Hari Guan Yin

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Saya telah lama mengagumi Chenrezig (dalam bahasa Tibet) atau Guan Yin, dalam semua bentuk manifestasinya di dalam Buddhisma, disebabkan oleh apa yang diwakilinya. Semasa saya masih muda, saya banyak bermeditasi tentang belas kasihan dan membaca banyak mantra-mantra, dan boleh saya katakan bahawa Chenrezig merupakan salah satu Buddha yang saya sentiasa doakan dan sembah.

Saya sudah terpesona dengan penjelmaan Guan Yin Cina sebelum saya datang ke Malaysia lagi. Saya masih ingat, semasa saya masih tinggal di Amerika Syarikat, saya mempunyai sebuah lukisan garis Guan Yin dan meletakkannya di atas altar saya. Saya kerap membaca buku-buku tentang Guan Yin oleh John Blofeld. Saya tidak tahu pada ketika itu yang saya akan berakhir di Malaysia, mengasaskan Kechara, dan berkongsi Dharma di kalangan komuniti penganut Buddha di sini. Saya berasa gembira apabila mendapati Guan Yin disembah dengan begitu meluas di kalangan komuniti penganut Buddha Cina, dan semenjak itu telah mempelajari lebih banyak perkara tentang Guan Yin, asal usulnya, sejarahnya, latar belakang penyembahannya dan tentang sambutan Hari Guan Yin.

Oleh kerana itu, saya ingin berkongsi dengan anda semua beberapa maklumat tentang Guan Yin, sambutannya, beberapa buah tokongnya yang terkenal dan bagaimana anda boleh melawatinya. Adalah menjadi hajat saya, bahawa makalah ini akan membawa anda untuk mempersilakan Guan Yin di rumah dan menggunakan doa-doanya yang berkuasa di masa akan datang. Saya berharap dengan makalah ini, anda akan dapat melatih penghayatan yang lebih dalam tentang temasya bersempena Guan Yin, memandangkan ianya disambut oleh komuniti penganut Buddha di Malaysia.

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Dewi Belas Ihsan, Guan Yin dianggap oleh kaum Cina sebagai dewi anutan Buddha dan juga Tao. Dalam tradisi Buddhis Mahayana, dia dihormati sebagai seorang bodhisatva yang mewakili keperimanusiaan Buddha. Dalam keseluruhan bentuk penjelmaannya, Guan Yin telah dianggap sebagai bodhisatva paling terkenal di negara-negara utara Asia yang mengamalkan Buddhisma Mahayana.

Penyembahan Guan Yin sangat terkenal dan berkesan sehingga dia turut dibawa ke dalam amalan Tao, di mana dia dianggap sebagai kekal abadi dan sehingga kini, merupakan salah satu dewa-dewi Cina yang paling terkenal. Dia kerap kali digambarkan sebagai seorang wanita yang diselubungi jubah putih, dan rupanya sering digunakan dalam lukisan-lukisan skrol tradisional dan patung-patung tembikar putih. Dewi Guan Yin telah diterima secara umum oleh penganut Buddha Cina sebagai berasal dari bodhisatva lelaki India, Avalokiteshvara yang penyembahannya dibawa masuk ke China melalui Laluan Sutera semasa penghantaran Buddhisma ke China. Oleh sebab itu, Guan Yin kadang kala digambarkan sebagai kedua-dua lelaki dan juga wanita, yang melambangkan keunggulannya menjangkaui jantina, label dan swaharga kendiri ‘Saya’.

 

Lotus Sutra

“Universal Gateway”, Chapter 25 of the Lotus Sutra

‘Pintu Sejagat’ (Universal Gateway), Bab 25 Lotus Sutra

Rekod terawal Avalokiteshvara atau Guan Yin telah disebut dalam Lotus Sutra, yang dikenali sebagai Sutra Saddharma Pundarika dalam bahasa Sanskrit. Guan Yin atau Avalokiteshvara telah disebut dalam bab ke-25 dalam naskah Sanskrit kuno ini. Dalam bab ini, nama sucinya dijelaskan sebagai ‘Dia Yang Mendengar Laungan Dunia’. Ini mencerminkan terjemahan langsung namanya, Guan Shi Yin, dalam bahasa Cina.

Bab ini memuja Avalokiteshvara sebagai salah satu makhluk yang tertinggi dalam himpunan kedewaan Buddha. Di dalam bab ini, dikatakan, “Jika seseorang itu menyembah Avalokiteshvara dengan kewarakan yang sebenar untuk sedetik, dia akan menjana lebih banyak rahmat daripada seseorang yang menyembah dengan pelbagai persembahan kepada seberapa ramai dewa-dewi yang menyamai jumlah butiran pasir di pesisiran Sungai Ganges untuk seumur hidup”. Berdasarkan naskah ini, Avalokiteshvara telah menjadi salah satu daripada kedewaan yang paling penting dalam Buddhisma Mahayana.

Guan Yin painting in the Mogao Caves, Dunhuang

Lukisan Guan Yin di dalam Gua Mogao, Dunhuang

Menariknya, Lotus Sutra juga mengandungi penerangan tentang kebolehan Avalokiteshvara untuk mengambil pelbagai penjelmaan semula untuk membawa manfaat kepada makhluk-makhluk yang dapat merasa. Di dalam naskah tersebut, telah disebut bahawa Avalokiteshvara mempunyai kebolehan untuk bermanifestasi ke dalam bentuk dewa-dewi keduniaan, termasuklah Indra dan Brahma, Raja-raja maha kuasa atau Chakravartin, Pelindung-pelindung Dharma seperti Vaisravana, sebarang bentuk Buddha, sebarang jantina, umur, bentuk manusia atau bukan manusia, untuk mengajarkan Dharma kepada mahluk-makhluk yang dapat merasa.

Terdapat banyak tradisi di China dan negara-negara Timur Asia yang lain, yang telah menambah banyak ciri-ciri dan lagenda tersendiri kepada Avalokiteshvara dan Guan Yin. Dai negara China, Guan Yin asalnya digambarkan sebagai seorang bodhisatva lelaki dalam kesenian awal China, dan kerana itu digambarkan dengan pakaian yang mendedahkan dada, dan kadang kala digambarkan dengan misai nipis. Kesenian China ini kemudiannya, menggambarkan Guan Yin dalam bentuk tubuh wanita. Oleh kerana penjelasan dalam Lotus Sutra dan yang sebagainya, sesetengah pengamal mempercayai bahawa Guan Yin adalah androgini, atau mungkin tanpa jantina.

 

Lagenda Miao Shan

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Di negara China, Guan Yin pada asalnya disembah dalam bentuk tubuh lelaki tetapi akhirnya telah disembah di dalam bentuk tubuh wanita sebagai Dewi Belas Ihsan. Perubahan kepada bentuk dewi wanita ini mengambil tempat sewaktu Dinasti Song Utara (tahun 960-1126 Masihi) dan dikaitkan dengan kemunculan lagenda Miao Shan.

Dari segi sejarahnya, kultus Miao Shan mula-mula wujud di Xiang Shan Si (Biara Gunung Harum) pada tahun 110 Masihi, melalui sebuah tulisan oleh Jiang Zhi Qi (tahun 1031-1104 Masihi). Biara Gunung Harum telah terkenal dengan patung Guan Yin yang mempunyai seribu tangan dan seribu mata yang tersergam indah, yang turut dikenali sebagai Dia Yang Maha Pemurah (Da Bei). Dalam tulisan Jiang, dia mengenalpasti Biara Gunung Harum sebagai lokasi manifestasi Guan Yin, di mana dia menunjukkan dirinya dalam bentuk Maha PemurahNya, dengan seribu tangan dan mata, kemas menggabungkan lagenda Miao Shan dengan imej Guan Yin yang bersemadi di biara tersebut. Dia kemudian mendakwa, peninggalan Miao Shan telah disemadikan di dalam sebuah stupa, lantas memperkenalkan Biara Gunung Harum sebagai satu destinasi terkenal untuk jemaah penziarah.

Menurut satu catatan bertulis dari zaman tersebut oleh seorang sarjana bernama Zu Xiu, yang telah menulis sebuah babad tentang Buddhisma pada tahun 1164 Masihi, Guan Yin dikatakan telah dilahirkan semula sebagai Puteri Miao Shan. Ayahandanya merupakan seorang raja yang bernama Miao Chuang Yen, sementara bondanya bernama Pao Ying; yang telah melahirkan tiga orang puteri, yang sulung, Miao Yen; yang tengah, Miao Yin; dan yang bongsu, Miao Shan.

Sewaktu Miao Shan berada dalam kandungan, permaisuri telah bermimpi bahawa baginda telah menelan sebutir bulan. Apabila tiba masa untuk melahirkannya, bumi bergegar, dan wangian harum dan bunga-bungaan kayangan jatuh menghujani dari alam cakerawala dari atas. Miao Shan dilahirkan bersih, seolah-olah telah disirami oleh makhluk suci cakerawala. Tubuhnya membawa tanda-tanda suci yang mulia dan agung. Rakyat berasa kagum dan sesetengahnya mengatakan ini merupakan tanda-tanda kelahiran semula makhluk suci. Walaupun kedua ayahanda dan bondanya kagum dengan tanda-tanda ini, mereka mempunyai perancangan yang berbeza untuknya.

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Bodhisatva ini membesar menjadi seorang gadis yang mulia, bersederhana dan merendah diri di dalam istana. Dia lebih cenderung kepada ajaran-ajaran Buddha, malah telah membawa dayang-dayangnya kepada anutan agama Buddha. Ayahandanya, seorang raja yang zalim, merancang untuk mengahwinkannya dengan seorang lelaki kaya raya untuk memujuknya dari kecenderungan spiritualnya itu, tetapi apabila disampaikan titah untuknya mengahwini lelaki kaya itu, dia berkata bahawa dia hanya akan menuruti perintah ayahandanya itu sekiranya perkahwinan itu dapat meringankan tiga musibah.

Ingin tahu, ayahandanya bertanyakan apakah tiga musibah tersebut. Dia menerangkan bahawa musibah yang pertama adalah penderitaan usia tua sejagat. Musibah kedua adalah penderitaan jatuh sakit. Musibah ketiga penderitaan yang tidak dapat dielakkan iaitu kematian itu sendiri. Dia menyatakan bahawa jika perkahwinannya itu tidak dapat mengurangkan sebarang dari tiga musibah tersebut, dia lebih rela menjalani hidup dalam pengasingan dan membuat amalan spiritual.

Murka dengan syarat-syaratnya, raja menitahkan puterinya itu ditempatkan dibawah hukuman kerja-kerja berat di taman istana, dan santapannya dicatu untuk mematahkannya. Walaupun begitu, dia tidak mengalah. Bonda dan puteri kekandanya cuba untuk merayu supaya dia mempertimbangkannya semula, tapi tidak berhasil. Setelah itu, bonda dan puteri kekandanya telah merayu kepada ayahandanya, dan akhirnya raja mengalah dan membenarkan dia untuk memasuki Biara Pipit Putih, baginda juga telah menitahkan para biarawati untuk memastikan bahawa Miao Shan diberikan kerja-kerja yang paling sukar.

Biarawati yang ketakutan telah memberikannya pelbagai kerja – mengangkut kayu api dan air, bekerja dengan lesung dan alu di dapur dan menjaga kebun sayur biara. Di bawah jagaannya, hasil sayur-sayuran melimpah ruah walaupun di musim sejuk, dan sebuah mata air dengan ajaib muncul betul-betul bersebelahan dengan dapur. Apabila raja mendengar perkhabaran tentang mukjizat kebun sayur yang tumbuh segar dan telaga mata air tersebut, baginda lantas murka durjana. Baginda menitahkan agar anggota tentera untuk membawa pulang kepalanya dan untuk membunuh semua para biarawati.

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Apabila anggota tentera sampai di tokong, kabus tiba-tiba muncul menyelubungi seluruh tokong tersebut. Apabila kabus itu lenyap, anggota tentera tersebut telah mencari ke seluruh pelusuk, namun Miao Shan tidak dapat dijumpai. Telah dikatakan bahawa dia telah disembunyikan oleh roh baik di gunung yang berhampiran, dan roh itu telah memindahkannya beberapa kali sebelum akhirnya dia mendapati dirinya berada di Gunung Harum, di mana dia tinggal, hidup dengan bergantung kepada buah-buahan dari pohon-pohon disekitar dan minum dari sebatang sungai.

Masa berlalu, dan akhirnya raja itu jatuh sakit mudarat hingga tidak berupaya lagi beradu mahupun bersantap. Baginda berada dalam kesakitan yang amat, tubuhnya dipenuhi kudis, dan tabib istana juga tidak mampu menyembuhkannya. Seorang Sami muncul menawarkan untuk menyembuhkan raja, tetapi kaedahnya memerlukan sepasang tangan dan mata dari seseorang yang bebas dari amarah. Raja mengeluh duka kerana merasakan ini satu tugas yang mustahil. Sami itu kemudiannya memberitahu kepada raja, “Di atas Gunung Harum, di sebelah barat daya jajahan Tuanku, ada seorang bodhisatva yang menjalankan amalan spiritual. Jika Tuanku titahkan utusan kepadanya, pasti dia akan menurut perintah.”

Raja segera menitahkan sida-sida untuk membuat pengaturan yang diperlukan. Apabila rombongan itu tiba dan menyampaikan hajat kepada Miao Shan, dia berkata, “Ayahandaku telah menghina Tiga Mustika, dan dianiaya dan ditindasnya Sangha saat dia membunuh para biarawati yang tidak bersalah. Dia ditimpa karma negatifnya di waktu ini.” Kemudian dia mencungkil kedua mata dan memutuskan kedua tangannya. Dia menyerahkannya kepada rombongan tersebut dan meminta kepada utusan untuk menyampaikan gesaanya kepada baginda Raja untuk berubah kepada kebaikan dan tidak lagi terpedaya dengan ajaran-ajaran palsu.

Apabila kedua-dua barang itu sampai ke istana, Sami itu segera menggunakannya untuk dijadikan ubat. Raja mengambil campuran itu dan dengan serta merta sembuh. Dia dengan murah hati menganugerahkan ganjaran kepada Sami-tabib itu. Namun Sami itu menolak dan memberitahunya, “Kenapa Tuanku berterima kasih kepadaku? Tuanku seharusnya berterima kasih kepada dia yang memberikanmu sepasang tangan dan mata untuk menyembuhkanmu”. Dengan tiba-tiba Sami itu ghaib dan raja itu sedar bahawa itu adalah campur tangan tuhan. Dia menitahkan untuk kereta pedatinya dan berangkat bersama-sama dengan permaisuri dan dua orang puterinya ke Gunung Harum untuk menyampaikan secara peribadi rasa terhutang budinya kepada bodhisatva itu.

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Setibanya mereka di sana dan belum sempat pun mereka berkata-kata, permaisuri sudah mengenali itu adalah puterinya, Miao Shan. Mereka berdua tersedu dengan tangisan. Miao Shan berkata, “Adakah bondaku mengingati Miao Shan? Sedar akan kasih ayahandaku, aku telah membalasnya dengan sepasang tangan dan mataku”. Sebaik sahaja mendengar kata-kata ini, ayahanda dan bondanya mendakapnya dan mengangis. Saat permaisuri hendak menyapu air mata Miao Shan dengan lidahnya, satu kejadian mukjizat berlaku di hadapan mata mereka berdua. Awan dari kayangan mengelilingi mereka, muzik ketuhanan dari pemuzik cakerawala dapat didengari, bumi bergoncang, dan bunga-bungaan jatuh mengujani dari alam cakerawala di atas.

Miao Shan bertukar menjadi Guan Yin bertangan seribu dan bermata seribu, dan dia terapung-apung penuh agung di udara. Berpuluh ribu orang pengiring muncul tiba-tiba, menyanyikan lagu memuji belas kasihnya, dan lagu mereka menggegarkan seluruh gunung dan lembah. Tiba-tiba, bodhisatva itu bertukar kembali kepada Miao Shan saat dia meninggalkan dunia. Telah dikatakan bahawa raja, permaisuri dan kedua puteri kekanda menyalakan unggun api pengkebumian, mengabdikan peninggalan suci yang muncul, dan membina sebuah stupa di atas gunung yang sama untuk menempatkan peninggalan tersebut.

 

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Guan Yin kebiasaanya telah digambarkan dalam bentuk tubuh lelaki dalam kesenian keagamaan China sebelum Dinasti Song (abad ke-10 hingga ke-13 Masihi). Pewakilan Guan Yin sebagai kedua-dua jantina pada waktu ini dan selepasnya telah disebabkan oleh penjelasan yang terkandung di dalam Lotus Sutra, di mana Guan Yin boleh menjelma sebagai lelaki atau perempuan, bertujuan untuk melegakan penderitaan makhluk-makhluk yang dapat merasa, di samping kebolehan unik untuk mengurniakan anak-anak kepada mereka yang mandul.

The older depiction of Kuan Yin as a male bodhisattva with moustache

Gambaran lama Kuan Yin sebagai seorang bodhisatva lelaki yang bermisai

Ini menunjukkan contoh belas kasih dan kebaikan seorang bodhisatva kepada rakyat China kuno. Dia menjadi terkenal sebagai ibu dewi dan penaung ibu-ibu mengandung dan para pelaut, yang akhirnya menyebabkannya lebih popular digambarkan dalam bentuk tubuh wanita seperti yang kita kenal pada hari ini. Kini, bodhisatva Guan Yin sentiasa digambarkan sebagai seorang pelindung, bersusuk tubuh wanita yang berjubah, sama seperti Avalokiteshvara Padmapani yang bertangan dua dari India, yang lemah lembut atau dikenali sebagai ‘Pembawa Bunga Teratai’ (Holder of the Lotus).

Walau bagaimanapun, menjelang penghujung Dinasti Song, masih wujud gambaran Guan Yin sebagai pemuda lelaki, yang duduk dengan lemah lembut, berpakaian jubah dari gaya Song Utara. Dia selalunya digambarkan tunduk melihat kebawah, yang melambangkannya sentiasa melihat berjaga-jaga terhadap penderitaan makhluk-makhluk yang dapat merasa. Gambaran ini kemudiannya telah berubah kepada susuk tubuh wanita memakai jubah putih berjela, dihiasi dengan barang kemas yang halus buatannya untuk mewakili pencapaian spiritualnya. Dia memegang sebuah jambangan tembikar yang mengandungi air suci di tangan kirinya, dan tangan kanannya memegang sebatang ranting pohon willow. Pohon weeping willow menjadi perlambangan belas kasihan bagi masyarakat Cina, kerana walaupun dahan-dahan pohon willow lembut, namun ia masih boleh menahan ribut kencang yang kerap menumbangkan pokok-pokok lain yang lebih keras dan tebal. Ranting willow juga digambarkan tergantung dari mulut jambangan.

Terdapat sebuah imej Buddha Amitabha yang diletakkan di mercu kepala Guan Yin, melambangkan pernghormatan kepada panduan spiritual. Dia selalunya digambarkan berseorangan, kadang kala menaiki seekor naga sambil menyeberangi lautan di Selatan China, dan kadang kala bertemankan seekor burung nuri putih.

Di dalam ‘Skrol Suci Burung Nuri’ (Precious Scroll of the Parrot), diceritakan sebuah kisah tentang seekor burung nuri yang menjadi pengikut Guan Yin. Sewaktu Dinasti Tang, seekor burung nuri yang kecil, dikatakan telah keluar mencari makanan untuk ibunya, namun telah ditangkap oleh seorang pemburu. Burung nuri kerap menjadi haiwan peliharaan sewaktu Dinasi Tang. Setelah ia berjaya melarikan diri, burung itu menjumpai ibunya telah mati. Burung nuri itu berkabung dan mengebumikan ibunya. Kematian ibunya telah memberi ilham kepada burung nuri itu untuk menjadi pengikut Guan Yin. Dalam gambaran popular, burung nuri itu biasanya berwarna putih dan berdiri di sebelah kanan Guan Yin, sambil memegang sebutir mutiara atau tasbih sembahyang diparuhnya. Sejak itu, burung nuri telah menjadi lambang untuk ketaatan kepada ibubapa.

 

Kuan Yin Bertangan Seribu

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Satu lagi bentuk Guan Yin yang terkenal adalah Guan Yin bertangan seribu, dan asal usulnya boleh dikesan kepada Karandavyuha Sutra. Di dalam sutra ini, Avalokiteshvara digelar sebagai ‘Dia yang bertangan seribu dan bermata seribu’ (The One with a Thousand Arms and a Thousand Eyes), malah ada kalanya dikatakan sebagai lebih tinggi dari seluruh Buddha dan dewa dewi dalam dewata India.

Sebuah lagi lagenda Buddha terkenal, seperti yang diriwayatkan di dalam ‘Kisah Lengkap Guan Yin dan Lautan Selatan’ (Complete Tale of Guan Yin and the Southern Seas), menyatakan Guan Yin bersumpah untuk tidak berhenti rehat sehingga dia telah membebaskan semua makhluk-makhluk yang merasa dari samsara, atau kitaran kematian dan kelahiran semula, dalam Sanskrit. Selepas bertenggang untuk memahami kesengsaraan makhluk-makhluk yang merasa, kepalanya telah terpecah kepada sebelas bahagian. Buddha Amitabha dikatakan telah muncul saat itu dan menyembuhkannya dengan menukarkan setiap bahagian pecahan kepada sebuah wajah yang yang mendengar laungan kesengsaraan makhluk-makhluk yang merasa. Apabila terdengarnya laungan-laungan tersebut, Guan Yin telah mencuba untuk menghulurkan tangannya kepada makhluk-makhluk yang menderita ini, tetapi mendapati tangannya telah terpecah kepada seribu bahagian juga. Buddha Amitabha muncul sekali lagi, dan memberikannya seribu tangan untuk menghulurkan bantuan kepada mereka yang sedang menderita.

 

Guan Yin dan Pengikutnya

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Guan Yin juga sering digambarkan diapit oleh dua orang kanak-kanak ataupun dua orang pahlawan. Kedua-dua kanak-kanak ini adalah pengikutnya; yang perempuan dikenali sebagai Long Nü dan yang lelaki dipanggil Shan Cai. Shan Cai merupakan nama Cina bagi seorang budak India yang kurang upaya, bernama Sudhana. Dia telah mengembara ke Potala dengan tujuan untuk menuntut dibawah Guan Yin, yang telah mengujinya dengan menyulap tiga orang penyamun bersenjatakan pedang, yang datang menyerang bodhisatva itu. Kejadian kejar-mengejar itu berakhir dengan bodhisatva yang melompat terjun dari tebing; dan budak lelaki itu, tanpa berfikir panjang, lari terincut-incut turun dari tebing untuk menyelamatkan bodhisatva tersebut. Mujurlah, dia telah diselamatkan oleh Guan Yin, yang telah menyembuhkan kakinya dan turut mengembalikan rupanya. Guan Yin kemudiannya mengajarnya keseluruhan Dharma. Di dalam kisah yang lain, seorang anak perempuan kepada raja naga, telah mengambil bentuk seekor ikan kap, dan telah tersangkut di dalam jaring nelayan. Sedang dia bergelut di dalam jaring tersebut dan bakal dijual oleh nelayan itu, dia telah melepaskan laungan ke kayangan dan Guan Yin telah mendengar permintaan pertolongannya. Guan Yin telah menghantar Shan Cai untuk bertawar-tawaran untuk melepaskan ikan tersebut, tetapi telah kalah dalam bidaan oleh orang lain yang menganggap daging ikan aneh ini dapat memberikan mereka keabadian.

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Guan Yin campur tangan dengan laungan suaranya, dan berkata “Satu-satu nyawa itu harus dimiliki oleh orang yang cuba untuk menyelamatkannya dan bukan orang yang cuba mengambilnya”. Ketakutan dan berasa malu dengan perlakuan hina mereka, ikan itu telah diserahkan kepada Shan Cai untuk dibawa pulang kepada Guan Yin. Guan Yin melepaskan ikan itu ke dalam laut dan anak raja naga itu mengambil bentuk asalnya dan telah disatukan dengan bapanya.

Sebagai tanda terhutang budi, raja naga itu telah menghantar cucu perempuannya, Long Nü, untuk menghadiahkan mutiara cahaya kepada Guan Yin; namun, merasa sangat terharu dengan belah kasihannya, telah menawarkan dirinya untuk menjadi pengikutnya. Oleh itu, kedua-dua Shan Cai dan Long Nü seringkali digambarkan sebagai pengikut Guan Yin. Cerita ini juga menjadi inspirasi kepada gambaran Guan Yin Fujian sebagai seorang anak gadis berpakaian dari zaman Tang dan membawa sebakul ikan.

Satu lagi bentuk Guan Yin yang popular, muncul sepanjang kawasan pesisiran Selatan China dan telah disembah dikalangan pelaut dan nelayan. Bentuk Guan Yin ini, bersama dengan yang lain-lain, yang telah dikatalogkan di dalam ensiklopedia China lewat abad ke-16, juga turut digambarkan dalam lukisan garis dalam novel ‘Bunga Teratai Emas’ (Golden Lotus) dari zaman yang sama.

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Di dalam gambaran lain yang melibatkan dua orang pahlawan, salah seorang pahlawan yang berdiri dengan Guan Yin adalah jeneral Guan Yu dari penghujung Dinasti Han, yang telah dikenali sebagai Qie Lan atau Bodhisatva Sangharama. Dia turut dipaparkan dalam epik klasik China, ‘Catatan dari Kerajaan yang Tiga’ (Records of the Three Kingdoms), dan diketahui telah bersumpah dihadapan bapa Zen, Zhi Yi (pengasas kepada sekolah Tien Tai) untuk melindungi ajaran-ajaran Buddha dan juga biara-biaranya.

Seorang lagi pahlawan yang menemani Guan Yin ialah Wei Tuo atau Bodhisatva Skanda. Wei Tuo dipercayai adalah penjelmaan semula Bodhisatva Vajrapani, dan dipercayai merupakan salah seorang daripada jeneral yang melindungi Miao Shan dalam melarikan diri dari istana dan ayahandanya yang kejam. Menurut satu keterangan, kedua-dua jeneral itu dan Miao Shan telah mati dibunuh di tangan ayahanda Miao Shan yang kejam dan dia telah menjadi seorang bodhisatva untuk terus melindungi Guan Yin.

 

Guan Yin sebagai Pengiring kepada Buddha Amitabha

Buddha Amitabha is depicted in the middle with Guan Yin on his right side and Bodhisattva Mahastamaprapta on his left side

Buddha Amitabha digambarkan ditengah-tengah, dengan Guan Yin dikanannya dan Bodhisatva Mahastamaprapta di sebelah kirinya

Di dalam tradisi China, Guan Yin juga merupakan salah satu daripada bentuk bodhisatva yang sering digambarkan disamping Buddha Amitabha selain daripada Bodhisatva Mahastamaprapta. Triniti ini dikenali sebagai ‘Tiga Keramat Tanah Suci Barat’ (Three Saints of the Western Pure Land), dan mereka digambarkan sebagai watak utama di tanah suci Sukhavati. Selain dari itu, dia juga turut digambarkan disamping bodhisatva-bodhisatva dan buddha-buddha yang lain; kadangkala diapit oleh kedua-dua pahlawan yang telah dinyatakan sebelumnya, yang menunjukkan diri sebagai bodhisatva untuk melindungi tokong dan kepercayaan ini.

 

Hari Kuan Yin

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Secara umumnya, terdapat tiga sambutan yang dikaitkan dengan Guan Yin: hari kelahirannya, hari pencerahannya, dan hari dia meninggalkan dunia. Hari kelahirannya disambut pada hari ke-19 dalam bulan qamari kedua, hari pencerahannya disambut pada hari ke-19 dalam bulan qamari keenam, dan hari dia meninggalkan dunia disambut pada hari ke-19 dalam bulan qamari yang kesembilan.

Pada hari kelahiran Guan Yin, para penganut mengamati diet vegetarian untuk mengingati belas kasihan dan kebaikannya. Mereka akan melawat tokong-tokong atau tempat-tempat suci yang utama untuk mempersembahkan colok, bunga-bungaan dan makanan – kebiasaannya buah-buahan, kek perayaan khas atau makanan vegetarian. Satu lagi persembahan yang popular adalah dengan menambahkan minyak ke dalam lampu minyak di tempat penyembahan Guan Yin, agar apinya akan terus menyala. Para penganut yang berhajat untuk mendapat anak, akan bersembahyang, dan memberi persembahan dan colok kepada Guan Yin, dan apabila mereka memperoleh anak, anak itu akan diletakkan di kaki Guan Yin agar dijadikan anak angkatnya secara spiritual, kerana dipercayai dia akan merahmati anak ini dengan umur yang berpanjangan.

Sementara bagi mereka yang bersumpah biarawan, mereka menyambut hari ini dengan membacakan bab ‘Pintu Sejagat’ (Universal Door) dari Lotus Sutra. Bab ini merupakan puji-pujian yang panjang lebar tentang kebaikan dan belas kasihan bodhisatva itu yang tiada sempadan, tentang keupayaannya untuk membebaskan makhluk-makhluk yang merasa dari tujuh jenis musibah, keupayaannya untuk menunaikan dua jenis permintaan tersebut, dan keupayaannya untuk merubah bentuk dirinya kepada 32 bentuk penjelmaan.

 

Tokong-tokong Guan Yin di Malaysia

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Selepas agama Islam, agama Buddha merupakan agama kedua terbesar di Malaysia, dengan 19.2% daripada penduduk Malaysia mengenalpasti diri mereka sebagai penganut Buddha. Walau bagaimanapun, sesetengah anggaran meletakkan jumlah angka itu lebih tinggi kepada 21.6%, apabila angka itu digabungkan dengan agama-agama Cina yang lain. Agama Buddha kebanyakannya diamalkan oleh masyarakat Cina tempatan di Malaysia, serta juga oleh suku kaum yang lainnya, seperti masyarakat India Malaysia, dan juga rakyat Malaysia dari keturunan Siam, Burma dan Sri Lanka.

Sebahagian besar penganut Buddha di Malaysia merupakan penganut besar Guan Yin dan telah menubuhkan tokong-tokong Guan Yin yang hebat di seluruh Malaysia. Berikut merupakan beberapa contoh tokong-tokong Guan Yin yang terdapat di Malaysia.

 

Tokong Kuan Yin di Kuala Lumpur

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Tokong ini telah dibina pada tahun 1888 oleh masyarakat Cina dan ditujukan kepada Guan Yin. Seni bina tokong ini jelas berpengaruh Cina dengan sentuhan gaya Baroque, dan walaupun baru menjalani pengubahsuaian, masih banyak ciri-ciri lamanya dikekalkan. Di dalam dewan sembahyang utamanya, berdiri sebuah patung Buddha Shakyamuni di atas tempat pemujaan utama, dengan patung Guan Yin Lautan Selatan di kanannya, dan Guan Yin Bertangan Seribu di kirinya. Patung-patung lain di atas tempat pemujaan adalah Kshitigarbha, juga dikenali sebagai ‘Bodhisatva Khazanah Dunia’ (Earth-store Boddhisatva), dan Di Zang. Waktu pembukaan adalah di antara jam 7 pagi hingga 5 petang, setiap hari.

Menurut sejarah, tokong ini bermula sebagai tempat ibadat Masyarakat Cina Hokkien. Cerita menyatakan tentang perkuburan Cina yang dibina berhampiran dengan kawasan tanah yang kini dikenali sebagai Stadium Merdeka, dan tokong ini menawarkan tempat ketenangan untuk mereka yang menziarahi tanah perkuburan. Sekitar tahun 1920, pemerintah British telah mengisytiharkan tokong ini sebagai sebuah rumah ibadat dan menyerahkan hak kepada Persatuan Hokkien Kuala Lumpur dan Selangor. Malangnya, ia telah mengalami kerosakan akibat dua kebakaran yang berlaku pada tahun 1963 dan tahun 1989, namun telah diubahsuai dan dipulihara dalam kedua-dua kejadian.

 

Menuju ke Tokong Kuan Yin

Tokong ini terletak bertentangan dengan Bulatan Merdeka dan berada bersebelahan dengan Stadium Merdeka, di penghujung Jalan Petaling. Orang ramai boleh menuju ke Jalan Petaling, meletakkan kenderaan di situ dan berjalan kaki ke tokong tersebut. Stesen Monorail Maharajalela juga terletak sangat berhampiran untuk kemudahan, dan menawarkan capaian yang lebih mudah ke tokong ini.

Tokong Kuan Yin

Alamat:
Jalan Maharajalela
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia

 

Tempat-tempat penginapan berhampiran Tokong Kuan Yin

  1. Cosmic Boutique Hotel
    Alamat:
    No. 21 & 23
    Jalan Maharajalela
    Chinatown
    50150 Kuala Lumpur
    Malaysia
    No.Telefon: +60 3 9226 3339
  2. OYO Rooms Maharajalela Monorail Station
    Alamat:
    21 Jalan Maharajalela
    Chinatown
    50150 Kuala-Lumpur
    Malaysia
    No.Telefon: +60 17 7584 3417
  3. Grid 9 Hotel
    Alamat:
    9 Jalan Maharajalela
    Chinatown
    50150 Kuala Lumpur
    Malaysia
    No.Telefon: +60 3 9226 2629

 

Tokong Kun Yam Thong, Kuala Lumpur

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Tokong Kun Yam Thong juga dikenali sebagai Biara Alam Dharma Kebijaksanaan Guan Yin (Dharma Realm Guan Yin Sagely Monastery). Tokong ini dibina pada tahun 1880 dan asalnya dinamakan Tokong Deng Bi An sehinggalah ia diambil alih oleh Persatuan Budhhis Alam Dharma (Dharma Realm Buddhist Association) pada tahun 1993, dan kemudian telah diubahsuai dan dibuka semula pada tahun 2006. Menara-menara bangunan pejabat bertingkat tinggi, hotel-hotel dan kompleks membeli belah mengelilingi tokong ini, menjadikannya sebuah oasis yang tenang di tengah-tengah kesibukan bandar.

Dewan sembahyang utamanya, dipanggil Dewan Besar Bertatahkan Permata, mempunyai sebuah tempat pemujaan dengan tiga patung besar emas Buddha, setiap satu seberat satu tan. Ia adalah patung Buddha Shakyamuni, Buddha Perubatan, dan Amitabha Buddha. Selain dari tempat pemujaan itu, terdapat sebuah dewan makan yang terkenal, di bahagian belakang tokong ini yang menghidangkan makanan vegetarian yang enak dan menyihatkan dengan harga yang sangat rendah. Tokong ini juga mempunyai sebuah perpustakaan dan kedai buku untuk mereka yang ingin mencari sedikit ilmu.

 

Menuju ke Kun Yam Thong Temple

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Tokong ini terletak di Jalan Ampang, betul-betul di pusat Kuala Lumpur. Ia berada di antara Menara Citibank dan kompleks membeli belah KLCC, tidak jauh dari bangunan MCA. Anda juga boleh menuju ke tokong ini melalui stesen LRT Ampang Park.

Kun Yam Thong Temple

Alamat:
Menara Citibank
165 Jalan Ampang
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
No.Telefon: +60 3 2164 8055

 

Tempat-tempat penginapan berhampiran Kun Yam Thong Temple

  1. Corus Hotel Kuala Lumpur
    Alamat:
    Jalan Ampang
    Hampshire Park
    50450 Kuala Lumpur
    Malaysia
    No.Telefon: +60 3 2161 8888
  2. Le Apple Boutique Hotel (KLCC)
    Alamat:
    160 Jalan Ampang
    Kampung Baru
    55000 Kuala Lumpur
    Malaysia
    No.Telefon: +60 3 2179 3777
  3. GTower Hotel
    Alamat:
    199 Jalan Tun Razak
    50400 Kuala Lumpur
    Malaysia
    No.Telefon: +60 3 2168 1919

 

Tokong Kuan Yin Teng, Pulau Pinang

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Tokong Kuan Yin Teng, atau Tokong Kong Hock Keong, merupakan salah satu tokong Cina tertua di Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, dan menggunakan Guan Yin sebagai kedewaan utamanya. Ia telah dibina pada tahun 1728 dengan belanja sebanyak 4,000 dolar Sepanyol, satu jumlah yang besar pada ketika itu. Ia merupakan salah satu daripada bangunan Cina yang sangat indah di Utara Malaya pada ketika itu, memandangkan kebanyakan tokong-tokong Cina yang lain di George Town, masih belum dibina oleh suku lain, untuk menandinginya.

Terdapat beberapa kisah mengenai Tokong Kuan Yin Teng ini, namun hanya sedikit sahaja yang telah didokumentasikan dalam rekod-rekod rasmi. Sebagai contoh, sewaktu Perang Dunia Kedua, tentera Jepun telah menjatuhkan sebutir bom di atas tokong ini bertujuan untuk memusnahkannya. Mungkin semata-mata nasib baik atau mungkin campur tangan tuhan, bom itu sebaliknya mendarat di tengah halaman, dan tokong itu terselamat tanpa kerosakan. Kisah lain menceritakan begitu ramai orang-orang Pulau Pinang yang mencari perlindungan di Tokong Kuan Yin Teng ini sewaktu perang yang sama.

 

Menuju ke Kuan Yin Teng Temple

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Tokong ini terletak di Georgetown, di persimpangan Jalan China dan Jalan Kapitan Keling (sebelumnya dikenali sebagai Jalan Pitt).

Tokong Kuan Yin Teng

Alamat:
Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling
George Town
10200 Penang
Malaysia

 

Tempat-tempat penginapan berhampiran Kuan Yin Teng Temple

  1. Palm Mansion Boutique Suites
    Alamat:
    76 – 88 China Street
    Georgetown
    10200 Penang
    Malaysia
    No.Telefon: +60 4 261 3609
  2. Red Inn Court
    Alamat:
    35 B&C Jalan Mesjid Kapitan Keling
    George Town
    10200 Penang
    Malaysia
    No.Telefon: +60 4 261 1144
  3. Queen’s Hostel
    Alamat:
    20 & 22 Queen Street
    Georgetown
    10200 Penang
    Malaysia
    No. Telefon: +60 13 489 6218

 

Tokong Kek Lok Si, Pulau Pinang

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Tokong Kek Lok Si, (juga dikenali di dalam bahasa Hokkien Pulau Pinang sebagai ‘Tokong Kebahagiaan Agung’ (Temple of Supreme Bliss) atau Tokong Sukhavati, dan disebut dalam bahasa Cina Mandarin sebagai Ji Le Si) merupakan sebuah tokong Buddhis Mahayana yang terletak di Air Itam, Pulau Pinang. Kompleks tokong ini menghadap ke arah laut, memberikannya sebuah pemandangan yang sangat menakjubkan, dan merupakan salah satu tokong Buddhis yang paling terkenal di Malaysia. Ia juga dikatakan sebagai tokong Buddhis terbesar di Malaysia.

Ia merupakan satu kawasan ziarah penting untuk penganut Buddha dari rantau ini, memandangkan pelawat-pelawat datang dari Hong Kong, Filipina, Singapura dan negara-negara Asia Tenggara yang lain. Kompleks tokong ini dibina dalam jangkamasa dari tahun 1890 hingga tahun 1930, dan merupakan inisiatif inspirasi oleh Beow Lean, ketua biarawan tokong ini. Ciri yang paling menarik tokong ini adalah bangunan Pagoda Rama VI setinggi tujuh tingkat, juga dikenali sebagai ‘Pagoda Sepuluh Ribu Buddha’ , dengan sejumlah 10,000 patung-patung Buddha yang diperbuat daripada alabaster dan gangsa, dan patung Guan Yin yang diperbuat dari gangsa setinggi 30 meter (99 kaki).

 

Menuju ke Kek Lok Si Temple

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Di penjuru Jalan Air Itam dan Jalan Pasar di Georgetown, anda akan dapat melihat sebuah papan tanda besar menunjuk ke arah tokong. Hanya ikuti papan tanda itu melalui Jalan Pasar, dan mengambil pusingan ke kiri apabila sampai ke sebuah persimpangan. Tidak jauh dari situ, anda boleh milihat sebuah laluan kecil di sebelah kiri, yang akan membawa kepada sebuah anak tangga, dan kemudiannya membawa ke laluan pejalan kaki utama. Anda kemudian perlu berjalan menaiki beberapa pasang anak tangga dan koridor-koridor yang dikelilingi dengan kedai-kedai cenderamata.

Tokong Kek Lok Si

Alamat:
86 S Jalan Kampung Pisang
Ayer Itam
11500 Penang
Malaysia
Laman web: http://kekloksitemple.com
Emel: email@kekloksitemple.com
No.Telefon: +60 4 828 3317

 

Tempat-tempat penginapan Kek Lok Si Temple

  1. Vstay Guesthouse
    Alamat:
    134-K 1st Floor Jalan Paya Terubong
    Ayer Itam
    11600 Penang
    Malaysia
    No.Telefon: +60 16 422 6879
  2. Fang Zu Ming Concept Guesthouse
    Alamat:
    1228 N3 & P3 Jalan Paya Terubong
    Air Itam
    Penang
    11060 Malaysia
    Telefon: +60 19 477 7661
  3. Fastbook Hostel
    Alamat:
    1228L-3 Jalan Paya Terubong
    Ayer Itam
    11060 Penang
    Malaysia
    Telefon: +60 19 477 7661

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    Thursday, Sep 24. 2020 04:20 PM
    This article had show scientific analysis through vocal test and get their foot prints to prove their are being like big foot existence in this world.Whether is not 100 percent proving. I am truthfully this creature existing in this world.

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    Thursday, Sep 24. 2020 02:46 PM
    Going on a pilgrimage to Lhasa , Tibet is worth . Lhasa was flocked with numerous monasteries and temples.It is world-famous for its sites of historical interest related to Buddhism, where hundred thousands of pilgrims and tourist go there yearly. The Tibetan have a long history in this region and very rich in culture. It is known for its splendid thousands of sacred lakes, and unique landscapes, with towering mountains.
    A beautiful and holy spiritual place for one to go , visiting holy places and connecting with the powerful energies. The Jokhang Monastery, Potala Palace, Norbulingka, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and Ganden Monastery are some of the monasteries one should pay a visit. My wishes came true last year, travelling with friends on a pilgrimage to Lhasa, Tibet. Reading this post helps a lot for those planning to go .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Stella for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/wonderful-lhasa.html
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    Thursday, Sep 24. 2020 02:45 PM
    John Lautner was an American was one of the most important American architects of the twentieth century. Wow …..his career spanned fifty-five years and left an indelible mark on the built environment of Southern California. Looking at the picture at this post tells all. Very extra-ordinary house built on a very steep land surrounded by beautiful tree canopies. Did google more about this man who built this building. He had designed more than fifty significant unique structures in Southern California alone. Over the years he had gained increasing recognition since, with exhibitions, publications, a documentary, and did appeared in numerous films, commercials, and other media. His legacy remains vulnerable till today.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing from Thierry Janssens

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/extraordinary-house.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 24. 2020 02:43 PM
    Going on a pilgrimage visiting Gaden Mosnastery in Tibet, was indeed once a life experience. Well…. Going there with an oxygen tank will be tough when one experienced difficulties in breathing due to high attitude. Nor matter what happen our Lama Rinpoche made it there back in December 2008 and early January 2009 during winter. I am lucky visiting Gaden Monastery with friends back in May 2019 without any hitch with our lama blessing then. It’s a beautiful monastery and its so holy one could feel the powerful energies there.
    For Rinpoche its home coming after so long. Seeing the pictures of Rinpoche standing in front of the Golden Stupa where the holy remains of Lama Tsongkhapa’s blessed body/clothes/relics were remind me of the great moment there. If given the opportunity again , I wish to visit the monastery again in the near future.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/i-visited-gaden-for-1st-time-with-an-oxygen-tank.html
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    Wednesday, Sep 23. 2020 11:29 PM
    Thank you for the article sharing. Children learn a lot through activities that captures their attention and imaginations. They too have a strong desire to explore, discover through activities .

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  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Sep 19. 2020 02:40 PM
    The discovery of ancient Buddhist Monastery dated from 700 AD is amazing. Found in an archaeological excavation site at Moghalmari, India ,artifacts figure of Buddha and Buddhist inscriptions. The archeologists do believe that those structural components recovered are parts of a Buddhist monastic site . A more details study of inscriptions on clay tablets even suggested the presence of two monasteries on the basis of the structural plan. With the discovery of the site and the deciphering of the inscriptions has pointed that Buddhism had spread to India in the 7th century ago.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/buddhist-monastery-from-700-ad-found.html
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    Saturday, Sep 19. 2020 02:39 PM
    Buddhism and Hinduism are similar because of their architecture is vibrant and colourful. They both have dharma and believe in reincarnation. The symbolism and structure of a Hindu temples were dated century ago. I love to see their ancient architecture of temples wall and so forth. Its simply amazing looking at its structures , colour . To the Hindu, the colours have a very deep significance, transcending purely decorative values in their religion and culture. Great to know there are so many beautiful ancient Hindus Temples around the world. Would love to visit these places as stated in this post in the near future . Looking at the Virupaksha Temple, Ranganathaswamy Temple, Brihadeeswarar Temple to name a few tell all about the beauty of it.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/beautiful-hindu-temples.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Sep 19. 2020 02:37 PM
    Wow ……having beautiful and short memes will benefit us on our spiritual path. Simplifying for all to understand and remember the benefits and qualities of Dorje Shugden. Especially for those who are new comers with Dorje Shugden. Merely by seeing it can bless us. Dorje Shugden is an emanation of Buddha Manjushri , will help us all regardless of race and religion when we trust the Powerful Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden.
    Thank you Rinpoche for all these creative memes.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/what-he-can-do-for-us.html
  • S.Prathap
    Friday, Sep 18. 2020 04:01 PM
    Pilgrimage is traditionally done on foot and often takes weeks or months to complete.The pilgrimage is about much more then just the destination however, the journey itself is actually the most important part of the practice.

    Now with these knowledge of where some of the relics are located, I will be able to visit the temples holding such precious blessings.Thank you very much for sharing this good article.


    https://bit.ly/32GEOGP
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Sep 18. 2020 03:39 PM
    The most popular Buddhist nun cook Jeong Kwan, is a Seon Buddhist monk and chef of Korean cuisine. She lives in the Chunjinam Hermitage at the Baegyangsa temple in South Korea, where she cooks for fellow nuns and monks. She also cooks for visitors as well. Inspiring ….. she discovered her calling of spreading dharma through cooking adopting a vegetarian diet . What a way to start off. She credits her joining the temple and her achievements to her mother, that’s wonderful to remember her mother. Due to her popularity she was invited to appear on TV show and cooking all the way to New York. Inspiring read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Beatrix Ooi for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/jeong-kwan-the-zen-buddhist-chef.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Sep 18. 2020 03:38 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for these profound teachings and sharing Pastor Henry’s update of his daily practice with us. A good example to follow . Death is something that no one could escape for sure. Its good to meditate on death nor matter how busy we are. The whole process of death and visualizing it is highly important for us . Reading this post will have us wake up , its time and never too late for anyone to practice.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/dear-henry-contemplate-daily.html
  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Sep 17. 2020 11:00 PM
    Thank you for the interesting sharing of Kirlian Photography and Aura healing. The Kirlian photography technique is a very interesting method to capture the coronal discharge of certain subjects. Whether it is coloured aura or energy, I believe there are a certain energy that you emit out by what you are always of.

    Naturally, a lot of myths related to the subject emerged over time. And just like it is the case with many other spiritual and paranormal practices, there are plenty of believers who are ready to vouch for it, in spite of science having disproved their convictions.

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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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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 yearss ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    3 yearss ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    3 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
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    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
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Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
2 weeks ago
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
4 weeks ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
4 weeks ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
3 months ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
3 months ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 months ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
4 months ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 months ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 months ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
4 months ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
4 months ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
5 months ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
6 months ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
6 months ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
6 months ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
7 months ago
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
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