Meeting a holy Thai monk

Nov 27, 2019 | Views: 1,980
Myself with the holy monk Luang Phor Thong

Myself with the holy monk Luang Phor Thong

Many years ago, I went to visit Pastor Patsy who lives in the northern Malaysian state of Penang which is an island. I stayed with her and her family for a few months and during that time, Pastor Patsy kindly offered to take me on a weekend trip to Thailand for a short break. Penang is very close to the Thai border so it is quite easy to fly or even drive there. Anyway, a small group of us went to Thailand and while we were there, we heard that there was a very holy and old teacher living nearby in Hat Yai. He was the abbot of a very famous temple called Wat Pako Suwannaram and was apparently quite famous and highly respected.

Later, I learnt that this holy monk’s name was Luang Phor Thong Susangwaro, or Ajahn Thong. Born in 1909, Luang Phor Thong was one of three children. His mother passed away when he was just three years old. Unable to care for him, his father left Luang Phor Thong in the care of his uncle and aunt. When he was six years old, his uncle enrolled him into school; later on, Luang Phor Thong helped on a farm until he was 20 years old, when he received his ordination vows which he held for the rest of his life.

By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. Luang Phor Thong was so respected that, I have been told, even royalty in Thailand consulted him. He was known to be highly clairvoyant and adept in the control of spirits, as well as protection against and curing black magic problems. The talismans and amulets that he made and consecrated are still highly sought-after to this day.

A print of Luang Phor Thong produced by his temple and disciples for them to worship and remember this kind master.

A print of Luang Phor Thong produced by his temple and disciples for them to worship and remember this kind master.

So I wanted to see him, not because he was famous but because being of such an advanced age and having held his monk vows for over 70 years, he was very senior to me. To make offerings to someone like that is an incredible blessing for us. Even if a real Bodhisattva makes offerings to such a senior monk, they will collect a tremendous amount of merit. So imagine for someone like you and me.

Actually, the Thai tradition has many, many great masters like this. It is just that we do not hear about them mostly because of the language barrier. But there are many such meditation masters that have arisen in their tradition and the Thais really love, respect, cherish and support their genuine senior monks. I have always admired the Thai tradition, especially their devotion to their lamas. It is something that I can identify with, the veneration of one’s teacher as the gateway to the path. Wherever you go in Thailand, you can see huge outdoor statues of holy old monks everywhere. That makes me so happy, to see that the Thais still have this level of devotion towards their teachers.

So my friends and I went to the temple, wanting to perhaps make offerings to the holy Luang Phor Thong who we soon learnt was meeting people every day. We were granted an audience with this senior monk so we walked in and he was sitting on his daybed, glowing and radiating kindness. He asked me where I came from so I told Luang Phor Thong a little bit about myself. I said that I was living in Malaysia and giving Dharma teachings there, and that I was facing some difficulties and obstacles, including with sponsorship.

Luang Phor Thong told me that in the future, I would be able to become like him, that I can build a big temple. I was thinking “how?” and “really?”, not because I didn’t believe him but because I couldn’t see how it was possible given the obstacles I was facing in Malaysia. Luang Phor Thong also told me that I will always have funding and not to worry about this. Then he gifted me with a statue and advised me to recite a certain mantra every time I was facing financial difficulties. He said I would receive the assistance I needed. I thanked Luang Phor Thong for his advice and after we took photos with this master, my students and I left the temple.

As we were walking away, a huge rainbow appeared over the temple. It hadn’t been raining so there was no reason for the rainbow to appear. Immediately, I had one of my students snap this photograph of myself and this auspicious sign. To me, it was an indication that whatever Luang Phor Thong had predicted would come true and it gave me a lot of encouragement which I needed at the time.

Myself with the holy monk Luang Phor Thong

After our meeting with the holy Luang Phor Thong, a huge rainbow appeared over the temple. I took this as an auspicious sign and immediately requested one of my students to take some photographs.

A few months later, Pastor Chia and Pastor Patsy went back to Thailand to tour some friends around so I asked them to go to the temple again. I wanted them to update Luang Phor Thong that things were getting better and everything was okay. I wanted them to thank him for his blessings. Later, Pastor Chia and Pastor Patsy told me that Luang Phor Thong was already quite ill at the time but still meeting people and helping them. They showed Luang Phor Thong my picture and according to them, he remembered me.

I was so thankful that they could go because just three weeks later, Luang Phor Thong passed away at 12:08pm on November 21, 2000. This grand master, who had been the abbot of his temple for over half a century, was 92 years old. According to some accounts, on the morning of his passing, Luang Phor Thong warned his students that the area would experience natural disasters, leading to heavy losses, a lot of people suffering and many fatalities. Sure enough, on the day the temple held the funeral rituals for Luang Phor Thong, at the completion of the ceremony, it began to rain very heavily. In the end, Hat Yai experienced some extremely serious and damaging flooding. It was the worst they had experienced in living memory; many lives were lost and a lot of property was severely damaged, just as Luang Phor Thong had warned.

A year later, Pastor Patsy and a group of people including Pastor Chia and her husband (pictured in this photograph) went to see Luang Phor Thong again. Notice the date on the photo. Just three weeks later, Luang Phor Thong passed away. I am grateful that they had the opportunity to update Luang Phor Thong before he entered clear light.

A year later, Pastor Patsy, her husband (pictured in this photograph), Pastor Chia and a group of people went to see Luang Phor Thong again. Notice the date on the photo. Just three weeks later, Luang Phor Thong passed away. I am grateful that they had the opportunity to update Luang Phor Thong before he entered clear light.

When Pastor Chia and Pastor Patsy returned to Malaysia, they said that Luang Phor Thong had told them this life would be his last. After he passed away, he did not want to come back. So when I heard about his passing, I immediately instructed Pastor Chia to light many candles and offer them to the Buddhas. I instructed him to make prayers and strongly request the Three Jewels for Luang Phor Thong’s incarnation to come back. I felt very strongly that he was some kind of living arhat or, at the very least, not an ordinary monk any more and that if people did not make fervent requests, he would not come back.

After his passing, his devotees enshrined his body in glass in Wat Pako for people to come and pray, and seek his blessings. Incredibly, in the humid heat of Southern Thailand, his body shows no signs of decomposition. In fact, it is said that his hair and nails continue to grow and from time to time, they even remove the glass casing to trim them.

Myself at Luang Phor Thong's temple which is called Wat Pako Suwannaram.

Myself at Luang Phor Thong’s temple which is called Wat Pako Suwannaram.

Before he passed away, just like some Tibetan lamas, Luang Phor Thong also left instructions on what to do with his body. The normal procedure for practitioners of rank or attainments is to cremate the body and for the relics to be enshrined in a reliquary stupa. However, Luang Phor Thong had instructed his disciples not to cremate his body. He wanted it to remain to inspire future generations in the region, so they would develop faith in the Three Jewels after seeing the results of Dharma practice as demonstrated by his body which does not decompose. This is just like in the Tibetan tradition, where we have countless examples of advanced practitioners going into meditation, passing away then remaining in a meditative state known as tukdam. They can stay like this for hours, days and sometimes even weeks, and their bodies do not decompose, rot or smell, even in the Indian heat. So it just goes to show that if you practise, hold your vows and keep your commitments, you can definitely accomplish something and there is no difference between the different traditions. The result of practice is the same.

A beautiful shrine set up by Luang Phor Thong's students at Wat Pako Suwannaram in Hat Yai, to commemorate their guru. Tibetans have a similar tradition of making statues of their teachers, to commemorate their kindness because our teachers are the foundation of all attainments we will develop.

A beautiful shrine set up by Luang Phor Thong’s students at Wat Pako Suwannaram in Hat Yai, to commemorate their guru. Tibetans have a similar tradition of making statues of their teachers, to commemorate their kindness because our teachers are the foundation of all attainments we will develop.

Hence the fact Luang Phor Thong’s body has not decomposed is believed to be a sign of a very advanced practitioner. For the rest of us, as soon as we pass away, within hours our bodies begin to rot, smell or stiffen. But this has not happened to Luang Phor Thong’s body. And so Luang Phor Thong’s prediction is accurate because people have been inspired by his body and deeds. It is said that his temple never stops construction because so many people, having benefited from his help, come back to offer assistance and make donations. I really rejoice for this because through his compassion towards others, now his temple continues to spread the Dharma long after he is gone.

I was very fortunate to have met and received the blessings of someone like him, not because he was famous or anything like that. I was very fortunate to have met such a senior, old and holy monk, who became holy by virtue of keeping his monk vows purely for 75 years.

So that is the story of how I met such a holy monk in Thailand and the advice he gave to me. Thank you.

Tsem Rinpoche

 
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Pastor Patsy and myself at Luang Phor Thong's temple. We had travelled to Hat Yai, Thailand with a small group of students and had the opportunity to visit the temple.

Pastor Patsy and myself at Luang Phor Thong’s temple. We had travelled to Hat Yai, Thailand with a small group of students and had the opportunity to visit the temple.

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Another image produced by Luang Phor Thong’s disciples to venerate their teacher

 

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  1. Moon Chan on Jan 7, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    Rinpoche has shared so many stories of different holy monks, I really enjoy reading it. They are so mysterious; it makes me want to explore more, to know how their lives have impact to the people around them.

    Before enter to KFR, I am not so aware about monk. But nowadays, whenever I saw a monk on the street, I would slow down and look at them. I would love to smile at them. I start to feel the radiating kindness and calmness shining from them. Like this holy Thai monk, Luang Phor Thong. He is an advanced practitioner; he is a senior and old. He has so much wisdom within. He inspires a lot people, so people keep coming back to the temple to pay respect to him.

    Also when we talk about holy monk, often we would read about auspicious signs. After Luang Phor Thong predicts what Rinpoche will do in the future, a huge rainbow appeared over the temple; besides that, after Luang Phor Thong entered clear light, he warned his students that the area would experience natural disasters and it did happened. If I never enter into Buddhism field, it would be strange for me to see these scenarios, I would never understand why. In fact, these are really common to see in Buddhism! When Rinpoche entered clear light, there were auspicious signs too! When Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen died and arose as Dorje Shugden, serious natural disasters happened also.

    For me, it’s like starting to believe there is sadness from the deities or Bodhisattva too. It’s like a farewell for a great master. I thankful for what they shared during their life time, I appreciate they left a path for others to follow.

  2. Tsa Tsa Ong on Nov 28, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for sharing this beautiful meeting of Rinpoche with this holy Thai monk, Luang Phor Thong.?. Luang Phor Thong was such a compassionate monk, even when he was so old and sick, he was still helping people. It is said that his temple never stops construction because so many people, having benefited from his help, come back to offer assistance and make donations. High monks or lamas never stop benefiting people until their last breath. Luang Phor Thong had instructed his disciples not to cremate his body. He wanted it to remain to inspire future generations in the region, so they would develop faith in the Three Jewels after seeing the results of Dharma practice as demonstrated by his body which does not decompose. This is just like in the Tibetan tradition, where we have countless examples of advanced practitioners going into meditation, passing away then remaining in a meditative state known as tukdam. They can stay like this for hours, days and sometimes even weeks, and their bodies do not decompose, rot or smell, even in the Indian heat. So it just goes to show that if you practise, hold your vows and keep your commitments, you can definitely accomplish something and there is no difference between the different traditions. The result of practice is the same. ??

  3. Samfoonheei on Nov 28, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    Interesting and inspiring post of a Great Monk…..Luang Phor Thong Susangwaro, or Ajahn Thong. He was well respected and was the abbot of Wat Pako Suwannaram a famous temple at Hat Yai. Incredible was known to be highly clairvoyant and as well as having the power to protect and curing people against black magic problems.
    Wow… Tsem Rinpoche and friends had the opportunity to pay respect to this respected monk. Whatever he predict for Rinpoche were true and gave a gift of a statue to Rinpoche. The moment Rinpoche left the temple a huge rainbow appeared from nowhere over the temple. Wow such an auspicious sign. After his passing at age 93, as instructed his body was enshrined in a glass for devotees and people to come and seek his blessing. Amazing, his body shows no sign of decaying, in such a hot weather then. After seeing the miraculous aspects of the Dharma through his undecaying body , he hope future generations of Buddhists will gain more confidence and develop faith in the Three Jewels in their practice. Quite similar in the Tibetan tradition, where the body of High Lama do not compaosed.
    I have not been to this temple before but would to see for myself the legendary body of Ajahn Thong, a truly highly attained monk.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

  4. Chris on Nov 27, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    Thank you for sharing this interesting story about this high Thai monk. This actually reminds me of Rinpoche. Rinpoche has been showing clear signs of his clairvoyant abilities when he helps the students to overcome their problems and difficulties. Sometimes, Rinpoche will also playfully showed us a sneak peek of his abilities for those who have the merits to be near Rinpoche.

  5. Yee Yin on Nov 27, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    This is a very interesting story to read. It again shows us that attainment comes from keeping our vows. Luang Phor Thong was such a compassionate monk, even when he was so old and sick, he was still helping people. High monks or lamas never stop benefiting people until their last breath. Actually, even after they pass away, they continue to benefit people. For example, the relics left behind by the high monks or lamas can give blessings to people and also allow people to collect merits when people pay homage to them. Lung Phor Thong left behind his body so people can be inspired and practise Dharma.

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    great!
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    Useful information about monks.
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    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/extinction-in-a-bowl-of-soup.html
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    Sunday, Jun 13. 2021 01:25 PM
    Dorje Shugden, the Dharma Protector who is the emanation of Buddha of Wisdom Manjushri. Dorje Shugden a fully enlightened being can help us in many ways when we rely on him regardless of race and religion. Many people around the world has benefited from his practice. He grants us what we need on our spiritual journey such as material resources, wealth, health, influence, and removes obstacles and all forms of negativity. Coming up with these simple memes many will get to know and understand better.
    Thank you Rinpoche for these easy and simple forms to recall Dorje Shugden abilities, nature and blessings available to us.

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    Sunday, Jun 13. 2021 01:23 PM
    Wow that’s wonderful now the powerful qualities of Dorje Shugden in German memes . With these more and more people will get to know more of the benefits of relying on Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden is an emanation of Buddha Manjushri as confirmed for the last 300 years.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

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    Friday, Jun 11. 2021 02:02 PM
    Beautiful and simplicity of memes tells all. May more people get to see and read it. What is important is understands and get to know well of these Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. Merely having a look at it is a blessing.
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    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jun 9. 2021 02:53 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing on yours thoughts and explaining clearly all about the pure lineage of the Dorje Shugden practice . Rinpoche had explained clearly on the many aspects of why the ban on Dorje Shugden is wrong. Rinpoche had spent so much of his time doing these videos to clear any doubts among practitioners. What Rinpoche had done solely for the benefits of all. Read and watching those videos , many will get to understand the situation much better than just listening to the other side. Rinpoche had shared his sincere thoughts, hoping these will lead to a peaceful resolution for everyone concerned. Tibetan leadership should share views with the Chinese government so that they can work together in preserving the rich Tibetan heritage, language, culture and religion in Tibet. Having dialogue is most important because as through dialogue, mutual respect, good language, good intention, can solve any problem as such the Dorje Shugden problem. Over 400 years many great and spiritual masters have been practicing Dorje Shugden , they are not wrong. Dorje Shugden is an enlightened Dharma Protector after all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing . May more people get to watch all these video which Rinpoche had spent countless of hours to share clearing doubts .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/who-is-dorje-shugden-to-me.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jun 6. 2021 02:58 PM
    Great news indeed, we have been waiting for this day to when HH Dalai Lama would made a statement regarding the Dorje Shugden. Finally on this auspicious day Wesak day where all Buddhist celebrates it, HH Dalai Lama on such an auspicious day made a unexpected statement using the teaching to address a topic which has caught many by surprised . On this Wesak Day 2021 would mark the beginning of religious freedom and liberation for millions of Dorje Shugden practitioners all over the world. The Dalai Lama has softens his approach towards Dorje Shugden, by saying there is no reason or need to discriminate against the practice of Dorje Shugden, or to reject it. The Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people and considered a living Buddha of compassion, a reincarnation of the bodhisattva Chenrezig. Well this is the moment all of us and the rest of Dorje Shugden ‘s practitioners have been waiting for . For the last 26 years many had suffered due the ban on the practice, disharmony, discrimination, segregation throughout the Tibetan Buddhist community worldwide.
    Thank you with folded hands HH the Dalai Lama for upholding the universal values of religious freedom.
    Our Guru Tsem Rinpoche always believed, that the change will come gradually and slowly, for Dalai Lama to lift the ban.
    Thank you, its definitely a great news.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-dalai-lama-says-no-need-to-discriminate-against-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jun 6. 2021 02:56 PM
    A detailed write-up , thank you Pastor David for this sharing, learning some knowledge from here. In polytheistic religions, deities are used to refer to several divine beings. Different religions, cultures and mythologies of the world have each different deities which they appeased. The basic concept of whatever one worship is the same in order to be granted protection or a favour. It was not until the arrival of Buddhism where the Buddhist concept of worship changes. Not only about appeasing a deity, they engaged in spiritual practice and in formal meditational practices to transform ourselves.
    It is not about appeasing a deity, but engaging in formal meditational practices to transform ourselves. The purpose of deity practice in Buddhism ,we purify karma, accumulate merits and creating the causes and conditions for spiritual realizations and to eventually become enlightened ourselves.
    Thanks again Pastor for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/deity-practice-in-buddhism.html

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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 weeks ago
Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
4 weeks ago
Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
4 weeks ago
Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 months ago
#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Fwd: 12 minute Affiliate Multiple Ways to Earn Commissions
2 months ago
Fwd: 12 minute Affiliate Multiple Ways to Earn Commissions
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
3 months ago
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
3 months ago
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
4 months ago
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
4 months ago
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 months ago
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 months ago
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 months ago
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
7 months ago
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Fwd: Dear Sotha
8 months ago
Fwd: Dear Sotha
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
9 months ago
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
9 months ago
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
10 months ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
10 months ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
12 months ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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
1 years 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 years 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 years 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
1 years 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
1 years ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
1 years ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
1 years ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
1 years 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
1 years 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
1 years 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
1 years 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
1 years 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
1 years 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
1 years 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
1 years 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
1 years ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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