The Controversial Pope Leo X

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Pope Leo X

Pope Leo X

(by Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor David Lai)

Pope Leo X was born Giovanni di Lorenzo de’ Medici on 11th December 1475 in Florence, Italy and was canonised as Pope Leo the 10th on 9th March 1513. He remained in power until his death on 1st December 1521.

Considered one of the leading Renaissance popes, his papacy was known for making Rome a cultural and political centre of Europe but at the expense of the papal treasury due to his lavish spending. He also failed to take the development of the Protestant Reformation movement seriously, which eventually resulted in the dissolution of the power and influence of the Roman Catholic Church.

 

Early Life and Religious Career

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The portrait of Pope Leo X with two Cardinals by the Italian High Renaissance master, Raphael

Giovanni di Lorenzo de’ Medici was the second son of Lorenzo the Magnificent, the ruler of the Florentine Republic and a member of the wealthy and powerful Medici family. Raised from aristocracy, he was nonetheless destined for religious life and power. Giovanni received the tonsure — a Christian hair-cutting ceremony that signifies the transition from laity to clergy at the early age of eight, and five years later he was appointed as the Cardinal Deacon of Santa Maria in Dominica.

While he was still at his father’s court, he was provided with the best education available in Europe at the time. He even had several tutors, one of whom was the famous philosopher Pico della Mirandola. Giovanni’s first taste of power came when he became Cardinal in 1489. From 1489 to 1491, he spent time at the University of Pisa studying theology and canon law. In 1492, he was appointed a member of the Sacred College of Cardinals and moved to Rome. However, the death of his father later that year brought him back to Florence, where he lived with his older brother, Piero.

It was the election of Pope Alexander VI that took Giovanni back to Rome again. This time it was for a conclave, which is an assembly of cardinals that elect the next pope, the head of the Roman Catholic Church. If Giovanni had not returned to Rome, he would most probably have spent the remainder of his time in Florence, where he would have stayed until the entire Medici family were exiled in November 1494 on charges of treason.

For the next six years, Giovanni joined his family in exile, which they spent in Perugia, Urbino and Milan. Then in 1499, he travelled to Germany, the Netherlands and France. However, in 1500, he returned to Italy and settled in Rome, where he became the head of the Medici family upon the death of his brother Piero.

In 1503, he took part in the conclave that elected Pope Pius III in September of that year but the new pope passed away soon after. So, he also participated in the election of Pope Julius II in October, just one month later. In 1511, he was appointed the Papal Legate to Bologna and Romagna. He also re-established the Medici family’s control over Florence the following year and, although his younger brother Giuliano was the one who held a position in the Florentine Republic, it was actually Giovanni who ruled.

 

Ascending the Papal Throne

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A 16th Century French wood engraving of Pope Leo X

Upon the death of Pope Julius II in 1513, the Sacred College of Cardinals convened to elect a successor. The conclave unanimously agreed that they wanted a peace-loving successor as opposed to the warlike Julius II. In doing so, they elected Cardinal Giovanni de’ Medici. He was to take on the title of Pope Leo X, but beforehand needed to be ordained as a priest. He was consecrated as the Bishop of Rome and two days after that, his papal coronation took place.

The new pope was truly a Renaissance man due to his cultured upbringing at his father’s court. Having acquired the decorum and discernment of some of the most aristocratic families of Europe, he was definitely the preferred candidate to succeed the recently deceased “Warrior Pope”. His calm and quiet temperament was exactly what Rome needed, especially after 10 years of chaotic rule under Pope Julius II. Nevertheless, Pope Leo was famous to have said,

“Since God has given us the papacy, let us enjoy it.”

His words were a portent that would come to characterise his papacy.

During his first five years in his new position, the new pope had to address the Lateran Council. Pope Julius II had called the council a year before his death and it was designed to nullify the efforts of nine rebellious cardinals who had called for another council at Pisa in order to revive the conciliar movement. This movement was meant to usurp power from the pope and was ultimately aimed at ending the papacy. However, this alternative council collapsed when the first Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian and the French King Louis XII withdrew their support. Thus, the Lateran Council which was first opened in 1512 was Pope Julius II’s attempt to minimise the damage and regain control of the wayward cardinals.

Pope Leo X inherited the Lateran Council but was less inclined to initiate the sweeping reforms proposed by the council that the church so desperately needed. In fact, the council was poorly attended and was dominated by the Italian bishops. The principal issues of the day were discussed but the pope did not decide on a direction or encourage the council in any way. Without any urgency or necessity on the part of Pope Leo X, the issues were never resolved and this would spur on the Council of Trent some 40 years later. Without any significant plan of action, the Lateran Council was dissolved on 16th March 1517, just before Martin Luther’s circulation of his influential Ninety-five Theses and the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.

 

Consolidation of Power

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The construction of St Peter’s Basilica during Pope Leo X’s time was funded mainly from the sale of indulgences.

Aside from being the head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Leo X was also the temporal ruler of the Papal States and the patriarch of the Medici family that ruled the Florentine Republic. In order to consolidate his power and influence, he resorted to the common practice of nepotism. He appointed his cousin Giulio de’ Medici (who went on to become Pope Clement VII) as the influential Archbishop of Florence. He also positioned his younger brother Giuliano and his nephew Lorenzo as Roman patricians or heads of the ruling aristocratic families. Unfortunately, Giuliano’s premature death in 1516 brought an end to the pope’s plan to create a central Italian kingdom under his rule.

On 1st July 1517, there was an attempt on his life. Pope Leo X quickly named 31 new cardinals in order to secure his support within the College of Cardinals and those implicated in the assassination attempt were either imprisoned and executed.

While consolidating his power in Italy, Pope Leo X also faced challenges from the encroaching kingdoms of Spain and France. After King Louis XII of France boldly marched into Italy in 1513 to claim Milan and Naples, Pope Leo X reluctantly formed the League of Mechlin with Spain, in which Spain joined forces with the pope to fend off the French. The French were eventually defeated at Novara; King Louis renounced his claim and withdrew his army. However, peace was short-lived. The ascent of Francis I to the French throne in 1515 renewed French interest in Italy. Pope Leo X again formed a coalition, this time between Spain, the Holy Roman Empire and England, but France still managed to win the Battle of Marignano on 14th September 1515.

The pope was compelled to make peace with the French king and the signing of the Concordat of Bologna followed. This treaty was officially announced in the form of a papal bull (the pope’s public decree) on 18th August 1516 and it set the standard that regulated church and state affairs in France for the next 275 years. According to the terms of this treaty, the French kings were given full authority to nominate bishops, abbots and priors while the pope retained the right to nominate his own candidates to fill vacant benefices (permanent appointments within the church with accompanying property and income rights) throughout the Roman Curia, the central body through which the pope conducts the affairs of the church. However, in practice, the French monarch’s nomination was always considered an appointment to office. In essence, the treaty allowed for greater control over the church and was the underlying reason for the French monarchy’s lack of interest in Protestantism during the 16th century, as it already had influence over the church compared to kingdoms in which Protestantism challenged church authority.

In 1516, Charles I, the Habsburg King of Spain, had just succeeded his maternal grandparents, Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile. In 1519, the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I passed away. Charles I sought to follow in the footsteps of Maximilian I, his paternal grandfather, to the throne of the empire. However, two other candidates, Francis I of France and Frederick the Wise of Saxony had also nominated their own candidacy for the throne. This series of events led Pope Leo X deeper into politics.

Pope Leo cast his vote in favour of Frederick the Wise as he was concerned that, if the Roman Empire were aligned to either France or Spain, Italy would come under the power of the victor. However, it was Charles I of Spain who ultimately became the emperor. He took the name Charles V of the Holy Roman Empire and his election led to a bloody war between France and Spain. Although Pope Leo X would have preferred to remain neutral, he was forced to cast his lot with the new emperor when France once again invaded Italy.

 

Christian Reformation

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Pope Leo X excommunicating Martin Luther as a Heretic while in Rome, 1521.

The manner in which Pope Leo X ruled the papacy resulted in a constant and dire need for fundraising. From the expensive war with France and a protracted Crusade against the Turks to his ostentatious patronage of the arts and the construction of St. Peter’s Basilica, the unending expenditure drained the papal treasury.

Throughout the long history of the Roman Catholic Church, an important although controversial source of revenue was the issue of indulgences in exchange for money. Indulgences were remission certificates for the temporal penalty of sins. In other words, the Church was essentially offering salvation for those who could pay the price. During the reign of the previous pope, Julius II, indulgences were first authorised by the papacy for financial contributions towards the construction of St. Peter’s Basilica. Pope Leo X, who inherited this project, was delighted at being given the chance to complete the construction. Thus, he eagerly reaffirmed the sale of indulgences shortly after coming to power.

However, the raising of funds through the sale of indulgences proved to be highly unpopular in northern Europe when it was first introduced. It was not until early 1517 that Johann Tetzel, a Dominican friar, actually began to preach the sale of indulgences in the archdioceses of Mainz and Magdeburg in Germany. Martin Luther (1483-1546 CE), a German composer, priest, monk and professor of theology opposed this preaching, and he authored and circulated his Ninety-five Theses, which directly challenged the church for raising funds through the sale of indulgences. Martin Luther would go on to become the main figure of the Protestant Reformation that swept across Europe.

A year later in 1518, Luther’s ideas in his Ninety-five Theses had arrived in Rome. In response, Pope Leo X ordered the head of the Augustinian order to silence Martin Luther since this was the order he belonged to. When this failed, the pope tried to work through Frederick of Saxony, but again to no avail. On 15th June 1520, Pope Leo X issued Exsurge Domini, a papal bull that charged Luther with 41 instances of deviation from the teachings and practices of the church, and ordered him to recant within 60 days or suffer excommunication. However, Luther who by this time had gained the support of influential figures in Germany, defied the pope. Thus, Pope Leo X was left with no alternative but to issue Decet Romanum Pontificem, a papal bull of excommunication, on 3rd January 1521.

 

The Pope’s Legacy

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A statue of Pope Leo X in the church of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, Rome.

Pope Leo X was a great patron of learning and he was one of the few popes to emphasise the need for education. Neglected under Pope Julius II, the Roman University struggled greatly until Pope Leo’s constitution was signed on 5th November 1513. This led to many reforms, including the restoration of facilities, generously increased salaries for professors, and the invitation of distinguished teachers from afar to lecture at the university. Although the university never attained the prestige and importance of the University of Padua or the University of Bologna, by 1514 it had a decent reputation for its faculty of 88 professors.

Pope Leo X also loved the classical Greek language. This led him to summon Janus Lascaris, a famous Greek scholar of the Renaissance period, to Rome. There, he instructed Janus Lascaris to establish a printing press which produced the first Greek-language book to be circulated in Rome in 1515. Pope Leo X also installed Raphael, a leading figure of Italian High Renaissance classicism, as the custodian of the classical antiquities of Rome and the ancient ruins in the city’s vicinity. At the time, distinguished Latinists such as the famous poets Bernardo Accolti, Pietro Bembo, Marco Girolamo Vida and Gian Giorgio Trissino; writers of novella like Matteo Bandello, and a hundred other literati including bishops, papal scripters, and many others came under the employment of the papacy.

While jostling for power with major European powers, Pope Leo X always found time for the pleasures he loved. Artists, writers and musicians came to Rome from all over Italy at his request. He even created special projects to take advantage of the outstanding talent displayed by the famed artist and architect Raphael. At the very centre of it all was the construction of St. Peter’s Basilica, initiated under Pope Julius II and continued under Pope Leo’s patronage. On top of this, he expanded the Vatican Library to include many more literary works.

Pope Leo X was also known for showing special favour towards the Jews. He permitted them to erect a Hebrew printing press in Rome. He also approved the formation of the Oratory of Divine Love, a group of pious men in Rome which later became the Theatine Order, and he canonised Francis of Paola as a saint.

Pope Leo X’s reign heralded the flourishing of the arts during this period in history. His patronage of culture also affected his papacy — his reign saw the reputation of the Roman Catholic Church increase after a sharp decline during the reigns of Borgia Popes Calixtus III and Alexander VI.

However, his extravagant tastes in art and literature caused the entire papal treasury to be emptied within a short span of just two years. A financial crisis ensued and he was forced to borrow indiscriminate amounts from banks, curials, princes and wealthy Jewish traders. In order to repay these loans, he resorted to pawning the palace furniture, tableware, jewels and even sacred statues of the apostles. As the debts mounted, he went on to sell the hats of various cardinals and even membership into a religious order known as ‘The Knights of Peter’.

 

The Pope’s Demise

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A woodcut print depicting Pope Leo X as the Antichrist, signing and selling indulgences. From Martin Luther’s ‘Passional Christi und Antichristi’, by Lucas Cranach the Elder.

The last treaty of alliance that Pope Leo X signed was with the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, which resulted in military expeditions against French forces. The emperor’s armies were able to recover Milan from the occupying French army; they also eventually recovered four other northern Italian provinces which were handed over to the pope’s soldiers. Unfortunately, Pope Leo did not have the time to enjoy the victory as he died suddenly while at the Papal Palace during the night of 1st December 1521, just days before his 46th birthday. Many suspected that he was poisoned but this was never substantiated.

Looking back at Pope Leo X’s life, it is clear that his priority was, first and foremost, the survival and welfare of his own Medici clan, followed by the political responsibilities of the papacy. His lifestyle was obviously influenced by his luxurious upbringing in his father’s court in the Florentine Republic and his aristocratic background allowed him to become a skilled negotiator and a shrewd diplomat. Unfortunately, he was not a spiritual pope and he failed to meet the spiritual needs of the time. His lack of foresight and failure to enact sorely-needed church reforms resulted in the Christian Reformation sweeping throughout Europe, which ultimately led to the rise of Protestantism and the decline of the Roman Catholic Church. He was definitely more like an Italian prince than a religious leader.

 

Addendum: Parallels with the Central Tibetan Administration

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Martin Luther wrote the Ninety-five Theses and nailed it to the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany.

One can draw many parallels between the life of Pope Leo X and the actions of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA, Tibetan leadership based in Dharamsala, North India). The latter has created and further inflamed many religious issues that continue to plague the Tibetan Buddhist community today, including the Dorje Shugden controversy, the conflict surrounding the Karmapa succession and instability in the Sakya school, amongst many others.

The actions of Pope Leo X and the Tibetan leadership have a few things in common — the abuse of power, corruption for personal gain, and the manipulation of religious issues as a diversion to distract from their failures.

 

Abuse of Power

In the case of Pope Leo X, he had absolute power over the churches within the dominion of Western Europe. He also continued the tradition of raising funds through the sale of indulgences, specifically to fund the construction of an extravagant St Peter’s Basilica and to fund expensive Crusades against the Turks. Indulgences were a way to reduce the amount of punishment one has to endure for sins committed, and their sale represents the exchange of funds for one’s salvation. It represents the highest abuse instigated by the church and sparked the beginning of the Protestant Reformation that swept across Western Europe.

In the case of the Tibetan leadership, they created an unconstitutional ban on the worship of the protector deity Dorje Shugden, which is enforced within the Tibetan communities of India and Nepal, and among Tibetan Buddhists across the world. Ironically, the Tibetan leadership in India claims to be a democracy, which means that freedom of religion should be upheld in its constitution. However, this privilege is not granted to practitioners of this protector deity. Furthermore, the Tibetan leadership has abused their power and influence to implement insidious campaigns to segregate Shugden practitioners, to instigate violence and abuse against them, and to ostracise them from governmental as well as religions institutions.

The false reasoning perpetuated by the Tibetan leadership is that Shugden practitioners are heretical Chinese spies hell-bent on the destruction of the Tibetan cause. To this day however, the Tibetan leadership have not been able to prove the existence of monetary ties between Shugden practitioners and the Chinese authorities. Nevertheless, the result is that one of the largest and most influential Tibetan Buddhist sects, the Gelug school, has been torn apart by this controversy, a sign of the Tibetan administration’s divide-and-conquer strategy.

The Tibetan leadership has also created tremendous division and strife within the Karma Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism, the largest Kagyu sub-sect, by interfering in the recognition process of the 17th Karmapa candidate. The Karmapa is the spiritual head of the Karma Kagyus and his selection and affirmation should be a purely spiritual affair dictated by tradition and determined by the regents of the Karma Kagyus. However, by sticking their nose where it doesn’t belong, the Tibetan administration have successfully divided the Karma Kagyus into three warring factions, once again distracting a large segment of the Tibetan population while the Tibetan leadership go about their business to advance their political goals for personal gain, unnoticed.

(L to R): Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the Karmapa candidate endorsed by the Tibetan leadership i.e. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Trinley Thaye Dorje, selected and confirmed by the top Karma Kagyu regent (Sharmapa) as the authentic reincarnation of the previous Karmapa. Dawa Sangpo Dorje, the 3rd Karmapa candidate contending for the throne as head of the lineage. His reincarnation was also authenticated by the 3rd Karma Kagyu Regent, Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche.

(L to R): Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the Karmapa candidate endorsed by the Tibetan leadership i.e. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Trinley Thaye Dorje, selected and confirmed by the top Karma Kagyu regent (Sharmapa) as the authentic reincarnation of the previous Karmapa. Dawa Sangpo Dorje, the 3rd Karmapa candidate contending for the throne as head of the lineage.
His reincarnation was also authenticated by the 3rd Karma Kagyu Regent, Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche. The Karmapa controversy has resulted in a lot of fighting and division among the Tibetan community.

Because there are 3 Karmapa candidates, Ogyen Trinley as supported by H. H. the Dalai Lama is seen more often and well known but it does not mean that the other two candidates have any less supporters. The controversy of these 3 contenders has been going on for the last 20 years resulting in tremendous upheaval, riots, separation, fighting and legal suits. The Tibetan leadership is responsible for this as they are doing a good job in redirecting their own failures towards this.

There are many high level Gelug masters such as H. H. the 101st Gaden Trisur Lungrik Namgyal. He has never surrendered his personal practice of Dorje Shugden and in fact, at the age of 91, he is still practising Dorje Shugden strongly and will not submit to the Tibetan leadership’s ban on Dorje Shugden that has attempted to force him to give up his freedom of religion.

There are many high level Gelug masters such as H. H. the 101st Gaden Trisur Lungrik Namgyal. He has never surrendered his personal practice of Dorje Shugden and in fact, at the age of 91, he is still practising Dorje Shugden strongly and will not submit to the Tibetan leadership’s ban on Dorje Shugden that has attempted to force him to give up his freedom of religion.

 

Corruption

There is no denying that corruption was at the heart of the sale of indulgences within the medieval Roman Catholic Church. The faithful were duped into believing that paying large amounts could be exchanged for salvation in the afterlife, and that the funds would go towards the upkeep of the church and its charitable causes. This was far from the truth; the funds actually went into expensive and extravagant building projects for the papacy, and unnecessary Crusades against the Turks in the Middle East.

Similarly, the Dorje Shugden ban is a means for the Tibetan leadership to justify the use of misappropriated funds (originally intended to relieve the sufferings of the Tibetan refugees) to publish anti-Shugden materials, websites and propaganda. By creating deep schism within Tibetan society, the leadership keeps Tibetans divided, so they can continue to rule.

Thus, it is clear that corruption is at the heart of the ban on Dorje Shugden as well as the Karmapa controversy. The Tibetan leadership’s revenue stream comes from the generous donations of Western countries and well-meaning individuals, with the expectation that the funds will be used for projects that support the Tibetan people. These include increasing global awareness of the Tibetan cause and uniting Tibetan society, not spending on projects that further divide it.

 

Diversion Tactics

Finally, the sale of indulgences by the medieval Roman Catholic Church was used as a diversion. The papacy wanted to avoid accountability for its failure to control its extravagant spending, and other abuses by the clergy. Therefore, Pope Leo X, financially strapped due to wars with France and other countries, was still able to build lavishly and furnish these buildings with exquisite frescoes by some of the greatest artists of the day. The faithful were unaware that the funds raised would be used in such an extravagant manner and with no real tangible benefit to the clergy, the church or the faithful.

Similarly, the Karmapa controversy and the Dorje Shugden ban represent the Tibetan leadership’s diversion tactics to distract from their own failures. The truth is that the Tibetan leadership has made very little to no progress to improve the lives of ordinary Tibetans. Likewise, negotiations with China are non-existent, for either an independent or autonomous Tibet. Most Tibetans are unhappy with the fact that the Tibetan cause has no future. And so, it is through the ban on Dorje Shugden and the Karmapa controversy that the leadership manipulatively drives attention away from the real issues facing the Tibetan people.

In conclusion, the excesses and abuses of Pope Leo X have many parallels with the religious controversies plaguing Tibetan society. Pope Leo X had Martin Luther opposing him and over time, the ideas that Luther preached and championed became so successful that it became the Protestant Reformation that swept through Europe and greatly diminished the power and influence of the Roman Catholic Church.

As for the Tibetan leadership, many more people have stepped forward to challenge them on both the Dorje Shugden and Karmapa controversies, but China is by far their biggest challenge. These days, China’s influence is so great that even India is reconsidering its support for the Tibetans, despite having given them a home for the last 60 years. Unsurprisingly, India would rather foster greater cooperation with China for economic and political stability in Asia. Although it may be too early to tell, the Tibetan leadership could be swept away by the changing political tides. They should have concentrated on making a real difference in the world, rather than selling their ‘indulgences’ of corruption, power plays and discrimination.

 

Addendum

Central Tibetan Administration’s Website

Below is a screenshot of Tibet.net, which is the Tibetan leadership’s website. In it, they have a section with “information” about Dorje Shugden which is designed to promote hatred, negativity and direct vulgarities towards Shugden practitioners. What kind of democratic leadership has a section like this on their site targeting a religious group? Imagine the uproar there would be if the American or Canadian, or any other democratic government had sections like this on their site for the public!

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The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) website which has a section on Dorje Shugden. What kind of democratic government has sections on their website which target a religious group? Click to enlarge.

 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Website

This is a screenshot of DalaiLama.com which is the official website of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. When this section exists on His Holiness’ website, it actually emboldens Tibetans to discriminate against and segregate Shugden practitioners. This section is basically the Dalai Lama’s ‘endorsement’ of such behaviour; when anti-Shugden individuals see this, they think it is okay to segregate against the practice “because the Dalai Lama said so”. I don’t think the Dalai Lama would agree with this but the webmaster and shadow writers behind his website should not put this type of anti-Dorje Shugden section which subscribes to discrimination against a group because of religion. In the 21st century, this is not fitting of a great spiritual leader like His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Do not discriminate tolerate; is the way to go.

If the Dorje Shugden ban is just advice and not a ban, then why is a section like this necessary on any website?

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s website which has a section on Dorje Shugden. This section emboldens Tibetans to discriminate against Shugden practitioners because it is the Dalai Lama’s endorsement of such behaviour.

 

Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile’s Resolution Stating Government Employees Should Not Rely on Dorje Shugden

In 1996, the Tibetan leadership passed a resolution stating that all departments (and ergo their employees) should not rely on Dorje Shugden (point 8). The resolution also stated that individuals who do engage in its worship will harm the Dalai Lama’s life and the so-called Tibetan cause. That being the case, how will anyone within the Tibetan settlements and government be able to openly engage in Dorje Shugden practice after that, if their worship has been widely labelled as anti-Dalai Lama, anti-CTA and treasonous? To openly practice after that will leave them open to criticism, vulgarities, harassment and discrimination, as Dorje Shugden practitioners have been for the last 20 years. So they will be left with three options: to give up the practice (which many will not do), to practice secretly, or to give up their jobs.

A screenshot of tibet.net, showing the 1996 resolution which proclaimed that departments under the Tibetan leadership should not propitiate Dorje Shugden and that doing so will harm the Dalai Lama's life.

A screenshot of tibet.net, showing the 1996 resolution which proclaimed that departments under the Tibetan leadership should not propitiate Dorje Shugden and that doing so will harm the Dalai Lama’s life.

 

Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile’s Resolution Naming Dorje Shugden Practitioners as Criminals in History

This is a screenshot of tibet.net, the Central Tibetan Administration’s official website, which shows the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile’s unanimous resolution dated 17 March 2014 naming Dorje Shugden practitioners as criminals in history (point 3, paragraph 2).

The Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile passed a resolution on 17 March 2014 naming all Dorje Shugden practitioners as criminals in history.

The Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile passed a resolution on 17 March 2014 naming all Dorje Shugden practitioners as “criminals in history”. On what basis can the Tibetan leadership condemn all Dorje Shugden believers, including the elderly, infirm, young, and those not of Tibetan nationality, as criminals?

 

VIDEO: Dalai Lama bans Dorje Shugden practice
and expels monks

His Holiness the Dalai Lama was recorded in Drepung Monastery in 2008 clearly stating that those who refused to give up their Dorje Shugden practice should be expelled from the monasteries. His Holiness even said that if people found it difficult to fulfill this instruction, that they should say that the Dalai Lama told them to expel Dorje Shugden practitioners.

My question is this: if giving up Dorje Shugden practice is just advice, and it is up to us who we wish to rely on, then why are there such heavy repercussions for people who choose to keep the practice? As a result of His Holiness saying this, thousands of Shugden monks were expelled from the monasteries, and were forced to set up their own monasteries where they would be able to continue their Dorje Shugden practice.

 

VIDEO: Gaden Monastery Attacked

Since the inception of the Dorje Shugden ban 20 years ago, the CTA (Central Tibetan Administration) continues to organize a hateful campaign against Dorje Shugden practitioners. In doing so, the Tibetan leadership has gone against the very core teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama on compassion and tolerance and thereby, misled the world over the nature of their activities. The Tibetan leadership pursues huge sponsorship and financial aid from the West in order to run its operations but they actually channel these funds towards campaigns that suppresses religious freedom within the Tibetan communities through various means to instigate violent suppression against Dorje Shugden practitioners.

This video footage shows clearly how Dorje Shugden practitioners have lived their lives in fear for the last 20 years due to the ban on Dorje Shugden. Although the Tibetan leadership and supporters have continued to use various violent and underhanded means to segregate and discriminate Dorje Shugden practitioners, the practitioners themselves have not fought back. Instead, they continue to uphold their peaceful reliance on their Dorje Shugden lineage lamas and especially the practices and teachings they have received in relations to the protector deity. The main part of the video was filmed in 2000 and it shows 3,000 lay and ordained Tibetans heading towards Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India in order to riot against a group of Dorje Shugden practitioners.

Disclaimer: This video belongs to a third party. Permission was granted for us to upload here. This video is not being used for any commercial purposes, it is being used for educational purposes only.

 

VIDEO: Dorje Shugden practitioner rejected
from Gaden Shartse Monastery Guest House

A Dorje Shugden practitioner enquiring about room rates at the Gaden Shartse Monastery Guest House in Majnu-ka-tilla, Delhi was rejected by the hotel staff and asked to leave.

 

VIDEO: France 24 reports on the Dorje Shugden issue

France 24 is a reputable news network based in France, known for their objective reporting style. They covered the Dorje Shugden issue extensively, surely a reflection of the seriousness of the issue for them to devote so much airtime to it. In their video, France 24 captured on film the discrimination against a Dorje Shugden monk.

VIDEO: Al Jazeera reports on the Dorje Shugden issue

Based in the Middle East, Al Jazeera was formed in response to the heavy influence of Western culture on the media. They are known to cover controversial topics that other news agencies may be reluctant to cover, and provide hard-hitting, objective coverage of current affairs.

Evidence of the Ban

Over the years, my students have collected evidence of the ban against Dorje Shugden. Personally, I find it quite disappointing and sad that they have been able to collect so much evidence because it just goes to show how widespread and pervasive this ban has become. As you can see below, notices banning Dorje Shugden practitioners can be found just about anywhere in the Tibetan settlements. Whether a Dorje Shugden person is trying to access healthcare or enter a restaurant, or try to buy something from a shop, they are banned everywhere and refused service. How is this just ‘advice’ when the repercussions of practising Dorje Shugden are so violent inside the Tibetan communities and settlements?

 

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  1. Samfoonheei on Apr 23, 2018 at 11:22 am

    Leo X was the last of the Renaissance popes before the dawn of the Reformation. His role in which the indulgence controversy left the indelible impression of his pontificate. Very complicated and interesting biography of Pope Leo X . He was well known for his infamous declaration about Christianity. He has lived a lavish papacy ,corrupted, misused funds and abused his power . He has the similarity of the CTA Tibetan leadership based in Dharamsala, North India. He has renovated the Vatican library and other parts of Rome, using up the country treasury. He even borrowed money and started selling off Vatican treasures.
    As for the CTA they instituted many religious issues which has cause many sufferings, disharmony among the Tibetan Buddhist community today, that includes the Dorje Shugden and Karmapa controversies, and instability in the Sakya school, to name a few. Time has changed, many more Tibetans in exile have been aware of the circumstances surrounding the CTA are looking forward to a better environment by speaking up and goes against them.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Davis Lai for these sharing

  2. Stella Cheang on Apr 20, 2018 at 9:57 pm

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

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  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, May 24. 2018 09:52 PM
    The article about Walter Evans-Wentz is an interesting read. His greatest work, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, which he collaborated with Lama Kazi Dawa Samdup, had been an acclaimed publication and important book on Tibetan Buddhism in the west for decades. The Tibetan Book of the Dead is based on the sacred text called Bardo Thodol, a teaching given Padmasambhava and written down by his Tibetan consort and student, Yeshe Tsogyal. The text is “meant to be a guide for the deceased person to navigate through the experiences of the consciousness in the bardo, or the intermediate state between death and the next rebirth. This text also includes chapters on the death process and a ritual to be performed just before death and after it has taken place.” It is a pity that the translation of this important book from Tibetan to English capped by Walter’s limited understanding of the concept and influenced by his prior knowledge in Theosophy and other metaphysical schools. Thank you for this sharing, Pastor David.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/walter-evans-wentz-american-pioneer-scholar-on-tibetan-buddhism.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, May 24. 2018 12:46 PM
    The freedom to choose a religion without interference from one another. We have our rights to choose what we like to pray and beliefs. All religions, cultures, and beliefs deserve the same amount of respect, even if they are different from your own. All teachings must have a lineage, once we understand and have accepted it we go all the way. May the Dorje Shugden controversy be resolved soon.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this clear insight article and those beautiful and rare pictures of great Masters.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/i-pray-to-what-i-want-to.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, May 24. 2018 12:44 PM
    Buddhism teaches us love, compassion ,tolerance, forgiveness , and so forth. Once we have choose our guru, then we should go all the way out on the spiritual side.. We should not criticise or make negative comments if we decided not to follow a Guru. What ever ,happen never ,never ever bad mouth one another , just let go and let it be. Its always a case how much or great we do ,there is always people saying some thing when they are not satisfied but when we are spiritual we will think twice .As it stated clearly in Fifty Verses Of Guru Devotion, no matter how much we practice, study and meditate we will gain no attainments without purifying our karma.
    We are fortunate to have met our Guru H.E the 25th Tsem Rinpoche and guiding us and learning the Dharma teachings .
    May Rinpoche live long ,good health and continue turning the Dharma wheel to benefit all sentient beings.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/are-you-secular-or-spiritual.html

  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 23. 2018 08:13 PM
    Dorje Shugden been practiced for 300 years by many great masters not until the ban instituted by the Tibetan Leadership (CTA.) Only now ,suddenly that Dorje Shugden is negative, harmful and will hurt HH Dalai Lama. Ridiculous ….to say that for four hundred years so many great lamas and practitioners were wrong in their practice. If Dalai Lama says all his Gurus were wrong, what make Dalai Lama right? HH Dalai Lama, has previously practiced Dorje Shugden and even wrote a praise to Dorje Shugden. How can it possible Dorje Shugden could have harmed him.
    Our Guru Rinpoche has this practice bestowed by his root guru who practiced for his whole life. The ban of Dorje Shugden is illogical and should be lifted for the harmonious o the people. The Tibetan Leadership (CTA) has instituted this ban against Dorje Shugden for the last 20 years. Many families are torn apart and lamas ,monks and practitioners had to break away from their monasteries. Many has suffered discrimination and segregation due to that. The Tibetan leaders should have a peaceful dialogue to resolve this issue once for all. May HH Dalai Lama please lift the ban.
    Thanks Rinpoche and Pastor David Lai for such an informative article for us to understand more on Dorje Shugden’s ban.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/our-lama-vs-the-dalai-lama-the-underlying-reasons-for-the-ban.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, May 22. 2018 10:02 PM
    Every human is unique in their own way. It’s an interesting article to learn about human behaviour and how our mind function. Psychopath is apparently inherent brain. If so I wonder can drugs help them? While psychopath can be good or evil then how can we help those who are evil? I believe we some how we inherited certain behaviour from our previous imprint and therefore portraying it in this life. I guess it about understanding ourselves better, accept and keep transforming to be better.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/why-some-dont-think-of-the-long-term-damage.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, May 22. 2018 09:37 PM

    Li Gotami is an extraordinary woman with incredible talents. She documented Tibet and Buddhism at the time and space where it remained out of reach to the world at large. Her work left us with valuable books, art and photographs. It was the same period of time when acclaimed contributors to Tibetan Buddhism, like Lama Anagarika, Walter Evans-Went, John Blofeld actively unveiled Tibet from a religion and cultural perspective. Thank you for this informative sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/li-gotami-the-woman-who-dedicated-her-life-to-the-arts.html#comments
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, May 22. 2018 06:52 PM
    Is very heart breaking to read about the way the practitioners been treated and sufferings felt by the Tibetan people who lack religious freedom to practise how and what they want. The unfairness, discrimination and so forth since the ban on Dorje Shugden instituted by the Tibetan Leadership (CTA). Despite there is enough evidence showing that there is a ban on Dorje Shugden practice yet many supporters of the Tibetan leadership continue to insist that there is no ban. If there is no ban, why is H.H Dalai Lama imposing rules on Dorje Shugden’s practitioners. Dorje Shugden practitioners are denied medical care, education, services, employment and so forth. Its really sad, they have suffered for too many years, the ban should end for the better furture.
    May H.H. the Dalai Lama please lift the ban on Dorje Shugden.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-dalai-lama-speaks-clearly-about-the-dorje-shugden-ban.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, May 22. 2018 06:51 PM
    Interesting description of a great Master……….Lama Yeshe by his student Champa Legshe. Lama Yeshe received the teachings of both sutra and tantra from a long line of erudite masters such as Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, Kyabje Ling Rinpoche to name a few. Through his establishment of Kopan Monastery, in Kathmandu, he started spreading Buddhism among the westerners. Described by his student as humble, down to earth caring and loving teacher, friendly and many goodness of a highly respected attained Lama for his different approach and modern interpretation of Buddhism. From what I understand after reading Champa Legshe description , Lama Yeshe is definitely a great teacher . And Rinpoche has all the qualities and characteristics as Lama Yeshe … caring, loving, jovial, good- humoured, way of teaching Dharma to his students.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/lama-yeshe-the-great-mahasiddha.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, May 21. 2018 10:12 PM
    The ban on Dorje Shugden practitioners are so apparent in those places. And how can the CTA said there is no ban and discrimination? They are creating so much fear among the people which we can clearly see in the videos. Question is being a committed government, they should take care of the welfare of everyone regardless of their belief, race and colours. There should be no discrimination and segregation among the communities. I hope the ban will be lifted and the people in “Little Tibet” can regain their basic human rights that is freedom of religion very soon.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/they-said-no.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, May 21. 2018 01:48 PM
    Great news for Tibet befriending China. Time has changed and finally the Tibetans leadership has made the right choice to amend ties between the two countries. China has transformed itself becoming the largest economy in the world in no time. The world economy is rapidly changing, China’s economy will become more significant and will surpass America soon. Many countries in the world is making friend with China. With this meeting Tibet and China’s friendship in long term will benefits both sides. In time may HH Dalai Lama have dialogue with China to solved the controversy on the Dorje Shugden ban for the benefits of the people . Dorje Shugden has nothing to do with China. Because of the Tibetan Leadership political agenda, many has suffered and divided. Its more than a year since the workshops ,nothing has improved. Do hope both countries friendship will continue to pave way for more meetings. May HH Dalai Lama then solve the long controversy.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-importance-of-tibet-befriending-china.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, May 21. 2018 01:46 PM
    Even though it’s a old post, which I came across , still it’s a wonderful moment many had invited home this beautiful Setrap statues. Dharmapala Setrap is the enmanation of buddha Amithaba and highly enlightened beings. For 600 years hundreds of thousands of great masters, lamas and practitioners have since relied on Setrap as their principle protector. Rejoice to those who have invited one as family protector.
    Thank you Rinpoche for bringing this Powerful Dharmapala Setrap to Malaysia.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/more-people-invite-setrap.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, May 20. 2018 10:12 PM
    Rejoice for Hecelus to engage in retreat during school holidays. What a great way to spend instead of indulging in video games, movies and hanging out with friends. I am sure he will inspire more teenager to engage in retreat as this is a cool way to spend their holiday too.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/letters-cards-gifts/hecelus-wants-to-do-more.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, May 20. 2018 01:30 PM
    Our faith and religion is our choice. We choose what we want to practice . That’s our choice. We should respect each other choice and should not be biased, segregate, discriminate or hurt any one of a different faith to have a better environment to live in. Those who believe in Dorje Shugden should be treated equally and respected as others too. Politics is politics and has nothing to do with religion. Once mixed it s become harmful to another and used by another for political agenda. Tibetan leadership(CTA) should stopped contradicting itself and discriminating based on faith, for the benefit of Tibetan people. The ban instituted by the Tibetan Leadership (CTA) has created disharmony and disunity among their communities. There are more than enough evidence to prove that there is no religious freedom or true democracy and discrimination against Shugden people within. May the ban on Dorje Shugden be lifted soon and they have the freedom and rights to practice freely.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-people.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, May 20. 2018 01:28 PM
    The Tibetans in exile….. after leaving Tibet does not seem to improve much all these years in India. Since the establishment of the Tibetan leardership nothing was done for the welfare of the Tibetan people. The situation now is still the same as before. More and more Tibetans are speaking up and moving out or back to look for better jobs opportunities else where. The Tibetan Leadership has caused Shugden practitioners much suffering and hardship ,all these years . It is heartfelt to see situation like these, the Tibetans are being torn apart and divided . Even after 50 years, there is nothing that has changed and the CTA did not amend the ties between the CTA and China. Time has changed for the better everywhere, the CTA must change. Thank you Tibet Lover for your comment, hopefully more people will speak up against the wrong-doings done by CTA . May the Tibetans living in exiles have a peaceful and happy solution solved someday. May the ban on Dorje Shugden be lifted soon

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/tibetan-refugee-youth-speaking-up.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, May 19. 2018 07:28 PM
    All religions emphasis love, compassion and peace. If there are violence imposed, I believe it most probably are the wrong view of the practitioners. Hence it is NOT right to impose violence in the name of moral principle. Having the right understanding is very important to mold a peaceful and harmony world. For a start we as individual have to understand, accept and practise it in our daily life. No point talking and not putting it into action.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/violence-in-the-name-of-moral-principle-is-very-sad-the-dalai-lama.html#comment-785925

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I like this White Tara image. It is very basic but has an appeal in this style of art.
He was so excited to bring this sacred statue home to install in his family shrine.......
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He was so excited to bring this sacred statue home to install in his family shrine.......
Daily do your prayers/mantra to Lord Manjushri as it\'s a powerful blessing on a daily basis. It is so important to have sharp mind, good memory and quick wisdom and Manjushri can bestow this. I have heard many tell me that Manjushri\'s practice is very effective. We must also do Manjushri\'s intensive retreats at least twice a year. It would be very beneficial. Sacred mantra of Manjushri: Om Ah-Ra Ba-za Na-Dhi
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Daily do your prayers/mantra to Lord Manjushri as it's a powerful blessing on a daily basis. It is so important to have sharp mind, good memory and quick wisdom and Manjushri can bestow this. I have heard many tell me that Manjushri's practice is very effective. We must also do Manjushri's intensive retreats at least twice a year. It would be very beneficial. Sacred mantra of Manjushri: Om Ah-Ra Ba-za Na-Dhi
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It is nice to see a friend in Nepal receiving a beautiful Bhagwan Dorje Shugden gift from myself. I wish him well always. Tsem Rinpoche
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What my mom shared with me as a young boy that I carry with me till now. She was very caring and giving when she was well: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=160069
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Remember those wonderful Carlos Castaneda books? I use to read them many years back in my room back in New Jersey as a kid. His learning journey with Don Juan was amazing! Those books inspired my commissioning of this beautiful Aztec Dorje Shugden. May you be blessed. Tsem Rinpoche
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A beautiful painting of the enlightened protector Dorje Shugden in the very rich tradition of Aztec art of South America. I wanted to commission something in this rich tradition which is filled with spiritual journeys into other worlds, magic, purification, the supernatural, astral visitations, gods and other dimensions and it has manifested. I have successfully combined the divinity of Tibet with the rich artistic tradition of the Aztecs. The artist we had is amazing. We have many more beautiful art pieces here for you to enjoy and download: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144924 Remember those wonderful Carlos Castaneda books? I use to read them many years back in my room back in New Jersey as a kid. His learning journey with Don Juan was amazing! Those books inspired my commissioning of this beautiful Aztec Dorje Shugden. May you be blessed. Tsem Rinpoche
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H.H. the Dalai Lama’s sudden change of mind about China-backed Panchen Lama is incredible and stunning. His Holiness's new stance will bring more harmony, peace and understanding. I thank His Holiness the Dalai Lama very much for this. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche (Please read here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=159261)
Sculpture demigoddesses Singhini (lioness goddess) on the upper terrace in front of Nyatapola temple in Bhaktapur, Nepal.
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Sculpture demigoddesses Singhini (lioness goddess) on the upper terrace in front of Nyatapola temple in Bhaktapur, Nepal.
How fortunate I am to be sitting in my room, with a rosary in my hand reciting the mantra given to me by my compassionate guru and to meditate in developing a compassionate heart and purifying my karmas. How fortunate I am to be able to spend my time in such a meaningful manner. Tsem Rinpoche
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How fortunate I am to be sitting in my room, with a rosary in my hand reciting the mantra given to me by my compassionate guru and to meditate in developing a compassionate heart and purifying my karmas. How fortunate I am to be able to spend my time in such a meaningful manner. Tsem Rinpoche
Comic drawn by Tendor, a prominent Free Tibet activist-Every Tibetan knows that although His Holiness the Dalai Lama says he is retired from politics, he is in full control of the Tibetan government in exile. No member of the government will dare carry out any decisions without His Holiness\' approval. He is retired for the sake of the west so he does not look like a dictator.~Tenzin Damchoe
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Comic drawn by Tendor, a prominent Free Tibet activist-Every Tibetan knows that although His Holiness the Dalai Lama says he is retired from politics, he is in full control of the Tibetan government in exile. No member of the government will dare carry out any decisions without His Holiness' approval. He is retired for the sake of the west so he does not look like a dictator.~Tenzin Damchoe
It would be wonderful if everyone can recite these two mantras 100k each focusing on Shakyamuni Buddha and His powerful healing energies. Not collectively but each person 100k each of each mantra. Praise to Shakyamuni the Sage who showed us a permanent way to bliss.
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It would be wonderful if everyone can recite these two mantras 100k each focusing on Shakyamuni Buddha and His powerful healing energies. Not collectively but each person 100k each of each mantra. Praise to Shakyamuni the Sage who showed us a permanent way to bliss.
In Tibet Shannan area Riwoche Ling Monastery, devotees are putting Tsem Rinpoche\'s photo inside the cabinet together with the Buddha he loves - Dorje Shugden
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In Tibet Shannan area Riwoche Ling Monastery, devotees are putting Tsem Rinpoche's photo inside the cabinet together with the Buddha he loves - Dorje Shugden 在西藏山南日乌曲林寺,信徒们把詹杜固仁波切的法照和他最敬爱的多杰雄登护法像摆在一起
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Please read this..thank you.
A beautiful Dorje Shugden depicted in Druid and newage style. There are many more here and free downloads in high file: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144924
3 months ago
A beautiful Dorje Shugden depicted in Druid and newage style. There are many more here and free downloads in high file: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144924
Here, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche (left), one of the tutors of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, confers one of the many countless tantric initiations on the Dalai Lama (right). You can see a young Dalai Lama bowing in this picture with Trijang Rinpoche blessing him. Trijang Rinpoche is therefore undoubtedly the Dalai Lama’s tantric master. A great master at that. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Here, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche (left), one of the tutors of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, confers one of the many countless tantric initiations on the Dalai Lama (right). You can see a young Dalai Lama bowing in this picture with Trijang Rinpoche blessing him. Trijang Rinpoche is therefore undoubtedly the Dalai Lama’s tantric master. A great master at that. Tsem Rinpoche
This is a very sacred statue of Buddha Chenresig (Avalokitesvara/Kuan Yin) that manifested many miracles in North India. Read and see more pictures and understand the background here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=153802
4 months ago
This is a very sacred statue of Buddha Chenresig (Avalokitesvara/Kuan Yin) that manifested many miracles in North India. Read and see more pictures and understand the background here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=153802
Wonderful updated version of The Promise book is out! Please get your copy. Much more new information included.
4 months ago
Wonderful updated version of The Promise book is out! Please get your copy. Much more new information included.
\"Bhagavani, source of all wonders, Vasudhara, Goddess of splendour and fortune, bestower of auspicious mental desires; homage to the Goddess Wish-fulfilling Wheel.\" (Sakya liturgical verse).
4 months ago
"Bhagavani, source of all wonders, Vasudhara, Goddess of splendour and fortune, bestower of auspicious mental desires; homage to the Goddess Wish-fulfilling Wheel." (Sakya liturgical verse).
Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini in Pharping, Nepal. The caretaker said it was owned by the Great Marpa the translator who was the guru of Milarepa. Wow.
4 months ago
Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini in Pharping, Nepal. The caretaker said it was owned by the Great Marpa the translator who was the guru of Milarepa. Wow.
In the Lankavatara Sutra, Lord Buddha says: \"For innumerable reasons, the Bodhisattva, whose nature is compassion, is not to  any meat. Thus Mahamati, whenever there is the evolution of living beings, let people cherish the thought of kinship with them, and thinking that all beings are [to be loved as if they were] and only child, let them refrain from eating meat.  Mahamati, meat is not eaten by anybody for any reason, there will be no destroyer of life. Thus, Mahamati, meat-eating I have not permitted to anyone, I do not permit, I will not permit.\"
4 months ago
In the Lankavatara Sutra, Lord Buddha says: "For innumerable reasons, the Bodhisattva, whose nature is compassion, is not to any meat. Thus Mahamati, whenever there is the evolution of living beings, let people cherish the thought of kinship with them, and thinking that all beings are [to be loved as if they were] and only child, let them refrain from eating meat. Mahamati, meat is not eaten by anybody for any reason, there will be no destroyer of life. Thus, Mahamati, meat-eating I have not permitted to anyone, I do not permit, I will not permit."
At times I have to be a trendsetter in spirituality as opposed to just being a follower and that is why I take chances and try. I may not be liked always for it, but I have to do it. In this way I have been introducing Dorje Shugden to the world. I know Shugden is good and will help so many and that is why I do it.
4 months ago
At times I have to be a trendsetter in spirituality as opposed to just being a follower and that is why I take chances and try. I may not be liked always for it, but I have to do it. In this way I have been introducing Dorje Shugden to the world. I know Shugden is good and will help so many and that is why I do it.
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it\'s right and will benefit people at the cost of your own reputation. That\'s how I feel when I share Dorje Shugden\'s practice with the world.
4 months ago
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it's right and will benefit people at the cost of your own reputation. That's how I feel when I share Dorje Shugden's practice with the world.
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it\'s right and you are true to yourself.
4 months ago
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it's right and you are true to yourself.
At times I have to be a trendsetter in spirituality as opposed to just being a follower and that is why I take chances and try. I may not be liked always for it, but I have to do it. In this way I have been introducing Dorje Shugden to the world. I know Shugden is good and will help so many and that is why I do it.
4 months ago
At times I have to be a trendsetter in spirituality as opposed to just being a follower and that is why I take chances and try. I may not be liked always for it, but I have to do it. In this way I have been introducing Dorje Shugden to the world. I know Shugden is good and will help so many and that is why I do it.
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it\'s right and you are true to yourself.
4 months ago
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it's right and you are true to yourself.
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it\'s right and will benefit people at the cost of your own reputation. That\'s how I feel when I share Dorje Shugden\'s practice with the world.
4 months ago
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it's right and will benefit people at the cost of your own reputation. That's how I feel when I share Dorje Shugden's practice with the world.
Beautiful Buddha built in Sarnath, India. Sarnath was the place where Lord Buddha first starting teaching the sacred Dharma. Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Beautiful Buddha built in Sarnath, India. Sarnath was the place where Lord Buddha first starting teaching the sacred Dharma. Tsem Rinpoche
 This is so good. I need to remember this and not allow people to do this to me anymore. Being kind is one thing, but when they are doing it and it harms, it is not a matter of kindness anymore but taking advantage.
5 months ago
This is so good. I need to remember this and not allow people to do this to me anymore. Being kind is one thing, but when they are doing it and it harms, it is not a matter of kindness anymore but taking advantage.
Incredible Lama Thubten Phurbu and His Activities - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=150927
6 months ago
Incredible Lama Thubten Phurbu and His Activities - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=150927
Huffington Post has just released their SECOND EXPOSÉ of the Dorje Shugden issue. You can read about it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=151328
6 months ago
Huffington Post has just released their SECOND EXPOSÉ of the Dorje Shugden issue. You can read about it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=151328
Please read what Kyabje Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche says about people\'s religion.
6 months ago
Please read what Kyabje Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche says about people's religion.
A gorgeous Dorje Shugden painted in traditional art style of China. Chinese art has flourished for over 5,000 years and highly sought after. This form of Dorje Shugden is sitting on a seat as you see painted in his chapel (Trode Khangsar) in Lhasa, Tibet. Dorje Shugden can be on a seat or Lion.  More downloads here.  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
6 months ago
A gorgeous Dorje Shugden painted in traditional art style of China. Chinese art has flourished for over 5,000 years and highly sought after. This form of Dorje Shugden is sitting on a seat as you see painted in his chapel (Trode Khangsar) in Lhasa, Tibet. Dorje Shugden can be on a seat or Lion. More downloads here. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
Dear friends, The Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Shartse Monastery was authorized and blessed by both Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He was a favorite among high lamas for his smooth trances and clear prophecies. This video is a one-of-a-kind where you see the Choyang Dulzin Kuten oracle take trance of the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden wearing the robes of a high lama giving teachings, blessings and transmissions. Very sacred and rare video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pawS1TMOe8k
6 months ago
Dear friends, The Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Shartse Monastery was authorized and blessed by both Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He was a favorite among high lamas for his smooth trances and clear prophecies. This video is a one-of-a-kind where you see the Choyang Dulzin Kuten oracle take trance of the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden wearing the robes of a high lama giving teachings, blessings and transmissions. Very sacred and rare video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pawS1TMOe8k
Beautiful contemporary art piece of Dorje Shugden for free high res download here:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
6 months ago
Beautiful contemporary art piece of Dorje Shugden for free high res download here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
The Huffington Post extensively covers the Dorje Shugden issue. I had no idea that this article was being written. I was not contacted, not asked for an interview or asked for any comments, and then it was published and my students alerted me to it. So it was a very, very pleasant and encouraging surprise to read such balanced coverage from such a reputable news website. You can read it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=149806
6 months ago
The Huffington Post extensively covers the Dorje Shugden issue. I had no idea that this article was being written. I was not contacted, not asked for an interview or asked for any comments, and then it was published and my students alerted me to it. So it was a very, very pleasant and encouraging surprise to read such balanced coverage from such a reputable news website. You can read it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=149806
དེ་རིང་ང་ཁྱེད་རང་ཚོ་མཉམ་དུ་བོད་མིའི་ཆབ་སྲིད་ནང་གི་བློ་མགུ་ནུས་པའི་མངོན་འགྱུར་ཞིག་ཞུའི་ཡིན། གང་དག་བོད་པའི་སྤྱི་ཚོགས་ནང་ཆོས་ལུགས་ཁྱད་པར། དབྱེ་འབྱེད། ཕྱོགས་རིས་ཐོག་ལ་གང་འདྲ་སྟངས་འཛིན་བྱེད་དགོས་ཀྱི་སྐོར་ངེས་གཏན་སྣུན་ཤུགས་བྱེད་ཐུབ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung-tibetan.html
6 months ago
དེ་རིང་ང་ཁྱེད་རང་ཚོ་མཉམ་དུ་བོད་མིའི་ཆབ་སྲིད་ནང་གི་བློ་མགུ་ནུས་པའི་མངོན་འགྱུར་ཞིག་ཞུའི་ཡིན། གང་དག་བོད་པའི་སྤྱི་ཚོགས་ནང་ཆོས་ལུགས་ཁྱད་པར། དབྱེ་འབྱེད། ཕྱོགས་རིས་ཐོག་ལ་གང་འདྲ་སྟངས་འཛིན་བྱེད་དགོས་ཀྱི་སྐོར་ངེས་གཏན་སྣུན་ཤུགས་བྱེད་ཐུབ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung-tibetan.html
བོད་པའི་དབུ་ཁྲིད་ཚོའི་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་བསྟེན་མཁན་ཚོར་མ་ཉེས་ཁ་ཡོག་གི་བརྙན་ཕྲིན་གསར་པ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-leaderships-new-anti-shugden-video-tibetan.html
6 months ago
བོད་པའི་དབུ་ཁྲིད་ཚོའི་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་བསྟེན་མཁན་ཚོར་མ་ཉེས་ཁ་ཡོག་གི་བརྙན་ཕྲིན་གསར་པ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-leaderships-new-anti-shugden-video-tibetan.html
(Drepung) Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we\'ve come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
6 months ago
(Drepung) Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we've come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we\'ve come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
6 months ago
Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we've come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
I had this painting commissioned. Please read more here on this great master-
 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146195
7 months ago
I had this painting commissioned. Please read more here on this great master- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146195
How can all the high lamas of Tibet and all the protectors not be able to defeat Dorje Shugden? This is food for thought: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bj0254UG-Y
7 months ago
How can all the high lamas of Tibet and all the protectors not be able to defeat Dorje Shugden? This is food for thought: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bj0254UG-Y
致全世界的华人:这是我一份小小的心意:一幅富有古中国传统艺术的作品。希望你们会喜欢! http://bit.ly/2zLOjnK
7 months ago
致全世界的华人:这是我一份小小的心意:一幅富有古中国传统艺术的作品。希望你们会喜欢! http://bit.ly/2zLOjnK
“One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
7 months ago
“One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Download for free this high res photo of Lord Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
7 months ago
Download for free this high res photo of Lord Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
Whatever we can do to spread the teachings of our Guru, we should do so.
7 months ago
Whatever we can do to spread the teachings of our Guru, we should do so.
 These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
7 months ago
These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
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    3 months ago
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    Beautiful Buddha being sculpted from clay.
  • After a while, you are are numb and you just keep doing it. You don’t know what you are doing and you don’t see it for what it really is. Tsem Rinpoche
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    After a while, you are are numb and you just keep doing it. You don’t know what you are doing and you don’t see it for what it really is. Tsem Rinpoche
    Please share this as much as possible. Please care. Please help: http://www.patreon.com/weanimals
  • OSER GIRL IS SO SMART AND CUTE AND EVERYONE LOVES HER
    8 months ago
    OSER GIRL IS SO SMART AND CUTE AND EVERYONE LOVES HER
  • It is a very painful process before the animals are finally dead.
    8 months ago
    It is a very painful process before the animals are finally dead.
  • If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.
    8 months ago
    If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.
  • Take a look at what singer Nicki Minaj did.
    8 months ago
    Take a look at what singer Nicki Minaj did.
  • Animals are enslaved to do a human’s job, this must stop.
    8 months ago
    Animals are enslaved to do a human’s job, this must stop.
  • This is how the chickens are killed in the farm, they die a very horrible death.
    8 months ago
    This is how the chickens are killed in the farm, they die a very horrible death.
  • America likes to police the world but their own record of civil rights is not on track. Watch this video from people of color in the US.
    8 months ago
    America likes to police the world but their own record of civil rights is not on track. Watch this video from people of color in the US.
  • Important video to watch and learn.
    8 months ago
    Important video to watch and learn.
  • Bigfoot’s voice captured on tape.
    8 months ago
    Bigfoot’s voice captured on tape.
  • Amazing video that you will not regret watching.
    8 months ago
    Amazing video that you will not regret watching.
  • Norma Jean
    9 months ago
    Norma Jean
    These are the heartbreaking scenes we see over and over again, that we share in the hopes of telling the stories of those who otherwise would have suffered and vanished from this earth without a trace. This is Norma Jean. Free for a little over five months, she knew more happiness than millions of her sisters ever will. But she couldn’t escape the fate genetically programmed into her as an egg producing machine. She seemed more lethargic than usual this morning, so we brought her inside to administer fluids and antibiotics in the hopes of pulling her through until we could get her in to see our vet. She couldn’t hang on. She died this evening shortly after this video was taken, severely infected from the rotting egg yolk adhered to various organs throughout her abdominal cavity. Like virtually every single one of her sisters, caged or free range, rescued or not, she paid the ultimate price for eggs (from FB)
  • If you want to change the world, start of by making your bed
    9 months ago
    If you want to change the world, start of by making your bed
    If you want to change the world, measure a person by the size of their heart

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KSK Penang team redistributed 360.60kg worth of surplus food and 235 pcs buns to the needy families in Flat PPR and Flat MBPP. Thank you to all the dedicated volunteers benefitting these families who are facing long term difficulties. Thank you Tesco for doing your part to help the less fortunate community! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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KSK Penang team redistributed 360.60kg worth of surplus food and 235 pcs buns to the needy families in Flat PPR and Flat MBPP. Thank you to all the dedicated volunteers benefitting these families who are facing long term difficulties. Thank you Tesco for doing your part to help the less fortunate community! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Recently we had a bird liberation on Medicine Buddha Hill. The practice of animal liberation benefits not only the animals, but also those who contribute towards this meritorious activity, offering the benefits of healing, longevity and purification of negative actions. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Recently we had a bird liberation on Medicine Buddha Hill. The practice of animal liberation benefits not only the animals, but also those who contribute towards this meritorious activity, offering the benefits of healing, longevity and purification of negative actions. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More pictures of the surplus food collected from hotels and restaurants to be redistributed to the needy. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 days ago
More pictures of the surplus food collected from hotels and restaurants to be redistributed to the needy. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Last night in KL. Surplus food collection from hotels and restaurants around town. Thank you very much to the following hotels: Sunway Resorts Hotel Hotel Stripes KL The Majestic Hotel Impiana KLCC Concorde Shah Alam Al Amar Pavilion Grand Hyatt KL Concorde KL MSU And not forgetting the wonderful volunteers. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Last night in KL. Surplus food collection from hotels and restaurants around town. Thank you very much to the following hotels: Sunway Resorts Hotel Hotel Stripes KL The Majestic Hotel Impiana KLCC Concorde Shah Alam Al Amar Pavilion Grand Hyatt KL Concorde KL MSU And not forgetting the wonderful volunteers. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The collection from surplus food helps prevent food wastage; we redistribute to the needy families. Thank you to Tesco for this surplus food and also grateful to the volunteers for helping!!! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 days ago
The collection from surplus food helps prevent food wastage; we redistribute to the needy families. Thank you to Tesco for this surplus food and also grateful to the volunteers for helping!!! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Mr. Cheah Fook Wan has offered lights and incense on behalf of KISG in Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Mr. Cheah Fook Wan has offered lights and incense on behalf of KISG in Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has carried out prayer recitations to Mother Tara in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
5 days ago
KISG has carried out prayer recitations to Mother Tara in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
The close bonding between teacher and students in Sunday Dharma Class. Lin Mun KSDS
6 days ago
The close bonding between teacher and students in Sunday Dharma Class. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Kien leading the prayer session before we start the class lesson. Lin Mun KSDS
6 days ago
Teacher Kien leading the prayer session before we start the class lesson. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Alice share the guidelines and lay out the class rules before start of lesson. Lin Mun
6 days ago
Teacher Alice share the guidelines and lay out the class rules before start of lesson. Lin Mun
Andrea and Chloe always very participating during the Q&A session. Lin Mun KSDS
6 days ago
Andrea and Chloe always very participating during the Q&A session. Lin Mun KSDS
Animal liberation is held every 2nd week of the month in Kechara House. Sunday Dharma School students will also join this meritorious session. Lin Mun KSDS
6 days ago
Animal liberation is held every 2nd week of the month in Kechara House. Sunday Dharma School students will also join this meritorious session. Lin Mun KSDS
Dedication will be done after the dharma lessons and activities were ended. Alice Tay, KSDS
6 days ago
Dedication will be done after the dharma lessons and activities were ended. Alice Tay, KSDS
Teacher Kien is very passionate to help the students in art decorations. Alice Tay, KSDS
6 days ago
Teacher Kien is very passionate to help the students in art decorations. Alice Tay, KSDS
Teacher Asyley asked students to pay close attention to the video teaching. Alice Tay, KSDS
6 days ago
Teacher Asyley asked students to pay close attention to the video teaching. Alice Tay, KSDS
Teacher Alice explained the classroom rules to the children. Alice Tay, KSDS
6 days ago
Teacher Alice explained the classroom rules to the children. Alice Tay, KSDS
KSDS students learn to use mala during Manjushri mantra recitation. Alice Tay, KSDS
6 days ago
KSDS students learn to use mala during Manjushri mantra recitation. Alice Tay, KSDS
Thank you for your kind food sponsorship Jade Choong and happy birthday to you! Thank you for doing this on your birthday! Bring a lot of meaning and joy to everyone on the streets. The clients love it especially when we are serving fruit juice! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 days ago
Thank you for your kind food sponsorship Jade Choong and happy birthday to you! Thank you for doing this on your birthday! Bring a lot of meaning and joy to everyone on the streets. The clients love it especially when we are serving fruit juice! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
133kg of vegetables were redistributed to 41 families in Orang Asli village here in Bentong yesterday. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
133kg of vegetables were redistributed to 41 families in Orang Asli village here in Bentong yesterday. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Majlis Pelancaran Bulan Bermakna, launch Tesco Food Drive for the holy month of Ramadan to be channelled to our food bank and Food Aid Foundation to be redistributed to the poor families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
Majlis Pelancaran Bulan Bermakna, launch Tesco Food Drive for the holy month of Ramadan to be channelled to our food bank and Food Aid Foundation to be redistributed to the poor families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Photo from antoinette kass
2 weeks ago
Photo from antoinette kass
Learn, Play, Grow together at Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Every Sunday 9am to 10.30am. Come Come join us!!!We have alot of Fun By Asyley Chia KSDS
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Learn, Play, Grow together at Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Every Sunday 9am to 10.30am. Come Come join us!!!We have alot of Fun By Asyley Chia KSDS
Learn, Play, Grow together at Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Every Sunday 9am to 10.30am. Come Come join us!!!We have alot of Fun By Asyley Chia KSDS
2 weeks ago
Learn, Play, Grow together at Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Every Sunday 9am to 10.30am. Come Come join us!!!We have alot of Fun By Asyley Chia KSDS
Learn, Play, Grow together at Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Every Sunday 9am to 10.30am. Come Come join us!!!We have alot of Fun By Asyley Chia KSDS
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Learn, Play, Grow together at Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Every Sunday 9am to 10.30am. Come Come join us!!!We have alot of Fun By Asyley Chia KSDS
Learn, Play, Grow together at Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Every Sunday 9am to 10.30am. Come Come join us!!!We have alot of Fun By Asyley Chia KSDS
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Learn, Play, Grow together at Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Every Sunday 9am to 10.30am. Come Come join us!!!We have alot of Fun By Asyley Chia KSDS
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