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.

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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  • Alice Tay
    Saturday, May 28. 2016 11:45 PM
    这是一篇很特别的博文有关夏威夷女神~Pele的故事。非常感谢仁波切的分享,因为这是本人第一次接触与知道Pele女神的存在。

    据说Pele女神在夏威夷是非常著名以及备受人崇拜。每当游客想从夏威夷那里收集或取走一些石块或泥土等等,Pele女神就会让他们发恶梦或陷入一些困难的情况,直到他们回来,然后放回去他们当时拿走的东西为止。除此,夏威夷人还特别安排的一些仪式来向Pele女神祈祷。因为他们相信Pele女神是非常快速和有效的回应。

    虽然Pele女神或是当地的土神,山神等等都不是证悟者,但我们也必需要尊重他们。因为他们就像护法神一样,有重大的责任那就是保护他们的地区不受外界来的破坏或毁灭。

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/pele-hawaiian-goddess.html
  • samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 28. 2016 06:15 PM
    Dear Beatrix Ooi
    Thanks for sharing this interesting article.I didn’t know at all till i read it.
    Do agree with you that kindness is the greatest wisdom.
    Thanks again.http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/amazing-things-you-didnt-know-about-them.html
  • sonny tan
    Friday, May 27. 2016 10:31 AM
    sonny tan on May 27, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Thank you Pastor Han Nee for this review I bought this book on the advice of Pastor Tat Meng as I was guru hopping for quite sometime not knowing what’s guru devotion. I purchased this book at KP Sunway even though it was a browsing copy.
    Rinpoche indepth explanation clearly define the objectives, repercussion and advice of this important step we take in defining our religious pursuit.
    Pastor Adeline also advise me on the importance of lineage when seeking a guru, this important and pretty much overlooked aspect did not crossed my mind when I requested to be a disciple with my previous master. Upon acceptance by my previous master, vows were made as it is a prerequisite to discipleship. I mentioned to Pastor Adeline that I am keen to seek refuge in Rinpoche and ask her whether I am eligible knowing my predicament she advise me to seek blessings from my previous master to offically release me.
    I went through several steps and measures to seek my previous master blessings and also request a official release letter and finally after about two months they officially requested back my discipleship card and release me as a disciple.
    Though I have not been granted a refuge by Rinpoche up to this moment but I remembered he says that if my devotion is from my sincere heart it can be done by just with folded palms silently wish for a refuge at the altar.
    Coming from a Hinanaya background whenever I do my prayers and meditation the first salutation I do is to seek refuge in Lord Buddha followed by his dhamma and sangha. Thank you, Sadhu, sadhu, sadhu
  • Lin Mun
    Friday, May 27. 2016 10:11 AM
    Thank you Pastor Antoinette for sharing the various methods to prevent mice and rats. I especially like methods that are natural and not by way of killing or hurting them.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/how-to-prevent-mice-and-rats-in-your-house.html?nomobile
  • Alice Tay
    Thursday, May 26. 2016 10:50 PM
    这是一篇非常好的博文来让大家了解如何可以用自然的方法对治,甚至可以降低伤害这些老鼠。

    相比以前,在还未接触佛法时,我们都会以最方便的方法,那就是购买老鼠的毒药来解决老鼠所制造的问题。从未想过真正的原因其实是出自我们没有妥善的处理食物及等等。

    当接触佛法之后,慢慢的了解一切的众生皆有情。我们应一视同仁的对待所有的众生。时常的提醒自己这些老鼠们或是其他众生可能曾经是我们前世的母亲。而因为个人所造下业力的关系,以致使他们今天转世为鼠辈。

    感谢仁波切和Pastor Antoinette 的分享。希望看到此博文的读者,可以改用这里所提到的方法来对治老鼠。

    对治老鼠的方法于此:
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/how-to-prevent-mice-and-rats-in-your-house.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, May 26. 2016 10:46 PM
    Everyone wants to be happy. I have never come across anyone who does not want to be happy. Being happy is a state of mind free of negative emotions. Hence it is very disturbing to read the bitter, vengeful and malicious comments by haters who come to His Eminence’s blog, Fanpage or Facebook. They hurl merciless insult to a high lama; i.e. His Eminence as well as Shugden practitioners just to be seen as pro-HHDL. Seriously, how could being the follower of a world renowned lama be so provocative and barbaric? And how these negative poisons e.g. ignorance, anger and hatred would help them on their spiritual path?

    I am very grateful and extremely lucky to have met with His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, who tirelessly instill in us impeccable good Dharma practice. He taught us to return hatred and anger with love and kindness. He taught us how to be happy. He taught us Buddha Dharma from pure lineage in a simplistic and humorous manner. He showed us how to cultivate compassion and focus out. Most importantly, He walked the talk.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/be-happy.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, May 26. 2016 09:32 PM
    Dwelling in a developing and fast moving city like KL, more and more of my female peers are singleton. Unlike in olden days where female depended largely on their partner or their maiden family for financial support, women today are financially independent. However, it is rather apparent that most of these ladies are not singleton by choice. Many were divorcee from problematic spouse while some missed their boat due to heart-broken history.

    While it is human instinct to yearn for companion-ship, we must understand that our image of a relationship / marriage could be a delusion. The temporary pleasure and happy feeling lure our deluded mind into clinging on to the perishable happiness, thinking it will last forever, but it will not. It is the unmet expectation and strong attachment on the other person that causes our suffering.

    As long as we are not attached to the person or the fleeting happiness, a relationship / marriage can be a positive injection in life. Especially if both share the same interest and values in life, each can be the pillar of strength and support for the other in both good and bad times.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/young-single-and-what-about-it.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, May 26. 2016 08:37 PM
    As Buddhist practitioner, we are aware of the existence of other beings who share the same dimension as us, who can not be seen by our naked eyes. We should be respectful of the other sentient beings who share this space with us, instead of summoning them to entertain us.

    Like us, unseen beings that exist in the Six Realms of Existence are temporary and imperfect; they too are bound by desire and attachment that stem from ignorance. And given the condition they are in, they are likely to be malice and with the intention to harm.

    So, why take the chances to engage in activities that could potentially summon a malevolent being, for example Zozo. Zozo comes across as a cunning and malice spirit waiting to strike a deal and possess the soul of whomever he engages with. Even though this is the first time I came across Zozo, but Ouiji Board and the terrifying consequences are not unheard of and certainly cannot be dismissed as urban legend.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Vinnie for this sharing about Ouiji Board and info on Zozo. This is a good reminder that we should not engage in fun activities with unseen beings.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/zozo-the-ouija-board-demon.html
  • Jason
    Thursday, May 26. 2016 03:13 AM
    I am single so I love this article so much .Many people think that married is MUST in our life but I don’t think so. After I joined Kechara, dharma is higher priority than others. Single is more freedom to practice dharma rather than married or relationship with others.
    Many single lady especially 40 year old above will get a title “leftover women” from society. This so rude and unfair to them.So called “Left over women” “is nothing wrong , they ability earn money and stay single and independent .
    Single or married is just a label.Most important is we must practice more dharma work in this life to benefit others and get a liberation.
    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this.

    With folded hands,
    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/young-single-and-what-about-it.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, May 25. 2016 08:58 PM
    Interesting article on single and staying alone. They are more people who prefer to live alone now. We have seen more of this happening in developed and developing country. Some do it because they move from small town to big city to work. But generally I think people now prefer to have their own space, freedom and independence.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/young-single-and-what-about-it.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, May 25. 2016 12:09 PM
    Our Guru, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche received threats, insults and defamation daily from ignorant followers of the anti-Shugden movement. The ban on Dorje Shugden by the Tibetan leadership had caused harm and sufferings on Shugden practitioners. Here’s proof that shows without a doubt, despite continued denials by Tibetan authorities, that there is a ban on the practice. Violence, segregation and discrimination are used onto peaceful Shugden practitioners.

    Funds, which are donated by Dalai Lama’s kind sponsor around the world without knowing the truth on how their money is being spent, are actively used by the Tibetan leadership to :
    1. Inflict fear on Shugden practitioners by confining of their own homes.
    2. The CTA permits violent and bloody invasions of private residences of Dorje Shugden practitioners e.g. the Thubten family and also private residences of erudite lama e.g. the 84 year old Gen. Chonze.
    3. Prohibit Dorje Shugden practitioners from entering Sera Monastery, South India.
    4. Dorje Shugden practitioners are prohibited from attending Dharma teachings by Dalai Lama.
    5. Publish a hit list of Shugden practitioners on the CTA’s website, inciting active persecution since the details of Shugden practitioners was made available publicly.
    6. Expel hundreds of Dorje Shugden monks from their monasteries for upholding the lineage passed on to them by their Gurus.
    7. Expose Shugden monks out in the open at the monastery; i.e. The Yellow Vote Stick policy.
    8. Force every member of monasteries within their jurisdiction to swear an oath to abandon all practices related to Dorje Shugden. If they do not, they must leave the monastery for good.
    9. Eradicate all Dorje Shugden images from temples, monasteries, Dharma centers and even private spaces. Statues, thangkas, tsatsas, prints and scripture… nothing was spared.
    10. Put up signs at public places i.e. monasteries and hospitals as well as private spaces like retail and grocery stores to disallow Dorje Shugden practitioners from entering.
    11. Deny Dorje Shugden practitioners access to medical assistance in public hospital.
    12. Revoke all legal documents of Tibetan Dorje Shugden practitioners i.e. their identity card, driver’s license or passport. This is akin of losing one’s identity and freedom.
    13. Allow physical attacks on Shugden’s practitioners, destroy their properties and loot their homes.

    The voices of Tibetan people, especially the Shugden practitioners are muffled and ignored, while the CTA actively promotes unsubstantiated ranting of individuals and opinions of those who degrade Dorje Shugden. There is no religious freedom nor freedom of expression in the Tibetan community. CTA is committing blue murder as the fate of those who would go against the authorities would be faced with dangerous consequences. Yet the world stand tolerance because CTA operates all these fouls in the guise of Dalai Lama and his supremacy position within the Tibetan community.

    This is inhumane and injustice. Please help to lift Dorje Shugden ban and end the sufferings and harms.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Li Kheng for this article that provides a multitude of info on the unfair ban. I hope everyone who read it will do something to lift the ban.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-buddhist-divide-an-unholy-campaign-against-religious-freedom.html
  • Pastor Shin
    Wednesday, May 25. 2016 08:27 AM
    For samfoonheei – Dear samfoonheei,
    We have just invited a 7ft Mother Tara to Kechara Forest Retreat today. You can read more about it here: http://www.facebook.com/kecharahouse/posts/10153769038408720 May you be able to visit Kechara Forest Retreat to pay homage to these Buddhas yourself!
  • Jason
    Wednesday, May 25. 2016 03:05 AM
    I get shock with this articles about cannibalism. This James Jameson only think about own benefit (fascination on cannibalism and want experience in firsthand )and sacrifice a 10year old girl.
    I can realize that how important of dharma for us to be compassion and benefit to every sentient beings.Jameson’s action is really created a bad karma to himself.This also can be applied to kill animals and serve it as our foods. We shall change our daily meals to vege meals.
    Thanks Rimpoche for sharing this article which can inspire many people to become vegetarian.(myself not vegetarian yet but I’m eating much less meat compared with previous time).

    With folded hands,
    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/james-jameson-disturbing.html#comment-716938

  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, May 25. 2016 01:01 AM
    This is the first time I come across a place called Prince Edward Island. With a populace of less than 200,000 people, it is a big deal to have such huge and beautiful Buddhist Retreat Centre built for the people there. I am even more impressed that so many people registered for the open day of the Retreat Centre. It is a clear sign that Buddhism is gaining popularity in the west. Rejoice for the people in Prince Edward Island. I hope that more people in Malaysia can come to appreciate Buddhsim and learn to make connections with the Buddha through the facilities in Kechara Forest Retreat.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/p-e-i-buddhist-monks-welcome-outside-world-this-weekend.html
  • Ai Nin
    Tuesday, May 24. 2016 06:08 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this post.
    很伤心是竟然修持多杰雄登被排斥与骚扰。试想一想如果你不是雄登修持者而您、家人、同修现有的宗教大师出禁令说现有修持法是邪靈,会威脋大师的性命。您会去了解事情的来胧去脈或只一一跟随!

    更伤心的是竟然有些限随达赖尊者,支持雄登禁令只是表面而已!那只是為了某种名誉或金錢利益。就只因跟随达赖喇嘛尊者,從中容易筹集资金。这样做不是更加破坏与上师之间三昧耶吗?

    一位金剛弟子不会做出以下:
    1. 違反上师依止心
    2. 破坏传承,自造与推翻所有上师的灌顶,上师传授的口传等等
    3. 分上师的高低级,由因他只是一位格西就离开或很高级的上师就跟從
    4. 破坏弟子与上师三昧耶

    我们都相信达赖喇嘛尊者不是也不会做出一上动作!

    我们真诚希望马上解除这不该有的多杰雄登禁令!

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/our-lama-vs-the-dalai-lama-the-underlying-reasons-for-the-ban.html

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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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Grand looking painting of the Gelug Savant His Holiness Chankgya Rolpai Dorje
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My shrine in Los Angeles back in 2014. I just came across this picture from: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/look-what-i-found.html
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Very unique art work of Dorje Shugden
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Beautiful 7ft Tara arrives today. See the beautiful picture and video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Okk8P3WIWFo
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35 Confessional Buddhas
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Please do not hate us
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Beautiful statue [image: Inline image 1]
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Such a stunning White Tara!
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Neerja's mother accepting the highest award in India on behalf of her daughter. Her daughter's bravery saved 300 people. Her strength, compassion and presence of mind during great tragedy earned Neerja a deep place in our hearts forever. Tsem Rinpoche
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Goddes supreme, with a wave of your right hand the 84,000 demonic interfering beings are repelled. With the powerful umbrella you hold in your left grants supreme protection upon your devotees. Although beautiful to behold you are fully attained and beyond samsara and a perfect refuge. Grant us protection, love and wisdom with your sacred mantra powerful Dukkar Goddess. ~Tsem Rinpoche 
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I love Japan so much. The water is so blue and clean. The landscape is so magical. It's such a beautiful country and a great place to engage in meditational retreats.
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A good meme by Pastor Seng Piow!
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Gaden Jangtse Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Chojor together with Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Monastery
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May 31, 1990, the day Tsem Rinpoche was enthroned formally in Gaden Shartse Monastery
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Panglung Oracle in trance back in 1925
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More lamas/Tibetans are speaking up. This has nothing to do with Dorje Shugden ban although it helps the Dorje Shugden cause because there is more unrest and disharmony from many sectors within Tibetans showing the world so many are unhappy with the leadership.-Lodreu Rabsel Rinpoche's strong letter to the Dalai Lama regarding giving religious freedom within the Karma Kagyu sect of Buddhism is a MUST READ- and he is applauded as courageous for writing this: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=99364
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The beautiful truth
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Manjushri notes
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Karma Kagyu’s Lodreu Rabsel Rinpoche asks the Dalai Lama for Religious Freedom-This is explosive-Must read! http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=99364
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The place where Lord Tsongkapa's holy remains are housed for pilgrims to visit in Gaden Monastery Tibet.
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How death is so near, yet I cherish my ego more than my guru, more than his instructions and my protector. They are the only ones significant at death for me and yet I still think I have time. Tsem Rinpoche 
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Would be so nice to live in an area where Bigfoot is prevalent and sighted. That would include mountains and lakes too.
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Because of the ban against Dorje Shugden followers started in 1996, 700 monks had to cut from Sera Mey Monastery and start this new monastery. This new Serpom Monastery located in South India still suffers tremendous hatred and prejudice, but the brave monks continue their practice and lineage.
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Vietnamese monk who self immolated hoping to bring change in his country. He sacrificed his life and sat still during the immense pain of his body burning.
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Protector of the Sakya School of Buddhism, Gonpo Gur or Mahakala Panjarnata
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Such a wondrous place to be with such a view that heals the soul. Why live in a city where it is unnatural and polluted. Everyday in the city is a day away from where we belong. We belong among the greens, forest, mountains and clean air. We belong in such a place and doing our retreats, sadhanas and mantras to find the ultimate place of belonging and peace....the ultimate place is within us with a developed spiritual mind. Hard to achieve among distractions in the city. 
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This is the five foot Arya Avalokitesvara statue I have offered Gaden Shartse Monastery many years ago. It still graces the main prayer hall of Gaden Shartse Monastery.
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Painting of 31st Sakya Trizin Kunga Lodro- Did you know that 7 of the great throneholders of the Sakya lineage of Tibetan Buddhism practiced Dorje Shugden and even composed extensive prayers to him? Take a look here and see what you can learn: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=98227
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This is a good motto to work by within a team.
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Beautiful painting of Pandit Naropa
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Beautiful painting of Lord Buddha's miraculous birth.
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Beautiful image of Tara.
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This is a good read. Evocative and memory filled: http://www.davidlai.me/2015/04/20/memory-of-the-vw-van/
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Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche
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It was nice to meet them.
2 months ago
Good friends came to visit me. I was happy to see them as they have brave hearts and pure samaya. Tsem Rinpoche
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Lef to right: Cousin Tsagan, dad, Aunt Meda, mom, sister Lidshma, cousin Liz, Aunt Elena, friend from France and Susie in Green dress. People whom I am fond of from the distant past..
2 months ago
Some friends went on a spiritual pilgrimage to Nepal recently and when they returned they gifted me with these wonderful books on Yeti/Bigfoot which I don't have. Wow! I like to thank Ms. Yee Lee, Mr. Swee Keong, Ms. Phoebe Yong, Mr. CK Siah & Ms. Wei Theng for their generosity and indulging me in my bigfoot hobby. Tsem Rinpoche
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The famous 5th Panglung Oracle
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Mysterious print of Pelden Hlamo the Goddess protector
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This is a thangka of Cittamani Tara where her body mandala appears clearly. This image was circulated back in Thubten Dhargye Ling when HH Zong Rinpoche taught her sacred practice which was a pure vision of Thapu Dorje Chang. Thapu Dorje Chang received this practice in a pure vision. He was the guru of Pabongka Rinpoche.
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Beautiful article on the Drigung Kagyu Achi Chokyi Drolma: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=94766
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Tsem Rinpoche making offerings of robes to Lord Buddha in Bodhgaya
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What was once very beautiful destroyed by hatred, anger and prejudice.
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What His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche composed about Dorje Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=87240
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Comprehensive proof of Dorje Shugden in the Sakya school of Buddhism even before Gelugpa. Interesting: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=92860
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When we see others who behave not according to our expectations and just to ‘get them back’ we throw all caution to the wind and we get angry, retaliate, fight back, scream, yell and then quit, it shows our mind. Everything is about our own mind. That is not to say they are not at fault. But if we want the world to act perfectly in our presence and then we don’t get angry, that is SO INCREDIBLE IDEALISTIC AND WE ARE DOOMED FROM THE START in anything we do. We have to keep our equilibrium always. Remember our vows, promises and our own state of mind. Be kind to ourselves and not let the other person throw us off because we have to be in control of our own minds. Remember, our mind and how it reacts is the key.--- H.E Tsem Rinpoche
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Ekai Kawaguchi -Three Years in Tibet-Read more: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=92725
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    All beings have feelings and do not want pain, to be hurt or harmed. Therefore we must respect this and not harm animals. See this video how this man has made good friends with a special fish who comes when he rings for the fish. Touching. Tsem Rinpoche
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    8 months ago
    HH the Dalai Lama prays with HH Trijang Rinpoche and HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Such a beautiful video of His Holiness Dalai Lama, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and His Holiness Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche (Very exalted high Nyingma lama) are all praying together. In the background you see a young Kyabje Lati Rinpoche too. So beautiful. This is how it was before the ban. All the sects and high lamas were superbly harmonious. After the Dorje Shugden ban things changed for the worse. May the ban be released soon. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Nice Dorje Shugden rock painting
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    Nice Dorje Shugden rock painting
  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche teaches the truth of life and our impeding death.
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    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche teaches the truth of life and our impeding death.
  • A kind message from Mr. Tsering Wangchuk to me. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
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    A kind message from Mr. Tsering Wangchuk to me. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 1)
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    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 1)
  • Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 2)
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    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 2)
  • His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja
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    His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja

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  • May 28, 2016 04:05
    Bradley asked: On page 43 of the Diamond Path. It states DS's emenations are endowed with the 27 enlightened activities, may I ask what are the 27?
    pastor answered: Dear Bradley, Thank you for your question. The verse you are referring to is the first verse of the Praise to Dorje Shugden:
    “Though gone to the state of the Sugatas countless aeons ago, In order to benefit the teachings and migrators, as whatever tames beings, Your hundreds of emanations are endowed with the 27 enlightened activities; Praise to the pervading lord, mighty Dorje Shugden.”
    These twenty-seven enlightened activities are enumerated in the last verses of Chapter Eight of the Abhisamayalankara taught by Maitreya to Arya Asanga. It is commonly called the Ornament of Clear Realisation in English. This text is of great importance to most Tibetan Buddhist lineages and in the Lam Rim Chenmo, or Great Stages on the Path to Enlightenment, Lama Tsongkhapa actually states that it is the root text of the Lam Rim tradition as founded by Jowo Dipamkara Atisha. This text is still one the five great texts studied by monks in the Geshe programme throughout Gelug monasteries. A thorough explanation of these twenty-seven points is a topic of intense philosophical study, however I have listed them below:
    1. The enlightened being performs deeds that appease beings in the Six Realms (God Realm, Demi-god Realm, Human Realm, Animal Realm, Hungry Ghost Realm and Hell Realm).
    2. Bringing sentient beings to the Dharma using four ways: generosity, using good speech, training them according to their level of intelligence and in stages, and by practicing what they teach.
    3. Having the understanding of what defilements are and the methods of purifying them.
    4. The true character of their activities for the benefit of all sentient beings, which is from the basis of realising that all sentient beings do not exist inherently.
    5. The practice of the Six Perfections: generosity, morality, patience, joyous effort, concentration and wisdom.
    6. Teaching the virtuous path to Buddhahood, which is the abandonment of the 10 non-virtues: killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying, divisive speech, harsh words, idle talk, covetousness, ill-will and wrong view.
    7. The practice of insight into the emptiness of all phenomena.
    8. The non-dual nature of all phenomena.
    9. The understanding that all dharmas as being merely conventional symbols.
    10. The insight into the absence of a basis in all dharmas.
    11. The maturing of living beings along their spiritual path through skilful means.
    12. The path of a Bodhisattva.
    13. The systematic effort to block all inclinations to make realistic assumptions.
    14. The attainment of enlightenment.
    15. A residence in various Buddha-fields.
    16. Displaying the form of a being who is to take only one more rebirth, thereby ensuring the attainment of enlightenment.
    17. Working tireless for the benefit of all sentient beings in cyclic existence.
    18. The virtuous acts which consist in looking after all beings.
    19. The limbs of enlightenment.
    20. The condition in which the fruits of his actions are never lost, diminish or extinguished.
    21. The vision of true reality, knowing all phenomena of experience.
    22. The forsaking of all perverted views.
    23. The cognition which allows the understanding of the method which allows him to forsake the perverted views assuming the absence of all entities.
    24. The state of complete purity.
    25. The ability to have various forms to engage in various activities, which results from his pure condition.
    26. The comprehension of the non-distinction between conditioned and unconditioned phenomena.
    27. Nirvana – full and complete enlightenment.
    When listing them out completely, it can get somewhat overwhelming to understand how this relates to us as practitioners. In order to make them more relatable, they have been categorised into three parts, which make us understand them better:
    1. Activities through which the Buddhas bring beings to the Dharma.
    2. Activities through which the Buddhas help sentient beings to practice the Dharma.
    3. Activities through which the Buddhas help sentient beings to achieve enlightenment.
    In essence, all the emanations of Dorje Shugden display the above twenty-seven activities. In brief these bring people to the Dharma, help beings practice the Dharma and ultimately help beings gain full and complete enlightenment themselves. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • May 27, 2016 02:34
    T asked: Is there a teaching to deal with insomnia and fatigue?
    pastor answered: Dear T, Both insomnia and fatigue can be caused by a worried or stressed mind, if not from physical exhaustion. In this case, one needs to calm the mind and relax the body in order to ease insomnia and fatigue. There are many techniques that can help with this. I’ll mention two here. The first is mental quiescence meditation or single pointed concentration meditation. Even with this there are many methods you can use, but to make it simple, you can use the breath as your focus. This is known as breathing meditation. To practice this, sit in a quiet place either cross legged or in a chair if you prefer. And simply become aware of your breathing, concentrating on the space between your upper lip and your nose. Gently become aware of breathing in and out. If any thought comes into your mind, do not get carried away with the thought, but simply bring your focus back to your breathing and let the thought disappear by itself. There are other more advanced methods once you are familiar with breathing meditation, which can be found in texts such as Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand by Pabongka Rinpoche (Day 21), which concentrates on a visualised image of Buddha Shakyamuni instead of the breath. But one things to remember is that meditation can be difficult for people, so it is better to start with short sessions, not longer than 5-10 minutes at first. Gradually over time you will be able to increase this time frame. The key to meditation is to consistently engage in it every day. This shouldn’t be difficult because it is only 5-10 minutes long. The second is to engage in the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa, concentrating on the recitation of the Mig Tse Ma mantra. This is an extremely beneficial practice as it invokes upon the energies and blessings of Lama Tsongkhapa, and helps to significantly calm the mind, even if we are not consciously aware how troubled our mind is. Concentrating on the mantra recitation also acts as focus for single pointed concentration as well. You can watch a commentary to this practice by His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsongkapas-daily-practice-video-commentary.html. If you are interested in this practice, there is a box set which can help you start the practice available here: http://www.vajrasecrets.com/tsongkhapa-boxset-english and a written commentary available here: http://www.vajrasecrets.com/tsongkhapa-a-simple-guide-to-a-powerful-practice. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • May 26, 2016 04:00
    Thori asked: Thanks for your answer. But when you say "This can be coupled with various visualisations during the mantra recitations as well."what visualisations should I do, for example for the sadhana "DISSOLVING JE RINPOCHE INTO OURSELVES"? Other question, can the Sadhana be recitated in english? Andn we must recite them with high voice or can it be recitated simply in the mind? Thanks!
    pastor answered: Dear Thorim, For the visualisations of the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa, during which you recite the Mig Tse Ma mantra, His Eminence 25th Tsem Rinpoche has given a very good commentary on the practice, available to watch here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsongkapas-daily-practice-video-commentary.html The most common forms of visualisations for this practice can be found in the book ‘TSONGKHAPA – A Simple Guide to a Powerful Practice’ which is available at any Kechara Paradise outlet in Malaysia, or can be invited only here: http://www.vajrasecrets.com/tsongkhapa-a-simple-guide-to-a-powerful-practice. This includes the visualisations on gaining the Seven Wisdoms, as well as other visualisations. These visualisations are excellent, as they not only help a person achieve meditative stabilisation, but invoke the blessings and energy of Lama Tsongkhapa. As for the Sadhana, it does not need to be recited in Tibetan. It can be recited in English or any other language. In fact, I would suggest, as you start your practice that you recite in the language you are familiar with, as you will be able to understand the words and meaning of each verse clearer. Later on, if you want, you can start reciting in Tibetan. Sadhanas and especially mantras should be recited out aloud, but softly. Sadhanas and mantras are not recited in the mind, but spoken. For mantras as they are the form of the Buddhas in sound, they should be softly vocalised. I hope this helps.
  • May 19, 2016 00:58
    Ming asked: Can we mix Han style vajrayana and tibetian vajrayana
    pastor answered: Dear Ming, Thank you for your question. Traditionally it is advised that we do not mix traditions or even lineages. There is a very valid reason for this, if we mix traditions or lineages then we are in the danger of becoming confused in our practice. This occurs because each lineage or tradition explains the path of practice in different ways, suited to the practitioners of that particular tradition. For example, think of both as separate paths to the same destination. It would be better that we follow one and get to our destination, rather than keep switching between the two paths and perhaps get lost or take a very long time to reach the destination. Both paths have been tried and tested in their efficiency to achieve enlightenment. This is not to say that there is only one correct lineage, on the contrary, it is said that Buddha Shakyamuni taught 84,000 different methods to achieve enlightenment, as such both the Han style Vajrayana and Tibetan Vajrayana are both valid paths to enlightenment. However if we practice one of these methods and achieve results which is enlightened attainments it is better and more effective than practicing two or more and run the risk of confusing ourselves or our practices. I hope this helps.
  • May 18, 2016 16:11
    Chan asked: I'm trying to get in touch with Venerable Chow, but the number advertised is not in service. I would like to make donation so she can better support the dogs in the vicinity.
    pastor answered: Dear Chan, Thank you for informing us that the number for Venerable Chow is not in service. I have searched online and have not found a new number to contact Venerable Chow. I will make some inquiries and update here if I find a new contact number. Thank you for your offering to donate to her cause. We must always care for all sentient beings, to repay their kindness and to develop compassion.
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