Kechara Visits Findhorn!

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Many of my close students know that I admire Findhorn… a spiritual community, education centre and eco-village located in Scotland. It was founded in 1962 by 3 people (Eileen Caddy, Peter Caddy and Dorothy Maclean), and now they have a community of 400 people living there!

Those within the community abide by their 3 founding principals: deep inner listening (and acting from that source of wisdom), co-creation with the intelligence of nature and service to the world… and from there, they have developed into a spiritual, conscious community.

Their eco-village was recognized by the United Nations when they were awarded UN Habitat Best Practice designation, from the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (HABITAT). How wonderful! One of the things that I admire so much about Findhorn is their ability to self-sustain… they grow their own fresh produce for the consumption of their own community. I found that to be an inspiring concept, and advised our Green Team to do the same at Kechara Forest Retreat.

For the past 1.5 years, the Green Team has been very, very dedicated with beautifying Kechara Forest Retreat with various flora and fauna. They also started an organic farm where they plant different types of herbs, fruits and vegetables! I love how the Green Team worked consistently and harmoniously in order to achieve all of this. They gradually, through planning and learning on-the-go, managed to create a place for retreatants to practice Dharma comfortably. How kind…

Seeing how dedicated they were, I thought that they should experience Findhorn first-hand. They would be able to witness and learn so much more from those at Findhorn… as compared to reading books about the place. So the Green Team, consisting of Pastor Chia, Li Kheng and Julia traveled to Scotland to stay at Findhorn for 5 days. I rejoice that they could visit this spiritual community and at the same time bring back so much valuable knowledge with them to Kechara Forest Retreat.

Below is a wonderful write up by the Green Team about their stay in Findhorn. Thank you, Green Team for your continuous and dedicated work in KFR, and for sharing your wonderful experience in Findhorn through this detailed and well-written article.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

A Pilgrimage to Findhorn

By Pastor Chia, Julia & Li Kheng

The journey started on 18 September 2014 when Tsem Rinpoche sent a message advising the Green Team to visit Findhorn, one of the spiritual spaces whose culture and essence Kechara Forest Retreat aspire to integrate into the our Conscious Community.

In the past 1 ½ year, The Green Team focused on learning about landscaping, natural farming, soil improvement and reforestation. As Dharma work is about consistent learning, nurturing the capacity to do more and personal growth, it is time for the Green Project to enter its next chapter of development, which is to create an ability to transform the intangible energy and sanctity of our Earth into tangible experiences for spiritual aspirants.

Setting a clear and meaningful motivation forms the foundation for a successful pilgrimage. The team got together and established that our purpose of embarking on this journey is to learn about the success factors of an international spiritual sanctuary like Findhorn so that we are able to determine its motto and effectively bring it back to Kechara Forest Retreat and benefit the community in the region and beyond.

 

The journey begins…

Findhorn is a famous destination with many available and convenient modes of access and transportation. One convenient route will be to take a flight from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Inverness via Charles De Gaulle in Paris (city of transit depends on airline). The stretch between Kuala Lumpur and Paris is 13 hours while the journey from Paris to Inverness is about 1.5 hours. From Inverness, which is 25 miles from Findhorn, a £50 taxi ride would be the most direct and convenient way to reach Findhorn. However, bus rides or trains are available but their routes end at their respective stations at Forres, the nearest town, from which a taxi or private car will have to be arranged to arrive at Findhorn Foundation & Community. Findhorn Foundation management (enquiries@findhorn.org) provides information of community members who offer transport services from Inverness Airport (about £40) or Forres bus and train stations (about £10).

When we arrived at Findhorn, it was dark and the administrative offices were closed. However, the hotel we stayed at, Findhorn Bay Holiday Park’s management (www.findhornbayholidaypark.com / info@findhornbayholidaypark.com) provides an emergency (ONLY) number for 24 hours assistance (Tel. No.: 07708 408 397)

 

Reception Hours of Findhorn Bay Holiday Park:

Summer (1 April to 31 October)
Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 12.30pm and 2.00pm – 6.00pm
Saturday: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Sunday (July & August only): 10.00am – 4.00pm
Winter (1 November to 31 March)
Monday – Friday: 9.00am – 1.00pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

 

The Management Office of Findhorn Bay Holiday Park

The caravan lodging at Findhorn Bay Holiday Park

The caravan lodging at Findhorn Bay Holiday Park

 

The Eco-chalet lodging at the Findhorn Bay Holiday Park

The Eco-chalet lodging at the Findhorn Bay Holiday Park; This could be a more comfortable living arrangement for the cold season especially for travellers who are not accustomed to the freezing climate.

Other logistic information that is useful for Findhorn visitors are:

  • Food and Beverage services:
    1. Blue Angel Café is a conscious food retailer that operates at the Universal Hall (about 120m from the Visitor Center). The food menu includes hot soups, pies, sandwiches and cakes & pastries with sufficient vegetarian and vegan options while the beverage offerings range from hot coffee and tea to organic canned drinks and fresh juices. The café opens daily from 10.00am to 5.00pm. Cash and international credit cards are accepted modes of payment.

      The outdoor of Blue Angel Café

    2. There are 2 restaurants (The Kimberly and The Crown) and 2 cafes (The Bakehouse and The Captain Table) located in Findhorn Village, which is walking distance from Findhorn Foundation.
    3. Kinloss Chinese take away is available a phone call away at (01309) 690 439 and a copy of the menu is available at the Findhorn Bay Holiday Park for reference.
  • Convenience store:
    1. The Phoenix is the local convenient store that is opposite the Visitor Center. It offers an extensive range of fresh and packaged organic food products and is vegetarian friendly with some vegan selections. Additionally, there is stock of household goods like detergents, toiletries, books and souvenirs. Cash and international credit cards are accepted modes of payment.
    2. The store opens daily with the following operating hours:
      • Monday to Friday: 10.00am to 6.00pm
      • Saturday: 10.00am to 5.00pm
      • Sunday: 11.00am to 5.00pm
    3. Premier is the store at Findhorn Village with a cash machine (ATM) that offers a selection of groceries and some household items.

 

The Phoenix convenience store is a local hang out where community members often cross path and share information. At the entrance, there are ample posters and flyers with updated information of activities and events in Findhorn and the surrounding towns

The fresh produce from Cullerne Garden, which is the land on which Findhorn does its farming (more information below). It feels good to buy local because such a simple gesture accumulates and contribute to reducing our carbon footprint.

 

Our First Day

Witnessing the ethereal of Findhorn at the first break of dawn

The following morning started beautifully with the most breathtaking sunrise although the air was already very brisk for autumn at about 2°C. The temperature rises as the sunray warms the atmosphere to about 10-15°C around mid afternoon. We spent the first morning roaming the infamous gardens of Findhorn on our own. Although winter was just around the corner, the gardens of Findhorn depict a sense of ethereal, charisma and, most of all, harmony. We later learn that this wholesome experience that the Findhorn gardens embody derives from the principal of humbly facilitating Mother Nature do her work. The Findhorn community respects the ways of nature and believe that, as residents of this home, our Earth, our work is to learn from her and assist enhance her rejuvenation to provide us all that we need in abundance. R. Ogilvie Crombie speaks about being in partnership with nature gods and spirits such as Pan and fauns to create flourishing and sustainable environments in “The Elemental Kingdom”; DVDs are available in the Findhorn Archive Publications for £10. Mr. Crombie used the collaboration between man and nature gods in Findhorn as an example of a success case study in his presentation. Another factor that contributes to the success of Findhorn is the community who embraces and practices the guiding principals of the foundation in their everyday life.

The gateway to finding peace with nature

This path leads to the Nature Sanctuary where spiritual activities from Taize singing to meditation are conducted. At the Quiet Garden, one can enter a short silent retreat in the healing space amidst trees flowers, fresh air and sunlight.

The enchanting space is alit by the early morning sun, exuding a gentle yet distinct sense of calm and delight

Instead of a concrete skyline of the city, Findhorn glees our sight with an gorgeous array of colors and shapes from trees

As we walk out of the Quiet Garden feeling revitalized, we are greeted with this message

Garden landscaping at the Eco-village is the combined creation of community members.

There is an exotic range of garden styles from species to display starting with this more traditional northern European arrangement that uses low shrubs with compact leaves that better withstand the cold climate.

With greater exposure to sunlight, this home boasts a lush garden that gives a more tropical feel with palms and tall, lush shrubs

This is the favorite arrangement with its attractive purple flowers

An artistic arrangement on rocks with a variety of cactus plants

A spacious yet inviting garden that has an open grass-walking path with lush shrubs and tall trees lining each side

Gardens come in all forms and, here at Findhorn, we witness a creative mini garden arrangement inside an unused wheelbarrow and some pretty blossoms planted in stone planter boxes

In the afternoon, we went for a Findhorn Tour that starts at 2.00pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from the Visitor Center with a fee of £8 per person. Our guide, Richard, told us about the founding of Findhorn by The Caddy Family together with Dorothy Maclean. Richard took us to visit the Original Garden where the 3 founding members followed the guidance of the “little voice” Eileen hears through meditation and planted a phenomenal garden with the notorious 40 lbs cabbage. It is reported that specialists from different parts of the world came to witness this miracle and conducted a series of test to determine how such a lush garden can grow under the most impossible conditions. None of the men of science could come up with a logical explanation or provide a conclusion. Other landmarks of Findhorn Foundation include The Nature Sanctuary & Silent Garden, The Flower Nursery, Universal Hall, Community Center, Meditation Sanctuary and Eco Village. Each location has a story that adds depth and significance to the visitors.

The common element between every story told in Findhorn is love, care, pride and engagement from the community, which gives warmth and heartbeat to the entire space. For example, the architect of the iconic Universal Hall Mr. George Ripley, lives in Findhorn and views this building a being alive and ever evolving. He was quoted: “The work in Universal Hall is never finished…” implying that Findhorn and all within, continue to grow and evolve. It was also heartwarming to see features like garden benches in the gardens that are dedicated in loving memories of late community members. Through these sincere gestures and personal contributions, Findhorn will always have a special place in the hearts of its community within the foundation as well as those who have moved beyond. It is advisable for visitors to join the tour because there are “hidden” landmarks that must not be missed and the moving stories available in every nook and corner is what makes this space Findhorn.

Please watch this video on the Findhorn Original Garden:

 

Richard, one of the early community members, was the tour guide who shared the history, present and future-vision of Findhorn in detail and nostalgia

The Nature Sanctuary where Taize singing ceremony is held every morning. The space can also be used for other activities upon prior arrangement

Special garden furniture strategically placed in gardens for people to rest, relax and admire the scenery. Some pieces are sponsored in memory of loved ones who were members of the Findhorn community

 

Day 2 and not counting

After getting a general bearing of the layout in Findhorn, Pastor Chia, Julia and I spent our second day getting involved with the community and scheduled activities. The first thing we did was joining the morning session meditation in a room that the community calls Sanctuary. A facilitator who leads the session indicates the start and end of each session with a quote from Eileen Caddy (or other inspiring quotes) accompanied by the ring of a singing bowl. Each session lasts for 20 minutes and there are 2 sessions each day (morning: 8.30am-9.00am; afternoon: 5.40pm-6.00pm). Every member of the Findhorn community places great importance in the daily meditation, following the example of their founding members. At the age of 94 years old, Dorothy Maclean, continues to meditate religiously daily in the Sanctuary whether rain or shine. We had the honor of meditating with Ms. Maclean on the morning of 16 October 2014.

This is the Findhorn Sanctuary where daily meditation is conducted. Signage is clearly labeled to protect the calm and quiet ambience of the vicinity and its surrounding. People are even notified to “Walk your bicycles” around this area.

Besides silence in the daily meditations, visitors and course participants also engage in short silent walking meditations inside the Findhorn’s Quiet Garden.

As emphasized above, the sense of community is very strong at Findhorn and everyone is happy to host and help visitors get around. In conversation with Richard our guide who introduced us to his friend, Keith, we mentioned that we would like to visit the Communications Office as Tsem Rinpoche has been in correspondence with them and sent a few Dharma gifts in appreciation for the work and impact created by The Findhorn Foundation. Keith immediately offered to escort us to the office that was near The Phoenix store. Upon introducing ourselves as students of Tsem Rinpoche from Kechara House, Sandra who works in the Communications Office immediately recollects a letter bearing gifts from Rinpoche that was couriered to them in 2013. She retrieved the letter that “just happened” to be on her colleagues table and showed us the Lama Tsongkapa tsatsa that she and each of her colleagues keep on their work desk. The Lama Tsongkapa thangka was presented to the educational meeting room. We also saw the Lama Tsongkapa statue, which is a gift previously presented to the foundation by Rinpoche in year 2011 that was respectfully placed on a shelf overlooking the office. Sandra was curious about the work we do. So, we shared about Kechara Forest Retreat and the blog (www.tsemrinpoche.com) that has touched 4.7 million viewers from around the world. When we headed to the education meeting room to visit the Lama Tsongkapa thangka, we bumped into Jason Caddy, grandson of Peter and Eileen Caddy who was renovating the room. We shared Rinpoche’s deep respect and appreciation for the principals of Findhorn with Jason who was moved that Findhorn have such a strong support in a different corner of the world.

Sandra of the Communications Office who showed us her Lama Tsongkapa tsatsa who was seated right next to her computer screen. It is wonderful that the blessed gifts of Tsem Rinpoche touches and protects these dedicated individuals of Findhorn on a daily basis

The Lama Tsongkapa thangka is reverently placed in the Legacy Room with a letter from Tsem Rinpoche carefully framed next to it

Legacy is a space where people gather to create a legacy with Mother Nature. The building is ecologically sustainable and has been the space in which impactful projects are conceptualized and implemented

From left to right: Keith (who hosted us in Findhorn), Julia, Jason Caddy and Pastor Chia. Jason is grandson to Peter and Eileen Caddy and up to this point, he works hands-on with the community with focus on ecological structural design and implementations

In the late morning, we visited Findhorn College on Cluny Hill. The hotel building that Peter and Eileen Caddy worked in was bought over by them in 1975 and converted into a learning center as Findhorn started attracting thousands of people from different parts of the world. Findhorn College offers holistic educational courses that promote sustainability and personal empowerment. The course selection that is especially designed by Sustainable Development Program Coordinators like Dr. Rehema White of the University of St. Andrews include English classes, training in synergizing social, ecological and economic skills as well as an Undergraduate & Post Graduate program given in collaboration with academic partners in Scotland and North America (for more information: admin@findhorncollege.org or +44 (0) 1309 690806).

The exterior of Findhorn College at Cluny Hill

Students lounge area

The Sanctuary for daily meditation at Findhorn College

The activity board at Findhorn College

In the afternoon, we went for a tour of the Living Machine, which is an ecological sewage treatment system developed by Dr. John Todd at Living Technologies Ltd. in Massachusetts, America (for more information: awalker@findhorn.org or ecovillage@findgorn.org). This sewage system mirrors the decomposition process in the natural world with enhancement by adding in the greenhouse effect to bring the temperature to 8°C. Inside the large tanks that are built underground, there is a complex and natural ecosystem of bacteria, algae, snail, shrimps and numerous species of plants that interact with each other to transform sewage water into European “bathing grade” water. The machine in Findhorn Foundation has a loading capacity of approximately 65 cubic meter of waste water a day, which equates to about 330 persons.

The biggest surprise about this ecological system is: Contrary to common belief, it is less costly than the traditional design and structure. Being environmentally sustainable is a comprehensive approach beyond planting beautiful gardens and farms. Being ecologically conscious involves the correct approach to waste management and optimizing our natural resources with proper application of the most suitable system, which is one that accurately reflect the works of Mother Nature.

A tour of The Living Machine where man creates a balance between technologies with an environmentally sustainable approach

Please watch Living Machine:

In the evening, we were invited to dinner with the community at the Community Center in celebration of a successful summit they recently hosted where societal leaders from various parts of the world gathered to discuss and create new movements forward that is in alignment with our human nature, which is in synergy with the Earth and all its elements. At dinner, we met with game changers like George Ripley, the architect of the Universal Hall and Alan Watson, the founder of the Tree for Life that reforested 1 million trees to restore the Caledonian forest of Scotland. We shared that the Green Project at Kechara Forest Retreat is also running a Sponsor A Tree campaign to replace the trees felled for the construction of our retreat. Our enthusiasm despite the inexperience impressed Mr. Watson who generously shared his knowledge and advise on reforestation with “like minded people from different parts of the world”. As we got to the know community better, a few of the members started inquiring more about Kechara and Buddhist philosophies because visits from Buddhist practitioners are still relatively rare. It was such a delight and honor to be able to share Tsem Rinpoche’s teachings halfway across the globe with a diverse community in one of the most spiritual spaces in the world, Findhorn. This is a powerful manifestation of tangible interfaith, intercultural and inter-race harmony, learning and growth.

Other wholesome activities visitors can do a Findhorn include:

  • Visit the weaving workshop where there is a 150 years old 600-thread machine.
  • Join dance classes in the studios at the basement of Universal Hall
  • Enjoy performances in the Universal Hall that nurtured collaboration with The Touring Network presenting “the very best performers from across Scotland and beyond” (www.thetouringnetwork.com). Besides long-term artist partners, Findhorn also host one-off performances by international sensations who are invited to perform in renowned venue like Carnagie Hall.
  • Visit the Findhorn Pottery to support a local eco-craft that sell handmade ceramic items. Bespoke or commissioned pieces can be especially created upon request with provision of at least 30 days advanced notice.
  • Volunteer at the organic farm in Cullerne Garden, which is about 5 to 10 minutes walk from the Findhorn Foundation along the road towards Findhorn Village.
  • Help cook at the community center that serves about 100 to 150 people per meal. The Community kitchen serves a range of healthy cuisine using recipes from all over the world.

Please note that to participate in volunteer work, visitors must join the 7 days experiential week to comply with local Labor regulations or obtain a long-stay status from respective authorities.

 

Three is a charm

The Findhorn spirit is contagious. By our third day in the community, we began to feel at home. It is hopeful that empowering to be within the embrace of a community that upholds humane principals of living that is similar to those taught by Rinpoche and that we are benchmarking to create in the pioneer community of Kechara Forest Retreat. This morning started earlier than usual as we joined the Taize Singing group in the Nature Sanctuary that is scheduled daily from 8.00am to 8.30am. Taize Singing is a culture from Burgundy, France and was founded by the Christian monastic community in 1940. The strong sense of unity of the Findhorn community is reflected in the clear and beautiful harmony in the group’s singing. Pastor Chia explained that the possibility for the 3 of us, newcomers, to blend in perfectly and immediately without prepping or instruction is a reflection of the evident community spirit that swiftly aligns everyone in the space.

The serene space inside the often-featured Findhorn Nature Sanctuary

During a Taize session, participants are allocated seat based on their voice character, i.e. soprano, alto and bass. The domed ceiling facilitates the voices to travel and merge with good balance and lively synchronization.

At mid-morning, the three of us went to the Cullerne Garden where the farm has moved to when the community grew. The access to the garden is through the main road to Findhorn Village, which is a 10 minutes walk from the Visitor Center. As we entered the farm, we saw a group of volunteers doing maintenance work like weeding on a patch of lettuce. As winter is approaching, there is limited crops being grown but we saw how the farm team prepares the soil to rest over the cold season. We saw the rich, dark and aerated soil of the farm ground that is perfect for abundant quality harvests. However, the soil around the dune countryside of Findhorn is known to be of low quality as sand is commonly said to contain little nutrients.

Therefore, besides the continued collaboration with nature spirits, composting is key to nurturing grounds that is rich. There are a few piles of compost on the farm, each at different stages of maturity and we observed that the materials used for making the compost are waste from crops, cut grass and other dried raw material from the area, fundamentally, no natural material goes to waste at Findhorn. Besides composting, we learn to use natural methods to prevent entry of pests and intrusive elements like wind. For example, we can plant thick hedge shrubs that act as natural barrier to small animals and wind or introduce thorny plants around the border of the farm to deter animals as well as snakes from entry. In summary, the approach of the Findhorn farm is to utilize the wisdom of nature that has a sustainable balance to optimize Mother Nature’s ability to provide all her inhabitants sufficiently and ultimately, abundantly.

Please watch Chris’ sharing on farming:

In this video, Chris from Newbold House who has been farming for more than 28 years of his life shares his passion about farming and food production. He has done organic farming before going to work at Findhorn Foundation. Currently, he is with the Newbold House community. Chris speaks in more detail about working with respect to and in harmony with Nature’s way whether one is applying organic farming or permaculture. He also shared an interesting story of a Brazilin community that went from the conventional way of farming (without use of any chemicals) to food forest approach to supplying their society with food. Chris ended with some tricks of the trade that we will apply in Kechara Forest Retreat to optimize our farm production.

Volunteers working leisurely at Cullerne Garden on a bed of lettuce. The soil is visibly rich through the consistent effort of composting and working in collaboration with Mother Nature

With dropping temperatures, most of the crops are planted inside greenhouses

Diversity in crop selection is applied to increase the general health of the farm as diversity better replicates the natural character of the ecosystem. One of the key ailments to our food production industry in the practice of monoculture that depletes our land of its nutrients and creates an environment that is susceptible to attack from pest and diseases as complimenting plants are absent.

Adding some flower plants in between the vegetables is also a good “distraction” for pests to protect the crop

A Buddha image is present inside one of the greenhouse and this depicts the Findhorn philosophy of blending tangible technology and intelligence with intangible spiritual guidance and blessing

Compost, compost, compost! The mantra of the farmers at Cullerne Garden. This is the foundation on which abundant crops are produced and beautiful flowerbeds sprout the most exquisite and vibrant of blossoms

The “Grandfather Tree” at Cullerne Garden. Findhorn is not a space defined by function; there is a blend of forest, garden, farm and lifestyle in every space…just as it is in life

Later that day, we adventured into the Eco Village again. This time, more leisurely with observe how the village is put together and identify environmental ideas that are implemented and phased in slowly to ensure sustainability. As Richard, our guide from Day 1 share, the eco chalets were slowly introduced to replace the caravans because they were more ecological in design, construction and operation. From this point, I learn that sustainability is not about being backward, old fashioned or primal. On the contrary, we realize that green living and wholesome lifestyles arise from the implementation of advanced technologies and application of forward-thinking ways of innovation so as to foster a good relationship with our Earth.

It takes intelligence to identify and emulate the sophisticated, comprehensive and intricate system that flows through every aspect of nature. It requires even great wisdom to develop a formula to empower the system to be replicated by any and many communities all over the world with enthusiastic ownership and sincere choice of responsibility. It is also awesome that the eco efforts in the Eco Village span from simple matters to large-scale projects of significant impact. For example, a simple but impactful effort is the development of sedums that better retain water and grow on less soil to replace common grass for rooftop patches so as to reduce construction material requirement, which further reducing carbon footprint.

In the meantime, an example of Findhorn’s large-scale project would be the building of an in-house biomass boiler to produce energy locally to power the community. The boiler burns wood chips from fallen trees or by-products of wood manufacturers and the only waste is methane, which the development team is working on putting to better use. The Eco Village is fundamentally a living community to learns, improves and evolves to make sustainable lifestyle dynamic, exciting and admirable.

Please watch the brief sharing about the history behind the building of Findhorn’s whiskey barrel buildings:

This is one of the newer eco-chalet at Findhorn Foundation. It is eye opening to witness sustainability to be comfortable, aesthetically attractive and economical

The dining hall of the Community Center

The cylindrical pillars that hold the roof of the building along the perimeter are made from re-used telegraph polls that became obsolete as the telecommunications infrastructure advanced. There is so much around us that can tease our ability to innovate. All we need to do is remind ourselves to be effortful and think out of the box.

The biomass boiler that is located next to Universal Hall at Findhorn Foundation

The woodchips used to fuel the biomass burner

Recycling has become the code of conduct at Findhorn

Provision of sorting bins for different recyclable materials are conveniently provided within the vicinity to encourage the community to embrace this sustainable practice

Sedums are planted on the roofs of some buildings as the are good insulators to moderate extreme weather conditions

Being environmentally sustainable is a way of life

Individual households harvest rainwater in simple ways. The collected water is used in the gardens and farms because it is rich in natural and local microorganism that adds to the richness of the grounds

Please watch a brief video about our experience about Findhorn’s activities and ecological efforts:

One of the activities Pastor Chia, Julia and I enjoyed in Findhorn is the bonding time we share when preparing a home cooked meal. Being in a wholesome environment is a good opportunity to break away from the usual convenient option to eat out. As we enjoyed the cooking-together we did during our retreats in Kechara Forest Retreat, we thought this was a fun yet meaningful activity we can practice in Findhorn as well. In routine living, we get busied with activities and take people we are close to for granted. A pilgrimage is the chance to get in touch as we cooked the fresh produce harvested locally from the Cullerne Farm. At the cooking sessions, we reflected on the things we saw and heard to internalize the observation and learning as well as share ideas, opinions and work plans in a calm and conducive environment.

Besides a well-equipped kitchenette, The Findhorn Bay Holiday Park’s Eco Chalet provides a laundry machine (detergent and outdoor drying racks are provided), a comfortable living area, a common toilet and bath and living arrangement that can accommodate 6 people with a queen bed master bedroom, a second twin sharing bedroom and a sofa bed that fits 2 (bed linens and bath towels provided).

Learning in the Kechara community is interactive and fun: cooking together in our Findhorn Eco-chalet

The twin sharing room

The master bedroom

The living area with a balcony on the left

The kitchenette

 

Day 4 expands beyond Findhorn

Being in Findhorn is a real treat and we thank Rinpoche for the guidance that is always aimed at providing a powerful learning opportunity and exposure. True enough, it is the first time for all of us to be on pilgrimage in a spiritual and green destination where the synergy of spiritual energies, nature and humanity merge effectively. Therefore, besides the photos taken on 3 cameras, the greedy green team decided to take a few videos to capture the work that the community accomplished. So, in the morning of our fourth day, we visited a few feature locations to take videos with brief narration of explanation. As we walked around looking for suitable sites, we savored the natural surrounding that was so beautiful, peaceful and in symphony with happy members of the community. Julia asked if I ever visited a more beautiful space in my life… my respond: There have been more beautiful environments but they lag in splendor as they lacked that energy that pulls every element together in perfect synergy.

At noon, we prepared lunch for our new friend, Keith, who has been a very kind and hospitable host. After lunch, Keith took us to Newbold House that is about 10 to 15 minutes drive away. Newbold House is another community that lives on 7 acres of land and bases its activities around nature like gardening and farming and spiritual wellness like massage therapy, personal development workshops and meditation sessions. Chris was our host who gave us a tour of the building that maintained the traditional Scottish architectural structure so as to preserve the beauty of classical architecture. He also introduced us to the workshops they conduct at Newbold House, which is not as matured as that of Findhorn because the community is still relatively young.

The program coordinators are also open to tailor-making programs to meet specific needs of individual guests and groups to a maximum of 22 persons at one time. Chris explains that the Newbold community keeps close contact with the Findhorn family as the vision, commitment and effort to promote spiritual sanctity, respect for cultural diversity, ecological sustainability and economic integrity is challenging and the more communities are born, the greater the potential for these tenets of living to flourish.

Newbold House is formed in this building of traditional Scottish architecture

As Forrest Gump’s famous line states: Life is like a box of chocolate, you never quite know what you are going to get

Hugo who teaches and practices the piano at Newbold House treated Pastor Chia, Julia and me to a live performance. It seems that the generosity and courage to pursue passion of the community has expanded beyond Findhorn, showing us that, with consistent and sincere effort, a way of living can grow and inspire surrounding communities to also embrace the same virtues

This little peace cove is in the middle of the Newbold House farm

Spaces are not limited to their functions but evolve and expand with the lives of the individuals, friends and families within those spaces. A farm need not only be rows and rows of crops but a beautiful arrangement of crop beds, charming gardens and artistic sculptures that comes together as a home where people live their day.

Please watch Honey harvesting:

Our busy bees are key players in the natural ecosystem of nature and it is said that they are good indicators of the health of our environment. The activities of man in the name of development have impacted the bee community of our world in a negative manner. At Newbold House, Martin shares his experience with supporting 4 bee communities build new nests while respectfully collaborating with them to harvest the honey they produce

 

Our last day at Findhorn

The days passed by quickly and we got to enjoy being in the community spirit of Findhorn. However, we were also ready to return home because there were so many useful lessons we learnt and wanted to put to the test at Kechara Forest Retreat. To bring our journey to a close with clarity as well as preamble us into action, Pastor Chia, Julia and I summarized the Findhorn experience into 3 core aspects, which are their iconic gardens and farms, their dynamism with ecology commitment and technology and, last but not least, their sensitivity and respect to the unity of spirituality in each and everyone of us with our universe.

The gardens and farm of Findhorn is vibrant, lush and made-with-love. I believe there are grander and more exquisite gardens in other parts of the world, but I have yet to visit a garden that clearly embodies a lively sense of harmony between man and the environment like Findhorn. Through observation, the secret ingredient to Findhorn’s gardens and farm is the philosophy of the founders that holds true to learning from nature to create the best results, which is refreshing compared to the common and arrogant notion that “we know better”. This philosophy forms a strong foundation on which the growth and expansion of Findhorn builds on.

The principals of Findhorn is incorporated everywhere. This bench is carved with the statement: “Expect abundance on every level”

“Stop Worrying” read the red sign at this crossroad. This may be a good advice to remember when we approach the crossroads of our lives

The is the “Love Shack” at Cullerne Garden where people can take a break from farm work and enjoy the surrounding while learning about love


Environmental sustainability is a growing trend in recent years with a growing population of like-minded individuals and increasing availability of reliable information as well as abundant product and services that make being ecological convenient. However, Findhorn started this lifestyle 52 years ago when environmental consciousness or green technology was unheard of and, unfortunately, unpopular. As the one of the pioneers of this cause, Findhorn has established a respectable reputation for its consistent and effective application of green technology and intelligence garnering accreditation from international institutions like the Stockholm Environmental Institute for being a community with the lowest recorded ecological footprint in the industrialized world.

The approach to developing a sustainable use and renewal of natural resources at Findhorn is dynamic with creativity, innovation and humility. The community is creative to optimize the value of our Earth’s resources and responds innovatively to solve environmental issues with existing technology as well as appreciates and adopts successful ideas of others for the sake of preserving our world for future generations. Findhorn is also not shy to acknowledge the importance of economic benefits to fuel the success of ecological ideas and projects. It is this type of green attitude that create awareness to this subject and will propel it into mainstream practice in the near future.

Please watch this video sharing the overall experience of community Spirit at Findhorn:

It is not just the breathtaking scenery, beautiful gardens and abundant crops that make Findhorn the epitome spiritual learning center, it is the culture and spirit of the organization that bonds everything together with great positive synergy that create the Findhorn magic. The expansion of Findhorn from the original caravan park to a community of about 22 acres to an international destination for spiritual and wholesome learning of almost 500 acres* is a tangible reflection that such a product, service and space is needed and wanted.

Today, Findhorn consists of:

  1. The Findhorn Foundation that stands on 22 acres of land
  2. Findhorn Holiday Park & Living Machine that occupies about 10 acres
  3. The Dunes that is an animal sanctuary, which is approximately 300 acres in size. A fraction of the land is developed with Eco-homes, while majority grounds are dedicated to grow a natural habitat for surrounding faunas
  4. Findhorn Eco-village, which is about 20 acres
  5. Traigh Bhan – Isle of Iona, which is a retreat home on an island on the west coast of Scotland and a renowned pilgrimage destination
  6. Findhorn College (the hotel in which Peter & Eileen Caddy worked) at Cluny Hill that is a 30 acres development

The growing awareness for the need of synergy between environmental sustainability, social harmony and spiritual growth is an indication of the potential and contribution of Kechara Forest Retreat. With leading and exemplary communities like Findhorn paving the way, we at Kechara Forest Retreat will one day provide a haven for more and more guests and visitors from all over the world. We thank Tsem Rinpoche for this wonderful opportunity to learn experientially whereby we are able to effectively create a sanctuary for physical and transcendent healing, growth and ultimately enlightenment, a heaven on Earth.

We know that we are making progress in our Dharma journey when friendship is one of the results of our effort and commitment (photo taken at Findhorn Eco-village on a sunny afternoon filled with study)

We know that we are making progress in our Dharma journey when friendship is one of the results of our effort and commitment (photo taken at Findhorn Eco-village on a sunny afternoon filed study)

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  1. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Apr 4, 2016 at 4:54 am

    Somewhere at the back of my mind, I always wanted to live in a commune type situation so when I first learned about Findhorn as a teenager, it sounded perfect for me – located in the UK where the weather is nice, in a situation where everyone gets along and is free to express their spirituality and their minds. It sounded like a veritable utopia.

    As a teenager, what I didn’t realise or understand was Findhorn is a place made special by the people living there. Along the way, they had difficulties, some things worked, some things didn’t work, and they learned as they went along. What bound them together was a shared vision of what they want to accomplish.

    What also makes them work is that they live and breath their ethos. Every aspect is incredibly well thought out to be cohesive with their central beliefs of deep inner listening and co-creation with the intelligence of nature and service to the world. Basically, it’s living a life that’s harmonious with their environment and nature, and in harmony with their inner voice / conscience. And they practise mutual respect for one another, mixed with a healthy dose of curiosity and openness about other people’s faiths.

    So anywhere can be a Findhorn. What it takes is a community of committed, likeminded people to make it work. By people like Pastor Chia, Julia and Li Kheng going there to learn firsthand what they can about Findhorn, it sets the ball rolling for us to make Kechara Forest Retreat our very own Findhorn. After all, it takes commitment to go that far to learn some things, which is the same commitment that is needed to make Kechara Forest Retreat become a sustainable conscious community lasting long into the future. And who knows, in the future, maybe we can write a blog post called “Findhorn Visits Kechara!” 🙂

  2. Pastor Moh Mei on Dec 30, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    To start something is not always hard but to sustain what we have started and to continue to evolve to something greater and better, that requires hard work, commitment, care and wisdom.

    The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-HABITAT, is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. Over the years, Findhorn evolved and progressed to this level of recognition by abiding to 3 founding principals: deep inner listening (and acting from that source of wisdom), co-creation with the intelligence of nature and service to the world.

    We can create and write many beautiful, inspiring goals and principles but what is more important is being able to abide to them. To be successful sometimes you only need one principle. The key to success is not to use any principles as a boundary but use them as the foundation.

    Findhorn sets an example in how to create a successful sustainable conscious community not by what they have but by how they achieved it.

  3. JP on Dec 19, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    Thank you Pastor Chia, Likheng and Julia for sharing with us your experience in Findhorn. The entire estate although modest is filled with love and passion. Every part of the estate is carefully thought through and facilities set up to help us connect to mother nature that heals and soothes our mind.

    The message written on signages all over the property are thought provoking and helps us think deeper. There are so many distractions in the city that we seldom take the time to inner reflect and nurture the spirit in us.

    Findhorn is a wonderful sanctuary to do this. It also teaches us to co-exist with mother nature in harmony and embrace loving kindness regardless of labels. When this happens, vegetables grow bigger, plants are more vibrant and people become more at peace.

    On a spiritual aspect, the founders communicated with nature spirits who taught them how to plants in harsh conditions and had amazing harvests that defy science. As Buddhists, we do not take refuge in them but co-exist harmoniously with them.

  4. Carmen on Jan 21, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    This looks fantastic, it is so beautiful. I know in time, Kechara Forest Retreat will offer the same to Malaysians and visitors from around the world, instilling a sense of spirituality within each visitor inspired by Buddhist principles and educating everyone on Global Warming and the likes.

    Thank you Green Team for the informative and excellent write up with such captivating photos.

    Carmen

  5. Chandra on Jan 20, 2015 at 7:15 am

    Nice and detailed account of Green Team’s visit to Findhorn. Although a little chilly but early autumn is still a beautiful time to be amongst nature. I am sure the trip was resourceful and helpful to the green team for future application of new ideas. Thank you for your kindness in sharing and inspiring Rinpoche.

  6. Li Kheng on Jan 17, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Wow, how time flies. It is already January 2015 and the journey to Findhorn is a memory of 3 months ago! Looking back, the memories of Findhorn still put a smile on my face because it was a journey, or rather pilgrimage to learn, experience and embrace views and practices that respect and are in harmony with who we are: humans.

    The spirit of being connected with Mother Nature brings forth our consciousness from within that reignite the senses that have been dulled by he hustle and bustle of city distractions. I like the humanity that dominates the space of Findhorn. It is simply pleasant to look in the eyes people we walk pass and greet them with a warm smile. It is so freeing to to be able to trust the community in which we live. It is joyful to experience the generosity of care, time and effort. I have heard more cynical views that such goodness is extinct. I am happy to tell you all: No, goodness still exist!!! Yay!!!

    I hope the sharing in this article will have a message and method for you to transform into action some of the principals the make Findhorn and its community an emblem of hope.

  7. Julia Tan on Dec 15, 2014 at 1:02 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing our trip in Rinpoche’s blog. I think what we enjoyed the most was meeting these sincere and warm people from Findhorn also their friends near Findhorn. Talking with people that having the same, vision and sharing their experience of how they fail, how they try again and again until they get it right for the sake of mother nature was very inspiring. They are people who know how to live their life. Their children are brought up in such a beautiful place and in an environment that people cherish love more than money. how kind. It’s amazing. Our mission was to feel, to see, to talk, to experience, to learn and to bring this spirit back to KFR. It was a fruitful trip i must say.

  8. Low KHJB on Dec 14, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing on Kechara Visits Findhorn.We are glad that we were given a detail tour of findhorn by our dedicated trio,Pastor Chia,Ms Li Kheng and Ms Julia.
    The Findhorn experience is a must for all nature lover who value methods to preserve,cultivate and develop agriculture in accordance with mother nature and living in harmony with its surrounding.
    We certainly hope that in the near future we could improve,adapt and apply the findhorn style of agricultural practice and landscaping at Kechara Forest Retreat soon.

  9. Choong on Dec 13, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    It is one thing to read about or look at pictures of places such as Findhorn and another thing to actually experience it.

    I rejoice in the Kecharians who have been able to experience Findhorn and look forward to them adopting the practices in Kechara Forest Retreat so that more people can experience and imprint themselves with a fresh new set of values.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Nov 28. 2020 02:00 PM
    Celebrities like Pink , Chrissie Hynde , Sir Paul McCartney, Benji Madden naming a few who had use their fame for good cause. These celebrities truly are using their impactful voices to influence millions to do good, voicing opinions on matters such as fighting against illegal fishing, created viral memes to educate people about climate change, speaking out for women’s rights , eating healthy foods and to be a vegetarian for good to save animals been slaughter and so on. These celebrities have tremendous influence, acting as role models to many young people so as adults, even with their busy schedule. They has been influential in supporting its mission of saving animals been slaughter for human consumption across the globe. Great and truly inspiring.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/cause-celebre-celebrities-with-a-cause.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Nov 28. 2020 01:57 PM
    Looking at the pictures tells us more….sad and heart-felt seeing those innocent kittens is shot dead by someone who is so cruel. How can whoever who did it so senseless . What goes around will comes around. The mother cat kept licking the kittens, from the picture ,heart broken seeing all her love ones dead. Could not imagine that situation, sad that one of the kitten had the chest cut open and heart exposed with the neck tied with a rope. The other three kittens were already been shot yet their heads were stepped on. Horrible death those poor kittens, may these kitten have a good rebirth.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/guess-why-the-tragic-cries.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Nov 28. 2020 01:55 PM
    Reading this blog and feeling sad . Soolam a Golden Retriever, who was a service dog specifically trained to perform work and assist the writer since as a small furry. Soolam was one loyal companion and dear friend indeed to the writer. To euthanize a furry friend is hard felt for the writer as the Golden Retriever could not stand or walk, and even eat. Whatever he eats will throw out. Looking at the pictures the heartfelt writer hold on spending a precious moments with his doggie before he was euthanized. Soolam was a celebrity featuring in scores of times in newspapers, TV and radio. He even appeared as the main star of a special video about service dogs. The writer brought him everywhere he goes for meetings , travelling long distance and so forth over the decades. Well…. he finally laid to rest with his friend. The writer later found Zhar a new friend during a very strange coincidence.
    A beautiful story indeed , with a happy ending.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/have-you-had-a-friend-like-this.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Nov 27. 2020 02:09 PM
    From lush rainforest to deserts, frogs are found in every environment on earth. There are many different species as well and colourful too. Unfortunately, an equally-horrific new fad has recently popped up in China, where millions of frogs are being coloured with industrial dyes. Those dyes contains a very high doses of chemical which is harmful to the frogs. They seem to be a popular trend in China and are in high demand at aquariums and ponds , some been keeping it as pets. Everywhere at wet market in China, the dyed frogs are being sold. The effect of injections of chemicals into the frog would be horribly injured or killed the frog. Recording to research the dyes being used on the frogs are dangerous and harmful to human as well.
    May all sales of these coloured frogs must be banned. Its more or less abusing animals in such a way frogs were treated as objects and not living creatures in need of care. In no time all these frogs will go extinction .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/coloured-frogs.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Nov 27. 2020 02:08 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these meaningful and heartfelt pictures of those horses. Yes looking at those pictures indeed paint a thousand words. It is truly sad seeing that poor horse Jerry had to suffer. Making horses pull oversized loads like carriages is indeed cruel. They are forced to toil in all weather extremes, heavy traffic all day long. Well they might suffer in silence debilitating leg problems in long term as they have to walk on hard surfaces. Horses would definitely love to be free living on green fields where it’s a better environment for them. They could run freely as they wish. In many cities, horse-drawn carriages are seen as tourist attractions. Even though horse-drawn carriages have been in use for thousands of years , I do hope more countries will ban horse drawn carriages. Recent years many cities around the world are banning horse-drawn carriages. Great news as horse are not mend for hard surfaces, in heavy traffic and so forth.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/9-special-photos.html
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    Friday, Nov 27. 2020 01:49 PM
    There’s nothing in this world like the unconditional happiness our 4-legged buddies give us humans. And, just like our 5 fingers, each of them are gifted with their own personality and unique qualities.

    We should have a first hand knowledge before adopting one. Dog behaviour can be puzzling to both new and experienced dog owners.Thank you very much for the informative article.


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  • sarassitham
    Friday, Nov 27. 2020 01:10 AM
    Thank you for the beautiful and historical sharing of Baba Nyonya community in Malaysia. As we know this group is small and their journey begins first at Malacca, then continued to Penang, Singapore, and Indonesia.

    The intermarriage between Chinese and Malay except formed a unique lifestyle and also created out a new culture, customs, festivals, tradition foods clothing, design and entertainment.

    May this rich culture and colourful tradition be preserved and practiced by the younger generation, and do hope this special heritage will live everlasting with us.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Nov 26. 2020 02:28 PM
    Every where there is spirits or unseen beings . Even old tress do have spirits too. Heard of it those days but for one to see it daily is scary. I am sure Rinpoche’s mother had goose bumps seeing the old man spirit. Luckily not a harmful spirit. Tree spirit is a nature deity related to a tree and are present in many cultures. As many of us do believed that if we cut down a tree with a spirit dwelling in it, is not so good. We are disturbing them. To avoid any misfortune we have prayers to appease the tree spirits, asking their permission to do so…..clearing obstacles or any ugly incident happenings.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/the-tree.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Nov 26. 2020 02:26 PM
    nspiring video of a Portuguese boy with strong imprints. His dinner plate was served with rice, potatoes and octopus tentacles. After some questioning he told his mother that animals are not supposed to be eaten, but to be taken care of. This surprised his mother as her young son understands about the killings of animals. He don’t want to hurt animals , he knew the pain and sufferings of animals been killed . That’s wonderful , it’s a good beginning for a young boy to have compassion for animals at such a young age.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/portuguese-4-yo-boy-doesnt-want-to-eat-meat.html
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    Thursday, Nov 26. 2020 02:22 PM
    Reincarnation is the religious or philosophical belief that the soul after biological death, begins a new life in a new body that may be human, animal or spiritual depending on the moral quality of the previous life’s karma. Psychiatrist Ian Stevenson has investigated many reports of young children who claimed to remember a past life. Interesting findings. The belief in reincarnation is held by adherents of almost all major religions. Hence life after death and the possibility of reincarnation do happen. What happens to us when we die? Well this is an old question for which religions have provided answers with faith. One of the mysteries puzzling human mind since the origin of mankind is the concept of “reincarnation”. I do believe in reincarnation and have come across friends who remembered their past lives. Recently I met an Indian Sikh lady who’s past life was a Buddhist. Beautiful stories from her too.
    Interesting read of this blog tells us more.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ancient-mysteries-reincarnation.html
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Nov 25. 2020 03:58 PM
    Thank you for the article and video sharing. It’s sad to see the reality of live of some people in the world has to go through so much suffering at younger age to survive.

    The early involvement of child labour is caused by their parents due the families economic hardship, parents need their help to perform their work or replacements when they are sick or old. Unfortunately the brick kiln management taking opportunity to misuse the labour by performing multiple task and treating them as slave.

    I do greatly appreciate the rightful action will be taken to prevent and to provide the new guidelines against the brick kiln owners who have tried to exploit workers.

    https://bit.ly/2UZha3N
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Nov 25. 2020 01:54 PM
    Interesting read about Goddess Gemu, being worshipped by the ancient tribal community Mosuo people in both Shamanistic Animism Tibetan Buddhism. The Mosuo are considered the last-remaining matriarchal society in China, where they are a culturally-rich people. The traditional Mosuo religion worships nature, with Lugu Lake regarded as the Mother Goddess. Their practice is incorporated to the Tibetan Buddhism practice in the region for decades. The Mosuo has their own syncretic faith called Daba and the influence of Tibetan Buddhism. The Goddess Gemu is the most widely worshipped by the Mosuo people. Glad to note that the traditional shamanism based Daba faith is concertedly with the Tibetan Buddhism faith. The Zha Mei monastery which is a gelupa monastery had a strong affiliation with Dorje Shugden and at the same accepted the worshiping of this Goddess. The 5 th Panglung Kuten did took Dorje Shugden trance at this monastery . Strangely the CTA cannot accept the practice of Dorje Shugden on the hand could accept an unenlightened protector deity Godess Gemu. The practice of Dorje Shugden is indeed very beneficial so as the practice of Daba faith to the Mosus people.
    Well, may the Dorje Shugden ban soon going down into history for the benefits of all sentient beings.
    Thank you Valentina for a detail write up on the Gemu Goddess and those rare pictures of oracles by Dr.Joseph Rock who had explored the Tibetan borderlands .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/gemu-goddess-of-mosuo.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Nov 25. 2020 01:52 PM
    Walpola Rahula Thero was a Sri Lankan Buddhist monk, world renowned scholar and writer. Dr. Rahula is the first Buddhist monk to become a professor in a Western world. He has written extensively about Buddhism in English, French and Sinhalese. He was noted not only for his erudition but also for his strong socialist views. During his lifetime he was awarded several awards for his incredible work towards harmony.
    (Whatever we are Theravada or Mahayana, as Buddhists we all accept the Buddha as our Master who gave us the Teaching.)…..well said.
    Ven. Rahula was later instrumental in encouraging the formation of the first Theravada temple in the United States. He spent most of his life in teaching and lecturing before going back to Sri Lanka where he passed away. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/ven-dr-walpola-rahula-thero-the-theravadan-academic.html
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Nov 25. 2020 01:03 PM
    This unique group of Malaysians have seamlessly assimilated the cultures of the Chinese and the local Malays particularly into their elaborately embroidered attire and very meticulously .

    The Baba Nyonyas have a very unique style of architecture that brings together Western and Eastern components,The community it self is also unique and rich in customs and traditions.Thank you for sharing a beautiful article.

    https://bit.ly/3q20qqG
  • sarassitham
    Tuesday, Nov 24. 2020 11:19 PM
    Thank you for an interesting and worthwhile article sharing. Most people experience eye problems from time to time, and vision problems tend to increase with age. Lately I’m too having vision problem due to working on laptop. Hoping to try out this eyes exercise practice to improve my vision naturally and Throw Away my Glasses!.

    I’m going to share this post to all my friends so that many more will benefit from it in near future.

    https://bit.ly/3frz094

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By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
It\'s very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it\'s very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
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It's very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it's very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
11 months ago
Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
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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One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
1 year ago
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
1 year ago
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
1 year ago
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
1 year ago
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
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Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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
2 yearss ago
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
This is pretty amazing!

First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
2 yearss ago
This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
2 yearss ago
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
2 yearss ago
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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3 months ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 months ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 months ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 months ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
6 months ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 months ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 months ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
6 months ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
6 months ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
7 months ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
9 months ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
9 months ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
9 months ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
9 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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