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Odiyan Retreat Center - Copper Mountain Mandala in Cazadero, California

Odiyan Retreat Center – Copper Mountain Mandala in Cazadero, California

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Dear friends around the world,

When I was growing up in America, I had the good fortune to study under two great masters of our time. My first teacher was the great Sera Mey Abbot Emeritus His Eminence Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tharchin, who lived 10 minutes away from me in Rashi Gempil Ling Temple, New Jersey. When I left home for California, I was once again extremely fortunate to meet His Eminence Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen in Thubten Dhargye Ling, Los Angeles and have him as my teacher.

These days, there are millions of Tibetan Buddhists across America with many centres and teachers of various traditions. However, 60 years ago the number was less than a thousand, and all of them belonged to a small community called the Kalmyk Mongols, who established the religion’s very first temple in the Western hemisphere. The first Tibetan Buddhist lama to take on American students on American soil was Geshe Ngawang Wangyal, who would eventually have a tremendous impact on Tibetan Buddhism’s future in America, including inviting His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the country.

I recently came across the Odiyan Retreat Center in Northern California founded by Venerable Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche and I want to share some information here so that more people can rejoice in their accomplishments. I congratulate Odiyan for being a spiritual home for Dharma in the West and a factor for strengthening the sacred Buddhist culture. May many more retreat centres and spiritual communities arise around the world.

Tsem Rinpoche

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Getting To Know Odiyan Retreat Center

Founded by Venerable Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche in 1975, Odiyan is modeled after Tibet’s first monastery—a three-dimensional mandala.

Founded by Venerable Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche in 1975, Odiyan is modeled after Tibet’s first monastery—a three-dimensional mandala.

Venerable Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche is the Founder and creator of the Copper Mountain Mandala, Odiyan Retreat Center. A celebration of the human potential that belongs to us all, a home for the Dharma in the West, the traditional temples and libraries of Odiyan restore and preserve the ancient symbols, rare sacred texts and art that connect the heart and mind to the Path of Awakening.

Founded in 1975, the Odiyan property consists of about a thousand acres of ridges and meadows located 1,400 feet above the Pacific Ocean. To heal the land, which had been overgrazed and scarred by logging, over 270,000 trees have been planted, and through the years, the splendor of the environment has been restored. One hundred and eight land stupas mark out a pilgrimage route, sanctifying every acre. The beauty of the natural world has an intrinsic sacred dimension and forms an integral part of the mandala as a living aesthetic creation.

For centuries, the acreage upon which Odiyan stands had been sacred to the Pomo Indians of the California coastal range, who called it the Crest of the Condor. Under the direction of Tarthang Rinpoche the rolling hills, forests, ponds, and meadows have been blessed and empowered by multitudinous offerings and ceremonies and by one hundred and eight land stupas marking out a pilgrimage route, as well as by the construction of temples, sacred monuments and by the addition of many hundreds of prayer flags.

The beauty of the natural world has an intrinsic sacred dimension and forms an integral part of the mandala as a living aesthetic creation.

The combination of natural and sacred Beauty makes Odiyan a unique place, inspiring people from all walks of life to engage wisdom and compassion.

Source: http://odiyan.org/index.php/about/

 

Founder

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Odiyan’s powerful, invisible energy is our gift to America. It is our way of introducing the Dharma to the West—through the creation of a Mandala of sacred symbols that embody the path of transformation, through beautiful books and art, through classes and projects.

– Tarthang Tulku

 

Twenty-Four Years of Traditional Training in Tibet

The founder of Odiyan is Tarthang Rinpoche, commonly known as Tarthang Tulku. Rinpoche was born in in the mountains of Golok in northeast Tibet as the son of Sogpo Tulku, Pema Gawey Dorje (b 1894), a highly respected physician and holder of the Nyingma Vidyadhara lineage. Before Rinpoche was two years old, he was recognized and given the name Kunga Gellek by the Sutrayana and Mantrayana master Tragyelung Tsultrim Dargye (b. 1866), who made predictions about Rinpoche’s future mission as a servant of the Dharma, and instructed his parents in the special treatment of young tulkus.

Rinpoche’s training began at a very early age, and his first teachers were his father and private tutors. After the age of nine, he resided at Tarthang Monastery where he was initiated into the teachings of the Palyul tradition by Tarthang Choktrul and given instruction in Mahayana view, meditation, and conduct by various expert khenpos. At the age of fifteen in the iron tiger year of 1950, Rinpoche departed from Tarthang Monastery to travel to the major monasteries of Kham in eastern Tibet. There he received blessings, teachings, and initiations from the greatest masters of the 20th century: Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro, Zhechen Kongtrul, Adzom Gyelsey, Bodpa Tulku, and others, altogether thirty-one teachers. For the next ten years, until the age of 24, Rinpoche was given intensive training in the three Inner Yogas of Maha, Anu, and Ati.

 

Nine Years of Retreat, Research, & Publishing in India

In 1958 Rinpoche departed from his homeland, traveling through Bhutan into Sikkim following in the footsteps of his root guru, Khyentse Chokyi Lodro. The next several years were devoted to pilgrimage and retreat at holy places in India. In 1963 he was appointed by Dudjom Rinpoche as the representative of the Nyingma tradition and given the position of research fellow at Sanskrit University in Benares. In that same year, he set up one of the first Tibetan printing presses in exile and began his life’s work of preserving sacred art and texts. After six years at Sanskrit University and some twenty publications, Rinpoche decided that this was not enough, and departed for America to bring Dharma to the West.

 

Forty-three Years of Dharma Work in the West

Arriving in America in late 1968, Rinpoche chose California as his headquarters, and established the Tibetan Nyingma Meditation Center in early 1969. One of the first learned Tibetan exiles to take up residence in the West, he has lived continuously in America for over forty years. With the full support and blessings of Dudjom Rinpoche and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Rinpoche began in the 1970s to unfold a vision of wisdom in action that would eventually encompass over twenty different organizations and make a significant impact on the transmission of Dharma to the West and the restoration of Dharma in Asia.

Rinpoche has written over 34 books that have been translated into various Western languages and adopted for class use by universities around the world. Rinpoche’s books and private teachings form the core of the Nyingma Institute’s manifold courses of study. Founded by Rinpoche in 1972, Nyingma Institute is one of the oldest schools of Tibetan Buddhism in the west. Rinpoche is also the founder of the Nyingma Monlam Chenmo World Peace Ceremony held annually at Bodh Gaya, India, where, since 1989, he has freely distributed more than five million sacred texts to lamas, monks, and nuns of the Tibetan community.

Source: http://odiyan.org/index.php/about/founder/

 

History

Odiyan Main Temple and Rim structure in 1985

Odiyan Main Temple and Rim structure in 1985

Since the formation of the non-profit Tibetan Nyingma Meditation Centers in 1969 Tarthang Rinpoche always had a vision of a country center as part of the mandala of organizations working to preserve and transmit the Dharma to the West.

It took until 1974 to find the right property, which consists of about a thousand acres of ridges and meadows located 1,400 feet above the Pacific Ocean. The groundbreaking and dedication ceremony took place on August 9, 1975. The land, which was overgrazed and scarred by logging in the past, has seen tremendous transformation and improvement in the last 42 years, as has the community itself. Odiyan’s population has expanded and contracted at different times and with different projects, but its spirit of open-mindedness, hard work, and serious self-inquiry has remained constant.

Odiyan has always been much more than a country center; it is the physical manifestation of the mandala. Drawn not with ink and paper but with concrete and copper, earth and water, it is a living, breathing, three-dimensional mandala of its own. Its heart is the Copper Mountain Temple, rising eighty-five feet tall on the highest point of the property. Construction was completed on the main temple in 1983, and daily life has been centered in its rim structure since the community’s beginning.

For its first residents, Odiyan was more wilderness outpost than spiritual center, and the heavy construction and hard labor required to lay the foundations created a “cowboy energy” in a crew that had been an inexperienced counter-culture crowd just a few years before. The completion of the central temple, however, began to transform Odiyan into a realm of the sacred.

Part of this transformation came about during the construction of the Enlightenment Stupa, built in an incredible three months in 1980 in the eastern part of the mandala. Vajra Temple, a monument to Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, occupies the western position in the Odiyan mandala; the first ceremony was held there on January 1, 1996. After several years of landscaping the greater mandala area, creating new gardens filled with plants from all parts of the world, major construction began again in 2000.

The resident volunteer population expanded with the new effort to construct Cintamani Temple, Odiyan’s most unusual architectural and engineering feat. Cintamani marks the final major temple constructed at Odiyan, and the beginning of an inward shift, away from heavy construction and toward community, sustainability, and spiritual practice.

In the years since Cintamani’s completion, Vairocana Garden has been built (2010), a haven of beauty with sacred spaces and ornamental gardens, as well as several monuments at key locations on the property. Resident volunteers have greatly expanded the vegetable gardens with an eye toward long-term sustainability, and engaged in many sacred art projects which support Odiyan’s sister Buddhist centers and Buddhist centers in Asia. Now in its 42nd year, Odiyan continues its original aim to strengthen Buddhist sacred cultures in Asia and to provide a home for the Dharma in the West.

Source: http://odiyan.org/index.php/about/history/

 

Sacred Land

The Odiyan property consists of about a thousand acres of ridges and meadows located 1,400 feet above the level of the Pacific Ocean.

The Odiyan property consists of about a thousand acres of ridges and meadows located 1,400 feet above the level of the Pacific Ocean.

To heal the land, which had been overgrazed and scarred by logging, over 250,000 trees were planted, and through the years, the splendor of the environment has been restored.

To heal the land, which had been overgrazed and scarred by logging, over 250,000 trees were planted, and through the years, the splendor of the environment has been restored.

One hundred and eight land stupas mark out a pilgrimage route, sanctifying every acre. The beauty of the natural world has an intrinsic sacred dimension and forms an integral part of the mandala as a living aesthetic creation.

One hundred and eight land stupas mark out a pilgrimage route, sanctifying every acre. The beauty of the natural world has an intrinsic sacred dimension and forms an integral part of the mandala as a living aesthetic creation.

144 acres are landscaped with eighteen gardens, eight orchards, four man-made lakes, and four vegetable gardens. The sacred environs of each temple is ornamented with a formal garden.

144 acres are landscaped with eighteen gardens, eight orchards, four man-made lakes, and four vegetable gardens. The sacred environs of each temple is ornamented with a formal garden.

Source: http://odiyan.org/index.php/about/sacred-land/

 

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Five major Temples form the Odiyan mandala which is the foundation for both creating a home for the Dharma in the West and supporting the healing Dharma lineages of Asia.

 

Vajra Temple

In the western direction is Vajra Temple, a symbol of the diamond light of Awakening shining in all directions.

Vajra Temple is one of the most important creations of Odiyan. Comprehensive, artistic, and historic, it manifests Guru Padma’s promise to humanity and brings his blessings alive.

In its size and complexity, and in the obstacles overcome during construction, Vajra Temple is itself a miracle that exemplifies the power of Guru Padma’s blessings.

A symbol of diamond light of Awakening shining in all directions, the Vajra Temple rises 108 ft. high in the western direction of the mandala. Its crystalline walls surround 108,000 golden Padmasambhava ten-inch high statues.

A symbol of diamond light of Awakening shining in all directions, the Vajra Temple rises 108 ft. high in the western direction of the mandala. Its crystalline walls surround 108,000 golden Padmasambhava ten-inch high statues.

Vajra Temple and the surrounding Temple plaza and gardens were constructed between 1987 and 1994. This temple is Tarthang Tulku's gift to the West to evoke the blessings of the Vajra Guru that will sustain the Dharma in the new land.

Vajra Temple and the surrounding Temple plaza and gardens were constructed between 1987 and 1994. This temple is Tarthang Tulku’s gift to the West to evoke the blessings of the Vajra Guru that will sustain the Dharma in the new land.

On the tenth lunar day of each month, Odiyan residents congregate at Vajra Temple for a puja that includes circumambulation, chanting of prayers and mantras and readings from the scriptures.

On the tenth lunar day of each month, Odiyan residents congregate at Vajra Temple for a puja that includes circumambulation, chanting of prayers and mantra and readings from the scriptures.

During evening ceremonies light from the temple radiates outward, streaming over the hills beyond. This light can even be seem by ships following the Pacific coast at a distance of fifty miles.

During evening ceremonies light from the temple radiates outward, streaming over the hills beyond. This light can even be seem by ships following the Pacific coast at a distance of fifty miles.

136 Leyland Cypress were planted as a windbreak on the west for Vajra Temple in 1994. Thousands of native Incense Cedars were planted on the surrounding slopes.

136 Leyland Cypress were planted as a windbreak on the west for Vajra Temple in 1994. Thousands of native Incense Cedars were planted on the surrounding slopes.

Source: http://odiyan.org/index.php/temples-of-odiyan/vajra-temple/

 

Vairocana Garden

A garden sanctuary encompassing a 25 ft. Reclining Buddha and the magnificent Vajra Bell.

Vairocana Garden stands at the highest and center point of the Odiyan land from which the four directions of the mandala unfold. The garden is filled with the music of birds and with beautiful flowers, trees and shrubs. It is named for Vairocana, center of the mandala of the five Dhyani Buddhas through which arise all appearances.

At the garden’s center stands the Vajra Bell. Enshrined in front of the bell is the Parinirvana Buddha, offered as a gift to the Odiyan mandala in 2007. The bell calls to mind the primordial sound of Dharma that cuts through the jumble of perceptions and stimulates our ability to respond in new ways.

Cast in a German foundry as a gesture of peace and healing for all beings who suffered the devastating events of WWII, the Vajra Bell is rung every day, transmitting the teachings of enlightenment and their blessings throughout space and time.

Cast in a German foundry as a gesture of peace and healing for all beings who suffered the devastating events of WWII, the Vajra Bell is rung every day, transmitting the teachings of enlightenment and their blessings throughout space and time.

The reclining Parinirvarna Buddha is a powerful symbol of the Buddha's blessings which transcend the limitations of physical form.

The reclining Parinirvarna Buddha is a powerful symbol of the Buddha’s blessings which transcend the limitations of physical form.

Bush roses, tree roses and miniature roses abound; a pure celebration of shape and form, a presentation of the energy of light.

Bush roses, tree roses and miniature roses abound; a pure celebration of shape and form, a presentation of the energy of light.

Prayer flags, victory banners and prayer wheels grace the garden, an expression of the enlightened field of Vairocana.

Prayer flags, victory banners and prayer wheels grace the garden, an expression of the enlightened field of Vairocana.

Source: http://odiyan.org/index.php/temples-of-odiyan/vairocana-gardens-ceremonies/

 

Cintamani Temple

Cintamani Temple completed in 2008, stands 140 feet high in the southern direction of the mandala.

Cintamani, the wish-fulling jewel is associated with resplendent beauty, with Dhyani Buddha Ratnasambhava, and with the southern aspect of the mandala.

The south is where the Dharma, like the sun, directs its golden rays most strongly, illuminating blessings that flow outward from the mandala in all directions.

A wishfulfilling jewel constructed entirely of bronze to endure a thousand years, Cintamani Temple was completed in 2008 and stands 140 feet high in the southern direction of the mandala.

A wishfulfilling jewel constructed entirely of bronze to endure a thousand years, Cintamani Temple was completed in 2008 and stands 140 feet high in the southern direction of the mandala.

Bronze images of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas ranging from 12 to 35 feet high are arrayed around the exterior, a manifestation of the selfless generosity that offers all beings Enlightenment, the greatest of gifts.

Bronze images of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas ranging from 12 to 35 feet high are arrayed around the exterior, a manifestation of the selfless generosity that offers all beings Enlightenment, the greatest of gifts.

In its architecture, materials and forms, Cintamani Temple manifests a vast array of symbols and meanings. At its top a fully empowered stupa is encircled at its base with three rings of mantras in Lantsa script.

In its architecture, materials and forms, Cintamani Temple manifests a vast array of symbols and meanings. At its top a fully empowered stupa is encircled at its base with three rings of mantras in Lantsa script.

The wish-fulfilling Cintamani Temple, is one of the most beautiful and spiritually powerful creations in the world. A golden beacon rising up on a vast plaza set against the blur ocean horizon, at its center is a fully empowered 35 ft tall seated Buddha.

The wish-fulfilling Cintamani Temple, is one of the most beautiful and spiritually powerful creations in the world. A golden beacon rising up on a vast plaza set against the blue ocean horizon, at its center is a fully empowered 35 ft tall seated Buddha.

The movement of the prayer flags in the wind bathes the temple and its environs in the blessings of mantras, enhancing those released by the continuously turning prayer wheels that encircle the base of the temple.

The movement of the prayer flags in the wind bathes the temple and its environs in the blessings of mantras, enhancing those released by the continuously turning prayer wheels that encircle the base of the temple.

Source: http://odiyan.org/index.php/temples-of-odiyan/cintamani-temple/

 

Enlightenment Stupa

Rising to 113 feet in the East, the Enlightenment Stupa is a symbol of the Heart of the Buddha.

Embodiment of the inconceivable compassion of the Buddha, the Stupa’s structure represents the eightfold path, the six perfections, the stages of Enlightenment and the luminous qualities of the Dharmakaya.

Mantras invoking the blessings of the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and the enlightened masters of the lineage have been turning continuously within the million-mantra prayer wheel at the Stupa’s center since 1980.

A symbol of the heart of the Buddha, the Enlightenment Stupa was completed in 1980 rises 113 feet high in the eastern direction of the mandala.

A symbol of the heart of the Buddha, the Enlightenment Stupa was completed in 1980 and rises 113 feet high in the eastern direction of the mandala.

The Enlightenment Stupa is Odiyan's first sacred monument. It is the symbolic form of enlightened mind as demonstrated by the Buddha himself.

The Enlightenment Stupa is Odiyan’s first sacred monument. It is the symbolic form of enlightened mind as demonstrated by the Buddha himself.

This sacred form, constructed in accord with precise proportions preserved in scriptures, in empowered by a ten-ton prayer wheel at its core. It transmits the compassion of the Buddha into the world for the benefit of all beings.

This sacred form, constructed in accord with precise proportions preserved in scriptures, is empowered by a ten-ton prayer wheel at its core. It transmits the compassion of the Buddha into the world for the benefit of all beings.

A covered gallery 620 feet around banked by prayers wheels, victory banners, prayer flags and thankas amplify and project the Stupa's blessings outward over land and sea.

A covered gallery 620 feet around banked by prayers wheels, victory banners, prayer flags and thankas amplify and project the Stupa’s blessings outward over land and sea.

Landscaping the Stupa's environs included reshaping the surroundings to accord with geomantric principles to increase the spiritual potency of the Stupa and maximize its benefits to nature and humanity.

Landscaping the Stupa’s environs included reshaping the surroundings to accord with geomantric principles to increase the spiritual potency of the Stupa and maximize its benefits to nature and humanity.

Source: http://odiyan.org/index.php/temples-of-odiyan/enlightenment-stupa/

 

Copper Mountain Temple

The heart of the Odiyan mandala is the Copper Mountain Temple.

The Central Temple is the heart of the Odiyan Mandala. More than a building, more than a symbol, it contains in its structure and contents the seeds for comprehending the whole of the Buddhadharma.

Its three-tiered form presents to mind Dharmakaya, Sambhogakaya, and Nirmanakaya; Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha; the inner, outer, and hidden teachings and the ground, path, and fruit of realization.

The heart of the Odiyan Center is the Copper Mountain Temple, at three-dimensional mandala rising eighty-five feet high. The construction was completed in 1983 and the interior ornamentation was finished in 1988.

The heart of the Odiyan Center is the Copper Mountain Temple, a three-dimensional mandala rising eighty-five feet high. The construction was completed in 1983 and the interior ornamentation was finished in 1988.

Encircling the perimeter of the central mandala a formal lake sparkles in the sun. The lake with its multicoloured lanterns completes the five-fold cosmic landscape of the mandala, adding to earth, wind, and space the elements of water and fire.

Encircling the perimeter of the central mandala a formal lake sparkles in the sun. The lake with its multicoloured lanterns completes the five-fold cosmic landscape of the mandala, adding to earth, wind, and space the elements of water and fire.

Preserving ancient symbols of Tibetan Buddhist teachings, the temple is an offering to the Three Jewels to open new possibilities of understanding in the Western world.

Preserving ancient symbols of Tibetan Buddhist teachings, the temple is an offering to the Three Jewels to open new possibilities of understanding in the Western world.

Continuing the pattern of the mandala, the Temple is surrounded by four gateway pagodas. Each gateway rises to a height of three stories, echoing the threefold structure of the Main Temple, the three Kayas separate yet joined in a unified expression of the mandala.

Continuing the pattern of the mandala, the Temple is surrounded by four gateway pagodas. Each gateway rises to a height of three stories, echoing the threefold structure of the Main Temple, the three Kayas separate yet joined in a unified expression of the mandala.

The Temple rests on a square marble-covered plinth measuring 108 feet on each side. The 4 sides aligned with the 4 directions express the underlying balance and harmony of all appearance, and its 5 directions (the 4 quadrants and the center) are linked to the body, speech, heart, qualities, and the action of the Buddhas whose presence makes transmission possible.

The Temple rests on a square marble-covered plinth measuring 108 feet on each side. The 4 sides aligned with the 4 directions express the underlying balance and harmony of all appearance, and its 5 directions (the 4 quadrants and the center) are linked to the body, speech, heart, qualities, and the action of the Buddhas whose presence makes transmission possible.

Source: http://odiyan.org/index.php/temples-of-odiyan/copper-mountain-temple/

 

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Odiyan Gardens

Protected by a perimeter fence, 144 acres are landscaped with eighteen gardens, eight orchards, four man-made lakes, and two vegetable gardens. The sacred environs of each temple is ornamented with a formal garden. Bordering the Cherry Mall, the Mandala Garden contains an aviary and hundreds of rhododendrons and azaleas. The beautiful sanctuary of Vairocana Garden, standing at the highest point of the Odiyan land, contains a 27-foot-long statue of the Parinirvana Buddha and an enormous bronze Vajra Bell that is rung during ceremonies.

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Source: http://odiyan.org/index.php/gardens/, http://odiyan.org/index.php/garden-photo-gallery/

 

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Dedicating Ceremonies, offering Butterlamps or providing support for Odiyan gardens, animals, residents or general maintenance are all ways you can make offerings.

Odiyan is not open to public visits at this time.

 

Dedicate Ceremonies

We invite you to sponsor prayers for the benefit of yourself, family, friends or animal companions; or for a cause, project or place you care about. You can dedicate your prayer request with a Temple Ceremony ($108-$150) or a Bell Ringing ($25).

In the Tibetan lunar calendar, there are special times when the power of prayer and the merit generated are greatly increased. The auspicious days below are celebrated monthly by the Odiyan community in the Temples. Your dedication request will be read aloud at the opening of the Ceremony.

 

Lunar 10th

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Dedications at Vajra Temple are usually for blessings of auspicious events, prayers for general health and longevity, successes in new ventures, anniversaries, births, and recovery from illness.

Reciting mantra, the Odiyan community circumambulates outside the Temple with incense and blowing conch shells. Inside the Temple prayers of supplication and aspiration are offered to Guru Rinpoche along with circumambulation, mantra and sacred text readings.

 

Full Moon

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Dedications at Vairocana Garden are suitable for physical and mental health, balance and happiness and protection and blessing upon death. Lord Buddha Shakyamuni is invoked on the Full Moon.

The Vajra bell is rung as practitioners circumambulate the enshrined Parinirvana Buddha chanting Shakyamuni’s mantra, blowing conch shells, scattering rose petals and reciting prayers. Offerings are made in the shrine room followed by the reading of sacred texts.

 

Lunar 25th

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Cintamani in Sanskrit means wish-fulling gem. Requests for blessings and good wishes for all kinds of purposes can be dedicated at Cintamani, such as births, marriages, general concerns or to commemorate those who have passed.

During the ceremony the large Dharma Bell above the Temple plaza is rung as Odiyan residents circumambulate chanting mantra and blowing conch shells, followed by meditation and prayers in the Temple.

 

New Moon

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The shape and form of the Stupa communicates blessings that heal the mind and benefit all beings. Suitable dedications are health, longevity, recovery from illness, blessing upon death, birth or marriage and general concerns.

There is an offering of incense as the Stupa bell rings. The Odiyan community recite prayers and circumambulates the inner and outer walkways three times each while chanting mantra and blowing conch shells.

 

Calendar of Ceremonies

JANUARY

  • 7th – Lunar 10th at Vajra Temple
  • 12th – Full Moon at Vairochana Gardens
  • 22nd – Lunar 25th at Cintamani Temple
  • 27th – New Moon at Enlightenment Stupa

FEBRUARY

  • 6th – Lunar 10th at Vajra Temple
  • 10th – Lunar 25th at Cintamani Temple
  • 15th – New Moon at Enlightenment Stupa
  • 25th – Lunar 10th at Vajra Temple

MARCH

  • 1st – Full Moon at Vairochana Gardens
  • 11th – Lunar 25th at Cintamani Temple
  • 17th – New Moon at Enlightenment Stupa
  • 26th – Lunar 10th at Vajra Temple
  • 31st – Full Moon at Vairochana Gardens

APRIL

  • 10th – Lunar 25th at Cintamani Temple
  • 15th – New Moon at Enlightenment Stupa
  • 25th – Lunar 10th at Vajra Temple
  • 29th – Full Moon at Vairochana Gardens

MAY

  • 10th – Lunar 25th at Cintamani Temple
  • 15th – New Moon at Enlightenment Stupa
  • 24th – Lunar 10th at Vajra Temple
  • 29th – Full Moon at Vairochana Gardens

JUNE

  • 9th – Lunar 25th at Cintamani Temple
  • 13th – New Moon at Enlightenment Stupa
  • 23th – Lunar 10th at Vajra Temple
  • 28th – Full Moon at Vairochana Gardens

JULY

  • 8th – Lunar 25th at Cintamani Temple
  • 13th – New Moon at Enlightenment Stupa
  • 22nd – Lunar 10th at Vajra Temple
  • 27th – Full Moon at Vairochana Gardens

AUGUST

  • 6th – Lunar 25th at Cintamani Temple
  • 11th – New Moon at Enlightenment Stupa
  • 20th – Lunar 10th at Vajra Temple
  • 26th – Full Moon at Vairochana Gardens

SEPTEMBER

  • 5th – Lunar 25th at Cintamani Temple
  • 9th – New Moon at Enlightenment Stupa
  • 19th – Lunar 10th at Vajra Temple
  • 24th – Full Moon at Vairochana Gardens

OCTOBER

  • 4th – Lunar 25th at Cintamani Temple
  • 9th – New Moon at Enlightenment Stupa
  • 19th – Lunar 10th at Vajra Temple
  • 24th – Full Moon at Vairochana Gardens

NOVEMBER

  • 2nd – Lunar 25th at Cintamani Temple
  • 7th – New Moon at Enlightenment Stupa
  • 17th – Lunar 10th at Vajra Temple
  • 23rd – Full Moon at Vairochana Gardens

DECEMBER

  • 2nd – Lunar 25th at Cintamani Temple
  • 7th – New Moon at Enlightenment Stupa
  • 17th – Lunar 10th at Vajra Temple
  • 31st – Full Moon at Vairochana Gardens

Source: http://odiyan.org/index.php/support-odiyan/dedicate-a-ceremony/

 

Butterlamps

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In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, offerings of light have great significance. Offerings of light are appropriate when one wishes to celebrate special events, say prayers for friends and family during difficult times, or in the days following someone’s death.

Symbolically, light offerings dispel the darkness of ignorance and make tangible the light of the Buddha’s teachings, wisdom, and compassion for all beings. Light is also said to represent the flame of awakened mind, which illuminates reality as it is.

There are two ways you may make butterlamp offerings at Odiyan:

  1. Offer 108 Butterlamps
  2. Offer Ongoing Butterlamps

 

Offer 108 Butterlamps

Sponsor a dedication of 108 Butterlamps on any ceremony day listed on our Ceremony Calendar.

Dedications can be for those experiencing illness, to celebrate a special occasion or for alleviating the sufferings of a particular event or ongoing adverse situation.

Your dedication will be read out loud at the time of the lighting of the butterlamps. We will dedicate your butterlamp prayer request at the closest Ceremony to the date of your submission or on a Ceremony date which you choose.

$10.00

 

Offer Ongoing Butterlamps

Sponsor continuously burning butterlamps for one or more weeks, one or more months or for the 49 days of the Bardo. Weekly and monthly dedications can be for any occasion, event or place.

Butterlamps for the deceased purify past negative deeds, help direct consciousness toward a favorable rebirth and reduce fear during the state of transition before rebirth.

Your dedication will be read out loud each day during the period for which you subscribe and will commence on the day following your submission.

  • $25.00/week
  • $100.00/month
  • $154.00 for 49 Days of Bardo

Source: http://odiyan.org/index.php/support-odiyan/butterlamps/

 

Support Odiyan

Odiyan is maintained entirely through internal efforts and individual donations. Situated on almost a thousand acres of wild land close to the Pacific Coast, upholding a simple yet nourishing way of life, Odiyan guards the symbolic vehicles of a knowledge tradition on the verge of dissolution.

When you make an offering, you lend direct support to Odiyan’s projects and its people. You are making a material difference in the chances for its survival, and the survival of the irreplaceable cultural and spiritual treasures that Odiyan protects.

 

Land & Gardens

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Over the course of four decades Odiyan has become a botanical paradise. Over a quarter million trees have been planted. Gardens range from manicured temple plantings to vegetable gardens to informal plantings that blossom on paths and between buildings.

Your contribution allows us to maintain thriving organic vegetable gardens and acres of roses, flowering, fruiting and nut bearing trees, multitudinous flowering bushes and countless spring and summer bulbs.

100% of your donation goes to plants, seeds, tools and amendments.

 

Animals

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Odiyan is home to animal communities both domesticated and wild: a herd of Kiger mustangs; a family of miniature horses; two large aviaries; and our Great Pyrenees dogs who serve as protectors and watch dogs. There are many of species of local birds, from ravens and wild turkeys to blue herons.

Your donation helps us to provide food for the dogs, horses, and aviary birds; seed for wild birds during winter; and veterinary care as it is needed.

100% of your donation goes to food and care for animals of Odiyan.

 

Community

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Your donation to the Community Fund holds open the possibility of Odiyan’s future, paving the way for the participation of new volunteers for our projects, new lifelong community members, and new opportunities going forward.

We need to protect the eldest practitioners with the health care their aging bodies require. We need to foster the dynamic group of younger practitioners, providing them with the fuel they need for accomplishment and the preventive care that will keep them going strong.

Donate or Choose Monthly Pledge

  • $10.00 USD – monthly
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Maintenance

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Odiyan is maintained almost entirely by its own community. We care for the roadways, protect and maintain temples and residential buildings, clean and service our own wells, our own septic systems, and repair our own vehicles and equipment.

Your donation towards Odiyan’s infrastructure is a direct, pragmatic injection of funding ensuring that Odiyan endures. Such support may seem less glamorous but it is Odiyan’s lifeblood, an offering that simply cannot be reduced to a dollar value.

100% of your donation goes to maintenance equipment and supplies.

Source: http://odiyan.org/index.php/support-odiyan/community-support/

 

Contact

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For questions about offerings and donations, please email contact@odiyan.org.

Source: http://odiyan.org

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Volunteering at Odiyan Retreat Center

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“Beyond the beliefs of any one religion, there is the truth of the human spirit. Beyond the power of nations, there is the power of the human heart. Beyond the ordinary mind, the power of wisdom, love, and healing energy are at work in the universe. When we can find peace within our hearts, we contact these universal powers. This is our only hope.”

Tarthang Tulku, Founder of Odiyan

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Live: Join a community dedicated to meaningful work, wholesome living, community involvement, and the development of mind and spirit. Odiyan volunteers receive housing, vegetarian meals and classes while working to create the symbols of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition in the West and serving to strengthen Buddhist cultures throughout Asia.

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Work: Devote your time and energy to: landscaping, construction, foundry and metal work, organic vegetable and flower gardening, vegetarian cooking. Engage in sacred art and text projects. Work a variety of jobs. Learn valuable skills or share your own. Help manage and beautifying our gardens, temples, buildings, parks, open land and forest.

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Learn: Although Odiyan has its foundations in Tibetan Buddhism, no religious affiliation is required to join our team. If you are open-minded, self-reflective and ready to engage deeply, you can share in a dynamic repository of knowledge for inner and outer accomplishment. You will embody skills at all levels from the practical and technical to the sacred and esoteric.

Meaningful Work for Body, Mind and Spirit

Odiyan Retreat Center is a spiritual and ecological sanctuary high on a ridge overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Northern California. Modeled after Tibet’s first monastery – a three-dimensional mandala – Odiyan models a way of life that integrates work with a path of self-exploration.

Please note that we cannot accommodate short-term public visits.

Make 2018 the year of Transformation. Volunteer for World Peace.

 

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“Uplifted by beauty and attuned to deeper purposes, consciousness transforms.”

~Tarthang Tulku, Joy of Being

Join a community dedicated to meaningful work for the benefit of oneself, others and our world. Founded in 1975 by Tibetan Lama Tarthang Tulku, Odiyan provides a stable foundation for a wholesome life of physical work, community involvement and personal development. Extraordinary natural beauty, fresh air, clean water and nutritious food foster appreciation for life and develop attitudes of true caring for ourselves, others and our planet.

You receive:

  • Housing – share a comfortable room with one roommate
  • Vegetarian meals – share or learn cooking skills in the large community kitchen
  • Optional study, reflection and meditation

We are currently seeking volunteers in a preferred age range of 25 to 45 years old. Please be physically competent and able to handle tools, small machinery and manual labor on a daily basis. The minimum commitment is six months. We prefer nine months. $150 per month stipend included after the first six months.

Though Odiyan has its foundations in Tibetan Buddhism, absolutely no religious affiliation is required to join our team. We practice inward and outward development in the context of work along with supporting classes, suggested reading and discussions.

Source: http://volunteer.odiyan.org/live/

 

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“Work itself can have inner meaning and value that make it part of the spiritual path.”
Tarthang Tulku, Mastering Successful Work

At first glance, Odiyan may look like a traditional monastery, but rather than devoting the majority of our time to study and meditation, our daily practice is work.

We seek volunteers who are willing to apply energy, mindfulness, and discipline to their work, no matter the task. We expect a positive attitude, an openness to a perspective and lifestyle of work as spiritual practice, and an understanding that work will be central to your life here.

The Odiyan lifestyle does not draw a clear distinction between “work” and “life.” We try to use our time productively and to engage fully in the projects at hand. We forge our friendships through hard work, and we also make an effort to take time for appreciation of our efforts and accomplishments.

 

Sacred Art

For 2018-2019: The major monumental sacred art construction project is the creation of 2000 prayer wheels surrounding the Main Temple, which will also support a solar panel array on the north side of the mandala. The purpose of this year 1-to-2 year project is to reverse the negative momentum of our world, restore balance in nature, and heal the pain of so many beings who are victims of war, hatred and natural disasters.

For more information about the mission and meaning of this project, see the Prayer Wheel brochure here.

The work is heavy-duty concrete and steel fabrication for building the supporting structure. The on-site manufacture of the prayer wheels involves copper work, plating, machining parts, assembly, cutting and welding metal. We will also be installing a full solar panel array which will involve building, electrical and construction skills.

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In addition, our bronze foundry is often producing sacred art for our temples as well as for shipment to Buddhist communities abroad. We create new sacred monuments and temples, and produce sacred Buddhist texts. While you certainly do not need to be Buddhist to work here, you should be prepared to be surrounded by and engaged in the production of religious art and imagery. Much of the art and texts we create are distributed through our sister organizations worldwide, and much remains at Odiyan, and its purpose can often only be explained in religious terms.

 

Other Work

As a new volunteer, you will learn many new skills and be expected to participate in other work such as

  • gardening
  • landscaping
  • cooking

You will work more familiar types of work like maintenance and gardening. We work about 80 acres of landscaped grounds, including many orchards and two acres of vegetable gardens. You’ll prune fruit trees, install and maintain drip irrigation, fix broken pipes, repair leaking roofs, assist with vehicle maintenance and repair, feed horses, plant vegetables, can fruit, and clean bathrooms. With initiative and attention, you’ll have the opportunity to learn skills such as basic construction, welding, heavy equipment operation and maintenance, small engine repair and maintenance, and ornamental and vegetable gardening.

We are currently seeking new people to become longer-term lead vegetable gardeners. You can come with some gardening skills and learn new ones!

You’ll learn to cook for 30-40 people and will typically cook one meal a week. The variety of work demands a sincere flexibility as volunteers work in different areas and find their place within the community.

We also need and appreciate people who can do IT work, web development, marketing, and writing projects. If you have these skills to offer, you must also be the type who can dig in the dirt, prune apple trees for hours or learn to mix and pour concrete. Very few people at Odiyan sit at a computer all day.

Over time, most volunteers settle into one or two work areas that they connect with; others continue to divide their time among many projects. Sometimes only a few projects are underway at any given time; you may find yourself polishing statues for many weeks at a time, or planting trees for days in a row.

Physical abilities: Due to the variety of work expected from incoming volunteers, you must be healthy and able to work physically, lift 50lbs or more, and bend and kneel for long periods of time. We work to be mindful with our bodies, to build strength, and prevent injury, but the physical work remains a key part of life here. Familiarity with this kind of work is helpful. Consider prior back or wrist/elbow injuries before applying; they will often be exacerbated here.

The work schedule runs Monday through Saturday. The work day begins at 7:10 am with work meetings and finishes at 7:00 pm, though as mentioned above, we pay more attention to an integration of life and work than we do to keeping strict hours. We take breaks in the morning and afternoon, and a lunch hour. New volunteers ease into the work schedule for the first month with shorter work hours. Sundays are dedicated to personal time for classes, reading, study, exploring the land, or a side-project of personal interest. Occasionally we will work together on a Sunday afternoon on a particular large project with a short deadline.

We ask for a lot of effort and mindfulness from volunteers. Volunteers who succeed here are able to take initiative, be reliable and responsible, follow directions, and display attentiveness and engagement with work, both by themselves and as part of a team. Come eager to learn and work, to stretch yourself, face challenges, and grow as a human being. In exchange we offer a truly unique experience and an opportunity not only to learn skills and offer your energy to a project, but to learn about yourself, to study your mind more closely, and to connect to other spiritually minded people in an active, engaged environment.

Source: http://volunteer.odiyan.org/work/

 

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“We discover that the more we learn, the more we grow; the more challenges we meet, the more strength and awareness we gain.”

Tarthang Tulku, Skillful Means

At Odiyan we are participating in the preservation of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for the benefit of all humanity, merging this with the opportunity to develop our inner potential. The way of life focuses on dedication to meaningful work and utilizes work and daily life as a vehicle of self-knowledge.

 

Outer Skills

Learning at Odiyan means acquiring and sharing practical skills: flower and vegetable gardening, landscaping, all forms of construction and the trades (plumbing, electrical, HVAC), use of tools and small machinery, metal and wood work, vegetarian cooking, food preservation and baking. Volunteer residents also participate in sacred art production such as stupa construction, tsa-tsa molding, fabric arts, metal statuary casting, Buddhist text production and more.

Volunteers with longer residency (over six months) become involved in resource and project management, project planning and implementation, budgeting and crew training.

 

Inner Skills Classes 2017

You may choose from various opportunities for study, reflection and meditation:

  • Optional classes or discussion groups based on writings and guidance of Odiyan’s founder Tarthang Tulku.

See current schedule: Classes 2017

  • Optional walking meditation and chant practice on Full Moon ceremony day.
  • Optional Sunday afternoon silent meditation (by permission after three months residency).

Residents who continue beyond six months may request to attend daily morning meditation practice and evening Temple ceremonies held four times a month, as well as other ceremonies and practices of the Buddhist calendar year.

Source: http://odiyan.org

 

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Volunteers Speak About Their Work Experience

 

Gardening at Odiyan – A Short Interview


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

 

Picking Apples at Odiyan – A Short Interview


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Source: http://volunteer.odiyan.org/video-gallery/

 

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Apply to Volunteer at Odiyan

The minimum commitment is six months. We prefer nine months. We cannot accept children or pets.

  1. Download application and guidelines for submission. (Word doc) ODIYAN 2018 VOLUNTEER APPLICATIONOr call our office 510-981-1987 or email volunteer(at)odiyan.org to have an application emailed to you.
  2. Return completed application to volunteer(at)odiyan.org
  3. Applications are reviewed by the Volunteer Committee. If we are interested in pursuing your application, you will be contacted within 1 week.
  4. Schedule an interview
  5. Check references
  6. Acceptance to program
  7. Arrival to Odiyan

The application process can take up to 2-3 weeks.

To maintain age group balance within the community, at this time we are seeking applications in a preferred age range of 25-45 years old.

 

Guidelines for Applying

We are seeking applicants with the following attributes:

  • Financial resources for travel to and from Odiyan, and to maintain personal bills (car, phone, etc.) for six months.
  • Physical, mental, emotional health and stability.
  • Willingness to commit to the community’s rigorous schedule, community guidelines and policies.
  • Physical strength to engage manual labor for hours on a daily basis.
  • Positive attitude toward taking direction and flexibility toward changing daily tasks.
  • Capacity to manage the stress of living in a busy and productive environment.
  • Sincere interest in inner development and being a member of an intentional community.
  • Not dependent on a lot of socializing either personally or online.
  • Proven history of dependability including punctuality.

Volunteering at Odiyan is challenging physically, mentally and emotionally. Applicants must be in good physical health with no major or ongoing health concerns. Please do not apply if you are coping with major unresolved emotional issues, withdrawal, diagnosed psychological disorders; or if you have recently quit smoking or using drugs, recently begun a regimen of medications, or have recently begun or have recently been released from a recovery program.

Trial Period: There is a two week trial period, which is included in the six month commitment. The purpose of trial period is to confirm to our mutual agreement that the program is a good fit for the applicant.

We welcome volunteers from around the world; however please be aware that if you do not hold a United States passport or green card we cannot by law assist you in obtaining a visa for entry, visiting or residing in the United States. We cannot issue any letters of invitation or confirmation for volunteering at Odiyan.

Interested but have some questions?

By Email: Fill out the form for more details and the application. By Phone: 510-981-1987

Source: http://volunteer.odiyan.org/contact-apply/

 

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Can I bring my animal companion to Odiyan?
Unfortunately we cannot allow volunteers to bring their pets.

Can I still apply if I am not from the United States?
We welcome volunteers from around the world; however please be aware that if you do not hold a USA passport or green card we cannot by law assist you in obtaining a visa for entry, visiting or residing in the United States. We cannot issue any letters of invitation or confirmation for volunteering at Odiyan.

Can we apply as a couple? Can we live together?
Couple are welcome to apply. Each person much fill out a separate application. Provided we have housing available, we will house couples together.

Can I attend online classes, work online or have a part-time job or school commitment while volunteering at Odiyan?
We do not recommend that you apply if you have online or regular school or job commitments that must be fulfilled during your time at Odiyan.

Are all meals vegetarian? What if I’m not vegetarian?
Yes, all meals served at Odiyan are vegetarian. You do not need to be a vegetarian to volunteer. Most non-vegetarian volunteers find that after a couple of months or less they are fully adjusted to the diet and are truly enjoying the food.

I have food allergies and/or special dietary needs, will I be able to eat the meals there?
We cannot accommodate special dietary needs such as a strictly vegan diet or multiple or unusual food allergies.

What is the housing situation like?
Volunteer live in comfortable rooms in the Rim structure surrounding the Main Temple. Each room accommodates two people and has running water and a sink, a closet, shelves and other simple furnishings. All rooms have French doors (crafted by fellow volunteers over thirty years ago) that lead to an outdoor deck area.

What sort of work will I do at Odiyan?
At Odiyan we all do a variety of work. Volunteers who do best are those who are flexible and willing to do whatever is needed. Generally new residents are assigned to the main crew which has a changing list of projects based on current priorities. The skills that are most consistently utilized are gardening and landscaping, construction trades, metal and wood work, foundry work such as casting and welding, use of small machinery and tools and vegetarian cooking. If you don’t have any of these skills but you are eager, strong and can handle manual work on a daily basis, please apply!

Is there a deposit when I check-in?
Yes, a $100 cash refundable security and cleaning deposit is required upon arrival. This is held and returned to you at the time of their departure if living quarters are left clean and undamaged.

Can I bring my car?
Yes, volunteers are welcome to bring their cars to Odiyan but it is not necessary. Your car must be insured by California law. Due to our remote location it is also recommended that you have some kind of towing insurance should you have car trouble. (AAA, Better Word or through your auto insurance company)

I don’t have a car, are there other ways to get to Odiyan?
Yes, most volunteers travel here without bringing their car. You are expected to pay your own travel expenses round trip. This may include a van shuttle from either the Oakland or San Francisco airport to our closest city, Santa Rosa (about $35) and a local bus fare to bring you to the closest bus stop. From there you will be picked by car by someone from Odiyan. Travel details are arranged upon acceptance to the program.

Are there any breaks/vacation time?
Generally we work most holidays except Thanksgiving Day and Fourth of July. We also have a winter break, which usually begins around Dec. 22nd until the first working day after New Year’s Day. This is the time that most volunteers visit with family and friends. If you know you need time off for family or other commitment please let us know in your application.

What about internet access and cell phones?
We have a desktop stations available for internet access. You are welcome to bring your lap top. We have a limited area of wireless connectivity near the main kitchen and limited ethernet connection in the study hall. For mobile phones, only Verizon works in our area.

Source: http://volunteer.odiyan.org/faq/

 

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What Volunteers Say…

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Christopher, 30
Current volunteer six months
I am so involved and enjoying what I do that time flies. I’m grateful for helping to preserve the Tibetan culture and the teachings of their wise and enlightened masters. I’m able to reflect on so much in this stable environment and it’s wonderful to be in a positive and happy community of diverse people from so many countries and different backgrounds. Truly a life changing experience!!
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Nick, 26
Current volunteer 2 years
At Odiyan we work, but the work is not trivial; that is a rare opportunity in this age. One of the best lessons that Odiyan can teach is that comfort is not a prerequisite for relaxation. Odiyan is a place where real value is obvious, and being truly valuable can be easy. At times I find it hard to like people, but at Odiyan liking people becomes less difficult. Odiyan is a place where the feeling of doing good is not tinted with selfishness. My life has been a search for virtue. Here at Odiyan that is not a fool’s errand.
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Ricardo, 29
Current volunteer 6 years
Many of us, volunteers, come to Odiyan searching for self-improvement, to somehow become a better person. At times we even imagine and idealize something or someone that we want to be. One way or another, there is always an expectation of what can change with your coming here. And following that expectation, there is always some disappointment. Well, you don’t simply become someone else, and realizing that, is definitely an important step of to see what is truly remarkable about our experience here. Even being limited, with our weaknesses and flaws, we are still able to create something as amazing as Odiyan. And that is no small deed. It is a remarkable reminder of our capacity, if nothing else.
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Matthew, 24
Former volunteer 1 year
They shared their knowledge and their way of life with me, essentially a stranger, whom they entrusted with their home and precious work. I learned of a Buddhist perspective on the mind, how one “practices” daily while mixing concrete or preparing a meal. Those who live at Odiyan live thoughtfully, with intent. In doing so, much work gets accomplished. From constructing and maintaining temple grounds, to canning fruits, to casting statues or mowing the grass, all work is meaningful. My year at Odiyan has uncovered for me a great potential I see not only in myself, but in all with whom I have worked. Odiyan is a way to learn and a way to live, applicable to all means of life.
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Tim, 25
Former volunteer 3 years
I spent most of my life prior to Odiyan listening to music, playing drums, playing tennis, staring into space and not paying attention in school. (At Odiyan) my mind stream shifted from mostly thinking about myself and my life to thinking: “How can I help the earth and the people and life that coexist on it.”

Source: http://volunteer.odiyan.org/what-volunteer-say/

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Odiyan Retreat Center

Cazadero, California, United States

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Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
Started Planning: 1970
Start Living Together: 1975
Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
Open to new Members: Yes

Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community.

Website address: http://www.volunteer.odiyan.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OdiyanBuddhistRetreatCenter/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/odiyanvolunteer
Other social: http://www.odiyan.org
Contact Name: Leigh Deering
Phone: 510-981-1987

 

Mission Statement

The mission of the Odiyan Retreat Center is twofold: 1) To assist in the protection, preservation and flourishing of all Buddhist cultures in Asia; and 2) To model as a living experiment the integration of Buddhist principles and Western thought through a live/work lifestyle dedicated to the benefit of our planet and all humanity.

The focus is on using work as an effective spiritual exercise, a practice in mindfulness and the means of perfecting six spiritual qualities, from generosity to discipline and patience, foundation of vigor, concentration, and wisdom. This basic training is called Skillful Means and is based on a book of the same name written by Odiyan founder Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche. Rinpoche introduced Skillful Means as a way to help readers find greater satisfaction in work and life.

Classes and study opportunities available for all residents in Tibetan yoga, Skilfull Means, classical Tibetan language and other aspects of spiritual community life.

Resident volunteers who stay on beyond six months also have optional opportunities for engaging in community activities such as daily early morning meditation and other practices of the Buddhist tradition.

Skillful Means points out how the discipline of work develops awareness, strengthens concentration, and stimulates energy.

 

Community Description

Odiyan is an all-volunteer non-profit Retreat Center dedicated to meaningful work, wholesome living and the inner development of mind and spirit.

The Odiyan way of life integrates creative and challenging work with a path of self-exploration that opens up your inner potential. Odiyan’s dual mission is preserving the Buddhist cultures of Asia and modeling a living experiment integrating Buddhist principles and Western thought for the benefit of our planet and all of humanity.

Odiyan was founded in 1975 by Tibetan Buddhist Lama Tarthang Tulku. For over 40 years, volunteers from all over the world have been coming to Odiyan for six months or more to develop their own potential and contribute to the unique and holistic vision of enlightened knowledge for the benefit of all.

Odiyan Retreat Center sits on 1,000 acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean in northern California about 100 miles north of San Francisco. About 150 acres are managed landscape including seven orchards, four vegetable gardens, ornamental gardens surrounding the Temples, ponds, forests and open land.

As a resident at Odiyan, you will learn new skills, engage your mind and replenish your spirit in a wholesome, beautiful environment where accomplishment and learning about yourself go hand-in-hand.

Living and working at Odiyan includes classes about Buddhism, a wide variety of work and sacred arts, vegetarian meals and a living allowance ($150 per month).

The minimum commitment to volunteer is six months.

 

About

Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything), Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property), Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling), Spiritual or Religious Community
Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Organization, Resource, or Network
Location: Rural

 

Membership

Adult Members: 40
Percent Women: 31-40%
Percent Men: 61-70%
Percent Transgender: 0%
Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
Open to new Members: Yes

Membership Process:
Submit an application through our website, http://www.volunteer.odiyan.org.
Or email our volunteer office for application and details at volunteer@odiyan.org.
Applications are reviewed weekly. If it seems you may be a good match for Odiyan, we will be in touch within a few days to complete the application process.

 

Sustainability Practices

Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
Current renewable energy generation: 26-49%
Energy sources: Solar
Planned renewable energy generation: 50-75%
Current food produced: Between 26-49%
Planned food produced: Almost All, around 90%
Food produced locally: Up to 25%

 

Housing

Status: We have land we have developed on
Area: 1000 acres
Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
Current Number of Residences: 40
Housing Provided: Work-exchange
Land owned by: Tibetan Nyingma Meditation Centers

Additional Comments:
All resident volunteers live in comfortable rooms within the Main Temple complex. Rooms are usually shared with one other person or residents may have their own room, depending on the number of residents at any given time.
We tend to have more people in the summer and fall than in winter and spring.

 

Government

Decision Making: By a board, council, group of elders, or leadership group
Identified Leader: Yes
Leadership Core Group: Yes

 

Economics

Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
Shared Income: None
Required Labor Contribution per Week: 45
Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debt)

Additional Comments:
Applicants to volunteer for six months need to have some savings ($500-800) for emergency purposes.

 

Lifestyle

Common Facilities: Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Large Scale Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Fire pit, Internet
Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
Cell Phone Service: Good for some people.
Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
Dietary Practice: Vegetarian Only (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegetarian
Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Yes – we all share a common diet.
Special Diets OK: Sometimes
Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
Common Spiritual Practice(s): Buddhist
Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

 

Additional Comments

Odiyan Retreat Center is a long-standing all-volunteer non-profit center focused on work for the benefit of the Buddhist teachings and all living beings. Resident volunteers devote their time and energy to developing, beautifying and maintaining the Temples, gardens, land, housing and animals of Odiyan, as well as contributing to projects aimed at supporting Buddhist cultures and practices in Asia.

Source: https://www.ic.org/directory/odiyan-retreat-center/

 

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Odiyan is an all volunteer non-profit Retreat Center dedicated to meaningful work, wholesome living and the inner development of mind and spirit.

Odiyan Retreat Center’s mission is establishing a home for the Dharma in the West and to support Buddhist centers and practitioners in Asia. The way of life that supports this purpose integrates creative and challenging work with a path of self-exploration that opens up your inner potential. Living at Odiyan is an opportunity to work for preserving enlightened knowledge in our world, and fostering harmony for oneself, our planet and all beings.

Odiyan was founded in 1975 by Tibetan Buddhist Lama Tarthang Tulku. For over 40 years, volunteers from all over the world have been coming to Odiyan for six months or more to develop their own potential and contribute to the unique and holistic vision of enlightened knowledge for the benefit of all.

 

What You’ll Be Doing

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Join a historic project creating Prayer Wheels for World Peace!

The major project of 2018 is to create 2,000 prayer wheels around the main Temple of Odiyan. Learn construction skills and work with all types of tools. Work outdoors on the construction site and in the Odiyan shop fabricating the detailed parts of the prayer wheels. Help build the solar panel installation to be incorporated into the mile-long prayer wheel structure.

Tarthang Rinpoche, the founder of Odiyan, has commissioned this prayer wheel project to reverse the negative momentum of our world, restore balance in nature and heal the pain of so many beings who are victims of war, hatred and natural disasters. By participating in the building of these prayer wheels, we align ourselves with positive action, transforming negative energy into positive thoughts and intentions, and encouraging virtue and goodness in ourselves and others.

Your time at Odiyan will also include maintenance and repair, work in the extensive vegetable and Temple gardens, landscaping, caring for animals and working in the kitchen. At Odiyan everyone does everything!

Odiyan is also seeking two people (a couple or individuals) with experience in growing food to maintain and develop 2-acres of mixed vegetables. Applicants with a strong background in gardening and farming will spend more of their work time in the vegetable gardens, depending on the season.

I learned skills past the scope of my education, but rewarding and enriching all the same. Most important was how much I learned about me. I had some experience testing my physical limits with college athletics, but Odiyan pushed my body, mind and soul in ways I never had to before. From this I gained deeper understanding about my motivations, inspirations and development leading up to my time here. –Ben, 24

 

Location

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Odiyan sits on 1,000 acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean in northern California (about 100 miles north of San Francisco). There are five large Temples forming an empowered three-dimensional mandala surrounded by gardens, sacred art forms and hundreds of prayer wheels and prayer flags. About 150 acres are managed landscape including seven orchards, four vegetable gardens, ornamental gardens surrounding the Temples, plus ponds, forests and open land. The land is a sanctuary for native animals as well as managed areas for rescued horses and birds.

I spent most of my life prior to Odiyan listening to music, playing drums, playing tennis, staring into space and not paying attention in school. At Odiyan my mind stream shifted from mostly thinking about myself and my life to thinking: “How can I help the earth and the people and life that coexist on it.” – Tim, 25

Your time at Odiyan will also include maintenance and repair, work in the extensive vegetable and Temple gardens, landscaping, caring for animals and working in the kitchen. At Odiyan everyone does everything!

 

The Perks

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At Odiyan you will follow the Path of Action and enjoy:

  • Home-cooked vegetarian meals and beverages
  • Housing in large room with balcony
  • WI-FI and domestic phone calls
  • Skill training in a wide range of trades and traditional arts
  • Access to healthy setting of nature, hiking trails, swimming, wide-open spaces, sacred beauty, fresh air, clean water, and nutritious food
  • Classes on the development of mind and spirit: Tibetan yoga, Skillful Means, meditation and more
  • Opportunity to engage in a wholesome lifestyle of self-sufficiency, meaningful work, inner development and taking responsibility
  • A living allowance of $75/month stipend for the first 6 months; $150/month thereafter

Mostly organic vegetarian meals are served every day for all residents. Everyone takes turns in meal preparation and clean-up. Residential rooms are designed for two people per room although you may also have a room to yourself for some part of your time, depending on the number of volunteers in residence. Longer term residents (9 months to one year or more) usually have their own room.

I learned of a Buddhist perspective on the mind, how one “practices” daily while mixing concrete or preparing a meal. My year at Odiyan has uncovered for me a great potential I not only see in myself, but in all with whom I have worked. Odiyan is a way to learn and a way to live, applicable to all means of life. – Matthew, 24

 

The Essentials

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The minimum commitment is six months with preference given for commitments of 9 months to one year. For those who find the Odiyan way of life a good match, long-term residency is a future option. To maintain a balance of age groups within the community, individuals aged 24 to 45 are encouraged to apply. You must be physically competent, able to handle tools and small machinery and able engage manual labor for hours on a daily basis.

Although Odiyan has its foundations in Tibetan Buddhism, no religious affiliation is required to join the team. The ideal volunteer is mature, steady in work, open-minded, self-reflective and ready to engage deeply in what Odiyan has to offer as a community and as a spiritual path. Couples are welcome (although Odiyan cannot accept children or animal companions).

I’m grateful for helping to preserve the Tibetan culture and the teachings of their wise and enlightened masters. I’m able to reflect on so much in this stable environment and it’s wonderful to be in a positive and happy community of diverse people from so many countries and different backgrounds. Truly a life changing experience! – Chris, 30

 

The Inside Scoop

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What do volunteers talk about after being at Odiyan for a few weeks?

 

The Place

Photographs and words cannot convey the vast and expansive sacred beauty of Odiyan: the infinite sight lines in every direction, the overarching skies of day and night, the grandeur of the Temples and the varied landscapes of hills, ponds, gardens and forests. Thousands of flowers, flowering bushes and trees have been planted over the past forty years making every day is a feast for the senses.

 

The Food

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Everyone has their time in the kitchen to cook mostly home-grown and organic meals for the community. You can learn how to bake your own bread, make your own miso and tempeh, freeze, can and preserve a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs, both cultivated and wild grown.

 

The Work

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New volunteers often wonder at how the community can possibly accomplish the challenging goals, immense projects and multiple maintenance and development demands. Unlike a job that concludes at 5 pm, living and working at Odiyan is a lifestyle which includes everything it takes to live and be successful in the world: taking care of yourself, your home and your natural environment, learning and sharing practical job skills and developing a larger vision of purpose.

Odiyan is seeking people who seriously like to work and are also interested in developing a spiritual path. Living and working at Odiyan is challenging both in the work schedule and living and working with the same group of people day-to-day. The successful Odiyan resident needs to be independent socially and at work, and at the same time able to cooperate and engage in the concerns of the community.

Being at Odiyan is like going to school and taking a class in “How to do everything.” The variety of projects done here and the breadth of technical experience available make Odiyan incomparable to most other work situations. Where else can you learn every type of construction, from foundation to roofing, electrical to structural steel, all types landscaping from ornamentals to vegetables, drainage to large scale waterworks, all types of machine and engine repair, solar energy, fine woodwork, bronze casting, electroplating, and much, much more, all in one place? The fact that all this knowledge is offered for free, including three meals a day and a room to stay, is astonishing. People have come to Odiyan with no training whatsoever, and after working hard for some years, they gained enough skills to make a living for themselves for the rest of their lives. If this all happened in a downtown warehouse, it would be a good deal, but it is happening on a gorgeous ridge overlooking the Pacific Ocean, surrounded by Buddhist sacred art, with a community of people who are working towards an understanding of mind and human potential. It is far above and beyond a ‘good deal’. – James, 25

 

Your First Move & Connections

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Experience the Extraordinary @ Odiyan

Make 2018 the year of transformation—volunteer for world peace. Now seeking Residential Volunteers to work on the Prayer Wheel project, which includes construction, metal work and masonry.

Two experienced Vegetable Gardeners (couple preferred) are also needed for the 2018 growing season. Apply early, space is limited!

To get started on the application process, download and fill out an application or email volunteer@odiyan.org and all the details and an application can be sent to you. If you have any questions or just want to chat about living and working at Odiyan, don’t hesitate to call! Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.

 

Volunteer Office

Odiyan Retreat Center
(510) 981-1987
volunteer@odiyan.org
Volunteer.Odiyan.org
Odiyan.org

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Beyond the beliefs of any one religion, there is the truth of the human spirit. Beyond the power of nations, there is the power of the human heart. Beyond the ordinary mind, the power of wisdom, love, and healing energy are at work in the universe. When we can find peace within our hearts, we contact these universal powers. This is our only hope.
— Tarthang Tulku, Founder of Odiyan

Source: http://www.backdoorjobs.com/odiyanvolunteer.html

 

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Buddhist Retreat Needs Volunteers to Sow Vegetables, Reap Free Living Costs

CARSON KOHLER

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I finally watched “Into the Wild” this weekend, and I’m feeling inspired to go “find myself.” (I put this in quotes because at this point, I think it might be impossible.)

Granted, I’m not burning my money and hitchhiking to Alaska to live in an abandoned bus. But I would consider something a little more structured — that’s just my Type A personality — like living at and volunteering for a Tibetan Buddhist retreat in Northern California.

The Odiyan Retreat Center, which isn’t open to the public, is looking for a vegetable gardener/farmer to join its community of 40 people for six months.

You don’t need to practice Buddhism to join; you just need to be open to “a wholesome lifestyle of self-sufficiency, meaningful work and inner development,” according to the CoolWorks listing.

You down?

 

This Gig Has Real Growth Opportunities

Located on 1,000 acres in Cazadero, California, the retreat center describes itself as a “spiritual and ecological preserve… perched on a ridge overlooking rolling hills and the Pacific Ocean.”

As its gardener/farmer, you’ll be in charge of taking care of a 2-acre vegetable garden. The goal is to feed the entire community.

The center prefers applicants with some gardening, farming, agricultural or horticultural experience.

You also need to be at least 23 years old and able to commit at least six months to the retreat.

You should be OK lifting heavy things and using tools and small machines. Couples are more than welcome to apply together, though kids and pets aren’t allowed.

 

The Perks of Joining the Odiyan Retreat Center

This is a volunteer gig, but you will reap some sweet perks.

  • Free housing (a large room with a balcony)
  • Free home-cooked vegetarian meals
  • An allowance of $150 per month
  • Free Wi-Fi and domestic phone calls
  • Free development classes (think: Tibetan yoga, skillful means, Buddhist study)
  • Access to nature, hiking trails and swimming areas, plus an unlimited supply of fresh air

If you’re interested in getting away for a while and learning more about this unique experience, check out the listing on CoolWorks.

You can also visit the Odiyan Retreat Center’s website for more information on how to apply.

If you’re more like “namaste right where I am,” we have additional opportunities over on our Facebook jobs page.

Your Turn: Would you bail on your current life and become a gardener at a Buddhist retreat?

Carson Kohler (@CarsonKohler) is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder. After watching “Into the Wild,” she cried for approximately an hour — which is why she hates watching movies.

Source: https://www.thepennyhoarder.com/make-money/odiyan-retreat-center-volunteer/

 

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  1. Wai Meng Wan on Apr 22, 2018 at 11:43 pm

    Amazing place and concept, hope much more of such retreats can manifest and benefit many more people. What a cool concept to create Buddhist gardeners who do actual farming and also farm/cultivate their minds.

    Inspiring to read about all this place is for people and practitioners and the Dharma in the West.

  2. Anne Ong on Mar 23, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    Rejoice! Odiyan Retreat Center in Northern California founded by Venerable Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche is amazingly beautiful!.The retreat buildings and landscape are spiritually pleasing with mesmerising temples and gardens. I love the pictures and scenery of the retreat centre. I’m sure Kechara Forest Retreat would be as beautiful too in the near future! Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for sharing this beautiful article 🙏😘

  3. Samfoonheei on Mar 12, 2018 at 11:45 am

    Wow ……stunning Odiyan Buddhist Retreat Center, they called it the precious Tibetan jewel of the West. Founded by this wonderful Tibetan lama Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche who has introduced the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism into the United States. He was one who works tireless to preserve the art and culture of Tibet. The whole temple complex was built according to a Tibetan Buddhist mandala pattern. Fantastic there were 180 land stupas mark out a pilgrimage route, sanctifying every acre at this retreat centre. The golden domes of the temples can be seen peaking over the treetops from a distance away . Traditional Tibetan prayer flags, prayer bells, and prayer wheels can be seen and heard in every part of the Odiyan mandala complex . With the positive energy in and around the Enlightenment Stupa is almost tangible. This centre is an all-volunteer non-profit Buddhist center dedicated to meaningful work, wholesome living and the development of mind and spirit. Having volunteers from all over the world coming to contribute to these unique and holistic vision of enlightened knowledge for the benefit of all. It is awesome place for one to visit.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting article of such a stunning place.

  4. Datuk May on Mar 11, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    It is awesome to see such a fine retreat center, architecturally eastern to be built in California, USA. The photos brings on a desire to be in such a beautiful and holy place.

    Odiyan Retreat Center is indeed beautiful and for the grounds which was overgrazed and over used to be in the current state is by the power of blessings by the Buddhas.

    It will be wonderful for such a peaceful and holy retreat to manifest in Malaysia with the growth of facilities at Kechara Forest Retreat. Such a blessing for Malaysians.

    May we at Kechara, have the merits to receive such blessings from our Guru, H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche and our Protector, Dorje Shugden for a manifestation of a world class retreat and buddhist center at KFR.

  5. Stella Cheang on Mar 11, 2018 at 9:00 am

    Thank you, Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing. The retreat buildings and landscape are aesthetically pleasing with mesmerising temples and gardens. What I like most about Odiyan Retreat Center is the functional community that is designed to do meaningful work, where volunteers can live and work for a minimum of six months at Odiyan to essentially experience a spiritual life based on Buddhism. The modal is well thought out and had been in service of others for the last 40 over years. Rejoice! May this centre continue to grow and benefit more people.

  6. Pastor Han Nee on Mar 10, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    This is truly an enthralling article about the Odiyan Retreat Center in America.

    Set up by its founder, Venerable Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche, a great Nyingma Master, as a country center and part of the mandala of organizations working , among other things, to preserve and transmit the Dharma to the West , the Odiyan Retreat Center with its Five Temples, has grown into a physical manifestation of the Mandala. The Five Temples , representing the Five Dhyani Buddha Families, are the Vajra Temple, the Vairocana Temple, the Cintamani Temple, the Enlightenment Stupa and the Copper Mountain Temple at the heart of the Mandala.The retreat center is now dotted with a hundred and eight stupas and these very beautiful temples , each surrounded by their own lovely gardens filled with plants from all parts of the world.In the aesthetics of nature does one draw natural spiritual sustenance, as is clearly shown here.

    The Odiyan Retreat Center has blended the sacred and the ecological to create a sanctuary that is both spiritual and ecological. The community it has created reflects this need for the spiritual and for the harmony with nature.In the spirit of openness and sharing and the need for self-reflection and contemplation at the same time, Odiyana has grown a spiritual community dedicated to meaningful work, wholesome living, community involvement, and the development of mind and spirit. Indeed, Odiyan models a way of life that integrates work with a spiritual path of self-exploration.

    The Odiyan Retreat Center as a sanctuary,both spiritual and ecological , and one that has created a wholesome community living within it, is a must to visit!

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful article on Odiyan Retreat Center with us.

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    Sunday, Aug 19. 2018 11:33 AM
    Padampa Sangye was an Indian yogi and spiritual master from southern India. He was well known for bringing Indian Buddhist teachings to China and Tibet and has travelling extensively his whole life throughout in India, Tibet, and China. He is counted as a lineage guru by all schools of Tibetan Buddhism , well known teacher and many prominent figures came to receive teachings from him. Wow …he was at Wutaisan too meditating ,teaching and in retreat until his death. He is well remembered for his support of women practitioners. That’s great.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing of a great master.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/padampa-sanggye.html
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    Interesting article …..Professor Reginald Ray shares about the importance and impact rituals mainly for westerners or non believer or non Buddhist. For many Westerners , they tend to view unseen beings as superstition . I do believe of that unseen beings do exist. They are always around us and we should keep in mind that as long as we do not disturb them , respect them they will do no harm in return. Ritual is a way of communicating with beings who really are out there . In Tibetan Buddhism, ritual is used in relation both to the seen and the unseen worlds. Buddhism is a path of mind transformation., meditation, visualization and so forth.
    Professor Reginald Ray explained a very deep insight of Tibet Buddhism , the traditional Tibetans and Western cultures.
    Well I have still lot more to learn from this post and I will read again to understand better.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this sums up the core concepts of Tibetan Buddhism.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/on-the-importance-of-relating-to-unseen-beings.html
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    There are many festivals of different cultures being celebrated in Malaysia. For examples, the Indian festival Thaipusam, Chinese New Year, Muslim Hari Raya, to name a few.

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    Praise to Avalokitesvara (Chenrezig)

    This is the famous praise to Avalokitesvara (Chenrezig) written by the realised Nun Palmo who attained Buddhahood and cured herself of leprosy through her austere practices based on Avalokitesvara and Nyung Nay (fasting retreat). This prayer is filled with great blessings. Below that is the long dharani (mantra) of Avalokitesvara which is good to do. Basically there are four things that happens for a person who practises this mantra constantly:

    1. At time of death, one will behold Buddhas
    2. One will not take rebirth into three lower realms
    3. Accidental death or premature death
    4. After death, will be reborn in Amitabha’s pureland


    Begin:

    NAMO MAN-JU-SHRI-YE NAMO SU-SHRI-YE NAMO UT-TA-MA SHRI-YE SOHA

    OM JIG TEN GON PO LA CHAG TSAL LO
    I bow to the Protector of the world.

    JIG TEN LA MA SRID PA SUM GYI TO PA PO
    Everyone in the three world praises and celebrate the Lama.

    LHA YI TSO WO DUD DANG TSHANG PAY TOD PA PO
    Even the gods and Brahma celebrate and praise Lord Chenrezig

    THUB PAY GYAL CHOG TOD PAY DRUB PAR DZAD PA PO
    One who wishes to attain buddhahood praises the lord who delivers such accomplisment.

    JIG TEN SUM GYI GON PO CHOG LA CHAG TSAL LO
    I bow to the supreme protector of the three world.

    DE SHEG PAG ME KU TE KU ZANG DZIN PA PO
    Holder of a noble form body, filled with infinite tathagathas,

    DE SHEG NANG WA THA YE U GYAN DZIN PA PO
    You are crowned by Buddha Amitabha.

    CHAG YE CHOG JIN YI DOG TRE KOM SEL WA PO
    Your supremely bountiful right hand dispels the suffering of pretas;

    CHAG YON SER GYI PAD MAY NAM PAR GYAN PA PO
    Your left hand hold a golden lotus.

    DRI ZHIM RAL PAY THRENG WA MAR SER KHYUG PA PO
    Your sweetly scented red and yellow hair sparkles like necklaces.

    ZHAL RAY GYE PA DA WA TA BUR DZE PA PO
    The expanse of your face is lovely as full moon.

    CHEN GYI PAD MA CHOG TU ZANG ZHING YANG PA PO
    Like the sublimely supreme lotus, your eyes are beautifully wide.

    KHA WA DUNG TAR NAM KAR DRI NGAD DAN PA PO
    Your sweet-smelling form is like a snow-white conch shell.

    DRI MED OD CHAG MU TIG TSHOM BU DZIN PA PO
    You hold a mala of stainless, glowing pearls,

    DZE PAY OD ZER KYA RENG MAR PO GYAN PA PO
    And radiate stunning beams of light, red as dawn.

    PAD MAY TSHO TAR CHAG NI NGAR WA JE PA PO
    Your body is like a lake; from it, hands, like lotuses are perfectly arranged.

    TON KAY TRIN GYI DOG DANG DEN ZHING ZHON PA PO
    They are youthful and like autumn clouds, white and bright and clear.

    RIN CHEN MANG PO PUNG PA NYI NI GYAN PA PO
    Both shoulders are adorned with many precious jewels.

    LO MAY CHOG TAR CHAG THIL ZHON ZHING JAM PA PO
    Your youthful palms are soft like the most supreme leaves.

    RI DOG PAG PAY NU MA YON PA KAB PA PO
    Your left breast is covered with a tenasera skin.

    NYEN CHA DU BU GEG CHING GYAN NAM CHANG WA PO
    Precious earrings and other ornaments gracefully adorn you.

    DRI MA MED PAY PAD MAY CHOG LA NAY PA PO
    You dwell up on a supreme and unblemished lotus.

    TE WAY NGO NI PAD MAY DAB TAR JAM PA PO
    Your navel’s surface is as soft as lotus petal.

    SER GYI KA RAG CHOG LA NOR BU TRE PA PO
    Your belt is of the finest jewel-encrusted gold.

    TA ZUR TRI PAY RE ZANG SHAM THAB DZIN PA PO
    Your lower robe wraps your hips in the noblest cloth.

    THUB PAY KHYEN CHOG TSHO CHEN PHA ROL CHIN PA PO
    Gone to the other shore of the great ocean, you have supreme knowledge and capability.

    CHOG NYE SOD NAM MANG PO NYE WAR SAG PA PO
    You, who properly gathered so much virtue, received the supreme state of being.

    TAG TU DE WAY JUNG NE GA NAD SEL WA PO
    Dispeller of the misery of old age and illness, you are the permanent source of joy.

    SUM THAR DZAD CHING KHA CHOD CHOD PA TON PA PO
    You act to liberate beings from the three lower realms, and show and perform equally for space dwellers.

    LU CHEN CHOG TE DUD PUNG THRUG LAY GYAL WA PO
    Supreme among beings, you are victorious in battle over hosts of demons.

    SER GYI KANG DUB DRA YI ZHAB YID ONG WA PO
    Your feet tinkle with the pleasing sound of golden anklets;

    TSHANG PAY NAY PA ZHI YI WEN PAR DZAD PA PO
    And you create the four silences, which are the cause of Brahmahood.

    NGANG PAY DRO DRA LANG CHEN DREG TAR SHEG PA PO
    You walk with the grace of a swan and the dignity of an elephant.

    TSHOG KUN NYE WAR SAG SHING TEN PA NYER WA PO
    Provider of the doctrine, who has completely and properly accumulated,

    O MAY TSHO DANG CHU YI TSHO LAY DROL WA PO
    You liberate from the ocean of milk and the ocean of water.

    GANG ZHIG TAG TU THO RANG LANG NAY GU PA YI
    Whoever will rise with respect at dawn,

    CHEN RE ZIG KYI WANG PO YID LA SEM JED CHING
    Thinking in their mind of powerful Chenrezig,

    TOD PAY CHOG DI DAG CHING SAL WAR TOD JED NA
    To purely and clearly extol this supreme praise,

    DE NI KYE PA AM NI BUD MED YIN KYANG RUNG
    Whatever they are male or female,

    JIG TEN DI AM MA ONG KYE WA THAM CHAD DU
    In this life and all future lives,

    JIG TEN JIG TEN LAY DE GO PA KUN DRUB SHOG
    In this world and the world beyond, all their purposes will be accomplished.
    Long Chenrezig Dharani (Long mantra):

    NA-MO RAT-NA TRA-YA-YA / NA-MA AR-YA JHA-NA / SA-GA-RA BE-RO-TSA-NA BA-YU-HA RA-DZA-YA/ TA-THA-GA-TA-YA / AR-HA-TE SAM-YAK-SAM BUD-DHA-YA / NA-MA SAR-WA TA-THA-GA-TE-BHE / AR-HA-TE-BHE / SAM-YAK-SAM BUD-DHE-BHE / NA-MA AR-YA A-WA-LO-KI-TE-SHVA-RA-YA / BO-DHI-SA-TO-YA / MA-HA-SA-TO-YA / MA-HA-KA-RU-NI-KA-YA / TAD-YA-THA / OM DHA-RA DHA-RA / DHI-RI DHI-RI / DHU-RU DHU-RU / IT-TE WIT-TE / TSA-LE TSA-LE / PRA-TSA-LE PRA-TSA-LE / KU-SU-ME KU-SU-MA-WA-RE / I-LI-MI-LI TSI-TI DZO-LA MA-PA-NA-YA SO-HA

    Short mantra: OM MA NI PAD ME HUNG

    Dedication Prayer

    TEN PA TEN DZIN YUN RING NAY PA DANG
    May the Buddhadharma and its lineage-holders remain long,

    DAG SOG DRO NAM JANG CHUB SEM JONG SHING
    May I and all sentient beings practice the Bodhichitta mind

    ZHI LHAG ZUNG DREL TING DZIN RAB THOB NAY
    Having obtained the perfect state of samadhi, union of shamatha and insight

    KUN KHYEN SHE RAB TOG PAR JIN GYI LOB
    please bless that omniscient wisdom is realised.

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  • Yee Yin
    Friday, Aug 17. 2018 09:59 PM
    Knowledge can strengthen our faith. It is very important to know and understand what we are practicing so when people criticise us, we will be firm and no doubt will Knowledge can strengthen our faith. It is very important to know and understand what we are practicing so when people criticise us, we will be firm and no doubt will arise. Many people say bad things about Dorje Shugden, but do you really know who Dorje Shugden is? Read the comic book to know more about him.arise. Many people say bad things about Dorje Shugden, but do you really know who Dorje Shugden is? Read the comic book to know more about him.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-graphic-novels.html
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  • Yee Yin
    Friday, Aug 17. 2018 09:49 PM
    In Tibetan Buddhism, Dharma protector practice is very common in different lineages. A very unique thing in Tibetan Buddhism is the oracle tradition. An oracle is able to take trance of a Dharma protector and give advice to us. If you don’t have the opportunity to meet the oracle, you can go to Kechara Forest Retreat to pay homage to the world’s first Dorje Shugden oracle statue.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/unique-dorje-shugden-oracle-statue-in-kechara-forest-retreat.html
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  • Yee Yin
    Friday, Aug 17. 2018 09:33 PM
    H.E Tsem Rinpoche is very creative, knowing everyone has a different preference and are from different culture background Rinpoche has commissioned paintings of Dorje Shugden depicted in different cultures. Tsem Rinpoche is so generous, he put all these paintings online for us to download for free. Which one is your favourite?

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/which-dorje-shugden-style-is-your-favourite.html
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  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Aug 17. 2018 01:25 PM
    Interesting short life story of Machik Labdron , fortunate to come across this article. I did google more of her to understand better. Machik Labdron was a renowned 11th-century Tibetan tantric Buddhist practitioner. It seem that she is considered to be both a dakini and a deity an emanation of Prajnaparamita . Historically, she was an outstanding teacher, and a founder of a unique transmission lineages of the Vajrayana practice of Chöd In one of a rare paintings in nineteenth century did depicts Machik Labdron with tantric deities and mahasiddhas…….very beautiful painting.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/machik-labdron.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Aug 17. 2018 01:24 PM
    Great news HH Dalai have sent an envoy to visit China to negotiate a visit of the Dalai Lama to China and eventually Tibet. Well there could be a political change if its true about it. ‘The Tribune’ published that His Holiness is planning a private trip to China after Samdhong Rinpoche visited China then. Since 1959, HH Dalai lama left Tibet, he did mention that he would like to return and so as many of Tibetans in exile living in India , Nepal and else where. Millions of Tibetans in Tibet too would wish to see His Holiness.Hope more good news will follow if its true that His Holiness visit to China materialised. What ever the outcome this is really a historical event which everyone looking forward to it.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this great news.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-tribune-publishes-dalai-lama-planning-to-visit-china.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 16. 2018 04:23 PM
    Thank you Pastor Adeline and the writers team for this well written research on Nechung. Nechung is bound under oath by Guru Rinpoche and committed to protect the Tibetan Buddhism. It ‘s a extensive knowledge to understand the details between an unenlightened dharma protector and enlightened dharma protector . Some knowledge to know for sure of the differences between Nechung and Dorje Shugden. Nechung have continued to serve H.H Dalai Lama and the Tibetan even till this day. Reading this details write up will definitely help to clear all the misunderstanding and doubts for many of us, regarding of the unnecessary ban of the practice of Dorje Shugden. The ban has brought so much sufferings to many practitioners around the world.
    May the ban be lifted soon so that there will be unity and harmony .

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/nechung-the-retiring-devil-of-tibet.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 16. 2018 04:21 PM
    It is truly sad to know in this time of age, self-immolations are still happening . Tibetans have engaged in self-immolation, setting their bodies alight, in protesting against their desperation . Since 2009 , there have been more than 150 self-immolations reported in Tibet and else where like in India and Nepal. Most of the protesters have been monks and nuns, or ex-monks.
    Its wonderful that Tsem Rinpoche have spoken up strongly against it. Like wise the Tibetan leadership continues stay silent on these issue at least to discourage such acts of self-harm. They the Tibetan Leadership should be the one to discourage this self – immolations, speaking up on behalf of the people welfare. Nothing has been done for the past 60 years since in exile .
    Reuters did a good job by publishing an article in which Rinpoche had talked about his thoughts towards self-immolation. And even gave some suggestions to deal with self harm in the society. In the mean time hopefully HH Dalai will also speak up and do more to stop it before its getting worse so as the Tibetan Leadership.
    Thank you Rinpoche for speaking up for the people in Tibet.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/reuters-publishes-my-thoughts-on-tibetan-self-immolation.html
  • Yee Yin
    Thursday, Aug 16. 2018 10:52 AM
    If you think the Dorje Shugden ban only affects the Tibetans outside of Tibet, you are wrong. The ban not only creates disharmony and disunity among the Tibetans in exile, it also creates a negative impact in Tibet. Many Tibetans in Tibet are also segregating and discriminating the Dorje Shugden practitioners under the influence of the CTA, and it is a threat to the harmony in the community. To prevent social conflict, the local government in Markham province, China (Tibet), has issued a public notice to crack down people who are using Dorje Shugden to create issues in the community.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/markam-illegal-to-create-conflict.html
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Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
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Tibetan Painted Scrolls Volumes 1-3 in original print is something very rare and expensive to come by. I really like these very much from what I can see.
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Tibetan Painted Scrolls Volumes 1-3 in original print is something very rare and expensive to come by. I really like these very much from what I can see.
Kechara Forest Retreat doing the extended puja of Dorje Shugden and Tsem Rinpoche attends the 2nd half. Good video to download: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-an_NAH6Mk
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Kechara Forest Retreat doing the extended puja of Dorje Shugden and Tsem Rinpoche attends the 2nd half. Good video to download: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-an_NAH6Mk
A powerful meme to share.
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A powerful meme to share.
Beautiful Avalokitesvara scroll painting.
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Beautiful Avalokitesvara scroll painting.
Black Garuda. 18th century. U (Central Tibet). Tradition Gelug
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Black Garuda. 18th century. U (Central Tibet). Tradition Gelug
Palden Lhamo. 18th century. Tibet. Tradition: Gelug
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Palden Lhamo. 18th century. Tibet. Tradition: Gelug
Dorje Jigje. 15th century. Narthang, Tsang (South-Central Tibet). Tradition: Sakya
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Dorje Jigje. 15th century. Narthang, Tsang (South-Central Tibet). Tradition: Sakya
The oracle of Dorje Shugden in Dungkar Monastery in Tibet. Very old vintage photo from 1923 by an English Earl Lord Ronaldshay in his book, \"Land Of The Thunderbolt Sikkim, Chunbi & Bhutan\". This Lord met up with Dorje Shugden via the oracle. He devotes a chapter in his book about this oracle and encounter.
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The oracle of Dorje Shugden in Dungkar Monastery in Tibet. Very old vintage photo from 1923 by an English Earl Lord Ronaldshay in his book, "Land Of The Thunderbolt Sikkim, Chunbi & Bhutan". This Lord met up with Dorje Shugden via the oracle. He devotes a chapter in his book about this oracle and encounter.
Beautiful old photograph of the Kamakura Buddha in Japan.
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Beautiful old photograph of the Kamakura Buddha in Japan.
Never before seen footage of Tsem Rinpoche with various oracles- https://bit.ly/292jMaG
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Never before seen footage of Tsem Rinpoche with various oracles- https://bit.ly/292jMaG
In around 2 weeks, there are over 30k views already! Videos are great! Must watch!- https://bit.ly/2K0gNhB
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In around 2 weeks, there are over 30k views already! Videos are great! Must watch!- https://bit.ly/2K0gNhB
Click on the picture to enlarge and contemplate the message please. Something to share.
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Click on the picture to enlarge and contemplate the message please. Something to share.
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Click on the picture to enlarge and contemplate the message please
This sacred Tara at Phelgyeling Monastery in Nepal has spoken several times the monks said.
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This sacred Tara at Phelgyeling Monastery in Nepal has spoken several times the monks said.
Beautiful ancient Tibetan scroll paintings for your viewing pleasure. Many more antique paintings for you to see and be blessed here-  https://bit.ly/2vz18RX
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Beautiful ancient Tibetan scroll paintings for your viewing pleasure. Many more antique paintings for you to see and be blessed here- https://bit.ly/2vz18RX
Nice handsome picture of my Dharma boy. Tsem Rinpoche
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Nice handsome picture of my Dharma boy. Tsem Rinpoche
Four Sacred Sites of Vajra Yogini in Nepal which you must know about and one day pay homage in person. These places are highly sacred and holy and I want to share them with you. Happy enlightenment to you! :)  - https://bit.ly/2vshj3r
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Four Sacred Sites of Vajra Yogini in Nepal which you must know about and one day pay homage in person. These places are highly sacred and holy and I want to share them with you. Happy enlightenment to you! :) - https://bit.ly/2vshj3r
Tsangpa Karpo-Protector of the line of Panchen Lama incarnations. They can take trance in certain oracles and speak.
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Tsangpa Karpo-Protector of the line of Panchen Lama incarnations. They can take trance in certain oracles and speak.
Mahakala Tramsuk centre figure. Bottom left, Gonpo Gur and bottom right Dorje Shugden
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Mahakala Tramsuk centre figure. Bottom left, Gonpo Gur and bottom right Dorje Shugden
Snow mountains in the distance, green mountains in the foreground, trees, temple and blue skies..this is where I would love to live. Where I dream of living. TR
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Snow mountains in the distance, green mountains in the foreground, trees, temple and blue skies..this is where I would love to live. Where I dream of living. TR
I like this very adorable picture of Dharma boy.
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I like this very adorable picture of Dharma boy.
I like this particular print of Vajra Yogini
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I like this particular print of Vajra Yogini
नेपालको काठमाडौँमा दोर्जे शुग्देनको अद्भुत भित्तेचित्र! --- https://bit.ly/2n4XbQd


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नेपालको काठमाडौँमा दोर्जे शुग्देनको अद्भुत भित्तेचित्र! --- https://bit.ly/2n4XbQd .
Stunning photo of offerings on my shrine photographed by Victor Choi. The lighting is beautiful. Offerings of food, fruits, drinks, flowers and incense are made on my shrine daily. For me the shrine is a portal to the Enlightened Beings and connecting to their blessings. Blessings to accomplish positive things in my life for others and myself. We do need this connection very much in our unpredictable lives where can experience so much anxiety, pain and a feeling of senselessness. We should never lose our connection to the Enlightened Beings and be firm about it. We will eventually need them no matter how \'good\' things seem now. Today this photograph taken is beautiful and I wanted to share it. 

May everyone who visit my page here be blessed, your obstacles cleared, be healthy and have a long life.~Tsem Rinpoche

(photograph- statues- Left Manjushri, centre Dorje Shugden bust and left Kache Marpo)
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Stunning photo of offerings on my shrine photographed by Victor Choi. The lighting is beautiful. Offerings of food, fruits, drinks, flowers and incense are made on my shrine daily. For me the shrine is a portal to the Enlightened Beings and connecting to their blessings. Blessings to accomplish positive things in my life for others and myself. We do need this connection very much in our unpredictable lives where can experience so much anxiety, pain and a feeling of senselessness. We should never lose our connection to the Enlightened Beings and be firm about it. We will eventually need them no matter how 'good' things seem now. Today this photograph taken is beautiful and I wanted to share it. May everyone who visit my page here be blessed, your obstacles cleared, be healthy and have a long life.~Tsem Rinpoche (photograph- statues- Left Manjushri, centre Dorje Shugden bust and left Kache Marpo)
This lady in Tibet loves her wonderful gift. I am happy for her. Tsem Rinpoche
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This lady in Tibet loves her wonderful gift. I am happy for her. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on the blue picture to read about the inspirational Tsawa Pulthok Rinpoche
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Click on the blue picture to read about the inspirational Tsawa Pulthok Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s grandmother on the right. Middle is a family friend. Left is Tsem Rinpoche\'s mother as a young girl.
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Tsem Rinpoche's grandmother on the right. Middle is a family friend. Left is Tsem Rinpoche's mother as a young girl.
Great Panchen Rinpoche who is no other than Amitabah Buddha, you continuously purposely take rebirths in order to bring countless beings to liberation. 

-The sungbum of His Holiness the 10th Panchen Rinpoche the Great- https://bit.ly/2vmAwT0
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Great Panchen Rinpoche who is no other than Amitabah Buddha, you continuously purposely take rebirths in order to bring countless beings to liberation. -The sungbum of His Holiness the 10th Panchen Rinpoche the Great- https://bit.ly/2vmAwT0
May I always be in the presence of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in this and future lives. 

-The sungbum of His Holiness the 10th Panchen Rinpoche the Great- https://bit.ly/2vmAwT0
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May I always be in the presence of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in this and future lives. -The sungbum of His Holiness the 10th Panchen Rinpoche the Great- https://bit.ly/2vmAwT0
Your deeds, actions, skillful means and great compassion makes you stand different than ordinary beings. In you we take supreme faith. You are our infallible spiritual guide, teacher and leader. 

-The sungbum of His Holiness the 10th Panchen Rinpoche the Great- https://bit.ly/2vmAwT0
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Your deeds, actions, skillful means and great compassion makes you stand different than ordinary beings. In you we take supreme faith. You are our infallible spiritual guide, teacher and leader. -The sungbum of His Holiness the 10th Panchen Rinpoche the Great- https://bit.ly/2vmAwT0
For countless lifetimes you have manifested in varied bodies to benefit the sufferings of sentient beings. You are a supreme teacher and refuge. 

The sungbum of His Holiness the 10th Panchen Rinpoche the Great- https://bit.ly/2vmAwT0
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For countless lifetimes you have manifested in varied bodies to benefit the sufferings of sentient beings. You are a supreme teacher and refuge. The sungbum of His Holiness the 10th Panchen Rinpoche the Great- https://bit.ly/2vmAwT0
We have to discipline ourselves in order that our mind can allow the Buddha Dharma to take root. When it takes root, our lives will change for the better. What we perceive in the world around us is dependent on the attitude within us. Never give up improving on ourselves because that is the true road to peace and happiness. We are worth it. Others are worth seeing us in our best.~ Tsem Rinpoche
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We have to discipline ourselves in order that our mind can allow the Buddha Dharma to take root. When it takes root, our lives will change for the better. What we perceive in the world around us is dependent on the attitude within us. Never give up improving on ourselves because that is the true road to peace and happiness. We are worth it. Others are worth seeing us in our best.~ Tsem Rinpoche
This eldery and innocent monk was brutally attacked, find out why. Shocking- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163953
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This eldery and innocent monk was brutally attacked, find out why. Shocking- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163953
Fotomat and me. My first job in Los Angeles at 16- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144024
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Fotomat and me. My first job in Los Angeles at 16- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144024
See how my Schnauzers enjoy the playhouse! So much fun!- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2dp8Fm87CQ
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See how my Schnauzers enjoy the playhouse! So much fun!- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2dp8Fm87CQ
I am in love with only you my Adamantine Lady of Coral hue. I am in love of liberation, freedom and wisdom I seek in you. Even to whisper your name Vajra Yogini excites me to the core of my soul. I have been away for so long and I wonder when I can join my supreme mother in Akanishta. My love for you has no end and it only grows. My mind is focused on you daily and my heart only awaits for you to place sindura on my crown soon. Nothing I have seen or experienced in this deceitful world can remotely compare with you my dear wisdom lady. Please with supreme sound of damarus, cymbals, incense and voices of sunyata, embrace me to ascend amidst rainbow lights effortlessly to my home.  My true home where you will bring me. Bring me home soon. In my heart only lies you. In your heart I know I am existent also. We are one.~ Tsem Rinpoche
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I am in love with only you my Adamantine Lady of Coral hue. I am in love of liberation, freedom and wisdom I seek in you. Even to whisper your name Vajra Yogini excites me to the core of my soul. I have been away for so long and I wonder when I can join my supreme mother in Akanishta. My love for you has no end and it only grows. My mind is focused on you daily and my heart only awaits for you to place sindura on my crown soon. Nothing I have seen or experienced in this deceitful world can remotely compare with you my dear wisdom lady. Please with supreme sound of damarus, cymbals, incense and voices of sunyata, embrace me to ascend amidst rainbow lights effortlessly to my home. My true home where you will bring me. Bring me home soon. In my heart only lies you. In your heart I know I am existent also. We are one.~ Tsem Rinpoche
Samsara has never been genuine. I will not be deceived by it again. Infallible Diamond Lady in red, I will only serve you.~Tsem Rinpoche
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Samsara has never been genuine. I will not be deceived by it again. Infallible Diamond Lady in red, I will only serve you.~Tsem Rinpoche
Mother Lady so red and brilliant, as you hold my hand tightly and we look towards the west, I know I am free finally.~Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Mother Lady so red and brilliant, as you hold my hand tightly and we look towards the west, I know I am free finally.~Tsem Rinpoche
Mother lady of noble origins, enchantress Vajra Yogini, you say I am you and you are me? I have to embrace this truth and I will be free? Tsem Rinpoche
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Mother lady of noble origins, enchantress Vajra Yogini, you say I am you and you are me? I have to embrace this truth and I will be free? Tsem Rinpoche
Through my tears I can see your orange darting eyes so tenderly look at me as we start to ascend.~Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Through my tears I can see your orange darting eyes so tenderly look at me as we start to ascend.~Tsem Rinpoche
Mother, Adamantine mother with coral hue aglow with light that I can hardly look upon you as you are blazing...can I give my last words to some close ones before we ascend? Can I bring them with us?~ Tsem Rinpoche
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Mother, Adamantine mother with coral hue aglow with light that I can hardly look upon you as you are blazing...can I give my last words to some close ones before we ascend? Can I bring them with us?~ Tsem Rinpoche
You wipe my tears, embracing me with your coral hued arms and with a motherly tender smile I feel we are lifting off the ground. To go home. I feel light after you embraced me and my body is becoming rainbow-like.~Tsem Rinpoche
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You wipe my tears, embracing me with your coral hued arms and with a motherly tender smile I feel we are lifting off the ground. To go home. I feel light after you embraced me and my body is becoming rainbow-like.~Tsem Rinpoche
I hear the gentle tinkling of anklets as if someone is walking towards me although I am in my room alone..I opened my eyes first towards the floor in the dimly lit room and I see red coral ankles surrounded by rainbows heading my direction...my heart jumps for joy and gasping....Tsem Rinpoche
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I hear the gentle tinkling of anklets as if someone is walking towards me although I am in my room alone..I opened my eyes first towards the floor in the dimly lit room and I see red coral ankles surrounded by rainbows heading my direction...my heart jumps for joy and gasping....Tsem Rinpoche
The Sacred Vajrayogini of Ratsag Monastery is a very interesting read- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-sacred-vajrayogini-of-ratsag-monastery.html
3 weeks ago
Excellent well thought out comment by Mr. Bradley Kassian. It is a must read. He has commented on a recent blog post, \"Videos Redressing the Misinformation About Dorje Shugden and the Tibetan Situation\" and the link is- https://bit.ly/2K0gNhB

We appreciate his sincere thoughts. Admin
3 weeks ago
Excellent well thought out comment by Mr. Bradley Kassian. It is a must read. He has commented on a recent blog post, "Videos Redressing the Misinformation About Dorje Shugden and the Tibetan Situation" and the link is- https://bit.ly/2K0gNhB We appreciate his sincere thoughts. Admin
A BEAUTIFUL MEME WITH A POEM
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A BEAUTIFUL MEME WITH A POEM
A short poem-Tsem Rinpoche
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A short poem-Tsem Rinpoche
This is important logic regarding His Holiness the Dalai Lama\'s situation. Please click and read the meme.
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This is important logic regarding His Holiness the Dalai Lama's situation. Please click and read the meme.
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  • Light offerings to the outdoor Buddha Tara shrine in Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia at night. Beautiful.
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    Light offerings to the outdoor Buddha Tara shrine in Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia at night. Beautiful.
  • Interesting new interview of Boy George where he mentions about his practicing Buddhism- See the clip I snagged for you above. It’s beautiful to see him chanting. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Interesting new interview of Boy George where he mentions about his practicing Buddhism- See the clip I snagged for you above. It’s beautiful to see him chanting. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Dharma boy is always mooching for a free snack! As shown in the video, Dharma gave up real fast and is waiting anxiously for a free snack!
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    Oser girl is very determined to get the snacks out! Look at how her cute little hands hold onto the ball.
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    Yudroma takes trance at Gyuto
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  • Very powerful and heartwarming short video about love. A must watch and a must share. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Very powerful and heartwarming short video about love. A must watch and a must share. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Megnath is such a devotee of Bhagawan Dorje Shugden where he brought this protector to many people. Must watch this short video of him with the school kids. Lovely. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 month ago
    Megnath is such a devotee of Bhagawan Dorje Shugden where he brought this protector to many people. Must watch this short video of him with the school kids. Lovely. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My super adorable Oser girl Schnauzer reaching for a carrot on a chair. Her face looks like a stuffed animal toy. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 month ago
    My super adorable Oser girl Schnauzer reaching for a carrot on a chair. Her face looks like a stuffed animal toy. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is the shrine next to my working table where I sit daily. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 month ago
    This is the shrine next to my working table where I sit daily. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Who is that?? Wow Wow
    1 month ago
    Who is that?? Wow Wow
    Tsem Rinpoche's pet Schnauzers Oser & Dharma trying to get attention of the life-like statue of Rinpoche's guru Kyabje Zong Rinpoche which was offered by the students
  • Nothing Stops Me from Getting the Snack!
    1 month ago
    Nothing Stops Me from Getting the Snack!
    Tsem Rinpoche's pet Schnauzer Oser got the snack from the ball!
  • I must get the snack!
    1 month ago
    I must get the snack!
    Tsem Rinpoche's pet Schnauzer Oser trying hard to get her snack out of the ball!
  • I love this green snack munch munch munch
    1 month ago
    I love this green snack munch munch munch
    Tsem Rinpoche's pet Schnauzer Oser enjoying her green snack!
  • ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 3: Starring the two silly doggie clowns doing jumps for carrot tidbits. Teehee
    1 month ago
    ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 3: Starring the two silly doggie clowns doing jumps for carrot tidbits. Teehee
  • ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 2: Starring the mega monsters Oser and Dharma. Teehee
    1 month ago
    ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 2: Starring the mega monsters Oser and Dharma. Teehee
  • ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 1: Guess what are the two monsters looking for??? Teehee…cute
    1 month ago
    ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 1: Guess what are the two monsters looking for??? Teehee…cute
  • A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
    2 months ago
    A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
  • A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
    2 months ago
    A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
  • A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
    2 months ago
    A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
  • A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
    2 months ago
    A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
  • Bigfoot Sign Arrives in Betong
    2 months ago
    Bigfoot Sign Arrives in Betong
    The town's filled with excitement as Kechara Bigfoot gets a new sign.
  • Visiting senior citizen homes who happily receive Dorje Shugden’s blessings.
    2 months ago
    Visiting senior citizen homes who happily receive Dorje Shugden’s blessings.
  • Visiting a senior citizens home and sharing Dorje Shugden with them.
    2 months ago
    Visiting a senior citizens home and sharing Dorje Shugden with them.
  • Megnath outside the Chabahil Dorje Shugden Chapel in Kathmandu passing out Dorje Shugden brochures and booklets to the local people.
    2 months ago
    Megnath outside the Chabahil Dorje Shugden Chapel in Kathmandu passing out Dorje Shugden brochures and booklets to the local people.
  • Megnath walking around the Bodha stupa in Kathmandu and his uncle holding image of Dorje Shugden as he was just gifted with it.
    2 months ago
    Megnath walking around the Bodha stupa in Kathmandu and his uncle holding image of Dorje Shugden as he was just gifted with it.
  • Oser and Dharma vying for a snack! Cute
    2 months ago
    Oser and Dharma vying for a snack! Cute
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    10 months ago
    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
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    10 months ago
    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    10 months ago
    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    10 months ago
    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
    10 months ago
    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    10 months ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    10 months ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    10 months ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    10 months ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
    10 months ago
    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
  • Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
    10 months ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    10 months ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    10 months ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    10 months ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    11 months ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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Precious opportunity in Kechara Forest Retreat! "As Kechara Forest Retreat is a sacred land, filled with holy and blessed statues and many holy items, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche encouraged Kecharians living and working in Kechara Forest Retreat to embark on a spiritual pilgrimage of its holy sites." ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Precious opportunity in Kechara Forest Retreat! "As Kechara Forest Retreat is a sacred land, filled with holy and blessed statues and many holy items, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche encouraged Kecharians living and working in Kechara Forest Retreat to embark on a spiritual pilgrimage of its holy sites." ~Tsem Rinpoche
We have many outdoor sacred images of various Buddhas. The ones that were visited were Tsongkapa, Nageshvaraja, Loma Gyoma, Tara, Nagarakshasa and then back to Tsongkapa. At each location circumambulations and lamp offerings were done. We walked the vast land while chanting Migtseyma mantras. The very elderly followed to each location in cars. Kechara Forest retreat is 70 acres of land located in rural Bentong, one hour from the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. ~Tsem Rinpoche For more information: www.tsemrinpoche.com
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We have many outdoor sacred images of various Buddhas. The ones that were visited were Tsongkapa, Nageshvaraja, Loma Gyoma, Tara, Nagarakshasa and then back to Tsongkapa. At each location circumambulations and lamp offerings were done. We walked the vast land while chanting Migtseyma mantras. The very elderly followed to each location in cars. Kechara Forest retreat is 70 acres of land located in rural Bentong, one hour from the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. ~Tsem Rinpoche For more information: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
They started on August 18, 2018 at 6:00AM till 9:00AM. With strong aspirations, Kecharians generate merits by reciting mantras and circumambulate the images of the enlightened beings, especially to clear obstacles related to our good health and that of others. We have many outdoor sacred images of various Buddhas... ~Tsem Rinpoche
4 hours ago
They started on August 18, 2018 at 6:00AM till 9:00AM. With strong aspirations, Kecharians generate merits by reciting mantras and circumambulate the images of the enlightened beings, especially to clear obstacles related to our good health and that of others. We have many outdoor sacred images of various Buddhas... ~Tsem Rinpoche
Pilgrimage is an intrinsic part of Buddhist life and creates strong Dharma imprints in our mind streams and opens up positive karma and merits that we need to live a successful life. As Kechara Forest Retreat is a sacred land, filled with holy and blessed statues and many holy items, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche encouraged Kecharians living and working in Kechara Forest Retreat to embark on a spiritual pilgrimage of its holy sites...~ Tsem Rinpoche
4 hours ago
Pilgrimage is an intrinsic part of Buddhist life and creates strong Dharma imprints in our mind streams and opens up positive karma and merits that we need to live a successful life. As Kechara Forest Retreat is a sacred land, filled with holy and blessed statues and many holy items, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche encouraged Kecharians living and working in Kechara Forest Retreat to embark on a spiritual pilgrimage of its holy sites...~ Tsem Rinpoche
Priceless to see the happy faces of these 2 brothers. They are in the youngest dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
15 hours ago
Priceless to see the happy faces of these 2 brothers. They are in the youngest dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
So glad that we have parents & students to participate in the animal liberation every month in Kechara House. Lin Mun KSDS
15 hours ago
So glad that we have parents & students to participate in the animal liberation every month in Kechara House. Lin Mun KSDS
Children were very attentive when doing prayer before the start of Sunday dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children were very attentive when doing prayer before the start of Sunday dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
He is young but already very good in using mala when reciting mantra. Rejoice:)  Lin Mun KSDS
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He is young but already very good in using mala when reciting mantra. Rejoice:) Lin Mun KSDS
Children were so excited with the art & craft exercise. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children were so excited with the art & craft exercise. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Grace explaining to children the method to make chef hat. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Grace explaining to children the method to make chef hat. Lin Mun KSDS
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