Remembering others’ kindness

21 March 2011 - 12:28am Comments Off

Qing Ming Jie, sometimes known as Tomb Sweeping Day, always falls in the springtime of each year. It is at this time of the year that traditional Chinese customs dedicate time to go outside, enjoy the greenery and to pay respects to our departed loved ones.

Ordinarily, families gather at grave-sites to offer food and incense. They may also spend a small fortune on replica worldly possessions such as paper money, cars and houses, to burn in the hope that our loved ones may lead comfortable afterlives.

In traditional ceremonies, hell money and other paper offerings are burned in the belief that the deceased can use them in their afterlives

For those unfamiliar, it may seem that the traditions are little more than burning money. However, due to our karmic connection with our loved ones, we are very much able to make an impact on their rebirths and afterlives…after all, we had the karma to be reborn in the same family as them, and to affect their present or past lives, so why not have the karma to affect their future lives too?

So even if you are away from home this year, Kechara House are bringing you the opportunity to participate in a way that will bring real benefit to your deceased loved ones and yourself.

Spend time praying, offering incense, water, food or even pearls to an enlightened Being such as Dharmapala Setrap or Medicine Buddha. Do all this in remembrance of your loved ones’ kindness and dedicate the merits from your prayers to them; give the gift of real protection to your loved ones and to yourself. This would be by far, much more beneficial.

This is Qing Ming with a difference.

DATE 26 March 2011
TIMES:

  • Setrap Puja (Chinese; 10am to 12pm)
  • Medicine Buddha Puja (English; 3pm to 5pm) – holy mani pills will be distributed during this puja
  • Setrap Puja (English; 8pm to 10pm)

VENUE Kechara House gompa

Between Wednesday 23 March and Saturday 26 March, there will also be facilities in Kechara House to enable you to offer candles, flowers or incense in memory of your loved ones.

If you are unable to join us, consider sponsoring a puja chanter who will be reciting mantras continuously throughout the day. Sponsorship is RM1000 per chanter and alongside the gift of immeasurable merit, the sponsor will also receive a blessed mala, mani pills in a stupa and pearls.

The day after Qing Ming will be followed by an animal liberation in the Taman Tun Park, located in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. Animal liberation events create the causes for us to receive a long life and, in the case of the deceased, a good rebirth. Therefore releasing beings from suffering is very much an auspicious event for Qing Ming.

DATE 27 March 2011
TIME 10am
VENUE Taman Tun Park, Taman Tun Dr Ismail

For further information on the Qing Ming events, please contact Jayce Goh (+6012 738 8020). Remember, if you are unable to attend the puja in person, then register ahead of time for offerings and pujas to be made on your behalf and dedicated to your loved ones.

Contact care@kechara.com to make arrangements online for sponsored pujas and other offerings, or visit VajraSecrets to make an offering of pearls, pujas or candles.

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