Wat Phra Dhammakaya: World’s Largest Temple

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“When the mind of each person in this world knows true peace, the world will know peace. When the mind is peaceful it will start to see the true cause of peace, and at the same time the true cause of war. With this clarity, we can finally put an end to conflict, greed, and anger and usher in an era of peace. Once we know peace for ourselves, it will be reflected in our thoughts, our speech and in our actions. Love and good intention for mankind will arise and we will become the center of peace for people all around like the sun shining warm light to big and small stars, both near and far.”

~ Luang Por Dhammajayo

Maechi Chandra Khonnokyoong is one of the founders of Wat Phra Dhammakaya

Maechi Chandra Khonnokyoong, one of the founders of Wat Phra Dhammakaya

Wat Phra Dhammakaya, the world’s largest Buddhist temple, is located in the district of Klong Luang, Pathum Thani Province, just north of Bangkok, Thailand. The grand complex was founded by the maechi (Buddhist nun) Chandra Khonnokyoong and a monk, Luang Por Dhammajayo. They started the Dhammakaya Movement and it has become the fastest-growing Buddhist tradition in Thailand.

The massive temple is built on 77 acres of land donated by a kind sponsor, Lady Prayad Pattayapongsavisuttatibodi, on her birthday. The land was originally a huge rice field without a single tree or building in sight.

“From nothing… to a large tract of land
From a large desolate field… to a graceful Buddhist temple
From one monk… to tens, to hundreds, to thousands and counting
From a hundred followers… to thousands, ten thousands, hundred thousands, and millions in the future.”

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Wat Phra Dhammakaya stresses the revival of traditional Buddhist values by using modern methods and technology. For example, they propagate Dharma via a satellite television station, their university offers distance learning courses on Buddhism, and they use modern management methods to help with temple operations.

Although the use of modern technology has created some controversy, the Dhammakaya movement continues to grow and plays an increasingly significant role in the preservation and propagation of Thai Buddhism. Edward Irons, a Buddhist scholar, has described Dhammakaya as “the face of modern Thai Buddhism”.

The Dhammakaya Cetiya symbolises world peace through inner peace. It represents unity and love for the whole world. The dome-shaped Cetiya (stupa) is the largest venue for mass Buddhist prayer events and meditation

The Dhammakaya Cetiya symbolises world peace through inner peace. It represents unity and love for the whole world. The dome-shaped cetiya (stupa) is the world’s largest venue for mass Buddhist prayer events and meditation.

The pagoda of the Dhammakaya Cetiya has more than one million golden Buddhas. Each Buddha statue actually belongs to someone who donated towards the building of the temple with their names inscribed at the base. It symbolises world peace and an indication that it is not a mission of just one person but it requires the help of everyone.

The pagoda of the Dhammakaya Cetiya has more than one million golden Buddhas, symbolising world peace and the fact that achieving it is not a single individual’s mission but one that requires the help of all. Each Buddha statue represents a donor who contributed towards the building of the temple and their names are inscribed at the base of their statue.

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History

The Great Master Phramongkolthepmuni or Luang Pu Sodh Candasaro started the Dhammakaya meditation tradition or Vijja Dhammakaya

The Great Master Phramongkolthepmuni or Luang Pu Sodh Candasaro who started the Dhammakaya meditation tradition or Vijja Dhammakaya

The Great Master Phramongkolthepmuni or Luang Pu Sodh Candasaro started the Dhammakaya meditation tradition or Vijja Dhammakaya in the early 20th Century. After his passing in 1959, Maechi Chand Khonnokyoong carried on the lineage, teaching Dhammakaya meditation to the next generation at Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen temple.

In 1963, a university student by the name of Chaiyabun Sutthiphon came to Wat Paknam to learn meditation. He was ordained in 1969 and given the Dharma name Phra Dhammajayo. Wat Paknam continued to grow in popularity as an ideal venue and environment in which to learn meditation. Eventually, the temple became too small to accommodate the influx of students.

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On 20th February 1970, the day of Magha Puja, Maechi Chandra Khonnokyoong, Phra Dhammajayo and their followers began building a meditation centre at 196-rai and Wat Phra Dhammakaya came into being. Phra Dhammajayo was appointed the abbot of the temple and became known as Luang Por Dhammajayo. His student, Pongsawat, became deputy abbot.

The construction of the temple was not easy. All the devoted Buddhists had was 3,200 baht (USD 101) when they first started, and it felt as if they would have to build the centre with their bare hands. Many expressed their doubts to Maechi Chandra Khonnokyoong, the Master Nun at the time.

When they first started, it felt as if they would have to build the centre with their bare hands

When the building of Wat Phra Dhammakaya first started, the students felt as if they would have to build it with their bare hands.

In reply, she asked,

“What is the cost of raising just one truly good person with morals and dedication to Buddhism?”

A disciple responded,

“If you spent 100 million, there may be a small chance to get one that is good…”

The Master Nun then replied,

“I have 11 truly good people sitting in front of me today, so I now have at least 1,000 million baht in the budget. I will build this place.”

Thus, it began. While Wat Phra Dhammakaya meditation centre was under construction, meditation classes continued at other locations. People came to know about the temple and donations started to pour in as students experienced positive results from their meditation.

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Once the temple was completed, more people started enrolling in meditation and Dharma classes. Wat Phra Dhammakaya was originally intended to be a satellite meditation centre of Wat Paknam but by 1977, it had become an official temple.

The temple emphasises prosperity and modernity as well as personal development and growth. This made it very relatable and attractive to modern middle-class Thais. Its popularity continued to grow in the 1980s, especially during the Asian economic boom.

During major Buddhist festivals, the temple easily attracted up to 50,000 people. Soon, even the 77 acres of land began to feel too small to accommodate everyone, especially during huge Buddhist events.

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The temple had to expand, and land around the complex was acquired to accommodate more buildings to serve the growing number of faithful. Significant expansion started in 1984 and, in 1992, the temple branched out internationally with centres in the United States, Taiwan and Japan.

The design of each building in Wat Phra Dhammakaya is simple, strong and non-luxurious. It is built to maximise its benefits and usage while being cost-efficient. The temple’s success is a collective achievement of every monk, novice and devotee who faithfully gave their time and energy day in and day out, against all odds to build the massive temple to serve all sentient beings.

Their faith, determination and patience paid off when their dream of a sanctuary of peace to spread the Buddha’s teachings became a reality — what we see today, the Dhammakaya Temple.

Building around the Dhammakaya Cetiya consist of offices for various temple projects located on two floors. In total there are 32 office blocks. Moat is created around the building to help absorb the heat and beautify its surroundings.

The buildings around the Dhammakaya Cetiya consist of offices for various temple projects located on two floors. In total there are 32 office blocks. A moat was created around the building to help absorb the heat and beautify the surroundings.

 

The Wat Phra Dhammakaya Building

Wat Phra Dhammakaya was built based on the four factors taught by Lord Buddha for contributing to the cultivation and development of virtues:

  1. Pleasant location
  2. Pleasant food
  3. Pleasant people
  4. Pleasant Dhamma

Their motto is “building a true temple, training true monks and promoting people to be truly virtuous.”

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The temple may be situated in the middle of the city but once you step into its grounds, you will feel a sense of peace. The maintenance and cleanliness of the temple is managed by the resident sangha and lay community who live on the temple grounds. Devoting time and energy to the wellbeing of virtuous locations is considered a practice of purifying one’s mind.

Monks ordained at the Dhammakaya Temple live in simple, orderly accommodation that has been set up specially for this purpose. The residential area is built in a serene forest environment which is perfect for meditation.

These residences consist of small, self-sustaining cottages with space for meditation, sleep, and a small storage area for personal belongings. This basic approach to existence discourages clutter, and comfort is avoided as it is considered a luxury. It is built in this way to allow the monks to focus, dedicate their time to studying the Dharma and doing their meditation practices without distractions.

The spacious dining hall in Wat Phra Dhammakaya is built to accomodat thousands. It is frequently used to welcome visiting monks and novices and a venue for meetings for the sangha members.

The spacious dining hall in Wat Phra Dhammakaya is built to accommodate thousands. It is frequently used to welcome visiting monks and novices and is also a venue for Sangha meetings.

The kitchen in Wat Phra Dhammakaya is built to feed everyone who sets foot in the temple to learn Buddhism. The temple does all it can to allay unnecessary distractions like concerns about food in order to help adherents focus better in their search for inner peace through practice.

The Master Nun has a motto that has been passed down to her disciples.

“If 100 people come to the temple, we will feed 100 people. If one million people come, we will feed one million people.”

Lay people would often come to the dinning hall to make their offerings of food and other necessities to the sangha.

Lay devotees often come to the dining hall to offer food and other necessities to the Sangha.

 

Cleanliness and Order

Inspired by Master Nun Maechi Chandra’s teachings, Abbot Luang Por Dhammajayo transformed the Dhammakaya meditation method into “an entire guide of living” (according to religious studies scholar Justin McDaniel) emphasising cleanliness, orderliness and quiet. They are considered a moral practice as well as a way to support one’s meditation. In anthropologist Jim Taylor’s own words, the temple “eschews disorder.”

Ceremonies are held on Sundays instead of the traditional lunar calendar days based on Uposatha (Buddhist day of observance, in existence from the Buddha’s time). Traditional noisy temple festivals are not held at Wat Phra Dhammakaya.

Visiting laypeople are required to wear white. Smoking, drinking, flirting, fortune-telling, animals and newspapers are strictly prohibited within the temple grounds.

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Complimentary bus services from strategic locations provide convenient transport to the temple complex. There is a Sunday school and nursery on the grounds so parents can participate in meditation sessions in the Great Sapha Dhammakaya Hall without interruptions.

There are many activities catered to children and young people of all ages. The temple also conducts classes that teach traditional Thai etiquette. All practitioners are encouraged to keep things clean and tidy, and there are regular communal cleaning activities.

The smallest and most menial work is viewed as work that is valuable and fruitful. One can witness Wat Phra Dhammakaya’s discipline and order through their well-organised ceremonies that are performed on a grand scale but without losing attention to detail.

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Layout of Wat Phra Dhammakaya

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Minimalistic yet functional, Wat Phra Dhammakaya is clean and orderly with several pristine gardens accenting the futuristic-looking buildings. The temple grounds are divided into three main areas:

  1. The Buddha residence area: This includes the Ubosot (ordination hall) and the monks’ residence
  2. The Dhamma residence area: This includes the teaching areas and space where ceremonies are held, where laypeople get involved
  3. The Sangha residence area: Areas for monastic ceremonies

Although these same three areas can be found in other temples, Wat Phra Dhammakaya is unique because most of its space is allocated for Dharma residences. It provides accommodation for local as well as international visitors and devotees who come to attend the temple’s activities.

 

Significant Buildings

 

The Ubosot

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The Ubosot or Chapel was designed based on Wat Benchamabophit. Its design is unique in Thailand as it adopts clean lines and a minimalist concept, free from demanding maintenance. It is a place for peaceful contemplations surrounded by a man-made forest. There is also a lake near the Ubosot. It was completed in 1982 and in 1998, it was awarded an honourable mention by the Association of Siamese Architects (ASA).

Inside the Ubosot, visitors will find a simple yet elegant Buddha image crafted in a modern style as opposed to the traditional Thai style. Observant visitors will note that the Buddha’s top knot is in the shape of a lotus bud. The rest of the Buddha image follows the traditional 32 marks of an Enlightened Being based on the scriptures.

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“The chapel was built with great, detail oriented, care to ensure that the most important building of the whole temple is as perfect, while being economical, as possible.

~ Wat Phra Dhammakaya

Even the concrete used to build the chapel was carefully selected to be of the highest grade and the mix was approved by a team of specialists. The sand used in the construction was taken from the coastal dunes, which were then specially transported using barges. The gravel was hand-selected as it had to be the whitest and purest, and the same size as a grain of rice. These painstaking detailed processes were all done by the temple’s devoted volunteers.

In December 1977, the first stone for the foundation was officially laid by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on behalf of His Majesty the King of Thailand.

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The Memorial Hall of Maechi Chandra

The Memorial Hall of the Master Nun Maechi Chandra Khonnokyoong is a chapel shaped like a hexagonal pyramid that stands in the middle of a tranquil pond. The two-storey building was built in 2003 from gold tinted plate glass, and stands 95 feet high.

Maechi Chandra was the founder of Wat Phra Dhammakaya who showed great generosity in her lifetime by executing the building of the temple. She was a living example of giving and she believed that this quality is a testament to the depth of our humanity and capacity for self-transcendence.

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Inside the memorial hall, on the first floor is a museum that showcases Maechi Chandra’s virtuous charitable works, religious contributions and her personal items that tell us a little about who she was as a meditator, teacher and founder of Dhammakaya.

Her devoted students also created a pure golden statue in her likeness. The statue is placed on the second floor together with her relics. The second floor is also a meditation space.

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When Maechi Chandra was alive, she taught the importance of cleanliness and tidiness, and how these are virtues that relate to the purification of our mind. She personified purity and perfection. A candle tower was built near the chapel as a memorial to Maechi Chandra. Every night it is lit in honour of her purity and virtuous heart.

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Her cremation on 3rd February 2002 was attended by representatives from 30,000 temples all over Thailand, which numbered around 10,000 monks and 200,000 lay supporters.

 

The Memorial Hall of Phramongkolthepmuni

The Memorial Hall of Phramongkolthepmuni is located just opposite Wat Phra Dhammakaya’s main entrance. The shrine is shaped like a dome and is built on a circular base symbolising the spreading of the Dharma. This great memorial hall was built in honour of the highly revered monk Phramongkolthepmuni in 2002.

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Known as the abbot of Wat Paknam, Ven. Phramongkolthepmuni led many to explore the purpose of life and the path to discover inner peace and self-sustaining happiness through the idea that material and spiritual success can be brought about by stillness of the mind.

This shrine with state-of-the-art temperature control has a stone altar with a solid gold statue of Ven. Phramongkolthepmuni, seven meditation rooms and a chapel with the capacity to seat 1,500. In 1994, around 100,000 monks and disciples cast the statue in solid gold.

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Apart from showing devotion to Ven. Phramongkolthepmuni, the gold statue also represents the propagation of knowledge that Dhammakaya, or the body of Enlightenment, is present in every being and achievable by people of all races and religious beliefs. Furthermore, the centre of the body is the home of the human mind where Enlightenment can occur in the midst of stillness.

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Key Milestones

  • 1970: Temple construction began on 77 acres of land
  • 1972: The first Monk Ordination Program
  • 1975: Construction of temple completed
  • 1976: The first Kathina Robe Offering Ceremony
  • 1982: The first Meditation Retreat; the first Buddhist Club and National Ethical Contest was held
  • 1982: The Main Chapel building was completed
  • 1984-1988: The expansion of the temple from 77 acres to 791 acres
  • 1992: The First International Dhammakaya Centre was established
  • 1995: Construction of the Dhammakaya Cetiya began
  • 1996: Construction of the Sapha Dhammakaya began
  • 2002: Construction of other major buildings e.g. the Dining Hall and the Master Nun’s Memorial Hall began
  • 2003: Wat Phra Dhammakaya’s first DMC Broadcast
  • 2003: The construction of the Meditation Stadium began and the Dhammakaya Open University (DOU) was established
  • 2004: The temple won the WHO’s No Alcohol, No Tobacco Award
  • 2006: The first International meditation retreat (The Middle Way Meditation Program) started
  • 2007: The first World-PEC International Ethical Contest was held
  • 2008: The first V-Star festival was held, youth activities included a training course in Buddhist practice
  • 2010: 1 Million Ladies Ordination and the launching of mass ordination programs for 100,000 monks
  • 2012: The first Dhammachai Dhutanga (Pilgrimage) on the Path of the Great Master event was held. It won the Guinness World Record for “Longest Journey Walking on Flower Petals

 

The Novice Monk Program

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“The life of a householder is a narrow path which attracts dust.
The ordained life is a spacious path.”

~ The Lord Buddha

Thailand’s Buddhist heritage has shaped its culture for millennia and is ingrained into the soul of the nation. Humble thoughts and traditions designed to instil sound moral values in society continue to guide the Thai people. One of the most important of these is the ordinations of monks.

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The Importance of Ordination

In Buddhism, the monk ordination process is a path to purification. It is not simply the physical act of shaving one’s head and wearing monk robes, but the spiritual experience of training, practice and embodiment of the Dharma as expounded by Lord Buddha.

To be ordained as a Buddhist monk, one must be at least 20 years of age. Those under the age of 20 will be ordained as a novice. An ordained monk lives in accordance with 227 precepts which are the rules, regulations, guidelines, lineages, and traditions that direct the Sangha to purification and spiritual growth. Lord Buddha himself said that the precepts are one’s teacher and he formulated them to lead individuals onto the right path to attain the Dharma he preached. At the very minimum, individuals guided by these precepts will be liberated from the mundane.

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The precepts help strengthen an individual’s determination to face challenges with mindfulness, patience and by understanding life’s purpose. They shape the individual’s future regardless of whether they choose to remain ordained or to revert to being a layperson at the end of the novice ordination program. The experience and knowledge gained during the program will only benefit and does not go to waste. Holding true to the precepts allows the individual to study the Dharma theoretically as well as practically, a process which develops the mind to attain higher levels, reveals truth and goodness, and helps us reach our spiritual goals and realise the truth of life.

During the ordination ritual, individuals officially become a follower of the Three Jewels and also become a part of them – the Sangha jewel. Becoming ordained means the individual chooses to take the initial step towards living life correctly, freeing themselves from day-to-day burdens. The ordained lifestyle is simple with minimal necessities like food and clothing. In this manner, ordained individuals will have more time to gain knowledge and wisdom, as well as have a greater understanding of the world.

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Duties and Responsibilities of Monks

The sole purpose of ordination is to free oneself from tedious worldly commitments and worries in order to focus on meditation and transforming the mind towards liberation and Nirvana. The Buddha clearly specified that monks must fulfil all required and recommended duties based on these tenets:

  • Asking for Alms
  • Temple Cleaning
  • Confession
  • Chanting and Meditation
  • Reflection
  • Caring for the Preceptor
  • Exercise and Self-Maintenance
  • Dharma and Monastic Studies
  • Caring for Temple Property
  • Behaviour Worthy of Respect

 

International Dhammadayada Ordination Programme

When Buddhist influence on daily life waned in Thailand in the 1990s as a result of modernisation and technological advancements, groups of monks came together to spread Lord Buddha’s teachings.

Before the programme began, the official records of the National Office of Buddhism showed that there were 5,937 deserted temples in Thailand as of 1st June 2009. Fewer people were entering the monkhood due to secular commitments, and many who did spent less than a month as monks. This was insufficient time to train themselves or to study Dharma profoundly.

In addition, very few employers allowed their employees to take a three-month leave of absence from work to become ordained during the Rains Retreat period. Hence, there were very few ordained monks to propagate the Buddha’s teachings, resulting in a critical situation for Thai Buddhism.

In order to create a new generation of monks, Wat Phra Dhammakaya held a mass ordination of 7,000 monks from 7,000 villages throughout Thailand in the year 2552 B.E. (2009). Over 10,000 people showed interest in participating. The following year, a 100,000 mass ordination was conducted where 70,000 villages participated twice a year, once in summer and the other during the Rains Retreat season.

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Today, many are interested to join the programme. They are assigned to different temples in their hometowns, resulting in fewer deserted temples.

This project has the support of the entire Sangha Community, the Committee on Education, Religion, Arts and Culture Group, and the House of Representatives along with many more national organisations.

Read more about Nick Keomahavong’s experience at Wat Phra Dhammakaya’s International Dhammadayada Ordination Programme here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/why-i-left-everything-to-become-a-buddhist-monk.html

 

The Ordination Ceremony

In general, the ordination ceremony is conducted according to the following stages and includes a rehearsal for participants to familiarise themselves with the ordination process.

Participants are required to shave their heads, beards and eyebrows, cut their fingernails and toenails, and dress smartly. They receive a bouquet of three lotuses, a candle and incense which they clasp between their palms in a gesture of prayer. Forming a line, participants walk to the north side of the chapel. The line begins on the right with the most senior participants receiving the Triple Robes offered by His Majesty the King in the first row. The second row is 2 metres behind the first, and subsequent rows are separated by a 1-metre distance.

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This is followed by the circumambulation ceremony to pay respects to the Three Jewels. During this time, participants meditate on the virtues of the Three Jewels by chanting “Iitioiso” while walking calmly with their eyes looking downwards, and visualising a clear, bright crystal ball floating in the centre of their body.

Once the third circumambulation is completed, participants pay homage to the Buddha by forming a straight line. They then seek forgiveness from their parents or guardians. The participants are then considered to be pure and ready for ordination, and they accept the Triple Robes from their parents or guardians.

The next step is the request to go forth (pabbajja). Participants chant with the highest respect to the Three Jewels and to the Preceptor. The Preceptor then instructs the applicants in the name of the Three Jewels to develop conviction in the Three Jewels as their refuge. The Preceptor teaches the participants the five basic objects of meditation which are:

  • Kesa: Hair on the head
  • Loma: Hair
  • Nakha: Nails
  • Danta: Teeth
  • Taco: Skin

When participants take refuge in the Three Jewels, they are also taking the Ten Precepts — guidelines which help individuals maintain proper actions of the Three Doors: Body, Speech and Mind. Participants then request for dependence — guidance, protection, teaching and education — from the Preceptor.

The Preceptor then explains the Four Requisites: clothing, food, lodging and medicine. Participants continue by acknowledging the requisites with the words “Ama bhante”.

The novice monks then stand facing the assembled Bhikkhus with their hands joined in the gesture of Anjali, one foot away from a special cloth. They walk around this cloth without stepping on it. A number of questions are asked in Pali, which the novice monks answer.

Finally, when their names are called, each novice monk walks around the special cloth towards the platform. They climb onto the platform with their left knee and then walk forward on their knees, pausing between the first two Sangha members and bowing three times.

The ceremony ends with a chanting of the Request for Ordination.

 

Daily Schedule

4.30 a.m. Wake Up
5.00 a.m. Morning Chanting, Meditation Session, and Spreading Loving Kindness
6.30 a.m. Community Service
7.10 a.m. Breakfast
9.15 a.m. Meditation Session and Dharma Talk
11.00 a.m. Lunch
12.30 p.m. Personal Time
2.00 p.m. Meditation Session and Dharma Talk
4.15 p.m. Exercise
5.00 p.m. Refreshments
6.30 p.m. Evening Chanting
7.00 p.m. Meditation Session and Dharma Talk
9.00 p.m. Sleep in Peace

 

Eligibility

  1. Gentlemen between the ages of 18 and 60 who are fluent in English, Chinese or Japanese.
  2. Good character and ready to conform strictly to the rules set by the training supervisors.
  3. Healthy, free from infectious diseases and ailments such as diabetes, mental illness, epilepsy, asthma, kidney disease or drug dependence.
  4. Free of commitments which might interrupt the course of training.
  5. Content with a non-vegetarian diet and whatever accommodation is provided by the training supervisors.
  6. Valid visa for at least 60 days stay in Thailand.

 

Brief Overview of Buddhism in Thailand

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More than 94% of the Thai population identifies as Buddhist, and the constitution of the Land of Yellow Robes stipulates that the King must be Buddhist and uphold the faith. Buddhist culture infuses almost every aspect of a Thai person’s life. From grand temples to small spirit houses, there is ubiquitous evidence of the spiritual life and belief of the Thais.

Merit-making activities such as offering food to monks, donating towards the building of temples, participating in Buddhist festivals and ceremonies, and observing the five precepts of Buddhism are all part of a Thai Buddhist’s life.

Young monks heading for their morning alms collection

Young monks heading for their morning alms collection

There are approximately 30,000 Wats or Buddhist temples in Thailand. Apart from housing monks, the temples also serve as a place of education and activity for the local community. Markets can usually be found outside the temple grounds.

From archaeological evidence such as the great pagodas of Nakom Pathom, Phra Pathom Chedi and others, it is generally accepted that Buddhism came to Thailand during the time of the Mon-Khmer people. However, some academics believe that the teachings of the Buddha came to Thailand during the time of the Indian emperor Ashoka of the Mauryan dynasty.

The famous Phra Pathom Chedi

The famous Phra Pathom Chedi

 

History

Various forms of Buddhism are practised in Thailand. These are:

 

I. Theravada or Southern Buddhism

The unearthing of relics such as the Dharma Chakra (Wheel of Law), the Buddha’s footprints and seats, and inscriptions on rocks in the Pali language are evidence that Buddhism reached Thailand around the 3rd century B.C. An ancient Ceylonese text, the Mahavamsa, recorded that missionaries were sent by King Ashoka to nine territories, including Suvarnabhumi, the capital of which is said to be Nakhon Pathom.

 

II. Mahayana or Northern Buddhism

Part of Southern Thailand was under the rule of the Srivijaya empire. The Srivijayan king was a Mahayanist who spread Mahayana Buddhism throughout the Malay peninsula and archipelago. The chetiyas in Chaiya (Jaya) and Nakon Sri Thammarath (Nagara Sri Dharmaraja) have strong Mahayana elements.

 

III. Burma (Pagan) Buddhism

During the reign of King Anuruddha (Anawratha), whose kingdom included areas like Chiangmai, Lopburi and Nakhon Pathom, Buddhism was a significant force in Thailand, especially in the northern part of the country.

As Theravada Buddhism went through change, it became known in Thailand as Burma (Pagan) Buddhism. Relics from northern Thailand show more Theravada elements while those in southern Thailand show more Mahayana influence.

 

IV. Ceylon (Lankavamsa) Buddhism

A king of Ceylon (Sri Lanka), Parakramabahu the Great (1153-1186 A.D.) was a strong proponent of Theravada Buddhism. Monks from Burma, Lanna (North Thailand), and Lanchang (Laos) would travel to Ceylon to undergo the ordination rite of upasampada vidhi (later called the Lankavamsa).

When Thai kings such as King Maha Dharmaraja Lithai and King Borom Trai Lokanath were ordained, the ceremony was performed according to Lankavamsa, with elders from Ceylon presiding over the ceremony. The influence of this form of Buddhism can be seen in monasteries, Buddha images and footprints that were built according to the style popular in Ceylon.

 

Ordained Sangha in Thailand

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The Bhikkhus of Thailand follow the rules and discipline (Vinaya) of the Theravadan tradition, similar to that of Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia. The government allocates a part of its budget to the maintenance of temples and stipends for high-ranking monks.

There are approximately 300,000 monks in Thailand, distinct in their yellow and orange robes. Thais are accustomed to offering daily alms, food and other donations to the monks on the streets.

Novices, usually young boys, take on the Ten Precepts and are often in close contact with their families. They do not participate in the recitation of the monastic code (and the confessions of violations) that take place on uposatha days. They usually ordain as novices during school term breaks, while those who intend to become monks in the long term may receive secular schooling at the monasteries/ temples. At the age of 20, they are eligible to receive the higher ordination of upasampada to become fully ordained Bhikkhus.

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The Young Monks in Rural Nakhon Nayok, Thailand

Young monks in rural Nakhon Nayok, Thailand

It is common for Thai males to become monks for a short period of time before they reach the age of 20. This is considered a rite of passage as well as a great way to collect merits for the ordained individual and his family. The Si Satchanalai Ordinations held every April celebrate this tradition.

Established on 1st January 1963 under the Sangha Act of 1962, the Sangha Supreme Council of Thailand is the governing body of the Buddhist order (Sangha) of Thailand. This council is the ultimate authority for all ecclesiastical matters within the Thai monastic community. Its leadership consists of the country’s highest-ranking monks, who consult the Supreme Patriarch of Thailand concerning administrative and theological matters.

The Sangharaja or the Supreme Patriarch is the highest Buddhist authority in Thailand and is appointed by the King, with the Thai Prime Minister countersigning. Its candidates are chosen from the most senior and highly-qualified members of the Sangha.

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  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sangha_Supreme_Council
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhism_in_Thailand
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  1. S.Prathap on Dec 5, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    Wat Phra Dhammakaya is worlds largest meditation Center,beautifully built, well landscaped and well maintained.The temple’s success is a collective achievement of every monk, novice and devotee who faithfully gave their time and energy day in and day out, against all odds to build the massive temple to serve all sentient beings.
    Their faith, determination and patience paid off when their dream of a sanctuary of peace to spread the Buddha’s teachings became a reality.Thank you very much for the interesting article.

  2. Jim Nelms on Jun 2, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    I was astonished from the information that I read in your pamphlet. I admire all of you people for your desire to become monks. My daughter is a believer of Buddhism and my hopes are that she will visit your monastery and become more involved in your religion. I f I give you her email address will you please send her some literature about you residence. Thank you. James Nelms

  3. Joy Kam on Jul 26, 2018 at 5:42 am

    Listening to the chanting of sacred words, melodies, mantras, sutras and prayers has a very powerful healing effect on our outer and inner environments. It clears the chakras, spiritual toxins, the paths where our ‘chi’ travels within our bodies for health as well as for clearing the mind. It is soothing and relaxing but at the same time invigorates us with positive energy. The sacred sounds invite positive beings to inhabit our environment, expels negative beings and brings the sound of growth to the land, animals, water and plants. Sacred chants bless all living beings on our land as well as inanimate objects. Do download and play while in traffic to relax, when you are about to sleep, during meditation, during stress or just anytime. Great to play for animals and children. Share with friends the blessing of a full Dorje Shugden puja performed at Kechara Forest Retreat by our puja department for the benefit of others. Tsem Rinpoche

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  4. Wai Meng Wan on May 16, 2018 at 2:43 am

    I rejoice for this Buddhist institution and its leaders who are creative to bring the dharma to modern people without sacrificing the essence of the dharma. Such innovation is necessary in changing environment and as more societies embrace modernisation.

  5. Stella Cheang on Apr 7, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    Wat Phra Dhammakaya is a sign that Buddhism is a religion that transcends time, space and culture. It embraces the humanistic values and cater to the needs and moving times. As the earth is now a global village, modernisation is key to address Buddhists from all corners of the world. Wat Phra Dhammakaya facilitates this – it is the highest form of ‘dana’ in the truest sense for letting the world access Dharma. Similarly, our Guru, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche – he lets the wisdom of Lord Buddha penetrates the earth via digital platforms through his Blog! These are really great works that inspire. Thank you for this sharing!

  6. Pastor Shin Tan on Apr 4, 2018 at 7:46 am

    Last Saturday, at an event marking 60 years of Tibetans being recipients of Indian kindness, Lobsang Sangay mentioned that the exiled Tibetans should strengthen their efforts to make the Dalai Lama’s return to his Potala Palace a reality.

    Representing the Indian government, Ram Madhav, a leader in the governing Bharatiya Janata party, echoed Sangay’s statement with hope that the Dalai Lama will be able to “return to your homeland” through peaceful and democratic means.

    This event was originally planned to be held in Delhi but it was cancelled and relocated to Dharamsala. At the same time, Indian officials were directed by their Foreign Secretary to avoid events hosted by the Tibetan leadership, since they coincided with a “sensitive time” for Delhi’s relations with Beijing. India’s volte-face approach in shunning the Tibetans, with the unprecedented cancellation of many key Tibetan events, is now being viewed as a clear sign that India is no longer willing to be collateral damage in the Tibetan quest to agitate China over the so-called Tibetan cause.

    With mounting pressure from India to not hurt their relations with China, the tone of the message this time around seems to be that of a plea with only one goal in mind: for the Dalai Lama to return to Tibet and reunite with Tibetans inside Tibet. Could it be that after 60 years, the Tibetan leadership has finally realised their fight against China is a futile one, and they should start looking at more achievable goals? May the aspirations of millions of Tibetans to see the Dalai Lama’s return to Tibet be fulfilled and in the words of Madhav, that ” it will not take that long for you (Tibetans) to be back home.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/01/pm-in-exile-urges-tibetans-to-make-dalai-lamas-return-a-reality

  7. Samfoonheei on Apr 2, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    Wow amazing……….….this temple is worlds largest meditation Center,beautifully built, well landscaped & well maintained. A very serene place and amazing structure seem to be the most influential Buddhist temple in Thailand. It has attracted millions of people from far and near over the years. Looking at the amazing area with millions people doing meditation are fantastic . Feeling amazed at the way the people are well disciple and in order. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting article.

  8. Anne Ong on Mar 31, 2018 at 11:34 pm

    Wow!!..this is really an amazing eye opener to see such a large temple in Thailand! I could never imagine to see such large beautiful temple with so many beautiful Theravadan sangha ? . It is truly blessed to see beautiful buddhist temples. Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for sharing this amazing article and beautiful pictures ?

    • Dr Jagath on Apr 14, 2018 at 11:10 am

      Well wishes to dhammakaya program

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    Sunday, Jan 17. 2021 06:28 PM
    Chengdu is a sub-provincial city which serves as the capital of the Chinese province of Sichuan. The city is also home to the famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, a conservation center where visitors can view endangered giant pandas in a natural habitat. Been an ancient city with a history of more than 3,100 years, it offer many tourist attraction. Many of the ancient sites around Chengdu reflect the influence of Buddhism, as well as the agricultural history of the region. Thousands of tourists both locally and internationally will flock to this city the beauty of it. It seem Chengdu is one of the most leisurely cities in the world. Well , Chengdu is famous for its spicy hot pot and many other mouth tingling dishes. This is because of the world famous Sichuan peppercorn that is grown in the region. Not only that the Giant statues of the Buddha one in Leshan, show the enduring presence of Buddhism on the area.
    Reading this post help a lot for those first timers visitors like me. I am glad my friends and me made it there to see for ourselves. I wish i could revisit this beautiful and exciting Chengdu again in future. Loved seeing those ancient architecture of those temples and of the city.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful post with details.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/must-visit-chengdu-exotic-and-exciting.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 17. 2021 06:26 PM
    Many monasteries have their own Dharma Protectors to safeguard the organisation and its interests. Setrap is one of them , they will propitiate their Dharma protectors every month to request for protection, blessings, and assistance for the growth of the Dharma and the well-being of the sangha. Each and every monasteries have their own. Interesting read of this article all about the close historical relationship between Dorje Shugden and Setrap.
    Setrap is emanation of the wrathful emanation of Buddha Amitabha, while Dorje Shugden is emanation of Manjushri. Setrap is an ancient Dharma Protector from the holy land of Bodhgaya in India. Sworn to protect the teachings and the practice was introduced to Tibet, and has since flourished. Many great Lamas and Geshes are known to have practised both Setrap, as Gaden Shartse’s Dharma protector, and also Dorje Shugden. They cannot be wrong definitely where Dorje Shugden is not an evil as claimed by the CTA. They knew the practice is very beneficial . has been the Dharma Protector of Gaden Shartse Monastery for the past 600 years. Dalai Lama visited the Dharma protector Setrap’s chapel in Gaden Shartse Monastery, South India. Dalai Lama even consecrated the chapel with prayers and sees Setrap as an enlightened being. Dalai Lama also endorsed Setrap and his practice as a beneficial one where he did affirmed the practice of Dorje Shugden through such close association. Interesting read may more people read this article to have a clearer understanding.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/dalai-lama-blesses-setrap-chapel-in-gaden-monastery.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 17. 2021 06:24 PM
    Looking at those pictures and videos tell a thousand words. What is underneath those lakes mentioned , cannot be taken too lightly. Well-known lake monsters such as
    Loch Ness , Champ, Ogopogo and so forth has been sighted in those lakes around the world. Stories of a sea monster lurking in the depths of lakes are actually centuries old. To believe or not its up to individual. The unexplored darkness of lakes serve as one of the gateways for these fascinations. Many had claimed witnessing those creatures but with no hard evidence. People love to fill in mysterious areas of nature with myths of monsters. Sightings of such lakes creatures is interesting to many. I do believe there are such sea creatures inhabiting in those lakes centuries ago. Some of those creature’s names indeed new to me. Interesting to know that they do exist after all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting article.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/7-lake-monsters.html
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    Friday, Jan 15. 2021 04:00 PM
    Amazing ,truly beautiful 1000-armed Avalokitesvara. A special gift given by Joshua and family from Singapore to Rinpoche. I love looking at 1000-armed Avalokitesvara where ever I went seeing any images of it i will always stare at it hoping to get hold of it. Avalokiteśvara is one of the most famous bodhisattvas in Buddhism, who embodies the quality of compassion and having the ability to understand the suffering of others. Merely looking at this beautiful 1000-armed Avalokitesvara paints a thousand words.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/beautiful-1000-armed-avalokitesvara.html
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    Friday, Jan 15. 2021 03:58 PM
    Revisit this blog again as the miracles stories of Lama Tsongkhapa Statues truly interesting. We are fortunate to have met our Lama Tsem Rinpoche learning all the wonderful teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa. Its such a beneficial teachings and practicing it with so many amazing benefits for us all. Reading this post have me increased my knowledge. Looking at the rare foot print of Lama Tsongkapa which is a sign of his tantric achievements is indeed a blessing for us. The practice of Migtsema is amazing and powerful as it contains the meaning of all the Buddha’s 84,000 teachings.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/benefits-and-miraculous-signs-of-lama-tsongkhapas-statues.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 15. 2021 03:54 PM
    Since the monks are holding so many vows, serving them is an opportunity for HUGE merit. They are a source of inspiration for others who are seeking spiritual solace. We need to support them and creates the causes for the Dharma to remain , creating the causes for an abundance of spiritual and material wealth for ourselves as well. In Bangkok , its amazing having the opportunity to make offerings to the monks and nuns early in the morning. Giving to the monks and nuns is an incredible thing, we create unbelievable merit if we offer to the monks with the motivation of Bodhicitta. Looking at Angel makes offerings, reminds me of my trip to ChiangMai where I have an opportunity to give packed foods to monks early in the morning. Its truly wonderful indeed. If I have the opportunity again I will definitely love to offer foods to the monks.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/angel-makes-offerings.html
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Jan 15. 2021 01:02 AM
    Wow! Thank you for the wonderful sharing. I love the amazing recipe on sauces it looks healthy and delicious. I found this recipes very nutritious with all fresh ingredients, spices and herbs. I would love to try it out the Savory Mushroom Gravy.

    https://bit.ly/39MFWeD
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 14. 2021 03:13 PM
    Wow interesting one of the most fantastic escapes in history now comes in comic for everyone to know the truth. The true story of how HH the 14th Dalai Lama had made a daring and dangerous escape. Dalai Lama had secretly travelled to India back in 1959. The truth not many knew but with this comic , more people will understand better. Its in simple and yet easy diagrams where kids and adults would love it. The great Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden through the esteemed Panglung Oracle had helped Dalai Lama .
    Interesting comic book one must read it .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-greatest-escape-in-history.html
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    Thursday, Jan 14. 2021 03:09 PM
    Venerable Geshe Rabten Rinpoche known as a debater, scholar, and meditation master. Geshe Rabten was one of the pioneer and the first Tibetan Buddhist masters to give teachings in the West. Interesting sharing and with detail explanations understanding the Praise to Manjusri by Geshe Rabten. We are blessed to have learn and practice it . A good practice with the correct way to visual and reading this post had me understand better the meaning of this powerful prayer.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/praise-to-manjusri-explanation-by-geshe-rabten.html
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    Thursday, Jan 14. 2021 03:07 PM
    Thailand is a Southeast Asian country known for tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples displaying figures of Buddha. Home to an exorbitantly priced delicacy as well. There are thousands of Buddhist temples in Thailand. Everywhere and corners we could see Buddhist temples . Wat Pho or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, it’s a must-see for any one visiting Thailand first-time . It is the one of the most important Buddhist temples in Thailand, which is 1,800 years old, and is the oldest in the world. Been the third largest, longest and most beautiful reclining Buddha image in Thailand . There are 108 pearl carvings of auspicious images on the Buddha’s soles, in the Chinese-Thai style. Visited Bangkok many years ago but couldn’t recall if I had visited this temple. Wish to revisit again in future to see again the beauty of those temples at Bangkok. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post with video and beautiful pictures.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/i-visited-wat-pho-thailand.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 13. 2021 05:24 PM
    High in the mountains of Sichuan province, hidden from the outside world by its geographical remoteness is the largest nunnery in the world. With an estimated 20,000 nuns, monks and lay practitioners living in the austere surroundings of the Yarchen Gar monastery. The Yarchen Gar monastery above 4000m sea level considered to be the largest concentration of monastics in the world dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan Buddhist culture after the Cultural Revolution. Looking at those pictures tells us all, it’s a huge sea of Burgundy robes, one wouldn’t expect anything on this scale to exist or survive. With determination and will power they could live and do their meditation . Living in such an rudimentary conditions, they are devoted to following the faith and entering a life of sacrament.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10ooo-nuns-here.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 13. 2021 05:22 PM
    When we die our money, fame, and honours will be meaningless. We own nothing in this world. Everything we think we own is in reality only being loaned to us until we die. Everything surrounding us is only temporary. And on our deathbed at the moment of death, no one can save us. Anything can happen in life, anytime of the day , we have to live meaningfully while we still can by learning and practicing dharma before its too late. Do something useful for others in our life .
    Nothing is accomplished in one day…the bigger the project, the more the obstacles…but the obstacles you suffer is for others…so suffer it without suffering…Tsem Rinpoche
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/we-own-nothing.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 13. 2021 05:18 PM
    Dana in the Buddhist tradition means giving freely without expecting anything in return. The act of giving is purely out of compassion. Giving is an essential Buddhist practice. It is about generosity, openness, and our capacity to embrace others with compassion and love. At dawn, all over Thailand, the local monks will travel from their temples to the markets and past shops and houses, where local people offer food alms in exchange for blessings. The monks will be walking barefoot and with great grace, that’s where we could offer them foods in packets or so. It was truly wonderful, learning from this post and able to give while I was there in Chiangmai,Thailand few years back.
    When we support the sangha , we support the Dharma. Buddhist monks depend on our support and help to continue their spiritual path to continue benefiting others and dharma to grow .Looking at those pictures tells more.
    Thank you, Rinpoche for this sharing and with explanation for us to understand more of it.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/bangkok-monks-and-why-make-offerings.html
  • sarassitham
    Tuesday, Jan 12. 2021 12:47 AM
    Really very inspiring story, God sent Hero back to India. He droped his job opportunity and gave many people possibilities to survive. I believe not everyone has the passion to contribute or an opportunity to serve others like Mr. Krishnan and KSK.

    Thank you for the sharing, The true compassion of Krishnan comes from thoughtful skill of helping the needy.
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jan 11. 2021 05:32 PM
    There is definitely an unseen spirit world all around us. Even though we are not able to see it or spirits it does not mean they do not exist. Spirits are beings trapped in a non-physical form in the lower realms.
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers team for sharing this interesting and powerful practice of Trakze . Well it’s a very powerful practice for anyone been disturbed by spirits ,unseen beings and obstacles where someone had put a spell on them in their health and business matters. Known as black magic by some . Trakze’s practice and can be done daily for any of us who needs protection even if we are not afflicted by black magic and spirits. Interesting read with all the explanations,of how the practice should be done for us .
    Thanks again with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/trakze-to-dispel-black-magic-spirits.html

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Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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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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Sacred Vajra Yogini
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Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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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
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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
2 yearss ago
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
2 yearss ago
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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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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Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
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In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
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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Fwd: Dear Sotha
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Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
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
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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
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
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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
5 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
6 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
7 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
7 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 months ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
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Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 months ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 months ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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