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

 

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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

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  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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    Vajrayogini practice is considered the most suitable for people of these degenerate times due to the stronger desire. And Vajrayogini has ability to transform desire energy into enlightened virtue. That is most encouraging and inspiring when Vajrayogini appeared to HH Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche and promised him that those who received Vajra Yogini practice from him, and inclusive of the following 4 generations, would be taken to Kechara Paradise within 7 lifetimes. From here we can see Vajrayogini is so compassionate and wanting us to be free from suffering soonest possible. Of course, we should not forget our precious guru in this spiritual path. Without our guru, we may not have opportunity to learn and practice dharma. Without our guru, we know nothing about Vajrayogini and her sacred practice.

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    而圣人呢,他遇到苦难时,他会对自己说,这种饥饿的感觉,流浪街头的感觉,身体有病痛却没钱看病的感觉,生活苦迫煎熬的感觉,我自己经历了,非常难受,我发愿不要让任何人,任何众生,经历同样的痛苦!

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    Tuesday, Aug 21. 2018 08:20 PM
    This image, shot by photographer Ding Zuhe and called, “Monk’s Posture,” won first prize in the China category for National Geographic’s 2017 photography contest. Here are six people, all in some form of sleep, lethargy, stupor, or unconsciousness. There are two women (the one in the foreground looks older), and four males: a child in the foreground, a teen or young adult to the far left, and a young man plus a slightly older one in the right corner. Ding leaves open to interpretation how they feel; for all we know they might be comfortable. However, it doesn’t look like as if they are. Then we have the monk: sitting in a classical Zen posture, his head slightly bowed, cross-legged, dignified, a noble contrast to the six sloppy engines of flesh splayed out around him.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/postcard-from-raymond-monks-posture.html
  • Chris
    Tuesday, Aug 21. 2018 08:17 PM
    The current form of Naro Kachö Vajra Yogini appeared to the Indian Mahasiddha Naropa after he meditated intensely on her practice inside a cave. He beheld her glorious form in a vision. This unique form later became known as Naropa’s Vajra Yogini or Naro Kachö, as it had never existed before. Later, in Tibet, His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche also had visions of Vajra Yogini. His vision differed slightly from the vision of her that Naropa beheld. In the original Naro Kachö form, Vajra Yogini looks towards her pure land named Kechara. However in Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche’s vision, she looked straight at him, symbolic of the deity empowering him to bestow her practice onto many people in order to benefit them. The practice of Vajra Yogini belongs to the Highest Yoga Tantra classification that leads to tremendous inner transformation and can even grant Enlightenment within just one lifetime.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/vajra-yogini/h-h-kyabje-pabongka-rinpoches-sacred-vajra-yogini.html
  • Chris
    Tuesday, Aug 21. 2018 08:10 PM
    This is a really good documentary where Bill Porter traveled into the Zhongnan Mountains where many had came to enter into hermitage. The hermits he meet all are very kind. The first thing they do is always offer him some food or hot tea even though they have very little themselves. They are so generous and kind. Then when they start to talk about their whole experience being a hermitage, I cans see that all of them have a gentle expression on their face which is the expression of content and peaceful. Who knows that they have none of the money, branded items, and big cars can live so happily with content. While many those who have everything but they still feel depress and some had even committed suicide. This is a very good documentary to widen our mind and think about what is the purpose of life.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163457
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 21. 2018 11:32 AM
    The Third Dalai Lama, Sonam Gyatso, was born to a rich family. At the age of three, Sonam Dakpa Gyaltsen, the ruler of Tibet, and Panchen Sonam Dakpa recognized Sonam Gyatso as the reincarnation of Gedun Gyatso. He was escorted to Drepung monastery in a great procession and was enthroned. He founded many monasteries in Mongolia, Eastern Tibet Sonam Gyatso became the abbot of Drepung monastery and the abbot of Sera monastery. He was bestowed by the Mongolian ruler as The third Dalai Lama. He travelled extensively throughout Mongolia, performing miracles and teaching, spreading the Dharma till his death.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this short biography of the third Dalai Lama.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-third-dalai-lama-sonam-gyatso.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 21. 2018 11:30 AM
    Gendun Gyatso the Second Dalai Lama was born to in a noble family. His father was a well-known yogic practitioner. Gendun Gyatso was a special child ,at the age of four he could remembered his past lives and told his parents he wished to live in the Tashilhunpo monastery. He could even told his parents, his birth name and his father was Lobsang Drakpa, which was Tsongkapa’s ordination name. .At age of eleven he was recognized as the reincarnation of Gendun Drupa, the first Dalai Lama, and was enthroned at Tashi Lhunpo monastery. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this biography of the second Dalai Lama.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-second-dalai-lama-gendun-gyatso.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Tuesday, Aug 21. 2018 06:38 AM
    In 1989, Bill Porter, also known by his pen name ‘Red Pine’, travelled to the Zhongnan Mountains in China to meet some of these hermits and learn about their way of life. This resulted in his publishing the work titled Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits in 1993. 25 years later, Bill Porter travelled back to the same mountains to see if life there had changed. The outcome of this particular trip was a documentary titled Hermit, about a modern-day journey into the heart of the hermit tradition in China. This is a must watch documentary with so much to learn to enhance our lives which will give us hope as we are all drowning in materialism’s false promises.~Tsem Rinpoche

    Fantastic and profound documentary: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163457
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Aug 20. 2018 10:52 PM
    It is a really huge place. Can’t imagine that all items are gift to others. Rinpoche has showed us that when we give, we create the cause to receive offering as well. This is the nature of karma. Be generous and compassion to all. Thank you Rinpoche for your care and love to everyone.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/whats-in-rinpoches-warehouse-%e4%bb%81%e6%b3%a2%e5%88%87%e7%9a%84%e4%bb%93%e5%ba%93%e6%9c%89%e4%bb%80%e4%b9%88%ef%bc%9f.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 20. 2018 12:36 PM
    Interesting biography of Gendun Drub who was identified as an emanation of bodhisattva of compassion. He was born the son of a nomadic farmers and there’s a legend about his birth where a large black raven protect him from intruders, crows and wild vultures. The black raven an emanation of Mahakala was told . He lived the life of a shepherd until the age of seven showing early inclination for a religious life. He was sent to the monastery and studied under many great famous scholars and was a student of the Je Tsongkhapa . He was posthumously given the title of First Dalai lama. He remained the abbot of Tashilhunpo Monastery until his death.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-first-dalai-lama-gendun-drub.html

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Kamakura is one of my favorite places
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Kamakura is one of my favorite places
Anger...
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In 1989, Bill Porter, also known by his pen name ‘Red Pine’, travelled to the Zhongnan Mountains in China to meet some of these hermits and learn about their way of life. This resulted in his publishing the work titled Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits in 1993. 25 years later, Bill Porter travelled back to the same mountains to see if life there had changed. The outcome of this particular trip was a documentary titled Hermit, about a modern-day journey into the heart of the hermit tradition in China. This is a must watch documentary with so much to learn to enhance our lives which will give us hope as we are all drowning in materialism’s false promises.~Tsem Rinpoche

Fantastic and profound documentary: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163457
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In 1989, Bill Porter, also known by his pen name ‘Red Pine’, travelled to the Zhongnan Mountains in China to meet some of these hermits and learn about their way of life. This resulted in his publishing the work titled Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits in 1993. 25 years later, Bill Porter travelled back to the same mountains to see if life there had changed. The outcome of this particular trip was a documentary titled Hermit, about a modern-day journey into the heart of the hermit tradition in China. This is a must watch documentary with so much to learn to enhance our lives which will give us hope as we are all drowning in materialism’s false promises.~Tsem Rinpoche Fantastic and profound documentary: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163457
Wrathful Dakini Ucchusma-In the form of wrathful dakini, Ucchusma has 3 eyes; with both hands holding a vase with nectar at her heart level, her hair loose, and no ornaments. She wears a garment of black silk, with two legs, feet together, standing on a lotus and sun disc. This deity functions to remove negative energy and pollutions from body, speech and mind. The practice was conferred by a Dakini to Drupangsa. -Mantra: Om ar-kham zir-kam bu-ma-na-se ou-cus-ha-ma ma-ha tro-da hung phet
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Wrathful Dakini Ucchusma-In the form of wrathful dakini, Ucchusma has 3 eyes; with both hands holding a vase with nectar at her heart level, her hair loose, and no ornaments. She wears a garment of black silk, with two legs, feet together, standing on a lotus and sun disc. This deity functions to remove negative energy and pollutions from body, speech and mind. The practice was conferred by a Dakini to Drupangsa. -Mantra: Om ar-kham zir-kam bu-ma-na-se ou-cus-ha-ma ma-ha tro-da hung phet
Tibetan Painted Scrolls Volumes 1-3 in original print is something very rare and expensive to come by. I really like these very much from what I can see.
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Tibetan Painted Scrolls Volumes 1-3 in original print is something very rare and expensive to come by. I really like these very much from what I can see.
Kechara Forest Retreat doing the extended puja of Dorje Shugden and Tsem Rinpoche attends the 2nd half. Good video to download: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-an_NAH6Mk
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Kechara Forest Retreat doing the extended puja of Dorje Shugden and Tsem Rinpoche attends the 2nd half. Good video to download: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-an_NAH6Mk
A powerful meme to share.
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A powerful meme to share.
Beautiful Avalokitesvara scroll painting.
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Beautiful Avalokitesvara scroll painting.
Black Garuda. 18th century. U (Central Tibet). Tradition Gelug
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Black Garuda. 18th century. U (Central Tibet). Tradition Gelug
Palden Lhamo. 18th century. Tibet. Tradition: Gelug
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Palden Lhamo. 18th century. Tibet. Tradition: Gelug
Dorje Jigje. 15th century. Narthang, Tsang (South-Central Tibet). Tradition: Sakya
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Dorje Jigje. 15th century. Narthang, Tsang (South-Central Tibet). Tradition: Sakya
The oracle of Dorje Shugden in Dungkar Monastery in Tibet. Very old vintage photo from 1923 by an English Earl Lord Ronaldshay in his book, \"Land Of The Thunderbolt Sikkim, Chunbi & Bhutan\". This Lord met up with Dorje Shugden via the oracle. He devotes a chapter in his book about this oracle and encounter.
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The oracle of Dorje Shugden in Dungkar Monastery in Tibet. Very old vintage photo from 1923 by an English Earl Lord Ronaldshay in his book, "Land Of The Thunderbolt Sikkim, Chunbi & Bhutan". This Lord met up with Dorje Shugden via the oracle. He devotes a chapter in his book about this oracle and encounter.
Beautiful old photograph of the Kamakura Buddha in Japan.
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Beautiful old photograph of the Kamakura Buddha in Japan.
Never before seen footage of Tsem Rinpoche with various oracles- https://bit.ly/292jMaG
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Never before seen footage of Tsem Rinpoche with various oracles- https://bit.ly/292jMaG
In around 2 weeks, there are over 30k views already! Videos are great! Must watch!- https://bit.ly/2K0gNhB
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In around 2 weeks, there are over 30k views already! Videos are great! Must watch!- https://bit.ly/2K0gNhB
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Click on the picture to enlarge and contemplate the message please. Something to share.
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Click on the picture to enlarge and contemplate the message please
This sacred Tara at Phelgyeling Monastery in Nepal has spoken several times the monks said.
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This sacred Tara at Phelgyeling Monastery in Nepal has spoken several times the monks said.
Beautiful ancient Tibetan scroll paintings for your viewing pleasure. Many more antique paintings for you to see and be blessed here-  https://bit.ly/2vz18RX
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Beautiful ancient Tibetan scroll paintings for your viewing pleasure. Many more antique paintings for you to see and be blessed here- https://bit.ly/2vz18RX
Nice handsome picture of my Dharma boy. Tsem Rinpoche
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Nice handsome picture of my Dharma boy. Tsem Rinpoche
Four Sacred Sites of Vajra Yogini in Nepal which you must know about and one day pay homage in person. These places are highly sacred and holy and I want to share them with you. Happy enlightenment to you! :)  - https://bit.ly/2vshj3r
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Four Sacred Sites of Vajra Yogini in Nepal which you must know about and one day pay homage in person. These places are highly sacred and holy and I want to share them with you. Happy enlightenment to you! :) - https://bit.ly/2vshj3r
Tsangpa Karpo-Protector of the line of Panchen Lama incarnations. They can take trance in certain oracles and speak.
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Tsangpa Karpo-Protector of the line of Panchen Lama incarnations. They can take trance in certain oracles and speak.
Mahakala Tramsuk centre figure. Bottom left, Gonpo Gur and bottom right Dorje Shugden
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Mahakala Tramsuk centre figure. Bottom left, Gonpo Gur and bottom right Dorje Shugden
Snow mountains in the distance, green mountains in the foreground, trees, temple and blue skies..this is where I would love to live. Where I dream of living. TR
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Snow mountains in the distance, green mountains in the foreground, trees, temple and blue skies..this is where I would love to live. Where I dream of living. TR
I like this very adorable picture of Dharma boy.
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I like this very adorable picture of Dharma boy.
I like this particular print of Vajra Yogini
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I like this particular print of Vajra Yogini
नेपालको काठमाडौँमा दोर्जे शुग्देनको अद्भुत भित्तेचित्र! --- https://bit.ly/2n4XbQd


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

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

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

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

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

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

The sungbum of His Holiness the 10th Panchen Rinpoche the Great- https://bit.ly/2vmAwT0
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For countless lifetimes you have manifested in varied bodies to benefit the sufferings of sentient beings. You are a supreme teacher and refuge. The sungbum of His Holiness the 10th Panchen Rinpoche the Great- https://bit.ly/2vmAwT0
We have to discipline ourselves in order that our mind can allow the Buddha Dharma to take root. When it takes root, our lives will change for the better. What we perceive in the world around us is dependent on the attitude within us. Never give up improving on ourselves because that is the true road to peace and happiness. We are worth it. Others are worth seeing us in our best.~ Tsem Rinpoche
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We have to discipline ourselves in order that our mind can allow the Buddha Dharma to take root. When it takes root, our lives will change for the better. What we perceive in the world around us is dependent on the attitude within us. Never give up improving on ourselves because that is the true road to peace and happiness. We are worth it. Others are worth seeing us in our best.~ Tsem Rinpoche
This eldery and innocent monk was brutally attacked, find out why. Shocking- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163953
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This eldery and innocent monk was brutally attacked, find out why. Shocking- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163953
Fotomat and me. My first job in Los Angeles at 16- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144024
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Fotomat and me. My first job in Los Angeles at 16- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144024
See how my Schnauzers enjoy the playhouse! So much fun!- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2dp8Fm87CQ
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See how my Schnauzers enjoy the playhouse! So much fun!- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2dp8Fm87CQ
I am in love with only you my Adamantine Lady of Coral hue. I am in love of liberation, freedom and wisdom I seek in you. Even to whisper your name Vajra Yogini excites me to the core of my soul. I have been away for so long and I wonder when I can join my supreme mother in Akanishta. My love for you has no end and it only grows. My mind is focused on you daily and my heart only awaits for you to place sindura on my crown soon. Nothing I have seen or experienced in this deceitful world can remotely compare with you my dear wisdom lady. Please with supreme sound of damarus, cymbals, incense and voices of sunyata, embrace me to ascend amidst rainbow lights effortlessly to my home.  My true home where you will bring me. Bring me home soon. In my heart only lies you. In your heart I know I am existent also. We are one.~ Tsem Rinpoche
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I am in love with only you my Adamantine Lady of Coral hue. I am in love of liberation, freedom and wisdom I seek in you. Even to whisper your name Vajra Yogini excites me to the core of my soul. I have been away for so long and I wonder when I can join my supreme mother in Akanishta. My love for you has no end and it only grows. My mind is focused on you daily and my heart only awaits for you to place sindura on my crown soon. Nothing I have seen or experienced in this deceitful world can remotely compare with you my dear wisdom lady. Please with supreme sound of damarus, cymbals, incense and voices of sunyata, embrace me to ascend amidst rainbow lights effortlessly to my home. My true home where you will bring me. Bring me home soon. In my heart only lies you. In your heart I know I am existent also. We are one.~ Tsem Rinpoche
Samsara has never been genuine. I will not be deceived by it again. Infallible Diamond Lady in red, I will only serve you.~Tsem Rinpoche
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Samsara has never been genuine. I will not be deceived by it again. Infallible Diamond Lady in red, I will only serve you.~Tsem Rinpoche
Mother Lady so red and brilliant, as you hold my hand tightly and we look towards the west, I know I am free finally.~Tsem Rinpoche
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Mother Lady so red and brilliant, as you hold my hand tightly and we look towards the west, I know I am free finally.~Tsem Rinpoche
Mother lady of noble origins, enchantress Vajra Yogini, you say I am you and you are me? I have to embrace this truth and I will be free? Tsem Rinpoche
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Mother lady of noble origins, enchantress Vajra Yogini, you say I am you and you are me? I have to embrace this truth and I will be free? Tsem Rinpoche
Through my tears I can see your orange darting eyes so tenderly look at me as we start to ascend.~Tsem Rinpoche
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Through my tears I can see your orange darting eyes so tenderly look at me as we start to ascend.~Tsem Rinpoche
Mother, Adamantine mother with coral hue aglow with light that I can hardly look upon you as you are blazing...can I give my last words to some close ones before we ascend? Can I bring them with us?~ Tsem Rinpoche
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Mother, Adamantine mother with coral hue aglow with light that I can hardly look upon you as you are blazing...can I give my last words to some close ones before we ascend? Can I bring them with us?~ Tsem Rinpoche
You wipe my tears, embracing me with your coral hued arms and with a motherly tender smile I feel we are lifting off the ground. To go home. I feel light after you embraced me and my body is becoming rainbow-like.~Tsem Rinpoche
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You wipe my tears, embracing me with your coral hued arms and with a motherly tender smile I feel we are lifting off the ground. To go home. I feel light after you embraced me and my body is becoming rainbow-like.~Tsem Rinpoche
I hear the gentle tinkling of anklets as if someone is walking towards me although I am in my room alone..I opened my eyes first towards the floor in the dimly lit room and I see red coral ankles surrounded by rainbows heading my direction...my heart jumps for joy and gasping....Tsem Rinpoche
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I hear the gentle tinkling of anklets as if someone is walking towards me although I am in my room alone..I opened my eyes first towards the floor in the dimly lit room and I see red coral ankles surrounded by rainbows heading my direction...my heart jumps for joy and gasping....Tsem Rinpoche
The Sacred Vajrayogini of Ratsag Monastery is a very interesting read- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-sacred-vajrayogini-of-ratsag-monastery.html
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    Very powerful and heartwarming short video about love. A must watch and a must share. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Megnath is such a devotee of Bhagawan Dorje Shugden where he brought this protector to many people. Must watch this short video of him with the school kids. Lovely. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Megnath is such a devotee of Bhagawan Dorje Shugden where he brought this protector to many people. Must watch this short video of him with the school kids. Lovely. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My super adorable Oser girl Schnauzer reaching for a carrot on a chair. Her face looks like a stuffed animal toy. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 month ago
    My super adorable Oser girl Schnauzer reaching for a carrot on a chair. Her face looks like a stuffed animal toy. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is the shrine next to my working table where I sit daily. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 month ago
    This is the shrine next to my working table where I sit daily. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Who is that?? Wow Wow
    1 month ago
    Who is that?? Wow Wow
    Tsem Rinpoche's pet Schnauzers Oser & Dharma trying to get attention of the life-like statue of Rinpoche's guru Kyabje Zong Rinpoche which was offered by the students
  • Nothing Stops Me from Getting the Snack!
    1 month ago
    Nothing Stops Me from Getting the Snack!
    Tsem Rinpoche's pet Schnauzer Oser got the snack from the ball!
  • I must get the snack!
    1 month ago
    I must get the snack!
    Tsem Rinpoche's pet Schnauzer Oser trying hard to get her snack out of the ball!
  • I love this green snack munch munch munch
    1 month ago
    I love this green snack munch munch munch
    Tsem Rinpoche's pet Schnauzer Oser enjoying her green snack!
  • ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 3: Starring the two silly doggie clowns doing jumps for carrot tidbits. Teehee
    2 months ago
    ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 3: Starring the two silly doggie clowns doing jumps for carrot tidbits. Teehee
  • ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 2: Starring the mega monsters Oser and Dharma. Teehee
    2 months ago
    ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 2: Starring the mega monsters Oser and Dharma. Teehee
  • ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 1: Guess what are the two monsters looking for??? Teehee…cute
    2 months ago
    ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 1: Guess what are the two monsters looking for??? Teehee…cute
  • A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
    2 months ago
    A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
  • A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
    2 months ago
    A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
  • A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
    2 months ago
    A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
  • A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
    2 months ago
    A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
  • Bigfoot Sign Arrives in Betong
    2 months ago
    Bigfoot Sign Arrives in Betong
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  • Visiting senior citizen homes who happily receive Dorje Shugden’s blessings.
    2 months ago
    Visiting senior citizen homes who happily receive Dorje Shugden’s blessings.
  • Visiting a senior citizens home and sharing Dorje Shugden with them.
    2 months ago
    Visiting a senior citizens home and sharing Dorje Shugden with them.
  • Megnath outside the Chabahil Dorje Shugden Chapel in Kathmandu passing out Dorje Shugden brochures and booklets to the local people.
    2 months ago
    Megnath outside the Chabahil Dorje Shugden Chapel in Kathmandu passing out Dorje Shugden brochures and booklets to the local people.
  • Megnath walking around the Bodha stupa in Kathmandu and his uncle holding image of Dorje Shugden as he was just gifted with it.
    2 months ago
    Megnath walking around the Bodha stupa in Kathmandu and his uncle holding image of Dorje Shugden as he was just gifted with it.
  • Oser and Dharma vying for a snack! Cute
    2 months ago
    Oser and Dharma vying for a snack! Cute
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    10 months ago
    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
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    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
    10 months ago
    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    10 months ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    10 months ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    10 months ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    10 months ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    10 months ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    10 months ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    10 months ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    10 months ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    11 months ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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Our dedicated team delivered preloved toys, books, and other items to urban poor families. We truly believe that all children, regardless of financial status, race, religion or nationality, are deserving of those things which can help give them a happier & more fulfilling life. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Our dedicated team delivered preloved toys, books, and other items to urban poor families. We truly believe that all children, regardless of financial status, race, religion or nationality, are deserving of those things which can help give them a happier & more fulfilling life. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
La Ta Li La Tam bong!!! Photos taken by Mr Lim Boon Seang By Asyley Chia KSDS
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La Ta Li La Tam bong!!! Photos taken by Mr Lim Boon Seang By Asyley Chia KSDS
La Ta Li La Tam bong!!! Photos taken by Mr Lim Boon Seang By Asyley Chia KSDS
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La Ta Li La Tam bong!!! Photos taken by Mr Lim Boon Seang By Asyley Chia KSDS
Teacher Kien leading the students to do prostration before class start. By Asyley Chia KSDS
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Teacher Kien leading the students to do prostration before class start. By Asyley Chia KSDS
Three little boys from KSDS.ada gaya haha.by Asyley Chia KSDS
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Three little boys from KSDS.ada gaya haha.by Asyley Chia KSDS
What can we do with the A4 paper? 2 to 6 year old group. By Asyley Chia KSDS
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What can we do with the A4 paper? 2 to 6 year old group. By Asyley Chia KSDS
Children 2 to 6 year old group gather together and get ready to do prostration to Lama Tsongkhapa. By Asyley Chia KSDS
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Children 2 to 6 year old group gather together and get ready to do prostration to Lama Tsongkhapa. By Asyley Chia KSDS
Big smile, small smile, you smile , I smile natural beauty SMILE. By Asyley Chia KSDS
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Big smile, small smile, you smile , I smile natural beauty SMILE. By Asyley Chia KSDS
Full lotus sit..Well done children.by Asyley Chia KSDS
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Full lotus sit..Well done children.by Asyley Chia KSDS
One of the activities to cultivate the passionate attitude. Alice Tay, KSDS
11 hours ago
One of the activities to cultivate the passionate attitude. Alice Tay, KSDS
Taking refuge to guru and the Three Jewels before the class start. Alice Tay, KSDS
12 hours ago
Taking refuge to guru and the Three Jewels before the class start. Alice Tay, KSDS
Breathing meditation is taught in the class to help the students to focus and calm their mind. Alice Tay, KSDS
12 hours ago
Breathing meditation is taught in the class to help the students to focus and calm their mind. Alice Tay, KSDS
The kids are requested to pay attention to the video so that they can answer the questions after that. Alice Tay, KSDS
12 hours ago
The kids are requested to pay attention to the video so that they can answer the questions after that. Alice Tay, KSDS
The winners of the games received the gift happily from Teacher Asyley. Alice Tay, KSDS
12 hours ago
The winners of the games received the gift happily from Teacher Asyley. Alice Tay, KSDS
Today Melaka team distributed surplus food to the needy 35 families home in Kampung Bukit Rambai and thank you to all volunteers who helped today! 今天馬六甲克切拉香積廚派送35家貧窮家戶比如蔬菜、水果、面包等等,感謝團隊的付出。我們希望更多的人可以行善,做好事。我們不分宗教不分宗族. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Today Melaka team distributed surplus food to the needy 35 families home in Kampung Bukit Rambai and thank you to all volunteers who helped today! 今天馬六甲克切拉香積廚派送35家貧窮家戶比如蔬菜、水果、面包等等,感謝團隊的付出。我們希望更多的人可以行善,做好事。我們不分宗教不分宗族. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you to staffs from Motorola Solutions for helping to deliver basic groceries to some needy families. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 days ago
Thank you to staffs from Motorola Solutions for helping to deliver basic groceries to some needy families. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Precious opportunity in Kechara Forest Retreat! "As Kechara Forest Retreat is a sacred land, filled with holy and blessed statues and many holy items, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche encouraged Kecharians living and working in Kechara Forest Retreat to embark on a spiritual pilgrimage of its holy sites." ~Tsem Rinpoche
3 days ago
Precious opportunity in Kechara Forest Retreat! "As Kechara Forest Retreat is a sacred land, filled with holy and blessed statues and many holy items, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche encouraged Kecharians living and working in Kechara Forest Retreat to embark on a spiritual pilgrimage of its holy sites." ~Tsem Rinpoche
We have many outdoor sacred images of various Buddhas. The ones that were visited were Tsongkapa, Nageshvaraja, Loma Gyoma, Tara, Nagarakshasa and then back to Tsongkapa. At each location circumambulations and lamp offerings were done. We walked the vast land while chanting Migtseyma mantras. The very elderly followed to each location in cars. Kechara Forest retreat is 70 acres of land located in rural Bentong, one hour from the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. ~Tsem Rinpoche For more information: www.tsemrinpoche.com
3 days ago
We have many outdoor sacred images of various Buddhas. The ones that were visited were Tsongkapa, Nageshvaraja, Loma Gyoma, Tara, Nagarakshasa and then back to Tsongkapa. At each location circumambulations and lamp offerings were done. We walked the vast land while chanting Migtseyma mantras. The very elderly followed to each location in cars. Kechara Forest retreat is 70 acres of land located in rural Bentong, one hour from the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. ~Tsem Rinpoche For more information: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
They started on August 18, 2018 at 6:00AM till 9:00AM. With strong aspirations, Kecharians generate merits by reciting mantras and circumambulate the images of the enlightened beings, especially to clear obstacles related to our good health and that of others. We have many outdoor sacred images of various Buddhas... ~Tsem Rinpoche
3 days ago
They started on August 18, 2018 at 6:00AM till 9:00AM. With strong aspirations, Kecharians generate merits by reciting mantras and circumambulate the images of the enlightened beings, especially to clear obstacles related to our good health and that of others. We have many outdoor sacred images of various Buddhas... ~Tsem Rinpoche
Pilgrimage is an intrinsic part of Buddhist life and creates strong Dharma imprints in our mind streams and opens up positive karma and merits that we need to live a successful life. As Kechara Forest Retreat is a sacred land, filled with holy and blessed statues and many holy items, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche encouraged Kecharians living and working in Kechara Forest Retreat to embark on a spiritual pilgrimage of its holy sites...~ Tsem Rinpoche
3 days ago
Pilgrimage is an intrinsic part of Buddhist life and creates strong Dharma imprints in our mind streams and opens up positive karma and merits that we need to live a successful life. As Kechara Forest Retreat is a sacred land, filled with holy and blessed statues and many holy items, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche encouraged Kecharians living and working in Kechara Forest Retreat to embark on a spiritual pilgrimage of its holy sites...~ Tsem Rinpoche
Priceless to see the happy faces of these 2 brothers. They are in the youngest dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
Priceless to see the happy faces of these 2 brothers. They are in the youngest dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
So glad that we have parents & students to participate in the animal liberation every month in Kechara House. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
So glad that we have parents & students to participate in the animal liberation every month in Kechara House. Lin Mun KSDS
Children were very attentive when doing prayer before the start of Sunday dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
Children were very attentive when doing prayer before the start of Sunday dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
He is young but already very good in using mala when reciting mantra. Rejoice:)  Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
He is young but already very good in using mala when reciting mantra. Rejoice:) Lin Mun KSDS
Children were so excited with the art & craft exercise. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
Children were so excited with the art & craft exercise. Lin Mun KSDS
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