Top Ten Events and Festivals to Visit in Malaysia

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Photo credit: UN Women Asia & the Pacific via Flickr

Photo credit: UN Women Asia & the Pacific via Flickr

(By Tsem Rinpoche and Kenneth Chan)

Malaysia’s rich cultural diversity is reflected in the country’s packed calendar of events and festivals. Most of these celebrations have religious or cultural origins and many are also designated as either state or national holidays.

Celebrated by everyone in the country, the colourful festivities which observe the ethnic traditions and beliefs of the varied backgrounds of the population are what gives Malaysia the label of “Truly Asia” that it is so well known for.

The national events and festivals of Malaysia are occasions for family reunions and for joyful community get-togethers. They are world-class examples of how diversity can be inclusive and celebrated.

Many of these days of observation follow the lunar calendar, thus the dates they fall on vary from year to year.

 

Thaipusam

One of the most important days for the Hindu Tamil community, Thaipusam which falls on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai (late January to early February) gets its moniker from the name of the month combined with ‘Pusam’, a star which is at its highest point during the festival.

Thaipusam052

The Hindu festival dedicated to Lord Subramaniam (also known as Lord Murugan), is famous for the processions which start with the silver chariot of the Hindu God of War travelling from one temple to another (on the eve of the holiday) followed the next day by devotees carrying large milk pots and ornate frames — called ‘kavadis’ — as an act of repentance, to keep a vow or as an offering of thanks. Many of the ‘kavadi carriers’ have their skin pierced with long spears, spikes, skewers and hooks as further acts of penance.

Celebrated in large-scale in Kuala Lumpur and Penang, the festival attracts more than 1.5 million devotees, visitors and tourists.

When:
Between mid-January to mid-February

Where:
Kuala Lumpur — From Sri Mahamariaman Temple at Jalan Tun HS Lee (Chinatown/Petaling Street area) to Sri Subramaniar Swamy Temple, a hillside temple at Batu Caves.

Penang — from Sri Muthu Mariamman Temple or the Shree Muniswarar Temple located at the junction of Jalan Utama and Jalan Gottlieb to Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani (Waterfall Hilltop) Temple along Jalan Kebun Bunga.

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The Silver Chariot carrying the vel of Lord Subramaniam (Lord Murugan) is prepared for its journey — marking the start of the Thaipusam processions — from the Shree Muniswarar Temple to Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Waterfall Hilltop in Penang. Photo credit: Altai World Photography

The Silver Chariot carrying the vel (divine javelin) of Lord Subramaniam (Lord Murugan) is prepared for its journey — marking the start of the Thaipusam procession from the Shree Muniswarar Temple to Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Waterfall Hilltop in Penang. Photo credit: Altai World Photography

 

Chinese New Year

Marking the start of the new lunar year, the Spring Festival or more popularly called ‘Chinese New Year’ is the biggest festival for Chinese everywhere. Lasting a total of 15 days, Chinese New Year is one of the two official two-day holidays in Malaysia — the other being Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

The celebrations start with a family reunion dinner on the eve of the new year and continue until the day of the full moon. Many days within this period have special significance, with great emphasis placed on receiving blessings for longevity and prosperity for the coming year.

A sight not to be missed - Thean Hou Temple is one of the most beautiful temples to visit during Chinese New Year. On New Year's Eve, a countdown begins to welcome the God of Prosperity.

A sight not to be missed – Thean Hou Temple is one of the most beautiful temples to visit during Chinese New Year. On New Year’s Eve, a countdown begins to welcome the God of Prosperity.

There are many compulsory customs and rituals observed during this period, among them are the giving of ‘ang paus’ (red packets or envelopes containing money), lion dances and tossing ‘yee sang’, a Chinese New Year dish that is unique to the Southeast Asian countries of Malaysia and Singapore.

When:
Between late-January to early-February (New Year’s Day in the Chinese lunar calendar)

Where:
Nationwide

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Meaning “Increasing Prosperity”, tossing Yee Sang (or “lo hei” in Cantonese) is a compulsory Chinese New Year custom.

Meaning “Increasing Prosperity”, tossing Yee Sang (or “lo hei” in Cantonese) is a compulsory Chinese New Year custom.

 

Wesak Day

Known as Wesak Day in Malaysia, Vaisakha or Buddha Purnima Day or just simply Buddha Day is one of the most important days for Buddhists. The occasion is a day for remembering the historical Buddha Shakyamuni, his birth, his achieving Enlightenment and his passing.

The day is observed with a visit to the temple and making plentiful offerings. Buddhists believe that the act of making offerings is not just to please the Buddhas but also a symbolic act of practising generosity and selflessness to collect positive karma and merits.

Wesak Day Parade, one of the highlights of this Buddhist festival

Wesak Day Parade, one of the highlights of this Buddhist festival

Temples all over Malaysia conduct special prayers and meditations, and devotees take vows to observe moral conduct, feed the poor and homeless, liberate animals by setting them free from captivity, and other virtuous activities held throughout the day.

In Malaysia and Singapore, this special day for Buddhism is observed on the 15th day of the fourth lunar month. Among the most popular temples for Wesak Day prayers and activities are the Buddhist Maha Vihara temple in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur and Kechara Forest Retreat, located on the outskirts of Bentong town in Pahang.

When:
May

Where:
Buddhist temples nationwide

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‘Bathing the Buddha’ is a favourite act of devotion for celebrating Wesak in Malaysia. Photo credit: Kechara

‘Bathing the Buddha’ is a favourite act of devotion for celebrating Wesak in Malaysia.
Photo credit: Kechara

 

East Malaysia Harvest Festivals

Sharing the island of Borneo with Indonesia and Brunei, East Malaysia consists of the two largest states in land size, Sarawak and Sabah along with the islands of Labuan. Once separate British colonies from Malaya, these states have a distinct demographic with indigenous people making up more than half the population. Thus, the indigenous cultural and animist religious traditions celebrated here make East Malaysian festivals unlike any other.

 

Ka’amatan (Sabah)

Formerly British North Borneo, Sabah is home to nearly 30 different ethnic groups. Out of all these, the Kadazan-Dusun are the largest group, forming a third of the total population. The Ka’amatan Festival is celebrated by the Kadazan-Dusun and Murut communities to give thanks to and honour the rice spirit, Bambaazon, for a good harvest while other ethnic groups celebrate their own versions of the festival respectively. Over the years, Ka’amatan’s popularity has increased and it is now the state’s biggest festival and celebrated by all.

Traditionally, merry-making festivities take place throughout the entire month of May along with cultural performances, traditional sporting games as well as cooking and drinking competitions. Highlights include the famous Harvest Beauty pageant called ‘Unduk Ngadau’ and a singing competition, ‘Sugandoi‘.

When:
May 30 – 31

Where:
Kota Kinabalu and throughout the state of Sabah

The climax of Ka’amatan harvest festival is the selection of the ‘Unduk Ngadau’, Harvest Festival Queen, as a symbol of giving homage to the rice spirit. Photo credit: NST Online - https://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/06/148966/not-just-beauty-contest

The climax of the Ka’amatan Harvest Festival is the selection of the ‘Unduk Ngadau’, the Harvest Festival Queen, as a symbol of giving homage to the rice spirit. Photo credit: NST Online

 

Gawai Dayak (Sarawak)

The Gawai harvest festival celebrates the traditions and spiritual customs of the Dayak community

The Gawai harvest festival celebrates the traditions and spiritual customs of the Dayak community

Originally celebrated by the Dayak tribe, the largest indigenous community in the state, Gawai — which translates to “festival” — has become a symbol of unity, aspiration and hope for the Dayaks and the many different ethnic groups in Sarawak. A day of giving thanks for a bountiful harvest, the celebration is also a time for making offerings to the native land deities for good fortune in the coming season and future endeavours.

The festival customarily takes place in community longhouses and villages, with open house celebrations involving plenty of food and drink along with music and song accompanying month-long prayers and rituals.

When:
June 1

Where:
Kuching and throughout the state of Sarawak

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A traditional Gawai Dayak ceremony. Photo credit: Wikipedia.org

A traditional Gawai Dayak ceremony. Photo credit: Wikipedia.org

 

Ramadhan / Hari Raya Aidilfitri

Ramadhan, the most sacred month in the Islamic calendar, is when Muslims celebrate the revealing of the Quran with abstinence of food and drink from sunrise. Only when the sun sets does the day of fasting end with prayers and feasting.

A beautiful aspect of Hari Raya is that it is also a time for children and family to show gratitude and seek forgiveness for any wrongdoings.

A beautiful aspect of Hari Raya is that it is also a time for children and family to show gratitude and seek forgiveness for any wrongdoings.

Malaysia is known all over the world as a food haven. With Islam being the official religion of the country, Ramadhan is a glorious month-long celebration of Malaysian food in massive street food fiestas — known as “Bazaar Ramadhan” — that take place everywhere in the country starting from the late afternoon for ‘Iftar’, the ceremonial breaking of fast. Some bazaars stretch kilometres long!

The month of Ramadhan fasting culminates with Eid al-Fitr (or Aidilfitri), the joyous thanksgiving celebration for Muslims and one of the biggest holidays in Malaysia.

When:
Between July to early September (ninth lunar month of the Islamic Calendar)

Where:
Nationwide

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Malaysia’s Bazaar Ramadhan has stalls offering nearly every kind of local food and delicacy. Photo credit: zafigo.com

Malaysia’s bazaar Ramadhan has stalls offering nearly every kind of local food and delicacy. Photo credit: zafigo.com

 

Festa San Pedro

Melaka’s Portuguese settlement is a heritage fishing village where Festa San Pedro or Feast of St. Peter — an ancient tradition with European origins — has been held annually since the arrival of the Portuguese in the Malay Peninsula 600 years ago.

For four full days, prayers and rituals for offering devotions to St. Peter, the patron saint of fishermen, including the blessing of decorated fishing boats are held with festivities that showcase the unique culture and traditions of the Portuguese-Eurasian community.

A lit statue of St Peter being blessed by ritual before it is taken out to sea during Festa San Pedro. Photo credit: The Star Online

A lit statue of St Peter being blessed by ritual before it is taken out to sea during Festa San Pedro. Photo credit: The Star Online

This community – called Kristang – is a creole ethnic group of people of mixed Portuguese and Melakan descent. They speak a distinctive Kristang language or Melaka-Portuguese, a form of creole based on Old Portuguese. Melaka’s Portuguese settlement is believed to be the only such Kristang community still in existence.

Among the most popular activities for visitors at Festa San Pedro are the fragrant curries and the musical performances.

When:
End June

Where:
Portuguese Settlement Village, Melaka

The boat blessing is a 500-year-old ceremony from the time when Portugal launched its seafaring crusade and although fishing is no longer the main occupation for Portuguese descendants living at the settlement, feast celebrations like San Pedro and San Juan (St John the Baptist) are kept alive. Photo credit: travel3sixty - https://www.travel3sixty.com/born-of-the-sea/

The boat blessing is a 500-year-old ceremony from the time when Portugal launched its seafaring crusade. Although fishing is no longer the main occupation for Portuguese descendants living in the settlement, feast celebrations like San Pedro and San Juan (St John the Baptist) are kept alive. Photo credit: travel3sixty

 

George Town Festival

Ranked in ‘best-of’ lists alongside events such as Japan’s Summer Sonic Music Festival and Singapore’s F1 Night GP, Penang’s George Town Festival is a contemporary arts and culture festival held to celebrate the island city’s recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Photo credit: George Town Festival, Facebook

Photo credit: George Town Festival, Facebook

The annual event features a wide range of performing and visual arts from renowned international guests alongside established and upcoming local talents in the creative fields. The exciting festival has a month-long schedule with a large selection of programs, centred in and around George Town’s World Heritage Zone, to choose from.

When:
Between June to July

Where:
UNESCO World Heritage Zone and surrounding areas in George Town, Penang

The George Town Festival has established Penang as an international destination for contemporary arts and culture. Photo credit: The Star Online

The George Town Festival has established Penang as an international destination for contemporary arts and culture. Photo credit: The Star Online

 

Rainforest World Music Festival

From the inaugural event held 20 years ago, the Rainforest World Music Festival has since garnered worldwide recognition and numerous awards. This international music stage brings together renowned world music performers and indigenous musicians from every continent for three days complete with concerts, workshops and talks.

The Rainforest World Music Festival celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2017

The Rainforest World Music Festival celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2017

With the state’s famed Mount Santubong providing the backdrop for the festival, this family-friendly event attracts tens of thousands of music lovers from every corner of the world.

When:
Mid-July

Where:
Sarawak Cultural Village, Kuching, Sarawak

A band performing on the main stage of the Rainforest World Music Festival, known simply by fans as the “RWMF.” Photo credit: The Star Online

A band performing on the main stage of the Rainforest World Music Festival, known simply by fans as the “RWMF”. Photo credit: The Star Online

 

Hungry Ghost Festival

Predominantly observed by Chinese Buddhists and Taoists, this ancient festival held for appeasing wandering spirits and hungry ghosts is celebrated all over Malaysia with outdoor shrines featuring massive paper effigies of the Taoist deity Tai Su Yeh, long counters for offerings of food and drink, and an assortment of paper offerings complete with a festival stage for nightly entertainment performances.

The Hungry Ghost Festival culminates in a spectacular ceremonial burning of paper offerings. Photo credit: Vulcan Post

The Hungry Ghost Festival culminates in a spectacular ceremonial burning of paper offerings. Photo credit: Vulcan Post

Rituals are conducted on special days throughout the month with some involving Taoist mediums in trance. The month-long public festival concludes with a large feast (usually open to the public) and the concluding ritual burning of the paper effigies and offerings.

When:
Between August to September (seventh month of the lunar calendar)

Where:
Nationwide

During the Chinese seventh lunar month, Hungry Ghost Festival altars are set up for prayers and offerings to Tai Su Yeah, the Taoist guardian deity of hell. Photo credit: Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images

During the Chinese seventh lunar month, Hungry Ghost Festival altars are set up for prayers and offerings to Tai Su Yeh, the Taoist guardian deity of hell. Photo credit: Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images

 

Christmas / New Year

Christmas in Malaysia is celebrated just like anywhere else in the world, observed by Christians with elaborate church and religious rituals as well as by non-Christians as a time for joy and giving. This popular holiday has become a universal celebration, and shopping centres decked out with spectacular decorations become a major destination for year-end sales with stores offering huge discounts.

The weeks in December leading up to the New Year are filled with plenty of activities and events — from pop-concerts to formal dinners to functions for charitable-giving. The year-end festivities climax with hundreds of thousands of people flooding the city and town centres for the New Year’s countdown and massive firework displays.

When:
December until early-January

Where:
Nationwide

A universal celebration in Malaysia, Christmas is celebrated by everyone as time for joy and giving. Photo credit: ExpatGo - http://www.expatgo.com/my/2016/11/30/BSC-reindeer-reign

Christmas is celebrated by everyone as a time for joy and giving. Photo credit: ExpatGo

 

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  1. Lin Mun on May 10, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    Malaysia is a wonderful country with many races, religions and all living under one roof. Malaysian therefore are so fortunate to be able to enjoy all sorts of festival by all the different races and cultures. While, I may not know all the festivals but this article itself give a good overview of all the important and main festivals celebrated by Malaysian. May Malaysia continue to prosper and people all living in peace and unity.

  2. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on Jan 6, 2018 at 10:53 am

    Thank you Rinpoche and Kenneth Chan for composing and sharing the article about our Malaysian events and festivals, which are being celebrated by local folks as well as visitors from other countries during the respective months or seasons. I am fortunate to be born in a multi-racial country, Malaysia where I can learn other traditions and cultures especially from my Malay and Indian friends or colleagues. This has given me the opportunity to practice mutual respect on other traditions and cultures although they can be different from my Chinese traditions and cultures that can enable us to live peacefully and harmonious in our beautiful country for more 60 years since our country has achieved independence in 1957. Discrimination on other races and rejection of other religion practice will never happen in our country because our government allows for religious freedom and most importantly, all Malaysians from different races understand each other well as one big family. Kindness, tolerance and acceptance are some of the key values instilled by our education system in our country. May our beautiful country continue to grow and strengthen in all aspects for the benefits of many new generations to come.

    Humbly with folded hands,
    kin hoe

  3. Wai Meng Wan on Dec 25, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    Multiculturalism is the name of the game, and although we are from different backgrounds we are all human beings. Diversity is a strength, not a weakness. I like to say lets always agree to disagree. We don’t need to agree on everything, to get along.

    One of the reason why I like Star Trek is that, it was way ahead of its time. In the US whereby at that period civil rights movements was at its height, the TV was a medium whereby it had the freedom to broadcast tv shows according to its creativity, and Star Trek was a future whereby there was humans and there were aliens. To the aliens, no matter what colour or racial background one were, we were all human beings, and not separated by our skin or race.

  4. yin ping on Dec 6, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    Malaysia is uniquely with people from many different cultures and nationalities. All festivals are celebrated with equal joy and favor in this beautiful land. During Hari Raya, Chinese New Year and Deepavali, it is very common to have open house welcoming friends from different races. As for religious celebrations, not only the locals will join, it attracts many foreigners to be fascinated with the respect, harmony and unity in Malaysian

  5. Fong on Dec 4, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    In Malaysia, we celebrate all the festival together. There was never any issue of this festival is exclusively for this group and that outsiders are not welcomed. It’s always a together gather kind of affair that promotes so much understanding and unity.

    We would look forward to all the celebration and be one big family. We may not know all the ins and outs of the faith, religion, or ethnicity cultures or the celebration but we knew the basics of respect, harmony and unity, and that was enough for us.

    Thank you, Rinpoche and Kenneth for highlighting this multi faceted society with its many faceted celebrations.

  6. Liang Jing on Dec 3, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    Thank You Rinpoche for sharing this article. The festival that I wanted to join the most is the Rainforest World Music Festival because I’m a music lover and I would able to see the world music performers and indigenous musicians there. Besides the festival that are from this article, I would also like to join the Songkran Festival because I always love to play with water and did’t try it before.

  7. Anne Ong on Dec 2, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Wow!!!…I didn’t know there are so many festival eevents in my own country. It’s really interesting and educational to know about these festival events and their traditional background. Thank you very much Rinpoche and Kenneth for this interesting write up??

  8. Samfoonheei on Nov 29, 2017 at 1:06 am

    mazing …..we are fortunate living in Malaysia …..truly a land of multi cultures where we have so many festival celebrated by different faiths ,religions and race. At times all people of different races comes together joining the celebration of one another. Even tourist too are welcome to join in, learning about festivals and cultures. Each an individual festival having their unique traditional way and beliefs. . We as Malaysian do always enjoyed ourselves been invited to the open event or house whereby a varities of local delicacies will be offered to the guest. Those days when I am much younger I loved visiting and joined in the celebration.
    All the festivals and event celebrated are more of family members coming together . Well,we are proud as we are example of how diversity can be celebrated.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Kenneth Chan for sharing with us. I will be sharing with my oversea friends these article to let them .

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    Friday, Oct 23. 2020 04:19 PM
    I am blessed to see the amazing and best 10 meditation retreats in the world. I believe it is such because of its rich and long history with pure spiritual practice and way of life, culture and religion.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Oct 23. 2020 11:55 AM
    China to Open its Own Nalanda University in Hainan Province . The campus of Nanhai Buddhism Academy was designed by internationally acclaimed architect which is located in the scenic Nanshan Cultural Tourism Zone. That’s wonderful. It’s the only institute of higher education in the world offering instruction. Offering various programs on Buddhist Studies in Han-Chinese Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism and Southern Buddhism . The Chinese government are willing to invest billions in having such a university to benefits the people and for most spreading Buddhism .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Oct 23. 2020 11:53 AM
    Came across this old post . Well for someone to admit one mistakes , realised the true , having the courage to swallow one’s pride and apologise, I rejoice for them. Some might not have the courage to admit it. Admitting a mistake is not a weakness after all on the contrary, it shows an openness of our heart. Every one of us might have made mistakes along our life path. We learn from our mistakes, admit our own before we point out someone else’s and grow from there.
    Lobsang Monlam ‘s message is very touching , its better for him to say sorry now than never. Or else he will regret forever. A good teacher like our Lama is hard to find. We are very fortunate to have met Rinpoche in this life , Rinpoche had changed the lives of many.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/dear-rinpoche-i-am-sorry.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Oct 23. 2020 11:51 AM
    Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and lack of interest. Different causes can often combine to trigger depression. Whatever it is ….depression comes from our own karma for what we did in this life or the previous life. People who suffer from depression often report feelings of loneliness and isolation. If not treated it could lead to more serious matters related. It will interfere with our daily life for sure. Learning Dharma, practicing it will help us to transform our mind more positively. We will see the light even in the darkest of times in our life.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this teachings with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/some-thoughts-on-depression.html
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    Thursday, Oct 22. 2020 11:51 PM
    This is an amazing news for vegetarian and vegan eaters in California. I strongly believe it a great move to encourage more people to be vegan. Choosing a vegan lifestyle can contribute many beneficial factors to one’s life.

    A vegan diet is the most beneficial to mankind as it is one of the healthiest diets in the world, it is the world’s most environmentally friendly diet. Many vegans have found themselves starving while they are traveling and not being able to find any foods free of animal products on the road and this will be very convenient.

    Thank you for the interesting sharing, Hope to hear and see more countries could have Vegan Grocery. It will be extremely beneficial to the planet and will encourage a healthier lifestyle.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Oct 22. 2020 12:48 PM
    We have to do our homework……yes I agree with what Rinpoche had said. We can’t go back and change the beginning but we can start where we are and change the present. We have to work it out somehow even there is a hurdle or obstacles to go. In life we bond to have obstacles to clear along the path of life. Accepting those obstacles as they come , learn from there and let it be. Choosing to learn, practice Dharma and putting it into action is the best choice. Doing Dharma I have chosen have make my life filled with happiness.
    Thank you Rinpoche for these teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/20668.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Oct 22. 2020 12:45 PM
    The Heart Sutra is the most widely known sutra of the Mahayana tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. We may try changing who we are in an attempt to fit in and even if we achieve a new feeling of belonging, the emptiness remains. Emptiness is an important door to liberation in life. The Heart Sutra is a very condensed contemplation manual. Will read it over and again to understand better . I still have a long way to go trying to absorb what ever I could. We have to develop a soft heart and compassion, firstly before we read the sutras. At the heart of emptiness is compassion….quoted.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/emptiness-with-a-heart-of-compassion.html
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    Thursday, Oct 22. 2020 12:44 PM
    Unbelievable what they did…. Mumu and Oser. They saved an injured tiny bird, bringing to Rinpoche. They are like one of us , can feel and knew that the bird needed help. Mumu and Oser knew who to bring to. Great Job, they did their best, sadly the injured bird passed away. But fortunate to have Rinpoche blessing. Mumu and Oser are amazing dogs had showed us an example to give care, love and be kind even they were of different species.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/a-tale-of-a-bird.html
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Oct 21. 2020 05:11 PM
    Really love this mysterious and yet beautiful, sacred and holy place. The temple is beautiful preserved with remarkable facts of tantric legacy. This sixty four yogini temple is very unique in many ways and all the yoginis represents the sixty four arts which very fascinating. I believe there are a lot more to discover from this temple.

    Thank you for the article sharing, I’m blessed to see the holy place and hope to visit them.

    https://bit.ly/3jha0Si
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Oct 21. 2020 01:33 PM
    Dorje Shugden, the special protector emanation of Manjushri is a fully enlightened being which will help us at all times when we truly trusted and have faith in him and our Guru.

    There is nothing that is too small or too big or daunting for him, when it comes to helping us.I fold my hands in great faith and devotion to Dorje Shugden.Thank you for sharing this wonderful story and experience with us.


    https://bit.ly/3kl6M1s
  • sarassitham
    Tuesday, Oct 20. 2020 11:52 PM
    I believe that in life, we come across so many different experiences and opportunities to learn and grow, and in turn, every choice we make and everything that we go through shapes us into who we are. Challenging situations take us beyond our comfort zone and trigger fears and anxieties but also have the power to become moments of truth.

    It takes a lot of time to reached a level of acceptance and by doing dharma work we are trying to inculcate compassion into our lives . This powerful teaching helps to purify our karma and transform our thoughts.

    Thank you for the sharing, It serves as a reminder for all of us, of the reason why we are doing Dharma work and what kind of attitude one should have.

    https://bit.ly/3jg6K9E
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Oct 20. 2020 05:37 PM
    This is one of the most sacred sites in all of Buddhism. Yearly thousands of Hindus and Buddhists pilgrims and tourist from all over the world will be come to The Mahabodhi Temple.

    This sacred sites is definitely imbued with the positive energies and blessings of great beings.Thank you very much for the good write up and share this nice article with us
  • S.Prathap
    Monday, Oct 19. 2020 04:52 PM
    Reading this article really me open up my views of what is existing beyond my imagination.They then discovered that the possibility of life on other planets ,the existence of black holes, and so forth.
    The universe, outer space, the galaxies have always fascinated me since I was very very young. I loved pictorial books on planets and space.Thank you very much for the good sharing.
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Oct 18. 2020 04:22 PM
    Niguma is considered one of the most important and influential yoginis and Vajrayana teachers. A mysterious eleventh-century Kashmiri woman who became the source of a major Tibetan Buddhist practice lineage. Niguma was considered an emanation of the great dakini Mandarava. The legacy of Niguma’s teachings and spiritual practices is still available today within the Shangpa Kagyu tradition. Her teachings are also embodied within the Gelug school as well as the other sects of Tibetan Buddhism. Interesting related to Niguma and Khyungpo Naljor about the 500 gold coins and so forth. A very rare insight into the unusual role of women in the development of Buddhist history.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David so this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/niguma-mistress-of-illusion.html

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Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
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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
1 month 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
2 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
2 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
4 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
4 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
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KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
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Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
7 months ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
7 months ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
7 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
7 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
7 months ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
7 months ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
7 months ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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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.
7 months ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
7 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
7 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
7 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
7 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
7 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
7 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
7 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
7 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
7 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
7 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
7 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
7 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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