Baoding Shan Rock Carvings-Nic!

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At Dazu, Chongqing

The Baodingshan cave is located 20km northeast of Dazu. The site is about 500m long from west to east in the shape of a hairpin, with about one kilometer total length of sculptures. The carved areas which are between three and 15 meters tall are believed to have been carved under the direction of monk Zhao Zhifeng during the Southern Song Dynasty, between 1179 and 1249 AD. However, Some Daoist images date the carvings to the Qing Dynasty and later.

These reliefs and sculptures reflect a diverse school of Esoteric Buddhism that highlighted the faction of Liu Benzun (855 – 907), a pious layman of Sichuan province who became venerated for his asceticismand spiritual perfection. The three traditions Huayun, Pure Land and Zen are represented, blended with Confucianism. Shakyamuni’s birth and death, the Wheel of Reincarnation, Hell Punishments, and popular deities are also featured.

The reliefs are like illustrated sermons in stone, being interspersed with copious quotations from the sutras, which show that the intention of these reliefs is variously devotional, sermonic and in the pursuit of transcendence. As expressed by Zhao’s signature text:

Even if one spins a burning hot iron wheel on top of my head,

No matter how excruciating the pain is,

I will not relapse from the mind of enlightenment.

Many of the reliefs are lively, realistic and of high artistic quality. The reliefs were parables or teaching devices for the common people and elite persons of the time by depicting scenes of ordinary people and situations. For the monks who trained at the site, the reliefs illustrated Zhao’s spiritual doctrine in a concrete and memorable way, and remains so for visitors today.

The sequence of reliefs effectively amounts to a manual on ultimate liberation. Zhao promotes the Mahayana ideal that everyone can be saved through various means i.e. reflections on Shakyamuni’s life (the Parinirvana and Birth reliefs) and the doctrine of Karma (the Wheel of Reincarnation), encouraging good acts (reliefs of Parental and Filial Kindness), discouraging evil acts (Hell reliefs), promoting various kinds of worship (Huayun, Pure Land, and Esoteric reliefs) and contemplation (Oxherding Parable).

Below are some featured carvings and statues in Baodingshan caves:

[Images and captions extracted from: http://www.art-and-archaeology.com/china/baoding/ba02.html]

 

Prowling Tiger

This sculpture stands at the entrance to Baodingshan, where it symbolizes the dangers to be overcome on one’s spiritual journey.

 

Nine Dharmapalas

Nine Dharmapalas (Protectors of the Law) guard the entrance to the Baodingshan. More often there are eight Protectors rather than nine, but the augmented number apparently comes from a sutra that was popular around Dazu during the Song Dynasty.

The features of the Baodingshan guardians often seem grotesque or even comical, rather than fierce, at least to modern eyes.

The guardians carry different implements, including sword (right), fan (middle), and spear (left, now missing).

The left end of the relief includes a pair of servants with human bodies and animal heads. This convention usually symbolizes humans who have been reincarnated as animals in order to pay off a karmic debt, as in the Dong Yue Miao in Beijing.

 

Wheel of Reincarnation

The Great Wheel of Rebirth summarizes the Buddhist doctrine of karma: an endless cycle of reincarnation into higher or lower forms of life according to one’s past deeds. In this sculpture the demon Mara, personifying existence, holds the wheel in his jaws and arms. The wheel is supported from below by personifications (l. to r.) of greed (an official), evil (a soldier), foolishness (a monkey), and lust (a woman). Six Buddha-rays emanate from the wheel, signifying that enlightenment, the goal of all Buddhist practice, enables the seeker to escape from the eternal cycle of birth and death.

According to Howard, the meditating figure at the center of the wheel is Zhao Zhifeng. The rays, emanating from Zhao, partition the innermost ring of the wheel into the traditional six realms of reincarnation. Proceeding clockwise from the top, these are the realms of gods, men, hungry ghosts, hell, animals, and demigods (asuras). The middle ring illustrates the chain of causes, technically called “links of dependent origination,” in Buddhist philosophy: ignorance, sickness, death, old age, desire, etc. The outer ring illustrates various reincarnations of men and animals.

Detail of Foolishness (symbolized by a monkey) and Desire (symbolized by a woman) are seen supporting the Wheel of Reincarnation.

 

Cat and Prey

This delicate vignette of the natural world shows a cat menacing its treed prey. It is located near the Wheel of Reincarnation.

 

Vast Jeweled Pavilion

Three figures, identified by Howard as Zhao1 and two disciples, meditate in a bamboo grove on the legendary continent of Jambudvipa. Behind them, the Vast Jeweled Pavilion manifests as a result of their efforts. The characters “Bao Ding Shan” are inscribed from right to left below the relief. These translate as “Treasure Peak Mountain,” or as Howard’s title has it, “Summit of Treasures.”

1 None of the figures conforms to the “standard type” figure of Zhao. Chinese scholars have identified the figures as Zhao in youth (right), middle age (center), and old age (left). While this is certainly possible – the age progression in the figures from right to left is evident – the central figure is not dissimilar to Liu Benzun himself. This might actually be a triad of Liu, rather than Zhao, in the three stages of life.

 

Three Worthies of Huayan

The Three Worthies are Manjushri (left), Vairocana (centre), and Samantabhadra (right), a triad venerated by the Huayan (Jp. Kegon) School of Buddhism.

 

Precious Relic Stupa

This relief depicts a reliquary stupa, with Buddha images carved in rondels on each level. Many such stupas were built, after the Buddha’s death, to enshrine fragments of his cremated remains. The image seen here is a symbolic reference to this “Division of the Relics.”

 

1000 – Armed Avalokiteshvara

In this stunning devotional relief, the thousand hands of Guanyin (Avalokiteshvara), which give him the power to save sentient beings everywhere, have been shaped into an aureole surrounding the deity. The lady and official flanking the image may be donor statues.

The relief is 7.2m high by 12.5m wide. Someone has actually counted the hands: according to Howard, there are 1,007 of them.

 

Parinirvana

The 31m long reclining statue occupies the east end of the Baodingshan; it illustrates the death of Shakyamuni, attended by Bodhisattvas and other attendants. The Buddha’s lower body and legs were omitted from the statue, so as to create a larger bust than would otherwise have fit into the available space. An offering table is positioned towards the bottom of the sculpture. Above this, a platform supports effigies of the Buddha’s relatives. The emphasis on Buddha’s family – here and elsewhere at Baodingshan – reflects the Chinese “family values” which had been adopted by Buddhism in order to thrive there.

Bodhisattvas and officials symbolically attend the Buddha at the moment of his death. The inclusion of Song officials and disciples, as well as the Buddha’s colossal length, construes this sculptural group as a devotional tableau, rather than a historical description.

As with the reclining Buddha, the lower extremities of the attendant’s bodies are absent. This adjustment brings them closer to the ground, and to the viewer. Odd as they seem at first, their legless bodies (including that of the Buddha) successfully combine the divine and human scales in a scene that includes the viewer as witness and participant.

This figure of an attendant Bodhisattva exemplifies the fine carving of these sculptures and their contemplative, devotional intent.

 

Head of Buddha – Parinirvana

The colossal head of Buddha, with eyes very slightly open and a blissful expression, is attended by Zhao Zhifeng (left) and Liu Benzun (right). Since Zhao is the monk who supervised the construction, his features may be taken as a portrait. A student copy in clay rests on a table to the left of Zhao’s portrait bust.

 

Zhao Zhifeng and Liu Benzun

As mentioned previously, Zhao is the creator of Baodingshan and Liu is Zhao’s spiritual father. While there is no doubt of Zhao’s sincerity, this was also an astute move in terms of religious politics, since Liu had long been revered in the area around Dazu. The 300-year gap between the two men is bridged here by the placement and orientation of the statues that show Zhao contemplating the figure of Liu and the other attendants. By placing himself at the head of the line, and bearing some signs (curly hair, urna) of a Buddha, Zhao clearly means to claim for himself the status of an enlightened being; he simultaneously expresses his spiritual descent from Liu, and his devotion to the Buddha, at the pivotal moment of the Parinirvana.

 

Guardian Official – Parinirvana, Baodingshan

A weaponless guardian, with determined expression, rises from the ground with half-formed legs to protect the head of the reclining Buddha.

Our final example of the Parinirvana sculptures is this striking Bodhisattva at the foot of the Buddha, who balances the guardian official at the Buddha’s head, almost like a pair of bookends. Holding a ruyi scepter, his expression of authority is emphasised by his frank stare, narrowed eyes, and the stern, almost mask-like lines of his brow ridges and cheekbones. This is an active and protective, rather than a contemplative, deity.

 

Birth of Shakyamuni – Baodingshan, Dazu

Maya, the Buddha’s mother, appears as a crowned Bodhisattva with ruyi. Her son, Siddhartha Gautama (the Buddha’s birth name), appears beside his mother as an oversize child, alluding to his miraculous birth from the side of his mother.

Maya’s shalabhanjika posture and her attendant maid are retained from the original Indian iconography. However, in deference to Chinese sensibilities, she grasps the tree with her arm decorously extended, rather than provocatively raised.

 

Nagas Bathe Shakyamuni

The young Buddha is lustrated by nagas, in this magnificent scene that owes much to the imagery of Southeast Asia. The sculptors channeled a natural stream to issue from the principal naga’s mouth. The Birth Scene is just to the right.

It is probably no accident that the three scenes illustrating Buddha’s life on earth are placed together (Birth, Death, and Lustration), although technically the Lustration is out of sequence.

 

Mahamayuri

The cult of Mahamayuri was widespread in Sichuan, although this deity – the only female Vidyaraja – seems little-known outside of that area. She rides the peacock, an enemy of snakes, to symbolize her power against snakebite. She also granted protection against drought and many other evils. Her inclusion at Baodingshan is explained not only by her regional popularity, but more particularly by her local title of Buddha’s Mother: in esoteric doctrine, Maya was considered to be the mother of Buddha only in respect to his physical body, while Mahamayuri was the mother of Buddha in respect to his metaphysical body.

 

Vairocana Pillar

This pillar is the centerpiece of grotto no.15, which represents the sacred abode of Vairocana. In Huayan doctrine, Vairocana is the supreme god who presides over an infinite number of universes, in each of which a Shakyamuni Buddha is born to preach the Dharma. The idea of multiple universes has deep roots in Hindu thought, and finds a distant echo even in contemporary scientific cosmology.

The walls of Vairocana’s grotto are decorated with Vairocana Triads; their repetition reinforces the idea of multiplicity that is a centerpiece of Huayan doctrine.

 

Parents Bestowing Kindness on Their Children

The statues illustrating parental kindness are laid out beneath a line of seven Buddhas (Shakyamuni plus six other Buddhas of the past). This relief incorporates a homiletic Confucian message about family values, under nominal Buddhist auspices. This answered Chinese critics who had censured Buddhism as indifferent, if not actually hostile, to the claims of family.

 

Asking Buddha for Progeny

In the center of the relief, parents ask the Buddha to grant them children. This was an overriding concern for Chinese families. Children were considered essential to carry on the work of the clan, to continue the family line, to support their parents in old age, and to care for their spirit tablets after death. The people in this relief are commoners, not kings and princes; ordinary viewers could easily identify with the family values depicted here.

 

Parental Kindness

In a part of the relief called “Protecting the Child in the Womb,” the mother-to-be (seated, blue robe) takes nourishment for the child in her womb from a standing servant who is holding a bowl. Below sits Zhao Zhifeng, wearing a rosary. To the right, “Forgetting the Pains of Childbirth and Raising the Child,” the mother (standing) has now given birth; she supports the child on her shoulder, as the father looks on dotingly.

“Placing the Child on the Dry Side, Lying in the Wet” sees the kindly mother supporting the child on the dry side of the bed that the child has just soaked, while she lies in the child’s urine. She does not want to disturb the child, not even by getting up to change the bedding.

On the other side of the relief, the mother, standing and heavily pregnant, endures the “Pain of Childbirth” while supported by a servant; a midwife kneels in front of her, as the father looks on hopefully.

The seated mother at right is “Chewing the Bitter [food, for herself], Spitting [out] the Sweet [for the child];” left, the mother is “Breast-Feeding the Child.” An accompanying text (not shown) enjoins all parents to follow these precepts of kindness.

 

Spirits of Wind, Thunder, and Lightning

The next relief, around the corner, honors the non-Buddhist weather gods that were so important to an agricultural community. Spirits of Wind (right, with bag of wind, like Aeolus in Greek mythology); Thunder (middle); and Lightning (left) are shown here. Wind and Thunder in Japan are known as Fujin and Raijin.

 

Spirits of Mist and Rain

Spirits of Mist (right) and Rain (center, riding dragon) are carved into the rock; the figure on the left is one of Rain’s assistants. Below, a weathered homiletic text (not shown) calls down the wrath of the elements upon evildoers, while promising that it is never too late to mend one’s ways.

 

Shakyamuni Repays His Parents’ Kindness

The colossal statue of Shakyamuni, seen here, overlooks a relief that illustrates twelve instances of Buddhist filial piety, taken from various sutras and jatakas, including the sutra titled “With Great Skillful Means, the Buddha Repays [His Parents’] Kindness” (Da Fang Bian Fo Bao En Jing). The relief is both moralistic (to illustrate the benefits of filial piety) and propagandistic (to prove that Chinese Buddhists can be as filial as anyone else).

 

Ananda and the Dutiful Son

This story relates the origin of the Baoen Jing sutra. Buddha’s disciple Ananda (photo left) encounters a dutiful son who is laboriously carrying his aged parents in baskets suspended from his shoulders (center). Also present are some Hindu Brahmins (photo right), who praise the filial son, and disparage Shakyamuni’s own filiality by comparison. Ananda reported this encounter to the Buddha, who preached the Baoen Jing in response.

 

Scene #18, bottom right side

This view of the Ananda scene illustrates two Brahmins to the right of the dutiful son; the Brahmin in front is pointing out the son to his companion. Beyond them is a group of foreign entertainers, playing musical instruments and dancing, beneath a flute-player in an alcove.

 

Scene #18, bottom right side (detail)

This detail captures the determination of the son, pointed out by the arm and hand of the Brahmin at the photo right, as he transports his aged parents.

 

Flute Player – Scene #18, bottom right side

A flute player provides musical accompaniment to the foreigners dancing below. The figure to the left of the dancing foreigner is playing a clapper; his feet are also in a dancing pose. Depictions of foreign entertainers were common in China from the Tang dynasty onwards.

 

Parables of Filial Piety – Scene #18, upper right side

Lower left, the child Prince Subhuti accompanies his royal parents (standing) into exile. The father rests one hand on his sword while his other arm supports the boy. Subsequently (not shown), the Prince offered his own flesh to feed his starving parents. Lower right, Prince Mahasattva sacrifices himself to feed a hungry tiger and her cubs. His distraught parents examine their son’s remains on a table beside the tiger. Upper right, a farmer releases a filial parrot who took grain from the farmer’s field in order to feed its parents. Beside this figure, Prince Kshanti (right corner) sacrifices his eyes and bone marrow to make a medicine for his father (at table, upper right). Upper left, Shakyamuni (kneeling) reveres his parents (seated above).

 

Shakyamuni Carries His Father’s Casket – Scene #18, lower left side

Top left, the dying Shyama asks his slayer to look after his blind parents. Top center, a king (praying) sacrifices his flesh in order to reach enlightenment. Top right, Prince Good Friend kneels as he offers a curative jewel (cintamani) to his parents. Bottom center, a householder throws himself down a mountain in order to attain enlightenment, while India (kneeling) and an ogre (standing, actually Indra in disguise) look on. Bottom left, Shakyamuni (left) comforts his dying father (King Shuddhodhana, stretched out on table). The two enlightenment stories are exceptions to the general theme of filial piety that is displayed here.

 

Western Pure Land

The Western Pure Land (Sukhavati) unfolds around a triad consisting of Amitayus, Avalokiteshvara, and Mahasthamaprapta. The right-hand side of the relief, surrounding Avalokiteshvara, is imaged here.

 

Western Pure Land, right side

The Bodhisattva of Compassion, Amitayus’ chief assistant, overlooks the Western Paradise with a kindly expression. Avalokiteshvara (Ch. Guanyin, Jp. Kannon) displays a standing image of Amitayus in his crown (a variant; typically the Amitayus is seated in meditation). His right hand holds a lotus stem (absent), and his left supports a bowl.

 

Western Pure Land, Center

In theory, there are four Buddhist Pure Lands (paradises), one for each direction of the compass. Each is ruled by its own Buddha. In practice the cult of Amitayus (Ch. Wuliangshou, Jp. Amida), Buddha of the Western Pure Land of Sukhavati, was by far the most popular. Devotees could expect to be reborn from lotuses in Sukhavati, attaining one of nine degrees of bliss, depending on the degree of merit they had accumulated in their earthly life.

Amitayus’ hand gesture combines elements of vitarka (thumbs touching index fingers) and dhyana (hands together, palms up, fingers bent).

 

Western Pure Land, left side

Amitayus’ other helper, Mahasthamaprapta (Ch. Dashizhi, Jp. Seishi) appears here on Amitayus’ right side (viewer’s left). The usual emblem in his crown is a vase, although none appears in the crown of this figure. His typical gesture is to hold a lotus bud, but here he appears to be making the dhyana/vitarka gesture (see previous page) with his right hand, while his extended left holds an unidentified object. Unlike Avalokiteshvara, Mahasthamaprapta never developed an independent cult following; he represents the power and wisdom of Amitayus, as Avalokiteshvara represents the compassion of Amitayus.

 

Western Pure Land, left side (detail)

This scene illustrates the rebirth of happy souls in the Pure Land. They are greeted by various deities as they emerge from lotus plants, the symbols of purity.

 

Six Roots of Sensation

The figure in this relief is Fu Dashi (Jp. Fu Daishi, 497-569), a Zen master who taught that the senses deceive the mind. Here the six senses are personified by animals, who are tethered to Fu Dashi’s platform: Sight, a dog; Hearing, a crow; Smell, a snake; Taste, an unidentified animal; Touch, a fish; and Passion, a horse. The master cradles a monkey, personifying Mind, in his lap.

 

Hell Punishments, right side

This elaborate hell relief vividly illustrates the deities and officials in charge, and the punishments meted out to sinners. The standing figure at photo upper left is Jizo, who releases souls from hell. He carries a tall Buddhist staff and jewel.

 

The Hell of the Boiling Cauldron

In this hell, a horse-headed “hell warden” boils sinners in a cauldron. In spite of their horrific punishments, the hells are not eternal; in fact they are more like the Western concept of Purgatory. While it is always better not to sin in the first place, you can avoid the hells (or at least shorten your stay) by repenting, invoking the proper deity during your lifetime, and by being prayed for after your death. Otherwise, you must suffer in them until your full karmic debt is paid.

 

Hell of Excrements and Impaling

In these hells, sinners are beaten into a vat of excrement, while others are impaled alive by ferocious “hell wardens.” These employees of the hellish bureaucracy are merely doing their job, and should not be confused with the malicious fallen spirits (devils and demons) of the West.

 

Hell of Impaling

The sinner is bound to a post, where he is impaled in the stomach by a hell warden. His sin was eating meat (the sutra-writers, from whom these punishments are derived, were serious vegetarians). The vividness of these images was calculated to make them highly memorable and easy to understand to anyone who saw them.

 

Hells of the Iron Wheel and Boiling Cauldron

Just to the right of the Impaling Hell, a helpless sinner is ground to pieces underneath a heavy toothed iron wheel that looks like an oversize tea grinder; his sin was eating rabbits, like the woman seated at the table above. Meanwhile another sinner, guilty of evil speech, is picked up like a slab of meat and tossed into a boiling pot. The monkish figure at the right, in front of the three-tiered stupa, is Zhao Zhifeng; his captions advocate the pursuit of enlightenment as the best way to avoid suffering.

 

Hell of Breaking the Knees

The evils of drunkenness are illustrated, in a very Confucian way, by their awful effects on the family. In the scene, a drunken son seduces his own mother, and in turn is speared by his mother’s lover. The punishment of everyone involved is illustrated. The seated figure at bottom is wearing a cangue around his neck, while awaiting his turn to have his knees broken by the hell warden at left. The cangue, a kind of yoke around the neck upon which a person’s transgression was inscribed, was a common punishment in China.

 

The Ten Austerities of Liu Benzun

As mentioned previously, Liu Benzun, who lived 300 years before Zhao Zhifeng created these grottoes, was Zhao’s spiritual ideal and inspiration. Liu’s deliberate damaging of his own body is shown in this relief. Liu is the large central figure in the photo, and his austerities (acts of harming himself) are shown to either side upon the upper ledge.

Asceticism, also known as penance, austerity, and “mortification of the flesh,” has deep roots in India, Christianity, and many Native religions. The practice aims to achieve a spiritual state by sacrificing one’s physical being; physical and sensory deprivation or pain can, under favorable circumstances, lead the prepared mind to a realm of religious and visionary experiences that seem compelling to the practitioner. Although rejected by the historical Buddha (who advocated the Middle Way after earlier austerities), asceticism was incorporated into early Chan (Zen):

The Second Patriarch, who had been standing in the snow, cut off his arm and said [to Bodhidharma], “Your disciple’s mind is not yet at peace. I beg you, my teacher, please give it peace.” (Mumonkan, no.41.)

There is no evidence that Zhao himself practiced self-harm, but the theoretical importance of asceticism to Zhao is attested by his epigram quoted earlier:

Even if one spins a burning hot iron wheel on top of my head,
No matter how excruciating the pain is,
I will not relapse from the mind of enlightenment.

Liu’s Ten Austerities are: Burning the Index Finger, Burning the Ankle, Cutting the Ear, Burning the Top of the Head, Burning the Genitalia, Burning the Knees, Cutting the Arm, Burning the Chest, Gouging the Eye, and Meditating in the Snow.

 

Cutting the Ear – Ten Austerities relief, left side

Liu Benzun, not content with already having gouged out his right eye (shown missing, in photo), cuts off his left ear in this relief.

 

Smelting the Genitals

Liu Benzun commits what would be, for most of us, the ultimate sacrifice: burning off his genitalia.

From the left bottom side of the relief, below Liu Bnzun’s austerities, we see Hayagrigva (left.) and Trailokyavijaya (right.); source: Howard, pp. 60-61.

Acalanatha (left.), and Yamantaka (right.) are displayed here (Howard, pp. 60 – 61).

Continuing from the back side to the center, we see Yamantaka (left.), and Ucchushima (right.) (Howard, pp. 60-61)

 

Da Huiji

Ten Vidyarajas (Wisdom Kings, Jp. Myo-o) are displayed in the lower register of the relief. The Wisdom Kings, fierce protectors of Buddhism, were introduced to esoteric Buddhism from India. In this photo Da Huiji, a Wisdom King whose name is not known in Sanskrit, occupies the central place below Liu Benzun.

 

Vidyaraja Kundali

Kundali Vidyaraja (Ch. Daxiao, Jp. Gundari) is placed just to the right of Da Huiji (previous page). According to some mandalas, he is an emanation of Ratnasambhava (Frederic, p. 209).

 

Vidyarajas

These Vidyarajas are identified by Howard (p. 61) from left to right as Aparajita, Mahacakravajra, and Padanakshita respectively.

 

Daoist Images

The Daoist reliefs at Baodingshan are a modern addition; they date from the Qing dynasty and later. On the left, a female deity is paired with a crowned male deity who rides a tiger and carries a parasol. The figures on the right are the Three Purities.

 

Daoist Gods and Goddesses

On the left, we see a paired male and female deity. On the right, a fierce multi-armed god rides a tiger, paired with a bald and bearded figure who is riding a different animal.

 

Bust of Vairocana – Liu Benzun Perfected

Liu Benzun is poised between two rays that emanate from Vairocana’s crown, a startling elevation of Liu to the status of an emanation of the cosmic Buddha. The repairs to Vairocana date to the Ming Dynasty.

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  1. Sean Wang on Aug 1, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    This is simply amazing. It is hard to find a praise that matches this beauty. They are all carved with such detail, this is what is to be expected of the chinese craftsmen. I want to visit this place so badly. My favourite carvings are the ones of the hells because it reminds people that their negative actions will reap negative results.

  2. Jessica Yap on May 1, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Such a magnificent place.. Each piece of work are so detailed and meaningful..the people whom helped build this place must’ve collected tremendous merits.. 🙂
    I haven’t heard of this place before. Hehe hope I’d be able to visit one day. My favorite pieces are the ones of Avalokitesvara and the Holy Stupa..

    Thank you for sharing, Rinpoche!

  3. Lim Han Nee on Apr 18, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    These reliefs or carvings of Baoding Shan Rock present a rich,colorful and interesting diversity of themes and religious and philosophical traditions. There is the contemplative and the profound, side by side with the esoteric. In a way it reflects the hotch-potch of beliefs and superstitions of the Chinese mind.

    The Western pure land affords some relief from the disturbing scenes of Hell and the self-mutilations of Liu Benzun. The 1007 arms of Avalokitesvara are a spectacular sight.

    Nonetheless, taken in total, it is an interesting and unique presentation of such rich diversity- a place from the past worth visiting.

  4. Andrew chiam on Apr 16, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Rinpoche, thanks for the sharing. Although i do not read much at the present, i felt peaceful and still strongly connected to buddhism though buddhist art. This place is a treasure house for buddhism art.
    Thank You Rinpoche.

  5. Wan Wai Meng on Apr 15, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Real practitioners to do not sway away from difficulties until they reach their goals.

    • David Lai on May 13, 2013 at 5:56 pm

      I would not take Liu Benzun’s 10 austerities literally as something to be emulated but the spirit in which he has performed them is to be followed. The outcome of any action is determined not by the action itself but by the intention of the action. However, there’s still a limit to austerities as our bodies are frail and when the ‘will’ is stronger than the body, it would be better to redirect it towards learning, contemplation and application of the Dharma instead. True enlightenment is achieved through the mind and not the body.

  6. Sharon Saw on Apr 15, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    This is a fantastic guide with detailed descriptions and explanations to the Baoding Shan rock carvings… i would love to visit and print this out for reference! The Buddha statues are spectacular.. i particularly like the 1000 (or 1007!) arm Chenrezig and the 31m reclining Buddha. I find the Hell realms sculptures very disturbing and reminiscent of the paintings by the Flemish artist, Pieter Brueghel the younger. It certainly implies that hell imagery crosses religions. I also thought the depictions of the self-mutilations by Liu Benzun as disturbing and contrary to the Buddhist teachings that i know of also. As is rightly said though, that Buddha rejected extreme asceticism in favour of the middle path! Anyway i guess all these stories of hell and severe self-mutilation are meant to inculcate a sense of fear of wrong doing in order to cultivate virtues.

    I hope one day i can see these sculptures in person! Thank you again for sharing the many pictures and descriptions.

  7. Cliff on Apr 14, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Amazing! Its incredible how they are all carved with such detail, considering that it was done between 1179 to 1249 AD. I would love to visit Baoding Shan Rock one day. I was extremely astonished by the size of the 1000 arm avalokiteshvara, its incredible how under the supervision of Zhao Zhifeng they managed to realistically put all 1007 arms on avalokiteshvara. It must be really striking in real life. I also liked the wheel of reincarnation and buddha shakyamuni’s passing laying on his side with his eyes slightly opened i really like that detail, it made buddha look really peaceful and compassionate. The wheel of reincarnation really strike me with awe considering the size, details and colours of the statue. My other favourite was Da Huiji, he looks like a really fierce protector of buddhism. It really caught my eye with its presence. Thanks for sharing these lovely photos Rinpoche. Must be a thrill to visit there one day.

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  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Feb 27. 2017 09:29 PM
    Rejoice for the Kechara team members for being able to receive the gift from Rinpoche. It is also how much Guru love and care for his students well being. We can repay Guru’s kindness by doing more dharma work and transform ourselves to be better so we can benefit others.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/chinese-new-year-shopping.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Feb 27. 2017 06:05 PM
    So much pain and torturing inflicted on the poor animals to satisfy our demand for eggs. I hope this article creates the awareness for all of us to rethink our diet and find alternatives to replace eggs. Getting free range eggs or “kampung” eggs is a slightly better idea as long as we are assured that the farm that produces these eggs provide the free range / “kampung” condition for the chicken. The best idea is to omit egg from our diet completely. Thank you, Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/a-chicken-and-egg-situation.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Feb 27. 2017 05:06 PM
    The importance of Fasting Buddha is to remind us that there will be much difficulties in the process to enlightenment and we must overcome them before we can finally achieve success. Fortitude and diligence are the accessories to overcoming the difficulties. It took Buddha six years of hardship and extreme fasting to gain realization on the “Middle Way”, what more for clowns like us? Thank you, Rinpoche for this teaching.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/fasting-buddha.html
  • Joy
    Monday, Feb 27. 2017 07:15 AM
    ***The Blessings of the Guru***

    Guru devotion and clean samaya with one’s Guru are commonly recognised and emphasised as the foundation of Dharma study and practice in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. From the legendary Padmasambhava of the Nyingma lineage to the revered mahasiddhas Milarepa and Naropa of the Kagyu tradition, to the great Pabongka Rinpoche of the Gelugpa lineage of practitioners; Guru devotion is undisputedly the common and fundamental element for any Dharma realisation, attainment and ultimately Enlightenment… more>> http://www.dorjeshugden.org/blog/the-blessings-of-the-guru
  • Joy
    Monday, Feb 27. 2017 07:14 AM
    For all who wants some sacred images in their environment, you can download & print these high-res images of enlightened beings ABSOLUTELY FREE here
    >>Buddha Images (Free Download)<< http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
    H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has selected & kindly made these beautiful high quality sacred images available for all to have. Enjoy, be blessed & share this with others.

    Do let Rinpoche know at the comments section which images you downloaded as Rinpoche would feel very happy knowing it has benefited you 😀
  • Joy
    Monday, Feb 27. 2017 07:13 AM
    Hi folks did you know that you can submit a story/blog post here on this blog >>SUBMIT A STORY<< http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/submit-a-story
    Guest writers and contributors are welcomed. The articles can be about Dharma, animals, supernatural, or inspirational stories. Any positive writings that will leave our readers with more knowledge after reading.

    This blog is a platform for writers, ideas, subjects and opinions to be shared and discussed.
    Do take a read on the Guidelines and Terms & Conditions before submitting your story.
  • Pastor Shin
    Monday, Feb 27. 2017 05:48 AM
    Do you believe in the paranormal? Watch this as a family is terrorized by a malicious presence that wreaks havoc on the well-being of their animals. An unidentified creature is frightening them in their barn.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/the-haunted-terror-at-maple-dale-farm.html
  • Pastor Shin
    Monday, Feb 27. 2017 05:46 AM
    Do you know about the one-god theory ? This theory was not the domain of established modern religions but were already existent in pre-modern or pagan religions. This video shows how the one god theory is not the exclusive rights of anyone but in fact was a gradual process taken from Pagan religions.

    Learn more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/the-one-god-theory-comes-from-greek-mythology.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Feb 27. 2017 03:58 AM
    Extremely well written, excellently performed and superb plot of a film. I came across the film by accident and decided to watch because it’s Bette Davis and the end really touched me so deeply. So very deeply. So very meaningful. In the end, you have to be truthful to those who love you and you really can love them back. You must watch the whole thing to understand the touching and powerful ending: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xr5I6NlueVw&feature=youtu.be
  • Pastor Shin
    Monday, Feb 27. 2017 03:13 AM
    Sharing with you a wonderful story about a Yogi Rinpoche.

    After he became a Geshe, Trehor Kyorpen Rinpoche went into retreat in a cave on Lhumbo Tse, a high mountain near Lhasa. Throughout the duration of his retreat, he carried only one text – the Lamrim Chenmo, his robes and was accompanied by only a monk-attendant.

    While Trehor Kyorpen Rinpoche was looking for a cave on this high mountain, rocks kept on coming down near him as if thrown from above. He followed the stones and after some time, came upon a cave. The stones were dropping on that cave.

    When he entered the cave, he found a skeleton sitting in the meditation posture. Trehor Kyorpen Rinpoche then sat down and offered a mandala. Upon completion of the mandala offering, the skeleton collapsed. Trehor Kyorpen Rinpoche took it as an auspicious sign and decided to practise in that cave.

    Read more about His Eminence Trehor Kyorpen Rinpoche here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/lamas/his-eminence-trehor-kyorpen-rinpoche
  • Pastor Shin
    Monday, Feb 27. 2017 03:12 AM
    Vegetarianism in Buddhism

    The Lankavatara Sutra, written in the fourth or fifth Century CE strongly advocates abstinence in relation to the consumption of meat. Scriptures such as the Mahayana Jataka tales indicate that meat-consumption is undesirable and karmically unwholesome. So, Mahayana practitioners are strictly forbidden from consuming meat. They are also forbidden from consuming aromatic plants that stimulate the senses such as onions and garlic.

    Read more here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/blog/vegetarianism-in-buddhism
  • pastor
    Sunday, Feb 26. 2017 11:37 PM
    Dear Elizabeth,

    Rinpoche was very happy to receive your kind offer and hanged it immediately in His resting/work area. Rinpoche also had us placed an incense burner underneath to make incense offering to Lord Vajrayogini daily, and said the iconography is correct and it is a stunning piece.

    Rinpoche was told that you were gifted a Vajrayogini pendant 4 years ago, October 2013, during your visit to Kechara Forest Retreat. I remember Rick and you were captivated by Rinpoche’s Vajrayogini replica http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/my-bodhgaya-vajrayogini.html that was displayed in Wisdom Hall during the tour so you must have very strong affinity with Her.

    Rinpoche always tell us that very few people can actually make or draw Lord Vajrayogini image and He was very glad that you are one of them. Thank you again for your wonderful offering and setting an example of patience, good efforts and consistency.

    With best wishes,
    Pastor Adeline

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/shimmering-vajrayogini-from-ms-wahyu.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Feb 26. 2017 09:41 PM
    Thank you for sharing and explanations on wealth vase.. They are powerful in attracting energies of wealth.and effective because of the way they are made by monks from the monasteries.
    Recently i have invited home a small wealth vase, my very first on Yangdup Wealth Puja Day 2017. Its very beautiful and auspicious wealth vase i just love and treasure it. Hoping that it will help me to increase my inner and outer wealth spiritually and materially.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/transcript-wealth-vases.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Feb 26. 2017 09:39 PM
    Thank%20you%20Rinpoche%20for%20sharing%20and%20explanations%20on%20wealth%20vase..%20They%20are%20powerful%20in%20attracting%20energies%20of%20wealth.and%20effective%20because%20of%20the%20way%20they%20are%20made%20by%20monks%20from%20the%20monasteries.%0ARecently%20i%20have%20invited%20home%20a%20small%20wealth%20vase%2C%20my%20very%20first%20on%20Yangdup%20Wealth%20Puja%20Day%202017.%20Its%20very%20beautiful%20and%20auspicious%20wealth%20vase%20i%20just%20love%20and%20treasure%20it.%20Hoping%20that%20it%20will%20help%20me%20to%20increase%20my%20inner%20and%20outer%20wealth%20spiritually%20and%20materially.http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tsemrinpoche.com%2Ftsem-tulku-rinpoche%2Fbuddhas-dharma%2Ftranscript-wealth-vases.html
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  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Feb 26. 2017 07:35 PM
    Rejoice for Chen for being able to serve Rinpoche and the ladrang’s team. It is great effort from Chen to make sure that Rinpoche is well taken care of. His act also inspire us to practise Guru Devotion and do all the work given without complain and doing it well.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/chens-care-and-help.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
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Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
yesterday
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
yesterday
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
3 weeks ago
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
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This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
4 weeks ago
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
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Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
Feast your eyes! 

Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
2 months ago
Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
2 months ago
Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
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Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
2 months ago
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
3 months ago
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
3 months ago
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
3 months ago
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
3 months ago
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
3 months ago
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
3 months ago
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
3 months ago
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
4 months ago
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
4 months ago
Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
5 months ago
It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
                         Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
5 months ago
Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
5 months ago
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
High lamas in France September 2016
5 months ago
High lamas in France September 2016
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden:   http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
5 months ago
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
5 months ago
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass,
 Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, 
 By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements,
 By seeing the good results, one\'s path becomes more clear, 
 The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, 
 This would eliminate the samsara within our minds.
 ~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass, Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements, By seeing the good results, one's path becomes more clear, The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, This would eliminate the samsara within our minds. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
                         This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
5 months ago
This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
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Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
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His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
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My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
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Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
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His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
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Left to right: His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
 It\'s nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
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It's nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
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    [11/02/2017] Mumu darling is a very good boy.
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    [11/02/2017] Mumu wants to go bye bye!
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    [11/02/2017] I love you mumu boy
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    [11/02/2017] Mumu and Oser eating together.
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    Great spiritual rock carving in Tibet
  • You will Never be Ready
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    You will Never be Ready
    Dear friends, watch this video and ready, if we keep waiting till we are ready, that day will never come. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Stop asking for Easy
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    Must Watch this Video!
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    Sacred Tibetan Incense - Nyimo County, Lhasa, Tibet
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    Kyabje Denma Gonsa Rinpoche on Samaya
    ཁྱེད་ཀྱི་བཀའ་སློབ་དོན་སྙིང་དེ།།གང་གི་རྣ་བར་བདུད་རྩི་མོད།།འོན་ཀྱང་འགའ་ཡི་རྣ་ལམ་དུ།། བྲག་ཆ་བཞིན་དུ་འགྱུར་སྲིད་མོད།། ཚང་མས་ཚར་རེ་གཟིགས་རོགས།། Kyabje Denma Gonsa Rinpoche telling people that it is important to have guru samaya. It use to be that way in the great monasteries. We should not create problems and schisms. If we want to practice a protector, then do so, if not it's okay, but don't make trouble. One should just practice the Buddha Dharma well. To do good practice. If you have faith in Dorje Shugden and trust all the way, he will definitely help you. But most important is to practice the dharma. This is his advice in short here. It's good to let more Tibetans hear this holy speech and appeal by this very senior Rinpoche. TR
  • His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Propitiating Protectors & Oracles
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    His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Propitiating Protectors & Oracles
    This was on FB and I came across it. His Holiness said in Tibetan institutions there is a lot of propitiating protector/oracles and this is not what Buddhism is about. So they are putting Nechung/Tema oracles within the video to say what is he talking about when he does it himself. This is confusing is the message to his people. TR
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    Look how this crab eats a cherry.. Incredible and cute... Never seen this before. They have feelings too. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This is Sarah. Do you have 30 seconds for her? Her life in just 30 seconds!
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    See what is your fortune today!
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    Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche recites offering stanza to Dorje Shugden Septemeber 2016

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Compassion and kindness are topics that is important for the modern children. Stella, KSDS
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It is important to cultivate compassion and kindness in the youth, hence KSDS students were watching a video on Tsem Rinpoche's act of compassion and see for themselves what is real compassion. Stella, KSDS
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KSDS teachers and students paid attention in class, the class was conducted in the Ghompa. Stella, KSDS
Homework by KSDS students submitted to teachers... nice work! Stella, KSDS
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Homework by KSDS students submitted to teachers... nice work! Stella, KSDS
Lovely art work done by KSDS young student today. Stella, KSDS
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Lovely art work done by KSDS young student today. Stella, KSDS
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Today in Kechara Forest Retreat! Thank you Wah Ying!
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Teacher Yeo guided the KSDS youngest kid to blow mantra on the birds. Alice Tay, KSDS
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KFR Team and guests completed a Lama Tsongkhapa Retreat (picture by Pamela Yap)
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Pastor Han Nee led the prayers so that KSDS students can follow the prayers slowly. Alice Tay, KSDS
KSDS young kids joined to animal liberation in Kechara House. Alice Tay, KSDS
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KSDS young kids joined to animal liberation in Kechara House. Alice Tay, KSDS
Nice dharma sharing by Teacher Lin Mun & Teacher Jayce for KSDS age group from 9-17. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Nice dharma sharing by Teacher Lin Mun & Teacher Jayce for KSDS age group from 9-17. Alice Tay, KSDS
Nice dharma sharing by Teacher Lin Mun and Jayce for KSDS age group from 9-17. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Nice dharma sharing by Teacher Lin Mun and Jayce for KSDS age group from 9-17. Alice Tay, KSDS
Teacher Jayce led the students do 3 prostrations in front of Rinpoche's throne. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Teacher Jayce led the students do 3 prostrations in front of Rinpoche's throne. Alice Tay, KSDS
Teacher Jayce led the students do 3 prostrations in front of Rinpoche's throne. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Teacher Jayce led the students do 3 prostrations in front of Rinpoche's throne. Alice Tay, KSDS
Children helping in the technical room during the 2016 Graduation Day. Lin Mun KSDS.
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Children helping in the technical room during the 2016 Graduation Day. Lin Mun KSDS.
Volunteers & teachers doing make up for children in preparation for the Graduation Day performance. Lin Mun KSDS
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Volunteers & teachers doing make up for children in preparation for the Graduation Day performance. Lin Mun KSDS
Team decorating the stage in conjunction with the 2016 Lantern Festival. Lin Mun KSDS
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Team decorating the stage in conjunction with the 2016 Lantern Festival. Lin Mun KSDS
Great performance by the Peekaboo Creative academy during 2016 Lantern festival. Lin Mun KSDS
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Great performance by the Peekaboo Creative academy during 2016 Lantern festival. Lin Mun KSDS
KSK and KSDS work together to send food from donation during Halloween  to various homes. Lin Mun KSDS
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Gotong royong on Malaysia Day in Jalan Chamang. It's our responsibility to care for the cleanliness & environment. Lin Mun KSDS
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