A New Years Surprise for a Beautiful Mother

11 May 2009 - 7:38am Comments Off

Tsongkhapa looks very happy


A NEW YEAR BEGINS – 2008 and our first agenda for this first day of the year was to sneak into our dearest pink friend Jamie Khoo aka Paris parent’s home to prepare a beautiful surprise gift for her beautiful mother. What better way to usher in the New Year than with a 3-foot Lama Tsongkhapa!!!

Come on Lama Tsongkhapa lets go

All set and ready to go

Altar Boys

With the help of the kind, accommodating and enthusiastic KSA crew, Paris spent the next week plotting on how to bring Lama Tsongkhapa in and how to keep everyone out of the house so we would have time to help with the whole set up.

Altar Girls

As soon as we got the sms that the coast was CLEAR, we dashed off to Paris house with Lama Tsongkhapa. As soon as we opened the gate, their five dogs started going frantic, barking at us because we were obviously strangers. But they turned friendly very quickly as soon as they sense we were here for a good cause :) hahaha! They were also very cute, harmless doggies and joined in the fun with us as we were setting up.

Is he for me?

Throughout the afternoon, JJ texted Paris to and fro getting bits and pieces of information on where trays and offering items were . We cleaned the altar, moved the existing 3 foot statue of Mother Tara to her new, temporary home on a day bed, placed the offerings and flowers and before we knew it, they were on their way home! We hurriedly dashed upstairs trying to find a spot to hide and watch, and film the surprise all at the same time.

Mummy this is how you put his hat on

Paris opened the door first and walked in. Her mum came in behind her curiously looking and wondering why her dog Toby, who was supposed to be outside, was now inside the house. Next, she saw the lighted candles at the altar and was quite sure she did not leave the house looking like that before she left. Before she could blink we jumped out and gave her a SURPRISEEEEEE!!! It was one of the most fun ways we’ve ever experienced inviting a Buddha home for someone.

Paris’s mum, Jennifer was shocked and shed a few tears when she saw Lama Tsongkhapa. She just couldn’t believe we could sneak into her house, by pass 5 dogs to do all the set up. She told us while we had lunch that Paris had skillfully told her mother she had bought lots of offering stuff to drop off to her friend’s house later that day, and that every time she looked at Tsongkhapa, she feels like crying. So after lunch it started to rain and we did a short Guru Yoga prayer and Black Tea offering to Setrap. Paris’s dad also joined in and chanted Theravadan Metta prayers in Pali. We all did a beautiful Vajrayana and Theravadan dedication together to seal the auspicious day’s event. Now Jennifer is thinking of getting a big Setrap to complete the dynamics….!

Offering the first khata to Tsongkhapa

Offering light to Tsongkhapa... may we have your wisdom

Offering water...

I'm so happy

Dedication with whole family

Prayer time...

Group Shot... thanx James

Group Shot 2

With the help of the kind, accommodating and enthusiastic KSA crew, Paris spent the next week plotting on how to bring Lama Tsongkhapa in and how to keep everyone out of the house so we would have time to help with the whole set up.

This idea was inspired by our kind and skillful Lama, Tsem Rinpoche on the night after Southern Jewel Chapel’s opening in Batu Pahat. Rinpoche was having dinner with the events’ helpers and casually talking to Paris about her mother. As Paris happily shared the news that her mother would like to start doing Tsongkhapa and Setrap practice, the subject went on to, “Why not get a Lama Tsongkhapa statue for your mum!!” (we apologise if this wasn’t exactly the words Rinpoche used). The next thing we knew, we were at Kechara Paradise choosing a 3ft Lama Tsongkhapa to be invited as a surprise on the 1st day of 2008!





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