Buddha Statue of Hyderabad!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank You Rinpoche for sharing this beautiful picture.

Love, Frederick



Dear Frederick,

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

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

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

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

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  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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 ><

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

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.


  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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 :)

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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!

  17. 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:


  18. 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 !!

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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???

  22. 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 !

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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 .

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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,















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



  30. 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!

  31. 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!


  32. 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!

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

    This is Beautiful. Thank you all for sharing this.

  34. 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!

  35. 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!

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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!

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

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


  44. 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.

  45. 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”.

  46. 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 .

  47. 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.


    Frederick Law

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

    Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing Rinpoche.

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    Ideals in any form are an escape from the understanding of what is. Ideals, however noble and however fine, have no reality: they are fictitious. It is more important to understand what is than to pursue or to follow an ideal or an example or a pattern of action. We have innumerable ideals – peace, nonviolence, nongreed, etc. – within which our minds are enclosed; they are not really factual, they are nonexistent. Since they are nonexistent, of what value are they? Do they help us to understand our conflict, our violence, our greed? Are they not a hindrance to such understanding? Will this screen of ideals help us to understand arrogance and corruption? Can a violent man be nonviolent through the ideal of nonviolence? Must we not put aside the screen of ideals and examine violence? Will the ideal help to bring about understanding? Is evil understood through the ideal of good? Or is evil transformed – not through the ideal, not through the pursuit of its opposite – but in facing it without resistance and understanding it. Does not the ideal in any form prevent the understanding of what is?
    Surely, we have each one tried the pursuit of the opposites and are caught in the conflict bred by the opposite. We are familiar with the constant struggle of the opposites, of the thesis and of the antithesis, and hoping to arrive at a synthesis – capitalism in conflict with the left – hoping to arrive at a synthesis, that synthesis again creating its own opposite, and again producing a synthesis, and so on and on. We are familiar with this state.
    Now, is this struggle necessary? Is not this struggle unreal? Is not the opposite itself unreal? What is the real, the actual? The opposite is fictitious, not real. The actual is greed. The ideal of nongreed is nonexistent; it is the creation of the mind giving it an opportunity to escape from what is.
    If we have no ideals, will we collapse, will we fall apart? Are our ideals acting as a dam against evil and unkind action? Is our ideal of nonviolence preventing us from being nonviolent? Obviously, it is not. So, ideals are nonexistent except in theory, and therefore valueless. An idealist is really a man who is escaping, avoiding direct action with regard to what is. By removing the ideals, will the weak-minded be thrown off their feet? The weak-minded are thrown off their feet anyhow by the politicians, by the gurus, by the priests, by the innumerable ceremonies and exploitations, but the man who is strong anyhow disregards the ideals and pursues what he wants. So, neither the weak nor the strong pay any attention to ideals. The ideal is a convenient easy cover for false and thoughtless action. The ideal of the opposite is a hindrance to the direct understanding of what is. We can understand what is only when we are not escaping from it through the fantasy of an ideal. The ideal prevents we from looking at it, examining it, and dealing with it directly. As we do not want to deal with it directly, we invent the ideal and so what is can be postponed.
    So, our problem is how to transcend, to go beyond that which is – not how to go beyond the opposites which the mind has created. Obviously, what is can be understood completely, wholly, when we are aware of the whole psychological significance of what is. We understand what is only when all escapes have ceased. To acknowledge what is, whether it is greed or it is a lie, requires an honesty of awareness. To be aware that one is greedy is already the beginning of freedom from greed. Seeing the truth in the false and truth as truth is the beginning of understanding. It is the perception of truth that liberates, and not the pursuit of the opposite or of the ideal.
  • Lucy Yap
    Friday, Nov 27. 2015 02:44 PM
    Russian leadership supports Buddhism: Putin in Siberia to salute Buddhism and the religion’s important role in… http://bit.ly/1QWmfC8
    Tsem Rinpoche.
  • xuliang
    Friday, Nov 27. 2015 11:20 AM
    In order to observe the movement of our own mind and heart, of our whole being, we must have a free mind. Not a mind that agrees, taking sides, disputing and disagrees in an argument over mere words, but rather, following with an intention to understand – a very difficult thing to do because most of us don’t know how to look at or listen to our own being anymore than we know how to look at the beauty of a river or listen to the breeze among the trees.
  • Lucy Yap
    Friday, Nov 27. 2015 10:00 AM
    Magnificent and Glorious Buddha Goddess Singdongma the Lion Faced lady who dispells all fear from the ten directions for those who invoke upon her fercocious and volcanic like power. Praise to this wrathful lady that burns all gnosis and projections! Remover of all that harms and obstructs and trampled under her feet. Tsem Rinpoche- To learn more about Singdongma: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=31904
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Friday, Nov 27. 2015 02:04 AM
    This is beautiful and with the meditating monk: http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/gingko-tree-leaves
  • Lucy Yap
    Friday, Nov 27. 2015 12:33 AM
    Advice from someone with unlimited wisdom: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=82301
  • Lucy Yap
    Friday, Nov 27. 2015 12:05 AM
    The offering of the mandala is one of the four main preliminary practices in Vajrayana Buddhism. This is one of the fastest ways to accumulate vast amounts of merit to sustain and advance in our spiritual practice in order to gain realisations.
    In this dharma talk, Pastor David Lai will explain the correct way of engaging in the Mandala Offering of the 37 Heaps, the significance of each offering and the accompanying visualisations. He will also be talking about various aspects of correct Dharma attitude and how to cultivate this type of mind. Please RSVP your attendance via [email protected] or +603 7803 3908 by 3 December 2015. Seating is limited and availability is on a first come first serve basis. Read more https://www.facebook.com/events/909736199116357/
  • Jill Yam
    Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 10:48 PM
    Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 07:29 PM
    Sir in our home problems does not exit if one exits then another appears and for those problems my mom,my sister.my father and me we just cannot bear all this any more.I have a strong feeling that our neighbour who are our relatives but for some reasons we dont want to keep thoes evil persons as our relatives.They stay just close to us just a wall in between us and i think they do such black magic,they are very cruel type of family very cruel they i have an instinct that they throw some thing in our roof at night some sounds come that someone have thrown something like sometimes it sounds like stons small ones,some times heavy cloth wrapped something….i dont know and after that my parents fight so much louder and angrier….it effects more on my father.And those people in their house no one stays longer they have bought 4 or 3 dogs,rabbits,birds but no one live all died…some they killed by theirself and some due to not taken care of.My grand ma also died in their house,my uncle to may be due to ilness i dont know.Please help me give me an immediate solution please every year i have to face all this now no more.Because of this sometimes i feel like killing my self then i think no i wont i’ll think of solution instead of running from it.Please help me sir.I am waiting.
  • xuliang
    Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 02:12 PM
    The religious urge springs from man’s attempts to rationalize his inability to control his own destiny and his apparent subjection to the wayward fancies of an unseen power. Thus to ascribe the events and circumstances of life to an outside agency not only relieves him of much of his responsibility for his actions but explain away some of his baffling limitations. Most important still, it provides him with a conceptual focus around which his rationalizing and speculations may be centred and to which all the phenomena of the universe may more or less satisfactorily related in an attempt to see himself as part of an ordered scheme of things. Because of this overmastering tendency in man gods have been created in accordance with all the different paths of evolution followed by countless races and nations of the world. Ideas of deity cannot but arise out of the circumstances by which mankind is surrounded, for the idea of a thing must always precede the conviction of its existence, and such an idea or concept can only be built up of the assimilated impressions and experiences stored in the mental reservoir. As many conceptions as there are, so many gods and goddesses are there.
  • xuliang
    Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 01:49 PM
    To the average mind the word “religion” connotes the idea of pietistic practices which, in order to be of benefit, should be attended by a certain amount of personal inconvenience and occasional moral discomfiture. To some others religion appears as a spare-time occupation favoured by old ladies and all those who, for a variety of reasons, have fallen back in the scramble to keep abreast of worldly affairs. Comparatively few seem to regard religion as a matter of paramount importance which should take first place in the affairs of man, for it is a way of life; it is more – it is life itself and must not be confused with a mere habit of ceremonial observance which may be taken up or laid aside in subjection to a programme of social engagements.
  • Lucy Yap
    Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 11:12 AM
    Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK) is inspired by His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche, the Spiritual Guide of the Kechara organisation. As a young child, Tsem Rinpoche was often hungry and after years of physical and emotional abuse, he ran away from home when he was 15 years old. Since this experience, Rinpoche has always donated food to the poor and encouraged others to do the same. In 2006, a group of Rinpoche’s students began to distribute food in the centre of Kuala Lumpur. Being mindful and respectful of others’ beliefs, KSK is strictly non-religious and does not discriminate in terms of race or culture. For this reason, our food is always vegetarian. By volunteering your time or sponsoring our activities, you are helping us to bring hope and comfort to countless people. Your compassion and generosity means that one more person will go to bed tonight with a full stomach and a mind that is at peace. http://www.kechara.com/soup-kitchen/get-involved/get-involved/
  • Lucy Yap
    Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 11:04 AM
    Would you be able to live here for 30 years: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=82534

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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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2 weeks ago
Please see the WONDERFUL NEW PHOTOS taken just this morning (November 13, 2015) here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=81688 (Be sure to scroll to the bottom until part 2 to see the pictures)
2 weeks ago
We at Kechara Forest Retreat had the honor to have a visit from Yang Dipertua Mohammad Shahid bin Ismail who is the Head of the Bentong Municipal Council. We thank him for taking the time as he was very busy. Thank you very much. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Pastor David giving a well received talk on the practice of Black Manjushri
2 weeks ago
Found a green patch of land to spend with friends...
2 weeks ago
Nice to see our fellow Modern Buddhist Fellowship members engaged in Dharma.
2 weeks ago
Manjushri-ghosha, Kumara (English: Youthful Prince, Melodious Voice)
2 weeks ago
Wonderful certificates of our Kechara pastors..meaningful and touching.
3 weeks ago
This office table has something interesting on it.
3 weeks ago
Powerfully true
3 weeks ago
To have kind and caring people in our lives is a blessing
3 weeks ago
3 weeks ago
I really wanted to share this incredible picture of the Tibetologist Alexandra David-Neel outside of her retreat cave in Tibet. She's one of the first non-Tibetans who penetrated Tibet to engage in the practice of Tibetan Buddhism. She really practiced and even wrote books on Buddhism and Tibet which are still available now. ~Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
A photo taken by Pastor Shin of Tsem Rinpoche's Dorje Shugden traditional mask. This is on Tsem Rinpoche's shrine. Very nice photo.
3 weeks ago
At Chin Swee Temple with my long time friend Dato' Wira Eric.
3 weeks ago
Amogha-pasa Avalokitesvara
3 weeks ago
I love small quaint towns in Japan. No matter how rural or small any village is in Japan, it is still kept very clean and asthetic matching nature. 
3 weeks ago
Left to right: Gekula (disciplinarian), Abbot Geshe Konchok Tsering, Tsem Rinpoche, H.E. Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche-We are inviting Kensur Rinpoche for tenshug. Tenshug is grand puja to request Kensur Rinpoche to live long. This is in Gaden and we are inviting him to the prayer hall to perform the tenshug. Tsem Rinpoche is the requester and sponsor.
3 weeks ago
This is a nice picture
3 weeks ago
Kyabje Lati Rinpoche and Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen
4 weeks ago
Kyabje Lati Rinpoche and Kari Kensur Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery
4 weeks ago
Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.H. Zong Rinpoche & Kyabje Lati Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Kyabje Lati Rinpoche makes offerings to H.H. Trijang Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Kyabje Lati Rinpoche makes offering to their Holinesses Kyabje Ling and Trijang Rinpoches
4 weeks ago
Lady Buddha Janguli who protects from snakes and venom poisoning.
4 weeks ago
If there is a blind man walking towards a well and he can fall in, whose fault is it if he falls in? This can be related back to those in dharma should act to guide others by example otherwise you let everyone fall into the well. If they do fall in samsara's well, whose fault is it? Have the courage, integrity and fortitude to practice dharma and bring dharma to others to help them.~ Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This group in Kechara Forest Retreat completed a Singdongma retreat on October 28, 2015.
1 month ago
Magnificent and Glorious Buddha Goddess Singdongma the Lion Faced lady who dispells all fear from the ten directions for those who invoke upon her fercocious and volcanic like power. Praise to this wrathful lady that burns all gnosis and projections! Remover of all that harms and obstructs and trampled under her feet. Tsem Rinpoche--To learn more about Singdongma: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=31904
1 month ago
Xiaqiong Monastary, Qinghai, Tibet, China. Over 100 meters tall Lord Tsongkapa statue. The only one of it's kind. Totally amazing. Picture 2
1 month ago
Xiaqiong Monastary, Qinghai, Tibet, China. Over 100 meters tall Lord Tsongkapa statue. The only one of it's kind. Totally amazing. Picture 1
1 month ago
This was taken in Kechara House. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This was taken in Gaden Shartse Monastery on the day of my enthronement as Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I think I was in Sera Mey Monastery when this was taken over 18 years ago. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
1 month ago
Many times we hear great Vajra Yogini practitioners when cremated, their fire pyres appear in the form of Vajra Yogini. We hear this many times as a sign they went to Kechara Paradise, gained high realizations or enlightened by Vajra Yogini's path. Although this picture does not depict a funeral pyre of a great practitioner, but the fire looks curiously like Vajra Yogini. Enjoy and may all be blessed by Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
1 month ago
When you work hard and produce results, everyone is silenced and those who make noise is just noise and society allows you some freedoms. You have to have the integrity to finish what you started and what you promised. Do it for others, those concerned and for yourself.~Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
You can work with me and we finish the dreams. You can leave citing any reasons you may have. You may join back again with me and my arms are open to you. Or you may go away as an enemy or remain friends. However you do I will accept. I dream big and work hard and sometimes it's hard for you, others and me, but if we finish, there is great satisfaction. Satisfaction doesn't come free. But one thing for sure, I will finish what I have started with or without you. Too many depend on it and many have hopes in it. We need to remember our words, our promises and our hopes we gave others and not shatter it. Sometimes we need to put our personal feelings aside and just get it done with a bang and be happy about it because in the end letting others down is not a way of life. Be kind, have integrity, don't make excuses, don't justify but just complete the works that make the dreams materialize and in the process you fulfill the dreams of many others. Others is always the key. Others and oneself are intertwined. Life is then fulfilled. That is life. Life is like that.~Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Please click on picture to see this special mantra
1 month ago
Long Manjushri mantra: Namo Manjushriye Kumara Bhutaya Bodhisattvaya Maha-sattvaya Maha-karuni-kaya Tayatha Om Aradzey Biradzey Shuddhey Bishuddhey Shodaya Bishodayey Amaley Bimaley Nirmaley Dzaya-varey Ruru-tsaley Hung Hung Hung Phet Phet Phet Soha!
2 months ago
Love is.....
2 months ago
Very powerful. Must click on picture and read and share.
2 months ago
Some people just work quietly in the background and do their best in their own way to benefit others. They don't say much but work super hard. I must say Pastor Dr. Lanse is one of them. She does not need attention, she does not complain and she does not ever create problems. She is independent and yet kind. She is our wonderful translator who works very hard to get translations of many dharma teachings into Chinese. This is just something short and sweet to let everyone know how much I appreciate Pastor Lanse and enjoy being with her work and her. Because of her and several other vital and lovely people, much practical dharma is in the Chinese speaking world. I thank Pastor Dr. Lanse from my heart. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Materialism is prevalent because the societal norms teaches people to be consumers at a young age. Buying things we don't need all to feed the ego. You can drive an expensive vehicle, but at the end of the day its still just a car. You can buy a flashy watch, but in reality all it does is tell time. People are more concerned with image and feeding their egos than being a beneficial person to society. Investing money on the outside to appear a certain way to others, yet forgetting to invest in yourself to becoming a better person. People spend their whole lives working to attain materialistic things using their accumulation of materialism to validate their existence, but when you die you can't take any of it with you. Don't let this system turn you into a vanity slave, realize you're worth much more than that. Feed your soul not your ego.-from Dr Asky (Powerful words of wisdom even from the secular point of view)
2 months ago
I love little Dharma boy.
2 months ago
Lord Tsongkhapa's holy retreat house in Tibet. Huge pilgrimage spot.
2 months ago
Lama Tsongkhapa footprint as a child
2 months ago
Kedrub Je's personal statue of Yamantaka
2 months ago
Prince Siddhartha with his maternal aunt Queen Mahaprajapati Gotami
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    2 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
    3 months ago
    Nice Dorje Shugden rock painting
  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche teaches the truth of life and our impeding death.
    3 months ago
    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
    3 months ago
    A kind message from Mr. Tsering Wangchuk to me. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 1)
    3 months ago
    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 1)
  • Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 2)
    3 months ago
    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 2)
  • His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja
    4 months ago
    His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja
  • Dorje Shugden/Kache Marpo makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    Dorje Shugden/Kache Marpo makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche
  • My good friend Justin Ripley
    5 months ago
    My good friend Justin Ripley
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    6 months ago
    I requested Choji Lah to do a trusol, rabney and soongdroop for our large DS and Buddha. In this video, he is performing trusol which is ritually 'bathing' the environment and blessing all those who come to visit our Wisdom Hall and Dorje Shugden. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Bigfoot arrives!!!
    6 months ago
    Bigfoot arrives!!!
    Tsem Rinpoche is an avid follower of the paranormal such as bigfoots. For more interesting writings and posts on the subject, please go to http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/yeti-bigfoot-sasquatch
  • Mumu Loves Snack!
    6 months ago
    Mumu Loves Snack!
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    6 months ago
    For H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, a blog post is not just a blog post but Dharma work that generates merits which should be dedicated. Click here to find out what blog post Rinpoche was dedicating the merits for when he recited this prayer: http://bit.ly/1KiXWf9 ~Ani Lobsang Pema
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    6 months ago
    Panchen Lama in Beijing on CCTV - China's official news. The respect and position they give His Holiness Panchen Lama is great.
  • Magical fish tank with Buddha statue
    6 months ago
    Magical fish tank with Buddha statue


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28 November 15 If you think you are poor, if you think life is unfair to you, if you always lament at your own misery, think again. Picture: Batri the Kathmandu Rickshaw Wallah, his wife, 2 teenage sons and 2 young daughters, total 6 persons, are staying in this room, 3 on bed and 3 on floor. - Pastor Antoinette
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Preparation for the wedding function at Kechara Oasis Viva Home outlet. Guat Hee
2 hours ago
KSDS- We are ready for our very first concert
3 hours ago
KSDS Graduation & Concert - Listen team, briefing time. Lin Mun KSDS
3 hours ago
KSDS Graduation & Concert- Visual and graphic team. Lin Mun KSDS
3 hours ago
KSDS Graduation & Concert- our MCs did a good job. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Graduation - I got my certificate
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KSDS Graduation and Concert - Getting ready to perform
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28 November 2015 When in need of wisdom and understanding one can count on the blessings of Buddha Tsongkapa. Timeless and Sacred! http://bit.ly/1LQAZPd
6 hours ago
Nice weather and fresh air in the morning in Kechara Forest Retreat. :) Wahying
6 hours ago
Young Adults of Kechara (YAKS) is doing some farming at Kechara Forest Retreat. Wahying
15 hours ago
Dorje Shugden Puja at Kechara House Penang. Pastor Patsy
15 hours ago
Urgent Menlha conducted today for Sponsor's beloved who are ill. By puja House 27 November'15
15 hours ago
Gossip Cutting Puja conducted today. 27 November'15
15 hours ago
Every day Kent Kok will check and Repair Gompa facilities. By Puja House 28 November'15
22 hours ago
On June 14, 2015 Kechara marked another milestone with the opening of Kechara House Penang. Located in the northern island state of Penang, the opening of Kechara House Penang is the result of many years of hard work by my student Pastor Patsy Gooi. H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche - Pastor Antoinette
23 hours ago
This is a campaign that aims to raise funds for food for the rescued birds in the aviary of Kechara Forest Retreat. http://bit.ly/1Ra7Ja2 Please help us to take care of the birds nobody wanted. - Pastor Antoinette
Looking for a vegetarian banquet experience? Look no further! Visit us at Kechara Oasis for special weekday promotions on vegetarian banquet menus. Promotion period runs from 1 Dec 2015 to 31 Jan 2016 with prices starting as low as RM488++. Make your reservation today at: Kechara Oasis Jaya One Tel: 03-7968 1818 or Kechara Oasis Viva Home Tel: 03-9284 1818
A life sized Buddha statue recently unearthed at Mes Aynak, Afghanistan.~ Lilyn Tan
2 days ago
Dr.Chris Chong gave a sharing on the prevention of headaches and migraine through exercises with Kechara House and Puja House staffs on 26/11/15. Lucy Yap
2 days ago
Big Dorje Shugden puja did for Sponsor to clear the obstacles he face. By Puja House 26 November'15
2 days ago
Menlha puja sponsored to eliminate the pain the Sponsor's beloved feel due to the illness. By Puja House 26 November'15
2 days ago
Gossip Cutting Puja, also known as The Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws sponsored by sponsor to cut the rumours which is not true about her. By Puja House 26 November'15
2 days ago
Oops!! Everyone were excited when they saw a visitor who is Indian ghost came from British. How grateful. Victoria Lam KSDS.
2 days ago
We have a group of pretty witches we're pay a visit at KFR. Victoria Lam KSDS.





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