Avalokiteshvara in Sri Lanka

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Avalokiteshvara statue at Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, Sri Lanka

Avalokiteshvara statue at Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, Sri Lanka.

A depiction of Natha in Tushita Heaven.

A depiction of Natha in Tushita Heaven.

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Sri Lanka is a beautiful country where the majority (70%) of the population are Buddhists of Theravadan tradition. However, Sri Lankan Buddhism is unique because, in addition to focusing on the practice of attaining self-liberation through one’s own effort, they adopt the practice of Bodhisattva of Compassion, Avalokiteshvara.

Within the Sri Lankan Buddhist tradition, Avalokiteshvara is also identified as Natha Deviyo or Lokeshvara Natha (Natha), who lives in Tushita heaven and is destined to become the future Buddha Maitreya. Natha is believed to possess omniscience and come to earth from time to time to help those in need regardless of their religious denomination.

 

The adoption of Avalokiteshvara Worship in Sri Lanka

Avalokiteshvara statue in Weligama.

Avalokiteshvara statue in Weligama.

The adoption of Avalokiteshvara worship within the Sinhalese Buddhist tradition originated from the ruling Sinhalese monarchs. The kings were given the power to take the necessary measures to create conducive conditions for the spiritual well-being of the sangha (lokottara) and the material well-being of his lay subjects (laukika). Therefore, due to the compassionate nature of Avalokiteshvara, he was perceived as the source of protection for the Sinhalese kingdoms of the past. According to John Clifford Holt, the Professor of the Humanities in Religion and Asian Studies at Bowdoin College, in his book, Buddha in the Crown: Avalokitesvara in the Buddhist Traditions of Sri Lanka,

…in the traditional Sinhala belief that a righteous and powerful Buddhist king could become a bodhisattva on the path to nibbana.

Buddha in the Crown: Avalokitesvara in the Buddhist Traditions of Sri Lanka by John Clifford Holt; p. 53

For these reasons, the concept of Bodhisattva worship is accepted within the Sinhalese Buddhist tradition. During the reign of Gampola Dynasty (1341 – 1415), Avalokiteshvara is localized and identified as Natha.

King Vimala Dharma Surya of Kandy was depicted as the manifestation of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara on earth.

King Vimala Dharma Surya I of Kandy was depicted as the manifestation of Avalokiteshvara on earth.

The tradition of worshiping Avalokiteshvara experienced a major setback when the Portuguese colonized Sri Lanka between 1505 and 1658. The Portuguese destroyed many temples and holy images as they tried to enforce the Christian religion to the Sinhalese people. After the Portuguese left Sri Lanka, Avalokiteshvara resurfaced as a significant protector deity. The monarchs from the Kingdom of Kandy (1469 – 1815) often depicted themselves as the manifestation of Avalokiteshvara or Natha to legitimize their power. As mentioned by the art historian, Nandana Chutiwongs, “…that Kandyan kings – or some of them at least – regarded themselves to be the earthly manifestation of Natha, their dynastic god.”

In one image, an important Kandy monarch, King Vimala Dharma Surya I (r. 1592 – 1604), is depicted as wearing a cap with a Buddha image and holding a lotus in his hand like the late Medieval Period depiction of Avalokiteshvara in Sri Lanka. According to John Clifford Holt, “Given the needs for religiopolitical legitimation at the time of the founding of Buddhist kingship in Kandy, it is not surprising that Vimala Dharma Surya would have presented himself publicly in a manner that emphasized symbols projecting the image of the bodhisattva/ god/ king.” King Vimala Dharma Surya I ruled Kandy during a turbulent period. He gained his reputation as a powerful monarch after he was successful in overcoming two Portuguese attacks in Kandy, the Campaign of Danture (1594) and Battle of Balana (1602). Until today, Avalokiteshvara is still known as the protector deity of the Sri Lankans.

King Vimala Dharma Surya I with a Dutch man. In this picture, The king of Kandy is depicted as the manifestation of Avalokiteshvara.

King Vimala Dharma Surya I with a Dutch naval officer, Joris Van Spilbergen. In this picture, the king of Kandy is depicted as the manifestation of Avalokiteshvara.

 

Iconography of Avalokiteshvara in Sri Lanka

The iconography of Avalokiteshvara is deeply influenced by the Sinhalese religious culture and the political situation at the time. For this reason, Avalokiteshvara’s depictions within the Sri Lankan Buddhist tradition embody the royal power, the quality of altruistic compassion, and ascetic determination.

 

Early Medieval Period

In the early Medieval Period in Sri Lanka, Avalokiteshvara was often depicted as an ascetic with simple ornaments. Images from this period depict Avalokiteshvara “in variant positions of the fluid rajalilasana (“the posture of royal ease”) with facial expressions reflecting relative degrees of composure or equanimity. … Avalokitesvara is portrayed as a source of great worldly potency yet has remained serenely detached from the surrounding conditioning process of samsara.” (Buddha in the Crown: Avalokitesvara in the Buddhist Traditions of Sri Lanka by John Clifford Holt; p. 77). The statues from this period have lokottara orientation.

The followings are examples of Avalokiteshvara images from early Medieval Period in various positions.

Click on the image to enlarge.

Click on the image to enlarge.

Image 1: In this image, Avalokiteshvara is depicted in the position of deep meditation or full samadhi with his hair supported by a simple crown. In this posture, Avalokiteshvara does not wear his usual ornaments of royal bracelet and rosary.

Image 2: In this image, the standing Avalokiteshvara is surveying the world with his compassion. He adopts an ascetic profile with a calm facial expression. His upper body is entirely nude, and he wears a simple waistband.

Image 3: In this image, Avalokiteshvara is ready to act, and yet he is completely at ease. His facial expression is relaxed and comforting.

The 8th century Situlpahuva Avalokiteshvara is considered as the earliest image of Avalokiteshvara in Sri Lanka. The statue was discovered in Situlpahuva within the jungle of Yala National Park. The iconography of the image emphasizes the tendency of Sinhalese from the early Medieval Period to portray Avalokiteshvara as an ascetic.

Situlpahuwa Avalokiteshvara that was discovered in Yala National Park.

Situlpahuva Avalokiteshvara that was discovered within the jungle of Yala National Park in Sri Lanka.

 

Late Medieval Period

Avalokiteshvara at Dambulla Cave, Sri Lanka.

Avalokiteshvara at Dambulla Cave, Sri Lanka.

In the late Medieval period, the depiction of Avalokiteshvara underwent a transformation from an ascetic to the guardian deity of the Sinhalese people. Avalokiteshvara’s depictions from this period have a strong resemblance to the Sinhalese monarchs. His crown resembles a lotus, and his hair is fashioned as a crown (jatamakuta) with an embedded Buddha Amitabha image sitting in a meditative position. The hands are painted, and his earlobes are unusually long to signify his great destiny (mahapurusa). He wears royal attire (dhoti) and elaborate ornaments such as bracelets, necklaces, armbands, and yajnopavita, a hand-spun cotton thread, that adorns the arms and torso. The statues from this period have a laukika orientation.

 

Avalokiteshvara Images at Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

The 18ft Avalokiteshvara statue at Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, Sri Lanka. Click to enlarge.

The 18ft Avalokiteshvara statue at Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, Sri Lanka. Click to enlarge.

Many Buddhists believe that Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara is situated on the sacred ground that was visited by Buddha Shakyamuni eight years after he had gained enlightenment. The temple was destroyed during Portuguese colonization but was later rebuilt with the support of King Kirthi Sri Rajasingha of Kandy (r. 1747 – 1782), who was credited for reviving Buddhism in the present-day Sri Lanka. In addition to the famous reclining image of Buddha Shakyamuni, the temple also houses an-18ft stone statue of Avalokiteshvara and another smaller image of this Bodhisattva.

The 18ft Avalokiteshvara image at Kelaniya temple is typical of the images from the late Medieval Period. The Bodhisattva is depicted as wearing elaborate ornaments. His right-hand holds a lotus, and his left-hand holds a flask filled with ambrosia. Two protector deities, Bahirawa, guard the steps toward his altar.

Protector deities, Bahirawa, at the steps heading to 18ft Avalokiteshvara altar.

Protector deities, Bahirawa, guard the steps heading toward the 18ft Avalokiteshvara altar. Click to enlarge.

Another Avalokiteshvara image at Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, Sri Lanka

Another Avalokiteshvara image at Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, Sri Lanka. Click to enlarge.

 

Other Images of Avalokiteshvara in Sri Lanka

The image of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara in Buduruvagala, an ancient Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka. The central figure of the three images is Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. The female figure on the left is believed to be Tara. According to the local legend, the figure on the right is the image of Prince Sudhana.

The image of Avalokiteshvara at Buduruvagala, an ancient Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka. The central figure of the three images is Avalokiteshvara. The female figure on the left is believed to be the goddess Tara. According to the local legend, the figure on the right is the image of Prince Sudhana, an attendant of Avalokiteshvara

Avalokiteshvara statue at Weligama, Sri Lanka

Avalokiteshvara statue at Weligama, Sri Lanka.The 3m (10ft) statue is sculpted on a bas relief. Buddha Amitabha is seated on his crown.

This Avalokiteshvara’s head was found in Dambegoda, near the border of Yala National Park, in Sri Lanka. The image was dated between the 8th and 10th century.

This Avalokiteshvara’s head was found in Dambegoda, near the border of Yala National Park, in Sri Lanka. The image was dated between the 8th and the 10th century.

A-9th century golden statue of Avalokiteshvara.

A 9th century golden statue of Avalokiteshvara.

Standing Avalokiteshvara statue from between the 8th and 9th century.

Standing Avalokiteshvara statue from between the 8th and 9th century.

Avalokiteshvara Titiya in National Museum of Colombo.

Avalokiteshvara Titiya from the 9th century. Currently, the statue is located in the National Museum of Colombo.

Bronze statue of Avalokiteshvara.

Bronze statue of Avalokiteshvara.

Click on the following image to download John Clifford Holt’s book, Buddha in the Crown: Avalokitesvara in the Buddhist Traditions of Sri Lanka.

Click on the image to download the book in PDF form.

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Sources:

  • Holt, John Clifford; Buddha in the Crown: Avalokiteshvara in the Buddhist Traditions of Sri Lanka; Oxford University Press Inc.; 1991
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buduruvagala
  • http://www.art-and-archaeology.com/lanka/matara/we01.html
  • http://www.buddhanet.net/sacred-island/sigiriya.html
  • http://archive.is/gqrt#selection-59.1-81.14
  • http://wisdomquarterly.blogspot.com/2016/09/avalokiteshvara-in-sri-lanka-natha.html
  • http://www.photodharma.net/Sri-Lanka/Kelaniya/Kelaniya.htm
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/buddhism/subdivisions/theravada_1.shtml

 
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  1. Anne Ong on Jun 24, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    This is a very interesting history and write up about Avalokiteshvara in Sri Lanka. Beautiful places and holy statues of Avalokiteshvara. Another wonderful topic to do social media with. Thank you Rinpoche and writers for this beautiful article. _/\_

  2. Choong on May 30, 2017 at 3:27 am

    This is great information about the Mahayana tradition in Sri Lanka. I didn’t know that it existed till now. Thank you Rinpoche.

  3. wan wai meng on May 28, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    I discovered buddhism first via the mantra of “Om Mani Padme Hum’ and from there I started learning about Buddhas, then I learn about Amitabha.

    It just seems typically people who are interested in Buddhism will discover it via Avalokiteshvara first then all the other deities. Nevertheless happy to know the Sri Lankans also have imagery of Avalokiteshvara.

  4. Lim Han Nee on May 23, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you for this very interesting article on Avalokiteshvara in Sri Lanka. Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Infinite Compassion, will manifest in whatever form is necessary and whenever the need arises. In Sri Lanka, he has manifested as Natha(Lokeshvara Natha) who lives in Tushita and who will eventually become the future Buddha Maitreya. Natha will come down to earth from time to time to help those in need, regardless of their faith.

    John Clifford Holt, in his book, “Buddha in the Crown: Avalokitesvara in the Buddhist Traditions of Sri Lanka”, shows that in the traditional Sinhala belief, Avalokiteshvara would manifest in the context of “a righteous and powerful Buddhist king who could become a bodhisattva on the path to nibbana”.

    The adoption of Avalokiteshvara worship within the Sinhalese Buddhist tradition thus originated from the ruling Sinhalese monarchs. Due to the compassionate nature of Avalokiteshvara, he came in the form of these kings and was perceived as the source of protection for the Sinhalese kingdoms of the past; and the concept of Bodhisattva worship became accepted within the Sinhalese Buddhist tradition.

    The monarchs from the Kingdom of Kandy (1469 – 1815) often depicted themselves as the earthly manifestation of Avalokiteshvara or Natha, who was their dynastic god. An example of such a monarch was King Vimala Dharma Surya 1, who is depicted as Avalokiteshvara, wearing a cap with a Buddha image and holding a lotus in his hand .

    In all this, we see how politics and culture played an important role in determining how Avalokiteshvara was depicted. Again this testifies to the great compassion of the Buddha of Compassion.

  5. Pastor David Lai on May 23, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    This is very interesting to read about this because Theravaden traditionally do not accept Mahayana Buddhism, in which the concept of bodhisattvahood and the various pantheon of Buddhas, bodhisattvas and so forth are proliferated. I think the very existence of Natha Lokeshvara reveals the remnants of previous Mahayana Buddhism that once thrived there but has since been supplanted by Theravaden Buddhism.

    At this point I googled the history of Buddhism in Sri Lanka and I was right. 1 of the 3 great monasteries of ancient Sri Lanka studied and proliferated Mahayana, Theravade and Vajrayana as well. However due to conflict and time, Mahayana Buddhism has since been wiped out and the only remnant is the cult worship of Natha Lokeshvara. This is indeed a wonderful article and perhaps, Lokeshvara has been blessing the Sri Lankan people ever since.

  6. Samfoonheei on May 23, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Sri Lanka is a small beautiful country yet the majority (70%) of the population are Buddhists.That is new to me as all long i thought it is more Hindus over there till i read this article.Wow there are so many Buddhist beautiful,rare Avalokiteshvara statues of the early centuries.
    Amazing and so fortunate been able to see it just from pictures the image of Avalokiteshvara at Buduruvagala and the 10 ft sculpted statue at Weligama.All i can said is just truly amazing beautiful statues,feeling blessed too.Hope can visit this country oneday.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

  7. Fong on May 23, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Thank you for articles like these which really informs us of the various sacred sites of Sri Lanka especially for Avalokiteshvara. I never really knew that Avalokiteshvara is so well loved in Sri Lanka over the ages. I alawys had associated the island with Buddha Shakyamuni only.

    Just love the antique statues especially the statue of Acvalokiteshvara in royal sitting position. Really beautiful.

    That’s why I love coming to this website, always something to learn and dispel our previously ignorant and erroneous assumptions.

  8. Paul Yap on May 22, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    Chenrezig (or Kuan Yin) has gain a vast popularity among the Buddhist, mainly due to her great compassion in liberating all beings from the sufferings. Kuan Yin is one of the major deity worship by the majority of Chinese, and is also very popular among the Tibetans too. From this article, I am happily surprised that in Sri Lanka, Kuan Yin is widely accepted as well. Compassion always brings love and peace to others. In time of great sufferings, compassion brings greater hopes for us to have the courage to move forward. Compassion is one of the main ingredients for us to achieve Enlightenment.

  9. Echeah on May 22, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    So many beautiful Avalokiteshvara statues and images in Sri Lanka since the Medieval Period. May the people of the land be blessed and protected by the Buddha of compassion.

  10. Sarah on May 22, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    When Chinese pilgrim Fa-hsien visited Sri Lanka in 412-413 C.E., Buddhism was flourishing under the patronage of the king, the monasteries were huge and could house 50-60,000 monks, and there was an annual procession of the Buddha’s tooth-relic. Fa-Hsien also discovered from their monastic rules, the practice of a form of ancient Buddhism. Before the unification of the Theravada doctrine in the 12th century based on the Mahavihara tradition, there were, in Sri Lanka, different Theravadin sects as well as adherents of different types of Buddhism. In the 3rd century, there was a sect called Vetullavada whose followers propagated theories that seemed to have been Mahayana concepts. The 7th century pilgrim Hsuan-tsang spoke about the existence of Mahayanists on the island. Even tantric Buddhism was introduced into Sri Lanka and enjoyed a period of success in the 9th century.

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    Reading all these inspiring worthy words appealing to H H Dalai Lama to lift the ban on Dorje Shugden, it tell us a thousand words. How much love and respect our Lama Tsem Rinpoche to H H Dalai Lama. Our lama always teaches us to respect H H Dalai Lama. This Dorje Shugden ‘s practice was passed down by generations of erudite lamas of the pure lineage since 400 years ago. For hundreds of years , many highly attained lamas has been propitiating and relying on Dorje Shugden as an Dharma Protector in the practice. They cannot be wrong in the practice. Because of the Tibetan Leadership political agenda, many has suffered such as services denied, families and monasteries divided and so forth.
    May H H Dalai Lama please have a dialogue with Dorje Shugden’s practitioner , to resolve the ban which is affecting millions of people.
    Thank you Rinpoche with these inspiring worthy words of appeals.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/appeal-to-h-h-the-dalai-lama.html
  • S.Prathap
    Friday, Apr 3. 2020 05:38 PM
    It is not coincidental that past and present masters praised Diamond Lady , Vajrayogini as our saviour during this materialistic, desire driven times. As Rinpoche had said, her practice is most appropriate for us.
    Across the world more female are working than ever before, and are very successful holding the top post. Thank you very much for nice write up.
  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Apr 2. 2020 11:26 PM
    Extremely happy to see the Green Girls efforts to the success of Kechara’s Organic Farm. I liked they idea, to cultivate the space to grow their own delicious, greenery, fresh and healthy vegetables. Of course we know organic vegetables contain’s more nutritious, healthier and safe.

    Apart of looking at these attractive farm, I believe this farm will improves the ecology of the surrounding environment. Looking on the support of the volunteers, I hope this project will meet their goals and achieve to a greater extent.

    I’m sure this though role activity involved will help the green girls and Kechara volunteers to maintain a healthy mind and body.
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Apr 2. 2020 03:50 PM
    I like the Dorje Shugden’s Tsa-tsa. It is very detail in making and beautiful. Not only easy to carry during travel also can use for premises decoration to further bless the premises. Now i know how it was made , and the history after reading this post. So they made based on the tradition in Tibet and everyone could invite home and for traveling as well as the beautiful Tsa-tsa is small and convenience. Thank you for the informative article.

  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Apr 1. 2020 10:26 PM
    Thank you for the sharing, I never heard about it before, it’s the belief that there’s a divine, mystical relationship between numbers and the projection of life. There is one thing important to know that every number has a unique vibration by itself.

    I had a good read to know the auspicious sign of number seven belongs to Buddha Tara. It ‘s also the culture believe that all numbers has it own qualities. What I understand from this article is there is a hidden supreme power and spirituality behind every numbers.
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 1. 2020 06:41 PM
    Traditionally, the Stupa is a representation of the enlightened mind of the Buddha and, as such, is a method for harmonizing, purifying, and balancing the elements of the environment. Stupas are structures that have been built for thousands of years, representing the highest potential of the mind, and bringing peace, harmony, health, and happiness to the surroundings areas. By participating in the building of a stupa, it is an extremely great merits ,to purifying our negative Karma and obstacles and it will enriches one’s own body and mind. Rejoice to Ms Veronika Tupayachi, been involved in the construction of a Stupa in Cusco, Peru. The very first stupa been built in Peru with the effort of Buddhist practitioners of various traditions and supporters. This project finally constructed after a few years and glad to hear from Ms Veronika who has not forgotten Rinpoche’s generosity and advices . May more people in Peru get to receive the blessing .
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/letters-cards-gifts/letter-and-gifts-from-cusco-peru.html

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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
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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
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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
3 weeks 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
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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
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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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
3 weeks 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
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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
3 weeks 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.
3 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
4 weeks ago
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
4 weeks ago
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
4 weeks ago
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
4 weeks ago
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
1 month ago
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 months ago
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 months ago
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
2 months ago
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 months ago
Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 months ago
KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
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Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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