The Imperial Tomb of Emperor Kangxi

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The imperial tomb of Emperor Kangxi located in the Eastern Qing Tombs has become a place of pilgrimage for many people

The imperial tomb of Emperor Kangxi, located in the Eastern Qing Tombs, has become a place of pilgrimage for many people

Emperor Kangxi (1654 – 1722), also known as Emperor Kang Hsi, is one of the most beloved of China’s historic leaders. In fact, he is renowned for his benevolent reign of the country, which was marked by stability, progress and development, both culturally and in terms of his people’s welfare.

In stark contrast to other emperors who are depicted as warriors in military uniforms or armour, Emperor Kangxi is most commonly depicted in a gentler, scholarly manner. His love for the literary arts and his devotion to the Buddhist faith inspired him to sponsor many written works, temples, and monasteries throughout China, Tibet and Mongolia, including several temples on the holy mountain of Wu Tai Shan dedicated to Manjushri, the Buddha of wisdom.

 

The People’s Emperor

A depiction of Emperor Kangxi

A depiction of Emperor Shunzhi

Emperor Kangxi, the son of Emperor Shunzhi (1638 – 1661), was the second and longest reigning emperor of the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1912), also known as the Manchu Dynasty of China. Having survived a war with the Ming Dynasty, Emperor Kangxi became central to rebuilding and development efforts throughout China. His determination and humility highlighted his real love for the subjects of his empire.

In fact, it has been recorded that he would spend hours and hours each day sending orders all over his territory to guarantee the improvement of his empire, even working late into the night so that his instructions could be sent off the next morning.

Having ascended the Dragon Throne at the tender age of six, he was assisted by regents until he came of age. By the time he finally assumed his rightful place as emperor, Kangxi was well-versed in court politics, having grown up in the imperial court.

Emperor Kangxi successfully minimised unrest and nefarious plots internally within his court and throughout the country as a whole. He then turned the attention of his people to the development of literary works such as the compilation of enormous encyclopaedias and the Kangxi dictionary. On a military level, he exerted powerful command over his generals and at the same time, showed care towards the ordinary soldiers.

Inspired by and drawing strength from the Buddhist faith, he showed compassion for all living beings that he came across. The Kangxi Emperor is said to have been extremely humble when he interacted with his subjects. His works, attitude and compassionate behaviour earned him the position of emperor both physically and also in the hearts and minds of his people.

 

The Emanation of Wisdom

Emperor Kangxi was loved by all his people, including those of the Christian faith who portrayed him in a saintly manner

Emperor Kangxi was beloved by all his subjects, including those of the Christian faith, who portrayed him in a saintly manner.

A devoted Buddhist, the Kangxi Emperor was considered progressive in his day as he gave everyone the right to freedom of religion. He is even famously remembered to have given permission for Christian missionaries to carry out their religious activities in China. He was beloved and admired by all and there are even Christian depictions of Emperor Kangxi with a saintly halo.

Most incredibly, Buddhist masters have recognised Emperor Kangxi as the reincarnation of the great holy lama Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen and as an emanation of Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom. Many considered him to be a special being due to his compassionate nature towards all, his determination to ensure the stability and growth of Buddhism as well as his own personal Buddhist practice. It was Lobsang Tamdin who first recorded this divine connection in his bebum (collected works), where he wrote about a vision he had had of Sakya Pandita, Lama Tsongkhapa and Panchen Lobsang Chokyi Gyaltsen.

It was in this vision that Panchen Lobsang Chokyi Gyaltsen gave a prophecy which Lobsang Tamdin interpreted to mean that as soon as Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen passed away, an emperor of China would be born. This prophecy was later corroborated by an entry in Sumpa Khenpo’s Chronology of Tibet. Preceded by a marking denoting a birth, the entry reads,

“The Kangxi Emperor [is born and] becomes famous as the reincarnation of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen.”

So, both Lobsang Tamdin and Sumpa Khenpo believed that Emperor Kangxi was the reincarnation of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen and an emanation of Manjushri. What’s more, they were not the only ones. In the preface to the Mongolian Red Kangyur (1718 – 1720), a work sponsored by Emperor Kangxi, it states

“The Bodhisattva of wisdom, Manjushri, transformed himself into the occupant of the “Fearless Lion Throne of Gold” to appear as none other than the sublime ‘Kangxi-Manjushri.’”

Emperor Kangxi was known to be the reincarnation of the great holy master Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen and as an emanation of Manjushri, the Buddha of wisdom.

Emperor Kangxi was known to be the reincarnation of the great holy master Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen and an emanation of Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom.

Amongst countless examples of his faith, the most memorable are his five visits to the sacred mountain Wu Tai Shan and its Gelug temples. He also sponsored His Holiness the 7th Dalai Lama Kelzang Gyatso’s entrance into Kumbum Monastery, and even bestowed the golden seal of authority upon him. Out of the many written works he sponsored, a copy of the Dragon Sutra written with gold ink, documenting the concise Prajnaparamita teachings, is still preserved today.

Of the temples and monasteries Emperor Kangxi established, preserved or restored, many still exist and are sacred sites of pilgrimage today. These include:

CHINA: Guangren Lamasery with its eight special treasures; Ganden Sumtseling, built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama during Kangxi’s reign, which houses eight gold-covered sculptures of Buddha Shakyamuni; Pule Temple, which is known as the Temple of Universal Joy; and Fayu Temple on Mount Putuo, a sacred site associated with Chenrezig.

Sumtseling Monastery

Ganden Sumtseling Monastery

MONGOLIA: Amarbayasgalant Monastery, the final resting place of Emperor Kangxi’s spiritual mentor Zanabazar (1635 – 1723), who was the first Jebtsundamba Khutuktu – the spiritual head of Tibetan Buddhism amongst the Khalkha in Outer Mongolia.

Amarbayasgalant Monastery

Amarbayasgalant Monastery

 

The Emperor’s Last Act

As per Imperial Chinese tradition, Emperor Kangxi had many sons in order to continue his bloodline. However, this created a prolonged struggle between the various princes in regards to who should inherit the Dragon Throne and rule over the vast Qing Empire.

Kangxi had originally named Prince Yinreng (1674 – 1725) his heir and crown prince when Yinreng was just two years old. He showered his affection on Yinreng and took great pains to groom him for his future role as emperor. However, Yinreng was eventually disavowed the position after many instances of immoral behaviour and for planning a coup d’etat, after which he was placed under house arrest.

A copper statue of Kangxi. He is still very highly revered by the people of China.

A copper statue of Kangxi. He is still highly revered by the people of China.

Following these events, the remaining imperial princes were divided into roughly two camps. Some supported the 4th prince, Yinzhen (1678 – 1735), and were known as the Fourth Lord Party. The others supported the 14th prince, Yinti (1688 – 1756), and were known as the Eighth Lord Party, since Yinti was the eighth of the royal princes to have been awarded an imperial title.

Worried that the issues of succession would destroy not only the imperial court but divide the country as well, Emperor Kangxi instituted a series of reforms that drastically changed the political workings of the empire. Of his 24 sons, some were stripped of their titles, others placed under house arrest, and those who were considered capable were sent on military campaigns to ease political conflict.

Rather than name a successor before his passing, Emperor Kangxi declared that he would instead place his instructions inside a box within the Palace of Heavenly Purity in the Forbidden City, which was only to be opened after his death. After having ruled the Qing Empire for 61 years, Emperor Kangxi passed away and was laid to rest in the Eastern Qing Tombs.

 

The Imperial Eastern Qing Tombs

An aerial view of the Imperial Eastern Qing Tombs

An aerial view of the Imperial Eastern Qing Tombs

Located in Zunhua, Hebei Province in China, the Eastern Qing Tombs are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 125 kilometres (78 miles) northeast of Beijing, the tombs are known to be the biggest, most complete and best preserved of all existing mausoleum complexes in China today.

Covering 80 square kilometres (31 square miles) and surrounded by the Changrul, Jinxing, Huanghua, and Yingfei Daoyang Mountains, the complex includes the tombs of:

  • Emperor Shunzhi (1638 – 1661), the 3rd Qing Emperor
  • Emperor Kangxi (1654 – 1722), the 4th Qing Emperor
  • Emperor Qianlong (1711 – 1799), the 5th Qing Emperor
  • Emperor Xiafeng (1831 – 1861) the 9th Qing Emperor
  • Emperor Tongzhi (1856 – 1875) the 10th Qing Emperor
  • 15 empresses
  • 136 imperial concubines
  • Three princes
  • Two princesses
A map depicting the Imperial Eastern Qing Tombs. Click on image to enlarge.

A map depicting the Imperial Eastern Qing Tombs. Click to enlarge.

An ancient stone arch structure

An ancient stone arch structure

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Xiaoling: The Tomb of Emperor Shunzhi

The tomb at the centre of the complex is known as Xiaoling, the first tomb to be built here. This is where Emperor Shunzhi is buried, together with Empress Xiao Kang Zhang (the mother of Emperor Kangxi), and Imperial Noble Donggo (consort of Emperor Shunzhi, who was posthumously bestowed the title of Empress).

The other tombs within the complex mirror the pattern laid out by the central Xiaoling tomb. This layout consists of a spirit road (an ornate road leading to the tomb, with statues and pillars along its route), palaces and offering kitchens. The spirit road at Xiaoling is the most elaborate and includes archways, decorative gates, halls, statues and various bridges, carved with dragon and phoenix designs. The palace section includes halls of various sizes, areas for court officials, various government buildings, ornate gates, memorial towers, stone altar pieces, a precious citadel and even an underground palace. The offerings kitchen, located to the left of the palace section, consists of kitchens where sacrificial food was cooked, and warehouses to store the offerings.

A stone carving on the walls of the tomb

A stone carving on the tomb wall

 

Yuling: The Tomb of Emperor Qianlong

The tomb of Emperor Qianlong is perhaps the most beautiful of all imperial tombs throughout Chinese history, and includes a series of nine vaults that are separated by four solid marble doors. The marble gates, walls and vaulted ceilings are all carved or painted with Buddhist images such as the 24 Buddhas, the Eight Bodhisattvas, the Four Heavenly Kings, and more than 30,000 words of Tibetan and Sanskrit scripture. The solid marble doors, themselves carved with reliefs of various Bodhisattvas and the Four Heavenly Kings, weigh a staggering 3-tonnes each.

An aerial view of Yuling – The Tomb of Emperor Qianlong

An aerial view of Yuling, The Tomb of Emperor Qianlong

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Entrance to the Tomb of Emperor Qianlong

Entrance to the Tomb of Emperor Qianlong and the spirit road lined with statues leading to the tomb

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Ding Dongling: The Tomb of Empress Dowager Cixi

One of the most luxuriously decorated, this tomb includes numerous halls, three of which are embellished with gold-coloured paintings, gilded dragons and carved stone rails. All over the exterior are reminders of the Forbidden City, including corner spouts on the terrace carved as dragons. The interior features are painted in gold on dark wood, in remembrance of the building in which the Empress Dowager spent the last years of her life.

An aerial view of Ding Dongling – The Tomb of Empress Dowager Cixi

An aerial view of Ding Dongling, The Tomb of Empress Dowager Cixi

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A view of one of the many courtyard buildings at the tomb

A detailed stone carving in the tomb

A detailed stone carving of Vaishravana, one of the Four Heavenly Kings, surrounded by Tibetan prayers on the doors in the tomb

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This tomb is known for its terraced roofs

 

Zhaoxiling: The Tomb of Empress Dowager Xiao Zhuang

Located to the east of the spirit road leading to Emperor Shunzhi’s final resting place, this tomb houses the remains of his mother. The Empress Dowager was thought to have played a key role in consolidating authority during the early Qing Dynasty. At first, the tomb was constructed as a resting hall under the direction of Emperor Kangxi, who was her grandson. But Emperor Yongzheng had it converted into a mausoleum in 1725.

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Statues line the spirit road

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The spirit road is an important feature throughout all the tombs

A stone elephant structure

Close up of a stone elephant statue on the spirit road

 

Jingling: The Tomb of Emperor Kangxi

Although Emperor Kangxi is possibly the greatest of the Qing emperors, his tomb is surprisingly modest. However, when considering his character, this is very much in keeping with his humble attitude. He did, in fact, decree that his tomb should be humble and simple.

The spirit road, one of the most significant features of Jingling, contains a graceful five-arch bridge and there are guardian figures close to the tomb itself, which are more decorated than those of the earlier tombs in the area. Emperor Kangxi’s tomb also mirrors his deep faith in the Buddhas and Buddhist teachings. The walls of his tomb are carved with images of the 35 Confessional Buddhas and other Buddhist deities.

The construction of Jingling began in 1676 and ended in 1681. Emperor Kangxi had set strict rules for how the tomb should be built and used. This included the proclamation that if the empress died before he did, that she would be buried first but that the door of the underground palace would remain open until the emperor himself was buried. This was in contrast to the usual procedure which would ensure that the doors of the tomb would be shut as soon as the intended occupant was interred.

Emperor Kangxi’s tomb has since become a pilgrimage site for practitioners of the Buddhist faith, owing to his great patronage of the Dharma and the fact that he is considered to be an emanation of Manjushri and a reincarnation of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen. Up to this day, offerings of khatas can be seen draped over his tomb in front of his portrait.

The layout of Jingling mainly consists of a few structures, including:

  1. Stele pavilion
  2. Five arch bridge
  3. Stone statues
  4. Ornamental pillar
Inscription of the tomb

Tomb inscription in the Chinese language

An inscription of the Jingling tomb

A description of Jingling

On the right side of the picture, lies the Jingling tomb.

A map showing the locations of the various tombs. Jingling lies on the right.

A map of the Qingdong ling tomb. Noted in red lies the tomb of Kangxi

A map of the tombs. The tomb of Emperor Kangxi is highlighted in red.

The layout plan of the tomb

The layout of the tomb

An aerial view of Jingling tomb

An aerial view of Jingling taken using laser camera technology

These stele pavilions are located outside of the Jingling tomb

These ornamental pillars are located outside Jingling Tomb

These are stone carvings of the 35 confessional Buddhas

Stone carvings of the 35 Confessional Buddhas in the tomb

The tomb of Emperor Kangxi

The tomb of Emperor Kangxi

The tomb of Emperor Kangxi

Many khatas are left by pilgrims who respect Emperor Kangxi’s achievements.

This tomb belongs to Kangxi's concubines

The tomb of Kangxi’s concubines

An old picture of the five arch bridge leading to Kangxi's tomb

An old picture of the five arch bridge leading to Kangxi’s tomb

The famed five arch bridge in Jingling tomb

The famed five arch bridge in Jingling taken using laser camera technology

While so many other rulers throughout history have only thought of themselves, Emperor Kangxi lived his life focused on the welfare of his country. During his reign, peace, harmony, prosperity, literary development and patronage of the Dharma was outstanding, the likes of which have rarely been seen in the world since.

His achievements stem from his expert rule of the country, his compassionate attitude and his hard work ethic. He was so beloved by his people that those who lived during his time credited the Kangxi Emperor in their stories, writings, poetry and folk lore, which has since been passed down through the generations.

All in all, Emperor Kangxi ruled according to the Buddhist teachings of love, kindness, tolerance, wisdom and hard work. It was during his reign that religion, art, literature, culture and science flourished throughout the Qing Empire. And it is a testament of his political astuteness, scholarship and selflessness that even until the present day, the people of China still continue to regard him as one of the greatest emperors to have ever ruled China.

 
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  1. Jacinta on Jan 28, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    I couldn’t recall if I’ve been to this site as I remembered I’ve been to a few tombs. We were asked to be polite and followed certain steps on how we should pay proper respect to them. It was a solemn procession.

    Looking at those pictures, suddenly I remembered how we were first brought to that place. The journey was long, few kilometres away from the gate to a tomb and to another. I remember many plants were planted at the surrounding area but because I visited that place during winter, hence it looked more like a bare root trees/plants. I wish I could remember to whom I have paid my respect to.

    Emperor Kangxi and Emperor Yongzhen, both were so famous. There were dramas about their lives. I admire Emperor Kangxi more now when I found out that He was one the previous lives of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen.

    Really really thankful that we have Rinpoche, the blog team and those who have contributed to this blog. It saves us (especially me) many hours of researching the accurate info.

  2. JP on Dec 14, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Emperor Kangxi is indeed a very popular emperor of China. Many movies have been made in Hong Kong and China to recount the greatness and achievements of this emperor. As an incarnation of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, it is no wonder that Emperor Kangxi was a staunch Buddhist practitioner. His compassion and selflessness were manifested in his contribution towards Buddhism, arts, culture, peace, interfaith harmony, technology advancement, language and so on. He did everything he could to improve the wellbeing of his people both spiritually and economically.

    This is the only time I believe that politics and religion combined worked well. This is because Emperor Kangxi embodied the teachings of compassion and being in service to others as taught in Buddhism instead of just preaching and using religion as a political tool to divide and rule.

  3. Freon on Dec 14, 2017 at 1:21 am

    Emperor Kangxi is known to be the most hardworking emperor in the entire China.

    The aerial view of Jingling looks like the mandala of Dorje Shugden. The stone cravings of 35 Confessional Buddha is so beautiful and in details. I guess this is the first emperor who builds his tomb with many Buddha’s images. Other emperor like Emperor Qin Shi Huang, he build his tomb and crave many soldier to protect him. Other emperor will buried many gold and treasures items in their tomb. But, Emperor Kangxi is so different, he crave many Buddha’s images. Thus, people who visited his tomb are like visit to a temple to pray to Buddha. Emperor Kangxi is truly the emanation of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, the dharma lineage holder.

  4. Wai Meng Wan on Nov 21, 2017 at 1:33 am

    Reading about Kang Xi, one can help but feel admiration for this great personage. He worked really hard to better the lives of his people, he was courageous to protect China from invaders and such.

    Usually invaders don’t make very good administrators, but not Kang Xi, with his deep spiritual principles and ability to govern and improve on current conditions. He could have enjoyed all the palatial pleasure but rather he chose a life of service to the nation and people.

    Reading about his sons, it could not have been an easy decision for him to exile some of them, punish them and putting them under house arrests and so forth, as some of his sone were just wild and not very ethical. Such was the quality of Kang Xi.

  5. Tan Soon Huat on Nov 11, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Emperor Kangxi is one of king of China history I have admired and respected; he was humble, kind, tolerant, wisdom and hard working.I read a few books about him during my school time and I know he was king who was more prone to Buddhism but I did not know he was reincarnation of the great holy lama Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen and as an emanation of Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom. I would say Qing Dynasty has reached peak during his reigns. To me, he is legend.

    Emperor Kangxi has put a lot of effect to flourish Dharma during his reigns. The marvelous monasteries built in Wu Tai Shan are strong evidences of that. In fact, he is one of my favorite emperor of Qing Dynasty, another one is his son, Yongzheng Emperor. One is focus on building, whereas, another one focus on sustaining or reinstalling the glorious of dynasty. Thank You Rinpoche for sharing it to us.

  6. Anne Ong on Nov 7, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    Beautiful and very detailed of this historic emperor whom many admired . Emperor Kangxi. Emperor Kangxi as the reincarnation of the great holy lama Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen and as an emanation of Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom. He has a beautiful Chinese history through out his reign and very much by his people. Ruled according to the Buddhist teachings of love, kindness, tolerance, wisdom and hard work. I love the beautiful and interesting pictures in this article. Thank you very much Rinpoche and blog team for sharing this wonderful post with sincere appreciation 🙏😘

  7. Datuk May on Nov 7, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Throughout history great kings and emperors were renowned for the expansion of their empires through war, cunning schemes and bloodshed. Especially during the early centuries in history China was plagued wth wars and intrigue that causes disruption to good rules and progress.

    Indeed, Emperor Kangxi was an exception as he ruled within the tenets of Buddhism of love, compassion, care and kindness. As such all memories of Emperor Kangxi are not that of a warrior king but a gentle and scholarly emperor who gave great peace and prosperity to his subjects.

    From his gentle and kind conduct as an almighty ruler, it is not a surprise to be documented that Emperor Kangxi was the reincarnation of the Great Tibetan Lama, Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen and an emanation of Wisdom Manjushri.

    It was his care for his empire and his subjects that he would eliminate his heirs if deemed unfit and leave his succession secret until death, to prevent fights and jealousy. Another point that impacted me with Emperor Kangxi’s humility was that he would permit his empress to be buried in his tomb should she have died before him.

    China had some great emperors, but kind and compassionate ones were few and Emperor Kangxi stands out first among them.

  8. Lim Han Nee on Nov 5, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Emperor Kangxi wa one of the greatest emperors of China. Renowned for his benevolence, compassion and selflessness and strict work ethics, his reign was the golden era when art, writing, culture and religion flourished. Being an emperor of great wisdom, far in advance of the age he lived in, he allowed freedom of religion. Because of this, he was so well-respected that even the Christians in their art depicted him with a halo like a Christian saint!

    He lived his life focused on the welfare of his country and his people. As head of his army, he displayed firm control of his general, and yet was compassionate with the ordinary soldiers. Indeed, he was renowned for his compassion towards his people and all living beings. He thus won over the hearts and minds of his people.

    He was an emanation of Manjushri the Buddha of wisdom. Indeed, two great Masters and scholars have recorded in their works that Emperor Kangxi is an emanation of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen. Lobsang Tamdin had this recorded in his ‘Bebum’. In Sumpa Khenpo’s ‘Chronology of Tibet’, he wrote that “The Kangxi Emperor [is born and] becomes famous as the reincarnation of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen.”!

    He was a devout Buddhist practitioner, being the only Emperor who made five pilgrimages to Wu Tai Shan!. He was a great patron of Dharma, sponsoring the establishment, preservation and restoration of temples and monasteries. One of the most famous of this is the Gaden Sumsteling, built by the 5th Dalai Lama, which has many monks and draws crowds of pilgrims. This monastery has several Dorje Shugden chapels as the monks of these khangstens had chosen Dorje Shugden as their Protector. Emperor Kangxi also sponsored a precious Dharma text, the Dragon Sutra, written in gold ink ,documenting the concise Prajnaparamita teachings!

    In keeping with his humility, he had chosen to have a simple and modest tomb built for himself. Still pilgrims flock to this tomb to pay their respects to a great emperor, who had selflessly put his people’s welfare before everything else, and who had been so compassionate and benevolent towards all , and who ruled China so wisely and so well .A distinguishing feature within his tomb were the carvings of the 35 Confessional Buddhas – a clear sign of his being a devout practitioner.

    I believe he will go down in history as one of the very few heads of nations who had been able to combine spirituality and the secular so harmoniously.

  9. Samfoonheei on Nov 4, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Beautiful and very details of these historic emperor whom many admired . Emperor Kangxi. As he was one compassionate Emperor who cares for the welfare of his country man. He was one of the longest-reigning emperors in dynastic history. He was thought of as one of the greatest emperors because, under his rule, the Qing empire started to prosperous and stabilised.
    Emperor Kangxi was recognised to be the reincarnation of the great holy lama Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen and as an emanation of Manjushri by many High Lama. He has a beautiful Chinese history through out his reign and very much by his people. Ruled according to the Buddhist teachings of love, kindness, tolerance, wisdom and hard work.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting article with beautiful pictures of varies tombs of Emperors and Empress.

  10. Fong on Nov 4, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    The beautiful and extensive tombs reflect the reverence the Chinese held for their Emperor Kangxi. He was a great emperor who brought a semblance of stability and wealth to the country, a prosperity that lasted several generations.

    He was shrewd and intelligent but with his interest in Buddhism, was kind and compassionate, the factors that led to his greatness.

    Thank you for sharing this tribute and background to a great emperor and his accomplishments.

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    Sunday, Feb 18. 2018 12:28 AM
    The best gift that we can give to the children is to instill dharma in them.
    In this pilgrimage trip, Lew and family able to make offerings and do prayers together that created causes to gain the same qualities as per enlightened beings. Lew and Wei Theng decided to bring their children for this pilgrimage trip of Sri Lanka instead of other places is really inspiring and be a good example to many other parents to consider and make the same aspirations for their family.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Lew sharing this wonderful article. This has opened my eyes to the beauty and significance of Buddha’s relic of such as Buddha’s tooth and hair.

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    Amazing! This lion really remembers and remembers fondly too. The scene ow he and his rescuer bond after few years is touching and tearjerking. We humans, have plenty to learn from this lion.

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  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Feb 17. 2018 06:59 PM
    How cruel! “Everything done to her is an attempt at removing her from instinct and desire and what she wants and needs.” This expression really caught my eyes because I realise humans are capable of imposing onto others what they have not felt or not capable of enduring. When the table is turned, it will be a different story completely. Thank you for this sharing. I am glad I am a vegetarian.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/can-you-endure-this.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Feb 17. 2018 06:50 PM
    Rinpoche’s kindness and compassion is equal to all sentient beings, regardless if they are a homeless, a friend, an animal or just a stranger. Rinpoche will make sure their basic needs like food are being taken care of. It is inspiring to read stories of Rinpoche helping others. Thank for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-soup-kitchen-ksk/46417.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Feb 17. 2018 06:35 PM
    This man does not deserve the loyalty of his dog. For whatever reasons or problems the dog might have brought him, this man can do better than this. I hope he will be penalised by the authorities for this act of abandonment.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/do-you-know-this-man.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 17. 2018 01:34 PM
    This book “The Power of Habit” written by Charles Duhigg, ,have a useful advice about how to change at least some of our bad habits. Interesting review of this book…..We can develop the habits that can change our life and make everyday life possible for good or bad. Have positive thinking, focus on our goal , eliminate the non-essential and so forth to change ourselves. Many us have been trying desperately to break bad habits for a better. Charles Duhigg, an investigative reporter has did a research all through reading hundreds of scientific papers and interviewed many of the scientists has discovered interesting findings of how habit formation . It seem that by understanding the nature of habits we can change our habits. Scientific discoveries has found that why habits exist and how they can be changed. We must be the change that if we wish to see in the world. To progress in our lives it is impossible without change, and if we cannot change our minds set we cannot change anything.
    Thank you for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/books-poetry/the-power-of-habit-a-book-review.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 17. 2018 01:33 PM
    Walpola Rahula was a Sri Lankan Buddhist monk, scholar and writer. The first bhikkhu Professor of History and Religions in the western world. He was a great author of a number of important books on various aspects of Buddhism in Sinhalese, English and French and published an enormous number of papers on Buddhism. Dr. Rahula was awarded several titles during his lifetime for his achievement. He had left a legacy knowledge and understanding of Buddhism in the western world as well as the locals.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David Lai for thi wonderful sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/ven-dr-walpola-rahula-thero-the-theravadan-academic.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 17. 2018 01:33 PM
    D.T. Suzuki was a Japanese author of more than a hundreds of books and essays on Buddhism, Zen and Shin . He was one of a greatest author, on the subject in both Japanese and English at that time. He was also a prolific translator of Chinese, Japanese, and Sanskrit literature .One of the world’s leading authorities on Zen Buddhism. He was such an amazing great scholar proficient in many languages such as Chinese, English, Pali, Sanskrit and even several European languages. In recognition of his achievements, he was awarded with many honours which has inspired many younger generation of writers.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this inspiring post.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/d-t-suzuki-the-man-who-introduced-zen-buddhism-to-the-west.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Feb 16. 2018 09:51 AM
    Amazing…… it really widen my knowledge to know more of this mysterious temple with fantastic stories behind it . The origin of the Temple of Sree Padmanabhaswamy is lost in antiquity which the locals referred to. This temple has been a fascination in India for many thousands of years and has concealed in mystery and fear having interesting legends surrounding the temple. Researchers discovered mysterious six vaults and unearthed mass treasures of golds etc.. It reminds me of Indiana Jones movie though. According to an ancient legend, there is an ancient curse on those who defile the sacred site and open those vaults which they did except vault B. Not until recently they managed to open after few attempts to open that particular vault .What was inside was amazing … an extra terrestrial unidentified flying object (UFO) and preserved mummies, and more has not been revealed so far. But I guess vault B contains even more incredible ancient treasures and even more surprising artifacts.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this amazing discovery.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/the-mysterious-door-of-vault-b-padmanabhaswamy-temple.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Feb 16. 2018 09:50 AM
    Amazing …..Our Powerful Protector Dorje Shugden has definitely helped Keng Tan in clearing all the obstacles . At times you could not believe what Dorje Shugden did for us. Dorje Shugden, the special protector emanation of Manjushri is a fully enlightened being which will help us at all times when we truly trusted and have faiyh in him and our Guru. Its such a wonderful moment you and family able to witness the first inaugural trance by Dorje Shugden Oracle,at Kechara Forest Retreat.
    Thank you Keng Tan for sharing your experience with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/calling-upon-the-divine.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Feb 16. 2018 09:49 AM
    Compassion motivates people to go out of their way to help the physical, mental or emotional pains of another and themselves. Practice loving kindness and compassion at all times nor matter where. Researchers have confirmed that compassion and can be cultivated with training and practice in long run. Compassion training may also benefit people who have social anxiety. Compassion brings great warmth and kindness to all of us.
    Thank you or this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-article/compassion-as-training
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Feb 15. 2018 01:46 PM
    Giving of Dharma is the highest form of generosity as per the Buddhist tenets. It is essentially the key to the doorway to liberation. Liberation from what? From the endless suffering of samsara, as depicted in the Four Noble Truth; birth, sick and death, as well as everything in between. If we cannot be the perfect vessel to give Dharma to others, the least we can do is to support such meritorious activities or organisation so that everyone will eventually be free from suffering through the practice of Dharma.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-article/baladana-sutta
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Feb 15. 2018 01:39 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche and PNP for this powerful sharing on what drives habits and how to change it. The formation of habit depicted in the story of Eugene Pauly is quite relatable; just imagine how we drive from home to office daily using the same route, autopilot. Most of the people will not change or try new routes. Most people will react to the reward of a shorter travelling time to induce that change of route. This whole 4-steps guide to transformation works, which is why Waze (of Google) is so popular when it comes to going from point A to point B. People just switch it on because it gives exactly these 4 steps in a nutshell, on the phone. ��

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/books-poetry/the-power-of-habit-a-book-review.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Feb 14. 2018 02:15 PM
    Wonderful approach by former US president Bill Clinton to take up meditation as he knew the many benefits of it. After gone through few heart problems and surgeries, he has taken his exercise routine to learn Buddhist meditation. He even hired his own personal Buddhist monk to teach him how to meditate properly. Since then he has changed his lifestyle becoming vegan and he has been studying and practicing some forms of Buddhism too . He saw mindfulness as a cure to the stress of modern life and inspired few politicians to join him .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/bill-clinton-adopts-buddhist-meditation.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Feb 14. 2018 02:13 PM
    The 14th Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism and the Tibetan people. In the past, Dalai Lamas have also served as the political leaders of Tibet. Because of his stand regarding the ban on Dorje Shugden , has cause disunity, hardship. suffering and so forth among practitioner and non-practitioners all over the globe. Many countries are then avoiding him in reality , treating him as any other common world leader. The global political scenario is amazingly changing in China’s favour. Despite the development, China’s control of Tibet still remains a sensitive issue. Chinese government is more polite and allow religious freedom.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/is-this-really-happening-to-dalai-lama.html

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A beautiful Dorje Shugden depicted in Druid and newage style. There are many more here and free downloads in high file: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144924
2 days 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
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Here, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche (left), one of the tutors of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, confers one of the many countless tantric initiations on the Dalai Lama (right). You can see a young Dalai Lama bowing in this picture with Trijang Rinpoche blessing him. Trijang Rinpoche is therefore undoubtedly the Dalai Lama’s tantric master. A great master at that. Tsem Rinpoche
This is a very sacred statue of Buddha Chenresig (Avalokitesvara/Kuan Yin) that manifested many miracles in North India. Read and see more pictures and understand the background here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=153802
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This is a very sacred statue of Buddha Chenresig (Avalokitesvara/Kuan Yin) that manifested many miracles in North India. Read and see more pictures and understand the background here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=153802
Wonderful updated version of The Promise book is out! Please get your copy. Much more new information included.
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Wonderful updated version of The Promise book is out! Please get your copy. Much more new information included.
\"Bhagavani, source of all wonders, Vasudhara, Goddess of splendour and fortune, bestower of auspicious mental desires; homage to the Goddess Wish-fulfilling Wheel.\" (Sakya liturgical verse).
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"Bhagavani, source of all wonders, Vasudhara, Goddess of splendour and fortune, bestower of auspicious mental desires; homage to the Goddess Wish-fulfilling Wheel." (Sakya liturgical verse).
Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini in Pharping, Nepal. The caretaker said it was owned by the Great Marpa the translator who was the guru of Milarepa. Wow.
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Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini in Pharping, Nepal. The caretaker said it was owned by the Great Marpa the translator who was the guru of Milarepa. Wow.
In the Lankavatara Sutra, Lord Buddha says: \"For innumerable reasons, the Bodhisattva, whose nature is compassion, is not to  any meat. Thus Mahamati, whenever there is the evolution of living beings, let people cherish the thought of kinship with them, and thinking that all beings are [to be loved as if they were] and only child, let them refrain from eating meat.  Mahamati, meat is not eaten by anybody for any reason, there will be no destroyer of life. Thus, Mahamati, meat-eating I have not permitted to anyone, I do not permit, I will not permit.\"
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In the Lankavatara Sutra, Lord Buddha says: "For innumerable reasons, the Bodhisattva, whose nature is compassion, is not to any meat. Thus Mahamati, whenever there is the evolution of living beings, let people cherish the thought of kinship with them, and thinking that all beings are [to be loved as if they were] and only child, let them refrain from eating meat. Mahamati, meat is not eaten by anybody for any reason, there will be no destroyer of life. Thus, Mahamati, meat-eating I have not permitted to anyone, I do not permit, I will not permit."
At times I have to be a trendsetter in spirituality as opposed to just being a follower and that is why I take chances and try. I may not be liked always for it, but I have to do it. In this way I have been introducing Dorje Shugden to the world. I know Shugden is good and will help so many and that is why I do it.
1 month ago
At times I have to be a trendsetter in spirituality as opposed to just being a follower and that is why I take chances and try. I may not be liked always for it, but I have to do it. In this way I have been introducing Dorje Shugden to the world. I know Shugden is good and will help so many and that is why I do it.
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it\'s right and 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.
1 month 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.
1 month 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.
1 month ago
At times I have to be a trendsetter in spirituality as opposed to just being a follower and that is why I take chances and try. I may not be liked always for it, but I have to do it. In this way I have been introducing Dorje Shugden to the world. I know Shugden is good and will help so many and that is why I do it.
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it\'s right and you are true to yourself.
1 month 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.
1 month ago
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it's right and will benefit people at the cost of your own reputation. That's how I feel when I share Dorje Shugden's practice with the world.
Beautiful Buddha built in Sarnath, India. Sarnath was the place where Lord Buddha first starting teaching the sacred Dharma. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful Buddha built in Sarnath, India. Sarnath was the place where Lord Buddha first starting teaching the sacred Dharma. Tsem Rinpoche
 This is so good. I need to remember this and not allow people to do this to me anymore. Being kind is one thing, but when they are doing it and it harms, it is not a matter of kindness anymore but taking advantage.
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This is so good. I need to remember this and not allow people to do this to me anymore. Being kind is one thing, but when they are doing it and it harms, it is not a matter of kindness anymore but taking advantage.
Incredible Lama Thubten Phurbu and His Activities - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=150927
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Incredible Lama Thubten Phurbu and His Activities - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=150927
Huffington Post has just released their SECOND EXPOSÉ of the Dorje Shugden issue. You can read about it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=151328
3 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.
3 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
3 months ago
A gorgeous Dorje Shugden painted in traditional art style of China. Chinese art has flourished for over 5,000 years and highly sought after. This form of Dorje Shugden is sitting on a seat as you see painted in his chapel (Trode Khangsar) in Lhasa, Tibet. Dorje Shugden can be on a seat or Lion. More downloads here. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
Dear friends, The Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Shartse Monastery was authorized and blessed by both Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He was a favorite among high lamas for his smooth trances and clear prophecies. This video is a one-of-a-kind where you see the Choyang Dulzin Kuten oracle take trance of the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden wearing the robes of a high lama giving teachings, blessings and transmissions. Very sacred and rare video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pawS1TMOe8k
3 months ago
Dear friends, The Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Shartse Monastery was authorized and blessed by both Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He was a favorite among high lamas for his smooth trances and clear prophecies. This video is a one-of-a-kind where you see the Choyang Dulzin Kuten oracle take trance of the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden wearing the robes of a high lama giving teachings, blessings and transmissions. Very sacred and rare video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pawS1TMOe8k
Beautiful contemporary art piece of Dorje Shugden for free high res download here:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
3 months ago
Beautiful contemporary art piece of Dorje Shugden for free high res download here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
The Huffington Post extensively covers the Dorje Shugden issue. I had no idea that this article was being written. I was not contacted, not asked for an interview or asked for any comments, and then it was published and my students alerted me to it. So it was a very, very pleasant and encouraging surprise to read such balanced coverage from such a reputable news website. You can read it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=149806
3 months ago
The Huffington Post extensively covers the Dorje Shugden issue. I had no idea that this article was being written. I was not contacted, not asked for an interview or asked for any comments, and then it was published and my students alerted me to it. So it was a very, very pleasant and encouraging surprise to read such balanced coverage from such a reputable news website. You can read it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=149806
དེ་རིང་ང་ཁྱེད་རང་ཚོ་མཉམ་དུ་བོད་མིའི་ཆབ་སྲིད་ནང་གི་བློ་མགུ་ནུས་པའི་མངོན་འགྱུར་ཞིག་ཞུའི་ཡིན། གང་དག་བོད་པའི་སྤྱི་ཚོགས་ནང་ཆོས་ལུགས་ཁྱད་པར། དབྱེ་འབྱེད། ཕྱོགས་རིས་ཐོག་ལ་གང་འདྲ་སྟངས་འཛིན་བྱེད་དགོས་ཀྱི་སྐོར་ངེས་གཏན་སྣུན་ཤུགས་བྱེད་ཐུབ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung-tibetan.html
3 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
3 months ago
བོད་པའི་དབུ་ཁྲིད་ཚོའི་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་བསྟེན་མཁན་ཚོར་མ་ཉེས་ཁ་ཡོག་གི་བརྙན་ཕྲིན་གསར་པ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-leaderships-new-anti-shugden-video-tibetan.html
(Drepung) Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we\'ve come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
3 months ago
(Drepung) Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we've come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we\'ve come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
3 months ago
Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we've come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
I had this painting commissioned. Please read more here on this great master-
 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146195
3 months ago
I had this painting commissioned. Please read more here on this great master- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146195
How can all the high lamas of Tibet and all the protectors not be able to defeat Dorje Shugden? This is food for thought: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bj0254UG-Y
4 months ago
How can all the high lamas of Tibet and all the protectors not be able to defeat Dorje Shugden? This is food for thought: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bj0254UG-Y
致全世界的华人:这是我一份小小的心意:一幅富有古中国传统艺术的作品。希望你们会喜欢! http://bit.ly/2zLOjnK
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致全世界的华人:这是我一份小小的心意:一幅富有古中国传统艺术的作品。希望你们会喜欢! http://bit.ly/2zLOjnK
“One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
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“One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Download for free this high res photo of Lord Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
4 months ago
Download for free this high res photo of Lord Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
Whatever we can do to spread the teachings of our Guru, we should do so.
4 months ago
Whatever we can do to spread the teachings of our Guru, we should do so.
 These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
4 months ago
These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
4 months ago
Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
Beautiful and holy new statues arrived to Kechara Forest Retreat. Please enjoy the pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146950
4 months ago
Beautiful and holy new statues arrived to Kechara Forest Retreat. Please enjoy the pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146950
Beautiful old thangka of Buddha Nageshvaraja
4 months ago
Beautiful old thangka of Buddha Nageshvaraja
Dear friends, This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Dear friends, This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become. Tsem Rinpoche
October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France.  Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
4 months ago
His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France. Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa\'s tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits.

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

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

Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche 
Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
4 months ago
Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa's tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits. Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
The meaning and origins of Halloween: http://bit.ly/2egnVrp
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My Halloween in Salem: http://bit.ly/2zwq6li
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The meaning and origins of Halloween: http://bit.ly/2egnVrp *****and**** My Halloween in Salem: http://bit.ly/2zwq6li
This is so powerful. It is a must read and must share.
4 months ago
This is so powerful. It is a must read and must share.
Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
4 months ago
Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden\'s cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
4 months ago
Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden's cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
4 months ago
Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
4 months ago
Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
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