Nicholas Roerich & art (1874-1947)

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I recently stumbled upon a Nicholas Roerich Musuem website and I was very very amazed by his collection of art works. I am so surprised to see spiritual paintings and depictions of Tibet, Lama Tsongkhapa and Buddha Maitreya in his collections. I am so happy to see this and I thank the Nicholas Roerich’s Museum of New York for having his art preserved and shared online. It is a treasure of the past we can certainly learn and appreciate from. I have placed the paintings and information here to create more awareness on this great explorer, philosopher, traveler and spiritualist. For more, you must go to his websites.

Apparently Nicholas and his wife Helena Roerich were thought to be Russian superheroes. They inspired the path for spiritual growth and life similar to what in America is called “global awakening”. This is a philosophy that encompasses all peoples and faiths. They both saw through their travels, the different religions and practices, but these all pointed to the same ‘truth’ in different ways. And this different way-of-looking was also the cause for war. They opened the doors to Buddhism and the search form mysticism in their country when it was not mainstream.

Their art trails the path they explored and traveled, from the Middle Eastern land right up to the Himalayas and they continuously visited ‘Shambala’. Many people in Russia liked them for their appearance, manners, simplicity, and generosity. They were great artists, creating wonderful paintings and writings that were thought-provoking. They also were known as philosophers, speakers, teachers, scientists, patrons of the arts, public figures, and cultural workers.

Nicholas and his wife Helena conveyed their understanding and experiences in their beautiful enchanting art and writings of Eastern practices, and thoughts of the Ascended Masters. They were certainly spiritual seekers and many of Nicholas’s paintings featured hidden treasure in the mountains or in water, symbolizing the search in high places for the truth that is hidden within us.

Below I’ve shared with you his biography and also selected a few of his beautiful paintings that I thought you may appreciate and enjoy…I am definitely a fan of his mystical and magical paintings. Gazing upon them brings me to another dimension. Another time. Another reality. His art is imbued with a special blessing that comes from deep within the soul. Within ourselves. We are all looking for the Shangrila that Nicholas Roerich searched for in the vastness of Northern Asia. Through his art we glimpse something ethereal and deep.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Selected Galleries of Nicholas Roerich
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One of Diaghilev’s first achievements was the founding, with Princess Maria Tenisheva and others, of the magazine The World of Art. This magazine enjoyed a relatively short life but had an important influence in Russian art circles. The magazine declared itself the enemy of the academicians, the sentimentalists, and the realists. It introduced to its readership, which was made up mostly of the intelligentsia, the vital elements of Russian artistic circles, European post-impressionism, and the modernist movement. Roerich contributed to it and sat on its editorial board. Other Russian painters involved were Alexandre Benois and Leon Bakst, who later became Roerich’s co-workers in the early days of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes.

After finishing his university thesis, Roerich planned to set off for a year in Europe to visit the museums, exhibitions, studios, and salons of Paris and Berlin. Just before leaving he met Helena, daughter of the architect Shaposhnikov and niece of the composer Mussorgsky. There seems to have been an immediate mutual attraction, and they were soon engaged to be married. On his return from Europe their marriage took place.

Helena Roerich was an unusually gifted woman, a talented pianist, and author of many books, including The Foundations of Buddhism and a Russian translation of Helena Blavatsky’s Secret Doctrine. 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.

Later, in New York, Nicholas and Helena Roerich founded the Agni Yoga Society, which espoused a living ethic encompassing and synthesizing the philosophies and religious teachings of all ages.

Prompted by the need to provide some income for his new household, Roerich applied for and won the position of Secretary of the School of the Society for the Encouragement of Art, later becoming its head, the first of many positions that Roerich would occupy as a teacher and spokesman for the arts.

Roerich determined to overhaul the Society and rescue it from the academic mediocrity it had foundered in for many years. He instituted a system of training in art that seems revolutionary even by today’s standards: to teach all the arts — painting, music, singing, dance, theater, and the so-called “industrial arts”, such as ceramics, painting on porcelain, pottery, and mechanical drawing — under one roof, and to give his faculty free rein to design their own curriculum.

The cross-fertilization of the arts that Roerich promoted was evidence of his inclination to harmonize, bring together, and find correspondences between apparent conflicts or opposites in all areas of life. This was a hallmark of his thinking, and one sees it demonstrated in all the disciplines he explored. He constantly sought to break down compartmentalization, and, indeed, even in his own art he defied categorization and created a universe uniquely personal. In his writings on ethics also, it can be seen that he constantly sought to connect ethical problems with scientific knowledge of the surrounding world.

It was Roerich’s gift that these “connections” appeared so natural to him and presented themselves in all life’s manifestations. And it was this talent for synthesis, which he admired in others and encouraged in the young, that enabled him to correlate the subjective with the objective, the philosophical with the scientific, Eastern wisdom with Western knowledge, and to build bridges of understanding between such apparent contradictions. He reminded us that these contradictions were often the result of man’s ignorance, and that an expanding consciousness, which each individual was duty-bound to pursue, would lead to eventual recognition of the illusoriness, or relativity, of things. As Garabed Paelian affirms in his book Nicholas Roerich: Roerich “…learned things ignored by other men; perceived relations between seemingly isolated phenomena, and unconsciously felt the presence of an unknown treasure.” Perhaps it is this “unknown treasure” that in Roerich’s paintings speaks to the viewer who is attuned to that underlying meaning, and further explains the transcendental feelings that some experience through his canvases.

In 1902, the Roerichs celebrated the birth of their first son, George, and in the summers of 1903 and 1904, they set off on an extended tour of forty cities throughout Russia. Roerich’s purpose was to contrast the styles and historical context of Russian architecture. The voyage was one of discovery, for wherever they went he was able to locate the remnants of Russia’s past — ancient monuments, churches, city walls, and castles. He found that these had, in many instances, been neglected for centuries. As an archeologist and art historian he was aware of what an important key they were to Russia’s cultural history. He determined to draw attention to the situation and somehow arrange to have them protected and preserved, and with this goal in mind painted a series of seventy-five works depicting the structures. The experience of this journey had a lasting effect, for on his return in 1904, Roerich promulgated the plan that he hoped would create protection everywhere for such cultural treasures, a plan consummated thirty-one years later in the Roerich Pact. This kind of thinking was not common in those days, and anticipated the importance that, today, most countries of the world place upon preservation of their cultural heritage.

In 1904 Roerich painted the first of his paintings on religious themes. These mostly dealt with Russian saints and legends, and included Message to Tiron, Fiery Furnace, and The Last Angel, subjects that he returned to with numerous variants in later years. The Treasure of the Angels was described by one writer: “A host of angels in white garments stand silently row after row guarding a mysterious treasure with which are bound up the destinies of the world. It is a blue black stone with an image of the crucifix cut into it, glowing with emerald hues.” The angels are an early depiction of the hierarchical Masters that peopled the heart of Roerich’s belief in a Great Brotherhood, watching over and guiding humanity in its eternal journey of evolution. The “stone” pictured by Roerich is the representation of an image that recurs in different forms in his paintings and throughout his writings. The word “treasure” figures prominently in the titles of many of Roerich’s paintings, as, for instance, in The Treasure of the Mountain and Hidden Treasure. It is clearly not material wealth that he refers to, but rather the spiritual treasures that lie buried, yet available to those with the will to unearth them.

Meanwhile Roerich’s search for archeological treasures continued. The Stone Age particularly intrigued him, and he amassed a large collection of artifacts from that era. His paintings frequently reflected this interest, as in Three Glaives in which the subject matter is archeological in nature, and relates to an ancient legend. Roerich wrote about the unusual similarity of Stone Age techniques and methods of ornamentation in far-separated regions of the globe. In comparing these correspondences, he came to instructive conclusions as to the commonality of human expression and creativity.

 

T H E  T H E A T R I C A L  Y E A R S

In 1906, in the first of many entrepreneurial efforts that were to bring Russian art and music to the attention of Europeans, Sergei Diaghilev arranged an exhibition of Russian paintings in Paris. These included sixteen works by Nicholas Roerich. The next year, Diaghilev introduced Fyodor Chaliapin to Paris audiences, along with the music of Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Borodin, Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Glazunov, Stravinsky, and others. In 1909 he presented Chaliapin in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Ivan the Terrible, with costumes and sets designed by Roerich. In the Polovtsian Dances from Borodin’s Prince Igor, also designed by Roerich, and in other ballets, Diaghilev introduced a corps of Russian dancers that later became famous as the Ballets Russes, which included Pavlova, Fokine, and Nijinsky. Roerich’s designs furthered his reputation for the telling depiction of ancient cultures and their practices.

Diaghilev pioneered an art form that involved the collaboration of the designer as “auteur.” Thus Alexandre Benois influenced the creation of the ballet Petrouchka, and Nicholas Roerich was the prime mover and, with Igor Stravinsky, the co-creator of the ballet Le Sacre du Printemps, or, The Rite of Spring.

At first entitled The Great Sacrifice: a Tableau of Pagan Russia, the motif for the ballet grew out of Roerich’s absorption with antiquity and, as he wrote in a letter to Diaghilev, “the beautiful cosmogony of earth and sky.” In the ballet Roerich sought to express the primitive rites of ancient man as he welcomed spring, the life-giver, and made sacrifice to Yarilo, the Sun God. It was a story unlike that of any ballet before it. Stravinsky’s score and Nijinsky’s choreography were equally unexpected, and provoked controversy that was to continue for many years.

At the opening in Paris on May 29, 1913, one of the audience described the scene: “Nothing that has ever been written about the battle of Le Sacre du Printemps has given a faint idea of what actually took place. The theater seemed to be shaken by an earthquake. It shuddered. People shouted insults, howled and whistled, drowning out the music. There was slapping and even punching…the ballet was astoundingly beautiful.”

Interpreting what could have been described as negative, barbaric behavior, Roerich later wrote: “I remember how during the first performance the audience whistled and roared so that nothing could even be heard. Who knows, perhaps at that very moment they were inwardly exultant and expressing this feeling like the most primitive of peoples. But I must say, this wild primitivism had nothing in common with the refined primitiveness of our ancestors, for whom rhythm, the sacred symbol, and refinement of gesture were great and sacred concepts.”

Sacre represented the culmination of Roerich’s collaboration with Diaghilev. He recognized in the impresario a true champion of Russian art, and after Diaghilev’s death in 1929 wrote: “We may regard the…achievement of Diaghilev as that of a great individual, but it would be still more exact to regard him as the true representative of an entire movement of synthesis, an eternally young representative of the great moment when modern art shattered so many conventions and superficialities.”

 

T H E  C L O U D S  O F  W A R

In the years immediately preceding World War I, Roerich sensed an impending cataclysm, and his paintings symbolically depicted the awful scale of the conflict he felt descending upon the world. These works marked the birth of Roerich the “prophet.”

In Battle in the Heavens Roerich used the violent contrast of light and darkness to suggest the terrible events that would soon overtake Russia and all Europe.

By this time, in his depiction of both historical and natural themes, symbolism and the use of allegory had become essential ingredients in his work. As one critic wrote: “He populated his world not with participants in transitory dramas and comedies, but with spokesmen for the most steadfast ideas about the truth of life, the millennial struggle of good and evil, the triumphal procession of a bright future for all.”

 

T R A V E L  T O  O T H E R  S H O R E S

In 1915 Roerich became ill with pneumonia, and was sent by his doctor to recuperate with his family in Sortavala, Finland. This was a period of great unrest the world over, and no less so in the lives of the Roerich family. In Roerich’s paintings of the period, such as Karelia — Eternal Expectation and The Waiting Woman the cold, austere countryside of rocks and uninhabited shores of the north seems to express a sense of poignant longing. In The Waiting Woman, her gaze is fixed on the horizon as if she awaits some sign of the return of long-gone voyagers.

By 1917 the revolution was raging in Russia and returning there would have been dangerous. The family began making plans to visit India, whose magnetic appeal had been felt increasingly during these years. This became a possibility in 1918 when Roerich was invited by a Swedish entrepreneur to exhibit his paintings in Stockholm. From there the family proceeded to London, where Sir Thomas Beecham had invited Roerich to design a new production of Prince Igor for the Covent Garden Opera.

 

A M E R I C A

Meanwhile, an invitation to come to America was extended by the Chicago Art Institute. It was accepted, and the tour opened successfully at the Kingore Gallery in New York in 1920. In addition to exhibiting over 400 paintings there and in many cities throughout the United States, Roerich designed the scenery and costumes for productions of The Snow Maiden, and Tristan and Isolde for the Chicago Opera Company. During his travels in America, Roerich painted a series in New Mexico, and the Ocean Series in Monhegan, Maine, where the family spent a summer. He responded to the spirit of enterprise he found in America and frequently wrote about the positive influence its developing technology would have on the world. Seeds were planted and the lives of individuals influenced by Roerich’s magnetism and sense of mission.

In 1921, in New York, he founded the Master Institute of United Arts, in which he planned to realize the educational concepts he had incorporated into the curriculum in St. Petersburg. He attracted a talented group of instructors. They included Deems Taylor, teaching musical theory and composition, Robert Edmund Jones and Lee Simonson, teaching theater design, and top quality instructors in courses that included all musical instruments, aspects of painting and drawing, design and illustration, sculpture, architecture, ballet, drama, journalism, and languages — and lectures were presented by noted individuals such as George Bellows, Claude Bragdon, Norman Bel Geddes, and Stark Young.

The Master Institute flourished, but it did not survive beyond 1937. While the country was in the grips of the Great Depression and the Roerich family was on expedition in the Far East, funds ran out and events caused a complete collapse of the organization that Roerich and his supporters had labored to build.

It was not until 1949 that, under the direction of Sina Fosdick, one of the founding board members and an Institute faculty member, the institution was reborn as Nicholas Roerich Museum, in a brownstone on West 107th Street, where it has remained until the present. Many paintings from the original collection can now be seen there, and in the intervening years major works have been added, making it one of the most comprehensive collections of the artist’s work in the world.

During their stay in America the Roerichs continued to plan for the voyage to India. An orientation toward Eastern spiritual values is reflected in much of Roerich’s creative work of the time. This is seen in his Ocean Series — the three paintings, Himself Came, The Bridge of Glory, and Miracle demonstrate the spiritual power that was beginning to characterize his work. In The Bridge of Glory, Saint Sergius of Radonezh walks in contemplation before a blue bridge formed by the aurora borealis, Roerich’s metaphor for the future spiritual bridge that will connect heaven and earth.

Between 1916 and 1919 Roerich had written a collection of sixty-four blank verse poems that were published in Berlin, in Russian, under the title Flowers of Morya, and subsequently published in English as Flame in Chalice. In them we find Roerich’s inner journey charted and his commitment to spiritual search stated. These poems evoke some of the images that Roerich later used in his paintings, and in a way help us to understand the symbols and meanings that lie behind some of them.

In her essay Flowers of Morya: the Theme of Spiritual Pilgrimage in the Poetry of Nicholas Roerich, Irina Corten writes: “At the core of Roerich’s belief system is the Hindu concept of a beginningless and endless universe which manifests itself in recurring cycles of creation and dissolution of material forms caused by the pulsation of divine energy. On the human plane, this means the rise and fall of civilizations and, in terms of individual life, the reincarnation of a soul…” As Roerich, the poet, writes, in the poem About the Eternal:

Brother, let us abandon all that rapidly changes.
Otherwise we will not have time to turn our thoughts to thatwhich is changeless for all.
To the eternal.

In May, 1923, the Roerichs were at last on their way to India, where, in that ageless land, amid the snows of the Himalayan range, they sought to turn their thoughts to the Eternal.

 

I N D I A

The Roerichs landed in Bombay in December, 1923, and began a tour of cultural centers and historic sites, meeting Indian scientists, scholars, artists, and writers along the way. By the end of December they were already in Sikkim on the southern slopes of the Himalayas, and it is clear by the speed with which they reached the mountains that the Himalayas were where their interest lay.

They initiated a journey of exploration that would take them into Chinese Turkestan, Altai, Mongolia and Tibet. It was an expedition into untracked regions where they planned to study the religions, languages, customs, and culture of the inhabitants.

Roerich wrote about this first Central Asiatic Expedition in his book Heart of Asia, and he creates for the reader a vivid account of the wonder of the land and its people. However, the images are nowhere as vivid as in the five hundred or so paintings that resulted from the trek. In Kanchenjunga, Sikkim Pass, His Country, The Great Spirit of the Himalayas, and the Banners of the East series, we can see philosophical concepts and ideas giving birth to visual images, and the splendor of Northern India providing the physical setting.

In The Path, the figure of Christ leads the way along a tortuous path through crags and peaks of the Himalayas, a metaphor for the hazardous obstacles confronting the spiritual journeyer. Eastern religious figures and concepts appear in the paintings, important among these being the images of the Lord Maitreya — the Buddhist Messiah, the Kalki-Avatar of the Puranas, Rigden Jyepo of Mongolia, or the White Burkhan of Altai — all of whom are described in legends that link them with the Ruler of Shambhala, who is “destined to appear on earth for the final destruction of the wicked, the renovation of creation and the restoration of purity.”(quoted from The Theosophical Glossary, by H. P. Blavatsky)

The trek was at times arduous. Roerich tells us that thirty-five mountain passes from fourteen to twenty-one thousand feet in elevation were crossed. But these were the challenges he felt born for, believing that the rigor of the mountains helped a man to find courage and develop strength of spirit. And in spite of obstacles, wherever they went the Roerichs’ belief in the essential goodness of life and the spirituality of man was reinforced. Roerich’s Banners of the East series of nineteen paintings depicting the world’s religious teachers, Mohammed, Jesus, Moses, Confucius, and Buddha, and the Indian and Christian saints and sages, was a testimonial to the unity of religious striving and the common roots of man’s faith.

At counterpoint to these themes in Roerich’s painting is the image of Woman and her destined role in the coming era, and we can assume that what Helena Roerich wrote to a friend in 1937 reflects Nicholas’ own point of view: “…woman should realize that she herself contains all forces, and the moment she shakes off the age-old hypnosis of her seemingly lawful subjugation and mental inferiority and occupies herself with a manifold education, she will create in collaboration with man a new and better world… Cosmos affirms the greatness of woman’s creative principle. Woman is a personification of nature, and it is nature that teaches man, not man nature. Therefore, may all women realize the grandeur of their origin, and may they strive for knowledge.” (published in Letters of Helena Roerich 1935-1939, vol. II)

Nicholas Roerich depicted the great female deities in such paintings as She Who Leads, Madonna Laboris, and The Mother of the World. This latter conception, equivalent to the Lakshmi and Kali of India, is one of Roerich’s most inspiring images, rendered with majesty in deep tones of blue and violet. Helena Roerich’s contribution in the life and work of Nicholas cannot be overestimated. Their union could be best described as a lifetime collaboration in fields of mutual endeavor. Her philosophy, comprising a living ethic, was shared by Nicholas and motivated him in his work and his life. At some time in their late years an anniversary approached and he wrote in his diary: “Forty years — no less than forty. On such a long voyage, meeting many storms and dangers from without, together we overcame all obstacles. And obstacles turned into possibilities. I dedicated my books to Helena, my wife, friend, traveling companion, inspirer! Each of these concepts was tested in the fire of life. And in Petersburg, Scandinavia, England, America, and in all Asia we worked, we studied, we broadened our consciousness. Together we created, and not without reason is it said that the work should bear two names — a feminine and a masculine.”

At the end of their major expedition, in 1928, the family settled in the Kullu Valley at an elevation of 6,500 feet in the Himalayan foothills, with a magnificent view of the valley and the surrounding mountains. Here they established their home and the headquarters of the Urusvati Himalayan Research Institute, which was organized to study the results of their expedition, and of those explorations that were yet to come. The Institute’s activities included botanical and ethnological-linguistic studies, and the exploration of archeological sites. Under the direction of their father the two Roerich sons, George and Svetoslav, established a collection of medicinal herbs, and made extensive studies in botany and ancient medical lore, as well as in Tibetan and Chinese pharmacopoeia.

In the following year, on a trip back to New York for the opening of the Roerich Museum’s new premises, Roerich raised an issue that had been close to his heart for many years. Using the Red Cross as an example, he proposed a treaty for the protection of cultural treasures during times of both war and peace — a proposal he had unsuccessfully tried to promote in 1914. In consultation with lawyers versed in international law, he drafted a Pact, and suggested that a flag would be flown over all places under its protection. This flag he called the Banner of Peace. The design of the Banner shows three spheres surrounded by a circle, in magenta color on a white background. Of the many national and individual interpretations of this symbol, the most usual are perhaps those of Religion, Art and Science as aspects of Culture, which is the surrounding circle; or of past, present, and future achievements of humanity guarded within the circle of Eternity. The symbol can be seen in the seal of Tamerlane, in Tibetan, Caucasian, and Scandinavian jewelry, and on Byzantine and Roman artifacts. The image of the Strasbourg Madonna is adorned with it. It can be seen in many of Roerich’s paintings, most notably Madonna Oriflamma, in which Woman is depicted as the carrier and defender of the Banner. In this sign and the motto, Pax Cultura, that accompanies it, is symbolized Roerich’s vision for humanity. As he wrote: “Let us be united — you will ask in what way? You will agree with me: in the easiest way, to create a common and sincere language. Perhaps in Beauty and Knowledge.” Roerich’s efforts to promulgate such a treaty resulted, finally, on April 15, 1935, in the signing by the nations of the Americas — members of the Pan American Union — of The Roerich Pact, in the White House in Washington. This is a treaty still in force. Many individuals, groups, and associations around the world continue to promote awareness of the Pact, the Banner, and their underlying principles.

It is in his Himalayan paintings that one most easily finds evidence of the loftiness of spirit and sense of mission that led Roerich to attempt the tasks he set for himself. In them can be seen the sense of drama, the urgency of a message to send or receive, a traveler to greet, a mission to perform, a path to travel. The towering mountains stand for the spiritual goals that humanity must set for itself. Roerich urges people on to their spiritual destiny and reminds them of their duty to prepare for the New Era in which Rigden Jyepo will gather his army and under the Banner of Light defeat the host of darkness. Roerich the warrior was already armed and mounted; he sought to muster his army for the battle, and bid that their breastplates bear the word “culture.”

The pursuit of refinement and beauty was sacred for Roerich. He believed that although earthly temples and artifacts may perish, the thought that brings them into existence does not die but is part of an eternal stream of consciousness — man’s aspirations nourished by his directed will and by the energy of thought. Finally, he believed that peace on Earth was a prerequisite to planetary survival and the continuing process of spiritual evolution, and he exhorted his fellow man to help achieve that peace by uniting in the common language of Beauty and Knowledge.

Nicholas Roerich died in Kullu on December 13, 1947. His body was cremated and its ashes buried on a slope facing the mountains he loved and portrayed in many of his nearly seven thousand works.

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MANJU KAK ON NICHOLAS ROERICH

Nicholas Roerich’s influence and legacy in the fields of art, exploration and spirituality cannot be underestimated. There have been a number of books written about his life and works, and one of them is edited by award winning writer Manju Kak. She is an author, critic, and art and cultural historian. She holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the National Museum, New Delhi, and has worked as a Visiting Professor at learning institutions all over the world, including in the UK, and Hong Kong. It is in the book entitled ‘Nicholas Roerich – A Quest & A Legacy’ that the 21 scholarly articles give details about Nicholas being an artist and spiritual thinker. The book seeks to answer the controversies surrounding him from various perspectives, showcasing his brilliance in an illuminating manner.

NicholasRoerichBook

 

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Manju Kak was interviewed about the book by journalist Sunil Sethi, and explains her fascination with Himalayan ethnography and culture, as well as what makes Nicholas Roerich and his work so special.

 


 

Nicholas Roerich (1874 – 1947)

Tsong-Kha-Pa. Drawing. 1924

Maitreya. Album leaf. 1932

 

Hidden Treasure. From “Heroica” suite. 1917.
Oil tempera on canvas. 48.5 x 76.5 cm

Bridge of Glory 1923.
Tempera on canvas. 82 x 163 cm

Drops of Life. From “Sikkim” series. 1924.
Tempera on canvas. 74 x 117.5 cm

Mother of the World. 1930s
Tempera on canvas mounted on cardboard. 98 x 65.5 cm

Path to Tibet. 1925
Tempera on canvas mounted on cardboard. 30.5 x 40.5 cm.
Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York

Krishna. From “Kulu” series. 1929
Tempera on canvas. 74 x 118 cm

St. Panteleimon the Healer. 1931
Tempera on canvas. 44.5 x 78.5 cm

The Greatest and Holiest of Tangla. 1932
Tempera on canvas. 61.5 x 97 cm.
Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York

Himalayas. 1933
Tempera on canvas. 74.5 x 118 cm.
Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York

Most Sacred (Treasure of the Mountain). 1933
Tempera on canvas. 73.5 x 117 cm.
Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York

Mount of Five Treasures (Two Worlds).
From “Holy Mountains” series. 1933
Tempera on canvas. 47 x 79 cm

Path to Shambhala. 1933.
Tempera on canvas. 46.5 x 78.5 cm

Tibet. Himalayas. 1933.
Tempera on canvas. 74 x 117 cm

Great Spirit of the Himalayas. 1934
Tempera on canvas. 76.5 x 103 cm.
Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York

Kanchenjunga. 1936
Tempera on canvas. 60.5 x 99 cm.
Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York

Star of the Hero. 1936.
Variant of “Star of the Hero” (1932)
Tempera on canvas. 92 x 122 cm

Tempera on canvas mounted on cardboard. 98 x 65.5 cm

Overseas Guests. 1901
Oil on canvas. 85 x 112.5 cm.
State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Building the Ships. 1903
Oil on canvas. 108 x 142.5 cm.
State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow

Uglich. Monastery of the Resurrection. 1904
From “Studies from journey through old Russian towns”.
Oil on panel. 46 x 83 cm.
State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Slavs on the Dnieper. 1905
Tempera on cardboard. 67 x 89 cm.
State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Treasure of the Angels. Mural design. 1905
Oil on canvas. 321.5 x 367 cm.
Private collection

Polovtsian Camp. Décor for Borodin’s opera “Prince Igor”. 1908 (from a reproduction)
For Diaghilev’s production, Théâtre Châtelet, Paris, 1909
Pastel, gouache, charcoal on paper mounted on cardboard. 52 x 70.5 cm
State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Idols (Pagan Russia). 1910 (begun in 1901) (from a reproduction)
Tempera on canvas. 157.5 x 170 cm.
Whereabouts unknown

Battle in the Heavens. 1912
Tempera on cardboard. 66 x 95 cm.
State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Kiss to the Earth. 2nd variant.
Décor for Stravinsky’s ballet “Le Sacre du Printemps”. 1912
For Diaghilev’s production, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris, 1913
Tempera and pastel on cardboard. 62 x 94 cm.
State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Décor for Ostrovsky’s play “Snegurochka”. 1912
For Ostrovsky’s play; Reineke Russian Theatre, St.Petersburg, 1912
Tempera on cardboard. 56 x 70 cm.
State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Cry of the Serpent. 1914
Tempera on panel. 84 x 98 cm.
Pskov History and Art Museum, Russia

Procopius the Blessed Prays for the Unknown Travelers. 1914.
Tempera on cardboard. 70 x 105 cm.
State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Birds of the Morning (Messengers of Morn). 1917
Oil tempera on canvas. 49 x 77 cm.
Private collection

Holy Island. 1917.
Tempera on canvas. 49 x 77 cm.
State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Knight of the Evening.
From “Eques Æternus” suite. 1918
Oil tempera on panel. 44.5 x 72.5 cm.
University of North Carolina, Charlotte, USA

Karelia landscape (Lake Ladoga). 1918 .
Oil tempera on panel. 47 x 84 cm.
Private collection, USA

Red Mountains. Santa Fe. 1921 .
Tempera on cardboard. 45.5 x 77 cm.
N.Roerich International Centre-Museum, Moscow

Monhegan, Maine. From “Ocean” series. 1922
Tempera on cardboard. 54.5 x 81 cm.
N.Roerich International Centre-Museum, Moscow

And We Open the Gates. From “Sancta” series. 1922
Tempera on canvas. 71 x 101.5 cm.
N.Roerich International Centre-Museum, Moscow

The Miracle. From “Messiah” series. 1923
Tempera on canvas. 74 x 209.5 cm.
State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow

She Who Leads. From “His Country” series. 1924
Tempera on canvas. 89 x 116.5 cm.
N.Roerich International Centre-Museum, Moscow

Buddha, the Conqueror.
From “Banners of the East” series. 1925
Tempera on canvas. 73.5 x 118 cm.
Private collection, Moscow

Maitreya, the Conqueror.
From “Maitreya” suite. 1926 (or end of 1925)
Tempera on canvas. 73 x 101 cm.
Nizhnii Novgorod State Art Museum, Russia

Steed of Good Fortune.
From “Maitreya” suite. 1926 (or end of 1925)
Tempera on canvas. 72 x 101 cm.
Nizhnii Novgorod State Art Museum, Russia

Command of Rigden Djapo. 1926–27
Tempera on canvas. 61 x 120 cm.
Private collection, Moscow

Rocks of the Buddhist Caves. 1927 or 1928
Tempera on canvas mounted on cardboard. 29 x 40 cm.
Private collection, USA

Shekar Dzong. 1928
Tempera on canvas. 76 x 142 cm.
Private collection, Moscow

Flowers of Timur. 1931 .
Tempera on canvas. 75 x 118 cm.
State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow

Devidar Narsinga. 1932 .
Tempera on canvas. 74 x 117 cm.
Allahabad Museum, India

Stronghold of Tibet. 1932
Tempera on canvas. 46.5 x 79 cm.
State Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia

All ridge. 1924
Himalayan Mountains

Descent into Hell. 1933
Tempera on canvas. 61 x 50 cm.
State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow

St. Sergius Chapel. 1936.
Tempera on canvas. 61 x 99.5 cm.
State Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia

Himalayas. 1936
Tempera on cardboard. 30.5 x 45.5 cm.
State Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia

Compassion. 1936
Tempera on canvas. 61.5 x 92.5 cm.
State Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia

Mongolia. 1937 or 1938
Tempera on canvas. 92 x 123 cm.
State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow

Voice of Mongolia. 1937
Tempera on canvas. 45.5 x 78.5 cm.
State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow

Changthang. Northern Tibet. 1939
Tempera on canvas. 61 x 91.5 cm.
State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow

Message to Tiron. 1940 .
Tempera on canvas. 76 x 124 cm.
State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow

Northern Midnight. 1940
Tempera on canvas. 76 x 123 cm.
State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Awaiting One. 1941 Variant of “They Are Waiting” (1917)
Tempera on canvas. 62 x 123 cm.
State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Gesar Khan. 1941 .
Tempera on canvas. 91 x 152.5 cm.
Private collection, Moscow

Beneficial Herbs (Vasilisa the Beautiful). 1941
Tempera on canvas. 76 x 121.5 cm.
State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow

Boris and Gleb. 1942
Tempera on canvas. 61 x 123 cm.
State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Prince Igor’s Campaign. 1942
Tempera on canvas. 62 x 122 cm.
State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Lao Tze. 1943
Tempera on canvas. 38 x 122 cm.
State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow

Song of Shambhala. 1943
Tempera on canvas. 79 x 137 cm.
State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow

Mountain Lake. Baralacha Pass. 1944
Tempera on canvas. 61 x 123 cm.
State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Beda the Preacher. 1945
Tempera on canvas. 71.5 x 130 cm.
State Art Museum, Novosibirsk, Russia

Brahmaputra. 1945
Tempera on canvas. 41 x 103 cm.
State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow

Krishna. 1946
Tempera on canvas. 79 x 154 cm.
State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Abode of Gesar. 1947
Tempera on canvas. 61 x 102 cm.
State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow

Command of the Master. 1947 Last work of the artist.
Variant of “Command of the Master” (1931)
Tempera on canvas. 84 x 153 cm.
State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow

Hidden Treasure. 1947 Variant of “Hidden Treasure” (1917) Tempera on canvas.
91 x 150 cm. State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow

Lhasa. 1947
Tempera on canvas. 92 x 154 cm.
State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Lights on the Ganges. 1947
Tempera on canvas. 82 x 137 cm.
State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

In Thought. 1946
Tempera on canvas. 60.5 x 103 cm.
State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow

Himalayas. c. 1936–47
Tempera on cardboard. 28 x 44 cm.


Banner of the East

Buddha, the Conqueror. 1925
Tempera on canvas. 73.5 x 118 cm.
Private collection, Moscow

Confucius, the Just One. 1925
Tempera on canvas. 73.5 x 117 cm.
Bolling collection, USA

Dorje, the Daring One. 1925
Tempera on canvas. 74 x 117.5 cm.
Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York

En-no-Gyoja, the Friend of the Travelers. 1925
Tempera on canvas. 74 x 118 cm.
Private collection, Russia

Lao Tze. 1924
Tempera on canvas. 73.5 x 117 cm.
Bolling collection, USA

Milarepa, the One Who Harkened. 1925
Tempera on canvas. 73.5 x 117.5 cm.
Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York

Mohammed on Mount Hira. 1925
Tempera on canvas. 73 x 117 cm.
Private collection, Moscow

Moses, the Leader. 1925 Tempera on canvas. 73.5 x 119.5 cm.
Private collection, Russia

Nagarjuna, the Conqueror of the Serpent. 1925
Tempera on canvas. 73.5 x 117.5 cm.
N.Roerich International Centre-Museum, Moscow

Oirot, the Messenger of the White Burkhan. 1925
Tempera on canvas. 73 x 117 cm.
N.Roerich International Centre-Museum, Moscow

Padma Sambhava. 1924
Tempera on canvas. 74 x 117 cm.
Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York

The Chalice of Christ. 1925
Tempera on canvas. 75 x 117 cm.
Private collection, Moscow

The Serpent of Wisdom. 1924
Tempera on canvas. 74 x 117 cm.
Private collection, Moscow

Tsong-Kha-Pa. 1924 (from a reproduction)
Tempera on canvas. 73.5 x 117 cm.
Private collection


Buddhist Art

Wular Lake.
From “Lakes and Gilgit Path” series. 1925
Tempera and charcoal on paper mounted on cardboard. 25 x 35.5 cm
Private collection, New York

The Holies.
From “Tibetan Path” series. 1924 (from a monotone print)
Tempera. 31 x 47 cm.
Private collection, New York

The Holies.
From “Tibetan Path” series. 1924
Private collection

NR066 Temple of Naggar.
From “Kulu” series. 1929
Tempera on canvas. 74.5 x 118 cm.
Private collection, USA

Song of the Waterfall. Décorative panel.
From “Dreams of Wisdom” series. 1920
Tempera on canvas. 235 x 122 cm.
Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York

Pir Panjal.
From the series of the same title. 1925
Tempera on canvas mounted on cardboard. 65.5 x 98 cm.
Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York

Path to Kailas.
From “Holy Mountains” series. 1933
Tempera on canvas. 46.5 x 79 cm.
Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York

Nag Lake.
From “Lakes and Gilgit Path” series. 1925
Tempera on canvas. 47 x 79.5 cm.
Private collection

Mount of Five Treasures (Two Worlds).
From “Holy Mountains” series. 1933
Tempera on canvas. 47 x 79 cm.
Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York

Himalayas.
From “Holy Mountains” series. 1933
Tempera on canvas. 47 x 79 cm.
State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow

Gobshi.
From “Tibetan Path” series. 1924
Tempera on canvas mounted on cardboard. 31 x 47.5 cm
N.Roerich International Centre-Museum, Moscow

Bharagarh Fort.
From “Kulu” series. 1929
Tempera on canvas mounted on cardboard. 32 x 41.5 cm.
Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York

Gumran.
From “Lahul” series. 1932
Tempera on canvas. 47 x 79.5 cm.
State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow

Arjuna.
From “Kulu” series. 1929
Tempera on canvas. 74.5 x 118 cm.
N.Roerich International Centre-Museum, Moscow

Dal Lake.
From “Lakes and Gilgit Path” series. 1925
Tempera on canvas. 62.5 x 81.5 cm.
Private collection

Palden Lhamo.
1932. Tempera on canvas. 81.4×127 cm.
Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York


Major Collection

Bhagavan. 1931
Tempera on canvas. 45 x 79 cm

Compassion. 1936
Tempera on canvas. 61.5 x 92.5 cm

Fujiyama. 1936
Tempera on cardboard. 30.5 x 45.5 cm

Ladakh. 1937
Tempera on cardboard. 31 x 46 cm

Lake of the Nagas. Kashmir. 1937
Tempera on cardboard. 31 x 46 cm

Madonna Laboris. Study. 1936
Tempera on cardboard. 31 x 46 cm

Maitreya. Album leaf. 1932
Tempera on paper. 25 x 36.5 cm

Maitreya. Album leaf. 1932
Tempera on paper. 25 x 36.5 cm

Om Mani Padme Hum. 1932
Tempera on canvas. 45 x 79 cm

On the Heights (Tumo). 1936
Tempera on canvas. 92 x 122 cm

St. Sergius Chapel. 1936
Tempera on canvas. 61 x 99.5 cm

Stronghold of Tibet. 1932
Tempera on canvas. 46.5 x 79 cm

The Path. 1936
Tempera on canvas. 91.5 x 122 cm

Tibet. Evening. 1937
Tempera on cardboard. 31 x 46 cm

Tsong-Kha-Pa. Drawing. 1924
Black chalk, gouache on paper. 51 x 32 cm


His Country 1924

Book of Wisdom. 1924
Tempera on canvas. 88.5 x 117 cm.
Bolling collection, USA

He Who Hastens. 1924
Tempera on canvas. 89.5 x 116.5 cm.
Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York

Higher than the Mountains. 1924
Tempera on canvas. 73.5 x 117 cm.
Private collection, Russia

Lower than the Depths. 1924
Tempera on canvas. 90 x 115.5 cm.
Private collection

“Remember” 1924
Tempera on canvas. 87.5 x 117.5 cm.
Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York

She Who Leads. 1924
Tempera on canvas. 89 x 116.5 cm.
N.Roerich International Centre-Museum, Moscow

Treasure of the World. 1924
Tempera on canvas. 88.5 x 116.5 cm.
Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York


Sikkim 1924

Drops of Life. 1924
Tempera on canvas. 74 x 117.5 cm.
Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York

Himalayas. 1924
Tempera on canvas. 73 x 116 cm.
Private collection, USA

Mother of Tourfan. 1924
Tempera on canvas.
Private collection, USA

Namtse. 1924
Tempera on canvas. 73 x 116 cm.
Private collection, USA

Pemayangtse. 1924 (from a monochrome photograph)
Tempera on canvas.
Whereabouts unknown

Red Lama. 1924
Tempera on canvas. 73.5 x 142 cm.
Private collection, USA

Rinchenpong. 1924
Tempera on canvas. 73.5 x 118 cm.
Private collection, USA

Sacred Gift. 1924
Tempera on canvas. 90 x 118 cm.
State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow

Sangacheling. 1924
Tempera on canvas. 73.5 x 117 cm.
Private collection, New York

Silhouette. 1924
Tempera on canvas. 73.5 x 117 cm.
Private collection, USA

Steps to the Himalayas. 1924
Tempera on canvas. 72 x 114.5 cm.
Private collection, USA

Suburgan of Tashiding. 1924
Tempera on canvas. 88.5 x 117 cm.
Private collection, USA

Suburgan of Tashiding. 1924
Tempera on canvas. 88.5 x 117 cm.
Private collection, USA


Maitreya 1924

Banners of the Coming One. 1926 (or end of 1925)
Tempera on canvas. 72 x 100.5 cm.
Nizhnii Novgorod State Art Museum, Russia

Power of the Caves. 1926 (or end of 1925)
Tempera on canvas. 72.5 x 101 cm.
Nizhnii Novgorod State Art Museum, Russia

Steed of Good Fortune. 1926 (or end of 1925)
Tempera on canvas. 72 x 101 cm.
Nizhnii Novgorod State Art Museum, Russia

The March of Shambhala. 1926 (or end of 1926)
(from a monochrome photograph)
Tempera. Whereabouts unknown

Walled Stronghold. 1926 (or end of 1925)
Tempera on canvas. 73 x 101 cm.
Nizhnii Novgorod State Art Museum, Russia

Whispers of the Desert. 1926 (or end of 1925)
Tempera on canvas. 72.5 x 100.5 cm.
Nizhnii Novgorod State Art Museum, Russia


Others

Waves of Mist. 1924
Tempera on canvas mounted on cardboard. 30 x 40 cm.
Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York

The Great Sacrifice. 2nd variant. 1912
For Diaghilev’s production, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris, 1913
Tempera on cardboard. 51.5 x 73 cm.
N.Roerich International Centre-Museum, Moscow

The Great Sacrifice. 1st variant. 1910 (from a reproduction)
For Diaghilev’s production, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris, 1913
Tempera and pastel on cardboard. 54 x 75 cm.
Ia.A.Umanskaia collection, Kiev

Sanctuaries and Citadels. 1926
Tempera on canvas. 66 x 99 cm.
Private collection, USA

Sanctuaries and Citadels. 1925
Tempera on canvas mounted on cardboard. 65 x 96.5 cm.
Private collection

Sanctuaries and Citadels. 1925
Tempera on canvas. 50.5 x 70.5 cm.
N.Roerich International Centre-Museum, Moscow

Sanctuaries and Citadels. 1925
Tempera on canvas. 66 x 99 cm.
Private collection, USA

Kiss to the Earth. 2nd variant. 1912
For Diaghilev’s production, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris, 1913
Tempera and pastel on cardboard. 62 x 94 cm.
State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Kiss to the Earth. 3rd variant. Scenery sketch. 1912
For Diaghilev’s production, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris, 1913
Watercolor and ceruse on paper. 14.7 x 19.5 cm.
I.V.Koretskaia collection, Moscow

Kiss to the Earth. 1st variant. 1912
For Diaghilev’s production, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris, 1913
Tempera on cardboard. 56 x 81 cm.
State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

 

 
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  1. Stella Cheang on Nov 26, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Thank you very much Rinpoche, for sharing with us the biography of Nicholas Roerich as well as a selection of his beautiful paintings. The captivating artwork is a representation of the life of a great explorer, philosopher, traveler and spiritualist, And I agree too that the work has a deep sense of soulfulness that goes beyond mere skin deep beauty. They are very enriching in a spiritual sense.

  2. sandra on Feb 26, 2015 at 2:03 am

    Clearly Nicholas was a very intelligent, creative, talented and well- travelled man. I love his paintings- those of the Himalayas look exquisite and very easy to do although I am sure that is not the case. I might share this article with a sister/acquaintance who is interested in art and will study it at university in the new term. I think she’d like it. Thank you Rinpoche for the extensive collection you have compiled here.

  3. Cheats Destiny on Oct 20, 2014 at 8:19 am

     No coincido en consonancia con nada en absoluto de lo
    que has blogueado. No hay documentacion ni da la impresion que te
    hayas informado con anterioridad de escribir.

  4. Dolma on Aug 15, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Tashi Delek,
    There is a big Roerich gallery in nagar in Himachal Pradesh ( in between kullu and manali) I am tibetan born and brought up in that region and there is no doubt of Roerich envision and travelogue expressed in his arts.. I always wondered about his paints, drawings of the Himalayan landscape and his journeys of his time..
    I am new to your blog but it gave me lots of informations and I look forward reading me.
    Thank you
    Dolma

  5. Edwin Tan on May 4, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche, for sharing Nicholas Roerich’s artworks.

    They are all vividly painted. He is so talented in all fields and did his best to have the Pact drawn up to protect the Arts and Culture.

    I like how he is so inclined to spirituality and have many of the works done of different religions and portray them so stunningly.

    Thank you.

  6. Irene Lim on Apr 2, 2014 at 6:26 am

    Such exquisite expression of spirituality, experiences, travelogue and architectural all captured through brush and paint in canvas. Through Nicholas Roerich’s paintings, they each tell a story of a subject and from each painting it also revealed the openness, knowledge and intelligence of Nicholas Roerich.

  7. Li Kheng on Mar 31, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Wow, wow, wow!!!

    Powerful knowledge to read about a man of vision who taught us about “cross fertilization” and the benefits of connection of differences harmoniously. Individuals like Roerich prompts to be buck up because we are supposed to the the advanced generation who is reaping the benefits of outer and inner wealth accumulated for us by our forefathers and mothers.

    How could it be that, we, people of the 21st century act with rejection to differences when, 1 century ago, Roerich has already established a pact to promoted connectivity and harmony of religion, culture, tradition and resources?

    This vision of Roerich especially strikes me because it is aligned to the vision of Tsem Rinpoche for Kechara Forest Retreat where Rinpoche intend to build a conscious community based on 7 tenets that include: embrace difference because it enriches us.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this mind-opening blog. May more read it and enjoy the message as much as I did!

  8. Ruby Khong on Mar 30, 2014 at 8:40 am

    This is an excerpt that I stumbled upon on http://www.artexpertswebsite.com/pages/artists/roerich.php. Such was Roerich’s and his family’s fascination and interest with the Himalayans and Central Asia, against all odds:

    The Roerichs – together with their son George and six friends – went on the five-year long ‘Roerich American Expedition’ that, in Roerich’s own words: “started from Sikkim through Punjab, Kashmir, Ladakh, Karakorem mountains, Khotan, Kashgar, Qara Shar, Urumchi, Irtysh, Altai Mountains, Oryot region of Mongolia, Central Gobi, Kansu, Tsaidam, Tibet.” with a detour through Siberia to Moscow in 1926. Between Summer 1927 and June 1928 the expedition was thought to be lost, since all contact from them ceased for a year. They had been attacked in Tibet and only the “Superiority of our firearms prevented bloodshed. … In spite of Tibet passports, expedition forcibly stopped by Tibetan authorities”. The Expedition was detained by the government for five months, and forced to live in tents in sub-zero conditions and meagre rations. Five men of the expedition died at this time. In March of 1928 they were allowed to leave Tibet, and trekked south to settle in India, where they founded a research center, the Himalayan Research Institute.

  9. Sean Wang on Mar 29, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche for sharing with us the brilliant masterpieces by Nicholas Roerich. His art is unique and I value uniquity and individuality. The hues are vibrant with the colours of the times showing strong emotions he had towards Buddhism.

  10. Sharon Ong on Mar 28, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    Thank you for this fantastic post, Rinpoche. Admittedly, I am not well acquainted with Roerich’s works until your post. He has many gorgeous pieces but I really like those pieces that reminds me of Monet’s famous pastel hued masterpieces. I can’t help but wonder if his Mother of the World is his interpretation of Tara or Mother Mary. The fact that he painted her face partially hidden adds to the mystery. I wonder what is Rinpoche’s take on this. With folded hands.

  11. Patsy on Dec 2, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    I love all the paintings! Nicholas Roerich is such a talented painter and he expressed well his thoughts and feelings through all these beautiful and mystical masterpieces!!! Thank you, Rinpoche, for sharing.

  12. henry ooi on Dec 2, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Beautiful and awesome works of art splendidly expressed on art materials.
    Thank you, Rinpoche, for reposting.

  13. Low KHJB on May 12, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Thank you for the sharing Rinpoche.Nicholas Roerich style of art is indeed timeless.He must have spent a lot of time traveling to different continents to understand the world better before developing his creative inspiration to bring life to the canvas.We could see in his creations that he has a tendency to highlight the embodiment of nature and human quest of serenity through religion of various forms.
    His interpretation of Buddhism art is profound and tastefully expressed through an westerner eyes.

  14. Sharon Saw on May 11, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Nicholas Roerich is such a prolific artist… and a spiritual one too. I love his different treatments of different scenes, which are very evocative. Religious art can be so inspiring for people’s faith. I would dearly love to travel and sketch similar scenes one day. It’s been awhile since i did that and never in Asia. The Kiss to the Earth (first variant) reminds me of Kechara Forest Retreat!

  15. Wan Wai Meng on May 2, 2013 at 12:33 am

    The paintings are so alive and beautiful each and everyone one of them, seems like animated as well.

  16. Joy on May 2, 2013 at 12:01 am

    Amazing I looooove all his paintings. I wish I could paint like that!

    Brother, let us abandon

    all that rapidly changes.

    Otherwise we will not have time

    to turn our thoughts to that

    which is changeless for all.

    To the eternal.

    Not only is he an artist that paints, he is also a poet… I do not just see an artist… I see a spiritual artisan who is expressing his spiritual journey, experiences through art, and well as they say… a picture paints a thousand words. His is truly captivating that grows on to you beyond time because it has deep meaning behind it. Nicholas manages to capture the moment of the enchanting sacred mystical land and practices of Tibetan Buddhism. Every single painting tells a different story, environments and energy. Totally adore them!

  17. uncle eddie on Apr 20, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Nicholas and his wife, Helena were said to be spiritual seekers, using and conveying their great understanding and experiences in their knowledge of the beauty of enchanting arts to promote spirituality. That’s why it can be seen that most of their paintings were featured in hidden treasures in mountains and water, said to be symbolising the search in high places for the truth that is hidden within us. Being great artists, they always create wonderful and beautiful paintings that were thoughts provoking, coupled with a deep sense of mysticism. In them can be seen the deep sense of Drama, the urgency of a message to send or receive a mission to be performed, and a path to be travelled. They believed that peace on earth was a prerequisite to planetary survival and exhorted all fellow beings to help achieve that peace, by “uniting in the common language of Beauty and knowledge.”

  18. Lim Han Nee on Apr 19, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    Nicholas and Helena Roerich were truly the superheroes of Russia in terms of their exploration of religion,mysticism, spirituality and philosophy through art and writing(Helena). I remember having come across Helena’s book on Buddhism and was intrigued that a Russian lady could have written on Buddhism.

    The art of Nicholas Roerich is like a paean of joy, a sacred tribute to spirituality and religion. From Jesus to Buddha, Maitreya, Tsongkhapa, Krishna and Brahmaputra,Confucius and Lao Tze,this pageant of religious figures reflect Nicholas’ belief in the oneness out of this diversity.There appears to be ,however, a distinct focus on Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism.

    His love of mountains, particularly the Himalayas,is seen in the many paintings of mountain scenes in such lovely hues. The eternal spirit seems to dwell in these paintings.

  19. Leann Lim on Apr 17, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful artwork from Mr. & Ms. Roerich. All the artwork so attracted our eyes, and repeat again and again to view the painting.

    With a great inspiration & open mind they have create this greatest painting ever have.. And it’s show through art & painting it’s another way of spiritual practice, as through the painting can deeply feel their higher spiritual mind they have.

    The painting i love so much is the Mother of the world and Moses, The Leader …so impressive…

  20. Sean Wang on Apr 16, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    I really love Nicholas Roerichs work. The contrasts seem to make his masterpieces out of time and surreal. I like how he likes to paint religious figures and does not just stay with one! He sparked a great milestone in term of influence for the Buddhist path of the west. A true hero of Dharma!

  21. David Lai on Apr 15, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    I love Nicholas Roerich too! I loved how he bathe his artwork with wonderful hues that seems to evoke a different time and place. I love all of his works particularly those of Tibet, its saints and deities because his work render them in a different manner. Its interesting because his discovery of Tibet coincides with the start of the Theosophical Society of Madame Blavatsky and because of her, there was a growing interest in the spiritual traditions of Asia, particularly of Buddhism. Although this marks a remarkable milestone in the West’s discovery of Buddhism. Anyway, the artwork itself is beautiful pieces and I particularly like the March from Shambala, which I found to be a refreshing perspective from the usual 2-D rendition in traditional depiction of a deity-warrior-king

  22. Jace Chong on Apr 14, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing with us the brilliant artworks from Mr. and Mr.s Roerich. The paintings are very very nice!

    I am surprised to read that they have such open mind during that era. They must had a fruitful mind trip after visiting so many places and got to know about different cultures and living.

    The painting that I like the most is Palden Lhamo =)

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  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Jan 21. 2018 12:13 PM
    It is very interesting that the haunting at The New Inn is quite serious that people who were present at the moment witnessed paranormal sights. Unseen beings are part of almost every culture known on earth, being more feared in some than others. Therefore, it is amazing to see that people in the UK are not that fearsome of the unseen, as most of the people in the eastern culture don’t view the unseen beings as amusing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ghosts-in-the-pub.html#comment-771016
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Jan 21. 2018 11:54 AM
    Thank you for this wonderful sharing of vegetarian steamboat. Coupled with spicy soup or herbal soup and be enhanced by the varieties of sauces, steamboat is a mouthwatering experience and a favourite meal choice to many food connoisseurs.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/what-is-a-steamboat.html#comment-771018
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Jan 21. 2018 11:34 AM
    The burning times showed a single-minded and uncompromising campaign against a group of people labelled as witches, who are classified as having unacceptable views or behaviour, possess the ability of witchcraft. The “witches” or anyone found or believed to be witches will be subjected to unfair or malicious persecution. It is proof that humans are truly capable of such injustice and blasphemous judgement, playing God all the time.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/the-burning-times.html#comment-770973
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Jan 21. 2018 11:09 AM
    Master Xuyun’s life story is inspiring for he dedicate his whole life for Dharma, through “preaching the Dharma and Buddhist code of conduct, restoring monasteries and temples and holy sites, he had successfully revitalised the Chinese Buddhist teachings, especially the Chan teachings.” Thank you for this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/empty-cloud.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 21. 2018 10:45 AM
    Steamboat or hot pot is a Chinese soup containing a variety of Asian foodstuffs and ingredients of mixed vegetables which we could choose . While the hot pot is kept simmering, ingredients are placed into the pot and are cooked at the table. Hot pot is my favourite as it’s a healthy cooking of mixed vegetables of our choice , and a varieties of other food stuffs like deep fried bean curd skin or fu chok, fresh mushrooms and so forth depending whether one is a vegetarian or non vegetarian. There are plenty of soup choices which we can choose and will make every steamboat meal different that suits one tastes. Having hot pot with family and friends is a good way to foster relationship

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/what-is-a-steamboat.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 21. 2018 10:44 AM
    Lin Dai was a well-known Mandarin star actress of the Shaw Brothers Studio who was one of my favourites many years ago .She has acted more than 40 movies. I do enjoyed watching her movies that was only black and white those days . Amazing she could play a heroine role in classical Chinese beauty and the modern career woman. The film Shaw Brothers world lost a talented actress when Lin Dai committed suicide in 1964. Lin Dai won a number of awards been the Best Actress at the Asia Pacific Film Festival.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/superstar-linda-lin-dai.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 21. 2018 10:43 AM
    Cultures all around the world believe in spirits that survive death to live in another realm. Ghosts are among the most widely believed of paranormal phenomenon. I do believe they do exist . Paranormal investigators has provided scientific proof that ghosts really exist in a number of cases. Interesting…….they has collected a great deal of evidence over the past decade. Through recorded CCTV as well as the eye witness accounts which are very convincing to be true.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing all the interesting videos.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ghosts-in-the-pub.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Jan 20. 2018 04:16 PM


    It is indeed rare to see fish giving so much reaction and connect to human. I have the opportunity to visit the pond in Kechara Forest Retreat late last year and there were many Koi fishes . I understand that some of the fishes were rescued from fish store. The fishes swam freely and rejoice that they are always able to circumabulate Dream Manjushri statue in the middle of the pond. Thank you Rinpoche for showing us that we must always be kind and care for animals not only in this life but also for their future life.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/dorje.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Jan 20. 2018 04:04 PM
    It is an interesting article about Jesus being a vegetarian and so many evidence to support this findings. No matter what religion we are, if we want to promote love, care, compassion and equality, we should support vegetarianism. How can eating meat promote all the good values mentioned since we are already discriminating animals who are to serve human. And needless to say all killings create pains and suffering to all beings. Hope more people realise that vegetarianism is the best method to practise compassion and love.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/a-vegetarian-jesus.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Jan 20. 2018 03:39 PM
    How generous and compassion of this lady. No matter how little we have we can still share. Thank you Wendy for sharing this picture and it reminds me to give and love all beings.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/amazing-giving.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    Saturday, Jan 20. 2018 12:40 PM
    Religion is the results of our practise. We choose a religion due to the blessings that led us on to the right path. The path is filled with Dharma that we apply in order for a complete turnabout of our attitude and the way we see things to happen. This would mean whatever that irks us, will no longer have an effect on us. The beauty of applying the Dharma and treating the Dharma as personal advice for us, help us to clear the irk worms that have been bred out of control before we meet the Dharma. These worms are vicious, vindictive, harmful, envious, arrogant, greedy, furious, ignorant, doubtful, and etc. that are bred by the negative thoughts, experiences and perceptions we had for as long as we live. The mind is so used to them to the point to believe that the (our) reality is pure negative.

    When we come to the Dharma, having given the knowledge and guidance by our compassionate and kind Guru who finds ways to help us with our transformation, to constantly give love and care while exposing our irk worms skilfully and creatively, we should be grateful and appreciative the kindness by transforming our mind. We might not like the methods the Guru use, but we can be assured that the motivation behind is of the purest and highest for our ultimate enlightenment. The Guru’s ‘job’ is to help us to liberate us from ourselves – the self that never existed but overwhelmingly coated with irk worms.

    When we have the blessings to meet the Dharma that is skillfully presented to us by our Guru, the moment we step into the Guru’s mandala, he or she is already paving the path for irk worms’ exposition in order for us to heal from our delusional mind. It is, therefore, our matter to deal with when we are irked. Instead of spending all energies into defending and justifying, we internalized the Dharma and cooperate with our Guru to cleanse the irk worms from our mind permanently.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/do-i-irk-you.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 20. 2018 11:14 AM
    Unbelievable facts ……..which I did not know till I read this post except every time you sneeze your heart stops a second and all babies are colour-blind when they are born. I read it from medical journal. Many of those facts are new and first time learning…..to name a few….. the lighter was invented before the match, in space, astronauts cannot cry because there is no gravity and hummingbirds are the only creatures that can fly backwards. Sound unbelievable and amazing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/20-unbelievable-general-facts.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 20. 2018 11:12 AM
    Interesting…….any thing related to unseen being stories , historical sites and discoveries I always enjoyed reading and to know. Came across this post and I do enjoyed reading. The sea can be a haunted place, too. There have been dozens of ghost ships spotted floating around the sea could not imagined that. Vessel with no living crew aboard with things intact, and it may be a ghostly vessel and scary. Stories about ghost ships, vanishing into thin air or mysterious vessels found sailing the oceans with no one aboard.
    The mystery of the Arctic ghost ship Baychimo which abandoned 1914 cargo vessel and drifted for decades found after about 40 years ….really buffed me. All these mysterious ships are fantasized and fearsome . Some of these haunted ships continue to provoke speculation and fearful anticipation even till now.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting post.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/10-ghost-ships.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 20. 2018 11:07 AM
    Wow ……beautiful poem by Maching Labdron.
    She was believed to be an Mind Stream emanation (tulku) of Yeshe Tsogyal, as well as “an emanation of the ‘Great Mother of Wisdom. She was well thought of as a Tibetan tantric Buddhist practitioner, teacher and yogini. Machig had been an Indian yogi in her previous life. Very inspiring and beautiful filled with wisdom, worthy words to remind us all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/wisdom-from-an-old-lady.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 19. 2018 12:45 PM
    Poor Angel dog chained to the wall ………so inhuman and cruel to let the suffering dog to die in such a manner. Not only that Angie was abandoned in the first place and she was starve to death. Why can’ nt the former owner just leave Angie alone. Sad to see Angie condition, skinny and suffering in pain before dying.
    The authority concerned must stop this cruelty from happening and put a heavy fine if caught the culprit who did it. Do not hurt them , care and love them or at least put them in a home. Do hope more will people speak up against animal cruelty and bring awareness around.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/will-you-allow-this-to-happen.html

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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).
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
2 weeks 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.
2 weeks 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.
2 weeks 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
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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.
Incredible Lama Thubten Phurbu and His Activities - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=150927
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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
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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.
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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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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 )
2 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 )
2 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
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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
3 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
“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.
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“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
3 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.
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Whatever we can do to spread the teachings of our Guru, we should do so.
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3 months ago
These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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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This is so powerful. It is a must read and must share.
3 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.
3 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.
3 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.
3 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
3 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
3 months ago
Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
This beautiful Dorje Shugden is from an artist in the Ukraine. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
This beautiful Dorje Shugden is from an artist in the Ukraine. Tsem Rinpoche
Please never get tired of speaking for those who do not have a voice. If we can alleviate their pain or try our best, why not? Thank you all so much. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Please never get tired of speaking for those who do not have a voice. If we can alleviate their pain or try our best, why not? Thank you all so much. Tsem Rinpoche
Pastor Antoinette of Kechara arranged a Malaysian artist to paint this special Dorje Shugden painting conceptualized by myself. She oversaw the process and completed it. Wonderful beautiful Dorje Shugden Malaysian style by Malaysian artist. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Pastor Antoinette of Kechara arranged a Malaysian artist to paint this special Dorje Shugden painting conceptualized by myself. She oversaw the process and completed it. Wonderful beautiful Dorje Shugden Malaysian style by Malaysian artist. Tsem Rinpoche
Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
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Paying hommage to Loma Gyoma in Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong. "As the emanation of Tara, Loma Gyonma is regarded as Lhamo Rithrodma, the 20th Tara as mentioned in the “Praise to the Twenty One Taras”. The praise to Lhamo Rithrodma states that her right eye emits blazing rays of light that burns away all the lords of diseases and epidemics." P. Antoinette - From the article Nageshvaraja and Loma Gyoma arrives to KFR! http://bit.ly/2FJyp0g
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