Perayaan Gawai Dayak

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Ke hadapan sahabat-sahabat di seluruh dunia,

Saya telah menetap di Malaysia selama lebih 20 tahun dan sejak itu saya mula menghargai kepelbagaian budaya dan adat resam Malaysia. Selama itu, saya menikmati budaya dan adat resam yang wujud di Malaysia, di mana ia telah memberi inspirasi kepada saya untuk berkongsi dengan lebih lagi mengenai aspek-aspek Malaysia yang memperkayakan lagi budayanya.

Salah satu tradisi tersebut ialah Gawai Dayak, pesta menuai yang diraikan secara meluas oleh kaum Dayak di Sarawak dan Kalimantan, masing-masing sebahagian daripada Malaysia dan Indonesia di Kepulauan Borneo. Rencana ini akan tertumpu kepada perayaan Gawai Dayak di Sarawak dan kami akan membawa anda melalui asal-usulnya, aktiviti-aktiviti yang diadakan semasa pesta dan bagaimana pengunjung dapat mengambil bahagian dalam perayaan ini.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Orang Dayak Sarawak

Iban people in traditional attire

Orang Iban dalam pakaian tradisional

Masyarakat Dayak di Sarawak terdiri daripada dua kelompok etnik utama, Iban dan Bidayuh serta beberapa puak kecil seperti Murut, Kelabit, Kenyah dan Kayan. Sarawak mempunyai populasi Iban tertinggi di Borneo, yang mana sekitar 745 400 orang atau 28% dari populasi negeri (berdasarkan kaji selidik pada tahun 2016) adalah orang Iban. Kelompok etnik Bidayuh yang juga digelar Dayak Darat kerana mereka secara tradisi tinggal berhampiran pergunungan batu kapur, kebanyakan mereka menetap di kawasan Selatan Sarawak. Walaupun kepercayaan asal orang Dayak kebanyakan pada Paganisme, majoriti orang Iban dan Bidayuh telah menganut agama Kristian.

A traditional Bidayuh longhouse

Rumah panjang tradisional Bidayuh

Secara tradisinya, keluarga Dayak tinggal di Rumah Panjang, disamping beberapa keluarga yang lain. Setiap rumah panjang mempunyai Tuai Rumah atau ketua rumah panjang, ketua rumah yang terpilih. Rumah panjang yang agak kecil mempunyai lebih kurang 10 hingga 30 buah bilik keluarga. Rumah panjang yang sederhana besar boleh menempatkan 31 hingga 50 buah bilik keluarga, manakala rumah panjang besar boleh mempunyai sehingga 100 buah bilik keluarga.

 

Sejarah Gawai Dayak

Dayak community during Gawai Dayak celebration in Sarawak, Malaysia

Masyarakat Dayak ketika perayaan Gawai Dayak di Sarawak, Malaysia

Gawai Dayak merupakan perayaan yang menandakan berakhirnya kitaran penanaman padi dan disambut oleh kaum etnik Dayak sebagai tanda kesyukuran ke atas hasil tuaian yang melimpah-ruah serta mendoakan hasil yang lebih baik pada tahun akan datang. Menurut Kementerian Pelancongan dan Kebudayaan Malaysia, perayaan ini “menjadi simbol perpaduan, aspirasi serta harapan bagi komuniti Dayak.” Penerimaan Gawai Dayak dalam kebudayaan Malaysia menunjukkan bahawa pihak berkuasa mengiktiraf kepelbagaian etnik penduduk Malaysia, dan menerima adat resam yang pelbagai bagi memperkaya budaya dan identiti Malaysia.

Gawai dalam bahasa Iban bermaksud “perayaan” dan Dayak ialah nama kolektif kumpulan etnik asli di Sarawak. Gawai Dayak disambut secara rasmi pada 31 Mei dan 1 Jun setiap tahun. Walau bagaimanapun, secara tradisinya perayaan ini diraikan sehingga hujung bulan Jun. Idea untuk meraikan Gawai Dayak pertama kali dicadangkan pada tahun 1957 oleh dua orang pengacara radio tempatan, Tan Kingsley dan Owen Liang, dan cadangan mereka menerima sambutan hangat dari komuniti Dayak. Walau bagaimanapun, Sarawak masih dijajah oleh British ketika itu, dan Pentadbiran Kolonial British bimbang sekiranya membenarkan perayaan khas untuk komuniti Dayak, kumpulan etnik lain akan meminta pengiktirafan yang sama. Oleh itu, perayaan Gawai Dayak pada mulanya dikenali sebagai Hari Sarawak untuk melibatkan semua kumpulan etnik di Sarawak.

Malaysia’s Independence Ceremony at Merdeka Stadium on 31 August 1957

Upacara Kemerdekaan Malaysia di Stadium Merdeka pada 31 Ogos 1957

Pada 31 Ogos 1957, Malaysia telah mendapat kemerdekaan dari Britain dan pada 1962, Gawai Dayak diiktiraf sebagai perayaan orang Dayak. Pada 25 September 1964, setelah penubuhan Persekutuan Malaysia, 1 Jun telah diiktiraf sebagai cuti umum Gawai Dayak dan sambutan pertamanya adalah pada tahun 1965.

 

Apa yang berlaku ketika perayaan Gawai Dayak?

Penganan Iri

Penganan Iri

 

Persediaan: Makanan dan minuman

Apabila rumah panjang mengadakan Gawai Dayak, penghuninya hendaklah menyediakan makanan dan minuman terlebih dahulu. Mereka memastikan jumlah padi adalah mencukupi bagi menyediakan tuak, arak tradisional Dayak. Tuak ialah arak beras, dibuat dengan menyulingkan beras pulut dan ragi sebulan sebelum perayaan.

Ant Nest cake or also known as Sarang Semut

Kek sarang semut atau juga dikenali sebagai Sarang Semut

Tuan rumah mesti menyediakan kudapan and kuih tradisional seperti Kuih Sepit (wafer yang dilipat), Kek Sarang Semut, Cuwan (kuih beracuan) dan Penganan Iri (kuih berbentuk cakera). Kebanyakan kudapan ini, kecuali Penganan Iri, boleh disediakan beberapa hari sebelum dan disimpan di dalam balang yang kedap udara. Selalunya, ketua rumah panjang mengacarakan trip memancing dan berburu bagi mendapatkan daging untuk diperam bagi pesta tersebut.

Another picture of Dayak people on hunting trip

Gambar trip berburu orang Dayak

 

Persediaan: Perhiasan rumah panjang

Sebelum perayaan Gawai Dayak, penghuni rumah panjang berganding bahu membersih, mengecat dan membaiki rumah mereka. Dinding di dalam rumah dihiasi dengan ukiran mural dan tikar rotan tradisional anyaman tangan juga dibentangkan buat para tetamu duduk.

A traditional Dayak carving

Ukiran tradisional Dayak

A traditional hand-woven rattan mat

Tikar tradisional anyaman tangan

 

Apa yang berlaku pada malam Gawai Dayak?

 

Acara memasak diteruskan

Sehari sebelum Gawai Dayak, mereka yang terlibat di dalam pesta tersebut berkumpul pada awal pagi untuk mengumpul makanan dan ramuan yang diperlukan seperti minyak sawit, aping, sagu, umbut kelapa, rebung, pucuk ubi kayu, terung, midin dan sebagainya. Bahan-bahan ini akan digunakan untuk membuat sup serta sajian-sajian yang lain. Orang Dayak memasak beras pulut di dalam buluh yang akan menghasilkan satu aroma yang unik. Beras tersebut boleh juga dimasak menggunakan dapur gas atau periuk nasi. Setelah mengumpul bahan-bahan yang diperlukan, mereka yang terlibat memasak daging segar dan yang sudah diperam dengan pelbagai herba seperti serai, halia, daun bungkang dan garam. Tuak selalunya disajikan dengan daging panggang.

Cooking rice inside bamboo logs

Memasak beras di dalam buluh

Glutinous rice cooked inside bamboo logs

Beras pulut dimasak di dalam buluh

Traditional Dayak dishes

Juadah tradisional Dayak

 

Penghapusan Sifat Tamak

Pada 31 Mei, sehari sebelum Gawai Dayak, dua lelaki dan dua kanak-kanak akan mengelilingi rumah panjang tersebut dengan sebuah bakul setiap seorang untuk mengumpul barang-barang yang tidak dikehendaki oleh keluarga-keluarga lain. Barang-barang ini kemudiannya akan dibuang di hujung belakang rumah panjang untuk menghapuskan roh tamak.

 

Penyembahan Dewa

Traditional Dayak offerings to the deities

Penyembahan dewa tradisional Dayak

Apabila senja menjelang, upacara penyembahan dilakukan di setiap bilik keluarga, di mana piring seramik, tabak (piala gangsa), dan bekas kulit buluh belah dipersembahkan kepada dewa. Menurut Sadin B dalam karya sasteranya, Raja Durong, orang Dayak mempercayai tujuh dewa utama:

  • Sengalang Burong – dewa peperangan
  • Biku Bunsu Petara – dewa keagamaan
  • Menjaya Manang – dewa perubatan
  • Sempulang Gana with Semerugah – dewa pertanian dan tanah
  • Selampadai – dewa pembuatan
  • Ini Inee/Andan – dewa keadilan
  • Anda Mara – dewa kekayaan

Dalam mendapatkan restu tuhan, orang Dayak merayu roh-roh yang telah membantu mereka terdahulu. Penyembahan dewa akan diletakkan di empat penjuru setiap bilik keluarga, di dapur, di dalam balang beras, di galeri, tanju (dinding beranda) dan di ladang. Harta lain yang berharga boleh juga diserahkan kepada dewa-dewa dan roh-roh.

Selain daripada memohon rahmat para dewa, orang-orang Dayak memohon kepada roh-roh yang telah membantu kepada mereka pada masa lalu. Persembahan kepada para dewa diletakkan di empat penjuru setiap bilik keluarga, di dapur, di dalam balang beras, di dalam galeri, tanju (serambi dinding) dan di ladang. Barangan berharga lain juga boleh dipersembahkan kepada para dewa dan roh-roh.

Tujuh persembahan tradisional tersebut merupakan tembakau daun nipah, buah pinang, daun sirih, beras pulut, ketupat, sungki (pulut yang dimasak dengan daun buwan), pulut nasi dimasak dalam batang buluh, kek Sarang Semut, kek teracu dan Penganan Iri (tepung pulut dengan nipah dan gula), beras bertih (beras pulut dipanaskan dalam kuali atau periuk), telur rebus, dan wain beras dalam bekas buluh kecil. Selepas persembahan dibentangkan, ketua rumah panjang mengetuai perayaan untuk menunjukkan rasa syukur kepada para dewa untuk tuaian yang banyak, dan meminta keberkatan, bimbingan dan kepanjangan umur daripada para dewa. Ketua rumah panjang kemudiannya menawarkan ayam yang telah mati kepada para dewa dengan memasukkan bulu pelepah ayam jantan yang berlumuran darah di dalam setiap set persembahan.

An old picture of a longhouse chief wearing a traditional attire and holding a rooster

Gambar lama seorang ketua rumah panjang memakai pakaian tradisional dan memegang ayam jantan

Selepas upacara persembahan selesai, semua keluarga rumah panjang berkumpul dan makan malam di balai. Aktiviti ini dipanggil makai rami atau hidangan perayaan. Setiap keluarga yang tinggal di rumah panjang menyumbang kepada hidangan perayaan ini. Sebelum tengah malam, perarakan untuk menyambut para dewa dan roh-roh dilakukan di balai. Kadang kala, penduduk rumah panjang juga menganjurkan pertandingan untuk memilih raja dan ratu Gawai, yang juga dikenali sebagai Keling dan Kumang Gawai. Orang-orang tua dan ketua rumah panjang kemudian memberikan nasihat tentang kepentingan keamanan, keharmonian dan ketenteraman. Denda dikenakan kepada mereka yang melanggar tradisi dan peraturan dengan bergaduh, bertengkar, berkelakuan mabuk atau vandalisme.

Gawai’s king and queen or Keling and Kumang Gawai

Raja dan ratu Gawai atau Keling dan Kumang Gawai

Anggota masyarakat Dayak yang telah memeluk agama Kristian tidak mengambil bahagian dalam upacara persembahan dewa. Sebaliknya, mereka ke gereja untuk menunjukkan rasa syukur mereka kepada Tuhan untuk tuaian sebelum kembali ke rumah panjang dan mengambil bahagian dalam sambutan majlis makan malam.

 

Makan malam

Pada tengah malam, gong dibunyikan untuk memanggil para tetamu dan penduduk rumah panjang. Ketua rumah panjang kemudiannya mengumumkan ucap selamat panjang umur (Ai pengayu), membaca doa untuk kebaikan, dan hadirin membalas dengan ucapan perayaan, “Gayu Guru, Gerai Nyamai, Senang Lantang Nguan Menua.” Sekiranya ada antara hadirin seorang penyair, beliau boleh diminta untuk membaca “timang ai pengayu” untuk memberkati air panjang umur. Semua konflik dan kesalahan masa lalu diampuni pada masa ini.

Ngajat Dance performance

Persembahan Tarian Ngajat

Ngajat Dance performance

Persembahan Tarian Ngajat

Persembahan yang kurang formal seperti tarian tradisional Ngajat (selamat datang), tarian pedang dan persembahan seni mempertahankan diri, dipersembahkan selepas makan malam. Bagi Dayak Bidayuh, mereka akan menari Tolak Bala (Tarian Menolak Bahaya), Tarian Sebelum Menuai untuk meminta perlindungan untuk masyarakat, Tarian Totokng untuk memanggil jiwa padi dan tetamu serta Tarian Langi Julang dilakukan di akhir pesta Menuai untuk menunjukkan rasa syukur kepada para dewa untuk tuaian yang banyak dan kesihatan yang baik.

Tolak Bala Dance

Tarian Tolak Bala

Selepas makan malam, tetamu berbaris berdasarkan kedudukan sosial mereka. Kaum wanita menawarkan kaum lelaki semangkuk tuak disertai dengan nyanyian seorang wanita. Ini diikuti dengan bacaan puisi tradisional termasuk pelandai, ramban, pantun, jawang dan sanggai.

 

Gawai Dayak di Sarawak, Malaysia

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Ngabang

Pada 1 Jun, rumah-rumah panjang dibuka kepada Ngabang (tetamu). Majlis rumah terbuka juga boleh dianjurkan oleh penduduk rumah panjang, badan-badan bukan kerajaan atau persatuan masyarakat Dayak. Pelawat dan pelancong sering dijemput untuk menyertai Gawai Dayak pada hari ini. Apabila para tetamu tiba, kaum wanita rumah berdiri untuk menghidangkan air kepada tetamu dengan beberapa sajian tuak dalam tradisi Nyibur Temuai, seperti Nyambut Pengabang (minuman sambutan), Ai Aus (minuman penghilang dahaga), Ai Basu (minuman pencuci), Ai Untong (minuman keuntungan) dan Ai Basa (minuman penghormatan).

Delicious snacks served during Gawai Dayak celebration

Makanan ringan yang lazat dihidangkan semasa sambutan Gawai Dayak

The tradition of drinking tuak is still retained today within the Dayak culture

Tradisi minum tuak masih dikekalkan hari ini dalam budaya Dayak

Dalam majlis rumah terbuka tersebut, ketua rumah panjang atau orang tua yang dipilih membuat jaku ansah atau ucapan mengasah untuk memperkenalkan tetamu kehormat. Selepas tetamu kehormat tiba, beliau dijangka untuk melaksanakan Muka Kuta (membuka kubu) dengan cara mengelar pagar buluh dengan pedang dan membaca puisi. Kemudian, seekor haiwan ditombak di kaki tangga (mankan). Pada acara itu, para penari Ngajat dan kumpulan muzik membawa tetamu ke tempat duduk masing-masing. Selepas semua orang duduk, ketua rumah panjang atau penyair membaca doa untuk tetamu sambil menggoyangkan ayam di atas kepala mereka. Sebelum makanan dihidangkan kepada para tetamu, ucapan khas yang dipanggil Muka Kujuk disampaikan untuk membuka kain tenunan tradisional yang menutupi makanan. Semasa aktiviti Bantil atau minuman memujuk, kaum wanita memberi minuman tuak kepada kaum lelaki sambil menyanyikan pantun tradisional (puisi) untuk mengatasi rasa malu kaum lelaki ini. Menjadi adat bagi kaum lelaki untuk menolak minuman pertama sebagai tanda hormat kepada tuan rumah.

Gawai Dayak juga disertai elemen ramalan nasib. Dalam aktiviti yang dipanggil uti, tetamu khas diminta untuk membuka kelapa yang diletakkan di atas pinggan seramik dengan menggunakan pisau tumpul, tanpa memegang kelapa atau memecahkan pinggan. Jika kelapa menunjukkan isi putih, bermaksud nasib yang baik, manakala isi hitam menunjukkan nasib buruk. Walaupun Gawai Dayak disambut pada 1 Jun, festival ini boleh bertahan selama beberapa hari hingga sebulan. Pada bulan tersebut, majlis perkahwinan Dayak sering diadakan. Untuk menandakan berakhirnya perayaan, tradisi Ngiling Bidai atau menggulung tikar tenunan tangan yang diletakkan pada awal Gawai Dayak dilakukan.

Many Dayak weddings often take place during the Gawai Dayak month

Majlis perkahwinan Dayak sering diadakan semasa bulan Gawai Dayak

 

Keperluan pakaian

A traditional Dayak costume, Ngepan

Pakaian tradisional Dayak, Ngepan

Apabila menghadiri perayaan Gawai Dayak, pengunjung boleh memakai pakaian tradisional Dayak, ngepan (busana tradisional), atau pakaian moden biasa. Biasanya, ketua rumah panjang memakai pakaian tradisional yang diperbuat daripada cawat, kulit haiwan, dan bulu merak di atas kepalanya. Sering kali, kaum lelaki dihiasi dengan tatu tradisional yang menunjukkan pengalaman mereka. Sebagai contoh, reka bentuk katak di leher depan, atau reka bentuk tegulun di belakang tangan menandakan bahawa orang itu telah membunuh orang lain dalam peperangan. Tatu tersebut juga boleh direka kepada bentuk hidupan laut yang menandakan perlindungan oleh unsur-unsur air.

A longhouse chief with traditional tattoos

Seorang ketua rumah panjang dengan tatu tradisional

Pakaian tradisional Dayak untuk kaum wanita merupakan kain betating, sejenis kain tenunan tangan yang dipakai di pinggang dan korset rotan di bahagian atas badan. Kaum wanita juga boleh memakai selampai atau selendang di atas bahu, atau rantai manik di sekeliling leher. Rambut mereka biasanya diikat dan dikemaskan dengan sikat tinggi. Mereka juga memakai lampit (tali pinggang perak), gelang lengan, gelang kaki dan dompet. Sekiranya anda ingin melawat, sila ambil perhatian bahawa Malaysia merupakan sebuah negara tropika, jadi kebanyakan orang yang memakai pakaian yang dibuat daripada fabrik yang ringan dan boleh nafas. Anda disyorkan untuk membawa beberapa baju nipis, seluar pendek dan skirt separas lutut, gaun, seluar panjang, cermin mata hitam, topi, baju panas dan sekurang-kurangnya satu skarf atau selendang. Anda juga boleh mempertimbangkan untuk membawa kasut leper atau kasut yang selesa.

 

Melawat Malaysia dan Sarawak

 

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Tempat tinggal

Jika anda ingin tinggal dengan masyarakat Dayak sepanjang perayaan mereka dan mengalami budaya mereka sepenuhnya, terdapat beberapa rumah panjang yang menyediakan perkhidmatan inapan keluarga untuk pengunjung seperti:

 

Rumah Panjang Bidayuh Anna Rais

Anna Rais Bidayuh longhouse

Rumah Panjang Bidayuh Anna Rais

Anna Rais Bidayuh longhouse

Rumah Panjang Bidayuh Anna Rais

Menurut laman web mereka, Rumah Panjang Bidayuh Anna Rais mempunyai 175 tahun sejarah bertulis dan lebih 500 tahun sejarah tidak bertulis. Salah satu daya tarikan utama di Rumah Panjang Bidayuh Anna Rais adalah mata air panas semulajadi yang terletak berhampiran.

Alamat:
Kampung Annah Rais
Padawan, 94700 Kuching
Sarawak, Malaysia

Telefon: +65 9004 9762

Cara untuk ke sana:

Rumah panjang Anna Rais terletak di daerah Padawan, kira-kira 60 kilometer dari Kuching, ibu negeri Sarawak. Oleh kerana Rumah Panjang Bidayuh Anna Rais terletak di lokasi yang agak jauh, pengunjung perlu mendapat perkhidmatan teksi, yang boleh dilakukan melalui penyelaras rumah panjang.

 

Rumah Panjang Nyuka

Rumah Nyuka Longhouse

Rumah Panjang Nyuka

Rumah Panjang Nyuka merupakan rumah panjang yang pertama dibina di Bahagian Sarikei yang diluluskan oleh Program Homestay Nasional, Kementerian Pelancongan Malaysia. Rumah panjang ini dibina menggunakan kayu Belian pada 1955 dan masih utuh hingga hari ini. Pengunjung boleh menyertai aktiviti harian penghuni rumah panjang seperti menoreh getah atau Dabai – mengutip buah zaitun tempatan. Pengunjung juga boleh pergi berenang di air terjun berdekatan.

Alamat:
C/O Rh. Nyuka Ak. Itam, Lubuk Lemba
Ulu Sarikei
96100 Sarikei
Sarawak

Telefon: +6019-4687518

Cara untuk ke sana:

Rumah panjang Nyuka terletak kira-kira 17 kilometer dari Simpang Bayong di lebuh raya Sarikei. Anda boleh sampai ke tempat ini dengan menaiki teksi yang boleh diuruskan dengan penyelaras rumah panjang.

 

Rumah-rumah panjang yang lain

Lembaga Pelancongan Sarawak juga menyarankan pengunjung untuk melawat Rumah Panjang Bawang Assan Iban di Sibu, dan rumah-rumah panjang yang lain di Pekan Kapit. Pelawat juga boleh mendapatkan cadangan daripada ejen-ejen pelancongan tempatan, atau aturkan lawatan khas ke salah satu rumah-rumah panjang ini.

 

Aktiviti yang anda boleh lakukan semasa tinggal di rumah panjang

 

Aktiviti luaran

Jungle trekking

Merentas hutan

Bamboo rafting

Berakit

Pengunjung boleh menikmati aktiviti seperti merentas hutan, memburu menggunakan sumpit, berakit, memanggang di tepi sungai, menuai padi antara bulan Februari dan April, menoreh getah dan Dabai ketika musim buah-buahan antara dari bulan November ke Disember.

Rubber tapping

Menoreh getah

 

Aktiviti dalaman

Traditional Dayak dance performed at Anna Rais Bidayuh Longhouse

Tarian tradisional Dayak dipersembahkan di Rumah Panjang Bidayuh Anna Rais

Pengunjung boleh belajar cara memasak masakan tradisional seperti nasi bambu, bermain peralatan muzik tradisional, menenun bakul daripada bahan asli, atau merasa makanan dan minuman tempatan seperti Cempedak atau tuak. Penghuni rumah panjang juga akan menganjurkan aktiviti sukan dalaman untuk pengunjung, seperti pertandingan sumpit, atau kelas tarian tradisional Dayak.

Basket weaving

Menenun bakul

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  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gawai_Dayak
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  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jun 17. 2024 12:53 PM
    Beautiful pictures paints a thousands words of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche. Those rare pictures shared ultimate sophistication of the relationship between the two great leaders.
    Back in the 20th century Jawaharlal Nehru an Indian anti-colonial nationalist, statesman, secular humanist, social democrat was very kind to receive them both. Looking at the rare pictures says all.
    Its such awesome watching the rare video of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche visiting India together. Visiting sacred places Buddhist sites of India together, and even having state dinner .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-dalai-lama-panchen-lama-in-india-in-1956.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jun 17. 2024 12:52 PM
    nspiring read of the power sacred feminine Maha Pajapati Gotami, founder of the Order of Nuns. She was the foster-mother, step-mother and maternal aunt of the Buddha. In Buddhist tradition, she was the first woman to seek ordination for women, which she did from Gautama Buddha directly, and she became the first bhikkhuni.
    Mahapajapati lived to be around 120 years old. Having such an eminent position in the sangha, she would have had hundreds of nuns under her care, helping them realize the Truth. Perplexingly, the Buddha continued to have doubts about admitting women into the women’s order right up until his death. Mahapajapati had played an important role preserving the dharma taught by Buddha Shakyamuni.
    Truly inspired by Mahaprajapati Gotami’s story.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mahapajapati-gotami-the-first-buddhist-nun.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jun 17. 2024 12:50 PM
    Area 51 is a U.S. military base that has become synonymous all this while. There’s a possibility recording to many could be a government cover-ups and potentially a place of testing alien. Its always a secret behind this Nevada base also known as Area 51 and is often the subject of alien conspiracy theories. The facility is next to two other restricted military areas, what goes on inside and around is extremely secret. No one are allowed to visit and are kept away by warning signs, electronic surveillance and armed guards. According to the US military, the intense secrecy area is the training range for US nuclear weapons. It has never been declared a secret base and under 24-hour surveillance. Many people have reported seeing unidentified flying objects in or near Area 51. That’s interesting. And the popular image of the place is a secret site for extra-terrestrial research.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/aliens-paranormal/what-is-area-51.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jun 17. 2024 12:49 PM
    Reading each messages and looking at those beautiful pictures tells a thousand words. Without dharma, dharma work, dharma institutions and dharma people, life is so much more lonely and empty……loved this message by our Guru.
    May those teachings in this blog flourish in the heart of all beings.
    Thank you Rinpoche sharing this great messages. which taught us more and inspired us too.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/messages-inspired-by-buddhist-art.html
  • payal
    Monday, Jun 10. 2024 04:27 AM
    really….such a stunning sacred image 1,000 Armed Avalokitesvara as gift from Joshua and family for Rinpoche . More so receiving it on Wesak Day is indeed wonderful. Merely looking at this stunning images is a blessing.
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, May 10. 2024 02:57 PM
    A card and hard disc from Sean Wang was truly a smart idea afterall. Nobody could imagine such idea but he did it. Placing thumb drives with millions and billions of Vajrayogini her holy mantra in Tibetan into the holy statue. Not only that drawing pictures too . Such a great idea whereby people come to make offerings, prostrate, circumambulate, collecting huge amount of merits for themselves and their love ones. Thanks to Sean Wang/
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/letters-cards-gifts/seans-got-a-great-idea.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, May 10. 2024 02:55 PM
    Reading this blog kindly reminded us of the most cherished people in our lives that’s our parents. Mother’s Day that is on this Sunday 12th of May and Father’s Day falls on the third Sunday in June. Teachers Day too important ……a day to honour and recognise their roles in our lives. Rinpoche always emphasised that we should not avoid the responsibility of repaying the kindness of the people who have helped us in our life. The only true way to honour and repay their kindness is to let them know that their kindness meant a lot to us . Do something good for them or someone else as this practice ultimately gives enormous power and possibilities for positive effects in many lives not just our own life. Simple saying thank you and expressing our appreciation can go a long way.
    Reading all those powerful quotes by Rinpoche gives us a lesson and example.
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers team for sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/celebrating-kindness-20-quotes-from-tsem-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 8. 2024 06:11 PM
    Achi Chökyi Drölma is the Dharma Protector of the Drikung Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. She also appears as a protector in the Karma Kagyu refuge tree as Achi Chodron. Although Achi has a particular committment to protect the Drikung Kagyu, she is recognized and practiced by all lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. To benefit the beings in samsara, she displays a limitless number of manifestations at different times and in different space dimensions. She vowed to protect the Drikung Kagyu lineage and its practitioners, removing inner and outer obstacles , a revered figure in Tibetan Buddhism, embodies the harmonious union of compassion, wisdom, and protective energy. a powerful wisdom-protector who guards and protects all sincere Dharma-practitioners to rely on her. She is also known for her power to confer wealth. She rose to protect Drikung Kagyu lineage while Dorje Shugden who rose to protect the Gelug teaching. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Gen Lobsang Phuljung for this interesting write up

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/achi-chokyi-drolma-chief-protectress-of-the-drikung-kagyu.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 8. 2024 06:00 PM
    Dorje Shugden is a special Dharma Protector who quickly fulfils wishes and sincere prayers. He brings healing, harmony and peace; protects from harm and obstacles and attracts opportunities for success and growth. To promote the practice of Dorje Shugden, Kechara has came up a easy way for more people to understand the Powerful Practice. Presented in six different languages as such in English, Tibetan བོད་ཡིག, Chinese 中文, Hindi हिंदी, Tamil தமிழ், Nepali नेपाली so everyone could access. All those materials were distributed to visitors free of charge at all Kechara outlets. Looking at those pictures of visitors says all of how Kechara had spreads the practice of Dorje Shugden like wild fire. More people will get to know and understand the true stories and benefits of Dorje Shugden.
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/kechara-spreads-the-practice-of-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 8. 2024 05:57 PM
    For the last 60 years, the Tibetan Government-in-Exile has exploited, abused, marginalised and persecuted their people. For the first time in six decades, since the Tibetans first entered a life in exile, we are seeing more and more examples of ordinary Tibetans speaking up against this exploitation. In years gone past, Tibetans would never have dared to voice their objections to the leadership. They have been mixing religion and politics ever since. A majority of the Tibetans in India are stateless, and been sufferings quietly. Hundreds of thousands of Tibetans were killed during the Chinese invasion, prompting the young Dalai Lama to flee into exile in 1959. Because of all the exploitation the younger Tibetan generation are willing to express and speaking up.
    Reading the commentary by a anonymous member of the Tibetan community tells us how those desperate Tibetans experienced all this while and to voice the truth. Interesting read. In order to achieve peace it is necessary to address the root of violence and conflict by having dialogue between the Chinese Government and the Tibetan Government.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/tibetan-refugee-youth-speaking-up.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 8. 2024 05:55 PM
    Coming up with these informative website is a great work of Rinpoche and writers team. With these website it had many people get to understand more of Tibetan Buddhism , great teachers teachings and of course all about the practice of Dorje Shugden. I am one of them , its was this website I got to know , learn, and understand about Tibetan Buddhism and Dorje Shugden.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands and writers team .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/fantastic-new-dorje-shugden-website-launched.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 8. 2024 05:53 PM
    The legendary Ra Lotsawa Dorje Drak was born in the village of Nyenam,Southern Tibet amidst many auspicious signs of a high rebirth. Ra Lotsawa was a great tantric master and is one of the most controversial Buddhist teachers in Tibetan history who had used wrathful means to subjugate his opponents. One of the previous lives of Dorje Shugden is the renowned lama Ra Lotsawa Dorje Drak, Amongst his great deeds, Ra Lotsawa was known to have renovated many with Samye, Tibet’s first monastery. He also sponsored numerous new translation works, the copying and recitation of sacred scriptures, and the installation of Buddha statues. Interesting read of the biography of this great master. Ra Lotsawa Dorje Drakpa left behind a legacy of many great lamas, practitioners and preserving, as well as spreading this tantric system in Tibet.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/ra-lotsawa-dorje-drakpa-tibetan-master-of-the-vajrabhairava-tantra.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 8. 2024 05:51 PM
    Dorjé Shukden is a controversial Tibetan Buddhist protector deity, believed by some to be a wrathful spirit and by others to be an enlightened Buddha. The controversy that arose from this divided understanding over the last fifty years has impacted the Tibetan Buddhist community globally and continues to be relevant to observers and practitioners of Buddhism the world over. The Yellow Book, based on its cover. It was composed by Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche in 1970, but it was not published until 1973. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche never intended for his book to be published but somehow it was published without his permission. According to the introduction, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche authored this book in 1970 based on teachings given by Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, the junior tutor to the 14th Dalai Lama.The original intention of this book was to be complementary material to Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche’s book, Music Delighting An Ocean of Protectors, which was published six years before the Yellow Book. The Yellow Book did not circulate widely until several years later. It is a collection of cautionary tales and teachings but sadly some influential powerful officials and people who had corrupted the Gelug lineage . Interesting read.
    I am looking forward to finish reading this book.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Martin for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/dr-christopher-bells-views-on-zemey-rinpoches-yellow-book.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 4. 2024 06:15 PM
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 4. 2024 06:13 PM
    Firebirds are mythical birds found in the folklore of many cultures. They are often depicted as magical birds with feathers that glow like flames or the sun. The mythology surrounding firebirds varies between cultures, but there are some common themes. In Greek mythology, the mythical bird known for its ability to be reborn from its ashes, symbolizing immortality and renewal. It is often depicted as a beautiful and majestic creature with brightly coloured feathers and a long tail. Interesting read of the stories related to the mythology, legend and folklore in this blog.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/beautiful-1000-armed-avalokitesvara.html

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108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden's blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
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One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat's doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
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Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
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On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
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By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
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Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
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One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
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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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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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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.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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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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Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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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
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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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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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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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
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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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
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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We hope you enjoyed our pictures, as much as we enjoyed our Wesak Day together in Penang. Let us carry the energy and enthusiasm we experienced so far and inspires many more. Happy Wesak Day! 22/5/2024 KPSG by Jacinta
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We hope you enjoyed our pictures, as much as we enjoyed our Wesak Day together in Penang. Let us carry the energy and enthusiasm we experienced so far and inspires many more. Happy Wesak Day! 22/5/2024 KPSG by Jacinta
Puja offering packages. Thanks to those who sponsored the puja. May all your wishes be fulfilled. KPSG by Jacinta
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Puja offering packages. Thanks to those who sponsored the puja. May all your wishes be fulfilled. KPSG by Jacinta
Colourful altar with plenty of offerings. We had DS puja with Praise to Buddha Shakyamuni as we celebrate this special day of Buddha's Birth, Enlightenment and Parinirvana. KPSG by Jacinta
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Colourful altar with plenty of offerings. We had DS puja with Praise to Buddha Shakyamuni as we celebrate this special day of Buddha's Birth, Enlightenment and Parinirvana. KPSG by Jacinta
Some of the activities done during the Wesak Day Celebration in Penang. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Some of the activities done during the Wesak Day Celebration in Penang. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Wesak Day Celebration in Penang!Buddha's Bathing Ritual. 22/5/2024 Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
11/5/2024 Saturday @3pm. After puja, all members helped out clearing the offerings and we shared out the blessed food offerings with our families, friends and even animals. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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11/5/2024 Saturday @3pm. After puja, all members helped out clearing the offerings and we shared out the blessed food offerings with our families, friends and even animals. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
11/5/2024 Saturday @3pm. Activities during puja. Members chanting Dorje Shugden mantras. We've completed Dorje Shugden puja cum Namasangiti. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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11/5/2024 Saturday @3pm. Activities during puja. Members chanting Dorje Shugden mantras. We've completed Dorje Shugden puja cum Namasangiti. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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11/5/2024, Saturday @3pm. Activities : Offerings of khata to Rinpoche, garland of flowers to Dorje Shugden and a new Tibetan butterlamp being offered on the altar. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Today we have an inaugural cancer free diet talk and info sharing by Mr. Ooi. Mr. Ooi is a Penangite and like any other man, he has a family to provide for. From colon cancer stage 4,he is now known as a cancer-free man. Learn more about his story and his acquaintance with Dorje Shugden here https://youtu.be/x7i-yXJBUwM?si=A-5O0udxjg52iS58
Kind-hearted sponsors sponsored these kuih-muih & flowers for today's puja @ 4th May, 2024. Should you wish to contribute these or sponsor our weekly puja, do contact us for more details. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Kind-hearted sponsors sponsored these kuih-muih & flowers for today's puja @ 4th May, 2024. Should you wish to contribute these or sponsor our weekly puja, do contact us for more details. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Pastor Seng Piow guides us on the flow of Dorje Shugden puja, its benefits, significant of Chanting the names of Manjushri and also explaining the dedication for the sponsors and to those in need before we start the puja as we have 2 newcomers today.
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Pastor Seng Piow guides us on the flow of Dorje Shugden puja, its benefits, significant of Chanting the names of Manjushri and also explaining the dedication for the sponsors and to those in need before we start the puja as we have 2 newcomers today.
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Two Pastors in da house! Double the merits, double the happiness. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Mr. Cheah Fook Wan offered lights and incense to The Three Jewels prior to the puja in Ipoh. (KISG - Kin Hoe)
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Mr. Cheah Fook Wan offered lights and incense to The Three Jewels prior to the puja in Ipoh. (KISG - Kin Hoe)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations on Sunday afternoon in Ipoh. (KISG- Kin Hoe)
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Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations on Sunday afternoon in Ipoh. (KISG- Kin Hoe)
Powerful Dorje Shugden puja @ Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. Every Saturday, 3 pm. Remove obstacles and grant blessings to fulfil wishes. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 6th April 2024
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Powerful Dorje Shugden puja @ Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. Every Saturday, 3 pm. Remove obstacles and grant blessings to fulfil wishes. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 6th April 2024
Rejoice to the volunteers (also kind sponsors) who cleaned the Gyenze Chapel and made abundant offerings to Gyenze. ~ Alice
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Rejoice to the volunteers (also kind sponsors) who cleaned the Gyenze Chapel and made abundant offerings to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
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Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
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Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Our weekly Dorje Shugden Puja @ 23/3/2024 . William, as the umze is seen here burning incense powder as we are about to recite the Sangsol Prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Ganden Serkong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Our weekly Dorje Shugden Puja @ 23/3/2024 . William, as the umze is seen here burning incense powder as we are about to recite the Sangsol Prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Ganden Serkong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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And here's Mr Wong of KSK Ipoh who dropped by to pray and offered some donation to the Chapel. Kechara Penang Study Group. Pic by Siew Hong & uploaded by Jacinta.
Today's puja (16/3/2024) ended around 420pm, Jacinta was the umze of the day. Pic by Siew Hong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Today's puja (16/3/2024) ended around 420pm, Jacinta was the umze of the day. Pic by Siew Hong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Group photo taken after the last session, sealed with King of Prayers. Come and join us next time! Sayonara - 9-10th March 2024 - Kechara Penang DS Retreat by Jacinta.
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Group photo taken after the last session, sealed with King of Prayers. Come and join us next time! Sayonara - 9-10th March 2024 - Kechara Penang DS Retreat by Jacinta.
Abundance altar! Fruits, flowers, Mee Koo (traditional Penang buns), Bee Hoon, sourdoughs and snacks are some of the offerings to Rinpoche, Buddhas & Bodhisattvas. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat 9-10th March, 2024 by Jacinta.
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Abundance altar! Fruits, flowers, Mee Koo (traditional Penang buns), Bee Hoon, sourdoughs and snacks are some of the offerings to Rinpoche, Buddhas & Bodhisattvas. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat 9-10th March, 2024 by Jacinta.
Siew Hong, one of retreatants and an active member of Kechara Penang group proudly presented her torma to be used during the Kalarupa puja. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Siew Hong, one of retreatants and an active member of Kechara Penang group proudly presented her torma to be used during the Kalarupa puja. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Torma making was taught by Pastor Seng Piow and held one day before the retreat. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Torma making was taught by Pastor Seng Piow and held one day before the retreat. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat cum Puja, 9-10th March 2024 led by Pastor Seng Piow with 12 retreatants. Uploaded by Jacinta
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Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat cum Puja, 9-10th March 2024 led by Pastor Seng Piow with 12 retreatants. Uploaded by Jacinta
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The celebration ended with a Dorje Shugden puja, dedicated to all the sponsors, our loved ones and as well as for the happiness & good health for all sentient beings. May Rinpoche return swiftly too and taking this opportunity wishing all Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai from all of us, Kechara Penang Study Group. Uploaded by Jacinta.
Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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One the day of Losar (new lunar year), it is always beneficial for Buddhist practitioners to get together in making abundant offerings to Buddhas on the altar to usher in goodness, prosperity and well-being of our loved ones. It's more auspicious this year as Losar and the Chinese New Year begin on the same date, 10th Feb, 2024. Back in Penang, our Kechara members came together to decorate the altar with abundance offerings for Dorje Shugden puja @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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One the day of Losar (new lunar year), it is always beneficial for Buddhist practitioners to get together in making abundant offerings to Buddhas on the altar to usher in goodness, prosperity and well-being of our loved ones. It's more auspicious this year as Losar and the Chinese New Year begin on the same date, 10th Feb, 2024. Back in Penang, our Kechara members came together to decorate the altar with abundance offerings for Dorje Shugden puja @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
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Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
Jun from Ipoh was offering mandarin oranges to Mother Tara and The Three Jewels. (Kin Hoe)
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Jun from Ipoh was offering mandarin oranges to Mother Tara and The Three Jewels. (Kin Hoe)
Prior to our puja in Ipoh, Mr. & Mrs. Cheah Fook Wan were preparing for the offerings to the Buddhas. (Kin Hoe)
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Prior to our puja in Ipoh, Mr. & Mrs. Cheah Fook Wan were preparing for the offerings to the Buddhas. (Kin Hoe)
On Sunday afternoon, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations in Ipoh. (Kin Hoe)
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On Sunday afternoon, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations in Ipoh. (Kin Hoe)
Some of the best shots taken during Thaipusam in Penang. Swee Bee, Huey, Tang KS, Nathan, Choong SH and Jacinta volunteered. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Some of the best shots taken during Thaipusam in Penang. Swee Bee, Huey, Tang KS, Nathan, Choong SH and Jacinta volunteered. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Simple yet powerful ally ~ Bhagawan Dorje Shuden. Kechara Penang Study Group consists of Chien Seong, Hue, Choong SH, Tang KS, Swee Bee and Jacinta. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Uploaded by Jacinta.
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Simple yet powerful ally ~ Bhagawan Dorje Shuden. Kechara Penang Study Group consists of Chien Seong, Hue, Choong SH, Tang KS, Swee Bee and Jacinta. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Uploaded by Jacinta.
Thaipusam in Penang. Some of the best shots. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Thaipusam in Penang. Some of the best shots. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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5 months ago
Welcoming our lineage Gurus to our Penang Chapel today! Pastor Seng Piow explained the significance of having Guru Tree and introduced to us our lineage lamas, Buddhas, deities, protectors and etc.
Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
5 months ago
Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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