Top 10 Spiritual Power Places in Malaysia

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(by Tsem Rinpoche and Kenneth Chan)

Before our globalised world of jet-setting travel, cosmopolitan cities and urban migration, the entire region of the Malay archipelago was, for more than 600 years, an international destination for Arab, Indian and Chinese maritime traders and European explorers who, through the centuries, settled down for trade or for love in these parts, thus creating cosmopolitan communities.

A true melting pot, Malaysia is one of those rare places in the world where people of different ethnic origins, cultures, traditions and religious beliefs have infused harmoniously to form a distinct multicultural society.

This country’s rich heritage includes hundreds-of-years-old temples, churches and mosques — some of these located within doors of each other, others having in one place shrines dedicated to deities of different faiths or denominations. All of them have played a key role (and still do!) in shaping the nation by being centres for the community to convene and connect spiritually.

 

Kuala Lumpur’s Brickfields

Brickfields gets its name from being the city’s brick-making district in the late 19th century. The Brickfields of Kuala Lumpur provided the building material for many of the city’s British colonial period red-brick buildings. Later on, the area became the main locomotive depot for the Malayan Railway during the British colonial administration.

Today, Brickfields is a mash-up of towers designed by celebrity architects looming high over rows of shophouses that are as old as the city itself. Retaining its railway heritage, this urban centre is the location of KL Sentral, the transport hub for Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia.

Brickfields’ rich heritage includes it being a multi-faith centre of worship for the city’s residents. Just about a square kilometre in size, this spiritually powerful neighbourhood has a dozen Hindu temples, the country’s oldest Buddhist institution, Chinese Taoist temples and churches for several Christian denominations including Malaysia’s only Orthodox Syrian Church.

Most of the places of worship in Brickfields are located along the crescent-shaped road named Jalan Berhala, which translates to “Shrine Road”.

Last year, Brickfields was ranked third on AirBNB’s list of top trending destinations.

Colourful flower stalls makes and sell garlands to devotees for offerings to temples in Brickfields. Picture credit: Yun Huang Yong/Flickr via The Culture Trip - https://theculturetrip.com/asia/malaysia/articles/the-top-10-things-to-do-and-see-in-brickfields-kl/

Colourful flower stalls make and sell garlands to devotees for offerings to temples in Brickfields. Picture credit: Yun Huang Yong/Flickr via The Culture Trip

 

Sri Kandaswamy Kovil

Built in 1902 to strict scriptural temple guidelines, Sri Kandaswamy Kovil is one of the most prominent Sri Lankan Tamil temples in the country and a major destination for worship.

Address:
No 3, Jalan Tebing, Brickfields
50470 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Phone: 03 2274 2987, 03 2272 1548

Website: srikandaswamykovil.org

For Visitor and Office Hours: Please refer to website

Temple priests of Sri Kandaswamy Kovil reenact the defeat of the Asuras by Lord Murugan during the Surasamharam (Kantha Sashti) festival. Picture credit: YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGo3_5Hm0ic

Temple priests of Sri Kandaswamy Kovil reenact the defeat of the Asuras by Lord Murugan during the Surasamharam (Kantha Sashti) festival. Picture credit: YouTube

 

Buddhist Maha Vihara

Buddhist Maha Vihara was founded by the Sinhalese community in 1894 to provide a place of worship in the Sri Lankan Theravada Buddhist tradition. The annual Wesak Day procession held by the Vihara since its founding is claimed to be the oldest and largest religious procession in the country.

Address:
123 Jalan Berhala, Brickfields
50470 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Phone: 03 2274 1141, 03 2272 1548

Website: buddhistmahavihara.org

Visitor and Office Hours: Please refer to website

Devotees attend a Full Moon Puja (Sanghamitta Poya) at the Buddhist Maha Vihara. Picture credit: Buddhist Maha Vihara Malaysia/Facebook

Devotees attend a Full Moon Puja (Sanghamitta Poya) at the Buddhist Maha Vihara. Picture credit: Buddhist Maha Vihara Malaysia/Facebook

 

Seng Hong Tokong

Tucked away behind old apartment blocks on Jalan Berhala, by the riverbank, is Seng Hong Temple. This unique Taoist temple has inside the main building two shrines dedicated to the Hindu Ganesha and Kali, as well as a ‘Datuk Kong’ shrine dedicated to Datuk Haji Hassan.

Address:
Lot 06 0588, Jalan Berhala, Brickfields
50470 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Phone: 019 331 5233

Visitor Hours:
Monday – Friday, 5.00 pm – 9.00 pm
Saturday – Sunday, 2.00 pm – 8.00 pm

Mediums take trance during rituals at Seng Hong Tokong for observing the temple’s main deity’s annual birthday celebration. Picture credit: Kenneth Chan

Mediums take trance during rituals at Seng Hong Tokong for observing the temple’s main deity’s annual birthday celebration. Picture credit: Kenneth Chan

 

Cathedral of St. Mary the Theotokos

The only Orthodox Church in Malaysia, the Cathedral of St. Mary was built by Syrian Christians of the Malankara Orthodox order from Travancore and Cochin (now known as Kerala) in India who had come to Malaya to seek their fortune. This unique order was founded by St. Thomas, one of the Twelve Apostles, who went to India in A.D. 52.

Address:
1, Jalan Tun Sambanthan 1, Brickfields
50470 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Phone: 03 2273 2619

Website: orthodoxchurchmy.com

Visitor and Office Hours:
Monday – Friday, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
Saturday – Sunday,  9.30 am – 12.30 pm
Closed on Tuesdays

Cathedral of St. Mary The Theotokos in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur.

Cathedral of St. Mary the Theotokos in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur.

 

Holy Rosary Church

The Holy Rosary Church which sits on the main road of Jalan Tun Sambanthan at the edge of Brickfields was built in 1904 to serve the Chinese-speaking community. This Catholic church has stunning European Neo-Gothic architecture complete with classical stained glass windows, a pointed arch, ribbed vaults, and flying buttresses.

Address:
10, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields
50470 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Phone: 03 2274 2747

Website: hrckl.com

Visitor and Office Hours:
Monday – Friday, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
Saturday – Sunday,  9.30 am – 12.30 pm
Closed on Tuesdays

Inside the Church of the Holy Rosary, Kuala Lumpur. Picture credit: Virtual Tourist via Says - http://says.com/my/lifestyle/most-beautiful-colonial-buildings-in-malaysia

Inside the Church of the Holy Rosary, Kuala Lumpur. Picture credit: Virtual Tourist via Says

 

Temple of Fine Arts

The Temple of Fine Arts was built as a sanctuary to preserve Indian arts and culture through the learning and staging of classical dance, music, performances and art. Founded in 1981 by Hindu guru Swami Shantanand Saraswathi, the temple offers classes for learning the classical arts and regularly stages performances. Annalakshmi, the vegetarian restaurant on the premises, is also very popular, serving authentic South Indian and North Indian dishes.

Address:
116, Jalan Berhala, Brickfields
50470 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Phone: 03 2274 3709

Website: tfa.org.my

Visitor Hours: Please refer to website

The Temple of Fine Arts is a sanctuary for Indian and Hindu classical dance and performing arts. Picture credit: Temple of Fine Arts

The Temple of Fine Arts is a sanctuary for Indian and Hindu classical dance and performing arts. Picture credit: Temple of Fine Arts

 

Harmony Street, Penang

Dubbed the “Street of Harmony,” Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling starting from St. George’s Church and ending at Acheen Street Mosque on the junction of Lebuh Cannon and Lebuh Acheh has in-between a rich legacy of 19th century places of worship – the Kuan Yin Goddess of Mercy Temple, the Hindu Sri Mahamariamman Temple, the Kapitan Keling Mosque and Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple.

Formerly known as Pitt Street, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling was the main street in colonial George Town, a testament of how people of different races and religions — Thai Catholics, Indian Muslim traders, Chinese migrant workers and traders, and Armenians — came together to build new opportunities and a better future.

The various communities built their houses of worship and lives along and around the heritage street where enterprise flourished and people co-existed peacefully.

Historic Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling was a main street during the time of the British Straights Settlement, and where early migrants plied their trade, lived and built places of worship. Picture credit: The Malaysian Insight - https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/4723/

Historic Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling was a main street during the time of the British Straights Settlement, and where early migrants plied their trade, lived and built places of worship. Picture credit: The Malaysian Insight

 

St. George’s Anglican Church

The oldest Anglican church in Southeast Asia, St. George’s Church was declared one of 50 Malaysian National Treasures in celebration of the country’s 50 Years of Independence in 2007. The church is named after Saint George, the patron Saint of England, and in the wide compound is a pavilion built in 1886 to commemorate Sir Francis Light, the founder of Penang.

Address:
1, Lebuh Farquhar
10200 Penang, Malaysia

Phone: 04 261 2739

Website: stgeorgeschurchpenang.com

Visitor Hours: Please refer to website

St. George’s Anglican Church main building was built in 1819 and celebrates its bi-centenary in 2018

St. George’s Anglican Church’s main building was built in 1819 and celebrates its bi-centenary in 2018

 

Goddess of Mercy Temple

Locals from Penang call this temple “Kuan Yin Teng”. Built in 1728, this temple is the Island’s oldest and when it was first built, it was originally named Tokong Kong Hock Keong (Cantonese-Hokkien Temple) and dedicated to the sea-goddess Mazu. A century later, the temple replaced the main deity with Guan Yin, the Chinese Goddess of Mercy and a form of Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion.

The temple’s fame increased greatly especially after remaining intact and undamaged from the air bombing during the Second World War, with many people believing that it was blessed with supernatural protection.

Address:
Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling
10200 Penang, Malaysia

Phone: 04 261 6663

Visitor Hours: Early-morning – Late-evening

The Goddess of Mercy Temple on Jalan Masjid Kapiatn Keling is the oldest Chinese temple in Penang. Picture credit: TimeOut - https://www.timeout.com/penang/things-to-do/50-things-to-see-in-penang

The Goddess of Mercy Temple on Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling is the oldest Chinese temple in Penang. Picture credit: TimeOut

 

Arulmigu Sri Mahamariamman Temple

Known simply as Mariamman Temple or Queen Street Indian Temple, this is the oldest Hindu temple in Penang. Worshipped as a shrine by Tamil Indians for over 200 years, the present day temple was built on the same spot in 1833.

Constructed in the South Indian Dravidian style, the temple’s facade is inlaid with precious stones and diamonds. Carved into wood on the ceiling inside are symbols of the nine planets and signs of the zodiac.

The Mariamman Temple is dedicated to the Hindu Lord Subramaniam, whose statue in the main shrine (under a nine-metre-high dome) is elaborately decorated with jewellery. Around the main shrine, the temple also has a collection of over 40 statues of deities and lions.

This temple is the starting point for Thaipusam celebrations in Penang.

Address:
Lebuh Queen (main entrance) and Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling (alternate entrance, between Lebuh Pasar and Lebuh Chulia)
10200 Penang, Malaysia

Phone: 04 264 3494

Visitor Hours: Daily pujas are held every morning from 6.00 am – 12.00 pm, and in the evenings from 4.30 pm – 11.00 pm

Arulmigu Sri Mahamariamman Temple’s entrance on Lebuh Queen, Penang. Picture credit: Wikimedia Commons

Arulmigu Sri Mahamariamman Temple’s entrance on Lebuh Queen, Penang. Picture credit: Wikimedia Commons

 

Masjid Kapitan Keling

This historical mosque, whose position as a religious and community centre is as prominent today as it was 200 years ago, was built by Tamil Muslim traders at the centre of their neighbourhood. Colloquially called “Chulias” or “Keling”, the Kapitan Keling Mosque is named after its founder who was the ‘Kapitan’ — the British-appointed headman or community leader — of the South Indian settlers.

Masjid Kapitan Keling is a stately looking mosque with Moghul-inspired minarets and weather-aged copper domes. Inside, the walls are filled with calligraphy panels and stained glass windows having arabesques of geometrical designs and floral motifs. The floor is solid, polished white marble. Also, on its premises are a school (known as madrasah), residences for imams, kindergarten, mausoleum, wells and ablution pools.

Guided tours are available at the Islamic Information Centre located at the ground floor of the minaret. Visitors are required to wear robes, which are available.

Address:
14, Jalan Buckingham
10200 Penang, Malaysia

Phone: 019 464 1056

Visitor Hours:
Saturday – Thursday, 11.00 am – 6.00 pm
Friday, 3.00 pm – 6.00 pm

Masjid Kapitan Keling is a grand, old mosque with a rich heritage and a colourful history. Picture credit: Visit Penang

Masjid Kapitan Keling is a grand, old mosque with a rich heritage and a colourful history. Picture credit: Visit Penang

 

Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple

One of the most unique in Penang, this temple, built over a century and a half ago, is an architectural rarity — it has a double-storey bungalow layout with its main prayer hall located a whole floor above the street level. This was from a time when most temples were built with the main pavilion located on the ground floor.

The temple, dedicated to the Taoist deity Tua Pek Kong, is also the headquarters of several Chinese clans and was one of the main centres during the Penang Riots when rival migrant clans were at war with each other. Secret passageways are still existing and open for visitor viewing.

Sited in George Town’s UNESCO World Heritage Zone, the Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple is a grand heritage site and one of the most well-restored buildings there.

Address:
57, Lebuh Armenian
10200 Penang, Malaysia

Phone: 013 431 7003

Website: hokkienkongsipenang.com

Visitor Hours: Monday – Sunday, 9.00 am – 5.00 pm

Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple is regarded as one of the most well preserved buildings in Penang’s UNESCO World Heritage Zone. The building’s main frame and roof was built using the Dugong method — an ancient Chinese wooden construction method without nails or rivets. Picture credit: Visit Penang

Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple is regarded as one of the most well preserved buildings in Penang’s UNESCO World Heritage Zone. The building’s main frame and roof were built using the Dugong method — an ancient Chinese wooden construction method without nails or rivets. Picture credit: Visit Penang

 

Acheen Street Mosque

Built as a community mosque for the Acehnese by a wealthy Acheh-Arabian merchant of Acehnese royal descent, the small Acheen Street Mosque is located in the first Malay village in George Town and famed for its unusual Egyptian-style minaret and architecture.

One of the most picturesque mosques in the country, Masjid Lebuh Acheh (by its official Malay name) was once an important centre for Islamic studies. It was frequented by traders throughout the archipelago and known as “the Second Jeddah.”

Address:
Jalan Lebuh Acheh
11200 Penang, Malaysia

Phone: 04 432 5231

George Town’s pioneer Malay settlement built the famous Acheen Street Mosque with the wealth and influence of an Achenese prince, Tengku Syed Hussain. Picture credit: Penang Monthly

George Town’s pioneer Malay settlement built the famous Acheen Street Mosque with the wealth and influence of an Achenese prince, Tengku Syed Hussain. Picture credit: Penang Monthly

 

Bentong

Barely an hour’s drive east from Kuala Lumpur, Bentong is both a district and a town in the state of Pahang. Like Malaysia’s capital city, Bentong town has its origins from being a pioneering mining settlement at the confluence of two rivers. The site where many of the old villages are remain much the same and continue to be lived in by their original families.

Present day Bentong is known for its small but cosy town which offers visitors some of the best durians, local street food and traditional coffee-shops in the country. While the main town is a heritage-rich place with pre-war shophouses lining both sides of the long main streets, Bentong’s countryside is renowned for its beautiful natural surroundings — clear streams, rivers and waterfalls within a primary rainforest in misty hills.

Bentong is also rich in spirit and like the historic ‘harmony streets’ in Penang and Malacca, it is a destination for spiritual seekers. In and around Bentong town are modern-day meditation and spiritual retreat centres of varying faiths, which includes Dharma Buddhist University, Grace Commission Community’s Prayer Mountain, Gurdwara Sahib, Kechara Forest Retreat, Maranatha Retreat House, Wat Mahamettaram, and heritage temples such as the 132-year-old Kwong Fook temple.

Bentong was recently designated by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture as a satellite town to the Malaysian capital city, Kuala Lumpur, and an eco-tourism destination for its fresh air and natural surroundings.

A Wesak Day candle-light procession takes place in Bentong town centre. Picture credit: Kechara

A Wesak Day candle-light procession takes place in Bentong town centre. Picture credit: Kechara

 

Kwong Fook Temple

Dedicated to the Taoist astrological Tai Sui deities, this temple is popular with residents and visitors from around the region who come to offer devotions and make offerings. The temple painted completely in red makes it an iconic landmark in Bentong town. Every third year, a popular festival is held at the Kwong Fook Temple with large crowds attending for blessings of good fortune and prosperity.

Address:
6, Jalan Loke Yew
28700 Bentong, Malaysia

Visitor Hours: Monday – Sunday, 6.00 am – 6.00 pm

Website: gobentong.com/en/attraction/attraction/chinese-temple-kwong-fook

Known as the “red temple”, Kwong Fook Temple is one of Bentongs town’s iconic landmarks. Picture credit: GoBentong

Known as the “red temple”, Kwong Fook Temple is one of Bentong town’s iconic landmarks. Picture credit: GoBentong

 

Kechara Forest Retreat

Along the road to Bentong’s famed Chamang Waterfall is Kechara Forest Retreat, a contemporary spiritual centre in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition sited on 35 acres with a modern meditation hall, chapels, guest residences with hip container apartments, landscaped grounds, a fishpond and footpaths complete with serene spots for quiet contemplation. This Dharma institution also conducts regular weekend meditation retreats and spiritual learning classes.

Address:
Lot 3189, Jalan Chamang
28700 Bentong, Malaysia

Visitor Hours: Monday – Sunday, 10.00 am – 6.00 pm

Kechara Forest Retreat brings ancient Tibetan practices for healing and rediscovering inner peace in a contemporary retreat centre with full facilities. Picture credit: Kechara

Kechara Forest Retreat brings ancient Tibetan practices for healing and rediscovering inner peace to a contemporary retreat centre with full facilities. Picture credit: Kechara

 

Gunung Ledang

In local Malay folklore, Gunung Ledang is the spiritual home of a legendary mystical princess. Also known as Mount Ophir, this 1,276 metre-high mountain is located at the Gunung Ledang National Park at the border of Malacca and Johor.

This mysterious mountain is reputed to be a profoundly spiritual place, alive with forest spirits, and attracts a wide range of spiritualists, mystics, ascetics, and even occult practitioners for retreat and meditation. There are caves on the mountain that are often used as meditation caves.

Besides its mystical allure, Gunung Ledang is frequented by nature lovers and adventure seekers for mountain climbing, trekking through the many tropical jungle trails or to dip in one of the Puteri waterfalls and natural river pools.

Address:
Bt 28, Jalan Segamat, Sagil, Tangkak
84020 Johor Darul Ta’zim, Malaysia

Phone: 06 977 2888

Website: tourism.johor.my/tours/mount-ophir-gunung-ledang/

Visitor and Office Hours: Monday – Sunday, 8.00 am – 5.00 pm

The fable of the mystical princess of Gunung Ledang may be a folk tale but accounts of mysterious and unexplained sights and sounds are still being reported today by trekkers and visitors to the mountain. Picture credit: Johor Tourism

The fable of the mystical princess of Gunung Ledang may be a folk tale but accounts of mysterious and unexplained sights and sounds are still being reported today by trekkers and visitors to the mountain. Picture credit: Johor Tourism

 

Batu Caves

Translated from Malay as “Rock Caves”, Batu Caves get its name from the hilly limestone caves in Gombak, Selangor and is renowned for the Hindu cave temples there, notably the Batu Malai Sri Murugan Temple, also known as the Sri Subramaniar Swamy Temple. A major Hindu pilgrimage site outside India, the temple is considered to be one of the earthly abodes of the Hindu god Murugan who is known by several other names including Subramaniar or Subramaniam, Skanda, Kumara and Kartikeya.

The main temple is located inside a huge cave 400 feet above the ground. Called Temple Cave, devotees and visitors have to climb 272 steps to reach the massive cave with a 100-metre high ceiling. The temple is more than a century old and is also THE destination for Thaipusam celebrations in the Klang Valley.

At the foot of the steps is a 140 foot (42.7 meters) tall statue of Lord Murugan — covered in resplendent gold. It is the world’s tallest statue of Murugan.

Other than the main temple, there are three more cave temples – Art Gallery Cave, Museum Cave (Vallurvar Kottam) and the Ramayana Cave. Reached by crossing a bridge over a koi pond, the Art Gallery Cave exhibits colourful statues of Hindu deities while Valluvar Kottam is where verses of the ancient Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar, painted directly on stone tablets, can be viewed.

Inside the Ramayana Cave is a complete depiction of the classic Hindu tale in colourful dioramas. Outside the cave is a small temple dedicated to Hanuman, with a giant 15 metre high statue of the Hindu deity.

Address:
Sri Subramaniar Swamy Temple Batu Caves
68100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Phone: 03 6189 6284

Website: batucaves.org

Visitor Hours: Monday – Sunday, 9.00 am – 9.00 pm

Batu Caves’ Sri Subramaniar Swamy Temple is located inside the massive main cave named Temple Cave. Picture credit: Panoramio

Batu Caves’ Sri Subramaniar Swamy Temple is located inside the massive main cave named Temple Cave. Picture credit: Panoramio

 

Sam Poh Tong

The tin mining capital of the world in the 19th century, Ipoh city’s surrounding landscape of limestone hills is evocative of China’s Guilin and simply stunning. The limestone hills are a popular site for rock-climbing and spelunking. The many limestone caves also house a number of cave temples, about 20 around Ipoh alone! Out of all the hills, Gunung Rapat located only five kilometres from Ipoh has the highest concentration of cave temples and is home to the most famous – Sam Poh Tong.

The famous cave is said to have been discovered in 1890 by a visiting monk from China, who decided to make the cave his meditation retreat and home. He built the temple and remained there for 20 years until his death. Today, the Sam Poh Tong is managed and cared for by nuns and monks who have dedicated themselves to the Buddhist way of life.

The temple is described as “an impressive work of art with various statues of Buddha interspersed among the stalactites and stalagmites.” On the grounds of the temple is a columbarium and a traditional cremation chamber that uses firewood. A restaurant serving vegetarian food can also be found here.

Sam Poh Tong’s award-winning zen-styled garden, featuring a large fish pond and multiple pagodas, is also very popular with visitors. Another attraction is a 246-step climb leading to an open cave for a magnificent aerial view of Ipoh and the surrounding countryside.

There are numerous smaller temples on this hill from nearly every Buddhist tradition, including Chinese, Thai and Tibetan.

Address:
Gunung Rapat
31350 Ipoh, Malaysia

Phone: 05 2552 772

Visitor Hours: Monday – Sunday, 9.00 am – 6.00 pm

The exterior grounds of the famous Sam Poh Tong temple has an award-winning zen-styled garden.

The grounds of the famous Sam Poh Tong temple has an award-winning zen-styled garden.

 

Kek Lok Si

The Kek Lok Si Temple, a Buddhist temple situated in the rock face at the foot of the Air Itam mountain in Penang is an important pilgrimage centre for Buddhists from Hong Kong, the Philippines, Singapore and other countries in Southeast Asia. Kek Lok Si’s entire complex of temples was built over a period from 1890 to 1930 and is said to be the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia.

The most famous feature of the temple, the 100-foot high pagoda, is a Malaysian national icon. The Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas, also called the Pagoda of Rama IV, has three equal sections, each constructed in different architectural styles — a Chinese octagonal base, a middle tier of Thai design and crowned with a Burmese spiral dome — and is a symbolic tribute to the various Buddhist traditions and of the religious diversity present in the country.

The other popular feature for visitors is the 120-foot tall bronze statue — the world’s largest — of Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy.

The sprawling temple complex itself contains several large prayer halls and pavilions for assembly, devotions and meditation. Shrines with statues of Buddhas and various Bodhisattvas as well as Chinese gods can also be found. Fishponds and flower gardens are another feature of the temple complex that is popular with visitors.

Address:
Kek Lok Si Temple, Ayer Itam
11500 Penang, Malaysia

Phone: 04 8283 317

Website: kekloksitemple.com

Visitor Hours: Monday – Sunday, 7.00 am – 5.30 pm

The Kek Lok Si temple in Air Itam, Penang is a Malaysian national icon.

The Kek Lok Si temple in Air Itam, Penang is a Malaysian national icon.

 

Wat Phothivihan

A temple in the Thai Buddhist tradition, Wat Phothiviham is located in the East Coast state of Kelantan. The temple’s key feature is a 40-metre Reclining Buddha statue, the biggest in the country and one of the biggest in Southeast Asia. It is housed in a hangar surrounded by murals and a wide variety of Buddha statues.

Also on the grounds of the wat are a Chinese pavilion and a Tibetan-style prayer hall with a statue of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara with 18 arms, a columbarium, smaller outdoor pavilions with statues and an intricate statue of the Buddhist Wheel of Dharma. The temple is also a monastery with monks and nuns in residence.

A restaurant is on site to serve food for visitors and accommodation is also available for those who are interested to stay longer for meditation retreats or other devotions.

Located in Tumpat — not far from the state capital Kota Bahru — the temple is the most popular of the 25 Buddhist temples found in this town. Other temples of interest in Tumpat are Wat Pikulthong and Wat Matchimmaram, both in close proximity to Wat Phothiviham.

Address:
Kampung Jambu, Tumpat
16200 Kelantan, Malaysia

Phone: 09 7193 019, 09 7252 224

Website: facebook.com/Wat-phothivihan-sleeping-buddha-746135388795051

Visitor Hours: Monday – Sunday, 9.30 am – 6.30 pm

Wat Phothivihan in Tumpat, Kelantan has a 40-metre Reclining Buddha statue, the biggest in the country and one of the biggest in Southeast Asia. Picture credit: Wikimedia Commons

Wat Phothivihan in Tumpat, Kelantan has a 40-metre Reclining Buddha statue, the biggest in the country and one of the biggest in Southeast Asia. Picture credit: Wikimedia Commons

 

Thean Hou Temple

Easily the most popular Chinese temple in Malaysia’s capital city, it is dedicated to Thean Hou, the patron goddess of seafarers believed to provide protection for fishermen and sailors. Also known as Mazu, her worship spread from coastal regions in Southern China to Southeast Asia with Chinese migrants in the 19th century, who believed their safe journey by sea was safeguarded by the deity. Thean Hou or Mazu is also regarded as the Goddess of Heaven.

This grandiose six-tiered temple located in a hilly residential neighbourhood has large sculptures of Mazu with the Goddess of Mercy, Kuan Yin, and the Goddess of the Waterfront, Swei Mei, in the elaborately decorated main prayer hall on a wide terrace with stunning views of Kuala Lumpur’s skyline.

The temple, said to be one of the biggest in the Southeast Asian region, is very popular with devotees who come seeking divination and blessings for successful endeavours. An average of 5,000 couples get married at Thean Hou Temple each year!

Throngs of devotees and visitors are also a common sight during festive days including Chinese New Year, Wesak Day, the birthdays of the three deities and the Mid-Autumn Festival. The commemoration of Mazu’s birthday is believed to be among the largest held outside China.

Address:
65, Persiaran Endah (Off Jalan Syed Putra)
50460 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Phone: 03 2274 7088

Website: hainannet.com.my

Visitor Hours: Monday – Sunday, 8.00 am – 10.00 pm

Kuala Lumpur’s Thean Hou Temple is a major pilgrimage site in Southeast Asia for devotees of Mazu. Picture credit: Wikimedia Commons

Kuala Lumpur’s Thean Hou Temple is a major pilgrimage site in Southeast Asia for devotees of Mazu. Picture credit: Wikimedia Commons

 

St. Anne’s Church

This famous Roman Catholic Church in Bukit Mertajam, a town on the mainland in the state of Penang, is the destination for more than a hundred thousand pilgrims each year including those from neighbouring countries such as Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines and as far as Australia.

The Feast of St. Anne is a 10-day celebration to commemorate the patron saint of equestrians, housewives, women in labour, cabinet-makers and miners. She is popular with the faithful for being benevolent and is said to provide miraculous assistance with life’s difficulties.

Originally a chapel founded in 1846 by French missionaries, a new church building was constructed at the turn of the millennium to accommodate the growing Catholic population, and the original church was converted into the Shrine of St. Anne. The new church, one of the largest in Malaysia, is noted for its striking architecture combining traditional Malay-Minangkabau elements with modern design.

The immaculate grounds of the new church building feature an avenue named Dataran St. Anne, a grotto dedicated in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary and a series of life-sized statues depicting scenes from the “Stations of the Cross.”

Address:
Jalan Kulim, Bukit Mertajam
14000 Penang, Malaysia

Phone: 04 5386 405

Website: facebook.com/St.AnneChurchBM

Visitor Hours: Monday to Sunday, 7.00 am – 9.00 pm

The Feast of St. Anne celebrations including a candlelight procession is attended by more than 100,000 pilgrims from in and out of the country. Picture credit: The Sun Daily - http://www.thesundaily.my/news/1919183

The Feast of St. Anne celebrations, including a candlelight procession, is attended by more than 100,000 pilgrims from in and out of the country. Picture credit: The Sun Daily

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  1. sarassitham on Apr 14, 2020 at 3:41 am

    Malaysia is known as multi-ethnic and multi religious country, It is very unique for various culture and religion practices . This has open a chance for Malaysian to deeply understand the culture of others and build the spirit of unity among the people in the fortunate land.

    The most special about Malaysia is that every person has a right to practice their religion freely. Here we are able to accept that religion as part and parcel of the country. This article has mainly given a clear picture of the amazing spiritual culture and the traditional believe of people are living in peace, joy and harmony.

  2. S.Prathap on Apr 10, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    Being Malaysian, we are blessed because we can practice our spiritual faith freely. True religion is about spreading kindness, understanding, forgiveness, love, and tolerance in the community.
    In Malaysia, relations between different religious groups are generally tolerant. and have harmony with one another. Is a beautiful country to stay. Thank you very much for good article.

  3. Pastor Chia on Feb 13, 2019 at 8:27 am

    Malaysia is multiculture society, different religous have different temples around the whole country. People like celebrate and pray at the temples during festivel time. Tourist like to visit this temples and understand more about Malaysia culture. Important is you ran feel harmony and peace different races accept each others.

    If you finding spiritual powerful places, Kechara Forest Retreat is one of the spiritual places founder by H.E.Tsem Tulku Rinpoche at Bentong Pahang state in Malaysia. In Kechara Forest Retreat have different holy blessed statue around it. Visitor came to visit to make offering to Buddha and received spiritual blessing to heal our mind and body. You will find peace and feel calm in you mind after visiting.

  4. nicholas on Feb 13, 2019 at 3:18 am

    Malaysia is a multicultural society of which the population is made up by different types of ethnic groups includes Malays, Chinese, Indian and the Native. In fact, different ethnic groups have their own history, culture, belief system, value and language, there is thus unity among different ethnics is important in Malaysia. The achievement of being able to live in peace with all races for over the past decades is nothing short of a miracle. Malaysia is a beautiful nation just like how our forefathers have strived to make us believe.
    Nothing has ever changed for we are still standing tall in harmony despite being bestowed with rich heritage and culture.

    Looking at the spiritual power places in Malaysia, it shows how harmony and beautiful the government of Malaysia respect the differences of culture and spiritual beliefs of their people. This is how a government encourage peace and unity. Through this type of effort without religious discrimination more and more people will to stay on and support the leadership of the country.

  5. Tek Lee on Feb 13, 2019 at 2:25 am

    It is really fascinating that Malaysia has got so many spiritual power places. Mainly also because Malaysia is a multi culture country, which all these culture and tradition have very long and ancient history. It’s amazing that all these spiritual power places usually are strong with energy and it’s not simply any place can be spiritual power place. They usually can be there for a very long time, some even decades. I would like to visit all the mentioned 10 spiritual power places, since it’s in Malaysia, I think this is quite easily achieved.

  6. Justin Cheah on Feb 13, 2019 at 1:15 am

    All the places mentioned above have one thing in common. The energy is very good. You feel peaceful entering to these places and it is something hard for me to explain the sort of calmness I have in my head whenever I frequent. It could be the activities being done in these places are always positive and that is why these places are only positive.

  7. julia on Feb 13, 2019 at 1:02 am

    Malaysia is a multiracial, multicultural and multireligions country. Although our skin colours, our thoughts and languages are differences but we never missed out to celebrate all religions festivals together. We live together and build our homes and communities together. We have the freedom of choosing our religions, faith, and what we want to believe.

    Hence we have many powerful places for worshiping. All these places also became tourists spots for Malaysia. because by visiting these places, they will also learn and understand Malaysian’s culture and history directly and indirectly.

    Spiritual power places does not stop here, we continue to have more mosques, more temples and more churches. Among all, I love Kechara Forest Retreat due to it’s big space, beautiful gardens and forest. We can also see and make offerings to all the big and small Buddha statues that beautifully made from bronze, granite, and even wood carving. It’s place we can stay and do retreat and spiritual activities. I truly think it is the home for Dharma seekers.

  8. Pastor Henry Ooi on Feb 13, 2019 at 12:20 am

    Malaysia welcomes visitors from abroad, offering not only the sunny tropical weather and scenic beauty, cooling highland resorts, nature, waterfalls, sea+sun+beaches, good food but also a diverse spirituality as highlighted in this article. There are so many places of interest for visitors to explore and visit that one is spoilt for choices. Even Malaysians have not visited all of these spots, especially those world famed tourist destinations.

    More about Malaysia:
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    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/top-10-island-holidays-in-malaysia.html

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/top-10-hill-and-jungle-adventures-in-malaysia.html

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/10-best-beaches-in-malaysia.html

  9. June Kang on Feb 13, 2019 at 12:16 am

    In Malaysia, relations between different religious groups are generally tolerant. and have harmony with one another. Is a beautiful country to stay.

    One of the unique powerful spiritual place is Kechara Forest Retreat. it is full of green and flowers and give you peace of mind. Few of my friend had commented that they can feel a strong positive energy in Kechara Forest Retreat and it a good place to recharge yourself with this positive energy. In short, it is a great place for you to spend your time for peace, contact with nature, spiritual , pilgrimage and get blessings. Over 10 holy sites await you to gain merits and blessings, must visit place.

  10. Vivian Ong on Feb 13, 2019 at 12:13 am

    Personally I like to visit historic places and in this case spiritual places. This is because I like to see the architecture of the old buildings and also impressed on how in the olden days people can built such big buildings or statues. What stands out most for Malaysia spiritual places is that is not only one race but many races and also built by the foreigners during the olden days.

  11. Andrea Lai on Feb 13, 2019 at 12:07 am

    I was amazed. In fact, we Malaysian are so fortunate and blessed to live in this, such loving and beautiful country. Living harmoniously in one roof with multicultural essence and agriculture are truly rare that I couldn’t guess for another country with same similarity. Right potential leaders lead to peace, freedom, jovial among races and population.

  12. Mingwen on Feb 13, 2019 at 12:02 am

    As a Malaysian, I’m proud to be one.

    To able to live in peace & free to make personal decisions.
    It’s a need to understand & respect each other in the same piece of land if we want to live in peace.

    I would say it’s amazing that how different people from different corners on Earth to gather & build a better place for living, so many factors that could be communication barriers.

    I humbly request everyone to be grateful of what we have now & work on it and not making bottomless complaints .

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  13. pammie yap on Feb 12, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    My grandparents used to frequent Holy Rosary Church. I remember riding the bus early in the morning to go for morning mass with my grandma. It was always fun to visit the beautiful church and the colorful surroundings.

    Among all the spiritual places, the one I like most is Kechara Forest Retreat! It is unique and different from the others. Situated amongst the hills and greens, it’s unique Tibetan features and huge Buddha statues are really one of a kind. One can just simply enjoy the blessed surroundings and fresh air even if you are not there for spiritual reasons. And for the spiritual ones, doing prayers while embracing the peaceful ambience makes it more amazing!
    As a Malaysian, I am really proud that people of all races have the freedom to practice wherever they are.

  14. Datuk May on Feb 12, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    The many different places of religious and spiritual heritage of Malaysia is an indication of the fact that “Malaysia is Truly Asia” but also the freedom that was granted centuries ago. Many of these beautiful places of spiritual power are quite old, built during the early 20th century.

    Although the official religion of Malaysia is Islam, as shown in this picturesque article many other religions have manifested in this country and many powerful spiritual temples, churches and mosques have been built.

    It is very nice to see the diversification of religious practices in Malaysia and credit is given to the Leaders who perpetuate this culture of diversification.

  15. Anne Ong on Jan 11, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    Malaysia is indeed a multi cultural country with plenty to offer to locals and foreigners. Spirituality definitely has a place in current and modern times for all occasions in our lives. People are free to practice their religion of their choice without prejudice and discrimination. As you can see, there is mutual respect amongst malaysians and visitors a like. Being Malaysian, we are blessed because we can practise our spiritual faith freely. True religion is about spreading kindness, understanding, forgiveness, love, and tolerance in the community. Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for this nice article

  16. Wai Meng Wan on Dec 27, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Asia have great respect for spiritual power and worship, as many people have been helped by the divinity. Spirituality definitely has a place in current and modern times, for all occasions in our lives.

  17. William Chua on Dec 13, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Indeed Malaysia is a cultural melting pot with various religions and spirituality co-inhabiting in harmony. People are free to practice their religion of their choice without prejudice and discrimination. As you can see, there is mutual respect amongst malaysians and visitors a like.

  18. Lin Mun on Dec 3, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    Malaysian are indeed very fortunate, we live in a multi race and cultural country where everyone respect each others choice. Just look at the top 10 spiritual places and it shows Malaysia government allow religious freedom to all. One interesting thing I noticed from the article is the location in Brickfields. A small place but a holy area for all who practises Hinduism, Christianity and Buddhism.

    I am contented and grateful for this peaceful environment as compared to Dorje Shugden practitioners where they are being discriminated and segregated by the CTA. Really wish that the ban will be lifted very soon and everyone can gain the freedom to practise freely.

  19. Samfoonheei on Nov 28, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Malaysia is indeed a multi cultural country with plenty to offer to locals and foreigners. We are able to live harmonious with people of all races ,faith and religion. As such we have many spiritual power places in Malaysia. Some of the Buddhist institution, Hindu temples ,Taoist temples , Malay mosques and churches are very old . I have been to a few of them ,very beautiful to see those strutures ,statutes and so forth.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Kenneth Chan for sharing these interesting details of all the 10 most spiritual power in our own country. Nice pictures too.

  20. yin ping on Nov 24, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    Being Malaysian, we are blessed because we can practise our spiritual faith freely. The government grants religion freedom where many religion worship places flourished in different part of the country. True religion is about spreading kindness, understanding, forgiveness, love, and tolerance in the community.

  21. Fong on Nov 24, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Thank you for this very uplifting article of the various site of worships from the different faiths in Malaysia. We grew up with all these holy places standing shoulder to shoulder along the same streets and in the same neighborhood. There is just so much acceptance and tolerance in Malaysia, it is such a beautiful country to live in.

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    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing and explaining in details of this Gyenze practice.

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According to legend, Shambhala is a place where wisdom and love reign, and there is no crime. Doesn't this sound like the kind of place all of us would love to live in? https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=204874
108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden\'s blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
1 year ago
108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden's blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
1 year ago
Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat\'s doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
1 year ago
One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat's doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
1 year ago
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
1 year ago
On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
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By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
It\'s very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it\'s very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
1 year ago
It's very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it's very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
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Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
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One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
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Height: 33ft (10m)
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
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Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
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Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
2 yearss ago
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

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

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
2 yearss ago
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
2 yearss ago
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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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
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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
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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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
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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
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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
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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
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  • May 14, 2021 01:09
    Anonymous asked: I heard that Lama Tsongkhapa and Tara closer to us? Is it true and how so - because I have experienced instant help from them. Once I was due to go for a college interview and I started getting stomach pains that made me weak and almost unconscious. My mum offered incense to Green Tara and almost immediately the pain went away. Grateful to her and love her to this day.
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  • May 13, 2021 01:48
    Eden asked: Dear pastors 1) I am interested to do some small retreats. Can you guide and teach me? 2) Recently I had adopted a pet. Can you guide me on how to not be to attach to my pet? As i do not want to be too sad when my pet pass away. 3) Recently i find myself wanting to buy new phone, laptops and clothes eventho i do not need them. Can you guide me on how to reduce this urge to buy new things?
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    Anonymous asked: When we see similar characteristics in family members and similar life circumstances, is that a result of karma too?
    pastor answered: Hello, When we see similar characteristics between yourself and your family members, yes, ultimately that is due to karma. From the viewpoint of society, it is because we grew up with our family, shared experiences, pick up each others' habits, etc, that is the reason for similar characteristics. We learn things such as behaviours, likes and dislikes from our family and they also learn such things from us. But from the Buddhist viewpoint, what is the reason that we ended up being family anyway? The answer as you already guessed it is karma. Karma is what caused us to take to rebirth into a particular family, hence it is the reason why characteristics are similar between family members. This applies to life circumstances as well, we had the karma to be born into a family in a specific location, at a specific time, environment, etc. Which means that we would necessarily undergo similar circumstances as well. Within samsara, or cyclic existence, everything is due to karma. Everything that happens to us, what we say, what we think. Not only is it due to karma, but it also creates more karma. That is why Buddhists always talk about the faults of samsara. The only way to be free of this cycle and karma completely is to become a fully enlightened Buddha. That is why Buddhists aim to become a Buddha themselves. I hope this helps.
  • May 9, 2021 02:51
    Josh asked: Hello Pastor, when Buddha gave me a gift of able to see spirits, communicate with spirits and able to sense death onto someone, what is the purpose of this gift? How to use it? I believe I had this when I was around 12 years old. 70% of my dreams are mostly took me to hell for a walk, I even talk to Yama, Yama allow me to peek on the Book of the living and the dead.. I had only dream once of Buddha and the Titan God once, but everything in Sanskrit. I understand them only in dreams, and when communicating with spirits. So what is the purpose of this gift? How to use them to help?
    pastor answered: Dear Josh, Thank you for your question. Supernatural abilities such as those you have mentioned definitely do exist. They can come about from a couple of reasons: as gifted by a supernatural being, god, etc, or even simply because we have the karma to have such abilities that have manifested in this life. The other way they can come about is through our own transformation of the mind, where they occur naturally as side effects. In all of these cases, they are known as 'common attainments'. The reason why they are known as common attainments, because they can be attained by anyone. Buddhism however, stresses the importance of the 'supreme attainment', which is achieving the enlightened mind. Hence, in the Buddhist scriptures it is said that the supreme attainment is what we should strive for. Now, we cannot advise you in which ways to use the abilities you have mentioned to help beings, because we are not attained enough to guide you in such a manner. You would need the guidance of a highly attained master to be able to guide you in a safe manner. However, from what you have written, you can use your experiences to further your own spiritual transformation first. H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has advised on many occasions that we should not focus too much on abilities we develop, but concentrate on real transformation first. When you have reached a higher state of consciousness, then you will be able to use such abilities properly. The way to achieve this is to follow the path of the Lamrim or the Graduated Stages on the Path to Enlightenment. The text we use in Kechara is known as Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand. You can get a copy of it here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand There are sections of the Lamrim that deal with the suffering of those in the hell realms, the god realms and all other realms. There are also sections that deal with karma. You can use your experience to help you develop insight into these sections and propel you further along the path of transformation. So, instead of trying to use your abilities now, use the experiences that you have already had to the greatest potential. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • May 8, 2021 02:04
    Anonymous asked: Hello pastors. When one visualises in prayers should one shut eyes completely or keep half open looking at side of noses? Thank you for answering.
    pastor answered: Hello, When engaging in visualisation or any type of meditation, the best is to keep your eyes half open. You are actually looking at the floor, but the line of your sight follows the sides of your nose, you don't actually focus on the sides of your nose. If you focus on the sides of your nose, it will exert too much effort and you will feel like you are going crosseyed. So you actually look at the floor, but follow the angle of the sides of your nose. Following this eye positioning is the best because your mind is not too excited or overly stimulated as it would be if you had your eyes fully open, nor is it prone to laziness or falling asleep if you have your eyes closed. This would be the best. However, some people find it difficult to visualise with their eyes half open. In this case, it is permissible to close your eyes when visualising, as long as you can keep your concentration. Then slowly, over time, once you are familiar with the particular visualisation you are engaged in, you can do it with your eyes half open instead. I hope this helps.
  • May 3, 2021 10:15
    Carolyn asked: what is "Teh"
    pastor answered: Dear Carolyn, My apologies, but I do not fully understand your question. Is this in regards to any prayers or texts? In which case, please indicate which prayer or text so we can answer properly. Thank you
  • May 1, 2021 19:38
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, What does attachment actually mean in buddhism? Is it opposite of hostility? How do both these emotions harm us? How can we get rid of them?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, You have asked a very good question, but it's outside of the scope of this short reply to answer completely. Attachment is when you want something and either your thoughts, speech or actions reflect this want. For example, we can be attached to an object, a type of food, a person, a situation, etc.,. There are varying degrees of the type of attachment you experience towards differing objects or things. When we have an attachment, we expend energy either mentally, emotionally, through our speech or our actions to get the particular object, keep it and protect it. When we are parted from the object, it creates a lot of emotional suffering. When we are attached, our actions and thoughts keep us bound to cyclic existence, because we simply just create more karma. Attachment is known as one of the Three Poisons. You can read a short article and watch a teaching by Pastor David Lai about attachment here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-exaggeration-of-attachment.html In addition, here is an article that deals with the benefits of non-attachment in terms of relationships with others: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/why-non-attachment-is-one-of-the-keys-to-a-happy-life-relationship.html The opposite of attachment is aversion, the want to stay away from an object of thing, or not experience a particular situation. Another of the Three Poisons, is actually anger or hostility. This can be the extension of aversion. For example, in past someone said something to you which you didn't like. So you don't want to be around this person again. If a situation occurs when you are around this person, you become angry and hostile. You can even play the scenario over and over again in your head and become angry, even when not near the person. Anger is one of the most destructive of emotions because when you are worked up, it is very hard to remain logical, you simply and quickly act out of emotion, in the heat of the moment. This leads to the creation of negative karma, which you will need experience in the future. In short, all our negative emotions or behaviours can be subsumed under the Three Poisons - Attachment, Anger and Ignorance. There are many methods in Buddhism to overcome these. One of the most basic, yet extremely powerful is to meditate on impermanence, especially death. While this may seem very morbid, it is actually very liberating and helps us to let go of negative emotions which serve no purpose but to keep us stuck in suffering. You can read a short article about meditation on impermanence here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/supreme-contemplation.html For a more in-depth explanation of negative emotions and how to overcome them, you can read the Lamrim texts. These give us a step-by-step guide to self-transformation all the way to enlightenment itself. The text we use in Kechara is called Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand. You can order a copy online from Vajrasecrets (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand). Alternatively, you can visit your local bookstore and they should be able to order it in for you. I hope this helps. Thank you. PS. You may also find the following links useful:
  • April 28, 2021 19:10
    Eden asked: Dear pastors, recently I saw a video about preserving a dead body only to be revive later when science is more advance. Did Buddha said anything regarding this? I am looking forward for your reply.
    pastor answered: Dear Eden, Thank you for your question. Buddha Shakyamuni did not explicitly talk about this subject, simply because the technology to preserve a body for future re-animation did not exist. In fact, even today, we can physically preserve a body using things like cryogenic freezing, however the technology to be able to revive the person is currently only speculative hope. There is no biological evidence that this would even be possible. That being said, even though the Buddha did not talk about it specifically, the Dharma that the Buddha taught can be applied to any and all situations. So, we can analyze it from multiple angles. I'll try to do so from two angles due to the scope of this answer. The first is that death as part of the law of impermanence is a major part of Buddhism. We have had countless lifetimes and at the end of each of those, we have died and then taken rebirth into a new body. That is why cyclic existence is considered to be suffering, because we consistently take a new life, only to die at the end of it, and then take rebirth in a new life once again. The only way to get out of this cycle is to achieve the state of enlightenment. Some people could argue that if you don't die because you are re-animated in the future, then this cycle doesn't really exist. However, from a Buddhist viewpoint everything is still impermanent. Even if you were re-animated and lived for many thousands, millions, or billions of years, eventually the whole universe as we know it will be destroyed. At that point of time, no matter how many times your physical body was revived, you would cease to exist, because everything will be destroyed. Even from a scientific standpoint, it is said that the universe was created with the Big Bang, and due to that the universe is still expanding at an accelerating rate. Scientists have hypothesized that this will lead to either the Big Rip or the Big Freezer, in which life will no longer be able to exist in the universe in any form. So even from a scientific point of view, the Buddhist law of impermanence still applies. This brings me to the second angle, the question why we would want to preserve our bodies for future re-animation. The answer to that is simple, it is due to attachment. As you may be aware, within Buddhism, attachment is one of the things that leads us to stay stuck within cyclic existence. Attachment leads to the creation of karma which only lengths our suffering in existence. When we focus on our attachments, we do not live in the moment, we do not truly transform into a better person, we help no one and ultimately we do not help ourselves to become enlightened. I hope this helps. If you have any further questions, please do ask. This is an interesting subject.
  • April 24, 2021 03:40
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Thank you all for following Rinpoche’s advice and contributing your energy here and at Kechara. Rinpoche is the most precious jewel for sure. We appreciate Rinpoche, Kechara and kecharians. May we all achieve our spiritual goals under the guru’s guidance.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your lovely message, it's nice to know that this blog is appreciated. Tsem Rinpoche worked tirelessly to get this resource up and available for everyone. Following Rinpoche's Dharma teachings on this blog, we can definitely progress on our spiritual journeys. The key is to put what Rinpoche taught into practice. I wish your success in your journey, and if you need help, you are more than welcome to ask further questions here. Thank you.
  • April 21, 2021 03:13
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, When one experiences the outcome of negative karmas, how does one have compassion for oneself and overcome tough times? Relying on buddhas is definitely top of the list but I find my fear and self doubt and bad temper sabotages all the outer dharma practice I do. I am weak in the practical side of applying dharma!
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question. What you have expressed is something that a lot of people go through, because of the accumulation of negative karma from previous lifetimes. What you must remember is that our negative habitual patterns from previous lives are very strong, hence effort is needed in the spiritual path. That is why Joyous Effort is one of the Six Perfections. Karma, our habitual patterns, fear and self-doubt will try to knock us of the path of self-transformation at every turn until we are strong enough to withstand them. One way to overcome this is to develop strong faith in the Three Jewels, and the way to do this is to engage in the practice of Taking Refuge. I'm not just talking about Talking Refuge at the beginning of formal Dharma practice such as your sadhana or pujas. But actually Taking Refuge remembering the qualities of the Three Jewels. When I first came to Kechara, I had a lot of physical obstacles manifest, a lot of fear and doubt. H.E. Tsem Rinpoche suggested that I read the section of the Lamrim that talks about Taking Refuge, and explains how to do it properly, remembering the qualities of the Three Jewels and the benefits they grant on the spiritual path. When you practice Taking Refuge, you remember these and you contemplate them. Then your faith in the application of the Dharma increases, and your fear, self-doubt, etc, disappear. When that happens, even if your negative karma and habits try to knock you off the path, you find yourself back on the path. Another thing you must remember is that when we are practicing the Dharma, due to our habits, we will not be perfect at something directly after learning about it. It takes time to train ourselves. That is why the central teaching in the Gelug tradition we practice is called the Lamrim, or the Graded Stages on the Path to Enlightenment. It is step-by-step. It is a process. It is not instant. So you shouldn't let fear, self-doubt, etc get in the way. Instead calmly apply the antidote to these, which is strong refuge. When you develop strong refuge, you will have faith and confidence in the teachings. When you have these, you will practice the teachings, no matter what happens. The compassion for yourself and overcoming tough times comes through faith in the Three Jewels and the teachings of self-transformation. I met someone the other day who said self-transformation was not possible for him, but then why did Buddha Shakyamuni and the enlightened beings teach the Dharma? Of course, it is possible, and in order to progress on the spiritual path, you must have faith and conviction. This comes from the simple, yet foundational practice of Taking Refuge. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 19, 2021 02:53
    Sandra asked: Hello respected pastors, I heard once from here that too much mantra recitations produce wind in the body? Did I hear right? What are the repercussions of that? I do find I cough during mantra recitations these days...I only do about 6 malas though!
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question. Mantras are the form of the enlightened beings in sound. Hence, when you recite mantras they are very powerful. All mantras move the psychic winds in the body. They don't actually produce physical wind in the body. The psychic winds move naturally due to the power of the mantras, and only have a beneficial effect on the body. If you are not initiated into the Higher Yoga Tantra practices, any of the common mantras are fine to recite. These include Lama Tsongkhapa's Migtsema, your Guru's mantra, Chenrezig, Tara, Manjushri, etc. These will move the winds in your body naturally, so there will be no untoward side effect. However, mantras of Higher Yoga Tantra deities, such as Yamantaka, Vajra Yogini, Heruka, etc, should only be known and recited by those who have received initiation into the practice and received the commentary to the practice from a qualified guru. These mantras move the psychic winds in the body more forcefully hence can have negative side effects if not done properly. If you are having any negative effects when reciting mantras, such as coughing, that could be due to a number of other more ordinary reasons, such as reciting too loudly or being out of breath when reciting. When you are reciting mantras during your sadhana, you should only recite loud enough for yourself to hear, and not disturb others if they are around. If you are in a puja, you follow the puja lead to either recite out aloud or quietly. If you are getting out of breath, slow down your mantra recitation, or reduce the amount of mantras you are doing until you are used to it. Then you can slowly increase to however many you want to recite. The main issue is consistency, you should recite mantras as part of your sadhana every day. You can also recite extra mantras throughout the day, but the key is to make sure that you finish your daily sadhana. And you should not rush through your mantra recitation, but recite the mantra clearly. I hope this helps.
  • April 13, 2021 21:55
    ray asked: Dear Pastors, Thank you for clearing my doubts previously about purification practices. Today i have a question about reciting praises to buddhas, why do we recite praises and how does reciting praises to buddhas like Tara, Dorje shugden etc. help and benefit us? Because ive seen certain prayer texts to mother tara which i think is referring to the 21 tara praises stating that : ~If this prayer is recited two, three, or seven times, It will pacify all the sufferings of torments Caused by spirits, fevers, and poisons, And by other beings as well. If you wish for a child, you will get a child; If you wish for wealth, you will receive wealth. All your wishes will be fulfilled And all obstacles pacified.~ Will reciting praises to buddhas also be able to fulfill our wishes as stated? Thank you very much.
    pastor answered: Dear Ray, Thank you for your question. As I am sure you are aware, there are many different types of prayers. Praises are one type of prayer, or commonly included in longer prayers. When we praise the enlightened beings, we generate merit. This is due to the power of the enlightened beings. Generally speaking these prayers are praises of the qualities of either the enlightened being's body, speech, mind or benefits derived from their practices. Or the praise can be a combination of these. The merit generated from praising an enlightened being is immense. Some prayers even have the power to grant certain specific benefits due to the merits generated from the praise. Hence, some prayers even have the benefits listed in them. So yes, if you recite the praise with strong faith and refuge in the particular enlightened being, you will generate merit which will help to achieve the benefits stated. On a normal level, you will receive the benefits. On a higher level, you create the merit to achieve the same body, speech, mind and qualities of the enlightened being, meaning you create the causes to be enlightened yourself. I hope this helps.
  • April 12, 2021 03:20
    Eden asked: Dear Pastors, How are all of you doing? I have a few questions here. I will be very grateful if you can answer them. Thank you. 1) If we are here because of our previous life karma, previous previous karma and so on. May i know when does all of this started? How does this chain of karma started? Im sure we all had our 1st life and everything had a beginning to it. 2) I am currently facing some problem over my career pathway, are there any practices and mantras that I can do to request for guidance?
    pastor answered: Dear Eden, Thank you for your questions. 1. Buddhism does not believe in a 1st life, and the reason being is the Buddhist view of time. Most people think of time and existence as linear. It has a definitive starting point and a certain end point. But Buddhism views time as a cyclic. Hence, our universe as we understand it, will at one point cease to exist, and then a new universe will come into existence. However, even though our current universe will end, due to the force of karma and reincarnation, we will take rebirth into the new universe and have many rebirths there. So in Buddhism we say that we have had "countless" rebirths, as you would never be able to count how many lifetimes you have had. This cycle is vicious and leads us to take rebirth endlessly. The only way to stop this cycle is to transcend it altogether, which is the state of Buddhahood, in which you are completely liberated from the cycle, known as "samsara". Also the way in which we think about karma is not linear either. It is not one for one. By this I mean, if you do one negative action, it is not that you will experience only one negative result. You will actually experience many negative results, with differing levels of severity until the karma is exhausted. How you respond to the negative results can lead to either more negative karma, or positive karma. Hence, the law of karma according to the Buddhist view point is much more nuanced then the general understanding of karma that people have these days. The Buddha explained this process in a teaching known as the 12 Links of Dependent Origination, which is quite complex. If you want to learn more about this teaching, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche gave a very profound teaching on it here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/teaching-on-the-twelve-links-of-dependent-origination.html Hence, according to Buddhism, the understand of time is a never-ending cycle in which universes are created, destroyed and created again due to the power of karma. Since it is a cycle, there is no "beginning" or "1st life" for sentient beings. 2. In regards to your career pathway, I would suggest you engage in the combined practice of Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden. We have heard of many people who are either stuck in their career or who need to find good jobs, succeed in the their goals after engaging in this practice with a sincere motivation. There is a book available regarding the practice here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/the-dorje-shugden-handbook. We also have an entire section of this website dedicated to various aspects of the practice, including history, other prayers, etc. (https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/dorje-shugden). I hope this helps. Let us know if we can help in any other way.
  • April 11, 2021 00:23
    Lara asked: Hello pastors, I have a family member suffering from depression right now. May I know how I can help him to overcome this? Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Lara, I'm sorry to hear that your family member is going through this. When someone is going through such a difficult time, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has advised that the person themselves seek qualified medical help as well as engage in the practice of Lama Tsongkhapa, which is well-known to help overcome things like depression. From your side you should be as supportive as possible. Take the time to understand what your family member is going through, and in which ways you can support them to overcome their depression and heal. You can watch a fantastic teaching about the practice of Lama Tsongkha here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sayonara-to-depression.html. The prayer text for the practice can be found here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/sadhana-prayers.html#19 However, sometimes family members may not be open to the engaging in the practice themselves. In that case, you can engage in the practice yourself and dedicate the merits for the family member to heal, but this will not be as effective as the family member doing the practice themselves. Another thing that you can do, it to make abundant offerings or engage in virtuous activities like as helping the less fortunate, and dedicating the merits from those activities to your family member. You can also have pujas sponsored for your family member. The following two pujas would be excellent: Medicine Buddha Puja - which is good for healing, both physical and mental (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/medicine-buddha-puja-fund) Dorje Shugden Puja - to remove obstacles for a swift recovery (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dorje-shugden-wishfulfilling-puja-fund) These are the various methods in which you can help. You can do just one or a combination of the methods mentioned to generate as much positive energy and merit as possible for your family member. I hope this helps.
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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
8 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
9 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
9 months ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 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
11 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
11 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
12 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
12 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
12 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
12 months ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
12 months ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
1 years ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
1 years 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
1 years 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
1 years 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
1 years 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
1 years 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
1 years 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
1 years 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
1 years 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
1 years 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.
1 years 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.
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