Wesak 2012… You will enjoy the beautiful pictures and to read all the exciting activities Kechara had. If you are faraway or nearby, you can enjoy and rejoice through this post. I welcome you.
Yesterday was Wesak Day. It was the day Buddha chose to take rebirth on earth. It was on the same date decades later Buddha gained enlightenment under the iconic Bodhi tree. At 81 years of age Buddha entered into clear light on that very special day. Hence Wesak day has very powerful significance to enlightenment seekers and it holds great blessings for all. Lord Buddha chose this day to manifest three very holy acts in His life which is birth, enlightenment and clear light.
To celebrate this special day, many countries declare Wesak Day as a public holiday… and beautiful Malaysia is one of them! On this auspicious day, thousands of Buddhists from all over the world join in their respective Dharma centre’s spiritual activities. How beautiful!
This year people from Singapore, Brunei, Hong Kong and Shanghai flew in to join Kechara’s Wesak Fair activities with other Kecharians. Our Dharma center organized the following activities for Wesak Day: animal liberation at Kepong Metropolitan Park in the morning, baby blessings by Kechara’s pastors in the afternoon, and refuge taking in the evening by myself. What a full and virtuous day! We celebrated a special day of Buddha with virtues from morning till night.
Below are photos of the activities for Wesak Day at Kechara! I am very happy that these wonderful people decided to celebrate their Wesak holiday doing spiritual and meaningful activities… Enjoy the photos!
Animal Liberation, 8.30 am in Kepong Metropolitan Park
Kechara House regularly does Animal Liberation, every FIRST Sunday of the month. However, Kechara organizes animal’s to be liberated on special occasions or on auspicious days such as Wesak Day. Early in the morning, a group of compassionate individuals drove all the way to Kepong Metropolitan Park to release 180 kg of catfish bought from the wet market, as well as 80 birds.
How meritorious for so many lives saved on this auspicious day. Saving the lives of animals is the direct cause for us to attain long life… long enough for us to be able to learn more Dharma in our very short lifetime! I always encourage my students to save animals, be it in the form of animal liberation or by going vegetarian.
Below are the names of all those whom participated in the Animal Liberation:
|Lim Poh Ying||Tommy Tan||Dylan||Natalie Loh|
|Ng Yee Ehern||Ng Man||Ng Thern||Than Yuet Foong|
|Lum Sea Twun||Loo Pei Yee||Jasmine Loh||Angel Loh|
|Andy Loh||Pannir||Shanthi||Cherrenne Hong|
|Alicia Chong & family||Sam Chiao Hong||Joey Tai||Thee Kok Aun|
|Betty Yang||Vera Di||Christine Wang||Sean Pang|
|Lily Chew||Everina Lim||Lin Choo Hock||Azelynna Lim|
|Victor Phang||Jill||Jeffery Gan||Jan Yong & Family|
|Low Saw Gim||Shaun Koh||Peter Koh||Karen Gan|
|Gan Kai Ching||Victoria Lam||Ngeow Su An||Gary Gomes|
|Gavin Gomes||Kristal Yeck||Shereen||Wong Lee Chia|
|Yong Kim Ching||Tan Cheng Peng||Tew Mui Hong||Tan You Jin|
|Gary Tan||Rena Wong||Andy Tan Yen Hoe||Chew Mee Yin|
|Ashley Kum||Peggy Loh||Choi Khoon Kit||Janelle Choi|
|Allan Kuah||Lisa Liu||Ng Qian Yi||Kim Ng|
|Peter Thean||Tan Siew Eng||Melissa Sin||Julia Tan|
|Jace Chong||Shane||Gregory Wong & family||Ellena Chia|
Many people gathered at Kepong Metropolitan Park early in the morning for this event.
Birds which will soon be free!
Fishes to be liberated.
Frederick Law giving a speech to welcome everyone. He also gave a brief explanation on why we liberate lives.
Pastor Chia leading the Animal Liberation prayers.
Everyone braved the hot sun to attend the event.
Many people, young and old, came to release animals on Buddha’s birthday.
Young kids getting exposed to compassionate activities like releasing animals at an early age.
Participants blowing onto the birds after reciting mantras.
Our friends from Shanghai also joined in the event.
Our special guests and new friends joined in to release animals too.
Andy (a student studying in Singapore) blows onto the birds after reciting mantras.
These fishes will not be slaughtered tomorrow…
Ellena’s, Gabriel‘s mum, came for Wesak Day!
Preparing to release the fishes.
Our young participant feeding the fishes after they were released.
Baby Blessing Ceremony, 2 pm in Kechara House
Last year, I composed a prayer specifically to bless children..a Buddhist Baptismal.. after I composed this prayer, it started to drizzle. In Buddhist tradition, when good things are done that will produce good results, many signs will appear such as rainbows or it will rain slightly.
On Wesak Day, 4 Kechara pastors blessed 47 young children with the same prayer. I had the pastors master the prayers to perform this sacred blessing… These young children will now be under the protection of Buddha Tsongkhapa.
I am very happy that Kechara’s pastors are now able to carry out duties to bless the public and that these children will be safe through the Buddha’s protective care. May all these children continue to develop into wonderful people that benefits society.
|Victoria Lam||Wong Jia Qing||Wong Jia Le||Clarence Chin|
|Syuen Chin||Ong Zhen Yu||Natalie Yong||Rianna Yong|
|Wong Xuan Rong||Leong Mei Qi||Adam Wong||Adison Wong|
|Ng Yi Wen||Chow Hong Jie||Chow Hong Quan||Wong Wai Chung|
|Sim Xiao Wei||Sim Han Yang||Sim Jin Yan||Bryan Khor|
|Bevan Khor||Janelle Choi||Teh Joxuan||Rachel Woo|
|Liaw Yung Fang||Liaw Jing Shiong||Choo Yen Kwan||Choo Yen Shen|
|Yeo Zhen Rong||Brandie Khor||Pee Five||Wong Zi Yi|
|Vanessa Wong||Sherwyn Lim||Sheryl Lim||Shaun Lim|
|Gan Sze-Chun||Gan Yu Jie||Tan Suet Keem||Tan Sze Nie|
|Tan Zhi Rui||Cheah Yi Huan||Cheah Yi Liang||Cheah Yi En|
|Foo Yu Syuen||Yeap Ren Xin||Yeap Kai Ying|
President of Kechara House, Datuk May giving a speech to welcome all Baby Blessing participants.
Pastor Ngeow giving an introduction of this sacred ceremony.
Baby Blessing ceremony led by Kechara’s pastors.
Pastor Kok Yek Yee performing prayers.
Both children and parents attentively reciting the prayers.
Pastors going around the Prayer Hall to bless the children.
Pastor Chia is seen here placing blessed water on the forehead of a young boy.
A candid moment. The joy of blessings.
Khatas and candles prepared for the participants to offer up to the Three Jewels.
A young participant offering a khata to the throne.
Baby blessing participants making khata offerings to the throne.
Candle offerings to the Three Jewels. How wonderful for young children to perform a meritorious act!
Each child got to invite back a tsa-tsa, certificate and a bouquet of flowers! They invited back what they offered up…
Our volunteers handing out the package to our young participants. Making offerings to Buddha on Wesak day!
A happy blessed family!
You’re never too old to receive blessings!
Singapore Group’s Visit to Kechara Forest Retreat, 2 pm in Kechara Forest Retreat, Chamang
While the Baby Blessing was taking place in Kechara House, a separate group went down to Chamang to have view Kechara’s new retreat land, Kechara Forest Retreat. These visitors are from a Buddhist centre called Modern Buddhist Fellowship which was started by one of my long-time student Jay Jae Chong. He brought down all the members in his centre to celebrate Wesak here in Kechara… in the Dharma centre where he grew up spiritually.
I’m very glad the Singapore group got to see KFR for themselves and not just through pictures on my blog!
|Sheryl Chew Hwee Ling||Tan Wee Hiang||Jasline Tay Sok Leng|
|Jacqueline Yap Tze Ling||Tan Kam Soon||Joshua Sim Yew Siah|
|Cody Sim Yu Chye||Mark Wong||Charlie Kok Pak Cheong|
Eager visitors waiting to walk to the land. Our Kechara Forest Retreat land has been recieving many visitors. Everyone love the land where we will build our retreat centre.
A good Saturday workout? Walking through our Kechara Forest Retreat land on Wesak Day.
We made it!
Martin briefing the MBF group.
JJ (far left) is seen here explaining to his group about KFR.
A group photo with the iconic tree.
Taking Refuge, 8 pm in Kechara House
In the evening, Kechara had a refuge ceremony. There were hundreds of attendees… and out of these few hundred people, 93 of them took refuge in the Buddha. It is necessary to take refuge before taking on higher practices… I am very glad to see people taking their spiritual practice seriously, and taking the first step.
Before giving refuge, I gave a talk on the purpose and power of stupa. I also explained to everyone in brief my plans to build a Vajrayogini Stupa at Kechara Forest Retreat. How wonderful for everyone who visits KFR to receive the blessings of Vajrayogini…
|Betty Yang||Chim Wai Queen||Ch’ng Keat Siang||Chong Chin Wei|
|Jennifer Chuah||Jeffrey Khor||Keith Kong||Kuek Ying Hai|
|Kwan Wan Hong||Kwan Wan San||Lee Eng Aun||Lee Poh Ling|
|Liang Chon Kong||Lim Jit Piew||Martin Chow||Melissa Lee Hau Ying|
|Ng Yi Rou||Nicholas Ann||Ong Kong Hooi||Poney Sim|
|Phillis Chin||Sean Pang||Seth Chong||Sim Kwan Yau|
|Tan Jen Ni||Tan Lilyn||Tan Yen Hoe||Tang Siew Wan|
|Wong Siew Weng||Jill Yam Loo Fun||Yong Swee Keong||Gan Kai Ching|
|Tang Ah Bah||Kong Jun Khong||Tan Ming Chai||Chee Ho Kiong|
|Sheryl Chew||Tan Wee Hiang||Jasline Tay||Jacqueline Yap|
|Tan Kam Soon||Joshua Sim Yew Siah||Charlie Kok||Amos Leong|
|Sing Gaik Yam||Teh Kok Yong||Woo Chee Seng||Anita|
|Yeow Swee Eng||Jack Ng||Alex Siah||Veron Tung Shi Ying|
|Wendy Loh||Victor Phang||Victor Choi||Joey Tai Pei Ling|
|Sam Chiao Hong||Chervenne Hong||Hecelus Tan||Jeffrey Yee|
|Joyce Tan||Jess Ong||Vincent Cheng||Liaw Saw Keong|
|Choong Li Li||Liaw Yung May||Serena Boon||Freon Tee|
|Chong Hoong Kin||Kor Yoke Yan||Choong Li Jiun||Choong Hoong Kit|
|Choong Kat Shun||Lim Mei Ling||Nicholas Sze Kok Eng||Jimmy Tan|
|Junie Yong||Chang Fang Chyi||Alan Chan||Han Mui Foong|
|Koh Siang Guet||Loke Kah Fatt||Joe Ang||Steven Chew|
|Eric Kwan||Sheryl Low Wan Fen||Christine Wang||Yong Hoong Kuan|
|Ng Ji Queen||Li Sing Yii||Lee Chew Mooi||Lam Ngeok Hung|
Datuk May Phng, President of Kechara House giving an opening speech to the refuge takers and guests.
Everyone listening attentively to Datuk May’s speech.
A massive crowd attending the refuge taking ceremony in conjunction with Wesak Day.
I gave a teaching on choices and the power of stupas before the refuge ceremony.
Getting closer to the crowd
The first stupa to be built by Kechara will be a Vajrayogini stupa.
Reciting the refuge prayers.
Kechara House pastors joining in the ceremony.
Refuge takers folding their hands signifying their readiness to accept Buddhism. I mentioned in my talk that when we accept a religion, we should go a step further… to apply it.
I also gave the oral transmissions of Migtsema and Manjushri’s mantra to the refuge takers.
Many refuge takers and guests…
I presented a gift to Ann Woo, a beautiful friend of mine.
Refuge takers making offerings to the Three Jewels.
After taking refuge, the first thing to do is making offerings to Buddha, Dharma and Sangha..very auspicious first act..Refuge takers eagerly waiting for their turn to make offerings onto Kechara’s shrine.
Making aspirational wishes to the Three Jewels…
A participant making a khata offering to the throne.
A friend from Shanghai making offerings to the throne.
Photos of Offerings
Many students and friends sent me gifts and flowers. Some called from overseas to arrange flowers for me on that day…how thoughtful..thank you…On the far left is a beautiful offering from E-division. They offered a Manjushri statue, holy relics from high lamas, holy herbs and a card.
Yong Swee Keong offered Body, Speech and Mind. It is traditional practice to offer these items to the spiritual guide whom you are seeking refuge with.
A beautiful offering of stupas (the representation of the Buddha’s mind).
A 13 year old boy made offerings all the way from Switzerland!
A lovely Tara statue in a bed of flowers was offered by Kechara InMotion.
Many offerings of Body, Speech and Mind from refuge takers.
Offerings of Dharma texts and a statue by the Modern Buddhist Fellowship, Singapore.
There were a few offerings from around the world via Vajra Secrets. People contacted Vajra Secrets to send offerings to me on Wesak Day..I was very touched.
Offerings by a sincere 15 year old boy, Hecelus Tan. Thank you for the great and delicious fresh bread!! Thoughtful.
Beautiful bouquets of flowers! We have a dept in Kechara that arranges beautiful flowers..they are called Kechara Blooms..and all these flowers are from people from all around the world. Thanks…I love flowers and offering them to Buddha for all of you.
All these flowers were prepared by Kechara Blooms. So many beautiful flowers!!!
A beautiful Yamantaka statue, offered by refuge taker Martin.
It’s nice to see how much thought was put into the offerings… they have all been offered up to my altar.
Condensed Talk conceptualized by Mr. Loh Seng Piow