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The Star’s Special Issue & Interview with Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche : The History of Auspicious Cave and Vajrayana Stupa At The Ipoh Kong Ngee Ngiam Cave Temple, Malaysia

May 3, 2010

 

The Cave Temple and Stupa at Ipoh: Source: the Star- 24 april 2010

The Cave Temple and Stupa at Ipoh: Source: the Star- 24 april 2010

This is one of the special weekend issue report that was published in one of the English print newspaper in Malaysia, The Stars. The journalist who had written this article had conducted the interview with Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche who visited Malaysia lately and also other disciple of the Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche.

Rinpoche had revealed the connection of this auspicious cave in Ipoh where Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche had visited and had his retreat for many times since year 1970. Also, the first vajrayana stupa had been built here by Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche in year 1972.

This cave is also eventually became the key place that had showed the clue of the whereabouts of the Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche’s reincarnation. According to the Chokyi Nyima Ripoche in this interview.

Here is the full story of the special The Stars (24 April 2010)issue report written by
Mr By Revathi Murugappan, The Stars (24 April 2010)

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Exciting times
By Revathi Murugappan
The Stars, 24 April 2010

Excitement has been brewing over a new discovery in a limestone cave in Ipoh.

For centuries, caves or the underground have been used as people’s living quarters and hideouts, especially during wars. But in Asia, caves are often the sanctuary of choice for Buddhist monks, Hindu priests and yogis who want to worship and meditate.

Perak is a veritable treasure trove of caves and probably houses the largest number of cave temples in the country, some of which are still inhabited by monks.

Unknown to many, and hidden amidst the overgrown swordgrass that surrounds the limestones of Gunung Rapat in Ipoh, is a stupa that was built and consecrated by Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche in 1972. Its history is hazy but the stupa, adjacent to a cave, is believed to be the first one built in Malaysia in the Vajrayana tradition.

Vajrayana Buddhism is considered the oldest surviving school of Tibetan Buddhism and has thousands of followers locally. The cave, popularly known as Ipoh Cave or the Ipoh Kong Ngee Ngiam Cave Temple, was not accessible to the public until recently when one eager devotee decided to dig deeper to discover how the Vajrayana tradition arrived in Malaysia.

Music teacher Anne Saw, 45, along with other devotees, were cleaning up the place when they stumbled upon a rusty old gate. It was the original entrance to the cave temple. Saw then researched the place, hunted down old disciples and made notes.
Yes, three caretaker monks have lived there for the past 30 years, leaving the premises only to buy groceries or go on retreats. I was privileged to be taken on a tour a fortnight ago by the enthusiastic Saw and was awestruck by the interior.

One of the caretakers, only known as Fong, let us in. It was huge and cool inside, with many bookshelves, figurines of the Buddha and lighted oil lamps. It was a calming space. Some of the walls had been painted white, and young students had done impressive colour paintings on the roof. Go deeper in and you’ll find bat droppings, damp limestone and even lower temperatures.

ccording to one of Tulku Urgyen’s old disciples, Yeow Yow Kit, 68, the lama used to come here frequently to meditate. He loved the place for some reason and felt a strong connection, staying a few months at a time.

The cave temple was founded by a Chinese Mahayana monk, Rev Seng Chun from Foo Chow, China before World War II. In those years, it was a retreat for serious Buddhist practitioners, especially nuns. During the communist insurgency, the monks and nuns were told to leave,” recalled Yeow, 68.

Then in the early 1960s, Yeow said, a local monk named Rev Yuen Thong took up residence. He improved the living conditions and was instrumental in propagating Buddhist activities in Ipoh. Then, in 1971, he invited Tulku Urgyen to Ipoh. Tulku accepted and came with an attendant who spoke a bit of Malay. They took a train from Kathmandu to Bangkok, and then on to Ipoh and found their way to the cave.

“Despite the language and cultural disadvantages, the Buddhist seeds were planted through the activities in the cave, and subsequently this brought about more visitations from other lamas,” Yeow said

“Apparently, whenever Tulku Urgyen met Malaysians, he would ask: Have you been to Ipoh Cave?”

He was so inspired that he also wrote a lot of preliminary text in this cave and took them back to be translated into English. Western disciples then expanded on it.”

In 1981, Tulku Urgyen and his eldest son, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, embarked on their first world tour to spread Buddhist teachings. Along the way, they stopped at Ipoh Cave, where like his father, Choyki Nyima felt an immediate connection.

“The cave has good feng shui because many holy teachers meditated and gave initiation there. I can feel the power, blessings and positive energy emanating from the place,” said Chokyi Nyima, now abbot of the Ka-Nying Shedrub Monastery in Nepal. Chokyi Nyima, 59, is in town for a series of lectures

The cave was unfortunately neglected when Tulku Urgyen passed away in 1996. However, restoration works are now being planned by devotees. To invoke the blessings of the stupa, Choyki Nyima will conduct a one-day meditation at the cave. Until restoration is carried out, Saw says the public may only visit the cave during special events

“Strangely, after Tulku Urgyen died, the monastery people couldn’t find his reincarnation although they searched everywhere. He left no clues. Usually, the reincarnation is found in three or four years. Then one lama suggested visiting all the caves he had gone to, and right after the group visited Ipoh Cave in 2005, they got word that the reincarnation was found somewhere in Nepal. He was nine years old.”

Since then, Chokyi Nyima has been coming here regularly, albeit quietly, to meditate and conduct prayer sessions. He was born in Tibet and at 18 months was identified as the seventh reincarnation of the Drikung Kagyu Lama

The eight-year-old and his family fled to Nepal when the Chinese invaded Tibet in 1959. Since then, he has studied in monasteries and schools in India and Nepal.

“I just know my path is the right one and don’t think too much about it. I go on teaching and preaching in universities all over the world but I have no degree!” joked ChokyiNyima who founded the Rangjung Yeshe Institute for Buddhist Studies in Nepa

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Note: for the previous article that describe the brief history of the first holy Vajrayana Stupa and at Kong Chee Name Cave Temple (炽光岩洞):

Latest Photos of The First Holy Vajrayana Stupa in Malaysia : The great wish for World Peace stupa at Kong Chee Name Cave Temple , Ipoh.

Early picture of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche in the Ipoh Cave

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Vajrayana path in Thailand….Glimpse of the past…

January 26, 2010

Bu Jing Master,  the fisrt abort of Wat Bhoman in the  late 40

Bu Jing Master, the first abbot of Wat Bhoman in the late 40

The photo of Bu Jing master at the Wat Bhoman, Bangkok, Thailand

The photo of Bu Jing master at the Wat Bhoman, Bangkok, Thailand

There are many monasteries that are located in Thailand. Mostly are connected to the Buddhist tradition of Theravada and Mahayana, also the Vajrayana(Tibetan Buddhism) .

The very rare one are those connected to the Vajrayana tradition. It has been constructed since mid year 1940 by Chinese monk. Master Bu Jing who was originated from China and acted as the chief abbot. He was originated from China and disciple to/ related to the Nora Rinpoche of the Riwoche Lineage.

These monasteries are currently still base in Bangkok (Wat Bhoman Khunaram) and Kanchanaburi (Wat Bu Ren). According to the disciple of the Master Bu Jing, these monasteries used to practice both the traditions of Mahayana & Vajrayana.

You may take a close look of the Wat Bhoman Khunaram situated on Sathu Pradit Road, Bangkok, Thailand. Please click here to see the beautiful photos slides of Wat Bhoman: Read:

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“It is widely known and often referred to as the most beautiful and splendid Chinese temple in Thailand and even in entire Southeast Asia. The elaborate artistic value of Buddhism arts in this temple is a magnificent hybrid between Thai, Chinese, and Tibetan styles”

Photos of Wat Bhoman Khunaram situated on Sathu Pradit Road, Bangkok, Thailand

Chinese signboard of  Wat Bhoman

Chinese signboard of Wat Bhoman

Main entrance of  Wat Bhoman

Main entrance of Wat Bhoman

The  Vajrayana style stupa located  at the  Wat Bhoman

The Vajrayana style stupa located at the Wat Bhoman

Guru Rinpoche statue located at the entrance of  Wat Bhoman

Guru Rinpoche statue located at the entrance of Wat Bhoman

The  masters related to Riwoche Lineage

The masters related to Riwoche Lineage

The photos of the Wat Bu Ren, Kanchanaburi, Thailand

The main entrance of the Wat Pu Ren

The main entrance of the Wat Pu Ren

The signboard of the Wat Pu Ren (in Chinese, Tibetan and Thai characters)

The signboard of the Wat Pu Ren (in Chinese, Tibetan and Thai characters)

The statue of Giuru Rinpoche  located at the Wat Pu Ren

The statue of Giuru Rinpoche located at the Wat Pu Ren

Beautiful Vajrayana style stupa located inside the Wat Pu Ren

Beautiful Vajrayana style stupa located inside the Wat Pu Ren

More information of the Wat Bhoman, Master Bu Jin can be found here.
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Latest Photos of The First Holy Vajrayana Stupa in Malaysia : The great wish for World Peace stupa at Kong Chee Name Cave Temple , Ipoh.

October 20, 2009
The first holy Vajrayana Stupa  at Kong Chee Name Cave Temple (炽光岩洞) : Souce: Shenpen Lamo Ng, 17 October 2009

The main entrance of the Kong Chee Name Cave Temple (炽光岩洞) at Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia : Souce: Shenpen Lamo Ng, 17 October 2009

The First Holy Vajrayana Stupa in Malaysia : The great wish for World Peace stupa at Kong Chee Name Cave Temple, Ipoh.(Souce: Shenpen Lamo Ng, 17 October 2009)

The First Holy Vajrayana Stupa in Malaysia : The great wish for World Peace stupa at Kong Chee Name Cave Temple, Ipoh.(Souce: Shenpen Lamo Ng, 17 October 2009)

The side view of the first holy Vajrayana Stupa  at Kong Chee Name Cave Temple (炽光岩洞) : Souce: Shenpen Lamo Ng, 17 October 2009

The side view of the first holy Vajrayana Stupa at Kong Chee Name Cave Temple (炽光岩洞) : Souce: Shenpen Lamo Ng, 17 October 2009

The shrine inside the auspiciuos temple cave .Source: Photo taken by Shenpen Lamo Ng, 18 Oct 2009

The shrine inside the auspiciuos temple cave .Source: Photo taken by Shenpen Lamo Ng, 18 Oct 2009

The devoted vajrayana practitioners who conducted their  2 days retreat inside the Kong Chee Name Cave Temple (炽光岩洞). Source: Photo taken by Shenpen Lamo Ng, 18 Oct 2009

The devoted vajrayana practitioners who conducted their 2 days retreat inside the Kong Chee Name Cave Temple (炽光岩洞). Source: Photo taken by Shenpen Lamo Ng, 18 Oct 2009

The devoted vajrayana practitioners who conducted their  2 days retreat inside the Kong Chee Name Cave Temple (炽光岩洞). Source: Photo taken by Shenpen Lamo Ng, 18 Oct 2009

The devoted vajrayana practitioners who conducted their 2 days retreat inside the Kong Chee Name Cave Temple (炽光岩洞). Source: Photo taken by Shenpen Lamo Ng, 18 Oct 2009

 

After the posting of the last article on the 3 Sept 2009 about the brief history of the first holy Vajrayana Stupa and  Kong Chee Name Cave Temple (炽光岩洞)that is situated in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia : (https://trinleychodron.wordpress.com/2009/09/03/the-first-holy-vajrayana-stupa-in-malaysia-the-great-wish-for-world-peace-stupa-at-kong-chee-name-cave-temple-ipoh/) It has attracted more vajrayana practitioners came to know about the history of Vajrayana Buddhism activities in Malaysia, the fist holy Vajrayana Stupa and also this auspicious temple cave .

 In result of it, there are another group of practitioners who  again visited the temple cave and conducted their own  two days retreat inside the cave with deep devotion and aspiration on the 17-18 October 2009. Puja, prayers and meditation session was conducted there. The group  members who came there with their  deep motivation & aspiration of  wishing all sentient beings are able being liberated from roots of sufferings and gain true happiness.  May the blessings of all high lama who had meditated & blessed there will  grant their blessings to these nobles wishes of the group.

Here are some photos were taken there and given by the group to me. May us rejoice with them.

May more people visit the cave and stupa making pure aspirations for all sentient beings!

 

Trinley Chodron

20 October 2009

Kuala Lumpur

Note: for the previous article that describe  the brief history of the first holy Vajrayana Stupa and  at Kong Chee Name Cave Temple (炽光岩洞):

https://trinleychodron.wordpress.com/2009/09/03/the-first-holy-vajrayana-stupa-in-malaysia-the-great-wish-for-world-peace-stupa-at-kong-chee-name-cave-temple-ipoh/

The First Holy Vajrayana Stupa in Malaysia : The great wish for World Peace stupa at Kong Chee Name Cave Temple, Ipoh.

September 3, 2009
 
His Holiness 16th Gyalwa Karmapa visited the Kong Chee Cave Name Temple, Ipoh (Year 1976)-Photos taken by “unknown”?? cannot be traced. Provided by Kathy Morris ,Sept 2009)

His Holiness 16th Gyalwa Karmapa visited the Kong Chee Cave Name Temple, Ipoh (Year 1976)-Photos taken by “unknown”?? cannot be traced. Provided by Kathy Morris ,Sept 2009)

 
His Holiness 16th Gyalwa Karmapa visited the Kong Chee Name Cave Temple, Ipoh (Year 1976)

His Holiness 16th Gyalwa Karmapa visited the Kong Chee Name Cave Temple, Ipoh (Year 1976)

Early picture of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche in the Ipoh Cave (source: http://blazing-splendor.blogspot.com/search?q=tulku+urgyen+at+ipoh)

Early picture of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche in the Ipoh Cave (source: http://blazing-splendor.blogspot.com/search?q=tulku+urgyen+at+ipoh)

 How was the Tibetan Buddhism /Vajrayana dharma activities first landed in Malaysia in the 20th century?

Where is the oldest and first holy Vajrayana tradition stupa was built that still can be traced in Malaysia?

Of course we cannot so sure that it only came to Malaysia only in the 20 th century, as there are still many historical facts and also archeological proof that had yet to be found. So, I would prefer to say, the activities of Vajrayana in the 20th century in Malaysia.

In the -”Blazing Spendor”- the Memoirs of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche had mentioned that he was asked by the late Holiness 16th Gyalwa Karmapa to visit Malaysia. Therefore, he was the first Tibetan highly realized lama and Dzogchen master from Nepal who started the dharma activities in Malaysia at year 1974. Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche was accompanied by his three attendants lama. They were greeted warmly and supported by faithful Chinese Buddhists here
(source: Page 354: -”Blazing Spendor”- the Memoirs of Tulku Urgyen )

HE Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche also had conducted many dharma activities, empowerment and transmissions since then in Malaysia.

One of the very unique and special place that was visited by the HE Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche was the hilly limestone cave temple that is located in Ipoh. The name of the cave temple is Kong Chee Name. ((炽光岩洞 ). Rinpoche had stayed for almost seven months retreat in this cave temple.

Besides this, Rinpoche also constructed the first holy stupa built in Malaysia according to the Vajrayana Buddhism tradition next to this cave temple: Kong Chee Name. According to some source, the stupa was built and consecrated 34 years ago during the Vietnam war period. It was built to signified the wish/aspirations for world peace. Therefore , this holy stupa was built in result of Rinpoche great and deepest compassion wish that dharma activities to be propagated in this blessed land and also benefiting all sentient beings.

Since then, many highly realized lama and Dzogchen masters from different sublime had visited this cave temple to conduct prayers and bless this place. From some source, those who had came were His Holiness 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, His Holiness Sakya Trizin, His Holiness Tharing Tulku and others.

According to the official website of the Karma Kagyu Center in Malaysia ‘s website (http://www.kagyu-asia.com/kl/c_history.html), His Holiness 16th Gyalwa Karmapa had visited the cave temple and conducted prayers. He had spent two days at the Kong Chee Name Cave in Ipoh from 22nd to 24 nd Oct 1976. For the fist time , His Holiness had conducted the sacred ceremony of the Black Crown (Vajra Mukut) in Kuala Lumpur on the 24 Oct 1976.

These earliest auspicious prayers/blessings and dharma activities of these high realized lama and Dzogchen masters had laid a good foundation and connection of Vajrayana dharma activities in Malaysia after 35 years.

However, since the passing away of the HE Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche in the year 1996, the temple cave and holy stupa had been neglected as one of the holy site to be taking care of .
(Source: The brochure of “Revising The Heart of Vajrayana in Malaysia- “An Enigma Whose Time Has Come”-produced by a group of sincere devotees who did the fund raising dinner to collect fund for the restoration of the cave temple and holy stupa in May year 2008)..

In the midst of the increasing socio economy, environment and political crisis happening in all over the world now, we can witness the great suffering that is enduring by the nature and all sentient beings. Therefore, it is very important and significance for us again to do the pilgrimage tours to this holy sites and make deep aspirations and prayers to wish for world peace and also the dharma activities can continued to be flourished in order to benefits all sentient beings.

And also, my deepest wish to those dharma sisters/brothers who have started the temple cave and holy stupa restoration work in Ipoh, I wish their noble wishes and efforts will also be fulfilled and granted great blessings from the Buddha of the past, present and future in order to benefit all sentient beings & dharma propagation !

Trinley Chodron
3 Sept 2009
Kuala Lumpur

 Resouces: More notes/photos of the activities of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia:

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Tulku Urgyen in Ipoh

Ps: This article is written base on very little written and oral history interview sources.
Therefore, there must be many mistakes and errors, Please do feel free to correct the fact and add more views. Wish more people who had visited this holy site and those who has great knowledge of the site will share more information with others. Therefore, may this piece of writing will reach them and touch their hearts :-0

I and other dharma sisters/brothers lately had visited the holy stupa and cave temple in Ipoh.
This was an amazing trip and indeed a place that will touch your deepest heart, if you are able to come to Ipoh, this is a must place to visit ! J

relate post :
https://trinleychodron.wordpress.com/2009/10/20/latest-photos-of-the-first-holy-vajrayana-stupa-in-malaysia-the-great-wish-for-world-peace-stupa-at-kong-chee-name-cave-temple-ipoh/