Hari Raya Aidilfitri

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Introduction

One of the major festivals celebrated in Malaysia is Hari Raya Aidilfitri, also called Hari Raya Puasa. Hari Raya literally means “day of celebration” whilst Aidilfitri is the Malay term for Eid ul-Fitr, which means “festival of breaking the fast”. Celebrated on the first day of the 10th Islamic month (Syawal), it marks the end of the fasting month or Ramadan. As the Islamic calendar is based on lunar cycles, the dates on which Hari Raya Puasa falls vary from year to year. Hari Raya Puasa is not in fact the first day of the Islamic New Year as many people mistakenly believe it to be.

An important aspect of Hari Raya is the practice of “maaf zahir dan batin” which means “pardon my physical and spiritual transgressions”. Aidilfitri is not merely a time for festivities but also a time for making amends and redemption which makes it an important and beautiful celebration. The reason behind the month-long fast of the holy month of Ramadan is to cleanse wrongdoings a person has committed. The people of the beautiful Muslim faith are encouraged to forgive and forget all differences and rejoice over the repair of broken unions, which is the very reason Aidilfitri is celebrated. It is a time for thanksgiving, with activities such as visiting ancestors’ graves, saying prayers at the mosque, and visiting each other to feast on a variety of traditional Hari Raya food.

A few days before Hari Raya, it is common to witness an ‘exodus’ of Muslims in a phenomena fondly known in Malaysia as “balik kampung” or the journey back to their respective hometowns to be with family and loved ones. Plane and bus tickets are usually fully booked or sold out during this period and there are often traffic jams on the highways, as people return home in anticipation of the communal celebrations.

 

History of Hari Raya Aidilfitri

It is said that after the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) migrated to Medina, he discovered that there was a local custom of spending two days in a year for entertainment, recreation and merriment. The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) felt that the days could be better used than for self-indulgence and so he then told the people that the Almighty God had fixed two days of festivity instead, which are now known as Eid al-Fitr (Aidilfitri) and Eid al-Adha (Aidil Adha).

However, it’s not all about festivity and merrymaking, but also has a deeper spiritual significance. The history of this celebration dates back to 610 AD when Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) had visions of the angel Jibril (Gabriel) while meditating. Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) wrote down the sacred knowledge he received, guided by Jibril. This later became the holy book called the Quran, the code of conduct adhered to by Muslims (followers of the Islamic religion). It is said that this sacred knowledge was revealed on ‘the Night of Power’, or Laylat al-Qadr, which is one of the odd-numbered nights during the last 10 days of Ramadan.

 

The Significance of Hari Raya

Aidilfitri or Eid-ul-Fitr marks the end of the month of Ramadan, and it is on this day that the strict rules of the month of Ramadhan end. Fasting during Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam that all Muslims observe in order to live a good life. The celebration of Aidilfitri or Eid-ul-Fitr is therefore intended as an expression of gratitude to the Almighty Allah, marked by fasting, prayer and charitable giving.

The observance of Ramadan is stated in the holy Quran, Surah 2, Ayat 185:

“The month of Ramadan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur’an, guidance for the people and clear proof of guidance and criterion. So whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast it; and whoever is ill or on a journey – then an equal number of other days.”

 

Fasting

During the month of Ramadan, all Muslims fast from dawn to dusk. This fasting does not only mean refraining from taking solid food, but also beverages, abstinence from intimate relations, or any action that it self-satisfying or self-glorifying.

It is believed that from such controlled behaviour, one will develop self-control and gain the power to control desires. In doing so, one cleanses the body and mind during this holy time. During the period of fasting, Muslims remind themselves of the suffering of the poor who are forced by circumstance to undergo hunger and thirst. It is also an opportunity for Muslims to feel the peace that arises from devotion to the Almighty Allah as well as fellowship with other Muslims.

The month-long fast is also an expression of one’s wish to live a wholesome life in accordance and supplication to the Almighty Allah by overcoming temptations. There are exceptions to the rule of fasting: for sick people, those who are traveling, the elderly, pregnant women and nursing mothers. For people in these categories they can defer the Ramadan fasting to a later time. In the case where they are not able to replace the missed days of fasting, they must give food to the needy, also called paying fidyah, for every missed day. Young people are required to start fasting during their adolescent years, and it is considered a method for achieving spiritual growth, despite the many benefits in terms of health or fitness.

In Muslim countries such as Malaysia, most eateries operated by people of the Islamic faith are closed during daylight hours for the month of Ramadan. Muslims consume a meal called sahur (suhoor) before sunrise, go without food, drinks and enjoyment for the remaining daylight hours and then break fast at sunset with a meal called iftar. Iftar usually starts by consuming dates and sweet drinks to provide a quick energy boost followed by night prayers (sembahyang Terawih) after breaking fast.

Apart from being a celebration of gratitude and an occasion to reflect on the kindness of the Almighty Allah, spiritual contemplation is also encouraged and one meditates on one’s own good and bad qualities. Muslims examine their strengths or weaknesses of one’s character during the testing month of Ramadan. This is also the time to ponder on the two extremes of religion and materialism, where materialism teaches man to take from others, while religion on the other hand teaches about giving to God and others, thus obtaining his blessings. In humility and redemption one seeks the opportunity to perform kind and charitable acts. It is an obligation of well-to-do persons to share a portion of what they have with the poor during this time. In the month of Ramadhan, Muslims are oblige to pay zakat fitrah for themselves and their dependents with the specified amount of wheat or equivalent amount of money. Zakat fitrah needs to be paid only once a year during Ramadhan until right before Hari Raya prayer.

On the first day of Aidilfitri, the Solat Aidilfitri (Salaat-al-Eid) prayer is a must and is strongly recommended to be offered in a congregation. It is a special prayer that consists of two rakaat (units) with seven and five additional takbirs. The Khutbah (public preaching or sermon) then follow the prayers. It is during the Khutbah that the Imam (priest) usually reminds the congregation about their duty towards God, as well as towards fellow Muslims and non-Muslims. The Imam (or preacher) will also remind the congregation to do good and refrain from committing sinful or evil deeds. At the end of the session, the congregation offers greetings to each other, and offers suitable gifts to young people. Following this the festivities begin.

Hari Raya prayers at the National Mosque is a serious affair and attended by the country's king and luminaries

Hari Raya prayers at the National Mosque is a serious affair and attended by the country’s king and luminaries

 

What Do People Do on Hari Raya?

For the religious part of the celebration, Muslims follows the practice of Sunnah of Eid, where one has to:

  1. Wake up early.
  2. Offer Salatul Fajr (dawn prayer).
  3. Prepare for personal cleanliness and grooming, for example clothing and so on.
  4. Take a bath after Salatul Fajr.
  5. Brush teeth.
  6. Dress in the best clothes available which by tradition are new clothes. Men may apply perfume. Women usually either wear the traditional Baju Kurong, Baju Kebaya or Jubah. Men wear the male version of a Baju Kurong together with a Kain Samping (a piece of cloth worn over the trouser of the Baju Kurong). During Hari Raya it is common to see men wear a songkok on their heads as well.
  7. Have breakfast before leaving for prayers. To eat before going out is to emphasize the fact that the fast has ended. It is also forbidden to fast on the day of Aidilfitri. It is customary to eat a small sweet breakfast, preferably of dates, before attending a special Eid prayer known as Salaat.
  8. Pay Zakat (an obligatory payment made annually under Islamic law and to be used for religion and charitable purposes) before Salaat-al-Eid (the special Eid prayer).
  9. Go to the prayer ground early.
  10. Offer Salaat-al-Eid to the congregation in an open place except when the weather does not permit due to rain, snow, etc.
  11. Use two separate routes to and from the prayer ground. It is said that the reason for this is to manifest the symbols of Islam on both routes, or to manifest the remembrance of Almighty God.
A beautiful aspect of Hari Raya is that it is also a time for children and family to show gratitude and seek forgiveness for any wrongdoings

A beautiful aspect of Hari Raya is that it is also a time for children and family to show gratitude and seek forgiveness for any wrongdoings

In Malaysia, Hari Raya Aidilfitri is special because it has become a show of understanding and harmony amongst the country’s multicultural community. The Malaysian people of all races, and religions visit homes of Muslim friends, to partake in the joy of the occasion. There, they are received warmly and are offered a feast of specially prepared Hari Raya food. Like any other Malaysian celebration, Hari Raya is a celebration for all Malaysians regardless of race, religion and creed.

In Malaysia, Hari Raya is an important to renew bonds of friendship and harmony

In Malaysia, Hari Raya is an important to renew bonds of friendship and harmony

 

Here are two of the most popular Raya songs in Malaysia:

Or view the video on the server at:
https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/SalomaSelamatHariRaya.mp4

“Selamat Hari Raya” is the all-time classic Raya song by the late Malaysian songstress, Saloma, the wife of the icon of Malay entertainment P. Ramlee. This song is simple yet catchy, but one that is widely known by every Malaysian regardless of their ethnicity or race.

 

Or view the video on the server at:
https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/SuasanaHariRaya.mp4

A joyous Raya song sung by the late Dato’ Sharifah Aini Syed Jaafar. The song is about how one welcomes his or her guest during Hari Raya. Note: This is a karaoke version, the woman in the video is not the original singer.

 
Balik Kampung (Returning to the family home)

The planning of Balik Kampung and purchasing of flight/ bus/ train tickets starts as early as a month before Hari Raya. It is very important to arrive home on time to celebrate this joyous occasion with the family and extended family.

Or view the video on the server at:
https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/SudirmanBalikKampung.mp4

This is one of the most popular classic Raya songs, ‘Balik Kampung’ (returning to the family home) by the late singer Sudirman Arshad.

 

Oil lamps known as ‘pelita’ in Malaya, are lit from the 20th day of Ramadan to attract spirits and angels alike. It is believed that these lamps bring blessings into homes during the night of Lailatul Qadar (Night of Destiny) when the first verses of the Quran were revealed.

Oil lamps known as ‘pelita’ in Malaya, are lit from the 20th day of Ramadan to attract spirits and angels alike. It is believed that these lamps bring blessings into homes during the night of Lailatul Qadar (Night of Destiny) when the first verses of the Quran were revealed

Hari Raya Feast

One of the most popular things to do during Hari Raya Aidilfitri is known as ‘open house’. An open house requires that all well-wishing visitors are received regardless of their background. As an act of charity and open heartedness, homes are open and delicious meals are prepared for visitors, which in turn is a showcase of the gastronomic delights of the Malay people. The Hari Raya open house culture has become an important platform for social communication and integration between members of the community and this practice strengthens the social bond of the Malaysian people.

Here is a list of some traditional Hari Raya foods that adds a special touch to the celebration:

Serunding

Serunding is essentially the Malaysian version of meat floss. It is a popular snack during Ramadan and Aidilfitri. Serunding is made of seasoned meat that’s cooked until dry, a method meant to help keep the meat for longer. Meats usually used to make serunding include beef, chicken, anchovy, prawn, and fish, and they are usually used as a filling for buns, pastries, and even burgers.

Satay

The perfect snack for Ramadhan, satay is well-loved all over Southeast Asia. These skewers of grilled meat are usually dipped into crunchy peanut sauce and served with a side of nasi impit (rice cakes) and raw vegetables.

Ketupat

Famously chosen as the symbol for Hari Raya, the ketupat is made of rice boiled in a diamond-shaped pack of hand-woven palm leaf strips. Once cooked, the ketupat is peeled open, cut into slices, and served in place of regular steamed rice with other dishes.

Rendang

It’s everybody’s favourite Raya dish! Rendang is a thick, savoury gravy usually cooked with beef, though any meat or meat substitute can be used. It is served either wet or dry, and is also known for its natural preserving properties due to the antimicrobial spices used in the dish.

Ketupat and satay are favourites during Hari Raya celebrations

Ketupat and satay are favourites during Hari Raya celebrations

Masak Lemak

Masak lemak is a style of cooking based on turmeric-seasoned coconut milk. Common meats used in masak lemak include shellfish and chicken, though vegetables are a popular choice as well. Masak lemak dishes are usually eaten with lemang, or poured over plain white rice.

Asam Pedas

A spicy, sour stew popular in certain parts of Malaysia, asam pedas usually refers to a dish of fish – stewed for long hours until the broth permeates the flesh completely. Tomatoes, lady’s fingers, tamarind, and daun kesom (Vietnamese coriander) are common ingredients of this dish.

Sayur Lodeh

Originally from Indonesia, sayur lodeh is a delicious creamy dish of coconut milk boiled with vegetables such as eggplant, long beans, green chili pepper, tofu, tempeh, and much more. The occasional use of turmeric powder turns the dish yellow, while chilies and spices turn up the heat.

Lemang

Made of glutinous rice, coconut milk, and a sprinkle of salt, lemang usually takes the place of plain rice during the Raya season and is eaten with rendang or curry dishes. This special dish is cooked in a hollowed bamboo stick lined with banana leaves and can take four to five meticulous hours of roasting.

Lontong

Commonly served with nasi impit, lontong is a dish that may be eaten as a full meal, encompassing vegetables and meat in a savoury coconut milk broth. Lontong may also refer to the banana leaf-wrapped rice cake, similar to the lemang.

Bubur Lambuk

Often given out by mosques and food banks during the month of Ramadan, bubur lambuk originates from the Muslim tradition of feeding the poor during this holy season. The porridge has many variations as nearly anything can be added to it, from meats to vegetables and even different sauces and spices for added flavour. Kurma powder is often used as a staple ingredient.

Dodol

This sticky sweet dessert is made from coconut milk, cane sugar, and rice flour stirred constantly in a wok for up to nine hours. The finished product is rolled into shape and wrapped individually in plastic wrappers for those with a sweet tooth to enjoy. Dodol may also be found in durian, soursop, apple, jackfruit, and milk flavours.

Kuih-muih

From the pink layers of kuih lapis to the sugary crust of kuih keria, Malaysia is home to an almost unlimited variety of kuih-muih, a proud testament to the country’s diversity. Malaysian kuih encompasses bite-sized cakes, biscuits, and starchy jellies in all the colours of the rainbow, prepared in uncountable ways.

 

Hari Raya Etiquette

Here are some helpful tips and information for visitors or expats visiting Malaysia during Hari Raya, in case you are invited to a friend or colleague’s house, or you plan to drop by an open house.

 

How Should Guests Generally Behave?

Most Muslims do not expect guests to present gifts or cash. If guests insist on presenting something, then sweets, cookies or kuih are best and will be appreciated by most hosts.

Guests should also look out for what not to give, according to traditional Malay and Islamic customs. Guest should avoid wearing clothes that are revealing, while wine, champagne or any other form of alcohol is something that should not be given or partaken in during the period.

Additionally, non-Muslim guests are not expected to be dressed in traditional Malay clothes. However, it might please your hosts, if you made the effort.

 

What Are the Most Common Hari Raya Puasa Greetings?

“Selamat Hari Raya” is the traditional greeting used by Malay Muslims which means “Happy Hari Raya” and “Maaf Zahir dan Batin” which when translated loosely, means “I seek forgiveness from you”.

A lot of Muslims also say “Eid Mubarak” when they greet each other; the term has Arabic origins. “Eid Mubarak” means “Happy Hari Raya”.

 

What Else Can You Do to Soak in the Festive Atmosphere?

Festivities begin early, so bear in mind that there are many festivities that occurring during the days leading up to Hari Raya Puasa. The Ramadan bazaars, seen nationwide, are usually filled with rows and rows of stalls selling Hari Raya goodies, costume jewellery, and outfits.

 

When Visiting

When visiting others during the period, it is customary to observe the following rules of etiquette:

  • Dress smartly and neatly. Avoid wearing revealing clothes, such as shorts and sleeveless tops.
  • Remove your shoes before entering your host’s house.
  • Some women may not be comfortable shaking hands with men. Therefore, the men can choose to acknowledge the women with a smile instead.

The Muslim community is also encouraged to be charitable during this period, and the giving of the monetary packet is a form of such charity. Packets are generally given to children and young adults who are not working. The gift amount is not fixed and it depends on the individual giver.

Hari Raya Aidilfitri in 2017 is expected to commence on the evening of June 25, 2017 and end June 27, 2017.

 
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  1. Alice Tay on Jun 21, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    About 60% of Malaysians are Muslims and the official religion in Malaysia is Islam. Due to their belief, all Muslims are required except sick and elder people, traveling, pregnant women and nursing mothers, to fast on this very auspicious month in the Islamic calendar. This is a good opportunity for the Muslims to have fasting during Ramadan, practice to control their behavior and desires and practice for generosity to pay zakat. If ever Muslims can practice well during this Ramadan fasting month, this may benefit them in spirituality.

    Thank you Rinpoche sharing this interesting article. We should do the best in respecting other people`s religious in order to achieve religious harmony.

  2. Samfoonheei on May 18, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Well…..interesting article. Been a Malaysian staying in this beautiful country ,we ought to know about the Significance of Hari Raya been celebrated among people of multi faith.It marks the end of the fasting month or Ramadan where they fasted the whole month to cleanse the body and mind during this holy time.It an important and beautiful celebration whereby everyone will forgive and forget all differences and rejoice over the repair of broken unions.
    I used to look forward to these celebration during my younger days as there was so many delights and delicious foods served in the open house.I do missed those happy times mixing with my Malay firends and others races as well.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting article.

  3. Anne Ong on Apr 26, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    I think this article has been missed out by all of us. I just noticed this article when I went into the Malaysia category.
    Anyway,very good and educational write up about Hari Raya and Puasa Month,which is the fasting month for the Muslim. I come from a mix cultural famaily background and and therefore finds this article very interesting especially the Hari Raya foods cooked by my Malay Aunty. Missed those wonderful delicious food from her.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful write up that brings back many sweet old memories 🙂

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  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Feb 27. 2020 03:48 PM
    What a wonderful way going on a holy pilgrimage, and serving a Great Lama. Khensur Rinpoche who is a good friend of our Lama for 27 years. Rinpoche had known Khensur Rinpoche since Rinpoche time in India. Khensur Rinpoche had spent his whole life living in the monastic community teaching. Kensur Rinpoche had established Shar Gaden Monastery where the practice of Dorje Shugden and lineage is protected and preserved.
    Looking at all the pictures tells us a thousand words, how the team lead by Su Ming and team serving a Great Lama Khensur Rinpoche and Gen Wangyal. Such as taking them to see the doctor for medical check-up having all the necessary tests done, to see the dentist as well as checking their eyes and so forth . Well done Su Ming and team.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing which will inspire us to go all the up serving monks.
    In a way to show , gratitude to them how we appreciate their present .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/whats-a-meaningful-pilgrimage.html
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Feb 27. 2020 02:44 PM
    Great and clear explanation for us to understand as well as to increase our knowledge of why bigger and more Buddha statues makes a difference in our lives. Big statues have been always been regarded as big blessings for the area around it and also the sentient beings that live around that area.

    In Kechara Forest Retreat have many holy outdoor statue to create cause for people come to pilgrimage, embucirculate around the statue will help those have heavy body karma.Thank you very much for this article.


    https://bit.ly/386stv0

  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Feb 26. 2020 03:48 PM
    Many countries around the world have looking and working with China. They realised being friendly with China is a wise choice for the benefits for the growth of their country. China has become world largest economy country. For Tibet befriending China in long term will benefits both countries. Time had changed with Tibet having workshops with the Chinese is a good sign improving their relationship after all these years . People have their right and freedom to choose what they practice. Practicing Dorje Shugden is nothing to do with China. Every one of us have the right and freedom to choose what we want to practice. HH Dalai Lama is looking forward to return to Tibet one day. It only can be happen if the Tibetan leadership, letting go of the past and have more dialogues and meetings with the Chinese government in future. And solving all the political problems and lifting Dorje Shugden’s ban once for all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this great news.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-importance-of-tibet-befriending-china-nepali.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Feb 26. 2020 03:45 PM
    It is heart breaking, reading this article again, what Pastor Jean Ai had gone through and experience. Yet with strong determination all those abuses and attack by people whom she do not know, she did continue with her practice. Could not imagine how ungrateful the Tibetan Leadership treated the sponsor. Without the funds, sponsorship, monasteries and Dharma institutions would not able to survive for sure. Kechara organisation, and many others kind sponsors had sponsored millions to the Tibetan Buddhist monasteries of India. Not only that sponsoring of monk robes, books , statues , painting and jewelleries to name a few. Even changing the flooring of the monastery as well. Can imagine those sponsors go all the way to send them all those stuffs. And have raised so much sponsorship for them and had donated yearly in fact or when they asked for. And now none of them are allowed to go to the monasteries any more . All because they had practised Dorje Shugden’s practice. Countless other lamas and Shugden practitioners had raised funds for the monasteries too and they too were not allowed to have connection with. Sad ….there is no religious freedom at all. By now after decades , I do hope the Tibetan Leadership will lift the ban on Dorje Shugden for a better peaceful communities. May more read this post for a better understanding of what happening in the Tibetan Leadership and those in exile living in India.
    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for speaking up for the Tibetan people and for those Dorje Shugden practitioners .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/how-tibetan-leadership-treats-a-sponsor-jindak.html
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Feb 26. 2020 03:21 PM
    Different people have different reasons for wanting to become ordained. Sometimes I do wonder if unless the reasons are right, one should not get ordained but on the other hand I think maybe one should take the leap of faith even if the reasons are not entire “correct”.

    Modern people becoming ordained is tougher than in Buddha’s time, there are much inner and outer battle they need to overcome. May those who have the thought arise to be ordained, have more determination to make it happen. Thank you very much,for sharing this mind-changing article with all of us.

    https://bit.ly/2TeCHnH
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Feb 25. 2020 04:55 PM
    With their expertise a radiant energy scientist, a sound healer, an energy healer and a music composer, coming together to explore knowledge of cold energy . Li Kim and team going to haunted houses to experiment the energy. The haunted house they went looks scary. Joining them is also a Taoist master, finally concluded the presence of supernatural beings, as their findings found that the energy are dark and cold. As the unseen beings do no harm, they decided to do Taoist prayers and combined healing of sound, energy before leaving the area. I do believe those unseen beings do exist. Glad to learn that sound can heal the environment and souls. . Sound wonderful .
    Thank you, Li Kim and team for this sharing.this knowledge.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/ghosts-and-hauntings/the-sound-of-light.html
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Feb 25. 2020 04:32 PM
    It is not surprised that many huge Buddha statues were built in many parts of the world both of a religious and secular nature.The bigger the Buddha statues will definitely beneficial to the surrounding area with positive energies, calming the area of wars and natural disasters .

    In Malaysia we have huge statue of Lord Murugan of Batu Caves and Kuan Yin Statue at Kek Lok Si in Penang.Thank you very much for the wonderful sharing with beautiful pictures of World Largest Statues.

    https://bit.ly/2uxPmtO

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Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
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Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
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Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
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Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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Beautiful red lanterns around Vajrayogini Stupa at Kechara Forest Retreat. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Beautiful red lanterns around Vajrayogini Stupa at Kechara Forest Retreat. shared by Pastor Antoinette
Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
The rain may have doused the fires but the embers of pain still linger in our hearts. Sending Australia our love & prayers. Let's continue to #PrayForAustralia. ❤️ shared by Pastor Antoinette
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The rain may have doused the fires but the embers of pain still linger in our hearts. Sending Australia our love & prayers. Let's continue to #PrayForAustralia. ❤️ shared by Pastor Antoinette
Auspicious red decorations at Tsongkhapa shrine. Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Auspicious red decorations at Tsongkhapa shrine. Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong. shared by Pastor Antoinette
Gong Xi Fa Cai! Here's to new beginnings and better endings with this Year of the Metal Rat! shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Gong Xi Fa Cai! Here's to new beginnings and better endings with this Year of the Metal Rat! shared by Pastor Antoinette
Throwback KSDS Graduation - All kids were so excited with to perform. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback KSDS Graduation - All kids were so excited with to perform. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback WOAH camp 2016 - DIY soap. So interesting. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback WOAH camp 2016 - DIY soap. So interesting. Lin Mun KSDS
Children learning the method to make water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children learning the method to make water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
Monthly animal liberation in Kechara House. KSDS have opportunity to participate in the meritorious activity every mth. Lin Mun KSDS
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Monthly animal liberation in Kechara House. KSDS have opportunity to participate in the meritorious activity every mth. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback Kids camp 2019 - Wonderful volunteers. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback Kids camp 2019 - Wonderful volunteers. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback Kids camp 2019 - The nature of KFR is expressed on this drawing. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback Kids camp 2019 - The nature of KFR is expressed on this drawing. Lin Mun KSDS
Special thanks to Hue, one of our dedicated members in Kechara Penang Study Group. Thanks for helping out during our bird liberation. ~Jacinta
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Special thanks to Hue, one of our dedicated members in Kechara Penang Study Group. Thanks for helping out during our bird liberation. ~Jacinta
Animal Liberation is one of the great ways to show empathy, kindness and compassion to kids. Start them early! ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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Animal Liberation is one of the great ways to show empathy, kindness and compassion to kids. Start them early! ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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