Wonderful Kalmykia

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(by Tsem Rinpoche and Stella Cheang)

I am part Kalmyk. The Kalmyks are Mongolians who have their own republic in the Russian Federation called Kalmykia. My adoptive parents, along with hundreds of other Kalmyks, migrated to the USA between the 1950s and 1960s. At the time, America’s immigration policies did not favour Asians, but the Kalmyks baffled American immigration authorities because they lived in Russia and had Russian-sounding names. Many Russians were also immigrating to America during that period and they vouched that Kalmyks were not ‘Asians’ but Russians, too. Their testimony swayed the American immigration authorities who eventually allowed the Kalmyks to migrate to the United States.

The Kalmyks and Russians have had close ties for centuries. When they first immigrated to America, the Kalmyks made their homes close to the Russians in Howell, New Jersey as well as in Philadelphia and New York. Their close ties even extended into death, with Kalmyks buried in Russian cemeteries in New Jersey. Even so, the Kalmyks kept their culture, language, Buddhist religion and customs intact.

Modern Kalmykia is very different from the place my parents knew decades ago. Many new Buddhist temples and stupas were built in the 1990s and the Kalmykian leadership has done a great deal of work to encourage the revival of Buddhism amongst their community. Through their efforts to promote Buddhist values that support basic human ethics like compassion, love, kindness and forgiveness, these days Kalmykia is the frontier of Eurasian Buddhism and a favourite site for pilgrims.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Location and Geography

Kalmykia, or Kalmykiya, is located in the southwestern part of the Russian Federation. The 75,000 km2 land connects to the famous Caspian Sea on its east and the famous Volga River on its northeast. Immersed in zones of steppes and deserts, Kalmykia runs the length of 458km from north to south and 423km from west to east.

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A closer look at Kalmykia. Click to enlage.

The Kalmykian steppe includes salt lakes like Manych-Gudilo Lake, Sarpa Lake, the Sostinskiye Lakes, and Tsagan-Khak Lake. Natural resources like coal, natural gas, oil, and wind energy are abundant across the land while livestock breeding remains the chief economic activity. The republic’s industry, which evolved around processing livestock products, is concentrated in Kaspiysky and Elista, the capital city.

Kalmykia is a Republic under the Russian Federation which, since 2014, consists of 85 federal subjects that form its constituent members. All federal subjects possess equal rights; i.e. two delegates each in the Russian Federation Council, but they differ in the degree of autonomy each enjoys. There are six types of federal subjects; namely Oblast (46), Republics (22), Krais (9), Autonomous Okrugs (4), Federal Cities (3) and Autonomous Oblast (1).

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A map of the Russian Federation

 

Population

The Kalmyk population was estimated to be at 300,000 in 2017. Nomads by nature, they are descendants of Mongols who migrated to the Caspian region during the 17th Century. Their ancestors found the vast Kalmykia steppe suitable for their nomadic lifestyle and settled in the area.

Over time, the Kalmyks gradually ceased their nomadic ways and began to make use of the arable land to grow grain, corn, fodder grasses, mustard seed, sunflowers and melons. They became content to raise livestock and specialised in fine fleece and sheep-breeding. Those that settled along the Caspian Sea, especially in towns where there are fish-processing plants, adapted to include fishing as part of their livelihood.

The Kalmyks were traditionally a nomadic people descended directly from the Mongols

The majority of the population of Kalmykia is made up of Kalmyks (57%) and Russians (30%) while the rest belongs to other groups like the descendants of ancient Scythians, Huns and Sarmats. Roughly two-fifths of the total population lives in three main towns, namely Elista, Lagan, and Gorodovikovsk.

 

Climate

The climate of Kalmykia is continental and dry, where the summers are hot and the winters are cold with little snow. The average temperature for summers varies from 20°C to 26°C but can reach a maximum of 40°C or above. The temperature drops significantly during winters to an average of -5°C to -20°C. There are plenty of sunny days throughout the year, especially in July, which is a good time to visit the region.

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A typical sunny day in Kalmykia

 

History

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Peter the Great, who reigned from 1721 to 1725

The word “Kalmyk” originates from the Turkish word for “remnant”. The Kalmyks were once Oirat-Mongolian nomads who used to roam the vast Central Asia steppe. In the 17th century, a military offensive drove them westward where they reached the Volga River in the Russian territory. They made a deal with Peter the Great, the ruling Russian Tsar of the time, for an independent settlement in Russia in exchange for help in defending the sovereignty of Russia.

In the 18th century, Catherine the Great refused to tolerate an independent colony within Russia so she forced the Buddhist nomads to become Russian subjects. The nomads on the east side of the Volga River could not bear the oppression and tried to make their way back to their ancestral homeland. About 300,000 made the journey but encountered starvation, banditry and attacks from the Russians and Kazakhs. Very few survived the journey.

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Catherine the Great, who reigned from 1762 to 1796

The nomads on the west side of the Volga River decided to stay and became known as the Kalmyks. As Russian subjects, they were free to practise Lamaist Buddhism, build temples, and follow their own culture and traditions. They established themselves on the steppe and arable areas, and prospered. In 1936, Kalmykia became an Autonomous Republic.

The year 1943 proved to be the darkest in Kalmykian history. During World War II, when Russia fought Germany, the Kalmyks were accused of being Nazi sympathisers. About 170,000 Kalmyks were deported to Siberia after World War II and were not allowed to return home until 1957. By then, their numbers had shrunk to just 70,000, and many Buddhist temples and monuments had been destroyed.

Kalmykian President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov promoted Elista as a modern Buddhist city for world-class chess tournaments.

Kalmykian President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov promoted Elista as a modern Buddhist city for world-class chess tournaments.

The Kalmyks rebuilt their homes in deserted Kalmykia. A Buddhist revival and renewed enthusiasm from the leadership prompted efforts to establish Elista as a modern Buddhist city for world-class chess tournaments.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the President of Kalmykia from 1993 to 2010, funded the construction of temples and Buddhist monuments in Elista. He also mandated Buddhism traditions and principles as part of the school curriculum. Alexei Orlov succeeded Ilyumzhinov as President in 2010.

 

Places of Interest

Kalmykia is the only state in the whole of Europe where the majority of the population is Buddhist. It was romantically described in a 1997 article by The Economist as:

“… a strange enough place at first glance, and a far stranger one on further inspection. The easiest way to think of it is as a piece of Asia that came wandering into European Russia, and stayed.”

Here is a list of recommended attractions in Kalmykia:

 

1. Temple of the Golden Abode of Buddha

In the capital of Elista stands a giant Buddha and the biggest Buddhist temple in all of Europe. The temple, also known as the New Khurul or Burkhan Bagshin Altan Sume, was consecrated in December 2005. Tourists can visit the mandala-shaped temple compound, the balcony around the temple, and the museum on the ground floor. It is also home to the robe of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

Address: Klykova Street, Elista 358000, Russia
Phone: +7 847 224 01 09
Visitor Information: The temple grounds are open from 8am to 8pm daily. The library and museum are open from 10am to 6pm Tuesdays to Sundays; closed on Mondays. Daily prayers from 9am to 10.30am; prayers for the deceased on Fridays from 2pm to 4pm. Admission is free and donations are welcome.

The Temple of the Golden Abode of Buddha is the tallest outside Asia

The Temple of the Golden Abode of Buddha is the tallest outside Asia

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The centrepiece of the Temple of the Golden Abode of Buddha is an 8-meter tall golden Buddha statue, the largest in Europe.

 

2. Pagoda Seven Days

This bright-red pagoda stands at Elista’s main intersection. It is lavishly lighted after sunset and presents a beautiful contrast to the surrounding parks and Buddhist buildings. This seven-floor pagoda stands on the same place where a Lenin statue once stood and is a prominent landmark of modern Elista.

Address: Pushkina Street, Elista, Russia.
Visitor Information: Open daily with free entrance.

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3. Buddhist Temple Syakusn-Sume “Geden Sheddup Choikorling”

The first Buddhist monastery built in the 1990s after the Stalin Purge destroyed all of Kalmykia’s Buddhist buildings is also the first monastery built in the region. Located roughly 6km from Elista, the monastery is surrounded by fields and grass.

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Visitors can purchase prayer flags from the temple and tie them on nearby trees. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama bestowed the monastery with the Tibetan name of “Geden Sheddup Choikorling”, which means “A Holy Abode for the Theory and Practice of the School of Gelugpa.”

Address: Lermontov Street, 87, Elista, Russia
Visitor Information: As this is not a common tourist attraction, visitors are advised to ask politely at the door for permission to enter. Admission is free, and donations are welcome.

 

4. The Stupa of Enlightenment

The Alistinskaya Stupa of Enlightenment is located in Lenin Square. The compound consists of the stupa, a Protector House and a Gompa (prayer hall) which houses a prayer drum and beautiful Buddhist paintings by the famous Tibetan artist Denzong Norbu of Rumtek. In 2009, the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje visited the stupa.

Address: Lenin Street, Elista, Russia
Visitor Information: Open daily, and entrance is free.

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5. Golden Gate

The Golden Gate can be found in the same compound as the Temple of the Golden Abode of Buddha Shakyamuni. The roof is painted gold to reflect the bright sunlight. On the arch of the gate, there is an inscription of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara’s famous mantra “OM MANI PEME HUNG” that blesses everyone who passes under it.

Address: Klykova Street, Elista 358000, Russia
Visitor Information: Open from 8am to 8pm daily. Entrance is free.

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6. Temple of the Great Victory

Located in the village of Bolshoy Tsaryn, the Temple of the Great Victory is based on an unconventional mandala design that is spacious and authentic. The temple comprises of a main prayer hall, a reception room for the Abbot, Jigme Lama, and ancillary facilities. It houses a sacred prayer text collection gifted by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama as well as various Buddhist paintings.

Address: Karla Marksa Street, 6, Bolshoy Tsaryn 359450, Russia
Visitor Information: Open from 8am to 4pm daily.

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7. Monument to Zaya Pandita

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Zaya Pandita is a famous Buddhist master and a descendant of the Oirat-Mongolian royal line. He studied in Tibet under the guidance of His Holiness the 4th Panchen Lama and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen and was a prolific writer who also created the written form of the Kalmyk language called the “Clear Script”.

In his lifetime, he translated 186 Buddhist scriptures from Tibetan to this new written language. The monument, sculpted by the famous Rokchinskii in 1999, commemorates the saint’s great work and contributions.

Address: Elista, Russia
Visitor Information: Open all day. Entrance is free.

 

8. Bogdakhin Temple

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The Bogdakhin Temple was famously gifted to the Kalmyks by His Holiness the 5th Dalai Lama and His Holiness the 4th Panchen Lama in the 17th century.

In the beginning, it was a nomadically designed temple that was built in the style of a Mongolian “ger”. It used to move along with the nomads who lived beside the Manych River. It is now situated permanently in the village of Khar-Buluk. The temple was destroyed in 1929 during the Stalin Purge and was rebuilt in 1991.

Address: Khar-Buluk Village in Tselinnyi rayon of Kalmykia
Visitor Information: As this is not a common tourist attraction, visitors are advised to ask politely at the door for permission to enter. Admission is free, and donations are welcome.

 

9. Republican Museum of Local Lore

This Soviet-style building was beautifully designed as a single structure to house the history of Kalmykia and her lovely people. Visitors can find information on everything about Kalmykia: from the nature of the land, wildlife, and minerals, to Buddhism, art, traditions, and culture.

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The Museum also displays a collection of authentic artworks from local artists that were previously housed at Kalmykia State Art Gallery.

Address: Chehova ul., d. 5, Elista 358000, Russia
Phone: +7 847 224 32 81
Visitor Information: Open from 9am to 6pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; 9am to 9pm on Thursdays; and 10am to 4pm on weekends. The Museum is closed on Mondays. The entrance fee is 60RUB per adult and 40RUB per child.

 

10. City-Chess

This sizable development, also known as Chess City, was completed in 1998. It comprises the modern four-storey building complex with a domed roof called City Chess Hall, Olympic-styled villages, restaurants, bars, hotels, and recreational facilities.

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The Hall is decorated with sculptures and artwork related to chess and has hosted international chess tournaments like the Chess Olympiad and renowned dignitaries like His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

Address: Elista, Russia
Phone: +7 847 226-25-70
Visitor Information: Open all day. Entrance is free.

 

11. The Chess Museum

The Chess Museum is a part of City-Chess. It is devoted to everything related to chess – the history, and rules and traditions of this game. Visitors will find exhibitions of chess tournaments, championship trophies and rewards, as well as souvenirs and the personal collection of Mikhail Tal, the 8th World Chess champion.

Address: Elista, Russia
Phone: +7 847 226-25-70
Visitor Information: Open from 9am to 6pm, Mondays to Fridays; 9am to 4pm on Saturdays. Closed on Sundays. Entrance fee is 25RUB per person.

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12. The Monument of “Exodus and Return”

The Stalinist repression is a painful episode in the history of Kalmykia. Many lost relatives and loved ones during the exodus. This bronze monument was erected in 1996 to express the pain that the survivors endured and to honour the ones who did not return.

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On December 28th each year, thousands of people gather at the memorial site to commemorate this historic event.

Address: Har-buluk, TSelinnyj, Russia
Visitor Information: Open all day. Entrance is free.

 

13. Ostap Bender Monument

Ostap Bender is the protagonist of the book The Twelve Chairs by Yevgeni Petrov and Ilya Ilf (1928). To some, he is a cheerful hero with an enterprising mind. To others, he is a con artist who was obsessed with chess.

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The book and Ostap Bender’s character turned the picaresque novel genre into a new trend in the Soviet Union. Many phrases from the book endure as catch-phrases to this day. As the inspiration behind City-Chess, the monument memorialises the unusual charm of this fictional character.

Address: Ostapa Bendera Ave., 6, Elista, Russia
Visitor Information: Open all day. Entrance is free.

 

14. Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan

The Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan is an Orthodox church with a domed roof and is one of the oldest religious buildings in Kalmykia. Religious ceremonies are still performed at this church by monks.

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The ornate interior of the church features paintings of Mother Mary and Holy Jesus, and a massive chandelier hangs from its ceiling.

Address: Rodnikovy Alley, Elista 358001, Russia

 

15. Museum of Oirat-Mongolian Nomad Culture

The Museum of Oirat-Mongolian Nomad Culture houses many traditional items that introduce visitors to the history and lifestyle of the Kalmyk people. The Museum also has a collection of colourful traditional wear that visitors may try on.

Address: Ostapa Bendera Ave., 1, Elista 358014, Russia
Phone: +7 927 595 54 49

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Culture and Etiquette

Kinship plays an intricate role among the Kalmyk people. Households are usually led by the father or brothers, or related men from the same bloodline. The mother’s role is to take care of the house and raise the children. Children are at the bottom of the clan hierarchy.

When women marry into a family, it is taboo for her to utter the names of her husband’s relatives. Instead, she must find nicknames or substitutes with which to address them.

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Musicians Dmitriy Sharayev and Viktor Okchayev are an instrumental part of the movement to revive the Kalmyk culture and language

A typical day in a Kalmyk house begins with the cleaning of the altar and cooking, usually by the female members of the family. Chores and tasks are assigned based on hierarchy and gender.

The importance of kinship can be seen in the way Kalmyk strangers greet each other. The greeting traditionally begins with a standard question “Kenyahnyavt?”, which means “Which clan/family do you belong to?”

The usual reply would include information on the name of the clan, and its attributes and merits. For example,

“Our Protector is the ancient Chakchi, our mantra is manla, our temple that of Green Tara, our totem is Eedzh Avgatan and I am from the clan of Iki Bagud.”

The person will only mention his or her name at the end.

 

Festivals

The Kalmyks observe several festivals that celebrate Buddhism as well as their rich culture and traditions. These are a few of the most notable Kalmyk festivities:

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A traditional Kalmyk dance

 

New Year Zul

New Year Zul celebrations in the Temple of the Golden Abode of Buddha

New Year Zul celebrations in the Temple of the Golden Abode of Buddha

The Zul celebration is considered the Kalmyk New Year but, in a spiritual sense, it is also a celebration of Lama Tsongkhapa’s birthday. The festival lasts for up to 15 days from December 1st to 15th. During this time, the Kalmyk people make offerings to the Buddhas, light butterlamps, and make bortsg (fried bread).

 

Tsagaan Sar

The White Moon Festival, also known as the Mongolian New Year, is celebrated on the first three days of the lunar month, similar to the Tibetan Losar Festival. Dressing up in full traditional costumes during the festival is a tradition still observed to this day. During Tsagaan Sar, the Kalmyks visit the homes of relatives and friends to feast together on traditional servings of horse meat.

Dancers celebrate Tsagaan Sar in the Kalmykian city of Elista

Dancers celebrate Tsagaan Sar in the Kalmykian city of Elista

 

The Tulips Festival

The Tulips Festival is a spring-time celebration to welcome the wild scenes of Gesner tulips growing on the steppes of Kalmykia from April 20th to 30th. Gesner wild tulips come in many colours, like red, yellow, purple and pink. A blooming steppe is a breath-taking sight and a perfect photographic moment. Special tents are set up at the steppe by organisers and visitors usually arrive in droves from Elista. There are usually performances, and sporting events like wrestling and horse riding are held at designated compounds.

The Tulips Festival on the Kalmyk steppe is a sight to behold

The Tulips Festival on the Kalmyk steppe is a sight to behold

 

Uniquely Kalmykia

Here are a few things that are uniquely Kalmykia:

National Sport
The national sport of Kalmykia is chess. It is encouraged in schools and everyone can enjoy a game of chess in public parks.

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Chess is a popular national past time

Swimming in Salt Lakes
Almost all the lakes in Kalmykia are salt lakes. It is forbidden to swim in the salt lakes for more than 20 minutes because of the possibility of chemical burns.

Sincere Greetings
Have a white road” is a standard greeting that wishes the other person a journey free of obstacles.

A salt lake on the Kalmykian steppe

A salt lake on the Kalmykian steppe

 

Food

The Kalmyks’ nomadic traditions and unadulterated Mongolian heritage have shaped their cuisine. An authentic Kalmyk menu will consist of plenty of meat made into dumplings or sausages and horse milk. Here are a few typical Kalmyk dishes that can be found in restaurants as well as homes:

Bortsg – This traditional fried bread uses ingredients such as flour, cow milk, butter, salt, sugar and vegetable oil. It comes in several varieties like Tselvg, which is round and flat in shape; Togsh, which looks like a livestock shelter; and Shovun, which looks like a bird. Variations of this traditional fare can get quite creative.

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Beerg or Berk – These large dumplings are filled with meat and boiled in soup or water. It comes in several shapes and is best served hot.

Huursn Mahn – A mutton dish fried in oil with pasta, onions, and other spices.

Markhan Sheltagan – This traditional soup is made with potatoes and meat, usually mutton or beef.

Makahan – This dry horse sausage is a Kalmyk speciality.

Caviar – The Caspian Sea is famous for its harvests of caviar. This is considered a luxury dish in Kalmykia.

Fish Dumplings – Made with fish and potatoes, this is a popular dish amongst Kalmyks living along the Caspian Sea.

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Dzshomba – A traditional Kalmyk tea served during special ceremonies that is made of milk tea with added salt.

Kumys – Many people recommend this sour horse milk that is considered a traditional cure for respiratory ailments.

Yarkis – This traditional alcoholic drink is made from sheep’s milk. Yarkis can be distilled three times to increase its alcohol content. The beverage from the first distillation is called arz, the second is called khorz, and the third, borz.

 

Visas

Since the Republic of Kalmykia is a part of the Russian Federation, a Russian visa is a mandatory requirement for all visitors. For more information on applying for a Russian visa: http://www.russianembassy.net/rusvisa.html

 

Getting There and Around

As tourist destinations go, Kalmykia is off the beaten path and unique in many ways. There are several ways you can travel to this beautiful land.

 

By Plane

Kalmykia’s international airport is located 8.6km from Elista. There are flights from Moscow and St. Petersburg on selected days via Rusline and Ural Airlines respectively. Flights from Moscow usually take two hours.

Another option is to fly to Rostov-on-Don Airport via DonAvia and take a bus to Elista. The bus ride is seven to eight hours. The frequency of flights to Rostov-on-Don Airport makes up for the time spent on the road.

 

By Train

The most convenient railway journey is from Moscow to Volgograd. From there, a “marshrutka” express minibus can take you to Elista. There are frequent trains to Volgograd, and the express minibus is reasonably priced. Though there are direct train rides from Moscow to Elista, these tend to be scheduled infrequently and seasonally.

 

By Bus

The most common way to travel to Kalmykia is to fly into Moscow and take a bus to Elista. The bus ride takes roughly 18 hours and departs daily at 2pm and 7pm. The pick-up points in Moscow are close to selected subway stations, namely Orehovo, Teplyi Stan, and Krasnogvardeiskaya. It costs approximately 1,350RUB per person.

There are also daily bus services from Volgograd to Elista. Their final destinations are usually places like Nalchik and Stavropol, but the buses do stop at Elista en route. The Volgograd bus station can be found at 400087, Volgograd, Ul. Balonina, 11. Call the information desk for routes, schedules, and ticket information: +8442 37-72-28.

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Elista’s central bus station

 

Getting Around

There are a few taxi services and tour packages available in Elista city to bring visitors around the city or to outlying areas. Accommodation bookings usually also offer airport transfers, but visitors are advised to do more research before making final plans.

 

Where to Stay

Elista is the best place to stay while in Kalmykia. It offers a few safe and comfortable accommodation options for a good night’s sleep. Here are the top recommendations:

 

Hotel Ostrovok

This modern hotel has a number of favourable reviews for cleanliness. Located in the centre of the city of Elista, it offers free Wi-Fi, a water heater, air-conditioning, a fridge, and a flat screen TV in each room.

Address: Respublikanskaya 14, 358000 Elista, Russia
Online Booking: booking.com

 

Gostiny Dvor Bike Post

This simple hotel is close to the largest Buddhist temple in the city. It welcomes pet dogs and is recommended by travellers, many of whom have commented that this hotel met their expectations of a clean and comfortable overnight stay.

Address: Lenina st., 311A, Elista 358000, Russia
Online Booking: tripadvisor.com, booking.com

 

Mini-Hotel Alfa

This backpacker-styled hotel is just a five minute walk from the bus terminal. It is a clean and no-frills lodging situated among some light industrial warehouses, which add to the authenticity of the hotel. The hotel accepts cash but not bank cards.

Address: Ploshchad’ Pryvokzal’naya, 7b, Elista 358000, Russia
Online Booking: tripadvisor.com, booking.com

 

Useful Books

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The History of Kalmykia: From Ancient Times to Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and Aleksey Orlov

Kalmykia’s rich history is traced from earliest records to the present time. This book is the first to document the history of chess in Kalmykia and includes interviews with many notable people. It also includes previously unpublished information about Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the former President of the Republic of Kalmykia.

 

Short Video: A Quick Overview of Elista

This beautiful video by SONA Family showcases enchanting Elista in less than two minutes.

Or view the video on the server at:
http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/Kalmykia-Elista.mp4

 

Sources:

  • https://www.rbth.com/multimedia/history/2017/07/12/real-life-horror-stories-of-the-kalmyks-who-survived-genocide_801192
  • http://www.kalm.ru/en/geo.html
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subdivisions_of_Russia
  • http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/country_profiles/4580467.stm
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Russian_rulers
  • http://www.kalmykia.net/sights/buddhist-temple-syakyusn-syume/
  • http://www.kalmykheritage.socanth.cam.ac.uk/en/index.php
  • https://wikitravel.org/en/Kalmykia
  • http://www.kalmykia.net/celebrations/new-year-zul/
  • http://www.kalmykheritage.socanth.cam.ac.uk/en/kalmyksinrussia.php?classif=22

 

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  1. Datuk May on May 30, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    From the literature that I have read of Russia and the countries eastwards of Russia, I have noticed that many inhabitants of this vast land mass on earth looks extremely Asian.

    Reading about the region of Kalmykia and the citizens Kalmyks confirms that some Russians are of Asian origins. As with the Kalmyks, though are Russians nationals were of Mongolian origins.

    What an amazing article to read that somewhere in Russia there is a Buddhist enclave in Kalmykian city of Elista of colourful Buddhist temples, stupas and shrines. This is because when the Kalmyks settled in Russia they were given the right of religious practices. And Kalmyks are buddhists.

  2. Samfoonheei on May 28, 2018 at 10:33 am

    Truly amazing republic to visit in Kalmykia….less developed and desolate landscape which I loved to see. Kalmykia is a republic in Southern Russia and the only Tibetan Buddhist “nation” of Europe. The Kalmyk people are descended from nomadic Mongol herdsmen. One of Europe’s poorest and most underdeveloped regions. It is because of Buddhism, Kalmykia and may be of interest to tourists and travellers. The most interesting and exotic places are Buddhist temples and pagodas, including one of the largest Buddhist temples in Europe and the big Buddha statue in it. The architecture of the temples and pagodas are of traditional structures of Asian multi-level and traditional Tibetan. The Kalmyk people are descended from nomadic Mongol herdsmen.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Stella Cheang for this wonderful and details sharing.

  3. Anne Ong on May 27, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    Really and informative and truly enlightenining articles about Kalmykia who are decendents of Mongols. I’m also very amazed to know there are so many big and beautiful temples and stupas in Russia, and beautiful intersting foods too. thank you very much Rinpoche and Stella for sharing this very educational write up about Kalmykia and beautiful pictures too!😍👍

  4. Anita Dharam on May 27, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    Great article given a complete overview of kalmykia (still can’t spell it right without referring) – from history to places of interest and kalmykia today. 👍

    • Stella Cheang on May 28, 2018 at 9:20 pm

      Thank you, Anita, for the comment.

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  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Tuesday, Jun 19. 2018 07:17 AM
    Dear friends,

    May I invite you to listen to these two songs which bring us to another level of inspiration:

    1. Mere Vich Na Guruji Gun Koi
    https://vimeo.com/274281986

    2. Likhan Valya Tu Hoke
    https://vimeo.com/274281836

    The person who inspired these songs is considered a saint. You can read more here when you are ready to be moved: https://bit.ly/2xQYhr8

    May your spiritual journey reach fruition no matter what path you choose, Tsem Rinpoche
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Jun 18. 2018 06:41 AM
    Rumi: Legendary Sufi Poet whose mystical works transcend space and time. It’s beneficial to enhance our knowledge of other traditions & cultures: https://bit.ly/2lh9cRO
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Sunday, Jun 17. 2018 07:24 AM
    You guys are going to have a cute attack with these two super adorable videos of Tsem Rinpoche’s doggies Oser and Dharma.-


    https://youtu.be/JX1UdH7IjQ8

    And

    https://youtu.be/YGD7CtNmnuI

    The videos JUST came out!

    Enjoy!
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Sunday, Jun 17. 2018 06:48 AM
    Dear Changzo Beng kooi and our wonderful Kechara blog team including writers, researchers and technical team,


    With the deepest respects, lit incense billowing, prayers and great faith and some tears in my eyes, I have humbly published the story of Lord Atisha the incomparable for the world to read on our blog-site. I am just so happy to have Him on our blog-site. He is so holy and the guru of gurus. May all be blessed by Lord Atisha and Lady Tara by seeing this post and reading about Him. May all gain renunciation, bodhicitta and sunyata completely by studying Atisha’s teachings.- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=158941

    Lord Atisha’s benefits, teachings, writings, presence, works, life, sacrifice and pure monk-hood really is such a jewel among jewels. 900 years later He still inspires us so much.

    The pith of the Dharma is to transform the mind (within lojong teachings) and Atisha exemplified and stressed this throughout His life. Lojong brings the mind of an ordinary person to an exalted being (bodhisattva). From attachment to samsara and wrong projections to seeing samsara for the poisonous nature it really is and brings us to easily develop necessary qualities of endurance, patience, tolerance, compassion and acceptance. Lojong is a most important teaching and essence of Lord Buddha’s path. The Lam Rim composed by Atisha embodies this very much. It is very much worth your time to read. It is in this post for your convenience.

    Thank you all for your hard work towards such a beneficial post.

    Gratefully, Tsem Rinpoche

    P.S.

    1. I love the new tab system in this post you have where every content can be seen so easily at a glance. Makes it easier for the readers. I really want our blog visitors to benefit.

    2. I love all the prayers listed by Atisha you have made available. You made it convenient for the downloadable books regarding Atisha for everyone. I am so happy to have Atisha’s Lam Rim here to be accessible for everyone which is so holy. I love all the videos and I really like the gallery with many Atisha pictures of thangkas and statues. That was a nice touch. A real triumph of a post!!
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Sunday, Jun 17. 2018 04:00 AM
    Tsi’u Marpo: History, Narrative & Myth by Cameron Bailey, December 28th, 2015

    According to the Tantra of the Red-Razored One the being that would become the deity Tsi’u Marpo was born during the dispensation of the Buddha Kashyapa as the Khotanese Prince Chorwa. Chorwa is said to have had faith in Buddhism and to have taken monastic ordination. One day, when he was meditating alone in the forest, the daughter of the local king was bathing nearby when she was bitten by a venomous snake. Chorwa was able to save her life by giving her a medicinal antidote, but when two evil ministers saw this, they spread the false rumour that the monk and the princess were making love.

    The king, outraged by this, sent men to kill the monk. The princess attempted to dissuade him by telling him the truth of the matter, but he did not listen, and out of protest she vowed to be reborn as the hostile spirit sister of the monk in a future life, then threw herself off a cliff, committing suicide, in protest. Chorwa, meanwhile, fled to the Himalayas, and his mind became downcast and full of evil intentions. He then proceeded to go on a killing and raping spree, but eventually the king’s army caught up to him and stabbed him to death. Before he died, the monk swore to be reborn as a tsen demon, and the “executioner of all beings.”

    Thereafter he hatched from an egg produced from the union of a deity named “Lekpa” and a female tsen. When he was born, he had six other tsen demon brothers growing inside his body – (2) the “black obstacle might demon” in his head, the (3) “divine might demon” in his bones, (4) “rock might demon” in his body heat, (5) “knife might demon” in his blood, (6) “serpentine might demon” in his pus, and (7) “defiling might demon” in his ‘messy rotten garments of flesh.’ Together they became the seven wild tsen brothers.


    Tsiu Marpo is a Tibetan worldly god, Warrior Class (drala), that functions as a Buddhist protector deity. The practice was popularized by the teacher Ngari Panchen Pema Wangyal (1487-1542 [P1669]). Ngari Panchen was a teacher originating from Mustang, Nepal, and he principally practised the Nyingma and Sakya Traditions. He popularised the cult of the protector deity Tsiu Marpo which was likely an adaptation of the local Bon mountain protector unique for the town of Lo Monthang called Tsengo Dragpa Gyaltsen. The mountain is located due west of the Mustang capital and Dragpa Gyaltsen remains to this day the special protector deity to the Mustang royal family. As a Terton, the principal ‘Terma’ Revealed Treasure cycle of Ngari Panchen is known as the Ngarpan Terdzo.

    According to popular accounts, Tsiu Marpo became known as the special protector of Samye Monastery in the 17th century after the long time protector of the monastery, Pehar Gyalpo, moved to Nechung next to Drepung Monastery just outside of Lhasa. The practices of Tsiu Marpo as a Buddhist protector have now been adopted by almost all of the traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.

    https://www.himalayanart.org/search/set.cfm?setID=494

    Protector Tsiu Marpo in a chapel in Lhasa. He is an ancient deity who legends goes back to the previous Buddha. He is here enshrined with a very enigmatic face sitting on a throne and receiving a drink offering. He also takes trance of various oracles and speaks.
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Saturday, Jun 16. 2018 03:26 PM
    They stabbed you in the back?
    Its ok.
    They lied to you?
    Its ok.
    They used you?
    Its ok.
    Keep working. Keep pushing. Overcome it all.

    -Warren Buffett
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Saturday, Jun 16. 2018 03:25 PM
    Surround yourself with people that push you to do and be better. No drama or negativity. Just higher goals and higher motivation. Good times and positive energy. No jealousy or hate. Simply bringing out the absolute best in each other.-Warren Buffett
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Saturday, Jun 16. 2018 12:08 PM
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Friday, Jun 15. 2018 09:39 AM
    Dear everyone,

    Please go over these must reads. There are four short biographies. They are not very long. But read them carefully and please understand them well and retain the information. Three of them are very inspiring as well as surprising:




    1. https://treasuryoflives.org/biographies/view/Takpu-Pema-Vajra-Jampel-Tenpai-Ngodrub/TBRC_P231

    2. https://treasuryoflives.org/biographies/view/Pabongkha-Dechen-Nyingpo/P230

    3. https://treasuryoflives.org/biographies/view/Third-Trijang-Rinpoche-Lobzang-Yeshe-Tendzin-Gyatso/TBRC_P2596

    4. This is the one that killed TDG- https://treasuryoflives.org/biographies/view/Depa-Norbu/13614

    Ask Pastor Niral or Pastor David about anything you don’t understand. They will be happy to clarify. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Jun 14. 2018 11:57 PM
    This is an interesting article. Through the lens of Carlos Castaneda, we are introduced to the Yaqui Indian’s sorcery and the uses of drugs and herbs that are associated with it. The acute description of Carlos’ teacher, Don Juan and the landscape of Mexico in his books made him popular and rich. Allowing him to crystallise Don Juan’s shamanistic concepts into a modern teaching, i..e the Tensegrity. Carlos’ life was not short of entanglements; his background had 2 versions, he had several marriages but ended up only the first on was valid and legal, and more critically, the authenticity of his works came under question. Despite strangled marriage and hearth issue, Carlos lived till the age of 72, left behind sizeable wealth as well as a legacy of New Age Movement.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/books-poetry/carlos-castaneda-the-godfather-of-the-new-age-movement.html
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Jun 14. 2018 09:15 PM
    I think it is very important that our government has the foresight and take strict action against rudeness and cyberbully in social media. While online provide lots of opportunities for many sectors but it also comes with threat if we abuse the functions. Many people are not responsible when sharing information and some may intentional use it to defame, instigate or even create hatred against others. We as user have to be wise in our actions or we will be fine by the government for wrongly sharing or exposing info. Glad our local authority taken steps to prevent before it the negative impact get worse.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/social-media-rudeness-will-not-be-tolerated-in-malaysia.html

  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jun 14. 2018 03:02 PM
    Venerable Ajahn Chah a Thai Buddhist monk was an influential teacher of the Buddhadhamma and a founder of two major monasteries in the Thai Forest. Ajahn Chah’s early monastic life followed a traditional pattern, of studying Buddhist teachings and the Pali scriptural language. His father passing has caused him to think deeply about life’s real purpose. He left everything and set off on mendicant pilgrimage. Despite all the hardships he had gone through many more disciples increased and that where he started the first monastery . His teachings is indeed simple yet a profound and has attracted many Westerners. Venerable Sumedho is the first westerner came to stay with him. Venerable Ajahn Chah did travel as far as England and America to spread his teachings to the west. He left the world a legacy of his life teachings, experiences, and realisations of the Buddhadharma. Wow …it seem that more than a million people from all over the world attended his funeral which include the Thai royal family. His teachings is still well know till today…..he was a man of compassion .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting post .

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/venerable-ajahn-chah-the-forest-monk.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Thursday, Jun 14. 2018 07:04 AM
    各位朋友们,
    我们都上学,着装,学习,工作和拥有事业来使我们致富,成名,能去旅游,拥有美好的感情生活,吃美味的食物,住在最好的房子里,和入住豪华的酒店。我们都做这一切来使我们快乐,拥有“自由”,获得“安心”。但是,Kate Spade拥有爱他的丈夫和孩子,她在商业界非常成功,她很富有,交游广阔,“自由”,很有才华,很出名,但她在她高档的纽约公寓以一条丝巾挂在门的把手而自杀了。唵嘛呢叭咪吽。她的佣人发现了她。她品尝最好的食物,和最顶尖的社会人士打交道,住在世界上最“精彩”的都市,但是,55岁的她受够了,于是结束了自己的生命。为什么拥有所有的人们竟然会不快乐?为何我们明明知道他们并不快乐,却鞭策我们自己,孩子和朋友去仿效那些人?为何我们还是要欺骗自己?
    请看视频:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XLPTbHg2Vw 
    饮食界大明星Anthony Bourdain主持获奖的电视节目,出游到所有独特的地区,有位漂亮的女友和可爱的11岁女儿,他富有,成功,有名,品尝最好的食物,他的书登上畅销排行榜,他拥有很多有权有势的朋友们,熟悉世界各角落,拥有“自由”而能为所欲为。我们都努力仿效他,想要拥有他所拥有的一切,好让自己能“快乐”。但是,61岁的他,一位柔术爱好者,却在巴黎一间五星级酒店以浴袍的腰带上吊自杀了。他甚至没留下任何遗言。唵嘛呢叭咪吽。他的生活到底还缺什么呢?为何他如此不快乐?他到底缺少了什么东西?
    请看视频: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WLEHciltIo 
    为何我们鞭策自己去仿效,崇拜,或千方百计去成为那些人?为何我们羡慕他们所拥有的?为何我们想要过他们过的生活?很明显的、非常赤裸的,这显示了旅游、娱乐、朋友、感情、金钱、“自由”、教育、时尚、美食和名气并不能为我们带来任何东西,反而会带给我们空虚感,这是因为外在的拥有和感情永远不能解决内在的矛盾,孤独和无常的感觉。事实上我们反而变得更空虚。事实上,他们必须更加倍地去掩饰他们的痛苦,因为他们怎么可以让别人知道,拥有一切的自己其实并不快乐?他们必须为了因牺牲而达到的地位和为了镜头而假装快乐。他们被迫延续那个谎言——拥有名利就拥有快乐,而事实并不是这样的。他们必须假装很快乐,事实上,他们虽拥有一切但并不快乐。这是我们在还没有达到无法挽救的地步之前当头棒喝的教训。可悲的是,有时候那些人决定不再假装下去了,就像之前提到的那两位人士,还有很多很多过去和未来的人们一样。 
    我们必须教育我们自己和我们的孩子们,财富、事业、金钱、旅游、朋友和感情绝对不是人们获得快乐的答案。如果我们鞭策自己和他人往那些方向去拼,如果有事情发生了,我们就必须负起一部份责任。为何要延续那种思维呢?快乐是在内心寻获的。唯一能让我们获得快乐的方式,是观察内心和转换内心,把我们的心识提升到更高的觉知境界。纪律、三昧耶、戒律、忍辱、正业、慈悲、布施、禅修和智慧才是真正的财富。为了真正的快乐,我们应该在那些方面努力精进。我们应该时时记住因果的存在,避免再造恶业。在这方面是有很多灵修传统能帮助我们的。重要的是,我们要在还有时间之际为我们的心识而努力。我们的时间有限。在佛法修行上全力以赴是我们利用短暂人生的最好方法。我们也应该鼓励他人修习佛法,创造佛法道场和鼓励我们所爱的人也修习佛法。如果我们真的爱我们所爱的人,我们就应该引导他们学习佛法。那样我们就能保证他们能获得快乐。我们要培养出离心,慈悲和智慧,把我们内在的佛性和佛本尊合二为一。我们应该常住在一个能相互鼓励的灵修社群,因为我们单独是肯定不能自律的。现在就努力修行是非常重要的。 
    随着年龄的增长,我更加因能遇见我的上师们,并从他们身上获得教诲并修行而感激涕零。我很感激能够拥有生命中真正有价值的东西。我与他人无异,但我的上师们改变了我,也让我改变了内心。我很感激我的上师们。
    我感激我的灵修,还有一个能让我修行的道场,如克切拉禅修林和很多其他类似的场所,一个保护我的心识的静修圣地,一个如果我努力实践就能获得真正快乐的场所。
    詹杜固仁波切
    后记:我并没有不尊敬那两个过世的人的意思,我想要说明的是,他们虽然拥有一切,但也许已经太迟了,但对我们还不算太迟。请包涵,我们必须以他们的死亡为鉴,把我们的思想提升到一个更高的觉知境界,那就是心识和灵性的归属。
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Thursday, Jun 14. 2018 02:31 AM
    Dear friends,

    We all go to school, dress, learn, work and have careers to be rich, famous, travel, have great relationships, eat delicious foods, stay in the best houses, park in glamorous hotels. We all do this to be happy. To have ‘freedom’.To be at peace. Yet Kate Spade had a child and loving husband, extremely successful business, rich, connected,’free’, talented and very famous commits suicide by hanging herself with a scarf on a door knob in her high fashion New York apartment. Om Mani Peme Hung. Her maid found her. She ate the best, was seen with the best and lived in the most ‘exciting’ city in the world and yet at 55 had enough and ended it. Why is it people who have EVERYTHING are not happy? Why is it we push ourselves, our kids, our friends to emulate them when we know that is not where happiness is? Why do we keep deceiving ourselves?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XLPTbHg2Vw&feature=youtu.be

    Massive celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain had a award winning show, travels to all the exotic places, has a beautiful girlfriend, lovely 11 year old daughter, rich, succesful, famous, ate the best foods, has a top best selling books, has so many powerful influential friends, known the world over and has ‘freedom’ to do what he likes. We all strive to be like him. To have what he had so we can be ‘happy’. But the question is at 61, being a fit Jiu Jitsu enthusiast hung himself on a belt of his bathrobe in his Paris five star hotel. He didn’t even leave a note. Om Mani Peme Hung. What else is missing in his life? Why so unhappy? Now what was missing?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WLEHciltIo

    Why do we push ourselves to emulate, admire or try to become like these people? Why look up to what they had? Why wish to live our lives similar to their life? Obviously and blatantly it shows travel, fun, friends, relationships, money, ‘freedom’, education, fashion, food and having fame brings nothing. Nothing but adds to our sense of emptiness. Because outer possessions and relationships can NEVER solve the inner dilemmas, loneliness and a sense of impermanence. We become more empty in fact. In truth they have to hide their pain even more because why aren’t they happy since they have EVERYTHING? They have pretend for the sake of all they sacrificed to get where they are and for the camera. They had to perpetuate the lie that being famous, rich and all that makes you happy when it does not. They have to pretend to be happy yet they have everything and they are not happy. A powerful lesson to learn before it’s too late for us. Sometimes they stop pretending as these two persons did as well as many in the past and many in the future. Sad to say.

    We need to teach ourselves and our kids that wealth, job, money, travel, fun, friend and relationships DEFINITELY are not the answer to human happiness. And if we push ourselves and others towards this direction, if anything happens to them, we are a part of it. Why perpetuate this? Happiness in in the mind. The only thing that can make us happy is in investigating and transforming the mind. To bring our mind to live on a higher level of consciousness. That discipline, samaya, vows, patience, right livelihood, compassion, generosity, meditation and wisdom are the true wealth and we should strive towards that for true happiness. To be aware of karma and to stop creating further negative karma. There are many spiritual traditions that can help us in this. The important thing is to do something about our mind before our time is up. Time is short. Practicing Dharma all the way is the best we can ever do with our short lives. To encouarge others to practice dharma. To create dharma places and encouraged loved ones to dharma. If we really loved those we love, we would make sure we lead them to dharma. We would guarantee their happiness in that way. To realize renounciation, compassion and gain wisdom. To merge with our Buddha-yidam and our Buddha nature within us. To be within a spiritual community where we encourage each other, because alone we will not have the discipline for sure for now. To practice. This is so important now.

    As I progress in life, I am ever so grateful for meeting my teacher, receiving teachings and practicing. I am grateful for having something that has true worth in my life. As I am not any different than anyone else, my guru made the difference for me and in me. I am grateful to my teacher.

    I am grateful for my spirituality and a place to practice it in Kechara Forest Retreat and many other places like this. A retreat sanctuary to protect me from my own mind. A place I can find real happiness if I apply myself.

    Tsem Rinpoche

    P.S. I mean no disrespect to the two persons mentioned who passed on, but I am making a point that it may be too late for them although they had everything, but it’s not too late for us. Forgive me. We must make meaning of their deaths by ascending to a higher consciousness of thinking which is refuge in spirituality and mind.
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jun 13. 2018 03:30 PM
    Its has proven that the Drukpa Kagyus of Bhutan propitiated, worshipped and invoked Dorje Shugden . They were encouraged by none other than Jigme Norbu, the 4th mind emanation (incarnation) of Ngawang Namgyal, who is the lama who founded the Bhutanese nation. Dorje Shugden is not a Gelug-only Dharma Protector as is claimed but in reality fact, it was widely practised amongst the Kagyu, Sakya and Nyingma traditions.
    His Holiness the 4th Zhabdrung Jigme Norbu even composed prayers to Dorje Shugden. If Dorje Shugden’s practice was evil and harmful, why would this Drukpa Kagyu high lama, compose prayers to Dorje Shugden and in his vast collection of works. All these are stated in the collected works of Zhabdrung Jigme Norbu, published by the National Library of Bhutan. So this evidence showed that the Kagyu do propitiate and invoke Dorje Shugden centuries ago.
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers for such insight post to clear all the doubts and misconception about Dorje Shugden.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-4th-zhabdrung-rinpoche-of-bhutan-and-dorje-shugden.html

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One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
~Tsem Rinpoche

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Rumi: Legendary Sufi Poet whose mystical works transcend space and time. It\'s beneficial to enhance our knowledge of other traditions & cultures: https://bit.ly/2lh9cRO
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Rumi: Legendary Sufi Poet whose mystical works transcend space and time. It's beneficial to enhance our knowledge of other traditions & cultures: https://bit.ly/2lh9cRO
His Holiness Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, Kyabe Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastery doing puja.
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His Holiness Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, Kyabe Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastery doing puja.
Old Tsui Marpo thangka with his other 6 brothers. So it\'s the 7 blazing Tsen brothers. Beautiful.
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Old Tsui Marpo thangka with his other 6 brothers. So it's the 7 blazing Tsen brothers. Beautiful.
Protector Tsui Marpo in Danji Ling in Lhasa. Striking image.
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Protector Tsui Marpo in Danji Ling in Lhasa. Striking image.
Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Monastery in 2006
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Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Monastery in 2006
My doggies and I-June 2018
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My doggies and I-June 2018
Megnath and myself June 2018
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Megnath and myself June 2018
Stunning Guru Rinpoche thangka. Please download and save. Click on picture to enlarge.
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Stunning Guru Rinpoche thangka. Please download and save. Click on picture to enlarge.
This incredible White Tara was discovered in Indonesia. It is said to be 800 years old and made by Nagarjuna. A local person Mr. Supriyono dreamed of a bluish red dragon surrounding the village and splashing down into the well before finding Her. This beautiful White Tara was discovered in Indonesia. See video: - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96dW0Ms1oR0&feature=youtu.be
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This incredible White Tara was discovered in Indonesia. It is said to be 800 years old and made by Nagarjuna. A local person Mr. Supriyono dreamed of a bluish red dragon surrounding the village and splashing down into the well before finding Her. This beautiful White Tara was discovered in Indonesia. See video: - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96dW0Ms1oR0&feature=youtu.be
Beautiful thangka of Dorje Drolod, Guru Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden with Ekazati. Such beautiful artwork. More here for free download- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=62528
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Beautiful thangka of Dorje Drolod, Guru Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden with Ekazati. Such beautiful artwork. More here for free download- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=62528
དགའ་ལྡན་ཁྲི་ཐོག་བརྒྱ་དང་གཅིག་རྗེ་བཙུན་ལུང་རིག་རྣམ་རྒྱལ་མཆོག་གི་རྗེ་བཙུན་རྡོ་རྗེ་རྣལ་འབྱོར་མའི་བཀའ་ཁྲིད་དང་ཕྱག་དཔེ།- https://bit.ly/2JvLG22
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དགའ་ལྡན་ཁྲི་ཐོག་བརྒྱ་དང་གཅིག་རྗེ་བཙུན་ལུང་རིག་རྣམ་རྒྱལ་མཆོག་གི་རྗེ་བཙུན་རྡོ་རྗེ་རྣལ་འབྱོར་མའི་བཀའ་ཁྲིད་དང་ཕྱག་དཔེ།- https://bit.ly/2JvLG22
What we get without effort, is more of a curse than a blessing.
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What we get without effort, is more of a curse than a blessing.
Mother Tara, Dorje Shugden and Gonpo Tramsuk
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Mother Tara, Dorje Shugden and Gonpo Tramsuk
འབྲུག་གི་ཞབས་དྲུང་བཞི་པ་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན།
http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=161821
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འབྲུག་གི་ཞབས་དྲུང་བཞི་པ་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=161821
A thangka of Yudroma Goddess that was in the house of the lady oracle to this Goddess. When I went to consult the goddess via the oracle, I took this picture of the thangka in her house. Tsem Rinpoche
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A thangka of Yudroma Goddess that was in the house of the lady oracle to this Goddess. When I went to consult the goddess via the oracle, I took this picture of the thangka in her house. Tsem Rinpoche
NEW! The Promise – Tsem Rinpoche’s inspiring biography now in ebook format!- https://bit.ly/2sPGFpJ
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NEW! The Promise – Tsem Rinpoche’s inspiring biography now in ebook format!- https://bit.ly/2sPGFpJ
Drashi Lhamo: The Protectress with the Rolled Out Tongue- 
 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=162307
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Drashi Lhamo: The Protectress with the Rolled Out Tongue- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=162307
Beautiful Buddha and Dorje Shugden thangka for free download here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
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Beautiful Buddha and Dorje Shugden thangka for free download here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
Bodhgaya Tara which is suppose to have spoken to Atisha.
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Bodhgaya Tara which is suppose to have spoken to Atisha.
Very inspiring story about a Sikh master and Saint. I really enjoyed learning about this master. I wanted to share with you- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=161053
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Very inspiring story about a Sikh master and Saint. I really enjoyed learning about this master. I wanted to share with you- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=161053
Very interesting read about the Sacred Yamdrok Yumtso Lake: The Abode of Goddess Dorje Geg Kyi Tso- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=161876
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Very interesting read about the Sacred Yamdrok Yumtso Lake: The Abode of Goddess Dorje Geg Kyi Tso- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=161876
The 4th Zhabdrung Rinpoche of Bhutan and Dorje Shugden- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=160863
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The 4th Zhabdrung Rinpoche of Bhutan and Dorje Shugden- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=160863
Beautiful 2018 Wesak Day gift of a Vietnamese style Dorje Shugden. Absolutely beautiful. Free download here:http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/which-dorje-shugden-style-is-your-favourite.html
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Beautiful 2018 Wesak Day gift of a Vietnamese style Dorje Shugden. Absolutely beautiful. Free download here:http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/which-dorje-shugden-style-is-your-favourite.html
It is important to merge our minds with the Buddha\'s mind. Start by letting go of saying Dharma is hard. Dharma seen as hard is a concept we hold onto in order to excuse ourselves to improve our minds. Dharma is not hard, but samsara is hard. See the truth in this before time runs out. Tsem Rinpoche
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It is important to merge our minds with the Buddha's mind. Start by letting go of saying Dharma is hard. Dharma seen as hard is a concept we hold onto in order to excuse ourselves to improve our minds. Dharma is not hard, but samsara is hard. See the truth in this before time runs out. Tsem Rinpoche
This Flying Vajra Yogini artwork is framed and over the doorway of a Vajra Yogini chapel in Nepal. The Chapel is dedicated towards the Flying Vajra Yogini. Beautiful.
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This Flying Vajra Yogini artwork is framed and over the doorway of a Vajra Yogini chapel in Nepal. The Chapel is dedicated towards the Flying Vajra Yogini. Beautiful.
རུའི་ཊར་གསར་འགྱུར་ལས་ཁང་ནས་ངས་ཤར་གླིང་ཨེ་ཤི་ཡ་ཡི་ཆེད་དུ་འགྲིགས་འཇགས་ཀྱི་སྨོན་ལམ་འདེབས་པའི་སྐོར་དེ་དཔར་སྐྲུན་བྱེད་འདུག - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=160706
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རུའི་ཊར་གསར་འགྱུར་ལས་ཁང་ནས་ངས་ཤར་གླིང་ཨེ་ཤི་ཡ་ཡི་ཆེད་དུ་འགྲིགས་འཇགས་ཀྱི་སྨོན་ལམ་འདེབས་པའི་སྐོར་དེ་དཔར་སྐྲུན་བྱེད་འདུག - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=160706
There are many very interesting articles on Bigfoot/yeti/sasquatch as well as videos. Please enjoy yourselves: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/yeti-bigfoot-sasquatch
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There are many very interesting articles on Bigfoot/yeti/sasquatch as well as videos. Please enjoy yourselves: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/yeti-bigfoot-sasquatch
Environment is stronger because when you are in a spiritual environment with other spiritual brothers and sisters, the chance to learn and transform is much higher. If we rely on our own willpower and go at it alone to practice spirituality, very small chance we can succeed. Because most of the time we don\'t have the willpower and our willpower does not sustain us. That is why we have monasteries where clusers of people live together spiritually to enhance each other and the whole for thousands of years. That is why we have spiritual communities like Findhorn and Kechara Forest Retreat so that we are in a spiritual environment and being in this type of environment encourages us to grow inwardly. It gives us strength and support and in turn we give others strength and support. Tsem Rinpoche
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Environment is stronger because when you are in a spiritual environment with other spiritual brothers and sisters, the chance to learn and transform is much higher. If we rely on our own willpower and go at it alone to practice spirituality, very small chance we can succeed. Because most of the time we don't have the willpower and our willpower does not sustain us. That is why we have monasteries where clusers of people live together spiritually to enhance each other and the whole for thousands of years. That is why we have spiritual communities like Findhorn and Kechara Forest Retreat so that we are in a spiritual environment and being in this type of environment encourages us to grow inwardly. It gives us strength and support and in turn we give others strength and support. Tsem Rinpoche
I like this White Tara image. It is very basic but has an appeal in this style of art.
1 month ago
I like this White Tara image. It is very basic but has an appeal in this style of art.
He was so excited to bring this sacred statue home to install in his family shrine.......
1 month ago
He was so excited to bring this sacred statue home to install in his family shrine.......
Daily do your prayers/mantra to Lord Manjushri as it\'s a powerful blessing on a daily basis. It is so important to have sharp mind, good memory and quick wisdom and Manjushri can bestow this. I have heard many tell me that Manjushri\'s practice is very effective. We must also do Manjushri\'s intensive retreats at least twice a year. It would be very beneficial. Sacred mantra of Manjushri: Om Ah-Ra Ba-za Na-Dhi
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Daily do your prayers/mantra to Lord Manjushri as it's a powerful blessing on a daily basis. It is so important to have sharp mind, good memory and quick wisdom and Manjushri can bestow this. I have heard many tell me that Manjushri's practice is very effective. We must also do Manjushri's intensive retreats at least twice a year. It would be very beneficial. Sacred mantra of Manjushri: Om Ah-Ra Ba-za Na-Dhi
It is nice to see a friend in Nepal receiving a beautiful Bhagwan Dorje Shugden gift from myself. I wish him well always. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
It is nice to see a friend in Nepal receiving a beautiful Bhagwan Dorje Shugden gift from myself. I wish him well always. Tsem Rinpoche
What my mom shared with me as a young boy that I carry with me till now. She was very caring and giving when she was well: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=160069
1 month ago
What my mom shared with me as a young boy that I carry with me till now. She was very caring and giving when she was well: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=160069
A beautiful painting of the enlightened protector Dorje Shugden in the very rich tradition of Aztec art of South America. I wanted to commission something in this rich tradition which is filled with spiritual journeys into other worlds, magic, purification, the supernatural, astral visitations, gods and other dimensions and it has manifested. I have successfully combined the divinity of Tibet with the rich artistic tradition of the Aztecs. The artist we had is amazing. We have many more beautiful art pieces here for you to enjoy and download: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144924

Remember those wonderful Carlos Castaneda books? I use to read them many years back in my room back in New Jersey as a kid. His learning journey with Don Juan was amazing! Those books inspired my commissioning of this beautiful Aztec Dorje Shugden. May you be blessed. Tsem Rinpoche
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A beautiful painting of the enlightened protector Dorje Shugden in the very rich tradition of Aztec art of South America. I wanted to commission something in this rich tradition which is filled with spiritual journeys into other worlds, magic, purification, the supernatural, astral visitations, gods and other dimensions and it has manifested. I have successfully combined the divinity of Tibet with the rich artistic tradition of the Aztecs. The artist we had is amazing. We have many more beautiful art pieces here for you to enjoy and download: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144924 Remember those wonderful Carlos Castaneda books? I use to read them many years back in my room back in New Jersey as a kid. His learning journey with Don Juan was amazing! Those books inspired my commissioning of this beautiful Aztec Dorje Shugden. May you be blessed. Tsem Rinpoche
H.H. the Dalai Lama’s sudden change of mind about China-backed Panchen Lama is incredible and stunning. His Holiness\'s new stance will bring more harmony, peace and understanding. I thank His Holiness the Dalai Lama very much for this. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche (Please read here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=159261)
2 months ago
H.H. the Dalai Lama’s sudden change of mind about China-backed Panchen Lama is incredible and stunning. His Holiness's new stance will bring more harmony, peace and understanding. I thank His Holiness the Dalai Lama very much for this. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche (Please read here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=159261)
Sculpture demigoddesses Singhini (lioness goddess) on the upper terrace in front of Nyatapola temple in Bhaktapur, Nepal.
2 months ago
Sculpture demigoddesses Singhini (lioness goddess) on the upper terrace in front of Nyatapola temple in Bhaktapur, Nepal.
How fortunate I am to be sitting in my room, with a rosary in my hand reciting the mantra given to me by my compassionate guru and to meditate in developing a compassionate heart and purifying my karmas. How fortunate I am to be able to spend my time in such a meaningful manner. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
How fortunate I am to be sitting in my room, with a rosary in my hand reciting the mantra given to me by my compassionate guru and to meditate in developing a compassionate heart and purifying my karmas. How fortunate I am to be able to spend my time in such a meaningful manner. Tsem Rinpoche
Comic drawn by Tendor, a prominent Free Tibet activist-Every Tibetan knows that although His Holiness the Dalai Lama says he is retired from politics, he is in full control of the Tibetan government in exile. No member of the government will dare carry out any decisions without His Holiness\' approval. He is retired for the sake of the west so he does not look like a dictator.~Tenzin Damchoe
4 months ago
Comic drawn by Tendor, a prominent Free Tibet activist-Every Tibetan knows that although His Holiness the Dalai Lama says he is retired from politics, he is in full control of the Tibetan government in exile. No member of the government will dare carry out any decisions without His Holiness' approval. He is retired for the sake of the west so he does not look like a dictator.~Tenzin Damchoe
It would be wonderful if everyone can recite these two mantras 100k each focusing on Shakyamuni Buddha and His powerful healing energies. Not collectively but each person 100k each of each mantra. Praise to Shakyamuni the Sage who showed us a permanent way to bliss.
4 months ago
It would be wonderful if everyone can recite these two mantras 100k each focusing on Shakyamuni Buddha and His powerful healing energies. Not collectively but each person 100k each of each mantra. Praise to Shakyamuni the Sage who showed us a permanent way to bliss.
In Tibet Shannan area Riwoche Ling Monastery, devotees are putting Tsem Rinpoche\'s photo inside the cabinet together with the Buddha he loves - Dorje Shugden
在西藏山南日乌曲林寺,信徒们把詹杜固仁波切的法照和他最敬爱的多杰雄登护法像摆在一起
4 months ago
In Tibet Shannan area Riwoche Ling Monastery, devotees are putting Tsem Rinpoche's photo inside the cabinet together with the Buddha he loves - Dorje Shugden 在西藏山南日乌曲林寺,信徒们把詹杜固仁波切的法照和他最敬爱的多杰雄登护法像摆在一起
Please read this..thank you.
4 months ago
Please read this..thank you.
A beautiful Dorje Shugden depicted in Druid and newage style. There are many more here and free downloads in high file: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144924
4 months ago
A beautiful Dorje Shugden depicted in Druid and newage style. There are many more here and free downloads in high file: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144924
Here, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche (left), one of the tutors of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, confers one of the many countless tantric initiations on the Dalai Lama (right). You can see a young Dalai Lama bowing in this picture with Trijang Rinpoche blessing him. Trijang Rinpoche is therefore undoubtedly the Dalai Lama’s tantric master. A great master at that. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Here, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche (left), one of the tutors of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, confers one of the many countless tantric initiations on the Dalai Lama (right). You can see a young Dalai Lama bowing in this picture with Trijang Rinpoche blessing him. Trijang Rinpoche is therefore undoubtedly the Dalai Lama’s tantric master. A great master at that. Tsem Rinpoche
This is a very sacred statue of Buddha Chenresig (Avalokitesvara/Kuan Yin) that manifested many miracles in North India. Read and see more pictures and understand the background here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=153802
4 months ago
This is a very sacred statue of Buddha Chenresig (Avalokitesvara/Kuan Yin) that manifested many miracles in North India. Read and see more pictures and understand the background here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=153802
Wonderful updated version of The Promise book is out! Please get your copy. Much more new information included.
5 months ago
Wonderful updated version of The Promise book is out! Please get your copy. Much more new information included.
\"Bhagavani, source of all wonders, Vasudhara, Goddess of splendour and fortune, bestower of auspicious mental desires; homage to the Goddess Wish-fulfilling Wheel.\" (Sakya liturgical verse).
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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.
5 months ago
Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini in Pharping, Nepal. The caretaker said it was owned by the Great Marpa the translator who was the guru of Milarepa. Wow.
In the Lankavatara Sutra, Lord Buddha says: \"For innumerable reasons, the Bodhisattva, whose nature is compassion, is not to  any meat. Thus Mahamati, whenever there is the evolution of living beings, let people cherish the thought of kinship with them, and thinking that all beings are [to be loved as if they were] and only child, let them refrain from eating meat.  Mahamati, meat is not eaten by anybody for any reason, there will be no destroyer of life. Thus, Mahamati, meat-eating I have not permitted to anyone, I do not permit, I will not permit.\"
5 months ago
In the Lankavatara Sutra, Lord Buddha says: "For innumerable reasons, the Bodhisattva, whose nature is compassion, is not to any meat. Thus Mahamati, whenever there is the evolution of living beings, let people cherish the thought of kinship with them, and thinking that all beings are [to be loved as if they were] and only child, let them refrain from eating meat. Mahamati, meat is not eaten by anybody for any reason, there will be no destroyer of life. Thus, Mahamati, meat-eating I have not permitted to anyone, I do not permit, I will not permit."
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    A devotional song by Mary Fewel Tulin from the Radhasoami of Baba Sawan Singh. In it she praises the guru’s ability to evoke love and compassion within a practitioners heart.
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    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information, please go to http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/kyabje-zong-rinpoche
  • Super neat footage of Patty the Bigfoot!
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  • Adorable Tibetan kids wishing Happy New Year 2018
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    Adorable Tibetan kids wishing Happy New Year 2018
    The children and their little well-wishing voices are adorable!! It is a must listen. They recite prayers to Dorje Shugden to invoke blessings for everyone for the New Year 2018! At one point, they sprinkle some of the drink into the air as per tradition as an offering to Dorje Shugden. Shugden's practice in Tibet has been strong for four hundred years and is continuing to grow. Happy New Year (Losar) to everyone. May everyone have peace. Sarva Mangalam!
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  • Beautiful Tibetan children wishing Happy New Year!
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  • Ven Lobsang Jigme of Tsem Monastery in Yara, Tibet is passing out pictures of Tsem Rinpoche to the locals.
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