3rd Malaysia Kagyu Monlam 2010, Kuala Lumpur


Date : 7th to 9th May 2010
Venue : Kuala Lumpur & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall
No. 1, Jalan Maharajalela,
50150 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tel: (603) 22746645
Presiding Master : The Very Venerable Kenchen Thrangu Rinpoche
Objective : Kagyu Monlam is an auspicious event in which participants pray for the continued propagation of Buddhism, world peace and the well being of all sentient beings. The International Kagyu Monlam is held annually at the sacred site of Bodhgaya, India, at the Grand Stupa under the Mahabodhi tree, where Lord Buddha attained Enlightenment.It is His Holiness the 17th Karmapa’s wish that Kagyu Monlam shall be held in many countries other than India to benefit more people. This will be the 3rd Kagyu Monlam to be held in the capital city of Malaysia. It is our sincere hope that you and your loved ones will take part this time.
Participants : Lay people are encouraged to take part in this 3-day event. All participants are strongly advised to take only vegetarian food during the event and if desired, to take the Sojong Vow. Those interested are requested to contact us via our website.


Thrangu Dharma Society Petaling Jaya

Address: 29, Jalan 12/21A,
46200 Petaling Jaya,
03-7958 8548
03-7954 1402
Contact Persons:

Lama Lodro
Lim Shu Yun
John Leong
Andy Wong
Susan Wong
Howard Chiam
Co-Organisers :
United Karma Kagyu Federation Members:-. Karma Kagyu Dharma Society Negri Sembilan
– Contact: Mr. Wong Khian Woon ( +60123926408). Persatuan Agama Buddha OM Ah Hum Johor Bharu
– Contact: Mr. Wong Tuck Loke (+6019-7776315), Mr. Danny Sim (07-7726515 – Office). Karma Kagyu Buddhist Society Johor Bharu
– Contact: Mr. Tan Sing Kim (+6012-7980639)

. Karma Kamthsang Ling Johor Bahru
– Contact: Mr. A. K. Tai (+6013-7211363)

. Karma Kagyu Society Malacca
– Contact: Ms. Gladys Loh (+6012-6800999)

. Karma Kagyu Dharma Society Ipoh
– Contact: Ms Chow Mun Lan (+6012-5182288)

. Karma Kagyu Dharma Centre Kluang
– Contact: Mr. Yong Sin Yen (+6012-7791179)

. Karma Kagyu (Vajarayana) Muar
– Contact: Mr. Wong Thin Mun (06-9757422), Ms May (06-9757422)

. Drophen Jang Chub Buddhism Followers Society Kuching
– Contact: Ms. Alice Lim (+6019-8876613)

. Karma Kagyu Dharma Society Miri
– Contact: Mr. Goh (+6019-8841001)

Updates :
The organiser will continuously update participants on the event and the registration details such as fees, accommodation and etc.

If you would like to download a copy of this programme, please click here.


Namo Buddha Retreat

The Namo Buddha Retreat is a short noviciate program of around 5 days to give an opportunity for laymen to practise Buddha Dharma. Short noviciate program is unheard of in Vajrayana Buddhism although it is common in the Thai Tradition of Theravada Buddhism. In 1998 a group of 5 lay Buddhist made a request to the Very Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche for permission to take the basic precepts of a Buddhists. Rinpoche gave this group of 5 lay Buddhist the precepts to keep. As a reminder to them to keep their vows, Rinpoche allowed them to be tonsured and take the Vajrayana robes. The first retreat took place in Namo Buddha a hill lock below the towering Himalayan Range and that was how the noviciate program got its name.

The Retreat had continued unbroken for the past 11 years and lay practitioners throughout Asia, America and Europe have joined the Retreat.  Many had the opportunity to sit quietly and keep their precepts and practise their prayers and recitation of the sublime words of the Lord Buddha with no interruptions from their daily lives. It is a short retreat indeed and what benefit can one derive from it? “Keeping the vows before the Buddha and Bodhisattavas even for 1 day from sunrise to sunrise without breaking the precepts will close the three (3) lower realms in this life time.”

The story of the Arahat Katayana and the Female Preta (Hungry Ghost) is often told to emphasise the importance of keeping even one (1) vow. In the previous live time as a human, the Preta was a butcher who slaughter animals for a living. She met a spiritual master who explained to her the cause and effect of killing. Very upset and not willing to give up her livelihood, the woman made a vow that at night she will not butcher any animals. She kept her vows faithfully.

She died and became a preta. In the night the Preta does not appear to be a preta at all, she was a beautiful lady living in a  fabulous palace, when dawn was about to break she told Katayana to go away. Her palace became a burning house and she was tormented suffered at the negative karma created by her. When dusk came, the burning house became the fabulous palace again and the preta became a beautiful woman again.

To take even one vow and keeping it for the rest of our lives is so beneficial. (Ref: The Gem Ornament of Manifold Oral Instructions – H.E. Kalu Rinpoche).

For the first time the 12th Namo Buddha Retreat 2009 will be held in Malaysia at the Seremban Karma Kagyu Monastery. This was at the instructions of Rinpoche and the objective is to give an opportunity to all Buddhists to keep their vows during the duration of the retreat.

To do a little good is better than doing no good – The Very Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche 

During the Retreat participants are expected to observe and will be administered daily by the Retreat Master the Sojong Vows (8 Precepts) as follows:-

  1. I shall not kill;
  2. I shall avoid all sexual activities;
  3. I shall not lie;
  4. I shall completely abandon intoxicants (includes cigarettes and other toxic substances, except for medicinal purposes);
  5. I shall not sit on high and luxurious seats;
  6. I shall not take food at wrong times (no solid food after lunch time till sunrise);
  7. I shall not use perfume or wear ornament/jewellery (watches are allowed but avoid glaring or ornamental types);
  8. I shall not sing or dance (include telling jokes).

Records of previous Retreats:-

Year Retreat Venue Saddhana
1998 1st Namo Buddha, Kathmandu, Nepal Mahamudra
1999 2nd Namo Buddha, Kathmandu, Nepal Vajrakilaya
2000 3rd Namo Buddha, Kathmandu, Nepal White Tara
2001 4th Vajra Vidya Institute, Varanasi, India Manjushri
2002 5th Vajra Vidya Institute, Varanasi, India 4 Arm Chenrezig
2003 6th Vajra Vidya Institute, Varanasi, India Medicine Buddha
2004 7th Vajra Vidya Institute, Varanasi, India Guru Rinpoche
2005 8th Namo Buddha, Kathmandu, Nepal Vajrasattva
2005/06 9th Namo Buddha, Kathmandu, Nepal White Tara
2007 10th Namo Buddha, Kathmandu, Nepal Amitabha / Phowa
2008 11th Namo Buddha, Kathmandu, Nepal 1000 Eyes 1000 Arms Chenrezig

In the event you think you have the inclination to partake in this retreat, we welcome you and please refer to our accompanying notice recently sent to members for all details:-

12th Namo Buddha Retreat 2009

Dear Dharma Brothers/ Sisters and all UKKF Centres,

I refer to our TDSPJ newsletter in conjunction with this year’s Ullambana Festival, in particular, under Special Announcements and my e-mails dated 7/8/09 and 20/8/09, TDSPJ and Seremban Karma Kagyu Society are pleased to announce the 12th Namo Buddha Retreat is confirmed as follows:-

Dates : 13th – 17th Nov. 2009 (please see notice below)
Venue : Thrangu Dharma Society Petaling Jaya
Fee : RM500 per participant
Text : Red Chenrezig
Pax : Limited to 100 participants on “first come first serve basis”. Those interested can now register your name with the organising chairman.


Updated on 12 Nov. 2009 – Please be informed the venue has been changed to Thrangu Dharma Society. We apologise for the short notice.

Updated on 6 Nov. 2009 – Please be informed the Retreat is brought forward from 25th – 29th Nov to13th – 17th Nov 2009 under the advice of VV Thrangu Rinpoche.

Please be further informed The VV Thrangu Rinpoche will be giving the Red Chenrezig Empowerment to all disciples at the Centre on 13th and 14th at 8pm.


Please be advised the retreat fees covers food, lodging, text, Ganachakra (food offerings), air fares for Rinpoche and attendant, ang pows to Rinpoche and members of attending Sangha and usage of the monastery during the retreat. However, for new participants who wish to tonsure and to wear the robes will have to purchase the robes separately. The robes will be made available by the committee at an estimated cost of about RM150.00.  All participants are required to check in at the monastery on 24/11/09 by 12 noon to enable the organising committee to arrange for hair cutting ceremony, briefings for all participants and how to wear the robes. Meals and beverages will be provided on 24/11/09.

Please be informed H.E Thrangu Rinpoche advised all devotees who wish to join this retreat to start and to complete 10,000 times of each section of the Concise Four Foundations Practice (Ngondro) (short text) written by HH the 17th Karmapa before joining the retreat.

In this connection, TDSPJ conducts Ngondro Practices every Friday evening at 8.30pm (short text) and Sunday at 8am (full text) for those who are interested to perform the Ngondro Practice. Further, specifically for this retreat, Seremban Karma Kagyu Society is organising a 1 day sojourn at the Seremban monastery on 13/9/09 (Sunday) to be conducted by Khenpo Losal. Those interested kindly contact any of the committee members of Seremban KK Society for further particulars.

Those interested to join the retreat, kindly forward your name to the organising chairman (John Leong) by e-mail at sothilee@tm.net.my or johnleong@thrangumy.com or for further clarifications by phone 017-8716993. When making reservations please indicate the following :-

1.  Shaving hair (wearing robes) or ordinary participant
2.  Male or female
3.  Size (S/M/L or extra large (for robes)


Khempo Loesel and the monks will perform a 3 days puja called SHEL NYING DU DOK. This puja involves the continuous chanting of the Heart Sutra which is the essence of Prajna Paramitra Sutra.

This special puja will rid the sponsors of harmful forces and elements thus removing the karmic obstacles. The Heart Sutra holds a special position in the whole spectrum of sutras. Regular chanting increases our wisdom (prajna) and understanding of emptiness.

Sponsors for this puja are requested to put the items stated below into a small ” red packet ” and hand it to the center by Friday 18/9/09.


Puja : SHEL NYING DU DOK – Heart Sutra
Period : Sat 19/9/09 to Mon 21/9/09
Time : Morning Session – 10am to 11.30 am
Afternoon Session – 1.30pm to 4.30pm
Sponsorship : RM 30 / name

Requirement :

  1. a little of cut finger/toe nails
  2. some strands of your hair
  3. small fabric ( approx 2inX2in ) from your old cloth
  4. a copper coin
  5. small quantity of grains

Monastery Building Project – The Beginning

Thrangu Dharma Society Petaling Jaya has acquired a parcel of land measuring 15,000 sq ft in Damansara Perdana. The land is earmark to be used for religious purposes.

We had paid the land premium and are waiting for the authorities to issue the document of title. The Building Committee of TDSPJ has drawn the architectural plan for the future Monastery of TDSPJ. This Monastery will serve the community in Damansara Perdana and the surrounding area.

We are currently in the process of appointing architect to plan the submission of the new Monastery ad we are starting to launch a fund raising for the  New Thrangu Monastery. Our Building Project is called  ”Monastery Building Project”.

We appeal to your kind support in helping us to make this project a reality. Kindly make your payments to

Thrangu Dharma Society, Petaling Jaya
Public Bank account no: 3078971230

Click here to view a pdf file (1.57mb) with the location of the Monastery.

The president explaining the location of the new monastery to Thrangu Rinpoche. From left to right, John Fam (President), Very Verenerable Thrangu Rinpoche, Lim Shu Yun (Vice President) and Lodro Nyingma Rinpoche. Standing behind is Jason Ong (New Monastery Chairman).

thrangumy.com launched

We are pleased to announce the launching of our website on Merdeka Day, 31st August 2009.

This website is dedicated to the propagation of Vajrayana Buddhism. Through this website we hope to inform visitors of our activities in a timely manner.

We invite you to take a tour of our website. Any enquires and suggestions are most welcome.