Rigzin Palden Rinpoche (Lama Serpo) – The Golden Lama

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Rigzin Palden Rinpoche, a.k.a Lama Serpo was a great lama from Bhutan known for spiritual accomplishments that can from his pure Guru devotion

Rigzin Palden Rinpoche, a.k.a Lama Serpo, was a great lama from Bhutan known for his spiritual accomplishments that arose from his pure Guru devotion.

Dear friends,

I was online one day and I stumbled across the biography of Rigzin Palden Rinpoche, also known as Lama Serpo. He was a Bhutanese spiritual master who gained mastery and complete control of his death process through his meditational practices. His story is one of hardship but is an inspiration to everyone on their spiritual journey. He travelled far and wide to search for his Root Guru or main teacher and having found his teacher, spent the rest of his life following his teacher’s instructions.

What is amazing is that along his spiritual journey, his main practice was nothing more than reliance and total devotion to his guru. Inspirational! His story is a testament to the power of having devotion to one’s teacher and is an example we should emulate and follow. In Tibetan Buddhist practice, especially when it comes to the higher practices like Tantra, it is said when we have this sort of Guru devotion, we gain high spiritual attainments and we gain them very quickly.

Do take a read and be inspired by the life of a very recent Buddhist master!

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Rigzin Palden Rinpoche (Lama Serpo),
A Detailed Biography

Rigzin Palden Rinpoche, also known as Lama Serpo, was born in Khawchung, Lhuntse, Bhutan in 1916. His father was Sonam Dorji and mother Thuji Zangmo. His birth witnessed many auspicious signs and unlike his brother’s birth, his birth was very easy as was his mother’s pregnancy with him. At a young age, Rinpoche was plagued with jaundice which turned his complexion yellowish. Due to this, his mother called him Serpo (yellow/golden) and the name stayed with Rinpoche throughout his life.

Lama Serpo’s father passed away when he was very young. His father’s sudden demise caused great misery to his mother, as she had to look after her two young sons all by herself. This constant discomfort made her feel feeble. As they had no source of income, they lived with their relatives at Serzhong in Upper Kurtoe. Every day they had to work strenuously. Life was full of suffering and it was this understanding that led Lama Serpo to develop a dislike towards his relatives and the realisation that mundane life is pathetic. Finally, after discussing with his brother and mother, the three of them decided that he was to become a monk and his brother, Pema Dorji, would support his mother.

Lama Serpo on a teaching throne

Lama Serpo on a teaching throne. Click to enlarge.

In 1928, he approached Lama Neten, the head of the monastic body and after requesting, he enrolled as a monk. He studied with great diligence and completed his monastery’s academic course in a few years. Lama Serpo also studied indigenous medicine and completed the course in three years. During his medical studies, Lama Serpo gathered herbal plants for making medicines from the mountains and stayed in Singye Dzong and Karchu for months, both very sacred sites dedicated to Guru Rinpoche. At the time, the governor of the Lhuntse District was Kunzang Namgyal, a very religious man who Lama Serpo shared a close relationship with.

One day, Lama Serpo went to Yodra Gonpa with the governor to receive the preliminary practice of Mahamudra from Lama Rinzin Dorji, a close disciple of Tokden Shakya Shree. Lama Serpo had nothing with which to make an offering and was hesitant to request for teachings empty-handed. But Lama Rinzin Dorji knew Lama Serpo’s karmic imprints and gave him the teachings anyway. During these sacred teachings which took more than a month, Lama Serpo studied painstakingly with great attentiveness as he was drawn to the profound teachings of the Buddhadharma. Lama Serpo developed an aspiration to acquire many more teachings.

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During this teaching, Lama Rigzin Dorji narrated many fascinating stories about Tokden Shakya Shree that inspired him and Lama Serpo instantly developed an urge to go and prostrate himself at the feet of the great Tokden Shakya Shree at any cost. Returning home he sought permission from his mother and brother to go to Tibet. After begging repeatedly he received their permission. His mother gave him her only possession, a nine-eyed dzi (precious stone) to let him sell and fund his journey and also to buy a gift for his teacher in Tibet.

Lama Serpo wanted to leave for Tibet immediately, but being a member of the monastic body, he had to pay a large sum in compensation if he withdrew his monkship. He even planned to run away but realised that the authorities would charge his family and ask someone to fill his monastic seat. Lama Serpo faced a great dilemma. One day, Lama Serpo went to see Jigme of Jasibi who was then the second most powerful person in the district. He explained everything to him. Jigme, understanding his good intentions, assured protection for his mother and brother.

One day, after waiting for three years, a Tibetan Lama of the Gelug tradition passed by on his way to Bumthang to receive Rinchen Terzod empowerment from His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche. The governor hosted the Lama and granted him all assistance. As the Lama took a break after a long and strenuous journey, Lama Serpo in an effort to please him served him to his utmost best. The Lama requested the governor to send Lama Serpo to accompany him halfway to Bumthang as his guide. The Governor consented and told Lama Serpo to come back quickly. This was the golden opportunity that Lama Serpo was waiting for to realise his dream of eventually travelling to Tibet.

After requesting the Gelug Lama for permission, Lama Serpo continued on to Bumthang instead of returning halfway. His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche was bestowing the empowerment of Rinchen Terzod. The Gelug Lama told Lama Serpo to go back to Bhutan and report to the governor but Lama Serpo insisted that he also wanted to attend the empowerments and would return after they had concluded. The Lama felt obligated and consented to Lama Serpo’s requests.

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After that, Lama Serpo, who had turned 27, went to Ngang Lhakhang in Upper Bumthang to seek help from the Choeji and disclosed his intention. The Choeji agreed to provide him with all he needed but asked Lama Serpo not to go alone. After staying there for a week, he heard of a group of men from Trongsa who were going to import salt from the Tibetan border. With great joy, Lama Serpo joined them on their journey. He travelled to Monlakharchung, a hill that used to mark the Bhutan-Tibet boundary. To his great disappointment, the Tibetan merchants had already reached the hill, left the salt there and returned to Tibet. The Trongsa merchants loaded the consignment of salt and travelled back the way they came after showing Lama Serpo the way forward into Tibet. He was left all alone on the mountain and though the destination seemed beyond his reach, he continued his journey.

After a three-day journey Lama Serpo arrived at the ten-storied temple built by Jetsun Milarepa. He met Dzogchen Tulku and narrated his intention to meet Tokden Sakya Shree. Dzogchen Tulku told him that it was not certain that he could meet Tokden Sakya Shree, as he stayed very far away and getting there would be difficult if he was alone. He advised Lama Serpo to meet Jetsunma Chonyid Zangmo, a renowned Dzogchen master at Shugsep Monastery in Ganri Thoekar, Tibet. Dzogchen Tulku even wrote a letter of introduction to Jetsunma.

This is Shugsep Khandro. Lama Serpo stayed with her for a few months before proceeding to Kham. She was the Abbess of Shugsep Nunnery. Around 700 nuns studied and practised there. She prophesied that Lama Serpo would live to 95 years old.

This is Shugsep Khandro. Lama Serpo stayed with her for a few months before proceeding to Kham. She was the Abbess of Shugsep Nunnery. Around 700 nuns studied and practised there. She prophesied that Lama Serpo would live to 95 years old.

After eight days of travelling, Lama Serpo met Jetsunma at Shugsep Monastery. He presented her with the precious dzi stone that his mother gave him and received many empowerments and transmissions from the sacred lady. Jetsunma named him Rigzin Palden.

One day, a group of businessmen came from Lhasa to perform Tshok Bum. After completing the offering, Jetsunma told Lama Serpo to go to Lhasa with the businessmen and to do Chagbum (100,000 prostrations) there. She entrusted him to the businessmen and told them to provide him with their support. Jetsunma also sent three nuns to help him while he did his prostrations in Lhasa.

It took two days to reach Lhasa. At Lhasa during the course of performing Chagbum, Lama Serpo met Drubwang Sonam Zangpo, a renowned master and disciple of Tokden Sakya Shree. Asking after the great Lama, he was distraught to learn that Tokden Sakya Shree had already left for a pure realm. However, Drubwang recommended him to see Se Phakchog (the son of Tokden Sakya Shree) who was equal to his father and assured him that he would provide him with assistance, provided he acquired permission from Jetsunma.

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Lama Serpo completed 100,000 prostrations in Lhasa and went back to seek permission from Jetsunma. She was quite taken aback by his consistent yearning for learning more Dharma practices and did not want him to leave. Nevertheless, she performed divination for him and found that he had a strong link to the Dzogchen practice and therefore allowed him to go. She gifted him a scarf (khata) and a gold coin for his expenditure.

Drubwang Sonam Zangpo found a man called Apho Palden who was going to Ngakchukha and sent Lama Serpo along with him after giving him the necessary information about the journey. On reaching Ngakchukha, Apho Palden had some work to do. This work dragged on and forced them to stay there for two months with no sign of the work being completed. Neither did Lama Serpo find anyone that could take him to Kham. He felt miserable throughout the entire time and the thought of not seeing his master continuously haunted him.

Then, one day he encountered a man with six horses who had come to collect his dues from debtors. The man agreed to take him on the condition that he did all the horse-related chores and in return, he would be provided food. The next day their journey began and after travelling with the horses for about a week, Lama Serpo had sores all over his legs and couldn’t trek any further. He took respite for five days by himself, without friends and rations.

Lama Serpo requested for food whenever he came across houses and villages. After travelling for a month he reached a place called Chamdo. From Chamdo it took three days to reach Sidhikha, in the Kham Region where the abode of Se Phakchog was situated.

Lama Serpo's root guru - Gyelse Gyurmed Dorji son of Azom Drukpa Rinpoche

Lama Serpo’s root guru – Gyelse Gyurmed Dorji, son of Azom Drukpa Rinpoche.

Unluckily, Lama Serpo did not get the opportunity to see Se Phakchog who then was not in good health, but he was given rations and a place to live. Lama Serpo was very happy as he was not burdened with having to go out to beg for food, and so he was saved from the ruthless attacks of ferocious dogs and slander from unkind householders. Lama Serpo joined the rituals and feast offerings that were performed daily for the quick recovery of Se Phakchog. Unfortunately, however, on the day of the full moon (11th lunar month in 1943) Se Phakchog left for a pure land. The news sent Lama Serpo spiralling into depression. He did not even have the chance to see the face of Se Phakchog, let alone receive teachings from him. When Se Phakchog’s holy body was lying in repose, Lama Serpo joined the other devotees in paying their respects and receiving final blessings. At that time he made the prayer:

“May I be able to see you in the Pure Realms and have the fortune to practise your instruction perfectly.”

To preside over the funeral ceremonies, the 2nd Azom Drukpa was invited, together with his entourage of 19 others. After the ceremony, Lama Serpo prostrated at the feet of the 2nd Azom Drukpa and narrated his adventurous yet strenuous journey, and how he wanted an instruction that could lead him to enlightenment swiftly. Azom Drukpa told him that the son of the 1st Azom Drukpa, whose name was Gyelse Gyurmed Dorji, was living at Azom Monastery. He told Lama Serpo that the Gyelse was equal to his father in terms of qualifications and spiritual attainments, and that it would be good for Lama Serpo to go and meet him.

Upon hearing the name Gyelse Gyurmed Dorji, an extraordinary feeling of joy flowed through Lama Serpo’s heart. He immediately stood up and made many prostrations to Azom Drukpa and expressed his eagerness to see the Gyelse. Azom Drukpa took him to Azom Monastery. It took 18 days to reach the monastery, and it was a comfortable journey as all provisions were provided by Azom Drukpa.

Lama Serpo was extremely delighted when the attendant led him to the feet of Gyelse Gyurmed Dorji. At first sight of the Gyelse’s compassionate face, an overwhelming sense of joy and devotion grew in Lama Serpo’s heart like never before. This was an undebatable sign that Lama Serpo had strong karmic links with Gyelse Gyurmed Dorji. The master accepted him and agreed to grant him teachings. Initially, it was difficult for him to understand his master’s speech as it was in the local dialect of Kham. Gyelse Rinpoche gave him a small place to live.

From Gyelse Rinpoche he received an oral transmission on the Preliminaries Practices of Mahamudra (Great Perfection). Lama Serpo engaged in the practice earnestly and did prostrations in an open field facing the residence of his lama. When he was about to complete the recitation of Yigja (Vajrasattava Mantra), Gyelse Rinpoche asked to see him and said that he didn’t have to complete the preliminary practices as he had suffered so much on the way from faraway Bhutan.

Thus after having practised passionately for 14 years, true realisation of the ultimate nature of the mind unveiled in him. Making prostrations in front of his teacher, Lama Serpo offered in verses the realisation he had achieved by practising Dzogchen. The Lama was very pleased and praised him. Not long after that, the Lama called him and advised him to go back to Bhutan to practise in holy places. But, Lama Serpo had no wish to leave his Lama or to go back home. He requested Lama to allow him to stay with him and to do the practices. He reiterated that he had nothing to do at home and would not see his mother even if he went.

As Lama Serpo mentioned his mother, Gyelse Gyurmed Dorji rested in meditation for a while and then spoke a prophecy with confidence that his mother was still alive and he could still spend some years with her. Although Lama Serpo had no desire to go back, he could not disobey his lama’s words, which were heavier than a mountain and more precious than gold. Gyelse Gyurmed Dorji wrote a letter for the people on Lama Serpo’s way, entrusting them with his safety.

This was the Letter written by Gyelse Gyurmed Dorji Rinpoche ( Lama Serpo’s root teacher) for the safety of Lama Serpo on his way from Tibet to Bhutan.

This was the letter written by Gyelse Gyurmed Dorji Rinpoche (Lama Serpo’s root teacher) for the safety of Lama Serpo (Rigzin Palden Rinpoche) on his way from Tibet to Bhutan.

“The subjects of Dharma King of Dege Province and up to the border of Bhutan heed this letter.

My disciple and Lama along with his attendants are on their way. Please assist them with whatever necessity they need. I entrusted them to the Dharma Protectors to guide and protect them from all threats and harm that may befall them, so support them in the enhancement of spiritual advancement.

In case, if they were robbed, teased, imprisoned or troubled in whatever form, the accused will be cursed and exposed to death by the wisdom-sighted Dharma Protectors.

Therefore, I advocate all to act accordingly.”

Gyelse Gyurmed Dorji
Azom Dharma Center
Tibet

In 1957 at the age of 41, Lama Serpo left Azom Monastery and reached Lhasa after a two-month journey. From Lhasa after crossing thirty bridges and many hazardous mountains, he arrived in his village. He first met his brother and uncle Tshering Dorji but they couldn’t identify him nor could he recognise them. His uncle was quick to recognise his identity by his voice and asked if he was Gelong Serpo. Later they went home together and he met his mother after 14 years with tears of joy. Lama Serpo had many stories to tell but was constrained as he had forgotten his native tongue completely. He had a tough time communicating with them. While in Tibet he had no provisions to perform feast offerings. So at his home, he started making a lot of feast offerings.

As prophesied, Lama Serpo went to practise in Singye Dzong and sat in retreat for six months. He also accomplished one hundred million feast offerings there. After that, he stayed in retreat at Palchen Drak (the cliff of Heruka) in Kurtoe for four years followed by another twelve years of retreat at Shawa Phug (reindeer cave) where Terton Pema Lingpa rediscovered many treasures. His mother prepared his meals during his retreat while reciting the “Mani” mantra that Lama Serpo taught her.

Drubwang Sonam Zangpo

Drubwang Sonam Zangpo

Lama Serpo meditated on his deep devotion to his master; an authentic realisation of Great Perfection unfolded in him and his practice transcended everything illusory. His method of accomplishment was out of passionate devotion to his Guru through Guru Yoga Practice and confidently focusing on Dzogchen meditation techniques. He never engaged in the accomplishment of any Yidam deity. It was elucidated in His Holiness Chadrel Sangay Dorji’s words of praise that he achieved Buddhahood by relying on hundreds of masters whereas Lama Serpo achieved Buddhahood by relying on a single master.

Keeping his master’s declaration clearly in his mind, Lama Serpo dedicated himself to a solitary place for practices. While he was planning to go into a long retreat, Drubwang Sonam Zangpo who was in Kurtoe at that time, sent a messenger asking him to come. Drubwang rejoiced in seeing him and later gave his own niece to Lama Serpo to be his spiritual consort. With Drubwang and Khandro Thinley Choden, Lama Serpo went to Khempa Jong and Paksam Lung where he practised meditation for about thirteen years. After returning to Kurtoe, Drubwang granted him the post of Dorji Lopen and assigned him to look after the new temple that Drubwang had built. Lama Serpo built a house near the temple and lived there. Khandro gave birth to their only daughter Samten Phuentsho Choden.

Khandro Samten Phuentsho Choden

Khandro Samten Phuentsho Choden, the daughter of Lama Serpo

Drubwang Sonam Zangpo went to stay at Hongtso. A few years later, Lama Serpo and Khandro joined Drubwang Sonam Zangpo at Hongtso as he requested. During the winter seasons they moved to Dorangthang in Punakha. Drubwang Sonam Zangpo passed away in 1982 at Dorangthang. Lama Serpo then stayed in Punakha for a few years. Later Am Dorji Yanki allowed her sister Khandro and Lama Serpo to stay on their land above Lobesa Town. Lama Serpo built a small house and moved there from Dorangthang.

One day, His Holiness Chadrel Sangay Dorji summoned Lama Serpo to Beylangdra, Wangdue Phodrang and told him that he would be of great benefit to beings if he guided students and bestowed teachings to those who were devoted. His Holiness Chadrel Sangay Dorji visited Lama Serpo’s residence after a few years and again suggested that he at least have a proper place to keep his remains when he died and a small retreat centre for practice. In an effort to obey His Holiness Chadrel Sangay Dorji’s wishes, Lama Serpo began guiding whoever came for instructions and soon many fortunate beings started to gather around to receive teachings from him.

The foundation for the three-year retreat centre was laid at Zhabje Thang in Bumthang in 1977. When Lama Serpo first came to this holy site on his way to find a place for a retreat centre, he discovered self-arisen images of Benzaguru mantras and footprints on the rocks. He chose this site for his retreat centre.

His Holiness Chadrel Sangay Dorji Rinpoche

His Holiness Chadrel Sangay Dorji Rinpoche

With his Lama’s blessing and Lama Serpo’s own altruistic aspirations, His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the Fourth King of Bhutan presented him with two acres of land in Tashidingkha, above his residence in Lobesa, Punakha. In 2005, with generous contributions from his sponsors and devotees, Zangdok Palri Temple and a retreat centre with 11 hermitages were built within a few years. The retreat centre was named Sangchen Pema Choekhor Ling (the land of turning the great Vajrayana of the lotus lineage). But it was known to everyone as Lama Serpoi Goenpa (the monastery of yellow Lama).

Rinpoche followed the Longchen Nyingthig lineage. He also practised the Chetsuen Lineage, a different Terkha. His teachings include Semthri, Yeshi Lama, Tsalung Thruel Khor including Tumo (heat yoga) and three types of Phowa (consciousness transfer).

Tirelessly, day and night, Lama Serpo guided his students with transmissions starting from the preliminary practices, and then with the main instruction of the Great Perfection in accordance with the norm of the Azom Drukpa Lineage. The disciples who benefited from him and who attained inner realisations were countless. Powa instructions of the oral tradition, which were passed down from Tokden Shakya Shree, were of superior benefit to many devotees who came from both near and far corners of the country. Thousands of practitioners practised Powa and there was hardly a single person who could not achieve signs of accomplishments.

Rinpoche's daughter and son-in-law

Lama Serpo’s daughter and son-in-law

As the number of Lama Serpo’s disciples increased and Dharma activities occurred extensively, his reputation of having high qualifications and knowledge spread far and wide. People from all stratas of society started to recognise him as the greatest Dzogchen master of his time.

One main reason why so many lamas, Tulkus, Khenpos, Gomchens and some popular sublime beings of well-established monasteries of Nepal, India, Tibet, Taiwan and Bhutan visited Lama Serpo was because of one unique teaching called Thiglay Nyernga/Sergithurma. This was received by Azom Drukpa Rinpoche in a state of trance (Yoedsel) / meditation, directly from Jigme Lingpa.

In 2011, Lama Serpo bestowed the long life empowerment of Thangtong Gyalpo from the oral tradition of Tokden Shakya Shree, empowerments of Amitayus and Hayagriva Vajrapani Garuda at his Zangtok Palri Temple even though his health was not good.

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In the same year, the Great Sadhana based on Vajrasattva of the Minling lineage was performed and Mendrub (blessed pills) were made. The Sadhana was performed for ten days and many auspicious signs appeared like spontaneously flowing nectar from containers. In this way, Lama Serpo manifested great benefit for the liberation of beings and the propagation of esoteric instructions.

Although Lama Serpo was a great practitioner and a scholar, many people became aware of his presence only after his miraculous departure for the Pure Realm. Thus after completing his activities for the liberation of beings, Lama Serpo passed away peacefully in his residence on the 3rd day of the 11th lunar month of the female Iron Rabbit year, 2011.

Lama Serpo was in Thukdam, the subtle level of meditation until the 15th day and unlike others, his holy body retained normal skin texture and was very dry. To their astonishment, his body shrunk to a size of one foot. His holy body is still being preserved as a support for prayers.

On the 100th day, the Kudung (sacred body) was led to Zangdok Palri Temple in the morning in a grand procession; then the earth shook and beautiful rainbows appeared with a little rain.

This is the end of the Great Dzogchen Lama Serpo’s biography.

It was a great blessing for me to post Lama Serpo’s biography and it took one day to type this.

I request my friends to visit Lama Serpo’s Monastery at Lobesa and receive blessings from the Kudung.

Lama Serpo in Thukdam or death meditation

Lama Serpo in Thukdam or death meditation

Kundung of Rinpoche

The kudung (sacred body) of Rinpoche

Kudung Chorten or reliquary stupa

Kudung Chorten or reliquary stupa

 

References:

Naljore Gi Wangchuck Dampa Jetsun Lamai Zednam Ngejung Gi Phonya Tharpa Dang Thamched Khenpai Lamten Zhey Jawa Zhungso.

Approval: From Thampa Pethey, A disciple of Lama Serpo.

Note: This article has been lightly edited for ease of reading.

Source: http://www.phubdorjiwang.com/2019/03/lama-serpo-rigzin-palden-rinpoche.html

 

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  1. Samfoonheei on Mar 8, 2022 at 1:18 pm

    Rigzin Palden Rinpoche,also known as Lama Serpo, was a great lama from Bhutan. Well known for his spiritual accomplishments that arose from his pure Guru devotion. When he was born many auspicious signs appeared witnessed by many. Interesting life story of how he becoming a monk , terrifying travelling in search of root Guru spending the rest of his life following his teacher’s instructions. Through all the hardship it pays off with his determination ,his consistent yarning for learning more dharma practices. Interesting read…. through his many meditational practices he gained mastery and complete control of his death process.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring sharing of a great Lama.

  2. Tsa Tsa Ong on Sep 9, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    Inspiring article of Rigzin Palden Rinpoche a great Lama ‘s spiritual journey and guru devotion. Unlike any other great master stories, Lama Serpo’s story is about devoting oneself to a Lama and just practice pure Guru devotion! It’s the thought of finding his teacher that has led Him to start His journey to Tibet. He was simply inspiring , went all the way through hardship went searching for one guru till found and spend the rest of his life devoted to his guru. It’s an example we should follow, no matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, we should never lose hope and gave up in what we do and want to pursue in life. Inspiring read of Lama Serpo biography. It’s so blessed to see a halo on the Lama Serpo’s head when he was in Tukdam in the photo. Thank you very much Rinpoche and blog team for this truly inspiring story????

  3. Samfoonheei on Sep 4, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    Inspiring article of Rigzin Palden Rinpoche a GREAT Lama ‘s spiritual journey and guru devotion. He was simply inspiring , went all the way through hardship went searching for one guru till found and spend the rest of his life devoted to his guru. It’s an example we should follow, no matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, we should never lose hope and gave up in what we do and want to pursue in life. Inspiring read of Lama Serpo biography.
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers for this wonderful sharing of a GREAT Lama.

  4. Jacinta on Sep 3, 2019 at 7:08 am

    With hands folded, thank you Rinpoche for uploading this great story of Lama Serpo. Very inspirational.?

    Unlike any other great master stories, Lama Serpo’s story is about devoting oneself to a Lama and just practice pure Guru devotion! It’s the thought of finding His Teacher that has led Him to start His journey to Tibet. He wasn’t there to seek for any great teachings nor any great initiations but it’s the yearning to meet one Lama, a Lama that He can devote Himself to for the rest of His life. As simple as that! Nothing else…

    Coupled with the yearning for Dharma and the disgust of having to live an ordinary daily mundane life, these has led Him to where He wanted to be, to practice Dharma. Of course, when we have practice well, eventually we will lead others onto the path too. That’s how we can benefit others. It’s nothing mystical or just happened out of the blue. Lama Serpo is a like gem that hidden beneath.

    Thank you again for sharing this Rinpoche.
    P/s: I can see a halo on the Lama’s head when He was in Tukdam. It’s so blessed to even have a chance to see these pictures. ?

    • Jacinta on Sep 9, 2019 at 6:51 pm

      Never thought that I will use one of Lama Serpo’s aspiration prayers during my only and last ‘audience’ with Rinpoche 8/9/2019. ?

      In the article, ‘The news sent Lama Serpo spiralling into depression. He did not even have the chance to see the face of Se Phakchog, let alone receive teachings from him. When Se Phakchog’s holy body was lying in repose, Lama Serpo joined the other devotees in paying their respects and receiving final blessings.

      At that time he made the prayer:

      “May I be able to see you in the Pure Realms and have the fortune to practise your instruction perfectly.”

      Don’t know why, I just felt compelled to do so. I also wonder the real meaning for this article to be posted just few days before Rinpoche entered Parinirvana. Rinpoche was trying to give us a hint? Coincidence? Have I done it properly? Or maybe I’ve got the wrong interpretation? So many questions and yet…. ?

      I also prayed that Rinpoche will show a clear sign for reincarnation, that Reincarnation will be swift, without much obstacles and continue to do Dharma work. I’m unsure what’s the best at the moment. Thanks to senior Pastors for guiding us at that time.

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      Dear Rinpoche,

      Thank You for everything. Really miss You and Your presence in social media.

      To all the Pastors, seniors, sponsors and Kecharians, thank you. Without all of you, I won’t even have chance to hear Dharma especially through this blog and FB live. Most importantly getting to know more about Rinpoche in person. Please stay strong and may you all gain attainments and achieved Enlightenment soonest.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 29. 2022 12:55 PM
    nteresting read of a great Lama Tsarchen Losal Gyatso who is the founder of the Sakya tradition. One of the three branches of the Sakya School, which is part of Tibetan Buddhism. Interesting story of how his illness was occurred and meeting the mysterious lady at monastery courtyard well. The lady who gave him a small Tibetan pecha manuscript wrapped in cloth before vanishing. Apparently Vajrayogini had appeared to him leading him to the great master Doringpa at Tashi Lhunpo. Since then he studied with 63 masters of all traditions. He had travelled tremendously to various place to perform great deeds, giving teachings and benefiting all whom he encountered along his journey.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/tsarchen-losal-gyatso-lineage-holder-of-vajrayoginis-tantra.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 29. 2022 12:53 PM
    interesting read of Kentrul Thubten Lamsang Rinpoche, one of our Guru previous life. He was one of the most important disciples of Kyabje Trijang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso. Kentrul Rinpoche had spent many years in remote areas like Phari on the Tibet-India border. Where he worked tirelessly to improve the condition of local monasteries and built large Buddha statues. He even built a three-storey statue of Maitreya Buddha. Highly respected by many locals and remembered by monks of the monastery for his work. Kentrul Rinpoche was also known for performing extensive pujas for people of the area. Kentrul Rinpoche will always be remembered as the lama who remained devoted to his teacher until his final moments. He went out of his way to help the sufferings, in desperate situations. His is a legacy that is timeless and beyond compare. Both Kentrul Rinpoche and our Guru Tsem Rinpoche’s activities did exhibit an unquenchable thirst and curiosity for Dharma, Guru devotion . Both have the similarities after-all. Interesting read, shared by Pastor Jean Ai on Tsem Rinpoche ‘s previous reincarnation.
    Thank you Rinpoche.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/autobiography/kentrul-thubten-lamsang.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 29. 2022 12:51 PM
    Very interesting article of great Lamas whom I never find it bored reading over and over again. Anything related to history had me feeling excited.
    Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was a great master, meditator, teacher, logician, yogi, siddha and erudite scholar. He was an important Gelugpa lama and a contemporary of the 5th Dalai Lama’s time. Even more than three hundred years ago he was eliminated yet he continued reincarnating until present day as been confirmed by many great beings. Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen in fulfilling the promise he made to Nechung protector arose as World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden, merely to serve the teachings of Je Tsongkapa and sentient beings. After realising the mistakes done by his officers 5th Dalai Lama built a Dorje Shugden chapel and even composed a prayers texts to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. He named the Chapel as Trode Khangsar which still exist to this day at Lhasa, Tibet .May more people reading this article to understand more who is Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was. An interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/who-is-tulku-drakpa-gyeltsen.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 29. 2022 12:48 PM
    The Kangxi Emperor was the third emperor of the Qing dynasty. He is considered by historians to be one of the greatest emperors in the history of China. Having ruled China over 61 years, he was the longest-reigning Chinese emperors in dynastic history. He was thought of as one of the greatest emperors because, under his rule, the Qing empire started to prosper, dynastic succession was stabilized, and he was comparatively benevolent. He was also highly educated and was known as a hardworking emperor who ruled diligently. His rule was a period of expansion, stability, and prosperity for the Chinese Empire. Kangxi gave religious freedom to all religions and had sponsored many literary works, monasteries, monks and teachers all over China, Tibet and Mongolia. He was considered an extremely modern Emperor at that time whom was loved by many. He was said to be the reincarnation of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen and an emanation of Manjushri as recorded in the ancient scriptures.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/emperor-kangxi.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 22. 2022 01:28 PM
    The unmistaken incarnation of Panchen Sonam Drakpa was proclaimed to be Sonam Yeshe Wangpo. From birth, he spoke with clairvoyance and seemed to remember people and events of his past life. Even as a young man , he travelled tremendously as part of his retinue, with the 3rd Dalai Lama and gave various teachings as well. Throughout the journey, he had even composed verses to praise and commentaries on the teachings.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/sonam-yeshe-wangpo.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 22. 2022 01:26 PM
    Master Hongyi, a multitalented Buddhist Monk famous for being a talented writer and musician . He was one of the most celebrated and admired Buddhist monks in modern Chinese history. Born in wealthy family yet he choose to he was ordained as a Buddhist monk. Already, even as a child, developed an extraordinarily where he could memorised Buddhist text. Master Hongyi dedicated the rest of his life to Buddhist practice and became one of the most prominent monks of 20 Century China. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline for this sharing of a great Lama Master.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/master-hongyi-the-maverick-patriarch-of-the-chinese-buddhism.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Sep 17. 2022 04:24 PM
    Spirits and unseen beings are everywhere not only actually restricted to specific areas. Places such as cemeteries, abandoned houses or places where death occurred. There are many different types of spirits around us, unseen to the naked eye, but for some they could see it or sense their presence. Many people of different faith reported having experienced sense the presence of spirits. Interesting rather scary reading Steven Wong ghostly experienced in the motel . I have encounter such before staying in hotel . More scary I can say. That’s past history, since coming to Buddhism I am not scare at all , I will recite DS Mantra . Later do prayers and dedicate to them .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/paranormal-stories/paranormal-experiences-occur-everywhere-part-1.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Sep 17. 2022 04:21 PM
    Reading this article written by Tsering Shakya, again as it tells us more and understand better of the situation suffered by Tibetan people. Due to the Dorje Shugden controversy many Tibetans suffered . Many of them migrated to other countries to the west for better opportunities. Tibetan culture and identity is inseparably linked to Tibetan Buddhism. Somehow once in a foreign land they tend to lose their traditions and cultures slowly over times. Living in foreign land , it difficult to maintain their true identity. For them Tibetans maintaining links to the homeland presents a very unique challenges tasks. If only the Tibetan leadership more opened, forgo the past and accepts as what HH Dalai Lama said that Dorje Shugden is no evil and do no harm. Tibetan Buddhist could continue practicing the Dorje Shugden’s practice. Tibetan should stand united to protect the Tibetan heritage and culture instead discrimination against Dorje Shugden practitioners so much so had divided the Tibetans. Many of them left and migrated else where to look for better livelihood.
    Tsem Rinpoche had gone through a rough time , rejected twice from the moment of birth from Taiwan to US and travelling to India where Rinpoche found a place called home then. Later to Malaysia as advice by his Guru.
    To this end, the discrimination against Dorje Shugden practitioners must end for the sake of the all Tibetans living in India and Nepal .
    A very good article by Tsering Shakya, more people should read it to understand better.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/tibetans-rejected-twice.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Sep 17. 2022 04:19 PM
    Wow…that’s great , rejoice Pastor Joy, you have painted over a thousand Buddha statues over the years. Pastor you have a painter’s fine hands. I saw those Buddha ‘s images beautifully painted without formal training is a great achievement. Pastor has turn un-groomed images into something beautiful. A great painter that have put a lot of work into it and it has paid off .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Joy for sharing this with us for-most looking at most of the painted Buddha images tells us a thousand words.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/painting-buddha-statues
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 15. 2022 12:44 PM
    Feeling disappointed when someone a Sangha supposed to promote peace, harmony and helps to give teachings to those who are new instead promoting hatred, cursing another person. Its wrong to tell people to break their samaya with their teachers. They must be given the wrong information about Dorje Shugden and Shugden Buddhist practitioners . The Tibetan Leadership has spread their lies and causing misunderstanding among the Tibetans. The rights of Dorje Shugden practitioners were denied just because for practicing their religion as they have done for the past 400 years. Dorje Shugden practitioners are side-lined from their own community, denied medical care, education and even employment in government offices. The Tibetan Leadership has instituted this ban against Dorje Shugden causing sufferings among many. Sad indeed hopefully these controversy will dissolve soon as more people understand and know that Dorje Shugden is not an evil as claimed by the Tibetan leadership.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/go-on-break-your-samaya.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 15. 2022 12:42 PM
    Buddhism is one of the most popular religions all over the world. Buddha statues have different shapes, sizes, different gestures or mudras and styles of presentation. Well said by Tsem Rinpoche the bigger and more Buddha statues makes a difference in our life. It gives out more powerful positive and relaxing energy to help us. concentrate better. One of the methods for us to purify our karma to suit our current karma-bound situation. By circumambulating 500 mantra stones one time we could accumulate much more merits in just one round of circumambulation. All thanks to Rinpoche having this idea with many mantra stones as possible for us to circumambulate. The larger the Buddha image, the more merits are collected the greatest amount of benefit for one who sincerely circumambulating.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this amazing post and explaining all the details for us to understand more.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/bigger-and-more-buddha-statues-makes-a-difference.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 15. 2022 12:37 PM
    Ra Lotsawa said to be an emanation of Manjushri was a great tantric master who had used wrathful means to subjugate his opponents. He was declared to be a saint and a fully enlightened Buddha. Many viewed as a murderous villain with magical powers and by some as a liberator of human suffering. Ra Lotsawa used his power and magical abilities to defeat his enemies rather rivals to accumulate wealth. He received many Empowerments and practices, which came into conflict with other lamas. His life offers a rare view into the often overlooked roles of magic and sorcery in the Buddhist tradition. In the book The All-Pervading Melodious Drumbeat tells the story of Ra Lotsawa Dorjé Drak . It was written by Ra Yeshe Sengye, and translated for the first time into English. Despite this obsessed legacy, his fame also rests on an illustrious career as a translator of Buddhist scriptures. Ra Lotsawa was so revered in Tibetan Buddhism even though he was so evil where nobody can denied. Interesting read an classic account of one of the most colourful and memorable figures in Tibetan Buddhist history.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/ra-lotsawa-the-yamantaka-hero.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Sep 13. 2022 01:04 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing of Mumu , Such an adorable doggie and fortunate one staying with Rinpoche. All I can say is Mumu was energetic, intelligent, affectionate and could obey under the care , love of Rinpoche.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/funnies/mumu-goes-bye-bye.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Sep 13. 2022 01:01 PM
    The true story of HH Dalai Lama fantastic escapes in comic form. Thats interesting as its simple, easy which is suitable for every one to read and see especially children. Children could see and understand through pictures. All thanks to Rinpoche and Kechara Comic Publication team for coming up with this book in comic form. The truth should make known to all , how Dorje Shugden has helped in the escape.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-greatest-escape-in-history.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Sep 13. 2022 01:00 PM
    Tibetan incense is natural incense used in Tibetan Buddhism rituals for 1,300 years. In Tibet, for many centuries, incense has been a part of their daily lives. Widely used for relaxation, meditation and the cleansing of the home environment. Incense is also widely used in Buddhist temples and monasteries, as an offerings. In Buddhism, symbolic offerings are made to the Triple Gem, giving rise to contemplative gratitude and inspiration. Offering incense is a symbol of purification. It is a very powerful way to revitalize environment ,removing obstacles and purifying one’s karma. Incense offering to our Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden is indeed very helpful and beneficial. It helps in many ways as such to clear any obstacles ,and so on.All thanks to our Guru Tsem Rinpoche for sharing this practice .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Beatrice Ooi for this sharing and explaining the details of incense. We are so fortunate to learn, understand and practice it.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/incense-offering-to-dorje-shugden.html

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One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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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

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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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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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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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After inviting Dorje Shugden Wangze, Pastor Seng Piow teaches us how to use ritual objects and the full set of prayer accompanying it. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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With great happiness, merits and excitement that Penang Group have invited Buddha Wangzey to Penang chapel, complete with full rituals and prayer. 30th April 2022 Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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Come and get your blessing from Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden in Penang @ Jalan Seang Tek ~ by Jacinta.
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Special thanks to one of our dedicated Penang group members, Choong for superb tormas. Swift Return Puja @ every Saturday, 3pm. Do contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
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Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ by Jacinta
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The members of Kechara Penang Study Group are offering serkym to Dorje Shugden and His entourage. There's puja every Saturday @ 3 pm at Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek. All are welcome. ~by Jacinta
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William, who is our leader/ Umze is cleaning the pantry and Gordon offered up 4 carton of packet drinks today. We cannot thank you enough for all kind hearted who sponsored various offerings weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Dedicated sisters, Sharyn and Swee Bee. They always make sure our puja offerings, especially fruits are arranged nicely. Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
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Dedicated sisters, Sharyn and Swee Bee. They always make sure our puja offerings, especially fruits are arranged nicely. Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
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Committed and hardworking Kechara Penang members, Mr. Tang and Mr. Huey. Really appreciate having you both at our weekly puja . Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
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In the midst of chaos, let's start healing. We have Dorje Shugden Puja every Saturday @ 3 pm. Contact William for more info. Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ by Jacinta.
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Pastor is in da' house!!!! Kechara Penang Study Group @ Saturday, 3 pm. Contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
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After Dorje Shugden puja @Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek, members went to a nearby vegetarian shop for gathering. #CNY2022 #HappyReunion by Jacinta.
In 2021, we've encountered far too many challenges—Pandemic, months-long lockdown, landslide, and flood. We are proud to witness Malaysians helping one another as these agonies come sequentially. Looking back to 2021, Kechara Soup Kitchen has made significant progress, with more to come in 2022. Every year, we move a little closer to our vision. We are immensely thankful to have such dedicated teams of volunteers willing to go above and beyond for our clients. Not to mention our sponsors and donors; none of this would have been possible without you. Thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for helping the underprivileged to a better future. Have a blessed year ahead from our hearts to your hearts. #2022 #newyear #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
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Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Kechara Ipoh members were preparing for Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 4th Dec 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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