Wonderful Thailand

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(By Tsem Rinpoche and Stella Cheang)

Dear friends around the world,

If we want to go on holidays, it is better to go to holy places. Even if such places are not sophisticated, they benefit us spiritually; we can take a break and collect merit, plant Dharma seeds and be blessed. This is a good way of combining the pleasure of holidays with the spirituality of collecting merit.

Never get tired of collecting merit because it offsets negative karma that leads to suffering. People without Dharma will not know this so for them, a holiday is a holiday. They do not know that their holidays will bring no long-term benefit. With Dharma, we are wiser.

We should go on pilgrimage to places where holy beings are known to reside or where great practitioners have engaged in profound practices. These places are vortexes of energy – an area where concentrated energy naturally converges on the planet’s surface.

On a visit to one of Bangkok's floating markets in 2011

On a visit to one of Bangkok’s floating markets in 2011

Visiting these vortexes expedites healing, assists meditation, synchronises brain waves, promotes health and encourages positive thinking. Performing spiritual practices in these areas or simply being present there helps to speed up the process of positive growth and healing within us. In short, it is good for us.

A place may not be a natural vortex, but can be made into one by spiritual practices or by powerful beings. The powerful vortexes that are artificially created (e.g. sacred temples, stupas, holy statues, or places with relics) can have the same effect as natural ones because they have been blessed by masters, great beings or great practices.

Old temples and similar places are highly charged with good energies that we need very much. Sometimes, even a highly blessed statue of an enlightened being or the meditation cave of a revered practitioner is highly charged and blessed, too. It is always good to pay homage and to make offerings or prayers there.

I had the honour to offer some food to the monks in Bangkok in 2011. It is such a POWERFUL experience for me each time and very moving.

I had the honour to offer some food to the monks in Bangkok in 2011. It is such a POWERFUL experience for me each time and very moving.

In short, if we have to spend money, time and energy, make it worthwhile. Take a break and use that time to gather merits, which are a necessary part of spiritual living. It is even better if we take friends there because simply being there will bless them too. Uplift your friends by going to places with blessings instead of being dragged down by yet another holiday of chit-chatting, eating and just hanging out in some foreign country. Meeting our friends is not a bad thing but we can make it more worth our while and theirs!

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Wonderful Thailand

Map of Thailand. Click on image to enlarge.

Map of Thailand. Click on image to enlarge.

Thailand is the Southeast Asian country most favoured by tourists and for good reason. Travellers can find almost anything in Thailand, from dense jungles to crystal-clear blue waters; from foods that tantalise the taste buds to monuments that take the breath away. Exotic yet tourist-friendly, Thailand is affordable yet provides every modern amenity a traveller may need.

Thailand is, on paper, still a constitutional monarchy with the king as its highly respected and revered Head of State. In practice however, the king’s role is largely ceremonial with the Prime Minister holding the most authority in government. Having said that, the King and the Royal Family are still protected by strict lèse majesté laws.

Mainland Thai culture is heavily influenced by Buddhism. However, unlike most other Buddhist countries of East Asia, Thai Buddhists follow the Theravada school of Buddhism. Thai temples, known as wats, are usually adorned with lavish gold ornaments, and are easily identifiable by their multi-coloured pointed roofs. Pre-Buddhist traditions have been infused with the values of Buddhism, making Thailand a cultural powerhouse.

 

What to Do in Thailand

Popularly known as the Land of Smiles, Thailand has a lot to offer both the spiritual seeker and the leisure seeker. Highlights include:

Spiritual Sights: Wat Phra Kaew, which houses the Emerald Buddha, is the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. Every Thai town has at least one wat (temple), so you’ll never run short of holy places to visit.

Historical and Cultural Attractions: At the top of many visitors’ itineraries, Bangkok boasts a combination of modernity and a rich cultural heritage. The Grand Palace, which comprises of highly decorated buildings and monuments, is a must visit.

Festivals: Thailand celebrates an impressive array of festivals, the biggest being the water festival of Songkran (Thai New Year) in mid-April. Others, including the Rocket Festival and Phi Ta Khon, can offer colourful insight into Thai life.

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Trekking: Popular in northern Thailand especially near Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son and Pai, trekking trips are often combined with bamboo rafting and experiencing an authentic tribal village.

Sports: Top of the list of sporting activities is learning to dive, whether on Ko Tao, Ko Phi, or any one of the other islands. Out of the water, rock climbing, especially by Railay Bay, is world class.

Cooking Courses and Food Walks: These are both popular activities as is visiting one of Bangkok’s many floating markets.

Courses and Personal Development: Those who prefer a holistic holiday can consider meditation courses, common in most parts of Thailand. There are also yoga, fasting and detoxification retreats, often held in idyllic locations. Language courses are also popular, especially in Chiang Mai.

 

Location and Population

Located in Southeast Asia, Thailand has a land area of 520,000 square kilometres and shares land borders with four countries – Myanmar, Cambodia, Malaysia and Laos. It is known for its tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate Buddhist temples. In its capital, Bangkok, modern cityscapes sit right next to canal-side communities, iconic temples and palaces.

The Thais, formerly known as Siamese, are from the Tai ethnic group. They are native to Thailand but also part of the larger ethnolinguistic group native to Southeast Asia, as well as southern China and Northeast India. The Thai language exists in several regional variants and most Thais are followers of Theravadan Buddhism.

As of 2016, Thailand’s population is estimated at 70 million, making it a formidable commercial market in Southeast Asia. The nation also boasts a healthy GDP of over US$400 billion annually.

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Climate

Thailand is largely tropical and is hot and humid all year around with temperatures in the region of 28-35°C (82-95°F). However, the mountains in the far north of Thailand are relatively cooler. In general, there are three distinct seasons:

  • Cool: From November to February. This is the most popular time to visit Thailand. as it doesn’t rain much and temperatures are at their lowest. Although the difference is barely noticeable in the south, if you plan to trek the northern mountains, temperatures can fall as low as 5°C.
  • Hot: From March to June. During this time, Thailand swelters in temperatures as high as 40°C. While this may be pleasant if you are lazing on the beach with a drink in hand, it is not ideal if you are visiting the many temples in Bangkok.
  • Rainy: From July to October. The season properly starts in September when tropical monsoons hit most of the country. Although it doesn’t rain non-stop, when it does, flooding is common.

There are deviations from these general patterns, particularly on the islands off the south-eastern coast, including Koh Samui. Here, the best time to visit is from May to October and the rainy season runs from November to February.

 

A Brief History

The earliest identifiably Thai kingdom was founded in Sukhothai in the year 1238. It reached its peak under King Ramkhamhaeng in the 14th century before falling under the control of the kingdom of Ayutthaya. Ayutthaya controlled most of present-day Thailand as well as parts of modern Laos and Cambodia. Eventually, the empire also absorbed the northern kingdom of Lanna.

In 1767, Ayutthaya was sacked by the Burmese, but King Taksin regrouped his people and founded a new capital at Thonburi. His successor, General Chakri, moved across the river to Bangkok and became King Rama I, the founding father of the Chakri dynasty that has ruled the country to this day.

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Known as Siam until 1939, Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country never to be colonised by a foreign power, and the Thais are fiercely proud of this fact. A bloodless revolution in 1932 led to the formation of a constitutional monarchy. Soon after, Thailand became a close ally of the United States, which allowed it to emerge from a history of dictatorship and instability into a fair approximation of a democracy.

In September 2006, a peaceful military coup overthrew populist tycoon Thaksin Shinawatra’s democratically elected but widely-criticised government. Democratic elections followed but there was another coup in 2014. However, Thailand has maintained her poise amidst the flux and uncertainty, even when faced with the passing of its beloved King Bhumibol in 2016.

 

A Buddhist Heritage

Buddhism in Thailand is largely of the Theravadan school, which is practised by over 90% of the population. Thai Buddhist temples are characterised by tall golden stupas and the country’s unique Buddhist architecture, which shares similarities with that of Cambodia and Laos.

Buddhism is believed to have been transmitted to the country as early as 250 BCE, during the time of the Indian Emperor, Ashoka. Since then, Buddhism has played a significant role in Thai society and culture. The influence of Buddhism in Thailand further increased in the middle of the 19th century following the reforms of King Mongkut.

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A follower of the Thammayut sect of Buddhism, King Mongkut increased centralisation of the Thai monastic community under the state. Unsurprisingly, the Thai monarchy is closely intertwined with Buddhism and its kings are seen as the main patrons of Buddhism in Thailand. The two official branches (Nikayas) of Thai Buddhism are the royally-backed Dhammayuttika Nikaya and the larger Maha Nikaya. Another characteristic of Thai Buddhism is its emphasis on short term ordination for every Thai man.

 

Top 10 Buddhist Pilgrimage Spots in Thailand

 

1. Wat Phra Kaew, Bangkok

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Wat Phra Kaew, or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, is the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. It is situated in Phra Nakhon District, the historic centre of Bangkok, within the precincts of the Grand Palace. The 26-inch tall (66 cm) Emerald Buddha, which depicts the Buddha in meditation posture, is actually made of semi-precious green stone – jade or jasper – rather than emerald and clothed in golden robes. 

Address: Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Contact: +66 2 623 5500
Opening Hours: 8.30 am to 3.30 pm
Entrance Fees: THB 500
Note: Proper dress code should be observed; short pants, short skirts and sleeveless t-shirts are not allowed. Sarongs are available to rent at the entrance.

 

2. Wat Traimit, Bangkok

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Wat Traimit houses a 15-foot tall solid gold (83% gold) Buddha statue that weighs five and a half tonnes. The golden Buddha was once housed in a temple in Bangkok, which was abandoned around 1931. Having been disguised by a layer of plaster and lacquer, its true worth had been forgotten over the years. When the Buddha was moved from the abandoned temple to Wat Traimit, it fell when some ropes snapped and the golden body of the Buddha was exposed.

Address: 661 Tri Mit Rd, Khwaeng Talat Noi, Khet Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100, Thailand.
Contact: 089-002-2700
Opening Hours: Daily from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm
Entrance Fees: Entrance to the grounds is free. It costs THB 40 to view the golden Buddha.

 

3. Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew, Khun Han

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Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew, also known as the Temple of a Million Bottles, is situated in the Khun Han district of Sisaket province. It is constructed from over 1.5 million empty Heineken and Chang beer bottles. Collection of the bottles began in 1984 and it took 25 years to complete this project which comprises of 20 buildings, including the main temple, a crematorium, a series of prayer rooms, the local water tower, bathrooms and several raised bungalows which serve as housing for monks. The project was initiated by local Buddhist monks who sought to reduce waste disposal in the area for a greener lifestyle. The monks still continue to build with bottles to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and to keep the bottles out of landfills.

Address: Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew/Wat Larn Kuad, Sisaket
Opening Hours: Daily from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm
Entrance Fees: Free

 

4. Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai

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Wat Rong Khun, better known as the White Temple, is an unconventional, privately-owned, art exhibit in the style of a Buddhist temple in Chiang Rai Province. Owned by Chalermchai Kositpipat, who designed and constructed it with his own funds, it opened its doors to the public in 1997. The artist intends for the area adjacent to the temple to be a centre of learning and meditation for people to benefit from the Buddha’s teachings.

Address: San Sai, Mueang Chiang Rai District, Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand
Contact: +66 53 673 579
Opening Hours: Daily from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm
Entrance Fees: THB 50 (foreigners)

 

5. Sala Keoku, Nong Khai

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Sala Keoku is a park featuring over 100 fantastic giant concrete sculptures inspired by Buddhism. Located near Nong Khai, at the Thai-Laos border and the Mekong river, it was built by and reflects the vision of Luang Pu Bunleua Sulilat. Some of Sala Keoku’s sculptures tower up to 25 metres high. They include a monumental depiction of the Buddha meditating under the protection of a seven-headed Naga snake.

Address: Wat That, Mueang Nong Khai District, Nong Khai 43000, Thailand
Contact: +66 93 314 6102
Opening Hours: Daily from 7.00 am to 5.00 pm
Entrance Fees: THB 20 (adults), THB 10 (children)

 

6. Wat Phra That, Doi Suthep

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Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is a Theravadan Buddhist temple located 15 kilometres from Chiang Mai and offers impressive views of the city. Often referred to as “Doi Suthep”, this magnificent wat is a sacred site for many Thai people and was commissioned by King Kuena, ruler of the region from 1367 to 1388. The stairs leading up to the temple are very steep and at its base, vendors hawk everything from local treats to handmade goods from the surrounding villages.

Address: Mueang Chiang Mai District, Doi Suthep, Thailand
Contact: +66 53 295 003
Opening Hours: From 6.30 am to 6.30 pm
Entrance Fees: THB 50 (foreigners)

 

7. Wat Tham Suea (Tiger Cave Temple), Krabi

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Named Tiger Cave Temple for the tiger that supposedly resided here, Wat Tham Suea is one of the most revered religious sites in the country today. A golden Buddha sits at the 610-metre high peak and visitors must climb 1,256 steps, lined by jungle on either side, before arriving at this amazing spiritual site. With scenery much like a dream or a fantasy, it’s not difficult to see why people flock to this temple in Krabi.

Address: Tiger Temple, Krabi Noi, Mueang Krabi District, Krabi 81000, Thailand
Contact: +66 87 889 5600
Opening Hours: Daily from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm
Entrance Fees: Free

 

8. Wat Phra Dhammakaya, Pathum Thani

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Take a step inside Thailand’s largest temple, known for its unique minimalist construction that conveys the message that time and money should be dedicated to Dhammakaya rather than to the upkeep of an ornate design. Wat Phra Dhammakaya represents the Dhammakaya movement – the belief that inner peace will lead to world peace. The grounds are home to 300,000 Buddha images and several thousand monks, and it hosts massive gatherings dedicated to meditation.

Address: 40/18 ม-7 Khlong Luang Rd, Chang Wat Pathum Thani 12120, Thailand.
Contact: +66 2 831 1000
Opening Hours: All day
Entrance Fees: Free

 

9. Wat Pa Phu Kon, Udon Thani

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Sited on a hill, this stunning azure blue temple, with its beautiful architecture and magnificent white marble reclining Buddha is the go-to temple in Udon Thani. Costing an incredible 370 million Baht (USD $11.1 million) to build, this opulent temple is a sight to behold both during the day and at night. If visiting at night, look out for the reclining Buddha dappled with peaceful light patterns that are projected onto it.

Address: Ban Kong, Na Yung District, Udon Thani 41380, Thailand
Contact: +66 82 835 0668
Opening Hours: Daily from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. Get permission from temple staff to stay on to view the Buddha statue at night.
Entrance Fees: Free

 

10. Wat Muang, Ang Thong

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Ang Thong is one of the central provinces of Thailand. The name means “golden bowl”, referring to its many rice fields, rice being the most important dietary staple in Thailand. There are several important attractions in Wat Muang including the largest Buddha statue in Thailand, the 95-metre tall Phra Buddha Maha Nawamin. The ubosot (ordination hall) of Wat Muang is surrounded by the biggest lotus petals in the world. On the ground floor is a museum, open only on Saturdays and Sundays between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm. It exhibits sacred objects, antiques, and figures of renowned monks from all over the country.

Address: Hua Taphan, Wiset Chai Chan District, Ang Thong 14110, Thailand
Contact: +66 35 631 556
Entrance Fees: Free

 

10 More Must Visit Places in Thailand

 

1. Grand Palace of Thailand, Bangkok

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The official residence of the kings since 1782, the Grand Palace is by far the most famous attraction in bustling Bangkok. Situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, the walled complex contains a series of pavilions, halls, wats and other buildings interspersed with vast lawns, lavish gardens and stately courtyards. Of the many sights here, Wat Phra Kaew, or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, is the most memorable.

Address: Rattanakosin area, Bangkok
Contact: +66 2 623 5500
Opening Hours: Daily 8.30 am to 3.30 pm
Entrance Fees: THB 500

 

2. Ayutthaya Historical Park

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During its heyday as the capital of the Thai kingdom, Ayutthaya, located 80 kilometres north of Bangkok, was so well-endowed with temples that sunlight reflecting off their gilt decorations was said to dazzle from 5 kilometres away. It is named after the city of Ayodhya in India, the birth place of Rama, hero of the Ramayana epic. Wide, grassy spaces occupy much of the atmospheric site today, which now resembles a graveyard for temples. It comes alive each year for a week in mid-December, with a festival that commemorates the town’s listing as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on December 13, 1991. The highlight is the nightly Son et Lumière show, featuring fireworks and elephant-back fights staged around the ruins.

Address: Ayutthaya, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Thailand
Contact: +66 81 900 7442
Opening Hours: Daily 8.00 am to 5.00 pm
Entrance Fees: Entrance to the Ayutthaya Historical Park is free. The major temples each charge an entrance fee of THB 50 or less.

 

3. Bridge on the River Kwai, Kanchanaburi

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Located in western Thailand, Kanchanaburi is best known for the Bridge over the River Kwai. From Kanchanaburi, many tourists take the two-hour train ride along the notorious Thailand–Burma Death Railway, for which thousands of Asian labourers and over 12,000 Allied prisoners of war gave their lives during its construction under Japanese occupation during WWII. The train goes to Nam Tok, via the Bridge over the River Kwai, and is dubbed one of the most scenic train rides in Thailand. Kanchanaburi is also home to pristine national parks, large caves, majestic rivers, lakes, waterfalls and temples.

 

4. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Bangkok

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A visit to the floating markets is a fun way to indulge in some shopping and eating while supporting local vendors and observing local commerce in action. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is perhaps the best place to be a tourist while enjoying an authentic Thai experience. The people here are friendly, outgoing, and enjoy the ritual of haggling. It is 2 hours’ drive from Bangkok.

Address: Damnoun Saduak, Ratchaiburi, Damnoen Saduak 70130, Thailand
Contact: +66 81 196 5887
Opening Hours: 6:00 AM – 11:00 PM

 

5. Khao Yai National Park

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Elephants are revered in Thailand and statues and paintings of them can be seen everywhere. Khao Yai National Park is perhaps the best place to engage with these gentle giants in their natural environment – feeding them, bathing them, and even trekking through the jungle. Here, elephants roam freely near waterfalls, alongside exotic birds of prey, monkeys, and plenty of other tropical creatures that call the park home. One can also camp overnight at the park and watch the sunrise the following morning.

Address: Hin Tung, Mueang Nakhon Nayok District, Nakhon Nayok 26000, Thailand
Contact: +66 86 092 6529
Opening Hours: 24 hours
Entrance Fees: THB 400 (adults), THB 200 (children)

 

6. Big Buddha Temple, Koh Samui

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Koh Samui is a cosmopolitan melting pot, attracting everybody from budget travellers to the wealthiest of holidaymakers for its white sandy beaches. From the bustle of Chaweng Beach to the relaxed Lamai Beach; from the timelessness of Bophut’s Fisherman’s Village to the tropical beach paradise of Maenam, Koh Samui is unique among Thailand’s islands for its broad appeal. Koh Samui is also home to the Big Buddha Temple, which sits majestically on a small rocky outcrop off the island’s north-eastern corner. Known locally as Wat Phra Yai, its golden, 12-metre seated Buddha statue was built in 1972 and remains one of the island’s most popular attractions.

Address: Route 4171, near the airport
Opening Hours: Daily, including evenings.
Entrance Fees: Free

 

7. Sunday Walking Street, Chiang Mai

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Chiang Mai’s Sunday Night Walking Street is famous for its local street food – pad thai (fried noodles), chicken satay, samosas, crab cakes, fried bananas, sweet rotees, and fresh fruit shakes – often for less than THB 50 apiece. The Night Walking Street also hosts a variety of stalls selling unique goods such as natural soaps, hand-dyed textiles bearing the unique patterns of local hill tribes, incense, essential oils, musical instruments, paintings, wall hangings, and much more. The market is crowded all year round.

Address: Starting at the Tha Phae Gate at one end the Sunday Market extends for roughly 1 kilometre down the full length of Ratchadamnoen Road.
Opening Hours: Sundays from 4.00 pm until midnight

 

8. Museum of Siam, Bangkok

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The Museum of Siam employs modern technology to explore the origins of the Thai people and Thai culture. Housed in the former building of the Ministry of Commerce, exhibits are presented in a contemporary and interactive fashion, atypical of most Thai museums. From galleries answering questions about the origins of the nation and its people, to informative videos and a kids’ section equipped with an Ayuthaya-era battle game and traditional Thai toys, this museum is refreshingly balanced and entertaining.

Address: Sanam Chai Rd, Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
Contact: +66 2 225 2777
Opening Hours: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm; Tuesdays – Sundays
Entrance Fees: THB 300

 

9. Northern Hill Tribes

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Northern Thailand is home to several ethnic minorities known as the hill tribes. Most of these tribes migrated here over the past 100 years from the Asian interior and have largely preserved their traditional ways. It is possible to visit one of the numerous villages via a trekking tour, and tourists are warmly received for the economic opportunities they present. Thailand’s seven major hill tribes are the Akha, Lahu, Karen, Hmong/Miao, Mien/Yao, Lisu and Palaung, and each has a distinct language and culture.

Travel Tip: Be wary of trekking operators that advertise a new area or village. Most reputalbe eco-culture friendly operators visit the same area and villages year after year. Having cultivated an excellent relationship with the tribes, they take pains to ensure that the relationship is harmonious so they do not need to go to a new area.

 

10. Railay Rock Climbing, Krabi

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Also known as Rai Leh, this popular rock-climbing destination is located in the Krabi Province on the Andaman coast. Accessible only by boat, Railay boasts stunning beaches and caves. The main attraction is the 700 bolted rock-climbing routes.

Address: Railay West Beach, Railay Beach, Krabi Town, Thailand
Opening Hours: 9.00 am to 8.00 pm
Entrance Fees: THB 1000 (Half day introductory experience)

 

Other Interesting Things to Do in Thailand

Contemporary Art Exhibitions
An art exhibition is permanently on display at the Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre. Find pieces by some of Thailand’s best and brightest, along with works by famous foreign artists on the upper floors.

Spirituality in the City
The Erawan Shrine offers a moment of peace in the bustling centre of town. Visitors burn incense, make offerings and even hire Thai dancers to accompany their prayers.

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India Town
Soi Pan in Silom is a major hub for the Indian community. The Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple has 6-metre towers decorated with colourful, elaborate deity carvings and is a must-visit.

Chinatown
With streets thick with the scent of traditional herbal medicines, Bangkok’s Chinatown offers a total sensory experience that cannot be found anywhere else in the city.

Pak Khlong Talat Flower Market
Experience the sights and smells of Pak Khlong Talat flower market, located next to Wat Pho. This is the source of the city’s phuang malai (floral garlands used for making offerings).

Amulet Market
This is a popular destination for both locals and tourists who believe they can invite some good luck with a purchase at the Amulet Market.

Discover Food
Make an early morning trip to the city’s largest wet market to discover where most street vendors and restaurateurs source their ingredients.

Warehouse 30
Located in a refurbished World War II-era building in the Bang Rak district, Warehouse 30 is a collection of shops, cafes and workspaces offering regular lectures and exhibitions by the growing creative community.

 

Major Buddhist Festivals

Bucha  falls on a full moon in the sixth lunar month, which is usually in May and sometimes in June. It commemorates the birth, Enlightenment, and passing of Lord Buddha. Wisakha Bucha Day is recognised as the most important day in Buddhism and is classified as a “World Heritage Day” by UNESCO.

In the morning, Thai Buddhists visit temples to generate merit and listen to sermons. After sunset, candle-lit processions (wian tian) take place at most temples across the country during which devotees carry lit candles, three incense sticks and flowers (usually lotus flowers) and circumambulate the central chapel thrice in a clockwise direction amidst fragrant smoke from incense offerings.

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Makha Bucha falls on the full moon of the fourth lunar month, which is usually in February or March. It commemorates the spontaneous gathering of 1,250 people before the Buddha, which led to their ordination and subsequent Enlightenment. In temples throughout Thailand, Buddhists carry candles and circumambulate the main shrine three times in a clockwise direction.

Asanha Bucha falls on the full moon in the eighth lunar month, usually in July. It commemorates the first sermon of the Lord Buddha which was given in Deer Park in Sarnath, India. Thai Buddhists generate merit during this time by offering food to monks, making offerings to temples and listening to sermons. In the evening, candle-lit processions are the norm and devotees circumambulate the main chapel carrying candles, three incense sticks and lotus flowers.

This day also marks the beginning of Vassa, the Buddhist period of fasting. Wax candles are lit and kept alight during this period. In Ubon Ratchathani province, a Candle Festival is held culminating in a parade of candles. Each candle is enormous and elaborately carved into different figurines. In Saraburi, monks walk through the town with alms bowls giving devotees the opportunity to offer flowers (instead of food).

 

Proper Thai Etiquette

As with all countries with an unfamiliar culture, visitors can unintentionally cause offence or appear unreasonable if they are not well-versed in local Thai etiquette. Here is an introductory guide to some basic rules that will make for a pleasant visit and some very happy Thai hosts.

 

Table Manners

Thai food is most commonly eaten with a fork and spoon. Hold the spoon in your right hand and use it to eat, and reserve the fork for placing food onto your spoon. Chopsticks are only used for soupy noodles and East Asian-style dishes. 

Thai food is meant for sharing. Everyone gets their own plate of rice and a soup bowl, but all the other dishes are laid out in the middle of the table. Everyone is free to help themselves from these dishes. Some people believe that taking the last morsel from a shared plate is slightly unlucky.

Food is generally served one dish at a time as they are prepared. Diners are not expected to wait until all dishes have been presented before they start eating.

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General DOs

  • Remove your shoes whenever entering someone’s home or a temple.
  • Wear modest, neat clothing. Since social status is often determined by attire, it is important to present a well-groomed and conservative image.
  • Address people by their first name. Often, the title Khun is added before the first name. This is similar to Mr or Mrs, and is used for both men and women, regardless of marital status.
  • Family names are typically only used in formal settings.
  • Show respect for the royal family. Stop to pay your respects when the National Anthem is played, and avoid making negative comments about the king.

 

General DON’Ts

  • Show someone the bottom of your feet, or allow your feet to be higher than someone else’s head.
  • Touch a monk, especially if you are female. Monks are forbidden to have any physical contact with women and this is strictly observed.
  • Touch someone’s head, or pass something over another person’s head.
  • Show displays of affection in public. Kissing or hugging in public is considered rude and inappropriate.
  • Wear short shorts, low-cut tops, or revealing clothing. Generally, bathing suits and similarly revealing attire are only appropriate for the beach.

 

How to Get There

Nearly 33 million tourists visited Thailand in 2016, making it the ninth most visited nation on the planet, and generating a staggering US$49.9 billion in revenue, the third-largest in the world.

An entry visa is required for a handful of countries and this can be obtained upon entry. Citizens of most countries are either allowed to enter visa-free for a 30-day period or for a defined period of time under the country’s Bilateral Agreements. For detailed information, click here.

 

By Plane

The main international airports are in Bangkok and Phuket, and both are well-served by international flights. Practically every airline that flies to Asia also flies into Bangkok. With so many options, ticket prices are generally affordable.

International airports are also located at Hat Yai, Krabi, Koh Samui and Chiang Mai, although these are largely restricted to flights from other Southeast Asian countries. 

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Once in Bangkok, it is easy to get domestic transportation to other parts of Thailand. Chartered flights between Thailand and international destinations are also available, operated by Hi Flying Group. They fly to Bangkok, Phuket, Koh Samui, and Udon Thani.

 

By Road

Thailand shares land borders with four countries – Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Myanmar. Leaving and entering Thailand by road is very common amongst locals staying in border towns. The standard international immigration procedures are observed at border crossings, but due to Bilateral Arrangements and Tourist Visa Exemption Schemes, visas are not required for citizens of these four nations. For those driving into Thailand, a temporary permit will be issued for the vehicle as well.

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By Train

Thailand’s sole international train service links to Butterworth (Penang) and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, continuing all the way to Singapore. Tickets are cheap even for first class sleepers, but it is a slow ride. A train ride from Singapore takes around 48 hours (as opposed to a 2-hour flight) and you will need to change trains twice.

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An indulgent option is to take the Eastern & Oriental Express, a refurbished super-luxury train that runs along the same route once a week. Travelers are pampered with gourmet dining, a personal butler service and every other colonial perk for around THB 73,000 for a one-way ticket from Kuala Lumpur.

 

By Ferry

During the peak season (Nov-May), it is now possible to island-hop via ferry from Phuket all the way to Padang in Indonesia without ever touching land in between. 

Islands en route include:

  • Koh Phi
  • Koh Lanta
  • Koh Ngai
  • Koh Mook
  • Koh Bulon
  • Koh Lipe – a hub on the border between Thailand and Malaysia with a Thai immigration office
  • Langkawi – with a Malaysian immigration office

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Where To Stay

A wide range of accommodation choices are available catering to every interest and price bracket, from beach front backpacker cabins to some of the best luxury hotels in the world. Here are some recommendations; we recommend that you do further research to find one that fits your budget and requirements.

 

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Khao San Area: Riva Surya Bangkok

One of the few high-end hotels in this area, the Riva Surya is located on the riverbank about five minutes’ walk from Khao San Road. The rooms are spacious, elegant and comfortable. There is a pool area and breakfast is served on the balcony overlooking the river.

Address: 23 Phra Arthit Road, Pranakorn, 10200 Bangkok, Thailand
Phone: +66 2 633 5000

 

Bangkok Riverside: Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok is a 5-minute walk from Sam Yan MRT station and a 10-minute drive from Paragon and MBK Shopping Centres. It offers luxurious rooms with free Wi-Fi.

Address: 662 Rama IV Rd., Silom, Bang Rak, 10500 Bangkok, Thailand
Phone: +66 2 659 9000

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Sukhumvit Area: Ariyasom Villa

A peaceful garden oasis within busy Bangkok City, this villa is conveniently located at the start of Sukhumvit Road. Complete with 1940s heritage Thai decor, it has a cosy outdoor pool, an organic restaurant and a pampering spa. With high ceilings and large windows opening out to landscaped grounds, the stylish rooms are spacious and decorated in warm colours.

Address: 65 Sukhumvit 1, Sukhumvit Rd, Klongtoey Nua, Wattana, 10110 Bangkok, Thailand
Phone: +66 2 254 8880

 

Silom: Banyan Tree Bangkok

Located in Bangkok Province, 2.1 kilometres from Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, Banyan Tree Bangkok features a year-round outdoor pool. The hotel has a sun terrace and spa centre, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Free private parking is available on-site.

Address: 21/100 South Sathon Road, Sathorn, 10120 Bangkok, Thailand
Phone: +66 2679 1200

 

Siam: Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok

Featuring free Wi-Fi, a fitness centre and a year-round outdoor pool, Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok offers some of the best accommodation in Bangkok.

Address: 991/9 Rama I Road, Pathumwan, 10330 Bangkok, Thailand
Phone: +66 2 162 9000

 

Pratunam: Amari Watergate Bangkok

With a luxurious spa and fitness centre, Amari Watergate Bangkok is 0.6 kilometres from Siam Paragon Square and Chinatown.

Address: 847 Petchburi Road, Rajthevi, Pratunam, Phayathai, Pathumwan, 10400 Bangkok, Thailand
Phone: +66 2 653 9000

 

Chinatown: Prime Hotel Central Station Bangkok

Prime Hotel Central Station Bangkok is located across from Hua Lamphong Train Station and Hua Lamphong Subway MRT Station. It is 5-minute walk from the Golden Buddha Temple and a 15-minute drive from Silom. The hotel has modern air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi in all areas, and also features a spa and fitness centre.

Address: 23/34-35 Traimit Road, Taladnoy, 10100 Bangkok, Thailand
Phone: +66 2 344 1699

 

Suvarnabhumi: The Grand Fourwings Convention Hotel

A 20-minute drive from Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Grand Fourwings Convention Hotel Bangkok offers 5-star luxury with an outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi in public areas. Free parking is also available.

Address: 333 Srinakarin Road, Huamark, Bangkapi, Bangkok, 10240 Lat Krabang, Thailand
Phone: +66 2 378 8000

 

Chiang Mai

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Chiang Mai City: Shangri-La Hotel

Located on Chang Klan Road, Shangri-La Hotel in Chiang Mai is just minutes away from the famous Night Market. A short tuk-tuk ride will take you to the various temples and restaurants as well as the Sunday Market.

Address: 89/8 Chang Klan Road, Chang Khlan, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 50100
Phone: +66 53 253 888

 

Doi Suthep: The Chaya Resort and Spa Chiang Mai

The Chaya Resort and Spa Chiang Mai offers outdoor swimming pools, scrumptious food from their restaurant, as well as a coffee shop/café. Free breakfast is available.

Address: 141 Suandok Road, T. Suthep, Chiang Mai
Phone: +66 53 245 995

 

Ayutthaya: Baan Thai House

Baan Thai House is located on the eastern outskirts of the city, close to the Pasak River. This boutique-style hotel offers private accommodation in the form of villas which can accommodate up to four people. With friendly staff and beautiful villas, many travellers make it a point to spend time on the grounds just to relax!

Address: Phai Ling, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 13000, Thailand
Phone: +66 35 259 760

 

Chiang Rai: Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort

This resort features a blend of activities, including therapeutic treatments at the spa, refreshing swims in the pool, and hearty workouts in the gym. Outdoors, guests can embark on hill tribe visits, elephant trekking, and river tours.

Address: 221 / 2 Moo 20 Kwaewai Road, Tambon Robwieng, Amphur Muang, Tambon Robwieng, Chiang Rai, 57000, Thailand
Phone: +66 53 603 333

 

Khun Han: Pongsin Resort & Restaurant

This is a beautiful resort in Phran, a non-tourist area of Thailand located about 10 kilometres outside of city of Khun Han. It offers free Wi-Fi and free parking.

Address: 379 Moo 4, Khun Han, Phran, 33150, Thailand
Phone: +66 88 375 5199

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Nong Khai: Amanta Hotel Nongkhai

This hotel has great ambience and is located along the Mekong River. Cleanliness is a strong point for this establishment and the food is especially good. Breakfast comprises of local and western fare and dinner at the roof top bar is excellent.

Address: 999 1, Nai Mueang, Mueang Nong Khai District, Nong Khai 43000, Thailand
Phone: +66 42 412 899

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Krabi: Rayavadee Resort

Rayavadee is located at the tip of the Phranang Peninsula on Thailand’s Andaman coastline in Krabi Province. Phuket International Airport is 2 hours and 15 minutes drive from the resort pier. Phi Island is a 35-minute speedboat trip from Railay Beach.

Address: 214 Tambon Ao Nang, Chang Wat Krabi 81000, Thailand
Phone: +66 75 620 740

 

Kanchanaburi: U Inchantree Kanchanaburi

Indulge yourself in the most romantic setting next to the Kwai River with a garden dominated by ancient and awe-inspiring trees.

Address: 443 Thetsaban Tambon Kaeng Sian Rd., Ban Tai, Mueang Kanchanaburi, Kanchanaburi 71000, Thailand
Phone: +66 34 521 584

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Khao Yai National Park: Atta Lakeside Resort Suite

This unique establishment offers a relaxing and serene environment surrounded by lush forest.

Address: 1/3 Moo 6 Thanarat Road, Moo-Si, Khao Yai National Park, Pak Chong, Nakhon Ratchasima, 30130, Thailand
Phone: +60 3-7724 4367

 

Koh Samui: Amari Koh Samui

This lovely beach hotel sits at the northern end of world famous Chaweng Beach with its stretches of perfect white powder sand, huge beachside pool, spa, fitness centre, and options for every taste. Great for families or couples.

Address: Chaweng Beach Amphoe Koh Sa-Mui, Surat Thani, Thailand
Phone: +66 7730 0306-9

 

What to Look out For

Thailand does have its downsides, including the considerable growing pains of a widening income gap between urban and rural folk. Bangkok is notorious for its traffic jams while rampant development has wrecked much of once-beautiful Pattaya and Phuket. In touristy areas, small-time criminals sometimes target foreigners. A Muslim insurgency in southern Thailand where it borders Malaysia has resulted in several terrorist attacks. Therefore, it is best to exercise caution, and not travel alone.

 
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  1. Wai Meng Wan on Dec 24, 2017 at 2:43 am

    My travel two travels in Thailand have been quite good, it was relatively safe and not too difficult to travel. The food in Thailand could be quite spicy if we are not careful, one can get a sore throat quite quickly if one does not watch out on all the delicious spicy food offerings. Thailand is a country that has a significant Buddhist consciousness, that there is a lot of support for Buddhist actions and activities.

  2. Anne Ong on Dec 4, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for this article on wonderful Thailand ,which is one of the most popu;ar place for their famous tom yam, thai laksa ,shopping and pilgrimage.
    I love the beautiful pictures and places in this post. 👍😀

  3. Samfoonheei on Nov 26, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Wonderful Thailand ….a land full of surpressed for locals and foreigners travelling there for the first time. People from all over has been visiting there as its cheap for some and Thailand has plenty to offer .From goldern temples ,white temple, blue temple to silver temples. These are some of the temples worth visiting where the Buddha statues are so beautiful and there seem to have relics in those stupas too. There are a number of places of interest in Thailand. The cultures too very unqiue.,the foods are very delicious . Truly amazing ………Thailand a place where one will see beautiful Buddhist temples every where and the people are friendly.
    Recently i did made a trip to Chiangmai and Chiangrai ,visited most of the temples there.I love the Blue Temple ,the White Temples, and Wat Phra That, Doi Suthep. Did some offerings and circumambulating around the stupas . There were 2 days a few of us had the opportunity to do Dana offerings, early in the morning at the market place.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting post……a well writeup which makes travelling there easier.

  4. CC on Nov 22, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Sawadeeka.🙏🙏🙏
    Thailand is a great bless for spiritual, paranormal and food. Thee temple are unique by itself with very detail craftsman. Indeed is a great place to recharge energy.

  5. jerry_sito on Nov 22, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    感谢仁波切的教诲还有Stella师姐的分享,

    泰国对于我来说,是一个美丽的国家,泰国吸引我的地方与藏传佛教吸引我的性质是一样的,他们的色彩,浓厚的文化传承,庄严宏伟的佛像,佛塔以及他们每一位人民对于佛教的热忱与对于上师,三宝的是无比尊敬,这点点滴滴都产生了让我敬佩与想多了解他们的吸引力。

    祈愿泰国,吉祥如意,佛法永驻,所有的僧侣们健康与常转法轮。

    谢谢
    Jerry Sito

    C4Y4ej3UcAMhOat

  6. Fong on Nov 22, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    Thailand is one of the very few countries where you can enjoy a relaxing vacation taking in a different climate and culture and yet have spiritual experiences. Thais are generally very happy, polite people and love to interact with tourists. They’re always greeting you with a “wai” and a smile.

    Every time we visit Thailand, we take time off to visit the local temples. Even when we were not familiar with the protocol, the locals, with sign language would guide us through the offering of food and necessities as well as sitting for blessings by the monks. Language was no barrier when it came to paying respects at the temples.

    Thank you for this very interesting article with beautiful photos of the various spiritual places.

  7. Pastor Han Nee on Nov 21, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing on the spiritual benefits of visiting holy places when on holiday .

    .Going on a holiday, we have a wide range of places to choose from. Not being in Dharma, we will probably choose places that feed our craving or indulgence of our senses.With Dharma, we realise the spiritual benefits of visiting holy places where we can collect merits, plant Dharma seeds and be blessed. Collecting merits is something we should pursue with single -minded focus, as it will help offset our negative karma which leads to suffering.

    Hence visiting Thailand is a spiritual must. Thailand is a place that abounds with holy temples and magnificent statues that are charged with powerful blessings and positive healing energy for outer and inner healing.Being in such holy places(abodes of the divine), going on pilgrimage there, paying homage and making offerings will are all meritorious and will speed up our spiritual growth and healing within us.

    Rinpoche’s trip and pilgrimage to Thailand in 2011 was a most memorable and powerful one . Visiting magnificent temples and huge outdoor statues, and giving dhana to the sangha were among the significant activities that were carried out.Visiting a famous floating market in Bangkok, Rinpoche found a beautiful green Buddha statue which he loved and immediately acquired it. He gave a beautiful talk on “Making Offerings to the Buddha”.

  8. suzy on Nov 21, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this valuable information about travel to spiritual sites. In my culture very few if any understand why I travel to Thailand as much as I can. I continually feel my path validated and strengthened by your words. Namaste.

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  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Feb 20. 2018 09:19 PM
    It is true all the emotions comes from our mind. Most of the time we tend to see a problem to be so big which we can actually have a choice to dilute it and make it smaller. We always have our expectation on everything and once it goes against ours, we are not happy and anger arise. Therefore we should control our mind and not let it direct us to think and act negatively.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/apply-this-when-your-emotions-get-in-the-way.html
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    It’s so heartwarming to watch the short video. The bond between Sirga and Valentine are so strong, like meeting an old friend. This video reminds me that animals is just like human and have feelings, therefore treat all of them with respect and care.

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    Thank you for sharing the updates on Buddhist community from Tibet and elsewhere. All these grand and meaningful events around the world since 2011 up until 2018 are now accessible to everyone, which was previously not made widely available. It goes to show that more and more people care and are interested about the news and movements of Tibetan Buddhism, particularly Dorje Shugden events. These events also dispel the myths that DS is a minor sect – check out the crowds! Massive numbers of sangha and lay people turn up at these events for the blessing and initiation to DS Sogtae. These events are evidence that religious freedom is enshrined in Tibet, China and other parts of the world; seems like the only place where there is no religious freedom for DS practitioners are under the rule of Dharamsala. Therefore, events updates of DS practitioners gathered together to receive initiation and teachings are really very encouraging. Rejoice to all who received the sogtae!

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/updates-from-tibet-and-elsewhere.html
  • Samfoonheei
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    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing. Can imagine the situation ,the pain and suffering of that poor pig. They the many of these sows live in cages just large enough to contain their bodies. Sows have a pregnancy lasting around four months and their freedom of movement are restricted .Sad to see that situation ,hoping more can be done to improve it. But the best choice is go on vegetarian so less killing , less consuming meat.

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    Happiness , depression, anger, frustration, bitterness is a choice. All is based on how we interpreting each situation in our life and the meaning we associate with. To feel happy, focus on things in our life that will make us feel happy. What ever we see and thinks can lead to thoughts and influences our performance. It is our emotions that influence the way we think and behave We are to accept and the ability to adapt to the challenges of our daily life. A powerful meaning behind this short story. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful and powerful post that will helps us in our daily life.

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    Wow…. a brilliant picture of the two greatest masters of Tibetan Buddhism. Trijang Rinpoche was a Gelugpa monk and the 16th Karmapa, a Karma Kagyu, enjoying a beautiful relationship based on respect and trust. There were no conflict between them. It seem that in one lifetime, both of them did even interchange incarnations. There is an interesting story regarding both of them. Both enlightened manifesting again and again for the benefit of others .From the picture it tell us a thousands word of wisdom between both of them. H.H. the 16th Karmapa and H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche remained close friends throughout their life. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this a brilliant picture of the two greatest masters for us and merely seeing it is a blessing.

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  • Alice Tay
    Monday, Feb 19. 2018 11:17 PM
    Out of compassion, Buddha Manjushri emanate in the form of Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden to help us swiftly.

    Now, with the blessings of our precious guru, we are so fortunate to receive these precious advice from Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden reminded us that dharma practice is based on our faith and pure motivation. When we do for any virtuous actions with the pure motivation and out of the Eight Worldly Concerns, it definitely will bring much beneficial not only ourselves but also many others. We should start to practice by letting go our small “self” and slowly let go the big “self”. Eventually we are able to do more that benefit others instead of only ourselves.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/dorje-shugdens-advice-for-the-new-year-2018.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Feb 19. 2018 10:13 PM
    It’s so amazing that since thousand of years ago people already have such high technologies in constructing strong and amazing building that till today we may not necessary be able to achieve. Also it is just amazing that the mummies found in the temple were so well preserved. While many scientists and archeologists are trying their best to find out how, what and where about all this mysteries findings, I hope they use the right method to get into these place and with respect. After all , these places are suppose to be holy .

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/the-mysterious-door-of-vault-b-padmanabhaswamy-temple.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Feb 19. 2018 09:49 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and Lord Dorje Shugden for sharing his precious advises to us during this New Year. It is a good reminder for us to practise dharma and transform our mind. If our mind don’t transform we will forever doing the wrong actions and not able to change our path. Practising Guru Devotion is also very important as “The foundation for every realisation is to properly rely on one’s kind Guru”.

    May I have the opportunity to always learn dharma from my kind Guru, Tsem Rinpoche in every life time.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/dorje-shugdens-advice-for-the-new-year-2018.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Feb 19. 2018 09:08 PM
    It’s amazing to see the self arising images of the holy places and also to read the stories. All the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas have great compassion in emanating in various forms in order to suit the people of that place to pray, practise and generate merits. We are so fortunate to have our Guru Tsem Rinpoche to guide us and share with us all the dharma and holy places so we can learn and widen our knowledge. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for sharing this beautiful article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-self-arising-chenrezig.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Feb 19. 2018 08:30 PM
    The story of Anagarika Dharmapala is inspiring. He contributed to the revival of Buddhism greatly, and I am especially at awe with his work to regain “control” over Bodhgaya’s Maha Bodhi Temple from the Hindu Brahmins, who had controlled the site for centuries. This holy site is the chief of the four ancient Buddhist holy sites that are of utmost importance to Buddhist. Today, the site is entrusted to a committee with equal numbers of Hindu and Buddhist members. Even though the announcement of this outcome came 16 years after Anagarika Dharmapala’s passing, the success was his legacy.

    Anagarika Dharmapala’s intellectuality in Buddhism was not disregarded; he was one of the two speakers who inspired the first wave of interest in Buddhism amongst the heart of European-Americans who were deeply rooted in Christianity during to culture and upbringing. As a learned person, his writings on Buddhism give perspective from a philosophical, historical and also a practical point of view, making it relevant for many people of different intellectual level. I enjoy reading this article. Thank you for the sharing, Rinpoche and PAW.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/anagarika-dharmapala-the-revered-buddhist-revivalist-and-writer-of-the-20th-century.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Feb 18. 2018 07:22 PM
    It is very blessed to be able to see Naro Kacho Vajrayogini, adorned with beautiful pearl dress. The beading and art work are very detailed. Rejoice to anyone who participated in this project.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/thupten-la-and-vajra-yogini.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Feb 18. 2018 07:05 PM
    This is an amazing story about a brave Jack Russell who decided to protect the four kittens, in the expense of his own life! Just like human, some dogs are more compassionate and non-discriminatory than others. This is a heartwarming story, thank you for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/leo-the-lion-hearted-saves-4-kittens.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Feb 18. 2018 06:47 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this stunning thangka. Traditionally, thangka paintings are not only valued for their aesthetic beauty. We use thangkas to develop a clear visualization of a particular deity and strengthening our concentration and connecting a link between ourselves and the deity. Gyuto Tantric college is one of the great monastic institutions of the Gelug. Beautiful, colourful, spiritual art and looks fantastic and blessing for everyone looking at it. Amazing it shows the Three ‘Kingly’ Tantras as explained by Rinpoche.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/excellent-thangka-at-gyuto-tantric-college.html

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

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

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

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

Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche 
Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
4 months ago
Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa's tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits. Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
4 months ago
Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
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Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
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