Buddha Statue of Hyderabad!!

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Frederick Law on Jan 25, 2013 at 4:38 am

Dear Rinpoche, Good Morning :) I googled the web for this beautiful photo, the location of where the Buddha is standing is at ‘Husain Sagar’ lake, in India.

According to Wikipedia: “It is a lake in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India, built by Hazrat Hussain Shah Wali in 1562, during the rule of Ibrahim Quli Qutb Shah. It was 5.7 square kilometres built on a tributary of the River Musi to meet the water and irrigation needs of the city. There is a large monolithic statue of the Gautam Buddha in the middle of the lake which was erected in 1992″ [Source taken from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hussain_Sagar]

In another link named: Buddha Statue of Hyderabad. Hyderabad is the capital of the state of Andhra Pradesh. Between 1983 and 1989, N. T. Rama Rao served as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. During his tenure, he spent large sums to erect several statues of people from the region’s political and religious history. During his visit to New York, he saw the Statue of Liberty and was inspired by the efforts to restore it. He said “I wanted something like that… That would have been my contribution to society.” Rama Rao chose to depict Gautama Buddha because “he was a humanitarian who told the whole truth to the people. It is our pride.”

After a long search, he found a solid granite rock on a mountainside 40 miles outside Hyderabad. For over a year, hundreds of laborers helped the temple architect and builder S.M.Ganapathi Sthapati create the statue. After five years and the expenditure of US$3 million, the statue stood at 58 feet (18 m) and weighed 350 tons, making it the world’s tallest monolithic statue of the Buddha. A concrete platform measuring 15 feet (4.6 m), now referred to as the “Rock of Gibraltar,” was constructed in the middle of Hussain Sagar to aid in erecting the statue. The roads of the city were also widened for this purpose.

The government of Andhra Pradesh led by N. T. Rama Rao was ousted in 1989. By the next year, the statue was ready for erection. ABC Limited, a local company, was given the responsibility of transferring the statue onto the concrete platform. Using a trailer vehicle, the statue was brought to the shore of Hussain Sagar. On March 10, 1990, company workers shifted the statue on top of a barge. After traveling only 100 yards (91 m), the statue tipped and fell into the lake. After a two-year salvage operation, the statue was pulled out of the lake. On December 1, 1992, the statue was installed on the platform successfully. In 2006, the Dalai Lama consecrated the statue after performing a ritual. [Source taken from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddha_Statue_of_Hyderabad]

It is very beautiful carved statue of Lord Buddha, and it makes it a whole lot more serene and peaceful in the centre of a calm and beautiful lake.

Thank You Rinpoche for sharing this beautiful picture.

Love, Frederick

 


 

Dear Frederick,

I posted the above picture and requested people if they had any information and Frederick posted this to me. Thank you for finding information on this. I was very happy to see your information. Hope to see this place in person one day.  I wish to share with everyone here. Much appreciated. I found more pictures to share also.

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49 Responses to Buddha Statue of Hyderabad!!

  1. keng tan on Jan 25, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing Rinpoche.

  2. Frederick Law on Jan 25, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Dear Rinpoche, i am happy that i was able to find the information on Buddha Statue of Hyderabad and share with Rinpoche and everyone of this wonderful Statue, that even myself were not even aware of it’s existence. Searching through really open my eyes about such a magnificent statue.

    After getting to know the history of this beautiful place, i would really like to visit Husain Sagar one day as well and enjoy the serenity of the lake.

    I wish Rinpoche good health.

    Love,

    Frederick Law

  3. Han on Jan 25, 2013 at 8:05 am

    Thank you Frederick for the initiative to search for the information and the statue is just stunning, especially when the sun set falls on the head of the Buddha, so beautiful !

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these beautiful post and pictures .

  4. Sharon Saw on Jan 25, 2013 at 11:58 am

    This is a lovely statue in the middle of a lake. It is good that the then Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Rama Rao, decided to Lord Buddha as the subject for the statue because he is considered a ‘humanitarian’.

    I found a little additional information from http://wikimapia.org/590214/Hussain-Sagar:
    An 18 meter high monolithic statue of Lord Buddha towers over the lake from atop the Rock of Gibraltar. The road on the Tank-Bund which originally was very narrow was widened in 1946 when Sir Mirza Ismail was the Prime Minister of Hyderabad. Further widening and beautification of the Tank-Bund took place during 1987-88 with the addition of fountains with dancing waters, tantalising coloured lighting during nights, and the installation of nearly thirty three (33) well sculptured bronze statues mounted on high platforms, in the memory of historical and eminent personalities of Andhra Pradesh. The idea of erecting a giant monolith Buddha statue in the midst of Hussainsagar lake on the Gibraltar rock was a part of the Buddha Poornima project in 1985. The monolithic statue was chiselled out of a white granite rock, weighting 450 tons. It was carved by 200 sculptors for two years. The statue was transported to Hyderabad in November 1988.After the initial problems, the statue was erected on 12 April 1992 on a red coloured Lotus pedestral. Attached to it, Lumbini park was inaugurated with musical fountains, Bonsai Plants and a boat ride from Lumbini Park to the Buddha Statue. The whole atmosphere reflects peace and persevence.

    There’s also a short video of Hussain Sagar and the Buddha statue here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0YaNf_RPeU, which shows the Buddha statue at night also. The video also shares that when the Buddha statue capsized in 1990, the accident took the lives of 6 people. The presenter says that “in this world of fashion and passion, Lord Buddha stands for compassion. Statue of Liberty stands for freedom, statue of Buddha stands for virtue and wisdom”.

  5. lucyyap on Jan 25, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Amazing Statue of Lord Buddha captivates travellers.It was built of a stone which towers over the lake atop the Rock of Gibralter.A beautiful place to visit at least once in a lifetime.
    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing this post and it’s stunning pictures.

  6. Valentina Suhendra on Jan 25, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    beautiful!!

  7. jennifer on Jan 25, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the beautiful photos and information with us.
    Thank for Frederick Law for the research.

    The photos are so beautiful and i love the one particular photo where the sun sets directly behind Buddha’s head ! These are photos that ‘reaches out’ to me and just seeing them , i’m so fortunate!
    The history is also so amazing , all the obstacles that were placed in the statue’s path , the time, money and effort placed into erecting the statue shows the devotion and dedication that the Indian government and people have for Buddha.

    I would truly love to be able to visit Husain Sagar one day.

  8. Paris on Jan 25, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Very beautiful indeed, and many thanks to Frederick for finding out more about this stunning image. I love India for its openness and acceptance of many faiths. It is incredible to see just how “easy” it is to have large religious images, icons and buildings everywhere in India, and that the local people are supportive of these sites. I think it’s wonderful that Hindus visit Buddhist sites, Buddhists join Hindu festivals and everyone has had an understanding and respect of each other’s faiths there for thousands of years. How inspiring it must be to be able to walk around a city as large as Hyderabad and see large statues like this emerging from the skyline amidst all the buildings – for this is how India itself is, there’s a beautiful spiritual faith at the heart of all that they are doing.

  9. sarahyap on Jan 25, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Great research Frederick!

    The Buddha statue is so beautiful! It’s great to see such large Buddha statues in the middle of the lake. I can imagine it is no easy task to bring over such a huge statue to the center of the lake. Looking forward to see more Buddha statues build in the center of attraction so that many people can have the seed of Dharma planted in their mind stream.

  10. Andrew Boon on Jan 25, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    How serenely beautiful! How blessed that one can view this Buddha image from every vantage point of the city surrounding the lake. Money well spent for the city I say as this will stand the test of time as an iconic symbol. It will also add a commercial aspect as it will draw pilgrims and tourist alike plus on the spiritual level it will bless the city for as long as this image stand!

    Brilliant foresight by N. T. Rama Rao. If only more leaders in the world would take this example of using taxpayers money in a viable manner!

  11. Milly on Jan 25, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Thank you Frederick for the research. It is a beautiful and serene holy image carved from a huge granite rock. I hope that Rinpoche’s wish to see this Buddha will come true soon.

  12. Lim Han Nee on Jan 25, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the lovely pictures of this magnificent statue (fifty-eight feet tall) of Lord Buddha standing in the middle of Hussain Sagar. There is the first picture showing the statue at night when the spot lights cast on it make it seem luminous and mysterious. Then there are the lovely silhouettes against the evening sky with the sun setting. The statue, in bright sunshine,in all its splendor, is as captivating.

    The 200 sculptors who carved the statue out of white granite must have been in awe of it when it was finally completed.

    All in all,there is so much peace and serenity reflected in the statue of Lord Buddha and its surroundings.

  13. Carmen K. on Jan 25, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Wow, what a beautiful statue, erected after much obstacles. Thanks for the great research, Frederick.

    It is true, what they say. Looking at the peaceful demeanour of a Buddha statue, even just for a split second, brings much peace and calmness to one.

    Imagine how many people who have been angry, and just at the sight of the serene Buddha in the middle of the lake, managed to calm down. What a great blessing it is, and how kind of Rama Rao to have commisioned this statue for the benefit of others.

  14. Joy on Jan 25, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    India has always been such a spiritual country and the oldest religion also came from mother India. Their respect for all religion is so beautiful and we all know how Buddha is one of their great historical heritage sage hence it is no surprise but a rejoicing news to see and read this post. In fact having a big Buddha statue up and blessing so many beings and the country is far more greater than the statue of liberty who is just a symbolism but not a real enlightened being that can bless everyone.

    I’m amazed how they took about 3 years to get it up and with so many obstacles to get it up on to its platform but their determination paid off.

    This Buddha statue also have his right hand in the mudra of bestowing protection to all… a Buddha symbolizes peace and so many things positive and on top of that blesses anyone who gazed upon him… how meritorious and fortunate for the people in Hyderabad!

  15. Jessica Yap on Jan 25, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    What a magnificent statue!! Imagine how many sentient beings are blessed with such a huge Buddha! I never knew such place existed.. how ignorant of me! i would like to visit this place very much! Thank you Frederick for sharing! =)

    Thank you RInpoche!

  16. Datuk May on Jan 25, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    This is Beautiful. Thank you all for sharing this.

  17. tenzin llhamo on Jan 26, 2013 at 12:09 am

    So beautiful! Like Frederick I didn’t even know this statue existed.The location it was built is wonderful. Buddha can bless the the surroundings including the animals in the lake. It truly is one of the must visit place. I like the pic where there is a halo like glow behind Buddha’s head.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Frederick!

  18. Jutika Lam on Jan 26, 2013 at 2:17 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Here are my thoughts on this article.

    This statue of Buddha in Hyderabad,India is just so breath taking and wonderful. It is amazing how amazing and wonderful this Buddha especially the picture when the sun is setting and it seem like the statue of Buddha has it’s own halo.

    If i had the the money and the chance i would definitively go and visit this wonderful barge and it’s holy statue statue of Buddha on it,also it was very nice for H.H The 14th Dalai Lama to bless this not only gigantic but heavy and tall too!

    Whoever that had created this wonderful statue was truly talented and i too wish that one day i could craft something like that.

    Thank you Rinpoche for taking your time to post this wonderful article!

    Love
    Jutika

  19. philyong on Jan 26, 2013 at 3:40 am

    Beautiful statue indeed! Thank you Frederick for the research. It seems like it was no easy task to make this statue. But now that the statue is up, those who built it are gaining lots of merit on a daily basis. Imagine a Buddha statue this huge blessing the entire surrounding..how beautiful is that. I wish there are more huge Buddha statues like that around the world!

  20. Frederick Law on Jan 26, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Good Morning Rinpoche, hope Rinpoche is well. i would like to share with Rinpoche and everyone more stunning and beautiful images of Buddha Statue of Hyderabad in different angle, and also night shot with changing of colour shone onto Lord Buddha, it is so beautiful and it reminds me of impermenance,

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_oFB9sXQiV5Q/TLb7aRGN9HI/AAAAAAAAH2Q/WJhqVF9SLMY/s1600/Enlightening4.jpg

    http://lh5.ggpht.com/R09A4OIhwDIlEySY3guXcrWyrkUn08RvdDaSCpH5cAspnKey3414C658empfJYNg3f1xyA7-fJGx3QljSElPkQ=s900

    http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7164/6627364935_acf047bf02_b.jpg

    http://images02.olx.in/ui/4/82/25/1355470656_464967725_4-Holiday-in-Hyderabad-Services.jpg

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_qrAsr6CrHiA/TSXMyxAV-QI/AAAAAAAAAGQ/Tn7bSeiUkus/s1600/gallery-hyd-lake-buddha.jpg

    http://image.shutterstock.com/display_pic_with_logo/717082/717082,1306933710,9/stock-photo-standing-buddha-statue-on-water-in-hyderabad-andhra-pradesh-india-floor-like-a-chess-desk-and-78382258.jpg

    http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7142/6657396497_1133a6637b_z.jpg

    http://aptdc.in/gallery/images/photo/hyderabad/buddha-2_big.jpg

    http://www.worldisround.com/photos/22/536/16.jpg

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_qnHDW-tvTZs/SNYI84500NI/AAAAAAAABRU/lKFMQP8fCSE/s400/ATYAAAB1-gqhq65S16Y7HR-uMhxJQBSYFRKiGYKtkePrp0Lr9XaN0A370p53PdJwVXp_8A0AcdJDIyQplRUZprTxfeR_AJtU9VD335j_0tK2AObjuuEDerqeEx3hsg.jpg

    http://www.nettavisen.no/imagecache/parameter/?action=resize&width=980&height=-1&url=http://pub.tv2.no/multimedia/na/archive/00754/444_storebilder__75442316x9.jpg

    http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7179/6779472892_93988bcf41_z.jpg

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_oFB9sXQiV5Q/TLb7ZwcVmvI/AAAAAAAAH14/dYm9a80SYg8/s1600/Enlightening1.jpg

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8156/7281018510_cf0ec24b39_z.jpg

    Hope Rinpoche and everyone enjoy the beautiful shot of this magnificent Lord Buddha Statue of Hyderabad.

    Regards,

    Frederick

  21. patsy on Jan 26, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    This is a beautiful statue. Thank you Frederick for taking the initiative to research this information. I didn’t even know that this statue existed until now.

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for sharing all these beautiful photos and information with us. May we all be able to visit Husain Sagar lake one day.

  22. David Lai on Jan 26, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    I love India. I love it for the very simple fact that they are all so open to all forms of spirituality. They always have deep faith in the universal truth of all faiths and are very respectful of one another. However, that does not mean that they have less faith in their own faith. On the contrary and I like the fact that Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims live side by side.

    Although there is tensions from the extremists but they are still generally more respectful of one another. I always hear and see inter-religious blessings and just total acceptance. That is the kind of world all of us want to live in or rather what I would like to see and live in. Instead of bombings, violence, desecration and putting each other’s religion down, it would be so nice to see the acceptance of each other’s faith. I guess the only way would be exposure, acceptance and having the right religious leaders in power that have true religion in their hearts to foster this kind of understanding.

  23. Darren Kechara Paradise on Jan 26, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    It’s such a beautiful statue at night. I can’t wait to see statue of this size in KFR! :)

    • Henry Ooi on Jan 29, 2013 at 11:14 am

      Yes, Darren. I share the same sentiment with you. KFR would have an outdoor Buddha statue to bless the surrounding lands.

  24. Felix Kong on Jan 27, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Frederick sharing this Buddha Statue of Hyderabad . To build this standing buddha is not easy , really wonderful and stunning buddha , so fortunate that i can see this holy buddha image .

  25. Pastor Chia on Jan 27, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    This standing Buddha statue is so beautiful specially when is the sunset period. The sun look like the halo behind with the Buddha statue.

    Thank you Fredick research and rinpoche kindly sharing in at the blog.

  26. Sheryl KH (JB) on Jan 27, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Frederick for taking the effort to pull all info and pictures together for Gautama Buddha in India.

    It is nice to see this Buddha statue, I like it for the thoughts (that he was a humanitarian), the efforts and the time that were spent in this Buddha construction. The merits that have been generated are tremendous because of the number of people that have been, are and will be blessed.

  27. Low ksjb on Jan 27, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Thank you,Frederick for the sharing.The Buddha statue is indeed a magnificent sight.May all those who conceive the idea till the day the Buddha was erected on the platform gain great merit from it.Even in modern times like this,it is not simple to built such a beautiful monument.Wow !

  28. Pastor Yek Yee on Jan 28, 2013 at 4:01 am

    That is a fabulous, beautiful and giant statue in stand form. I like giant and big statue. This statue posted by Rinpoche and Frederick found in his research really attracted by it’s elegant. Thank you so much for sharing. It is inspired by the Statue of Liberty and the efforts to restore it. Very nice.

    My thinking it is possible Malaysia have a giant stand statue like this???

  29. Girlie Ooi on Jan 28, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Frederick for this information.

    We must include this place on our itinerary for Places to Visit.

  30. Davin on Jan 28, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    This is very beautiful. I would also like to visit this beautiful place one day. Thank you Frederick for the information and thank you Rinpoche for sharing these beautiful post and pictures.

  31. June Tang(KHJB) on Jan 28, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these beautiful pictures and information to us.Thank you Frederick for the research !!The buddha statue really huge and beautiful.I like the one where the sun sets behind Buddha’s head!I wish that we able to visit this place to see this holy Buddha one day !!

  32. Bryan Ho on Jan 29, 2013 at 4:10 am

    Dear Frederick,

    Thanks for spent time to research on these wonderful information and share it with us. It’s very nice of you to spent time on important thing, as for now 726 people have view this wonderful Buddha Statue of Hyderabad.
    As we all have know that there’s are many benefit to install Buddha statue for ourselves or in the public, the bigger it is the more benefit will be.
    A Buddha statue is a symbolic of an enlighten mind, which also represent aeons of virtue, by worshiping, praising, making offering, circumambulate to this enlighten mind, we created the cause for us to achieve the same free of suffering mind one day. This imprint will not be deleted, removed, but it will be stored in our mind even if we take away and take a new rebirth. When we take rebirth, and meet something related to Buddhism, it will trigger the imprint we collected in our past life, and we will have a chance to practice Buddhism again.
    Based on this very reason, we can imagine the living creatures that live in the lake will collect tremendous imprint for their future life. You might said those fishes or prawns doesn’t even know they are circumambulate a Buddha statue, how will they gain an imprint?? Ex: We might not know what’s inside a stupa when we circumambulate it, but we still gain imprints and merits.
    This is also one of the reason why Tsem Rinpoche always encourage us to have a Buddha statue for ourselves or others.

    Attached is a link on Tsem Rinpoche talking about bringing a Buddha home:
    http://youtu.be/tPoOJPt7qMs

    Thanks
    Bryan

  33. William C on Jan 29, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    At first glance, I thought it is the statue of liberty. The stature its stunning! Thank you Faderick for sharing. The story of how this statue stood where it is now is no easy feat but now has benefited many as imprints would have been embedded in the minds of those who sees Buddha. From the selection of the rock to carving it to transporting to it location, from hauling it up from the lake are all obstacles from the people who will benefit from this Buddha statue. Now that it is up, the benefits are tremendous.

    I would love to visit this place!

  34. Adeline Tan on Jan 29, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Magnificent Buddha standing in the middle of this scenic lake and blesses every sentien being that sees Him and seen by Him.Thanks Rinpoche and Frederick Law for sharing.

  35. MayOng on Jan 29, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Gazing upon a Buddha statue such as Gautama Buddha or Shakyamuni is already very blessed. The effort to ensure such beautiful work of art to represent “peace” and for it to be located in such strategic location for all in Hyderabad and the world to gaze upon requires tremendous effort, resource and unwavering motivation.

    Thanks to N. T. Rama Rao for making making the statue for the world to gaze upon and Frederick and Rinpoche to share it with us.

  36. Albert Ratchaga on Jan 31, 2013 at 4:06 am

    It is so beautiful that someone can spend their life building such holy image to bless the people around, to plant seed of Buddha to others.

    To build such huge statue, it need a lot of patience and determination to complete it. Thank you for the sharing, wish one day I can go see the real one :)

  37. uncle eddie on Jan 31, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    It is said that, “According to Buddhist tradition, sacred objects such as statues provide a uniquely powerful means by which we can bring to mind, the positive attitudes that are essential to the development of loving kindness!! World focus, inspiration and Buddhist tradition, it seems are the reasons for the size of very large statues. The more notable a statue, the more people will hear of it and see it, the more they have the chance to benefit from it. An 18 meter high monolith statue of Lord Buddha towering over the Lake of the famous rock of Gibraltar, with additional beautification enhancements will certaninly look capitivating in its sight and awe of its splendour in its overall beauty! This would naturally draw large crowds of both pilgrims and tourists to its place – not mentioning the comforting peace and tranquility Buddha statues always created. Thanks for the sharing Federick and your hard work and concerted efforts which are appreciated greatly.

  38. grace (KHJB) on Jan 31, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    The 2nd picture share by Rinpoche is very beautiful, the sunset just behind the head of Buddha, like the enlighten light sparkling around the world . really beautiful

  39. Edwin Tan on Feb 1, 2013 at 12:30 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing the article and the images. Even a good shot of the sun behind the Buddha statue.

    Thank you Frederick for gathering more information.

    NY has statue of Liberty, Brazil [Rio] has statue of Christ, Hyderabad has a statue of Buddha.
    Soon, KFR will have GRAND statueS of many Buddhas!

    Thank you.
    Edwin

  40. Venix on Feb 2, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing such a wonderful article.
    Thank you Frederick for your effort.
    May Husain Sagar Lake,India always peaceful and bless with Buddha Statue of Hyderabad.

    Regards,
    venix

  41. Wah Ying on Feb 5, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Buddha’s statue in day time and night time is so different. I like to see Buddha statue “floating” on sea…the statue reminds me of The Guanyin of the South Sea of Sanya, China.

  42. Wan Wai Meng on Feb 13, 2013 at 1:17 am

    So beautiful thank you. It feels so serene just looking at this figure.

  43. Leann Lim on Feb 15, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Thank you Frederick for your research and the information. And thanks for Rinpoche sharing, so that we all get to know this beautiful statue in the world. I just can’t get my eyes on it, the Standing Buddha is sooooo beautiful. And the story behind so great. I like the founder – Rama Rao said : chose to depict Gautama Buddha because “he was a humanitarian who told the whole truth to the people. It is our pride.”..So true!!!

    When we see the Buddha image, the dharma seeds will plant inside us and even one day we past away.. it still there. And when the Buddha Statue big enough it benefit more and more sentient beings by planting dharma seed inside, one day it might help us to close to 3 Jewels. Beautiful.

    Hope one day we can visit this beautiful place and we have one in Malaysia. LOL ><

  44. sweekeong on Feb 21, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    This is so beautiful. Thank you Frederick for finding the background information of Buddha statue of Hyderabad and Rinpoche for posting it. :) I especially like the second last picture where you can see the sun setting in the background on the right side of the Buddha statue. The whole feel is very mystic and ancient. Just as the teaching from Buddha, the Dharma has been in existence for a very long time. Countless Buddhas from the past have taught it and only now we have the chance to hear this ancient wisdom and thus be able to apply to our every day lives. This image also reminds me of the short span of human life. Countless life we have wale and breath as sentient beings and countless beings have become enlightened. Still we are not yet enlightened. The Dharma teachings we have the opportunity to listen to isn’t conveniently available as of now. It can be lost or simply become too deep for our intellectual capacity to comprehend in future.

  45. Sean Wang on Feb 28, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    This is indeed a wonderful statue. My favourite image is when the sun goes behind the statue’s head and forms a halo. It is so beautiful. I really love the fact that the statue was built as Lord Buddha was considered to be a humanitarian, which is extremely true. It is because of Lord Buddha that humans can benefit so much on a spiritual level.

  46. Beatrix Ooi on Oct 23, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Thank You for sharing the beautiful pictures of the Buddha statue with us Rinpoche. The statue looks stunning! I really love the picture of the statue with the sun setting behind it, the sun contras the statue. I wish that i’ll be able to visit the place next time.

  47. jerry_sito on Dec 20, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    感恩仁波切的分享与开示

    随喜,这是如此美丽与法喜充满的能够看见如此宏伟的佛像庄严的立在那里,当每天无数的有情众生经过那里,都能被这佛像深深地赐予祝福与加持,并在一切有情众生的心中留下一个强大的佛法印记

    祈愿我们克切拉禅修林的大药师佛像也顺利落成地站立在克切拉禅修林上,无止尽地祝福与加持一切有情众生

    感恩仁波切,祈愿您长驻在世,常转法轮

  48. Fong on May 22, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    The vision and tenacity of one man, not to mention the resources to bring this statue of Buddha to the middle of this river. That this can happen in Hyderabad indicating the tolerance and understanding of the religions here, is indeed cause for rejoicing. What blessings to all and sundry in the vicinity!

    Thank you, Rinpoche for sharing this photo and thank you, Frederick Law for researching the information.

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The Unknown

The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
~Tsem Rinpoche

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Good dharma friends go a long way together as they can work together to benefit many beings. Kudos to friends in the Dharma. TR
4 hours ago
Besides Willow Creek, California, this spot in Washington state is another area where many Bigfoot sightings occur frequently. TR
17 hours ago
BREAKING NEWS: India has banned the import of animal tested cosmetics. Coming just few months after they banned cosmetics testing in Indian labs, the import ban now makes India the first cruelty-free cosmetics zone in South Asia. Now it's time for Australia to end cruel cosmetics. My bill has been on the books for months, and the Labor and Liberal parties still haven't come to the table. It's time for action. Join our call to end cruel cosmetics. Visit http://grns.mp/end-cruel-cosmetics
2 days ago
Celebrity host Li Kim interviews Dato' Wira Eric for Kechara Magazine. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 days ago
Must go see the movie, very inspiring. Does anyone know where I can find this on DVD? Tsem Rinpoche
5 days ago
Buddhas for gifts to people who wished to be blessed daily. It is always beneficial to wear a Buddha pendant. Tsem Rinpoche 
5 days ago
Pastor Seng Piow surprised me with this Vajrapani today. Very beautiful. TR
5 days ago
A Tara presented to me by caring Beng Kooi. This statue is very special to me because Beng Kooi's motivation is pure and samaya clean. I appreciate this very much. Tsem Rinpoche
6 days ago
My Uncle Mr. Min Hong Gui in Taiwan. I met him once when we visited Taiwan and he shared much of our family history with me. I was grateful. He is the only sibling of my mother. Tsem Rinpoche 
7 days ago
Kechara Pastor Dr. Lanse doing last rites and prayers in the hospital for someone who just passed. Om Mani Peme Hung. 
2 weeks ago
This is wonderful!
2 weeks ago
Beautiful. Please share with other spiritual friends. 
3 weeks ago
This is one of the funniest things I've seen in a long time! I laughed till I teared..please watch: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=53930
4 weeks ago
Wait till you see the pictures this photographer caught in portraits in order to evoke some feelings in us: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=53879
4 weeks ago
Guess what we did on Mt Rinjani? See: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=53342
4 weeks ago
Modern Buddhist Fellowship members joining in celebrations in Kechara.  October 24, 2014
4 weeks ago
This is a Cockatoo named Boy. He was in a small cage alone most of the time for 22 years. The owner finally relented and let us rescue Boy and be put in a large huge outdoor aviary with friends and fresh air. He came to us on October 24, 2014. 
4 weeks ago
October 24, 2014-Pastor Shin giving a talk in Kechara House. 
4 weeks ago
October 24, 2014-Was presented with lots of flowers today. How kind. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
Mark Twain once said, “Of all the creatures ever made Man is the most detestable. He’s the only creature that inflicts pain for sport, knowing it to be pain.” ~ From Earthlings, http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/earthlings.html
4 weeks ago
The highest achievements are usually done alone.~Tsem Rinpoche (Sometimes the further you move up and achieve, the less people will be around or unable to keep up. Some cannot understand, accept or wish to do more and they can drop off. Some may wish you well but cannot keep up anyways. The higher your goals, the less most are able to understand or envision. Some may be even against you. But what is important is you stay focused and consistent. After all big achievements are done by only a few and not the majority. Highest achievements are usually done alone or with a very few. Stamina, vision, consistency, focus, care, responsibility and sometimes even a sense of compassion is necessary to achieve anything big. Giving up gets us nowhere, so continuing is a good option. When you make it, some will come back, many will join and the naysayers regret and wished they had stayed. Tsem Rinpoche)
4 weeks ago
Since I was a young boy I wished to live in this type of environment. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Everything about it brings good memories. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
This is my dream home, dream location and a place where I would spiritually grow. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
"I like doing things that are going to last longer than a minute in the world."~ Christy Turlington
1 month ago
Click on this picture to enlarge and tell me what they are doing? Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
"One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous or honest." ~ Maya Angelou
2 months ago
Mother gorilla's heart- A child fell into the gorilla cage. She broke her arms and legs and she was unconcious. A male gorilla came and tried to hurt her. Luckily, a female gorilla rescued her by chasing other gorillas away not to hurt her. This is an instinct of mother animals that take care of their babies. The mother gorilla climbed the 57 ft wall and took the girl to the zoo officer. The girl was sent to hospital and the doctor cured her. Thanks to mother gorilla's kind heart. -From FB (Please always be kind to animal. Never hurt them, kill them or eat them. Tsem Rinpoche)
2 months ago
October 3, 2014-Karen said there were even people in the Gifts Department of Kechara participating in Blog Chat today. Wonderful to learn. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
October 3, 2014-William, Pastor David, Pastor Jean Ai and Jean Mei preparing for blog chat. Nice people here!
2 months ago
October 3, 2014-In Kechara Forest Retreat, the room is filled with Kecharians on the blog chat right now. According to Pastor Adeline who sent the photo, the whole room is buzzing with blurping sounds from blog chat!! LOL. I like this when people learn the dharma. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
I've been friends with Dato' Ruby for nearly 20 years. When I asked her to head the Kechara Soup Kitchen she immediately agreed and put all her energy into making it successful. Many are benefitted by this. Kechara is committed to continuing to benefit others. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Our likes and dislikes are impermanent, so don't be stuck.~Tsem Rinpoche 
2 months ago
LOL. This guy is cute!
2 months ago
Please sign this petition. It will take five minutes to make a difference. Tsem Rinpoche https://action.hsi.org/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=104&ea.campaign.id=31967&ea.tracking.id=facebook
2 months ago
When this female named Dorothy died of heart failure, all the chimpanzee family came out of the forest to say good bye..... the most stunning reaction was a recurring, almost tangible silence, reported staff at Cameroon’s Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Centre. If you know chimpanzees, then you know that they are not usually silent beings. I think it’s beautiful how many of the chimps are touching each others’ shoulders.~from Butterbin
2 months ago
Praise to the Lady Buddha who eliminates all source of suffering. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 months ago
This is a cool snapshot! I love the paranormal mysteries. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 months ago
Our Kechara's Dato' Ruby is on this month's cover of prestige magazine for her work in our Soup Kitchen. Congratulations to a kind lady and my good friend. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Is it time to worry? You tell me. See what I'm talking about please: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=53452
2 months ago
How nice that Caryl Dumaine Lamont Munson reminds us that although the contest is over, the goal of the contest is still to be achieved. See what he is talking about: Win A Manjushri: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52496 Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Once in a while we step through something magical that gives us hope and we continue on. ~Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
New species of herbivores discovered in USA...LOL...Tsem R
2 months ago
Must read this chart and share. TR
2 months ago
This is excellent! Save photo!
2 months ago
These two bright young people arrived in Los Angeles today to visit and help. They are very sincere and caring people. Glad to see them. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 months ago
If you want to read about compassion, strength, wisdom and fortitude, get this special edition of Essence. I did. Wonderful and a lot to learn from this lady of wisdom Ms. Maya Angelou. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
The holy Tsongkapa image when He first arrived to Kechara.  Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
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  • Socialite becomes a volunteer in Malaysian soup kitchen
    Socialite becomes a volunteer in Malaysian soup kitchen
    In the Malaysian capital, Ruby Khong devotes her lunch hours delivering food to the needy, even when the tropical heat and humidity make it hard to breathe. "It was always about myself, what I wanted and that continued on for a while until 1994," she says. That year, she was on a quest for spiritual guidance in India and met a Buddhist monk named Tsem Rinpoche. Read more here: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29986205
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    Mumu always prepares his bed this way before sleeping. Cute.
    4 weeks ago
  • Watch what Jason Clare said in parliament
    Watch what Jason Clare said in parliament
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    4 weeks ago
  • Super cute attack. Have to watch!!
    Super cute attack. Have to watch!!
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    They pump 'things' into poultry to make it look plump and bigger to attract you to buy. Then you eat whatever they've pumped and think how it builds up in your body? Is your taste buds worth it to risk your health? Tsem Rinpoche
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    Look at this 2 minute video, while Hong Kong is having massive protests,right over the skyline of a city a UFO is spotted observing.. Incredible footage. UFO's are historically said to always gather where there is massive conflicts or congregations of people for hundreds of years.
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    See this video and do share with friends. See what happens at 1:10........Om Mani Peme Hung Watch it for the sake of the beings within in enduring what they have to endure. Don't think about how you feel because you are not there, but how they feel. Tsem Rinpoche
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    I just purchased an empty locket from an art store for around $10 and had a nice picture of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche inserted in the front and His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche inserted on the others side at home. Attached a str...ing and it's good to wear for blessings. Look how beautiful. I am the type, I devote myself to my practice but I remember it is the sole kindness of the guru's teachings. Without the guru there is no dharma at all as I cannot speak to Buddha directly. Tsem Rinpoche
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    I was gifted this wonderful blingy shiny new pen by a spiritual friend. I didn't know Swarovski pens write so smoothly. I am going to enjoy writing with this. Thank you Jessica Pimentel. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
  • Is this the Loch Ness monster?
    Is this the Loch Ness monster?
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    In Kechara Forest Retreat we have a large aviary with many rescued birds and tortoises. We just built a nice pool for them to cool down in. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 months ago
  • Rescuing dog in LA river
    Rescuing dog in LA river
    3 months ago
  • This is a very inspiring video by Jim Carrey you must see
    This is a very inspiring video by Jim Carrey you must see
    3 months ago
  • Dalai Lama watching TV
    Dalai Lama watching TV
    3 months ago
  • Dog with a heart of Gold
    Dog with a heart of Gold
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    3 months ago
  • 14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    5 months ago
  • The Girl Who Couldn't Cry - Water is Life
    The Girl Who Couldn't Cry - Water is Life
    It's really hard to educate a generation of people born in conditions where they take things for granted. A simple slogan campaign that says, "Save water, It's precious" isn't sticky enough to make inroads. That's exactly where this video steps in: to make people realize how precious water actually is. A brilliant video that follows the heartbreaking story of a young girl that cannot cry. Sounds like fiction? Sadly, it is not.
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    Dear everyone, All sentient beings deserve to live, be happy and not hurt, including animals. We should never hurt them or eat them. Look how much this chicken welcomes a hug and love. Observe carefully. Don't eat beings who can feel pain because the karma comes back. Tsem Rinpoche
    7 months ago
  • The appreciation shown here is so deep and touching.
    The appreciation shown here is so deep and touching.
    Dear friends, See this incredible video. This chimp was found in captivity for many years. Dr Jane Goodall released him into the wild. Look how he comes back to thank her with deep apprecition. It's amazing. Animals have such strong feelings of pain and happiness just like us. We should never hurt them and share with others to not hurt them. Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
    7 months ago
  • Aki drinking some water in the aviary
    Aki drinking some water in the aviary
    Aki is a rescued bird, he now lives in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    8 months ago
  • Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang is one of our rescue birds that live in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    8 months ago
  • The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Today the Mumus (dogs) decided to do a dog orchestra rehearsal together with the Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) dogs.
    9 months ago
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    Gongkar is our new bird for Kechara Forest Retreat's aviary. Gongkar never had friends and the original owner could not bring him to his destination. Now he is with us and assimilating in his cage within the aviary for a few weeks then released into aviary. Look at how much he wants attention from the other birds. Cute. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
  • Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
  • Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    1 years ago
  • Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
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    1 years ago
  • The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
    The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
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    17 May 2013, heavy rain at Kechara Forest Retreat from 7am-8am (1 hour). Water overflowed the existing drain and also opened up a much wider new "route" for itself.
    2 yearss ago
  • Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
    Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
    2 yearss ago

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Set up for bereavement puja at Johor yesterday afternoon. by Puja House
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Bereavement puja is conduct in funeral which compiled by H.E.Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. by Puja House
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Three sessions of Bereavement Puja at Johor Bharu. by Puja House
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Our food bank programme extended to these few families over the week. Vivian@KSK KL
20 hours ago
New friends! x PJA
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108 candles offering in front of Lama Tsongkhapa for our Dharma brother loved one who just passed away this morning. by Puja House
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Our dedicated team for "Bags of Love" 2014 event. Patsy
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Happy recipients from Persatuan Ibu Tunggal with their school bags. Patsy
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Distribution of school bags to the less fortunate children. Patsy
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Helping others is not a duty but a privilege.~#tsemtulku_PB
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The Puja House teams in H.E.Tsem Tulku Rinpoche's BLOG CHAT DISCUSSION session. Puja House
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We can beg or give a long story, but the grim reaper listens to no one, practice dharma now.~#tsemtulku _PB
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When we are faced with tough decision, pick the one that benefits others the most~#tsemtulku_PB
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Another group of Kecharian are taking vegetarian vow. Rejoice! Pastor Yek Yee
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Take Vegetarian vow for good reason. Pastor Yek Yee
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Following up on Jaspal's case last night. Hope he will make it off the street! Justin@KSK
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