in making abundant offerings to Buddhas on the altar to usher in goodness, prosperity and well-being of our loved ones. It's more auspicious this year as Losar and the Chinese New Year begin on the same date, 10th Feb, 2024. Back in Penang, our Kechara members came together to decorate the altar with abundance offerings for Dorje Shugden puja @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
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Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
Jun from Ipoh was offering mandarin oranges to Mother Tara and The Three Jewels. (Kin Hoe)
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Jun from Ipoh was offering mandarin oranges to Mother Tara and The Three Jewels. (Kin Hoe)
Prior to our puja in Ipoh, Mr. & Mrs. Cheah Fook Wan were preparing for the offerings to the Buddhas. (Kin Hoe)
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Prior to our puja in Ipoh, Mr. & Mrs. Cheah Fook Wan were preparing for the offerings to the Buddhas. (Kin Hoe)
On Sunday afternoon, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations in Ipoh. (Kin Hoe)
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On Sunday afternoon, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations in Ipoh. (Kin Hoe)
Some of the best shots taken during Thaipusam in Penang. Swee Bee, Huey, Tang KS, Nathan, Choong SH and Jacinta volunteered. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Some of the best shots taken during Thaipusam in Penang. Swee Bee, Huey, Tang KS, Nathan, Choong SH and Jacinta volunteered. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Simple yet powerful ally ~ Bhagawan Dorje Shuden. Kechara Penang Study Group consists of Chien Seong, Hue, Choong SH, Tang KS, Swee Bee and Jacinta. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Uploaded by Jacinta.
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Simple yet powerful ally ~ Bhagawan Dorje Shuden. Kechara Penang Study Group consists of Chien Seong, Hue, Choong SH, Tang KS, Swee Bee and Jacinta. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Uploaded by Jacinta.
Thaipusam in Penang. Some of the best shots. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Thaipusam in Penang. Some of the best shots. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Nothing beats having a sacred audience with our lineage lamas. It's not selfie or wefie, but we have the best 'groufie'!!! 20th Jan 2024, Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Nothing beats having a sacred audience with our lineage lamas. It's not selfie or wefie, but we have the best 'groufie'!!! 20th Jan 2024, Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Welcoming our lineage Gurus to our Penang Chapel today! Pastor Seng Piow explained the significance of having Guru Tree and introduced to us our lineage lamas, Buddhas, deities, protectors and etc.
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Welcoming our lineage Gurus to our Penang Chapel today! Pastor Seng Piow explained the significance of having Guru Tree and introduced to us our lineage lamas, Buddhas, deities, protectors and etc.
Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Tara Recitation is on now at KISG - Wai Meng
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Tara Recitation is on now at KISG - Wai Meng
Photo from Wan Wai Meng
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Photo from Wan Wai Meng
A sea of yellow ~usually in Tibetan Buddhism yellow represents growth. We prayed that our Penang group will grow in terms of people, wealth and attainments too. _/\_ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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A sea of yellow ~usually in Tibetan Buddhism yellow represents growth. We prayed that our Penang group will grow in terms of people, wealth and attainments too. _/_ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
After Dorje Shugden puja @3pm, we had Rinpoche's Swift Return puja too. We laughed as Sis Swee Bee was commenting that Tang should smile ~ here's the reason why we laughed.  Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta Goh
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Today's (9/12/2023)Dorje Shugden puja led by Gordon. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Today's (9/12/2023)Dorje Shugden puja led by Gordon. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
4 months ago
4 months ago
Dharma sharing by Hue before we proceeded with DS puja & Rinpoche Swift Return puja. Hue is one of the long time Kechara Penang members and he comes to puja regularly. He shared that he truly believes that Dorje Shugden and Rinpoche always there guiding him. He shared how sometimes DS will give him hints to avert troubles ahead or to alert him when he 'misbehaved'. Hope many will come to know more about this powerful Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden aka DS. Having Dorje Shugden is like having a powerful ally that will protect us day and night. Just trust Him and have faith. Kechara Penang Study Group, 25/11/2023 by Jacinta.
5 months ago
Dharma sharing by Hue before we proceeded with DS puja & Rinpoche Swift Return puja. Hue is one of the long time Kechara Penang members and he comes to puja regularly. He shared that he truly believes that Dorje Shugden and Rinpoche always there guiding him. He shared how sometimes DS will give him hints to avert troubles ahead or to alert him when he 'misbehaved'. Hope many will come to know more about this powerful Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden aka DS. Having Dorje Shugden is like having a powerful ally that will protect us day and night. Just trust Him and have faith. Kechara Penang Study Group, 25/11/2023 by Jacinta.
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