Wonderful Myanmar

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(By Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline Woon)

Myanmar, previously known as Burma, is a new and developing tourist destination in Southeast Asia, known for its rich culture and natural attractions. It is an exotic and fascinating destination in Asia that offers numerous archaeological sites, pagodas and temples, rivers and natural lakes, sites of natural beauty, snow-capped mountains and tropical forests, clean beaches and unspoilt archipelagos; traditional arts and crafts, as well as rich cultures from the 135 national races, each with their unique and colourful traditional clothing and customs.

If you are planning to visit, below is some useful information to make your visit to Myanmar, one of the most beautiful and peaceful places in the world, most memorable and enjoyable, especially because Myanmar is said to have the most hospitable people in the world.

 

Location

Myanmar stems from the Burmese Empire (1500-1000 BCE) and is situated in Southeast Asia. It is bordered on the north by China, on the east and southeast by Laos and Thailand, and lies on the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea coast, with Bangladesh and India to the west. To the north, Myanmar has a large range of hills and valleys, with mountain ranges in the east and west, forming a giant horseshoe shape, covering 653,407 square kilometres (252,282 square miles), and ranging 936 kilometres (581 miles) from east to west and 2,051 kilometres (1,275 miles) from north to south.

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Myanmar lies on the Bay of Bengal. Click on the image to enlarge.

Close-up look of Myanmar map

A more close up look on Myanmar map

 

Population

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Myanmar’s current population is 54,800,890 based on the latest United Nations estimates. This is equivalent to 0.73% of the total world population. It is made up of 135 national races including the Bamar (68%), Shan (10%), Kayin (7%), Rakhine (4%), overseas Chinese (3%), Mon (2%) and overseas Indians (2%). 35.3% of the total population is urban, which amounts to approximately 19,363,071 people in 2017.

 

General Information

Although Myanmar’s currency is Myanmar kyat (MMK), the US dollar (USD) is also widely used in the country. While in the country, you will see a mix of both, with USD being used in most hotels, for domestic airfares, train tickets, and entrance fees, while MMK is used for everything else such as food, souvenirs, etc. Myanmar’s capital city is Nay Pyi Daw (also spelt Nay Pyi Taw) while its former capital city Yangon (Rangoon) is the country’s largest city.

Myanmar has seven states and seven regions formerly known as divisions. Regions are mainly inhabited by the predominant Bamar peoples, while states, in essence, are regions that are home to particular ethnic minorities. Below is a list of the states and regions of Myanmar:

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Regions and states of Myanmar. Click on the image to enlarge.

  • Kachin State
  • Chin State
  • Shan State
  • Rakhine State
  • Kayah State
  • Kayin State
  • Ayeyarwady Region
  • Sagaing Region
  • Mandalay Region
  • Magway Region
  • Bago Region
  • Yangon Region
  • Tanintharyi Region

Most foreign visitors require a visa to enter Myanmar. Below are some key facts for the Myanmar tourist visa, and are listed for convenient planning.

  • Visa-free travel for 14 days is applicable for Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia and Laos passport holders.
  • You can apply for tourist visas at Myanmarese embassies and consulates as well as using the online e-visa system designed to simplify the application process, particularly for travelers from countries that do not have a Myanmarese embassy.
  • Please visit the official Ministry of Immigration e-visa website for e-visa applications. For the full list of 100 countries whose citizens are eligible for e-visas, please click here. The list of Myanmarese embassies and consulates around the world can also be found here.
  • Tourists should hold passports with at least six months of validity after planned departure from Myanmar.
  • Tourist visas are valid for 28 days and a 14-day extension may be acquired at the cost of USD3 per day including a one-off USD3 administration fee.
  • A single entry tourist visa typically costs around USD50.

 

Myanmar’s Unique Weather Pattern and the Best Time to Visit

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Myanmar is a tropical country with seasonal changes. Myanmar is located in the monsoon region of Southeast Asia, and as such the change in monsoon wind direction creates three seasons: summer, rainy, and winter. Each year the monsoon brings rain from May to October, and some roads become flooded and blocked, particularly from July to September, while the central plains receive only a fraction of the rain seen on the coast. The rains subside from October onwards.

The best time to visit most of Myanmar is from November to February when temperatures are relatively manageable. From March to May, temperatures rise and the heat can become unbearable. The Bagan and Mandalay areas, in particular, often see temperatures in excess of 40°C (104°F). Winter in Myanmar starts from November and lasts through to the end of February, where temperatures in hilly areas of over 3,000 feet can drop below 0°C (32°F).

 

The Local Customs and Cultures of Myanmar

With 135 ethnic groups in Myanmar, one can imagine the abundance of languages, traditional clothing, and customs of its people. Visitors find this fascinating, interesting, and adventurous to discover. While visiting, it is advisable to understand and practise the following, in order to immerse oneself in the culture, making the visit more meaningful and worthwhile.

 
Greetings

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Social politeness is highly practised in Myanmar. The common expression to greet someone is “Mingalaba” (Minga-la-ba) that translates loosely as “Have an auspicious day.” This is somewhat similar to the Tibetan “Tashi Delek” and the well-used Indian “Namaste”. The “Mingalaba” greeting can be used throughout all social levels or genders including among monks and respected elders.

 
Titles

Another part of social etiquette showing respect to others is the use of titles before personal names. The title “Teacher” is inserted before one’s name if they are seen as wise and helpful. Due to the history of strict military control, titles like “General” are less admirable compared to titles that make an educational reference. “Auntie” is used for women of a certain age, while “Uncle” is applied to their male counterparts.

 
Food

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A mixture of Indian and Chinese cuisines can be found in Myanmarese food, with rice being the country’s staple food. Local curries and soups add a Myanmarese flair to the food where most meals are accompanied by a condiment that is made from preserved fish or prawn and chili powder. Meals are typically served at a dining table with a family sized bowl of rice placed in the middle of the table and different dishes laid out for everyone to serve themselves and make their own combinations.

 
Table Manners

Myanmarese homes usually have low and round dining tables. Diners sit on the floor, or on a floor mat, around the table and the elderly diners and guests serve themselves first. Alcoholic beverages are not served with meals but water, tea or juice are. The locals handle the spoons to serve the food with the left hand, as it is considered the clean hand. They still eat with their fingers though forks and spoons have gained popularity in Myanmar. If you wish to have more rice, do leave some rice on the plate to indicate that you want more. Take only the amount you can finish, and leave enough for the host and everyone else.

 
Accept Hospitality

Generally, the Myanmarese have very little, surviving on subsistence farming but they are eager to share what they have with visitors and guests. Buddhists, especially, will offer food to visitors and guests first before eating themselves. It would be deemed impolite if guests decline offers of such hospitality. Taking a single bite or a small portion will assure your host that you appreciate the gesture.

 
Body Language

Buddhists in Myanmar consider the head to be the most sacred part of the human body, while the feet are considered the dirtiest. While entering an indoor or private space you are expected to remove your shoes, and be aware not to point your feet at anyone, especially monks. Touching another person’s head is also an insult. The same understanding of clean and unclean body parts also dictates what you wash, and where. For example, you rinse your hands after a meal at a different faucet from where you clean your muddy toes. Common gestures of deference include giving monks the most accessible seats on a bus or train, and women do not touch monks as they are celibate.

 
Hand Gestures

Placing one hand firmly under the elbow of the extended arm is a proper way to introduce yourself, or offer or accept an item. This gesture is important and even food in a restaurant is served in this manner, before the plate is passed to you.

 
Dress

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Shorts should be avoided by female tourists and visitors. Proper undergarments should be worn under t-shirts, and revealing clothes are considered rude. The typical dress code for Myanmarese men includes a collarless white shirt with overcoat and a bottom garment made from a long piece of folded cloth (longyi) secured at the waist, that resembles a sarong. Myanmarese ladies usually wear silk or cotton dresses, or a blouse with a longyi.

 
Thanakha

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Thanakha is the Myanmarese traditional cosmetic for Burmese women to protect their skin from sunlight, to cool the skin on their faces in hot weather, as well as for beauty purposes. Thanakha can be painted in simple circle shapes, while others may make it more sophisticated with intrigued flowers and other patterns. It is made from natural sources and has been used for a long time.

 
Religion

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Myanmar offers freedom of religion with approximately 80% of the population Buddhist, while 20% practises Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and other localised religions. Most Myanmarese believe in reincarnation and show respect to the crimson-coloured robes of monks regardless of their religious faith. Amongst the Buddhists, most follow the Theravada tradition, and teachings on karma – what goes around, comes around – is very much emphasised.

 
Superstitions

Compared to the urbanised Myanmarese, those living in rural areas have a stronger belief in superstition. Astrology or means of clairvoyance are known to be used when important decisions are to be made. Some common superstitions include that leaving a shoe or slipper upside-down will bring bad luck, and that washing your hair after a funeral or keeping broken glass at home are to be avoided. There are also some who believe that one will lose one’s will power, if you walk under a ladder, or under a woman’s laundry line with hanging longyis, while carrying an elephant’s tail hairs can ward off evil.

 
Business Culture

Trust and friendship is the focus in building business relationships. Favours in business are expected to be repaid later. During initial business meetings, people take the opportunity to evaluate strengths, weaknesses and personalities instead of business topics. For foreign businessmen, it is good to know that most commercial business transactions occur in English, and a Myanmarese translator can facilitate better communication. Friction in business situations may occurs when a supervisor is younger than a subordinate as Myanmarese have a custom of showing respect to their elders.

 

20 Great Places to Visit in Myanmar

The following Myanmar visitors guide will be divided into the seven parts of the country, namely:

  • Yangon (Rangoon)
  • The delta region and western Myanmar
  • South-eastern Myanmar
  • Bagan and the central plains
  • Inle Lake and the east
  • Mandalay and its surroundings
  • Northern Myanmar

 

Yangon (Rangoon)

1. Yangon River

Yangon is currently the most exciting place in Myanmar, nestled on the eastern banks of the Yangon River. This former capital is a bustling and colourful metropolis, with great and mysterious charm formed by colonial heritage; gracious historical and cultural architecture well-preserved after the British colonial era; modern commercial buildings, shopping centres, lively restaurants and bars sitting side-by-side with well-maintained and preserved centuries-old golden stupas. It is located 644 kilometres (400 miles) away from Myanmar’s current capital Nay Pyi Daw.

To experience the city’s amazing activities you can take a cruise on the Yangon River. You may board on a number of cruises from Botataung (east end of downtown) or Wardan (west end of downtown) jetties for a relaxing few hours on the river. For those who wish to visit Dala’s local markets and enjoy a much slower pace of life on the delta, they are welcome to board from Pansodan Ferry Terminal. Many locals commute across the river to Yangon on small private boats, but foreigners are not allowed to board these boats, as prices are lower and affordable for Dala residents. Foreigners can board the public ferries that leave every 30 minutes to Dala.

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There are many ferry rides and cruises available for tourists to choose from. A USD4 return ride to Dala takes about 10 minutes. The boat has quite a large capacity (2 levels) that is normally packed with hundreds of people. It departs about three times per hour and tickets can be purchased prior to departure at a separate office room at USD2 one way. The spectacular scenery of Yangon’s waterways and the rich historical and cultural landscapes that lie along the banks of the Yangon River on the Sunset Cruise are incredible. Here you can experience the beauty of Yangon in the final hours of its sunset while savouring the fresh evening breeze that comes through the Gulf of Martaban of the Andaman Sea; observe the little-known Lighthouse of the Twante Canal; and witness the Shwedagon Pagoda from a different perspective. You can also enjoy the amazing glow of lights along the river bank as the sun gently sinks below the horizon. Do not forget to take beautiful pictures while enjoying the ride!

 
2. Colonial Buildings

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The highest preserved and maintained number of colonial period buildings in Southeast Asia are known to be found in Downtown Yangon. These century-old buildings included the former City Hall, High Court, Secretariat buildings, Telegraph Office, Inland Water Transport building, and the Strand Hotel with magnificent architecture, and they are definitely one of the main tourist attractions in downtown Yangon.

 
3. Chauk Htat Gyi Temple

In Yangon, there is also the little known Chauk Htat Gyi Temple that hosts one of the biggest and most graceful 65 metres (213.2 feet) long reclining Buddha statue, dating back to 1907. It is located a short distance from the famous Golden Temple (Shwedagon Pagoda). This Buddha statue was demolished in 1957 due to environmental damage and rebuilt through generous donations from the public to its current form in 1966. Surrounding this temple are Buddhist monasteries that house over six hundred monks who study and practise the Buddha’s teachings.

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Address:
Shwe Gon Taing Street
Tamwe Township
Yangon

Operating Hours:
6am to 8pm daily

Admission Fees:
USD5 per person

 
4. Shwedagon Pagoda

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The Shwedagon Pagoda is officially known as Shwedagon Zedi Daw. It is also known as the Great Dragon Pagoda and the Golden Pagoda. Being one of the three most sacred religious sites in Myanmar, this 2,500-year-old pagoda contains a strand of Shakyamuni Buddha’s hair and other sacred relics. It is located on the 51-metre (168-feet) high Singuttara Hill and has grown from 8 metres to 99 metres (26 feet to 324 feet) in height over the centuries. The Shwedagon is estimated to have first been built by the Mon during the Bagan period (between the 6th and 10th centuries CE). The stupa is fully plated with 21,841 solid gold bars and has a tip encrusted with thousands of diamonds, rubies and sapphires. Surrounding the pagoda are numerous temples, statues and stupas which are definitely worth a visit if your time permits.

Visitors to the pagoda are expected to follow a dress code deemed to be respectful, i.e. loose trousers or ankle-length loose skirts, and loose t-shirts with the preferred length of sleeves being elbow-length, in order to enter the temple, and must be barefooted.

Address:
No. 1, Shwedagon Pagoda Road
Dagon Township
Yangon

Operating Hours:
4am to 10pm daily
24 hours on the following days:

  1. Tabaung Waxing Day – the day before full moon day of the Myanmar Lunar month Tabaung (around March)
  2. Wakhaung Waxing Day – the day before full moon day of the Myanmar Lunar month Wakhaung (around June)

Admission Fees:
USD8 per person
Tickets for entrance are not sold to foreign visitors until 6am

 
5. Bogyoke Aung San Market

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Bogyoke Aung San Market was formerly known as Scott Market, named after James George Scott, and is located in the heart of Yangon city. It is a famous and beautiful oriental bazaar, and a good shopping spot with attractive architecture and trading ambiance. The current premises was first built in 1926 and is one of the 189 historical buildings in Yangon.

This sprawling market is a one-stop shop for everything you need, ranging from local snacks and traditional and ethnic textiles to wood carvings, musical instruments, interesting souvenirs, antique collections, sculptures and stunning jewellery. The varieties of Myanmarese handicrafts and other items make this complex an excellent opportunity for a shopping spree. Do get at least a pair of traditional footwear – they are very comfortable sandals with velvet covers – when you are there!

Address:
Bogyoke Aung San Road
Yangon

Operating Hours:
Tuesday to Sunday: 9am to 5pm
Closed on Mondays and gazetted holidays

Admission Fees:
Free

 
6. Sule Pagoda

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Located in Yangon’s centre is also the Sule Pagoda. This pagoda is often compared to Piccadilly Circus in London as it has a peculiar octagonal shape tapering to its spire and standing in the middle of a roundabout at the heart of Yangon. This 48-metre (152-feet) high golden dome is a landmark of the city and as a Buddhist monument was rebuilt in the 1880s. It was once used by the British as the nucleus of their grid pattern for the city. In its vicinity are small shops with new age services such as astrologists, palmists, etc., giving visitors a full and extensive range of local delights.

Address:
At the junction of Sule Pagoda Road and Mahabandoola Road
Kyauktada Township
Yangon

Operating Hours:
6am to 8pm daily

Admission Fees:
USD2 per person

Accommodation
Below are several recommended places available that are strategic for visitors intending to spend some time in Yangon. You may wish to do further research for accommodation suitable for your needs.

  1. The Loft Hotel
    33 Yaw Min Gyi Street
    Dagon Township
    Yangon
    Phone: +95 1 393 112
    Website: www.theloftyangon.com
  2. Merchant Art Boutique Hotel
    67/71, New Yaytarshay Road
    Yangon
    Phone: +95 1 544 426
    Website: www.merchantyangon.com/merchant-art
  3. Vintage Luxury Yacht Hotel
    No. 6, Botahtaung Jetty
    Botahtaung Township
    Yangon
    Phone: +95 1 901 0532
    Website: www.vintageluxuryhotel.com

 

The Delta Region and Western Myanmar

7. Ngwe Saung

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Ngwe Saung’s 15-kilometer-long stretch of beautiful white sand shore is an appealing and clean beach, with clear water. Ngwe Saung attracts a lot of foreigners and wealthy locals to the area so the local standard of pricing is on the high side. There is a small village with a main street fulfilling the needs of tourists as well. Nevertheless, Ngwe Saung is one of the most laid-back places you will find in Myanmar. Once you are here, you should just sit back and take in the sun’s rays and picturesque beach views with fresh food from local restaurants.

Towards the northern end of the beach is the Ngwe Saung village, which hosts shop that serve a variety of fantastic seafood dishes and others that sell locally-produced handicrafts. Walking to the village from the southern end hotels at the main beach can take up to an hour, and if you walk there in the evening, you can catch the sun setting over the Bay of Bengal. Along the way are also some hotels with beach front restaurants that serve mainly seafood dishes as well. If you wish for something different, Ume cafe serves excellent Japanese and Asian fusion food and has a fire dancing show every evening at around 7.30pm. It is located on the road south of Ngwe Saung village, on a hill opposite the Yanomar Oo and Silver View resorts.

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Location:
Ngwe Saung is located 48 kilometres (29 miles) west of Pathein, Ayeyarwady Region, Myanmar. The beach is 5 hours’ drive away from Yangon.

 
8. Pathein

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Pathein is a coastal town located in the lower Myanmar delta area which is called the Ayeyarwady Division. It lies at the heart of an area that produces the finest rice in Myanmar, including pawsanmwe t’ămìn (fragrant rice). Pathein is a thriving, busy city, especially along the riverfront and in the markets near the principal religious site of Shwemokhtaw Paya. Pathein is Myanmar’s most important delta port outside of Yangon.

The main attraction at Pathein is the Shwemokhtaw Paya, a Buddhist temple believed to have been originally built by King Asoka of India in 305 BC with a 2.2-metres (7.5-feet) tall stupa. Bagan’s King Alaungsithu raised the stupa’s height to 11 metres (36 feet) in 1115 CE. In 1263 CE, King Samodogossa raised it to 40 metres (131 feet).

The stupa is now 46.6-metres (152.88-feet) tall and its pinnacle consists of a topmost layer made from 14lb of solid gold, a middle tier of pure silver and a bottom tier of bronze. All three tiers are gilded and reportedly embedded with a total of 829 diamond fragments, 843 rubies and 1,588 semiprecious stones.

Pathein also has workshops in the city’s northeast that produce colourful hand-painted parasols. If you stop by Pathein on your way to nearby beaches, you may want to visit the Shwemokhtaw Paya and browse through the intriguing and interesting produce of the local workshops. You will not regret visiting these two places.

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Location:
Pathein is only a three-hour drive away from Yangon.

Accommodation
Below are several recommended places available that are strategic for visitors intending to spend some time in delta region and western Myanmar. You may wish to do further research for accommodation suitable for your needs.

  1. Aureum Resort & Spa Ngwe Saung
    Ngwe Saung Village
    Pathein
    Ayeyarwaddy Division
    Phone: +95 42 4021 82133
    Website: ngwesaunghotels.org
  2. Sunny Paradise Resort
    Ngwesaung
    Phone: +95 42 40227
    Website: www.sunnyparadiseresort.net
  3. Myanmar Treasure Resort
    Ngwe Saung Village
    Phone: +95 1 399 341
    Website: www.htoohospitality.com

 

South-eastern Myanmar

9. Kyaiktiyo (Kyite Htee Yoe)

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Kyaiktiyo Paya is a huge golden rock perched at Mount Kyaiktiyo’s summit, it is one of the three most holy sites in Myanmar, together with the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon and the Mahamuni Temple in Mandalay. The rock seems to defy gravity by delicately balancing on the edge of the 1,100-metres (3,608-feet) high mountain. This draws large numbers of non-believers among its throngs of pilgrims from far and wide to worship and visit.

The small pagoda was built atop the golden rock which is itself perched on a larger rock. It is a boulder 15 metres (49.2 feet) in circumference, coated in gold leaf, and looks extremely precarious. Kyaiktiyo means “pagoda on a hermit’s head”. This gravity-defying rock that resembles the head of the hermit Taik Tha is supposedly kept in place by a strand of Lord Buddha’s hair. According to legend, on one of Lord Buddha’s visit, he gave the strand of hair to the hermit Taik Tha, who then tucked it in the tuft of his hair safely. Taik Tha later gave the strand of hair to the king, with the wish that the hair would be enshrined in a boulder shaped like the hermit’s head. The king located a suitable rock and built the Golden Rock Pagoda at Kyaiktiyo, where the strand was enshrined.

The rock (standing 7.6 metres tall, 24.93 feet) and the gilded pagoda which sits on top of it (itself 7.3 metres tall, 23.95 feet) are the main attraction for visitors. However another reason to make the journey is the panoramic 360-degree views of the surrounding Mon State mountains from the summit.

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Address:
Kyaikhto
Mon State

Operating Hours:
Golden Rock temple grounds are open 24 hours daily

Admission Fees:
USD6 per person

 
10. Kyaikkami

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The Kyaikkami, also spelt as Kyaikkhamee, is located 24.14 kilometres (15 miles) northwest of Thanbyuzayat. It was a small coastal resort and missionary centre known as Amherst during the British era. The town has the atmosphere of a seaside destination and its main attraction is the Yele Paya, a metal-roofed Buddhist shrine complex perched over the sea. It is said to house 11 relics of the Buddha’s hairs.

The shrine chamber beneath Yele Paya reportedly contains a Buddha image that supposedly floated there on a raft from Sri Lanka during ancient times. A display of 21 Mandalay-style Buddha statues sit over the spot where the Sinhalese image is buried. The Buddha images face the sea towards the south. A notable fact is that although the shrine is located a short distance from the shore, its basement is not engulfed with seawater, even during the highest tide. Women are only allowed to worship from a pavilion away from the shrine, while men may do so from the hall facing the main image. One oddity here is that pilgrims standing at the water’s edge place clay pots of flowers and milk that float into the sea in order to ‘feed’ the spirits. Kyaikkhamee is easily accessible from Mawlamyine by road.

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Location:
10 km northeast of Thanbyuzayat

Accommodation
Below are several recommended places available that are strategic for visitors intending to spend some time in South-eastern Myanmar. You may wish to do further research for accommodation suitable for your needs.

  1. The Eternity Resort
    176(A), Zayat Quin
    Golden Rock Mountain Road
    Kin Mum Sakhan
    Kinmun
    Phone: +95 9 500 7342
    Website: www.eternityresort.com/en-gb/
  2. Thuwunna Bomi Mountain View Hotel
    Seikphu Foothill
    Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda Road
    Kyaikhto
    Taunggale
    Phone: +95 9 498 18688
    Website: thuwunna-bumi-mountain-view-resort-kyaikto-mm.booked.net
  3. Shwe Hinn Thar Hotel
    Kin Pun Sakhan
    Kinmun
    Phone: +95 9 264 492 468
    Website: http://www.myanmartourism.org/index.php/services/hotels-resorts/8782-shwe-hinn-thar-hotel

 

Bagan and the Central Plains

11. The Many Thousand Temples

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Being the capital of the first Myanmar Empire, Bagan is a major tourist destination in Myanmar and one of the richest archaeological sites in Southeast Asia. It was listed as an archaeological zone by UNESCO and has been tentatively placed on a list for consideration as a future World Heritage Site.

Bagan was once the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan from the 9th to 13th centuries. During the kingdom’s height, the wealthy Pagan rulers ordered thousands of temples to be built on the Bagan plains. Over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were once estimated to have been built on this 100-square kilometres (38-square miles) plain. Over 2,200 temples and pagodas still remain to the present day.

Bagan offers a range of unique experiences including:

  • Floating over the sacred temples and stupas on the Bagan plains in a hot air balloon
  • Discovering hidden gold-plated Buddha statues in the temple niches
  • Enjoying the sunrise from Shwesandaw Pagoda’s top
  • Overlooking the Irrawaddy River with a cooling glass of fresh tamarind juice
  • Discovering tiny temples along the winding dirt roads around bushes and through groves of palm trees

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Location:
Bagan Archaeological Zone
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Operating Hours:
Free timing

Admission Fees:
USD20 (the ticket is valid for five days)

 
12. Nyaung U Market

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4 kilometres (2.5 miles) away from old Bagan is the town of Nyaung U. Over time as visitors to the area increased, the town naturally grew into a bustling tourist centre with the lively and must-see Nyaung U Market, and also boasts some significant pagodas and temples. The colourful market includes a wet market and is divided into different sections selling a range of items for you to shop around and bargain. You can find almost everything there, from fresh produce, handicrafts, to longyi.

It is here that you can see the real Myanmar, from novice nuns from a monastery nearby collecting alms, and carpenters transforming blocks of plain wood into works of art. The market also offers you a great chance to mingle with local people, and get a glimpse of their daily life.

Address:
2, Nyaung-U

Operating Hours:
6am to 5pm daily

Admission Fees:
Free

 
13. Mount Popa and Popa Taungkalat Monastery

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Mount Popa volcano rises 1,518 metres above sea level and is a popular side-trip from Bagan. The neighbouring volcanic plug is frequently confused with the much larger Mount Popa that looms over it and is sometimes called Taung Ma Gyi the ‘Mother Hill’. You can ascend the main peak if you have the time and the conditions are right. On a clear day, climbers can witness views over vast distances, sometimes as far as Bagan and the Irrawaddy River, and even beyond. The views from the top are good and definitely worth the while.

While a handful of people do ascend the main peak, most people choose to visit the Taungkalat Monastery on top of the volcanic plug on the southwestern flank. Visitors must climb up almost eight hundred steps to ascend to the top. The monastery is considered to be the home of the 37 nats (animist spirits) represented by statues at the base of the volcanic outcrop. The monastery offers a 360-degree panoramic view and a labyrinth of shrines to explore. It is entirely surrounded by sheer cliff faces and offers stunning views of the surrounding plains and Mount Popa itself.

Accommodation
Below are several recommended places available that are strategic for visitors intending to spend some time in Bagan. You may wish to do further research for accommodation suitable for your needs.

  1. Thande Hotel Bagan
    Old Bagan
    Bagan
    Phone: +95 61 60025
    Website: thandehotel.com/bagan/
  2. Myanmar Treasure Resort Bagan
    Khayay Road
    Anawrahta Quarter
    Bagan
    Phone: +95 9 862 4980
    Website: www.htoohospitality.com
  3. Aye Yar River View Resort
    Near Bu Pagoda
    Between Royal Palace and Ayeyarwaddy River Bank
    Bagan
    Phone: +95-61-60352
    Website: www.ayeyarriverviewresort.com

 

Inle Lake and the East

14. Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda

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Phaung Daw Oo, also spelt as Hpaung Daw U or Hpaung Daw Oo, is a notable Buddhist site in Myanmar located in Ywama of the southern Shan State. The pagoda is believed to have been built by King Alaungsithu or Mani Sithu (who reigned from 1112-1167 CE) of the Bagan Dynasty, one of the longest rulers of the dynasty. It houses five small gilded Buddha images covered in gold leaf.

The main attraction associated with the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda is the famous 18-day Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda festival. It starts from 14 days before, to 3 days after the full moon day of Thadingyut in the Myanmarese calendar (roughly between October and November). During this festival four of the five Buddha images are carried on the royal barge and ceremoniously brought around the 14 villages around the Inle lake. The reason why the fifth image is not taken out, is that once the image had been taken on a barge, but it had tipped over. The fifth image was nearly lost, but mysteriously appeared back at the pagoda. Since that time, it was not taken out of the pagoda.

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In addition, there are many other attractions, including a boat race according to the Shan tradition. During the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda festival and important Buddhist holidays, the pagoda can get very crowded.

Address:
Ywama village
Inle lake
Shan state

Operating Hours:
The monastery opens from 8am to 6pm daily

Admission Fees:
Free

 
15. Nga Phe Chaung Monastery

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Nga Phe Chaung Monastery (also spelt as Nga Phe Kyaung) is the biggest and oldest monastery on the Inle Lake, and is on the way to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. This is an attractive wooden monastery built during the end of 1850s, and sits on stilts over the lake. Many people visit this monastery to watch the many cats living in the monastery jump through hoops and also to be mesmerised by its collection of old Myanmarese Buddha images from different eras.

Address:
Nga Phe Chaung Village
Taunggyi
Inle lake
Shan state

Operating Hours:
6am to 8pm daily

Admission Fees:
Free

Accommodation
Below are several recommended places available that are strategic for visitors intending to spend some time in Inle Lake. You may wish to do further research for accommodation suitable for your needs.

  1. Ann Heritage Lodge
    Myaenigone Village
    Inle Lake
    Nyaung Shwe Township
    Southern Shan State
    Phone: +95 9 438 326 171
    Website: www.annheritagelodge.com
  2. Paramount Inle Resort
    Nga Phe Chaung Village
    Inle Lake
    Nyaung Shwe Township
    Southern Shan State
    Phone: +95 9 4936 0855
    Website: www.paramountinleresort.com
  3. ViewPoint Ecolodge
    Taik Nan Bridge & Canal
    Inle Lake
    Nyaung Shwe Township
    Southern Shan State
    Phone: +95 81 209 062
    Website: inleviewpoint.com

 

Mandalay and Its Surroundings

16. U Bein Bridge

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Amarapura is situated 11 kilometres (6.83 miles) south of Mandalay and was one of Myanmar’s former capital cities. It was built by King Bodawpaya in 1783 and served as the centre of power until 1857. Today, ruins of the city gate, the palace, and the tombs of old kings can still be found in Amarapura.

One of the biggest attractions in the area is the unique and beautiful 1.2-kilometres (0.75-miles) long U Bein Bridge, a structure built from planks of teakwood and said to be the longest of its type in the world. When the capital moved to Mandalay in 1857, the local mayor U Bein salvaged the wood from pieces of the dismantled teak palace at Amarapura for this bridge.

The bridge is not just a tourist attraction because of its structure, but remains a central part of community life. Hundreds of locals walk their bicycles home along the bridge, and fishermen go about their daily business in its shadow. The best time to see the bridge is at sunset, and the best photo opportunities are afforded by hiring a boat to get a close up view of the bridge from the water.

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Location:
10 kilometres south of Mandalay’s city centre, to the east of the prolongation of 84th Street that leads down to the Sagaing Bridge

 
17. Mahamuni Buddha

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The Mahamuni Pagoda or Mahamuni Buddha temple, together with Kyaiktiyo and the Shwedagon Pagoda, is one of the three most sacred religious sites in Myanmar. The temple houses the highly revered Mahamuni Buddha statue that is 3.8 metres (12.46 feet) tall. The statue was originally cast of metal and it is now entirely coated with a six-inches thick layer of gold leaf.

The pagoda was built in 1785 by King Bodawpaya of the Konbaung dynasty after the Mahamuni statue was captured during the invasion of the Arakan Kingdom in 1784. The epic story of how it was dragged back to Mandalay is retold in a series of 1950s paintings in a picture gallery across the pagoda’s inner courtyard, to the northeast of the statue.

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Every day, thousands of devotees dressed in colourful clothing faithfully venerate the Mahamuni Buddha and during the great festival in early February, the temple draws hundreds of thousands that flock to the temple. Centuries of votary gold leaf applied by male devotees has left the figure with an odd outline, except on his radiant face, which is polished every day at 4am.

There are shops around the temple that sell offerings including incense, flowers and candles. A clock tower and the Maha Buddhavamsa Museum of World Buddhism can be found near the Mahamuni’s outer northeast exit. The museum is a gallery of paintings about the life of the Buddha, and photos of archaeological sites associated with the Buddha. Mahamuni can be conveniently visited en route to Amarapura, Inwa or Sagaing.

Address:
7, Sagaing

Operating Hours:
6am to 8pm daily
To be able to catch up the early morning ritual, one has to be at the pagoda by 5am

Admission Fees:
USD4 per person

Accommodation
Below are several recommended places available that are strategic for visitors intending to spend some time in Mandalay. You may wish to do further research for accommodation suitable for your needs.

  1. Mandalay Kandawgyi Inn
    No.174 (B), East Lakeside of Kandawgyi
    Chanmya TharsiTownship
    Mandalay
    Phone: +95 2 59 990
    Website: mandalay-kandawgyi-inn.booked.net
  2. Diamonds Inn
    No.E, SY Building
    78th Street Between 29th Street x 30th Street
    Hay Mar Za Latt Quarter
    Chan Aye Thar Zan Township
    Mandalay
    Phone: +95 2 32 251
    Website: diamondsinnmandalay.com
  3. The Home Hotel
    82nd Street, between 32nd & 33rd Street
    Chan Aye Tharzan Township
    Mandalay
    Phone: +95 2 33 702
    Website: singularmyanmar.com/hotel/home-hotel

 

Northern Myanmar

18. Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo)

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Pyin Oo Lwin (Pyin U Lwin) was originally called Maymyo or ‘May-town’ founded by the British in 1896. Pyin Oo Lwin was designed as a place to escape the Mandalay heat during British rule as its altitude (1070 metres) provides a relatively cool climate.

Although now sadly blighted by some more recent building developments, Pyin Oo Lwin’s colonial legacy still holds the key to the town’s charm, and the surrounding area offers plenty to explore. Pyin Oo Lwin has become famous for its fruit, jams and fruit wines. With the rise of the Myanmarese nouveau riche, Pyin Oo Lwin is once again a popular weekend and hot-season getaway, so get here quickly to experience what’s left of the old charm.

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Location:
Located in the Shan Highland, some 67 kilometres east of Mandalay

 
19. Bhamo

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Bhamo is a quiet town on the banks of the Irrawaddy in Kachin State, which is often a stop-off point for travellers on their river journey between Mandalay, Katha, and Myitkyina. It has long profited from its position close to a Chinese border crossing (closed to foreigners). The town itself is quiet, but a pleasant place to hang out and relax. Near to Bhamo, you can find the ruins of Sampanago, which was once the capital of the 5th century Shan kingdom of Manmaw; there is a market and waterfront, and the old city walls are 5 kilometers from the centre of town.

 
20. Shwe Kyina Pagoda

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On the way to Sampanago, you can also see the Shwe Kyina Pagoda and the impressive 470 metres long bamboo bridge from Wa Thatar village. Each year the bridge is destroyed by monsoon flooding, and rebuilt by two hundred villagers.

Location:
Located 186 kilometres south from the capital city of the state of Kachin

Accommodation
Below are several recommended places available that are strategic for visitors intending to spend some time in Pyin Oo Lwin and Bhamo. You may wish to do further research for accommodation suitable for your needs.

  1. Hotel Pyin Oo Lwin
    No. 9 Nanda Rd
    Pyin Oo Lwin
    Phone: +95 85 22881
    Website: www.hotelpyinoolwin.com
  2. Orchid Hotel Nan Myaing
    5th Quarter, Mandalay-Lashio Road
    Pyin Oo Lwin City Center
    Phone: +95 1 293 261
    Website: www.orchidhotelsmyanmar.com/orchid-hotel-nan-myaing/
  3. Friendship Hotel
    28 Bawde Street
    Mingone Quarter
    Bhamo
    Phone: +95 74 50 095
    Website: www.facebook.com/friendshiphotel.bhamokachinmyanmar/

 

Travel Books on Myanmar

Before your departure, you may want to read up on related travel books in order to make your visit more enjoyable. Two of useful and popular travel books on Myanmar include:

 
Lonely Planet Myanmar (Burma)
Authors: Simon Richmond, Mark Elliott, Nick Ray, Austin Bush, David Eimer

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“Now is the moment to visit this extraordinary land, scattered with gilded pagodas, where the traditional ways of Asia endure and areas that were previously off-limits are opening up.”

 
Insight Guides: Myanmar (Burma)
Authors: David Abram, Andrew Forbes

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“With its glittering pagodas, timeless countryside and gracious people, Myanmar (Burma) is an extraordinarily beautiful destination which has been isolated from the rest of the world for decades. Finally, things are changing and tourism is set to explode in the coming years. This new edition of the Insight Guide Myanmar has been comprehensively overhauled to help inspire and inform, and guide you to the best that this little-known country has to offer.

Following on from the inspirational Best Of Myanmar section, the country’s rich past and cultural heritage are described in a series of lively essays. Contemporary aspects of Burmese life – the changing political situation, the economy, food, architecture, wildlife – are also covered in depth.

The Places chapters have been completely rewritten for this new edition, describing all the sights worth seeing – from the incomparable temples of Bagan, serene Inle Lake, the lost world of Mrauk U and the beaches along the Bay of Bengal to the fascinating cities of Yangon and Mandalay.

At the back of the book, the Travel Tips section contains all the practical information you’ll need to make the most of your trip, including dozens of carefully selected hotels.”

 
Sources:

  • The Comprehensive Myanmar (Burma) Travel Website from Go-myanmar.com/
  • What Are the Customs of Myanmar? from Traveltips.usatoday.com
  • 10 Ways Not to Offernd Burmese Culture from Goabroad.com
  • Why do Burmese Women Have White Faces? from Exoticvoyages.com
  • Yangon from Greenexplorertravels.com
  • Yangon’s Colonial Buildings from Myanmars.net
  • Rough Duides from Roughguides.com
  • Myanmar Travel Information from Myanmartravelinformation.com
  • Renown Travel from Renown-travel.com

 
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  1. wan wai meng on Jun 17, 2017 at 4:17 am

    There is so much potential opportunity for business and tourism in Myanmar at this time. However armed conflicts still blight this land, since the last government took over Myanmar the number of conflicts has increased.

    Myanmar external beauty must complement the beauty of the people within, hope the people of Myanmar can dig deep and find something within to stop more armed conflicts between the government forces and ethnic groups.

  2. Anne Ong on Jun 12, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    Dear Pastor Adeline, this is a very wonderful article with beautiful amazing pictures of Myanmar. Recently my neighbour’s son who is a Psychologist in U.K.,went to Myanmar for the 2nd time for private pilgrimage tour. He showed me some videos which he took from the monastries there which he joined them for prayers from Madalay,inlay and Bagan. i’m very happy that you contributed this article for people like me who might not have the chance to visit the place. Thank you very much for your great effort and time! _/\_

  3. Lin Mun on Jun 11, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    I have not been to Myanmar and do not know that there are so many interesting places there. Thank you Pastor Adeline for sharing this detailed overview of Myanmar not only on the places but it is very important for us to know their people and cultural too. If I have the opportunity I would like to visit Bagan. A place so full of beautiful pagodas and heritage.

  4. Stella Cheang on Jun 10, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Thank you, Pastor Adeline, for this comprehensive list of wonderful spots to visit when in Myanmar. There are still some heritages in Myanmar remain untouched by modern civilization, which all the more adds to the allure of this Buddhist land. It is impressive to see how Burmese revered Buddha images, pagodas, and temples by adorning real gold onto them. I certainly will like to pay a visit to The Shwedagon Pagoda to pay homage to Shakyamuni Buddha’s hair and other sacred relics, as well as the Bagan plains, hopefully on a hot-air balloon. And if my legs are strong enough, I will hike up Mount Popa and Popa Taungkalat Monastery! 🙂

  5. Pastor David Lai on Jun 9, 2017 at 5:02 am

    Myanmar is indeed wonderful and beautiful. I think that this article does a good job to give an overview of the beautiful sights in Myanmar. Oh the many places, I would certainly would like to visit Bagan as I have actually watched documentaries of it and I am fascinated by the many temples and stupas there. There are many interesting sights but what gets in the way are their names in the Myanmarese language.

    There’s also that temple of the golden rock that I have been quite a number of friends and acquaintances had visited in the past but few come back remembering the name. But doesn’t matter, most information these are accessible online and directly via our mobile phones so its not right to say that language is a barrier these days. Nonetheless, I would very much like to visit these sacred sites one day. Another destination added onto my bucket list.

  6. Lum Kok Luen on Jun 8, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    Dear Pastor Adeline,

    Thank you very much for this well researched article on Myanmar.

    I was posted to Yangon last year (Sep till Dec 2016) and discovered that it’s actually a wonderful country with very warm and culturally united people, despite it being a country with > 100 ethnically different people.

    They are very well mannered, gentle and hospitality is second nature to them.

    I managed to visit the world famous Shwedagon Pagoda, Bogyoke market, and Kyaiktiyo. These are really wonderful and historical places.

    The Buddhism practiced in Mynmar is Theravadan (if I am not wrong). They are very spiritual people and one can almost find a temple (big or small) along most roads in Yangon.

    Monks typically come out from the monasteries very early every morning to seek alms and I know of many of my company’s colleagues in Yangon who actually cook food and provide to the monks as they walk along the road. This is very meritorious as taught by HE Tsem Rinpoche during the visit to Thailand some years back.

    Of course, if one were to look or analyse their level of happiness (being in a generally hand to mouth economic situation for most of its population), they are very contended people. However, in the more urban areas such as downtown Yangon, people are actually growing more materialistic and one can almost find the younger generation going after the latest gadget, or personal electronic devices.

    The average wages that a normal worker takes home is about MMK108,000 or US$80 per month. Cost of living in Yangon is not low. A typical tea shop lunch (with rice and two side dishes) will set on back by about MMK 3,000. The living costs are rising and they have to revise the wages quickly to enable the general population to prosper. Cost of living is edging up very fast.

    Public transport is another major issue as there are no LRT. One has to rely on public buses which are typically packed like sardines during rush hours.

    Buddhism is practiced very widely in Myanmar and this is good as the country is still spiritually inclined.

    Myanmar is a wonderful country.

    Humbly yours
    Lum Kok Luen

  7. Fong on Jun 8, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    Love reading this article. It makes me want to visit Myanmar before it gets spoil by too many tourists. The natural scenery is awesome and the marriage of nature and human ingenuity as in the balancing rock of Kyaiktiyo Paya at Mount Kyaiktiyo’s summit. How they managed to build the stupa on top of the rock is marvel of human innovation.

    And, the Sule Pagoda which has come to symbolize Myanmar and the many similar pagodas built by the Myanmarese in the various holy sites around the world, makes Myanmar known in a very positive light.

    With all these informaiton here, it will make a trip to Myanmar less intimidating and in fact, seem very feasible and exciting.

    Thank you, Pastor Adeline for this wondrous article.

  8. Samfoonheei on Jun 8, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Visiting Myanmar (Burma) is my next destination which i have been looking forward. Its rich culture and natural attractions attracted me most with numerous archaeological sites, pagodas and temples and natural sites of natural beauty.i always wanted to visit these beautiful and exciting country,especially the huge golden rock perched at Mount Kyaiktiyo’s summit, Bagan Archaeological Zone and Inle Lake to name afew.Myanmar’s rich past and cultural heritage is worthy visiting.
    Thank you Pastor Adeline for sharing these informative and wonderful post which will definitely help me and the rest to visit Myanmar easier.

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  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Nov 21. 2017 01:20 AM
    Dharma Protector practice especially Kawang prayer is very powerful to purify our negative karma that accumulated since our countless past lifetimes. If this karma is not purified, it can manifest as obstacles to our Dharma practice and can hinder our spiritual progress. When we practice diligently, Kawang prayer is very effective to clear and stabilise the mind when doubts and confusion arise. Eventually, we will achieve the ultimate happiness of full enlightenment and no longer need any dharma protector.

    Thank you Rinpoche for your kindness and compassion to give us this practice to liberate us from suffering and toward enlightenment.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/kawang-a-dorje-shugden-confessional-practice.html?nomobile
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Nov 19. 2017 10:39 PM
    Amazing to have Dorje Shugden in so many styles. Rinpoche is really creative to create and commission so many types and styles to suit everyone so all of us have a chance to connect and practise Dorje Shugden. Thank you Rinpoche and team for getting all the various beautiful paintings within a short time.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/which-dorje-shugden-style-is-your-favourite.html
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    Puan Sabariah really has a big heart. She cooks and serves everyone regardless of race as she only wants to bring joy, happiness and warm food to the homeless. It is already not easy to cook for 20 or 30 person but she managed to cook for 300 a day from her apartment and even up to 1,000 during Ramadhan. Her work it a great inspiration to many and great reminder to always love and help people no matter what their background is. And now at 70 years old still continue working to help the refugees. So we also should not give up helping others and don’t use age as an excuse.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-malaysian-mother-teresa-of-montreal.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Nov 19. 2017 02:37 AM
    I used to hear a few people around me say that they are OCD towards certain triggers. From their description, I was under the impression that OCD means they have low tolerance towards the trigger. With this article clearly stating the symptoms of people with OCD suffering from the obsession that triggers compulsion in doing something, OCD actually is a serious illness. It results in physical or emotional distress. It appears to me that OCD sufferer’s mind are programed to hold onto to a certain perception very strongly. I hope there will be medical help to reduce their fixation so that their quality of life will improve. Thank you for this sharing, Rinpoche.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/understanding-obsessive-compulsive-disorder.html
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    Saturday, Nov 18. 2017 09:22 PM
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  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Nov 17. 2017 09:27 AM
    There are three purification practices and Kawang is one of them, most suitable to purify heavy bodily karma as well as clearing and stabilising the mind when doubts or confusion arise in times of conflict or when one is on the verge of giving up on something virtuous. From the sharing by Pastor David, the key to this practice is consistency. Doing the kawang prayer as part of our daily sadhana is akin to building up a strong bond with Dorje Shugden, hence, able to invoke his blessing more effectively.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/kawang-a-dorje-shugden-confessional-practice.html
  • Jason
    Thursday, Nov 16. 2017 11:02 PM
    这是一个很好的佛法教育的视频。仁波切选择了转世到恶劣的环境下成长,但是在这不影响仁波切放弃学习佛法的精神,反而造就了一个菩萨心肠的圣人。仁波切承受很多的痛苦,仁波切不愿意看到他人痛苦,所以发愿要帮助更多流宿街头者给他们援助。
    仁波切的坎坷成长过程给我们一个很正面的教育。环境的影响大不过于我们内心的想法。所以要先修心然后才修行。

    感恩仁波切的教悔使我知道快乐不仅是拥有而是我们付出多少让别人快乐。

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/凡人和圣人的差别.html#comments
  • Jason
    Thursday, Nov 16. 2017 10:18 PM
    This 5 ft Gyenze Statue very stunning and it look so real like a man ride a horse. Gyenze is the increase form of Dorje Shugden and he will bestow us increase in any material or spiritual forms in order to help us in our spiritual path.

    This chapel open 24 hrs and open to public so anyone can visit this chapel anytime. Remember to lit a lotus candle and offer to Gyenze. By doing so, it will lesssen our ignorance and very benefit in our spiritual path.

    Thanks sponsor for contribution in making this 5 ft Gyenze Statue come into real.
    Thanks Rinpoche for conceptualize of this chapel to benefit more people.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/5foot-gyenze-statue-arrives-in-kechara-forest-retreat.html
  • Pastor Adeline Woon
    Thursday, Nov 16. 2017 12:02 AM
    This is an unbiased piece that gives a clear and easy to understand overview of the Dorje Shugden controversy. It is a “as a matter fact” piece that should be accepted easily by the general public.

    It has been a 20 year struggle for the Dorje Shugden practitioners since His Holiness the Dalai Lama imposed a ban on the practice. Families, friends, relatives, couples, etc. were separated due to it. There were many innocent people who were hurt, abandoned and killed because of it. This intended result is totally against the concept of compassion, kindness and equality His Holiness represents.

    Many assumed that all Dorje Shugden practitioners do not like His Holiness and they all demonstrated in his teachings for the last 20 years or so with the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT) founded by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. It has been pointed out distinctively in this article that it is not the case.

    His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche has always fought the unlawful ban by peaceful and powerful means – writing and education. His Eminence preaches patience and kindness that reflect on his approach in the face of hate speech, threats, etc. He also taught his students to do the same.

    His Eminence’s approach seems to be more effective as people are being educated on the controversy and many turned their minds because of that.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/huffpost-on-dorje-shugden.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Wednesday, Nov 15. 2017 09:35 PM
    Being creative and making things around us interesting makes life so much more bearable.~Tsem Rinpoche


    Spontaneity is the state of realizing boredom does have enemies.~Tsem Rinpoche

    Boredom is the mind that thinks this is it, when it’s not.~Tsem Rinpoche

    Being creative is not a choice, direction or lifestyle but my natural state of mind~Tsem Rinpoche

    Depression is a state of mind only when you are a piece of wood~Tsem Rinpoche

    Losing is just letting yourself know that winning is not the goal but only part of the journey~Tsem Rinpoche


    When you hate or love something extremely, both leads to sufferings.~Tsem Rinpoche

    Being with someone we love or don’t love should not make a difference to a genuine practioner expunged of the I.~Tsem Rinpoche

    Dorje Shugden is not a cause, a movement or religion but who I am, for that person is compassion, love and acceptance.~Tsem Rinpoche
  • Alice Tay
    Wednesday, Nov 15. 2017 03:44 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche sharing this article from Huffington Post. Dorje Shugden ban is getting more people’s attention in the world now. This is a good time for everyone to think, find out more and understand the truth about this issue. This is no longer about the issue of religious but it is more to the fundamental human rights on their freedom and religious that bring much impact in their life.

    Basically, everyone may wish to have their life is improving and getting better. But, it seems that this is not applied to the Tibetan people. The Tibetan people especially Dorje Shugden practitioners have suffered and facing a lot of difficulties, segregation and discrimination for the past 20 years. This situation is getting worse when Sera Jey Monastery introduced an identity badge system to for its monks to indicate that they were not Dorje Shugden practitioner. From that, we can understand those who are practiced Dorje Shugden were not welcome at the monastic university. This is another kind of discrimination happening now in Tibet.

    I humbly wish that those who are given Dorje Shugden practice by your guru, please continue to have strong faith in your guru and Dorje Shugden. For those who have misunderstand or do not know about Dorje Shugden, please think and understand that our concern now is not only about the religious but the importance of fundamental human rights for people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/huffpost-on-dorje-shugden.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Nov 15. 2017 03:15 PM
    It is uncommon to read unbiased articles about Dorje Shugden issue, more so on international mainstream media. Many international mainstream media shy away from the issue because it is controversial, it involves a 400 years old deity practice that “outsider” finds hard to verify and it deeply intertwines in the entangled Tibetan-China political relationship. Therefore, I rejoice for the job well done by the Huffington Post for carrying this unbiased, well researched and factual article; it is very refreshing and encouraging for all Shugdenpas, for a change.

    Shugden practice is being accused of threatening the unity of all the Buddhism sects in Tibet. The Huffington Post rightly points out that for the past four centuries, Dorje Shugden was propitiated alongside all these main Buddhism schools without any signs of aggressive purge, as claimed by the HHDL people post 1976.

    The only difference between the Shugden practice and the rest of the Tibetan Buddhism practice is almost close to zero. It is really a matter of emphasis. Yet, the ban initiated by HHDL, in all his wisdom, have been fervently actualised by the CTA over the years. Resulting in the ostracisation of the entire Shugden community, and followed by many abuse, beating and threats that ensued on a day-to-day basis. Is it not the exact aggressive purge that threatens the unity of the Buddhism community?

    The deity is being demonised further with no basis. And the community is accused of being Chinese spy. Interestingly, the Chinese angle became an opportune played well by the Beijing after they learnt of this fall out and exploit the discord against their arch rival, HHDL. Will HHDL and his think-tank finally admit that it is better to lift the ban so that the Chinese can stop using it to widen the divide?

    There is another key issue not being pressed on in this article, which I believe it is out of respect to HHDL. This article did not question why HHDL, a 1989 Nobel Peace Prize Laurette, is not hesitant to show no mercy to his own people practicing Dorje Shugden; which is to go against what he championed for the rest of the world.

    Thank you, Rinpoche and the team for this wonderful and uplifting sharing!

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/huffpost-on-dorje-shugden.html
  • Pastor Adeline Woon
    Wednesday, Nov 15. 2017 06:29 AM
    These videos are very necessary to counter the repeated false claims by the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) on the unlawful ban of Dorje Shugden. These videos were highly circulated by the Tibetans on social media platform. Now that the Tibetan version is available, more Tibetans can understand the contradictory statements made by their leader Lobsang Sangyay and the kashag (cabinet). It is very important that the Tibetans understand so that they can unite and join force to vote for a different and more capable leaders who will really do something that benefit them.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-leaderships-new-anti-shugden-video.html
  • Pastor Adeline Woon
    Wednesday, Nov 15. 2017 06:13 AM
    Nowadays when people speak about Nechung, they are NOT referring to the real Nechung deity who is a benevolent being and is helpful according to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Many high lamas and Tibetans believe that Nyatrul is taking trance in the current Nechung oracle. This is the result of the Tibetan Leadership’s heavy negative karma.

    Nyatrul is said to be insistent on destroying Tibetan unity by posing as Nechung and giving wrong advice to the Tibetan Leadership. One can imagine to continue listening to Nyatrul will result in the Tibetan Leadership continue to make decisions that will bring them failure.

    The Tibetan Leadership is very fortunate to have Tenpa Yarphel to speak up on the flaws to rely on the Nechung oracle. There are just too many false advices given among which is the most important one, for the Dalai Lama and the Tibetans to return to Tibet. By now, it should be obvious that it is a wrong prophecy because after 60 years the Tibetans still cannot return back to Tibet.

    In addition, relying on an oracle for state matters is not a practise of a democratic government which includes religious freedom and human rights. Forcing people who do not believe in Nechung to listen to him and allowing him to decide their future is a breach of religious freedom and human rights – the freedom to practise any religion and the rights to choose one’s religion or belief.

    By speaking up bravely, MP Tenpa Yarphel brought the flaws of the Tibetan Leadership into the limelight with the hope that more and more people will come forward to make change within the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA). Until that is done, the Tibetans will continue to suffer from wrong advices with no hope for improvement.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung-tibetan.html

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Dear friends, The Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Shartse Monastery was authorized and blessed by both Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He was a favorite among high lamas for his smooth trances and clear prophecies. This video is a one-of-a-kind where you see the Choyang Dulzin Kuten oracle take trance of the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden wearing the robes of a high lama giving teachings, blessings and transmissions. Very sacred and rare video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pawS1TMOe8k
6 days ago
Dear friends, The Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Shartse Monastery was authorized and blessed by both Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He was a favorite among high lamas for his smooth trances and clear prophecies. This video is a one-of-a-kind where you see the Choyang Dulzin Kuten oracle take trance of the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden wearing the robes of a high lama giving teachings, blessings and transmissions. Very sacred and rare video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pawS1TMOe8k
Beautiful contemporary art piece of Dorje Shugden for free high res download here:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
7 days ago
Beautiful contemporary art piece of Dorje Shugden for free high res download here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
The Huffington Post extensively covers the Dorje Shugden issue. I had no idea that this article was being written. I was not contacted, not asked for an interview or asked for any comments, and then it was published and my students alerted me to it. So it was a very, very pleasant and encouraging surprise to read such balanced coverage from such a reputable news website. You can read it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=149806
7 days ago
The Huffington Post extensively covers the Dorje Shugden issue. I had no idea that this article was being written. I was not contacted, not asked for an interview or asked for any comments, and then it was published and my students alerted me to it. So it was a very, very pleasant and encouraging surprise to read such balanced coverage from such a reputable news website. You can read it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=149806
དེ་རིང་ང་ཁྱེད་རང་ཚོ་མཉམ་དུ་བོད་མིའི་ཆབ་སྲིད་ནང་གི་བློ་མགུ་ནུས་པའི་མངོན་འགྱུར་ཞིག་ཞུའི་ཡིན། གང་དག་བོད་པའི་སྤྱི་ཚོགས་ནང་ཆོས་ལུགས་ཁྱད་པར། དབྱེ་འབྱེད། ཕྱོགས་རིས་ཐོག་ལ་གང་འདྲ་སྟངས་འཛིན་བྱེད་དགོས་ཀྱི་སྐོར་ངེས་གཏན་སྣུན་ཤུགས་བྱེད་ཐུབ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung-tibetan.html
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དེ་རིང་ང་ཁྱེད་རང་ཚོ་མཉམ་དུ་བོད་མིའི་ཆབ་སྲིད་ནང་གི་བློ་མགུ་ནུས་པའི་མངོན་འགྱུར་ཞིག་ཞུའི་ཡིན། གང་དག་བོད་པའི་སྤྱི་ཚོགས་ནང་ཆོས་ལུགས་ཁྱད་པར། དབྱེ་འབྱེད། ཕྱོགས་རིས་ཐོག་ལ་གང་འདྲ་སྟངས་འཛིན་བྱེད་དགོས་ཀྱི་སྐོར་ངེས་གཏན་སྣུན་ཤུགས་བྱེད་ཐུབ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung-tibetan.html
བོད་པའི་དབུ་ཁྲིད་ཚོའི་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་བསྟེན་མཁན་ཚོར་མ་ཉེས་ཁ་ཡོག་གི་བརྙན་ཕྲིན་གསར་པ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-leaderships-new-anti-shugden-video-tibetan.html
1 week ago
བོད་པའི་དབུ་ཁྲིད་ཚོའི་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་བསྟེན་མཁན་ཚོར་མ་ཉེས་ཁ་ཡོག་གི་བརྙན་ཕྲིན་གསར་པ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-leaderships-new-anti-shugden-video-tibetan.html
(Drepung) Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we\'ve come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
2 weeks ago
(Drepung) Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we've come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we\'ve come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
2 weeks ago
Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we've come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
I had this painting commissioned. Please read more here on this great master-
 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146195
3 weeks ago
I had this painting commissioned. Please read more here on this great master- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146195
How can all the high lamas of Tibet and all the protectors not be able to defeat Dorje Shugden? This is food for thought: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bj0254UG-Y
3 weeks ago
How can all the high lamas of Tibet and all the protectors not be able to defeat Dorje Shugden? This is food for thought: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bj0254UG-Y
致全世界的华人:这是我一份小小的心意:一幅富有古中国传统艺术的作品。希望你们会喜欢! http://bit.ly/2zLOjnK
4 weeks ago
致全世界的华人:这是我一份小小的心意:一幅富有古中国传统艺术的作品。希望你们会喜欢! http://bit.ly/2zLOjnK
“One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”

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

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

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

Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche 
Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
1 month ago
Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa's tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits. Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
The meaning and origins of Halloween: http://bit.ly/2egnVrp
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The meaning and origins of Halloween: http://bit.ly/2egnVrp *****and**** My Halloween in Salem: http://bit.ly/2zwq6li Fantastic Reads!!
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The meaning and origins of Halloween: http://bit.ly/2egnVrp *****and**** My Halloween in Salem: http://bit.ly/2zwq6li
This is so powerful. It is a must read and must share.
1 month ago
This is so powerful. It is a must read and must share.
Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
1 month ago
Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden\'s cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
1 month ago
Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden's cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
1 month ago
Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
1 month ago
Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
This beautiful Dorje Shugden is from an artist in the Ukraine. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This beautiful Dorje Shugden is from an artist in the Ukraine. Tsem Rinpoche
Please never get tired of speaking for those who do not have a voice. If we can alleviate their pain or try our best, why not? Thank you all so much. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Please never get tired of speaking for those who do not have a voice. If we can alleviate their pain or try our best, why not? Thank you all so much. Tsem Rinpoche
Pastor Antoinette of Kechara arranged a Malaysian artist to paint this special Dorje Shugden painting conceptualized by myself. She oversaw the process and completed it. Wonderful beautiful Dorje Shugden Malaysian style by Malaysian artist. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Pastor Antoinette of Kechara arranged a Malaysian artist to paint this special Dorje Shugden painting conceptualized by myself. She oversaw the process and completed it. Wonderful beautiful Dorje Shugden Malaysian style by Malaysian artist. Tsem Rinpoche
Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
This gorgeous outdoor bronze Buddha is in Korea. Would be lovely to pay homage to Him there.
2 months ago
This gorgeous outdoor bronze Buddha is in Korea. Would be lovely to pay homage to Him there.
Beautiful old vintage photo of Kamakura Buddha in Japan. I had the good fortune to visit this holy Buddha a few years back. I do hope I can go again with some students. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Beautiful old vintage photo of Kamakura Buddha in Japan. I had the good fortune to visit this holy Buddha a few years back. I do hope I can go again with some students. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the Medicine Buddha festival.
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Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the Medicine Buddha festival.
This is a unique thangka of Pelden Hlamo with Dorje Shugden and Setrap and Nechung. Of course they all get along unlike what Tibetan leadership likes to say they don\'t get along. All enlightened beings get along with other enlightened beings and unenlightened beings. Enlightened beings have no karma to not get along with others. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
This is a unique thangka of Pelden Hlamo with Dorje Shugden and Setrap and Nechung. Of course they all get along unlike what Tibetan leadership likes to say they don't get along. All enlightened beings get along with other enlightened beings and unenlightened beings. Enlightened beings have no karma to not get along with others. Tsem Rinpoche
I love this picture. I wish it will all settle down soon.
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I love this picture. I wish it will all settle down soon.
 I love this picture of Mumu peeking through the screen and window to see what is going on. He is always been very busy body and active. He has to know what is going on. I love you Mumu.
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I love this picture of Mumu peeking through the screen and window to see what is going on. He is always been very busy body and active. He has to know what is going on. I love you Mumu.
How would you like to get one piece of this beautiful piece of art?
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How would you like to get one piece of this beautiful piece of art?
First time PM Tenpa Yarphel speaks up against Nechung. It has created a huge stir. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144220
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First time PM Tenpa Yarphel speaks up against Nechung. It has created a huge stir. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144220
I always like my rooms to smell clean, fresh, woodsy and a bit like the forest. my favorite types of essential oils to burn daily or as an offering to the Buddhas are Juniper, Cypress, Black Spruce, Peppermint and sometimes Rosemary. I like the smell of the forest, woods and wooded areas very much. I\'ve been using essential oils in my rooms for years. I don\'t necessarily purchase the brand you see in the picture as I buy any brand as long as it\'s made naturally. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
I always like my rooms to smell clean, fresh, woodsy and a bit like the forest. my favorite types of essential oils to burn daily or as an offering to the Buddhas are Juniper, Cypress, Black Spruce, Peppermint and sometimes Rosemary. I like the smell of the forest, woods and wooded areas very much. I've been using essential oils in my rooms for years. I don't necessarily purchase the brand you see in the picture as I buy any brand as long as it's made naturally. Tsem Rinpoche
In the bitter coldness of Yachen Gar, Tibet, several nuns are practicing meditation. You can see many small single \'huts\' in the background. They do this yearly and throughout the year. It is very inspiring to see people practice even under extreme conditions because they realize how samsara is so full of deceptions. Praise to the Dharma that liberates us with truth and practice. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
In the bitter coldness of Yachen Gar, Tibet, several nuns are practicing meditation. You can see many small single 'huts' in the background. They do this yearly and throughout the year. It is very inspiring to see people practice even under extreme conditions because they realize how samsara is so full of deceptions. Praise to the Dharma that liberates us with truth and practice. Tsem Rinpoche
More than you have....
2 months ago
More than you have....
The holiest place for the spiritual seeker is where our guru abides. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
The holiest place for the spiritual seeker is where our guru abides. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful flowers offered on my shrine to Sacred Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Beautiful flowers offered on my shrine to Sacred Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
This is my favorite image of Lord Manjusri. I had this exact same image as a kid in the 1980\'s and treasured it very much. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
This is my favorite image of Lord Manjusri. I had this exact same image as a kid in the 1980's and treasured it very much. Tsem Rinpoche
I love this idyllic painting of a beautiful Buddhist temple in a small town with foliage, natural, blue skies and country living. I can definitely live in this type of environment any time. I love living near nature. I wish I can go inside this picture to start living there now. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
I love this idyllic painting of a beautiful Buddhist temple in a small town with foliage, natural, blue skies and country living. I can definitely live in this type of environment any time. I love living near nature. I wish I can go inside this picture to start living there now. Tsem Rinpoche
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དེ་རིང་ང་ཁྱེད་རང་ཚོ་མཉམ་དུ་བོད་མིའི་ཆབ་སྲིད་ནང་གི་བློ་མགུ་ནུས་པའི་མངོན་འགྱུར་ཞིག་ཞུའི་ཡིན། གང་དག་བོད་པའི་སྤྱི་ཚོགས་ནང་ཆོས་ལུགས་ཁྱད་པར། དབྱེ་འབྱེད། ཕྱོགས་རིས་ཐོག་ལ་གང་འདྲ་སྟངས་འཛིན་བྱེད་དགོས་ཀྱི་སྐོར་ངེས་གཏན་སྣུན་ཤུགས་བྱེད་ཐུབ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung-tibetan.html
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School art activities. StellaC
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