Pesta Perahu Naga: Gabungan Budaya Tradisional dan Moden

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Dragon figureheads on the bows of boats used during the festival

Ukiran naga pada haluan perahu digunakan semasa pesta berlangsung

Saya telah menetap di Malaysia selama lebih 20 tahun. Selama itu, saya menikmati budaya dan adat resam yang wujud di Malaysia, yang mana telah memberi inspirasi kepada saya untuk berkongsi dengan lebih lagi mengenai aspek-aspek Malaysia yang saya sangat sukai.

Salah satu contohnya ialah Pesta Perahu Naga, yang berasal dari China tetapi telah diserapkan ke dalam budaya Malaysia. Penyerapan budaya ini membuktikan sifat kepelbagaian etnik di dalam populasi Malaysia. Keupayaan untuk merangkul pelbagai adat resam adalah faktor Malaysia sangat kaya dengan identiti budayanya.

Dengan itu, saya berbesar hati menukil artikel mengenai Pesta Perahu Naga, asal-usulnya, bagaimana adat resam ini diasimilasikan ke dalam budaya Malaysia dan bagaimana masyarakat mengambil bahagian dalam pesta ini. Artikel ini juga mengandungi maklumat mengenai zongzi, bebola pulut, yang sangat berkait rapat dengan Pesta Perahu Naga.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Asal-usul Pesta Perahu Naga

The Dragon Boat Race

Perlumbaan Perahu Naga

Pesta Perahu Naga atau Longchuanjie juga dikenali sebagai Tuen Ng, Pesta Duanwu atau Pesta Zhongxiao. Pesta ini dikatakan diadakan bagi meraikan kesetiaan kepada negara dan ketaatan kepada ibu bapa. Secara tradisionalnya, pesta ini disambut pada hari kelima bulan kelima mengikut kalendar Cina. Atas sebab itu, tarikh pesta berbeza dari tahun ke tahun apabila merujuk kalendar Gregory.

Pesta Perahu Naga juga dikenali dengan nama ‘Pesta Bulan Kelima’ atau ‘Dumpling Festival’ di kalangan masyarakat Cina Malaysia, Cina Singapura dan masyarakat Taiwan. Di kalangan komuniti etnik Cina Hokkien, pesta ini juga dikenali sebagai Peh Cun.

Terdapat tiga versi cerita yang mengisahkan asal-usul Pesta Perahu Naga. Ketiga-tiga cerita ini mempunyai pengakhiran tragis yang sama dan memberi iktibar untuk kita renungkan.

 

Versi 1: Lagenda Qu Yuan (340-278 SM) – Bangsawan yang Baik Hati

An artist's portrayal of Qu Yuan

Lakaran potret Qu Yuan

Kisah Qu Yuan merupakan kisah asal-usul Pesta Perahu Naga yang paling diterima secara meluas. Qu Yuan ialah seorang bangsawan yang baik hati dari negeri Chu pada zaman China purba dan berdasarkan rekod pakar sejarah terulung Sima Qian, beliau berketurunan kerabat diraja Chu. Pada awalnya, beliau menjadi menteri semasa pemerintahan Raja Chu Huai yang memegang tampuk antara 328-299 SM. Atas pengaruh beberapa menteri yang mengamalkan rasuah, Raja Huai membuang Qu Yuan ke daerah utara Sungai Han. Beliau kemudiannya kembali ke jawatan asalnya dan ditugaskan untuk menjalinkan hubungan diplomatik antara negeri Chu dan negeri Qi, sebuah kerajaan jiran.

Selepas Raja Huai mangkat, penggantinya Raja Qingxian menaiki takhta. Atas ramalan bahawa negeri Qin akan menyerang negeri Chu, Qu Yuan menasihati raja untuk menyertai bala tentera dari negeri Qi untuk melawan mereka. Perdana Menteri pada ketika itu, Zilan tidak gembira dengan usul tersebut dan mencari jalan untuk menghasut Raja Qingxian untuk menentang Qu Yuan. Raja mendengar nasihat Perdana Menteri dan Qu Yuan sekali lagi dibuang negeri, kali ini ke daerah selatan Sungai Yangtze.

Ketika di dalam buangan, Qu Yuan memenuhi masanya dengan mengumpul kisah-kisah lama dan lagenda, juga menulis sajak mengenai kecintaan beliau kepada negaranya. Kini, beberapa hasil karyanya dianggap sebagai antara sajak teragung dalam kesusasteraan Cina.

Penduduk kampung menghormati Qu Yuan kerana mereka melihat beliau sebagai seorang yang bijak dan baik hati. Namun begitu, Qu Yuan tetap risau jika ramalannya mengenai serangan ke atas negeri Chu bakal menjadi kenyataan dan kerisauan ini mengganggu kesihatannya.

General Bai Qi from the state of Qin

Jeneral Bai Qi dari negeri Qin

Pada 278 SM, mimpi ngeri Qu Yuan menjadi kenyataan. Jeneral Bai Qi dari negeri Qin telah menawan Ying, ibu negeri Chu. Setelah mendengar berita tersebut, Qu Yuan menulis sajak berjudul ‘Ratapan buat Ying’ dan membunuh dirinya dengan terjun ke dalam Sungai Miluo yang terletak di Wilayah Hunan, China. Apabila mereka mendengar berita mengenai kejadian tersebut, penduduk kampung tempatan bergegas ke Sungai Miluo untuk cuba menyelamatkan beliau. Mereka mencari beliau dengan perahu mereka dan memalu dram mereka dalam keadaan terdesak demi menyelamatkan Qu Yuan. Pencarian yang sukar dan tidak keruan ini yang menjadi asal-usul Pesta Perahu Naga.

Ketika pencarian jasad Qu Yuan, penduduk kampung membaling bebola nasi ke dalam sungai untuk menghalau roh jahat dan makhluk di dalam sungai jauh dari jasad beliau. Tidak lama selepas itu, Qu Yuan muncul di dalam mimpi rakannya untuk menjelaskan situasi sekitar kematiannya dan meminta rakannya untuk membalut bebola nasi tersebut di dalam bungkusan sutera yang mempunyai tiga penjuru untuk menenangkan naga. Rakan Qu Yuan menyebarkan berita tersebut dan bermulalah tradisi pembuatannya dan penyembahan bungkusan nasi tiga penjuru kepada naga pada hari kelima bulan kelima kalendar Cina. Kini, bungkusan nasi tiga penjuru tersebut dibalut dengan daun dan dikenali sebagai zongzi.

 

An artist's portrayal of Wu Zixu, Duke of Shen

Lakaran potret Wu Zixu, Wizurai Shen

Versi 2: Wu Zixu (tidak diketahui – 484 SM) – Bangsawan yang Dipulaukan oleh Ketuanya

Di dalam rekod pakar sejarah Sima Qian, Wu Xizu juga dikenali sebagai Wizurai Shen atau Shen Xu. Sebagai penasihat yang dipercayai oleh Raja Wu Helu, beliau mencadangkan kenaikan pangkat buat Bo Pi sebagai menteri, walaupun terdapat amaran berkenaan sifat tidak jujur beliau. Selepas kemangkatan Raja Helu, Wu Xizu tidak dapat menjalin hubungan baik dengan Raja Fuchai. Dengan ramalan bahawa Raja Yue Goujian pada suatu hari nanti akan menyerang negeri Wu, Wu Zixu menasihati Raja Fuchai untuk menawan negeri Yue sebelum ramalan tersebut menjadi kenyataan. Tetapi Raja tidak mempercayai beliau. Lebih malang lagi, Raja Fuchai memilih untuk mendengar nasihat Bo Pi, yang menyarankan keamanan di antara kedua-dua kerajaan tanpa mengetahui bahawa Bo Pi telah dirasuah oleh Raja Yue Goujian untuk memanipulasikan keadaan.

King Fuchai of Wu

Raja Wu Fuchai

Wu Zixu merayu agar Raja Fuchai menuruti nasihatnya tetapi ianya hanya membuahkan kemarahannya. Raja memberi Wu Xizu sebilah pedang dan mengarahkannya membunuh diri. Sebelum beliau mati, Wu Zixu meminta agar matanya dikeluarkan selepas kematianya dan diletakkan di pintu masuk bandar supaya beliau dapat melihat ramalannya menjadi kenyataan. Namun, Raja Fuchai memerintahkan jasad Wu Zixu dicampakkan ke dalam sungai pada hari kelima bulan kelima. Kira-kira 10 tahun selepas kematiannya, ramalannya menjadi kenyataan. Raja Yue Goujian menyerang dan menawan negeri Wu ketika Raja Fuchai sedang berperang dengan negeri Qi. Kerana terdesak, Raja Fuchai membunuh diri dengan mata tertutup kerana malu untuk bertemu dengan Wu Zixu di alam selepas mati. Ironiknya, Raja Goujian menahan Bo Pi atas tuduhan mengkhianati Raja Fuchai dan menerima rasuah daripada pembesar luar. Sehingga kini, Wu Zixu diingati ketika Pesta Perahu Naga, terutamanya di wilayah tengah pantai timur di China.

 

Versi 3: Cao (130-143 Masihi) Anak Gadis yang Kehilangan Bapanya

An artist's portrayal of Cao E

Lakaran potret Cao E

Cao E ialah anak perempuan seorang pawang yang bernama Cao Xu. Suatu hari ketika beliau sedang melangsungkan upacara amal untuk memperingati memori Wu Zixu, Cao Xu terjatuh ke dalam Sungai Shun. Dengan perasaan luluh, Cao E mencari jasad bapanya selama berhari-hari. Lima hari selepas insiden tersebut, kedua-dua jasad Cao E dan Cao Xu dijumpai di dalam sungai tersebut.

Lapan tahun kemudian, orang tempatan membina sebuah tokong di Shangyu bagi memperingati tindakan Cao E sebagai tanda taat kepada orang tua dan Sungai Shun dinamakan Sungai Cao E bagi memperingatinya. Pengorbanan Cao E dikenang ketika Pesta Perahu Naga, terutamanya di Timur Laut Zhejiang, China.

Terdapat perdebatan bahawa kesemua lagenda tersebut dihebahkan oleh cendekiawan Konfusius ketika Zaman China Imperial atas sebab ingin meningkatkan pengaruh mereka. Menurut Professor Wen Yiduo, seorang cendekiawan Cina abad ke-20, Pesta Perahu Naga sebenarnya berasal daripada tradisi penyembahan naga. Perlumbaan Perahu Naga melambangkan tanda penghormatan kepada naga, simbolik kepada tenaga maskulin yang aktif di dunia manakala zongzi digunakan sebagai makanan pelawaan untuk Raja Naga. Oleh kerana masyarakat China purba sangat bergantung kepada aktiviti pertanian untuk hidup, cuaca memainkan peranan yang penting. Naga dikatakan mempunyai keupayaan untuk mengawal cuaca dan atas sebab tu memberi kesan langsung kepada produktiviti pertanian negeri. Dengan memastikan naga gembira, cuaca akan menjadi baik, dan dengan itu membawa kepada hasil tuaian yang banyak bagi kelangsungan hidup masyarakat setempat. Naga sebagai simbol sangat meluas digunakan di kedua-dua negeri Wu dan Yue. Menurut Professor Wen Yiduo, Pesta Perahu Naga merupakan adat resam yang unik buat Wu dan Yue tetapi lama kelamaan menjadi popular ke seluruh China.

Tidak kira bagaimana dan mengapa kisah-kisah lagenda tersebut dihebahkan, Pesta Perahu Naga terus berkembang sehingga ke hari ini.

 

Bagaimana Pesta Ini Diserapkan di Malaysia

Malaysia is a multi-ethnic country that embraces its diverse cultural identity

Malaysia ialah sebuah negara pelbagai etnik yang merangkul pelbagai identiti budaya. Ke mana sahaja orang Cina mengembara, sama ada untuk tujuan dagangan, ekonomi atau sebab lain, mereka membawa budaya dan tradisi mereka bersama.

Menurut Jabatan Statistik Malaysia, populasi orang Cina antara tahun 2014 hingga 2016 dianggarkan sebanyak 23.4%. Ia mencecah suku daripada populasi rakyat Malaysia. Adalah sesuatu yang tidak mengejutkan apabila Pesta Perahu Naga telah disambut secara meluas di kalangan pelbagai komuniti di Malaysia termasuk keturunan pendatang Cina.

Kerajaan Malaysia telah menerima Pesta Perahu Naga sebagai temasya penting yang menggalakkan keharmonian bangsa. Badan Promosi Pelancongan Malaysia, sebuah subsidiari Kementerian Pelancongan dan Kebudayaan Malaysia telah meletakkan Perlumbaan Perahu Naga di dalam terbitan Temasya dan Pesta Malaysia. Badan Promosi Pelancongan Malaysia telah mengiktiraf Perlumbaan Perahu Naga sebagai:

“… sukan fokus kumpulan yang menggalakkan disiplin, harmoni, kekuatan fizikal dan ketahanan mental… (dan) sukan yang dihormati di mana ia menyemai keharmonian bangsa.”

 

Aktiviti-aktiviti

Traditional Chinese families gather together every year to make zongzi

Keluarga tradisi Cina berkumpul bersama pada setiap tahun untuk membuat zongzi

 

Memasak dan Menjamu Bebola Pulut

Keluarga tradisi Cina berkumpul bersama pada setiap tahun untuk membuat zongzi. Selain menganjurkan, menyertai dan menyaksikan perlumbaan Perahu Naga, komuniti Cina Malaysia menyambut Pesta Perahu Naga dengan membuat dan menjamu zongzi. Tradisi ini memperingati masa ketika orang kampung pada zaman China purba melontar bebola nasi ke dalam sungai bagi menenangkan naga dan makhluk sungai, untuk melindungi jasad Menteri Qu Yuan.

Oleh sebab popularitinya, zongzi telah berkembang daripada sejenis ketupat nasi ringkas yang disaluti daun buluh, kepada zongzi yang mengandungi pelbagai jenis inti. Pada masa lalu, zongzi hanya boleh didapati semasa Pesta Perahu Naga. Kini, zongzi boleh didapati sepanjang tahun di tempat-tempat yang mempunyai populasi kaum Cina yang agak ramai. Bentuk zongzi berbeza mengikut tempat, namun secara umumnya zongi dibuat dalam bentuk tiga penjuru. Dalam sebuah keluarga tradisi Cina yang tipikal, membuat zongzi merupakan amalan keluarga. Semua ahli keluarga terlibat dalam proses pembuatannya. Walaupun daun buluh selalunya digunakan sebagai pembalut, daun-daun lain seperti daun jagung, daun pisang dan daun pandan, juga boleh digunakan untuk membalut bebola nasi. Setiap daun memberi rasa dan aroma yang berbeza pada hidangan zongzi ini.

Zongzi wrapped in banana leaves

Zongzi berbalut daun pisang

One of the secrets to a good zongzi is wrapping it well enough so that the contents stay intact after the boiling process

Salah satu rahsia zongzi yang elok ialah membalutnya dengan cukup bagus bagi memastikan isi di dalamnya kekal melekat selepas proses pendidihan

Inti zongzi mungkin berbeza mengikut cita rasa masing-masing, walau bagaimanapun beras pulut selalunya akan digunakan. Membalut zongzi adalah satu bentuk seni tersendiri. Tukang masak dianggap berjaya membuat zongzi apabila nasi dan isinya kekal melekat ketika zongzi dididihkan. Selalunya, resipi dan kemahiran membalut zongzi diturunkan kepada pelbagai generasi dalam keluarga.

Pada hari sebelum Pesta Perahu Naga, keluarga tradisi Cina menawarkan zongzi kepada nenek moyang dan dewa-dewa mereka sebagai tanda penghormatan sebelum mereka sendiri menjamu zongzi.

Bak Chang

Bak Chang

Zongzi dikenali sebagai Chang di Malaysia. Terdapat beberapa jenis Chang yang selalunya ada di Malaysia:

  • Bak Chang: Bak Chang lazimnya mengandungi daging khinzir dengan kuning telur masin, buah berangan, udang kering, dan cendawan, bergantung kepada cita rasa masing-masing. Nasinya selalunya berwarna perang.
  • Kiam Tee Chang (ketupat nasi pulut Nyonya): Kiam Tee Chang dianggap sebagai keistimewaan kaum Cina Malaysia. Kiam Tee Chang selalunya mengandungi daging khinzir cincang dan labu air bersama lima rempah dan lada.
  • Kee Chang: Pulut biasa dengan air beralkali. Ia selalunya dimakan bersama gula atau air gula dan dianggap sebagai pemanis mulut.
Kiam Tee Chang

Kiam Tee Chang

Kee Chang

Kee Chang

Jika keluarga anda bukanlah keluarga yang berkumpul setiap tahun untuk membuat zongzi, anda masih boleh membeli juadah istimewa yang enak ini. Terdapat banyak tempat yang anda boleh membelinya, walaupu demikian ini adalah senarai tempat-tempat yang diketahui terbaik untuk membeli zongzi:

 
Ho Yoke Kee

Gerai ini terletak di Jalan Petaling di Kuala Lumpur. Keluarga yang menguruskan gerai ini telah berniaga sejak 1960-an.

Alamat:
No. 327 Jalan Hang Lekir
50000 Kuala Lumpur

Waktu Perniagaan: 7:00 – 22:00

 
Yook Tho Yin

Restoran ini terletak di Damansara Uptown, dan mereka mengkhusus kepada hidangan makanan Kantonis. Mereka menjual ketupat stail Kantonis yang kecil dan besar. Ketupat besar mereka mempunyai berat hampir satu kilogram setiap satu.

Alamat:
13 Jalan SS 21/37
Damansara Utama
Petaling Jaya
47400 Selangor

Waktu Perniagaan: 10:30 – 15:00 & 18:00 – 23:00

 
Pasar Imbi

Di dalam Pasar Imbi, terdapat gerai yang telah diusahakan oleh tiga adik-beradik perempuan sejak bertahun-tahun. Mereka menjual Zong, Gan Shui Zong biasa, dan ketupat Nyonya.

Alamat:
12, 6, Jalan Kampung
Pudu
55100 Kuala Lumpur

Waktu Perniagaan: 6:30 – 12:00

 
Noble Mansion

Noble Mansion menjual zongzi premium yang berintikan bahan-bahan seperti cendawan shiitake dan lingzhi.

Alamat:
1st Floor The Plaza at Jaya 33
1 Jalan Semangat, Seksyen 14
Petaling Jaya
46100 Selangor

Waktu Perniagaan: 11:00-15:00 & 18:00 – 23:00

Yook Tho Yin and Ho Yoke Kee

Yook Tho Yin dan Ho Yoke Kee

Noble Mansion Restaurant in Petaling Jaya

Retoran Noble Mansion di Petaling Jaya

 

Menyertai Perlumbaan Perahu Naga

Preparations for Penang Dragon Boat Festival

Persediaan untuk Pesta Perahu Naga Pulau Pinang

Menurut Festival & Acara Malaysia 2016, Perlumbaan Perahu Naga telah diadakan di tempat-tempat berikut:

  • Melaka – sebagai sebahagian acara dalam Festival Antarabangsa Sungai Melaka (25 Mei – 4 Jun 2016) dan Perlumbaan Perahu Naga Antarabangsa Melaka (11 Jun 2016)
  • Penang – sebagai acara dalam Pesta Perahu Naga Antarabangsa (28-29 Mei 2016)
  • Sabah – sebagai acara dalam Perlumbaan Antarabangsa Perahu Naga Sabah FCAS (21-22 Jun 2016)
  • Putrajaya – sebagai acara dalam Perlumbaan Antarabangsa Perahu Naga Malaysia (25-26 September 2016)
  • Sarawak – sebagai acara dalam Regata Perahu Naga Sarawak (11-13 November 2016)

Sejak penubuhannya, Perlumbaan Perahu Naga telah berkembang menjadi sukan profesional. Acara ini tidak lagi terhad pada bulan kelima dalam kalendar Cina. Beberapa penyelaras perlumbaan Perahu Naga Malaysia, seperti Regata Antarabangsa Perahu Naga Sarawak 2016, telah mengisytiharkan dengan jelas yang mereka mematuhi kaedah-kaedah dan peraturan Persekutuan Perahu Naga Antarabangsa (IDBF) dan Persekutuan Perahu Naga Asia, sebuah subsidiari Majlis Olimpik Asia. Menurut Persekutuan Perahu Naga Antarabangsa, Persatuan Perahu Naga Malaysia telah berdaftar sebagai ahli asas institusi ini sejak 1991.

 

Perlumbaan Perahu Naga Putrajaya – 300m 22 Kru Akhir 2016

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

 

Persediaan untuk Perlumbaan Perahu Naga

Persiapan Individu

Endurance training is important to prepare the athletes' body for the race

Latihan ketahanan penting untuk menyediakan tubuh atlit untuk perlumbaan

Anda memerlukan kekuatan otot dan paru-paru yang kuat untuk mengambil bahagian dalam perlumbaan Perahu Naga. Peserta dinasihatkan berlatih untuk kekuatan dan ketahanan agar tubuh badan mereka sudah biasa dan serasi dengan perlumbaan dan terlindung daripada kecederaan.

Persediaan Pasukan

Walaupun setiap pasukan boleh memiliki strategi sendiri bagi meningkatkan peluang untuk menang, kemahiran asas seperti segerakan pasukan dan cara mereka mendayung, adalah prasyarat. Amat dinasihatkan untuk ahli-ahli pasukan berlatih bersama-sama sebelum perlumbaan. Menurut laman sesawang Kalendar Perahu Naga Dunia,

““Pelumba perahu naga yang serius berlatih sepanjang tahun, walaupun pada musim paling sejuk.”

http://www.dragonboatcalendar.com/training.htm

Yuran, Pendaftaran dan Hadiah

Yuran dan pendaftran adalah berdasarkan angka daripada tahun 2016 dan mungkin berubah dari masa ke semasa. Yuran pernyertaan perlumbaan adalah dalam julat RM150-RM300 setiap seorang. Hadiah berupa sama ada trofi, pingat, dan/atau hadiah wang.

Penginapan untuk Peserta

Perlumbaan Perahu Naga lazimnya berlangsung selama empat ke lima hari, termasuk pendaftaran, mesyuarat pasukan, latihan dan lazimnya acara lumba selama dua hari, termasuk satu hari yang dikhaskan untuk bersiar-siar di sekitar kawasan tempatan. Selalunya, penganjur acara turut menguruskan penginapan untuk para peserta.

Keperluan Pakaian

Semasa berlatih atau menyertai perlumbaan Perahu Naga, adalah dinasihatkan untuk memakai persalinan yang tidak menyerap lembapan, seperti fabrik ‘Dry Fit’ dan ‘Coolmax’. Adalah lebih baik untuk memakai pakaian yang ketat kerana baju longgar mudah terseret ketika basah.

 

Melawat Malaysia

 

Keperluan Dokumen Perjalanan untuk Memasuki Malaysia

Dragon016

Pelawat yang berhajat untuk melawat Malaysia perlu memastikan passport mereka sah untuk sekurang-kurangnya enam bulan sebelum memasuki Malaysia. Rakyat negara ASEAN (iaitu Brunei, Kemboja, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Filipina, Singapura, Thailand dan Vietnam) boleh tinggal di Malaysia sehingga 30 hari tanpa visa.

Pelawat daripada negara lain boleh sama ada memohon visa terlebih dahulu, membayar RM330 untuk Visa on Arrival (VOA) atau diberikan 90 hari permit pelawat ketika ketibaan. Semak dengan Kedutaan Malaysia yang terdekat atau dalam talian untuk keperluan visa sebelum perjalanan. Rakyat Republik China, India, Bangladesh dan Nepal kini layak memohon eVisa.

 

Pakaian untuk Dipakai di Malaysia

Malaysia ialah sebuah negara tropika, oleh itu kebanyakan orang memakai pakaian yang diperbuat daripada fabrik yang ringan dan mudah bernafas. Adalah disyorkan untuk membawa beberapa helai baju yang ringan, seluar, cermin mata hitam, topi, baju sejuk, sekurang-kurangnya sehelai tudung atau selendang, juga seluar pendek, baju ‘dress’ dan skirt paras bawah lutut. Anda juga boleh mempertimbangkan untuk membawa kasut tapak rata atau kasut yang selesa.

 

Bagaimana Bergerak bila Anda di Malaysia

Rail transport in Malaysia

Pengangkutan Aliran di Malaysia

Anda boleh carter teksi jarak jauh atau bayar mengikut jam, atau menggunakan pengangkutan bas awam yang lebih murah jika anda berada di bandar-bandar utama. Jika anda berada di Kuala Lumpur, anda boleh menggunakan Transit Aliran Ringan (LRT) atau sistem monorel. Mereka yang melawat Melaka, atau Georgetown di Pulau Pinang, boleh mengambil pengalaman menaiki pengangkutan yang lebih tradisional dengan menaiki beca.

 

Tempat Penginapan Ketika Anda di Malaysia

Mendapatkan tempat untuk tinggal di Malaysia adalah adalah agak mudah. Terdapat banyak hotel, asrama, dan rumah penginapan, yang boleh dipertimbangkan. Pengunjung boleh cuba untuk mencari dalam talian dan melihat ulasan orang lain sebelum membuat tempahan.

 

Beberapa buah hotel di Pulau Pinang untuk dipertimbangkan:

 
Bayview Hotel Georgetown

Alamat:
Lebuh Farquhar
George Town
10200 George Town
Pulau Pinang
Malaysia

Nombor Telefon: +60 4-263 3161

 
Eastern & Oriental Hotel

Alamat:
Lebuh Farquhar
George Town
10200 George Town
Pulau Pinang
Malaysia

Nombor Telefon: +60 4-222 2000

 
G Hotel Penang

Alamat:
168A, Persiaran Gurney
Pulau Tikus
10250 George Town
Pulau Pinang
Malaysia

Nombor Telefon: +60 4-238 0000

 

Beberapa buah hotel di Kuala Lumpur untuk dipertimbangkan:

 
RHR Hotel

Alamat:
Kampus Putrajaya University Tenaga Nasional, KM7
Jalan Ikram-Uniten
43009 Kajang
Selangor
Malaysia

Nombor Telefon: +60 3-8922 2088

 
Hotel Bangi Putrajaya

Alamat:
Off, Persiaran Bandar
43650 Bandar Baru Bangi
Selangor
Malaysia

Nombor Telefon: +60 3-8210 2222

 
Empress Hotel Sepang

Alamat:
Jalan ST 1c/7
43900 Sepang
Malaysia

Telefon: +60 3-8706 7777

 

Beberapa buah hotel di sepanjang sungai Melaka untuk dipertimbangkan:

 
Quayside Hotel

Alamat:
Jalan Merdeka, Bandar Hilir
75000 Melaka
Malaysia
Nombor Telefon: +60 6-284 1001

 
The Shore @ Malacca River

Alamat:
Kampung Bunga Paya Pantai
75100 Malacca
Malaysia

Nombor Telefon: +60 6-282 2666

 
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  • http://malaysia.com/duanwu-festival-culture.html
  • http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2016/07/26/chinese-population-continues-to-decline/
  • http://www.penangdragonboat.gov.my/portal/
  • Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board (Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia); Malaysia Events & Festivals 2016; December 2015
  • http://www.idbf.org/members
  • https://sarawaktourism.com/event/sarawak-international-dragon-boat-regatta/
  • http://www.ocasia.org/Sports/SportsFed.aspx?PeMZ0l6yoEEW02q3HVv9iEEDm3tIwYs4
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zongzi
  • http://malaysia.com/blog/chinese-dumplings-chang/index.html
  • http://www.mykeuken.com/2011/06/puah-kiam-ti-chang-nyonya-glutinous.html
  • http://www.dragonboatcalendar.com/fitness_conditioning.htm
  • http://www.dragonboatcalendar.com/training.htm
  • http://www.kln.gov.my/web/are_dubai/other_information/-/asset_publisher/2TQe/content/visa-requirements-for-foreigners-application-requirements-forms
  • https://www.windowmalaysia.my/evisa/evisa.jsp?lang=en
  • http://www.lsa.umich.edu/chinanow/pdfs/FAQs.pdf
  • http://travelfashiongirl.com/what-to-wear-in-malaysia/
  • http://www.lonelyplanet.com/malaysia/transport/getting-around/local-transport
  • http://www.hungrygowhere.my/dining-guide/best-picks/5-best-places-to-get-dumplings-in-kl-*aid-70533101/
  • http://www.kuala-lumpur.ws/magazine/jalan-imbi-market.htm
  • http://www.hoteltravel.com/malaysia/penang/penang-hotels-and-the-dragon-boat-festival.htm

 
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  • sarassitham
    Tuesday, May 4. 2021 03:46 PM
    Bali is a magical Island probably the most well-known and most visited Indonesian island. A part of Indonesia archipelago, Bali owns the panorama and unique culture that make this island an ideal location for a vacation.

    It’s shock to discover people in Bali are eating dog meat. Aside from the cruelty, the greatest shock was to discover that tourists are unwittingly eating dog meat and fueling the mobile dog meat vendors are trawling popular beaches in Bali selling satays from buckets, deliberately not telling people the origin of the meat.

    This is causing shocking animal cruelty over the popular holiday destination and
    definitely putting the local Balinese and foreign tourists’ health at risk .Thanks for the thoughtful sharing and bringing awareness to many.

    https://bit.ly/2RknC6Q
  • sarassitham
    Monday, May 3. 2021 11:36 PM
    Each of us is born with a particular set of colors and numbers that are very unique. These numbers reveal our character, purpose, motivation, talents and abilities in this life.

    I had a positive feeling and good action to know the interesting fact of Mewa 6. Thank you for the thoughtful sharing, I am blessed to know my birth Mewa and had the opportunity to encounter the challenges to face and to overcome.

    https://bit.ly/3thT9DE
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Apr 30. 2021 11:09 PM
    Thank you for the informative and historical sharing of The Guangxi Community in Bentong. It’s interesting to know the large Chinese population in the Perting Chinese New Village are Guangxi Chinese.

    A small town famous for its locally produced ginger, durians, tofu puff, bean curd, bean curd puff, fresh vegetables, it has so much more to offer for wandering foodies.

    Success requires hard work, however hard work rewards with much more than success alone. Guangxi people of today are one of the most successful communities in Bentong, producing successful people in every strata of society.

    https://bit.ly/3gQ2JLu
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 30. 2021 03:47 PM
    Great Buton Rinchen Drub’s lifestorys truly inspiring, interesting which I simply love reading over and over again. The Great Buton Rinchen Drub was one of the most erudite of scholars of Tibet. To this day he is well remembered as a prodigious scholar and writer and is Tibet’s most celebrated historian. He catalogued thousands of the Buddhist scriptures and wrote the famous book, the History of Buddhism in India and Tibet. Many Tibetan scholars utilize in their study even as today.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/tibets-great-scholar-buton-rinchen-drub.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 30. 2021 03:46 PM
    Great memories of Rinpoche meeting with Guru Deva Rinpoche a very learned and qualified Lama,that has changed Rinpoche life. He is considered to be the reincarnation of one of the 84 great Mahasiddhas of ancient India. He studied under many great masters as such like Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, Kyabje Yongzin Trijang Dorje Chang, and so forth. We have Tsem Rinpoche today all because of Guru Deva Rinpoche who had contributed towards Rinpoche’s spiritual journey. The journey was tough for Rinpoche , having gone through and had travelled from America to India. Having remained and continued to languish under the terrible conditions in India till he travelled to Nepal and meeting Guru Deva Rinpoche. Everything changed from then on. Interesting read .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Martin Chow for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/my-recollection-of-h-e-guru-deva-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 28. 2021 04:19 PM
    Buton Rinchen Drub is widely considered to be one of Tibet’s greatest scholars, historians, translators,writers and proponent of the Kalachakra Tantra. Even as a very young child, Rinpoche exhibited extraordinary abilities. He studied and received many tantric transmissions and empowerments from many other teachers. Well respected by many and was one of the brightest lights of Tibetan Buddhism. Over the period of his life he composed at least twenty-six prolific volumes of commentaries. His legacy included the compilation of 500 years’ worth of translated teachings into the encyclopedic Kangyur and Tangyur collections. This monumental effort helped to preserve and propagate the teachings throughout Tibet. These collections have become well known by all of the schools of Buddhism in Tibet, and continue to this day. He travelled tremendously throughout Tibet and many places giving teachings, empowerments, transmissions, and ordinations at monasteries along the way. Interesting read of a great Lama.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/buton-rinchen-drub.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 28. 2021 04:09 PM
    Pema Lingpa was a famous saint and siddha of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. In the history of the Nyingma school in Bhutan, Pema Lingpa is second only in importance to Padmasambhava himself. Many auspicious miraculous signs appeared when was born as such even as a child he was indeed extraordinary learning everything from reading and writing to ironwork and carpentry without receiving any instruction. Interesting read of the extraordinary enlightened activities , stories and biography of Pema Lingpa . He was highly regarded by all four of the principal schools of Vajrayana Buddhism. Pema Lingpa spent his life revealing the precious treasures of Guru Rinpoche, giving empowerments and teachings. He composed many religious texts and ritual, gave initiations and even established monasteries . He was known as a discoverer of spiritual treasures. He left a legacy establishing a tradition that endures to this day. He prophesied that in the future he would return as the Buddha Dorjé Nyingpo in the pure land of Pemako.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/pema-lingpa.html
  • Sarassitham
    Tuesday, Apr 27. 2021 04:22 PM
    Thank you for the interesting sharing of discovering the heart desire numbers. Numerology is the belief in the divine or mystical relationship between a number and one or more coinciding events. The heart’s desire is seen as part of the larger picture which includes the life path, expression, date of birth and personality. Each person has different numbers that help them identify who they are and what their purpose in life. Each letters in our name has a message which is hidden and plays a crucial role in our life.

    I think this article will benefits many who are having a very hard time to achieve their dreams and to find out their true passion in their life. I had a good read and happy to discover my heart desire number.

    https://bit.ly/3vm118z
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 26. 2021 04:10 PM
    For sarassitham –sorry press wrongly
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 26. 2021 04:09 PM
    For sarassitham – For years scientists and experts have been trying hard to get the bottom answers and hard evidence of aliens existing . Finally they did it and very close to the answers through the video….a true evidence. Throughout history, many common myths and legends mention incredible flying machines and how ancient people travelled great distances through the air. I do believe thousands of years ago, ancient mankind was visited by incredible flying machines. There are various places around the world such as the Step pyramid in Saqqara, Egypt, a burial ground in Columbia , Mountain of Solomon and Peru, and many more. All these architectural structure are amazing, how and exactly, did they build those structures those days thousands years ago without modern machineries? Made of millions of precisely hewn stones weighing tons each, even with today’s cranes and other construction equipment, building it would be a very challenging task. Scientists suspect that over centuries aliens have visited Earth. Could it be artifacts of aliens or did ancient humans have extra-terrestrial help ??? It is still a mysteries to this days. Interesting read .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ancient-aliens-the-evidence-season-1-episode-1.html
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Apr 23. 2021 12:19 AM
    This article is truly inspiring. Ms Chen contributed most of her time working, her passion was a strong desire that she was able to do amazing things. It is indeed a rare sight to see a person who is able to be selfless at such a deep level in many ways. I do agree that we definitely need more Ms Chens in this world to inspire and to help others.

    https://bit.ly/3xj0k1C
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 22. 2021 03:34 PM
    Ngawang Wangyal known to many as Geshe Wangyal and the first American lama introducing Tibetan Buddhism to the West. He was a Buddhist lama and scholar of Kalmyk origin born in Russia. He travelled through Russia to Tibet and spent the next 20 years traveling throughout Asia, learning English and translating . It was during the Chinese invasion he escaped to India and later went to American. Despite the many challenges he faced , he built a monastery been the first temple in the Western hemisphere, sponsored Tibetan monk scholars to assist him in teachings. That’s how Tibetan Buddhism spread in the west. His long list of accomplishments would include pioneering efforts in establishing Tibetan Buddhism’s intellectual bona fides in American academia. During the last several years of his life he worked tirelessly on his final book.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring untold story of how Tibetan Buddhism first came to America through one great Lama.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/from-russia-with-love.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 22. 2021 03:30 PM
    Kalarupa is one a wrathful emanation of Wisdom Buddha Manjushri, manifesting as a Dharma Protector. Kalarupa displaying as the direct spiritual protector force for all ugliness arising from the true inner spiritual obstacles of fear, hatred, pride and jealousy . As an emanation of Manjushri, Kalarupa’s practice ultimately helps us to destroy ignorance and develop wisdom to overcome our anger and suffering. Interesting read of the story how Kalarupa arose as a Protector. Beautiful pictures of Kalarupa in many forms.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing, even though I still have more to understand.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/kalarupa.html
  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Apr 22. 2021 12:38 AM
    Animals are sentient beings who like us have feelings, if we hurt them they feel pain and if we treat them with love and care, they would feel loved. The more we human know about the animals the more we feel how amazing they are.

    Thank you for sharing, I got attacked from the cuteness and I admired the warm hug of the puppy with teddy bear.

    https://bit.ly/3eoJxl4
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 21. 2021 03:12 PM
    In Buddhism, offerings are made to the Triple Gem, giving rise to contemplative gratitude and inspiration. One such offerings such as foods. flowers, and so forth. Reading this post gives us a more understanding of some do’s and don’ts regarding food offerings. Offering food is a meritorious act that also reminds us not to be greedy or selfish.
    GREAT guidance , precious teachings and listening from those videos tell us more. All about making offerings, the importance of our motivation and the results of making offerings to the Three Jewels
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/a-quick-note-on-food-offerings.html

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  • May 11, 2021 00:05
    Re: www.tsemrinpoche.com DMCA Copyright Infringement Notice asked: Hello there! My name is Stephanie and I am a certified photographer. I was discouraged when I came across copyright-protected images owned by myself at your website. If you use a copyrighted images without an owner's consent, you should be aware that you could be sued by the copyright owner. Check out this document with the links to my images you used at www.tsemrinpoche.com and my earlier publications to obtain the evidence of my legal copyrights. Download it now and check this out for yourself: https://sites.google.com/view/93hgj10djhv3jfdh/drive/storage/h/files/download?h=888901797341933373 I believe you have willfully infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $150,000 as set forth in Section 504(c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein. This letter is official notification. I seek the removal of the infringing material referenced above. Please take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to remove or disable access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this notice. If you do not cease the use of the aforementioned copyrighted material a lawsuit will be commenced against you. I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law. I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed. Best regards, Stephanie Feller 05/10/2021
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    pastor answered: Hello, When we see similar characteristics between yourself and your family members, yes, ultimately that is due to karma. From the viewpoint of society, it is because we grew up with our family, shared experiences, pick up each others' habits, etc, that is the reason for similar characteristics. We learn things such as behaviours, likes and dislikes from our family and they also learn such things from us. But from the Buddhist viewpoint, what is the reason that we ended up being family anyway? The answer as you already guessed it is karma. Karma is what caused us to take to rebirth into a particular family, hence it is the reason why characteristics are similar between family members. This applies to life circumstances as well, we had the karma to be born into a family in a specific location, at a specific time, environment, etc. Which means that we would necessarily undergo similar circumstances as well. Within samsara, or cyclic existence, everything is due to karma. Everything that happens to us, what we say, what we think. Not only is it due to karma, but it also creates more karma. That is why Buddhists always talk about the faults of samsara. The only way to be free of this cycle and karma completely is to become a fully enlightened Buddha. That is why Buddhists aim to become a Buddha themselves. I hope this helps.
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    Josh asked: Hello Pastor, when Buddha gave me a gift of able to see spirits, communicate with spirits and able to sense death onto someone, what is the purpose of this gift? How to use it? I believe I had this when I was around 12 years old. 70% of my dreams are mostly took me to hell for a walk, I even talk to Yama, Yama allow me to peek on the Book of the living and the dead.. I had only dream once of Buddha and the Titan God once, but everything in Sanskrit. I understand them only in dreams, and when communicating with spirits. So what is the purpose of this gift? How to use them to help?
    pastor answered: Dear Josh, Thank you for your question. Supernatural abilities such as those you have mentioned definitely do exist. They can come about from a couple of reasons: as gifted by a supernatural being, god, etc, or even simply because we have the karma to have such abilities that have manifested in this life. The other way they can come about is through our own transformation of the mind, where they occur naturally as side effects. In all of these cases, they are known as 'common attainments'. The reason why they are known as common attainments, because they can be attained by anyone. Buddhism however, stresses the importance of the 'supreme attainment', which is achieving the enlightened mind. Hence, in the Buddhist scriptures it is said that the supreme attainment is what we should strive for. Now, we cannot advise you in which ways to use the abilities you have mentioned to help beings, because we are not attained enough to guide you in such a manner. You would need the guidance of a highly attained master to be able to guide you in a safe manner. However, from what you have written, you can use your experiences to further your own spiritual transformation first. H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has advised on many occasions that we should not focus too much on abilities we develop, but concentrate on real transformation first. When you have reached a higher state of consciousness, then you will be able to use such abilities properly. The way to achieve this is to follow the path of the Lamrim or the Graduated Stages on the Path to Enlightenment. The text we use in Kechara is known as Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand. You can get a copy of it here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand There are sections of the Lamrim that deal with the suffering of those in the hell realms, the god realms and all other realms. There are also sections that deal with karma. You can use your experience to help you develop insight into these sections and propel you further along the path of transformation. So, instead of trying to use your abilities now, use the experiences that you have already had to the greatest potential. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • May 8, 2021 02:04
    Anonymous asked: Hello pastors. When one visualises in prayers should one shut eyes completely or keep half open looking at side of noses? Thank you for answering.
    pastor answered: Hello, When engaging in visualisation or any type of meditation, the best is to keep your eyes half open. You are actually looking at the floor, but the line of your sight follows the sides of your nose, you don't actually focus on the sides of your nose. If you focus on the sides of your nose, it will exert too much effort and you will feel like you are going crosseyed. So you actually look at the floor, but follow the angle of the sides of your nose. Following this eye positioning is the best because your mind is not too excited or overly stimulated as it would be if you had your eyes fully open, nor is it prone to laziness or falling asleep if you have your eyes closed. This would be the best. However, some people find it difficult to visualise with their eyes half open. In this case, it is permissible to close your eyes when visualising, as long as you can keep your concentration. Then slowly, over time, once you are familiar with the particular visualisation you are engaged in, you can do it with your eyes half open instead. I hope this helps.
  • May 3, 2021 10:15
    Carolyn asked: what is "Teh"
    pastor answered: Dear Carolyn, My apologies, but I do not fully understand your question. Is this in regards to any prayers or texts? In which case, please indicate which prayer or text so we can answer properly. Thank you
  • May 1, 2021 19:38
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, What does attachment actually mean in buddhism? Is it opposite of hostility? How do both these emotions harm us? How can we get rid of them?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, You have asked a very good question, but it's outside of the scope of this short reply to answer completely. Attachment is when you want something and either your thoughts, speech or actions reflect this want. For example, we can be attached to an object, a type of food, a person, a situation, etc.,. There are varying degrees of the type of attachment you experience towards differing objects or things. When we have an attachment, we expend energy either mentally, emotionally, through our speech or our actions to get the particular object, keep it and protect it. When we are parted from the object, it creates a lot of emotional suffering. When we are attached, our actions and thoughts keep us bound to cyclic existence, because we simply just create more karma. Attachment is known as one of the Three Poisons. You can read a short article and watch a teaching by Pastor David Lai about attachment here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-exaggeration-of-attachment.html In addition, here is an article that deals with the benefits of non-attachment in terms of relationships with others: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/why-non-attachment-is-one-of-the-keys-to-a-happy-life-relationship.html The opposite of attachment is aversion, the want to stay away from an object of thing, or not experience a particular situation. Another of the Three Poisons, is actually anger or hostility. This can be the extension of aversion. For example, in past someone said something to you which you didn't like. So you don't want to be around this person again. If a situation occurs when you are around this person, you become angry and hostile. You can even play the scenario over and over again in your head and become angry, even when not near the person. Anger is one of the most destructive of emotions because when you are worked up, it is very hard to remain logical, you simply and quickly act out of emotion, in the heat of the moment. This leads to the creation of negative karma, which you will need experience in the future. In short, all our negative emotions or behaviours can be subsumed under the Three Poisons - Attachment, Anger and Ignorance. There are many methods in Buddhism to overcome these. One of the most basic, yet extremely powerful is to meditate on impermanence, especially death. While this may seem very morbid, it is actually very liberating and helps us to let go of negative emotions which serve no purpose but to keep us stuck in suffering. You can read a short article about meditation on impermanence here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/supreme-contemplation.html For a more in-depth explanation of negative emotions and how to overcome them, you can read the Lamrim texts. These give us a step-by-step guide to self-transformation all the way to enlightenment itself. The text we use in Kechara is called Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand. You can order a copy online from Vajrasecrets (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand). Alternatively, you can visit your local bookstore and they should be able to order it in for you. I hope this helps. Thank you. PS. You may also find the following links useful:
  • April 28, 2021 19:10
    Eden asked: Dear pastors, recently I saw a video about preserving a dead body only to be revive later when science is more advance. Did Buddha said anything regarding this? I am looking forward for your reply.
    pastor answered: Dear Eden, Thank you for your question. Buddha Shakyamuni did not explicitly talk about this subject, simply because the technology to preserve a body for future re-animation did not exist. In fact, even today, we can physically preserve a body using things like cryogenic freezing, however the technology to be able to revive the person is currently only speculative hope. There is no biological evidence that this would even be possible. That being said, even though the Buddha did not talk about it specifically, the Dharma that the Buddha taught can be applied to any and all situations. So, we can analyze it from multiple angles. I'll try to do so from two angles due to the scope of this answer. The first is that death as part of the law of impermanence is a major part of Buddhism. We have had countless lifetimes and at the end of each of those, we have died and then taken rebirth into a new body. That is why cyclic existence is considered to be suffering, because we consistently take a new life, only to die at the end of it, and then take rebirth in a new life once again. The only way to get out of this cycle is to achieve the state of enlightenment. Some people could argue that if you don't die because you are re-animated in the future, then this cycle doesn't really exist. However, from a Buddhist viewpoint everything is still impermanent. Even if you were re-animated and lived for many thousands, millions, or billions of years, eventually the whole universe as we know it will be destroyed. At that point of time, no matter how many times your physical body was revived, you would cease to exist, because everything will be destroyed. Even from a scientific standpoint, it is said that the universe was created with the Big Bang, and due to that the universe is still expanding at an accelerating rate. Scientists have hypothesized that this will lead to either the Big Rip or the Big Freezer, in which life will no longer be able to exist in the universe in any form. So even from a scientific point of view, the Buddhist law of impermanence still applies. This brings me to the second angle, the question why we would want to preserve our bodies for future re-animation. The answer to that is simple, it is due to attachment. As you may be aware, within Buddhism, attachment is one of the things that leads us to stay stuck within cyclic existence. Attachment leads to the creation of karma which only lengths our suffering in existence. When we focus on our attachments, we do not live in the moment, we do not truly transform into a better person, we help no one and ultimately we do not help ourselves to become enlightened. I hope this helps. If you have any further questions, please do ask. This is an interesting subject.
  • April 24, 2021 03:40
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Thank you all for following Rinpoche’s advice and contributing your energy here and at Kechara. Rinpoche is the most precious jewel for sure. We appreciate Rinpoche, Kechara and kecharians. May we all achieve our spiritual goals under the guru’s guidance.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your lovely message, it's nice to know that this blog is appreciated. Tsem Rinpoche worked tirelessly to get this resource up and available for everyone. Following Rinpoche's Dharma teachings on this blog, we can definitely progress on our spiritual journeys. The key is to put what Rinpoche taught into practice. I wish your success in your journey, and if you need help, you are more than welcome to ask further questions here. Thank you.
  • April 21, 2021 03:13
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, When one experiences the outcome of negative karmas, how does one have compassion for oneself and overcome tough times? Relying on buddhas is definitely top of the list but I find my fear and self doubt and bad temper sabotages all the outer dharma practice I do. I am weak in the practical side of applying dharma!
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question. What you have expressed is something that a lot of people go through, because of the accumulation of negative karma from previous lifetimes. What you must remember is that our negative habitual patterns from previous lives are very strong, hence effort is needed in the spiritual path. That is why Joyous Effort is one of the Six Perfections. Karma, our habitual patterns, fear and self-doubt will try to knock us of the path of self-transformation at every turn until we are strong enough to withstand them. One way to overcome this is to develop strong faith in the Three Jewels, and the way to do this is to engage in the practice of Taking Refuge. I'm not just talking about Talking Refuge at the beginning of formal Dharma practice such as your sadhana or pujas. But actually Taking Refuge remembering the qualities of the Three Jewels. When I first came to Kechara, I had a lot of physical obstacles manifest, a lot of fear and doubt. H.E. Tsem Rinpoche suggested that I read the section of the Lamrim that talks about Taking Refuge, and explains how to do it properly, remembering the qualities of the Three Jewels and the benefits they grant on the spiritual path. When you practice Taking Refuge, you remember these and you contemplate them. Then your faith in the application of the Dharma increases, and your fear, self-doubt, etc, disappear. When that happens, even if your negative karma and habits try to knock you off the path, you find yourself back on the path. Another thing you must remember is that when we are practicing the Dharma, due to our habits, we will not be perfect at something directly after learning about it. It takes time to train ourselves. That is why the central teaching in the Gelug tradition we practice is called the Lamrim, or the Graded Stages on the Path to Enlightenment. It is step-by-step. It is a process. It is not instant. So you shouldn't let fear, self-doubt, etc get in the way. Instead calmly apply the antidote to these, which is strong refuge. When you develop strong refuge, you will have faith and confidence in the teachings. When you have these, you will practice the teachings, no matter what happens. The compassion for yourself and overcoming tough times comes through faith in the Three Jewels and the teachings of self-transformation. I met someone the other day who said self-transformation was not possible for him, but then why did Buddha Shakyamuni and the enlightened beings teach the Dharma? Of course, it is possible, and in order to progress on the spiritual path, you must have faith and conviction. This comes from the simple, yet foundational practice of Taking Refuge. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 19, 2021 02:53
    Sandra asked: Hello respected pastors, I heard once from here that too much mantra recitations produce wind in the body? Did I hear right? What are the repercussions of that? I do find I cough during mantra recitations these days...I only do about 6 malas though!
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question. Mantras are the form of the enlightened beings in sound. Hence, when you recite mantras they are very powerful. All mantras move the psychic winds in the body. They don't actually produce physical wind in the body. The psychic winds move naturally due to the power of the mantras, and only have a beneficial effect on the body. If you are not initiated into the Higher Yoga Tantra practices, any of the common mantras are fine to recite. These include Lama Tsongkhapa's Migtsema, your Guru's mantra, Chenrezig, Tara, Manjushri, etc. These will move the winds in your body naturally, so there will be no untoward side effect. However, mantras of Higher Yoga Tantra deities, such as Yamantaka, Vajra Yogini, Heruka, etc, should only be known and recited by those who have received initiation into the practice and received the commentary to the practice from a qualified guru. These mantras move the psychic winds in the body more forcefully hence can have negative side effects if not done properly. If you are having any negative effects when reciting mantras, such as coughing, that could be due to a number of other more ordinary reasons, such as reciting too loudly or being out of breath when reciting. When you are reciting mantras during your sadhana, you should only recite loud enough for yourself to hear, and not disturb others if they are around. If you are in a puja, you follow the puja lead to either recite out aloud or quietly. If you are getting out of breath, slow down your mantra recitation, or reduce the amount of mantras you are doing until you are used to it. Then you can slowly increase to however many you want to recite. The main issue is consistency, you should recite mantras as part of your sadhana every day. You can also recite extra mantras throughout the day, but the key is to make sure that you finish your daily sadhana. And you should not rush through your mantra recitation, but recite the mantra clearly. I hope this helps.
  • April 13, 2021 21:55
    ray asked: Dear Pastors, Thank you for clearing my doubts previously about purification practices. Today i have a question about reciting praises to buddhas, why do we recite praises and how does reciting praises to buddhas like Tara, Dorje shugden etc. help and benefit us? Because ive seen certain prayer texts to mother tara which i think is referring to the 21 tara praises stating that : ~If this prayer is recited two, three, or seven times, It will pacify all the sufferings of torments Caused by spirits, fevers, and poisons, And by other beings as well. If you wish for a child, you will get a child; If you wish for wealth, you will receive wealth. All your wishes will be fulfilled And all obstacles pacified.~ Will reciting praises to buddhas also be able to fulfill our wishes as stated? Thank you very much.
    pastor answered: Dear Ray, Thank you for your question. As I am sure you are aware, there are many different types of prayers. Praises are one type of prayer, or commonly included in longer prayers. When we praise the enlightened beings, we generate merit. This is due to the power of the enlightened beings. Generally speaking these prayers are praises of the qualities of either the enlightened being's body, speech, mind or benefits derived from their practices. Or the praise can be a combination of these. The merit generated from praising an enlightened being is immense. Some prayers even have the power to grant certain specific benefits due to the merits generated from the praise. Hence, some prayers even have the benefits listed in them. So yes, if you recite the praise with strong faith and refuge in the particular enlightened being, you will generate merit which will help to achieve the benefits stated. On a normal level, you will receive the benefits. On a higher level, you create the merit to achieve the same body, speech, mind and qualities of the enlightened being, meaning you create the causes to be enlightened yourself. I hope this helps.
  • April 12, 2021 03:20
    Eden asked: Dear Pastors, How are all of you doing? I have a few questions here. I will be very grateful if you can answer them. Thank you. 1) If we are here because of our previous life karma, previous previous karma and so on. May i know when does all of this started? How does this chain of karma started? Im sure we all had our 1st life and everything had a beginning to it. 2) I am currently facing some problem over my career pathway, are there any practices and mantras that I can do to request for guidance?
    pastor answered: Dear Eden, Thank you for your questions. 1. Buddhism does not believe in a 1st life, and the reason being is the Buddhist view of time. Most people think of time and existence as linear. It has a definitive starting point and a certain end point. But Buddhism views time as a cyclic. Hence, our universe as we understand it, will at one point cease to exist, and then a new universe will come into existence. However, even though our current universe will end, due to the force of karma and reincarnation, we will take rebirth into the new universe and have many rebirths there. So in Buddhism we say that we have had "countless" rebirths, as you would never be able to count how many lifetimes you have had. This cycle is vicious and leads us to take rebirth endlessly. The only way to stop this cycle is to transcend it altogether, which is the state of Buddhahood, in which you are completely liberated from the cycle, known as "samsara". Also the way in which we think about karma is not linear either. It is not one for one. By this I mean, if you do one negative action, it is not that you will experience only one negative result. You will actually experience many negative results, with differing levels of severity until the karma is exhausted. How you respond to the negative results can lead to either more negative karma, or positive karma. Hence, the law of karma according to the Buddhist view point is much more nuanced then the general understanding of karma that people have these days. The Buddha explained this process in a teaching known as the 12 Links of Dependent Origination, which is quite complex. If you want to learn more about this teaching, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche gave a very profound teaching on it here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/teaching-on-the-twelve-links-of-dependent-origination.html Hence, according to Buddhism, the understand of time is a never-ending cycle in which universes are created, destroyed and created again due to the power of karma. Since it is a cycle, there is no "beginning" or "1st life" for sentient beings. 2. In regards to your career pathway, I would suggest you engage in the combined practice of Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden. We have heard of many people who are either stuck in their career or who need to find good jobs, succeed in the their goals after engaging in this practice with a sincere motivation. There is a book available regarding the practice here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/the-dorje-shugden-handbook. We also have an entire section of this website dedicated to various aspects of the practice, including history, other prayers, etc. (https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/dorje-shugden). I hope this helps. Let us know if we can help in any other way.
  • April 11, 2021 00:23
    Lara asked: Hello pastors, I have a family member suffering from depression right now. May I know how I can help him to overcome this? Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Lara, I'm sorry to hear that your family member is going through this. When someone is going through such a difficult time, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has advised that the person themselves seek qualified medical help as well as engage in the practice of Lama Tsongkhapa, which is well-known to help overcome things like depression. From your side you should be as supportive as possible. Take the time to understand what your family member is going through, and in which ways you can support them to overcome their depression and heal. You can watch a fantastic teaching about the practice of Lama Tsongkha here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sayonara-to-depression.html. The prayer text for the practice can be found here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/sadhana-prayers.html#19 However, sometimes family members may not be open to the engaging in the practice themselves. In that case, you can engage in the practice yourself and dedicate the merits for the family member to heal, but this will not be as effective as the family member doing the practice themselves. Another thing that you can do, it to make abundant offerings or engage in virtuous activities like as helping the less fortunate, and dedicating the merits from those activities to your family member. You can also have pujas sponsored for your family member. The following two pujas would be excellent: Medicine Buddha Puja - which is good for healing, both physical and mental (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/medicine-buddha-puja-fund) Dorje Shugden Puja - to remove obstacles for a swift recovery (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dorje-shugden-wishfulfilling-puja-fund) These are the various methods in which you can help. You can do just one or a combination of the methods mentioned to generate as much positive energy and merit as possible for your family member. I hope this helps.
  • April 10, 2021 07:50
    ray asked: hi pastor i have a question regarding purification practices because ive been having some doubts now, is it true that some people say engaging in purification practices bad things would then happen to the practitioner after that? be it being sick or facing obstacles coming after that.
    pastor answered: Dear Ray, Thank you for your question. When we engage in purification practices, what we are purifying is our negative karma. If you know about karma, you know that eventually you will need to experience your karma, be this negative or positive. When you experience your negative karma, then you experience negative situations. This could be something major, like having an accident, to something very minor such as feeling bad if say a loved one says something in a way that you perceive as being negative. Any experience you have that you perceive as negative, is a manifestation of your negative karma. During purification practices, through your own effort of invoking upon the enlightened beings and practice of the Four Opponent Powers, you are able to purify this negative karma. However, for a negative karma to be fully exhausted, you need to experience it. Say you have a karma to get into an accident, if you don't purify and exhaust it, then you will need to suffer from it 100%. This could mean getting into a car accident which is very severe and you are hurt badly. If you engage in purification practices then you can purify, let's say 99% of the karma. But for it to be exhausted fully, you still need to experience it. In this case, maybe you do get into an accident. Since you have purified most of the karma, your car only bumps into another car very softly. You don't even feel it, the person in the other car doesn't feel it and you car is not damaged at all. This is the reason why some people say if you engage in purification practices, bad things will happen. And because of that people are put off doing purification practices. This is wrong thinking because if you do experience negative situations when engaged in purification practices, this could be because: a) What you experienced is actually the purified karma, rather than the full force of the karma. In this case you should rejoice that through your effort of engaging in the practice, you didn't experience something much worse. b) It could just simply be the manifestation of a karma that wasn't purified. This means, you would have had to go through this experience anyway. c) Because you are engaged in purification practices, you are thinking of karma a lot. Therefore, when such experiences occur then you attribute it to karma, and then think it is linked to your purification practice. Then you believe that doing purification practices is bad because you have to suffer from such experiences. This is wrong thinking. Perhaps even if you were not doing purification practices, then you would still experience the situation, but you wouldn't actually think anything of it. You would just go about the rest of your day as usual. That being said, when you are doing purification practices, there comes a point were certain negative karma is so weak that you need to experience it for it to be exhausted completely. This can and does manifest as negative situations, such as minor illnesses, or even accidents, etc. However, the point to remember is the karma causing these situations have been purified so they are very mild compared to their full form. These negative situations can also be purified/exhausted in dreams, etc. Another way they can be purified is having mental disturbances or emotional ups and downs when actually doing the purification practices. In essence, you will need to feel the effects of your negative karma in some form or another, so better that you experience it in a very mild form right? This is what purification practices helps you to do. Purification practices are not something to be scared of. In fact, you should rejoice when engaged in purification practices. On a more deeper level, without some form of purification practice it is hard to understand higher aspects of the Dharma. Your negative karma will block you from being able to understand the Dharma and then internalise it. That is why purification practices are emphasised within each and every tradition and are a prerequisite for higher teaching such as tantra. The benefits of purification practices (such as enabling you to exhaust your negative karma in a very mild form, and preparing your mind for higher teachings) outweighs having to experience a very small negative situation. Therefore think about the benefits of purification practice and contemplate on it. This will help you to develop faith in them and get rid of any doubts or fears that you may have. I hope this helps.
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Wesak 2020
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.
1 years ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
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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
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