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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  • Yee Yin
    Tuesday, Mar 26. 2019 08:39 PM
    It is also said that Icchantikas are those who were once Buddhists but later abandoned the Buddha’s teachings and did the opposite of what the Buddha had taught. We must be careful of our thoughts and actions and do only what the Buddha had said. If our thoughts or actions are not correct, we are creating the cause to not practice Buddhism and we can end up as an Icchantika.

    But there are still hopes for the Icchantikas. As Buddha had said before, nothing stays the same forever and every being has the potential of becoming a Buddha, that includes Icchantikas. It is just it will take a long time for the Icchantikas to exhaust the negative karma they have created and then be able to learn Dharma again. It is better not to become an Icchantikas, life in hell is pure sufferings. If we feel we are suffering now as a human being, the suffering Icchantikas will have to go through is even worse.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-icchantikas
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  • Chris
    Tuesday, Mar 26. 2019 08:27 PM
    Jeong Kwan is such an inspiring nun. She can turn almost anything into dharma practice even making soy sauce. She must had some realizations to be able to see the dharma in everything. I love it when she was asked whether she misses the monastery, she replied that she is happy now.

    That sentence speaks a lot about her inner world. She is happy to be present. Many people would have said I miss this and that and all of those will be in the past. Jeong Kwan lives in the present and she truly experiences the present. That is why Buddha taught us to be in the present at all times.

    She left home after her mother passed away and she vows to never ever to give such pain of someone losing their mother to her kids. What a compassionate human being that rather takes on life of a nun in order to not hurt others.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/jeong-kwan-the-zen-buddhist-chef.html
  • Yee Yin
    Tuesday, Mar 26. 2019 07:59 PM
    It is not uncommon to hear a Buddha statue performing miracles. Sometimes, Buddha will show signs to strengthen people’s faith. In Nepal, there are some holy sites where Buddha images self-arise on a rock, one of the famous self-arisen Buddha is Tara image in Pharphing. The eyes of the White Tara in this article were closed when she was first discovered. Later, she showed miracles by opening her eyes! It was said she also showed a secret mantra during the consecration ceremony.

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  • Yee Yin
    Tuesday, Mar 26. 2019 07:23 PM
    Did you know some Tibetan monks have the power to do divination and give advice to help people remove their obstacles? Through divination, Buddhas and enlightened beings are able to communicate with us to give us assistance. In the Gelug lineage, two of the most popular and effective divination methods are that of Palden Lhamo and Dorje Shugden. Read more about the divination method here:

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  • Chris
    Tuesday, Mar 26. 2019 06:22 PM
    His Holiness the Dalai Lama wrote a prayer to Dorje Shugden way before he banned the practice. The reason that was given is that he did not realize the true nature of Dorje Shugden. That is not logical at all.

    His Holiness is the emanation of Buddha of Compassion, Chenrezig and everyone know it. How can a Buddha be fooled by a spirit and the Buddha actually wrote a prayer to the spirit? Those who actually believed this reason is belittling His Holiness’s attainments.

    There is no way for His Holiness to be fooled by Dorje Shugden and that is why this move by His Holiness is not logical at all. If a spirit can fool a Buddha, why are we taking refuge in the Buddha? His Holiness must have his own reason for this and we should have faith in His Holiness especially during this time.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-fourteenth-dalai-lama-dorje-shugden.html
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    Tuesday, Mar 26. 2019 06:18 PM
    The 4th Zhabdrung Rinpoche of Bhutan and Dorje Shugden

    The 4th Zhabdrung Jigme Norbu, from the reincarnation lineage of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, included extensive prayers to Dorje Shugden in his collected works (gsung ‘bum). Imagine, the practice of Dorje Shugden is practiced in many countries and his practice so beneficial that even the 4th Zhabdrung Rinpoche wrote prayers to him, as recorded and archived in the National Library of Bhutan.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-4th-zhabdrung-rinpoche-of-bhutan-and-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Mar 26. 2019 12:35 PM
    Thank you for sharing this beautiful and powerful art piece of Amitayus, White Tara, Ushnishavijaya , Dorje Shugden and Vairochana Shugden . Buddha Amitayus also known as Buddha of Limitless Life is a Buddha a deity associated with meditations and mantras for a long life. As a long-life deity together with White Tara and Ushnishavijaya as depicted in the thangka , thus are all powerful deities to purify and increase merits and lifespan for anyone to rely on them.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-deity-that-grants-longevity-amitayus
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Mar 26. 2019 12:34 PM
    Thank you for this sharing its truly a beautiful art paintings of Nagarjuna , Manjushri and Dorje Shugden. Nagarjuna is one of the most famous Buddhist philosophers and was even considered as the greatest Buddhist philosopher.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-founder-of-madhyamaka-nagarjuna
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Mar 26. 2019 12:33 PM
    Beautiful painting of Avalokiteshvara Simhananda ,Black Manjushri, Yellow Dzambala, Shabala Garuda, Sakya Dorje Shugden Tanag, Tsui Marpo and Setrap. Avalokiteshvara is beloved throughout the Buddhist world who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas. Buddhism, the bodhisattva of infinite compassion and mercy, possibly the most popular of all figures in Buddhist legend. Avalokiteshvara is beloved throughout the Buddhist world.
    Beautiful art paintings for us to print and put on our altar.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/a-powerful-healer-avalokiteshvara-simhananda
  • Yee Yin
    Tuesday, Mar 26. 2019 10:21 AM
    Do you know what is the role of a guru? A guru has the responsibility to guide the students to enlightenment. To be enlightened, we have to develop good qualities and get rid of the bad qualities we have. It requires a great amount of merits to meet a qualified guru. When we have met our guru we should cherish it because anything our guru says to us or instructs us to do is to help us to get positive results in our spiritual practice so we will eventually achieve enlightenment.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/stories-from-a-chela-the-teaching-in-the-tea
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  • Yee Yin
    Tuesday, Mar 26. 2019 10:10 AM
    Wow, look at how talented this Chinese fashion designer, Guo Pei is. She is full of imagination and creativity. She is a good example of how we can put our imagination into reality. Sometimes what we want to do sounds impossible to others, but if we don’t believe in ourselves and try to do it, we will never know. Never give up what we think it’s right to do if it is not something that will create harm to others.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/talented-international-designer-ms-guo-pei-s-creations
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  • Yee Yin
    Tuesday, Mar 26. 2019 10:02 AM
    The 14th Dalai Lama who is against the Dorje Shugden practice wrote a praise to Dorje Shugden before, this is very nice to know. The Dalai Lama propitiated Dorje Shugden in his early days. It was until 20 years ago, he announced that he has made a mistake to pray to Dorje Shugden and that Dorje Shugden is actually an evil spirit. The question is, how can a highly attained being make a mistake when he has the power to see the true nature of all sentient beings?

    In fact, when a highly attained being makes a mistake, it is done deliberately for a higher purpose. His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche said before when the Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden seem to be against each other, we should not lose faith in either of them. Because Dorje Shugden followers are ‘outcast’ by the Dalai Lama, the Chinese government feels very safe to allow Dorje Shugden Lamas to spread Buddhist teachings. This is how the Dalai Lama helps to revive Buddhism in China even when he is not in China. If the Dalai Lama can manifest a mistake for propitiating Dorje Shugden, he can also later say he makes a mistake for saying Dorje Shugden is an evil spirit.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-fourteenth-dalai-lama-dorje-shugden.html
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  • Sofi
    Monday, Mar 25. 2019 02:23 PM
    Tengboche Monastery – Nepal

    Tengboche Monastery is the largest Tibetan Buddhist gompa of the Sherpa community, built in 1916 by Lama Gulu, in Tengboche village of Khumjung, in the Khumbu region. Visit the article to learn more of this interesting monastery set high in the Himalayas.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/tengboche-monastery-nepal.html
  • Sofi
    Monday, Mar 25. 2019 02:20 PM
    Bryn Athyn Monster Spirit

    In the Buddhist scriptures, specifically in the Dukkar texts, it mentions 80 different types of spirits that abide in different realms. Within these different types, there are subdivisions so there are many different types of spirits. Spirits can manifest in many dimensions, travel very fast (at the speed of light), and have some levels of clairvoyance. Some spirits are harmful and some spirits are neutral; some spirits may even be helpful.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/bryn-athyn-monster-spirit
  • Sofi
    Monday, Mar 25. 2019 02:19 PM
    The Mysterious Ghosts of the Himalayas

    The Himalayas is one of the most well-known mountain ranges in the world. Located on the Indian subcontinent, the Himalayas are home to nine of the ten highest mountains on earth, including the mega mountains Everest and K2, among others. And while this range may be well known for mysteries such as the Yeti, it is not a place typically associated with ghosts, yet here in the cold wilds there are accounts of specters and entities just as spooky as anywhere else.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-mysterious-ghosts-of-the-himalayas

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How the incomparable yet down to earth Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen changed my life forever- https://bit.ly/2VJjCtk

Photo: His Eminence Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and Tsem Rinpoche
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How the incomparable yet down to earth Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen changed my life forever- https://bit.ly/2VJjCtk Photo: His Eminence Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and Tsem Rinpoche
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Joanne Kam and Justin Ripley in Kechara doing some cooking..
You have to see this spectacular outdoor Amitabah statue in Vietnam. So sacred and majestic.~ https://bit.ly/2Ed0s9n
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You have to see this spectacular outdoor Amitabah statue in Vietnam. So sacred and majestic.~ https://bit.ly/2Ed0s9n
Everyday offerings of fresh cooked food and drinks are offered to awakened world peace protector Dorje Shugden on my shrine. It is my way to thank Him for all the help He has given to so many people throughout the decades I\'ve introduced Him to. It is my way to include Him as my family and a feeling of closeness and gratitude I have for Him. He\'s a revered family member who happens to be enlightened and also my close friend. Tsem Rinpoche (Food offering prayer~ https://bit.ly/1VkYXJa)
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Everyday offerings of fresh cooked food and drinks are offered to awakened world peace protector Dorje Shugden on my shrine. It is my way to thank Him for all the help He has given to so many people throughout the decades I've introduced Him to. It is my way to include Him as my family and a feeling of closeness and gratitude I have for Him. He's a revered family member who happens to be enlightened and also my close friend. Tsem Rinpoche (Food offering prayer~ https://bit.ly/1VkYXJa)
Read about this special Goddess Lok Yeay Mao of Cambodia. I came across her picture and found her very unique and blogged about it. Do enjoy the reading- https://bit.ly/2HR3vqi
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Read about this special Goddess Lok Yeay Mao of Cambodia. I came across her picture and found her very unique and blogged about it. Do enjoy the reading- https://bit.ly/2HR3vqi
March 18, 2019-Oser is very photogenic as usual.
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March 18, 2019-Oser is very photogenic as usual.
March 18, 2019-Very cute Oser as usual.
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March 18, 2019-Very cute Oser as usual.
Drashi Lhamo the terrifying female with the rolled out tongue- https://bit.ly/2J8S27y
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Drashi Lhamo the terrifying female with the rolled out tongue- https://bit.ly/2J8S27y
Special prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama- https://bit.ly/2QdaL4n
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Special prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama- https://bit.ly/2QdaL4n
On January 26, 2019, Venerable Arjia Rinpoche who is a close friend of the Dalai Lama asked the Tibetans to stop discriminating against people who practice Dorje Shugden and regionalism. His speech called for unity for the preservation of Tibet\'s unique culture and religion and all Tibetans should be friendly with each other regardless of religion and regional origins. His speech is powerful and much needed at this time. Very beautiful. Thank you Arjia Rinpoche. Please see here: https://bit.ly/2CdOz1A
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On January 26, 2019, Venerable Arjia Rinpoche who is a close friend of the Dalai Lama asked the Tibetans to stop discriminating against people who practice Dorje Shugden and regionalism. His speech called for unity for the preservation of Tibet's unique culture and religion and all Tibetans should be friendly with each other regardless of religion and regional origins. His speech is powerful and much needed at this time. Very beautiful. Thank you Arjia Rinpoche. Please see here: https://bit.ly/2CdOz1A
Nice picture of Tsem Rinpoche with Lati Rinpoche and Kensur Rinpoche. Click on and enlarge.
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Nice picture of Tsem Rinpoche with Lati Rinpoche and Kensur Rinpoche. Click on and enlarge.
Evolution starts with an inner revolution.~Tsem Rinpoche
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Evolution starts with an inner revolution.~Tsem Rinpoche
Our likes and dislikes are impermanent. Don\'t be stuck.~Tsem Rinpoche
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Our likes and dislikes are impermanent. Don't be stuck.~Tsem Rinpoche
I will always be loyal to my teacher, be with genuine friends, keep my spiritual commitments, share Dorje Shugden with those who need help and just be myself. Tsem Rinpoche
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I will always be loyal to my teacher, be with genuine friends, keep my spiritual commitments, share Dorje Shugden with those who need help and just be myself. Tsem Rinpoche
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You can call me whatever you want, but that won't change me. ~TsemRinpoche.com
I have so many wonderful stories, pictures, accounts & videos on bigfoot/yeti here: 
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I have so many wonderful stories, pictures, accounts & videos on bigfoot/yeti here: https://bit.ly/2LjVZ6T
There is so much to see and read this in this category dedicated to animals. Let’s never harm animals and let’s not eat them anymore and allow them to live in happiness~Tsem Rinpoche- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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There is so much to see and read this in this category dedicated to animals. Let’s never harm animals and let’s not eat them anymore and allow them to live in happiness~Tsem Rinpoche- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
1997 in Kuala Lumpur. Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche.
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1997 in Kuala Lumpur. Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche.
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A special prayer on Tibet\'s Saint Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen to calm the mind daily. This short prayer was compassionately composed by His Holiness the 4th Panchen Lama of the great Tashilunpo Monastery. - 
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A special prayer on Tibet's Saint Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen to calm the mind daily. This short prayer was compassionately composed by His Holiness the 4th Panchen Lama of the great Tashilunpo Monastery. - https://bit.ly/2ElkBZG
Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his two well known disciples. (Left) Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and (right) Lama Yeshe. Both of them were very devoted to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, their practice, their commitments and brought benefit to many beings throughout their lives. Very great beings. Read more about them-  https://bit.ly/2H2rylB
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Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his two well known disciples. (Left) Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and (right) Lama Yeshe. Both of them were very devoted to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, their practice, their commitments and brought benefit to many beings throughout their lives. Very great beings. Read more about them- https://bit.ly/2H2rylB
Many years ago, I had this 5ft Four-Armed Avalokitesvara made. It was done in Delhi, escorted to Tsem Ladrang in Gaden Shartse Monastery South India. Then my students and myself offered mantras, relics, jewels and brocades on this beautiful image as per tradition. Special rituals were done to consecrate it. Then I offered this image to the main shrine of Gaden Shartse Monstery for the sangha and visitors to pay homage to. The sangha and abbot were very happy. Till this day this beautiful image of compassion is still there in Gaden Shartse Monastery along with the many other thangkas, statues, repairs and offerings I had the honor to offer to the monastery. May all be blessed by Avalokitesvara, Tsem Rinpoche
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Many years ago, I had this 5ft Four-Armed Avalokitesvara made. It was done in Delhi, escorted to Tsem Ladrang in Gaden Shartse Monastery South India. Then my students and myself offered mantras, relics, jewels and brocades on this beautiful image as per tradition. Special rituals were done to consecrate it. Then I offered this image to the main shrine of Gaden Shartse Monstery for the sangha and visitors to pay homage to. The sangha and abbot were very happy. Till this day this beautiful image of compassion is still there in Gaden Shartse Monastery along with the many other thangkas, statues, repairs and offerings I had the honor to offer to the monastery. May all be blessed by Avalokitesvara, Tsem Rinpoche
Back in the 90\'s this photo of Tsem Rinpoche was taken in Tsem Ladrang, Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Tsem Rinpoche was in his room writing letters for Gaden Shartse Monastery and their sponsors around the world. Tsem Rinpoche had raised much sponsorship for the monks and Gaden Shartse Monastery. Read more- https://bit.ly/2NfHJjQ
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Back in the 90's this photo of Tsem Rinpoche was taken in Tsem Ladrang, Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Tsem Rinpoche was in his room writing letters for Gaden Shartse Monastery and their sponsors around the world. Tsem Rinpoche had raised much sponsorship for the monks and Gaden Shartse Monastery. Read more- https://bit.ly/2NfHJjQ
This is a statue of Lord Buddha Shakyamuni (Jowo Rinpoche) in Lhasa, Tibet. Tsongkapa had offered the crown, \'shirt\' and ornaments on this sacred Buddha. Offering ornaments on Buddha is considered highly meritorious. Many Buddhist countries have this tradition.
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This is a statue of Lord Buddha Shakyamuni (Jowo Rinpoche) in Lhasa, Tibet. Tsongkapa had offered the crown, 'shirt' and ornaments on this sacred Buddha. Offering ornaments on Buddha is considered highly meritorious. Many Buddhist countries have this tradition.
In Myanmar, they also offer crowns,deocrative upper shirts and beautiful thrones to Lord Buddha Shakyamuni. Just like in Tibet. Tsem Rinpoche (photo 2)
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In Myanmar, they also offer crowns,deocrative upper shirts and beautiful thrones to Lord Buddha Shakyamuni. Just like in Tibet. Tsem Rinpoche (photo 2)
In Myanmar, they also offer crowns,deocrative upper shirts and beautiful thrones to Lord Buddha Shakyamuni. Just like in Tibet. Tsem Rinpoche (photo 1)
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In Myanmar, they also offer crowns,deocrative upper shirts and beautiful thrones to Lord Buddha Shakyamuni. Just like in Tibet. Tsem Rinpoche (photo 1)
This was Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in his house in Nepal. Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche was asking Tsem Rinpoche to give teachings in Gangchen Ladrang.
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This was Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in his house in Nepal. Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche was asking Tsem Rinpoche to give teachings in Gangchen Ladrang.
Dorje Shugden\'s mantra is in Hindi, Tamil, Chinese, English and Nepali. We already have them in Tibetan. These mantra stones of various languages are displayed at the Dorje Shugden grotto so that people of all backgrounds who visit will find familiarity in the mantra. They feel a sense of welcome and closeness. Tsem Rinpoche
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Dorje Shugden's mantra is in Hindi, Tamil, Chinese, English and Nepali. We already have them in Tibetan. These mantra stones of various languages are displayed at the Dorje Shugden grotto so that people of all backgrounds who visit will find familiarity in the mantra. They feel a sense of welcome and closeness. Tsem Rinpoche
Famous Nyitrul Rinpoche &Lama Thubten Phurbu 2019
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Famous Nyitrul Rinpoche &Lama Thubten Phurbu 2019
Beautiful Vajra Yogini
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Beautiful Vajra Yogini
This Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen statue is so stunning. It was a good idea to have a real brocade pandit\'s hat and brocade robes sewn for this image. It makes the image come to life. How nice to have such a Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen statue on our shrine with offerings and we recite the prayer to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen daily to invoke his sacred blessings. This statue is on Martin\'s shrine. Tsem Rinpoche
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This Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen statue is so stunning. It was a good idea to have a real brocade pandit's hat and brocade robes sewn for this image. It makes the image come to life. How nice to have such a Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen statue on our shrine with offerings and we recite the prayer to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen daily to invoke his sacred blessings. This statue is on Martin's shrine. Tsem Rinpoche
With deep devotion to the guru, higher meditational insights will arise. If one does not have deep devotion to the guru, it is a clear sign one does not have higher meditational insights.~Tsem Rinpoche
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With deep devotion to the guru, higher meditational insights will arise. If one does not have deep devotion to the guru, it is a clear sign one does not have higher meditational insights.~Tsem Rinpoche
With deep devotion to the guru, higher meditational insights will arise. Because of not having higher meditational insights, one will not realize the need to have devotion to the guru in order to gain higher insights. They are interdependent.~Tsem Rinpoche
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With deep devotion to the guru, higher meditational insights will arise. Because of not having higher meditational insights, one will not realize the need to have devotion to the guru in order to gain higher insights. They are interdependent.~Tsem Rinpoche
This is a school you MUST see! Amazing! What an opportunity for children. This is exactly what they need. Please read this- https://bit.ly/2tu4sfs
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This is a school you MUST see! Amazing! What an opportunity for children. This is exactly what they need. Please read this- https://bit.ly/2tu4sfs
\"Hoichi the Earless Minstrel\" is a wonderful classic ghost story that is done artistically and very spiritually imbued. One of my favorites. The Amitabha shrine is beautiful. A must watch- https://bit.ly/2NgJUAs
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"Hoichi the Earless Minstrel" is a wonderful classic ghost story that is done artistically and very spiritually imbued. One of my favorites. The Amitabha shrine is beautiful. A must watch- https://bit.ly/2NgJUAs
Amazing huge Amitabha Buddha on the “roof of Vietnam”-Such stunning photos- https://bit.ly/2Ed0s9n
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Amazing huge Amitabha Buddha on the “roof of Vietnam”-Such stunning photos- https://bit.ly/2Ed0s9n
Be loyal to your guru. Be close to your guru. Be honest with your guru. Never give your guru excuses but always accomplish your assignments that your guru has given you. Be loving, devoted and sincere with your guru. If you conduct yourself in this way, you will see positive transformations in your mind. Tsem Rinpoche
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Be loyal to your guru. Be close to your guru. Be honest with your guru. Never give your guru excuses but always accomplish your assignments that your guru has given you. Be loving, devoted and sincere with your guru. If you conduct yourself in this way, you will see positive transformations in your mind. Tsem Rinpoche
Be loyal to your guru. Be close to your guru. Be honest with your guru. Never give your guru excuses but always accomplish your assignments that your guru has given you. Be loving, devoted and sincere with your guru. If you conduct yourself in this way, you will see positive transformations in your mind. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Be loyal to your guru. Be close to your guru. Be honest with your guru. Never give your guru excuses but always accomplish your assignments that your guru has given you. Be loving, devoted and sincere with your guru. If you conduct yourself in this way, you will see positive transformations in your mind. Tsem Rinpoche
It is a must read on this incredible master Tagpu Pemavajra who was a great Mahasiddha- https://bit.ly/2Eagu3N
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It is a must read on this incredible master Tagpu Pemavajra who was a great Mahasiddha- https://bit.ly/2Eagu3N
Photo-Rare form of Lady Sindongma or Simhamuka practised in the Bodong Sengdong lineage. Please read more on the practice and benefits of Fierce Goddess Singdongma and the protection She offers- https://bit.ly/2JTMc6O
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Photo-Rare form of Lady Sindongma or Simhamuka practised in the Bodong Sengdong lineage. Please read more on the practice and benefits of Fierce Goddess Singdongma and the protection She offers- https://bit.ly/2JTMc6O
Would love to live here in the forest and have breakfast here daily
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Would love to live here in the forest and have breakfast here daily
My Oser girl loves to sunbathe on the veranda.
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My Oser girl loves to sunbathe on the veranda.
An alluring statue of the Goddess Ucheyma (Severed Head Vajra Yogini) has arrived for me. Take a look and be blessed! She is stunning!- https://bit.ly/2HZRhgx
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An alluring statue of the Goddess Ucheyma (Severed Head Vajra Yogini) has arrived for me. Take a look and be blessed! She is stunning!- https://bit.ly/2HZRhgx
It says when the Buddha was born, all the gods, demigods and asura came to pay homage. Buddha proclaimed it will be his last rebirth in samsara. Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu all came to make offerings to a Universal Monarch (Buddha) during this most auspicious time. This is one of the depictions of that. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
It says when the Buddha was born, all the gods, demigods and asura came to pay homage. Buddha proclaimed it will be his last rebirth in samsara. Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu all came to make offerings to a Universal Monarch (Buddha) during this most auspicious time. This is one of the depictions of that. Tsem Rinpoche
Sacred Vajra Yogini stupa at Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia
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Sacred Vajra Yogini stupa at Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia
Powerful outdoor Dorje Shugden statue at Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia
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Powerful outdoor Dorje Shugden statue at Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia
Li Yu is incredibly creative, artistic, imaginative and really can patiently create a beautiful living space and so much art. Amazing-  https://bit.ly/2Ge6k3C
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Li Yu is incredibly creative, artistic, imaginative and really can patiently create a beautiful living space and so much art. Amazing- https://bit.ly/2Ge6k3C
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    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
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    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
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    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
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    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
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    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
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    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
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    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
  • His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
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    His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    Trijang Rinpoche never gave up his devotion to Dorje Shugden no matter how much Tibetan government in exile pressured him to give up. He stayed loyal inspiring so many of us.
  • Very rare video of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the 10th, the all knowing and compassionate one. I pay deep respects to this attained being who has taken many rebirths since the time of Lord Buddha to be of benefit to sentient beings tirelessly. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Very rare video of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the 10th, the all knowing and compassionate one. I pay deep respects to this attained being who has taken many rebirths since the time of Lord Buddha to be of benefit to sentient beings tirelessly. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This bigfoot researcher gives good reasonings on bigfoot. Interesting short video.
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    This bigfoot researcher gives good reasonings on bigfoot. Interesting short video.
  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
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    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
    4 months ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
  • Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
    4 months ago
    Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
  • Living off the grid in Australia
    4 months ago
    Living off the grid in Australia
    A Jill Redwood is a jack of all trades, Jill built her own house on her property and lives entirely off the grid with no mains power or town water, mobile reception or television. Living on around $80 a week, Jill has over sixty animals to keep her company and an abundant garden that out serves as an organic supermarket right at her doorstep. Her main expenses are animal feed and the rates on her property. Watch this incredible three minute video and be inspired to live differently.
  • Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Heart Sutra sang by a monk for the modern crowd. Very interesting and beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    Heart Sutra sang by a monk for the modern crowd. Very interesting and beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Submerging powerful mantra stones in water at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
    4 months ago
    Submerging powerful mantra stones in water at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
  • Wylfred explains in Chinese the benefits of mantra stones at Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia   |  黄明川以华语解释在马来西亚克切拉禅修林的玛尼堆(刻有心咒的石头)的利益
    4 months ago
    Wylfred explains in Chinese the benefits of mantra stones at Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia | 黄明川以华语解释在马来西亚克切拉禅修林的玛尼堆(刻有心咒的石头)的利益
  • My Oser girl and Dharma boy love the verandah where they can see the greens. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    My Oser girl and Dharma boy love the verandah where they can see the greens. Tsem Rinpoche
  • If there were more schools like this, then our kids would grow up with more caring awareness and kind emotions towards our environment and the people around them. They would grow up knowing that chasing materialism is not going to bring any happiness. I hope very much more schools like this would materialise. I hope in my future life I can attend a school like this. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    If there were more schools like this, then our kids would grow up with more caring awareness and kind emotions towards our environment and the people around them. They would grow up knowing that chasing materialism is not going to bring any happiness. I hope very much more schools like this would materialise. I hope in my future life I can attend a school like this. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My Oser girl and Dharma boy in their cosy little bedroom next to me sleeping away. Cute.
    5 months ago
    My Oser girl and Dharma boy in their cosy little bedroom next to me sleeping away. Cute.
  • It is incredible how smart Oser girl is. She can steal the treat away from Dharma boy and so casually. Wow. She is so smart. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    It is incredible how smart Oser girl is. She can steal the treat away from Dharma boy and so casually. Wow. She is so smart. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Kechara Forest Retreat Dogs. Dharma boy is tiny and trying to scare off big boy Johnny. Johnny is so patient and just ignores Dharma. They are both cute and both live in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    Kechara Forest Retreat Dogs. Dharma boy is tiny and trying to scare off big boy Johnny. Johnny is so patient and just ignores Dharma. They are both cute and both live in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Tsem Rinpoche
  • BREAKING EYEWITNESS FOOTAGE: Workers violently punched, kicked, cussed out, & left sheep to die on dozens of Scottish farms 💔 Sheep bled after rough shearing & were stitched up without painkillers.–From Peta2
    5 months ago
    BREAKING EYEWITNESS FOOTAGE: Workers violently punched, kicked, cussed out, & left sheep to die on dozens of Scottish farms 💔 Sheep bled after rough shearing & were stitched up without painkillers.–From Peta2
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    1 years ago
    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
  • Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
  • BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
    1 years ago
    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
    1 years ago
    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
    1 years ago
    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    1 years ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    1 years ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    1 years ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
    1 years ago
    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
  • Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
    1 years ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years 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.
    1 years ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    1 years ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    1 years ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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Thank you to Tesco Malaysia for the truck load of foodstuffs for our Food Bank and to all volunteers who helped to unload and sort out the items!!! #kecharasoupkitchen #foodbank #kecharafoodbank #barangdapur #community #helpthepoor #foodsurplus #tesco #danabulanbermakna - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you to Tesco Malaysia for the truck load of foodstuffs for our Food Bank and to all volunteers who helped to unload and sort out the items!!! #kecharasoupkitchen #foodbank #kecharafoodbank #barangdapur #community #helpthepoor #foodsurplus #tesco #danabulanbermakna - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you very much to ICIMB for donating the very much needed item for the clients last Saturday. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you very much to ICIMB for donating the very much needed item for the clients last Saturday. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you very much to ICIMB for your kind donation and also for joining our #food #distribution last night. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 days ago
Thank you very much to ICIMB for your kind donation and also for joining our #food #distribution last night. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Small but great team from Qi Resources. They were here earlier to assist us with #surplus #food #rescue. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
3 days ago
Small but great team from Qi Resources. They were here earlier to assist us with #surplus #food #rescue. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Lastly, we hope sponsors' wishes be fulfilled and at the same time we keep generating merits through this event to fuel our mind transformation. That's how we can support our Lama H.E. The 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche’s work, fulfil His wishes and extend His life. Thanks to all. KPSG~Jacinta
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Lastly, we hope sponsors' wishes be fulfilled and at the same time we keep generating merits through this event to fuel our mind transformation. That's how we can support our Lama H.E. The 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche’s work, fulfil His wishes and extend His life. Thanks to all. KPSG~Jacinta
Imagine being constraint for so long. Unlike the brave and the bold ones, it takes longer for these timid birds to fly off. Join us in our monthly Kechara Penang Study Group’s Bird Liberation event. KPSG ~Jacinta
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Imagine being constraint for so long. Unlike the brave and the bold ones, it takes longer for these timid birds to fly off. Join us in our monthly Kechara Penang Study Group’s Bird Liberation event. KPSG ~Jacinta
Happy seeing them flying off. KPSG~ Jacinta
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Happy seeing them flying off. KPSG~ Jacinta
A monthly event not to be missed. It has taught us compassion, love and the wish to alleviate the sufferings of all beings. A priceless lesson for us all while generating merits to fuel our spiritual path further. Thanks to those who came early for this event. KPSG ~ Jacinta
3 days ago
A monthly event not to be missed. It has taught us compassion, love and the wish to alleviate the sufferings of all beings. A priceless lesson for us all while generating merits to fuel our spiritual path further. Thanks to those who came early for this event. KPSG ~ Jacinta
This afternoon, Kechara Penang Study Group has liberated 16 birds. Through this monthly event, we hope many more can join us and do call us for more info. KPSG ~ Jacinta Goh
3 days ago
This afternoon, Kechara Penang Study Group has liberated 16 birds. Through this monthly event, we hope many more can join us and do call us for more info. KPSG ~ Jacinta Goh
Students love dharma class and all other activities. Lin Mun KSDS
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Students love dharma class and all other activities. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Alice gave an introduction on Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, the founder of Kechara. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Alice gave an introduction on Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, the founder of Kechara. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Melinda teaching the students of 3-6 years old. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Melinda teaching the students of 3-6 years old. Lin Mun KSDS
Teenage students enjoyed the Nagomi art session. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teenage students enjoyed the Nagomi art session. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Laura leading the youngest group to do prostration during Sunday class. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
Teacher Laura leading the youngest group to do prostration during Sunday class. Lin Mun KSDS
Children as young as 3 years old can join the weekly Sunday Dharma classes in Kechara. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
Children as young as 3 years old can join the weekly Sunday Dharma classes in Kechara. Lin Mun KSDS
Thank you very much to Methodist College Kuala Lumpur students for assisting us in admin work today. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 days ago
Thank you very much to Methodist College Kuala Lumpur students for assisting us in admin work today. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you very much to staffs from Munchy's for participating in our #foodbank delivery today and also not forgetting their sponsorship of biscuits and croissants to the needy family. #volunteerism #csr #kualalumpur - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 days ago
Thank you very much to staffs from Munchy's for participating in our #foodbank delivery today and also not forgetting their sponsorship of biscuits and croissants to the needy family. #volunteerism #csr #kualalumpur - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 days ago
Thank you very much to Shirley and friends for sponsoring apples and oranges for out street clients. The fruits came right on time on this hot and dry weather to quench their thirst. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
Thank you very much to Shirley and friends for sponsoring apples and oranges for out street clients. The fruits came right on time on this hot and dry weather to quench their thirst. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
A big thanks to Alicia Yap for assisting us with food surplus distribution at Kg. Muhibbah, Puchong today. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
A big thanks to Alicia Yap for assisting us with food surplus distribution at Kg. Muhibbah, Puchong today. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Sunday Dharma School KSDS Together We Care , teacher Lin Mun the teenage class's teacher.by Asyley Chia KSDS
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School KSDS Together We Care , teacher Lin Mun the teenage class's teacher.by Asyley Chia KSDS
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Class start with full prostration , learning with With devotion we prostrate with body, speech, and mind. It helps to plant the seeds of learning dharma.by Asyley Chia KSDS
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School Class start with full prostration , learning with With devotion we prostrate with body, speech, and mind. It helps to plant the seeds of learning dharma.by Asyley Chia KSDS
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Class start with full prostration , learning with With devotion we prostrate with body, speech, and mind. It helps to plant the seeds of learning dharma.by Asyley Chia KSDS
1 week ago
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Class start with full prostration , learning with With devotion we prostrate with body, speech, and mind. It helps to plant the seeds of learning dharma.by Asyley Chia KSDS
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Class start with full prostration , learning with With devotion we prostrate with body, speech, and mind. It helps to plant the seeds of learning dharma.by Asyley Chia KSDS
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School Class start with full prostration , learning with With devotion we prostrate with body, speech, and mind. It helps to plant the seeds of learning dharma.by Asyley Chia KSDS
A big thanks for Karlson's mommy( Any Loh Yen Nee) for the photos, they are great and so many lovely ones to pick from. Thank you very much .Photos credit : Any Loh Yen Nee. By Asyley Chia KSDS
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A big thanks for Karlson's mommy( Any Loh Yen Nee) for the photos, they are great and so many lovely ones to pick from. Thank you very much .Photos credit : Any Loh Yen Nee. By Asyley Chia KSDS
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