Helena Roerich: Writer, Philosopher and Peacemaker

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The graceful Helena Ivanovna Roerich (born Shaposhnikova) 1879 – 1955

The graceful Helena Ivanovna Roerich (1879 – 1955)

(By Tsem Rinpoche and Joy Kam)

The graceful and talented Russian writer, artist, theosophist, explorer, healer and philosopher, Helena Ivanovna Roerich was born on February 12, 1879. She was the beloved wife of the famous painter, Nicholas Roerich.

They were both disciples of Master Morya, the teacher of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (Madame Blavatsky), founder of the Theosophical Society. With the help and collaboration of various teachers from the East, Helena and Nicholas Roerich founded the Agni Yoga Society in New York in the early 20th Century. The Agni Yoga Society advocated the philosophical teachings known as Living Ethics.

Master Morya, whose spiritual teachings called Agni Yoga were disseminated by Helena and Nicholas Roerich. He was also the teacher of Madame Blavatsky, the founder of the Theosophical Society.

Master Morya, whose spiritual teachings called Agni Yoga were disseminated by Helena and Nicholas Roerich. He was also the teacher of Madame Blavatsky, the founder of the Theosophical Society.

Helena and Nicholas travelled to and explored many remote, hard-to-reach regions in Central Asia. It was part of their quest to learn about the culture, life and spiritual beliefs of the East, and how it related to human consciousness and the enlightened mind. They were very spiritual at heart and believed that their purpose on this planet was to spread the message of the Divine.

Helena was not just a great philosopher; she was an inspiration, a great leader and a prominent contributor to the world of art and culture. She was the founder and honorary President of the Institute of Himalayan Studies, also known as ‘Urusvati’ in India. Among her many publications are translations of two volumes of Helena P. Blavatsky’s ‘Secret Doctrine’, and a selection of Master Morya’s letters known as ‘Cup of the East’.

She also co-wrote the ‘International Treaty for Protection of Artistic and Scientific Institutions and Historical Monuments’, better known as the Roerich Pact, and is still revered around the world for her wisdom and her profoundly spiritual books.

 

Young Helena

The little five-year-old Helena Shaposhnikova, 1884

The five-year-old Helena Shaposhnikova, 1884

Born in St. Petersburg, Helena Roerich was the daughter of a famous Russian architect, Ivan Ivanovich Shaposhnikov, who designed the St. Petersburg Choral Synagogue. Her mother was Ekaterina Vassilievna Shaposhnikova who came from the ancient Golenischev-Kutuzov family from Novgorod.

When Helena was young, she was a very sensitive child and would often fall ill. What is interesting is that when she was ill, she would see two very tall men who would suddenly appear from nowhere and come to her aid.

When she related these visions and experiences to her family and other adults, they would dismiss her tales and tell her to stop imagining things. They obviously did not believe her, so she decided to keep her thoughts to herself and refrained from sharing them.

Helena at 10 years old. Even when Helena was young, she was very graceful and had a regal presence.

Helena at 10 years old. Even when Helena was young, she was very graceful and had a regal presence.

Little Helena often spent summers at her aunt, E.V. Putyatina’s estate. Her aunt was married to Prince P.A. Putyatin and they resided in Bologoe in the Novgorod region. It is said that when Helena was staying there, she would go outside to feed the animals every morning and when they saw her coming, they would all rush to greet her.

Another picture of Helena when she was young

Another picture of Helena when she was young

 

A Love for Learning

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Helena came from a family of intellectual and highly-talented individuals like Arsenii Arkadievich Golenischev-Kutuzov, a well-known 19th Century poet; Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky, a composer; and Mikhail Illarionovich Golenischev-Kutuzov, a field marshal.

Helena was an intelligent, inquisitive and highly independent child with a natural artistic talent. From a very young age, Helena showed exceptional abilities — she could play the piano and was able to read and write in three different languages when she was just seven. Even at such a tender age, she showed an interest in spirituality and started reading philosophical, spiritual, artistic and historical books.

Coming from such a rich, cultured background and being surrounded by highly-educated relatives, it is not surprising that Helena had the privilege of receiving a very good education. By all accounts, she enjoyed it very much.

The beautiful elegant Helena in her younger days

The beautiful and elegant Helena in her younger days

Helena received a gold medal for excellence when she graduated from St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Gymnasium in 1895. Apart from a formal education at school, she took the initiative to study a variety of other subjects on her own. She learned to paint and became well-versed in Russian and European literature, religious history and philosophy. Helena was especially interested in the great works of illustrious Indian philosophers such as Rabindranath Tagore, Ramakrishna and Vivekananda.

The former Mariinsky Gymnasium in Saint Petersburg

The former Mariinsky Gymnasium in St. Petersburg

After graduating, Helena wanted to further her studies in the St. Petersburg Conservatory but her family opposed it. They were afraid she would become interested in revolutionary ideas popular among the students there. Therefore, Helena continued her studies at home, mastering foreign languages and becoming well-versed in many different subjects.

 

Falling in Love

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It was 1899, in Bologoe, that Helena crossed paths with Nicholas Konstantinovich Roerich. Nicholas soon became attracted to Helena and would often request her company at all kinds of exhibitions and performances. They shared many things in common and eventually fell in love. Despite her family’s objections, Helena married Nicholas Roerich in 1901 in St. Petersburg.

To commemorate their love, a monument was built in 2001 at the spot where they first met in Bologoe; it is named ‘Monument of Love’. The monument has inscribed upon it a beautiful quote from Nicholas Roerich’s essay called ‘The University’, which was a declaration of his love for Helena:

“I met Lada, my partner in life and inspirer, at Bologoe, at Prince P.A. Putyatin’s estate. Joy!”.

Nicholas Roerich fell in love with Helena and they tied the knot in 1901

Nicholas Roerich fell in love with Helena and they tied the knot in 1901

The monument celebrates the love and union of one of Russia’s most prominent artistic couples who shared the same vision for the world around them. After they married, Nicholas again wrote about their love:

“We passed amicably any obstacles. And the obstacles turned into possibilities. I devoted my books: To Helena, my wife, friend, partner and inspirer.”

Nicholas and Helena Roerich in 1908

Nicholas and Helena Roerich in 1908

Many of Nicholas Roerich’s artworks were born from the common creativity the couple shared. In Roerich’s books as well as his paintings, he refers to Helena as “She who leads”. He also said many times that there should have been two signatures on his paintings, his and his beloved Helena’s.

“We created together, and not without reason it was said that the works must have two names, women’s and men’s.”

She who holds the world (1933)

She who holds the world (1933)

She who leads (1943)

She who leads (1943)

From beyond (1935)

From beyond (1935)

Helena and Nicholas had two sons together. The elder, George, was born in August 1902 and the younger, Svetoslav, was born in October 1904. George grew up to be a renowned orientalist and scientist while Svetoslav took after his father and became a talented painter.

Helena (right) with her two sons, George and Svetoslav

Helena (right) with her two sons, George and Svetoslav

Her husband and sons admired Helena and she was considered the foundation of the Roerich family as well as their spiritual leader. Always supportive of Nicholas’ initiatives and projects, she would study deeply whatever subjects he was exploring. They travelled together often and explored around forty ancient cities in Russia searching for places of national history and culture in 1903 alone.

It was during these travels that Helena captured the beauty of various architectural monuments, paintings and ornaments with her photography skills. She was also skilled in restoration and together, she and Nicholas recovered many precious masterpieces from great artists like Van Dyck, Breugel, Rubens and van Orley, where their originals were hidden behind many layers of new paint.

Being an artistic person, Helena collected many antiques and works of art during her travels. She also composed over 300 written works, many of which can be seen in the Hermitage Museum today. Another of Helena’s interests was archaeology, and she and Nicholas would often help in excavation works in Novgorod and Tver.

Nicholas Roerich with his sons, George and Svetoslav.

Nicholas Roerich with his sons, George and Svetoslav.

In 1916, Helena fell very ill with pneumonia. A doctor strongly advised her to move to a warmer place. The Roerichs decided to move to Finland and lived along the shores of Lake Ladoga in Serdobol. Finland became independent in 1918 and closed its borders to Russia and this made it difficult for the Roerichs to return to their homeland.

In 1919, the Roerichs moved to England and made London their home. It was here in London that Helena began to collaborate with a group of great thinkers and Eastern philosophers. They were called “The Great Teachers” (Mahatmas) according to the Indian spiritual tradition and, together, they started the works of Agni Yoga.

Nicholas and Helena Roerich in Novgorod, Russia, 1905

Nicholas and Helena Roerich in Novgorod, Russia, 1905

 

Helena’s Travels and Works

Not long after their move to England in 1920, Nicholas Roerich was invited to the United States on a tour to exhibit his amazing artwork. The entire Roerich family then moved to New York.

Nicholas Roerich Museum, an International Art Centre in New York

Nicholas Roerich Museum, an International Art Centre in New York

It was in New York that the cultural activities under Nicholas Roerich’s leadership began. Helena played a huge role in supporting her partner during this creative manifestation. It set the foundation for the growth of cultural centres such as the Nicholas Roerich Museum, the International Art Centre, “Corona Mundi” (“Crown of the World”), and the International Painter’s Association “Cor Ardens” (Flaming Hearts).

Roerich’s esteemed cultural centres had great influence on America’s cultural development and sparked many more creative clubs, societies and educational institutions that brought together many artists and intellectuals. It was a time of great joy as many inspiring people collaborated and united to explore and expand their consciousness in order to find a counter to the increasingly materialistic world that was creating roadblocks in their journey of intellectual exploration.

Three years later, in December 1923, Helena and Nicholas decided to move the whole family to India. Helena had always been interested in, and was fascinated by India. She adored the richness of its culture and the deep spirituality integral to its soul. Many Russian intellectuals were attracted to India’s spiritual traditions, a trend that was especially true towards the end of the 19th Century. They were seeking morality and found that Indian traditions taught them to live better, simpler lives.

From 1924 to 1928, Helena joined her husband on a grand expedition to Central Asia organised by Nicholas. The expedition took them to some very hard-to-reach places in Russia, India, China, Mongolia, and Tibet.

From left to right on the elephant: Nicholas Roerich, Svetoslav Roerich, Helena Roerich, George Roerich in India, December 1923

From left to right on the elephant: Nicholas Roerich, Svetoslav Roerich, Helena Roerich and George Roerich in India, December 1923

They saw regions where few had traversed before, many of which were largely untouched and some even unknown. They would pause at each location and research its geography, archaeology, ethnography, history, philosophy, arts and religion.

Unknown mountains and passages were discovered and mapped out. They also found some very rare manuscripts and collections of important linguistic texts. Special attention was paid to the historical unity of the cultures of different people separated by vast distances.

The expedition was certainly not a leisurely task; they had to withstand extreme weather conditions, especially when they were travelling through the Himalayas. Local rebels, armed bandits and caravan looters were a constant threat; the expedition lost horses to poisonous grasses and were even very close to losing their own lives.

They endured all this, conquering 35 mountains and crossing the Gobi Desert in search of the mystical kingdom Shambhala. Although Nicholas did not find Shambhala, descriptions of it appear in his writings and depictions can be found in his paintings.

Nicholas Roerich’s Most Sacred - Treasure of The Mountains is a painting depicting the King of Shambala

Nicholas Roerich’s Most Sacred – Treasure of the Mountains is a painting depicting the King of Shambhala

When Nicholas decided to stay in Gulmarg in April 1925, Helena took the opportunity to translate the book ‘Mahatma’s Letters’ from English to Russian. It had been written by A. Trevor Barker based on the letters between the Theosophical Society and two English Theosophists, A. P. Sinnett and A. O. Hume in India.

Helena Blavatsky or Madame Blavatsky was a Russian spiritualist. Her works introduced the Roerichs to Shambhala.

Helena Blavatsky or Madame Blavatsky was a Russian spiritualist. Her works introduced the Roerichs to Shambhala.

The letters discussed the theosophical cosmos and spiritual hierarchy. In that same year, Helena wrote and published ‘Chalice of the East’ under the pen name Iskander Khanum.

In 1926, the Roerich’s expedition group stayed in Urga, which is known as Ulaanbaatar today. It was here that Helena’s manuscript, ‘Foundations of Buddhism’ was published.

This book presented Helena’s understanding and interpretation of the fundamental teachings and philosophical concepts of Buddha’s teachings. It explained complex Buddhist principles and the moral foundation of the Buddha’s teachings in a simple, easy-to-understand manner, and this ignited the West’s interest in Buddhism. The following year, one of the series of the Living Ethics books called ‘Community’ was published at this same place. Needless to say, Helena was one of the pioneers who played an important role in introducing Buddhism to the West.

When the Roerichs had completed their Central Asian expedition, they decided to stay on in the Kullu Valley in Himachal Pradesh, India. This is where they established the Institute of Himalayan Studies – Urusvati, which in Sanskrit means ‘Light of the Morning Star’.

nstitute of Himalayan Studies, ‘Urusvati’, which in Sanskrit means ‘Light of the Morning Star’. Today, it houses the memorial research library compiled by the Roerichs, and several zoological and botanical collections. It is also considered the Himalayan Folk Art Museum, and exhibitions like The History of the ’Urusvati’ Institute, The Roerich Pact: History and Modernity, and Nicholas Roerich: Life and Creative Work have been held here.

Institute of Himalayan Studies, ‘Urusvati’, which in Sanskrit means ‘Light of the Morning Star’. Today, it houses the memorial research library compiled by the Roerichs and several zoological and botanical collections. It is also considered the Himalayan Folk Art Museum, and exhibitions such as The History of the ‘Urusvati’ Institute, The Roerich Pact: History and Modernity, and Nicholas Roerich: Life and Creative Work have been held here.

Helena was the Honorary President-Founder of Urusvati and she was actively involved in organising the work and research conducted at the institute. Since she was both an art connoisseur and a philosopher, she understood very well the scientific problems researchers would face and would often direct their research herself. Her main focus was the study of ancient Eastern philosophies.

The Roerich family in Kullu Valley, India

The Roerich family in Kullu Valley, India

Urusvati focused its studies on the Asian region which has had a substantial influence on the development of world culture. The complex study of the human psyche and physiological aspects were one of the main subjects studied at Urusvati.

Helena had a dream and a vision of a city of knowledge and wisdom in the Kullu Valley, which would be an international centre for philosophy and science. This dream came true when Urusvati became a well-known institute where famous philosophers and scientists from all over the world would congregate, share and teach.

Rabindranath Tagore, Jagadish Chandra Bose, Albert Einstein, Robert Andrews Millikan, Louis de Broglie, S. Gedin, R. Magoffin, N.I. Vavilov and S.I. Metalnikov were some of the brilliant scholars and scientists who collaborated at Urusvati.

Helena Roerich in Darjeeling (1924)

Helena Roerich in Darjeeling (1924)

When Helena was in Kullu, she focused on writing her book, Living Ethics. The great laws of the cosmos, the meaning of human life, the importance of culture for human evolution, and mankind’s great teachers were some of the contents of Living Ethics.

Another very important subject Helena worked on was Cryptograms of the East, written in Russian and published in Paris in 1929 under another pen name Josephine Saint-Hilaire. It has been published in English as On Eastern Crossroads: Legends and Prophecies of Asia.

In this book, Helena presented the mythical legends and fables of great spiritual teachers and Enlightened Beings who have inspired the world and taught mankind invaluable lessons. Buddha, Christ, St. Sergius of Radonezh, Apollonius of Tyana and Akbar the Great all appear in this tome. With deep reverence for St. Sergius of Radonezh, the saviour and defender of Russia, she wrote and dedicated a special essay called ‘The Banner of St. Sergius of Radonezh’ to him.

 

Helena’s Later Years

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Helena spent the first half of 1930 translating two volumes of Helena Blavatsky’s fundamental work, ‘Secret Doctrine’ from English to Russian. Helena’s letters to over 140 people from different parts of the world give incredible insight into the inner thoughts and sound logic of a woman who was a pioneer in so many fields.

These letters contain answers to all kinds of questions from friends, cultural workers, her followers and even political leaders. She explains complex philosophical views, problems that scientists face, and the foundations of Living Ethics.

In 1940, a book titled ‘Letters of Helena Roerich’ was published in Russian in two volumes. Later, the complete set was translated into English and published by the International Centre of the Roerichs. This is also where all of Helena’s precious letters are safely kept today.

It was during Nicholas Roerich’s Manchurian expedition that Helena wrote to many international organisations to garner support for the Roerich Pact. The Roerich Pact is an international agreement, a treaty to protect historical monuments as well as artistic and scientific institutions.

The signing of the Roerich Pact, which was the first international treaty dedicated to the protection of artistic and scientific institutions and historical monuments. The Pact was signed by 21 countries, including the President of the United States Franklin Roosevelt.

The signing of the Roerich Pact — the first international treaty dedicated to the protection of artistic and scientific institutions and historical monuments. The Pact was signed by leaders of 21 countries, including the President of the United States Franklin Roosevelt.

Helena’s hard work paid off when the leaders of 21 countries, including the President of the United States, Franklin Roosevelt, signed the Roerich Pact on April 15, 1935.

Nicholas Roerich's Banner of Peace is illustrated in this painting called Madonna Oraflamma. It is a symbol of the Roerich Pact.

Nicholas Roerich’s Banner of Peace is illustrated in this painting called ‘Madonna Oraflamma’. It is a symbol of the Roerich Pact.

Nicholas Roerich passed away on December 13, 1947. This unfortunate event led Helena and her eldest son George to move to Delhi, and after that to Khandala in 1949. Eventually, they settled in a quaint little hill station on the Eastern Himalayan slopes called Kalimpong, north of Bengal. Helena liked living in Kalimpong; she was fond of the locals and integrated well with the Gurkhas, Bengalis and Tibetans living there.

She lived in the two-storey ‘Crookety House’ built in the 1940s by the British. The last few years of her life were spent here working, writing, painting and meditating.

Today, Helena’s Crookety House is a museum that attracts many artists and visitors from all over the world. A visitor from the U.K., Ian Graham, wrote an interesting review on a popular travel site saying, “The atmosphere in the house is one of tremendous stillness. One goes almost immediately into a meditative state on entering.”

Helena at her busy desk

Helena at her busy desk

She felt that her work on earth was to spread the teachings of Agni Yoga’s Living Ethics.

“I exist only due to the ray of the Great Master, who said it was necessary for me to remain because no one could replace me as I worked under the highest Cosmic Sign, and this century was in need of my attainment.”

Although Helena loved living in India, she had hoped to one day return to her homeland, Russia. She wanted to bring back all the treasures she had collected during her expeditions, and to share her experiences with her fellow Russians.

When Helena lived with her son George, after Nicholas’s passing, they tried to board a steamboat to return to Russia but their visas were denied. In her later years, Helena wrote several times to the Soviet Embassy to attempt to return home, but never received a reply.

It is indeed unfortunate that her own country refused such a brilliant philosopher who contributed so much toward the development of arts, culture, science and human consciousness.

The Crookety House in Kalimpong where Helena spent the last few years of her life working, writing, painting, and meditating is now a museum which attracts visitors from all over the world.

The Crookety House in Kalimpong, where Helena spent the last few years of her life working, writing, painting and meditating, is now a museum which attracts visitors from all over the world.

 

Helena’s Death

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Helena was almost 70 when she moved to Kalimpong and her health started to deteriorate. However, she never showed any outward signs of illness. On October 5, 1955, at age 76, Helena Roerich passed away. It is said that she experienced two heart attacks in her sleep.

Following her wishes, Helena’s body was cremated and her ashes were placed in a stupa in Zang Dhok Palri Phodang Buddhist Monastery in West Bengal, India. On the stupa is an inscription that reads, “Helena Roerich, the wife of Nicholas Roerich, thinker and writer, old friend of India.”

Helena Roerich’s ashes were placed in a stupa in Zang Dhok Palri Phodang Monastery, India

Helena Roerich’s ashes were placed in a stupa in Zang Dhok Palri Phodang Monastery, India

Even her funeral was a melting pot of cultures – Indians, Chinese, Afghans, Tibetans, Mongols, Nepalis, Bhutanese and Japanese people came to pay their last respects to Helena. Seeing the amount of people who came really touched her sons, George and Svetoslav, as well as her daughter-in-law Devika Rani, a famous Indian actor, very much.

Svetoslav Roerich, the second son of the Roerich’s married Devika Rani, a renowned Indian actress, producer and singer. They were married for almost 50 years.

Svetoslav Roerich, the second Roerich son married Devika Rani, a renowned Indian actress, producer and singer. They were married for almost 50 years.

Famous author and healer, Ruth Drayer, wrote in her book, Nicholas and Helena Roerich: The Spiritual Journey of Two Great Artists and Peacemakers that Helena “worked heroically to consolidate the (family’s) spiritual legacy for future safekeeping.”

The more we discover about Helena, the more we are inspired by her as someone deeply attuned to the spiritual world. Her selfless courage is evident in her efforts to ensure that creative and philosophical institutions, as well as teachings, were preserved and protected for posterity. There is no doubt that Helena Roerich has left an indelible mark on this planet through her many contributions to the evolution of the human spirit, arts and culture.

Monument to Nicholas Roerich and Helena Roerich in Moscow, Russia.

Monument to Nicholas and Helena Roerich in Moscow, Russia.

Agni Yoga (1929)

Agni Yoga (1929)

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A painting of Helena Roerich – Mother of Agni Yoga

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Mother of the world (1924) – a painting by Nicholas Roerich. This painting seems to encapsulates Helena’s energy.

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Helena Roerich’s Written Works

The texts below were downloaded from the Agni Yoga website (agniyoga.org) and all copyrights are held by the Agni Yoga Society, Inc. They are made available here for purely educational, non-commercial purposes. For full copyright information and terms of use, please visit http://agniyoga.org/ay_en/downloads.php

Letters of Helena Roerich I: 1929-1935

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Helena Roerich was an unusually gifted woman, author of many books. Her collected Letters, in two volumes, are an example of the wisdom, spiritual insight, and simple advice she shared with a multitude of correspondents—friends, foes, and co-workers alike.

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Letters of Helena Roerich II: 1935-1939

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Helena Roerich was an unusually gifted woman, author of many books. Her collected Letters, in two volumes, are an example of the wisdom, spiritual insight, and simple advice she shared with a multitude of correspondents—friends, foes, and co-workers alike.

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On Eastern Crossroads

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Often the so-called Apocrypha preserve many traces of reality taken from authentic texts. In these unexpected tales and parables scattered among the peoples of Asia we learn precisely what images live in the folk consciousness. To gather these Cryptograms of the great thought means to glimpse the souls of the peoples.

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Foundations of Buddhism

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The Great Gotama gave to the world a complete Teaching of the perfect construction of life. Each attempt to make a god of the great revolutionist, leads to absurdity. Previous to Gotama there was, of course, a whole succession of those who bore the common welfare, but their teachings crumbled to dust in the course of millenniums. Therefore the Teaching of Gotama should be accepted as the first teaching of the laws of matter and the evolution of the world.

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Leaves of Morya’s Garden I: The Call

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Leaves of Morya’s Garden I (The Call) is the first book from the Agni Yoga Series which is composed of fourteen books.

Though not systematised in an ordinary sense, Agni Yoga is a Teaching that helps the discerning student to discover moral and spiritual guide-posts by which to learn to govern his or her life and thus contribute to the Common Good.

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Leaves of Morya’s Garden II: Illumination

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Leaves of Morya’s Garden II (Illumination) is the second book from the Agni Yoga Series which is composed of fourteen books.

Though not systematised in an ordinary sense, Agni Yoga is a Teaching that helps the discerning student to discover moral and spiritual guide-posts by which to learn to govern his or her life and thus contribute to the Common Good.

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New Era Community

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New Era Community is the third book from the Agni Yoga Series which is composed of fourteen books.

Though not systematised in an ordinary sense, Agni Yoga is a Teaching that helps the discerning student to discover moral and spiritual guide-posts by which to learn to govern his or her life and thus contribute to the Common Good.

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Agni Yoga

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Agni Yoga is the fourth book from the Agni Yoga Series which is composed of fourteen books.

Though not systematised in an ordinary sense, Agni Yoga is a Teaching that helps the discerning student to discover moral and spiritual guide-posts by which to learn to govern his or her life and thus contribute to the Common Good.

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Infinity I

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Infinity I is the fifth book from the Agni Yoga Series which is composed of fourteen books.

Though not systematised in an ordinary sense, Agni Yoga is a Teaching that helps the discerning student to discover moral and spiritual guide-posts by which to learn to govern his or her life and thus contribute to the Common Good.

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Infinity II

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Infinity II is the sixth book from the Agni Yoga Series which is composed of fourteen books.

Though not systematised in an ordinary sense, Agni Yoga is a Teaching that helps the discerning student to discover moral and spiritual guide-posts by which to learn to govern his or her life and thus contribute to the Common Good.

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Hierarchy

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Hierarchy is the seventh book from the Agni Yoga Series which is composed of fourteen books.

Though not systematised in an ordinary sense, Agni Yoga is a Teaching that helps the discerning student to discover moral and spiritual guide-posts by which to learn to govern his or her life and thus contribute to the Common Good.

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Heart

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Heart is the eighth book from the Agni Yoga Series which is composed of fourteen books.

Though not systematised in an ordinary sense, Agni Yoga is a Teaching that helps the discerning student to discover moral and spiritual guide-posts by which to learn to govern his or her life and thus contribute to the Common Good.

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Fiery World I

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Fiery World I is the ninth book from the Agni Yoga Series which is composed of fourteen books.

Though not systematised in an ordinary sense, Agni Yoga is a Teaching that helps the discerning student to discover moral and spiritual guide-posts by which to learn to govern his or her life and thus contribute to the Common Good.

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Fiery World II

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Fiery World II is the tenth book from the Agni Yoga Series which is composed of fourteen books.

Though not systematised in an ordinary sense, Agni Yoga is a Teaching that helps the discerning student to discover moral and spiritual guide-posts by which to learn to govern his or her life and thus contribute to the Common Good.

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Fiery World III

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Fiery World III is the eleventh book from the Agni Yoga Series which is composed of fourteen books.

Though not systematised in an ordinary sense, Agni Yoga is a Teaching that helps the discerning student to discover moral and spiritual guide-posts by which to learn to govern his or her life and thus contribute to the Common Good.

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AUM

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Aum is the twelfth book from the Agni Yoga Series which is composed of fourteen books.

Though not systematised in an ordinary sense, Agni Yoga is a Teaching that helps the discerning student to discover moral and spiritual guide-posts by which to learn to govern his or her life and thus contribute to the Common Good.

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Brotherhood

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Brotherhood is the thirteenth book from the Agni Yoga Series which is composed of fourteen books.

Though not systematized in an ordinary sense, Agni Yoga is a Teaching that helps the discerning student to discover moral and spiritual guide-posts by which to learn to govern his or her life and thus contribute to the Common Good.

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Supermundane

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Supermundane (in 3 volumes) is the fourteenth book from the Agni Yoga Series which is composed of fourteen books.

Though not systematised in an ordinary sense, Agni Yoga is a Teaching that helps the discerning student to discover moral and spiritual guide-posts by which to learn to govern his or her life and thus contribute to the Common Good.

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  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agni_Yoga
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  1. Wai Meng Wan on Dec 31, 2017 at 12:19 am

    It is so inspiring to read the story of the Roerichs, they contributed so much to the modern spiritual movement of today. The Roerich gave their lives to the service of others so it is inspiring to read.

  2. Pastor Antoinette on Dec 10, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    This is truly an inspiring lifestory. Although Helena Roerich has done so much and translated so many works into Russian, she was refused to visit her homeland Russia again.

    Her writings, paintings and works have inspired many and together with her husband Nicholas Roerich, they have created many important works such as the Institute of Himalayan Studies, ‘Urusvati’, ‘Light of the Morning Star’ in Sanskrit language.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Joy for this meaningful article.

  3. Pastor Lim Han Nee on Dec 7, 2017 at 3:14 am

    It is only fitting that Helena Roerich and her husband Nicholas are referred to as artists and peacemakers on a spiritual journey together in this life in a book about them and their works by Ruth Drayer -“Nicholas and Helena Roerich: The Spiritual Journey of Two Great Artists and Peacemakers”.

    Helena Roerich , a multi-talented Russian writer, artist, theosophist, intrepid explorer, healer and philosopher, was a great inspiration to her husband Nicholas throughout their lives. Her two sons , greatly influenced and inspired by Helena and Nicholas ,worked strenuously to preserve the powerful legacies of their parents.

    One of Helena Roerich’s most outstanding contributions to the world was the setting up of the Institute of Himalayan Studies – URUSVATI, which in Sanskrit means ‘Light of the Morning Star’ in the Kullu Valley in Himachal Pradesh, India. This institute became an international centre for philosophy and science to which great philosophers and scientists came to share and corroborate -great names like Rabindranath Tagore and Albert Einstein were involved with this institute.

    Another outstanding contribution was the Roerich Pact, “the first international treaty dedicated to the protection of artistic and scientific institutions and historical monuments”. The Pact was signed by leaders of 21 countries, including the President of the United States Franklin Roosevelt.

    Her spiritual works included ‘Chalice of the East’ ,’Living Ethics’ and ‘Foundations of Buddhism’ . There was an indomitable spirituality that abided in her and she lived her live expressing it tirelessly and selflessly through her works and her endeavours.

  4. Fong on Dec 1, 2017 at 10:10 am

    An inspiring lady indeed, is Helena Roerich. She really must ahve been amazing to make her life so rich and encapsulating it in her writings. I wonder what kind of karma she had or the life she had lived before this life for her to be spiritual since young. And, to have this thirst and focus for the philosophies of the east and spirituality.

    Thank you, Joy for an inspiring read.

  5. Samfoonheei on Nov 30, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Helena Ivanovna Roerich was a Russian theosophist, writer, and public figure. In the early 20th century . Helena Ivanovna Roerich was a strong lady with determination as she and Nicholas travelled to the remote area to learn about the culture, life and spiritual beliefs. The spiritual journey of these two great artist have inspired many . Roerich did translated from English to Russian books been well-versed in Russian , European literature, religious history and philosophy. She did contributed so much toward the development of arts, culture, science and human consciousness. . The greater part of works created by this outstanding woman only recently became the property of the cultural and spiritual life of Russia.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Joy Kam for sharing these inspiring article of a wonderful lady who has created many wonderful things seen by distance.

  6. Anne Ong on Nov 27, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    Truly inspiring and admire Helena Roerich who is multi-talented, and her passion towards her spiritual path. And has so much in common with her husband Nicholas to benefit others with the support from each other. Such a wonderful couple who hero worship each other with common interest. Thank you Rinpoche and Joy for this beautiful and inspiring story😍👍

  7. Cc on Nov 26, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Joy.
    It is inspiring on her passion towards spiritual path and work. Till today, many have benefited from her written works.

  8. Joey Tan on Nov 26, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Thank you Tsem Rinpoche and the blog team. It was such a wonderful and interesting article about the honorable Helena biography and her career as writer and translator. With just her simple career that makes everyone remember her and she was cremenated and put into stupa after she passed away. Great to know about Helena background and about her family and illnesses too. A remarkable biography and she even writes so many books. Wow. 😄

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  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Feb 20. 2018 09:19 PM
    It is true all the emotions comes from our mind. Most of the time we tend to see a problem to be so big which we can actually have a choice to dilute it and make it smaller. We always have our expectation on everything and once it goes against ours, we are not happy and anger arise. Therefore we should control our mind and not let it direct us to think and act negatively.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/apply-this-when-your-emotions-get-in-the-way.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Feb 20. 2018 09:13 PM
    It’s so heartwarming to watch the short video. The bond between Sirga and Valentine are so strong, like meeting an old friend. This video reminds me that animals is just like human and have feelings, therefore treat all of them with respect and care.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/take-2-minutes-to-see-something-cool.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Feb 20. 2018 05:45 PM
    Thank you for sharing the updates on Buddhist community from Tibet and elsewhere. All these grand and meaningful events around the world since 2011 up until 2018 are now accessible to everyone, which was previously not made widely available. It goes to show that more and more people care and are interested about the news and movements of Tibetan Buddhism, particularly Dorje Shugden events. These events also dispel the myths that DS is a minor sect – check out the crowds! Massive numbers of sangha and lay people turn up at these events for the blessing and initiation to DS Sogtae. These events are evidence that religious freedom is enshrined in Tibet, China and other parts of the world; seems like the only place where there is no religious freedom for DS practitioners are under the rule of Dharamsala. Therefore, events updates of DS practitioners gathered together to receive initiation and teachings are really very encouraging. Rejoice to all who received the sogtae!

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/updates-from-tibet-and-elsewhere.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Feb 20. 2018 02:28 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing. Can imagine the situation ,the pain and suffering of that poor pig. They the many of these sows live in cages just large enough to contain their bodies. Sows have a pregnancy lasting around four months and their freedom of movement are restricted .Sad to see that situation ,hoping more can be done to improve it. But the best choice is go on vegetarian so less killing , less consuming meat.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/can-you-endure-this.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Feb 20. 2018 02:27 PM
    Happiness , depression, anger, frustration, bitterness is a choice. All is based on how we interpreting each situation in our life and the meaning we associate with. To feel happy, focus on things in our life that will make us feel happy. What ever we see and thinks can lead to thoughts and influences our performance. It is our emotions that influence the way we think and behave We are to accept and the ability to adapt to the challenges of our daily life. A powerful meaning behind this short story. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful and powerful post that will helps us in our daily life.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/apply-this-when-your-emotions-get-in-the-way.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Feb 20. 2018 02:26 PM
    Wow…. a brilliant picture of the two greatest masters of Tibetan Buddhism. Trijang Rinpoche was a Gelugpa monk and the 16th Karmapa, a Karma Kagyu, enjoying a beautiful relationship based on respect and trust. There were no conflict between them. It seem that in one lifetime, both of them did even interchange incarnations. There is an interesting story regarding both of them. Both enlightened manifesting again and again for the benefit of others .From the picture it tell us a thousands word of wisdom between both of them. H.H. the 16th Karmapa and H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche remained close friends throughout their life. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this a brilliant picture of the two greatest masters for us and merely seeing it is a blessing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/mind-blowing-connections-between-two-high-lamas.html
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  • Alice Tay
    Monday, Feb 19. 2018 11:17 PM
    Out of compassion, Buddha Manjushri emanate in the form of Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden to help us swiftly.

    Now, with the blessings of our precious guru, we are so fortunate to receive these precious advice from Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden reminded us that dharma practice is based on our faith and pure motivation. When we do for any virtuous actions with the pure motivation and out of the Eight Worldly Concerns, it definitely will bring much beneficial not only ourselves but also many others. We should start to practice by letting go our small “self” and slowly let go the big “self”. Eventually we are able to do more that benefit others instead of only ourselves.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/dorje-shugdens-advice-for-the-new-year-2018.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Feb 19. 2018 10:13 PM
    It’s so amazing that since thousand of years ago people already have such high technologies in constructing strong and amazing building that till today we may not necessary be able to achieve. Also it is just amazing that the mummies found in the temple were so well preserved. While many scientists and archeologists are trying their best to find out how, what and where about all this mysteries findings, I hope they use the right method to get into these place and with respect. After all , these places are suppose to be holy .

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/the-mysterious-door-of-vault-b-padmanabhaswamy-temple.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Feb 19. 2018 09:49 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and Lord Dorje Shugden for sharing his precious advises to us during this New Year. It is a good reminder for us to practise dharma and transform our mind. If our mind don’t transform we will forever doing the wrong actions and not able to change our path. Practising Guru Devotion is also very important as “The foundation for every realisation is to properly rely on one’s kind Guru”.

    May I have the opportunity to always learn dharma from my kind Guru, Tsem Rinpoche in every life time.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/dorje-shugdens-advice-for-the-new-year-2018.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Feb 19. 2018 09:08 PM
    It’s amazing to see the self arising images of the holy places and also to read the stories. All the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas have great compassion in emanating in various forms in order to suit the people of that place to pray, practise and generate merits. We are so fortunate to have our Guru Tsem Rinpoche to guide us and share with us all the dharma and holy places so we can learn and widen our knowledge. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for sharing this beautiful article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-self-arising-chenrezig.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Feb 19. 2018 08:30 PM
    The story of Anagarika Dharmapala is inspiring. He contributed to the revival of Buddhism greatly, and I am especially at awe with his work to regain “control” over Bodhgaya’s Maha Bodhi Temple from the Hindu Brahmins, who had controlled the site for centuries. This holy site is the chief of the four ancient Buddhist holy sites that are of utmost importance to Buddhist. Today, the site is entrusted to a committee with equal numbers of Hindu and Buddhist members. Even though the announcement of this outcome came 16 years after Anagarika Dharmapala’s passing, the success was his legacy.

    Anagarika Dharmapala’s intellectuality in Buddhism was not disregarded; he was one of the two speakers who inspired the first wave of interest in Buddhism amongst the heart of European-Americans who were deeply rooted in Christianity during to culture and upbringing. As a learned person, his writings on Buddhism give perspective from a philosophical, historical and also a practical point of view, making it relevant for many people of different intellectual level. I enjoy reading this article. Thank you for the sharing, Rinpoche and PAW.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/anagarika-dharmapala-the-revered-buddhist-revivalist-and-writer-of-the-20th-century.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Feb 18. 2018 07:22 PM
    It is very blessed to be able to see Naro Kacho Vajrayogini, adorned with beautiful pearl dress. The beading and art work are very detailed. Rejoice to anyone who participated in this project.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/thupten-la-and-vajra-yogini.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Feb 18. 2018 07:05 PM
    This is an amazing story about a brave Jack Russell who decided to protect the four kittens, in the expense of his own life! Just like human, some dogs are more compassionate and non-discriminatory than others. This is a heartwarming story, thank you for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/leo-the-lion-hearted-saves-4-kittens.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Feb 18. 2018 06:47 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this stunning thangka. Traditionally, thangka paintings are not only valued for their aesthetic beauty. We use thangkas to develop a clear visualization of a particular deity and strengthening our concentration and connecting a link between ourselves and the deity. Gyuto Tantric college is one of the great monastic institutions of the Gelug. Beautiful, colourful, spiritual art and looks fantastic and blessing for everyone looking at it. Amazing it shows the Three ‘Kingly’ Tantras as explained by Rinpoche.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/excellent-thangka-at-gyuto-tantric-college.html

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Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini in Pharping, Nepal. The caretaker said it was owned by the Great Marpa the translator who was the guru of Milarepa. Wow.
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In the Lankavatara Sutra, Lord Buddha says: "For innumerable reasons, the Bodhisattva, whose nature is compassion, is not to any meat. Thus Mahamati, whenever there is the evolution of living beings, let people cherish the thought of kinship with them, and thinking that all beings are [to be loved as if they were] and only child, let them refrain from eating meat. Mahamati, meat is not eaten by anybody for any reason, there will be no destroyer of life. Thus, Mahamati, meat-eating I have not permitted to anyone, I do not permit, I will not permit."
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At times I have to be a trendsetter in spirituality as opposed to just being a follower and that is why I take chances and try. I may not be liked always for it, but I have to do it. In this way I have been introducing Dorje Shugden to the world. I know Shugden is good and will help so many and that is why I do it.
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it\'s right and will benefit people at the cost of your own reputation. That\'s how I feel when I share Dorje Shugden\'s practice with the world.
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Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it's right and will benefit people at the cost of your own reputation. That's how I feel when I share Dorje Shugden's practice with the world.
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it\'s right and you are true to yourself.
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Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it's right and you are true to yourself.
At times I have to be a trendsetter in spirituality as opposed to just being a follower and that is why I take chances and try. I may not be liked always for it, but I have to do it. In this way I have been introducing Dorje Shugden to the world. I know Shugden is good and will help so many and that is why I do it.
1 month ago
At times I have to be a trendsetter in spirituality as opposed to just being a follower and that is why I take chances and try. I may not be liked always for it, but I have to do it. In this way I have been introducing Dorje Shugden to the world. I know Shugden is good and will help so many and that is why I do it.
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it\'s right and you are true to yourself.
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Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it's right and you are true to yourself.
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it\'s right and will benefit people at the cost of your own reputation. That\'s how I feel when I share Dorje Shugden\'s practice with the world.
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Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it's right and will benefit people at the cost of your own reputation. That's how I feel when I share Dorje Shugden's practice with the world.
Beautiful Buddha built in Sarnath, India. Sarnath was the place where Lord Buddha first starting teaching the sacred Dharma. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful Buddha built in Sarnath, India. Sarnath was the place where Lord Buddha first starting teaching the sacred Dharma. Tsem Rinpoche
 This is so good. I need to remember this and not allow people to do this to me anymore. Being kind is one thing, but when they are doing it and it harms, it is not a matter of kindness anymore but taking advantage.
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This is so good. I need to remember this and not allow people to do this to me anymore. Being kind is one thing, but when they are doing it and it harms, it is not a matter of kindness anymore but taking advantage.
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Please read what Kyabje Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche says about people\'s religion.
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Please read what Kyabje Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche says about people's religion.
A gorgeous Dorje Shugden painted in traditional art style of China. Chinese art has flourished for over 5,000 years and highly sought after. This form of Dorje Shugden is sitting on a seat as you see painted in his chapel (Trode Khangsar) in Lhasa, Tibet. Dorje Shugden can be on a seat or Lion.  More downloads here.  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
3 months ago
A gorgeous Dorje Shugden painted in traditional art style of China. Chinese art has flourished for over 5,000 years and highly sought after. This form of Dorje Shugden is sitting on a seat as you see painted in his chapel (Trode Khangsar) in Lhasa, Tibet. Dorje Shugden can be on a seat or Lion. More downloads here. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
Dear friends, The Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Shartse Monastery was authorized and blessed by both Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He was a favorite among high lamas for his smooth trances and clear prophecies. This video is a one-of-a-kind where you see the Choyang Dulzin Kuten oracle take trance of the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden wearing the robes of a high lama giving teachings, blessings and transmissions. Very sacred and rare video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pawS1TMOe8k
3 months ago
Dear friends, The Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Shartse Monastery was authorized and blessed by both Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He was a favorite among high lamas for his smooth trances and clear prophecies. This video is a one-of-a-kind where you see the Choyang Dulzin Kuten oracle take trance of the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden wearing the robes of a high lama giving teachings, blessings and transmissions. Very sacred and rare video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pawS1TMOe8k
Beautiful contemporary art piece of Dorje Shugden for free high res download here:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
3 months ago
Beautiful contemporary art piece of Dorje Shugden for free high res download here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
The Huffington Post extensively covers the Dorje Shugden issue. I had no idea that this article was being written. I was not contacted, not asked for an interview or asked for any comments, and then it was published and my students alerted me to it. So it was a very, very pleasant and encouraging surprise to read such balanced coverage from such a reputable news website. You can read it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=149806
3 months ago
The Huffington Post extensively covers the Dorje Shugden issue. I had no idea that this article was being written. I was not contacted, not asked for an interview or asked for any comments, and then it was published and my students alerted me to it. So it was a very, very pleasant and encouraging surprise to read such balanced coverage from such a reputable news website. You can read it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=149806
དེ་རིང་ང་ཁྱེད་རང་ཚོ་མཉམ་དུ་བོད་མིའི་ཆབ་སྲིད་ནང་གི་བློ་མགུ་ནུས་པའི་མངོན་འགྱུར་ཞིག་ཞུའི་ཡིན། གང་དག་བོད་པའི་སྤྱི་ཚོགས་ནང་ཆོས་ལུགས་ཁྱད་པར། དབྱེ་འབྱེད། ཕྱོགས་རིས་ཐོག་ལ་གང་འདྲ་སྟངས་འཛིན་བྱེད་དགོས་ཀྱི་སྐོར་ངེས་གཏན་སྣུན་ཤུགས་བྱེད་ཐུབ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung-tibetan.html
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དེ་རིང་ང་ཁྱེད་རང་ཚོ་མཉམ་དུ་བོད་མིའི་ཆབ་སྲིད་ནང་གི་བློ་མགུ་ནུས་པའི་མངོན་འགྱུར་ཞིག་ཞུའི་ཡིན། གང་དག་བོད་པའི་སྤྱི་ཚོགས་ནང་ཆོས་ལུགས་ཁྱད་པར། དབྱེ་འབྱེད། ཕྱོགས་རིས་ཐོག་ལ་གང་འདྲ་སྟངས་འཛིན་བྱེད་དགོས་ཀྱི་སྐོར་ངེས་གཏན་སྣུན་ཤུགས་བྱེད་ཐུབ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung-tibetan.html
བོད་པའི་དབུ་ཁྲིད་ཚོའི་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་བསྟེན་མཁན་ཚོར་མ་ཉེས་ཁ་ཡོག་གི་བརྙན་ཕྲིན་གསར་པ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-leaderships-new-anti-shugden-video-tibetan.html
3 months ago
བོད་པའི་དབུ་ཁྲིད་ཚོའི་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་བསྟེན་མཁན་ཚོར་མ་ཉེས་ཁ་ཡོག་གི་བརྙན་ཕྲིན་གསར་པ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-leaderships-new-anti-shugden-video-tibetan.html
(Drepung) Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we\'ve come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
3 months ago
(Drepung) Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we've come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we\'ve come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
3 months ago
Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we've come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
I had this painting commissioned. Please read more here on this great master-
 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146195
4 months ago
I had this painting commissioned. Please read more here on this great master- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146195
How can all the high lamas of Tibet and all the protectors not be able to defeat Dorje Shugden? This is food for thought: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bj0254UG-Y
4 months ago
How can all the high lamas of Tibet and all the protectors not be able to defeat Dorje Shugden? This is food for thought: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bj0254UG-Y
致全世界的华人:这是我一份小小的心意:一幅富有古中国传统艺术的作品。希望你们会喜欢! http://bit.ly/2zLOjnK
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致全世界的华人:这是我一份小小的心意:一幅富有古中国传统艺术的作品。希望你们会喜欢! http://bit.ly/2zLOjnK
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~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
4 months ago
“One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Download for free this high res photo of Lord Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
4 months ago
Download for free this high res photo of Lord Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
Whatever we can do to spread the teachings of our Guru, we should do so.
4 months ago
Whatever we can do to spread the teachings of our Guru, we should do so.
 These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
4 months ago
These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
4 months ago
Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
Beautiful and holy new statues arrived to Kechara Forest Retreat. Please enjoy the pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146950
4 months ago
Beautiful and holy new statues arrived to Kechara Forest Retreat. Please enjoy the pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146950
Beautiful old thangka of Buddha Nageshvaraja
4 months ago
Beautiful old thangka of Buddha Nageshvaraja
Dear friends, This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Dear friends, This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become. Tsem Rinpoche
October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France.  Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
4 months ago
His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France. Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa\'s tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits.

Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. 

This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.

Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche 
Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
4 months ago
Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa's tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits. Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
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4 months ago
This is so powerful. It is a must read and must share.
Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
4 months ago
Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden\'s cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
4 months ago
Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden's cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
4 months ago
Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
4 months ago
Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
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Happy Chinese New Year! May everyone be blessed by Dorje Shugden and Gyenze. Pastor Antoinette
2 days ago
Happy Chinese New Year! May everyone be blessed by Dorje Shugden and Gyenze. Pastor Antoinette
Burning Huge Incense for an Auspicious New Year of the Dog at Gyenze Chapel, Kechara Forest Retreat, Pastor Antoinette
3 days ago
Burning Huge Incense for an Auspicious New Year of the Dog at Gyenze Chapel, Kechara Forest Retreat, Pastor Antoinette
The young participants of W.O.A.H. Camp focus and listened to Teacher Kien on how to do DIY colourful candle. Alice Tay, KSDS
3 days ago
The young participants of W.O.A.H. Camp focus and listened to Teacher Kien on how to do DIY colourful candle. Alice Tay, KSDS
Lively kids move their body and dance together with the teachers. Alice Tay, KSDS
3 days ago
Lively kids move their body and dance together with the teachers. Alice Tay, KSDS
Cheerful kids showed their own artworks happily. Alice Tay, KSDS
3 days ago
Cheerful kids showed their own artworks happily. Alice Tay, KSDS
Teacher Jayce and Teacher Grace helped out for calligraphy session. Alice Tay, KSDS
3 days ago
Teacher Jayce and Teacher Grace helped out for calligraphy session. Alice Tay, KSDS
Teacher Kien guided the young kids making CNY decorations by using red packets. Alice Tay, KSDS
3 days ago
Teacher Kien guided the young kids making CNY decorations by using red packets. Alice Tay, KSDS
Brian is playing with his new DIY toy. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
Brian is playing with his new DIY toy. Lin Mun KSDS
Dharma class students joined the animal liberation session held in Kechara House every month. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
Dharma class students joined the animal liberation session held in Kechara House every month. Lin Mun KSDS
Group dedication before we end our dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
Group dedication before we end our dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Students were so excited with the games planned in conjunction with Chinese New Year. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
Students were so excited with the games planned in conjunction with Chinese New Year. Lin Mun KSDS
This is class of 9-11 years old, all are very enthusiastic students. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
This is class of 9-11 years old, all are very enthusiastic students. Lin Mun KSDS
Mumu’s memorial statue and stupa was inspired by a few things. One of them was H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche wish for Mumu to be forever connected to Vajrayogini. Pastor Adeline
3 days ago
Mumu’s memorial statue and stupa was inspired by a few things. One of them was H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche wish for Mumu to be forever connected to Vajrayogini. Pastor Adeline
Cultivating inner wealth for boundless prosperity by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche on The Star newspaper. Pastor Adeline
3 days ago
Cultivating inner wealth for boundless prosperity by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche on The Star newspaper. Pastor Adeline
Kechara Forest Retreat is ready for Chinese New Year2018, Year of the Dog
6 days ago
Kechara Forest Retreat is ready for Chinese New Year2018, Year of the Dog
Laughter Yoga is fun! Read more about Laughter Yoga in Kechara Forest Retreat here: http://www.kechara.com/peace-centre/news/laughing-is-the-best-medicine/
6 days ago
Laughter Yoga is fun! Read more about Laughter Yoga in Kechara Forest Retreat here: http://www.kechara.com/peace-centre/news/laughing-is-the-best-medicine/
Recently in Kechara Forest Retreat - yes... it is Laughter Yoga!
6 days ago
Recently in Kechara Forest Retreat - yes... it is Laughter Yoga!
Thank you Teacher Sock Wan Wee to explain further on the “ghost” and spending more time with the children of KSDS. By Asyley Chia KSDS
1 week ago
Thank you Teacher Sock Wan Wee to explain further on the “ghost” and spending more time with the children of KSDS. By Asyley Chia KSDS
KISG has carried out monthly animals liberation activity at DR Seenivasagam Park, Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
1 week ago
KISG has carried out monthly animals liberation activity at DR Seenivasagam Park, Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Candid photo of teacher Kien. He has many actions during class. Lin Mun KSDS
1 week ago
Candid photo of teacher Kien. He has many actions during class. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Zhi Yan & teacher Jayce leading the class of 9-11 years old. Lin Mun KSDS
1 week ago
Teacher Zhi Yan & teacher Jayce leading the class of 9-11 years old. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Grace giving briefing to the teenage students. Lin Mun KSDS
1 week ago
Teacher Grace giving briefing to the teenage students. Lin Mun KSDS
Good friendship built in KSDS class. Lin Mun KSDS
2 weeks ago
Good friendship built in KSDS class. Lin Mun KSDS
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