Kizil Grottoes – The Thousand-Buddha Caves

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Kizil Caves in Baicheng County, Xinjiang, China

Kizil (also spelled as Qizil) Caves in Baicheng County, Xinjiang, China

(By Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline)

 

Introduction

Kucha, or Kuchar, was one of the earliest and most prominent centres in the Tarim Basin along the northern branch of the ancient Silk Road. The ancient Silk Road was an important trade route where commerce was carried out and cultural exchange took place. It was a strategic location, as it was here that the transport of goods, cultures, and ideas took place between the east and the west. Peoples from different ethnicities mixed along the Silk Road, and there was cultural exchange between peoples from India, Greece, Rome, Persia, Arabia and Central China. This exchange brought a whole host of multicultural activities to the area including religion, art, and language. According to a 4th century Chinese chronicle, the area flourished with notable Buddhist communities during that period, though Buddhism could have arrived in the area as early as the 1st century CE. The area is most notable for producing one of the most famous and eminent Buddhist translators of that era, Kumarajiva (344 – 413 CE), and also the exquisite murals seen in the Kizil Grottoes.

The Kizil Grottoes are located 60 kilometres (37.2 miles) east of Baicheng County, and gracefully sits on a cliff at the top of Mingwutage Mountain, itself located on the banks of the Muzat River, 7 kilometres (4.34 miles) to the southeast of Kizil town. The grottoes are also known as the Kizil Thousand-Buddha Caves. Among the six important grottoes in China, the Kizil Grottoes are the oldest. The other important grottoes in China include the Mogao Grottoes, the Lunging Grottoes, the Maijishan Grottoes, the Dazu Rock Carvings, and the Longmen Grottoes. Construction of the Kizil Grottoes, and their murals, began from around the 1st – 2nd centuries and lasted to the 9th century. It is also one of the largest number of caves preserved in Xinjang today.

Map of the important grottoes in China

Map of the important grottoes in China

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As stated by Duan Wen Jie, a leading expert on the Mogao Grottoes and a former president of the Gansu Province Dunhuang Research Institute, “The Kizil caves were the predecessors of the now better-known Mogao Grottoes.” The Buddhist art in the grottoes, drawn by artisans inspired by Indian, Afghan, and Persian styles and motifs, became a melting pot of ancient Indian, Greek, Roman, Persian, Arabic, and Central Chinese legends, myths, and art.

As such, Kucha was an important area for the transmission of Buddhism. This was made even more prominent with the translation of the Buddhist scriptures, such as by the great translator Kumarajiva. Given the importance of this era, and its location, it suggests that the artworks of Kizil and possibly the artists themselves, influenced early artworks at the Mogao Grottoes situated further east along the Silk Road, near Dunhuang.

During the Tang Dynasty, a famous Buddhist monk-scholar and translator, as well as the founder of the Yogacara School in China, Xuan Zang (602–664 CE), is believed to have visited one of the most important monastic cave complexes at Kizil. Xuan Zang said of the caves in the 630s:

The soil is suitable for rice and grain… it produces grapes, pomegranates and numerous species of plums, pears, peaches, and almonds… The ground is rich in minerals – gold, copper, iron, and lead and tin. The air is soft, and the manners of the people honest. The style of writing is Indian, with some differences. They excel other countries in their skill in playing on the lute and pipe. They clothe themselves with ornamental garments of silk and embroidery… There are about one hundred convents in this country, with five thousand and more disciples. These belong to the Little Vehicle [Theravada] of the school of the Sarvastivadas. Their doctrine and their rules of discipline are like those of India, and those who read them use the same originals…. About 40 li to the north of this desert city there are two convents close together on the slope of a mountain… Outside the western gate of the chief city, on the right and left side of the road, there are erect figures of Buddha, about 90 feet high.

Source: https://depts.washington.edu/silkroad/exhibit/religion/buddhism/tarim/kizil.html

 

Kizil Grottoes

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The Kizil Grottoes were included in the World Heritage List on June 22, 2014. They stretch over three kilometres (1.86 miles) and include 236 grottoes, divided among a western area, an inner valley, and rear mountain areas. Apart from the badly damaged statues, the architecture of the grottoes and the murals are well preserved. Murals found in 81 caves covering more than 10,000 square metres (107,639 square feet), are known as “the most beautiful murals in Central Asia.”

 

Architectural Features

The diamond-type lattice or grid is the most impressive part of the Kizil Grottoes. Each grid includes a story about the Buddha’s reincarnations portrayed in a single mural instead of a series of murals like those in the Mogao Grottoes. The murals feature the main character in the centre, surrounded by supporting characters and items.

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The main feature of the Kizil Grottoes is the Central Grotto, which has both a main hall and a back hall. The front wall of the main hall was known to have enshrined a Buddha statue, with murals depicting stories surrounding the Buddha on the vault’s ceiling and side walls, as stated in historical sources. The hall itself was designed in a manner to facilitate circumambulation by Buddhist pilgrims in the following manner:

  1. As the pilgrims entered the main hall, they were greeted by stories of the Buddha’s previous lives on the walls.
  2. Following this, pilgrims would pay their respects to Buddha Shakyamuni, placed in an alcove within the central pillar.
  3. Pilgrims would then circumambulate in a clockwise direction, walking through a corridor with Buddha’s statues inside.
  4. Scenes of the Buddha’s enlightenment were depicted along the back walls of the corridor that would have been seen by the pilgrims.
  5. While exiting the corridor, pilgrims would have seen a Maitreya Buddha painted above the entrance of the main hall.
  6. Pilgrims would then adjourn to the back of the hall in a clockwise fashion, and appreciate the image of Buddha’s enlightenment.

 

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The Main Hall

The Kizil Grottoes featured paintings depicted on the main hall’s vaulted ceilings divided into diamond blocks, on themes such as the Jataka Tales (stories of Buddha Shakyamuni’s previous lives), and other scenes expounding the Dharma.

 

The Central Pillars

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The central pillars along the front wall typically included large alcoves, which would have housed three-dimensional seated figures. Mountain scenery made of built-up stucco material would have surrounded each of those figures, which are unfortunately no longer extant. However, remnants of a few standing figures can still be seen along the front wall. What these figures actually looked like, however, is now a mystery. To the back, the left, and the right of the central pillars are corridors with low ceilings where you can find images of monks, stupas and dharma sponsors.

 

The Corridors

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Behind the central pillars, on the back walls of the corridors, are images of the Buddha’s enlightenment, either painted or made from stucco. The head of Mahakasyapa can clearly be seen in a depiction painted on one of the walls. It depicts the scene of Mahakasyapa’s late arrival at the site of the Buddha’s parinirvana. It is particularly striking due to its expressiveness and leaf patterns. Lastly, on the semi-circle above the entrance to the main hall, the Bodhisattva Maitreya is depicted preaching in Tushita Heaven.

 

The Formation of Kizil Grottoes

Murals throughout the grottoes were painted from the 2nd century all the way through to the 9th century. What is interesting is that the themes of the murals do not show evidence of Mahayana Buddhist teachings that became so popular in China and the surrounding regions. Out of the 236 grottoes, only six of them are well preserved, namely grotto number 47, 48, 77, 92, 117, and 118. Among the six, grotto number 47 used to house the largest statue in the area, which was a standing Buddha statue. Therefore this grotto is also known as the Great Statue Grotto, and was built according to the same style as the Great Buddha Grottoes in Bamiyan, Afghanistan, which had a giant Buddha statue outside its front chamber. The murals in grotto number 47 can still be identified as Buddhist stories belonging to the Theravada school of Buddhism, and are painted roughly using bright colours.

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Grotto numbers 13, 32, 38, 76, 83, 84, 114, 171, and 172 are representative of the developing stage of the grottoes and the area, between the middle of the 4th century and the end of the 5th century. Grottoes from this period, such as the Central Grotto, are constructed with temple-like structures, equipped with bedrooms for monks, teaching rooms, and prayer rooms. Diamond-style lattice paintings with realistic shading depict stories of the Buddha’s life all the way to his parinirvana, according to Buddhist doctrine.

In addition to murals related to Buddhism, various depictions among the grottos in the western region include daily life during the era. These include scenes of farming, hunting, pasturing, and horse riding. Other murals seen in the Kizil Grottoes include natural scenery, animals, birds and ancient architecture. In grotto number 38, also known as the Music Cave, murals depict advanced artist achievements, especially murals on both of sides of a wall illustrating a Kushine band consisting of 20 musicians playing their respective instruments. What is stunning is that the positions and gestures of the musicians are all placed at the same distance, if you observe the mural closely.

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Between the 6th and 7th centuries, 50% of the total grottoes at Kizil were constructed, which makes it the most prosperous period. Most grottoes during this time were built to include statues that were painted with gold dust or adorned with gold foil, and include thousands of murals showing the Buddha teaching the dharma. The murals in grotto number 8 depict the story of a monkey offering honey to the Buddha and his disciples on two occasions, following the Buddha’s request. The monkey was so happy after making the offerings that it slipped into the water and drowned to death. The monkey was subsequently reborn as a rich man, due to the merits from making offerings to the Buddha and his disciples.

The 8th and 9th centuries mark the final period that the Kizil Grottoes were in full use. Murals from this period still exist in grotto number 129, 135, 180, 197, 227, and 229. Visitors who wrote on the walls indicate that a few monks stayed in the grottoes during the period. In grotto number 93, is a broken stele dating back to the 8th century, and the story of a battle, both proof that Kizil was a battle field during the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907 CE).

 

Artistic style

As analysed by researchers and scholars, the highlight of the Kizil Grottoes are the murals that depict the Buddha’s life stories drawn directly onto the wall. This form of painting is unique, as other styles require the wall to be painted white first, before other colours can be applied. This form is called wet or concavo convex painting, and utilises earth and other transparent paints. Wet painting is a combination of direct and shading painting skills. According to historians, this style of painting was first created by the people of Kucha. The murals painted were done in a simpler and more natural way than previous murals. In addition to this, the details of the paintings were magnificent, with the just a small number of paintings on a tiny part of a wall being able to portray a few stories related to the Buddha’s previous incarnations. This is in stark contrast to the murals in the Mogao Grottoes, in which a series of murals present only a single story about the Buddha.

Mural from Kizil Cave no. 224 depicting Buddha's disciples - 600 CE

Mural from Kizil Cave no. 224 depicting Buddha’s disciples – 600 CE

Within the Kizil Grottoes, paintings can generally be divided into two styles. The first is distinguished by reddish pigments used with carefully drawn lines. In this style, a gradation of shading gives a unique and three-dimensional appearance to the paintings. With regards to the second style, its defining feature is the use of blue pigments, which includes the use of lapis lazuli. Again, the unique three-dimensional appearance of was, on the whole, created by using different shades of pigment.

Most of the murals in the Kizil Grottoes have characteristics belonging to the second style, and that impressed archaeologists who visited the site, as lapis lazuli is considered a highly precious mineral. The use of the blue pigment in the middle-period murals is an indication of a clear Persian influence. It is believed that the ultramarine colour paint that was used, derives from stones that can only be mined in Afghanistan. The term “lapis lazuli” itself is formed with the Latin word “lapis” (meaning “stone”), and the Arabic word “lazuli” (meaning “sky” or “blue).

The grottoes feature extensive use of blue paint that contains very precious ultramarine pigment made from lapis lazuli

The grottoes feature extensive use of blue paint that contains very precious ultramarine pigment made from lapis lazuli

 

Videos featuring murals at Kizil Grottoes:

Cave Art Ancient Uyghurs Part One

Or view the video on the server at:
http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/Cave_Art_Ancient_Uyghurs01.mp4

Cave Art Ancient Uyghurs Part Two

Or view the video on the server at:
http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/Cave_Art_Ancient_Uyghurs02.mp4

Cave Art Ancient Uyghurs Part Three

Or view the video on the server at:
http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/Cave_Art_Ancient_Uyghurs03.mp4

Cave Art Ancient Uyghurs Part Four

Or view the video on the server at:
http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/Cave_Art_Ancient_Uyghurs04.mp4

 

Conclusion

On a concluding note, as we have seen in the murals at the Kizil Grottoes, there are influences present from many cultures. However, a Chinese influence is not seen in most of the murals. Out of 236 grottoes, only two have Chinese elements, indicating they were produced and influenced by the Tang Dynasty in the 8th century. In contrast to this, there were Gandharan and Iranian elements present in various murals during an earlier period. Given that there were many Western travellers who passed through Xinjiang, along the Silk Road, on their journey to China, the appearance of Western artistic elements can also be found on various murals as well.

Generally speaking, the grottoes at Kizil may be divided into two major structures: first are the simple monastic cells, and second are the various prayer halls which were often exquisitely adorned by murals and statues. Although most statues may no longer exist in Kizil, most of the murals have been preserved.

It is unfortunate that over the centuries many of the grottoes fell into ruin, with the arrival of Persian Muslims, who viewed the grottoes as heretical, and also the Cultural Revolution, during which any form of religion was outlawed. In addition to this, during the early 20th century German archaeologists conveniently removed large chunks of the murals during their visits, to be taken back to Berlin. This has left numerous blanks in the cave walls. The situation was compounded when the grottoes succumbed to natural destruction brought on by wind, drought, rain, and insects, as well as the degradation of all things that comes with time. Despite this, much effort has been put into restoration works, with the hopes that the Kizil Grottoes will one day be seen in all its former glory.

 

Sources:

  • http://www.ancient-origins.net/ancient-places-asia/kizil-caves-earliest-buddhist-caves-china-silk-route-020231
  • https://www.lonelyplanet.com/china/kuqa/attractions/kizil-thousand-buddha-caves/a/poi-sig/1240826/356133
  • http://amazingxinjiang.com/Attraction/history/Kizil-Thousand-Buddha-Caves.html
  • https://depts.washington.edu/silkroad/exhibit/religion/buddhism/tarim/kizil.html
  • http://dsr.nii.ac.jp/rarebook/04/index.html.en#Fig_1
  • https://www.travelchinaguide.com/attraction/xinjiang/korla/kizil.htm

 

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  1. Jen on Sep 24, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Thanks for writing this article that shows us the amazing artwork created using the special technique and paint materials available during the Silk Road time. I hope that people who visit Kuqa do stop by Kizil grottoes to see the murals and Buddhist art.

  2. Pastor David Lai on Jul 13, 2017 at 2:38 am

    This is indeed very interesting to know as I find the artwork quite unusual and very different from those found in India or China. I particularly find the fresco paintings of a multi-ethnic audience around the Buddha quite fascinating.

    This probably reflect the multi-ethnic practitioners that was prevalent at that time. I would imagine it to be time of great peace, prosperity and a profusion of great masters, practitioners and mahasiddhas as well. Unfortunately, our merits could not sustain it for long. Hence, many lands and kingdoms of that time were conquered and converted to other religions and Buddhism was lost to these nations. Buddhism never recovered in these lands since that time.

  3. Wai Meng Wan on Jul 11, 2017 at 12:20 am

    Breathtaking art, thank you Pastor Adelin. Really enjoyed this tremendously.

    All these are no easy feats, takes a while to produce works of art especially when you need to paint a mural on the walls of caves. Fantastic work. May Buddhism once again pervade the land.

  4. Sarah on Jul 3, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    Usually grottoes started as simple cave dwellings for monks, but gradually grew in size as the grotto builders continued to develop the cave complexes, sculpt statues and paint murals. Eventually they became veritable treasure houses of art. The statues and murals are also historically significant because they reflect the artistic styles of different periods in Buddhist history. What is interesting is that, often, the paintings also portray the ethnic groups found in the area. There are paintings of the local people as well as visitors from other countries, events in their lives, their customs and way of dressing, etc. I enjoyed reading this article very much and learned a lot from the pictures and videos. Thank you.

  5. Lim Han Nee on Jul 3, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Thank you Pastor Adeline for this very interesting write up as well as for the videos of the murals in the Kizil Grottoes. It is amazing that the architecture of these grottoes and the murals paintwork have been preserved to this day, despite the wear and tear of time, the elements, insects’ attacks, man’s callous plunder and efforts at destruction of these great treasures. The murals are beautiful, and collectively they depict a glorious ancient Buddhist civilisation that thrived in this region around the 1st/2nd to the 9th centuries. This was the period when the grottos were built and the murals done .

    The Buddhist art in these grottoes seemed to be inspired by Indian, Afghan, and Persian styles and motif. These murals were painted in magnificent detail; and a small number of paintings on a tiny part of a wall were able to portray a few stories related to the Buddha’s previous incarnations.

    The murals are found in 81 caves and cover an area of of over 10,000 square meters! Imagine feasting one’s eyes on these “the most beautiful murals in Central Asia”!

  6. Edwin Tan on Jun 30, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Such a long history back to the 2nd till 9th century. If China had protected it much better earlier in the 19th or 20th century, I believe the grottoes may be restored to near former glory.

    I do hope great artisans can be hired to study and re-paint or restore the murals, thus preserving or even enhancing the culture and religion in the region and China.

    From the photos and videos, the ancient artworks are really amazing.

    It is so hard to imagine during the ancient Silk Road period, how thriving that city and area must have been. Bustling with all sorts of trades and activities, importantly, the harmony and peace during those times. It would have taken tremendous efforts to do all 237 grottoes and to include some form of western or middle eastern influence in the arts. Really goes to show how much everybody respects everybody’s believes and culture.

    Definitely a must visit place for me.

    Thank you.

  7. Fong on Jun 29, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    This is like a walk through history. Through the various era and styles of painting and teachings, mute evidence of the ebb and flow of Buddhism from Theravada to Mahayana. These grottoes are the temples of ancient times in a dry and inhospitable region, bearing testimony to the human spirit and strength and determination; or is it the full faith in their believes and the teachings of the Buddha?

    Thank you, Rinpoche for this space for such beautiful articles, and thank you to pastor Adeline for the patience and tenacity to write this article.

  8. Samfoonheei on Jun 29, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Amazing and beautiful caves. The Kizil caves are over 1500 years old, one of the four famous Buddhist grottoes in China and were a part of thriving commercial hub on the ancient Silk Road.Most amazing was that the caves were dug inside the cliff by hand.These caves are intact with beautiful ancients murals Buddism centuries ago.The Kizil caves have a fascinating and beautiful history and was listed as part of a World Heritage Site in June 2014.
    Wow ….amazing Videos featuring murals at Kizil Grottoes…..which i do enjoyed watching. So fortunate able to watch it…..
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline for sharing a well research article on these beautiful Kizil caves.

  9. Stella Cheang on Jun 29, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Thank you, Pastor Adeline, for the informative write up on Kizil Grottoes. I have always been interested to visit Mogao Grottoes one day because of the ancient murals depicting Buddha’s story. Little did I know of the Kizil Grottoes, which is more ancient and contain murals of richer contents. At the Kizil Grottoes, each diamond-type grid depicts a single story about the Buddha’s reincarnations. It is different from Mogao Grottoes where a single story of Buddha is depicted in a series of murals. The style of the paintings of the murals at Kizil Grottoes is unique as it used the most precious material, known as the Lapis Lazuli. I hope one day, the yester-years’ beauty of Kizil Grottoes can present itself again.

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  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Apr 20. 2018 09:57 PM
    During the papacy of Pope Leo X, a widely practiced way of fundraising was to offer salvation to people who could afford it; meaning the rich people could done all evil and gone sin-free. Much fund was needed in order to sustain the Pope’s lavish patronage in culture and arts. He practiced nepotism, which was no difference from abuse of power. It seemed that Pope Leo X was a corrupted leader, abused his authority and manipulated religious issues for his personal gain. One would wondered how a religious leader could have no discipline in his controlling his own desire and only cared about himself and his crony. It certainly cast much bad light on the religion he represented. Unfortunately, all the above traits are familiar to us because they are extremely similar to how the CTA rules today from Dharamsala. The CTA is corrupted, abuses their power and manipulates religious affairs to suit their personal gain; i.e. cover their failure and to raise fund in fake pretext. May more people see the truth behind the CTA ugly intention and step forward or step up to challenge them. Thank you for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/the-controversial-pope-leo-x.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 20. 2018 01:12 PM
    Interesting……..discovery by scientist that extra terrestrials have visited Earth for millions of years ago.. From the age of the dinosaurs to ancient Egypt, from early cave drawings to continued mass sightings in the US. They are convinced and reveals that the truth about mankind’s contact with extra terrestrial aliens long ago including historical text and photos. Hundreds of strange disks are discovered in a cave in China that appear to tell the story of an ancient extra terrestrial crash on Earth. Having discovered ancient gold mine has proven to be of hundreds thousand years old pointing to the theory and facts of an extinct civilisation of aliens on earth. Multiple cultures from different part of the world has shared experiences of alien visitation as well ,proving that ancient aliens definitely exists even before mankind.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting video and glad to know more of the discoveries .

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ancient-aliens-season-1-episode-4-the-mission.html
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    Friday, Apr 20. 2018 01:11 PM
    So touching watching this amazing video of the leopard showing love and compassion to a different species ,a small tiny baboon. The leopard even to the extend helping the tiny baboon on to the tree. Its very rare leopard not kill other beings. Animals experience the same range of emotions as humans, and researchers have proven that some animals do feel a full range of emotions, including fear, joy, happiness, shame, embarrassment, resentment, jealousy, rage, anger, and love. Hence do not hurt and kill animals , give them a chance to live like humans. Go on vegetarian is the best choice.
    Thank you for sharing Rinpoche.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/leopard-saves-baby-baboon-must-watch.html
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    Life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer. To strive for a more impressive meaningful , purposeful in life which involves recognising and accepting our higher potential will be more rewarding. With the powerful Dharma Protector …Dorje Shugden guiding us is indeed a define success in our heart of hearts. The powerful Protector will helps us nor matter when and what race and faith when we trusted fully in it. We will become inspired, have peace of mind and be able to achieve much more in life beyond. It will change our life , doing the activities that we love and spending time with the people that we love. By cultivating the ability to help people be happy, and to relieve them of the suffering they experienced.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Stella for this beautiful article.

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    Thank you Rinpoche and the support team for all of these inspirational quotes that really make us think deeply about various aspects of life.

    A question comes to mind: ”What are we waiting for?” Do the dharma work before it is too late as death can happen at any time.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/people-for-peace.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 19. 2018 11:42 AM
    Interesting article……as I used to think that angel are associated with the Christian faith. As I see pictures of angels always adorned in white and in the light. There also appeared in the holy scriptures and graphics on walls of ancient buildings. After reading this article I concluded that I believe aliens and angels do exist as be extra-terrestrials who may be beings from different realms. In Buddhism, there are some other forms of life existing in other parts of the universe.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting video and article

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/are-angels-ancient-aliens-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 19. 2018 11:42 AM
    Beautiful poems , it’s a reminder for us all to appreciate our life as life is short and unpredictable. We could liberate our sufferings by learning , practicing dharma and doing dharma work to live our life meaningful. Free ourselves from suffering and live a life of compassion, fearlessness and joy.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this beautiful poem.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/suffering-is-my-protector.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 18. 2018 09:36 PM
    This article is beautifully presented to capture the contribution of our forefathers who brought with them development and prosperity to Bentong and also other parts of Malaysia. During those days, many immigrants from China came to Malaysia and invested their wealth and effort in this land that was rich in natural resources but otherwise raw and untouched. They made this land their home. Because of them, Bentong is now prosperous and thriving with businesses and industries that can compete in the world arena. Thank you for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/chinese-influx-to-bentong-in-the-early-days.html#comments
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 18. 2018 02:56 PM
    Wow…..amazing watching such a very rare video. We are so fortunate able to see this with a better knowledge of oracles that have existed over thousands years ago in Tibet. This is a very valuable information which provide a great insight into the world of oracles in exiled Tibet. Watching Namsel Donma the only woman oracle was fantastic, she is so strong, powerful and so as the rest of the man oracle in the video. It show us that there are other forms of spiritual beings do exist as depicted in statues and thangkas. HH Dalai Lama gave a good explanation of the incredible phenomena of oracles. I do enjoyed watching, thank you Rinpoche for sharing this rare video.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/videos/fantastic-oracle-film.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 18. 2018 02:55 PM
    The fire puja is a powerful traditional Tibetan ritual that calls upon the power of Gyenze. An emanation of Manjushri, Dorje Shugden is the Protector of the Gelug lineage who will help us regardless of race and religion. To increase wealth, prosperity, resources, life force, and blessings for anyone who fully rely and have trust. Fire puja is also one of the most effective practices available today. Its conducted by ritual masters and Tibetan Buddhist sangha. I am fortunate to have witnessed the Fire Puja at Kechara Forest Retreat. Thank you Rinpoche and those involved the preparation.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/gyenze-fire-puja-or-the-fire-puja-of-the-wealth-increasing-form-of-dorje-shugden.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Wednesday, Apr 18. 2018 02:52 AM
    “Desperation is a necessary ingredient to learning anything or creating anything. Period. If you ain’t desperate at some point, you ain’t interesting.”

    – Jim Carrey
  • Alice Tay
    Wednesday, Apr 18. 2018 01:10 AM
    Congratulations to Pastor Henry and KSK. It is not an easy task to look for sponsors, volunteers and the target of underprivileged people to be assisted. All the efforts contributed by KSK are deserved that award.

    The existence of KSK is not only benefit to the underprivileged people but also the volunteers whether they’re employees of corporate companies or individual. As per report, 99% of the activities in the organization are run by volunteers. It’s very encouraging that KSK becomes a platform in providing opportunity to the people to practice kindness, caring, loving and to build a better relationship and understand each other.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/reuters-kechara-soup-kitchen-wins-world-csr-leadership-award.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Apr 17. 2018 11:07 PM
    It is really encouraging to read about Tibetans who made it in life and became successful. One thing in common about all of them is that they are not a subject under the leadership of Dalai Lama and CTA. It is not surprising because Dalai Lama and CTA rule with fear and oppression. For example, policies that discriminate against Dorje Shugden people; which include depriving them from public school, public medical aid, and positions in public office. With so many oppression and restriction to move ahead in life, it is no wonder that the Tibetans living under the leadership of Dalai Lama and CTA can hardly make it.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/why-are-these-tibetans-successful-without-the-cta.html#comments
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 17. 2018 11:06 AM
    Congratulations Kechara Soup Kitchen been conferred the World CSR Leadership Award. It has come a long way to be recognised as one of the leading NGO’s in Malaysia. Kechara Soup Kitchen was founded by HEthe 25th Tsem Rinpoche more than 10 years ago, having experienced hunger and hardship before ,he knew how it is like without food. With the partnership with the Malaysian government Kechara Soup Kitchen has indeed help countless of homeless, hunger poverty among the communities. From Kuala Lumpur as the first place have open up more branches to Penang, Ipoh ,Johor to name a few. Wow ….can imagine serving over 1,500,000 meals and an average of 10,000 vegetarian meals been distributed every month to homeless people regardless of races and religions. Not only distributing foods, KSK have expanded other projects which include the Kechara Food Bank and outpatient medical services and medication to the homeless. With the kind assistance of medical doctors, kind generous sponsors and our dedicated volunteers , many homeless and underprivileged has benefited. Many corporate companies have taken part as their corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes which is a good approach.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Henry Ooi for sharing this wonderful news and much of KSK .

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/reuters-kechara-soup-kitchen-wins-world-csr-leadership-award.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 17. 2018 11:05 AM
    Eight wonderful days, Su Ming and team worked tirelessly going from one place to another assisting Khensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Phende to a full medical check up. Su Ming and team are fortunate to severe a Great Lama indeed. Rejoice .We need to be more mindful of others .
    Thank you so much, Rinpoche, for sharing this loving post.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/whats-a-meaningful-pilgrimage.html

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Sculpture demigoddesses Singhini (lioness goddess) on the upper terrace in front of Nyatapola temple in Bhaktapur, Nepal.
3 days ago
Sculpture demigoddesses Singhini (lioness goddess) on the upper terrace in front of Nyatapola temple in Bhaktapur, Nepal.
How fortunate I am to be sitting in my room, with a rosary in my hand reciting the mantra given to me by my compassionate guru and to meditate in developing a compassionate heart and purifying my karmas. How fortunate I am to be able to spend my time in such a meaningful manner. Tsem Rinpoche
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How fortunate I am to be sitting in my room, with a rosary in my hand reciting the mantra given to me by my compassionate guru and to meditate in developing a compassionate heart and purifying my karmas. How fortunate I am to be able to spend my time in such a meaningful manner. Tsem Rinpoche
Comic drawn by Tendor, a prominent Free Tibet activist-Every Tibetan knows that although His Holiness the Dalai Lama says he is retired from politics, he is in full control of the Tibetan government in exile. No member of the government will dare carry out any decisions without His Holiness\' approval. He is retired for the sake of the west so he does not look like a dictator.~Tenzin Damchoe
2 months ago
Comic drawn by Tendor, a prominent Free Tibet activist-Every Tibetan knows that although His Holiness the Dalai Lama says he is retired from politics, he is in full control of the Tibetan government in exile. No member of the government will dare carry out any decisions without His Holiness' approval. He is retired for the sake of the west so he does not look like a dictator.~Tenzin Damchoe
It would be wonderful if everyone can recite these two mantras 100k each focusing on Shakyamuni Buddha and His powerful healing energies. Not collectively but each person 100k each of each mantra. Praise to Shakyamuni the Sage who showed us a permanent way to bliss.
2 months ago
It would be wonderful if everyone can recite these two mantras 100k each focusing on Shakyamuni Buddha and His powerful healing energies. Not collectively but each person 100k each of each mantra. Praise to Shakyamuni the Sage who showed us a permanent way to bliss.
In Tibet Shannan area Riwoche Ling Monastery, devotees are putting Tsem Rinpoche\'s photo inside the cabinet together with the Buddha he loves - Dorje Shugden
在西藏山南日乌曲林寺,信徒们把詹杜固仁波切的法照和他最敬爱的多杰雄登护法像摆在一起
2 months ago
In Tibet Shannan area Riwoche Ling Monastery, devotees are putting Tsem Rinpoche's photo inside the cabinet together with the Buddha he loves - Dorje Shugden 在西藏山南日乌曲林寺,信徒们把詹杜固仁波切的法照和他最敬爱的多杰雄登护法像摆在一起
Please read this..thank you.
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Please read this..thank you.
A beautiful Dorje Shugden depicted in Druid and newage style. There are many more here and free downloads in high file: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144924
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A beautiful Dorje Shugden depicted in Druid and newage style. There are many more here and free downloads in high file: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144924
Here, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche (left), one of the tutors of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, confers one of the many countless tantric initiations on the Dalai Lama (right). You can see a young Dalai Lama bowing in this picture with Trijang Rinpoche blessing him. Trijang Rinpoche is therefore undoubtedly the Dalai Lama’s tantric master. A great master at that. Tsem Rinpoche
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Here, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche (left), one of the tutors of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, confers one of the many countless tantric initiations on the Dalai Lama (right). You can see a young Dalai Lama bowing in this picture with Trijang Rinpoche blessing him. Trijang Rinpoche is therefore undoubtedly the Dalai Lama’s tantric master. A great master at that. Tsem Rinpoche
This is a very sacred statue of Buddha Chenresig (Avalokitesvara/Kuan Yin) that manifested many miracles in North India. Read and see more pictures and understand the background here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=153802
3 months ago
This is a very sacred statue of Buddha Chenresig (Avalokitesvara/Kuan Yin) that manifested many miracles in North India. Read and see more pictures and understand the background here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=153802
Wonderful updated version of The Promise book is out! Please get your copy. Much more new information included.
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Wonderful updated version of The Promise book is out! Please get your copy. Much more new information included.
\"Bhagavani, source of all wonders, Vasudhara, Goddess of splendour and fortune, bestower of auspicious mental desires; homage to the Goddess Wish-fulfilling Wheel.\" (Sakya liturgical verse).
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"Bhagavani, source of all wonders, Vasudhara, Goddess of splendour and fortune, bestower of auspicious mental desires; homage to the Goddess Wish-fulfilling Wheel." (Sakya liturgical verse).
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.
3 months ago
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.
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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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."
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.
3 months 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 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.
3 months ago
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.
3 months ago
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.
3 months 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.
3 months ago
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.
3 months ago
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
4 months ago
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.
4 months ago
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.
Incredible Lama Thubten Phurbu and His Activities - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=150927
5 months ago
Incredible Lama Thubten Phurbu and His Activities - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=150927
Huffington Post has just released their SECOND EXPOSÉ of the Dorje Shugden issue. You can read about it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=151328
5 months ago
Huffington Post has just released their SECOND EXPOSÉ of the Dorje Shugden issue. You can read about it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=151328
Please read what Kyabje Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche says about people\'s religion.
5 months ago
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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 months ago
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
5 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 )
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(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 )
5 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
6 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
6 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
6 months ago
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
“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.
6 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
6 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.
6 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.
6 months ago
These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 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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