Happy Family for Kalachakra: Video & Transcript

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The practice of Kalachakra belongs to the Highest Yoga Tantra classification and is know to bring practitioners to complete enlightenment within just a single lifetime if practised properly.

The practice of Kalachakra belongs to the Highest Yoga Tantra classification and is known to bring practitioners to complete enlightenment within just a single lifetime if practised properly.

Dear friends,

In July 1981, there was an extremely historical event that occurred in Madison, Wisconsin, United States. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama bestowed the sacred practice of Kalachakra in the United States for the first time. I was a young boy at the time and did whatever I could to get the chance to attend as soon as I heard about it. I really racked my brains to find a way to get there and receive teachings from the Dalai Lama, a living Buddha.

I was reading something one day and all of a sudden I remembered this event. So I decided to record a short video to share the story with all of you wonderful blog readers. In the video, I recount the events that took place during this time, when I was just 15 years old and the lengths that I went to in order to achieve my goals. Do watch the video. Underneath it is the transcript for those who would rather read about it. And below that is some general information about the Kalachakra practice.

Tsem Rinpoche

 

VIDEO: Happy Family for Kalachakra

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Transcript: Happy Family for Kalachakra

The other day I was doing some blog work and a story came to mind that had happened to me when I was quite young. In July 1981, His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave the first historic Kalachakra empowerment and explanation in Madison, Wisconsin. I was 15 at the time but I remember it like [it was] yesterday. I think about 4-5 months earlier I had heard that… there was this great announcement that His Holiness was giving one of the Highest Yoga Tantra initiations (Kalachakra).

I was 15 at the time, living with my family in Howell, New Jersey. And being 15 I didn’t really know or understand what Kalachakra was, but I just knew that if His Holiness was giving it, I wanted to be there and it’s something that I really would want to do. And I did understand that it was a meditational practice, I did understand it was a yoga, I did understand that it was a transformational practice and it involved commitments, mantras, meditations, prayers. I did know that even though I was quite young, and I wanted to go very badly.

So, I lived in a community in New Jersey where, in the 50s, Kalmyk Mongolians (or Kalmyks) immigrated from Eastern Europe to the U.S. to find a better life during World War II. So, these Kalmyk Mongolians, with their culture, families, children, belongings that they could carry, lamas, monks, religion, teachers, they all immigrated to America, landing in New York. From New York, they migrated to the Tri-State Area, which is Pennsylvania, namely Philadelphia, New York and New Jersey. And there’s a high concentration of Kalmyk Mongols in Howell, New Jersey. That’s where I lived; with the Kalmyk Mongolian people. And they’re very beautiful and nice people.

So I lived there in the Kalmyk-Mongolian community and they had three Buddhist temples there and they had their Mongolian teachers and Mongolian geshes that had graduated from Drepung Monastery. Some of the geshes were from Sera Monastery. The Buddhism of Mongolia or the Kalmyk people, is exactly the same as in Tibet.

Kalmyk people is just a nationality of Mongolians. Mongolians have around 75 different nationalities, like Kazakh Mongols, Buryat Mongols, Xinjiang Mongols. What happened was when Genghis Khan had conquered Asia, North Africa and Eastern Europe, many of his tribes had stayed in the places that they had conquered and lived there for centuries until the present day. So, there are 75 different types of Mongols that had lived in different parts of Europe and Asia. This group of Mongols are called Kalmyks and they had migrated from Eastern Europe to the United States, and they brought their religion and culture.

So the Mongolian religion of this group of people (the Kalmyks) is pure Tibetan Buddhism and they respect and revere His Holiness the Dalai Lama as we all do. Their form of Buddhism is according to Lama Tsongkhapa’s tradition and they had brought that to the U.S., and they had very renowned and great teachers in their community in the 50s, 60s and 70s. That’s where I lived and 10 minutes away from me were two beautiful Buddhist temples with geshes from Drepung and Sera Monasteries.

So anyway, we had heard that His Holiness the Dalai Lama was giving this incredible empowerment of Kalachakra in Madison, Wisconsin. This was going to be in 1981. When I heard, I was extremely excited. I was very much looking forward to it and I ran to my friend’s house; at that time her name was Carmen, now she’s a nun. So, now her name is Thupten Chonyid, but at that time she was Carmen, so I’ll refer to her as Carmen for easy reference. So I went to Carmen and I asked her more about it. Carmen was a Kalmyk Mongolian lady who was advanced in Buddhist practice and tantric practices, and she had a lot of knowledge and was much older than me (at least over 15 years older than me), and she had been studying for years. So I went to her to ask her questions and she enlightened me and gave me a lot of information. I told her that I definitely wanted to go.

So, the Kalmyk Mongols had booked buses to go from New Jersey, Philadelphia, and I think some from New York, to Madison, Wisconsin. So they had booked buses ahead of time and everybody had put in their money and of course, we’d have to stay there for a few days (probably a week) in hotels and accommodations and it could be slightly pricey. Well, I wanted to go, so I went home and told my parents that I wanted to go. The good news was I could go if I earned my own money. The bad news was if I could earn my own money because it was going to be about $300-$400 USD, which at that time (in the 80s) was a lot of money for a 15-year-old kid. And I didn’t really have any money. I had an allowance of $5 a week so that wasn’t going to get me anywhere near Madison.

My parents were Buddhists and they had their shrine in their home and they attended the temple and they attended services and prayers, but they were adamant against me practising Dharma deeply, or doing meditations and religious studies deeply. They were afraid that I would become a monk and that they would lose a son. You see in the Kalmyk tradition, if you have a few sons you can give one to the monastery, but if you have only one, that boy is not supposed to be ordained. They’re supposed to stay home and take care of the parents and carry on the name, the lineage and so on (the ‘Asian thing’). What’s the ‘Asian thing’? That you carry on your name, lineage, take care of your parents, be filial… That’s the Asian thinking. Kalmyks are not much different than other Asian nations where they think the same thing.

So what happened was they didn’t want me to go and they had always objected to me going to the temple and learning, studying, praying and attending talks. They did many things to try to stop me from going. For example, they would tell me that I was grounded and couldn’t go to the temple for 3 months. Then when my birthday was swinging around the corner, they would ask me what I wanted for my birthday. I’d say that I wanted to be allowed to go to the temple to attend Dharma teachings and they’d say no because they wanted to get me a ‘good’ birthday present. After I insisted, they would give it to me and tell me it was okay to go to the temple.

Then that would last for 2-3 months and they’d see that I was getting deep into it and they would stop it again. And that went on for years where they would do this. Sometimes they’d come to the temple and see what I was doing (which was quite embarrassing for me). Sometimes they’d call up my teacher and kind of scold him, telling him that he shouldn’t be brainwashing me, teaching me all kinds of things, that he should allow me to stay home.

My teacher wasn’t doing any of this. My teacher wasn’t telling me to come, he wasn’t telling me to leave home, he wasn’t telling me to become a monk. He was just teaching the Dharma to groups of people and I attended. So my teacher was totally innocent in that ‘he wanted me to leave my family’ or something. He never ever said anything like that. He always told me to respect my parents and to take care of my parents and obey them and be a good son. That was his advice to me (personally) all the time.

So my parents used to think that he was kind of brainwashing me and telling me to be a monk or join the monastery. That was not true. So what happened was my parents developed a lot of animosity towards my Dharma teacher and some of the members of the temple because I was so heavily involved, and they tried to stop me as best they could. Anyways, when I asked if I could go for the Kalachakra initiation in Madison, Wisconsin, they wanted to say no but they couldn’t find a really good reason to say no. So they said that I had to earn my own money. So I was thinking to myself, “Ok… How am I going to do that…”. I talked to Carmen and she said it would be about $300-$400 USD.

So I went to my bedroom and I was doing my Manjushri mantras and I was plotting and thinking how. You see, I did 1,000 Manjushri mantras every single day in my room, quietly, without my mom knowing. So every single day I would do 1,000 Manjushri mantras and I would do a couple of thousand Kuan Yin/Chenrezig (OM MANI PADME HUM) mantras, and I would do a couple hundred of Palden Lhamo mantras. When I was younger, I was extremely attracted to Palden Lhamo and I would always pray to her and I would always recite her mantra. So I was praying to Manjushri and Avalokiteshvara and Palden Lhamo, that I could get to Madison, Wisconsin, because I really wanted this initiation. I really wanted to come back and practise. And I was flipping through some books and even found Kalachakra’s mantra. I was like “wow”, so I started reciting Kalachakra’s mantra (which now I know I shouldn’t have without initiation, but I was a kid) and praying to him that I could get his initiation.

So I was plotting away, and I thought I would go and get a job. Luckily it was coming around the summertime and so I did. We have a highway called ‘Highway 9’. If you go north it goes to New York. If you go south it goes to South Jersey. And Highway 9 went right through [New Jersey], very near our house. So I went on Highway 9, south, to where the shopping area of our little town was in Howell.

The shopping area was clusters and clusters of stores. We had this grocery store/supermarket called ‘Food Town’ at that time. Nearby they had pet stores, Burger King, McDonald’s, grooming shops and toy shops. They had all kinds of little shops on either side of Highway 9, and there was one Chinese restaurant there and it was called ‘Happy Family Chinese Restaurant’. My parents and I used to go there to eat and they were really Chinese people because in Howell it was quite rare to come across Chinese people or Japanese people or Vietnamese people at that time. It was quite rare to come across other Asians when I was living there. I think now there are many sorts of Asians of different nationalities but when I was there it was mostly us Kalmyks.

So there was actually a real Chinese family there, a mother, a dad, two sons, and they ran the restaurant. I asked around for some jobs in that area and I couldn’t get them, so I went to the Happy Family Chinese Restaurant. I was a little embarrassed because I used to go there and eat so when I walked in, they thought I wanted to pack some Chinese food home. I actually went there to ask for a job. The lady at that restaurant, the proprietor, was quite a nice lady. She spoke some English and asked what I could do. I said, “I don’t know… What do you need?” and she gave me a job as a busboy and a part-time waiter, which means I did waitering when necessary but most of the time I did bussing. Bussing is where you clean up the plates, dishes and cups after people finish eating. So I got a job and I was like “wow”. I didn’t have to fill out any forms. I didn’t have to pay social security or anything. I was just a kid in the summer, getting a job.

So every single day, from my home I would ride my bicycle and I would go to Happy Family Chinese Restaurant. So at home, I would take a shower, comb my hair, and I would have to wear black pants and a white dress shirt (no tie), and I had to look like a waiter. Then I would ride my bike from my house all the way up to Happy Family Chinese Restaurant which actually took about 20-25 minutes because it’s quite far. If you went by car it was about 7-8 minutes if there was no traffic. So I went to work, and I was really excited because I had a job and I was making like $2/hour and I could get this money, save it up and I calculated that if I worked really hard and overtime, I would have almost enough to make it to Madison. The rest of the money I would figure out how to get it later.

I think my goal was about $400 USD. So, I went to work every day and luckily it was summer. It became summer because the initiation was in July, and summer holidays were in June (June 20th or something like that). American schools would let us out for summer holidays until September. So I was so happy because it was the summer holidays and I could work really hard and I went there and I bussed tables and I cleaned up, washed, wiped, put new tablecloths… so every time a customer came they would eat, and I would clean up then I would take the dishes to the back… And I think one time I had to wash some dishes in the back because their dishwasher didn’t show up. So I was washing dishes and then one of the brothers didn’t show up, so I was also waitering tables. I would take people’s orders (I messed up) and I would balance food on a tray which was a very big production because we had to carry it on our shoulder with one hand, but I was lugging it out with two hands in front of me because I was afraid if I carried it on my shoulder I’d drop it. So I was waitering a little but I was bussing and washing dishes and saving money, and my whole goal was to have enough money to go to Madison to receive initiation from the living Buddha himself, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, bring the initiation back with me, with the texts, so I could do meditations, practices and prayers on Kalachakra. This is what I really wanted to do.

Well, I worked and worked and worked and I met up with my friend Carmen. I told her what I was doing and she just said to me, “Wow you’re a brilliant little kid.” She used to call me a little kid. She said that was amazing and asked how much I had saved up. I told her I had saved up around $150-$180 but I didn’t know if I would have enough. She was really generous and said, “If you don’t have enough, I will top off the rest so you can go.” I was like, “Really?” I couldn’t tell my parents that because my parents didn’t like her. They didn’t want me to associate with her because she was influencing me to study the Dharma so they didn’t really like her.

Anyways, I was really excited and so after a few weeks of working I saved up about $200-$300 and it was getting near the time (about 1 week away) of the initiation. I told Carmen how much I had and she told me she would top off the rest and that I could go on the bus with her, because my parents were not going (for whatever reason). They were supposed to but they didn’t. So they said that I had to make the money and since they weren’t going, I couldn’t go because there was no adult supervision. So I said I could go with Carmen and other people. It was the wrong thing to say but that’s what I said. So they said they’ll think about it and I was like, “Oh no…”. I worked part of the summer for this money to go. Now they were backtracking on their word, which they did quite often.

So, I remember they were in their bedroom discussing whether I could go or not. They were talking in Mongolian and at that time I could understand Mongolian. So I was parked outside their bedroom door, listening intently, and I had a mala (rosary) in my hand and I was reciting Palden Lhamo’s mantra. And I remember the hallway lights were shut and I wanted to make sure I could hear every word.

So, the hallway lights were shut and I was outside their bedroom door (which was closed) listening, and they were talking. They thought I was asleep and I was just reciting the mantra quietly “JO RAMO JO RAMO JO JO RAMO TUNJO KALA RACHENMO RAMO AJA DAJA TUNJO RULU RULU HUNG JO HUNG” and praying to Palden Lhamo, “Please influence them to let me go”. And I listened and listened, and they were discussing back and forth, “he’s becoming fanatical”, “if we let him go then he’s going to go deeper”, “he’s going to be a monk, we better not”. Then they were talking, “but we already promised him”, “he was working and he saved his money, now if we say no it won’t look good”. Then they said, “it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t look good, he’s our son so we’ve got to do what we want with him, protect him”. And it just went on back and forth. They were talking like that.

Finally, after like 1-1.5 hours of discussion (and I was listening to the whole thing), they came to the conclusion that they were not going to let me go. I was in the hallway and I was devastated, and then there was kind of silence in their room and they talked about other things and I thought they’d go back to the subject of whether to let me go. They didn’t but I waited in the hallway for a while. They didn’t talk about it anymore so I went to my room and I kind of crashed onto my bed and put my face into the pillow and I was crying. I was really crying and crying. I cried for quite a long time because I was just so disappointed. I didn’t want anything so bad as this and they had promised and they broke their promise.

I think what upset me very much was I couldn’t go to see His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Firstly, I wouldn’t get the initiation. Secondly, which they often did to me, was them breaking their promise and it hurts. It hurts a child that an adult or another person would think of something, make a promise and break it. And I think these days I have this strong kind of mindset that when I make a promise to someone, I do my best not to break it. And if I do break it because it slipped my mind, I will make up and I will do it.

When other people make a promise and they don’t keep it or you have to remind them or they’re not really serious (or flippant) about it; it really disappoints me and it makes me be very careful with the person the next time. Because promises are something that you think about (and no one forces you) and then you say yes, and when you say yes and you do it, you develop integrity and you develop a type of trust, and other people trust you, believe you and look up to you.

But if you just make promises and you break your promises and people have to chase you, or for strange reasons you just change your mind, people get disappointed, they get hurt, it leaves a very strong [negative] impression and I don’t like that. I don’t like to hurt people or disappoint people and I don’t like to be hurt or disappointed. So why do to others what you don’t want done to you?

Reliability is when you trust someone and they say they’re going to do it. You rely on them. You kind of plan around that and put your mind towards that and have that resting in your mind that a department is okay or that situation or that promise is okay. And when they break their promise, it upsets what we’re thinking, our plans, what we wanted to do, and I guess the most disappointing thing is that you start to lose respect for the person because they don’t have enough respect for you, anyone or themselves, to keep a promise and to not disappoint.

So therefore, I was extremely disappointed and very sad. My parents had done that many, many times, where they’d make a promise and break it repeatedly. And whenever they promised me things, I had to be very careful in the sense of not believing it or trusting it. I would have to be on extra good behaviour and extra careful not to upset them in any way, that they would backtrack on their promise. So when they said I couldn’t go, although I had enough money (with Carmen’s help) and I had worked the whole summer… and they saw me working. They gave me their permission to work. They gave me their permission to go and get a job and do all this because they didn’t think I would earn enough. They didn’t think I’d get the money. They didn’t think I would achieve the target. They really did not think that because I had never really worked.

So I was a determined kid. For Dharma, I was extremely determined. For Dharma, you couldn’t stop me. So they really didn’t think I’d make it; that I’d get the money together (because it’s a lot of money). But I did, so they were kind of stuck because I did get it and they had to let me go, but they didn’t want to because when they agreed it was because they thought I wouldn’t make it. And it was no.

I remember I went to Carmen and I cried. I cried for days… a couple of weeks in fact. I really cried. I was really upset. I was really down because I really, really wanted this initiation, the mantra, the blessings, the practice, and I really wanted it from His Holiness the Dalai Lama. I just really wanted to go home and meditate on this. And it was a “no”. So I told Carmen and she just said, “Never mind, we have our teacher here and he gives us great teachings (which of course he did) and in the future His Holiness might give Kalachakra again and maybe you can go later. Maybe it’s just not time now.” She was right but to a kid who was highly disappointed, I was inconsolable.

So the day came when everybody was going on the bus and Carmen was saying goodbye to me and all that. Up to the last day of them getting on the bus to go from New Jersey to Madison, Wisconsin, I was hoping my mother would have a change of heart. I didn’t get to go. I couldn’t go. When they all went and came back, Carmen told me really fabulous stories about meeting the Living Buddha Dalai Lama, the initiation, the practice, the blessings, she showed me the picture of the Kalachakra deity, she showed me her sadhana book and I was like…I didn’t get to go…

One thing led to another… eventually that year, I left home. It was towards (almost near) my birthday that I left home for the last time in my life because I had run away two times before that. So it was just before my birthday that I left home that year and I hitchhiked from New Jersey to Los Angeles. And I joined the Dharma centre in Los Angeles and then met Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen and met His Holiness Zong Rinpoche, and then Zong Rinpoche invited me to Gaden [Monastery] and then I was able to go to India, become ordained and become a monk. So the rest is history as they say, but I remember that story of how I was so disappointed that I couldn’t go to the Kalachakra initiation.

I thought that I’d share that with my friends. I guess the point of what I’m trying to say is you may not always get what you really want at the time you want it but don’t give up hope. Don’t despair to the point that you ruin your future chances. Keep up the hope. Work towards it. Make the determination strong. Focus and achieve it, because it can be achieved.

Thank you.

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Howell, New Jersey, USA (Route 9). Click to enlarge.

This was the Happy Family Chinese Restaurant I used to work at in Howell on Route 9. It was taken over by someone else later and renamed Sesame Inn, and was demolished in 2002. Click to enlarge.

A thangka depicting the enlightened King of Shambhala (who is a master adept of Kalachakra’s practice) emanating from his kingdom to bring Dharma into the world when ethics decline in the future. It is said those who practise the Kalachakra Tantra create the affinity to take rebirth in the enlightened society of Shambhala which exists on this planet.

 

More About Kalachakra

The Kalachakra is one of the most advanced Tantric practices that were brought from India to Tibet. Kalachakra means the “cycles of time”. The tantra explains both universal and spiritual progress through the use of three cycles:

  • External cycle
  • Internal cycle
  • Alternative (spiritual) cycle

A Kalachakra sand mandala

These three cycles are included in the five chapters of the Kalachakra Tantra. The first and second chapters are known as Ground Kalachakra.

  • Chapter 1 contains information about the outer or physical Kalachakra or cycle. This includes information about the Kalachakra calendar system, the workings of the elements, our solar systems, and the death of the universe.
  • Chapter 2 contains information about the inner Kalachakra, and the functions and classifications of the human body and its experiences. The human body consists of several components such as the winds, channels, and drops, while the human experience is described as waking, dreaming, deep sleep, and the energy of sexual orgasm.

The third to fifth chapters are known as the Path and Fruition.

  • Chapter 3 contains information about the preparation for meditational practice, which is the Kalachakra initiation.
  • Chapter 4 explains the actual meditation practice on the mandala, the deities in the generation stage practices, and the completion or the perfection stage of the Kalachakra’s Six Yogas.
  • Chapter 5 describes the fruit of the practice, the state of enlightenment.

 

How the Kalachakra Tantra Went from India to Tibet

The Kalachakra deities as the main figures

The Kalachakra deity. Click on image to enlarge.

The Kalachakra Tantra reached India through the efforts of a great saint named Kalachakrapada the Elder. It is said that one day Manjushri, who was Kalachakrapada’s yidam (meditational deity) appeared to him and entreated him to travel to the north of India. There, he encountered the Kalki King Aja who is considered to be an emanation of Yamantaka. King Aja bestowed upon him the complete initiation and commentary to the Kalachakra practice. Therefore, Kalachakrapada became the first in the line of Indian masters who propagated the practice.

After he returned to India, Kalachakrapada defeated the abbot of Nalanda Monastery, Naropa, in a debate and initiated him into the practice of Kalachakra. Naropa then legitimised the practice of Kalachakra in Nalanda and initiated great masters, such as Atisha, into the practice.

There are two main lineages of the Kalachakra Tantra that came to Tibet: The Ra and the Dro lineages. The Ra lineage descended from Samantashri, a Kashmiri master, and Ra Lotsawa Dorje Drak, a Tibetan translator. Prominent Sakya masters such as Drogon Chogyal Phagpa (1235-1280), Sakya Pandita (1182-1251), Buton Rinchen Drub (1290-1364), and Dolpopa Sherab Gyeltsen (1292-1361) practised the Ra lineage.

The Dro lineage descended from Somanatha, another Kashmiri scholar who travelled to Tibet, and translator Dro Lotsawa Sherab Drak. The Dro lineage was widely practised within the Jonang School. A famous Jonang scholar, Taranatha, wrote a commentary to the Dro lineage of Kalachakra. Buton Rinchen Drub and Dolpopa Sherab Gyeltsen were holders of the Kalachakra Tantra from both the Ra and Dro lineages.

The Kalachakra Tantra came to the Gelug school through Lama Tsongkhapa. It is said that Lama Tsongkhapa had a pure vision of Kalachakra and auspicious signs while examining this Tantra. The deity put his primary hands on Lama Tsongkhapa’s head and declared,

“Concerning the Kalachakra Tantra, you have appeared like King Suchandra himself.”

One of Lama Tsongkhapa’s main disciples, Khedrup Je, who would later be recognised as the 1st Panchen Lama, wrote a commentary to the Kalachakra Tantra.

Today, the Kalachakra Tantra is practised by all Tibetan Buddhist schools, and is prominently featured within the Gelug lineage.

 

Iconography of Shri Kalachakra

The following are the main features of Shri Kalachakra’s iconography:

(Top to bottom): Buddha Shakyamuni, King Suchandra, King Raudra Chakrin, Vajravega and Dorje Shugden. Click on image to enlarge or click here for more high resolution Buddha images.

  • His body is blue in colour.
  • He has four faces. The main face is blue-black, with a fierce expression and bared teeth. The face on the right is red in colour with a desirous expression. The face on the left is white with a peaceful expression. Finally, the face on the back is yellow in colour and in Samadhi. Each of the faces has three eyes.
  • His hair is tied and adorned with vajrasattva, vishvavajra, and a crescent moon as a crown.
  • Kalachakra wears vajra earrings, necklaces, bracelets, a vajra jewel, anklets, belt, mala, and a loose tiger skin skirt.
  • He has six pairs of shoulders. The first and second pairs on the left and right are blue. The third and fourth pairs are red, and the fifth and sixth are white.
  • Of his twelve pairs of arms, the first four arms (left and right) are black in colour, the second four arms are red, and the third four arms are white.
  • On his twenty-four hands, all the little fingers are green, the ring fingers are black, the middle fingers are red, the index fingers are white, and the thumbs are yellow. All the fingers are radiant and beautiful.
  • In his twelve right hands, the first four black hands hold a vajra, sword, trident, and a curved knife. The four red hands hold a flaming arrow, vajra hook, a rattling damaru, and a hammer, while the four white hands hold a wheel, a spear, a stick, and a battle axe.
  • In his twelve left hands, the first four black hands hold a vajra bell, shield, katvanga, and a blood-filled skullcup. The four red hands hold a bow, vajra lasso, jewel, and a white lotus, while the four white hands hold a conch, a mirror, a vajra chain and the four-faced head of Brahma adorned with a lotus.
  • The right leg is extended and red in colour. It steps on a being named Kamadeva who has four hands and one face. Kamadeva’s four hands hold five flowers, a bow, a lasso, and a hook.
  • The left leg is white, and steps on a being named Rudra, who has a white face, four arms, and three eyes. The four arms hold a trident, a damaru, a skullcup, and a katvanga.
  • Holding the soles of Kalachakra’s feet are two demons, Uma and Rati, who lie in a woeful position.

The following are the main features of Vishvamata’s (Shri Kalachakra’s consort) iconography:

  • Her body is yellow in colour.
  • Her four faces, from right to left, are the colours yellow, white, blue, and red. Each face has three eyes.
  • Her four right hands hold a curved knife, a hook, a rattling damaru, and a bead mala.
  • In her four left hands are a skullcup, a lasso, an eight-petaled lotus, and a jewel.
  • Her crown holds an image of Vajrasattva.
  • Her left leg is extended.

Shri Kalachakra and Vishvamata reside in the centre of the Kalachakra mandala. The weapons and shield held by Shri Kalachakra represent triumph over Mara, and his ability to protect sentient beings. Robert Beer, researcher of symbolism mentioned the following regarding the weapons held by the deities:

“Many of these weapons and implements have their origins in the wrathful arena of the battlefield and the funereal realm of the charnel grounds. As primal images of destruction, slaughter, sacrifice, and necromancy, these weapons were wrested from the hands of the evil and turned – as symbols – against the ultimate root of evil, the self-cherishing conceptual identity that gives rise to the five poisons of ignorance, desire, hatred, pride, and jealousy. In the hands of siddhas, dakinis, wrathful and semi-wrathful yidam deities, protective deities or dharmapalas, these implements became pure symbols, weapons of transformation, and an expression of the deities’ wrathful compassion which mercilessly destroys the manifold illusions of the inflated human ego.”

Source: Wikipedia

 

Kalachakra Practice

The 11th Panchen Lama giving Kalachakra initiation to a mass audience

The Kalachakra Tantra is unique because of its tradition of being delivered to a mass audience. It is said that practising Kalachakra creates the causes for one to be born in Shambhala. One of the benefits to be reborn in Shambhala is so that one can continue spiritual practice without disturbances. The Kalachakra initiation enables practitioners to practise yoga as described in the Kalachakra Tantra with the aim of achieving the state of Shri Kalachakra.

 

Requirements and Motivation

Kalachakra Mandala. Click on image to enlarge.

To be properly initiated into Kalachakra practice, the teacher and disciple should meet certain qualifications. According to the 4th Panchen Lama, Lobsang Chokyi Gyaltsen, the qualification of a teacher is as follows:

“He should have control over his body, speech, and mind. He should be very intelligent, patient, and without deceit. He should know the mantras and tantras, understand reality, and be competent in composing and explaining texts.”

Source: dalailama.com

The student should have experienced, or at least have intellectual understanding and appreciation of the three principal aspects of the Mahayana path:

  • Renunciation of samsara
  • Bodhicitta
  • Understanding of emptiness

Out of the three, the most important is Bodhicitta, which should be the primary reason for one to be initiated. In the Abhisamayalankara text, Lord Maitreya defined Bodhicitta as “the desire for true, perfect enlightenment for the sake of others.” In the context of Kalachakra, practitioners should have the following motivation:

“For the sake of all sentient beings, I must achieve the state of Shri Kalachakra. Then I will be able to establish all other sentient beings in the state of Shri Kalachakra as well.”

Source: dalailama.com

Overall, there are eleven initiations within Kalachakra practice. The first seven initiations are considered the first set and are about preparing for generation stage meditation in Kalachakra. The second set, the remaining four initiations, are to prepare for the completion stage meditations. Those who do not have any intention to practise Kalachakra are only given the first set of initiations.

 

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    great!
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    Sunday, Jun 13. 2021 10:48 PM
    Useful information about monks.
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    Sunday, Jun 13. 2021 01:27 PM
    For many years fishermen have been targeting shark fins for their high monetary and cultural value. They are used in a popular dish called shark fin soup, which is a symbol of status in Chinese culture such as weddings and banquets. The continued demand for shark fin soup, dumplings, and other shark fin dishes are served in restaurants. All these resulting in the practice of finning, where an estimated millions of sharks being killed each year for their fins alone. Shark fin soup is a traditional soup usually found in Chinese cuisine. The disappearing of sharks is alarming due to over-fishing scientist has discovered. Sad sooner or later sharks will goes extinct in the oceans. It is wonderful that more people and even our local celebrities have also joined hands to put a stop to shark fin consumption. Their effort paid off and are raising awareness of the campaign against shark fin. Nowadays shark fins soup are taken off the menu in most restaurant. It is critical to reduce demand, when we could change our attitudes not to harm those sharks by consumption the soup and so forth.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/extinction-in-a-bowl-of-soup.html
  • Samfoonheei
    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.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/powerful-qualities-of-dorje-shugden-in-memes-french.html
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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.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/powerful-qualities-of-dorje-shugden-in-memes-german.html
  • Sarassitham
    Friday, Jun 11. 2021 11:52 PM
    Many religions believe in Karma. Karma means a deed or an act. The three major religions that believe in Karma are Sikhism, Hinduism, and Buddhism.

    Life is about what you give, not what you get. It’s about putting into daily practice the kinds of things we’ve all heard many times. Do good for others and good may happen to you.

    As per the law of karma, every positive deed which we do, generates a merit, while every negative deed results in a demerit or sin which subsequently we need to repay by enduring happiness or unhappiness.

    Thanks you for the deeper understanding of karma.

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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.
    All thanks to Tsem Rinpoche for coming out all these memes helping us to recall the qualities, abilities, benefits and and nature of Dorje Shugden, the special protector emanation of Manjushri.

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    Heartfelt watching this video again, what a royal dog named Mimi was. Could imagined waited on the same spot for her owner who had left her for 8 years. Looks like the owner had intended to leave her there, when shifting house. Its only when the SPCA found Mimi’s owner she was taken back yet not for too long she was left alone again. Sad tale indeed when any one decide to own a dog think twice. A dog is a man best friend yet please don’t leave them at least gave to someone to care . Poor Mimi such a royal dog , sufferings from being left out, abused as stray dog and suffered through all the surgeries because of cancer. SPCA did a good job , thank you for taking care of Mimi.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing of the story of Singapore’s Hachiko named Mimi.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/singapores-hachiko.html
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    Wonderful to have established Dorje Shugden chapel at Kathmandu, Nepal ,not only one but two. These will definitely benefit more and more people in long run. Dorje Shugden is a Powerful Protector who is an emanation of Manjushri and fully enlightened being. Dorje Shugden will help us to overcome obstacles and problems regardless of all religion. Being located in one busiest spots where thousands of people will walk past the chapel everyday, be blessed. Thanks to those kind generous sponsors and many others.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

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    Thank you for the interesting article and deep discovering of the beautiful mother nature of Kedah. Besides the historical site, the largest producer of rice in Malaysia, Kedah is a land of peace and tranquility.

    The wonderful Kedah holds the most famous attractions in Langkawi Island, the sandy beaches to green forest parks and virgin rainforest on highlands. Kedah too is a great place for a good taste of northern Malaysian culture and the best relaxing vacation destination for nature lovers and the family.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jun 9. 2021 02:58 PM
    Worth to be on a vegetarian for many reasons such as health , making a positive environmental and ethical impact and saving animals life. For some people, eating vegetarian is a way to be healthier and for others, eating this way has more to do with religion, animal rights, or environmental concerns. Many studies have shown that vegetarians are less likely to get chronic diseases such as heart disease, cholesterol and diabetes. A vegetarian diet reduced the risk for cancer in general I would say that. But what is important basically is not to harm animals, give them a chance to live.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this simple meaningful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/make-it-simple.html
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    Wednesday, Jun 9. 2021 02:55 PM
    Extensive review which explained well and detailed all about the book. Good read and a profound teachings by Rinpoche on the 8 verses of mind transformation by Geshe Langri Tangpa.
    Thank you, Rinpoche for this book, and Pastor Han Nee for the review.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/a-review-of-compassion-conquers-all-by-tsem-rinpoche.html
  • 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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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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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
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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
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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
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
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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
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
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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
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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
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
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Fwd: Dear Sotha
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
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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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