Top 10 Island Holidays in Malaysia

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Sipadan Island. Photo credit: REN Scubaworx

(By Tsem Rinpoche and Kenneth Chan)

Crystal clear waters lapping against white sandy beaches. Coastlines lined with palm trees against a backdrop of lush green hills and sunny blue skies. Amazing underwater life and some of the best diving sites in the world. Malaysia’s 878 islands give sun and surf lovers plenty of reason to visit the country.

Penang, Langkawi and Pangkor offer easy getaways to well-developed islands with plenty of activities to choose from. Perhentian, Redang, Tioman and Rawa islands are simply paradise if you have the heart of a bohemian. Sipadan, Mabul, Layang-Layang and Kapas are rugged dive adventures listed as some of the best on the planet.

White sand beaches and crystal clear seas are plentiful in Malaysia

White sandy beaches and crystal clear seas are plentiful in Malaysia

 

Sipadan

Sipadan, an island of the Semporna archipelago off the coast of Sabah is a perennial top ranker in “world’s best dives” lists. The island’s diverse marine wildlife is the star attraction — over 3,000 species of sea creatures have been recorded in its warm tropical waters including manta rays, sea turtles, barracuda and sharks.

This diving haven was hailed by the legendary Jacques Cousteau as “an untouched piece of art”.

To conserve Sipadan’s underwater paradise, the Sabah state government has banned accommodation on the island and limited the number of divers (and snorkelers too!) to only 120 dive permits per day. If you’ve got ‘diving in Sipadan’ on your bucket list, you’ll want to book your dives well in advance to secure your permit!

Accommodation for visitors to Sipadan is available on nearby Mabul or Kapalai islands.

To enjoy diving in clear, calm waters with visibility of up to 50 meters, the best time to visit is from April to June.

Getting There:
Getting to Sipadan is via Semporna, a small port town which acts as the gateway to the nearby islands of Sipadan, Mabul, Kapalai, Pom Pom and Mataking.

Semporna is an hour’s drive from Tawau and Tawau Airport is connected with regular flights from Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur.

Getting from Semporna to Mabul or Kapalai is an hour’s ride via speedboat.

Website:
http://www.sipadan.com/

Turtles are common and easy to spot in Sipadan. Photo credit: Dive The World - http://www.dive-the-world.com/diving-sites-malaysia-sipadan-island

Turtles are common and easy to spot in Sipadan. Photo credit: Dive The World

 

Kapas

The Malay word for ‘cotton’, Kapas Island’s name is a reference to its pure white beaches. Kapas is located in the South China Sea only 6 kilometres away from Marang, a small fishing town in Terengganu on the east coast of Peninsula Malaysia.

The island offers pristine waters with splendid coral reefs. Its close proximity to the mainland — only 15 minutes by speedboat — makes it a favourite for weekend getaways or even one-day dive trips. A WWII shipwreck located five nautical miles from the island’s coast is one of the star attractions for divers.

Kapas offers plenty of accommodation choices including camp sites, guesthouses, bed and breakfasts, chalets and resorts which are mainly run by the villagers in Marang.

The monsoon season usually runs from November till March and it is not recommended to visit Kapas Island during this time.

Getting There:
It is only a short 10 kilometre drive from Kuala Terengganu, the capital of Terengganu state to Marang Jetty. At Marang Jetty, boat operators ferry visitors to and from Kapas Island. Some can even make reservations for accommodation as well as dive and snorkelling trips.

Website:
Pulau Kapas via Terengganu State Tourism: beautifulterengganu.com/where-to-go/islands/pulau-kapas/

Pulau Kapas is a lesser known destination where the saying “less is more” rings true. Picture credit: Why Wait To See The World? - https://whywaittoseetheworld.com/guide-kapas-island-malaysia/

Pulau Kapas is a lesser-known destination where the saying “less is more” rings true. Picture credit: Why Wait To See The World?

 

Layang Layang

Layang Layang is located in the Spratly Islands, 300 kilometres north of Kota Kinabalu in Sabah. Swallow Reef is the English name for Pulau Layang Layang.

This deep sea atoll with waters 2,000 metres deep makes for a unique dive. Be prepared for schools of scalloped hammerhead sharks, grey reef sharks, leopard sharks and many species of rays including mantas. Rare sights such as whale sharks, orcas and melon-headed whales have also been spotted in recent years.

This isolated island in the South China Sea has only one diving resort — Layang Layang Island Resort, which is the only option for visitors to the island. The island also serves as a Royal Malaysian Navy naval station (Station Lima) as well as a marine research facility.

Getting There:
There is only one way to get to Pulau Layang Layang and that is by air. The island’s airport has daily flights to and from Kota Kinabalu.

Website:
Layang Layang Island Resort website: http://www.layanglayang.com/

Layang Layang island is an oceanic atoll of the Spratly Islands, located 300 kilometres from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

Layang Layang Island is an oceanic atoll of the Spratly Islands, located 300 kilometres from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

 

Perhentian

Located off the coast of northeastern Peninsula Malaysia, Perhentian is a cluster of islands consisting of Pulau Perhentian Besar, Pulau Perhentian Kecil and several other smaller uninhabited islands.

Of the two main islands, Perhentian Kecil (Small Perhentian) offers smaller chalet-style accommodation and is favoured by younger visitors and trendy backpackers. Perhentian Besar (Large Perhentian) has medium-sized hotels and guesthouses in a large village that is ideal for families.

The beaches of Perhentian Kecil are among the top of CNN’s list of the ‘World’s Top 100 Beaches’.

The best time to visit the Perhentian Islands is from early-March to late-October. The majority of accommodation options are closed during the monsoon season between November and February.

Getting There:
Boat ferries to the Perhentian Islands depart several times a day from the jetty at Kuala Besut, a coastal town bordering the states of Terengganu and Kelantan. Kuala Besut is reachable by road from either Kota Bahru, the capital of Kelantan state or Kuala Terengganu, the capital of Terengganu state. Both state capitals have airports with connections to and from Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Johor, Sarawak and Sabah.

Website:
Perhentian Island via Terengganu State Tourism:
http://beautifulterengganu.com/where-to-go/islands/pulau-perhentian/

The Perhentian islands are an all-time favourite island destination for locals and foreign visitors. Picture credit: Perhentian Islands Tropical Island Vacation - https://perhentian.com.my

The Perhentian Islands are an all-time favourite destination with both local and foreign visitors. Picture credit: Perhentian Islands Tropical Island Vacation

 

Redang

The Redang archipelago of nine islands is a gazetted marine park. Upmarket bohemian types seeking a quieter beach holiday will find Pulau Redang Marine Park an ideal destination with its crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches, and schools of tropical fish that inhabit the numerous reefs — many close to shore.

To the north of Redang Island is a famous dive location, the Turtle Bay, which is famous for its namesake. A turtle conservation centre is also located here, as is a turtle hatchery.

A 30-minute boat ride connects Redang and Perhentian islands and combining stays in both islands is not uncommon.

Getting There:
Ferries to Redang depart from Marang Jetty.

Website:
Redang Island via Terengganu State Tourism: http://www.beautifulterengganu.com/where-to-go/islands/pulau-redang/

Pulau Redang is one of the largest islands off the east coast of Malaysia famed for its crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches. Picture credit: Wikimedia Commons

Pulau Redang is one of the largest islands off the east coast of Malaysia and is famed for its crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches. Picture credit: Wikimedia Commons

 

Tioman

A protected forest reserve, the island of Tioman off the east coast of the state of Pahang first gained fame when it became the location of the mythical island Bali Hai in the 1958 movie, South Pacific. In the 1970s, Tioman was named one of the world’s most beautiful islands by TIME Magazine, putting Malaysia firmly on the map of global island destinations.

Today, Tioman is a duty-free island with a laid-back atmosphere. It is frequented by sun and surf lovers of all ages and its many nature-based activities such as jungle and hill trekking are also popular with visitors.

The coastline has coral reefs and plenty of marine life. The east coast also has a turtle conservation centre with a hatchery that protects and studies sea turtles.

Visitors have a wide choice of accommodation from budget and midrange hotels to luxury resorts nestled within private coves and beaches.

Getting There:
The main route to Tioman Island is via Mersing, a coastal town in Johor state. There are three ferries sailing from Mersing every day, the first at 8.30 am and the last at 2.30 pm. Each trip takes between two to three hours depending on wind and sea conditions.

Website:
Tioman Island Visitor Information: http://www.tioman.org

Tioman island is one of the earliest island holiday destinations in Malaysia

Tioman Island was one of the earliest island holiday destinations in Malaysia

 

Rawa

One of Malaysia’s best-kept secrets, this relatively unspoiled coral island off the coast of Mersing in Johor state is popular with tourists from Malaysia and Singapore. The island is named after white doves or ‘rawa’ in Malay, which make the island their home.

This small island has sandy beaches on one side and a rocky vertical cliff face on the other. It is also known for its abundant corals, giant clams and black tip reef sharks.

Located within the archipelago of the Sultan Iskandar Marine Park, Rawa Island offers a beachfront resort for holidaymakers looking for modern comforts and a cosy guesthouse.

Getting There:
Rawa Island is accessible via a 20-minute speedboat ride from Mersing, Johor.

Website:
Rawa Island Resort: http://www.rawaislandresort.com
Alang’s Rawa: http://www.alangsrawa.com

Rawa is the ideal location for people seeking a secluded, weekend getaway.

Rawa Island is the ideal location for those seeking a secluded weekend getaway.

 

Langkawi

Located in the Andaman Sea off the northwest coast of Peninsula Malaysia, the Langkawi archipelago of 99 islands features tropical rainforest-covered mountains isles and white sandy beaches. Declared Southeast Asia’s first UNESCO Geopark, it is a natural monument with 550 million-year-old clues of how this part of the world was shaped.

This famous duty-free island plays host to annual events like LIMA, the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition which registered over three and a half million domestic and foreign tourists last year.

Langkawi International Airport is a busy entry gate with a crowd of Western, Asian and Middle Eastern tourists coming through to see and experience the many varied islands, its spectacular marine life, pristine beaches, lakes, waterfalls, flora and fauna.

Travellers to Malaysia’s biggest holiday island are also spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation, with high-end luxury boutique hotels like The Andaman and St. Regis, five-star resorts like the Westin, and backpacker chalets on the beachfront.

Getting There:
By air, Langkawi International Airport is served by Malaysian Airlines as well as low budget airlines such as Air Asia, Firefly and Silk Air.

By sea, regular ferry services are available from Kuala Perlis, Kuala Kedah and George Town jetties.

Website:
Langkawi Tourism: http://www.naturallylangkawi.my

For luxurious island getaways, Langkawi’s offerings are hard to beat. Picture credit: Four Seasons Resort Langkawi.

For luxurious island getaways, Langkawi’s offerings are hard to beat. Picture credit: Four Seasons Resort Langkawi.

 

Penang

Called the “Pearl of the Orient”, the island of Penang offers visitors soft, sandy beaches, cool hill holidays, nature-lover trails and heritage city adventures all in one location where the sights and sounds of the sea are nearly always a hop, skip and jump away.

Fondly regarded as the food capital of the country, the island’s many beachfront eateries — whether it’s just for the teh tarik or a lobster thermidor — are a popular hang-out for locals and foreign guests.

The Penang National Park in Teluk Bahang may be the world’s smallest national park at just under 30 square kilometres. However, this not-so-secret gem is ranked as one of the highest rated parks and green spaces in Asia, according to leading online hotel booking site Agoda.com.

The national park comprises of hidden lagoons with silky sandy beaches, lowland mangrove swamps, and at Pantai Kerachut — probably the best beach on the island — a rare meromictic lake. One of only three in Asia, the psychedelic multi-coloured lake is a result of saltwater meeting fresh.

Getting There:
The island of Penang is linked to mainland Peninsula Malaysia by two bridges, which are the two longest in Malaysia. The newer bridge — Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge (or Penang Second Bridge) is also the longest in Southeast Asia. These bridges connect directly to the main expressway, the North-South Highway.

Penang International Airport is the main airport for northern Malaysia and the third-busiest in the country, with regular flights to all major airports in the country as well as international connections such as Singapore, Bangkok, Jakarta, Hong Kong and Taipei.

The original transportation link which is still in service today, the Penang ferry — a state heritage icon — shuttles passengers and vehicles to and from the mainland.

Once a busy trading port, George Town also has luxury cruise liners berthing alongside ferries for regular trips to neighbouring islands such as Langkawi.

Website:
Penang Tourism: http://mypenang.gov.my

Long before George Town received the status as a UNESCO World Heritage Zone, the island of Penang was internationally known for its beaches.

Long before George Town received its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Zone, the island of Penang was known internationally for its beaches.

 

Pangkor

With its tranquil fishing villages, this island in the Straights of Malacca has become a destination for innovative eco-tourism. It is located off the west coast of Peninsula Malaysia in the state of Perak.

Meaning ‘Beautiful Island’, Pulau Pangkor — if you know where to look — is exactly that. Although it may not have any of the country’s biggest or best, it is a favourite with local visitors and international travellers who can appreciate and want a true Malaysian island village experience.

The historic island, once a refuge for pirates and later on a Dutch naval fortress, was the site of the Pangkor Treaty of 1874 that formalised the way for Britain’s colonial imperialism.

Pangkor offers a range of accommodation from budget guesthouses for families to flashpackers and five-star luxuries. It was recently declared a duty-free zone.

Getting There:
Ferries to Pulau Pangkor can be boarded at the town of Lumut, a three-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur.

Website:
Pangkor Island on Official Perak State Tourism website
peraktourism.com.my/about-pangkor-island.html

Pangkor island is off the coast of the state of Perak and recently declared a duty-free zone. Picture credit: Pangkor Laut Resort

Pangkor Island off the coast of Perak state was recently declared a duty-free zone. Picture credit: Pangkor Laut Resort

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  1. Anne Ong on Mar 19, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    So many beautiful island in Malaysia that i haven’t seen and haven’t been. It’s very relaxing to see these beautiful beaches. I love nature to get away for some peace of mind sometimes. Thank you Rinpoche and Kenneth for sharing this nice article 😘

  2. Alice Tay on Jan 17, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    Malaysia become a tourist attraction especially for those who love the natural beauty of forests and Islands. Besides, Malaysia has a tropical rainforest climate of a temperature between 23 and 32 °C throughout the year. Because of that reason, many tourists will choose Malaysia as a good summer destination.

    Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos and the directions to the Island respectively.

  3. Hayden Chan on Dec 18, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Wow! I didn’t know Malaysia had so many beautiful islands like Kapas, Rawa, Sipadan and more. The waters in the pictures in are so blue and beautiful. I always liked going to the beach when I was younger. The warm sun, white sand and nice blue waters. But many people destroy the beauty of the beaches by throwing their rubbish in the sea. Additionally, the marine life near the beaches will die because of the pollutants in the water. I hope that Malaysia will find a solution to this problem. Thank you, Uncle Kenneth and Rinpoche for this post

  4. Wai Meng Wan on Dec 18, 2017 at 2:07 am

    Malaysians and foreigners have mentioned about the beauty of the Malaysia, especially its beaches. As more oceans in the world come under the threat of pollution and loss of viability, it is no easy feat to main a pristine marine environment. I hope Malaysia can maintain its marine environments for future generations.

  5. Fong on Dec 5, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Islands can be calming and healing though some people are scare of the water. For those who like the warmth of the sun and calming sound of the waves, it can be welcomed change and chance to recharge before heading back to their daily routine.

    Everyone need a chance to re-center themselves and find their focus. Some like to go to the mountains, some like to go for retreats and some like the soothing beach.

    Thank you for this spread as it gives options for those in Malaysia to find themselves again and to explore the country.

  6. Samfoonheei on Dec 3, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Malaysia is a beautiful country where there are plenty of mythical island, coral islands, historic island, soft, sandy beaches, cool hill holidays, nature trails, and many more. Locals and tourist love to explore some of the natural beauty and untouched islands of a tropical country.
    Beautiful islands like Langkawi, Penang, Tioman, Redang and Layang Layang to name a few are of natural beauty. A number of activities can be arranged for anyone visiting to the island. I have been to Penang, Langkawi, Redang , Tioman and have not been to explore the rest. Amazing…..Malaysia has some of the best diving sites in the world and best white pure sandy beaches. Wow ….Tioman was named one of the world’s most beautiful islands .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Kenneth Chan for sharing these article which I have shared with my friends

  7. Lin Mun on Nov 27, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    Malaysia is really a very beautiful country. We have so many beautiful islands and crystal clear water that are suitable to snorkeling and diving. Out of the 10 islands I like Penang the most. I am not a person who like sea a lot but Penang island is unique as it has a combination of everything – sun, sea, beach, modern city, old and heritage places. Such a nice place to stay and to chill. Malaysian are so fortunate to be able to access to these islands easily . I hope all of us take pride and care for all the islands. Thank you Rinpoche and Kenneth for sharing this article.

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    Friday, Aug 16. 2019 11:46 AM
    Wow …beautiful art paintings of Fasting Buddha Shakyamuni, Sujata and Dorje Shugden. Well painted with contrast color in painting. Buddha Shakyamuni founded Buddhism in ancient India more than 2,500 years ago. Attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree in Bodhgaya where thousands of pilgrims will visit this Holy place year round. Here Buddha Shakyamuni is depicted with Sujata and Dorje Shugden as the fasting Buddha who had fasted for days before becoming enlightened.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/fasting-buddha-shakyamuni
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Aug 16. 2019 11:44 AM
    Brahmarupa, a benign form of the wrathful deity Mahakala, is shown as a bearded nomadic ascetic. Mahakala Bramanarupa is one of over 70 different deities of the Mahakala type. It is a protector of the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism. Brahmarupa is in a form of Four-Faced Mahakala, propitiated by many high lamas, yogis and practitioners. Here it is depicted with by the four dakinis of his entourage and the Powerful protector Dorje Shugden.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/brahmarupa-mahakala-and-his-consorts
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Aug 15. 2019 04:07 PM
    Thank you very much for sharing the nice and wonderful views of China.China is truly beautiful country.
    I believe when we are actually in the nature as these pictures,we can calm ourselves down and easy to find inner peace.For this life time we always have to prepare for future lives and always bare it in our mind.

    Read more : https://bit.ly/2H4Iren
  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Aug 15. 2019 02:40 PM
    Thanks for the sharing the wonderful experience with a lovely team who helped to achieve and successfully putting up Rinpoche blog. Great work, I have been reading a lot from them.

    Childhood is the most innocent phase of an individual’s life. With the passage of time, it fades into adolescence and adulthood. Yet the sweet memories of childhood linger on. Memories get us through the hard days and keep us chipper in the good ones. The past is what makes us who we are. It shapes how we act, how we treat others, and simply just what we do on a day to day basis. Memories are the little things that keep this world running smoothly.

    Childhood memories plays a very important role in our life, a lot of concern, a lot love and care. Every movements are wonderful and teaches us a beautiful journey of life.

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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
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In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
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There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
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Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden\'s grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche 

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We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
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    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    2 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    2 yearss ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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Children recite Migtsema and Manjushri mantra before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children recite Migtsema and Manjushri mantra before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Student do full prostration before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Student do full prostration before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wen Yue led students to do key chain as part of art and craft activity. Lin Mun KSDS
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Wen Yue led students to do key chain as part of art and craft activity. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Kien shared some photos of sangha members. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Kien shared some photos of sangha members. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- close bonding during WOAH camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Teenage dharma class in Kechara House . Lin Mun KSDS
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Teenage dharma class in Kechara House . Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- Chinese New Year activity, calligraphy with best wishes words. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- Chinese New Year activity, calligraphy with best wishes words. Lin Mun KSDS
KISG has been performing White Tara and Dorje Shugden puja for 4 consecutive nights. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has been performing White Tara and Dorje Shugden puja for 4 consecutive nights. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG members travelled to KFR for Ullambana today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG members travelled to KFR for Ullambana today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
After the Bird Liberation, we proceeded with Dorje Shugden puja. Just before we started our puja, Pastor Patsy gave us a short Dharma Sharing. Pastor spoke about Dharma practice in these days and reminded us to always keep our samaya with Guru intact. To honour our promises, reduce our worldly activities and practice Dharma strongly. Thank you Pastor for the valuable advice~Jacinta, KPSG
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After the Bird Liberation, we proceeded with Dorje Shugden puja. Just before we started our puja, Pastor Patsy gave us a short Dharma Sharing. Pastor spoke about Dharma practice in these days and reminded us to always keep our samaya with Guru intact. To honour our promises, reduce our worldly activities and practice Dharma strongly. Thank you Pastor for the valuable advice~Jacinta, KPSG
We chanted Medicine Buddha's mantra before we blessed them. May they be connected with Buddha always. ~Jacinta , monthly Bird Liberation Kechara Penang Study Group
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We chanted Medicine Buddha's mantra before we blessed them. May they be connected with Buddha always. ~Jacinta , monthly Bird Liberation Kechara Penang Study Group
Special thanks to Linny Neoh and her friend for joining our Kechara Penang Study Group Bird Liberation. ~Jacinta, KPSG
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Special thanks to Linny Neoh and her friend for joining our Kechara Penang Study Group Bird Liberation. ~Jacinta, KPSG
Birds were blessed before their departure to freedom. They deserved love & freedom too ~Jacinta,KPSG
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Birds were blessed before their departure to freedom. They deserved love & freedom too ~Jacinta,KPSG
Pastor Patsy giving explanation during Bird Liberation event. Kechara Penang Study Group's monthly bird liberation - Jacinta
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Pastor Patsy giving explanation during Bird Liberation event. Kechara Penang Study Group's monthly bird liberation - Jacinta
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma Class every Sunday morning, Teachers and students start dharma learning at this blissful morning ~By KSDS Jayce Goh
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Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma Class every Sunday morning, Teachers and students start dharma learning at this blissful morning ~By KSDS Jayce Goh
Kechara Sunday Dharma Class every Sunday morning, Teacher Lin Mun start class with Manjusri prayers after prostration ~By KSDS Jayce Goh
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Kechara Sunday Dharma Class every Sunday morning, Teacher Lin Mun start class with Manjusri prayers after prostration ~By KSDS Jayce Goh
Mdm Glian Sim offered Serkym on behalf of KISG today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Mdm Glian Sim offered Serkym on behalf of KISG today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Janice So offered water to Lama Tsongkhapa, Mother Tara, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Janice So offered water to Lama Tsongkhapa, Mother Tara, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Ms. Leow offered lights and incense prior to the prayer session in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Ms. Leow offered lights and incense prior to the prayer session in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has carried out a session of 21 Praises to Taras prayer recitations today in Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has carried out a session of 21 Praises to Taras prayer recitations today in Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Children were very excited to participate in the quiz. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children were very excited to participate in the quiz. Lin Mun KSDS
We will do dedication before we end the dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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We will do dedication before we end the dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
It’s wonderful for parents and children to attend animal liberation together and recite mantra before releasing the birds. Lin Mun KSDS
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It’s wonderful for parents and children to attend animal liberation together and recite mantra before releasing the birds. Lin Mun KSDS
Bigfoot cafe in Bentong. Lin Mun KSDS
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Bigfoot cafe in Bentong. Lin Mun KSDS
Rejoice ! Children getting blessing from pastor on Wesak Day. Lin Mun KSDS
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Rejoice ! Children getting blessing from pastor on Wesak Day. Lin Mun KSDS
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