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

Sumber:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gawai_Dayak
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  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Apr 9. 2020 05:42 PM
    Pujas are definitely powerful and can alleviate dangers and harm immediately to counter the problem and disturbances that is currently arising. It also means that we create demerits and negative karma for ourselves which will deter the enlightened being to help us when we are in need.
    Puja is needed to clear our negative karma and collect merits as well.The instructions given by oracle when take trance is a guideline for us to achieve our goals.Thank you so much for the good article
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 9. 2020 03:08 PM
    In Buddhist tradition, Maitreya the future Buddha,who will achieve complete
    enlightenment, and teach the pure dharma. According to scriptures, Maitreya will be a successor to the present Buddha, Gautama Buddha, presently a bodhisattva residing in the Tushita heaven. Maitreya will appear as the fifth universal Buddha of this world age and turn the wheel of Dharma for the benefit of all. Depicted with Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom in this beautiful art painting thangka. Merely looking at this thangka is a blessing.
    Thank you for this sharing. May the artist continue with his good work.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-buddha-of-the-future-maitreya
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 9. 2020 03:05 PM
    Arya Tara, also known as Jetsun Dolma in Tibetan Buddhism, is a female Bodhisattva in Mahayana and Vajrayana. She is known as the “mother of liberation” and is the Goddess of peacefulness, long life and protection. She embodies inner and outer peace bringing spiritual clarity and purity to those who seek her help. Arya Tara who symbolizes the activity of all the Buddhas , to work tirelessly to liberate all beings until samsara is emptied. She made her vows to be reborn in a female form again and again. Arya Tara, along with the Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri in this beautiful thangka paints a thousand words.
    Thank you for this sharing , its a beautiful thangka.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-swift-liberator-arya-tara
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 9. 2020 03:03 PM
    Namche Bazaar a traditional Sherpa village is a beautifully crafted Himalayan town which is nestled along the crescent shaped hill slopes. It is truly a place worth visiting by many trekkers who are on the verge of making their journey deep into the gorgeous Khumbu region. It is also the staging point for expeditions to Everest and other Himalayan peaks in the area. Namche Bazaar is one of the main stops on the trail up to Everest Base Camp for trekkers from all over the world. Here trekkers or visitors will get to enjoy the clearest views of the beautiful mountainous landscape of Himalaya. A beautiful place with natural surroundings will be good to visit. Wish to some day.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/namche-bazaar
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Apr 8. 2020 09:36 PM
    He is well known as the father of yoga in the West, who has devoted his life to the spread of knowledge about the techniques of yoga meditation. His Yoga teachings are widely practiced around the world by many from various faiths, backgrounds, races, and nationalities.
    The sacred sounds invite positive beings to inhabit our environment, expels negative beings and brings the sound of growth to the land, animals, water and plants. Thank you for the good article.
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 8. 2020 05:58 PM
    Beautiful architectural and unique structures of sixty-four Yogini Temple of Hirapur, India. It is the smallest temple among the list of four major surviving 64 Yogini temples in India. The temple is beautifully well preserved, quite remarkable given the fact that this shrine is only one of a handful traditional form of Yogini temples in India that still exist. This Hirapur shrine is indeed very unique in many ways. Wish I could visit this amazing someday.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David Lai for this wonderful sharing of the sixty-four yoginis of these temples are believed to be none other than celestial dakinis in reality .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sixty-four-yogini-temple-of-hirapur.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 8. 2020 05:55 PM
    According to Buddhism, the world in which we live and all that happens to us is a result of our past actions. Past harmful actions create unhappiness results and skilful actions create happy results. One way to purify obstacles we experience due to our past harmful action is through prayers and pujas. The power of prayers derives from the sincere motivation of the person asking for prayers, as well as the pure mind of the persons performing the prayers. It is said that prayers performed by lamas are especially powerful and effective as they are done on the basis of pure morality. There are many types of pujas which can be performed for various purposes for the dying, for the deceased and for sickness. All depending on one request and recording to one’s needs with specific problems . Removing these obstacles will help us to achieve happiness and good fortune in all our activities. We are so fortunate to learn, practice some of the pujas at Kechara Forest Retreat. Many people have truly benefited from these pujas done when with concentration and faith.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this extensive article pujas which I have better knowledge of other pujas other that what I knew.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/the-power-of-prayers.html
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Apr 8. 2020 01:54 AM
    We all have to realize that there are many strange things that we need to be explore and to understand better. Thank you for the sharing it very interesting to know about the 10 most terrifying supernatural house and place on this earth.
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Apr 7. 2020 02:40 PM
    After reading this article I came to realize I have plenty to know. I get to understand a little much more knowledge of the Body of a Buddha. The details of the 32 marks and there are teachings of each mark.
    Reading this gives me a whole new understanding into Buddha images, and their importance.Thank you very much for the informative article.
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 7. 2020 01:48 PM
    Ksitigarbha is a bodhisattva primarily revered in East Asian Buddhism . Usually depicted as a monk with a nimbus around his shaved head, he carries a staff to force open the gates of hell and a wish-fulfilling jewel to light up the darkness.In Tibetan thangkas, he is often depicted as a classical seated Bodhisattva with crown. He is regarded as the bodhisattva of hell beings. Well known for his greatest compassionate Vow being, that is not to achieve Buddhahood until all hells are emptied. In this beautiful thangka he is depicted with Dorje Shugden an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. Dorje Shugden who is a Dharma Protector in order to safeguard the Buddha’s teachings.
    Thank you for this beautiful thangka.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/ksitigarbha-the-saviour
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 7. 2020 01:45 PM
    Machig Labdron was a renowned 11th-century Tibetan tantric Buddhist practitioner, teacher and yogini who originated several Tibetan lineages of the Vajrayana practice of Chod . She is often depicted with the attributes of a dakini, a representation of enlightened female energy. Together with Buddha Shakyamuni, Padampa Sangye, Vajravarahi, Green Tara, Prajnaparamita, Chang Shon, Troma Nagmo and Dorje Shugden as depicted in this beautiful thangka.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-founder-of-chod-machig-labdron
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 7. 2020 01:43 PM
    Black Manjushri is the wrathful healing form of Manjushri that helps us to heal our deep inner negative emotions and mental suffering. Those suffering from aggressive and assertive diseases such as cancer, AIDS , heart disease or those who are prone to negative emotions. Black Manjushri ‘s practice is indeed very beneficial in healing as long as one have faith. It is widely practiced by Gelug practitioners and other lineage as well. Black Manjushri purifies contaminations and impurities. In this thangka , Black Manjushri is depicted with Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. Beautiful and powerful thangka to have it in our home.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-wrathful-healing-form-of-manjushri-black-manjushri
  • sarassitham
    Monday, Apr 6. 2020 10:29 PM
    Wow! Great to know the effect of mantra stone, an interesting article to know the powerful way of offering and the blessing. I understand that mantra is a form of meditation that has existed for a long time but offering mantra stone to deity is something new to understand.

    Thank you for the wonderful sharing and I am blessed to come across a beautiful message on offering mantra stone and the benefit behind it.
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 6. 2020 03:40 PM
    Kuan Yin is one of the major deities in Buddhism and one of the most popular deities. Also known as the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion . Kuan Yin is regarded as male in India, and slowly transformed to have a female image in China. She is known for her kindness and can also be regarded as an icon of femininity in modern Buddhism. In this beautiful thangka Kuan Yin is depicted with Wei Tuo who is the great Dharma Protector in Buddhism who protects the Dharma, the teachings of the Buddha and those who cultivate the Dharma. Together with Dorje Shugden also a Dharma protector in order to safeguard the Buddha’s teachings. Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri as depicted makes a powerful thangka to have.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/goddess-kuan-yin-the-embodiment-of-compassion
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 6. 2020 03:38 PM
    Born into a noble family the 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje was spiritual leader of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He was well respected and consulted by high lamas of other lineages. He was given many names expressing this respect, including “King of the Yogis”. Interesting short life history of a great lama.
    Lama Jigme Rinpoche an accomplished teacher of the Kagyu lineage has once said….
    “Although the 16th Karmapa appeared and acted as a human being, his mind was completely open, without any limitation. He knew everything in an instant and without having to think about it.”
    Depicted in this beautiful thangka with Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. He took the form of a Dharma protector in order to safeguard the Buddha’s teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/his-holiness-the-16th-karmapa-rangjung-rigpe-dorje

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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
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Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
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Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
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Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
1 month ago
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
1 month ago
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
1 month ago
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
2 months ago
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 months ago
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 months ago
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
2 months ago
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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