Lama Tsongkhapa Day Celebrated At Kechara Forest Retreat

Dec 12, 2013 | Views: 282

Lama Tsongkhapa is renowned as the Second Buddha of our fortunate eon and the founder of the Gelug lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Lama Tsongkhapa ushered in a renaissance within Tibetan Buddhism, performing many great deeds, among them the building of Gaden Monastery and the composition of the Lamrim Chenmo also known as “The Great Exposition of the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment”.

Tsongkhapa Day commemorates Lama Tsongkhapa’s attainment of enlightenment. It is also known as the Butter Lamp Festival and falls on the 25th day of the 10th lunar month according to the Tibetan calendar. Making offerings and sincere prayers on this most auspicious day enhances one’s merit and strengthens the quality of one’s own spiritual practice.

In 2013, Kechara held its Tsongkhapa Day celebrations for the first time at the Kechara Forest Retreat on Sunday 8 December. The event was attended by over 300 people including Kecharians and their families, 66 people from Johor Bahru, 31 from Kuantan and many newcomers.

The celebrations began in Wisdom Hall at 9:30am, with a meditation session focused on breathing led by Pastor Adeline Woon who also gave a brief sharing on Lama Tsongkhapa. This was followed by the Lama Chopa prayers led by Kechara pastors. The Lama Chopa prayer invokes the blessings of all the lineage masters stemming from Buddha Shakyamuni, through the great Lama Tsongkhapa until our own guru, His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche. This prayer clears obstacles to our spiritual path and blesses us to be successful in our endeavours.

Everyone was then encouraged to make light offerings to the magnificent Lama Tsongkhapa statue in front of Wisdom Hall on this auspicious day. Making light offerings on a regular basis is an important practice as it blesses oneself and one’s mind while also assisting in one’s spiritual development. Learn about the benefits of offering light here.

Kechara staff had organised a pot luck lunch in advance, where those who were attending the celebrations were asked to bring a dish or two with them to contribute to the lunch, which was held in the common dining area at Dukkar Apartments.

We would like to thank the following people for their kind contribution:

  • Fried rice and fried meehoon by Suki Chong
  • Vegetarian Bak Kut Teh by Sharon Ong
  • Putu Mayam by KT Goh
  • Pao by Mrs Lee Chew Mooi
  • Popiah, Pai-tee and pao by Mrs Chuah
  • Fruits by Ho Kok Meng
  • Dumplings by Jessica Mok
  • Herbal Eggs by Leonard Chia
  • Pong Teh and sambal petai by Lucy Yap
  • Macaroni cheese & butter cakes by Sofi Lim
  • Cupcakes and chocolate chips cakes by Ashlee Tam
  • Vegetarian satay by Rena
  • Cupcakes by Mrs Yap Pee Pee

During lunch, there was a musical performance in Dukkar Apartments by children attending Kechara Sunday Dharma classes, showcasing their choral and instrumental achievements this year. Choo Wei Yan entertained the guests with two beautifully performed songs, while Rachel Tan Pei Wen and Seow Su Lin played the guitar and saxophone.

You can learn more about Lama Tsongkhapa and Tsongkhapa’s extremely beneficial practice on H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s blog. Simply follow the links below:

To find out more about upcoming events in Kechara Forest Retreat, please contact us on +603 7803 3908 or email us at retreat@kechara.com.

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Many come to Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong, Malaysia to make offerings and prayers to the increase form of Dorje Shugden who appears like a prince and rides on a golden horse. Many report having their wishes fulfilled and return many times. Am happy to see this. Tsem Rinpoche
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Many come to Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong, Malaysia to make offerings and prayers to the increase form of Dorje Shugden who appears like a prince and rides on a golden horse. Many report having their wishes fulfilled and return many times. Am happy to see this. ~Tsem Rinpoche You can learn more about this form of Dorje Shugden here: https://bit.ly/2wxQyes
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In Bentong (Malaysia), the town we live in and where Kechara Forest Retreat is, we have built a public chapel to Dorje Shugden for the locals. They really love it. Many locals like to come early in the morning to make offerings and special prayers to Dorje Shugden then go to work. The locals have reported many of their prayers being fulfilled from praying to Dorje Shugden at this chapel. As a result, more are joining in to pray to powerful Dorje Shugden the world peace protector who is no other than Manjushri. That is beautiful. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Ullambama 2018 in Kechara Forest Retreat
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Ullambana candles offering to Lord Tsongkhapa in Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong . Feel calm and blessed. tsemrinpoche.com dorjeshugden.org
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I am not liked by everyone because I choose to not give up my practice of Dorje Shugden even when I am threatened, segregated, hated, degraded and accused of all manner of things just for it. But at least I kept my promise to my guru to practice Dorje Shugden 30 years ago. I am a person that keeps my promises. My respect for integrity makes me who I am. ~ Tsem Rinpoche - Follow H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Twitter : https://twitter.com/tsemtulku
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Precious opportunity in Kechara Forest Retreat! "As Kechara Forest Retreat is a sacred land, filled with holy and blessed statues and many holy items, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche encouraged Kecharians living and working in Kechara Forest Retreat to embark on a spiritual pilgrimage of its holy sites." ~Tsem Rinpoche
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We have many outdoor sacred images of various Buddhas. The ones that were visited were Tsongkapa, Nageshvaraja, Loma Gyoma, Tara, Nagarakshasa and then back to Tsongkapa. At each location circumambulations and lamp offerings were done. We walked the vast land while chanting Migtseyma mantras. The very elderly followed to each location in cars. Kechara Forest retreat is 70 acres of land located in rural Bentong, one hour from the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. ~Tsem Rinpoche For more information: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
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They started on August 18, 2018 at 6:00AM till 9:00AM. With strong aspirations, Kecharians generate merits by reciting mantras and circumambulate the images of the enlightened beings, especially to clear obstacles related to our good health and that of others. We have many outdoor sacred images of various Buddhas... ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Pilgrimage is an intrinsic part of Buddhist life and creates strong Dharma imprints in our mind streams and opens up positive karma and merits that we need to live a successful life. As Kechara Forest Retreat is a sacred land, filled with holy and blessed statues and many holy items, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche encouraged Kecharians living and working in Kechara Forest Retreat to embark on a spiritual pilgrimage of its holy sites...~ Tsem Rinpoche
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Many visitors in Kechara Forest Retreat! Have you planned your visit yet? Picture courtesy Pee Bee Chong, shared by Pastor Antoinette
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This is Bentong, Malaysia. Many prayers answered at Kechara. ~H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
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Pilgrimage day today in Kechara Forest Retreat ! A precious opportunity to be blessed by the Buddhas.
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