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Participants at the first annual Sanghata Sutra retreat, Rinchen Jangsem Ling, Triang, Malaysia, March 2014. Photo courtesy of Rinchen Jangsem Ling.

Participants at the first annual Sanghata Sutra retreat, Rinchen Jangsem Ling, Triang, Malaysia, March 2014. Photo courtesy of Rinchen Jangsem Ling.

Selina Foong, director of Rinchen Jangsem Ling in Triang, Malaysia, reports on the virtuous activities the center engaged in during the Day of Miracles weekend, March 15-16:

There are so many projects in the pipeline at Rinchen Jangsem Ling Retreat Centre (RJL) that it was really no surprise when Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche advised us to do various practices in order to clear obstacles and accumulate enough merit in order to actualize them all! Included in the list was to read the Sanghata Sutra at the center itself, which would be “very, very powerful.” The only thing was that many RJL members and supporters do not actually live in Triang, which is approximately two-and-a-half hours’ drive from Kuala Lumpur, the nation’s capital. Good thing then that the Day of Miracles happened to fall on a Sunday this year – giving us the perfect time to put an intensive weekend of Sanghata Sutra reading into action.

In the end, we were overjoyed to not only achieve reading the sutra, but much more than we had ever dared to imagine (and all on a weekend when karmic merits were multiplied by 100 million times!) 

With strong participation and an enthusiastic response, we were able to offer to Rinpoche a total of 58 complete recitations of the Sanghata Sutra; two complete hand-written copies of the Sanghata Sutra; 16 complete recitations of the Golden Light Sutra as recommended by Rinpoche for flight MH370; one Medicine Buddha puja also as recommended by Rinpoche for flight MH370; the liberation of fish procured from the local market; the hanging of prayer flags on our new flagpoles; the consecration of a beautiful gilded Buddha statue under our bodhi tree by Geshe Tsundu, resident teacher of Losang Dragpa Centre; and the sponsorship of the recitation of 100,000 Buddha Names by Tsawa Khangtsen in Sera Je Monsatery. 

A very productive weekend it was! We are all so thrilled with how this inaugural Sanghata Sutra retreat went that we are now keen to make it an annual RJL event during the Losar period!

Participants at the first annual Sanghata Sutra retreat with Geshe Tsundu, Rinchen Jangsem Ling, Trian Malaysia, March 2014. Photo courtesy of Rinchen Jangsem Ling.

Geshe Tsundu consecrated gilded Buddha statue with Sanghata Sutra retreat participants, Rinchen Jangsem Ling, Triang Malaysia, March 2014. Photo courtesy of Rinchen Jangsem Ling.

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