It Wasn’t Easy in New Jersey, but My Cousins/Aunts Helped…

Jun 21, 2010 | Views: 12,887
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This was taken at the airport and the last time I saw them. I’m holding adorable Danielle, behind me is Darlene, near the plant is Diana and with glasses is Debbie the eldest of them. I do miss them and they are doing well I hear.

My stepmom Dana Bugayeff had two sisters and two brothers. Her parents moved from the old country Kalmykia to Yugoslavia during World War 1. So my stepmom and siblings were born in Yugoslavia and during World War 2, they immigrated to the US. In fact over 1,500 Kalmyk people immigrated from Yugoslavia, Germany and various parts of Europe to the USA. They brought with them their unique culture, language, dance, religion (Tibetan Buddhism), and strong cultural pride. A proud people, they worked hard and never accepted welfare, and rebuilt their lives from nothing. I’m honoured to be a part of them.

My stepdad had his side of the family living nearby also but I will post about them another time. I had a beloved healer Uncle Baja, and his daughters Gaga Toktun and Susie who I was very close with and I LOVE SO MUCH TILL NOW. Gaga has passed away but Susie is fine with her husband and kids. I love you Susie. I love you Gaga! They had a cool sister Liz, who moved to New York when I was very young, so I didn’t have much of a chance to get close to her (Liz is still in New York, we are in contact).

My step-parents’ ancestors originally settled in Kalmykia during the Genghis Khan conquest of Europe. They are the Mongols who remained in the Western part of Russia which eventually became Kalmykia, and they never returned to Mongolia. There were many Mongols who remained in the various conquered lands to administer khanate rule during the Genghis Khan-Altan Khan-Kublai Khan conquest of Europe, North Africa, Russia and Asia. They became the 70 different types of ethnic Mongols living all over the conquered lands outside of Mongolia. For example, the Mongols living in Xinjiang became the Turkestan Mongols. Then you have the Uzbek Mongols, the Uighurs, the Kalmyks and so on. My birth mom is a Mongol from Xinjiang; my stepmom Dana was from Kalmykia, from the Kalmuk Mongol community.

As for myself, I was adopted to the US from Taiwan, and given to Dana and Boris Bugayeff.

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This black and white is a picture of my step-parents Boris and Dana Bugayeff when they first immigrated to the States in the 1950s. Boris Bugayeff was a Kalmuk Mongol born and raised in Russia. Dana was Kalmuk Mongol, born and raised in Yugoslavia. She was in a Nazi concentration camp in Germany before migrating to the USA. Dana, my stepmom, said that their treatment in the concentration camps was not as bad as other people because Germany was an ally with Japan so Asians were ‘ok’ with Germans. To me, this picture always looks like Lucy and Ricky Ricardo of the “I Love Lucy” shows.

The summers were two and a half months of vacation from school. I didn’t like school except for Art and Science classes, and library time. I loved the summers though. In the summer, my step-parents had to work so during the day I had a lot of chores and if I finished them, I could hang out with my neighbourhood friends until my parents got back home from work, and sometimes maybe even afterwards. In my neighbourhood, we had Slavicia Miskovich, Pat Miskovich, Mira Polovino, Dawn Giordano, Greta and Shatzy Meirhauffer and Ray Polovino, and later more kids moved into the neighbourhood. I also had Marc Reed and Nina Noronov who I hung out with too, but they were a couple of streets away. We had Penny and Jenny Fulton who lived down the street and I’d see them often; I liked them but we didn’t play together much. We all lived on West 3rd Street in Howell, New Jersey, and had a lot of fun together. It kind of reminds me of the lazy fun the kids had on Stephen King’s movie “It”. I like that movie because it reminds me of my childhood summers with my friends in New Jersey…boy, those days are sooooo long gone! I do miss those kids though. I am only in contact with Nina these days…I wonder what happened to the rest of them, I would love to know. I hope they are ok…I miss you guys a lot…

My step-parents gave me A LOT of chores. As my mother’s mental health worsened, so did my chores and the abuse I received. We had a two-storey colonial house with four bedrooms, two toilets, living room, dining room, kitchen, family room, study room and a huge basement. To top it off, it was on the site of a half-acre piece of land with a lot of flowers, lawn and vegetable gardens. So when I woke up in the summers, I had to:

  1. Dust all the wood furniture in the house with Pledge spray and wipe them down
  2. Vacuum the downstairs and upstairs/stairs, which had a lot of carpets throughout
  3. Wash the kitchen floor daily with detergent as it was white and got dirty very easily. Clean the cabinets, the tops, clear out the fridge as everything had to be packed away neatly. The kitchen sink was a focal point, it had to be very spick and span clean. I could never break the dishes or cups, and Buddha forbid if I chipped or damaged her good china and crystals. I despised silver polishing her two sets of complete silverware which tarnished very, very, very often. Remember, I was just a kid with no siblings and doing all this alone. My neighbourhood friends were really shocked at how much I had to do and I was shocked at how little they were required to do in their homes!
  4. Take out all the garbage from the kitchen, bedrooms and toilets. Wash and disinfect the garbage cans when necessary.
  5. Dust off all the non-wood furniture, of which there was a lot. I hated cleaning the windows, there were so many windows. We had no maids; having maids in the US, especially at that time with ordinary people, was unheard of. I didn’t know anyone with a maid, it was something I saw only in the movies.
  6. Once a week I had to do a major cleaning of my parents’ bedroom and their furniture. This included changing all the sheets, pillow cases, etc. before they got home. My mother was very particular with her bedroom so I had to be very careful when cleaning, dusting, vacuuming, and polishing. My stepmom had very sharp eagle eyes so I had to be very thorough or she would be furious and I would maybe end up with a severe beating with a mop or cooking utensil.
  7. Every two weeks I would be dropped off at the laundromat (20 mins away) to do the whole family’s laundry. This meant washing, drying and folding, then going home to put everything away. It would take me maybe five, six hours at the laundromat alone to do all this. But in the summers, my stepmom would make me wash everything at the laundromat, then come home and hang the wet laundry to dry in the hot sun in our backyard (because it would kill germs, she said). It killed me. I hated the laundry. I hated drying laundry in the hot sun because it would take all day. The whole backyard would be filled with drying laundry and I had to watch over it so that the birds didn’t poop all over them…sigh.
  8. Every day, I would have to weed and water the tremendous amount of marigolds, roses, tulips, and various other flowers she forced me to plant with her in the front garden and sides of our house yard. It took me around two hours to water the flowers every day. If the flowers died, it would be my fault and that would be ‘dangerous’ for me. I vowed never to have a garden when I grew up. Then, she had a huge vegetable garden at the back of the house where she had me grow cucumbers, tomatoes, sunflowers, onions and lettuce. She liked going to the back to pluck fresh vegetables, she said. So we would go to the nursery together in the spring, buy the seeds, plants and flowers, and spend whole weekends planting them (and every weekend maintaining them). She would make me till the ground and get it ready for planting, and mix it with fertiliser and lime so the ground would be ‘sweet’, she said. My palm would bleed from the hard work in the hot sun. I hated gardening. I could only go play after I finished the gardening, so summers were bittersweet.
  9. We had lawns in the front and grass in the back, and of course I would also have to mow the lawn every two weeks, then bag the grass for the garbage. It was a back-breaking chore. My parents bought a lawnmower for me just to do that! As a kid, it would take me maybe around six hours to mow, clean and rake the yard, and then bag the grass. My stepmom wanted her grass in the front and sides of the yard to be perfect, green and ‘manicured’, but the backyard grass was not a big concern because no one would see them, so they just had to be mowed…it was a lot of grass to mow, trust me.
  10. Before my parents came home from work, I had to prepare a pot of Mongolian tea (tea bags, condensed milk, salt, butter) for them to drink and it had to be served when they arrived. If there was too much salt or there was not enough milk, there could be some scoldings. When I was around 13 or 14, I also had to cook for my parents and prepare their favourite dishes so when they got home, they would eat. Of course after dinner, it was my responsibility to wash all the plates, pots and utensils, and put them away while they watched TV or read the newspapers.
  11. I also had to clean both toilets, which meant scrubbing the tiles, bathtub, sinks and polishing the mirrors. My stepmom was very particular about cleanliness and wanted everything very, very, very clean. During school months, I would have to do the same chores on weekends because I had a lot of homework in the evenings. During the fall and winter months, it was too cold for gardening…yeah!!!!! I hated the gardening and the lawns! But in the fall, I had to rake a lot of leaves. We had three huge trees on our property that had millions of leaves that fell, to my dismay as I had to rake them. I hated the fall season because of raking and chores. Those big black plastic bags we have, I would rake enough leaves to fill and bag easily around 30 to 35 of those bags.
  12. At times my father would invite maybe eight to 10 of his male friends to play cards all night at our house. I would be up the entire night to cook Mongolian tea and food to serve them. When I was younger, my mom would cook the food and go to sleep, and I would stay up the whole night to serve them. After they finished playing cards, I would clean the tonnes of dishes, ashtrays, etc. that they left behind.
  13. My mom would have bingo parties and invite maybe around 10 to 12 of her female friends. She and I would go shopping for food, spend two days preparing, and she would lay out a buffet with silverware and all. The ladies would eat and play bingo the whole night. Yes, I was the waiter and butler for the entire night. In between, I watched TV till one of the ladies summoned me for coffee, tea, a snack or to clear the plates. The next day there would be tonnes of glasses, china, silverware, pots, pans, etc. to clean and put away. It would take me half a day to clean up pretty much on my own while my parents slept in. They usually had their bingo or card parties starting on Friday night, going on all night to late Saturday night. I would clean on Sunday mornings till the afternoon. It was a lot of work, I dreaded those parties but on the other hand, my mother wouldn’t beat or scold me, or scream at me with her friends around and she would be in a real good mood…so I was off-guard during those times.

I’m just listing some of the things I had to do. There were more and many more ad hoc things, my chores never ended. My friends and cousins didn’t have nearly as much as I had to do and as I got older, when I realised that, I knew something was wrong. My friends and cousins could even joke or play with, and tease their parents!!!! I could never do that.

This is me holding up Princey, my first dog. I named him that and I LOVED HIM SO MUCH. It broke my heart when he grew up and my mom made me keep him outside. I said to myself, “When I grow up, I will be very kind and caring to dogs.” I still miss him.

My stepmom did buy me dogs that I loved, but she would not allow me to take much care of them once they grew up. They just got food and that was it, no medical treatment and no further care. I would be so worried about them in the winter snow. My first dog was Princey and I loved him (I still love him and miss him). Princey was run over by a vehicle and my mom blamed me even though I had no idea he was run over until an old lady down the street told us. I was heartbroken when I went to find his body and bury it. There was no sympathy; my mom blamed me and said I didn’t take care of him. I had previously begged my mom for years to erect a fence around our property so that Princey will be safe, but she wouldn’t so I couldn’t control where Princey went when I went to school, or where he went to sleep because Princey was not allowed in the house after he grew up. After Princey died, I realised that my mom can be quite cruel; it was only later I realised that that cruelty was her disease and not her. But to see Princey’s dead body was devastating to a young boy and to hear he say it was my fault…I knew it wasn’t but she insisted, so I lived with the thought of my dead Princey and it was my fault.

Princey and me, with my biological mother’s mom (my biological maternal grandmother)

This picture was taken in the back of our house and in front is my beloved Princey. I wish I had better pictures of Princey. I didn’t know at that time she was my real grandmother. She brought me from Taiwan to the Bugayeff household in New Jersey, and I know she thought they would take good care of me. My grandmother never knew about the abuse I experienced because later, grandma returned to Taiwan to live and I didn’t see her for another 20 years. For the first few years, she would visit once a year and I loved it. I could feel she really loved me. She would stay for at least two weeks and during that time, my mom would be super nice to me and there were no beatings. My grandmother was one of the few people who cared so much about me and was very physically affectionate towards me, she would shower me with kisses. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH GRANDMA. Even as a child I could feel her genuine love and care towards me, and I wished so much she would return from Taiwan and take me back with her. I didn’t want to be in the US and with the Bugayeffs at all.

This is the house I lived in from 1972 till I left when I was 16 years old. It was me and my step-parents Boris and Dana Bugayeff in this house on 233 West 3rd St, Howell, New Jersey, USA. This was taken during the late fall and beginning of winter, right before the snow started to fall.

Take note:

  1. Not many flowers and the grass not so green due to cold. But this is to give you an idea of the house and yard. The front of the yard and two sides had to have many flowers. There were hedges to be trimmed, grass to be cut, flowers to be watered daily. All along the left and right side of driveway were flowers too, in the summers. In front of the house, there were also flowers all along and behind the house was the huge vegetable garden. If you see the trees in the back, when the leaves fell, there was a lot of raking of leaves I had to do.
  2. Mowing of the lawns was a huge task for a kid like me, it’s something I had to do every two weeks.
  3. Bottom left is the garage. Next to it is the living room and behind it is the dining room, all carpeted. To the right of that is the kitchen window. To the furthest right is my study room and behind that is the family room. The above left and centre windows are my parents’ bedroom, and the right one is mine. Behind us are two more bedrooms and a toilet. There was another toilet downstairs attached to the study room.
  4. They had three cars; one was the beige one that you see parked in the front. Another was in the garage. Every few years they would get a new car and trade in the old one. They had an OK life.

I am not complaining here, but kind of telling you what my childhood was like. I didn’t enjoy living with my step-parents because in between, as I got older, the beatings, scoldings, punishments, and groundings became more and more frequent. I ran away three times. Two of those times, the police brought me back. The third time I escaped to California and never went back. I loved my stepmom. She was not evil; deep in her heart, she was very kind and I saw that. She was very generous and bought me a lot of toys. It’s just as her schizophrenia got worse, her mental disposition worsened dramatically and I was usually the one to bear the brunt of her anger. She had nowhere and no one else to take it out on and unfortunately for us, her disease was not diagnosed until much later (many, many years after I left home). If she had gotten it treated earlier, maybe I would not have run away; it was really hard being physically beaten so often and yelled at, I lived in a constant state of fear and attempted suicide twice while living with her. It was only 30 years later when she was diagnosed with schizophrenia and got medication. According to my step-sister Lidshma, after that she calmed down a lot. Lidshma said, “If only mom had gotten medication decades ago, then her’s and my life would have been drastically better.”

I agree with her. I arrived to the Bugayeff household in 1972 and just a few months later, Lidshma moved out to go to college and she never moved back again, much to my sadness. I wanted her to be around because I was very lonely with just my step-parents, I wanted a sibling. I used to think she was so beautiful and smart, and how proud I was to have a sister like her.

When I was living in New Jersey with them, my stepmom had wonderful relationships with her brothers (Uncle Naran and Uncle Giga) and sisters (Aunt Meda and Aunt Elena) and their kids. All their kids were my cousins. I love my cousins. They were fun, creative and very bright, and could talk back to their parents, to my shock. To my double shock, they didn’t get yelled at for talking back or beaten like I was. Uncle Giga’s lovely wife, Aunt Matza, was another favourite aunt who was very outspoken and very direct but never rude. Aunt Matza knew what was happening in my household. One time after I ran away and was caught and brought back home, she told me not to run away anymore. She didn’t go into any details, but she said she knew what was happening. She said, “Don’t run away because it is dangerous” and that I can STAY WITH HER FAMILY. I was like, “Really??” and she said yes. I was so moved. I went home and cried. I never told my step-parents what Aunt Matza offered me, I dared not. I couldn’t believe she wanted me, knowing my mother’s violent outbursts. I entertained the idea of moving in with her and her four kids, but I dared not. I knew if I did, it would create so much family discord and fighting, and make my step-parents lose face. They hated to lose face; what they did to me was a secret, or so they thought. I couldn’t bear the thought of my Aunt Matza getting screamed at by my mom, and my mom at that height of her schizophrenia would have caused a lot of trouble for Aunt Matza. I know my mom…so for that reason, I never even dared think to move in with her and instead chose to run away completely at 16, and that is another blog post. I thank you Aunt Matza for caring so much for me back then, I have never forgotten your care and I APPRECIATE YOU AND I LOVE YOU ALWAYS. Thank you. What you said meant so much to a little kid like me and I want you to know that. I was a victim then, but I am not a victim now and I have forgiven my stepmom years ago and pray for her.

This is my lovely Aunt Matza who is a direct, straightforward, no-nonsense lady with a heart of gold. I will always love you, Aunt Matza.

I also got along very well with Aunt Meda’s four girls. Aunt Meda was my mother’s youngest sister. I love Aunt Meda. She had four beautiful daughters with her husband Uncle John who was a Mongolian from France. Uncle John passed away early in the girls’ life, and Aunt Meda worked REALLY HARD and raised them single-handedly herself. She worked overtime in factories to support them, and never dated or re-married after Uncle John passed. We all respected Aunt Meda so much. She made just enough money to get by for her and the girls, and we all saw this and prayed for her. Aunt Meda is such a tough, honourable lady; a lady from the old country that put her family first, and her own happiness didn’t matter. And although she didn’t have much money, Aunt Meda was always very kind and nice to me and everyone else. She’d drive her kids around in a old station wagon that drove around with a lot of love.

Her lovely daughters are Debbie, Darlene, Diana and Danielle Polchinoff. So we called them the DP Girls (hehehehe) as all their names started with ‘D’ and, of course, ended with ‘P’.

Maybe once a month, on weekends, Aunt Meda would visit with the girls. I would love it; my stepmom and Aunt Meda would talk, watch TV and eat while me and the girls would play in the yard. We got along very well, I loved being with them. I was a big bully and I would be in charge, of course hehehehe sometimes Debbie would ask how come I was in charge, and Darlene would also chime in the protest. Diana was like, “Whatever” and Danielle just tagged along being super cute. I just told them, “I’m bigger” and that was that hehehe

MOST EXCITING was when Aunt Meda invited me to stay in her house for a few weeks in the summers. She would have to work during the day and late into the night, and the girls were alone. They lived in Lakewood, around 45 mins drive in the next town over from Howell. It was shocking that my mother agreed to let me stay there and babysit them when I was around 11, 12, 13 and 14 years old. I think I remember my age correctly. My stepmom loved her siblings; she loved Aunt Meda and saw how she struggled working alone. So I packed my bags and moved in for around five weeks to Aunt Meda’s house in Lakewood. I loved it, I loved being with them. Aunt Meda scolded us when necessary but it was never a lot. She didn’t ever beat me and she was not so fussy regarding her house to be clean. She was neat and clean but not fanatical like my mom. The girls and I would do chores, clean, etc. but we played, watched TV shows and cartoons, and sang most of the day. We loved Donna Summers so we would sing all her songs. I was the lead singer and they had to be the background girls. Debbie and Darlene protested and asked WHY ARE THEY ALWAYS THE BACKGROUND AND I’M THE LEAD hehehehe I told them, “Because I’m bigger and a better singer”. They didn’t like the reasoning so I let them be Donna Summers for one or two songs, then I’d take over again. Danielle was just a toddler so I changed her diaper, put her to sleep, fed her and did a real good job watching her. Even Aunt Meda was surprised I was such a good babysitter. Sometimes Aunt Meda would have a Sunday off and she’d pack a picnic basket and take us all to spend a day at Lakewood Lake, just swimming and eating all day. We loved those times. Sometimes she would take us to the park to run around, scream and jump hehehe Aunt Meda even took us to try tennis once. I twisted my ankle and that was the end of my tennis career.

While I was with Aunt Meda and the girls, I would count how many days I had left to be with them. I really dreaded the housework, beatings, loneliness and screaming at my home but I dared not voice it to Aunt Meda. She knew but couldn’t say anything as it was her older sister and it would be disrespectful. Aunt Meda’s way of helping me was to take me to her home for weeks in the summers. I am grateful to her forever. I know now as an adult what she was doing for me. She didn’t create discord with my mom and her, but she helped me. I remember one summer when it was time for her to take me back home already and she didn’t have a lot of money then, but she took me to a department store and bought me a pair of jeans. Wow, I loved jeans and wanted them but my parents hadn’t let get me jeans as they said it was sloppy. I loved the jeans because that was what everyone in school was wearing, and now I had them too! But I loved the jeans more because they came from Aunt Meda and her kind heart. I appreciated the jeans so much.

I felt so sorry for Aunt Meda when she returned from working overtime and was so tired. The girls would give her a massage and I would happily serve her food. I used to joke and tease Aunt Meda as she is a real good sport. I wasn’t ever allowed to do that with my parents. After a while, Aunt Meda would get tired of my dumb jokes and stupid ‘pick’ questions and tell me to shut up so she can rest, which would make me and the girls giggle non-stop because the way she said shut up was really funny. She wasn’t fierce at all but a very cute lady. Hehehe I was scared of her not because she was mean or nasty, but because she was an adult and also I respected her a lot. I saw how hard she worked. I wished she was my mother at that time.

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Darlene in the maroon and Diana in the purple

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Me, Debbie and Diana

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I had the DP girls pose in the light and had them stand in a cool fashion hehehe I took this picture, it being the last picture I took of them. I love these girls. Before I found out I was adopted, I thought I was really their blood relative. Even after I found out I was adopted, nobody talked about it. But these girls and a few other cousins and aunts never treated me like I was not blood family. I am indebted to them.

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My beautiful, lovely, hardworking, funny and tough Aunt Meda. I LOVE HER. She was always kind to me and always accepted me as part of her family. She is well taken care of by her four lovely daughters. She is always my aunt in my mind.

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Here are three of the DP girls all grown up and still singing hehehe from left to right are Darlene, Debbie and Diana. Looks like being my background girls in those summer days had a ‘psychological’ effect on these girls for life hehehehe just kidding ladies!

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Dear DP girls, I found this video of Donna singing one of our favourite songs that we used to sing along to while playing her records. I dedicate this to you girls and all the wonderful summers we spent together. I will never forget them and how they enriched my life beyond what you could know or imagine.

I was always amazed how loving your mom Aunt Meda was and how lucky you girls were to have her for a mom. I was lucky to have her as a aunt. I thank Aunt Meda for her care for me. I really love Aunt Meda and Aunt Matza. These two aunts took a lot of pity on me and cared for me.

I love all of you always and always wish you the best.

Tsem Rinpoche (your cousin)

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  1. Vince Geremia on Aug 26, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    Hello and thank you for your very interesting history. I am a good friend of Lidshma Bugayeff and Sagan Tatninov from when we attended Southampton College in 1969. I would love so much to reconnect with them and am hoping you may know how I may get in contact with them. Thank you so much!

  2. Joy Kam on Dec 14, 2018 at 5:22 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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  3. Valentina Suhendra on Oct 31, 2018 at 10:36 am

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    A poem inspired by seeing a picture of my teacher, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche…

    In the sport of correct views,
    all that is correct is just a view,
    without permanence or substance.
    As long as we hold onto views,
    our sufferings are gathered 
    to be experienced without end.

    Without the strong methods of emptiness
    and compassion, bereft of merit,
    we sink deeper without respite.
    To arise from this samsara is but
    a dreamscape on the deluded mind.
    Therefore seek the guru, who confers the yidam,
    hold your vows and fixate on liberation 
    free of new creations. Free of new experiences as 
    there are none. 

    ~ Tsem Rinpoche

    Composed in Tsem Ladrang, Kuala Lumpur on July 7, 2014

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  4. Valentina Suhendra on Jul 26, 2018 at 6:36 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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  5. Pastor Shin Tan on Jul 19, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    Tsem Rinpoche at Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong, Malaysia

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  6. Samfoonheei on May 27, 2018 at 10:45 am

    Every of us have a story to tell of our childhood days. Its sad to read about our Guru experience as a child. Life is not a bed of roses for Rinpoche and it wasn’t that easy living in New Jersey. All those sorry, pain and suffering has inspired Rinpoche to be even stronger. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing your personal stories

  7. Valentina Suhendra on Oct 20, 2017 at 1:34 am

    H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche is very devoted to his root guru, H.H. Zong Rinpoche.

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  8. LI KHENG on Nov 8, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing Rinpoche’s personal story. It is such a strong reminder for us to be grateful for the easy childhood and adulthood we have taken for granted.

    House chores is something “for the maids” in the perception of today’s youth. Never had I have to do house work until I loved away to Switzerland and even then, my mum would help or do the thorough cleaning when she visits. Yet, we do not appreciate our parents enough or say “thank you” to our home helpers enough”.

    I am glad that Rinpoche had aunts and cousins that were the silver lining on cloudy days. I learn from Rinpoche’s story that there are always silver linings if we would just look for them.

    I hope that RInpoche’s sharing will continue to inspire others to be grateful for our blessings and show appreciation for the things that are have.

  9. aldo kharkongor on Jun 28, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    As per my little knowledge you had a tragic past Rinpoche la but this is a common phenomenon with every great Tulku Rinpoche’s life . Tragedy in one form or another is imminent. Even the Buddha lost his mother a few months after his birth._()_

  10. […] It Wasn’t Easy in New Jersey, but my cousins/aunts helped……https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/it-wasnt-easy-in-new-jersey-but-my-cousinsaunts-h… […]

  11. ugyen wangmo on Jun 27, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you so much for sharing your personal information.
    I hope and pray that this story reach your family and cousin’s so that they know how much they mean to u…
    it is really inspiring…..and helped me to reflect how i deal with others….

  12. Vaiwa veg on Aug 3, 2011 at 2:37 am

    Wow, this story is so familiar with Cinderellas story 😀 😀 (was one of my favorite tales)… It’s hard to believe how such wonderful people can have such hard childhood… Now i realized how incredibly happy childhood i had, compared to this story…

  13. yangchen on Jul 7, 2011 at 7:14 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    After reading your biography, I cried continually!!!!! It is very sad one. Now may you benefits many people!!!!!! Our prayers are always with you!!!!!

  14. antie on Jun 20, 2011 at 2:50 am

    Dear rinpoche
    Please dont think people who adopt kids dont love them.iI ve an adopted child and I love him so much. He faces lots of troubles like ADD but still I cant think of life without him. I ve even given up my career to take care of him. May god bless you. Please pray for my little boy.

    • tsemtulku on Jun 20, 2011 at 2:52 am

      Dear Antie, Do many Manjushri praises and mantras for the boy. If he can recite, even better. TR

  15. Seeyang on Feb 4, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Tears rolled down my checks, hair on my body stood up and there was a cool feeling and pain deep inside my heart when i went through your biography.Rinpoche i really felt pity on you and even i wished if i where near by you to know your pain and care for you.
    Thanks rinpoche for sharing your personal matters and i pray and wish to meet you one day personally.Long live holiness!!! May the Buddha Dharma flourish worldwide until samsara is emptied.

  16. mima on Nov 5, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Thank you to Aunt Meda to care and be so kind with Rinpoche as well as her 4 girls. What an angel!

  17. Wendy Wang on Nov 4, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Rinpoche, what was your Uncle Naran’s wife’s name? Was it something like “Hani”? (I heard it on one of your Youtube videos.)

    • tsemtulku on Nov 5, 2010 at 10:25 am

      My Uncle Naran wife’s name is Aunt Honey. They lived in Philadelphia.

  18. Wan Wai Meng on Nov 2, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing your personal history with us. To see what you have become after going through all that is indeed inspiring to many people.

  19. Carmen Koo on Oct 21, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    We met the rest of the DP Girls last night (Darlene, Diane and Danielle), their respective spouses and kids, as well as the wonderful Aunt Meda. Again, as with all Kalymk tradition, we were fed to the brim, and even had a bag (and a massive one, mind you) to go! It was really lovely feeling the warmth in the family, and the bond that the DP Girls shared between themselves and Aunt Meda. I can now see how Rinpoche always had an amazing time with them – they’re so fun, so lively! I love the Kalmyk tradition and culture.

    Going to the White House today. Diane’s husband (JB) will be taking us on the tour. Should be exciting. We are going to do more interviews throughout the day, over here in VIrginia as well as in New Jersey. 🙂

    This experience has been breathtaking thus far. I cannot even begin to express the gratitude I feel to Rinpoche as well as to Martin for allowing me to be part of this project. A mere thank you will be an understatement. But I shall cherish this opportunity, and offer what is my little help in helping Rinpoche spread the Dharma. 🙂

    Thank you.

  20. Patrick Lim on Oct 18, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Dear Rinponche,
    The days are unfolding like screenplay pages turning. EXT. QUAINT LOOKING STREET – DAY….. The squirrels are running around. The leaves on the trees are gradually changing towards orange. The CAMERA DOLLIES to a magnificent built house……
    The more interviews that have been conducted, I have experience how consistent all your relatives & friend describe about you. Funny, compassionate, kind, always helpful, loud. Images are forming in my mind how wondrous the project can be when it hits the silver screen. I see a trilogy in the making.
    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

  21. Dee Dee Quah on Oct 17, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Last night, Sara, Aunt Matza, your cousins and family invited us into their home and threw us a big Kalmykian-style party. They were so generous, warm and always laughing and joking. I am glad they were in your life in then. The stories we have heard, they always speak about your compassion and of course, how funny you were. It struck me that no matter whom we spoke with, family and friends from the temples you went to as a child, everyone said looking back and now; it is very obvious that you are meant to do great things and spread dharma.

    Thank you for allowing me to personally see your journey. In following your journey, I am starting to question & reflect on my own.

    Warmest wishes,

    Dee Dee

  22. Paris on Oct 17, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    For the last 4 days, a group of 11 of us have been in New Jersey doing research and conducting interviews with all these people who Rinpoche has talked about in this blog post. It’s been an incredible experience to see the kind of people that Rinpoche grew up with. Times were hard living amidst all the abuse from home, but the other people around him were an incredible family. We have been learning all about the Kalmykian heart of generosity, warmth and kindness and can see now that so much of Rinpoche does for others has been a part of his life and family since he was a young child.

    Consistently, people have talked about Rinpoche’s kindness, enormous sense of humour and ability to have fun, as well as his incredible perseverance for Dharma, despite the huge opposition from his parents.

    Thank you Rinpoche for showing us this part of your life. It is really coming alive now for those of us who are here and meeting all these people in the flesh.

  23. henry ooi on Oct 17, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    It is indeed a WOW!to read Rinpoche’s growing up years in Howell, New Jersey. As a teenager you had a lot of chores to do while most kids play and had fun.

    Nowadays, children are so fortunate and spoiled through their parents’ love and wanting the best for them. With a maid (some households have more than one), education, tuition, electronic gadgets, holidays abroad, good food, nice clothes, etc.

    I wish I were a teenager now! I have to work towards that my kids do not grow up to be monsters in this day and age.

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for sharing your intimate thoughts of your life back then.

  24. Carmen Koo on Oct 15, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Day 2 in New Jersey, and I feel that Rinpoche is with us at every step of the way. Whilst visiting Rinpoche’s old house in Howell, I could picture Rinpoche as a young boy riding Rinpoche’s bicycle up and down the street and playing. Even the surroundings at Nitsan temple, I felt Rinpoche’s presence as I imagined Rinpoche admiring the greenery and serenity that surrounded the temple. It gives me the chills each time as I embrace this opportunity bestowed upon me.

    One thing I have learned so far from observing everyone on the trip is the immense guru devotion that everyone has towards Rinpoche, Rinpoche’s devotion to his gurus, as well as the other geshe-la’s (that I have met) devotion to their gurus. It is through the faith in one’s guru that will allow their spiritual journey to grow. This is something I am beginning to grasp, understand and practice for I know that with this, it will be the beginning of my spiritual journey.

    Rinpoche, thank you for blessing me with this opportunity to be part of such a momentous project.

    With folded hands,
    Carmen

  25. Indy Wong on Oct 12, 2010 at 3:09 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Reading your blog brought back my memories when I was a little boy,my family stayed with my paternal grandfather until I was 6 years old.
    I had a puppy in my house when I was about 3 or 4 years old,I remembered the puppy died, after spending a very short time with us,it was about 1 or 2 weeks, I remembered that they dug a hole in the garden and buried it,all of us, my grandfather,my parents and I stood around the burial site silently after it was buried, I felt very sad but everyone else was not showing any sadness, I felt that I was not allowed to express my sadness.I still miss my puppy,it was my first puppy..

    Indy Wong

  26. Lim Han Nee on Oct 11, 2010 at 2:18 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for sharing so candidly your childhood experience of great misery owing to your stepmum’s schizophrenic problem.Yet, I am glad that you had bright moments when you stayed with your lovely aunt and cousins.I do hope that our ‘biography research’ team will meet up with your aunt and cousins and let them know how grateful we are for their kindness.
    You have given us, in this sharing, a fine example of forgiveness and letting go.
    My own fearful childhood did leave me traumatized for a long time.My father had been disappointed in not getting a son after my sister. I was dressed in boys’ clothes until his death and just before I started school.My hair was cropped short like a boy’s.
    I was terrified of him and even when my finger was almost smashed when he slammed the car door on it, I remember my fear kept me quiet and in silent suffering of the pain.
    My name is Han nee because my dad wanted to give me up for adoption to a lady whose last name was ‘Han’, so ‘Han nee’ meant ‘Han’s child’. His plans didn’t work out but my name remained with me.
    I lived in terror of my dad. After he died, I kept hearing funeral drums and would run and hide myself in great fear.
    I think I never actually let go of this traumatic childhood until I came into dharma and understood the workings of karma and that I myself had created the cause for all these to manifest. More so do I find it easy to let go and forgive and forget now,when I read about Rinpoche’s more traumatic childhood and see the ease and graciousness in your act of letting go and forgiving.
    I can even now see that I was an unlovely child, who didn’t know how to smile nor greet my father with warmth and a cheerful face.
    Thank you Rinpoche.

  27. Helen Karuna on Oct 10, 2010 at 7:14 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    you really had a hard time as a child I whish for no children to be foreced to have but I´m very very happy you realized it wasn´t your fault your little Princey dog died and the whole situation as a child wasn´t anybodys fault.
    Love
    Helen Karuna

  28. Helen on Sep 23, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    It is touching how you open up for everybody on this blog and made think about it. Even though I was not adopted I had also some of this kind of experiences. My mother hate everything that is not Christian catholic and I also had to endure a lot for my interest in Indian spirituality and Buddhism. She use to destroy my books and my photos with spiritual masters and one photo with Dalai Lama that I had. I also had to work the same kind of work around the house, and I run away in a ashram when I could. I did years of prayers and meditations to stop my father drinking and beating. I learned to accept them as they are and not to hate them. As you teach and also Dalai Lama said, all bad experiences and people like this can be your guru for compassion practice.

  29. Andrew Chiam on Sep 22, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Many thanks for having the trust to share with us on your childhood experience.

    It was really heartbreaking and almost traumatic to experience so many unpleasant events during the childhood years. It had made Rinpoche a great Guru today through all the hardship.
    I had also learned another thing from the sharing, “Forget and Forgive”. And be grateful to the benefactors.

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing.

    Andrew Chiam

    • patsy on Sep 22, 2010 at 6:36 pm

      Dear Andrew

      So glad that you are now reading Rinpoche’s blog. Keep it up as you will learn more and understand better as you go along.

  30. Betty Lee on Sep 22, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Hi Rinpoche,

    Thank you so much for taking the time to write about your childhood in New Jersey even though you are so busy with your work and teaching.

    You certainly have been through so much at such a young age. I feel very sorry and sad for the kind of childhood you had experienced. And I truly honour you that inspite of all that bad childhood you are still so loving, grateful and forgiving and filled with compassion. We all have much to learn from you.

    I have been following what you have written about your life and my own conclusion is that all your experiences have made you an excellent RINPOCHE. From difficult childhood to Hollywood and more have made you a very good Guru who can teach us all in a even more richer manner of practising Buddhism and that we all can understand and relate better.

    I have tried to read about Buddhism since I was a teen but only just then that I have found your books that really make me understand clearly of the teaching – THANK YOU. I must also thank my brother, David Chua, my sister-in-law, Yvonne and my niece, Zoe, for introducing me to your books and Kachara during my recent visit to Kuala Lumpur. Without them I would not have get to know about you – I am so grateful.

    BTW I have also learn something about the Mongolian history in this blog, thanks.

    You have written very well and in so details, well done Rinpoche!
    Much appreciated and big thank you for sharing with us.

    It is the past and we don’t hang on to it but we certainly have a lot to learn from it.

    Thanking you and may you be filled with happiness always,
    Betty

  31. patsy on Sep 21, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this up close and personal information of your childhood with all of us. With so much hardship that Rinpoche had gone through during childhood, yet Rinpoche has excelled and become a great leader to guide us through life with great care and compassion.

    I hope that the DP sisters will be able to read up this heartfelt article.

  32. Anila on Sep 21, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    I can imagine the sadness you felt when you were at the airport saying goodbye to your relatives. I guess you would have cried knowing you would not see them again for a very long time or never at all. Thank you Rinpoche for writing about your childhood and also the good times and bad times in your life. It makes people understand you more and why you making people do the things they dread to do. And you are very particular about showing gratitude and love that you have got through your experience that you had with your stepmom, her two sisters and their daughters. You also teach us to forgive those who have been unkind to us. Sometimes it is not the intention for it to happen but circumstances such like sickness in the case of your stepmom. She had schizophrenia. Rinpoche has given teachings through the good and bad experiences with his stepmom, two sisters and their daughters are for us to learn forgiveness, love and gratitude.

  33. kenny wong on Sep 21, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    dear rinpoche,

    thank you for sharing so much of your personal information with us. (with such details and lenght)

    I’ve always been an ardent fan of your blogs… after reading this article, you highlighted that there are still many sunshine moments during such cloudy times.. and how these moments no matter how fleeting can be so cherished and memorable.

    I wish and hope this article can reach your cousin’s, so they know how much they mean to you…

    best wishes,

    Kenny Wong

  34. John C on Sep 21, 2010 at 6:01 am

    Dear Rinpoche, after reading this i just want to give you a hug 🙂

    Thank you for taking the time to post this and to remind me of the daily opertunities i have to benefit others in my actions, and of the harm i could do if i am not careful.

    Jon

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    Cham Dance is the traditional dance of Tibetans. It involves a series of masked dances, which are usually performed by monks and laymen, wearing colourful costumes. These dances are vibrant and lively and are performed during annual festivals. Dorje Shugden Cham dance is one of them, is said to have originated in the Himalayan range and by far the date and year are kept as a treasured secret to this date. The Dorje Shugden cham dance is rare but not an obscure lineage; there are certain monasteries in Tibet who have practised this dance for hundreds of years. Dorje Shugden Cham dance is a colourful and impressive performance, performed by Buddhist monks who practiced Dorje Shugden. The Cham dance is very powerful and through the dance which depicts the truth of Dorje Shugden.There are a few variations of accounts on the history and the lineage of Dorje Shugden, written by various attained lamas in the last 350 years. Collected works on Dorje Shugden written by His H H Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche considered the most accurate account. As describes clearly how Dorje Shugden for many lifetimes had manifested high level Mahasiddhas. Dorje Shugden and his entourage of thirty-two deities are all depicted in the Cham dance as a World Peace Protector. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/dorje-shugden-cham-dance-in-nyemo-gyelche-monastery-tibet.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2024 04:08 PM
    Momo is a dumpling made of all-purpose flour and filled with either meat or vegetables. Inspired by Tibetan dumplings, the dish is a very popular Nepali street food. It is one of my favourite foods. Last year while in Kathmandu I am fortunate given the opportunity to learn and made vegetarian Momos.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing as it reminds me of trip there visiting some of the Holiest sites and trying my hand making momos then.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/making-nepalese-momos.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2024 04:06 PM
    Bouddha, also known as Boudhanath, is a stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal which is located about 11 km from outskirts of Kathmandu. Its massive mandala makes it one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal and the world. The Boudhanath Stupa pyramid is coated with over 60 pounds of gold, is one of the largest and one of the most significant Buddhist monuments in the world. This great Stupa is home to precious relics and this semi-circular structure stands out with its majestic mandala, recognized by UNESCO in 1979 as a World Heritage Site. The Boudhanath is the most sacred sites in Tibetan Buddhism outside of Tibet, reflecting the cosmological tenets of Buddhism. Was there last year June joining thousands of pilgrims circumambulate the stupa.
    The aerial view of this Boudhanath Stupa is magnificent indeed. Looking merely at the pictures is a blessing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/aerial-view-of-bodha-stupa.html

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  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    7 years ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    7 years ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    7 years ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
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    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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We hope you enjoyed our pictures, as much as we enjoyed our Wesak Day together in Penang. Let us carry the energy and enthusiasm we experienced so far and inspires many more. Happy Wesak Day! 22/5/2024 KPSG by Jacinta
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We hope you enjoyed our pictures, as much as we enjoyed our Wesak Day together in Penang. Let us carry the energy and enthusiasm we experienced so far and inspires many more. Happy Wesak Day! 22/5/2024 KPSG by Jacinta
Puja offering packages. Thanks to those who sponsored the puja. May all your wishes be fulfilled. KPSG by Jacinta
22 hours ago
Puja offering packages. Thanks to those who sponsored the puja. May all your wishes be fulfilled. KPSG by Jacinta
Colourful altar with plenty of offerings. We had DS puja with Praise to Buddha Shakyamuni as we celebrate this special day of Buddha's Birth, Enlightenment and Parinirvana. KPSG by Jacinta
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Colourful altar with plenty of offerings. We had DS puja with Praise to Buddha Shakyamuni as we celebrate this special day of Buddha's Birth, Enlightenment and Parinirvana. KPSG by Jacinta
Some of the activities done during the Wesak Day Celebration in Penang. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
22 hours ago
Some of the activities done during the Wesak Day Celebration in Penang. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Wesak Day Celebration in Penang!Buddha's Bathing Ritual. 22/5/2024 Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Wesak Day Celebration in Penang!Buddha's Bathing Ritual. 22/5/2024 Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Kechara Penang Appreciation Day! 18th May 2024. The commitment, effort and dedication given will inspire & benefit many more. None of us wants recognition but sometimes a day like this will push us to do more and grow spiritually.
4 days ago
Kechara Penang Appreciation Day! 18th May 2024. The commitment, effort and dedication given will inspire & benefit many more. None of us wants recognition but sometimes a day like this will push us to do more and grow spiritually.
Kechara Penang Appreciation Day! 18th May 2024. The commitment, effort and dedication given will inspire & benefit many more. None of us wants recognition but sometimes a day like this will push us to do more and grow spiritually. We're like a close-knit family, supporting each others and help out whenever we can.
4 days ago
Kechara Penang Appreciation Day! 18th May 2024. The commitment, effort and dedication given will inspire & benefit many more. None of us wants recognition but sometimes a day like this will push us to do more and grow spiritually. We're like a close-knit family, supporting each others and help out whenever we can.
Kechara Penang Appreciation Day. 18th May 2024. A special day to honour our regular members. You all deserve a shout-out!!! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
4 days ago
Kechara Penang Appreciation Day. 18th May 2024. A special day to honour our regular members. You all deserve a shout-out!!! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Jam-packed! Penang Gompa was crowded with puja attendees, fruits, flowers, food and many other offerings. First time ever but definitely will not be the last. Perhaps it's time for bigger Gompa _/\_. 18th May 2024. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Jam-packed! Penang Gompa was crowded with puja attendees, fruits, flowers, food and many other offerings. First time ever but definitely will not be the last. Perhaps it's time for bigger Gompa _/_. 18th May 2024. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
11/5/2024 Saturday @3pm. After puja, all members helped out clearing the offerings and we shared out the blessed food offerings with our families, friends and even animals. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
4 days ago
11/5/2024 Saturday @3pm. After puja, all members helped out clearing the offerings and we shared out the blessed food offerings with our families, friends and even animals. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
11/5/2024 Saturday @3pm. Activities during puja. Members chanting Dorje Shugden mantras. We've completed Dorje Shugden puja cum Namasangiti. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
4 days ago
11/5/2024 Saturday @3pm. Activities during puja. Members chanting Dorje Shugden mantras. We've completed Dorje Shugden puja cum Namasangiti. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
11/5/2024, Saturday @3pm. Activities : Offerings of khata to Rinpoche, garland of flowers to Dorje Shugden and a new Tibetan butterlamp being offered on the altar. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
4 days ago
11/5/2024, Saturday @3pm. Activities : Offerings of khata to Rinpoche, garland of flowers to Dorje Shugden and a new Tibetan butterlamp being offered on the altar. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Today we have an inaugural cancer free diet talk and info sharing by Mr. Ooi. Mr. Ooi is a Penangite and like any other man, he has a family to provide for. From colon cancer stage 4,he is now known as a cancer-free man. Learn more about his story and his acquaintance with Dorje Shugden here https://youtu.be/x7i-yXJBUwM?si=A-5O0udxjg52iS58
3 weeks ago
Today we have an inaugural cancer free diet talk and info sharing by Mr. Ooi. Mr. Ooi is a Penangite and like any other man, he has a family to provide for. From colon cancer stage 4,he is now known as a cancer-free man. Learn more about his story and his acquaintance with Dorje Shugden here https://youtu.be/x7i-yXJBUwM?si=A-5O0udxjg52iS58
Kind-hearted sponsors sponsored these kuih-muih & flowers for today's puja @ 4th May, 2024. Should you wish to contribute these or sponsor our weekly puja, do contact us for more details. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
3 weeks ago
Kind-hearted sponsors sponsored these kuih-muih & flowers for today's puja @ 4th May, 2024. Should you wish to contribute these or sponsor our weekly puja, do contact us for more details. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Pastor Seng Piow guides us on the flow of Dorje Shugden puja, its benefits, significant of Chanting the names of Manjushri and also explaining the dedication for the sponsors and to those in need before we start the puja as we have 2 newcomers today.
1 month ago
Pastor Seng Piow guides us on the flow of Dorje Shugden puja, its benefits, significant of Chanting the names of Manjushri and also explaining the dedication for the sponsors and to those in need before we start the puja as we have 2 newcomers today.
Two Pastors in da house! Double the merits, double the happiness. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
1 month ago
Two Pastors in da house! Double the merits, double the happiness. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Mr. Cheah Fook Wan offered lights and incense to The Three Jewels prior to the puja in Ipoh. (KISG - Kin Hoe)
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Mr. Cheah Fook Wan offered lights and incense to The Three Jewels prior to the puja in Ipoh. (KISG - Kin Hoe)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations on Sunday afternoon in Ipoh. (KISG- Kin Hoe)
1 month ago
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations on Sunday afternoon in Ipoh. (KISG- Kin Hoe)
Powerful Dorje Shugden puja @ Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. Every Saturday, 3 pm. Remove obstacles and grant blessings to fulfil wishes. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 6th April 2024
2 months ago
Powerful Dorje Shugden puja @ Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. Every Saturday, 3 pm. Remove obstacles and grant blessings to fulfil wishes. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 6th April 2024
Rejoice to the volunteers (also kind sponsors) who cleaned the Gyenze Chapel and made abundant offerings to Gyenze. ~ Alice
2 months ago
Rejoice to the volunteers (also kind sponsors) who cleaned the Gyenze Chapel and made abundant offerings to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
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Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
2 months ago
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Our weekly Dorje Shugden Puja @ 23/3/2024 . William, as the umze is seen here burning incense powder as we are about to recite the Sangsol Prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Ganden Serkong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
2 months ago
Our weekly Dorje Shugden Puja @ 23/3/2024 . William, as the umze is seen here burning incense powder as we are about to recite the Sangsol Prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Ganden Serkong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
And here's Mr Wong of KSK Ipoh who dropped by to pray and offered some donation to the Chapel. Kechara Penang Study Group. Pic by Siew Hong & uploaded by Jacinta.
2 months ago
And here's Mr Wong of KSK Ipoh who dropped by to pray and offered some donation to the Chapel. Kechara Penang Study Group. Pic by Siew Hong & uploaded by Jacinta.
Today's puja (16/3/2024) ended around 420pm, Jacinta was the umze of the day. Pic by Siew Hong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Today's puja (16/3/2024) ended around 420pm, Jacinta was the umze of the day. Pic by Siew Hong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Group photo taken after the last session, sealed with King of Prayers. Come and join us next time! Sayonara - 9-10th March 2024 - Kechara Penang DS Retreat by Jacinta.
2 months ago
Group photo taken after the last session, sealed with King of Prayers. Come and join us next time! Sayonara - 9-10th March 2024 - Kechara Penang DS Retreat by Jacinta.
Abundance altar! Fruits, flowers, Mee Koo (traditional Penang buns), Bee Hoon, sourdoughs and snacks are some of the offerings to Rinpoche, Buddhas & Bodhisattvas. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat 9-10th March, 2024 by Jacinta.
2 months ago
Abundance altar! Fruits, flowers, Mee Koo (traditional Penang buns), Bee Hoon, sourdoughs and snacks are some of the offerings to Rinpoche, Buddhas & Bodhisattvas. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat 9-10th March, 2024 by Jacinta.
Siew Hong, one of retreatants and an active member of Kechara Penang group proudly presented her torma to be used during the Kalarupa puja. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
2 months ago
Siew Hong, one of retreatants and an active member of Kechara Penang group proudly presented her torma to be used during the Kalarupa puja. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Torma making was taught by Pastor Seng Piow and held one day before the retreat. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
2 months ago
Torma making was taught by Pastor Seng Piow and held one day before the retreat. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat cum Puja, 9-10th March 2024 led by Pastor Seng Piow with 12 retreatants. Uploaded by Jacinta
2 months ago
Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat cum Puja, 9-10th March 2024 led by Pastor Seng Piow with 12 retreatants. Uploaded by Jacinta
The celebration ended with a Dorje Shugden puja, dedicated to all the sponsors, our loved ones and as well as for the happiness & good health for all sentient beings. May Rinpoche return swiftly too and taking this opportunity wishing all Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai from all of us, Kechara Penang Study Group. Uploaded by Jacinta.
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The celebration ended with a Dorje Shugden puja, dedicated to all the sponsors, our loved ones and as well as for the happiness & good health for all sentient beings. May Rinpoche return swiftly too and taking this opportunity wishing all Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai from all of us, Kechara Penang Study Group. Uploaded by Jacinta.
Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
3 months ago
Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
In this pic, Pastor Seng Piow is sharing Dharma with newbies ~ Sharyn's friends. It's always good to make light offerings at the beginning of new year. By making light offerings, you are able to dispel the darkness of ignorance and achieve wisdom. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
3 months ago
In this pic, Pastor Seng Piow is sharing Dharma with newbies ~ Sharyn's friends. It's always good to make light offerings at the beginning of new year. By making light offerings, you are able to dispel the darkness of ignorance and achieve wisdom. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
One the day of Losar (new lunar year), it is always beneficial for Buddhist practitioners to get together in making abundant offerings to Buddhas on the altar to usher in goodness, prosperity and well-being of our loved ones. It's more auspicious this year as Losar and the Chinese New Year begin on the same date, 10th Feb, 2024. Back in Penang, our Kechara members came together to decorate the altar with abundance offerings for Dorje Shugden puja @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
3 months ago
One the day of Losar (new lunar year), it is always beneficial for Buddhist practitioners to get together in making abundant offerings to Buddhas on the altar to usher in goodness, prosperity and well-being of our loved ones. It's more auspicious this year as Losar and the Chinese New Year begin on the same date, 10th Feb, 2024. Back in Penang, our Kechara members came together to decorate the altar with abundance offerings for Dorje Shugden puja @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
4 months ago
Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
Jun from Ipoh was offering mandarin oranges to Mother Tara and The Three Jewels. (Kin Hoe)
4 months ago
Jun from Ipoh was offering mandarin oranges to Mother Tara and The Three Jewels. (Kin Hoe)
Prior to our puja in Ipoh, Mr. & Mrs. Cheah Fook Wan were preparing for the offerings to the Buddhas. (Kin Hoe)
4 months ago
Prior to our puja in Ipoh, Mr. & Mrs. Cheah Fook Wan were preparing for the offerings to the Buddhas. (Kin Hoe)
On Sunday afternoon, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations in Ipoh. (Kin Hoe)
4 months ago
On Sunday afternoon, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations in Ipoh. (Kin Hoe)
Some of the best shots taken during Thaipusam in Penang. Swee Bee, Huey, Tang KS, Nathan, Choong SH and Jacinta volunteered. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
4 months ago
Some of the best shots taken during Thaipusam in Penang. Swee Bee, Huey, Tang KS, Nathan, Choong SH and Jacinta volunteered. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Simple yet powerful ally ~ Bhagawan Dorje Shuden. Kechara Penang Study Group consists of Chien Seong, Hue, Choong SH, Tang KS, Swee Bee and Jacinta. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Uploaded by Jacinta.
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Simple yet powerful ally ~ Bhagawan Dorje Shuden. Kechara Penang Study Group consists of Chien Seong, Hue, Choong SH, Tang KS, Swee Bee and Jacinta. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Uploaded by Jacinta.
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