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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    Thursday, Jan 28. 2021 03:05 PM
    Assam environmental activist and forestry worker Jadav Payeng known as ‘Forest Man of India’ did something extraoridinary where no one did before. Wow ….imagine he had shot to fame by singlehandedly transforming the world’s largest inhabited river island into a sprawling forest. He had devoted 30 years of his life planting trees to creating a real man-made forest of 550 hectares of tress. Unbelievable with this reforestation, wildlife has returned to the area. His inspiring story has taught us to be responsible and with determination can bring a change in the world. Jadav Payeng was conferred the title ‘The Forest Man’ in Delhi by the Government of India on World Earth Day. Since then he has travelled across the country, and the world, giving talks and attending conferences on climate change and environmental issues.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/forest-man-of-india-%e5%8d%b0%e5%ba%a6%e6%a3%ae%e6%9e%97%e4%b9%8b%e5%ad%90
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    Thursday, Jan 28. 2021 03:03 PM
    For 400 years , many highly attained Lamas, thousands of disciples, monks, nuns have been practicing Dorje Shugden. They cannot be wrong. The practice of Dorje Shugden had been passed down from lineage to lineage till now.
    Every one should be respected one another even though they are from different religions and faith. Everyone should be given religious freedom to choose what they believe and pray . Its their choice after all. The Tibetan Leardership (CTA) should not discriminate anyone just base on their religion. The Dorje Shugden ‘s controversy has been going for over two decades, believing that Dorje Shugden is an evil and will harm Dalai Lama . Reading this article perhaps we will know the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing, may more and more people read or view the video to understand better.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/are-the-high-lamas-of-tibet-impotent-in-the-face-of-dorje-shugden
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    Thursday, Jan 28. 2021 12:17 AM
    Thank you for the amazing sharing of holy site of Mount Jiu Hua. The tremendous effort to build so many beautiful structures show devotion of the people towards Buddhism during the time. This is an important Buddhist culture heritage site with fascinating scenery. Mount Jiu Hua Shan is extremely a beautiful place to visit and explore


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    Wednesday, Jan 27. 2021 02:40 PM
    Interesting story of how the Indian 10th Century master Lalitavajra who was the first to reveal the Yamantaka Tantra. Yamantaka is a Tantric Buddhist deity most commonly found as a secondary figure in a mandala configuration . And also is the manifestation of Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Stainless Wisdom. Yamantaka overcome our anger and hatred as a means to purify all delusions. Wow…very powerful indeed , it purify extreme negative karma .
    Together with Ra Lotsawa Dorje Drakpa who is one of the previous lives of Dorje Shugden and Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri as depicted in this beautiful thangka forms a very powerful thangka to have it in our home.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

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    Wednesday, Jan 27. 2021 02:37 PM
    Beautiful thangka of Lama Tsongkhapa sitting on an elephant together with Dorje Shugden forms a powerful thangka . After Lama Tsongkhapa entered clear light, Khedrub Je requested for guidance and inspiration. Lama Tsongkhapa had apparently appeared in five visions directly to Khedrub Je. Lama Tsongkhapa had then encourage Khedrub Je to continue spreading Kadam Dharma through his teachings. Eventually became his successor in upholding the legacy of his teachings and lineage with Gyaltsab Je.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing, a beautiful thangka to have.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/lama-tsongkhapa-sitting-on-an-elephant
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    Reading all these inspiring quotes from our Lama ….Tsem Tulku Rinpoche will always remind us to be our own self and nothing else. All I can say is a profound teachings that will inspire us to stay on course to be a better person.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing all these inspiring quotes.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jan 26. 2021 04:43 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and Datuk May for sharing this article. Reading this post again , all I could say is disgusting to know what were said without further investigation and thoughts if its true. Since the banning of Dorje Shugden practice, many non-practitioners and practitioners had suffered abuse, slander, threats and discrimination by those anti Dorje Shugden practitioners. Sad….. Just because one dislike one’s religion , the other suffered. They even to that extend encouraging their people to attack Shugden practitioners. One such example where an 84-year-old monk of Trijang Ladrang was brutally attacked, allegedly just because he practices Dorje Shugden. Discriminate people base on their religion is definitely against religious freedom and democracy.
    Rinpoche have done so much to benefit so many people through his teachings ,advices and so forth. Yet those people out there still threatened Rinpoche without verify the truth.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/they-want-to-kill-me.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jan 26. 2021 04:38 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Niral for sharing this. All these teachings helps us steps out of ourselves in a way , learning and shaping to be a better person living meaningfully. The Four Noble Truths are the foundation of the Buddhist spiritual path where we should read and have a basic understanding of it . A good and knowledgeable read …i have booked marked it so I could read it time from time to remind myself.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/introduction-to-the-four-noble-truths.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Jan 25. 2021 08:42 PM
    Thank you Pastor Niral for this wonderful sharing. It is very easy for most of us to take things for granted. Many years back when technology was not so advance, everything has to be done manually that require great amount of time, patient and effort to gain knowledge. People those days has sacrificed a lot in order to preserve the dharma teaching. And today Rinpoche has made it easily accessible for us to obtain the knowledge from the ‘virtual temple’ with just a few clicks away plus it’s free. Indeed very grateful to Rinpoche for all the effort done in preserving and teaching dharma, and reaching to all the countries via the virtual world. A reminder to continue to practise dharma and appreciate all effort for spreading dharma.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/stories-from-a-chela-dharma-texts-fruition-of-imprints
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    Monday, Jan 25. 2021 04:05 PM
    Despite all of the darkness, there is always a light and hope for us to walk through however far we will make it. Let the light of hope always enlighten our soul. We are all like ocean, spreading thousands of miles away and there is just one lighthouse, the only lighthouse. We are the fortunate ones who get to see it. The light will always conquer the darkness. Seeing the light in the darkness is after we stepped outside our comfort zone that we begin to change, grow, and transforming.
    Thank you Rinpoche for showing us the way.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/moon-mountains-hope.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jan 25. 2021 04:02 PM
    The practice of sati was at its peak between the 15th and 18th centuries. Widows were forced burning alive or commit suicide after the death of their husband . Sati was a historical Hindu practice then, was banned as the practice of Sati is against human rights and revolting the feelings of human nature. Since then widows needs to be in a constant state of mourning once her husband dies, wearing in white .
    Many communities in India still shun widows and they are abandoned by their families due to superstition. It’s sad to know that those widows been treated in such a way.
    Thanks to one great humanist and social reformer of contemporary India….. Dr. Pathak who has worked to change social attitudes towards the widows . Dr. Pathak is known around the world for his wide ranging work in the sanitation field to improve public health, advance social progress, and improve human rights in India and other countries. He is also the founder of Sulabh International, an India-based social service organisation which works to promote human rights. He goes out his way to help these neglected women, trying to change the mindset, attitude and behaviour of the people towards those widows.
    Inspiring his accomplishments span the fields of sanitation technology, healthcare education for millions of people in the rural areas and slums in India.A prolific writer and speaker as well, Dr. Pathak has authored several books to date.
    Thank you Rinpoche ,Vinnie and Beatrice for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-unwanted-widows-of-india.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jan 25. 2021 03:59 PM
    Very details article on Dorje Shugden for everyone of us to have a better knowledge. Interesting read of all the Dorje Shugden’s Incarnation Lineage, whereby how he came to known as the Dharma Protector. It’s a very beneficial practice , we should able to practice all the way . Learning all about Dorje Shugden, the history , the daily sadhana is simply amazing. This article will benefit many more people now and in the near future.
    Thank you Rinpoche , Valencia and blog team for this wonderful Dorje Shugden sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 24. 2021 04:18 PM
    Kyabje Chatral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche is one of the most accomplished Tibetan Buddhist yogis of our time. Regarded as one of the most highly realized Dzogchen yogis ,he lived in a simple dwelling without the distractions of fame and fortune. He practices what he preaches without compromise and as a result he is beloved and respected by people of all faiths. Spending a great deal most of his time practicing in caves . Thousands of people in the Himalayan region consider Rinpoche to be their root guru because through his compassionate action and profound wisdom. During his life Chatral Rinpoche was one of the most vocal opponents of meat eating in Tibetan Buddhism. He encouraged followers to go on vegetarian. For many years he had been buying fish in huge bulk from numerous fisheries and fish markets and released them into Diamond Harbour in Kolkota’s estuaries. He founded and restored many meditation retreat centers in Bhutan, India and Nepal as well as overseen the construction of several stupas. Inspiring indeed. He left a legacy that will undoubtedly live on for many generations.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/jadrel-sangay-dorji.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 24. 2021 04:17 PM
    Revisit this post again. Beautiful prayers by two great masters….. HH Trijang Rinpoche and Kensur Rinpoche Konchok Tsering for our Guru Tsem Rinpoche filled with blessings. We are fortunate to have them who composed such precious sacred prayers…
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/long-life-prayer-by-kensur-konchok-tsering-rinpoche-and-trijang-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 24. 2021 04:14 PM
    Beautiful story of how Choyang Dulzin Kuten Lama from a humble nomadic family,became an Oracle Lama. He had served Tibetan community in difficult times in Tibet and in refugee camps in India. He was well respected and illustrious oracle who took trance of Dorje Shugden. Choyang Duldzin Kuten Lama had contributed in various ways when the Tibetan community was trying to re-establish itself in India. It was Choyang Duldzin Kuten Lama who invoked Dharmapala Dorje Shugden to ask for safe directions in H H the 14th Dalai Lama’s escape during the Chinese invasion at that time. Interesting read . His life story is one positive and inspiring example of compassion that benefit many and to those having special relationships with Dorje Shugden.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring and interesting read.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-amazing-life-of-choyang-dulzin-kuten-lama

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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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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
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
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    Cute!
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
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    Cute baby owl found and rescued
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    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
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    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
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    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
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    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
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    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
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    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
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    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
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    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
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    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
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Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 month ago
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 month ago
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 month ago
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 months ago
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 months ago
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 months ago
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
2 months ago
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
3 months ago
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Fwd: Dear Sotha
4 months ago
Fwd: Dear Sotha
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
4 months ago
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
5 months 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
5 months 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
5 months 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
7 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
7 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 months ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
9 months ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
11 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
11 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
11 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
11 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
11 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
11 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
11 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
11 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
11 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.
11 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
11 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
11 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
11 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
11 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
11 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
11 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
11 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
11 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
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