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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    really….such a stunning sacred image 1,000 Armed Avalokitesvara as gift from Joshua and family for Rinpoche . More so receiving it on Wesak Day is indeed wonderful. Merely looking at this stunning images is a blessing.
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, May 10. 2024 02:57 PM
    A card and hard disc from Sean Wang was truly a smart idea afterall. Nobody could imagine such idea but he did it. Placing thumb drives with millions and billions of Vajrayogini her holy mantra in Tibetan into the holy statue. Not only that drawing pictures too . Such a great idea whereby people come to make offerings, prostrate, circumambulate, collecting huge amount of merits for themselves and their love ones. Thanks to Sean Wang/
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/letters-cards-gifts/seans-got-a-great-idea.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, May 10. 2024 02:55 PM
    Reading this blog kindly reminded us of the most cherished people in our lives that’s our parents. Mother’s Day that is on this Sunday 12th of May and Father’s Day falls on the third Sunday in June. Teachers Day too important ……a day to honour and recognise their roles in our lives. Rinpoche always emphasised that we should not avoid the responsibility of repaying the kindness of the people who have helped us in our life. The only true way to honour and repay their kindness is to let them know that their kindness meant a lot to us . Do something good for them or someone else as this practice ultimately gives enormous power and possibilities for positive effects in many lives not just our own life. Simple saying thank you and expressing our appreciation can go a long way.
    Reading all those powerful quotes by Rinpoche gives us a lesson and example.
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers team for sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/celebrating-kindness-20-quotes-from-tsem-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 8. 2024 06:11 PM
    Achi Chökyi Drölma is the Dharma Protector of the Drikung Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. She also appears as a protector in the Karma Kagyu refuge tree as Achi Chodron. Although Achi has a particular committment to protect the Drikung Kagyu, she is recognized and practiced by all lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. To benefit the beings in samsara, she displays a limitless number of manifestations at different times and in different space dimensions. She vowed to protect the Drikung Kagyu lineage and its practitioners, removing inner and outer obstacles , a revered figure in Tibetan Buddhism, embodies the harmonious union of compassion, wisdom, and protective energy. a powerful wisdom-protector who guards and protects all sincere Dharma-practitioners to rely on her. She is also known for her power to confer wealth. She rose to protect Drikung Kagyu lineage while Dorje Shugden who rose to protect the Gelug teaching. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Gen Lobsang Phuljung for this interesting write up

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/achi-chokyi-drolma-chief-protectress-of-the-drikung-kagyu.html
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    Wednesday, May 8. 2024 06:00 PM
    Dorje Shugden is a special Dharma Protector who quickly fulfils wishes and sincere prayers. He brings healing, harmony and peace; protects from harm and obstacles and attracts opportunities for success and growth. To promote the practice of Dorje Shugden, Kechara has came up a easy way for more people to understand the Powerful Practice. Presented in six different languages as such in English, Tibetan བོད་ཡིག, Chinese 中文, Hindi हिंदी, Tamil தமிழ், Nepali नेपाली so everyone could access. All those materials were distributed to visitors free of charge at all Kechara outlets. Looking at those pictures of visitors says all of how Kechara had spreads the practice of Dorje Shugden like wild fire. More people will get to know and understand the true stories and benefits of Dorje Shugden.
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/kechara-spreads-the-practice-of-dorje-shugden.html
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    Wednesday, May 8. 2024 05:57 PM
    For the last 60 years, the Tibetan Government-in-Exile has exploited, abused, marginalised and persecuted their people. For the first time in six decades, since the Tibetans first entered a life in exile, we are seeing more and more examples of ordinary Tibetans speaking up against this exploitation. In years gone past, Tibetans would never have dared to voice their objections to the leadership. They have been mixing religion and politics ever since. A majority of the Tibetans in India are stateless, and been sufferings quietly. Hundreds of thousands of Tibetans were killed during the Chinese invasion, prompting the young Dalai Lama to flee into exile in 1959. Because of all the exploitation the younger Tibetan generation are willing to express and speaking up.
    Reading the commentary by a anonymous member of the Tibetan community tells us how those desperate Tibetans experienced all this while and to voice the truth. Interesting read. In order to achieve peace it is necessary to address the root of violence and conflict by having dialogue between the Chinese Government and the Tibetan Government.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/tibetan-refugee-youth-speaking-up.html
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    Coming up with these informative website is a great work of Rinpoche and writers team. With these website it had many people get to understand more of Tibetan Buddhism , great teachers teachings and of course all about the practice of Dorje Shugden. I am one of them , its was this website I got to know , learn, and understand about Tibetan Buddhism and Dorje Shugden.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands and writers team .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/fantastic-new-dorje-shugden-website-launched.html
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    The legendary Ra Lotsawa Dorje Drak was born in the village of Nyenam,Southern Tibet amidst many auspicious signs of a high rebirth. Ra Lotsawa was a great tantric master and is one of the most controversial Buddhist teachers in Tibetan history who had used wrathful means to subjugate his opponents. One of the previous lives of Dorje Shugden is the renowned lama Ra Lotsawa Dorje Drak, Amongst his great deeds, Ra Lotsawa was known to have renovated many with Samye, Tibet’s first monastery. He also sponsored numerous new translation works, the copying and recitation of sacred scriptures, and the installation of Buddha statues. Interesting read of the biography of this great master. Ra Lotsawa Dorje Drakpa left behind a legacy of many great lamas, practitioners and preserving, as well as spreading this tantric system in Tibet.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/ra-lotsawa-dorje-drakpa-tibetan-master-of-the-vajrabhairava-tantra.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 8. 2024 05:51 PM
    Dorjé Shukden is a controversial Tibetan Buddhist protector deity, believed by some to be a wrathful spirit and by others to be an enlightened Buddha. The controversy that arose from this divided understanding over the last fifty years has impacted the Tibetan Buddhist community globally and continues to be relevant to observers and practitioners of Buddhism the world over. The Yellow Book, based on its cover. It was composed by Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche in 1970, but it was not published until 1973. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche never intended for his book to be published but somehow it was published without his permission. According to the introduction, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche authored this book in 1970 based on teachings given by Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, the junior tutor to the 14th Dalai Lama.The original intention of this book was to be complementary material to Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche’s book, Music Delighting An Ocean of Protectors, which was published six years before the Yellow Book. The Yellow Book did not circulate widely until several years later. It is a collection of cautionary tales and teachings but sadly some influential powerful officials and people who had corrupted the Gelug lineage . Interesting read.
    I am looking forward to finish reading this book.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Martin for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/dr-christopher-bells-views-on-zemey-rinpoches-yellow-book.html
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    Firebirds are mythical birds found in the folklore of many cultures. They are often depicted as magical birds with feathers that glow like flames or the sun. The mythology surrounding firebirds varies between cultures, but there are some common themes. In Greek mythology, the mythical bird known for its ability to be reborn from its ashes, symbolizing immortality and renewal. It is often depicted as a beautiful and majestic creature with brightly coloured feathers and a long tail. Interesting read of the stories related to the mythology, legend and folklore in this blog.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/beautiful-1000-armed-avalokitesvara.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 4. 2024 06:13 PM
    Wow….such a stunning sacred image 1,000 Armed Avalokitesvara as gift from Joshua and family for Rinpoche . More so receiving it on Wesak Day is indeed wonderful. Merely looking at this stunning images is a blessing. Its such a meaningful and beautiful gift.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/beautiful-1000-armed-avalokitesvara.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 4. 2024 06:09 PM
    For thousands of years a mystical paradise land hidden within the Himalayan Mountains called Shambhala also known by many names. For many generations, people have attempted to search for this paradise land of spiritual evolution.According to the legend, Shambhala is a place of peace and happiness. The existence of Shambhala is mentioned in the old scripture. There are many legends associated with the location of Shambhala. There are many great meditators that have travelled astrally to this beautiful paradise place sharing and describe their experiences. Reading through this interesting article again and again to understand better.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-mythical-land-of-shambhala.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 4. 2024 06:07 PM
    Cham Dance is the traditional dance of Tibetans. It involves a series of masked dances, which are usually performed by monks and laymen, wearing colourful costumes. These dances are vibrant and lively and are performed during annual festivals. Dorje Shugden Cham dance is one of them, is said to have originated in the Himalayan range and by far the date and year are kept as a treasured secret to this date. The Dorje Shugden cham dance is rare but not an obscure lineage; there are certain monasteries in Tibet who have practised this dance for hundreds of years. Dorje Shugden Cham dance is a colourful and impressive performance, performed by Buddhist monks who practiced Dorje Shugden. The Cham dance is very powerful and through the dance which depicts the truth of Dorje Shugden.There are a few variations of accounts on the history and the lineage of Dorje Shugden, written by various attained lamas in the last 350 years. Collected works on Dorje Shugden written by His H H Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche considered the most accurate account. As describes clearly how Dorje Shugden for many lifetimes had manifested high level Mahasiddhas. Dorje Shugden and his entourage of thirty-two deities are all depicted in the Cham dance as a World Peace Protector. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche great sharing.

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

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/making-nepalese-momos.html

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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-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 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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We hope you enjoyed our pictures, as much as we enjoyed our Wesak Day together in Penang. Let us carry the energy and enthusiasm we experienced so far and inspires many more. Happy Wesak Day! 22/5/2024 KPSG by Jacinta
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We hope you enjoyed our pictures, as much as we enjoyed our Wesak Day together in Penang. Let us carry the energy and enthusiasm we experienced so far and inspires many more. Happy Wesak Day! 22/5/2024 KPSG by Jacinta
Puja offering packages. Thanks to those who sponsored the puja. May all your wishes be fulfilled. KPSG by Jacinta
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Puja offering packages. Thanks to those who sponsored the puja. May all your wishes be fulfilled. KPSG by Jacinta
Colourful altar with plenty of offerings. We had DS puja with Praise to Buddha Shakyamuni as we celebrate this special day of Buddha's Birth, Enlightenment and Parinirvana. KPSG by Jacinta
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Colourful altar with plenty of offerings. We had DS puja with Praise to Buddha Shakyamuni as we celebrate this special day of Buddha's Birth, Enlightenment and Parinirvana. KPSG by Jacinta
Some of the activities done during the Wesak Day Celebration in Penang. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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11/5/2024 Saturday @3pm. After puja, all members helped out clearing the offerings and we shared out the blessed food offerings with our families, friends and even animals. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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11/5/2024 Saturday @3pm. After puja, all members helped out clearing the offerings and we shared out the blessed food offerings with our families, friends and even animals. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Today we have an inaugural cancer free diet talk and info sharing by Mr. Ooi. Mr. Ooi is a Penangite and like any other man, he has a family to provide for. From colon cancer stage 4,he is now known as a cancer-free man. Learn more about his story and his acquaintance with Dorje Shugden here https://youtu.be/x7i-yXJBUwM?si=A-5O0udxjg52iS58
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Kind-hearted sponsors sponsored these kuih-muih & flowers for today's puja @ 4th May, 2024. Should you wish to contribute these or sponsor our weekly puja, do contact us for more details. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Pastor Seng Piow guides us on the flow of Dorje Shugden puja, its benefits, significant of Chanting the names of Manjushri and also explaining the dedication for the sponsors and to those in need before we start the puja as we have 2 newcomers today.
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Pastor Seng Piow guides us on the flow of Dorje Shugden puja, its benefits, significant of Chanting the names of Manjushri and also explaining the dedication for the sponsors and to those in need before we start the puja as we have 2 newcomers today.
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Two Pastors in da house! Double the merits, double the happiness. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Mr. Cheah Fook Wan offered lights and incense to The Three Jewels prior to the puja in Ipoh. (KISG - Kin Hoe)
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Mr. Cheah Fook Wan offered lights and incense to The Three Jewels prior to the puja in Ipoh. (KISG - Kin Hoe)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations on Sunday afternoon in Ipoh. (KISG- Kin Hoe)
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Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations on Sunday afternoon in Ipoh. (KISG- Kin Hoe)
Powerful Dorje Shugden puja @ Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. Every Saturday, 3 pm. Remove obstacles and grant blessings to fulfil wishes. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 6th April 2024
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Powerful Dorje Shugden puja @ Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. Every Saturday, 3 pm. Remove obstacles and grant blessings to fulfil wishes. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 6th April 2024
Rejoice to the volunteers (also kind sponsors) who cleaned the Gyenze Chapel and made abundant offerings to Gyenze. ~ Alice
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Rejoice to the volunteers (also kind sponsors) who cleaned the Gyenze Chapel and made abundant offerings to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
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Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
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Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Our weekly Dorje Shugden Puja @ 23/3/2024 . William, as the umze is seen here burning incense powder as we are about to recite the Sangsol Prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Ganden Serkong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Our weekly Dorje Shugden Puja @ 23/3/2024 . William, as the umze is seen here burning incense powder as we are about to recite the Sangsol Prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Ganden Serkong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
And here's Mr Wong of KSK Ipoh who dropped by to pray and offered some donation to the Chapel. Kechara Penang Study Group. Pic by Siew Hong & uploaded by Jacinta.
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And here's Mr Wong of KSK Ipoh who dropped by to pray and offered some donation to the Chapel. Kechara Penang Study Group. Pic by Siew Hong & uploaded by Jacinta.
Today's puja (16/3/2024) ended around 420pm, Jacinta was the umze of the day. Pic by Siew Hong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Today's puja (16/3/2024) ended around 420pm, Jacinta was the umze of the day. Pic by Siew Hong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Group photo taken after the last session, sealed with King of Prayers. Come and join us next time! Sayonara - 9-10th March 2024 - Kechara Penang DS Retreat by Jacinta.
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Group photo taken after the last session, sealed with King of Prayers. Come and join us next time! Sayonara - 9-10th March 2024 - Kechara Penang DS Retreat by Jacinta.
Abundance altar! Fruits, flowers, Mee Koo (traditional Penang buns), Bee Hoon, sourdoughs and snacks are some of the offerings to Rinpoche, Buddhas & Bodhisattvas. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat 9-10th March, 2024 by Jacinta.
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Abundance altar! Fruits, flowers, Mee Koo (traditional Penang buns), Bee Hoon, sourdoughs and snacks are some of the offerings to Rinpoche, Buddhas & Bodhisattvas. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat 9-10th March, 2024 by Jacinta.
Siew Hong, one of retreatants and an active member of Kechara Penang group proudly presented her torma to be used during the Kalarupa puja. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Siew Hong, one of retreatants and an active member of Kechara Penang group proudly presented her torma to be used during the Kalarupa puja. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Torma making was taught by Pastor Seng Piow and held one day before the retreat. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Torma making was taught by Pastor Seng Piow and held one day before the retreat. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat cum Puja, 9-10th March 2024 led by Pastor Seng Piow with 12 retreatants. Uploaded by Jacinta
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Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat cum Puja, 9-10th March 2024 led by Pastor Seng Piow with 12 retreatants. Uploaded by Jacinta
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Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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In this pic, Pastor Seng Piow is sharing Dharma with newbies ~ Sharyn's friends. It's always good to make light offerings at the beginning of new year. By making light offerings, you are able to dispel the darkness of ignorance and achieve wisdom. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
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Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
Jun from Ipoh was offering mandarin oranges to Mother Tara and The Three Jewels. (Kin Hoe)
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Jun from Ipoh was offering mandarin oranges to Mother Tara and The Three Jewels. (Kin Hoe)
Prior to our puja in Ipoh, Mr. & Mrs. Cheah Fook Wan were preparing for the offerings to the Buddhas. (Kin Hoe)
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Prior to our puja in Ipoh, Mr. & Mrs. Cheah Fook Wan were preparing for the offerings to the Buddhas. (Kin Hoe)
On Sunday afternoon, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations in Ipoh. (Kin Hoe)
4 months ago
On Sunday afternoon, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations in Ipoh. (Kin Hoe)
Some of the best shots taken during Thaipusam in Penang. Swee Bee, Huey, Tang KS, Nathan, Choong SH and Jacinta volunteered. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
5 months ago
Some of the best shots taken during Thaipusam in Penang. Swee Bee, Huey, Tang KS, Nathan, Choong SH and Jacinta volunteered. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Simple yet powerful ally ~ Bhagawan Dorje Shuden. Kechara Penang Study Group consists of Chien Seong, Hue, Choong SH, Tang KS, Swee Bee and Jacinta. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Uploaded by Jacinta.
5 months ago
Simple yet powerful ally ~ Bhagawan Dorje Shuden. Kechara Penang Study Group consists of Chien Seong, Hue, Choong SH, Tang KS, Swee Bee and Jacinta. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Uploaded by Jacinta.
Thaipusam in Penang. Some of the best shots. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
5 months ago
Thaipusam in Penang. Some of the best shots. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Nothing beats having a sacred audience with our lineage lamas. It's not selfie or wefie, but we have the best 'groufie'!!! 20th Jan 2024, Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
5 months ago
Nothing beats having a sacred audience with our lineage lamas. It's not selfie or wefie, but we have the best 'groufie'!!! 20th Jan 2024, Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Welcoming our lineage Gurus to our Penang Chapel today! Pastor Seng Piow explained the significance of having Guru Tree and introduced to us our lineage lamas, Buddhas, deities, protectors and etc.
5 months ago
Welcoming our lineage Gurus to our Penang Chapel today! Pastor Seng Piow explained the significance of having Guru Tree and introduced to us our lineage lamas, Buddhas, deities, protectors and etc.
Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
5 months ago
Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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