I joined a cult…

Jul 12, 2011 | Views: 1,845

When I first arrived in Gaden in 1987, I had very little money. I had no financial support. I needed only US$50 a month to buy basic needs, some foods and items. The monastery provides one bowl of rice and a large spoon of lentils once a day at the time and sometimes (1x or 2x a week) bread in the morning… Monastery was poor too many monks were poor… Many monks seeked sponsorship to supplement their studies.

I wrote to my step-parents in New Jersey to help. My father told me to give up the monk hood, return to USA, go to University, live a life he deemed would make me happy. My relatives didn’t reply much. Perhaps my parents asked them not to… If I did what my dad said, he would buy me a car and pay for University with my other needs. If I did not comply then do not write them nor my relatives begging for money or help again. He said I embarrass them in front of the relatives and community. He said I was fanatical. And earlier he said I joined a cult with cult leaders. He said he did not like what I was doing and I was going the wrong way. He wants me back. He and my mom loved me I know… but love is not doing what they want – no offense. I didn’t want to fight or argue, as how can being a monk or studying Dharma be wrong. I still wrote to him/mom on other things, but their letters became less. They disowned me… They said so. I was very hurt, but that was their choice… I struggled for years.

My weight dropped dramatically as I didn’t get much food anymore. Medical at times was a challenge also. I didn’t go for dentists or anything for nearly a decade. I am not complaining, but it was a huge struggle to pursue my Dharma goals… But I was determined to continue my Dharma no matter what. I didn’t want to ‘hurt’ my parents, but I understood, they didn’t understand what I was doing and I was not going to live their life as I know it would not be for me nor would I be happy. Finally one Buddhist nun in the US sent me US$50 a month a couple of years later… I bought rice, lentils, beans, oil, flour, vegetables, cooking pots, laundry soap, blankets, etc that I needed. My weight was better… She was a ray of hope and survival. I will never forget this nun’s kindness to me.

My parents have passed away now and my relatives in the States say they are proud of me. But I am glad I didn’t give up. I would do it again if necessary. Nothing in this world will turn me from Dharma ever.

Tsem Rinpoche
 

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  1. Valentina Suhendra on Dec 14, 2018 at 4:50 am

    1984 Los Angeles-Left to right: Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, monk assistant to Zong Rinpoche and the 18-year-old Tsem Rinpoche prior to ordination. Read more- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/me

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  2. Valentina Suhendra on Jul 26, 2018 at 9:38 am

    I was walking past a second hand shop on Western Ave selling old things. They had a Japanese-style clay Buddha which was beige in colour on the floor, holding the door open. I thought the shopkeeper would collect a lot of negative karma without knowing if he kept such a holy item on the floor as a doorstop. So I went in to talk to him, but he didn’t look like he wanted to talk or that he even cared. So I asked him the price and he said US$5. I purchased it so he did not collect more negative karma. I was 17 years old and that was in 1982.

    I escorted my new Buddha home and washed it lightly and wiped it. I placed it on my altar and was happy with the Buddha. I would do my meditations, prayers, sadhanas, mantras and prostrations in front of this shrine daily. When I left for India in 1987, I could not bring this Buddha along and gave it to a friend. It was a nice size and I made offerings to this Buddha for many years in Los Angeles. In front of the Buddha I placed His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s photo. I remember I was so relieved that the price was affordable. But US$5 that time was still expensive for me but worth it I thought. But I was happy to have brought the Buddha home. Tsem Rinpoche

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  3. Pastor Shin Tan on Jul 20, 2018 at 11:59 am

    Tsem Rinpoche at Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong, Malaysia

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  4. Pastor Niral Patel on Jun 17, 2018 at 9:07 am

    The picture below was taken in Gaden Shartse Monastery’s main prayer hall during Lama Chopa puja. In the front row is His Holiness Gaden Trisur Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal when he was the abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery. Next to him is His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and His Eminence the young Tsem Rinpoche. Sitting behind wearing the hat is Venerable Geshe Lobsang Phende as head chant master.

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  5. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Jan 22, 2016 at 8:02 am

    I find this very interesting because the cultist behaviour that people accuse of those who are spiritual, is the same cultist behaviour the accusers themselves exhibit towards samsara and its trappings.

    Why is it we HAVE to go to university? Why is it, like in Rinpoche’s case, we HAVE to play football? Why is it we HAVE to get married? Why is it we HAVE to start a family? Why is it we HAVE to get a job and make money for someone else?

    The fact we HAVE to do all of these things, and risk scorn if we do not, is the actual cult-like behaviour. Why? Because when you do abide by the rules of the cult, you are seen as some kind of deviant and the conformists harass and hound you until you do conform.

    So in actual fact, people with guru devotion, people who are spiritual aren’t the cultists at all. They’re the ones who are saying no, these decisions aren’t for me and I’m going to break away and do something different.

    Personally, I find it a little insulting when people say spiritual practitioners are in a cult. It’s insulting to my intelligence, as though I lost my wits once I entered Dharma, and the hundreds of thousands of people who followed the same system for thousands of years are all undiscerning buffoons who are incapable of making good decisions! Yup, that’s right, great masters like His Holiness the Dalai Lama, His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche, His Holiness Lati Rinpoche, His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe, Venerable Lama Yeshe…all these people are undiscerning buffoons in cults, and only the accusers are correct! (in case it wasn’t made clear, I’m being totally sarcastic! 🙂 )

  6. cathy frenette on Jun 26, 2013 at 8:20 am

    i just discovered your its like falling in love my deepest respect and gratitude happy to meet you ive learned so much so quickly i feel like ive met you

  7. Joy on Feb 14, 2013 at 12:20 am

    This is a story I can very much relate too. Many of my friends also said that I have become some kind of freak, nun, joined a cult. Well one thing I can say is that I feel blessed in a weird way that my parents are gone and I do not have to also face or hear their insults too. So in this way I am glad they are not around to collect negative karma from me joining the Dharma. It is definitely not easy. It almost feel like it is “you against the world”.

    I do not know how I actually manage to pull through it, because yes there are times when you are really broke, and you know you cannot even ask your love ones or friends to help because they will not understand and will actually condemn the Dharma further. I cannot imagine the difficulty Rinpoche has to go through but in some small tiny way I do understand it also.

    One thing is for sure, you know you have found the truth when you have heard the truth. You know you have found compassion, when you feel compassion, you know deep down inside it is right thing to do so go for it. The worst thing is knowing something is good and you never went for it is far more terrible than all the insults and struggle and regrets later because really this is your life and at the end of the day you are living it, not your friends or your family. You are!

    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring story and reminding me that it is all worth it because if it wasn’t for Dharma I’d be no better than all those who condemned it.

  8. guat kooi on Jul 8, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Hi Ripoche, after watching the short video, tears well up in my eyes. It was really touching my heart. Your perseverance really is a good example for me and I really need to be more hard working in my dharma learning. Thanks Rinpoche for being a great teacher……

  9. su an on Jun 21, 2012 at 12:48 am

    If one truly realise the value of Dharma, one would “sacrifice” anything for it. Tsem Rinpoche was willing to starve, leave the comforts of a more affluent environment into a place of hunger and poverty, go through the heartache of “abandonment” by the very people he hoped for support from, beg and be rejected in order to pursue his Dharma goals. If we ever think we are sincere Dharma practitioners, we should refer back to this as a benchmark and gauge ourselves.

    According to Wikipedia: “The word cult in current popular usage usually refers to a new religious movement or other group whose beliefs or practices are considered abnormal or bizarre”.

    hmmm… working your ass off every day doing things you don’t like for a boss you don’t respect and going home every night feeling drained, exhausted, empty, and unhappy… and then trying to make it up at the end of the week by drinking yourself senseless, thinking that its a great reward you deserve… only to feel shitty the next day. i know friends who work in organisations that tend to lead to this kind of lifestyle and they think its normal and acceptable. some of them when they found out i joined Kechara, they can’t figure out why i’d give up the “life” i had in my “normal job” for this “cult”, which is totally opposite of their “normal” lifestyle. funny and sad at the same time.

  10. wahying on Jan 22, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    无日无夜地拼命赚钱,加入的是“拜金俱乐部”。无法自拔地购物发泄,加入的是“天生购物狂俱乐部”。无法自拔地爱一个人依赖一个人,加入的是“爱不回头俱乐部”。能把这样无法自拔的打不倒精神用在积极向上的目标上,其实投资回酬绝对高,还利生利。庆幸自己加入了的不是这几个俱乐部,找到了我的归宿……

  11. sock wan on Jan 22, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for sharing your story with us. Most of us would have the same difficulty as Rinpoche when deciding to pursue in learning Dharma or working for Dharma.

    What Rinpoche has experienced and what Rinpoche has achieved today is a assurance to us that learning and working for Dharma can never be wrong. Do not be afraid of the difficulties and obstacles we face along the way. Be strong and firm, do not give up.

    I do not have full support from my family to work for Dharma, but i will do what Rinpoche has advised, to transform myself to convince my family Dharma is the right thing to do. I will dedicate the merits to my family, not only for their current lives but also future lives.

    Thank you Rinpoche and happy new year.

  12. wanwaimeng on Oct 29, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Rinpoche’s determination is legendary and no matter what difficulties or obstacles he encounters he goes into the problem looking for solutions and he will keep on working at it to find a way through. The way that Rinpoche’s never giving up is a manifestation of his compassion as it is not compassionate to give up just like that when we face a problem or otherwise.

  13. Emilio Lopue, Jr. on Oct 28, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Hi, just saw this post now as I go through Rinpoche’s blog… I remember my parents also opposing of my Dharma practice. When I asked for their permission to go for refuge (for the nth time) they would always remind me not to give my 100% on this “cult”. I felt very sad that they had a very bad impression regarding Vajrayana Buddhism and Buddhism in general. (Not to mention my numerous requests to allow me be a monk!) I took refuge with an aunt beside me “checking” and making sure that the cult leaders (lama) do not brain wash me! hehe… I’m just happy that my parents have started to lessen their bad impression on Buddhism. They do not refer to it as “cult” now and say that as long as the Dharma doesn’t teach “bad” practices and as long as I don’t get ordained, then they are okay with my practice…

  14. Frederick Law on Jul 15, 2011 at 11:02 am

    If this is a “cult”, i would say i am proud to be part of this “Cult”, because of Kechara i learn alot about Dharma, Merit, Karma, Puja, all the departments and Rinpoche. Kechara had thought me to be compassionate, giving, letting go of attachment, and tremendously change my attitude and behavior to become a less angry person, less egoistic and become less self-centered and self-cherish;

    yet the result i have gained from this, I’ve become a more positive person, more open on accepting others criticism, and become more compassionate towards the suffering of others around me, though im still not perfect, but i know if i continue to contribute myself and volunteer in this “cult”, i will become better by the day, and able to serve others by helping others who is in suffering. My mother at first objected and want me to stay away from this “cult”, because she saw Setrap wrathful form, and also that i always go to Kechara, but ever since she saw my change, she now accepted, and even agreed to take vegetarian vow. i think this is the best gift i have ever given to her.

    Even i learn to accept whatever that happen to me for the past few month from the time i joined Kechara until now is my Karma and also my merits. from the painful fall i face in the past few month, till the days i started to get up and accepting the fact that is my karma from the past i had done, i coma to understand what ever happened, it happened for a reason, all the obstacle i face is an experience to prepare myself for something even bigger and better in coming days.

    Dear Rinpoche, your journey from the day you were born until now, has given me and many others a ray of hope to transform ourself and better in accepting what happen to us, and able to help others. and i am proud to be in this “cult”, where we all work together to benefit others and bring happiness to all which truly is invaluable.

  15. Karen Chong on Jul 15, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    People outside Kechara often see us as a cult: living and doing work our own way, we are sort of like outcast..Even in the beginning of joining Kechara, i do think the same way too. Like what Rinpoche have said earlier, if this so called “cult” doesn’t harm anybody or creating troubles to others, but doing something that is beneficial and spreading Dharma tirelessly instead, so why are we worrying about? In fact we should rejoice because we are doing something meaningful and sincerely from our heart.

    Now, I’m actually proud of being part of this “cult” as this is the place where you can get your happiness by doing work that can benefit others and myself. When you do not want to be looked down or lose face, by chanting Om Shut Up Hung Phet is not enough, transform yourself to be a better person is the key to shut them up.

  16. Roy Martinez on Jul 14, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    PS I love that mandala and it looks like it would hold well. I wish my mandala would hold the same way instead of falling to the side all the time hehe.

  17. Roy Martinez on Jul 14, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    I guess your parents didn’t realize it would have been cheaper to support your dharma work than to send it to University and buy you a car! Everything happens for a reason I guess and the hardship you had to endure just made you stronger. Peace be with you (heheheh I sound like a Catholic priest).

  18. Su Ming on Jul 14, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    To most Asian people, they do not understand and some refused to understand how joining a dharma center is a privilege. Some even criticize the lama and his methods even when there are results. I’ve heard from many friends and relative of mine when I first joined that I’ve joined a cult. When I think about it further, I can’t really blame them as they do not know otherwise. The only way to proved to them is by transforming.

    I’m consider very lucky to join dharma without much obstacles. My immediate family and my really good friends (2 of them) supported me even they could not really understand but now they do. Sometimes, when obstacles do hit, I always remember what Rinpoche had to go through and that helps a lot.

  19. terri on Jul 14, 2011 at 2:15 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sacrificing so much for the Dharma, it is so hard, when I was in the monastery I didn’t have money for feminine products even. It was really hard. My mother finally sent me some and I shared them with people. I am not as strong as you are, you are my hero.

  20. tenzin llhamo on Jul 13, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    I am happy that Rinpoche is in a better ‘living’ conditions now as these conditions ‘helped’ Rinpoche in spreading the Dharma. All the obstacles that Rinpoche went through manifested in a complete positive way for Kechara Organisation.
    I have obstacles from home but in time, it got better! I am glad and thankful to be apart of Kechara’s family now and always…
    Thank you Rinpoche for all the obstacles that Rinpoche endured for the benefit of ‘monsters’ (haha) and perservered…

  21. Ethan Chu on Jul 13, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Dearest Rinpoche:

    Rinpoche since very young has already knew what you would like to accomplish. Unlike most of us, through all the findings and falls only we begin to know what life is all about, and just barely making it…

    It has been a rough journey for most of us BUT nothing compares to you Rinpoche. Because Rinpoche is determined to live for others, and the others are infinite in numbers. The hardships and the pressure than the “norms” give are enormous I would assume. Not getting support from the closest can be rather disappointing too. But Rinpoche never give up.

    Fast forward, look at what Rinpoche has accomplished and how many people have been touched by Rinpoche’s kind advice and teachings. If this “cult” do good for people then this cult should stay on.

    Thankyou Rinpoche.

  22. abby foo on Jul 13, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    My parents have the same worry too.
    However when i read this “as how can being a monk or studying Dharma be wrong”, i have the confidence to explain and convince them on what im doing now. There’s a long long way to go, hmm.

    This post is going to be a very good reminder for those who do dharma work, to be persist.

  23. Elaine Cheah on Jul 13, 2011 at 10:42 am

    I recall that Buddha himself also left his family to seek the truth, and ultimately, enlightenment. Not that he did not love his family and abandoned them as it may seem, but in doing so, he benefitted so many other countless beings (including his family). In the same way, Rinpoche took the step, gave up everything, left his family to become ordained and went through so much hardship in the process. Imagine if Rinpoche had not done so, I would not even be here nor would even have heard the dharma nor would there be Kechara, Kecharians, the blog and everything else. Thank you Rinpoche for all that you went through, for you saw past what most of us cannot, family, career, attachments in this immediate life.

  24. Valentina Suhendra on Jul 13, 2011 at 7:51 am

    My dear Lama

    I always admire you for doing what you want to do and not what other expected you to do. I learned from my own experiences that doing what you perceive others expect you to do only make you a mediocare individuals and wasting your time.

    I definitely learn a lot from your experience. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Much love and care

    Valentina

  25. ysng on Jul 12, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    Rinpoche,

    Just as our parents are so kind. Rinpoche I feel you are much kinder. You have endured so much for the sake of others. Really “others” ! Would Rinpoche have thought during that time that thousands of strangers in the distant future would reap the benefits from Rinpoche’s hardship. We rejoice in the dharma that we have received from Rinpoche. We must repay the kindness of our parents with transformation. We doubly need to repay the kindness of someone who teaches us the dharma with the results of our practice.

  26. tsemtulku on Jul 12, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Dear Karma, It was lonely at times. India and the monastery was so different than USA and what I was use to. I had to learn so much and adapt to so much. Many things I encountered that was ‘strange’ to me, I rejected, had a hard time with or complained about it…after a while you just accept because I was not there for anything but my spiritual practice. I studied, read the lives of holy masters (very helpful), contemplated on impermanence and after a while it becomes ok. It does really become ok after a while. I had the conviction to go all the way for my monkhood and that was/is very strong in me. I also promised Kyabje Zong Rinpoche I would go to Gaden and keeping that promise was/is very important to me. There’s no magic wand to wave away lonliness or sadness…it’s a human condition. It never really fully goes away till we leave samsara anyway…Thanks. TR

  27. ST on Jul 12, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    The word cult pejoratively refers to a group whose beliefs or practices are considered abnormal or bizarre. Is Buddhism a cult? If not, the caption of this article is deliberately meant to be procative and prompt us to think about the virtuous path that Rinpoche is taking…label it whatever one would like

  28. Springflower on Jul 12, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    It is really very brave and determined of you – Rinpoche – to pursue your life goals/dream so courageously. Not many people can do that. And you need to suffer so much financially, emotionally and physically.

    Normal people would have given up, because we live in a world where following the mass is seemed as correct and how we should be. Doing something different calls for a lot of courage, determination and perseverance.

    You have passed the time, now you are reaping the rewards, at the very least based on my very limited knowledge, you have a big team that follows you, you have followers come from many countries in this world, you have Kechara, a beautiful prayer halls and 14 departments.

    It has not been easy, i know. Because our world praises the norm. As long as we follow the path, we will be alright.

    The cruel thing is we dont have the supports of those who loved us in the past, who are supposed to be there for us. I read your pains when i saw you writting that you didnt have your family members who came visited you at the temple. Loneliness is a terrible feeling.

    I am happy for what you have achieved today. What has happened to you in the past has become good lessons for you to teach others, very valuable. It is just like the story of J.K. Rowling.

    I wish you long life, Rinpochee and hope that i can have this honour to meet you soon in person.

    Thank you.

  29. tsemtulku on Jul 12, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Dear Matthew, I never thought of myself as an inspiration. But thank you all the same. I make prayers always that in my future lives, I will be stronger dharma practitioner from an early age and never get caught up in the ‘pleasures’ of this short life. My biggest fear is in my future lives I don’t meet dharma or much later in life. Really that is a big fear I have. So I try my best to create the causes for future lives to start dharma early always. Dharma is very strong in me since very young…like in Star Wars…the force is strong..heheheTR

  30. tsemtulku on Jul 12, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Our parents are not perfect. They are just like you and me. They make mistakes and have their problems too. If our parents have ‘harmed’ us, we have to check carefully our mind to know it is usually not inentional. They love us. We must respect them no matter how they are. We may not agree with them, but they did give birth to us, clean, wash, feed, support and nurture us thousands of times. We have to remember that always. We have to do what we wish to do in life not to rebel against our parents, but to be who we are. In our minds, love, prayers, candles, offerings should always be done for our parents throughout our lives. For any reason they oppose our dharma practice, that is all the more reason we need to dedicate a part of our merits for them. Remember, we have the karma to take rebirth with our parents as well as they with us. Accept and make harmony and respect as much as possible. Do not confront them. But convince them with our transformations…results are best.. There always are exceptions of course. My thoughts in general. Tsem Rinpoche

  31. tsemtulku on Jul 12, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    I didn’t renounce those who loved me…I just wanted to live in the Monastery and study Dharma/practice Dharma. My parents kinda of renounced me. I don’t blame them. I love them. I saw many parents even very poor would come to the monastery to visit their sons who were monks. During New Year’s and holidays, they would always visit their sons in Gaden. No one visited me. Heheh. Poor me. Tsem Rinpoche

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    Saturday, Jun 6. 2020 07:54 PM
    It is very touching to read Rinpoche’s message. How much Rinpoche appreciates the kindness and friendship of Andy Mattia and the huge effort in finding a long lost friend. We should never forget those who are kind and help us before. Always express our gratitude to them.
    Thank you for sharing this article.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/andy-mattia-the-long-lost-friend.html
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    Saturday, Jun 6. 2020 02:12 PM
    Chinese artist Chen Lin, famous for his scenery of Laos and its people. Paintings are not just pieces of art that are good to look at. It is a painting induces a feeling from within the artist. The paintings are emotion that poured out from the soul of an artist. There are many artists who’ve left their legacy behind, they were obsessed about what they did and created their artworks. They wanted the world to continue remembering them for generations to come . But not Chen Lin , he just wanted to bring happiness to people . His paintings are simple yet it paints a thousand words of the lives of Laos people.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/famous-artist-chen-lins-deep-love-of-laos.html
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    Saturday, Jun 6. 2020 02:10 PM
    Thubten Gyatso was the 13th Dalai Lama of Tibet was recognized as the as the reincarnation of the 12th Dalai Lama. He is a man of strong character but of kind disposition and is strict observer of religious ceremonies. He pays great attention to the details of administration, who proved himself a skillful politician. He was responsible for countering the British expedition to Tibet and was involved with the anti-foreign Tibetan Rebellion. He survived the ordeals of both experiences of the British and Chinese invasion with his authority enormously enhanced. Sadly, before accomplishing his goal for Tibet’s modernization he passed away at the age of fifty-eight. Interesting read of a Great Lama who determined to bring about political and social reforms in Tibet.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-thirteenth-dalai-lama-tubten-gyatso.html
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Jun 5. 2020 11:33 PM
    The process of taking photographs is so easy, so common. Yet, for certain people, when the situation and circumstances are just right, taking photographs can be a special experience.

    Thank you for the sharing of an award wining photograph that worth a thousand words. This picture is one of the best that captures reality in life of a monk’s discipline and the effort of his vows to his guru. The monk found his right time to do his meditation has the rest of the people in his compartment seem to be faraway sleeping without knowing what will happen to them in next second.

    I’m sure the monk would have done a protection prayers to all the people in the train for a safe journey.
  • S.Prathap
    Friday, Jun 5. 2020 06:11 PM
    This recycling project should be continued so that there will be no waste soup and at the same time it help many unfortunate groups to improve their cleanliness and hygiene.
    It is a very very smart thing to do, recycle the bar soaps and shampoos can save money, lessen the soap bars and shampoos that are supposed to be thrown away, it is very hygienic and we can put it into a good cost.
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jun 5. 2020 03:57 PM
    Breath taking looking through those ancient beautiful Hindus temples. All are monolithic structures , with ancient architecture. Such as Kailasa Temple, Ellora, India built in 8th century and it took over a period of 20 years to construct. Some of these magnificent structure has been listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. All I can say is all these Hindus Temples not really beautiful but really impressive . I have not been to any of these temples but wish to see it. Anything ancient architecture or structures or holy place will always fascinated me and in my travel bucket. Can imagine how it was built those days without modern machinery. Interesting.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/beautiful-hindu-temples.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jun 5. 2020 03:55 PM
    Nepal-China relations have always remained friendly and cordial. The historic and multi-faceted bilateral relations between the two countries have evolved since centuries ago. The two countries have been marked by friendliness, understanding, mutual support, cooperation and respect for each other’s sensitivities. China has helped develop infrastructure and decrease import dependence. China has helped in the construction of highways and roads in Nepal. Nepal and China agreed to enhance cooperation in trade, investment, agriculture, cultural exchanges, tourism and so forth. Both countries benefited since then with the signing of the Sino-Nepal Treaty of Peace and Friendship signed. Bringing opportunities for both especially Nepal will have a better economic growth. They are working together to preserve Buddhism in the holy sites of Bodhgaya in India and Lumbini in Nepal. This will being innumerable benefits for the continent and the world.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Seow Choong Liang for this sharing.


    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/nepal-and-china-two-old-civilizations-embrace.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jun 5. 2020 03:50 PM
    Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen a great scholar, yogi and master of Sutra and Tantra as promise arose as a Dharma Protector. He is one of the more famous previous incarnations of Dorje Shugden to protect the precious teachings of his teacher Lama Tsongkhapa. Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen’s best known legacy is the construction of Gaden Monastery, a 600-year-old monastic institution which continues to exist to this day. Recording to H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche’s account the sacred remains of Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen is at Tsunmo Tsel Monastery . It’s a blessing I saw the beautiful stupa where the sacred remains of Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen was. Interesting read of the life of a GREAT Lama and his legacy which i enjoyed reading.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-vinaya-holder-duldzin-drakpa-gyaltsen.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jun 4. 2020 02:18 PM
    Pemayangtse Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries of Sikkim and the most famous monastery in West Sikkim. It’s a spiritual retreat for every tourist the whole year through as it offers a meditative environment quietly set amidst woods. Wow…This monastery is about 300 years old, which also offers the reflection of the rich architecture the ancient manuscripts and scriptures to tourist . I would love to see this legendary monastery with such an interesting history behind it. Recording to the British explorer and the Professor of Tibetan, description of Dorje Shugden found at Pemayangtse Monastery in Sikkim is rare and significant. Interesting read.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-in-nyingma-pemayangtse-monastery-sikkim.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jun 4. 2020 02:14 PM
    A bird-friendly garden can be exactly many people would love to have. I am one of them I loved spotting and watching birds especially when the birds chirping sounds can be heard. Sitting under a tree , listening to birds chirping while reading a good book is priceless. The nature of the enduring happiness which the love of birds gives makes my day. Birds are some of the most wonderful manifestations of nature. Feeding them with foods is a wonderful sight to see too. Its Rinpoche ‘s kindness and compassion that had inspired all of us to be kind , caring to all animals nor matter what they are.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow for sharing this post.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/fulfillment-in-my-garden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jun 4. 2020 02:13 PM
    A profound teachings about the mind and reincarnation. We are fortunate with Rinpoche ‘s teaching online and videos we could learn some knowledge from it. Many people have benefited from all these wonderful teachings especially how reincarnation works and how is the emptiness related to karma as well. With simplicity, comprehensive and logical explanations of our mind for all to understand. After watching those teachings from the videos , it opened my thoughts , to how reincarnation works. Still learning. Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-mind-and-how-it-reincarnates.html
  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Jun 4. 2020 12:01 AM
    Today there are more people turning to be a vegetarian. Vegetarians are usually more conscious about the earth and their overall health. People should consider becoming vegetarian because it has health benefits, reduces animal abuse, and helps reduce the risk of some diseases.

    Vegetarian diet has become mostly accepted in many cultures for its limitless benefits. It will be a healthy option if we choose to adopted to be a vegetarian with well balance diet. Of course going green definitely keeps immunity higher.

    Thank you for the knowledgeable sharing article, It is important for people around the world to understand the importance of being vegetarian.
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Jun 3. 2020 11:20 PM
    It is very beautiful. The house you wish for in Colorado is a dream which is waiting to be fulfilled into reality but this one is real. You will find you won’t have any problems going for retreats when you feel you want to have a change of environments or to get away.
    A perfect place for prayers, meditation and retreats.Thank you very much for the good article with nice pictures.


    https://bit.ly/2Y3s8qe
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jun 3. 2020 01:41 PM
    Nearly everyone has had weird, scary experiences, things that happen in life that seem to defy any sort of rational explanation. Unexplained at times. For me I am not scare as long as I do not disturb them. In fact feel sad for them, will dedicate my prayers to them now since prayers can help them. Ghost and spirit haunting always seem to be up to mischief at times. Watched those videos……interesting when the mysterious and unexplained happens such as the ‘moving pint’ incident at the pub. Interesting sharing of ghost footage taken in different pubs around the world.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ghosts-in-the-pub.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jun 3. 2020 01:40 PM
    Andy Mattia a friend of our Lama…Tsem Rinpoche lost and found after 24 years . Rinpoche had not forgotten about him and recollected some of the finest moments of life with him. Its not too late , at least for a moment Rinpoche knew of his passing and had a picture of him after all these long years. A friend like Andy whom Rinpoche do not want to lose as he was kind and generous ,helping Rinpoche during the most difficult times at Los Angeles, California. Interesting read of how the writers managed to search and search without giving up and found it at last .Interesting video too.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/andy-mattia-the-long-lost-friend.html

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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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  • This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
    1 years ago
    This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
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    1 years ago
    Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
  • This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
    1 years ago
    Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
  • These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
    1 years ago
    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
  • Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
    1 years ago
    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
  • Beautiful
    1 years ago
    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
  • My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    1 years ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    1 years ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    1 years ago
    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
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    1 years ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    1 years ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    1 years ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    1 years ago
    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
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    3 yearss ago
    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
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    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    3 yearss ago
    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
    3 yearss ago
    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 yearss ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    3 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    3 yearss ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    3 yearss ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
    3 yearss ago
    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    3 yearss ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 yearss ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    3 yearss ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    3 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    3 yearss ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 days ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
1 week ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 weeks ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
3 weeks ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
3 weeks ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
4 weeks ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
3 months ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
3 months ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
3 months ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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
3 months 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
3 months ago
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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months ago
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!
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 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
4 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
4 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
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