Deepavali: Sebuah Perayaan Cahaya

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Deepavali (juga dikenali sebagai Diwali di negara-negara lain) merupakan satu perayaan yang disambut oleh komuniti India di seluruh dunia, seperti Hindu, Jain, Sikh dan juga penganut Buddha Newar Nepal. Ia merupakan satu perayaan cahaya yang riang gembira, di mana kaum keluarga bersatu pada malam yang tergelap dalam tahun untuk menyalakan lilin, bermain mercun dan memberi hadiah. Mereka meraikan kemenangan kuasa baik mengalahkan jahat, sambil mereka mengingati cerita dan peristiwa bersejarah.

Walaupun amalan utamanya berhubung dengan Rama (penjelmaan semula Dewa Vishnu) dan Sita (penjelmaan semula permaisurinya Lakshmi), di India Selatan, ia juga kadang kala dikaitkan dengan pasangan kedewaan Shiva-Shakti. Menurut Skanda Purana, Dewi Shakti telah memerhati tempoh kezahidan selama 21 hari, bermula dari hari kelapan dalam tempoh bulan membesar (ashtami kepada shukla paksha) untuk mendapatkan separuh tubuh Dewa Shiva. Perjanjian kezahidan ini dikenali sebagai kedhara vrata.

Goddess Shakti

Dewi Shakti dipuja dalam pelbagai bentuk, kebiasaannya sebagai Nava Durga, atau Durga yang Sembilan. Klik untuk besarkan.

Deepavali menandakan hari terakhir kezahidan ini, juga dikenali sebagai kedhara gauri vrata, untuk menandakan hari di mana Dewa Shiva menerima Shakti ke dalam bentuk sebelah kirinya dan menjelma sebagai Ardhanarishvara. Penganut setia menandakan hari ke-21 vrata dengan membuat kalasha dengan 21 utas benang di atasnya dan memberikan 21 jenis persembahan selama 35 hari.

Dewi Shakti juga dikenali sebagai Amma (yang bermaksud ‘Ibu’) di selatan India terutamanya di negeri Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Telangana dan Andhra Pradesh, yang dapat menjelaskan kenapa sesetengah kaum India di Malaysia mengaitkan Deepavali kepada Dewi Shakti. Ramai penduduk kampung yang mempercayai Shakti sebagai pelindung; penghukum mereka yang membuat jahat, penyembuh kepada penyakit, dan yang memberi kebajikan kepada kampung.

 

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Asal-usul Deepavali bermula di kerajaan Ayodhya, di mana bersemayam Raja Dasharatha yang bijaksana dan berkuasa, bersama dengan tiga orang permaisurinya yang pandai dan rupawan; Kaushalya, Kaikeyi dan Sumitra. Raja itu tidak memiliki putera untuk mewarisi kerajaannya, dan bersama-sama dengan permaisuri-permaisurinya telah berdoa dengan bersungguh-sungguh kepada dewa dewi.

King Dasharatha accepting rice pudding from Agni, the god of fire. Click to enlarge.

Raja Dasharatha menerima puding beras dari Agni, dewa api. Klik untuk besarkan.

Doa mereka dimakbulkan apabila kedewaan tuhan api Agni, bangkit dari api pemujaan memegang semangkuk puding beras (dikenali sebagai payasam dalam Tamil atau kheer dalam Hindi). Agni memberitahu raja dan permaisuri-permaisurinya yang dewa dewi berbesar hati dengan pengorbanan mereka, sehinggakan Vishnu sendiri membuat keputusan untuk dilahirkan di dunia sebagai putera mereka. Permaisuri-permaisuri hendaklah membahagikan puding beras itu diantara mereka, dan bila sampai masanya, anak-anak suci akan dilahirkan kepada mereka.

Sewaktu Raja Dasharatha mula membahagikan puding di antara ketiga-tiga permaisurinya, seekor burung gagak melayah turun dan mengambil bahagian Sumitra sebelum sempat dijamahnya. Kaushalya dan Kaikeyi betindak dengan segera berkongsi bahagian mereka dengan Sumitra.

Bila tiba masanya, Rama telah dilahirkan oleh Permaisuri Kaushalya, Bharata oleh Pemaisuri Kaikeyi, dan kembar dua Lakshmana dan Shatrughna oleh Permaisuri Sumitra. Permaisuri Sumitra mendapat kembar kerana telah memakan dua bahagian puding beras tersebut. Keempat-empat putera itu merupakan anugerah tuhan, perlambangan kepada kehebatan Dewa Vishnu, maka mereka mempunyai kecantikan, kekuasaan dan kemahiran. Namun di antara keempat-empat putera tersebut, Putera Rama adalah yang paling berani, bijaksana dan kacak.

Lord Vishnu and his divine consort, the goddess Lakshmi. Click to enlarge.

Dewa Vishnu dan permaisuri kudusnya, Dewi Lakshmi. Klik untuk besarkan.

Pada hari keempat-empat putera tersebut menjadi dewasa, Raja Dasharatha mengisyhtiharkan kerajaannya akan diwarisi putera sulungnya Rama, yang disambut dengan gembira oleh semua rakyatnya kecuali seorang; Manthara. Dia merupakan orang suruhan yang bebadan bongkok kepada Permaisuri Kaikeyi, bonda kepada Bharatha. Manthara meracuni fikiran Permaisuri Kaikeyi dengan kata-kata dusta terhadap Rama; bahawa apabila Rama menjadi raja kelak, dia akan mengkhianati anaknya Bharatha dan membuangnya dari negeri. Manthara menyakinkan Permaisuri Kaikeyi untuk pergi menghadap raja dan menuntut agar puteranya Bharatha dijadikan raja dan supaya Rama dihalau dari kerajaan.

Raja amat berdukacita, namun bersetuju kerana baginda telah bersumpah kepada Permaisuri Kaikeyi bertahun dahulu, untuk menunaikan segala permintaannya. Walaupun semua orang telah mengangkat taat setia kepda Rama; dia dan isterinya Sita, bersama adinda bongsunya Lakshmana, dengan patuh meninggalkan Ayodhya untuk tinggal di hutan. Bharatha amat terkejut dengan tindakan ibunya. Dia telah meminta sepasang capal daripada Rama, dan meletakkannya di atas takhta, dan memberitahu Rama bahawa dia akan memerintah kerajaan bagi pihaknya sehingga dia kembali. Sepasang capal di atas takhta lantas menjadi lambang pemerintahan Rama.

Left to right: Lakshmana, Sita, and Lord Rama entering exile in the jungle. Click to enlarge.

Kiri ke kanan: Lakshmana, Sita dan Dewa Rama dalam buangan di hutan. Klik untuk besarkan.

Di sebuah pulau Lanka yang terletak jauh, tinggal seorang raja syaitan yang kuat dan kejam yang dipanggil Ravana, yang mempunyai sepuluh kepala dan dua puluh tangan, dan bergerak menerusi udara dengan menaiki pedati yang ditarik oleh baghal yang bergigi tajam dan memakan manusia. Ravana yang jahat itu akan menghantar syaitan-syaitannya untuk mengganggu para bijaksana dunia, untuk menggendalakan persembahan kepada dewa dewi dan menyeksa kehidupan rakyat jelata.

Apabila Rama, Sita dan Lakshmana tiba ke kawasan tersebut, orang ramai menyambut mereka dengan penuh gembira, dan meminta putera-putera itu melindungi mereka dari syaitan-syaitan Ravana. Maka, Rama dan Lakshmana pun mengangkat senjata mereka dan berlawan dengan gerombolan syaitan, dan melindungi lelaki dan wanita bijaksana. Syaitan-syaitan tersebut pulang menghadap Ravana dan melaporkan bahawa mereka telah dikalahkan oleh Rama dan Lakshmana.

Berang, Ravana terbang dengan pedatinya menuju ke tempat di mana putera-putera itu hidup dalam kesederhanaan. Apabila dia ternampak akan kecantikan Sita, dia membuat keputusan untuk menjadikannya salah seorang isterinya di Lanka. Dia mengumpan Rama dan Lakshmana untuk meninggalkan pondok mereka di hutan, dan kemudian menyamarkan dirinya sebagai seorang tua yang tidak berdaya untuk meminta minuman dari Sita. Sebelum sempat Sita membawakannya minuman, dia telah menyauk Sita ke dalam tangannya dan membawanya ke pulau terpencil Lanka.

Rama dan Lakshmana terkejut dengan kehilangan Sita. Mereka mula mencarinya namun tidak berjaya sehinggalah mereka terjumpa dengan raja burung hering, Jetayu, terbaring dan cedera di atas tanah. Jetayu memberitahu mereka dia ternampak raja syaitan itu terbang dengan pedatinya, dan bersamanya, seorang wanita cantik yang menjerit meminta pertolongan. Jetayu telah cuba untuk menolong tetapi telah teruk dicederakan oleh Ravana.

The demon King Ravana abducting the goddess Sita

Raja syaitan, Ravana menculik Dewi Sita

Rama dan Lakshmana segera bertolak mencari Ravana dan mereka terserempak dengan Sugriva, Raja kepada monyet. Sugriva dan semua monyetnya bersungguh-sungguh mahu membantu dan mereka berpecah ke seluruh arah untuk mengesan Sita. Salah satu dari pengikut Sugriva, adalah monyet gagah bernama Hanuman, yang telah menjumpai Sita, dan sebaik sahaja ternampak olehnya, Hanuman terbang turun dan memberitahunya bahawa dia bersama dengan Rama dan Lakshmana untuk menyelamatkannya.

Hanuman telah membuat helah ke atas Ravana dan syaitan-syaitannya dengan membenarkan mereka untuk menangkap dan mengikatnya dengan tali. Syaitan-syaitan itu telah membakar ekor Hanuman dan dengan serta-merta dia melepaskan diri dari ikatannya dan meloncat dari bumbung ke bumbung, dan telah membakar seluruh Lanka. Hanuman kemudian melarikan diri dan menceritakan penemuannya kepada Rama. Rama, Lakshmana dan Hanuman serta sekumpulan monyet-monyet yang bengis telah berarak ke arah laut dan membina sebuah jambatan dari batu untuk menyeberang ke Lanka dan menyelamatkan Sita.

Mereka telah bertempur dengan Ravana selama beberapa hari, menangkis pelbagai muslihat licik yang digunakan oleh Ravana. Akhirnya mereka berjaya mengalahkan dan membunuhnya, dan Rama dan Sita bersatu semula dengan sorakan kuat dari Lakshmana, Sugriva, Hanuman dan tentera monyet. Rama, Sita dan Lakshmana kemudian mengucapkan selamat tinggal kepada rakan monyet mereka dan kembali pulang menuju Kerajaan Ayodhya.

Sepanjang perjalanan, rakyat bergembira dan menyalakan pelita untuk meraikan kejayaan mereka menewaskan Ravana. Rakyat Ayodhya sungguh gembira menerima kepulangan Rama dan Sita, dan menyalakan lilin sepanjang laluan pulang mereka. Bandar Ayodhya yang indah, terang benderang dengan cahaya tatkala keempat-empat putera itu bersatu kembali.

Lord Rama, the goddess Sita, and Lakshmana returning to Ayodhya after defeating Ravana

Dewa Rama, Dewi Sita dan Lakshmana pulang ke Ayodhya selepas menewaskan Ravana

Rama dan Sita menaiki takhta dan memerintah dengan bijaksana bertahun lamanya. Sehingga ke hari ini, Deepavali dirayakan untuk menyambut kepulangan Rama dan Sita dan kemenangan kuasa baik mengatasi kuasa jahat, kebenaran mengatasi kejahilan, dan cahaya mengatasi kegelapan. Hanuman kemudiannya telah menjadi salah satu dari pengikut Rama yang paling setia dan salah satu dari pendewaan utama dalam Hindusime. Doa dan puja khas yang didedikasikan kepada Dewa Hanuman diadakan sehari sebelum Deepavali di India Utara dan Gujarat. Hari ini dikenali sebagai Narak Chaturdashi, Kali Chaudash, Roop Chaturdashi atau Chaudash.

Di beberapa kawasan, hari sebelum Deepavali juga dipercayai sebagai hari kelahiran Hanuman. Dewa Rama sendiri mengisytiharkan bahawa rakyat haruslah sentiasa memuja Hanuman dahulu sebelum memuja dirinya. Memandangkan cara termudah untuk mencapai kaki Dewa Rama adalah melalui Hanuman, jadi tidak hairanlah, para penganut menjalankan puja Hanuman sebelum Deepavali. Harus dinyatakan di sini, di kebanyakan kawasan, hari kelahiran Hanuman, yang dikenali sebagai Hanuman Jayanti, disambut pada hari bulan penuh di dalam bulan Chaitra, antara bulan Mac-April.

The monkey god Hanuman

Dewa monyet, Hanuman

Pada hari Deepavali itu sendiri, penyembahan dan puja khas juga dijalankan untuk Dewa Hanuman, di mana sindhur (merah merona) dan minyak dipersembahkan kepadanya. Hanuman dipercayai memberikan kekuatan untuk melawan makhluk jahat dan perkara yang tidak baik pada hari ini.

 

Perayaan Deepavali di Malaysia

Seperti semua perayaan keagamaan, Deepavali merupakan masa untuk kaum keluarga berkumpul, dan ia merupakan cuti umum di Malaysia. Mereka yang menganut kepercayaan Hindu meraikan perayaan ini secara besar-besaran. Dalam hari-hari menjelang Deepavali, banyak beli-belah perlu dilakukan untuk pakaian baru (sari), gelang tangan, dan perhiasan perayaan. Juga terdapat banyak masak-memasak, dan setiap keluarga akan mengisi semula rempah ratus untuk menyediakan kudapan dan makanan Deepavali kegemaran sebagai persiapan menantikan sahabat handai yang akan berkunjung dan menyertai sambutan perayaan. Little India merupakan destinasi beli-belah untuk keperluan ini.

Tanglung kertas dan kolam berwarna-warni, sejenis rekaan perhiasan lantai yang halus yang diperbuat daripada beras atau serbuk yang diwarnakan; akan dipasang sebagai perhiasan di rumah. Diya (pelita tanah liat) juga dinyalakan untuk menghiasi setiap ceruk rumah pada hari Deepavali yang bertuah dan membangkitkan semangat perayaan.

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Kolams

Sebuah kolam, dengan motif rekaan, corak dan warna yang pelbagai, merupakan sebuah luahan perasaan dan kebiasaannya dilukis di hadapan rumah untuk menyambut tetamu. Ekspresi ini tidak semestinya bersifat keagamaan dan kadang kala boleh menyampai keprihatinan sosial. Walau bagaimana pun, perasaan inilah yang memberikan nafas kepada bentuk-bentuk yang sebaliknya akan menjadi kosong tanpa maksud.

Di masa lampau, ayam-ayam akan mematuk dan tupai akan menjilat licin tepung beras yang digunakan untuk melukis kolams. Kini, serbuk batu digunakan, yang mempunyai faedah sampingan dengan menghindari serangga-serangga kecil. Dengan semakin ramai yang duduk di bangunan-bangunan tinggi, kertas pelekat boleh digunakan sebagai ganti.

Rekaan dan corak-corak halus yang membentuk kolams bermula sejak awal dalam sejarah. Merentas abad, lukisan kolams berkembang menjadi bentuk kesenian yang sofistikated, namun beberapa tahun kebelakangan ini, ia mula menghilang. Namun, ianya masih boleh dilihat sebagai sebahagian dari amalan keagamaan di rumah, dan popular di kompleks membeli-belah sebagai perhiasan lantai. Beberapa minggu sebelum Deepavali, kolam-kolam yang cantik boleh dilihat di Pavilion KL, Gardens Mall dan Suria KLCC.

Kolam

Kolams

 

Pelita Tanah Liat

Diya, diyo, deya, divaa, deepa, deepam atau deepak adalah sejenis pelita tanah liat yang digunakan di India dan Nepal, kebiasaannya diperbuat daripada tanah liat, dengan sumbu daripada kapas yang direndam di dalam minyak sapi atau minyak sayuran. Diya menghasilkan cahaya apabila sumbu terbakar menggunakan bahan api minyak, dan pelita tanah liat di kuil yang digunakan untuk memberkati jemaah, dirujuk sebagai aarti.

Diya tanah liat seringkali digunakan sebagai cahaya sementara untuk peristiwa istimewa, sementara diya yang diperbuat daripada loyang menjadi kelengkapan tetap di rumah dan kuil. Diya berasal dari India dan Nepal dan kerap kali digunakan di dalam perayaan keagamaan Hindu, Sikh, Jain dan Zoroastrian, termasuklah Deepavali. Sejenis lampu yang sama yang dipanggil pelita mentega, juga digunakan sebagai persembahan oleh agama Buddhis Tibet. Di Tamil Nadu, diya juga dipanggil deepam dan dinyalakan terutama semasa kelanjutan Deepavali atau Karthikai Deepam.

Pelita yang dinyalakan dianggap sebagai simbol bertuah yang menghalau kuasa jahat dan menjemput masuk kebahagiaan dan kesejahteraan. Pelita-pelita ini dinyalakan sepanjang malam, dan rumah akan dibersihkan sebelum perayaan untuk menyambut Dewi Lakshmi, dipercayai penganut Hindu sebagai dewi kekayaan dan permaisuri kepada Dewa Vishnu.

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Walau bagaimana pun, terkandung lebih banyak perlambangan terhadap sebuah diya. Kebanyakan keluarga Hindu menyalakan diya sekali setiap pagi dan petang. Ia bukan sahaja menjadi amalan kebiasaan tetapi melambangkan penyerahan jiwa seseorang kepada kuasa agung.

Minyak di dalam sebuah diya melambangkan kekotoran (tamak, hasad dengki, kebencian, nafsu) yang kebiasaannya akan terkumpul oleh manusia dalam menjalani kehidupan, sementara sumbu kapas merupakan simbolik kepada aatman (diri). Jadi untuk mencapai kesedaran dan bersatu dengan Brahman (kuasa agung), seseorang itu harus meninggalkan kebendaan.

Tambahan pula, sebuah diya itu juga melambangkan pengetahuan. Seseorang yang jahil kerap kekal dalam kegelapan dan tidak mampu untuk mengikuti peristiwa-peristiwa yang belaku disekelilingnya. Hanya apabila dia mendapat sedikit pengetahuan barulah dia dapat menyedari tujuan kewujudannya. Oleh itu, diya menandakan penewasan kejahilan melalui pengetahuan dengan meninggalkan kemahuan kebendaan.

Berikut merupakan mantera dalam bahasa Sanskrit yang menegaskan kepentingan jyoti (cahaya) dalam perjalanan seseorang yang harus diamalkan untuk mencapai ketenangan dalaman:

Asato maa sad-gamaya (Bawalah kami dari Ketidakbenaran kepada Kebenaran)
Tamaso maa jyotir-gamaya (Dari Kegelapan kepada Cahaya)
Mrityor-maa-mritan gamaya (Dari Kematian kepada Keabadian)
OM shaanti shaanti shaanti (OM damai, damai, damai)

Jadi, sebuah diya bukan sahaja alat perhiasan tetapi mengingatkan semua untuk meninggalkan kemahuan kebendaan dan mengalahkan kejahilan mereka dengan mendapatkan pengetahuan, jika mereka ingin bersatu dengan Tuhan.

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Amalan menyalakan Diya

 

Mandian Minyak

Abhyang snan (ritual mandian suci) mengambil tempat pada hari pertama Deepavali, selalunya pada waktu pagi, untuk membersihkan tubuh dan jiwa. Memandangkan abhyang snan dilakukan sebelum terbit matahari, ia dianggap sama suci seperti mandi di dalam sungai Ganges.

Begitulah sifat-sifat yang terdapat pada abhyanga snan sehinggakan ada pakar-pakar yang mencadangkan mengambil abhyanga snan setiap hari untuk mendapat kebaikannya, oleh kerana ia membantu meningkatkan peredaran, membuang sel-sel kulit mati, membersihkan sepenuhnya tubuh, dan menenangkan minda menerusi aromanya.

Kaedah melakukan abhyang snan adalah seperti berikut:

  1. Bangun sebelum matahari terbit
  2. Mengurut seluruh tubuh dengan minyak harum
  3. Biarkan minyak itu meresap ke dalam kulit selama lebih kurang setengah jam
  4. Sapukan uptan/utane/utnah (sejenis pes dari rempah ratus dan tepung gram) dan urut sepenuhnya tubuh sebagai penyental semulajadi sebelum membilas dengan air.
  5. Mandi seperti biasa menggunakan sabun harum, kebiasaannya diwangikan dengan ros atau kayu cendana.
  6. Memakai pakaian baru. Kebiasaannya, pakaian tradisional seperti sari, lehenga, churidar kurta dan salwar kameez akan dipakai.
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Mandi minyak

 

Melawat Kuil-kuil

Selepas memakai persalinan baru yang dibeli sebelum perayaan, penganut Hindu kemudian akan bersembahyang di rumah atau di kuil-kuil.

Di Kuala Lumpur, penganut akan ke kuil-kuil seperti Kuil Sri Subramaniyar di Batu Caves. Orang asing dan pelancong juga dipersilakan untuk berkunjung dan menyertai perayaan, begitu juga untuk menikmati juadah-juadah yang dijual oleh peniaga di premis-premis tersebut. Di Ipoh, mereka mempunyai perbandaran ‘Little India’ mereka sendiri, di mana suasana perayaan begitu meriah dengan pengunjung dan perhiasan-perhiasan Deepavali yang berwarna-warni.

Di Pulau Pinang, kuil-kuil sepanjang Jalan Kebun Bunga dipenuhi dengan semangat Deepavali, dengan Kuil Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani menjadi tumpuan utama pesta perayaan. Memandangkan kebanyakan kedai-kedai di Little India akan ditutup, kebanyankan orang ramai termasuk para pelancong, mengambil kesempatan ini untuk bersiar-siar ke kawasan seperti Lebuh Queen, Lebuh Chulia dan Jalan Pasar.

Selepas bersembahyang di kuil, para penganut biasanya akan pulang ke rumah dan membuka kediaman mereka untuk kaum keluarga dan sahabat handai berkunjung dan berkumpul untuk berkongsi dan berhubung dan menikmati santapan dan kudapan perayaan. Mercun juga akan dinyalakan sebagai sambutan dan untuk menakutkan semangat jahat.

 

Makanan Deepavali

Deepavali merupakan satu sambutan yang meriah, berwarna-warni dan penuh kegembiraan yang dinyatakan melalui warna, cahaya dan makanan. Kira-kira sebulan sebelum perayaan, kaum wanita akan berkumpul bergilir-gilir di dapur masing-masing untuk membuat kudapan Deepavali seperti manisan India, juga dikenali sebagai mithai.

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Mithai diperbuat daripada tepung kacang kuda, tepung beras, suji, pelbagai kekacang, lentil dan bijian, labu, lobak merah, dicampur dengan pekatan susu pekat atau yogurt. Kacang gajus, badam, pistasio, bijan, kacang chironji, kelapa atau kismis boleh ditambah dan boleh digoreng dan diharumkan dengan rempah ratus manis seperti buah pelaga, kayu manis, bunga cengkih, daun halba segar atau buah pala, sebelum dihiasi dengan safron, air ros atau daun pandan, dan daun perak atau emas yang boleh dimakan.

Terdapat pelbagai variasi mithai seperti ‘shakkarpara’ yang berbentuk berlian, ‘sev’ berbentuk seperti mi dan pelbagai jenis puri manis dan savuri. Keistimewaan wilayah, seperti ‘mawa kachori’, ‘moti pak’ dan ‘sohan papdi’ memerlukan persediaan yang rumit, dan mithai pada masa kini terdapat dalam variasi rendah lemak, kurang gula dan dibakar. Menjadi kebiasaan untuk saling bertukar kotak mithai yang dihias indah, buah-buahan kering, kekacang, atau mangkuk hidangan perak antara keluarga dan sahabat.

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Manisan tradisional Deepavali

Secara tradisinya, makanan istimewa yang berbeza-beza akan dimasak pada hari yang berlainan dalam perayaan dan ini semakin berbeza mengikut kawasan. Secara amnya, puri, yang secara tradisinya digoreng dalam minyak sapi yang mahal, menggantikan roti dan dihidang bersama pelbagai jenis dal, kari sayuran, kudapan bergorang seperi pakora dan puding pada setiap hari perayaan. Kebanyakan kaum India, walaupun bukan semuanya, meneruskan amalan vegetarian mereka pada waktu ini.

Hari pertama mungkin menyaksikan mereka yang menyambutnya, memakan bijian-kasar gandum merekah yang dimasak sauté dengan minyak sapi dan gula yang dikenali sebagai ‘lapsi’, yang sangat popular kerana ia dikaitkan dengan kekayaan. Ia mungkin dihidang bersama dengan kari yang dibuat dengan kacang panjang, yang melambangkan kelanjutan usia berdasarkan panjangnya.

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Hari kedua mungkin menyaksikan anarasa dihidang, sejenis masakan nasi dan jaggery yang dikaitkan dengan penghapusan semangat jahat. Puding beras bersusu; kheer atau payasam, juga dimakan bersama pakora yang nipis dan gebu dibuat dari lentil urad.

Makanan perayaan lain dari sekitar benua kecil itu termasuklah ‘galaka’, sejenis kari yang dibuat dengan labu seakan-akan zukini; ‘ukkarai’ masakan tepung sadur daripada kacang kuda terbelah dan kacang hijau yang distim; ‘sheera’, manisan lembut dari suji dan disaute dengan kismis, kacang gajus, buah pelaga dan safron; sejenis bubur bijian-halus gandum merekah yang distim dan ditambah minyak sapi dan gula yang dikenali sebagai ‘kansar’; donut peroi yang dipanggil ‘balushahi’; roti manis yang berisi kacang hijau dilecek, safron dan buah pelaga, dipanggil ‘poli’.

Kaum wanita menghabiskan masa seharian di dalam dapur sebelum Deepavali untuk membuat manisan dan makanan kegemaran kaum lelaki, dan diberikan hadiah yang mewah sebagai balasan.

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Sebahagian daripada makanan yang biasa dihidangkan sewaktu Deepavali

 

Ke Mana Hendak Dituju di Kuala Lumpur

Kebanyakan restoran dan kedai di Kuala Lumpur akan beroperasi seperti biasa sewaktu Deepavali, tetapi perniagaan yang dimililki kaum India biasanya ditutup pada waktu ini. Terdapat dua kawasan yang dikenali sebagai Little India di Kuala Lumpur yang boleh dikunjungi untuk menyaksikan persiapan dan sambutan Deepavali. Satunya terletak di kawasan yang dipanggil Brickfields, yang terletak dalam jarak berjalan kaki dari KL Sentral (stesen keretapi pusat utama bagi Kuala Lumpur). Anda hanya perlu mengikut tanda arah ke stesen KL Monorail.

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Little India

Kuil Hindu seperti Kuil Sri Kondaswamy Kovil dan Kuil Sri Mahamariamman merupakan tempat terbaik untuk peluang bergambar. Sebagaimana dengan tempat-tempat keagamaan yang lainnya, anda hanya perlu memastikan anda berpakaian sesuai (jangan berseluar pendek dan berbaju tanpa lengan) dan bergerak ke sana di awal pagi, sewaktu penganut Hindu mengadakan sembahyang dan menjalankan upacara ritual.

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Kuil Sri Kondaswamy Kovil Hindu

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Kuil Sri Mahamariamman

Satu kawasan lagi terletak sepanjang Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, yang tidak jauh dari stesen metro RapidKL Masjid Jamek, atau stesen Monorail Medan Tuanku.

 

Membeli-belah

Antara perkara pertama yang dilakukan bagi mereka yang merayakan Deepavali adalah untuk membeli pakaian baru. Pusat membeli-belah utama untuk pakaian India adalah Masjid India di KL dan Little India di Klang.

Madras Store di Masjid India telah beroperasi selama 30 tahun. Sari, kain dan gelang tangan mereka yang berpatutan diimport dari India. Shivom disyorkan untuk kain-kain dan baju Punjabi yang berwarna terang. Koleksi di Haniffa’s lebih kecil, tetapi lebih berkualiti tinggi. Harga sari kapas dan sifon adalah antara RM25 hingga mencecah ribuan ringgit bagi sari sutera tulen Kanchipuram. Lucky Noble juga menjadi hentian popular. Harga di situ bermula dari RM120, disebabkan kemasan manik dan sulaman yang halus.

50 minit menaiki KTM dari KL Sentral membawa anda ke Little India di Klang. Dikenali sebagai Jalan Tengku Kelana, tempat ini benar-benar merupakan lubuk harta untuk segala yang anda perlukan. Gayathiri Silk Sarees Palace mempunyai rekaan-rekaan yang menawan diimport dari India, dan mereka murah hati dalam memberikan diskaun. Bersebelahan dengan Masjid India, Ajuntha mendapatkan sari dan kain mereka terus dari kilang di pinggir-pinggir India, yang menjelaskan barangan mereka yang berkualiti tinggi tetapi dengan harga yang murah. Anda boleh hilang kesedaran masa apabila di Chennai Silks, terletak beberapa langkah dari stesen keretapi. Koleksi besar kain dan pakaian siap pakai mereka berkemungkinan sudah cukup untuk memenuhi misi anda. Dan yang paling penting, tawar-menawar dibenarkan.

Jika anda tidak mempunyai masa untuk ke kedai; Shobi G, sebuah tapak belian dalam talian yang berpangkalan di Johor (www.facebook.com/sarees.shobig) menawarkan penghantaran percuma di dalam Malaysia, ditambah pula dengan polisi pemulangan dan penukaran yang munasabah. Juga disyorkan adalah Indifashion (www.indifashion.my), di mana anda boleh membeli untuk seisi keluarga di kedai dalam talian yang berpangkalan di Delhi ini. Walaupun dicampur penghantaran, barangannya masih mampu dimiliki.

  • Ajuntha Textiles 20 Jalan Tengku Kelana, Klang (03 3371 7571)
  • Chennai Silks 1 Jalan Istana, Klang (03 3372 7272)
  • Gowre Silk Saarees Palace 74 Jalan Tengku Kelana, Klang (03 3373 6505)
  • Haniffa 149 Jalan Masjid India, KL (03 2693 8620)
  • Lucky Noble 1-16, first & second floor, Plaza City One, Jalan Munshi Abdullah, KL (03 2692 6855/www.seherish.com.my)
  • Madras Store 100 Jalan Masjid India, KL (03 2693 0072)
  • Mangala Theebam 245 Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields (03 2274 0360/www.mangalatheebam.com)
  • Shivom Traders 14 Jalan Bunus Enam, Jalan Munshi Abdullah, KL (03 2693 1234)
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Membeli-belah sempena Deepavali

 

Perhiasan

Shops specialising in Indian/Deepavali décor items are concentrated in Klang and Kedai-kedai yang khusus untuk barang-barang perhiasan India/Deepavali, banyak terdapat di Klang dan Brickfields. Gayathri Silver Brass Cash & Carry terletak di sebuah lorong kecil di luar Little India di Klang, Kedai ini menawarkan pelbagai barangan sembahyang, pelita tanah liat kecil dan serbuk setanggi, dan segala yang anda perlukan untuk sembahyang.

Walaupun kolam adalah penting, ia sangat memakan masa untuk dihasilkan. Pelekat mudah kolam merupakan alternatif yang menyenangkan dan berharga RM20 setiap satu di Sarojani. Sebagai pilihan lain, hubungi pakar dari Dass Kolam, dengan harga yang bermula dari RM800.

Satu lagi tempat yang baik untuk menambah perhiasan dan peralatan sembahyang adalah di Karnival Deepavali. Sebelumnya diadakan di Brickfields, ia telah beralih ke lokasi yang lebih luas di Bukit Jalil. Terdapat beratus-ratus penjaja dari India, Malaysia dan Pakistan menjual perkhidmatan dan barangan mereka. Kunjungi pada hari terakhir untuk mendapatkan diskaun yang lebih baik, tetapi bersedia untuk jumlah pengunjung yang lebih besar.

  • Dass Kolam (016 494 7674)
  • Deepavali Carnival Car Park A, National Sports Complex, Bukit Jalil, KL (03 2278 5555)
  • Gayathri Cash & Carry 1 Jalan Pulasan, off Jalan Tengku Kelana, Klang (03 3373 8181)
  • Sarojani 52 Jalan Tengku Kelana, Klang (03 3371 9762)
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Sebahagian dari alat perhiasan tradisional Deepavali

 

Mithai (Manisan India)

Di Brickfields, Jesal mengkhususi manisan lembut barfi, rasgulla dan gulab jamun, sementara Sangheetha Café di Masjid Jamek, menjual kaju katli, laddu dan murukku mereka sebagai makanan terlaris. Jika anda kesempitan masa, hubungi perkhidmatan penghantaran mereka tiga hari lebih awal. Kedai konfeksioneri Richman’s Candy di Little India menjual manisan moden yang dibalut dengan cantik. Minta untuk menguji rasa sebelum anda membeli.

  • Jesal Sweet House 84 Jalan Sambanthan, Brickfields (03 2274 6801/www.jesalsweethouse.com)
  • Richman’s Candy 25 Jalan Tengku Kelana, Klang (012 209 9473)
  • Sangheeta Vegetarian Restaurant 40 Palace Hotel Plaza, Jalan Masjid India, KL (03 2694 4233)
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Beberapa variasi mithai

 

Pemanjaan Diri

Dengan cawangan di Brickfields, Masjid India, Little India malahan di Bangsar, Vaani’s merupakan salun kecantikan atasan yang menyediakan pelbagai perkhidmatan kecantikan. Duduk berehat dan dapatkan rawatan rias kuku tangan dan kaki, rambut, ukir kening dan lukisan tatu inai terperinci sebelum Deepavali. Untuk pilihan yang lebih murah, gadis inai diluar kedai Mydin laris menjalankan perniagaan.

  • Vaani’s 233A, first floor, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields (03 2274 4644/www.vaanis.com).
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Inai popular untuk perayaan utama India, terutamanya sewaktu Deepavali.

 

Tarikh-tarikh Deepavali

  • 2017: Khamis, Oktober 19
  • 2018: Rabu, November 7
  • 2019: Ahad, Oktober 27
  • 2020: Sabtu, November 14

 
Sumber Maklumat:

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-F5tzMBHcFc
  • http://www.hindu-blog.com/2008/10/hanuman-and-diwali-worship-and-puja-of.html
  • http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/Capturing-the-intricacies-of-%E2%80%98kolam%E2%80%99/article14999956.ece
  • http://sundaysatsang.blogspot.my/2014/10/importance-of-oil-bath-on-deepavali-and.html
  • http://www.indiaparenting.com/indian-culture/70_1574/significance-of-holy-bath-during-diwali.html
  • https://www.timeout.com/kuala-lumpur/things-to-do/guide-to-deepavali

 

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  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 4. 2024 04:11 PM
    Lama Tsongkhapa was an influential Tibetan Buddhist monk, philosopher and tantric yogi, whose activities led to the formation of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism . Lama Tsongkhapa was hailed as the second Buddha by contemporary Buddhist masters of his time. Famous for reviving Buddhism in Tibet and revered for elevating the Dharma to all its present glory. Hence having a 12 ft Lama Tsongkhapa Statue at new Kechara Gompa (Prayer Hall) is indeed a blessing. Its truly beautiful. Merely by looking at it is a blessing .
    Thank you Rinpoche and team effort making it possible.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/10-ft-tsongkapa-here.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 4. 2024 04:09 PM
    The Pemayangtse Monastery is a Buddhist monastery, near Pelling in the northeastern Sikkim. The monastery is about 375 year old and is one of the oldest and premier monasteries of Sikkim. Its also the most famous monastery in Sikkim and one of the most important monastery belonging to the Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism. Pemayangtse monastery was founded around 1647-48 recording to history. Well the Monastery is part of Buddhist religious pilgrimage circuit built with scenic backdrop of snow-capped mountains on two sides. Where many locals and tourists will travel to Sikkim yearly . Over the centuries, the monastery has withstood earthquakes and has gone through series of refurbishments and preservation efforts. Interesting story behind this monastery, would love to travel to Sikkim again .
    Lieutenant Colonel Laurence Austine Waddell was a British explorer, collector in Tibet, and author, travelling throughout India,Sikkim and areas on the borders of Nepal and Tibet. He wrote about the Tibetan Buddhist religious practices from what he observed while there. In Sikkim he made a stunning discovery, that Dorje Shugden existence in the Nyingma monastery as written in his book. Hence it has proven that Dorje Shugden been worshipped not only in Gelug lineage but as well in the Nyingma centuries ago too. Its not a minority practice afterall .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Seow Choong Liang for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-in-nyingma-pemayangtse-monastery-sikkim.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 4. 2024 04:07 PM
    Revisit this interesting post of a great Master
    Buton Rinchen Drup, was a 14th-century Sakya master and Tibetan Buddhist leader. He is widely considered to be one of Tibet’s greatest scholars, historians, translators, and writers. He has been the role model for many of Tibet’s greatest masters over the centuries, including the present Dalai Lama. His legacy also included the compilation of 500 years’ worth of translated teachings into the encyclopedic Kangyur and Tangyur collections. This monumental effort helped to preserve and propagate the teachings throughout Tibet. These collections have become well known by all of the schools of Buddhism in Tibet, and continue to this day. He truly was one of the brightest lights of Tibetan Buddhism.
    Throughout his life, Buton Rinchen Drup has continued to serve humanity and the Dharma. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/tibets-great-scholar-buton-rinchen-drub.html
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    Thursday, Jan 4. 2024 04:05 PM
    Toyuq, located 50 km east of Turpan a unique city in the Flaming Mountains.From all sides the city is surrounded by deserts and mountains, destroyed medieval towns and ruins of ancient settlements. Toyuq, an Islamic pilgrimage center, nestles at the base of the Flaming Mountains. Here there are many mosques, both medieval and modern ones been built over the years. The first Uighur ruler had converted to Islam, and shrines was then built in the locality honouring the ruler. There was a story behind the legendary Seven Sleepers of Ephesus where there was a group of youths hiding inside a cave, at the Flaming mountains outside the city of Ephesus around 250 AD. Buildings can be seen practically everywhere with pierced walls that is used for drying grapes to make raisins. Raisins and melons are most known products of the region. Turpan is one of the most densely populated cities in Xinjiang the popukation consists of mainly the Muslim Uyghurs.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting post with many interesting history dated to 6,000 years ago.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/toyuq-village.html
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    Tuesday, Jul 25. 2023 04:37 PM
    The Fourth Takpu, Pema Vajra Jampel Tenpai Ngodrub was a highly attained lama. He was also commonly known as Takpu Dorje Chang who had many authentic visions of the Buddhas. He had even received directly teachings from Buddhas. He had received direct visions of Tara herself. Tagpu Pemavajra had travelled to Tushita, the heavenly abode of Lama Tsongkhapa as requested by Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche where he received the complete cycle of teachings on Dorje Shugden. Tagpu Pemavajra was one such lama who was attained enough to receive these teachings for the benefit of others. He was instrumental in the development of the Dorje Shugden practice within the Gelug tradition. Wow he was able to astral travel to various pure lands and receive special teachings. Interesting biography of a great lama.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-fourth-takpu-pema-vajra-jampel-tenpai-ngodrub.html
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    Tuesday, Jul 25. 2023 04:32 PM
    Jan Salter a renowned artist, and inspiring lady who founded the Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre, a charity organisation. She was an inspiring lady whose energy and commitment to the goal of alleviating the suffering of street animals. She used her own saving to building and starting the Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre the first organisation in Nepal. In recognition of the work for the welfare of the stray animals she was awarded by the International Human Society and the British government. She had benefitted many with her generous nature that she used to benefit others in ways that went far beyond the meaning of normal charity work.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/jans-a-hero-kathmandu-nepal.html
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    Tuesday, Jul 25. 2023 04:30 PM
    Amazing discovery a 2,000 year old Indian Buddhist document as it tell us how Buddhism took root in India. It’s the oldest Buddhist manuscripts yet discovered, dating from about the 1st century BCE to 3rd century CE. Found in the north-western outskirts of the Indian subcontinent an ancient Buddhist kindgom. The document, written on a birch bark scroll offers rare insight into the early history of Buddhism. Surviving manuscripts are rare only a few hundred are known to still exist. Understanding the history of the region helps us realize the significance of this scroll.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/indian-buddhism.html
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    Tuesday, Jul 25. 2023 04:27 PM
    Yu Pengnian a real estate tycoon ‘s journey from poor street hawker to be one of a richest person in mainland China. His passion for charity is a result of his own humble beginnings. He has donated all his assets of billions to charity, making him China’s top philanthropist. Whatever profits he made from his business he donated to the Yu Pengnian Foundation which he founded. He became the first Chinese national to give more than billions to charities, scholarships, helping poor students. Self- made Chinese billionaire he gives away entire fortune to charity.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/chinese-philanthropist-donates-it-all.html
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    Tuesday, Jul 25. 2023 04:25 PM
    Even though its an old post its definitely very inspirational article. About Master Cheng Yen, a Taiwanese Buddhist nun, teacher, and philanthropist. Master Cheng Yen was an inspiring spiritual leader who was the founder of the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation. Due to her incredible work she was featured on FORBES a leading news and information source. As the founder of the international charity and humanitarian organization Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, Master Cheng Yen has become a global icon. As a revered Buddhist nun and Dharma teacher, she has been a key figure in the development of modern Taiwanese Buddhism. With the great aspiration of compassion and joy, she embarked on a great mission of helping and saving those sufferings and hardships. She initiated and dedicated herself to whole life long mission of helping people and spreading kindness. The Tzu Chi Foundation has million supporters and volunteers throughout the world. They are known for the astonishing speed and efficiency which it brings aid to victims of natural disasters. Countless numbers of victims had benefitted from their compassionate work. Interesting read of an inspiring Master.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/nun-on-forbes.html
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    Tuesday, Jul 25. 2023 04:23 PM
    With a supportive parents Tsechen Wongmu ( Ma Ying ) a college-student-turned nun at a young age. She moved to Xinlong Dongzhi temple in southwest China’s Sichuan province amid the snow-covered mountains 4,200 meters high. She had made brave move. As a little girl she learned about Buddhism from her grandparents. This holy mountain is reputed as “King of Mountains in Sichuan” with fascinating snow and alpine. She has made a choice to be there. She has won public attentions after posting her poem and diary on internet with millions of followers. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring read.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/post-80s-girl-practices-buddhism-as-a-nun-in-snow-capped-plateau.html
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    Monday, Jul 17. 2023 03:27 PM
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    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/the-mysterious-monsters-narrated-by-peter-graves.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 17. 2023 03:25 PM
    We are not alone , there are many unexplained mysterious monsters sightings. These sightings has remain unsolved mysteries. All these encounters has send shockwaves throughout many parts in the world. The video of mysterious monsters which was narrated by Peter Graves , has viewers to believe mysterious monsters do exists after all. Very convincing . Many interesting frightening creatures such as Lochness, Bigfoot,Yeti and so forth are explored in this video. Do watch .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/the-mysterious-monsters-narrated-by-peter-graves.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 17. 2023 03:23 PM
    Visited this stunning standing Manjushri which is located at the Manjushree Park at Chobhar, in Kathmandu, Nepal recently. Feeling so blessed able to see it , with my friends. Manjushree Park, one of most natural, historic attactive park within Kathmandu valley. Fantastic well managed picnic spot one should visit and not to be missed when one is at Kathmandu Nepal. Visible 33 ft. high black stone carved Manjushree statue .Manjushri is one of the most important iconic figures in Mahayana Buddhism. The powerful image representing ever-present wisdom plus the sword of awareness to cut off all delusion. An interesting story behind this Kathmandu Valley where mythology and geology intertwine.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/the-standing-manjushri-in-nepal.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 17. 2023 03:15 PM
    According to Buddhist teaching, prostration manifests the spiritual growth, faith of a person. In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, prostration is an important element of practice. Traditionally, prostrations are more than a show of respect for Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Making prostration is a basic part of our lives in Buddhism. They are a method to purify our mind, or the antidote for ego-clinging. One of the general benefits of prostration is that in the future we will achieve a good rebirth . Prostration is a very powerful activity that can clear away obscuration of our body, speech, and mind as well as clearing our past and present negative karma. A huge merits for anyone doing prostration with proper visualization as well as the proper motivation.
    Having seen practitioners doing prostration along the road at Lhasa and reading teachings on prostration on blogs had motivated me to do retreat on it. Its was during the MCO back in 2020, I did a prostration retreat then. Even though it took me a longer time somehow I have completed 100,150k prostrations . Now I am still continue to do but not as many prostration as before.
    Well even though this is an old post I would to congratulate those involved in the prostration retreat at that time. It’s a good that Kechara is have a teachings on prostration and retreat .
    Thank you Rinpoche.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/letters-cards-gifts/prostration-retreat-completed.html

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I must thank my dharma blog team who are great assets to me, Kechara and growth of dharma in this wonderful region. I am honoured and thrilled to work with them. I really am. Maybe I don't say it enough to them, but I am saying it now. I APPRECIATE THESE GUYS VERY MUCH!

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The Unknown

The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
~Tsem Rinpoche

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According to legend, Shambhala is a place where wisdom and love reign, and there is no crime. Doesn\'t this sound like the kind of place all of us would love to live in? https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=204874
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According to legend, Shambhala is a place where wisdom and love reign, and there is no crime. Doesn't this sound like the kind of place all of us would love to live in? https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=204874
108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden\'s blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
4 years ago
108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden's blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
4 years ago
Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat\'s doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
4 years ago
One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat's doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
4 years ago
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
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.
4 years ago
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.
By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
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By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
It\'s very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it\'s very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
4 years ago
It's very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it's very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
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.
4 years ago
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.
One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
4 years ago
One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second 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)
First 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
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
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Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
5 years ago
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
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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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
Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
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The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
Sacred Vajra Yogini
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Sacred Vajra Yogini
Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
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Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
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.
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.
5 years ago
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.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
5 years ago
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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
5 years ago
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
This is pretty amazing!

First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
5 years ago
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

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
5 years ago
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
5 years ago
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
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
5 years ago
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
5 years ago
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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
5 years ago
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
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
5 years ago
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
5 years ago
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
5 years ago
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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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
5 years ago
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
5 years ago
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
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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.
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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)
2 weeks ago
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)
2 weeks ago
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)
2 weeks ago
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)
2 weeks ago
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
4 weeks ago
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
4 weeks ago
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.
1 month ago
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.
1 month ago
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.
2 months ago
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.
2 months ago
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
2 months ago
Tara Recitation is on now at KISG - Wai Meng
Photo from Wan Wai Meng
2 months ago
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.
2 months ago
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
2 months ago
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
2 months ago
Today's (9/12/2023)Dorje Shugden puja led by Gordon. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
2 months ago
Today's (9/12/2023)Dorje Shugden puja led by Gordon. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
2 months ago
2 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.
3 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.
Kechara Penang Study Group had our weekly DS puja , led by our beloved sis Swee Bee and serkym by Mr. Lee. After that, we completed Swift Return puja also. 18th Nov 2023. By Jacinta
3 months ago
Kechara Penang Study Group had our weekly DS puja , led by our beloved sis Swee Bee and serkym by Mr. Lee. After that, we completed Swift Return puja also. 18th Nov 2023. By Jacinta
#Back2back 11th Nov 2023 Dorje Shugden puja & Rinpoche's Swift Return puja @Penang Chapel, 49 Jalan Seang Tek, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang. Every Saturday @3pm/5pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
3 months ago
#Back2back 11th Nov 2023 Dorje Shugden puja & Rinpoche's Swift Return puja @Penang Chapel, 49 Jalan Seang Tek, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang. Every Saturday @3pm/5pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Pic: Rinpoche Swift Return puja ~ 21/10/23 Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
4 months ago
Pic: Rinpoche Swift Return puja ~ 21/10/23 Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
#Backtoback A few months back, Kechara Penang Study Group started to have two pujas consecutively on Saturday. Dorje Shugden puja @3pm and thereafter Rinpoche Swift Return puja. This can only be achieved due to the committed members from Penang. A big round of applause...... Pic : DS puja on 21/10/2023 Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
4 months ago
#Backtoback A few months back, Kechara Penang Study Group started to have two pujas consecutively on Saturday. Dorje Shugden puja @3pm and thereafter Rinpoche Swift Return puja. This can only be achieved due to the committed members from Penang. A big round of applause...... Pic : DS puja on 21/10/2023 Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
More pictures of the day! Kechara Penang Chapel & public blessings 3rd Oct 2023 by Jacinta.
5 months ago
More pictures of the day! Kechara Penang Chapel & public blessings 3rd Oct 2023 by Jacinta.
Some pictures of the public blessings taken right after the puja was completed by the monks. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 3rd Oct 2023.
5 months ago
Some pictures of the public blessings taken right after the puja was completed by the monks. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 3rd Oct 2023.
3rd Oct 2023, Tibetan monks came to Kechara Penang for chapel & public blessing, in conjunction with the arrival of H. E Tsem Rinpoche's holy statue. Thanks to Pastor Henry & Pastor Seng Piow, who guided us throughout the event. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
5 months ago
3rd Oct 2023, Tibetan monks came to Kechara Penang for chapel & public blessing, in conjunction with the arrival of H. E Tsem Rinpoche's holy statue. Thanks to Pastor Henry & Pastor Seng Piow, who guided us throughout the event. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Tsem Rinpoche's holy statue is here! 3rd Oct 2023. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
5 months ago
Tsem Rinpoche's holy statue is here! 3rd Oct 2023. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
29th Sept 2023. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden puja adjourned at 4.30pm with 9 attendees. Thereafter, a Rinpoche Swift Return puja was completed too. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
5 months ago
29th Sept 2023. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden puja adjourned at 4.30pm with 9 attendees. Thereafter, a Rinpoche Swift Return puja was completed too. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
We've completed DS puja at 4pm, 16th Sept 2023. Umze for the day was KS Tang. Bee Bee, Eric & Eric Jr attended too. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
5 months ago
We've completed DS puja at 4pm, 16th Sept 2023. Umze for the day was KS Tang. Bee Bee, Eric & Eric Jr attended too. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
On 19th Aug 2023, we have just completed our DS puja, led by William. We started our DS puja with taking refuge with the Three Jewels i.e. Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.
6 months ago
On 19th Aug 2023, we have just completed our DS puja, led by William. We started our DS puja with taking refuge with the Three Jewels i.e. Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.
At the conclusion, we invoked Rinpoche's blessing by chanting His name mantra. See you all next week. Every Saturday @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
6 months ago
At the conclusion, we invoked Rinpoche's blessing by chanting His name mantra. See you all next week. Every Saturday @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Lots of offerings for 2 days retreat (22nd - 23rd July 2023). We offered vegetables, fruits, biscuits, carbonated drinks and many more. Do join us next time. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
7 months ago
Lots of offerings for 2 days retreat (22nd - 23rd July 2023). We offered vegetables, fruits, biscuits, carbonated drinks and many more. Do join us next time. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
We have a few new retreatants this round. Through the guidance of Pastor Seng Piow, all of them completed the retreat successfully. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
7 months ago
We have a few new retreatants this round. Through the guidance of Pastor Seng Piow, all of them completed the retreat successfully. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
#Throwback 22nd July 2023, Kechara Penang Study Group DS retreat, led by Pastor Seng Piow. By Jacinta
7 months ago
#Throwback 22nd July 2023, Kechara Penang Study Group DS retreat, led by Pastor Seng Piow. By Jacinta
When you're in Penang, do drop by at Penang Chapel @ 49, Jalan Seang Tek for our weekly Dorje Shugden puja & Swift Return Puja. You'll get to fulfill your wishes, overcome problems and perhaps you can get protection from negativities and harm too. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
7 months ago
When you're in Penang, do drop by at Penang Chapel @ 49, Jalan Seang Tek for our weekly Dorje Shugden puja & Swift Return Puja. You'll get to fulfill your wishes, overcome problems and perhaps you can get protection from negativities and harm too. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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