(Originally published on tsemrinpoche.com)
This is our Dorje Shugden statue in Wisdom Hall located in Kechara Forest Retreat. This Dorje Shugden chapel is our space dedicated to Dorje Shugden’s practice, activities, learning, rituals, prayers and liturgies. We also screen videos, and hold classes, teachings and meditations dedicated to Dorje Shugden in front of this statue. Our Dorje Shugden chapel is large enough to fit 700 people. In front of Dorje Shugden is Buddha Shakyamuni, who has been temporarily placed here until the construction for our larger hall is complete then Shakyamuni will be officially escorted there.
Dear special friends around the world,
I have some very special pictures and a video to share with you tonight. It is the first time I am publishing these pictures! As you know Kechara has a large city branch in Kuala Lumpur itself with 13 departments and one hour away in the greener areas of Bentong we have a Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). We are in the process of fundraising and building more facilities for Phase Two at KFR, but Phase One has already been completed due to the dedication of our members. Within Kechara Forest Retreat we have a large gathering hall aptly named Wisdom Hall for meditation, relaxation, pujas, rejuvenation and blessings. This Wisdom Hall is the specific hall dedicated to the enlightened World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden. We are in the process of building another hall that will be the main prayer hall, which will be much bigger. Our intention are that the rituals, pujas, rites, traditions and lineage of Dorje Shugden will be preserved and practiced in Wisdom Hall. Every month we have beautiful Dorje Shugden pujas here with full rituals and have a dedicated large group of people who learn, study and keep this blessed and holy tradition continuous. This special Wisdom Hall is dedicated to Dorje Shugden who is a World Peace Protector. Nearby we have Dukkar Apartments which is the special living facilities for senior members and guests.
Also housed in the Wisdom Hall within Kechara Forest Retreat is Buddha Shakyamuni with offerings made daily. Behind Buddha Shakyamuni are the holy lamas of our lineage who are connected with us. We have a special throne dedicated to His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, my root teacher. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s personal advice to me was to adopt Dorje Shugden back in 1983. I will hold this advice and instruction firm till the end of my life. A throne to our guru is a space we dedicate to keep him close to us and also to create a ‘waiting’ place for him to enter our lives again and visit. It signifies that we are waiting for him. There is also a special throne to Dorje Shugden when he takes trance of an oracle monk which symbolizes we wish Dorje Shugden to be here always and for his oracles to visit. Last but not least, in Wisdom Hall we also have a peaceful statue of Dorje Shugden in His youthful and peaceful form filled with mantras, relics and holy items. This incredible statue of Dorje Shugden is 24 feet (7.3 meters) in height and the largest in the world. He is surrounded with His complete entourage of 32 assistants including the 9 Dakini Mothers, 8 Guiding Monks and 10 Youthful and Wrathful Attendants, together with Kache Marpo and Setrap. This is the largest Dorje Shugden statue in the world. We have many dedicated people who have received much benefits from Dorje Shugden’s assistance and have gained great faith in Him, so they gathered together to create this statue. This statue serves to be a light, hope, blessing, inspiration and merit field for all those who come to receive the blessings of Shugden.
Today and immediately after we took these pictures of Dorje Shugden within Wisdom Hall for the first time, without rain, a huge and massive complete rainbow appeared immediately over the whole of Kechara Forest Retreat which lasted 30 minutes. It was auspicious. I took this as a good omen.
Please enjoy the pictures as this is the first time I am publishing the holy images of Dorje Shugden in Kechara.
Dorje Shugden has been practiced for four hundred years by so many accomplished and eminent teachers of Tibet, China, India, Mongolia and Nepal. The Sakyas and Gelugs have many written works on his rituals, practice and rites. Many highly accomplished Sakya and Gelug masters have composed special prayers and rituals associated with Dorje Shugden. Even my previous incarnations practiced Dorje Shugden. I myself have a very strong and natural attraction to this great protector since young and especially after H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche explained the benefits of this practice. Zong Rinpoche was such a high level accomplished master who among his vast knowledge of Sutra and Tantra focused primarily on Dorje Shugden as his protector until his passing at 81.
Video of the auspicious rainbow!
The 8 Guiding Monks, 9 Mothers and 10 Youthful and Wrathful assistants just arrived the other day. We have completed painting them. They are done very well. We have many talented in-house artists in Kechara. We have offered these beautiful entourage statues on the Dorje Shugden shrine in Wisdom Hall. They are the assistants of Dorje Shugden.
The 8 Guiding Monks assist for the dharma to grow and understanding of the mind training teachings (Lojong) to be established. They bless the establishment to have sangha grow and holding of three sets of vows (Pratimoksha, Bodhicitta and Tantric). Of the 9 Mothers, five bless each of our senses (sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch) and remaining four for controlling the elements (earth, air, water, fire) within our external environment and internally within our bodies. They also confer blessings to achieve tantric attainments. They give auspicious signs and omens along the way to encourage our practices. The 10 Youthful and Wrathful Assistants function to assist Dorje Shugden in tasks to remove obstacles in samsara for practitioners. They come from China, Tibet, Mongolia, Kashmir, India, Nepal, etc. They travel the formless, desire and form realms at the speed of thought. They have their functions but are also dispatched by Dorje Shugden to assist in various jobs.
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