The Underground City of Cappadocia

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Dear friends around the world,

I have always been fascinated by historical architecture, from the ancient pyramids of Egypt to the mysterious Moais of Easter Island. Up till today, it is still a wonder how these ancient civilizations were able to construct such massive monuments when modern technology and even simple machinery did not exist. The most incredible thing is that these structures still remain standing even after so many years.

This article that I am sharing with you is about the intriguing underground cities of Cappadocia in Turkey. I hope you enjoy reading it and, along the way, learn a little more about the ancient cultures of the world.

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Derinkuyu & The Underground Cities of Cappadocia

May 9, 2014

In 1963, a man in the Nevşehir Province of Turkey knocked down a wall of his home. Behind it, he discovered a mysterious room. The man continued digging and soon discovered an intricate tunnel system with additional cave-like rooms. What he had discovered was the ancient Derinkuyu underground city, part of the Cappadocia region in central Anatolia, Turkey.

The elaborate subterranean network included discrete entrances, ventilation shafts, wells, and connecting passageways. It was one of dozens of underground cities carved from the rock in Cappadocia thousands of years ago. Hidden for centuries, Derinkuyu‘s underground city is the deepest.

Rose Valley of Cappadocia (courtesy Bjørn Christian Tørrissen)

Rose Valley of Cappadocia (courtesy Bjørn Christian Tørrissen)

 

History

Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia, Turkey

The Cappadocia region of Anatolia is rich in volcanic history and sits on a plateau around 3,300 feet (1,000m) tall.

The area was buried in ash millions of years ago creating the lava domes and rough pyramids seen today. Erosion of the sedimentary rock left pocked spires and stone minarets.

Volcanic ash deposits consist of a softer rock – something the Hittites of Cappadocia discovered thousands of years ago when they began carving out rooms from the rock. It began with storage and underground food lockers; the subterranean voids maintained a constant temperature, protecting the contents from exposure to harsher surface weather extremes.

Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia, Turkey

One of many hidden entrances to Derinkuyu

One of many hidden entrances to Derinkuyu

The underground tunneling would also serve a bigger purpose: Protect the Hittites from attack. The exact dates are unknown, but estimates range the tunnels first appeared between the 15th century and 12th century BCE. The Hittites were believed to have used the tunnels to hide from Phrygian raids.

Those who subscribe to this theory point to the historic account of the Phrygian destruction of Hittite city Hattusa, along with the identification of a small number of Hittite-related artifacts found in the tunnels.

An alternative suggestion has the Phrygians first building the tunnels later, between the 8th and 7th centuries BCE. They explain the discovered Hittite artifacts as being remnants from the spoils of war.

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This theory is reinforced by reputation: Phrygian architects are considered by archaeologists to be among the finest of the Iron Age, and known to have engaged in complex construction projects.

Because the Phrygians are known to have possessed the necessary skills and inhabited the region for a long time, they are often credited with first creating the underground city at Derinkuyu.

[Side Bar: Phrygia was known for stories of its heroic kings in mythology, one of the more well-known being the tale of King Midas.]

Less popular is the theory the underground city was the work of the Persians.

Nevşehir Province of Turkey

Nevşehir Province of Turkey

Although no direct reference is made to Derinkuyu, the second chapter of the Vendidad (part of the Zoroastrian Avesta) includes a story of “the great and mythical Persian king Yima” who “created palaces underground to house flocks, herds, and men.”

But with no other evidence, this theory has struggled to gain traction among the cognoscenti.

The oldest written reference to the underground cities of Cappadocia was by Xenophon in Anabasis. He mentions the Anatolian people living underground in excavated homes large enough for entire families, their food, and animals.

Because the city was carved from naturally-formed rock, traditional archaeological methods of dating the underground city would fail to discern the origins.

An illustration depicting the underground cities of Cappadocia

An illustration depicting the underground cities of Cappadocia

 

Derinkuyu

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Archaeologists believe the underground cities of Cappadocia could number in the hundreds. To date, just six have been excavated.

The underground city at Derinkuyu is neither the largest nor oldest, but it fascinates as it is the deepest of the underground cities and was only recently discovered in 1963. (The largest, Kaymakli, has been inhabited continuously since first constructed).

While there is no consensus for who is responsible for building Derinkuyu, many groups have occupied the underground city over the centuries. It is believed Derinkuyu was later expanded during the Byzantine era (330-1461 CE).

During this time the underground city was known as Malakopea (Greek: Μαλακοπέα). Early Christians used the tunnels to escape persecution during raids from the Muslim Umayyad and Abbasid dynasties.

Tourist map of Derinkuyu Underground City (en Español)

Tourist map of Derinkuyu Underground City (en Español)

Over time the need for underground shelter in Cappadocia ebbed and flowed with different ruling empires. In peacetime tunneling efforts were reduced as resources were diverted back toward the surface. During these times the subterranean city served as cold storage facilities and underground barns.

During the Roman persecutions of the 2nd and 3rd centuries (and the Arab raids between the 8th and 10th centuries) CE, use of the underground cities increased and tunnels were expanded.

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Underground City Features

Derinkuyu underground tunnels

Derinkuyu underground tunnels

Derinkuyu is the deepest of the discovered underground cities with eight floors – reaching depths of 280 feet (85m) – currently open to the public. Excavation is incomplete but archaeologists estimate Derinkuyu could contain up to 18 subterranean levels.

Miles of tunnels are blackened from centuries of burning torches. They were strategically carved narrow to force would-be invaders to crawl single-file. Eventually the tunnels reach hundreds of caves large enough to shelter tens of thousands of people.

The build-out of Derinkuyu accommodated for churches, food stores, livestock stalls, wine cellars, and schools. Temporary graveyards were constructed to hold the dead; an ironic twist, bodies were stored underground until it was safe to return them to the surface. Over one hundred unique entrances to Derinkuyu are hidden behind bushes, walls, and courtyards of surface dwellings. Access points were blocked by large circular stone doors, up to 5 feet (1.5m) in diameter and weighing up to 1,100 lbs (500 kilos).

The stone doors (pictured below) protected the underground city from surface threats, and were installed so each level could be sealed individually. The tunneling architects included thousands of ventilation shafts varying in size up to 100 feet deep (30m).

Circular stones would seal access to the passageways (courtesy thingshappendownhere)

Circular stones would seal access to the passageways (courtesy thingshappendownhere)

An underground river filled wells while a rudimentary irrigation system transported drinking water.

Derinkuyu was more than just residences, storage, and tunnels. When residents fled underground, business continued as usual. Commercial spaces included communal meeting areas, dining rooms, grocers, religious places for worship – even shopping. Arsenals stored weapon caches while hidden escape routes offered residents a last-chance for a getaway.

 

Unique to Derinkuyu

On the second floor a barrel-vaulted ceiling tops a spacious room believed to have been a religious school. Rooms to the left provided individual studies.

A staircase between the third and fourth levels takes visitors to a cruciform church measuring approximately 65 x 30 ft (20m x 9m) in size.

Shaft which served as primary well at Derinkuyu

Shaft which served as primary well at Derinkuyu

A large 180-ft (55m) shaft (pictured above) was likely used as the primary well – both for residents underground and on the surface. To prevent any surface aggressor attempt to poison drinking water, control of the water supply originated from the lower floors and moved upward, with lower floors able to cut-off supply to upper levels.

On the third level a 3 mile-long (5 km) tunnel connected Derinkuyu to nearby underground city Kaymakli – although it is no longer functioning as parts of this tunnel have collapsed.

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Another hidden entrance to the underground city of Derinkuyu

Another hidden entrance to the underground city of Derinkuyu

Tourism & Derinkuyu Today

The name Derinkuyu roughly translates to “deep well” – apropos given the surface city lacked running water until only recently.

A declining water table created fears of water shortages in the mid-20th century; it wasn’t until 1965 that the surface city finally received the infrastructure for running water.

Derinkuyu was opened to visitors in 1969, but only about 10% of the underground city is accessible to tourists today. The underground city is open to visitors daily during the summer from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. Winter hours are from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. 2014 entrance fees are 15 Turkish Lira (or about $7/£4/€5).

A guided tour is more expensive, but recommended as there is little information within the city itself to indicate what one is observing. Independent local guides will sometimes loiter near the entrance waiting to be hired. The Green Tour (or South Cappadocia Tour) is a highly-rated and popular option. Alternatively, private 2-hour tours are also available.

Underground tunnel in Derinkuyu, Turkey

Underground tunnel in Derinkuyu, Turkey.

Source: http://sometimes-interesting.com/2014/05/09/derinkuyu-the-underground-cities-of-cappadocia/

 

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  1. Pastor Han Nee on Jan 7, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    It’s amazing how the underground cities of Cappadocia were constructed in ancient times! A great architectural feat indeed to construct the whole maze of subterranean passages.
    The construction of these underground maze has been attributed to the Phrygians and the Persians among others. The underground shelter was used to protect against enemy attacks and persecutions.

    Drinkuyu was the oldest and deepest and most sophisticated and developed, with spaces accommodating churches, food stores, livestock stalls, wine cellars, and schools. Temporary graveyards were constructed to hold the dead! Derinkuyu had signs of business being run -commercial spaces, dining rooms, grocers, religious places for worship – even shopping! There were even signs that a religious school had been operating in Derinkuyu. Derinkuyu was connected to other cities by tunnels . Very interesting indeed.

    Truly an ingenious set of constructions.

  2. Stella Cheang on Dec 7, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    Underground shelters fascinate me very much. It feels like the battle field of some RPG games. I believe ventalitation would be something of concern to the architects. But I also believe the caves are nicely insolated making it quite comfortable to live in. This is a nice read. Thank you!

  3. Wai Meng Wan on Dec 2, 2017 at 2:35 am

    This is a very interesting article. What brings to mind is how many have they been attacked until they actually had to resort to to have a duplicate city or redundancy underground city?

    It is ingenious to build an entire city underground. There are some really smart people in the Hittites civilization.

  4. Samfoonheei on Nov 24, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Derinkuyu is the deepest excavated underground city in Cappadocia in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey. A beautiful natural wonder and amazing geological spectacle discovered by a man doing renovation in his house in 1963.
    It was an astonishing discovery of an ancient underground city where it can accommodate a capacity of up to 20,000 people. Wow …could not imagine how these cities was built at that time without all the modern tools and machineries. The city seem to be specially built for protection and invasion of some sort as shelter , designed with safety features. Now these underground cities has become one of a tourist attraction for many tourist .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting article .

  5. Cc on Nov 19, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and team.
    It is amazing and it seems to be very well planed,designed and well linked. Wonder how could the people from those days able to take the pressure and temperature difference.
    It clearly shows that people then have lots of wisdom.

  6. Anne Ong on Nov 18, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    This is really an interesting topic. I love reading and knowing more about historical architecture,from the ancient pyramids . Unusual places ,archeological findings, artifacts,and architecture. Places which we are difficult for us to visit. I love these wonderful pictures of this amazing underground city. Thank very much Rinpoche and blog team for sharing this amazing and interesting article. 🙏

  7. Fong on Nov 17, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    The history is intriguing and the architecture of these underground abodes look sophisticated. The complexes are very complex indeed and look like an inverted skyscraper. In the pictures, we see the abodes in modern bright lights. I wonder what it must have been in ancient times when the lighting is not so efficient. It would be very daunting for claustrophobic people to live in there.

    So, what they lacked in lighting, they probably made up with air-conditioning as those caves must have been very cool.

    All in, a wonder indeed and leaves me to wonder how could such sophisticated skills be lost?

  8. Datuk May on Nov 16, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    With all our modern engineering and architectural feats, are we smarter than our ancestors of long long ago? We construct upwards and leave the basements for carparks and non living areas. Whereas in ancient history cities and dwelling places were underground.

    The pros and cons of the above choices are highly debatable. It is my point of view that going below the earth seem more aligned to Mother Nature and her environment, providing for shelter of snow, rain, winds and shine. In the same breathe also less destruction to the natural contours of the land.

    Building upwards strains the earth and takes much more mechanical resources to make space liveable. Heating and air conditioning, not to mention the amount of mortars and stones removed from their natural sphere to create these structures.

    Would I then say that mankind invents and constructs to destroy nature and the atmosphere? Not really but only a relative comparison of my mind as there is not way I can comprehend better.

    To have set me thinking of what was and what is and maybe what will be, I thank H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche for His cyber encyclopedia that is diverse and educational.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Short mantra: OM MA NI PAD ME HUNG

    Dedication Prayer

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

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

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

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

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

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

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/unique-dorje-shugden-oracle-statue-in-kechara-forest-retreat.html
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Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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Wrathful Dakini Ucchusma-In the form of wrathful dakini, Ucchusma has 3 eyes; with both hands holding a vase with nectar at her heart level, her hair loose, and no ornaments. She wears a garment of black silk, with two legs, feet together, standing on a lotus and sun disc. This deity functions to remove negative energy and pollutions from body, speech and mind. The practice was conferred by a Dakini to Drupangsa. -Mantra: Om ar-kham zir-kam bu-ma-na-se ou-cus-ha-ma ma-ha tro-da hung phet
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Wrathful Dakini Ucchusma-In the form of wrathful dakini, Ucchusma has 3 eyes; with both hands holding a vase with nectar at her heart level, her hair loose, and no ornaments. She wears a garment of black silk, with two legs, feet together, standing on a lotus and sun disc. This deity functions to remove negative energy and pollutions from body, speech and mind. The practice was conferred by a Dakini to Drupangsa. -Mantra: Om ar-kham zir-kam bu-ma-na-se ou-cus-ha-ma ma-ha tro-da hung phet
Tibetan Painted Scrolls Volumes 1-3 in original print is something very rare and expensive to come by. I really like these very much from what I can see.
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Tibetan Painted Scrolls Volumes 1-3 in original print is something very rare and expensive to come by. I really like these very much from what I can see.
Kechara Forest Retreat doing the extended puja of Dorje Shugden and Tsem Rinpoche attends the 2nd half. Good video to download: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-an_NAH6Mk
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Kechara Forest Retreat doing the extended puja of Dorje Shugden and Tsem Rinpoche attends the 2nd half. Good video to download: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-an_NAH6Mk
A powerful meme to share.
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A powerful meme to share.
Beautiful Avalokitesvara scroll painting.
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Beautiful Avalokitesvara scroll painting.
Black Garuda. 18th century. U (Central Tibet). Tradition Gelug
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Black Garuda. 18th century. U (Central Tibet). Tradition Gelug
Palden Lhamo. 18th century. Tibet. Tradition: Gelug
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Palden Lhamo. 18th century. Tibet. Tradition: Gelug
Dorje Jigje. 15th century. Narthang, Tsang (South-Central Tibet). Tradition: Sakya
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Dorje Jigje. 15th century. Narthang, Tsang (South-Central Tibet). Tradition: Sakya
The oracle of Dorje Shugden in Dungkar Monastery in Tibet. Very old vintage photo from 1923 by an English Earl Lord Ronaldshay in his book, \"Land Of The Thunderbolt Sikkim, Chunbi & Bhutan\". This Lord met up with Dorje Shugden via the oracle. He devotes a chapter in his book about this oracle and encounter.
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The oracle of Dorje Shugden in Dungkar Monastery in Tibet. Very old vintage photo from 1923 by an English Earl Lord Ronaldshay in his book, "Land Of The Thunderbolt Sikkim, Chunbi & Bhutan". This Lord met up with Dorje Shugden via the oracle. He devotes a chapter in his book about this oracle and encounter.
Beautiful old photograph of the Kamakura Buddha in Japan.
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Beautiful old photograph of the Kamakura Buddha in Japan.
Never before seen footage of Tsem Rinpoche with various oracles- https://bit.ly/292jMaG
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Never before seen footage of Tsem Rinpoche with various oracles- https://bit.ly/292jMaG
In around 2 weeks, there are over 30k views already! Videos are great! Must watch!- https://bit.ly/2K0gNhB
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In around 2 weeks, there are over 30k views already! Videos are great! Must watch!- https://bit.ly/2K0gNhB
Click on the picture to enlarge and contemplate the message please. Something to share.
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Click on the picture to enlarge and contemplate the message please. Something to share.
Click on the picture to enlarge and contemplate the message please
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Click on the picture to enlarge and contemplate the message please
This sacred Tara at Phelgyeling Monastery in Nepal has spoken several times the monks said.
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This sacred Tara at Phelgyeling Monastery in Nepal has spoken several times the monks said.
Beautiful ancient Tibetan scroll paintings for your viewing pleasure. Many more antique paintings for you to see and be blessed here-  https://bit.ly/2vz18RX
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Beautiful ancient Tibetan scroll paintings for your viewing pleasure. Many more antique paintings for you to see and be blessed here- https://bit.ly/2vz18RX
Nice handsome picture of my Dharma boy. Tsem Rinpoche
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Nice handsome picture of my Dharma boy. Tsem Rinpoche
Four Sacred Sites of Vajra Yogini in Nepal which you must know about and one day pay homage in person. These places are highly sacred and holy and I want to share them with you. Happy enlightenment to you! :)  - https://bit.ly/2vshj3r
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Four Sacred Sites of Vajra Yogini in Nepal which you must know about and one day pay homage in person. These places are highly sacred and holy and I want to share them with you. Happy enlightenment to you! :) - https://bit.ly/2vshj3r
Tsangpa Karpo-Protector of the line of Panchen Lama incarnations. They can take trance in certain oracles and speak.
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Tsangpa Karpo-Protector of the line of Panchen Lama incarnations. They can take trance in certain oracles and speak.
Mahakala Tramsuk centre figure. Bottom left, Gonpo Gur and bottom right Dorje Shugden
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Mahakala Tramsuk centre figure. Bottom left, Gonpo Gur and bottom right Dorje Shugden
Snow mountains in the distance, green mountains in the foreground, trees, temple and blue skies..this is where I would love to live. Where I dream of living. TR
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Snow mountains in the distance, green mountains in the foreground, trees, temple and blue skies..this is where I would love to live. Where I dream of living. TR
I like this very adorable picture of Dharma boy.
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I like this very adorable picture of Dharma boy.
I like this particular print of Vajra Yogini
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I like this particular print of Vajra Yogini
नेपालको काठमाडौँमा दोर्जे शुग्देनको अद्भुत भित्तेचित्र! --- https://bit.ly/2n4XbQd


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We appreciate his sincere thoughts. Admin
3 weeks ago
Excellent well thought out comment by Mr. Bradley Kassian. It is a must read. He has commented on a recent blog post, "Videos Redressing the Misinformation About Dorje Shugden and the Tibetan Situation" and the link is- https://bit.ly/2K0gNhB We appreciate his sincere thoughts. Admin
A BEAUTIFUL MEME WITH A POEM
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A BEAUTIFUL MEME WITH A POEM
A short poem-Tsem Rinpoche
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A short poem-Tsem Rinpoche
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  • It is Tsunmo Nunnery in Tibet. This nunnery all practise Dorje Shugden.
    5 days ago
    It is Tsunmo Nunnery in Tibet. This nunnery all practise Dorje Shugden.
  • Light offerings to the outdoor Buddha Tara shrine in Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia at night. Beautiful.
    1 week ago
    Light offerings to the outdoor Buddha Tara shrine in Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia at night. Beautiful.
  • Interesting new interview of Boy George where he mentions about his practicing Buddhism- See the clip I snagged for you above. It’s beautiful to see him chanting. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 weeks ago
    Interesting new interview of Boy George where he mentions about his practicing Buddhism- See the clip I snagged for you above. It’s beautiful to see him chanting. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Dharma boy is always mooching for a free snack! As shown in the video, Dharma gave up real fast and is waiting anxiously for a free snack!
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    Dharma boy is always mooching for a free snack! As shown in the video, Dharma gave up real fast and is waiting anxiously for a free snack!
  • Oser girl is very determined to get the snacks out! Look at how her cute little hands hold onto the ball.
    3 weeks ago
    Oser girl is very determined to get the snacks out! Look at how her cute little hands hold onto the ball.
  • Yudroma takes trance at Gyuto
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    Yudroma takes trance at Gyuto
    In Dharamsala there is a famous oracle to the Goddess Yudroma. She is the protector of Gyuto Tantric Monastic College. Many monks consult her for guidance. Here she is attending a puja session at Gyuto Tantric Monastic College where she is pleased with the people helping the monastery and takes trance spontaneously to express this. Tsem Rinpoche
  • The Simpsons: Lisa becomes a Buddhist
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    The Simpsons: Lisa becomes a Buddhist
  • Considering getting a tattoo of a Buddha image? Watch this video.
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    Considering getting a tattoo of a Buddha image? Watch this video.
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s personal shrine. May everyone who view the shrine be blessed and have peace.
    1 month ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s personal shrine. May everyone who view the shrine be blessed and have peace.
  • Very powerful and heartwarming short video about love. A must watch and a must share. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 month ago
    Very powerful and heartwarming short video about love. A must watch and a must share. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Megnath is such a devotee of Bhagawan Dorje Shugden where he brought this protector to many people. Must watch this short video of him with the school kids. Lovely. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 month ago
    Megnath is such a devotee of Bhagawan Dorje Shugden where he brought this protector to many people. Must watch this short video of him with the school kids. Lovely. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My super adorable Oser girl Schnauzer reaching for a carrot on a chair. Her face looks like a stuffed animal toy. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 month ago
    My super adorable Oser girl Schnauzer reaching for a carrot on a chair. Her face looks like a stuffed animal toy. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is the shrine next to my working table where I sit daily. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 month ago
    This is the shrine next to my working table where I sit daily. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Who is that?? Wow Wow
    1 month ago
    Who is that?? Wow Wow
    Tsem Rinpoche's pet Schnauzers Oser & Dharma trying to get attention of the life-like statue of Rinpoche's guru Kyabje Zong Rinpoche which was offered by the students
  • Nothing Stops Me from Getting the Snack!
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    Nothing Stops Me from Getting the Snack!
    Tsem Rinpoche's pet Schnauzer Oser got the snack from the ball!
  • I must get the snack!
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    I must get the snack!
    Tsem Rinpoche's pet Schnauzer Oser trying hard to get her snack out of the ball!
  • I love this green snack munch munch munch
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    I love this green snack munch munch munch
    Tsem Rinpoche's pet Schnauzer Oser enjoying her green snack!
  • ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 3: Starring the two silly doggie clowns doing jumps for carrot tidbits. Teehee
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    A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
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    A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
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    A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
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    A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
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    Visiting senior citizen homes who happily receive Dorje Shugden’s blessings.
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    Visiting a senior citizens home and sharing Dorje Shugden with them.
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Thank you to staffs from Motorola Solutions for helping to deliver basic groceries to some needy families. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you to staffs from Motorola Solutions for helping to deliver basic groceries to some needy families. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Precious opportunity in Kechara Forest Retreat! "As Kechara Forest Retreat is a sacred land, filled with holy and blessed statues and many holy items, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche encouraged Kecharians living and working in Kechara Forest Retreat to embark on a spiritual pilgrimage of its holy sites." ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Precious opportunity in Kechara Forest Retreat! "As Kechara Forest Retreat is a sacred land, filled with holy and blessed statues and many holy items, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche encouraged Kecharians living and working in Kechara Forest Retreat to embark on a spiritual pilgrimage of its holy sites." ~Tsem Rinpoche
We have many outdoor sacred images of various Buddhas. The ones that were visited were Tsongkapa, Nageshvaraja, Loma Gyoma, Tara, Nagarakshasa and then back to Tsongkapa. At each location circumambulations and lamp offerings were done. We walked the vast land while chanting Migtseyma mantras. The very elderly followed to each location in cars. Kechara Forest retreat is 70 acres of land located in rural Bentong, one hour from the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. ~Tsem Rinpoche For more information: www.tsemrinpoche.com
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We have many outdoor sacred images of various Buddhas. The ones that were visited were Tsongkapa, Nageshvaraja, Loma Gyoma, Tara, Nagarakshasa and then back to Tsongkapa. At each location circumambulations and lamp offerings were done. We walked the vast land while chanting Migtseyma mantras. The very elderly followed to each location in cars. Kechara Forest retreat is 70 acres of land located in rural Bentong, one hour from the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. ~Tsem Rinpoche For more information: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
They started on August 18, 2018 at 6:00AM till 9:00AM. With strong aspirations, Kecharians generate merits by reciting mantras and circumambulate the images of the enlightened beings, especially to clear obstacles related to our good health and that of others. We have many outdoor sacred images of various Buddhas... ~Tsem Rinpoche
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They started on August 18, 2018 at 6:00AM till 9:00AM. With strong aspirations, Kecharians generate merits by reciting mantras and circumambulate the images of the enlightened beings, especially to clear obstacles related to our good health and that of others. We have many outdoor sacred images of various Buddhas... ~Tsem Rinpoche
Pilgrimage is an intrinsic part of Buddhist life and creates strong Dharma imprints in our mind streams and opens up positive karma and merits that we need to live a successful life. As Kechara Forest Retreat is a sacred land, filled with holy and blessed statues and many holy items, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche encouraged Kecharians living and working in Kechara Forest Retreat to embark on a spiritual pilgrimage of its holy sites...~ Tsem Rinpoche
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Pilgrimage is an intrinsic part of Buddhist life and creates strong Dharma imprints in our mind streams and opens up positive karma and merits that we need to live a successful life. As Kechara Forest Retreat is a sacred land, filled with holy and blessed statues and many holy items, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche encouraged Kecharians living and working in Kechara Forest Retreat to embark on a spiritual pilgrimage of its holy sites...~ Tsem Rinpoche
Priceless to see the happy faces of these 2 brothers. They are in the youngest dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Priceless to see the happy faces of these 2 brothers. They are in the youngest dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
So glad that we have parents & students to participate in the animal liberation every month in Kechara House. Lin Mun KSDS
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So glad that we have parents & students to participate in the animal liberation every month in Kechara House. Lin Mun KSDS
Children were very attentive when doing prayer before the start of Sunday dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children were very attentive when doing prayer before the start of Sunday dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
He is young but already very good in using mala when reciting mantra. Rejoice:)  Lin Mun KSDS
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He is young but already very good in using mala when reciting mantra. Rejoice:) Lin Mun KSDS
Children were so excited with the art & craft exercise. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children were so excited with the art & craft exercise. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Grace explaining to children the method to make chef hat. Lin Mun KSDS
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