Jun 5th, 2018 – Petaling Jaya, Malaysia – Kechara House, a Tibetan Buddhist organization based in Malaysia will kick off a series of ceremonies and prayers to honor the Wesak, namely the Lama Chöpa which is the guru yoga of the founder of the Gelug lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, the erudite Lama Tsongkhapa. The Lama Chöpa is an important ritual that is recited on auspicious occasions, and it was written by the First Panchen Lama based on secret oral teachings of the lineage, which in itself is a synthesis of the most important teachings of the time.
H.E. The 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche who is the founder and spiritual director of Kechara House says that this year, it is especially important to recall the philosophies of the Buddha’s teachings that at its core, stresses living a harmless life. There are conflicts everywhere in the world and there are even wars that persist in the name of religion, even Buddhism which is a religion of peace, says Tsem Rinpoche.
Tsem Rinpoche adds that there cannot be outer peace if inner peace is absent and it is here that Buddhist philosophies are helpful. One does not need to belong to the Buddhist religion to practice goodness and fundamentally all religions cultivate the same goodness. Wesak is not merely a celebration of a supreme being who was awakened and whom we call the Buddha. More importantly, Wesak is a celebration of the own potential for goodness and kindness and a reminder that every single person has the Buddha or ‘god nature’ in himself.
According to Tsem Rinpoche, Wesak is an opportune time to commit to honoring all life forms and not seek to harm them. There are many things in this modern life that seems to be out of our control, say Tsem Rinpoche. But one thing that is squarely in our control is the choices we make. And today, we can choose not to harm other life forms to satisfy our taste buds and so today is a good day to commit to a vegetarian diet.
Accordingly, one highlight of Kechara House’s annual Wesak event is the taking of vegetarian vows where participants undertake to abstain from consuming the meat of other sentient beings, for the remaining term of one’s life or even for a few weeks or months. “Ultimately, the goal of a Buddhist is the removal of suffering, for others first and then ourselves. The complete elimination of suffering from the mind is definitely possible. When we reach this state, it is called Nirvana.”
H. E. Tsem Rinpoche’s Kechara House will also be making prayers for the resolution of conflicts around the world, and for the good health and long life of religious leaders of all traditions and faiths. Tsem Rinpoche wishes His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the leaders of all Buddhist traditions – Therevada, Mahayana and all lineages in Vajrayana, a happy and blessed Wesak and may His Holiness live long and unite all Tibetan people in harmony and with the understanding that more unites us than separates us.
Finally, Tsem Rinpoche repeated his signature advice for practitioners of all beliefs and faiths to foster peace within the community their live in, and to reject all forms of prejudice and bigotry. Wesak is significant not only to individual Buddhists but even more importantly, the community. We do not live our lives in isolation and therefore, doing what it takes to improve all lives in our community is the sign of true spirituality.
The Kechara Buddhist organization was founded by H.E. the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, known for his community-driven work in Malaysia, India and Nepal. His charitable projects have, amongst others, furnished schools and hospitals for the poor in India, helped disaster victims in Nepal and fed thousands of homeless and urban poor people in Malaysia.
For more information, please visit: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/
Company Name: Kechara House
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City: 47301 Petaling Jaya