Buddhist Monk Hitting People with a Broom

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Thai abbot Phra Jirapan Analyo showing the grass stick he was using to bless devotees in Saraburi province

Thai abbot Phra Jirapan Analyo showing the grass stick he was using to bless devotees in Saraburi Province

In Buddhism, one of the things we learn is that things are not what they seem, and all too often we impose our ordinary and mundane perspectives onto certain Buddhist rituals. As a result, we develop wrong perceptions and fail to see one aspect of the tremendous benevolence of the Buddhas. One example is the manifestation of wrath in Buddhism, be it in the iconography of Buddhist images (especially in the Vajrayana tradition) or in Buddhist rituals and practices that come across as aggressive and ‘un-Buddhist’.

 

Buddhist Monk Hitting with Broom

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In the video above you will see a Thai monk ‘furiously’ hitting temple-goers’ heads with a broom made of dried grass. This kind of roughness is not what one expects to find in Buddhism, which is usually associated with bliss, calmness and temperance. In addition, in Chinese superstition, to be hit with a broom is considered bad luck.

Understandably while this kind of unorthodox conduct may raise eyebrows, it is actually a very swift and compassionate method of purifying and clearing disciple’s obstacles and those who understand seem quite happy to receive this form of blessing and purification.

Phra Jirapan Analyo, the Thai abbot of Pha Sadej Monastery in Saraburi, said:

“The knocking of heads is a way to cure diseases and illness for the faithful. And the knocking may look violent, but it didn’t hurt anyone.”

Source: Khaosod English, 9 June 2015, http://www.khaosodenglish.com/life/2015/06/09/1433853163/

 

Skilful Means to Purifying Karma

The practice of Buddhist teachers inflicting some form of discomfort on their disciples or even beating them when necessary is not something new or uncommon in Buddhism, and certainly not practised only by Thai Buddhist monks. These wrathful actions are methods known to effectively clear disciples’ karma, and they are also common in Mahayana as well as Vajrayana Buddhism.

We get an insight of this in “The Steps on the Path to Enlightenment: A Commentary on Tsongkhapa’s Lamrim Chenmo” by Lhundub Sopa. In the Lamrim Chenmo, a step-by-step meditational guide, it is explained that we can overcome our heavy negative karma by practising guru devotion and relying on our spiritual teacher to free us from our suffering. Our compassionate spiritual teacher keeps us close and fosters a close relationship with us solely for our own benefit. He or she will use various methods to guide, teach and constantly correct us so that we can transform our minds, habituations and attitudes to evolve into a better us. The virtues we create from having a close and special relationship with our spiritual teacher are very powerful. It can alter the result of our heavy negative karma in such a way that the impact on our lives is not as severe or it can lessen the length of time we become afflicted as the result of our negative karma coming to fruition.

To explain this further, a qualified spiritual teacher can cause a particular negative karma to be experienced and therefore exhausted in a much lighter form, or within a more favourable set of circumstances. This, in turn, means that the suffering, harm or damage experienced physically and mentally is only a fraction of what it would otherwise be. For example, if we have the karma to die traumatically in a horrific car crash, an event that would hurl us into endless suffering in the lower realms due to the tremendous distress and shock at the point of death, a qualified spiritual guide with clairvoyance will be able to see that. The teacher may compassionately purify that karma by ‘inflicting’ a similarly unpleasant experience for us to endure. We may experience a similar fear or sorrow as we would in a car accident, but the difference is, this bad experience created by the teacher does not have the same impact and result as a deadly car crash and does not lead to lower rebirths. The negative karma that would have killed us and propel us into the lower realms if left to ripen naturally is transmuted by the qualified teacher’s compassionate action, into an unpleasant experience that we will recover from. In that way, that negative karma is exhausted. In some cases, the karma can be made to ripen in nightmares and horrible dreams. In this situation, we experience fear and suffering in our dreams, but there is no real damage as the bad experiences and tragedies happen in dreams.

This wrathful practice is not without scriptural authority and legitimacy. One such benefit of a qualified teacher’s wrathful action is explained in the Sutra of Ksitigarbha:

As explained in the Sutra of Ksitigarbha:

“Those held by a spiritual teacher will have their negative karma – which could cause them to wander in bad migrations for innumerable millions of eons – purified by ripening in this life as plague, famine, and so forth, or as various ordeals of body and mind, or it might even be purified by a harsh scolding from the teacher, or even by a mere dream.”

Source: Lhundup Sopa and David Patt, Steps On The Path To Enlightenment (Wisdom Publications 2004).

In another example, the famous teacher and ascetic Tsangpa Gyare Yeshe Dorje, who founded the Drukpa Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, and who mastered the Mahamudra and the Six Yogas of Naropa at a very early age, said, “A harsh rebuke by your guru is a wrathful mantra; it clears away outer and inner obstructions.” Therefore we again see that the ‘harsh treatment’ at the hands of a qualified teacher is in fact a skilful and compassionate method to clear away hindrances to practice.

The most well-known examples of the Guru’s wrathful actions can be found in stories of the lives of the great mahasiddhas Milarepa, Naropa and Lochen Rinpoche.

The great yogi, Milarepa endured tremendous physical distress and mental anguish at the hands of his teacher, Marpa. Milarepa had gone to Marpa for teachings but instead of receiving Dharma teachings, Marpa instructed Milarepa to build four towers with his bare hands, a task that was seemingly irrelevant to Dharma. Each time Milarepa completed this task, Marpa would demand for the towers to be torn down and rebuilt. Milarepa became so ill, his body covered with sores from having to carry the heavy stones up and down the hill, and having to build and tear down the towers with his hands. And whenever Milarepa asked for teachings, Marpa would subject him to torrents of verbal and physical abuses.

Milarepa’s nine-story tower built as an act penance still stands at Sekhar Guthok Monastery, Tibet

Milarepa’s nine-story tower built as an act penance still stands at Sekhar Guthok Monastery, Tibet

It would have looked like Marpa was unfairly abusing Milarepa. Eventually, Marpa revealed that Milarepa’s arrival had been prophesied by his own teacher, the great Indian master Naropa. He then explained that the trials he put Milarepa through were actually the means to purifying his heavy negative karma of killing many people out of vengeance when he was a sorcerer. However, because Milarepa ultimately endured the trials, he accomplished complete enlightenment in one lifetime instead of taking rebirth in the lower realms. Today, the final and fourth tower that Milarepa built still stands at the centre of Sekhar Guthok Monastery in Tibet.

One of the most famous examples of the teacher-student or guru-disciple relationship is the famous story of Marpa and Milarepa, and how Marpa threw Milarapa out of his house. Marpa explained his wrathful methods. “Although I may have appeared unreasonable, I am not to blame for Milarepa’s suffering. I actually used my rage as a skilful tool to test him thoroughly and purify him of his past ill-deeds.” Copyright Brian Beresford/Nomad

Here are more examples of the harsh treatment Milarepa received from his teacher Marpa, illustrated from the comic book “The Magic Life of Milarepa Tibet’s Great Yogi” by Eva Van Dam (click to enlarge)

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Similarly, the legendary mahasiddha Naropa’s 12 major trials by his teacher (this was on top of the 12 minor hardships he encountered while searching for his teacher), the great Indian master Tilopa were harsh, arduous and defied any worldly reason. Most people would consider Tilopa’s training to be outright abusive and accuse the teacher of torturing his student. However, each of those trials that Tilopa subjected Naropa to was in fact precious teachings in themselves and also tremendous purifications that prepared Naropa for the next step of his training. Each trial brought great physical and mental suffering but Naropa endured, and each trial that Naropa withstood yielded a precious teaching or empowerment by Tilopa.

A beautiful old painting of Mahasiddha Naropa. On the top right corner of the painting is Naropa’s teacher, the great Indian master Tilopa seen holding a fish (click to enlarge)

A beautiful old painting of Mahasiddha Naropa. On the top right corner of the painting is Naropa’s teacher, the great Indian master Tilopa. (click to enlarge)

However, during the 12 years of difficulties, Naropa did not once lose faith in his teacher. Towards the end of the 12 trials, Naropa once again requested profound teachings from his teacher. Tilopa screamed at Naropa saying, “You are not yet pure enough to be introduced to the nature of mind!” and with that, Tilopa suddenly removed his slippers and without warning, slapped Naropa’s face so hard that he passed out. When Naropa regained consciousness, he had attained mahamudra siddhi and became equal in enlightenment to his teacher. The trials Tilopa had put Naropa through appeared to be horrendous. In truth, Tilopa could see that Naropa was a suitable vessel for the highest Dharma, but Naropa also had some deeply entrenched obstacles of the mind that would have prevented him from gaining enlightenment. These had first to be purified.

The wrathful actions of a qualified Guru are indications of the Guru’s highest compassion and evidence of his best intentions towards the student. We see this in the loving words of Tilopa to his student after Naropa had completed the 12 trials:

“The fact that I led you deliberately into many trials and tribulations does not mean that I am a cruel person. You see, your negative karma could not be purified by your own effort alone. It was only through experiencing hardship could you purify the negative karma that obstructed you from realising the ultimate nature of Buddhahood. Throughout all the hardship, you did not develop any doubts, hesitation, or wrong views, and you diligently obeyed all commands. In this manner, you were finally able to overcome all delusions and gain the highest realisation.”

Source: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mahasiddha-naropa-the-indomitable-disciple.html

Yet another example can be found in the case of the great female master, Jetsun Lochen Chonyi Sangmo or Lochen Rinpoche, who was so highly attained that she was regarded as the incarnation of Machig Labdron. Lochen Rinpoche also went through very harsh training under her teacher, Pema Gyatso who saw the need to break his student’s ego. Pema Gyatso was very fierce towards her and would often ignore her and treated her harshly. One time, Pema Gyatso flung at Lochen Rinpoche, the offerings she had made to him, along with one of his boots. Lochen Rinpoche crouched down and picked up her teacher’s shoe and placed it on the crown of her head before returning it to Pema Gyatso. Lochen Rinpoche had never lost faith and never doubted her teacher’s pure intention. To her, Pema Gyatso’s actions were skilful methods (upāya) to help her purify her obstacles in order for her to understand the fundamental religious truths and to gain realisations.

The Great female master Jetsun Lochen Rinpoche (1865 – 1951) who is known to be an incarnation of Machig Labdrön. Her life is truly an inspiring story and an exemplary of pure guru devotion (click to enlarge)

The Great female master Jetsun Lochen Rinpoche (1865 – 1951) who is known to be an incarnation of Machig Labdrön. Her life is truly an inspiring story and an exemplary of pure guru devotion (click to enlarge)

Machig Labdrön was a yogini whose practices and teachings of Chöd (literal meaning, “severance” or “cutting through”) is being practised throughout all schools of Tibetan Buddhism today (click to enlarge)

Machig Labdrön’s practices and teachings of Chöd (literal meaning, “severance” or “cutting through”) is being practised throughout all schools of Tibetan Buddhism today (click to enlarge)

There was one occasion when Pema Gyatso was meditating and reciting his mantra when he heard someone drumming. Turning to Lochen Rinpoche, he demanded:

“Who is drumming now? You (female) beggar, it seems to be you!” It was in fact the caretaker who was creating the drumming sound but when Lochen Rinpoche replied, “It was not me, it was the caretaker”. Pema Gyatso instantly became furious.

Source: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-great-female-master-jetsun-lochen-rinpoche.html

The teacher grabbed a long stick and started to chase Lochen Rinpoche who quickly ran.

These wrathful actions by an attained teacher are not always something they inflict on their students only. There are cases where highly attained and qualified teachers manifest tragedies that befall themselves. A number of highly accomplished teachers, practitioners and yogis have manifested circumstances and difficulties at the time of their death. For example, a highly attained monk can suddenly suffer a stroke and die in what appears to be miserable circumstances. Contrary to what it seems, this can in fact be due to the power of his virtues, which acts to exhaust all his remaining negative karma during this lifetime. The same highly practised masters who manifest these ‘unfortunate situations’ can often in fact, determine the timing and circumstances of their passing, and the time and conditions of their rebirth. Clearly then, the afflictions they experience leading to their own terrible demise is yet another example of how they adeptly exhaust their remaining karma or even the collective karma of their students. It is in fact an act of great kindness.

Young Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was a very direct, open and quick lama. He manifested a lot of wrath when necessary. When things are right, he would be very happy and he would immediately acknowledge. When things are wrong, he was not the type to keep quiet about it.

Young Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was a very direct, open and quick lama. He manifested a lot of wrath when necessary. When things are right, he would be very happy and he would immediately acknowledge. When things are wrong, he was not the type to keep quiet about it. Zong Rinpoche was well known to beat his close students in order to purify their karma or extend their lives. Zong Rinpoche had once beaten his uncle and purified his karma that his life was greatly extended. His uncle was grateful to the wrathful compassionate lama Zong Rinpoche.

So we see that the “harshness,” “wrath” or physical acts that appear to indicate a teacher’s displeasure towards the student is in fact a skilful method that arises out of compassion. It is not an emotion that arises out of egoistic projections of the teacher. It is not the same as when ordinary people become angry because something or someone does not meet their expectations of how things should be. However, for a disciple to be able to receive the full potency of such blessings and swift purification of their karma, he or she must first have strong guru devotion. And herein, we have the 2 primary aspects to this wrathful purification method.

The qualified Guru is the primary key to purification of negative karma. The ‘power’ of the purification relies foremost on the qualified teacher’s realisation and attainments that he or she has acquired, usually through many lifetimes of intense practices and meditations. In Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana), some teachers are recognised to be reincarnated Bodhisattvas, and sometimes, even Buddhas. Whereas others have accomplished such high levels of meditative realisations that they have acquired the qualities and abilities of their meditational deity or yidam. When they need to purify the negative karma of their students, these highly accomplished masters generate themselves as the yidam or the Buddha, and it is this enlightened being that purifies and transmutes the student’s heavy karma. Such teachers are known to have the power of clairvoyance and can foresee what lies ahead for their beloved students, and the power of omniscience to know what needs to be done to circumvent the ripening of negative karma or mitigate the effects of that karma. Such highly accomplished teachers are known to be able to control internal, as well as external elements, and are able to intercede on behalf of their students and disciples.

In the Theravada tradition, there are also teachers who are highly attained or even enlightened. They may look like simple monks but due to their practices and meditative realisations, and the firm observation of their vows, there is power in their actions. The vows that monks hold are energies that take them away from samsara and closer to nirvana or the state of Buddhahood. And hence each day the monk keeps his vows firmly, he accumulates the energies that are derived from the power of the Three Jewels, and these are the energies that help to purify negative karma when accompanied with wrathful actions, such as hitting disciples with brooms.

“To take vows is to consciously eliminate the stimuli that would further reinforce negative habits and also to cut them. Vows is the key.” — His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche

“To take vows is to consciously eliminate the stimuli that would further reinforce negative habits and also to cut them. Vows is the key.” — His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche

The devotion of the student is also another factor in the purification process.

Although the actions of the qualified Guru is potent on its own because of who the teacher is, the effectiveness or swiftness of this purification is also dependent on the level of the student’s devotion to the teacher. How much merit and purification we receive from the spiritual guide’s wrathful actions depends mainly on how we perceive our teacher. This means that if we honour our Guru and view him as the sum of all the Buddhas, the merit we accumulate is equivalent to that of the purification and blessings from all the Buddhas. Therefore, when we see the wrathful actions of a Guru, whom we regard as a Buddha, are in fact blessings, then we powerfully purify the accumulated negative karma that would otherwise cause us to be reborn in the horrible lower realms, where we would suffer tremendously.

This devotion to the teacher forms the foundation of all attainments (and hence, purification) as is explained in the Fifty Verses of Guru Devotion (Sanskrit: Gurupancashikha; Tibetan: Lama Nga-chu-pa), which was written around the first century by Ashvagosha. At the beginning of his commentary to the Fifty Verses of Guru Devotion, Je Tsongkhapa said:

“The only door for disciples who want to experience great bliss and gain the highest attainments without much effort is the proper cultivation of guru devotion. In order to open this door, I am going to explain the Fifty Verses of Guru Devotion.”

Source: The Fifty Verses of Guru Devotion, Lama Nga-chu-pa, p. 1.

The Fifty Verses is one amongst many attestations of the great significance of guru devotion in one’s spiritual practice. For example, a passage from the Sutra of Ksitigarbha states:

“One morning of honouring your spiritual teacher outshines the roots of virtue that arise from making offerings, or worshipping, or taking precepts from innumerable millions of Buddhas. Those who honour their guru possess inconceivable merit. See that all the numberless good qualities manifested by the Buddhas arise from this. Therefore, just as you would behave toward a Buddha, you should rely on, serve and honour your teacher.”

Source: Geshe Lhundub Sopa and David Patt, Steps on the Path to Enlightenment – A Commentary on Tsongkhapa’s Lamrim Chenmo Volume 1: The Foundation Practices, Wisdom Publications, 2004, p. 268.

The great Indian pandit Naropa said, “Before the existence of the lama there was neither Buddha nor deity.” He said this because Buddhas and meditational deities are emanations, or embodiments, of the guru; that is why there was neither Buddha nor meditational deity before the guru.

Jetsun Milarepa said, “Try to see your guru in his actual aspect of dharmakaya. If you can, you will receive all blessings and inspirations effortlessly.”

Vajradhara himself also spoke often about the importance of guru devotion. Since all these great beings have said these things, there’s not much need for me to comment further.

Therefore within the parameters of our Dharma practice, we must be careful to understand the nature of suffering. To begin with, all beings in samsara suffer and this forms the First Noble Truth that the Buddha taught. We must learn to differentiate between suffering that leads to even more negative karma and suffering that exhausts bad karma. When the qualified guru acts out of kindness and with skilful purpose, the ’suffering’ he inflicts is swift, compassionate and ultimately curative and beneficial.

 

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  • Khaosod English report, khaosodenglish.com, [website], http://www.khaosodenglish.com/life/2015/06/09/1433853163/ (accessed: 29 January 2019)
  • Lhundup Sopa and David Patt. Steps On The Path To Enlightenment (Wisdom Publications 2004).
  • Aryashura, Commentary by Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey, Fifty Stanzas on the Spiritual Teacher (Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Second Revised Edition 1992)
  • The Great Female Master- Jetsun Lochen Rinpoche, tsemrinpoche.com, [website], https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-great-female-master-jetsun-lochen-rinpoche.html (accessed: 29 January 2019)
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  1. Bradley Kassian on Mar 25, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    The guru only cares for our well being, and though he may act wrathful to us, his acts will still be very beneficial now and in the future. I’m not sure about you but I’d rather stub my toe then break a leg, and if that meant a guru scolds us then we should develop humility, patience, and develop wisdom too know that the guru is only trying to help us. Thank you, Your Eminence Tsem Rinpoche and blog team for providing us with this educational blog post.

  2. Samfoonheei on Mar 23, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    Interesting first time hearing this….. Buddhist monk hitting people with a broom to purify and clearing one’s obstacles . Different religion and faith have their own way of purifying and blessing. A more usual form of Thai blessing would be sprinkling water on the fore head. A monk who was seen forcefully hitting temple-goers heads with a broom is normal to them. Even though the smacking may look violent, but it didn’t harm anyone recording to the Buddhist monk. I have seen in Chinese temple, one or two occasion that the deity in trance using branches of leaves hitting temple-goers to bless them.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing.

  3. Tsa Tsa Ong on Mar 20, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    This is a very interesting topic which i have heard about and was hoping to read and understand more about it in detail. Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for sharing so many interesting and educational write ups lately. Really helps to perk up my attention a lot. ????

  4. Yee Yin on Mar 19, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    This is an interesting article to read. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us the less seen, and the unconventional way a qualified Buddhist teacher might use for the benefits of the students. It is unconventional because we tend to think a monk or a Buddhist teacher should be full of compassion and gentle, they are not fierce or wrathful because they have the nature of a Buddha. But bear in mind, Buddha can manifest as a wrathful Buddha, for examples, Dorje Shugden, Yamantaka, etc.

    If Buddha can manifest wrathfulness to benefit people, a qualified Buddhist teacher can too! Just like our parents, when we are young, when we misbehaved, our parents will beat us up so that we remember there are certain things we should not do because they are harmful to us or to others. A Buddhist teacher will not beat the students unless all the other methods used are not effective and what the students do are harmful to themselves and others. It is out of great compassion that the teacher beats the students because other methods are not working to make the students realise they are going in the wrong direction.

    When we regard someone as our Buddhist teacher, we should always see him the same as the Buddha. A Buddhist teacher has a greater responsibility than our parents. He has the responsibility to make sure we achieve enlightenment and the responsibility is not for 18 years, this responsibility can be for Aeons. If a Buddha will not harm us, our teacher who is the same as the Buddha will not harm us either. His speech and his action is 100% to benefit us. He has the clairvoyance to know where we are heading to and the method he uses will be the best for us. When we trust our teacher and surrender, we will get the blessings from our teacher and we will see changes.

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    Wednesday, Oct 20. 2021 04:13 PM
    Most Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche born in the eastern province of Kham, Tibet. Rinpoche was recognized as 13th incarnation of Lama Chubdak by high lamas of the Kagyu, Sakya and Gelug traditions. Rinpoche’s life has been eventful receiving many teachings from a long line of illustrious of legendary teachers and great lamas in Tibet prior to the Chinese invasion.
    Venerable Zasep Rinpoche is the last of his generation of incarnate lamas and in his book A Tulku’s Journey from Tibet to Canada of tells us a first-hand account of life. A beautiful book to have and interesting read. In his autobiography he spoke of the importance for the preservation of the Gelug lineage and Tibetan Buddhism as a whole. Rinpoche has spends countless hours giving teachings to many around the world. Many of them has benefited from his profound teachings .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing of a great Lama.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Oct 20. 2021 04:12 PM
    The Third Trijang Rinpoche, Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso (1901–1981) was a Gelugpa Lama and a direct disciple of Pabongkhapa Dechen Nyingpo. HE Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche .succeeded Ling Rinpoche as the junior tutor of the 14th Dalai Lama when the Dalai Lama was nineteen years old. He also composed chants for spiritual practices and ceremonies and scores for their music for use by Ganden Shartse monastery. He received many teachings and empowerments from his root Guru Pabongkhapa . He even travelled extensively giving extensive teachings on Lamrim and initiations at many Gelugpa places all over Tibet. He also taught at Sakyapa and Nyingmapa Centers at their request. And ordained hundreds of young monks along those teachings. The teachings of the Lamrim that he taught were simply extraordinary and everyone left the teaching a better person. Thousands were inspired by the blessing would definitely guide and sustain each one throughout the rest of their lives.
    Inspiring indeed H.E Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche was also a poet and a writer who left behind his complete works in seven volumes, written in a style of rare elegance. Interesting read .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring sharing of Tibet’s Teacher of Teachers H E Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche’s Autobiography.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/books-poetry/tibets-teacher-of-teachers-reading-kyabje-trijang-rinpoches-autobiography.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Oct 20. 2021 04:11 PM
    Inspiring read of a courage Lama His Eminence Gyara Rinpoche spoke about Dorje Shugden openly and giving Dorje Shugden initiation to thousands at Yading, Daocheng County of Sichuan Province, China. Yading, Daocheng Ling Monastery, also known as Shugden Monastery. The monumental hall at the monastery was built specifically in order to spread and preserve the Pure Je Tsongkhapa Tradition and pure Buddha Dharma in General. An erudite scholar,Gyara Rinpoche received many teachings, instructions, initiations, commentaries and empowerments of both Sutra and Tantra from his main teacher, H E Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche. He also studied under many other highly accomplished masters. Carrying on the tradition of spreading Dorje Shugden’s practice, he travelled extensively giving teachings and explaining about the ban on Dorje Shugden’s practice. Thousands of practitioners were at Yading, Daocheng Ling Monastery listening to his teachings, initiation and so forth. He has been spreading the Dorje Shugden practices to many Tibetans in Tibet during difficult times when there is still a ban of Dorje Shugden. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/gyara-rinpoche-gives-dorje-shugden-sogtae.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Oct 16. 2021 03:43 PM
    The film Faces of Death shows nothing is more precious than being in the present moment, fully alive , fully aware . We won’t know what happening next. Death is a significant and inevitable part of life. Death teaches us that life is impermanent. There is no escape from death. We are all going to die some day. It doesn’t matter whether we are rich or poor, successful or ordinary, evil or good, we are going to die one day. Death refers to the end of life, we all go through this sad occurrence, and it is unavoidable. We have to accept death, but for as long as we are alive, we should live our life to the fullest meaningfully and make sure to enjoy it. Life is a lot more fragile than we think. So we should treat others in a way that leaves no regrets. Nothing is permanent in this world. Life’s impermanence.
    Buddhism emphasizes the importance of accepting the impermanence of life. Some scenes in the video appear quite gruesome, not to me as I have seen real ones as I been working and assisting surgeon in open surgeries before. Have seen thousands of births and many deaths occur while working . Life’s impermanence, I realised is what makes every single time and hour so precious. Its what shapes us our time and what makes it so important than not a single moment be wasted. We should not cling on to our body and our self-cherishing mind. It takes facing death to appreciate life and each other fully people die remains in the memory of those who live on. Everything must have its beginning and must have ending. We never know how much we really believe anything until its truth becomes a matter of life and death to us. The source of human suffering and discontent is that we crave and cling to the things of this world. Human life is brief, nothing does. Our hair , teeth fall our bodies decline and decay. Watching this documentary film is indeed powerful, truthful and tells us more, Life is certain , death is uncertain , I am glad to have across Rinpoche ‘s blog learning and practicing dharma . I have immersed myself in learning more and accepting that life is finite. All that exists is impermanent, nothing lasts. Therefore nothing can be grasped onto. Awareness of impermanence and appreciation of our human potential will give us a sense of urgency that we must use every precious moment. Profound teachings reading those comments.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this precious sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/faces-of-death-movie-review.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Oct 16. 2021 03:37 PM
    Wow …interesting read . You would not believe this . A boy named, Jacob Barnett was 2 years old when he was diagnosed with moderate to severe autism by doctors. It seem this boy would likely never talk or read and would probably be forever unable to independently manage basic daily activities. At the age 3 he is able to able to solve 5,000-piece jigsaw puzzles. They were wrong this child turned to be a math whiz heralded as a boy genius whose passion and mastery of physics impressed experts later . At age nine, while playing with shapes, he built a series of mathematical models. That’s fantastic and shock his parents. He even demonstrated how he imagined numbers as shapes. Jacob enrolled in university at age 12, and he even published his first physics paper. He is considered as one of the world’s most promising physicists and the youngest researcher to ever be accepted in the Institute for Theoretical Physics.
    Jacob Barnett is indeed another proof of reincarnation, I do believe.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting post.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/another-proof-of-reincarnation.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Oct 16. 2021 03:35 PM
    Back in 2015, Kechara had the privilege and great merits to witness an auspicious trance in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat. Those who were there witnessed a rare event where Dharma protector Dorje Shugden taken full trance of his official Panglung Oracle. Kechara has been very honoured and blessed that Dorje Shugden took trance of the Protector Dorje Shugden via the 7th Panglung Oracle or Chojela, an authentic and genuine oracle of Dorje Shugden . Wow all of the prayers, offerings, invocations, ritual instruments and recitations were all performed by Kecharians. They really did a good job. Rejoice. I not in Kechara yet back then , would hope one day Chojela will be taking trance again in the near furture.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing with beautiful pictures that tell us all.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/700-meet-a-buddha.html
  • Sarassitham
    Wednesday, Oct 13. 2021 06:08 PM
    This is an amazing and extremely inspiring story of a young brave woman who was willing to help and save many innocent children, in spite of her own personal danger. She did not give up easily and would find a solution to problems. She took great courage to take a stand against oppression, and facing a great wrong of those holding power.

    Though she lost her father at an early age, his dedication to others and his last words made a deep impression on her. Her kindness and compassion won many heart.
    She was recognized as a heroine during the holocaust and made history of winning many internationally awards and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

    Thank you for the wonderful sharing, May God blessed her wonderful soul.

    https://bit.ly/3AwsEhy
  • Sarassitham
    Tuesday, Oct 12. 2021 08:37 PM
    Wow ..that’s scary and shocking. Can’t deny the fact that human are indeed the most terrifying species in the world. Unlike every other species on this list the vast majority of human killings are intentional, showing that appreciation of life needs to drastically improve.

    Most of these animals are now facing extinction or nearing extinction due to man’s greediness. The rush towards wealth has out weight and causes this issue which we don’t realize now that it may belongs to one of our losses.

    We should appreciate all living creature and hope that more people will be more compassionate and aware on our ecology.

    https://bit.ly/3BLZzzS
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Oct 12. 2021 12:58 PM
    Beautiful story of Tsem Rinpoche’s mother . Thank you, Rinpoche for sharing those precious picture of Rinpoche’s mother. Looking at those pictures tell us she is indeed beautiful


    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/i-like-this-picture-of-my-mother.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Oct 12. 2021 12:56 PM
    Powerful and wonderful teachings on Lord Setrap practice. Rinpoche had brought this powerful teachings all the way from India to Malaysia. Many Kecharians have benefited relying on Lord Setrap practice, that’s what I heard from those miracles stories. Beautiful thangka shared in this post and rare precious pictures of High Lamas.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing. Looking at just the pictures is a blessing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/autobiography/something-i-wrote-on-blog-chat.html?
  • Sarassitham
    Monday, Oct 11. 2021 08:01 PM
    The importance of the zodiac to the Chinese culture is that the animal signs have been used in stories and folklore. These developed the different personality traits that were represented by each animal.

    Learning more about astrology and the zodiac signs helps us to understand people and their action. It’s always interesting to find ahead of time what we need to be aware of with our surroundings.

    Thanks for the interesting sharing, the zodiac provides guidance on how people live their lives.

    https://bit.ly/3AqN6Ad
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Oct 10. 2021 04:24 PM
    Recitation of mantra meditation have benefits us in long run helps to increase self-awareness, reduced stress and a greater sense of calmness. Mantras are positive words or phrases. When we chant mantras our mind releases the positive energy that decreases the negative thoughts or stress. It’s a wonderful practice. Help us to improved mood and well-being, reduced anxiety , verbal memory and so forth. Mantras have influence over our mind and body. Mantras are repetitive sounds, many neuroscientists have proved that sound and language of mantras influence the aspects of our life. Watching the video tells us more. I am glad to have met Rinpoche, learning and practicing from scratch have me change to more calmer than before. Recitation have me chance.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mantra-can-change-me.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Oct 10. 2021 04:21 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing . Its rare and precious as we are not often given a chance to view Tibetan and very tradition funeral is conducted of a great Saint the renowned H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche. Lati Rinpoche’s passing was a great loss to the Buddha Dharma world especially to Gelug Lineage ,Gaden Shartse Monastery, Gaden, Sera Drepung, and Tibetans on the whole. Lati Rinpoche had contributed towards teachings and spreading the Dharma was worldwide and was well respected by many devotees all over the world. Lati Rinpoche has travelled extensively, benefiting dharma students in various parts of the world. Lati Rinpoche did published several books published in Engilsh, and bringing teachings to countless thousands. Watching the video again had me thinking of our very own Lama Tsem Rinpoche ‘s funeral with much thoughts and tears. May we have merits so as to meet Tsem Rinpoche again.
    With folded hands thank you Rinpoche for been in Malaysia following the advice of a great teacher. Looking at those rare pictures of the cremation of H E Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, paints a thousands words.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/his-eminence-kyabje-lati-rinpoche-enters-clear-light.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Oct 10. 2021 04:16 PM
    Its always good to know our family ‘s root history. Wow….. very rich heritage of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s family background. Not easy with extensive research only could traced back to both sides of history. Rinpoche’s heritage is truly rich in cultures and spiritually. Interesting read and beautiful pictures shared giving us a glance of the rich heritage of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche in China. Some pictures are rare and precious.
    Thank you Rinpoche, Pastor David and Pastor Niral, for this informative article

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsem-rinpoches-heritage-in-china.html
  • Sarassitham
    Friday, Oct 8. 2021 09:09 PM
    Thank you for sharing this inspiring article with us. Although 80 years old, Mipham Gonpo’s never let his disability stop him from achieving his dharma practice. He was very ambitious and his mind was very determined to use the rest of his life to gain higher states of realizations before his death.

    Most of us are regularly unprepared for the actual task of discovering that which the dharma offers. Some have knowledge of dharma, they have understood some teachings, but they lack inspiration to practice.

    We should work on developing our minds and living a healthy lifestyle. Keeping the mind busy and fulfilled can help to overpower negative thoughts. Maybe it’s time to make a start as today there are great masters and people who want to engage with the dharma through meditation.

    https://bit.ly/3iJyNkq

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Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
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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
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Mark your calendars - we are about to embark on an epic ride! Kechara Food Bank will be travelling across the Peninsular in our giant truck to send dry food to over 2300 families. Thank you Volvo Trucks Malaysia for your generous donation of this custom-designed truck. What’s more – PPB Group Bhd is generously donating the food provision for this one-of-a-kind journey. Thank you on behalf of our grateful beneficiaries! Want to see all of this in action? Join us live or watch the videos and photos on our social media. Stay tuned!
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Mark your calendars - we are about to embark on an epic ride! Kechara Food Bank will be travelling across the Peninsular in our giant truck to send dry food to over 2300 families. Thank you Volvo Trucks Malaysia for your generous donation of this custom-designed truck. What’s more – PPB Group Bhd is generously donating the food provision for this one-of-a-kind journey. Thank you on behalf of our grateful beneficiaries! Want to see all of this in action? Join us live or watch the videos and photos on our social media. Stay tuned!
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
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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
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
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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
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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
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#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
#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
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#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
7 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
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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
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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
10 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
10 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
10 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
11 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
11 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
11 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.
11 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
1 years 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
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
1 years 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
1 years 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
1 years 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
1 years 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
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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
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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
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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
2 yearss 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
2 yearss 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
2 yearss 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
2 yearss 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
2 yearss 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
2 yearss 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
2 yearss 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
2 yearss 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
2 yearss ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
2 yearss ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
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