农历新年

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马来西亚是一个美丽的多元民族和文化的民主国家。不同种族,宗教和文化的人民和谐共处正是马来西亚独特之处。

在马来西亚多姿多彩的节庆活动中,农历新年是最受欢迎的节庆之一。农历新年属于马来西亚约660万人庆祝的隆重和热闹的节日。华裔占了马来西亚总人口的约23.7%。农历新年也被列为马来西亚的公共假期。

这个节日源自于中国,其独特的习俗,传统和美食,圆满呈现了丰富的中华文化内涵。

 

简要概述

Here’s an example of a Lunar Calendar that been incorporated with the Gregorian Calendar today

西历中附上阴历资料的日历。

农历新年是中国人最重要的传统节日,全球共有六分之一的人口,或约十四亿人口庆祝农历新年。

农历新年(按农历)或春节,历时十五天。春节一般落在西历一月二十一日至二月二十日之间,正逢立春。农历新年从冬至之后的第二个新月开始,15天后在满月结束。这是根据中国农历大约29.5天的阴历来计算的,这正是为什么中国农历新年的日子每年都落在不同的日子。

依照中国传统文化,一年一度的农历新年充分表现了礼天神敬祖先,爱老者的时节。 一家人在年除夕夜团聚,通常被视为15天农历新年里最重要的活动,除夕团圆饭充分表现了中国人注重家庭关系和孝道传统价值观。不管身在何处,远在他乡或近在迟尺,每个家庭成员都在除夕赶回家吃团圆饭与团聚;充分表现在除夕团圆饭的重要性。

 

春节之历史和起源

中国农历新年源自于三千八百多年前,中国古代的农业社会之际。农历新年庆典在尧舜帝时代(约公元前2300年)就开始存在。然而,直到汉代(公元前202年 -公元220年),武帝宣布使用农历时,农历新年的日子才算确定下来。从商代(约公元前1600 - 公元前1046年)到今天,农历新年有各种不同的名称,计有元辰、元日、元旦等不同名称。

Emperor Wudi. Emperor Wu of Han Dynasty commanded the use the lunar calendar and that is when the Chinese New Year date was established.

汉武帝,采用农历来确定农历新年的日期。

中国文化中的“年”,概念起源于商代。 仅在周朝(公元前1046年 - 公元前256年),“年”与庆典息息相关。在汉武帝统治时期,正月(相当于一月)在中国农历的基础上成立为新一年的开始。此后,农历新年在中国成为普天同庆的活动。政府举办盛大的欢庆节目和活动,民间也每年相聚庆祝。新的习俗和传统即从这时开始。

其中一个庆祝传统是燃烧竹子,之后演变成今天的燃放鞭炮和烟花。魏晋时期(公元220  - 439年),盛行竹烟花。人们相信,燃烧竹子时发出的响亮声音有助驱逐邪恶和鬼怪。后来到了宋代(公元960  - 公元1279),随着火药和鞭炮的发明,透过燃放爆竹时发出的巨大爆炸声,来驱走邪灵即成了过年的习俗。

另一个传统是将桃木板挂在家中或前门,垂直的板上通常会写上两句吉祥的新年寄语。春联通常写在红色纸张上,吉祥的贺语用金色或黑色墨水书写。

Bamboo Fire Works. Bamboo Fireworks used in the olden days were made from gunpowder and bamboo.

古时候的爆竹是采用竹子和火药所制成的。

按照农历新年习俗,年初一需穿上新衣服。如今许多中国人依然坚持在农历新年为长辈敬茶的传统。长辈则会发红包给晚辈,祝愿他们成功、幸福、万事如意。

唐宋时期,农历新年终于被统称为元日。农历新年的意义从最初的祭祀和祈求五谷丰收,到唐朝公元618 - 907年)时期演变成大家进行社交活动的日子。农历新年也被列为公众假期,让大家有时间与家人团聚。亲友间互相拜访和送上祝福。其他新年传统节目还包括舞龙、舞狮,还有各式各样的表演,比如祭祀土地神灵的‘社火’春节活动。最终,农历新年的意义演变成大家欢庆过去一年努力的成果与丰收。

从宋代到清代(公元1644-1911年),农历新年被改称为元旦。1912年,中国政府决定以公历取代农历。由于大家已经习惯了农历,这个转变并不容易,最终计划也宣告失败。

中国政府最后决定采用折衷方法--采用两种日历系统。公历主要用于政府机关,学校和商业领域;阴历则用来决定吉日、传统和宗教节日。因此,1月1日被定为公历新年,农历新年则落在阳历的第一天。

1949年,农历新年成为中国的公共假期。亚洲的其他地方,如马来西亚和新加坡,也把这个节庆列为公假。

 

农历新年的传说

Nina. The Nian

古代传说有一种叫年的野兽。这凶猛的神兽有着公牛的身体和狮子的头。它住在山林里,每年新年的第一天就回出现,吞食牲畜伤农作物,害人命伤害村民和孩童。

村民们生活在恐惧之中,每年同一时候都要躲藏在房子里。有一天,当村民正准备避难时,一位老人 刚好出现,问村民说:

“你们为什么这么害怕这头野?你们人多势众,但年兽就只有一头。它肯定吃不了你们全部人呀?”

村民们认为这个老人疯了,对他所言抱着半信半疑的态度,也就不理会他;而按原定计划躲起来,把自己锁在房子里。

令他们惊讶的是,这位老人竟然独自一人在外,准备对抗那头野兽。他把整个村庄贴满了红纸和鞭炮。那晚,正当年兽准备肆虐之际,老人用鞭炮和红纸把年兽驱出村庄。受了惊吓的年兽赶紧退回山洞里。接下来的好几个夜晚,老人如此重复同样的动作,直到老人告诉村民:

“我无法永远保护你们。”

村民们后来才发现,老人原来是来拯救他们的神仙。但是老人必须离开,回到他的工作岗位。村民非常害怕一旦老人离去,年兽会再次回到村庄攻击他们。无论如何,老人留下明确的指示教导他们如何保护自己,他说:

“野兽其实也有弱点。它恐惧红色、激烈的声响和奇怪的东西。所以今晚,你们把整个村庄都挂满红色。在每扇门贴上红联,燃放鞭炮、敲锣打鼓,让小孩们戴上面具,提灯笼保护自己。”

正如传说所说,村民按照着老人的指示保护自己,结果年兽真的没有再来攻击村民了。

之后,一位叫鸿钧老祖的道士,收伏了年兽成其坐骑。

自此以后,每逢农历新年,中国人就会在门窗上挂红灯笼,贴春联等红色的装饰品。红色也成为了农历新年的代表颜色。中国人也会在农历新年的十五天里燃放鞭炮驱赶年兽。

过年是农历新年的另一个名称,蕴含“克服年兽”的意思。这正是发生的事情。一位叫鸿钧老祖的道士,收伏了年兽成其坐骑。

当村民们发现年兽已被收伏时都非常高兴。每一年,他们都举行盛大的庆祝活动来欢庆这个节日,这个传统习俗代代相传,也成了农历新年重要部分,直到今天。

 

除夕之前

人们会彻底打扫自己的住家,迎接新的一年。

在准备过年前,家里都要彻底清理,大扫除在传统上能将整年“晦气“或不好的东西扫除,指的是那些在未来的一年里可能会阻碍我们,让我们不开心,前往成功道路上的负能量迎接扫除,寓意为“迎新弃旧”。

马来西亚的华人会在新年来临前,给房子粉刷一番,购入全新的家庭用品,寓意新的开始。甚至不少人会趁新年前装修房子,迎接新的一年。

大扫除是为了清除“旧能量”,迎接“新能量”,人们也相信从天而降的神会依家里的环境程度赐予相等的好运和回报。有些人甚至会在年初一把扫把和簸箕藏起来,以免家人不小心把好运给赶走。

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吉祥的春联表达了对新一年有更好生活的期许。

按照传统,人们会在房子内外挂上红灯笼,贴上吉祥的诗句春联,摆放银柳树,和其他带来好运和财富的装饰如金锭等。人们也会添购新衣服,新鞋子和各种配饰,象征一个新的开始,以事物迎接新的一年。

人们也会在新年前弄新发型,在新年期间理发被视为不吉祥。这是“发”是“发财”的中文字里的同音异义词,因此在新年期间剪发意味着把”好运给赶走,非常不吉利。

The Kitchen God is believed to return to Heaven just before Chinese New Year to report on the activities of every household over the past year.

民间相信灶君会在农历新年之前回到天上,汇报过去一年每家每户的情况。

一般也相信所有未偿还的债务都必须在除夕之前还清,这包括人情债。因此,大家会在新年送礼给生意伙伴和亲朋戚友,以答谢过去一年来所给予工作上的照顾与扶持,爱与关怀,让生活更舒适与安乐。

在佛教徒和道教徒的家里,把家中佛龛神台、佛菩萨和神像,以及崇拜物品清理干净也是非常重要的。旧的装饰会在农历新年前的一个星期取下,然后布置新的装饰。道家也有“送神明上天”的做法。

在送诸神上天中,送厨神、灶君或灶神上天庭几乎是家家户户都十分重视的事情。民间相信灶君会在农历新年之前回到天庭报告给玉皇大帝过去一年人间行为的善恶。在灶君回天庭的那一天,人民会把糕点、糖浆、蜜糖之类的甜食涂在灶君肖像的嘴唇上,尝试“贿赂”灶君在玉皇大帝面前讲好话。之后,就将肖像火化掉,再换上新的一张。

 

除夕

年夜饭被视为中国人最重要的习俗。这与美国的感恩节或圣诞节晚餐类似。身在远地的游子会尽力回乡过年,因为过年是家人欢聚和团圆的时刻。

New Year’s Eve reunion dinner is considered the most important event for the Chinese.

年夜饭被视为中国人最重要的习俗。

在年夜饭开始之前,道教信徒会祈祷和膜拜神明答谢过去一年所赐予的庇佑和祝福。人们也会为祖先和往生的家人献祭,以示缅怀和敬意。祭祖的供品主要为水果、熟食、茶、蛋糕、饮料和鲜花等。

图示信奉道的人会焚香祭拜灶君,然后把画像揭下焚化,以示灶神上天(图:贺友直绘)

年夜饭对许多马来西亚华裔家庭来说是非常特殊的,因为每个家庭都有自己的年菜食谱,一代传一代保留下来。

除夕夜当天,家里的女性或女性长辈都会费尽心思地准备团圆饭。然而随着时代的变迁,也有许多家庭在餐厅或在外订座聚享用团圆饭。
年夜饭被视为中国人最重要的习俗。这与美国的感恩节或圣诞节晚餐类似。身在远地的游子会尽力回乡过年,因为过年是家人欢聚和团圆的时刻。

在年夜饭开始之前,道教信徒会祈祷和膜拜神明答谢过去一年所赐予的庇佑和祝福。人们也会为祖先和往生的家人献祭,以示缅怀和敬意。祭祖的供品主要为水果、熟食、茶、蛋糕、饮料和鲜花等。

图示信奉道的人会焚香祭拜灶君,然后把画像揭下焚化,以示灶神上天(图:贺友直绘)

年夜饭对许多马来西亚华裔家庭来说是非常特殊的,因为每个家庭都有自己的年菜食谱,一代传一代保留下来。

除夕夜当天,家里的女性或女性长辈都会费尽心思地准备团圆饭。然而随着时代的变迁,也有许多家庭在餐厅或在外订座聚享用团圆饭。

 

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People would light firecrackers, play with fireworks and bamboo sticks, and make as much noise as possible to chase away evil spirits.

人们尽可能发出声响驱逐邪灵。

 

大年初一

对于许多马来西亚华人家庭来说,一年伊始从迎请天神和土地神灵开始。迎神通常在团圆饭后,午夜时分开始。有些人会到当地的寺庙,特别是抢点头香,祈求来年全年丰收和好运的降临。

按照传统,鞭炮有助驱赶邪灵和厄运。燃放鞭炮后,所有人将把门关上,直到大年初一早晨才打开。这项仪式被称为“开门大吉”。

Serving tea to the elders. Children would serve tea to the elders to show their respect.

幼辈会向长辈敬茶,以示尊敬。

在农历新年的第一天,华人会按照习俗表达对长辈的敬重。年轻一代通常会在长辈面前跪下敬茶,祝愿他们身体健康长寿,事事吉祥。长辈则会给未婚的幼辈红包,红包封内包有一些钱。红包象征了长辈对晚辈的祝福,祝福他们生活如意、好运和健康。已婚者会给未婚者和孩童红包,老板也会给下属花红,花红通常放入红包封内。

许多佛教徒在大年初一不吃肉,持素以象征长寿;他们同时会请来舞狮团表演祈求平安和丰收,招财辟邪。

 

大年初二

正月初二被称为“开年”,也是出嫁的女儿回娘家的日子。出嫁的女儿通常会带着象征吉祥的橘子、花生、甜食等回娘家。

广东籍贯的商人会在新年期间进行’开年’祈祷,祈求生意兴隆。一般人会在新年期间休息一个星期,不过一些人会在大年初二开工。正月初二是女娲造狗的日子,因此也被称为“狗日”。在这一天里,必须给狗儿准备好吃的大餐。

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在古时候,乞丐和那些无业者将捧着财神的照片挨家挨户地,大声喊道:“财神到!”,意思是“财富之神来了!”,房子的主人则会喊道:“幸运的钱“,并施舍一些钱给这些带来好运的使者。

 

大年初三

大年初三被称为“赤狗日”。传说中“赤狗”是“熛怒之神”,遇到他的人一定会不吉利,故初三为“凶日”,不宜外出。正月初三日为小年朝,民众一般不扫地,不乞火,不汲水,与岁朝同。

据说在初三跟谁拜年,就会跟谁吵架,因而不拜年;另外“赤”字有“赤贫”的意思,所以民间也不在这天宴客,会冲犯“赤狗”,带来贫穷。除了到庙里拜拜,大部分人选择在这天里呆在家里,不到任何亲友家里拜年,以免遇上凶煞。

 

大年初四

这一天中国人会欢迎厨神和其他众神和神灵到他们的家中。这个吉祥的日子被称为阎日,通常用于祷告和敬拜。习惯上,这也是中国商店和企业关闭的最后一天。午夜时分,一些商店可能开业,以表示重新开业。许多中国企业主在庆祝新一年的开始时会和员工一起吃山珍海味。

这一天是诸神返回人间的日子,俗称”迎神日“。许多人会在这一天迎灶神。新年期间歇业的通常会在这一天开业,老板也会宴请员工,感谢他们的辛勤劳动和付出。

 

大年初五

农历新年的第五天是五路财神日,家家户户在这一天要迎接、祭拜财神,祈求新年财运旺盛。在中国北方,人们通常在早上吃饺子,饺子通常制成金锭形状。信奉关帝圣君的商家,在正月初五要为关公供上牲醴,鸣放爆竹,烧金纸膜拜,求关圣帝君保佑一年财运亨通。

 

第七天

In Malaysia and Singapore, the tossing of raw fish salad ‘yee sang’ is popular as this dish symbolises continued wealth and prosperity.

在马来西亚和新加坡一带, 捞鱼生很受欢迎。七彩缤纷的鱼生有七彩灿烂的好意头,而“捞起鱼生”这个名称,又有”风生水起”及”越捞越旺”的意头。

大年初七也被称为“人日”。

大年初七传统上称为“人日”,意思是“普通人的生日”或每个人的生日,每个人会在大年初七长大一岁。

在马来西亚和新加坡等东南亚国家,大年初七是捞鱼生的日子。在中文里,“鱼”和“有余”的“余”同音,因此捞鱼生就蕴含年年有余的美好寄意。根据马来西亚习俗,捞鱼生的时候,大家各自拿起筷子捞起,同时高喊来年大家“捞得风生水起”。

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佛教徒通常会在年初七戒吃肉,因为年初七是帝释天的诞辰,他的地位相当于玉帝。

如今,佛教徒也可以同样享受鱼生,因为在克切拉如意轩等餐厅提供素鱼生。

Sakra is mentioned in many Buddhist sutras, and is often shown consulting the Buddha on questions of morality. Together with Brahma, he is considered a Dharmapala, a protector of Buddhism and its teachings.

许多佛教经典里提及的帝释天,与梵天同属佛教护法神。帝释天是天上、人间的道德维护者。

 

大年初八

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玉皇大帝的生日对于福建人来说是一个非常重要的庆祝活动,其重要程度甚至超越大年初一。

年初八是天庭的领导者玉皇诞辰前夕。这个特别的日子通常动员全家上下摆设盛宴。由于大多数人已经在年初八之前返回工作岗位,雇主通常会为其员工举办午宴和晚宴。

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福建籍贯人士会在玉皇大帝诞辰前夕,即年初八准备献祭,向玉皇表达谢意。

为了纪念玉帝的诞辰,许多马来西亚华人,特别是福建人会准备包括肉类、海鲜、水果、菜肴、糕点、鲜花和糖果庆祝。在拜天公这一天,福建人会特别准备一对甘蔗作为供品。

相传在日本海盗入侵中国的时候,福建人因躲藏在甘蔗园内而避过遭屠杀的厄运。当时正好是大年初八和初九,也恰逢玉皇大帝的诞辰。

自此以后,福建人会把甘蔗献给玉皇大帝,是一种铭记恩惠的表达。在福建话里,甘蔗的读音跟福建话“kam sia”即感谢相近。因此,甘蔗就承载了福建人,对玉帝深藏内心的万分谢意和感激。

 

大年初九

A Jade Emperor’s altar in a temple

庙里供奉的玉皇大帝

玉皇大帝诞辰的日子是一个非常重要的日子。对福建人而言,这个日子远比大年初一来得重要。

在玉皇大帝诞辰的早晨(午夜12时至隔天早上7时),台湾福建人将设立一个三层高的祭坛桌。第一层放置六种蔬菜、面条、水果、蛋糕,汤圆(一种甜点)、蔬菜和生槟榔子,再以纸灯装饰之。下面两层备有五种祭品和酒,奉祀玉皇大帝以下的众神明。

然后,家中的每个人都跪拜三次,鞠躬九次,向玉皇大帝致敬并祝愿他长寿。

 

大年初十、初十一和初十二

在这三天里,新年的庆祝活动还在持续,不过在连续九天热烈的庆祝后,将以稍微平静的方式进行。大家还是继续给亲戚朋友拜年,举办晚宴和聚餐,齐享新年美食佳肴。

 

大年初十三

The 13th is a day dedicated to the General Guan Yu or Guan Di

大年初十三是纪念关羽将军的日子

大年初十三开始,大家会吃一些比较清淡的食物,甚至有些人会选择纯素饮食,清除肠胃在过去12天内消耗的丰盛和油腻食物。

这一天纪念关羽将军的日子。生于汉代的关羽,可说是中国历史上最伟大的将军之一,他也是忠诚、力量、真理和正义的象征。

A giant Guan Yu statue stands in Jingzhou, China

位于中国荆州的巨型关羽雕像

大多数中国组织和企业都会在这个特殊的日子里向关羽祈愿。据说关羽在他一生中赢了百多场战役,因此成为许多人,特别是中国商界视之为崇拜对象。许多人也将关羽视为财富之神或成功之神。

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日本横滨关帝庙里一座非常华丽的关羽神坛

 

正月十五日(元宵节)

On the 15th day of Chinese New Year it is customary for everyone to have a bowl of tang yuan, which symbolises growth.

在元宵节当日,传统上华人会自己做一些色彩缤纷的特色汤圆,汤圆主要是用糯米制成,再配上甜甜的暖姜汤,意味着一家人团团圆圆的意思。

农历正月十五日是春节的最后一天,马来西亚和新加坡的华人称这天为 Chap Goh Meh ,即福建话里“第十五夜”的意思。

在元宵节当天,华人会烹煮一种由糯米制成,叫“汤圆”的甜品。有些家庭会制作色彩缤纷的汤圆,再配上姜糖水。习俗上,华人必定在元宵节吃一碗汤圆,象征团圆美满之意。

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在中国,元宵节亦称为“灯节” (并非中秋节),是一年中第一个月圆之夜。民间传统习俗对此重要的日子加以庆祝,并在住家外燃灯尝试引导迷途的亡灵回到他们的所在地。中国人一家大小也会在这天出去观赏花灯,小娃们提拿着自己所属生肖造型的小灯笼,跟家人一起闹元宵。

大家借着热闹浓厚的节日气氛,高高兴兴地和家人朋友一起度过这普天同庆日子,借此增进彼此的感情,拉近与大自然和天界众生的关系。一般相信天界的众生每年为人间带来光明。

The Lantern Festival is celebrated on the last day of Chinese New Year. Seen here is a Chinese woman celebrating at Thean Hou Temple in Kuala Lumpur.

灯节是庆祝的是每年农历新年最后的一天。图中这位女士在吉隆坡天后宫欢庆元宵节。

不能不提的是,元宵节也是中国情人节。许多独身男女会选择在这天许愿,祈望可以找到一位理想的终身伴侣。未婚单身女子会在元宵节当日,在橘子上写下自己的愿望和联系方式,然后将它们投进大海或湖泊里。

与此同时, 单身男子则会把这些橘子捞回来吃。大家都相信,捞回来的橘子的味道代表着这对未婚男女是否是合适的终身伴侣。若橘子是甜甜的,那他们肯定是一对完美的配对。若果橘子是酸涩涩的,那就“算了吧”!

A little girl is selecting her a lantern for the celebration.

图示一位少女正拣选花灯

掷橘子习俗曾在五十、六十年代非常普及,后来因为时髦约会方式的出现,此传统习俗也随之式微。现在的元宵节,大家都借此喜庆佳节与家人和朋友共聚一堂,掷橘子亦演变成民间娱乐了。

Thean Hou Temple in Kuala Lumpur, beautifully decorated with 10,000 lanterns.

万盏闪烁花灯将吉隆坡天后宫点缀得璀璨夺目

 

农历新年祝褔语

农历新年最常听到的新春问候语肯定是“恭喜发财”,意指祝贺大家在来年财源滚滚。其实新年祝贺语习俗源自中国的年兽传说。传说中,村民在击败了年兽后彼此说祝贺语开始,到现在则演变成庆祝春节的习俗。

另一常用于春节的祝褔语便是”新年快乐“。

在中国大部份地方,常用的春节祝褔语是“新年好”和“过年好”,两者皆是新年快乐的意思。

 

红包

Red packets called Hong Bao (Mandarin), Ang Pao (Hokkien), or Lai Si (Cantonese) is a monetary gift given by elders and married couples to children and those who are unmarried.

春节的压岁包,普通话叫红包、粤语则称“利是”。长辈会将压岁钱放入红包袋里,待在春节拜年时,派发给孩子和未婚者

春节期间,已婚成年人和长辈传统上会派红包或利是(粤语)给孩子们和未结婚的亲友。红包是将压岁钱放入红封包内,过年时派给后辈,喻意祝愿他们在新一年,行好运及吉祥如意。

至於红包封里钱的数目,通常会跟华人在习俗上喜欢的“八”有关,因为“八”代表着“发”,即发财好运的寓意。

越南和日本也有派红包的传统习俗。越南称红包为“利是”,日本则为”年玉“;跟中国春节派红包的传统类似。

 

春节的贺年美食

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家家户户忙于准备各样象徴吉祥的贺年菜肴,等待家人回家吃年夜饭。

对华人来说,春节是全年最重要的一个传统节日。大家也趁此机会与家人朋友一起度过这喜气洋洋的佳节。习俗上,华人庆祝农历新年都离不开吃一顿盛宴。真正过年的前一夜叫团圆夜,离家在外的游子都会不辞千里赶回家全家团聚,在一起吃顿年夜饭。不管是团圆饭还是过年聚餐,华人的过年离不开美食佳。

在马来西亚,新春佳节还有“开放门户”这个传统习俗。“开放门户”活动主要是开门迎接各方亲友到访团聚共庆佳节。马来西亚华人通常是以自助形式款待到访的亲友,因此在食物方面,为了迎合多元化种族的来宾,一定少不了马来美食及印度美食。“开放门户”自助桌上通常会有以椰叶包裹米饭扎成的马来粽、马来仁当咖哩(将肉块与香料和椰酱慢煮而成) 及印度咖哩。

Prime Minister Mr Najib Razak with Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) leaders at MCA’s Chinese New Year open house in Kuala Lumpur on Jan 28, 2017. Photo: Malay Mail Online

马来西亚首相纳吉阿都拉萨于2017年1月28日当天与马来西亚华人公会领袖,在马华公会总部庆祝农历新年。图片来源:Malay Mail Online

在传统中国春节的贺年菜式里,华人喜用一些应节食材,如象征吉祥如意好意头的材料或取其与“好意头‘的食物。

最常见的传统春节贺年菜式有:

 

罗汉斋

这是一道专为除夕和开年(农历年初一)精心制作的素菜,原是佛门名斋。其主要素材是用上广东人称的“发菜。”发菜“是一种可以食用的藻类,因其色黑而细长,如人的头发而得名。由于其名称发音跟中文“发财”非常近似,所以也是华人喜爱的春节食材之一。

Buddha's Delight is an elaborate vegetarian dish served on the eve and the first day of the New Year as it symbolised prosperity.

罗汉斋<

 

鸡肉

蒸鸡在中国是一道历史悠久的贺年菜式。源于古代的中国,农民物资短缺,生活贫困穷苦,若能以家禽做贺年佳肴,恐怕只能奢望在过年春节时有机会尝。故此,鸡在过去是道何等奢华的食材! 緃使当年人的生活水平随着时代得到改善,但鸡肉在传统餐桌上仍是不可或缺的年菜

Chicken - Steamed chicken is usually served as a tradition brought down from ancient times when many Chinese were poor farmers or immigrants, who only had the luxury of enjoying chicken during Chinese New Year.

鸡肉在古时候是道丰富的菜肴

 

鱼在中文发音上跟“余“相近,有富足和丰余的意思。因此,中国人的年夜饭必定有鱼,同时不能把盘中的鱼吃光,寓意着“年年有余”--取其意,来年便会“年年有鱼(余)”,代表每年都有多余的钱财。

鱼有不同方法烹调,如清蒸、水煮或炆烩。但豉汁蒸鱼却是最广为人知的一道年菜,习俗上鱼是宴席上的最后一道菜,而且必需整条鱼端上桌。谨记不许把整条鱼吃光光,寓意着来年丰衣足食,富贵临门,添褔添壽。

The fish is always served whole and as the last dish. Some of the fish is left on the plate to symbolise auspiciousness and having surplus, continuous abundance and longevity.

鱼象征年年有余

 

年糕

年糕是一种用高黏性的糯米粉和红糖蒸成的糕点,口感甜甜黏黏,属于农历新年的一道美味贺年美食。在马来西亚,通常会把年糕配上香浓的椰丝干或将年糕夹在芋头和番薯之间,放入油锅里炸至金黄色,变成一道不可或缺的美味应节食品“炸年糕”。

年糕象征“年年高”,步步升的意思。

Nian gao symbolises the raising and growth of oneself in each coming year. It can be served steamed or fried.

人们在新年见面会祝贺彼此“年年高升”,意即“每年都提升”。

在中国文字里,“年”和“黏”属谐音 ; “糕”和“高”谐音。因此,在春节吃年糕寓意着人们的工作和生活一年比一年提高,步步高升的意思。

中国人会把这甜甜黏黏的年糕作祭祀供品供奉给灶君,希望可以把灶君的咀巴粘上年糕,这样便不能向玉皇大帝回报任何民间的坏事了。

 

发糕

发榚取其意便是“发财糕”。发糕主要是由面粉、水和糖混合后再加入酵母或泡打粉发酵而成。待糊浆发酵后,移至蒸笼蒸熟。发糕发得越大,顶端裂痕越深,正如其蒸发糕谐音,蒸蒸日上,年年发,步步高!

Fa gao symbolises growth and prosperity.

发糕象征发财高升的意思

 

油角

油角又称“角仔”,是粤港家庭常见的贺年美食之一。主要材料有面粉、砂糖和花生,放进油镬炸成金黄色。因其形似中国古代的黄金锭,象征着财富满满的意思。

Jau gok peanut puff dumplings that symbolises wealth and prosperity.

花生角仔象征著财富满满、发财高升

 

饺子

饺子是中国北方的传统食物。常见的肉馅饺子外形也像古代的金银锭。除了肉馅饺子外,斋饺子也十分美味唷!常见的烹调方法有用滚水煮的“水饺”、锅蒸的“蒸饺”或油煎的“煎饺”。

饺子也是很像中国古代的金银锭。相传吃了饺子后,便会让你好运一整年啊!

Jiaozi is another dumpling dish that resembles the gold or silver ingots. It is dish that is believed to bring you luck throughout the year.

据说吃了饺子后,便会好运一整年啊!

 

鱼生

对于马来西亚和新加坡华人来说,鱼生是过农历年时不可或缺的特色贺年佳肴。习俗上,南洋一带华人会在正月初七吃捞生(即鱼生);材料包括红白萝卜丝、生菜丝、西芹丝和姜丝等各种颜色的蔬菜丝,再配上䄂子肉、炸油条及新鲜生鱼片(如三文鱼)。然后淋上特制的酸柑汁、青柠汁、糖和配料,大家一起将材料“捞”起来,这就是“捞生”了。

吃捞生时,往往多人围满一座,然后大家站起身,挥动筷子,将材料捞动,要越捞越高,更要问口说些吉祥话,以示步步高升,“捞”得风生水起,一年比一年好。捞生主要源自马来西亚和新加坡一带。

 

橘子

在华人过春节时,大家都一定会见到橘子(桔)。在传统上,亲友们拜年时都会互赠橘子做贺年礼物,以求新的一年里大吉大利,财源滚滚。

Mandarin oranges symbolises wealth and good fortune and are given as auspicious gifts during the Chinese New Year.

橘子象征大吉大利,属于吉祥的贺年礼品。

 

长寿面

农历新年时,华人都喜欢吃上一碗长寿面。不管面有多长,都不可以剪断,以示长命百岁之意。

Longevity noodles which is uncut noodles, representing longevity and long life.

长寿面是一种没有切断的面线,象征著长命百岁之意。

 

圆子

圆子也叫汤圆,为糯米粉团搓成的丸子,通常会配上暖暖的甜汤一起吃。圆圆的汤圆,”圆”意味着”团圆”、”圆满”。在春节时间吃汤圆,象征家庭和谐、吉祥圆满之意。

 

舞龙和舞狮

The Dragon Dance consists of a troupe of dancers carrying an image of the Chinese dragon on poles, moving in the nature of the dragon spirit.

舞龙是由一众舞龙者,舞着龙头及龙身,模仿龙的活动姿态,回旋而舞

舞龙和舞狮属于中国传统民俗文化之一。在华人社区,特別是华人商家,均会请舞龙舞狮团来助兴,驱邪避鬼,祈求带旺新一年的运气和财气。舞龙的龙是用布料和竹纸紥作而成,配上木棍,众舞龙者随着鼓乐伴奏,模仿龙的神态,舞出龙的不同姿态。舞龙者随着气势雄伟的锣鼓乐器声,众大汉举着巨龙上下穿行,时而腾起,仿效龙的摆动,锣鼓齐鸣,好不热闹!龙身可达数十米长。

至於舞狮,其狮头是由竹纸和木头扎成;再由描色工人上色,一只威武灵动的舞狮头便展现在眼前。然后,表演者装扮成狮子的样子,在锣鼓音乐声中,舞动着色彩缤纷的狮头。这项结合了艺术与武术的活动,在锣鼓打击乐的配合下表演,其配乐与舞龙的锣鼓乐声相似。

华人商家通常在农历新年期间,邀请舞狮团到其商店、办公室或家居表演庆祝,讨个好彩头。

The Lion Dance consist of two dancers mimicking the lion’s movement, danced to the music of drums and cymbals.

舞狮主要由两人舞一头狮子

 

春节必游观光景点

在马来西亚,如果想体验一下中华文化,可到华人庙宇。 尤其在春节期间,各寺庙宇都纷纷掛满闪烁缤纷的灯笼,同时也对外开放给善信供奉祈福,祈求来年平安顺利。

 

马来西亚必去的寺庙

 

巴生谷

 

1. 威镇宫观音寺

The Kuan Yin Temple in Petaling Street, Chinatown was built in 1880 and is dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy (Guan Yin).

茨厂街观音庙

观音庙创建于1880年,主要是供奉神大慈大悲的观世音菩萨。 寺庙坐落在马哈拉惹里拉路,是隆市区其中一间具特色的庙宇。其建筑物融合了中国文化和欧州巴洛克的艺术风格,富丽堂皇的装饰,强烈的色彩对比,便是此古庙的吸引人之处。寺庙里的三尊金铜大佛和千手观音像是此庙宇的吸引人之处。

观音寺的正殿供奉释迦牟尼佛、南海观音和千手观世音菩萨。千手观音是大慈悲的象征,衪发誓愿,透过千手千眼解除诸般苦难,广施百般利乐。

前往方式:
观音寺面对着 Bulatan Merdeka 交通圈,在吉隆坡隆雪中华大会堂对面,靠近Masjid Jamek轻轨站。

礼佛诵经时间: 下午12时30分至1时45分
在这时段,众法师和善信们会唸诵“南无观世音菩萨”,殊胜法音声声起。

开放时间:早上7时至傍晚5时
地址:Jalan Stadium and Jalan Maharajalela, Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur

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观音寺地图

 

2. 陈氏书院

Located at Petaling Street area, Chan See Shu Yuen Temple is one of the largest and oldest surviving Buddhist temples in Malaysia.

陈氏书院是马来西亚其中一座最古老的佛教寺庙

陈氏书院迄今仍是马来西亚其中一座最宏伟和历史悠久的佛教寺庙。位于茨厂街南端尽头 ,书院内部设有院子、对称阁楼和典型精致的砖瓦屋顶。书院外部更采用精美釉面雕刻装饰,非常优雅。

书院建于1897年至1906年之间,建筑以广州的陈氏书院为设计蓝图,融合家庙和宗祠的特色,墙沿屋瓦上的雕刻细节中包含了各种古代戏码和华族神话人物的彩绘陶雕,极具艺术欣赏价值。主座内部的石柱更绘有勇士与兇悍大狮、巨龙和神话传说中的猛兽对决场面。

书院的正庭供奉中国上古时代太始祖舜帝重华公等三尊圣像,在这三尊圣像的上壁则绘有一个辉煌灿烂的黄太阳。

书院两旁摆放着蓝瓷花瓶和小尊守护神圣像 ,门庭一排排红灯笼高高掛起做装饰。正门两侧则设有供奉男女守护神的佛坛。

前往方式:
从中央艺术坊轻轨站只需行15分钟即可到逹。

开於时间:早上8时至傍晚6时

地址:172, Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpar, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia

Map of Chan See Shu Yuen Temple

陈氏书院地图

 

3. 关帝庙

Kuan Ti Temple is a Taoist temple that is 121 years old, located within walking distance from Petaling Street, Chinatown.

已有121年历史的道教关帝古庙

这座拥有121年历史的关帝庙坐落在敦李孝式路,其古色古香的设计,再配合色彩亮丽的橙色门庭,一眼可见,不难找到。古寺供奉的主神是关帝,又称关公或关羽。是古代三国时期的一个重要将领,道教里的三界伏魔大帝。庙内的关帝圣像,气势威严,红面长髯,其忠义霸气外观,众生无不摄服。

Many have been flocking to Guan Di’s temple to touch or try to lift his sword which is have special power to bless and protect them.

无数海内外信徒都相信这把镇邪“关刀”能驱霉转运,辟邪挡煞。

安放在关公圣像前面是一把闻名於世的镇邪关帝宝刀。众信徒都相信只要能“摸”或手握这把重逹59公斤的灵气青铜宝刀三次,便取得驱霉转运,辟邪挡煞之效。

前往方式:
从茨厂街步行约5分钟,在大众书局街对面,正对着Sri Mahamariamman 印度庙。

开放时间:早上7时至晚上7时 (开放时间可能会随时有所变动,还请於前往寺庙前向管理人员再次确认。)

地址: 沿敦李孝式路

Map of Kuan Ti Temple

关帝庙地图

 

4. 仙四师爷庙

Sin Sze Si Ya Temple is Kuala Lumpur’s oldest Chinese Temple built by Yap Ah Loy

由叶亚来建造的仙四师爷庙,是迄今吉隆坡最古老的华人庙宇

仙四师爷庙是吉隆坡最古老的道教寺庙,建于1864年,由吉隆坡甲必丹叶亚来建造。由茨厂街步行只是需3分钟。每逢农历新年期间,总会吸引大批信徒前来参拜,香火鼎盛。

庙里供奉主座仙师爷与四师爷。19世纪,这两位师爷对叶亚来后来成为开拓功臣甲必丹有著莫大助益。在繁华的唐人街中心,师爷庙无疑给信徒一片宁静。

寺庙主要由正殿及侧旁的两个小偏殿建筑而成,露天的凉亭与精雕细琢的石壁上完美融合了古典艺术之美。信徒若能诚心在这优雅脱俗的寺庙上香参拜,除了感到身心恬静,身心灵必更平衡。庙宇正门除了摆放着两张有百年历史的古老桥椅外,还掛满一块块牌匾,以示纪念华人先贤陈秀连、叶亚来、叶亚石、叶观盛对吉隆坡的贡献。

文昌帝君乃是保佑文运与考试的神祇,每每迫近考试旺季,庙里必定会聚集许多爱子心切的父母前来祈求保佑榜上提名。据闻只要在大殿的仙四师爷神龛地下转三圈,便能一洗霉气,自此扭转乾坤,好运连年,平安健康。

前往方式:
乘坐轻轨到Masjid Jamek 站或中央艺术坊站,再步行约六分钟。

开放时间:每日上午7时至下午5时

地址:113A, Jalan Tun HS Lee, 14A Lebuh Pudu, Kuala Lumpur

电话:+603-2078 9052

Map of Sin Sze Si Ya Temple

仙四师爷庙地图

 

5. 乐圣岭天后宫

A sight not missed - Thean Hou Temple is one of the most beautiful temples to visit during Chinese New Year. On the eve of Chinese New Year, there will conduct a countdown to welcome the God of Prosperity.

春节的天后宫,各处都张灯结彩,份外美丽

乐圣岭天后宫乃吉隆坡当地非常具有标志性,尤其在农历春节期间,万盏红彤彤灯笼高高掛起的天后宫,十分具中国文化特色。庙宇也会举行除夕倒数,迎接财神爷的到来,绵延不断的信众皆诚心祈求财神爷的神明庇佑,财运亨通。

若在大年初一去参拜天后宫,还可收到庙宇派的“发财红包”呢!

前往方式:
于甘榜亚答的 Hotel Midah和吉隆坡中央车站设有免费穿梭巴士,半个小时一班。也可从市区打车去,约10至15分钟。若从马来国皇宫步行出发,约20分钟;由茨厂街步行,需30分钟。

开放时间:每日上午9时至下午6时

地址:65, Persiaran Endah, Taman Persiaran Desa, 50460 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Perskutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

电话:+603-2274 7088

Map of Thean Hou Temple

天后宫地图

 

槟城

 

1. 极乐寺

CNY49-kekloksi

槟城极乐寺在农历新年期间,整座庙宇都装上五光十色的霓虹灯,幻化成仙境的灯海,非常壮观

寺庙依山而建,每逢春节都会举办灯会,万灯齐亮,场面壮观。从山脚走上山顶,在看见壮观宏伟的极乐寺前,沿途先会穿越五彩缤纷的礼品店。繁华过后,再往上走,便看到寺庙四周的绝美景致,美得令人窒息。

夜幕低垂,数百万盏五颜六色霓虹灯饰照亮整座山岭,一片闪烁耀眼的灯海,无不令人讚叹不已 !  极乐寺据说是马来西亚最大的佛教寺庙,主供本师释迦牟尼佛。

前往方式:
最好在光大广场搭乘巴士前往,可以选择 201、203、204、206、306 或 502 路槟城巴士快车。 上车前请先向司机确认,巴士单程票价约 2元马币。也可选择打车去极乐寺,单程预算约为25 至30 元马币。

地址:  1000-L, Tingkat Lembah Ria 1, 11500 Ayer Itam, Pulau Pinang , Malaysia

电话:  +6019-750 2139
网站:  kekloksitempole.com

Map of Kek Lok Si

极乐寺地图

 

2. 龙山堂丘公祠

Khoo Kongsi temple is the grandest clan house in Malaysia, located in the UNESCO town area of George Town, Penang.

龙山堂丘公祠伫立在槟城的联合国世界遗产区乔治市

龙山堂丘公祠为国家最富丽堂皇的祠堂,伫立在槟城的联合国世界遗产区乔治市。在农历新年期间,是另一处值得推荐的景点,丘公祠乃是迄今马来西亚保存最好的祠堂博物馆。

这座金碧辉煌的华人宗祠,祠堂里里外外的雕刻艺术都是出自中国的名家之手,是爱好中国文化艺术者所不容错过的地方,鬼斧神工的雕刻艺术享誉国内外。丘公祠位于乔治市大炮广场,沿 Lebuh Aceh 和 Cannon Street。祠堂里每处鬼斧神工的雕刻艺术及庙宇内供奉的各路神灵圣像,每处都吸引着游客的眼球。

前往方式:
若从乔治市外迁往,可乘搭各主要巴士或打车到市中心。

地址: 18, Cannon Square, George Town, 10450 George Town, Palau Pinang, Malaysia

电话: +604-261 4609

Map of Khoo Kongsi temple

龙山堂丘公祠地图

 

马六甲

 

马六甲青云亭

Cheng Hoon Teng Temple is the oldest Chinese temple in Melaka and Malaysia.

青云亭是马来西亚和马六甲最古老的华人庙宇

若在农历新年来到马六甲,必定要参观在东南亚及马来西亚历史最悠久的华人古庙青云亭。青云亭建于1645年,又称为“观音亭”,毗邻文化街。庙内供奉著中国传统三教文化,儒、释、道三座祭坛。

在2003年,青云亭获联合国教科文组织亚太区文物古蹟保护奖,被列入联合国世界文化遗产名录,为杰出古建筑修复工程的典范。当年庙宇建材和工匠均由中国引进,见证著华人过去在马六甲及马来西亚的历史。

每逢农历新年除夕,大年初一和大年初二都会举办各式各样的祭祀庆祝活动,以供游客或信徒参拜和供养。

前往方式:
位于庙堂街, 从文化街出发步行便可

地址: 25, Jalan Tokong, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

电话:  +606-282 9343

Map of Cheng Hoon Teng Temple

青云亭地图

 

沙巴

 

1. 沙巴亚庇普陀寺庙

Puh Toh Tze temple is a beautiful Buddhist temple in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah with large Buddha statues all around the temple grounds

Puh Toh Tze temple in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

这座寺庙位于斗亚兰大道旁,距亚庇市约15公里,寺庙内有十座大型神像,还有一座观音佛像站立在寺前。这是一个庆祝农历新年,特别是大年初一的好地方。

前往方式:
从亚庇香格里拉前的巴士站乘坐1号或4号巴士,每人只需马币1元50仙。巴士每天从早晨6时30分开跑至晚上8时。你也可以乘坐计程车,单程价格通常在马币15元左右,但谨记预约回程的交通。

地址:Lorong Kelabu, 88400 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

电话:+6088-388 581

Map of Puh Toh Tze temple

普陀寺庙地图

 

2. 山打根普济寺

Puu Jih Shih temple faces the sea.

坐落在山顶面朝大海的普济寺

坐落在山打根南端的石咀山顶,距离市中心约5公里。寺内供奉三尊堂皇巨佛身像。于1987年建竣,普济寺吸引人之处在于,你在诵经祈福的同时,可以将山打根海湾全景一览无遗的尽收眼底。

Puu Jih Shih temple houses three large golden Amitabha Buddha statues.

普济寺内供奉的三尊金碧辉煌阿弥陀佛巨佛身像

前往方式:
没有公交车前往普济寺,建议游客打车,单程车资约马币 6 至 8 元。谨记要先跟计程车司机商量回程的安排。游客可以选择步行,但需走约30分钟上坡登山的路径。

地址: 90000 Sandakan, Sabah , Malaysia

Puu Jih Shih temple

普济寺地图

 

砂拉越

 

1. 古晋凤山寺

Hong San Si Temple in Kuching is famous for its intricate and sophisticated stone carvings.

凤山寺栩栩如生、精美绝伦的石雕,远近闻名

凤山寺建于1848年,矗立于古晋花香街。寺庙以华丽的中国古典式建筑和栩栩如生精致绝伦的石雕刻闻名远近。独特华丽的琉璃瓦顶,装饰着各式神话传说里,彩色斑斓的神仙和动物塑像,凤山寺因而是婆罗州其中一座最美丽的寺庙。

前往方式:打车前往古晋凤山寺

地址:  5, Wayang St, 93000 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

Map of Hong San Si

凤山寺地图

 

2. 古晋壽山亭(大伯公庙)

Siew San Teng Temple (Tua Pek Kong Temple) sits prominent by the Kuching Waterfront.

壽山亭建于古晋河之上

壽山亭又称为大伯公庙,坐落在山麓上,遥望河川,伫立于古晋主要市集的入口处。整个大伯公庙建筑依傍着古晋的小山坡,背山面水,遥望砂拉越河。
建于1823年,每逢春节期间,大批游客会蜂拥而至,祈求新大伯公继续给予庇佑。

前往方式:
壽山亭正位于旅客较熟悉的古晋希尔顿酒店和古晋海景酒店旁,不难找到。

地址: Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

Map of Siew San Teng Temple

壽山寺地图

 

春节聚会餐厅推荐

华人过春节的传统习俗里,食物似乎是作为庆祝新春庆典的“亮点“之一。

 

1. 克切拉如意轩

Kechara Oasis New Age Vegetarian Restaurant is famous for its fine exquisite Chinese cuisine that 100% vegetarian as it strive to serve food that promotes compassion.

克切拉如意轩是一间透过精致素食料理,致力推广天然素食,鼓励大家以仁慈之心进餐的素食餐馆。

克切拉如意轩致力推广精致美味, 有益健康,采用时令天然食材烹煮素食菜肴的素食餐馆。其宗旨是烹煮符合健康之道的食物,鼓励大家以仁慈之心进餐。如意轩除了提供中式素食外,还有多元料理口味,涵盖了中华、西藏、尼泊尔、马来西亚和西方等100道料理。

克切拉如意轩设在蕉赖 (Viva Home) 的餐厅,能同时容纳600位宾客,并设有贵宾厢房为宾客提供更贴身服务。亚一如意轩 (Jaya One) 则能舒适容纳210位宾客享用午餐或晚宴。

蕉赖 Viva Home

地址: Lot 2.08 2nd Floor, West Wing, Viva Home Mall, 85, Jalan Loke Yew, Pudu, 55200 Kuala Lumpur

营业时间:周一至周日
午餐:上午10时 –下午 3时
晚餐:傍晚6时 – 晚上 10时

电话:+603 9284 1818

八打灵再也亚 Jaya One

地址:  63 & 67-P1, Block D, The Suites, Jaya One, No 72A, Jalan Universiti, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan

营业时间:周一至周日
午餐:上午11时半 –下午 3时
晚餐:傍晚6时 – 晚上 10时

电话:+603 7968 1818

脸书: https://www.facebook.com/kecharaoasis/

 

2. 吉隆坡双子塔荔苑

Spring Garden

荔苑

设在阳光广场四楼的荔苑,隶属于大同饮食业集团  (Madam Kwana餐厅对面)。这里的精致美味粤式佳肴均由名厨悉心主理,所有菜式皆不含猪肉。

地址:  Lot 413, 4th Floor, Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur

电话:  +603-2166 9881

网站:  www.suriaklcc.com.my/dining/restaurants/spring-garden

 

3. 龙的传人

Dragon-i

Dragon-i

龙的传人是一间中式料理的餐厅,于巴生谷设有多间分店。那里的贺年菜式“捞生”是道非常有名气的招牌菜之一。

地址: GF.43, Ground Floor, Sumway Pyramid, No. 3, Jln. PJS 11/15, Bandar Sunway, 46150 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

电话: +603-7492 3688

网站:  www.dragon-i.com.my

 

4. 鼎泰丰

Din Tai Fung

鼎泰丰

入选为全球十大最佳餐厅的鼎泰丰,千万別错过那里著名的贺年菜式“捞生”和饺子。

地址:  168, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

电话:  +603-2148 8292

网站:  www.dintaifung.com.my

 

参考资料:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_New_Year
  • https://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/special-report/chinese-new-year
  • http://www.chinesenewyears.info
  • https://www.travelchinaguide.com/essential/holidays/new-year/history.htm
  • https://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/festivals/chinese-new-year-legends.htm
  • http://www.wonderfulmalaysia.com/attractions/chinese-new-year-in-malaysia.htm
  • http://www.malaysia-hotels.net/events/chinese-new-year.html
  • https://publicholidays.com.my/chinese-new-year

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  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 1. 2021 04:01 PM
    Interesting read with the discovery of various legends, texts by archaeologists thousands years ago. Historians and experts had investigated and found evidence of contact between humans and extra-terrestrial life very much earlier. Their findings theory seem that extra-terrestrials have visited Earth for millions of years. Since the age of the dinosaurs to ancient Egypt, from early cave drawings to continued mass sightings in the US. Historians had revealed that aliens have been with us all along. Encounters with strange beings and sightings of mysterious objects in the sky have been recorded. Such as Christopher Columbus’ first voyage to America witnessed strange lights in the sky and sightings of flying cigar-shaped crafts were reported during the Black Plague that struck Europe and Asia in the mid-1300s. There were many others historical evidence of early civilization that had close encounters with Aliens. Interesting read and to watch the video.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ancient-aliens-closer-encounters.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 27. 2021 05:33 PM
    Watching the videos and looking at those pictures in this post tell us more. Sad to see the working conditions really bad especially in the brick kilns of Andhra Pradesh,India. We could see those working men, women and younf children are working round the clock 12 just to earn a living.
    We are considered more fortunate enough than them and we should not complain of what we have, live and so on. We should appreciate every moment , what we have now to do good and beneficial for others, no matter how hard and difficult at times as others might be worse than us.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/you-have-to-see-this.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 27. 2021 05:32 PM
    Wow…..wonderful dog lovers should read to help them to be more caring, loving having a pet. Once we have them as our pet we have the responsibility to give care and love to them. Dogs have feelings like us and is men best friend.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this essential facts for dog lovers.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/20-essential-facts-dog-lovers-must-always-remember.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 27. 2021 05:31 PM
    Scientists had looking at long term, discovered that estimated about 100 to 10,000 species will be extinct soon if nothing is done. Could imagine from microscopic organisms to large plants and animals will go extinct each year. Animal such as sharks, lions, Pit bulls dogs and so forth as mentioned in this blog can become extinct when humans over hunt and over fish, pollute the environment, destroy habitats , and many others. Reading this post tells us more those world’s most dangerous animals are in fact in danger themselves. But the actions of humans toward those dangerous animal has proven more dangerous than that of the animal. Interesting read .
    Thank you Shakila Rajendra for this sharing…..good knowledge . May more people are aware of the harm they are doing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-worlds-most-dangerous-animals-in-danger-themselves.html
  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Feb 25. 2021 01:04 AM
    This is kind of hard to believe and shocking to imagine the weirdest addiction of people in this planet, they are extremely strange. People can become addicted to actions, feelings, or behaviors, not just substances. There must be something behind of every addiction, I don’t think they are crazy or mentally ill, it’s their weird enjoyment for a short time.

    I had a friend in my primary school who eats mud during rainy days, she told me, it smells good and she enjoys doing it during her play time. I found it strange but has she grow up in different environment she forget about her addiction. So, I strongly believe, all behaviors can be changed when the person gains self-awareness and actually wants to change. Thanks for the interesting sharing and recall of my childhood friend.
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Feb 24. 2021 01:33 PM
    nteresting read of this history of how Dorje Shugden practice came into light . Since Dorje Shugden was introduced into the Sakya tradition, there have been many Sakya throne holders that practiced Dorje Shugden. Out of the 42 supreme throne holders throughout the history of the Sakya tradition, six of the thrones holders are confirmed to have practiced Dorje Shugden. They have built chapels to him, composed prayers and pujas (kangsols) to him and even propagated his practice amongst their disciples. They cannot be wrong and in fact as confirmed by the 39th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen Dorje Shugden is an enlightened being. Dorje Shugden kangsol (prayer) to invoke the blessings of Dorje Shugden composed by him is still widely used today. Dorje Shugden must be a powerful Dharma protector that Sakya tradition have been long relying. It has proven that Dorje Shugden is not a minor practice. Interesting read , may more people read this post to understand better.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sakya-trizins-dorje-shugden-prayer.html
  • sarassitham
    Tuesday, Feb 23. 2021 11:23 PM
    Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe. It looks very delicious, healthy and nutritious. I can’t wait to try making it has the ingredients are easy to purchase and methods are simple. I wonder what it taste like.

    https://bit.ly/37DAV7y
  • sarassitham
    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 11:55 PM
    There are lots of people have more than one reason for choosing vegetarianism. Many people choose a vegetarian diet out of concern over animal rights or the environment and others may be based on religious beliefs or even for healthier lifestyle.

    Regardless of whether you choose a vegetarian way of life, it’s always a healthy idea to eat a wide variety of foods and try out new foods when you can.

    Thank you for the sharing and compiling the list of vegetarian restaurants and organic shops in Klang Valley. I am glad to know whereabout and hoping to try them.

    https://bit.ly/3siC4tf
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 03:30 PM
    Begtse Chen, a deity of alien origin, was incorporated into the pantheon of Tibetan Buddhism as a protector of the Dharma. This Proyector is one of the eight famous Dharmapala in Tantric Buddhism. Also known as red Mahakala and is especially revered in Mongolia where the origin of Begtse Chen can be traced to a pre-Buddhist deity in 16th century. It has become the mainstay of Protector practice in Mongolia. Interesting read.
    Thank you for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-dharma-protector-begtse-chen.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 03:27 PM
    Interesting read of Kunkhyen Choku Ozer was a lineage master of the Manjushri Namasamgiti Tantra. He became known as Kunkhyen Choku Ozer due to his ability to penetrate the meaning of the great Buddhist treatises merely just by glancing at it. He could memolised texts just by reading it once. Reading this post and information at least I can know he is also a part of Dorje Shugden’s incarnation lineage. He is also famed for establishing the ancient monastery of Dakpo Tsele.
    Thank you Pastor David for this sharing as many of us would not have known this GREAT Lama was part of Dorje Shugden’s incarnation lineage.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kunkhyen-choku-ozer-master-of-the-kalachakra-guhyasamaja-tantras.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 03:25 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for the teachings on Dorje Shugden and explanation on retreat. Learning and practicing this Dorje Shugden’s practice have indeed benefited many people. And more so when to do a retreat. . We are all very fortunate to be given an opportunity to meet Tsem Rinpoche and learning, practicing all these precious teachings coming from a pure lineage that can be traced back to the time of the great Lama Tsongkhapa. A very detailed explanation on why we need the retreat and the way to do the retreat.
    Thanks again Rinpoche with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-retreat-a-powerful-practice-to-fulfill-wishes.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Feb 21. 2021 01:54 PM
    Tsem Rinpoche had been working tirelessly teaching Dharma in his whole life, giving many opportunities for us to learn , practice Dharma teachings. Whatever goes wrong we should admit it as our own fault and not our guru. Rinpoche ‘s love to spread Dharma teachings and nothing else. He had followed his advice of his guru to come all the way from India to teach in Malaysia. Reading all those meaningful quotes and sayings in this article tells us a thousand words of truth which we should not take it lightly. We could in fact learn from it and stop blaming others.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/is-it-the-gurus-fault.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Feb 21. 2021 01:51 PM
    HH the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso , the highest spiritual leader of Tibet, who is a living Bodhisattva, an emanation of Avalokiteśvara. Blessing to have a change looking at this rare picture taken years ago of Dalai lama on the throne . Dalai Lama is well known as a Buddhist Advocate for Peace and Freedom.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/his-holiness-the-supreme-holder-of-the-white-lotus.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Feb 21. 2021 01:48 PM
    Tibetans all over the world celebrates Losar, or Tibetan New Year with the beginning of Lunar year. This year it falls on the 12 February, every one will be looking forward to this day. A new year a new beginning , where the Panglung Oracle will take trance of the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. As usual every year the Panglung Oracle will give advices, offering guidance, for the year ahead to everyone of what to do and so forth. Whatever advices given should not taken lightly. The Panglung Oracle as Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden will also give teachings and blessing . For this year Dorje Shugden gave a very powerful teachings and messages.
    Thank you for sharing this precious message.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugdens-2021-losar-advice.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 20. 2021 02:06 PM
    Interesting read , even though short but at least knowing the home Monastery of H E Tsem Rinpoche’s previous incarnation, Gedun Nyedrak. The monastery was called ‘Tsem’,where a custodian of a tooth relic of the great Lama Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.
    Thank you Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/gedun-nyedrak-an-abbot-of-gaden.html

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One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
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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

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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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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 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 high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
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A section for you to clarify your Dharma questions with Kechara’s esteemed pastors.

Just post your name and your question below and one of our pastors will provide you with an answer.

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  • February 27, 2021 03:31
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Is it ok to pray from different areas in the house (even where there is no altar)? I was told you can't create 2 altars in 1 house.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question and its nice to see you here again. The reason why we pray in front of our altars is because it becomes a focal point of the enlightened energies we are invoking. Therefore it becomes a kind of portal for the energies of transformation, peace, healing, prosperity and protection. It is also the place where we make offerings to the Buddhas. As such, most people usually only have 1 altar in their home. However, you can have more than 1 altar in your home. As it is an altar, it should be complete with representations of the body, speech and mind of the Buddhas. This would be an image (either a statue, thangka, tsa tsa, poster, framed picture, etc), a Dharma text and a stupa. In front of these, you should have at least 1 type of offering or more. This can be a fixed offering or maybe even a set of water offerings, which you make every day. Since practitioners make offerings on a daily basis, most opt to have only 1 altar, but there is no rule in Buddhism to say you can only have 1 altar. The altar however, should be placed in a respectful place. So, not in the bathroom. Or if in the bedroom, you should put a screen up to block it when you are changing, sleeping, etc. Alternatively, you can keep it in a cupboard, and close the doors during such activities. But altars should be dedicated places to the Buddhas, so don't put secular items in the same place, such as on the same shelf, etc. When it comes to praying, it is usually done in front of the altar, as you are invoking the enlightened beings. When you do your prayers there it becomes a powerful place in your home, and provides you with a sacred space to pray and meditate. However, if circumstances are difficult, then of course you can pray elsewhere. For example, when I first set up an altar, I was living in a single room with not much space. I set up an altar on a shelf but was not able to pray in front of it. Once I had made offerings, I would simply sit in another part of the room and do the prayers there. If it is really not convenient, then of course it is permissible to do the prayers elsewhere. It is better to do the prayers, than not do them at all if you can't be in front of your altar. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 25, 2021 01:33
    Kuenzang wangdi asked: What would be my most suitable colour ?
    pastor answered: Dear Kuenzang Wangdi, Thank you for your question. The following calculators may be of interest to you: Chinese Zodiac: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html Tibetan Astrology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html In relation to which colour if most favourable for you, unfortunately our calculators do not give this information. However, from a Buddhist practice viewpoint, what is more important is the transformation of the mind. Once we transform our minds according to teachings, we are able to overcome any obstacle and create good conditions for our lives. You can learn a very short mind transformation teaching here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/eight-verses-of-thought-transformation.html You can couple this with formal practice. If you are interested, a very good practice to bring energies of increase and generate a long life, merits, wealth and prosperity in your life, is the the practice of Gyenze. You can find information about the practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth.html. I hope this helps. Thanks.
  • February 22, 2021 22:14
    Naseer asked: Hi My name is Naseer Ahmed 8th dec 1979. Life path 1 Im looking to add to my name slightly... change it too... Naseer Al Ahmed... Would this be more complimentary as far as for the business front... or would it not make any difference
    pastor answered: Hello Naseer, As per your question, your Life Path Number is 1. The Life Path Number according to the system of numerology used on our website is calculated using your date of birth. Therefore, a change in name will not affect your Life Path Number. Some of the other calculators on the same page do however use your name. One of the smaller calculators you may be interested in is the Achievement Number, but again, this only uses your date of birth for the calculation. You can find it here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/numerology/numerology-calculator.html You may also be interested in two of our other pages: Chinese Zodiac - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html Tibetan Astrology - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html Thank you for your question. I hope this helps.
  • February 20, 2021 18:36
    Sandra asked: After making a food offering to the three jewels (which we will eat for lunch etc), should we think of it as a blessing and partake?
    pastor answered: Hello Sandra, When making food offerings to the Three Jewels, which you eat yourself, when you recite the prayer and make the offering, you should visualise that the Buddhas receive your food offering and because you have made an offering, they are very pleased. It also fulfills one of the Refuge commitments, which is to offer the first portion of whatever we eat and drink to the Three Jewels, while remembering their kindness. You can then partake of the meal and consider it a blessing from the Three Jewels. Alternatively, you can set out a plate (which you reserve for this purpose) of food, which you can offer on your altar. Similarly, once the food has been left on your altar for a while, you can later remove it and consume it as a blessing. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 19, 2021 04:33
    Sandra asked: Is intovertedness a bad quality? Since Buddha is so altruistic and this is the opposite trait, it must be bad. How do you think one should lessen introverted tendencies?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Introvertedness is not a bad quality. Altruism and compassion are different from being an introvert or extrovert. Introverts are generally quieter people, less expressive of their emotions, while extroverts are the opposite. Buddhist practice is not about expression of emotion. Rather the altruistic and compassionate teachings are more about how you help other people and sentient beings, physically or emotionally. If the qualities of introverted-ness are stopping you from developing these, then they need to change. But this may not be necessary, depending on the qualities that you are talking about. You can do simple meditations to building up the energy of compassion in your mindstream and you will see that you actions will automatically start to be more compassionate and altruistic. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 18, 2021 03:28
    Sandra asked: How should one behave when negative karma is being purified? How can we know if bad karma is being purified? Do we accumulate positive karma simultaneously when doing purification practices? Many thanks for your response.
    pastor answered: Hello again Sandra, There are two ways in which karma can be purified, the first is through our own efforts alone and the second is through our own effort, combined with a purification practice. Through our own efforts: this means that you transform your mind enough to not react negatively in any situation and only react in a positive manner. For example, you may have the karma to get angry. So you get into situations which makes you angry. If you react normally, then you will get angry again, this will only lead you to create more karma of being angry. But if you make the effort not to get angry in those situations then you do not create or multiply that karma. The original karma you have may lead you to be in those types of situations again, but if you do not get angry then after a while you start to purify that karma. Through your own efforts, combined with a purification practice: as you are working on transforming your mind, you can rely on the practices that help you to purify your karma, such as the practice of Vajrasattva or the 35 Confessional Buddhas. This boosts your ability to purify negative karma, based on the enlightened energies of the Buddhas. This however is only truly effective when combined with the Four Opponent Powers. You can read more about that here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-35-confessional-buddhas.html In general, when karma is being purified then you should remain level-headed and not act out of emotion or habit, but from your understanding of the workings of karma and the Dharma. But actually, this should not only be when karma is being purified. You should act and behave in this way all the time according to the Dharma, then you are, up to a point, always purifying karma. It is one of the reasons that so much emphasis is placed on refraining from negative actions and engaging in positive actions using your body, speech and mind, because these are the three means or 'doors' with which you interact with the world. At our level, we cannot tell if karma is being purified or not, only those who are more highly attained can tell. However, that is one of the reasons the Buddhist texts advise study of and belief in karma. If there is karma, then it can be purified, and the way to do so is transform your mind and invoke upon the enlightened beings. So if you are doing both, you can rest assured that you are in fact purifying your karma. When you purify negative karma, whether just through your own efforts or combined with a purification practice you collect merit, not positive karma. If you simply do a good action, you collect good karma. But if you are practicing the Dharma with the intention of achieving enlightenment, you take refuge, engage in the practice, and dedicate at the end, then you develop merit, not positive karma. If you want to read more about how karma works and how to purify it in more detail, I suggest you read a Lamrim text such as Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, which you can order from your local bookstore or get online here (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand).
  • February 17, 2021 23:06
    Sandra asked: Hello pastors, thank you for your response to my earlier question. Do divination predictions change frequently? Why does that happen?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question. Divinations, compared to astrological predictions, are much more accurate. There are many types of divination, but those based on the practice of enlightened beings are very accurate. Three of the most well-known in Tibetan Buddhism are the divination practices of Manjushri, Palden Lhamo and Dorje Shugden. You can read more about Dorje Shugden's dice divination here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugdens-dice-divination.html Questions that are asked during divinations are much more specific than the types of topics that astrological predictions can help with, therefore are based on very specific types of karma. This means that if you asked a divination question twice, without taking remedial actions in between, then the answer would most likely be the same, given that all the prerequisites have been held by the diviner and the divinations are genuine. However, if a divination is done and then remedial actions recommended, such as various practices or pujas, and these are done to the letter, then if the question is asked again, then the results would differ. This is because when engaging in these practices or pujas, either you generate the merit necessary to overpower the negative effects of the karma, or you purify the negative effects of the karma creating the situation. This however, is generally not done. You wouldn't ask the same question twice or over and over again. The reason for this is because one of the factors that comes into play when seeking divination is faith. This is faith in the fact that the remedial actions recommended will help whatever situation you are facing. Having seen H.E. Tsem Rinpoche do countless divinations for people, I can attest to this. Those who have faith and follow through with the advice, see a great improvement in the situation that led them to ask the divination question in the first place. Those that did not follow the advice either at all or not fully, did not see any improvement. And this makes sense, because they did not purify the effects of the karma enough, or generate enough merit. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 15, 2021 04:09
    sandra asked: How much importance should we give to astrological predictions or chart readings? Are these readings susceptible to change all the time,i.e, in the context of planetary movements? Can our own effort/actions supercede what is predicted in our birth chart?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your interesting question. You are absolutely correct about the universal principle of change. According to Buddhist practice, astrological predictions are based upon a fixed point in time. Take for example, your moment of birth, which most astrological readings take as the main point of reference. At that specific moment, there would have been various energies or planetary alignments, etc. Combined together, they are said to give an accurate prediction of what will occur to a person throughout their life. This however, is based on one's birth karma, to be born at that specific point in time and location. This birth karma also provides the driving force behind what will occur in a person's life, if that karma is not changed somehow. Hence, that is why astrological predictions can give very accurate readings on someone's personality, as well as life events. Birth karma provides the main force behind all other karma to come into play. That is why it is given importance in astrology. There are also more advanced methods to take into account planetary and energetical movements to give even more detailed and precise predictions that can even be made down to the month, day or hour of a person's life. In Buddhism, however, we believe that karma can be changed. It can multiply, be purified or exhausted, or the effects of that karma can be overpowered by another karma or spiritual merit. In these cases, the outcome will change. The way in which this happens is varied. It can be as simple as doing some prayers (to generate spiritual merit) or changing your behaviour, environment or location, the way you think, and the ways in which you react in various situations. That is why in Buddhist astrological systems, emphasis is placed on remedial measures to counteract negative outcomes. For example, someone may be born with an angry disposition from an astrological point of view. If this person goes through life acting from this anger, then the predictions based on the time of birth will occur. However, a remedial action can be undertaken, such as the person pracitising Chenrezig, who is the Buddha of compassion, or the person doing some form of charity work. These remedial actions generate compassion in the mind of the person, which counteracts the anger. As this happens and the karma is changed, then the person no longer needs to feels the negative effects of any bad astrological (or more correctly - karmic) situations. There are even some practices that specifically help to counteract negative astrological influences and help you to change things. Such an example is Black Manjushri. Within Tibetan Buddhism, according to your time and date of birth, you also have what is known as a 'Birth Buddha'. This is basically an enlightened being that you have an affinity with in this life. General remedial actions include making images of this particular Buddha or engaging in this Buddha's practice. This combined with a change in how we live - otherwise known as Mind Transformation in the Buddhist context - changes astrological outcomes. However, if we continue living without controlling our actions, words and thoughts, the predictions made using astrological readings will most likely still occur. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • February 7, 2021 00:16
    Purna Tamang asked: What is my lucky number and color ?
    pastor answered: Dear Purna Tamang, Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, none our horoscope apps on this page gives this information at this moment. However, you may find some of the other information provided useful. Below are the links: For Chinese Zodiac: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html For Tibetan astrology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html For Numerology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/numerology/numerology-calculator.html For Fortune cookies: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/fortune-cookie Thank you and I hope you find something interesting in one of the apps.
  • January 20, 2021 03:32
    Sangita. asked: i want to buy my own house.which mantra i should chant to have my own house.kindly reply.
    pastor answered: Dear Sangita, Thank you for your question. Everything in our lives, whether good or bad is due to our karma. This is karma we have accumulated either in previous lives or earlier on in this life. You can learn more about this here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/discovering-yourself-a-teaching-on-karma-mindstream.html Sometimes, we go through obstacles or need some form of spiritual help to assist us in improving our situations. In these circumstances we can rely on the practice of certain deities. One of these deities is the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. You can read more about this deity and his practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/beginners-introduction-to-dorje-shugden.html You can learn more about Dorje Shugden's practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-teaching-videos.html. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • January 12, 2021 00:32
    Laurence Brahm asked: Hello la. I would like to get in touch with Rinpoche. My name is Laurence Brahm and I've directed the two films including Searching for The Lotus Born Master. I would like to get in touch with Rinpoche in hopes he would kindly agree to an interview with our third production on Guru Rinpoche and also I would like to ask some questions concerning Shambala. I would be most grateful if Rinpoche would email me at himalayanconsensus2@gmail.com Thank you. With respects
    pastor answered: Dear Laurence Brahm, Thank you for your questions. This section is actually answered by Kechara's Pastors who were trained by His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche. Unfortunately, Tsem Rinpoche is no longer with us physically. He passed into Parinirvana in 2019. You can read more about this here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/the-parinirvana-of-kyabje-tsem-rinpoche.html If you would like to ask questions to any of the pastors regarding this, please email care@kechara.com with more information and mention that you would like to talk to one of the pastors. Thank you
  • December 31, 2020 14:46
    Jose Ajuria asked: What are the qualities of the Buddha Dharma and Sangha
    pastor answered: Dear Jose Ajuria, Here is a short article that discusses the qualities of the Three Jewels: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/taking-refuge-by-pabongka-rinpoche.html For a more in-depth text regarding this, please read Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand). The text describes the qualities and benefits of taking refuge in each, in much more detail. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • December 30, 2020 09:55
    Dan asked: Dear pastors, some vegetarians said egg can eat. While some say no. What is your opinion on this. Thank you
    pastor answered: Dear Dan, Thank you for your question. There are differing views on eggs as part of the vegetarian diet. Some people would say that since eggs we get these days are not fertilized, then they are vegetarian since there is no life involved at that point. His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche was vegetarian but consumed eggs, as long as they were free-range and organic, because Rinpoche was against the battery farming system which produces the majority of eggs these days. There is a lot of animal cruelty involved with battery farming. Most people who do not include egg in their vegetarian diets do this because of the harm is causes the hens during the farming process, and also because they can view eating eggs as taking a life. That being said, within Buddhism, there are certain practices that strictly prohibit the consumption of eggs, as with other types of food. This can be for a number of reasons, which are too long to be discussed here. I would say that most people in the Kechara organisation eat eggs although vegetarian, but that may also be a cultural thing. Some people however, have taken the extra step and live a vegan lifestyle, which definitely does not include egg, as an extension of their practice of compassion for other sentient beings. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • December 5, 2020 00:25
    Bradley asked: Would offerings or prayers like Sangsol offering be more potent if we had the prayers translated to the language of a given geographical area? Example in England where Celtic was once spoken? Would the local deities or spirits be pleased we took the time to do so? They are far older than us.
    pastor answered: Dear Bradley, Thank you for your interesting question. Actually the sangsol prayers will be effective when done in any language. There are two main reasons for this. The first is that when you recite the sangsol prayer, you are actually invoking upon an enlightened being first, in this case, it is Dorje Shugden. Therefore, when you make the requests of the local deities to accept the offering, be calm and improve local circumstances etc, it is not coming from you. You are actually beseeching Dorje Shugden to help you in this matter. Hence, it is Dorje Shugden who is communicating with the local deities, not us. Secondly, deities and gods, as they do not have physical bodies, do not require ordinary language. Language as we know it is actually linked to our physical bodies. Local deities and gods, etc, because they don't have the same type of physical form as us, actually recognise our prayers through intention and effort rather than language. Therefore, prayers such as the sangsol prayers are effective no matter which language they are physical recited in. I hope this makes sense, if it does not, please let us know and we will clarify further. Thank you.
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