My First Time Volunteering in Kechara

By | Apr 17, 2017 | Views: 786

KSK Group Picture 2016

Before I met H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche and Kechara, I was working and climbing my way up the career ladder to satisfy and fulfil my thirst for materialism. I always thought that was my main goal in life, just like many other people. However, as the years went by, I began feeling as though my life had come to a bottle neck and that I was stuck in this repetitive cycle. I began to question myself, “How much more of this do I want to chase in life? Is this the sole purpose of life or is there something bigger and more meaningful behind this?

Despite having a stable career in a multinational company and a loving wife with two beautiful princesses, I always felt something was missing but I did not know what it was. Finally, I found the answers to all my questions when I met Rinpoche and began volunteering in Kechara.

My spiritual journey started back in 2008 when I first stumbled upon Kechara Paradise in 1Utama. The exotic statues and beautiful displays on the shelves caught my attention. Out of curiosity, I stepped inside and I am so glad that I did. There were many questions in my mind about Buddhism and from that fateful day, I began learning and understanding more about it from the Sunday classes held in Kechara House. This later led me to attend the Lamrim class which is essentially Buddhist bible study.

Justin Cheah giving briefing to all volunteers at Kechara House (old premisses)

Justin Cheah giving a briefing to all volunteers at Kechara House 2 (our old premises)

During that period, I did not participate in any volunteer work; neither did I join any of the weekly pujas (Tibetan for prayer) held in Kechara, as I was still searching for more answers as to what Buddhism was really about. I did not join the pujas as I did not know the meaning behind everything then, and did not want to follow the chanting blindly. There is nothing wrong in doing so as it is very good for anyone to join the prayers to receive blessings from the Three Jewels. However, I wanted to understand what the rituals were about and gain a deeper understanding of Buddhist philosophy before participating.

My first voluntary experience was giving out food to the homeless living on the streets of Kuala Lumpur. It all started when Justin Cheah (Kechara Soup Kitchen’s Project Director) approached me during one of the Lamrim classes that I was attending. Justin explained the origins of Kechara Soup Kitchen and how its work had helped many people and families. To be honest, at the time I was not very keen on volunteering for such activities as I did not support the idea of giving food to people who were capable of doing something for themselves but instead chose to sit around waiting for people to feed them. Of course, now I understand that there are many genuine cases where individuals really need such help.

Kechara Soup Kitchen vest back then in 2008.2

Kechara Soup Kitchen vest back then in 2008.1

Kechara Soup Kitchen vest back then in 2008

So with that mindset, I declined Justin’s offer but the following week, Justin asked me again. This time he asked me to join him and another friend to recce a new area in Chow Kit to see if there were any homeless in the area on Sunday night (when KSK first started, it only distributed food on Sunday afternoons till evenings). I still felt reluctant but could not decline his request for the second time so I finally agreed to tag along. This was the beginning of my spiritual volunteerism.

Before the recce, Justin briefed me on the dos and don’ts and told me to stay near him at all times. We started by walking around the Chow Kit area with a few packs of vegetarian food and drinks to be given away to any homeless person we encountered. As most locals will know, Chow Kit is a messy place. We walked along the main road and back lanes and found some homeless sleeping on the sidewalks. It was definitely an eye opening experience for me to see so many people sleeping on the streets.

Justin Cheah giving a briefing before we started our round in Chow Kit.

Justin Cheah giving a briefing before we started our round in Chow Kit

We got to know more about the background of the homeless and I was surprised by some of the stories they told. Some had jobs but were not financially able to rent a place to stay. I came across a father and son sleeping on the pavement next to KFC. The father had trouble looking for a steady job as he needed to look after his special needs son. He was left with little choice but to beg for money and look for food scraps every day. Another case I encountered was a mother and her baby sleeping on the sidewalk. She was looking for her husband who was working in Kuala Lumpur. Unfortunately, she couldn’t find him anywhere and worse, she had no money to take the bus back to her hometown.

My first volunteering in distributing food to the homeless in Kuala Lumpur.

My first volunteering work distributing food to the homeless in Kuala Lumpur

After this experience, I realised there were indeed many genuine unfortunate cases where people were left with little choice but to live on the streets. This in turn made me open up to the idea that we should give them food to at least help them through a hungry evening. Even though it is a short term solution, it is an effective way to befriend them and to understand more about their backgrounds so we can help them in the long term.

The following weeks, I continued to volunteer with Kechara Soup Kitchen and eventually, the number of volunteers grew so much that we changed the weekly food distribution rounds to Saturday night.

The group of volunteers doing distribution at night.

A group of volunteers doing food distribution at night

Some of the topics that I learned in Sunday Dharma class were compassion and selflessness. I could relate these values to my Kechara Soup Kitchen experience. Being compassionate is not just about giving food to the homeless/needy; it starts from the preparation of the food all the way to loading it into vehicles. We must pack the food in such a way that it is convenient for the homeless to unpack. Most importantly, we must arrange the food packs in a proper manner so that they are not damaged on the way. All this is actually a training in mindfulness, to think of others so that we can provide good quality food and service. On the way to the distribution route, volunteers inside the car would look out for any homeless people on the streets while the driver would solely focus on driving cautiously. When it comes to giving out the food, we have to be aware of the surroundings and be polite because ultimately, we want to gain their confidence and trust so that we can help them in other ways. After gaining their trust, we can get to know them better and then help them through job placement, sending them back home, reconnecting them with their families, etc.

I am truly glad that I did not turn down Justin for the second time as the streets of Kuala Lumpur were where I truly experienced the practice of Buddhism for the first time. This has led me to where I am today. I must also thank my guru, H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche for his teachings and for setting up Kechara Soup Kitchen so that many of us have the opportunity to contribute and help others and eventually ourselves.

 

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  1. Liang Jing on Jun 28, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    Thank you for sharing this article. I think we should help and care the homeless and poor because they might faced with some problems such as job loss, family problems, illness or some sort of misfortune that have led to their homelessness. By helping the homeless and poor, we are not only helping the needy but also helping us to be a more generous and caring person.

    • Beatrix Ooi on Jun 29, 2017 at 11:30 am

      I’m glad that you understand Liang Jing! 🙂 Yes you’re right, we should have some sympathy for these people who do not have a home to go back to. Simply by just saying we feel sorry for them will not help them nor ourselves, I have always believed that sympathy and kindness should be transformed into actions that will relieve others from their sufferings, even just for a small moment. By helping others, we are also helping ourselves, broadening our mind to know more and accept all kinds of situations that we may stumble upon.

  2. Echeah on May 8, 2017 at 2:06 am

    Indeed there are people who abuse the kindness of soup kitchens and take advantage even when they don’t really need to. But there are genuine people who are trapped in the cycle of destitution whether by circumstance or by their own mental constraints. It’s not always easy to make the distinction when soup kitchens extend their help. But important is that help is rendered, whether deserving or not.

    Thanks Nicholas for sharing how you started on your dharma journey not too long ago. You are an inspiration. While many who also started off way back then, have since dropped off along the wayside, some may still be today at the same spot as they were back then without making much spiritual progress, you have in contrast, gone far ahead.

  3. Stella Cheang on Apr 22, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Thank you, Nicholas, for sharing with us how you started with Kechara. It is very inspiring to learn that Nicholas started volunteering at KSK, no doubt being nudged to do so, but it was with noble and unconditional intention and had gone all the way since then.

    Each and every one of us has unique affinity, hence, different preference in setting our foot out of our comfort zone to start benefitting others. It is because of this reason; Rinpoche initiated many departments so that people with different preference can find an area that calls out to them.

    I hope more people will volunteer their time for a cause, it not only make our life more meaningful but also expand our horizon as well as benefit many people along the way.

  4. Lew on Apr 22, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Thank you Nicholas for sharing your journey. I always like to read people’s spiritual journey and look at the different and various reasons why people start and journey.

    Nicholas’s article reminds me of my journey with KSK in the early days too. At that time when I joined KSK in year 2010, we usually started our activity on Saturday night around 8pm. We would setup a “factory line” to pack all the food and drinks into individual plastic bags (now no more plastics bags!) to be given out to clients. We would usually start the food distribution at around 11pm and we have to drive from PJ to KL areas; and we would finish our “rounds” at around 2-3am. Those were the days.

    In the later year in 2010, there were a surge in volunteers and that’s when I started to stop volunteering. And I am glad to see KSK has grown strongly and steadily over the years. After “retiring” from KSK for about 6 years, a few friends and me came back to volunteer regularly in KSK (once a month). It is always good to be able to contribute back to society in whatever small way.

    I thank everyone in KSK for working hard to run this NGO, so that we can contribute. But most thanks is to Tsem Rinpoche for starting KSK for His vision to benefit many.

  5. wan wai meng on Apr 22, 2017 at 5:00 am

    Kechara has many avenues for anyone to connect with, and Kechara Soup Kitchen(KSK) is one of more interesting ones. It is service to the homeless and hardcore poor of Klang Valley. When KSK first started it focused mainly on the homeless people, as times changed, as there were a lot of hardcore poor in Klang valley, the focus diversified to setting up of foodbanks that will supply the hard core poor of Klang valley.

    Not only that, now there are much more services offered to the Homeless like medical services and also hair cuts provided for free to the clients of KSK. We call the homeless ‘clients’ because it is because of them, KSK has its purpose.

  6. Lin Mun on Apr 19, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Thank you Nicholas for sharing your experience in volunteering and working full time in dharma. You showed a good example on the importance of contributing our time and effort to the community and to bring awareness that our life is not only about chasing for money and career. Life is not only revolving about ourselves but the community.

    Kechara Soup Kitchen is one of the 13 departments set up by Rinpoche to help the homeless. I volunteered once in the food distribution and it was indeed an eye opener for me too. There are just so many people out there that need help. May more volunteers join Kechara for all their noble activities in helping and benefiting others.

  7. Lim Han Nee on Apr 19, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Rinpoche knew that people would come into Kechara via different doorways.Hence, he had many departments of Kechara set up to provide these many doorways. Thus, with his skillfulness and great compassion, we have each found our way in through these doorways.

    Many a Kecharian , like Nicholas, has had their Kechara Soup Kitchen experiences feature as an important step in their journey into Kechara . Distributing food to the homeless, stopping to talk to them and to listen to their sad stories, after gaining their confidence, these have always touched a deep chord in the hearts of those who have had such experiences.

    I am happy for Nicholas that at the prime of his life, when many would have been looking into avenues to rise in their careers and reach new peaks, he was able to stop in his tracks and to look deeper into life and to see that there was more in life than all these pursuits in search of trappings of worldly wealth and success that would never bringing true happiness and contentment.

    Having studied the Dharma , he was able to see firsthand how compassion and selflessness were translated on the ground into the whole hearted effort of giving to the poor, homeless and needy.

    Nicholas has come a long way on this journey,with the support of his lovely wife and three young children. He is like an icon for anyone new to Kechara .His Guru Devotion and spirituality are not shrouded in mist. They are real and can be seen in the efforts and care he puts into his work as a member of the Kechara Forest Retreat team.

  8. Vivian Ong on Apr 18, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    Thank you Nicholas for sharing your Dharma journey with us. I guess everyone has their very own story to tell about how they came to know Rinpoche and also Dharma. Volunteering in Kechara Soup Kitchen is really an eye-opener for many people. Different homeless ‘clients’ will have different set of story but end of the day, some of them really need our help and should go all the way to assist them. Through the kindness of Rinpoche who founded Kechara Soup Kitchen, we were able to give service and benefit others.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  9. Samfoonheei on Apr 18, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Thank you Nicholas for sharing your wonderful journey joining Kechara.You set a good example and inspiring journey which motivate younger generation to join in volunteerism.It would also encourage them to spend their time wisely and meaningful helping the homesless.
    Your spiritual journey was an interesting one,may you be blessed and good health ,to continue contributing your service at KFR .

  10. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on Apr 18, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Thank you Nicholas for sharing with your beginning of the spiritual journey in Kechara. Indeed, we will never know how to contribute or help anyone if we do not use our eyes to witness and our ears to hear the sorrow of the less fortunate people, especially from those homeless people who are sleeping on the streets every night. You have given us a good example and a lot of encouragement to work more for Dharma in many aspects starting from the planning works, preparations, being on the spot with full participation and continuing to encourage others to join the Dharma activities through our body, speech and mind.

    Most importantly is, we are fortunate to be blessed and guided by Tsem Rinpoche, who has never given up on us with many Dharma teachings, encouragements, motivations and kind advice given to us in the most effective way for us to engage and stay on the path in our Dharma journey. May Kechara continues to grow and spread the Dharma to the ten directions to benefit more and more people until samsara ends.

    Thank you with folded hands,
    kin hoe

  11. Datuk May on Apr 17, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    Dear Nicholas,

    I did not realise that you started with Kechara from KSK. When I met you, you were with Kechara Care and quite often at he Ladrang.

    And now you are with Kechara Forest Retreat, taking charge of many aspects of KFR. You have travelled a very interesting and varied career path with Kechara and obviously Dharma work is never stagnant. What’s next?

    Regards:
    DM

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    Saturday, Oct 19. 2019 12:54 PM
    Tsem Rinpoce never forgets the kindness people have given to him no matter big or small. Anila Thupten Chonyid was very kind to sponsor Tsem Rinpoche when he was in India. The little amount had made a big difference to Rinpoche.

    Without the sponsorship from Anila Thupten Chonyid, it would have been very hard for Rinpoche to continue his study in the monastery. Anila was very generous and her little act had brought so much benefit to so many people because she had enabled a great lama to spread Dharma.

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    There’s always a lot of news published about how people would torment animals, abuse them and even intentionally throwing them into the river like in John’s case…

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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)
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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Sacred Vajra Yogini
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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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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First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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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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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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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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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
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In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
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There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
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Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden\'s grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche 

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We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
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    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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Teacher Asyley and teacher Melinda showed pictures and biography of Rinpoche to students. Lin Mun KSDS
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Sunday dharma class has resumed today after a long break. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Kien is a good story teller. Children enjoy listening to his dharma sharing. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children and teachers practise some moves for the Graduation performance. Lin Mun KSDS
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