Introduction to Tibetan Astrology

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Since the late 1950s, Tibetan Buddhism has spread all over the world. These ancient teachings contain a multitude of methods to benefit sentient beings and alleviate their suffering, but some of these remain relatively unknown, including various systems of divinatory practices such as the divination dice or Tibetan astrology, which aids practitioners in both their secular and spiritual journey towards Enlightenment.

Tibet’s rich cultural history, blending elements of both ancient Indian and Chinese traditions coupled with deep Buddhist lineages of practice has led to very unique systems of understanding the world and advice which seeks to remedy any unfortunate circumstance we may encounter in our lives. This article shares a brief history and understanding of Tibetan astrology, to broaden our views of Buddhist cosmology so that they encompass more than what we may ordinarily think of Buddhist practice.

  1. Overview of Tibetan Astrology
  2. Elements of Vedic Astrology
  3. The Kalachakra Tantra
  4. Elements of Chinese Astrology
  5. The Sipa Ho

 


Overview of Tibetan Astrology

A Tibetan astrological diagram showing the nine Mewa (centre), 12 Animal Signs and eight Parkha (trigrams) amongst many other astrological signs.

A Tibetan astrological diagram showing the nine Mewa (center), 12 Animal Signs and eight Parkha (trigrams) amongst many other astrological signs.

In Tibet, astrologers were usually highly trained lamas or teachers, either ordained or lay. They were relied on heavily within various aspects of life including:

  1. Determining favourable dates for ceremonies, marriages, launch of construction works, medical treatment, hanging prayer flags, business, and all sorts of both religious and secular activities
  2. Compiling calendars for religious events and holidays
  3. Drawing up astrological profiles and determining any rituals necessary to alleviate negative astrological influences and through this, safeguarding the life, health, success and wellbeing of others
  4. Determining the compatibility of partners through astrological profiles for marriage. In some cases this would even extend to calculating the most beneficial wedding date to ensure success in a certain aspect of the relationship, such as prosperity, progeny, health, etc.
  5. When to begin medical treatment, including the preparation of certain medicines and also diagnosis of a patient’s condition. In fact, the traditional training system of Tibetan doctors includes astrology as well as Buddhist teachings in addition to standard medical knowledge
  6. Almanacs for monthly and yearly forecasts for harvests and climate. Farmers would consult astrologers to calculate climatic changes that could affect their crops, and rituals that could avert problems and ensure favourable results.
  7. Giving advice on funerary rites for the deceased, including when to perform the funeral, how to perform the funeral and what rituals to perform

As mentioned, astrology played an important role in Tibetan culture, from monastic affairs to medicine, from birth to marriage to death and even agriculture. Hence Tibetan astrology is a very broad field of study.

Tibetan astrology developed through an amalgamation of three distinct sources:

  1. Vedic or Indian astrology (known as Kar-tsi or white astrology)
  2. Chinese astrology (known as Nag-tsi or black astrology)
  3. The Kalachakra Tantra

White astrology and black astrology were named as such due to the predominate colour of clothing worn by the inhabitants of India and China respectively. Their origins in these countries resulted in both traditions having unique characteristics. In India, astrology was practiced within the Hindu faith, whereas it was developed among Taoists in China. Combining both of these traditions, and with the addition of the Buddhist Kalachakra Tantra, we get Tibetan astrology. Thus, although Tibetan astrology shares many similarities with the Indian and Chinese traditions, they are combined in such a way as to be both uniquely Tibetan and Buddhist.

Within this unique system, everyone is under the influence of their astrological profiles, uncontrollably affected by periods of their life-cycle: birth, childhood, adulthood, old age, death; or change of the seasons, years, weather, phases of the moon, etc. Tibetan astrology therefore, presents various calculations and advice within this general cosmological framework.

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Elements of Vedic Astrology

A depiction of the Vedic zodiac signs (center) and the 28 Nakshatras or lunar mansions that exist within Tibetan astrology.

A depiction of the Vedic zodiac signs (centre) and the 28 Nakshatras or lunar mansions that exist within Tibetan astrology.

Within Tibetan astrology, there are methods used to create a person’s astrological profile that originate from India: Kar-tsi translated as ‘white astrology’.

These include:

  • The 12 zodiac signs and houses
  • The 36 decans (smaller constellations)
  • The 28 nakshatras (lunar mansions or sectors along the lunar ecliptic)
  • The lunar nodes Rahu and Ketu

According to Indian tradition, astrology is one of the branches of Vedic knowledge. It is said this knowledge came about when the great Hindu practitioners of the past, known as the maharishis, entered spiritual communication with the divine and received the knowledge of astrological science and then spread it for the benefit of mankind.

An example of a Vedic astrological birth chart

An example of a Vedic astrological birth chart

Vedic astrological elements have links with ancient Mesopotamian culture. As early as 3000 BCE, there existed a highly civilized culture in the Indus Valley known as Mohenjo-Daro. This Indo-European civilization had regular trade with the ancient Sumerians of Mesopotamia. Such regular interactions led to cultural interchange, including the adoption of the Mesopotamian zodiac. In fact, this zodiac is common to ancient Egyptian and ancient Greek systems as well, and therefore although the Indian practice of astrology bears a striking resemblance to various Western astrological systems, it does have many cultural variations.

It was in India that this astrological system was honed with exceptional precision and various original calculation techniques were developed. Indian astrology would have reached Tibet on a number of occasions, due to frequent trading expeditions and the travels of Indian masters to teach Buddhist practices in Tibet. In fact, among the Sutras and Tantras translated during the reign of Dharma King Trisong Detsen, many of them contained strong elements of astrology.

Within Tibetan astrology, the two major sources of Indian materials are the Svarodaya Tantra and the Kalachakra Tantra, which will be discussed later. The Svarodaya Tantra, also known as the “Tantra Arising from the Sound of One’s Own Breath” or the “Tantra that Arises from the Vowels”, is a text accepted by both Buddhist and Hindu practitioners. In its Tibetan form, it is included in the Tangyur, or the commentaries to the Buddha’s teachings. The calculations based on this Tantra are used for predictive astrological profiles. Compared to Western forms of astrology which emphasize only the natal (birth) elements, this form of calculation seeks to chart the unfolding of a person’s life to create a more comprehensive and precise astrological profile.

These calculations chart a person’s life through periods of time ruled by nine heavenly bodies in a sequence. The Tibetan system calculates a person’s astrological profile from natal moon positions, and then divides their lifespan into nine periods. The astrologer then interprets each of these periods in relation to its ruling planet, the natal elements and the age at which these periods occur.

Although these calculations can predict a person’s lifespan, they are not ultimately determinative of a person’s time of death. In fact, within the Tibetan system of calculation, there are four different ways to calculate a person’s lifespan. As a person has many different karmas that could ripen leading to different situations in life, a person also has many possible lifespans. Even so, there are extraordinary methods to lengthen or decrease a person’s lifespan.

The nine planetary gods of Vedic astrology: Surya (Sun), Chandra (Moon), Budh (Mercury), Shukra (Venus), Mangala (Mars), Brihaspati (Jupiter), Shani (Saturn), Ketu (Shadowy Planet) and Rahu (Shadowy Planet)

The nine planetary gods of Vedic astrology: Surya (Sun), Chandra (Moon), Budh (Mercury), Shukra (Venus), Mangala (Mars), Brihaspati (Jupiter), Shani (Saturn), Ketu (Shadowy Planet) and Rahu (Shadowy Planet)

For example, in cases where a terminally ill patient does not have the karma to recover from an illness, prayers, rituals, practices or the intercession of a highly attained master can activate the karmic potential to live longer, which would ordinarily not have come to fruition in this lifetime.

Conversely, an external event such as a hurricane or tsunami can trigger negative karma for a shorter life, which ordinarily also may not have come to fruition. However, if we do not have the karmic potentials, even drastic circumstances will not produce an effect. For example, some individuals can survive a hurricane, whereas others cannot.

Astrological profiles with Tibetan systems are therefore general forecasts of what could happen in a person’s life and are not calculations based on pre-destination, determinism or a fixed future. The main purpose behind Tibetan astrology is to calculate potential courses of life that we may experience according to our karma. For these courses to come about, it depends not only on uncontrollable external factors but also our own concerted efforts. Astrological profiles are meant to provide inspiration for us to make the most meaningful use of our precious human life, in order to achieve our spiritual goals towards Enlightenment.

As we have seen, Indian contributions to Tibetan astrology were seminal in its development. However, it was with the introduction of the Kalachakra Tantra that Indian astrology was fully established in its Buddhist form in Tibet.

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The Kalachakra Tantra

The holy mandala of Kalachakra

The holy mandala of Kalachakra

This system of practice, also known as the ‘Wheel of Time’ Tantra, belongs to the Highest Yoga Tantra classification, through the practice of which one can gain complete Enlightenment. It presents a three-fold system of energetic cycles within the universe:

  • External Kalachakra: the cyclic movements of the planets and constellations through the heavens, and divisions of time (years, months, days, etc.) which are used to create calendars. This also includes the study of the elements in the universe and their dynamic relations
  • Internal Kalachakra: the cyclic movements of the breath and various life energies within the body. This includes the nature and function of the nadis (subtle energy channels), chakras (energy centres at which the nadis converge), prana (the internal winds that move through the nadis) and bindu (drops of essential energy)
  • Secret Kalachakra: the various meditations upon the yidam (mediational deity) called Kalachakra, which are used to gain control over the previous two cycles, and purify them to achieve the state of complete Enlightenment
The deity Kalachakra, through whose practice we can gain complete enlightenment

The deity Kalachakra, through whose practice we can gain complete Enlightenment

The external and internal cyclic movements of time occur parallel to each other due to collective external and individual internal energies based on karma. Therefore, there are certain driving energies that connect both the movements of the heavenly bodies and the human bodily cycles. Since these energies and states of mind correspond so closely, we experience cyclic movements as either painful or pleasurable.

It is through the Kalachakra tantric practice that one strives to escape these uncontrollable cyclic movements of energies, also known as cyclic existence or samsara, so that we are no longer afflicted by them, leading to our fullest potential to benefit others.

King Sucandra of Shambala received the Kalachakra practice from Buddha Shakyamuni in South India

King Sucandra of Shambala received the Kalachakra practice from Buddha Shakyamuni in South India

According to tradition, the Kalachakra system was taught by Buddha Shakyamuni himself at the stupa of Dhanyakataka in South India when he was 80 years old, at the request of King Sucandra (Tibetan: Dawa Sangpo) of Shambhala. The entire system of practice was recorded down in what is known as the Kalachakra Mulatantra, which no longer exists in its full form. King Sucandra, who was himself an emanation of Vajrapani, returned to the Kingdom of Shambhala where he wrote a commentary known as the Kalachakra Tantra.

At a later period, King Manjushri Yashas (Tibetan: Jampel Dakpa), who was the first of the Kaulika Kings of Shambhala, wrote a condensed commentary known as the Sri Kalachakra or Laghutantra, translated as the “Abridged Kalachakra Tantra”. His son, King Pundarika (Tibetan: Pema Karpo) wrote a commentary to this titled the Vimalaprabha or the “Stainless Light”. The Sri Kalachakra and the Vimalaprabha still exist and form the textual basis on which the Kalachakra Tantra is practiced today.

The Kalachakra Tantra presents systems of energetic cycles that include various astrological systems

The Kalachakra Tantra presents systems of energetic cycles that include various astrological systems

During the 10th Century, an Indian master by the name of Chilupa set out to travel to the Kingdom of Shambhala, where he received the transmission of Kalachakra from an emanation of Manjushri. Returning to India, he taught the practice to his disciples who spread the practice throughout India, Nepal and Kashmir. This lineage eventually passed to the great masters such as Dipamkara Atisha, who introduced the Tantra to Tibet together with many other practices such as Ganapati Ragavajra and who wrote the Bodhipathapradipa, the precursor to Lama Tsongkhapa’s Lamrim Chenmo.

The influence of this practice on the development of Tibetan astrology cannot be understated. It provided the bridging link in the Tibetan synthesis of Indian and Chinese forms of astrology. The 60-year cycle adopted by the Tibetans is based on the merging of the cycles within the Kalachakra Tantra with that of Chinese astrology.

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Elements of Chinese Astrology

Within Tibetan astrology, there are two methods derived from Chinese origins: Nag-tsi translated as ‘black astrology’ and Jung-tsi translated as ‘astrology of elements’.

These include:

  • Both the 60-year cycle and the 12 animal signs of traditional Chinese astrology
  • The system of five elements of the Chinese tradition
  • The Mewa or ‘nine magical squares’
  • The eight Parkhas which are identical to the ‘ba kua’ or trigrams in the I Ching

Chinese astrology, one of the oldest astrological systems in the world, was first developed by the legendary Emperor Fu Hsi who is credited with inventing trigrams, groups of three lines that have a particular meaning. It is said he did so by first observing the sky and contemplating the stars, after which he turned his gaze upon the earth to see what happened there and how they connected.

In another legend, he chose these symbols as he was inspired by the markings on a ‘longma’ or ‘dragon-horse’ that rose from the depths of the Luo River. The Yellow Emperor, Huang Ti, formalized the ancient Chinese writing system, thereby leading to the codification of all forms of Chinese knowledge including astrology.

Emperor Yao (2324 – 2206 BCE) created a calendar using astrology to connect celestial order with that of human life and started a tradition of employing four court astrologers. These four were tasked with observing the four celestial regions, which ultimately led them to calculate four seasons (spring, summer, autumn and winter) associated with the four directions (East, South, West and North) respectively, after observing the natural environment and human life during these periods.

The Lo Shu was discovered by Emperor Yu on the back of a black tortoise emerging from the River Lo

The Lo Shu was discovered by Emperor Yu on the back of a black tortoise emerging from the River Lo

The Lo Shu or ‘magic square’ is the source from which the Tibetan nine Mewa system developed. The Lo Shu was created by Emperor Yu (2206 – 2197 BCE) when he was inspired by the designs on the shell of a black tortoise emerging from the River Lo. In contrast, the I Ching from which the Tibetan Parkha system is derived was defined by King Wen (1152 – 1056 BCE) when he was imprisoned by the warlord Chou Hsin, and later expounded on by his son, Dan the Duke of Zhou.

There are some major differences in the use of these systems between traditional Chinese methods and Tibetan methods, for example the 60-year cycle. Within Chinese tradition, this cycle begins with the rat animal sign; the Tibetan cycle begins with the hare sign. Similarly the list of animals is intertwined with the theory of the five elements – wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Each element rules two years in a row, the first being male and second female. It therefore takes a complete 60 years to return to the same year in the cycle.

Through historical records, we can see that systems of Chinese astrology were clearly discovered, defined and in use over a millennia before the Common Era. Therefore it is not surprising that these systems would have reached Tibet early on in its history. It is in a biography of Guru Rinpoche called “Padme Thangyik” that we find the account of how Chinese astrology came to be integrated into Tibetan culture. It was King Tride Tsuktsen (705 – 755 CE), also known as Me Agtsom, who adopted Chinese astrology and was known to have protected the Tibetan people through both the practice of astrology and medicine. In fact, when his son and the future Dharma King, Trisong Detsen was born, it was a Chinese astrologer named Birje the Famous who calculated the astrological profile for the child, predicting his great deeds.

A Tibetan astrological diagram containing the 12 Animal Signs as originated in China

A Tibetan astrological diagram containing the 12 Animal Signs as originated in China

One of the major areas in which Tibetan astrology uses Chinese derived systems is the 60-year cycle, made up of both the elements and the 12 animal signs, such as the metal-horse for example. It also provides variable and cyclic information that can be integrated with Kar-tsi calculations to create more accurate astrological profiles.

The five element system of China was also incorporated into Tibetan astrological practice

The five element system of China was also incorporated into Tibetan astrological practice

This integrated system provides astrologers with the ability to calculate five distinct areas:

  1. Yearly progressions: the ability to calculate what will happen in each year of a person’s life. This is calculated differently for males and females
  2. Illness: the ability to determine the length of a particular illness and if the illness is caused by harmful spirits, and if so, which rituals will appease them to alleviate the situation
  3. Funerary rites: when to perform the funeral, how to perform the funeral and what rituals to perform. By using the time of death and the deceased’s astrological profile, the astrologer will advice on the funeral method, such as burial (linked to the earth element), funeral pyre (linked to the element of fire), immersion in a river (linked to the water element) or ‘sky burial’ (linked to the element of air). They will also advice on various rituals to be performed for the deceased, such as ritual recitations, lighting of butterlamps, etc. These are to ensure that the deceased has a fortunate rebirth, that the transition between lives is smooth and any negative effects for the family are alleviated. These sorts of rituals are carried out at the nearest monastery
  4. Obstacles: the ability to determine when both major and minor obstacles will be encountered in a person’s life and what measures can be taken to remedy the situation such as various religious practices or acts of charity
  5. Marriage: the ability to calculate the suitability of partnerships, dates for marriage and potential obstacles in the relationship

Within both natal and progression calculations, there exists a difference in counting one’s age compared with the Western method. Within the Tibetan system, one’s age refers to the number of calendar-years during which one has been alive. For example, if a person is born in the 5th month of the year, then he or she is one year old until the Tibetan New Year, at which point the person immediately becomes two years old. Therefore in traditional Tibetan culture, all people become one year older at Tibetan New Year, rather than the Western concept of age, which counts full years passed since the day of birth.

An example of Tibetan pebble calculations

An example of Tibetan pebble calculations

The 12 animal signs in combination with the five elements that exist within the 60-year cycle also include a set of five associated elements for what is termed ‘pebble calculations’. By analysing calculations between natal pebble calculations and any given year, astrologers can also predict the following for that year:

  1. Life-force calculations: possible dangers to one’s life
  2. Body calculations: matters relating to health and physical harm
  3. Power calculations: matters relating to business, endeavors and success
  4. Fortune calculations: general fortune and travel
  5. Life-spirit calculations: matters relating to the general wellbeing and stability of the basic organizing principles of life

Again, if there are any negative results, various rituals are recommended to alleviate these obstacles.

Each of the 12 animal signs is also associated with three days of the week:

  1. A favourable day or a luck-day
  2. A favourable day for health or life-day
  3. An unfavourable day or deadly-day

The luck day is an auspicious day for the subject of the reading, the life-day is especially beneficial for matters relating to health, while the deadly-day is considered inauspicious for most activities. These calculations are used particularly in medical astrology for choosing suitable days for treatments.

 

The Eight Parkha

The Parkha of Tibetan Buddhism was incorporated from the Chinese trigrams

The Parkha of Tibetan Buddhism was incorporated from the Chinese trigrams

The set of eight trigrams from the I Ching, which are groups of three lines, broken or unbroken, are called the eight Parkha in Tibetan astrology. There are only eight, unlike their Chinese counterpart which can be arranged into 64 hexagrams.

There is a certain arrangement from which a Parkha is derived in a particular sequence for each year of a person’s age. This calculation is different for males and females, though the progression of the Parkha is the same for every one of the same gender that is the same age. This is known as the person’s progressed Parkha.

Another Parkha of significance is known as the natal Parkha. Since there is no such thing as an annual Parkha, which would entail each calendar-year being associated with one particular Parkha, the natal Parkha is derived from the mother’s progressed Parkha for her age in the year she gave birth to the person. By analysing both the progressed and natal Parkha together, astrologers can create predictive astrological profiles for a person.

In addition to these two Parkhas, Life-force, Body, Power and Fortune Parkhas can be calculated from four types of Mewa numbers calculated from the natal Mewa number. These four Parkhas, coupled with the natal pebble calculations are what is compared to determine relationship or marriage compatibility.

 

The Nine Mewa

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A Mewa grid or magic square

The nine Mewa, also known as the ‘magic-squares’, are a group of nine numbers each in a box, organised in a three-by-three grid. They are arranged in such a manner that when you add the numbers either horizontally, vertically or diagonally, the sum of each line is 15.

Each of these nine numbers correlates to a color which is associated with one of the five elements. The numbers therefore are commonly referred to together with their color and when the Mewa are drawn out, each box color corresponds to the number within it:

  • One-White = Metal (The Mirror of Medicine)
  • Two-Black = Water (The Mirror of Dreams)
  • Three-Blue = Water (The Mirror of Ocean Medicine)
  • Four-Green = Wood (The Mirror of Nagas)
  • Five-Yellow = Earth (The Mirror of the War God)
  • Six-White = Metal (The Mirror of the King)
  • Seven-Red = Fire (The Mirror of the Mountain Spirit)
  • Eight-White = Metal (The Mirror of the Country God)
  • Nine-Red = Fire (The Mirror of Prosperity)

Each of the nine numbers is combined together with the 60-year cycle. This means that every 180 years, the same Mewa correlates to the same element-animal year. The Mewa sequence for this is 1, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, and 2.

From the natal Mewa number derived from the above sequence, a progression of Mewa grids can be calculated for each year of a person’s age; this calculation is again different for both males and females. Each of the natal Mewa numbers have specific interpretations, including general characteristics of a person, descriptions of previous lives together with their influence on this life, probable future lives, specific religious practices or Buddha images to commission in order to improve them and also the possible rebirth that might then occur from these meritorious activities. It is this natal Mewa that is the source of information for past and future lives in Tibetan astrological profiles. Life-force, Body, Power and Fortune Mewas can also be calculated and examined using this method, as is done with the Parkha elements.

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The Sipa Ho

One of the most common depictions of protection against negative astrological influences is the Sipa Ho or the Golden Turtle diagram. It is very common to see this diagram in both monastic environments and lay households.

The Sipa Ho astrological talisman which protects practitioners against all manner of negative astrological influences

The Sipa Ho astrological talisman which protects practitioners against all manner of negative astrological influences

In the home, it is commonly placed over the door to protect against negative influences, harmful spirits and bad luck. The depiction also charts the natural cycles of time such as the seasons and the movements of the planets, and it is associated with the enhancement of both physical and emotional wellbeing and balance.

It is through the symbolic language of Tibetan astrology that this diagram combines various forms of astrological protection, representing the universe and sentient beings within it. While there have been many forms of the Sipa Ho throughout Tibetan history, it was under the reign of the Great 5th Dalai Lama that the masters of astrology of that time standardized the form which is still in use today.

At the top of the depiction are the protective Bodhisattvas Manjushri, Avalokiteshvara and Vajrapani, who add their enlightened powers of wisdom, compassion and spiritual power to the depiction’s protective effects.

The central figure of this diagram is the Sipa Ho itself, the Golden Turtle which is said to be an emanation of Manjushri. It is depicted lying on its back surrounded by wisdom fire, which protects against evil spirits and ignorance.

In another legend, it is said that this turtle named Rubal rose from the depths of the Primordial Ocean and was pierced by Manjushri’s arrow of immortality. He rolled over onto his shell exposing his stomach, upon which Manjushri inscribed the calendar of time. Henceforth, Rubal became known as Manjushri’s Turtle.

On the center of the Turtle’s stomach are inscribed the nine Mewa numbers, which form the center of a lotus. In a ring around these are arranged the eight Parkha trigrams, one on each of the lotus’s petals. Circling these, at the outermost level are the 12 animals signs.

On the Turtle’s head are three vajras representing the Three Jewels in Buddhism – the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Its four limbs represent the four cardinal directions, while the sceptres it holds that are tipped with demonic frogs represent the earth element, the most important of the five elements.

Below the Turtle, in a straight line are seven symbols, plus one extra symbol, representing the days of the week, elements, and heavenly bodies used in astrological calculations.

Symbol Day of the Week Element Planet
Red Sun Sunday Fire Sun
Crescent Moon Monday Water Moon
Red Eye Tuesday Fire Mars
Blue Hand Wednesday Water Mercury
Vajra Dagger Thursday Air Jupiter
White Arrow Friday Earth Venus
Bundle of Sticks Saturday Earth Saturn
Bird’s Head Rahu*

*Note: Rahu which is also known as the Shadowy Planet is the Northern Lunar Node. It represents the unknown planet that consumes the sun during an eclipse.

The Namchu Wangden, also known as the Tenfold Powerful One, a symbol that embodies the entire Kalachakra Tantra

The Namchu Wangden, also known as the Tenfold Powerful One, a symbol that embodies the entire Kalachakra Tantra

In the top left corner is the Namchu Wangden, also known as the Tenfold Powerful One. It is a monogram created from the 10 seed syllables of the Kalachakra Tantra – A, Ham, Ksha, Ma, La, Wa, Ra, Ya, E and Vam. It represents all three of the Kalachakra cycles – External, Internal and Secret – in a stylized form which combines them into an overall figure. As such, the form directly links the heavenly bodies with the internal bodily chakras of a practitioner. It stands upon a lotus, which symbolizes the Heart Chakra and is surrounded by wisdom fire representing the state of complete Enlightenment.

The Namchu Wangden represents the ability to harmonize with existence and then overcome it altogether by achieving Enlightenment. Within our daily lives, we interact with and absorb various energies in different ways, both positive and negative. This symbol represents the universal elements balancing their energies, creating a harmonious change in our lives.

In the top right corner is a protective talisman which was created by Guru Rinpoche, known as the ‘All-Conquering Mandala’. This is a square, similar to Mewa charts, sitting on a lotus. Prayers to protect from negativity are inscribed on each of the nine inner squares. This talisman is once again surrounded with wisdom fire representing the state of Enlightenment.

In the bottom right corner is an eight-petalled lotus, surrounded by a ring of protective mantras. Similarly, in the center and on each of the petals are inscribed protective prayers and mantras, supplicating the enlightened deities and gods for their protection.

In the bottom left corner is another eight-petalled lotus, this time depicted on the stomach of the Golden Turtle. The centre of the lotus has protective mantras and one of the eight Parkhas are inscribed on each of the petals. This lotus is similarly encircled with mantras and prayers of protection.

Vertically, along the left side of the diagram, are two seals of protection consisting of various Parkha. The topmost is a seal for the 12-year cycle and has a vajra dagger and bhumpa vase beneath it, symbolizing the destruction of ignorance and the ambrosial nectar of immortality respectively. The lower seal is to guard against harmful spirits of the Six Realms and is marked by a flaming triratna jewel, representing the Three Jewels, and the body, speech and mind of enlightened beings.

Vertically, along the right side of the diagram, is the seal of the entire Sipa Ho and includes three more triratna jewels. Different depictions of the Sipa Ho can contain other varying symbols such as the wish-fulfilling tree, the flaming sword of Manjushri, more triratna jewels and even Buddhist swastikas.

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  1. sarassitham on Feb 7, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    Hinduism and Buddhism are the only well known and practiced religions of the world that believe in the principle of reincarnation. Many Hindu’s and Chinese practice the art of astrology in their daily life as it is quite real and true because it have the influence planets and stars. Knowing the Vedic astology has a greater power to predict the most accurate things.

    I was very much interested into this topic as I too believe in astrology. Has a Hindu it’s very important to know your birth star because it have an great influence throughout out our life. I was very excited and immediately got to use the website to discovered my daily and yearly mewa and my birth Buddha. A very interesting and simple system to use just by clicking date, month and year I got to know the Tibetan Astrology of mine.

  2. Daniel on Dec 10, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    More charts……

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  3. Daniel on Dec 10, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    Most honorable Guru please help me understand my birth chart here it is…….what/who am I ? ☹️

    Om
    Danny

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  4. Meghna on Jul 18, 2018 at 1:06 am

    Very interesting! I have a little knowledge of vedic astrology, but the Chinese and Tibetan paths are equally if not more fascinating!

    In vedic astrology, especially if one knows the correct birth time, it can be highly beneficiall to practice the Ishta Devta deity (the one which helps removes obstaclea and leads the soul to enlightenment.) It’s a little like the mewa deity, but more personal as the deity (all which are avatars of what leads to moksha) arises from the chart of spirituality called the Navamsa.

    Each planet represents a particular deity – which is determined by a set number of rules.

    More interestingly, the planet mercury represents either Vishnu, or Lord Buddha.
    In the end, all deities are one – they incarnate in different forms for specific purposes – much like the Dharma protectors!

  5. Anne Ong on May 28, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    I have always been interested in astrology and numerology and loves to read up and see what it says about myself and about others. Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for sharing about Tibetan Astrology. Something really interesting and informative to learn about ???

  6. nicola de almeida on Mar 5, 2018 at 3:04 am

    Dear Eminence. Where can i get the Sipa Ho talisman? My “I” is so strong and my trust still very low. Although i thought my believe is strong. Can’t get out of negativities.
    All my thanks and greetings to you.
    Yours respectfully nicola

  7. Tandin wangmo on Nov 8, 2017 at 1:55 am

    Rinpochela please can you help in to get birth details la.
    Date of birth : 02 december 1994
    Time : 7pm

  8. Samirgoutam on May 12, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Sir mera dob 9 July 1974 lekin ye confirme nahi h pls mera margdarshan kijiye (in Hindi)

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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
  • S.Prathap
    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.


    https://bit.ly/33l4Qzo
  • 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.

    https://bit.ly/3lbHmCK
  • 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
  • Samfoonheei
    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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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
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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
2 yearss ago
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
2 yearss ago
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
2 weeks ago
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
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In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
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Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
3 months ago
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
3 months ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
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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
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KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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