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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  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 29. 2022 12:55 PM
    nteresting read of a great Lama Tsarchen Losal Gyatso who is the founder of the Sakya tradition. One of the three branches of the Sakya School, which is part of Tibetan Buddhism. Interesting story of how his illness was occurred and meeting the mysterious lady at monastery courtyard well. The lady who gave him a small Tibetan pecha manuscript wrapped in cloth before vanishing. Apparently Vajrayogini had appeared to him leading him to the great master Doringpa at Tashi Lhunpo. Since then he studied with 63 masters of all traditions. He had travelled tremendously to various place to perform great deeds, giving teachings and benefiting all whom he encountered along his journey.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/tsarchen-losal-gyatso-lineage-holder-of-vajrayoginis-tantra.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 29. 2022 12:53 PM
    interesting read of Kentrul Thubten Lamsang Rinpoche, one of our Guru previous life. He was one of the most important disciples of Kyabje Trijang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso. Kentrul Rinpoche had spent many years in remote areas like Phari on the Tibet-India border. Where he worked tirelessly to improve the condition of local monasteries and built large Buddha statues. He even built a three-storey statue of Maitreya Buddha. Highly respected by many locals and remembered by monks of the monastery for his work. Kentrul Rinpoche was also known for performing extensive pujas for people of the area. Kentrul Rinpoche will always be remembered as the lama who remained devoted to his teacher until his final moments. He went out of his way to help the sufferings, in desperate situations. His is a legacy that is timeless and beyond compare. Both Kentrul Rinpoche and our Guru Tsem Rinpoche’s activities did exhibit an unquenchable thirst and curiosity for Dharma, Guru devotion . Both have the similarities after-all. Interesting read, shared by Pastor Jean Ai on Tsem Rinpoche ‘s previous reincarnation.
    Thank you Rinpoche.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/autobiography/kentrul-thubten-lamsang.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 29. 2022 12:51 PM
    Very interesting article of great Lamas whom I never find it bored reading over and over again. Anything related to history had me feeling excited.
    Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was a great master, meditator, teacher, logician, yogi, siddha and erudite scholar. He was an important Gelugpa lama and a contemporary of the 5th Dalai Lama’s time. Even more than three hundred years ago he was eliminated yet he continued reincarnating until present day as been confirmed by many great beings. Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen in fulfilling the promise he made to Nechung protector arose as World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden, merely to serve the teachings of Je Tsongkapa and sentient beings. After realising the mistakes done by his officers 5th Dalai Lama built a Dorje Shugden chapel and even composed a prayers texts to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. He named the Chapel as Trode Khangsar which still exist to this day at Lhasa, Tibet .May more people reading this article to understand more who is Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was. An interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/who-is-tulku-drakpa-gyeltsen.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 29. 2022 12:48 PM
    The Kangxi Emperor was the third emperor of the Qing dynasty. He is considered by historians to be one of the greatest emperors in the history of China. Having ruled China over 61 years, he was the longest-reigning Chinese emperors in dynastic history. He was thought of as one of the greatest emperors because, under his rule, the Qing empire started to prosper, dynastic succession was stabilized, and he was comparatively benevolent. He was also highly educated and was known as a hardworking emperor who ruled diligently. His rule was a period of expansion, stability, and prosperity for the Chinese Empire. Kangxi gave religious freedom to all religions and had sponsored many literary works, monasteries, monks and teachers all over China, Tibet and Mongolia. He was considered an extremely modern Emperor at that time whom was loved by many. He was said to be the reincarnation of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen and an emanation of Manjushri as recorded in the ancient scriptures.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/emperor-kangxi.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 22. 2022 01:28 PM
    The unmistaken incarnation of Panchen Sonam Drakpa was proclaimed to be Sonam Yeshe Wangpo. From birth, he spoke with clairvoyance and seemed to remember people and events of his past life. Even as a young man , he travelled tremendously as part of his retinue, with the 3rd Dalai Lama and gave various teachings as well. Throughout the journey, he had even composed verses to praise and commentaries on the teachings.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/sonam-yeshe-wangpo.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 22. 2022 01:26 PM
    Master Hongyi, a multitalented Buddhist Monk famous for being a talented writer and musician . He was one of the most celebrated and admired Buddhist monks in modern Chinese history. Born in wealthy family yet he choose to he was ordained as a Buddhist monk. Already, even as a child, developed an extraordinarily where he could memorised Buddhist text. Master Hongyi dedicated the rest of his life to Buddhist practice and became one of the most prominent monks of 20 Century China. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline for this sharing of a great Lama Master.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/master-hongyi-the-maverick-patriarch-of-the-chinese-buddhism.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Sep 17. 2022 04:24 PM
    Spirits and unseen beings are everywhere not only actually restricted to specific areas. Places such as cemeteries, abandoned houses or places where death occurred. There are many different types of spirits around us, unseen to the naked eye, but for some they could see it or sense their presence. Many people of different faith reported having experienced sense the presence of spirits. Interesting rather scary reading Steven Wong ghostly experienced in the motel . I have encounter such before staying in hotel . More scary I can say. That’s past history, since coming to Buddhism I am not scare at all , I will recite DS Mantra . Later do prayers and dedicate to them .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/paranormal-stories/paranormal-experiences-occur-everywhere-part-1.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Sep 17. 2022 04:21 PM
    Reading this article written by Tsering Shakya, again as it tells us more and understand better of the situation suffered by Tibetan people. Due to the Dorje Shugden controversy many Tibetans suffered . Many of them migrated to other countries to the west for better opportunities. Tibetan culture and identity is inseparably linked to Tibetan Buddhism. Somehow once in a foreign land they tend to lose their traditions and cultures slowly over times. Living in foreign land , it difficult to maintain their true identity. For them Tibetans maintaining links to the homeland presents a very unique challenges tasks. If only the Tibetan leadership more opened, forgo the past and accepts as what HH Dalai Lama said that Dorje Shugden is no evil and do no harm. Tibetan Buddhist could continue practicing the Dorje Shugden’s practice. Tibetan should stand united to protect the Tibetan heritage and culture instead discrimination against Dorje Shugden practitioners so much so had divided the Tibetans. Many of them left and migrated else where to look for better livelihood.
    Tsem Rinpoche had gone through a rough time , rejected twice from the moment of birth from Taiwan to US and travelling to India where Rinpoche found a place called home then. Later to Malaysia as advice by his Guru.
    To this end, the discrimination against Dorje Shugden practitioners must end for the sake of the all Tibetans living in India and Nepal .
    A very good article by Tsering Shakya, more people should read it to understand better.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/tibetans-rejected-twice.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Sep 17. 2022 04:19 PM
    Wow…that’s great , rejoice Pastor Joy, you have painted over a thousand Buddha statues over the years. Pastor you have a painter’s fine hands. I saw those Buddha ‘s images beautifully painted without formal training is a great achievement. Pastor has turn un-groomed images into something beautiful. A great painter that have put a lot of work into it and it has paid off .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Joy for sharing this with us for-most looking at most of the painted Buddha images tells us a thousand words.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/painting-buddha-statues
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 15. 2022 12:44 PM
    Feeling disappointed when someone a Sangha supposed to promote peace, harmony and helps to give teachings to those who are new instead promoting hatred, cursing another person. Its wrong to tell people to break their samaya with their teachers. They must be given the wrong information about Dorje Shugden and Shugden Buddhist practitioners . The Tibetan Leadership has spread their lies and causing misunderstanding among the Tibetans. The rights of Dorje Shugden practitioners were denied just because for practicing their religion as they have done for the past 400 years. Dorje Shugden practitioners are side-lined from their own community, denied medical care, education and even employment in government offices. The Tibetan Leadership has instituted this ban against Dorje Shugden causing sufferings among many. Sad indeed hopefully these controversy will dissolve soon as more people understand and know that Dorje Shugden is not an evil as claimed by the Tibetan leadership.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/go-on-break-your-samaya.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 15. 2022 12:42 PM
    Buddhism is one of the most popular religions all over the world. Buddha statues have different shapes, sizes, different gestures or mudras and styles of presentation. Well said by Tsem Rinpoche the bigger and more Buddha statues makes a difference in our life. It gives out more powerful positive and relaxing energy to help us. concentrate better. One of the methods for us to purify our karma to suit our current karma-bound situation. By circumambulating 500 mantra stones one time we could accumulate much more merits in just one round of circumambulation. All thanks to Rinpoche having this idea with many mantra stones as possible for us to circumambulate. The larger the Buddha image, the more merits are collected the greatest amount of benefit for one who sincerely circumambulating.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this amazing post and explaining all the details for us to understand more.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/bigger-and-more-buddha-statues-makes-a-difference.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 15. 2022 12:37 PM
    Ra Lotsawa said to be an emanation of Manjushri was a great tantric master who had used wrathful means to subjugate his opponents. He was declared to be a saint and a fully enlightened Buddha. Many viewed as a murderous villain with magical powers and by some as a liberator of human suffering. Ra Lotsawa used his power and magical abilities to defeat his enemies rather rivals to accumulate wealth. He received many Empowerments and practices, which came into conflict with other lamas. His life offers a rare view into the often overlooked roles of magic and sorcery in the Buddhist tradition. In the book The All-Pervading Melodious Drumbeat tells the story of Ra Lotsawa Dorjé Drak . It was written by Ra Yeshe Sengye, and translated for the first time into English. Despite this obsessed legacy, his fame also rests on an illustrious career as a translator of Buddhist scriptures. Ra Lotsawa was so revered in Tibetan Buddhism even though he was so evil where nobody can denied. Interesting read an classic account of one of the most colourful and memorable figures in Tibetan Buddhist history.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/ra-lotsawa-the-yamantaka-hero.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Sep 13. 2022 01:04 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing of Mumu , Such an adorable doggie and fortunate one staying with Rinpoche. All I can say is Mumu was energetic, intelligent, affectionate and could obey under the care , love of Rinpoche.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/funnies/mumu-goes-bye-bye.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Sep 13. 2022 01:01 PM
    The true story of HH Dalai Lama fantastic escapes in comic form. Thats interesting as its simple, easy which is suitable for every one to read and see especially children. Children could see and understand through pictures. All thanks to Rinpoche and Kechara Comic Publication team for coming up with this book in comic form. The truth should make known to all , how Dorje Shugden has helped in the escape.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-greatest-escape-in-history.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Sep 13. 2022 01:00 PM
    Tibetan incense is natural incense used in Tibetan Buddhism rituals for 1,300 years. In Tibet, for many centuries, incense has been a part of their daily lives. Widely used for relaxation, meditation and the cleansing of the home environment. Incense is also widely used in Buddhist temples and monasteries, as an offerings. In Buddhism, symbolic offerings are made to the Triple Gem, giving rise to contemplative gratitude and inspiration. Offering incense is a symbol of purification. It is a very powerful way to revitalize environment ,removing obstacles and purifying one’s karma. Incense offering to our Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden is indeed very helpful and beneficial. It helps in many ways as such to clear any obstacles ,and so on.All thanks to our Guru Tsem Rinpoche for sharing this practice .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Beatrice Ooi for this sharing and explaining the details of incense. We are so fortunate to learn, understand and practice it.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/incense-offering-to-dorje-shugden.html

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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
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Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
3 years ago
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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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
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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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
3 years ago
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
3 years ago
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
3 years ago
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
3 years 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
3 years ago
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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5 months ago
The members of Kechara Penang Study Group are offering serkym to Dorje Shugden and His entourage. There's puja every Saturday @ 3 pm at Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek. All are welcome. ~by Jacinta
We are in the third week of Ramadan this year, and kind volunteers have never failed to feed people in need since Tengku Zatashah started this meaningful #zerofoodwastage initiative in 2016. The aim is to benefit the underprivileged with nice surplus food collected from Ramadan buffets. Every night during the month of Ramadan, volunteers collect surplus cooked food from hotels and distribute it to charity homes and low-income families. THANK YOU, Tengku, dedicated volunteers and hotel partners, for making this Ramadan special for the underprivileged. #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment - KSK @ Vivian
5 months ago
We are in the third week of Ramadan this year, and kind volunteers have never failed to feed people in need since Tengku Zatashah started this meaningful #zerofoodwastage initiative in 2016. The aim is to benefit the underprivileged with nice surplus food collected from Ramadan buffets. Every night during the month of Ramadan, volunteers collect surplus cooked food from hotels and distribute it to charity homes and low-income families. THANK YOU, Tengku, dedicated volunteers and hotel partners, for making this Ramadan special for the underprivileged. #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment - KSK @ Vivian
We were chanting Migsetma mantra at the time this picture was taken. Thanks to all our Penang members who are very committed to attend Swift Return puja weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group, every Saturday @ 3pm. ~by Jacinta
6 months ago
We were chanting Migsetma mantra at the time this picture was taken. Thanks to all our Penang members who are very committed to attend Swift Return puja weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group, every Saturday @ 3pm. ~by Jacinta
William, who is our leader/ Umze is cleaning the pantry and Gordon offered up 4 carton of packet drinks today. We cannot thank you enough for all kind hearted who sponsored various offerings weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
6 months ago
William, who is our leader/ Umze is cleaning the pantry and Gordon offered up 4 carton of packet drinks today. We cannot thank you enough for all kind hearted who sponsored various offerings weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
6 months ago
Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Dedicated sisters, Sharyn and Swee Bee. They always make sure our puja offerings, especially fruits are arranged nicely. Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
6 months ago
Dedicated sisters, Sharyn and Swee Bee. They always make sure our puja offerings, especially fruits are arranged nicely. Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
Committed and hardworking Kechara Penang members, Mr. Tang and Mr. Huey. Really appreciate having you both at our weekly puja . Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
6 months ago
Committed and hardworking Kechara Penang members, Mr. Tang and Mr. Huey. Really appreciate having you both at our weekly puja . Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
KSK medic personnel have been tending to the needs of the clients every week. Their consistent kindness helps improve the medical welfare of those without a home. Thank you for serving and making them your priority on your weekends. #medicteam #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
6 months ago
KSK medic personnel have been tending to the needs of the clients every week. Their consistent kindness helps improve the medical welfare of those without a home. Thank you for serving and making them your priority on your weekends. #medicteam #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
In the midst of chaos, let's start healing. We have Dorje Shugden Puja every Saturday @ 3 pm. Contact William for more info. Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ by Jacinta.
7 months ago
In the midst of chaos, let's start healing. We have Dorje Shugden Puja every Saturday @ 3 pm. Contact William for more info. Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ by Jacinta.
7 months ago
Pastor is in da' house!!!! Kechara Penang Study Group @ Saturday, 3 pm. Contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
7 months ago
Pastor is in da' house!!!! Kechara Penang Study Group @ Saturday, 3 pm. Contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
7 months ago
8 months ago
After Dorje Shugden puja @Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek, members went to a nearby vegetarian shop for gathering. #CNY2022 #HappyReunion by Jacinta.
8 months ago
After Dorje Shugden puja @Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek, members went to a nearby vegetarian shop for gathering. #CNY2022 #HappyReunion by Jacinta.
In 2021, we've encountered far too many challenges—Pandemic, months-long lockdown, landslide, and flood. We are proud to witness Malaysians helping one another as these agonies come sequentially. Looking back to 2021, Kechara Soup Kitchen has made significant progress, with more to come in 2022. Every year, we move a little closer to our vision. We are immensely thankful to have such dedicated teams of volunteers willing to go above and beyond for our clients. Not to mention our sponsors and donors; none of this would have been possible without you. Thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for helping the underprivileged to a better future. Have a blessed year ahead from our hearts to your hearts. #2022 #newyear #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
9 months ago
In 2021, we've encountered far too many challenges—Pandemic, months-long lockdown, landslide, and flood. We are proud to witness Malaysians helping one another as these agonies come sequentially. Looking back to 2021, Kechara Soup Kitchen has made significant progress, with more to come in 2022. Every year, we move a little closer to our vision. We are immensely thankful to have such dedicated teams of volunteers willing to go above and beyond for our clients. Not to mention our sponsors and donors; none of this would have been possible without you. Thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for helping the underprivileged to a better future. Have a blessed year ahead from our hearts to your hearts. #2022 #newyear #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
10 months ago
Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh members were preparing for Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
10 months ago
Kechara Ipoh members were preparing for Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 4th Dec 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
10 months ago
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 4th Dec 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
10 months ago
Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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