Buddha Statue of Hyderabad!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank You Rinpoche for sharing this beautiful picture.

Love, Frederick

 


 

Dear Frederick,

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

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49 Responses to Buddha Statue of Hyderabad!!

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

    Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing Rinpoche.

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

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

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

    I wish Rinpoche good health.

    Love,

    Frederick Law

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

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

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these beautiful post and pictures .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    beautiful!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Great research Frederick!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thank you RInpoche!

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

    This is Beautiful. Thank you all for sharing this.

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

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

    Thank you Rinpoche and Frederick!

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

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Here are my thoughts on this article.

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

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

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

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

    Love
    Jutika

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Regards,

    Frederick

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thank you Rinpoche and Frederick for this information.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Dear Frederick,

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

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

    Thanks
    Bryan

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

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

    I would love to visit this place!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Dear Rinpoche,

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

    Thank you Frederick for gathering more information.

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

    Thank you.
    Edwin

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

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

    Regards,
    venix

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    感恩仁波切的分享与开示

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

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

    感恩仁波切,祈愿您长驻在世,常转法轮

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

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

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

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The Unknown

The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
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His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and His Holiness Karmapa were very good friends. They respected eachother's practice very much. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 hours ago
Homage to remover of obstacles and emanation of Avalokitesvara. Tsem Rinpoche 
16 hours ago
This is powerful. Tsem Rinpoche
7 days ago
The 5,000 year statue of Sangdup Jamphel Dorje at Reting Monastery. Made by Manjushri, sponsored by Chenresig and consecrated by Vajrapani. It was created to subdue the wild people and animals of the area so dharma can flourish. Tsem Rinpoche 
7 days ago
This is a 5,000 year statue of Sangdup Jamphel Dorje in Reting Monastery in Tibet. Very holy and owned by Atisha. TR
7 days ago
This is a self arisen wisdom eye of Heruka that arose in Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche's cave in Tibet. Very holy. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 week ago
When we do beautiful things for others, our smiles show it. Look at these beautiful people. They make me smile. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
Something special about Tara: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=58508
2 weeks ago
Rawo Tso lake, Tibet. Fantastic!!
2 weeks ago
I wish long life to His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche as well as all dharma teachers and students. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
We should never segregate or bias against anyone. Everyone should be treated the same. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
When people post abusive statements, make accusations, defamatory remarks, fabricate information and manipulate past events to malign someone’s character on public social media platforms, it can land us in hot water now! See how it's happening: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=61867
3 weeks ago
His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, His Holiness the 10th Panchen Rinpoche and His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Both Trijang Rinpoche and Panchen Rinpoche practiced Dorje Shugden their whole lives. Masters of sutra and tantra. Beautiful photo.
3 weeks ago
Dear friends, I have just blogged something VERY EXCITING for your educational pleasure! Please take a look: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=61175
3 weeks ago
Powerful Kache Marpo whose has been alleviating the sufferings of countless for hundreds of years. May we be in your presence. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Now this is wisdom coming from an intelligent human being! Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
I loved visiting this place in Lantau Island, Hong Kong!
3 weeks ago
I have never liked living in the city since young. This is the setting I desire with Manjushri near me. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
This is the kind of setting I would like to live in. This is in Nepal. I would want a large Manjushri statue in this house with me. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
This is good!! 
3 weeks ago
I have composed a short prayer that can be done daily to invoke upon the protective, skillful, wish granting energies of Dorje Shugden. The meaning will contain the Three Principle paths but in more modern terms: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=61394
3 weeks ago
Making offerings to His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche will collect merits. May he live long. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
Beautiful picture of H.E. Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
Glad to see this friend well and healthy. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
How fortunate to meet His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche. 
4 weeks ago
What a beautiful altar. Wow.
4 weeks ago
Talented people who are creating more awareness for a greener planet through Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia! Thank you! Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
Beautiful huge Manjushri Chapel in Ganden Sumtseling Monastery in Yunnan.
4 weeks ago
His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche Losang Choky Gyeltsen predicted that when after Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen entered into clear light, he took rebirth as Kangxi Emperor of China. Kangxi help to build the great Ganden Sumtseling Monastery and the famous Amarbayasgalant Monastery for Zanabazar Rinpoche, the head lama of Mongolia. He was known to be kind and practiced dharma and benevolent to many other religions. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Ganden Sumtseling Monastery in Yunnan is beautiful surrounded by mountains. This monastery is known as 'Little Potala" because it resembles the potala in Lhasa. This place was built by the 5th Dalai Lama and financed by the Chinese Emperor Kangxi. Kangxi would visit often to oversee the construction which is very unusual. Kangxi was one of Dorje Shugden's previous incarnations. This is one of the earliest monasteries to adopt Dorje Shugden's practice. Also the in their chapel is where the famous sword bent by the previous oracle in trance of Shugden is kept. Highly blessed. Tsem Rinpoche (read more. I was sent this picture and link today and it's beautiful: http://www.dorjeshugden.com/places/ganden-sumtseling-monastery/)
4 weeks ago
Fantastic Vajrapani!
4 weeks ago
Buddhists and monks from the Theravadin tradition will meditate in this manner to gain realization of impermanence just like in Tibet. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Beautiful old Trakze thangka. TR
4 weeks ago
His Holiness Ling Rinpoche, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche. These are the gurus of Dalai Lama for over 30 years. The majority of dharma being disseminated by Dalai Lama around the world comes from these two masters. These two masters are both students of Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Special form of Vajra Yogini where she is flying to Kechara Paradise. This is symbolic of where She will lead her practitioners. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
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4 weeks ago
Bruce Lee has much wisdom to share. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
His Eminence Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche Losar 2015. May he live a thousand years. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
This is so true and applicable. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang is the epitome of learning, erudite knowledge, attainments & saintliness. Namo Guru-beh. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
H.H. the 5th Dalai Lama made a chapel and large statue to Dorje Shugden in Lhasa. This chapel still stands in Lhasa hundreds of years later. This is the magnificent statue inside the shrine. This statue commissioned by 5th Dalai Lama.
4 weeks ago
In the great Sera Monastery in Tibet, in their chapel they have a special Dorje Shugden statue available for the monks and public.
4 weeks ago
In His Holiness the Panchen Rinpoche's large Tashi-Lhunpo Monastery in Tibet, there is a special large chapel and prayer hall dedicated to Dorje Shugden. Here is the main statue in this chapel. The 9th, 10th and current Panchen Rinpoche all worships Dorje Shugden.
4 weeks ago
This is Setrap and Dorje Shugden together in Gaden Monastery built by Tsongkapa in Tibet. They have been worshipped for hundreds of years together in this holy Protector chapel.
4 weeks ago
Very rare painting of Yellow Yamantaka. He has Manjushri's head on His own head and holding Manjushri again. Beautiful.
4 weeks ago
This thangka is so complete. It has: Gaden Heaven, Yamantaka, Vajra Yogini, Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, Setrap one level in the mandala above Shugden, Shugden's complete entourage, Kache Marpo below and also below is Namka Barzin. Beautiful.
4 weeks ago
Very true!
4 weeks ago
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    Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche & Kyabje Ling Rinpoche doing Lama Chöpa in Bodhgaya in the 60s
    In the 1960s, H.H. Yongzin Kyabje Ling Rinpoche would always organize Lama Chöpa (Guru puja-composed by Panchen Rinpoche) with 1000 offerings in Bodhgaya and would often be joined in by H.H. Yongzin Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, and sometimes the 16th Karmapa would even join in. Wonderful. Watch this blessed and old footage of the two Yongzins doing Lama Chöpa in Bodhgaya. Yongzin is the special title to those who were the root and close teachers of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. There were two official Yongzins. Trijang Rinpoche and Ling Rinpoche were the Yongzins of the current Dalai Lama for over 40 years living nearby to Dalai Lama and passing him all the teachings necessary. They were extremely kind and giving all necessary teachings, empowerments and oral transmissions that Dalai Lama is disseminating to the world today to millions. Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
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    Socialite becomes a volunteer in Malaysian soup kitchen
    In the Malaysian capital, Ruby Khong devotes her lunch hours delivering food to the needy, even when the tropical heat and humidity make it hard to breathe. "It was always about myself, what I wanted and that continued on for a while until 1994," she says. That year, she was on a quest for spiritual guidance in India and met a Buddhist monk named Tsem Rinpoche. Read more here: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29986205
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    5 months ago
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    Watch what Jason Clare said in parliament
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    Super cute attack. Have to watch!!
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    They pump 'things' into poultry to make it look plump and bigger to attract you to buy. Then you eat whatever they've pumped and think how it builds up in your body? Is your taste buds worth it to risk your health? Tsem Rinpoche
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    Look at this 2 minute video, while Hong Kong is having massive protests,right over the skyline of a city a UFO is spotted observing.. Incredible footage. UFO's are historically said to always gather where there is massive conflicts or congregations of people for hundreds of years.
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    See this video and do share with friends. See what happens at 1:10........Om Mani Peme Hung Watch it for the sake of the beings within in enduring what they have to endure. Don't think about how you feel because you are not there, but how they feel. Tsem Rinpoche
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    I just purchased an empty locket from an art store for around $10 and had a nice picture of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche inserted in the front and His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche inserted on the others side at home. Attached a str...ing and it's good to wear for blessings. Look how beautiful. I am the type, I devote myself to my practice but I remember it is the sole kindness of the guru's teachings. Without the guru there is no dharma at all as I cannot speak to Buddha directly. Tsem Rinpoche
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    I was gifted this wonderful blingy shiny new pen by a spiritual friend. I didn't know Swarovski pens write so smoothly. I am going to enjoy writing with this. Thank you Jessica Pimentel. Tsem Rinpoche
    6 months ago
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    Is this the Loch Ness monster?
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    In Kechara Forest Retreat we have a large aviary with many rescued birds and tortoises. We just built a nice pool for them to cool down in. Tsem Rinpoche
    7 months ago
  • Rescuing dog in LA river
    Rescuing dog in LA river
    7 months ago
  • This is a very inspiring video by Jim Carrey you must see
    This is a very inspiring video by Jim Carrey you must see
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    Dalai Lama watching TV
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    Dog with a heart of Gold
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    14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    10 months ago
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    The Girl Who Couldn't Cry - Water is Life
    It's really hard to educate a generation of people born in conditions where they take things for granted. A simple slogan campaign that says, "Save water, It's precious" isn't sticky enough to make inroads. That's exactly where this video steps in: to make people realize how precious water actually is. A brilliant video that follows the heartbreaking story of a young girl that cannot cry. Sounds like fiction? Sadly, it is not.
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    Dear everyone, All sentient beings deserve to live, be happy and not hurt, including animals. We should never hurt them or eat them. Look how much this chicken welcomes a hug and love. Observe carefully. Don't eat beings who can feel pain because the karma comes back. Tsem Rinpoche
    11 months ago
  • The appreciation shown here is so deep and touching.
    The appreciation shown here is so deep and touching.
    Dear friends, See this incredible video. This chimp was found in captivity for many years. Dr Jane Goodall released him into the wild. Look how he comes back to thank her with deep apprecition. It's amazing. Animals have such strong feelings of pain and happiness just like us. We should never hurt them and share with others to not hurt them. Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
    11 months ago
  • Aki drinking some water in the aviary
    Aki drinking some water in the aviary
    Aki is a rescued bird, he now lives in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    1 years ago
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    Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
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    The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
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    1 years ago
  • Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago

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Fortunate ones who got personal blessings from Pastor Yek Yee after the dharma sharing on Dorje Shugden. From: June Tang (Khjb)
14 minutes ago
For our Dharma sharing, Pastor Yek Yee introduce to us the understanding of DORJE SHUGDEN practice and his benefits. From: June Tang (Khjb)
15 minutes ago
First Dorje Shugden puja progress at KHJB now. From: June Tang (Khjb)
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First session puja in progress now. From: June Tang (Khjb)
18 minutes ago
Pastor Yek Yee and puja team busy setting up the first puja at KHJB at early dawn. From: June Tang (Khjb)
20 minutes ago
Wai Meng has shared the introduction of Dorje Shugden with the members of Kechara Ipoh Study Group upon the arrival of Dorje Shugden to our chapel today. Kin Hoe
3 hours ago
Celine has sincerely offered the butter lamp to Dorje Shugden in Kechara Ipoh chapel today. Thanks for her participation and stayed with us for the entire puja and cleaning up the chapel after the puja today. Kin Hoe
4 hours ago
Kit Ping has offered a butter lamp to Dorje Shugden upon Dorje Shugden's arrival at Kechara Ipoh chapel. May Kit Ping and her family be blessed and protected by Dorje Shugden always. Kin Hoe
4 hours ago
Through the kindness and compassion of our Guru, Tsem Rinpoche, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has invited Buddha Dorje Shugden back to Ipoh chapel today. We performed the Setrap and Dorje Shudgen puja and dedicated our prayers for our Guru's long life and good health. Our dedication extended to the victims of Germanwings airplane tragedy that took the lives of 150 people and we prayed for their good and swift rebirth. Kin Hoe
4 hours ago
"The importance of Bodhicitta" from Day 16 of Lamrim text explained by Pastor Han Nee in English adult Dharma class year 3 , Pt.1. Lucy Yap
7 hours ago
Chinese Dharma classes,term two at Kechara House gompa this morning. Lucy Yap
9 hours ago
Beginner ( level 1) English Dharma class at Kechara House gompa today, students were taught on "Vegetarianism" by Ron Wong.Pastor Gim Lee is the pastor on duty. Lucy Yap
10 hours ago
It is a good idea to become accustomed to sitting in the posture of Buddha Vairochana. Today's adult English Dharma class year 2 at Kechara House gompa, Tat Ming teaches "Vairochana posture for meditation" Lucy Yap
10 hours ago
New term starts today for Children Dharma classes for kids, juniors and seniors at Kechara House gompa. http://www.kechara.com/kechara-house/education/kids/childrens-dharma-class/ Lucy Yap
11 hours ago
Count down for the "BIG MOMENT " From: June Tang (Khjb)
23 hours ago
Hurting yourself doesn’t stop with yourself. You hurt all those who love you as well.~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
23 hours ago
Everyone makes mistakes, but those who own up to it will grow and inspire others.~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
23 hours ago
Selectiveness arises from selfish mind, lazy mind, habitual mind. We are selective because we hold onto permanence.~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
23 hours ago
The conditions for someone to be perfect are impermanent. The conditions for someone to be imperfect are impermanent too – don’t be attached to either.~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
23 hours ago
~Don’t miss this: Offering onto Vajra Yogini~ I have given a short explanation of why we offer ornaments to the Buddhas in this video. Dear friends around the world, Welcome again to another post. I am very happy to have you visit. Last night myself with an artistic group of Kecharians did beautiful ornament offerings to Vajra ...~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dont-miss-this-offering-onto-vajra-yogini.html From: June Tang (Khjb)
23 hours ago
All preparations are just for this Sunday "Big day" at Kechara (JB). From: June Tang (Khjb)
23 hours ago
Have some principles of creating a zero pain free area around ourselves. That would be a great way to live. Zero pain free zone around ourselves. That means wherever we go, we create no pain for anyone. ~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
23 hours ago
Chickens are tortured, locked up, kicked and never see sunlight and living in their own feces in egg farms. This is just to produce eggs. Billions of chickens live like this their whole lives. When their usefulness is done laying eggs, these hens are sent to the slaughter house for our fried chickens, chicken burgers, chicken fried rice, chicken sandwhiches, chicken satay, chicken fried rice and chicken soups. Remember this picture please. They can feel pain too just like us. ~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (khjb)
23 hours ago
~Good news at Nando’s!~ GOOD NEWS! I was having a casual chat with Pastor David last night about vegetarian food and he said he heard Nando’s has vegetarian burgers! I hadn’t heard of this. I was like really?? I asked him to please check! Today he confirmed that certain Nando’s branches does have vegetarian burgers now! ~Tsem Rinpche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/good-news-at-nandos.html From: June Tang (Khjb)
23 hours ago
~Amazing and sad~ Dear friends, If I was there or knew about it, I would have done something for sure. This is a strange tale that is touching and yet very sad. He must of sensed something. See what I mean. ~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/amazing-and-sad.html From: June Tang (Khjb)
23 hours ago

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