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Vajrayogini Self Initiation + Ruchok Purification Puja

September 24, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Join us on Sunday, 24th September 2023 for a special purification ritual for hair and bones. Ruchok can be performed for both humans and animals, whether they are alive or have passed away. During the ceremony, the hair of the living and the ashes/bones of the deceased are blessed and “transformed” into Vajrayogini.

Upon completion of this sacred ritual, these consecrated remains will be mixed with other holy items, and made into tsatsas. These special tsatsas will then be inserted into holy Buddha statues that will be installed at Kechara Forest Retreat in the future.

The Vajrayogini self-initiation ceremony will also be performed during the puja. This complex, elaborate ritual has great significance for both initiates and non-initiates. 

For the uninitiated, participating in the Vajrayogini self-initiation creates the causes for us to receive Vajrayogini’s practice in the future. For the initiated, the ceremony mends and reaffirms our vows taken previously, and purifies downfalls that could prevent us from gaining attainments from our practice.

Event Details

The puja will be conducted by visiting Sangha from Shar Gaden, Serpom, Phelgyeling and Segyu monasteries, alongside high lamas and esteemed geshes.

Ruchok is a purification ritual to bless the hair and bones of humans/animals and transform them into Vajrayogini.

Benefits for sponsors and attendees

  • Blesses the hair of the living
  • Consecrates the ashes/bones of the deceased
  • Can be done for humans + animals
  • Transforms ordinary remains into Vajrayogini’s “body”
  • Repairs broken vows and commitments
  • Purifies downfalls preventing spiritual attainments
  • Strengthens the relationship with our spiritual guide
  • Creates the causes to receive Vajrayogini’s practice
  • Creates the causes to ascend to Vajrayogini’s paradise
  • Ruchok tsatsas will be inserted into holy Buddha statues in Kechara Forest Retreat

How to join

Admission to the puja is free and everyone is welcome. To ensure we have enough seating for all guests, please RSVP your attendance here.

Besides attending in person, you are encouraged to submit any of the following items at Kechara House, Petaling Jaya or Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong by Sep 21 (Thu).

  • Hair from the crown of the head (for the living)
  • Bones or ashes (for the deceased)
  • Fur or feathers of your pets

If you are making a submission, please see the important notes below.

Blessed ruchok remains will be made into tsatsas and inserted into holy Buddha statues that will be installed at Kechara Forest Retreat in the future.

How to contribute

We seek your kind sponsorship to cover the costs of this and other pujas held in conjunction with Tsem Rinpoche’s 4th Parinirvana Anniversary.

  • Ordinary sponsor: RM30
  • Special sponsor: RM150
  • Bronze sponsor: RM300
  • Silver sponsor: RM750
  • Gold sponsor: RM1,500
  • Diamond sponsor: RM3,000
  • Grand sponsor: RM5,000

Most pujas will be performed in Kechara Forest Retreat from late August to mid-October 2023. Your donation will help us with the cost of:

  • Puja offerings
  • Ritual substances
  • Food and travel for visiting Sangha
  • Temple upkeep and overheads

Donate online to the Tsem Rinpoche Parinirvana Anniversary Fund at or WhatsApp us at Any amount is welcome and deeply appreciated.

If you are attending in person, you can offer kuyong (a token monetary offering) to the Sangha who will be conducting the puja.

Important Notes

  • Items from each person or pet should be submitted in individual Ziploc bags (one bag per item)
  • Only a tiny amount of hair/ash/bone is required
  • Label each bag with the name of the person/animal to whom it belongs
  • Indicate if the item belongs to a person or animal
  • Indicate if the item belongs to a living or deceased being
  • Indicate your name and phone number in case we need to contact you
  • The items you submit will not be returned to you. After the puja, they will be made into tsatsas and inserted into holy Buddha statues that will be installed at Kechara Forest Retreat in the future.

Vajrayogini is the supreme embodiment of wisdom and compassion. Wrathful and loving, she personifies the strength of a divine mother’s love to give swiftly and unconditionally whatever we need.

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September 24, 2023
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Kechara Forest Retreat
Lot 3189 Jalan Chamang
Bentong, Pahang 28700 Malaysia
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