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: 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: 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.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

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  1. Nikita on Dec 1, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    I have visited Hussain sagar-Hyderabad. The place is very wonderful and serene.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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 ><

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

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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 🙂

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

  18. 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

  19. 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 !!

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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???

  23. 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 !

  24. 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.

  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. 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 .

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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

  31. 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!

  32. 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

  33. 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!

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

    This is Beautiful. Thank you all for sharing this.

  35. 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!

  36. 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!

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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!

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

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

    beautiful!!

  45. 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.

  46. 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”.

  47. 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 .

  48. 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

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

    Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing Rinpoche.

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  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:07 AM
    This year Wesak Day fall on 10 of May. This day is very special and meaningful to me because I will visit Kechara Forest Retreat(KFR) to join some meritorious event there.
    For me, Wesak is a day to commemorate Buddha Sakyamuni in three aspect( Birth , Enlightened, Nirwana).
    While we celebrate Wesak, we must remind ourselves to learn from Buddha teachings and practice it in order to gain attainment.
    Thanks Rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow for sharing in order to create more understanding on Wesak Day.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/wesak-day-special-on-rtm-2.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 06:10 PM
    OMG! This is very touching. To see a doggie who never left go of his owner in spite of death. Way more powerful than many who proclaimed “till death do us part.” Just like the human, not all doggies are as loyal as this tear-jerking pet, but I truly believe almost all doggies offer unconditional love to the person who feeds and cares for them. Even when they are stray animals. There was a stray dog who will run two streets from the entrance of the “Taman” until the car stops in front of the house, just to greet me. You can imagine the warm and conviction in my heart that these beings are more than capable of loving than many of us, human! Thank you for this lovely sharing. I miss my doggie, Sherab.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 06:00 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow, for this amazing sharing. There is no doubt about the ability of our Guru, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. His incarnations have been compassionate and taken rebirth to return and spread the dharma so that sentient beings can benefit and learn some dharma in our short life.

    We shall never doubt our Guru; but must see that He is one with our Yidam and Protector, an attained being. Even if our Guru does not demonstrate clairvoyance abilities, we must never contest our Guru, for he holds the key (dharma) that can liberate us from eternal suffering in samsara.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 05:50 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow, for the illustrated miracle story on how Rinpoche guided Cynthia and Marici away from danger through protector’s practice. The unseen exist, whether we like it or not. Some of them are malicious and have the affinity or karma with some of us. Hence they can cause harm and disturbance. By engaging in Protectors’ practice like Dorje Shugden and Setrap that have been practiced by the high lamas of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, we are protected and guarded against harm.

    Rinpoche is compassionate and only want the best for us. His teachings are not meant to show off the power of the divines but offer us a way out from our desperate samsara conundrum that binds us from engaging in deeper spiritual practice. Rinpoche always teaches us to focus on mind transformation and Tsongkhapa practice. How fortunate we are to have met Rinpoche in this lifetime. We must not let this rare and precious opportunity go to waste.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-12.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 04:30 PM
    Miracles do happen,when we have faith and trust in our Guru.What is important is to follow Rinpoche’s advice and do as instructed by our Guru to clear the osbtacles all the way.Angie and Herry were so fortunate to have meet Rinpoche.Its because of Rinpoche ‘s compassion and caring for his student Angie’s life was saved.Infact Rinpoche has helped many people through his intervention, advice and instructions.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing miracles stories which i enjoyed reading.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 02:45 PM
    WOW….interesting a miracles true story. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.Reciting mantras by family members and doing 20 pujas done at the monastery to help the baby. These proved that pujas, which have been done for hundreds of years in the monasteries are very powerful methods for us to overcome difficulties, create huge amounts of merit and for protection, good health and long life.This show us how powerful pujas can help us when we have trust and faith in our Guru.And with Rinpoche divination,the baby was born and now a healthy boy.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 12:47 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these powerful teachings.Its a privilege
    to do Dharma work to benefits other,do it with motivation and a good attitude when engaging ourselves It will be guide line for me.When we serve others to do Dharma work together at Kechara Forest Retreat ,we will improve ourself , purify our negative karma and to benefit others too.I will be sponsoring to the healings bricks soon and i will cherish every moment in supporting KFR.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/dharma-work-attitude-tdl.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 11:06 AM
    Bigfoot is just another beings living in this world although not commonly seen and live in the deep jungle in high mountains. There were many evidences that people from many parts of the world sighted this beings. Whatever shape they are I think importantly we are all sharing this world and therefore need to have mutual respect and not intervene each others.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/its-in-the-scriptures-they-exist.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 04:26 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline sharing this interesting post about Bodhidharma, a great master favoured meditation and introduced the Lankavatara Sutra to Chinese Buddhism.

    Here are a few points I have learned from this post:
    1. Bodhidharma had strong imprints of Dharma from the past and therefore he is interested in Buddha’s teachings and show his great wisdom. at a very young age.
    2. His strong guru devotion and determination in learning and spreading the dharma based on meditation though he confronted with difficulties such as Emperor Wu Di was not impressed by his teachings, being ostracized and rejected and lived as a beggar for many months. Notwithstanding, he continued and never give up to practice meditation in complete silence for nine years in cave wall when he was not accepted by Shaolin Monastery at the beginning .
    3. When Bodhidharma was allowed enter to the monastery, he had put a lot of efforts to help the monks in improving their physical body as well as their mind through the meditation. Then, Bodhidharma continued to develop a system of 18 dynamic tension exercises which were printed as Yi Gin Ching (Changing Muscle/Tendon Classic) in 550 CE. It is known as the Luohan (arhat) 18 Hand Movements today which serves as the basis of both Chinese Temple Boxing and the Shaolin Martial Arts.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/bodhidharma-the-founder-of-gongfu.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 04:10 PM
    Thank you, Grace, for sharing with us the many tips on how to care for and maintain our hair. Personal grooming is important because when we care for our appearance, we are respecting the people who have to deal with us. Caring for our hair, making sure that it is neat and clean should be something we need to take care of since young as it is part of personal grooming. The key is not to be attached to our body and outer-images, that results in spending much time and resources just to make ourselves look good.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/how-much-do-you-know-about-hair.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 03:00 PM
    Thank you for sharing these wonderful and significant photos showed that Kechara Pastors’ tireless efforts to bring dharma to many others and do the blessings whenever is necessary.

    Basically, the pastorship role was conceptualized by our precious guru, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, to preserve the Dharma and to give laypeople an opportunity to commit to benefiting others. Kechara Pastors are fully dedicated and selflessly serving others especially in spiritual growth and therefore this is good for us to support the Pastors so that they can focus and spend more of their time and effort to serve others and most importantly Buddhist teachings can be spread and shared to many others. The supports to Pastors including food, lodging, transportation, items necessary for their work, such as ritual items or spiritual gifts for those in need and many others. (If you are interested to know more about Kechara Pastors, please have a good read at http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/support-the-kechara-pastors.html)

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10-amazing-house-blessings-by-kechara-pastors.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 02:13 PM
    Its such a great blessing for all of us to hear the holy voice recordings of H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche a great master..His profound teachings ,got to take seroiusly,more as an important advice on Dorje Shugden’s practice.H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s explaination was very clear before any of the practitioner’s commitment and receive sogtae.They must keep the lineage practice and teachings no matter what ever happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us on the important advice by a great master.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kyabje-zong-rinpoches-advice-on-dorje-shugdens-practice.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 11:50 AM
    Thank you Pastor Han Nee for your sharing your thoughts and review about the book “Be Happy” written by Rinpoche. It is indeed not easy to be happy as we all have various expectation in every situation and people.

    We may think having a big house, lots of cash and good career is happiness but this is the wrong perception. Being happy is not about material and everything about ourselves. It is only when we can do more for others and focus out that we gain happiness. I never realised this until I joined Kechara. I think we have such a fixed mindset of what happiness is and when our expectation is not met, we are unhappy.

    Rinpoche has pointed out many ways for us to rectify our thoughts and methods to be happy. Now it is for us to take initiative to change and transform our mind if we want to be happy.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee for this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/be-happy.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Apr 24. 2017 12:30 PM
    Many people do not believe in reincarnation and only relates it to certain religion such as Hinduism and Buddhism. However, there were many instances and signs that proven reincarnation exist. As Buddhist we will believe in reincarnation and karma. It is by understanding that everything has its cause and effect that we should learn to live life in the correct attitude and mindset. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting articles to remind us of karma and the importance of doing dharma practise.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/interesting-signs-of-reincarnation.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Apr 23. 2017 08:29 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for your teachings.
    Always be generous and kind in what ever we could do even its little help.It’s the little things in life that bring the greatest happiness. Its between us and our Buddha ,so we would not bother what the receipient thinks and say of us. What ever was said ,should not deter our motivation to do Dharma work.
    (It will change people’s lives in one way or another. It will change your life for the better.)….well said by Rinpoche.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/its-not-between-you-and-the-recipient.html

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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,
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini\'s blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves.
~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini's blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves. ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
: This picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
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: This picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one\'s death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one's death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin\'s dog Snowy!
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I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin's dog Snowy!
Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
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Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
 Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
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2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
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One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
 Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
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Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
Tsem Rinpoche\'s Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
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Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
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Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
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It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
4 weeks ago
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
1 month ago
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
1 month ago
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
1 month ago
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 month ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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  • April 20, 2017 10:45
    Ronnie asked: Dear Rinpoche and Pastors, I'm studying abroad and very far away from home, seeking guidance and advice as I have no one else I can talk to about this. Please read with an open mind, I don't know where else to go for help. I'm pregnant and it's an unplanned pregnancy. I'm stuck between keeping it or letting it go. I'm young and having a child at my age in the society we live in now would be considered taboo. The father of the child thinks I should let it go because it may cause a setback to both our careers and cause major family issues. He thinks we aren't ready to raise a child especially since we're both still in university and his parents think badly of me even though they've never met me or tried to get to know me. I'm sure no one would ever have the heart to take away a heartbeat but it seems like it isn't the right time to have a child now and if we did go through with it, the child probably won't be able to have the best things life can offer looking at where we are now in terms of finance and maturity. I'm lost, confused and unsure what the right thing to do is now. Any advice at all would be helpful right now. Thank you so very much for taking time to read my story.
    pastor answered: Dear Ronnie, I’m sorry to read that you are going through this situation. I can understand that this situation is tough to go through. You are always more than welcome to come here to ask questions. May I suggest that you talk to either someone in your family or your friends to help you come to an appropriate solution? This is because, what you feel, what you are going through, will change from time to time and you would need someone to talk to, someone that you can lean on through this situation you are facing. Depending on where you are in the world, professional help can also be sought to help you make a decision, which will be the best option for you seeking help. From a Buddhist perspective, the taking of a life is not considered a positive act, therefore those on the Buddhist path, would normally abstain taking a life if possible. However, that being said, one must always weigh the decision oneself. Everything we do in life, necessarily involves karma both positive and negative. That is why Buddhists try to overcome samsara in general. Your situation is complicated because you are abroad, but if possible you should really open up to someone you are close to in order to help you through making this decision on a personal basis. When you talk to someone, whom you are able to express yourself more, you may able to come to better decision that is right for you. There may be other options open to you if you seek help. I personally know women who have been in similar situations. One of these women, let the child go and the other went through the pregnancy and then gave the child up for adoption. You may or may not have thought of this option, but it is one that could be open to you, depending on where in the world you are. Any decision we make in life, however big or small it may seem, has far reaching consequences whether in this life, or in future lives. This is just a part and parcel of life within samsara. However, we should weigh the decisions we make clearly given the situation we are in. We cannot always do this weighing ourselves, but need to talk about our options with others we can rely on such a friends, family or professionals. You should consider doing this, which will help you greatly emotionally, and may give you the grounding you need to make the correct decision for you. I hope this helps.
  • April 19, 2017 04:57
    Dongho asked: What is a nyung ne practice? According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, it's a purification sadhana. However, what are the instructions for this? I'm guessing it's to Chenrezig, but how does it work? Also, from what I have read, Vajrasattva practice is only for broken vows while Akshobhya is for regular misdeeds. Does that mean one has to take the Akshobhya practice to purify bad karma from this life and previous instead of Vajrasattva? As for the purification practices, are some like Vajrasattva and Chenrezig only to purify the bad karma and let it come quickly or is it to prevent it from coming? I am confused in it. As for signs, I recited a mantra of White Yangchenma that a Sakya lama, Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche, gave me with the Sakya visualizations I read on, and after one mala, I heard some lady call my Korean name even though no one in my neighborhood knows of my name and my family members weren't in the area. What does this mean?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your questions, it’s nice to see you back here again. Nyung Ne practice is a purification practice that centres around Chenrezig. It is a very beneficial practice that stems from a holy nun named Gelong-ma Palmo. It is a two and a half day practice that can be repeated many times over and over again to intensify the purification and build a closer relationship with Chenrezig. As well as its purification aspect, the practice is known to generate vast amount of merit, and also compassion, as the practice centres around Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. The practice involves taking the eight Mahayana precepts for the duration, fasting, meditating, prostrating and praying. The practice usually entails empowerment into the practice of Chenrezig, therefore the exact meditations, prayers can only be explained to those who have the empowerment. Vajrasattva practice is not necessarily only for repairing broken vows, etc. That’s why it is advised that you engage in the practice at the end of the day, to repair any vows that you may have broken during that day, as well as stopping any negative karma you created that day from multiplying. This would entail reciting the mantra 21 times, together with the four opponent powers. However, if you engage in this practice more intensely, it definitely has the capability to purify all sorts of karma. That is the reason why in Ngondro, or preliminary practices one engages in before tantra, the practice of 100,000 Vajrasattva mantra recitation is an integral part. You can read more about Vajrasattva and his practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html. Within purification practices, some of the karma will be purified completely, so you do not feel its effects at all, but when purifying other karma you will need to feel its effects somehow. For example if you have the karma to be in a car accident and get seriously injured, and you are engaging in any practice, but especially the purification practice, since you have purified most of the karma, you will only experience being in a very minor car accident, with only very superficial injuries. Therefore, in this case, the karma has been purified to the extent that it does not affect you as much, but you still need to feel part of its effect. In regards to any signs that you receive which engaging in the practices given to you by one of your specific gurus, you should report the happenings to that particular guru. He will be able to give you more of an accurate answer, as it may be related to the particular practice that he gave to you. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 17, 2017 07:06
    Thomas asked: Dear Pastors, When a serkyem set has been used so much and one is ready to get rid of it and replace it with a new one. What is a respecful mode of disposal?
    pastor answered: Dear Thomas, Thank you for your question. Your question shows that you have a lot of respect for offering items, which is very good. If possible, you should try to repair the item if within your means, and doing so make embellishments to make it a better offering item, which can still be used. If this is not possible, then you should dispose of the item with a good motivation. You should think that this item has been used to make offerings to the enlightened beings, but now that it is broken or unusable, you are going to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. Since it itself is not a receptacle of energies of the enlightened beings, such as a statue, tsa tsa or thangka, it does not require a special dissolution before being disposed of. However since it was used to make offerings, it still requires some form of respect when disposing, and this comes from one’s motivation and the way in which you dispose of it. Usually, when disposing of items in this way, make the motivation that you have used it and that it is now time to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. When you do this you can dispose of it in a respectful manner. For example, if you are going to throw it away, you do not simply open the trash can and throw it in. You wrap it up in something, like a bag or newspaper and dispose of it respectfully. Another method you can dispose of it is to recycle the object, if the material it is made from can be recycled. That way you are more conscious of the environment as well. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 16, 2017 22:38
    Curious asked: Dear pastors In a recent youtube video something like paying respect to deceased ones, pastor Nirel Patel explained that merits are like the interest and good karma is like the principal sum. So merits always regenerate themselves and hence do not get used up but good karma is like the principal sum so it gets used up. So my question is what are practices that generate merit? And can we turn a mundane daily activity into a meritorious one? Maybe can you provide an example?
    pastor answered: Dear Curious, Thank you for your question. First, to clarify a point, in regards to good karma, you are right, it is like a principal sum in a bank account, but you take away from it when you experience something good in your life, and you add to it when you do good deeds. Merit on the other hand, once accrued never diminishes, therefore when something is based on merit, it is based on the energies of this never diminishing sum, which you could say is like interest. In short, the principal sum when talking about karma is always added to and subtracted from. However, when talking about merit, once you have it, there is no way to destroy it, you will always benefit from it. There are various ways to explain how to generate merit. I will explain a way that I find easiest to understand. In normal life, when we go about performing any sort of activity, be it ‘good’ or ‘bad’ we do so out of ignorance of the true nature of existence, and it is usually self-motivated. For example, we work our entire lives to generate monetary income, so that we have enough money, resources, and materials goods to be comfortable. This is self-motivated, but it is the accepted way the world works these days, and is part and parcel of being bound to samsaric life. On the other hand, the act of merit making can be categorised into three parts: i) motivation, ii) the act itself, and iii) dedication. Let’s start with motivation, when engaging in various virtuous acts, we should have the motivation that by engaging in the act, we have the motivation to alleviate the suffering of someone else, and that may we gain enlightenment so that we can benefit them in the future. The second is the act itself. The third is to dedicate the energy of the virtuous act to gaining enlightenment. These three are what make merit. This may be a little confusing, so let me give an example: giving help to a homeless person. Whereas in ordinary life, this is something praised as a very good deed, it does not create merit without motivation and dedication. In order for this to become merit, one must set the motivation that one is giving help to the homeless free of the eight worldly concerns, to alleviate their suffering and also making the motivation that you will achieve enlightenment for the sake of the person or people you are helping. Then after you have helped them, you dedicate the energy created to the spiritual journey towards full enlightenment to help all sentient beings, while at the same time benefiting as many sentient beings as possible on the way there. This transforms the act into not only a virtuous action but also one that generates merit. On the other hand, if you were to help the homeless without these, you are creating good karma, which although beneficial, keeps you bound to existence within samsara. As it is the goal of Buddhist practice to overcome the cycle of samsara, a Buddhist would want to generate merit instead of good karma. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 13, 2017 11:38
    D.A. asked: If Begtse Chan is not from Mongolia, what are his real origins or story exactly? And which lamas offer his empowerment? As for Manjushri Nagarakshasa, which lamas specifically offer his empowerment and practice?
    pastor answered: Dear D.A. Thank you for your question. Begtse, is also known as Chamsing, or Jamsaran in Mongolian. As mentioned in an earlier sharing with someone who also asked a question about Begtse, the practiced was introduced to Tibet from India by the translator Nyen Lotsawa, and is considered one of the main protectors of the Hayagriva cycle of tantras. According to the scriptures that derive from the Sakya tradition, who incorporated the practice from the translators, and in which tradition Begtse became a very important protector, Begtse in a previous life was born many eons ago. In that particular life, he was born as the younger prince in a royal family. His name was Drag Gye, and his older brother’s name was Drag Den. Over time both princes developed differing religious beliefs, to the point where they could not get along with each as they both held their own religious views strongly. As was the custom during that time, they decided to settle their differences through logical debate, with the loser having to convert to the winner’s religion. This custom was also prevalent in ancient India, and there are many stories of such debates occurring between the great masters of the past and those of other faiths. Drag Gye lost the various debates, but ran away instead of converting to his older brother’s religion. Drag Den caught him, and tried to punish him for breaking the rules of debate and going back on his promise. Drag Gye told his brother that even if he was killed he would not give up his religion, however if Drag Den let him go, that in the future when Drag Den became enlightened, he would protect his teachings. With that Drag Den let him go, and gave him a set of copper armour, a stick, and a bow and arrow. Drag Den also gave Drag Gye a new name: Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po. After this incident the two brothers never saw each other again in that lifetime. Many lives after that Drag Den was reborn as Prince Siddharta, who eventually became enlightened and is now known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Drag Gye, or Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po, was reborn in a cemetery in the North West direction. His parents gave birth to two eggs, one was a coral-like colour and the other was an agate-like colour. These two eggs flew high into the sky and reached the heavenly realms, there they subdued the gods. Then flying back down to earth, they subdued many nagas. Eventually they even came to threaten their own parents. The parents petitioned the Dharma protector Ekajati for her help, who threw her own staff (khatvanga) at the eggs, and broke them apart. From the coral-like coloured egg came a ferocious man with yellow hair, he proclaimed that his name was ‘Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po’. When he emerged he was wearing a set of copper armour, wielding a stick, copper sword, and a bow and arrow. From the agate-like coloured egg came a female who was blue in colour, her teeth were like shells, she had turquoise eyebrows, and her hair was made of fire. She emerged wielding a copper knife, ritual dagger (phurba), rode a terrifying bear and wore an intricate necklace made of agate and lapis lazuli. It was then that Ekajati once again took action, and subdued them, after which they became Dharma protectors. The male figure became known as Begtse, and the female as his sister. When you propitiate Begtse, his sister is automatically included and aids practitioners as well. As for which lama offer his practice and empowerment, most lamas do not advertise which teachings or practice they hold. Therefore you should respectfully approach lamas and ask them if they have the practice and can bestow it, or if they know of any lamas that have the practice, depending on how much you want to practice Begtse. Similarly, this applies to those lamas who have the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. However, this practice is included in the Rinjung Gyatsa series of empowerments. This unique cycle of teachings, includes all 4 classes of tantric practices, and includes the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. Therefore those lamas who have received the complete transmission, and have kept their commitments for this practice, are qualified to pass this on to others. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
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