A Kecharian Pilgrimage to Wu Tai Shan

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On 13 September 2017, a group of 38 Kecharians from all over the world – Malaysia, Canada and Hong Kong – gathered at Beijing Airport, prepared to embark on a spiritual journey to the world famous Buddhist mountain Wu Tai Shan. It is a place close to our hearts because it is the earthly abode of Lord Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom and his emanation, the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden.

The holy Wu Tai Shan mountain is the earthly abode of Lord Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom

The holy Wu Tai Shan mountain is the earthly abode of Lord Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom

During our monthly Dorje Shugden kangso (fulfilment ritual) held in Kechara Forest Retreat, we invite Dorje Shugden from the five places where he abides to bless us. Wu Tai Shan is one of these places. Thus, we are extremely fortunate to be able to visit the abodes of Lord Manjushri and Dorje Shugden on earth with the blessings of our guru, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche.

Lord Manjushri, the Buddha of wisdom. Click to enlarge.

Lord Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom. Click to enlarge.

This pilgrimage was a historical moment for Kechara as it was our first ever group pilgrimage to Wu Tai Shan in Shanxi, China. The Chinese Emperor Kangxi has previously visited Wu Tai Shan on five occasions and there are many tales about this renowned Emperor at the holy mountain. Below are just a few that we heard from the locals:

One day, the Kangxi Emperor travelled to Wu Tai Shan to visit Xian Tong Temple. Upon hearing the news, the Abbot of Xian Tong Temple quickly summoned all the monks to gather by the road leading to the temple to prepare to receive the emperor. They were all dressed in their robes, some held incense and some ritual instruments, and with melodic chanting they welcomed the emperor into the temple.

When the emperor arrived at the temple, the abbot showed him around. At the time, the monks were engaged in an ordination ceremony in the main prayer hall during which they burnt nine dots onto the newly ordained monks’ heads to symbolize that they were now ordained.

Out of curiosity, Emperor Kangxi wanted to witness this ceremony. The abbot was immediately put in a very awkward situation. He was worried that the emperor would be negatively affected after witnessing the process of burning the heads of the monks, as some would show signs of unbearable pain on their faces. While thinking of what to do, the abbot noticed that the Emperor’s face was radiant, as if he was in love. The abbot then told Emperor Kangxi that it was not suitable for him to witness the ceremony. Puzzled, the emperor asked why. Full of confidence, the abbot said,

“Your Highness, your face is radiant, you must have someone you like now. If you come to witness the ceremony, your good luck in the relationship might be affected.”

Dorje Shugden, the emanation of Manjushri. Click to picture enlarge or click here to see more.

Dorje Shugden, the emanation of Manjushri. Click to enlarge or click here for more pictures.

True enough, the Kangxi Emperor was fond of a girl he had met in Wu Tai Shan. However, he did not yet know her name. As a result, the abbot’s words made him very happy and he considered it an auspicious omen.

Emperor Kangxi immediately removed his dragon robe and offered it to the temple. He also instructed the abbot to wear the dragon robe on the 1st and 15th day of the first lunar month every year and offer incense to the Buddha on his behalf. Unfortunately, the dragon robe was stolen in 1948.

Portrait of Emperor Kangxi. Click to enlarge.

Portrait of Emperor Kangxi. Click to enlarge.

It is also said that Emperor Kangxi’s father, Emperor Shunzhi, was very sad after his favourite concubine passed away and he eventually decided to be ordained as a monk and live in Wu Tai Shan. Legend tells of how Emperor Kangxi, after being instructed by his mother, went to Wu Tai Shan to look for his father. One morning, Emperor Kangxi arrived at Zhen Hai Temple where he met a kind and gentle monk. He spoke with the monk hoping to get information about the whereabouts of his father. However, the monk was not able to tell him anything.

It was only after the emperor left the temple that he realised the monk was in fact his father. He immediately returned to the temple but was unable to find his father anywhere. He did however find a poem left in Zhen Hai Temple by his father, instructing him to return a ceramic bowl to Hua Shan Temple, where Emperor Shunzi had once broken the bowl of an old monk. Therefore, Emperor Kangxi ordered for ceramic bowls to be made in Jing De Zhen, a town famous for their ceramics, and gifted one to each of the monasteries located in Wu Tai Shan.

 

Day 1: September 12, 2017

We are leaving for Beijing to begin our holy pilgrimage tour! 32 of us are taking an evening flight to Beijing. We stayed in Beijing for a night before continuing to Wu Tai Shan, a 6.5-hour bus ride.

 

Day 2: September 13, 2017

We set our alarms to wake up early as no one wanted to be left behind! We are now 6.5 hours away from Wu Tai Shan. Was it a long bus journey? Yes. Was it tiring? Not really, because it was a trip to collect merits, so how could that be tiring? Rinpoche had told us that over 10 years ago, it had taken a group of pilgrims 13 hours to travel to Wu Tai Shan from Beijing. Our trip was only 6.5 hours, so we should consider ourselves lucky.

Wu Tai Shan is now a ‘tourist zone’, meaning that to enter Wu Tai Shan, one has to pay an entrance fees of RMB145. There are over 120 temples for us to visit in Wu Tai Shan. However, over the next couple of days, we are only planning to visit the few that are relevant to our practice.

Upon arriving in Wu Tai Shan, we visited the very first temple of the trip, Dai Luo Ding (黛螺顶). Dai Luo Ding has a very interesting history. Emperor Qian Long (son of Emperor Kangxi) had made several attempts to visit the five peaks of Wu Tai Shan to pay homage to all five forms of Manjushri. But due to harsh weather conditions, he could not make it.

Out of frustration, Emperor Qian Long instructed one of the resident monks, Venerable Qing Yun, to think of a way to fulfil his wish of praying to all five forms of Manjushri regardless of the weather conditions, and he was given five years to come up with a solution. Venerable Qing Yun agreed and on the fifth year, decided to install statues of all five forms of Manjushri in just one chapel in Dai Luo Ding. The chapel was named “Manjushri Chapel”.

Emperor Qian Long was very pleased with this solution and personally gifted samples of his calligraphy to Dai Luo Ding. Since then, it is said that visiting Dai Luo Ding is as good as visiting all five peaks of the holy mountain to pay homage to the five different forms of Manjushri.

There are two ways to travel up to Dai Luo Ding Temple. The first is by trekking up the mountainside, but most visitors opt for the second, which is travelling by cable car.

There are two ways to travel to Dai Luo Ding. The first is by trekking up the mountainside, but most visitors opt for the second, which is travelling by cable car.

Happy pilgrims at the entrance of the temple

Happy pilgrims at the entrance of the temple

A beautiful Buddha Shakyamuni statue made of sandalwood is enshrined in this hall. The walls around the statue are covered with paintings depicting the life story of Buddha Shakyamuni.

A beautiful Buddha Shakyamuni statue made of sandalwood is enshrined in this hall. The walls around the statue are covered with paintings depicting the life story of Buddha Shakyamuni.

The main chapel in Dai Luo Ding is the Manjushri Chapel, which houses the five forms of Manjushri originally located on the five different peaks of the mountain.

The main chapel in Dai Luo Ding is the Manjushri Chapel, which houses the five forms of Manjushri

From left to right: Manjushri from the Northern Peak, Manjushri Tiskna from the Central Peak, Manjushri from the Southern Peak

From left to right: Manjushri from the Northern Peak, Manjushri Tiskna from the Central Peak, Manjushri from the Southern Peak

Avalokiteshvara depicted in male form can be seen here with very rich paintings on the side.

Avalokiteshvara depicted in male form can be seen here with very rich paintings on the side.

38 Kecharians in front of the hall of Buddha Shakyamuni.

38 Kecharians in front of the hall of Buddha Shakyamuni.

 

Day 3: 14 September, 2017

Since the weather at Wu Tai Shan can be quite unpredictable, we visited the peaks first before continuing to the other temples. On this day, we visited the Eastern Peak, Northern Peak, Central Peak and Manjushri’s bathing place, as well as the location of Manjushri’s hand and foot prints.

The roads leading to the peaks are narrow and not in very good condition, therefore all pilgrims must use the appointed van service to visit the five peaks. We started the day early at 8am so we could spend more time at each site.

 

Eastern Peak

Our first stop for the day was the Eastern Peak, also known as Wang Hai Peak(望海峰)located 2,795 metres above sea level. Manjushri Tiskna (聪明文殊) or Four-armed Manjushri is believed to reside here in Wang Hai Temple (望海寺).

Stairs up to Wang Hai temple

Stairs up to Wang Hai Temple

The interior of Wang Hai temple

The interior of Wang Hai Temple

The Manjushri Tiskna shrine is right in front of the chapel

The Manjushri Tiskna shrine is right in front of the chapel

Close up of the statue

Close up of the statue

This single-story 1400-year-old chapel is located just behind the Wang Hai Temple.

This single-story 1400-year-old chapel is located just behind the Wang Hai Temple.

Pilgrims making butterlamp offerings to the ancient statue

Pilgrims making butterlamp offerings to the ancient statue

We recited the Ganglongma prayer and Manjushri’s mantra at every site we visited.

We recited the Ganglongma prayer and Manjushri’s mantra at every site we visited.

It is said that this stupa houses a hat worn by Manjushri.

It is said that this stupa houses a hat worn by Manjushri

 

Northern Peak

Located 3,061 metres above sea level, the Northern Peak is the highest among all five peaks. Here, Ling Ying Temple (灵应寺) houses the Vimala Manjushri (无垢文殊) statue in their main chapel together with four other forms of Manjushri. To the left and right of the Manjushri Chapel are the East and West Buddha Chapels.

A few kilometres away from the Manjushri Chapel is a chapel dedicated to the nagas. It is said that Lord Manjushri once took the Cooling Stone from the naga palace and placed it at Wu Tai Shan. In the process, he offended the nagas as they felt the stone belonged to them. Becoming angry, they created havoc on the holy mountain. Lord Manjushri subdued them and installed them in this chapel, where people can make offerings to appease them.

The group gathered for prayers before entering the Manjushri Chapel

The group gathered for prayers before entering the Manjushri Chapel

Dedicated devotees making prostrations before entering the chapel

Dedicated devotees making prostrations before entering the chapel

Devotees from all schools of Buddhism offering prayers to Manjushri

Devotees from all schools of Buddhism offering prayers to Manjushri

Our pilgrims took the opportunity to collect holy stones and dirt for statue insertion or to keep on their altars. It’s believed that these items are energised by the positive energy of the Buddhas.

Our pilgrims took the opportunity to collect holy stones and dirt for statue insertion or to keep on their altars. It’s believed that these items are energised by the positive energy of the Buddhas.

All five forms of Manjushri reside in this chapel

All five forms of Manjushri reside in this chapel

A special chapel dedicated to the nagas

A special chapel dedicated to the nagas

A nice group photo

A nice group photo

 

Central Peak

Yanjiao Temple(演教寺)is located on a plateau which is 2,894 metres above sea level. Even though it is a Chinese Mahayana temple, they also practice Tantra, more specifically tantric traditions from the Gelug lineage.

One of the defining features of the Central Peak is the large outdoor Manjushri Buddha statue, standing high on the mountain. It is here that a chapel dedicated to Lama Tsongkhapa and his two heart sons is located, as well as a special protector chapel housing large two-dimensional images of Dharma Protectors such as Mahakala, Kalarupa and Namtose.

The temple is in the process of expansion works to house more holy statues. There are 500 arhat statues on the ground waiting to be moved into a new dedicated chapel.

The temple is being expanded to house more holy statues. There are 500 arhat statues on the ground waiting to be moved into a new dedicated chapel.

The Hall of Buddha Shakyamuni

The Hall of Buddha Shakyamuni

Holy statues inside the hall

Holy statues inside the hall

The chapel dedicated to Lama Tsongkhapa and his two heart sons

The chapel dedicated to Lama Tsongkhapa and his two heart sons

The Protector Chapel which is under renovation

The Protector Chapel which is under renovation

A two-dimensional colourful Vajrapani relief carving on the wall

A two-dimensional colourful Vajrapani relief carving on the wall

A beautiful image of Yamantaka

A beautiful image of Yamantaka

The outdoor Manjushri is surrounded by pillars on which are carved the eight auspicious signs

The outdoor Manjushri is surrounded by pillars on which are carved the Eight Auspicious Signs

The holy outdoor statue of Lord Manjushri blessing the land

The holy outdoor statue of Lord Manjushri blessing the land

The fortunate group with huge Manjushri statue

The fortunate group with the huge Manjushri statue

 

Manjushri’s Bathing Site

This site is located in between the Northern Peak and the Eastern Peak. It is said that Manjushri used to bathe here. This is also the site of the hand and foot prints left by Manjushri, which pilgrims can touch for blessings.

The entrance to the chapel

The entrance to the chapel

It is believed that Lord Manjushri bathed in this particular spot while he was travelling to give teachings. The area was fenced by the temple, and pilgrims can see many prayers flags offered at the site.

It is believed that Lord Manjushri bathed in this particular spot while he was travelling to give teachings. Many prayers flags are offered at this site.

Pilgrims circumambulating the well

Pilgrims circumambulating the well

Close up picture of the well

Close up of the well

Devotees receiving blessings from Manjushri’s foot print left on the stone platform.

Devotees receiving blessings from Manjushri’s foot prints left on the stone platform

 

Day 4: September 15, 2017

The weather was not good at all this morning. There were thick clouds overhead and it was drizzling. We were worried that the rain might get heavier so we decided to do a short prayer and serkym offering to Dorje Shugden and request his help so that we could continue paying homage to Manjushri in the various temples as planned. The rain eased off after the prayer and we were able to depart as scheduled.

 

Western Peak

The Western Peak is where Fa Lei Temple(法雷寺)is located, on a plateau 2,773 metres above sea level. Manjushri Vadisimha (狮子吼文殊) also known as Manjushri Seated on a Lion resides in this temple. The area here is smaller compared to the other peaks of the mountain.

Fa Lei Temple is the smallest of all the five main temples on the peaks of the mountain

Fa Lei Temple is the smallest of all five main temples on the peaks of the mountain

An abandoned building

An abandoned building

Manjushri Vadisimha is housed in this chapel

Manjushri Vadisimha is housed in this chapel

One of our senior kecharians Mrs. Chuah making butterlamp offerings to Manjushri

One of our senior Kecharians, Mrs Chuah, making butterlamp offerings to Manjushri

 

Southern Peak

After visiting the Western Peak, we continued our journey to the Southern Peak. Pu Ji Temple (普济寺) is located here and this is where Jvanasattba Manjushri(聪明文殊)resides.

The entrance to Pu Ji Temple on the Southern peak

The entrance to Pu Ji Temple on the Southern Peak

A newly installed colourful statue of Manjushri in the form of a child is placed in front of the Jvanasattva statue

A newly installed colourful statue of Manjushri in the form of a child is placed in front of the Jvanasattva Manjushri statue

We were told by the resident monk that this statue of Manjushri Seated on a Lion is 1,500 years old

We were told by the resident monk that this statue of Manjushri Seated on a Lion is 1,500 years old

Our kind Kecharian pilgrims liberated birds here while reciting prayers and mantras to plant virtuous imprints in their minds

Our kind Kecharian pilgrims liberated birds here while reciting prayers and mantras to plant virtuous imprints in their mindstreams

 

Ji Xiang Temple

This is considered the largest and most comprehensive Gelug temple located on Wu Tai Shan. Ji Xiang Temple (吉祥寺), also known as Cooling Bridge (清凉桥) is located on the road to the Central and Western Peaks. The temple is 2,440 metres above sea level.

This temple has a very interesting story. According to legend, during one of Emperor Kangxi’s visits to Wu Tai Shan in search of his father Emperor Shunzhi, he lost his way on the mountain amidst heavy fog. While the emperor was trying to find his way off the mountain, an old man holding a lantern and accompanied by a tiger appeared. He guided Kangxi to a nearby temple which is now called Ji Xiang Temple.

Just as Emperor Kangxi arrived at the entrance to the temple, the old man and his tiger disappeared. Out of curiosity, the emperor explored the temple and to his surprise, he saw a statue which looked exactly like the old man who had guided him there. The emperor finally realised that it was Lord Manjushri who had emanated as an old man to save him. He immediately named the statue “Lantern Manjushri” (提笼文殊) in commemoration of the miraculous help that he had received. The original Lantern Manjushri statue was destroyed in 1966 but has since been rebuilt in recent years.

The entrance to the temple

The entrance to the temple

A five-storey high Maitreya Buddha statue is located here in this temple

A five-storey high Maitreya Buddha statue is located here in this temple

The main prayer hall

The main prayer hall

The Lantern Manjushri statue

The Lantern Manjushri statue

A hand-painted Lantern Manjushri thangka on the wall

A hand-painted Lantern Manjushri thangka on the wall

The hall dedicated to Lantern Manjushri, this hall is next to the main prayer hall

The hall dedicated to Lantern Manjushri, located next to the main prayer hall

Inside the main prayer hall

Inside the main prayer hall

 

Manjushri Cave

Manjushri Cave or rather Manjushri Temple is located at the foot of the Eastern Peak. Legend says that Lord Manjushri engaged in practice in one of the caves here. Since then, this place has become very well-known for miracles. Another story states that an arhat came to this place to meditate with his tiger and was found years later after his passing in meditation posture. Due to the great blessings from Manjushri and the arhat, many pilgrims come here to do their practice. This temple provides short-term accommodation to both pilgrims and practitioners.

An overview of site

An overview of the site

The entrance to Manjushri Cave

The entrance to Manjushri Cave

Yet another chapel dedicated to Lord Tsongkhapa and his two heart disciples

Yet another chapel dedicated to Lord Tsongkhapa and his two heart disciples

The Dharma protectors in one of the chapels at the site

The Dharma Protectors in one of the chapels at the site

A beautiful statue of Dukkar

A beautiful statue of Dukkar

The entrance leading to the actual Manjushri cave

The entrance leading to the actual Manjushri Cave

Inside of the cave

Inside the cave

 

Guan Yin Cave (Chenrezig Cave)

This site was built during the Ming Dynasty and was where His Holiness the 6th Dalai Lama engaged in his meditations when he came to Wu Tai Shan. It is also believed that Avalokiteshvara (Chenrezig) appeared at this place, hence the name.

A very small cave with an Avalokiteshvara statue in it

A very small cave with an Avalokiteshvara statue in it

Avalokiteshvara in the cave

Avalokiteshvara in the cave

Holy water, believed to blessed by Avalokiteshvara is distributed to the pilgrims by a resident monk

Holy water, believed to blessed by Avalokiteshvara, is distributed to the pilgrims by a resident monk

A holy image of Lama Tsongkhapa

A holy image of Lama Tsongkhapa

 

Day 5: September 16, 2017

After visiting all five peaks, we visited other temples located around Tai Huai Zhen (台怀镇), the town centre of Wu Tai Shan. In Tai Huai Zhen itself, there are over 50 temples. This is also the most crowded area in Wu Tai Shan, where you can find hotels, eateries and all manner of shops.

 

Wu Ye Temple (五爷庙)

This is the most crowded temple in Wu Tai Shan and is dedicated to the nagas, who are said to be very powerful and who grant the wishes of those who pray there. As Buddhists, we do not pray or make wishes to nagas as they are unenlightened beings; however, we can still visit the temple as tourists.

The naga king loves to watch Chinese opera, this theatre is specially dedicated to the naga king here

As the naga king loves watching Chinese opera, this theatre is specially dedicated to the naga king

 

Guang Ren Temple(广仁寺)

Guang Ren Temple is a Gelug temple built by Emperor Kangxi. It used to be the monk quarters of Lou Hou Temple, housing monks who came from Tibet and Mongolia on pilgrimage before it became a temple in its own right. It is currently managed by Tibetan monks.

The entrance of the temple

The entrance of the temple

Inside the main prayer hall

Inside the main prayer hall

 

Xian Tong Temple(显通寺)

This is the biggest temple in Wu Tai Shan and was first built during the Han Dynasty. Xian Tong Temple is one of the important properties protected by the Chinese government for its historical value. It is also one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries in China, built around 70 CE.

The main hall of Xian Tong Temple houses statues of Buddha Shakyamuni, the Medicine Buddha and Maitreya.

The main hall of Xian Tong Temple houses statues of Buddha Shakyamuni, the Medicine Buddha and Maitreya.

The thousand-arm Manjushri

The Thousand-arm Manjushri

The Manjushri of Nectar (甘露文殊) statue

The Manjushri of Nectar (甘露文殊) statue

The gold copper chapel located at the top of Xian Tong Temple

The gold copper chapel located at the top of Xian Tong Temple

Manjushri Seated on a Lion resides in this gold copper chapel, surrounded by thousands of miniature Buddha statues mounted on the wall

Manjushri Seated on a Lion resides in this gold copper chapel, surrounded by thousands of miniature Buddha statues mounted on the walls

Xian Tong Temple is situated on 43,700 square metres of land

Xian Tong Temple is situated on 43,700 square metres of land

The holy Kangyur text is kept in this building

The holy Kangyur text is kept in this building

Different forms of Manjushri

Different forms of Manjushri

 

Ta Yuan Temple(塔院寺)

Ta Yuan Temple is famous for its great white pagoda stupa (also called Buddha Shakyamuni’s Holy Bone Relics Stupa) that was built by King Ashoka.

There is also another holy stupa located in this temple i.e. Manjushri’s Hair Stupa. It is said that Manjushri emanated as a pregnant lady and came to this temple with two small children and a dog to beg for food during the temple’s annual food-giving event. The pregnant lady didn’t have any money so she cut her hair, offered it to the monk in charge, told the monk that she was in a hurry, and to please give her the food before the food-giving event started.

Out of compassion, the monk gave the pregnant lady three portions of food, one for her and two for her children. After they finished the food, the pregnant lady asked for another portion for the dog. Although the monk was reluctant, he gave her the food nonetheless. Then the pregnant lady asked for yet another portion, claiming that her unborn baby needed to eat too!

This time the monk couldn’t stand it anymore, so he shouted at the pregnant lady and said that she was very greedy. He had given her so much food and yet here she was asking for more for the baby who was still in her womb. How could an unborn baby be able to eat the food?

After the monk had finished shouting, the pregnant lady rose into the sky and transformed into Manjushri; the dog transformed into the lion that Manjushri rides on; and the two children turned into the two assistants of Manjushri. Manjushri then asked the monk why he did not see all sentient beings equally, and told him that as long as he did not develop Bodhicitta and equanimity, he would not gain realisations. The monk was very regretful for what he had done. To demonstrate his regret, he built a stupa and put the hair offered by Manjushri inside it. It has been called Manjushri’s Hair Stupa ever since.

The great white stupa

The great white stupa

Prayer wheels are installed around the stupa for devotees to circumambulate

Prayer wheels are installed around the stupa for devotees to circumambulate

A small shrine built around the White Stupa for people to make offerings

A small shrine built around the White Stupa for visitors to make offerings

Manjushri’s Hair Stupa

Manjushri’s Hair Stupa

 

Luo Hou Temple(啰侯寺)

Luo Hou Temple was built during the Tang Dynasty. According to legend, Luo Hou Temple was built at the spot where Manjushri gave a discourse with a magic lantern. The temple was named after Rahula, Buddha Shakyamuni’s son, which in Chinese is pronounced Luo Hou Luo (罗候罗) or “a place where all living creatures can avoid torment.”

 

Pu Sa Ding(菩萨顶)

Pu Sa Ding Temple is the largest Tibetan temple in Wu Tai Shan, situated on Lingjiu Peak (or Vulture Peak). Pu Sa Ding used to be the royal temple and the Chinese emperors would stay here when they visited Wu Tai Shan. The previous Panchen Lama has given teachings here as well.

108 steps leading to the entrance of Pu Sa Ding

108 steps leading to the entrance of Pu Sa Ding

Breathtaking view of Tai Huai Zhen from Pu Sa Ding

Breathtaking view of Tai Huai Zhen from Pu Sa Ding

Their main prayer hall

The main prayer hall

Hall dedicated to Lord Tsongkhapa

Hall dedicated to Lord Tsongkhapa

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Day 6: September 17, 2017)

This was the last day of our pilgrimage to Wu Tai Shan. Before we left for Beijing International Airport, we had two more sites to visit. First we visited Fomu Cave (Vajrayogini Cave) then Zhen Hai Temple.

 

Fomu Cave (Vajrayogini Cave)

The inner cave is a natural limestone cave with a depth of 15 metres, height of 4 metres and width of 5 metres. The inner cave is believed to be the manifestation of Vajrayogini’s womb. There is a larger outer cave that connects to the inner cave.

In the past, visitors could climb in and out of the inner cave, symbolising being reborn and starting anew. It is said that Changkya Rolpai Dorje meditated on Vajrayogini in this very cave and had a vision of the divine lady. It is also said that many high practitioners who came to this cave to meditate had visions as well.

A few months ago, the inner cave was closed until further notice for safety reasons. However, we could still pay homage to Vajrayogini outside the inner cave to receive her blessings.

Note: Changkya Rolpai Dorje is one of the previous incarnations of Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche.

The 1,080 stairs to climb up to Fomu Cave temple

1,080 steps up to Fomu Cave Temple

Pilgrims can opt to travel to the cave using cable car

Pilgrims can opt to reach the cave via cable car

Before entering Fomu Cave, we gathered to recite the Tea Offering to Vajrayogini

Before entering Fomu Cave, we gathered to recite the Tea Offering to Vajrayogini

The outer cave leading to inner cave

The outer cave leading to the inner cave

Pilgrims can gather at this outer cave to make offerings, prayers and meditate

Pilgrims can gather in the outer cave to make offerings, recite prayers and meditate

Photo taken from far: the inner cave, which can only fit six people at one time

Photo taken from far: the inner cave, which can only fit six people at one time

 

Zhen Hai Temple

Zhen Hai Temple is a place of worship belonging to the Gelugpa tradition. It houses ancient Indian statues including the male form of Chenrezig. The temple also houses the Changkya Stupa containing Changkya Rolpai Dorje’s relics and two pine trees that were planted by this great lama.

It is very meritorious to be able to come here to circumambulate the stupa of Changkya Rolpai Dorje, who was one of the previous incarnations of Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. Of course, all of us made light offerings at the temple too.

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This stupa contains the holy relics of Changkya Rolpai Dorje

This stupa contains the holy relics of Changkya Rolpai Dorje

Pilgrims circumambulating the stupa

Pilgrims circumambulating the stupa

The rare statue of the male form of Chenrezig

A rare statue of the male form of Chenrezig

Before leaving Zhen Hai Temple, we recited the King of Prayers to conclude our Wu Tai Shan pilgrimage. It was a very fruitful trip and we had the opportunity to make many offerings and prayers at each site, and visit many old and holy temples. Rinpoche always advises us that if we like to travel, then travel for spiritual reasons. When we do so, we gain more than just nice memorie; we also collect good karma, we accumulate merit, and we make a stronger connection with the Three Jewels for our future lives.

We recited the King of prayers before leaving this last temple of the trip, which was followed by a short Dharma sharing by Pastor Yek Yee in Mandarin and Pastor Han Nee in English

We recited the King of Prayers before leaving the last temple of the trip, followed by a short Dharma sharing by Pastor Yek Yee in Mandarin and Pastor Han Nee in English

 
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  1. Wai Meng Wan on Dec 16, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    May many Buddhist be able to visit Wu Tai Shan in all lives and open up dormant seeds to practice the buddha dharma.

  2. Pastor Lim Han Nee on Dec 15, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    With the blessings of our Spiritual Guide, Tsem Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden,we, Kecharian pilgrims, had a smooth and successful visit to Wu Tai Shan. Wu Tai Shan abounds with holy sites -monasteries, temples, shrines, stupas and caves, many of which date back more than 1000 years.

    Moving around in pilgrimage and beholding 1000 plus year old statues/thangkas of Manjushri and the holy beings , there appeared to me a seamless border between legend and history. Throughout my trip , my thoughts revolved around how this was the abode of Manjushri and hence the abode of Dorje Shugden. In fact the incarnation of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen ,after he arose as Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden to protect the rare and precious teachings of Manjushri Tsongkhapa, was as Emperor Kangxi. Emperor Kangxi made five pilgrimages to Wu Tai Shan!

    The whole blessed and sacred trip was a whirl of visiting all the holy sites, including the site where Manjushri had stopped to bathe -prostrating, praying, reciting mantras, circumambulating, offering butter lamps. All the time , the presence of Dorje Shugden was so strongly felt. For me it was strongest when we visited Ji Xiang Temple , where , according to legend, Emperor Kangxi had got lost and was guided back to the safety of this temple by Manjushri in the form of an old man with a lantern!

    Also, I experienced a complete surrender of self and ego to Guru and Dorje Shugden, when I was 3/4 s up the steep flights of steps to reach the Kuan Yin Shrine. As I felt my breath giving way, I just let go. Then somehow , I was at the top.

    At the Fomu cave of Vajryogini, there was a whole deep sense of peace and homecoming.
    Thank you the Gift Team for organizing a trip to the last perfect detail.

  3. Stella Cheang on Dec 5, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    Thank you for this sharing of WuTaiShan, the abode of Lord Manjusrhi. There are indeed many sites on WuTaiShan that we should not miss, especially the five peaks where each peak is the abode of an unique form of Manjushri. I hope everyone has the chance to visit WuTaiShan to invoke upon the blessing of Lord Manjushri.

  4. Anne Ong on Dec 3, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Rejoice to see so many Kecharians on a pilgrimage to Wu Tai San . Abode of Lord Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom. Thsnk you very much Rinpoche and blog writers for sharing this beautiful pictures and blessed five peak mountain. 🙏🙏👍

  5. Irene Lim on Nov 29, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Wu Tai Shan the abode of Manjushri/Dorje Shugden is a wonderful Buddhist Power Place. I pray that the place will inspire and energise the prilgrims with wisdom and bodhicitta so they may be one with Manjushri swiftly.

  6. Karenc on Nov 28, 2017 at 4:26 am

    We will be having pilgrimage to Wutaishan on yearly basis. Do contact anyone in the Gift team of Tsem Ladrang if you’re interested, or you can call Kechara House @ 03-7803 3908 to leave your contact details with the Front Desk, and we will contact you. Thank you.

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

    Reading these beautiful article reminds me of my wonderful pilgrimage there with the rest of my dharma brothers and sisters. In fact the very moment I was informed of the trip ,I jumped and registered myself. Feeling so excited and did google searched and studied Rinpoche blog to know more. My very first pilgrimage organised by kechara and was a historical moment for Kechara as it was their first ever group pilgrimage to Wu Tai Shan in Shanxi, China.. Even though it over months ago yet I always thinks of those beautiful Manjushri statues,Shakyamuni.. and many more.
    Feeling wonderful, blessed been able to see those beautiful Holy place and monasteries with interesting stories behind each of them. I am truly blessed to have gone on this pilgrimage with all the devoted Kecharains ,Pastor Yek Yee and Pastor Han Nee having the same objectives. As we hope we do make a stronger connection with the Three Jewels . I had a wonderful time ,visiting all the holy sites, making offerings and enjoying the company of my newly found friends. I will always treasured those beautiful moments spend with them. I would take this opportunity to thank especially our Guru H.E Tsem Rinpoche for his blessing and prayers. And also the organizing team Sock Wan,Karen,Wylfred , Jerry .
    Pilgrimage to Wu Tai Shan is worth going as Wu Tai San is one of the place where Dorje Shugden abides and the abodes of Lord Manjushri. Any how the best holy place and pilgrimage is still where our Guru resides.
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers for sharing this article and those beautiful photos.

    • Karenc on Nov 28, 2017 at 4:23 am

      Hi Sam, thanks for your encouraging comment. It was due to the blessing of our guru, we were able to have such a blessed and smooth pilgrimage to Wutaishan. It was really nice having all of you in the group to Wutaishan, at least it was not just a mundane trip where we just enjoy the scenery, eat, take pictures, rest in hotel and that’s it. We travelled with good purpose 🙂

  8. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on Nov 21, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and writer for producing and sharing the article about the pilgrimage trip to Wu Tai Shan with many pictures of beautiful Buddha statues, holy sites, ancient temples and interesting stories about Chinese Emperor Kangxi and Emperor Qian Long visiting Wu Tai Shan during their reign in China. By reading this article, we can get closer to Manjushri Buddha and other Buddhas with the blessing and protection receive from the Three Jewels as if we have arrived at Wu Tai Shan.

    The holy story of Manjushri’s Hair Stupa coming from Ta Yuan Temple leaves the deepest motivation in my mind that we must help and lift the sufferings endured by other sentient beings compassionately and sincerely without having the eight worldly concerns, which are desire for pleasure, avoiding for pain, desire for gain, avoiding for loss, desire for praise, avoiding from getting blamed, desire for fame and avoiding from bad reputation. I truly rejoice for those pilgrims who have successfully completed their pilgrimage trip and able to spread the blessings manifesting from Wu Tai Shan by sharing their experience with their family members and friends, giving away the holy items as gift to others and most importantly, planting more Dharma imprints into their mind for the benefits of future lifetimes.

    May many Buddhist pilgrims and other worldwide travelers able to set foot on Wu Tai Shan to pay homage to the Manjushri Buddha, create closer connections with the Three Jewels, and receive the blessing to accumulate merits and purify karma with the motivation of achieving higher attainments and ultimately heading towards the enlightenment in current and many future lifetimes.

    Humbly with folded hands,
    kin hoe

  9. Fong on Nov 18, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Wonders, history and spirituality of Wu Tai San encompassed here. The connection between Wu Tai San and the Emperors Kangxi and Qianlong goes a long way and has benefited both the emperors, the monasteries and the people of China in the olden days and continues to do so as the monasteries and gifted presented continues to draw people to the area. Some people come for the spirituality, some come for the scenery, some come for the royal connection but all are blessed.

    Thank you for sharing this pilgrimage and the beautiful photos of the various sites at Wu Tai San, Manjushri’s abode on Earth.

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  • Alice Tay
    Thursday, Apr 26. 2018 12:46 AM
    Nice to see the update about wonderful and peaceful Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). Although, some people may not able to visit KFR regularly. But, at least they still able to see these progress updates.
    Thank you Rinpoche and the writer team worked tirelessly to obtain all these beautiful photos and information.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/gallery/kfr-photo-updates.html
  • Alice Tay
    Thursday, Apr 26. 2018 12:14 AM
    Nice to see the update about wonderful and peaceful Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). Although, some people may not able to visit KFR regularly. But, at least they still able to see these progress updates.
    Thank you Rinpoche and the writer team worked tirelessly to obtain all these beautiful photos and information.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/gallery/kfr-photo-updates.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 25. 2018 09:17 PM
    One of the reasons I enjoyed Thailand very much is the statues and Wats aplenty all over the place. Even so, it is unusual to find the holy Green Tara statue, what more right smack in one of the busiest district in Bangkok. Green Tara made the vow to always return as a female Bodhisattva to free sentient beings from samsaric suffering. Hence it is truly a blessing to have Tara’s shrine! May everyone be blessed. Thank you for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mother-tara-spotted-in-bangkok.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Apr 25. 2018 08:43 PM
    Well done KSK team for organising a successful event and bring new hope and assistance to the homeless in Penang. May more people will be involved in charity and volunteering work that is so beneficial to those in need.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-soup-kitchen-ksk/2011-ksk-penang-charity-dinner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 25. 2018 12:25 PM
    Rinpoche’s advice….. “Never abandon your spiritual teacher no matter how many inner obstacles you need to overcome.” This message paint a thousand words and powerful scenario. Rinpoche is very devoted to his root guru, H.H. Zong Rinpoche. As such Rinpoche has made a right choice . For me I did something right too having met Rinpoche and my life since then changed for the better . I have learned from nothing to something from Rinpoche’s blog. A lot more to go and improve.
    With folded hands thank you Rinpoche .

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/i-did-something-right.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 25. 2018 12:25 PM
    Mingyur Rinpoche is a Tibetan teacher and master of the Karma Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. He possesses a rare ability to present the ancient wisdom of Tibet. Mingyur Rinpoche seemed to have everything as a well known meditation teacher and admired by developed world devotees for his interest in the scientific implications of meditation. Giving up his identity as a monk he had left for an unfixed period to become a wandering yogi. Since childhood he has a very strong longing to do a kind of wandering retreat as he loves mountains, caves, and been inspired by the great meditators of the past. It’s an inspiration, reading this article. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing such an inspirational story with important message for us to ponder as well

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/mingyur-rinpoche-leaves.html
  • Alice Tay
    Wednesday, Apr 25. 2018 01:24 AM
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Antoinette sharing this interesting article showing many kinds of gods or creatures that give/ attract good luck and fortune to us.
    Out of 15 as mentioned the above, I believe most to Ganapati Ragavajra, who is the emanation of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara and Gyenze, an emanation of Manjushri. Both are enlightened beings and both practices may help us to increase not only outer wealth such as material and financial resources, good health, but also inner wealth that is very important for our spiritual growth.

    Herewith the links about the benefits of Gyenze practice:
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/gyenze-chapel-chinese.html
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth.html


    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/gods-symbols-and-creatures-of-luck.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Apr 24. 2018 09:58 PM
    It is wonderful to read about this spontaneous gathering of a prayer and light dharma sharing by the Guru with the students on a misty morning in the beautiful Kechara Forest Retreat. May all sentient beings benefit from this. Thank you for the sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sunrise-dorje-shugden-puja-in-kechara-forest-retreat.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Apr 24. 2018 09:20 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this story. We also shared this story to KSDS students during class. It is a good example of a person who have so many negative attitude such as anger, jealousy, chasing for fame , greedy and in the end he has to suffer the result which he has created by himself. It is a good reminder to all of us to be mindful of our action. To stop creating negative karma as it will harm ourselves and others. Instead of blaming others on what we don’t have, we should look at ourselves and transform to be better.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/devadatta-blaming-others.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Tuesday, Apr 24. 2018 07:05 PM
    Dear friends, Guess what we did this morning? Take a peek: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=159143 Peace, Tsem Rinpoche
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 24. 2018 11:49 AM
    Wonderful and interesting article of all the of great 84 Mahasiddhas . Each of the great mahasddhas has a beautiful stories behind it and will inspire us towards realising our spiritual goals. The mahasiddhas are people of all walks of life from men and women, to kings and beggars, young and old, monks and laymen. It is possible to reach the highest human condition within one lifetime nor matter what our initial state is.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/vajradhara-and-84-mahasiddhas.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 24. 2018 11:48 AM
    nteresting article of the greatly learned scholars who referred as the Seventeen Pandits of Nalanda Monastery. All these great master is really very inspiring , and the most important influential Mahayana Buddhist masters from India’s past. The inspiration and teachings of these great masters continue to bless practitioners of the Mahayana to the present day. These seventeen masters are vitally important because their writings are all based on real meditative experience.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-seventeen-pandits-of-nalanda-monastery.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Apr 24. 2018 03:52 AM
    The 14th Dalai Lama is a highly attained lama and emanation of Chenrezig. He would have known who Dorje Shugden is and therefore composed a prater to Dorje Shugden. Besides it is proven that people who practice Dorje Shugden does not go the lower 3 realms but instead experience so many benefits in their spiritual path, for example the famous Domo Geshe who is a renown and reputable attained lama have reincarnated. So this break the allegation from many that says Dorje Shugden is an evil practise and bring harm is not true.

    May the ban on Dorje Shugden be lifted very soon so many more can benefit from Dorje Shugden practise. May the allegation all be cleared and Tibetan leadership stop the discrimination on Dorje Shugden practitioners.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-14th-dalai-lamas-prayer-to-dorje-shugden.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Apr 24. 2018 03:19 AM
    Pastor Yek Yee is a very kind and hardworking person. It’s amazing to handle so many things everyday and always on the move to help those in need. An inspiration to many to be in dharma. Thank you Pastor Seng Piow for sharing this.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/selfless-pastor-yek-yee.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Apr 23. 2018 10:05 PM
    Reading this again, one point stood out. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama used to propitiate Dorje Shugden and even written praise to this enlightened protector. Then later on, he issued a ban on Dorje Shugden. Therefore, can we safely say that His Holiness made a huge mistake in his spiritual practice during his younger days; in a way the ban is to rectify his mistake. When the highest of the high of Tibetan Buddhism made such a huge mistake in his spiritual practice, does it mean that his lineage, his teaching and his spiritual attainment is questionable? Because now I would always wonder what other mistakes His Holiness had made and would need to rectify later on.

    Also, many practitioners relied on Dorje Shugden for many years when suddenly the ban was imposed. While His Holiness, according to the tradition, can reincarnate in human form again and again, the practitioners who had been practicing DS for years are caught in a bad place – should they stopped they would have wasted YEARS of their human life and broken the sacred samaya, and should they not, they are against the highest of the high of Tibetan Buddhism. It felt as if HIs Holiness had, by virtual of the ban, condemned all DS practitioners to spiritual hell.

    By now, all facts pointed to the fact that this dilemma is created by a monk who is dubbed the living Bodhisattva on earth, yet who has no intention to lift the ban nor ease the suffering. Just like His Holiness’ stance on the self immolation by Tibetan people – it is deafeningly silence thereto in violation of Buddha’s teachings.

    As a conclusion, it is blind faith and ignorance that many people still believe in a monk who created hell for many Buddhist practitioners, and who had made a huge spiritual mistake in his life.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-14th-dalai-lamas-prayer-to-dorje-shugden.html

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Sculpture demigoddesses Singhini (lioness goddess) on the upper terrace in front of Nyatapola temple in Bhaktapur, Nepal.
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Sculpture demigoddesses Singhini (lioness goddess) on the upper terrace in front of Nyatapola temple in Bhaktapur, Nepal.
How fortunate I am to be sitting in my room, with a rosary in my hand reciting the mantra given to me by my compassionate guru and to meditate in developing a compassionate heart and purifying my karmas. How fortunate I am to be able to spend my time in such a meaningful manner. Tsem Rinpoche
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How fortunate I am to be sitting in my room, with a rosary in my hand reciting the mantra given to me by my compassionate guru and to meditate in developing a compassionate heart and purifying my karmas. How fortunate I am to be able to spend my time in such a meaningful manner. Tsem Rinpoche
Comic drawn by Tendor, a prominent Free Tibet activist-Every Tibetan knows that although His Holiness the Dalai Lama says he is retired from politics, he is in full control of the Tibetan government in exile. No member of the government will dare carry out any decisions without His Holiness\' approval. He is retired for the sake of the west so he does not look like a dictator.~Tenzin Damchoe
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Comic drawn by Tendor, a prominent Free Tibet activist-Every Tibetan knows that although His Holiness the Dalai Lama says he is retired from politics, he is in full control of the Tibetan government in exile. No member of the government will dare carry out any decisions without His Holiness' approval. He is retired for the sake of the west so he does not look like a dictator.~Tenzin Damchoe
It would be wonderful if everyone can recite these two mantras 100k each focusing on Shakyamuni Buddha and His powerful healing energies. Not collectively but each person 100k each of each mantra. Praise to Shakyamuni the Sage who showed us a permanent way to bliss.
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It would be wonderful if everyone can recite these two mantras 100k each focusing on Shakyamuni Buddha and His powerful healing energies. Not collectively but each person 100k each of each mantra. Praise to Shakyamuni the Sage who showed us a permanent way to bliss.
In Tibet Shannan area Riwoche Ling Monastery, devotees are putting Tsem Rinpoche\'s photo inside the cabinet together with the Buddha he loves - Dorje Shugden
在西藏山南日乌曲林寺,信徒们把詹杜固仁波切的法照和他最敬爱的多杰雄登护法像摆在一起
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In Tibet Shannan area Riwoche Ling Monastery, devotees are putting Tsem Rinpoche's photo inside the cabinet together with the Buddha he loves - Dorje Shugden 在西藏山南日乌曲林寺,信徒们把詹杜固仁波切的法照和他最敬爱的多杰雄登护法像摆在一起
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A beautiful Dorje Shugden depicted in Druid and newage style. There are many more here and free downloads in high file: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144924
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A beautiful Dorje Shugden depicted in Druid and newage style. There are many more here and free downloads in high file: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144924
Here, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche (left), one of the tutors of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, confers one of the many countless tantric initiations on the Dalai Lama (right). You can see a young Dalai Lama bowing in this picture with Trijang Rinpoche blessing him. Trijang Rinpoche is therefore undoubtedly the Dalai Lama’s tantric master. A great master at that. Tsem Rinpoche
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Here, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche (left), one of the tutors of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, confers one of the many countless tantric initiations on the Dalai Lama (right). You can see a young Dalai Lama bowing in this picture with Trijang Rinpoche blessing him. Trijang Rinpoche is therefore undoubtedly the Dalai Lama’s tantric master. A great master at that. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a very sacred statue of Buddha Chenresig (Avalokitesvara/Kuan Yin) that manifested many miracles in North India. Read and see more pictures and understand the background here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=153802
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"Bhagavani, source of all wonders, Vasudhara, Goddess of splendour and fortune, bestower of auspicious mental desires; homage to the Goddess Wish-fulfilling Wheel." (Sakya liturgical verse).
Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini in Pharping, Nepal. The caretaker said it was owned by the Great Marpa the translator who was the guru of Milarepa. Wow.
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Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini in Pharping, Nepal. The caretaker said it was owned by the Great Marpa the translator who was the guru of Milarepa. Wow.
In the Lankavatara Sutra, Lord Buddha says: \"For innumerable reasons, the Bodhisattva, whose nature is compassion, is not to  any meat. Thus Mahamati, whenever there is the evolution of living beings, let people cherish the thought of kinship with them, and thinking that all beings are [to be loved as if they were] and only child, let them refrain from eating meat.  Mahamati, meat is not eaten by anybody for any reason, there will be no destroyer of life. Thus, Mahamati, meat-eating I have not permitted to anyone, I do not permit, I will not permit.\"
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In the Lankavatara Sutra, Lord Buddha says: "For innumerable reasons, the Bodhisattva, whose nature is compassion, is not to any meat. Thus Mahamati, whenever there is the evolution of living beings, let people cherish the thought of kinship with them, and thinking that all beings are [to be loved as if they were] and only child, let them refrain from eating meat. Mahamati, meat is not eaten by anybody for any reason, there will be no destroyer of life. Thus, Mahamati, meat-eating I have not permitted to anyone, I do not permit, I will not permit."
At times I have to be a trendsetter in spirituality as opposed to just being a follower and that is why I take chances and try. I may not be liked always for it, but I have to do it. In this way I have been introducing Dorje Shugden to the world. I know Shugden is good and will help so many and that is why I do it.
3 months ago
At times I have to be a trendsetter in spirituality as opposed to just being a follower and that is why I take chances and try. I may not be liked always for it, but I have to do it. In this way I have been introducing Dorje Shugden to the world. I know Shugden is good and will help so many and that is why I do it.
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it\'s right and will benefit people at the cost of your own reputation. That\'s how I feel when I share Dorje Shugden\'s practice with the world.
3 months ago
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it's right and will benefit people at the cost of your own reputation. That's how I feel when I share Dorje Shugden's practice with the world.
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it\'s right and you are true to yourself.
3 months ago
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it's right and you are true to yourself.
At times I have to be a trendsetter in spirituality as opposed to just being a follower and that is why I take chances and try. I may not be liked always for it, but I have to do it. In this way I have been introducing Dorje Shugden to the world. I know Shugden is good and will help so many and that is why I do it.
3 months ago
At times I have to be a trendsetter in spirituality as opposed to just being a follower and that is why I take chances and try. I may not be liked always for it, but I have to do it. In this way I have been introducing Dorje Shugden to the world. I know Shugden is good and will help so many and that is why I do it.
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it\'s right and you are true to yourself.
3 months ago
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it's right and you are true to yourself.
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it\'s right and will benefit people at the cost of your own reputation. That\'s how I feel when I share Dorje Shugden\'s practice with the world.
3 months ago
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it's right and will benefit people at the cost of your own reputation. That's how I feel when I share Dorje Shugden's practice with the world.
Beautiful Buddha built in Sarnath, India. Sarnath was the place where Lord Buddha first starting teaching the sacred Dharma. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Beautiful Buddha built in Sarnath, India. Sarnath was the place where Lord Buddha first starting teaching the sacred Dharma. Tsem Rinpoche
 This is so good. I need to remember this and not allow people to do this to me anymore. Being kind is one thing, but when they are doing it and it harms, it is not a matter of kindness anymore but taking advantage.
4 months ago
This is so good. I need to remember this and not allow people to do this to me anymore. Being kind is one thing, but when they are doing it and it harms, it is not a matter of kindness anymore but taking advantage.
Incredible Lama Thubten Phurbu and His Activities - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=150927
5 months ago
Incredible Lama Thubten Phurbu and His Activities - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=150927
Huffington Post has just released their SECOND EXPOSÉ of the Dorje Shugden issue. You can read about it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=151328
5 months ago
Huffington Post has just released their SECOND EXPOSÉ of the Dorje Shugden issue. You can read about it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=151328
Please read what Kyabje Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche says about people\'s religion.
5 months ago
Please read what Kyabje Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche says about people's religion.
A gorgeous Dorje Shugden painted in traditional art style of China. Chinese art has flourished for over 5,000 years and highly sought after. This form of Dorje Shugden is sitting on a seat as you see painted in his chapel (Trode Khangsar) in Lhasa, Tibet. Dorje Shugden can be on a seat or Lion.  More downloads here.  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
5 months ago
A gorgeous Dorje Shugden painted in traditional art style of China. Chinese art has flourished for over 5,000 years and highly sought after. This form of Dorje Shugden is sitting on a seat as you see painted in his chapel (Trode Khangsar) in Lhasa, Tibet. Dorje Shugden can be on a seat or Lion. More downloads here. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
Dear friends, The Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Shartse Monastery was authorized and blessed by both Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He was a favorite among high lamas for his smooth trances and clear prophecies. This video is a one-of-a-kind where you see the Choyang Dulzin Kuten oracle take trance of the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden wearing the robes of a high lama giving teachings, blessings and transmissions. Very sacred and rare video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pawS1TMOe8k
5 months ago
Dear friends, The Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Shartse Monastery was authorized and blessed by both Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He was a favorite among high lamas for his smooth trances and clear prophecies. This video is a one-of-a-kind where you see the Choyang Dulzin Kuten oracle take trance of the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden wearing the robes of a high lama giving teachings, blessings and transmissions. Very sacred and rare video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pawS1TMOe8k
Beautiful contemporary art piece of Dorje Shugden for free high res download here:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
5 months ago
Beautiful contemporary art piece of Dorje Shugden for free high res download here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
The Huffington Post extensively covers the Dorje Shugden issue. I had no idea that this article was being written. I was not contacted, not asked for an interview or asked for any comments, and then it was published and my students alerted me to it. So it was a very, very pleasant and encouraging surprise to read such balanced coverage from such a reputable news website. You can read it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=149806
5 months ago
The Huffington Post extensively covers the Dorje Shugden issue. I had no idea that this article was being written. I was not contacted, not asked for an interview or asked for any comments, and then it was published and my students alerted me to it. So it was a very, very pleasant and encouraging surprise to read such balanced coverage from such a reputable news website. You can read it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=149806
དེ་རིང་ང་ཁྱེད་རང་ཚོ་མཉམ་དུ་བོད་མིའི་ཆབ་སྲིད་ནང་གི་བློ་མགུ་ནུས་པའི་མངོན་འགྱུར་ཞིག་ཞུའི་ཡིན། གང་དག་བོད་པའི་སྤྱི་ཚོགས་ནང་ཆོས་ལུགས་ཁྱད་པར། དབྱེ་འབྱེད། ཕྱོགས་རིས་ཐོག་ལ་གང་འདྲ་སྟངས་འཛིན་བྱེད་དགོས་ཀྱི་སྐོར་ངེས་གཏན་སྣུན་ཤུགས་བྱེད་ཐུབ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung-tibetan.html
5 months ago
དེ་རིང་ང་ཁྱེད་རང་ཚོ་མཉམ་དུ་བོད་མིའི་ཆབ་སྲིད་ནང་གི་བློ་མགུ་ནུས་པའི་མངོན་འགྱུར་ཞིག་ཞུའི་ཡིན། གང་དག་བོད་པའི་སྤྱི་ཚོགས་ནང་ཆོས་ལུགས་ཁྱད་པར། དབྱེ་འབྱེད། ཕྱོགས་རིས་ཐོག་ལ་གང་འདྲ་སྟངས་འཛིན་བྱེད་དགོས་ཀྱི་སྐོར་ངེས་གཏན་སྣུན་ཤུགས་བྱེད་ཐུབ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung-tibetan.html
བོད་པའི་དབུ་ཁྲིད་ཚོའི་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་བསྟེན་མཁན་ཚོར་མ་ཉེས་ཁ་ཡོག་གི་བརྙན་ཕྲིན་གསར་པ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-leaderships-new-anti-shugden-video-tibetan.html
5 months ago
བོད་པའི་དབུ་ཁྲིད་ཚོའི་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་བསྟེན་མཁན་ཚོར་མ་ཉེས་ཁ་ཡོག་གི་བརྙན་ཕྲིན་གསར་པ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-leaderships-new-anti-shugden-video-tibetan.html
(Drepung) Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we\'ve come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
5 months ago
(Drepung) Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we've come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we\'ve come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
5 months ago
Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we've come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
I had this painting commissioned. Please read more here on this great master-
 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146195
6 months ago
I had this painting commissioned. Please read more here on this great master- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146195
How can all the high lamas of Tibet and all the protectors not be able to defeat Dorje Shugden? This is food for thought: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bj0254UG-Y
6 months ago
How can all the high lamas of Tibet and all the protectors not be able to defeat Dorje Shugden? This is food for thought: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bj0254UG-Y
致全世界的华人:这是我一份小小的心意:一幅富有古中国传统艺术的作品。希望你们会喜欢! http://bit.ly/2zLOjnK
6 months ago
致全世界的华人:这是我一份小小的心意:一幅富有古中国传统艺术的作品。希望你们会喜欢! http://bit.ly/2zLOjnK
“One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”

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

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

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

Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche 
Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
6 months ago
Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa's tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits. Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
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    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!!
    6 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.
    7 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.
  • Beautiful Buddha being sculpted from clay.
    7 months ago
    Beautiful Buddha being sculpted from clay.
  • After a while, you are are numb and you just keep doing it. You don’t know what you are doing and you don’t see it for what it really is. Tsem Rinpoche
    7 months ago
    After a while, you are are numb and you just keep doing it. You don’t know what you are doing and you don’t see it for what it really is. Tsem Rinpoche
    Please share this as much as possible. Please care. Please help: http://www.patreon.com/weanimals
  • OSER GIRL IS SO SMART AND CUTE AND EVERYONE LOVES HER
    7 months ago
    OSER GIRL IS SO SMART AND CUTE AND EVERYONE LOVES HER
  • It is a very painful process before the animals are finally dead.
    7 months ago
    It is a very painful process before the animals are finally dead.
  • If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.
    7 months ago
    If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.
  • Take a look at what singer Nicki Minaj did.
    7 months ago
    Take a look at what singer Nicki Minaj did.
  • Animals are enslaved to do a human’s job, this must stop.
    7 months ago
    Animals are enslaved to do a human’s job, this must stop.
  • This is how the chickens are killed in the farm, they die a very horrible death.
    7 months ago
    This is how the chickens are killed in the farm, they die a very horrible death.
  • America likes to police the world but their own record of civil rights is not on track. Watch this video from people of color in the US.
    7 months ago
    America likes to police the world but their own record of civil rights is not on track. Watch this video from people of color in the US.
  • Important video to watch and learn.
    7 months ago
    Important video to watch and learn.
  • Bigfoot’s voice captured on tape.
    7 months ago
    Bigfoot’s voice captured on tape.
  • Amazing video that you will not regret watching.
    7 months ago
    Amazing video that you will not regret watching.
  • Norma Jean
    8 months ago
    Norma Jean
    These are the heartbreaking scenes we see over and over again, that we share in the hopes of telling the stories of those who otherwise would have suffered and vanished from this earth without a trace. This is Norma Jean. Free for a little over five months, she knew more happiness than millions of her sisters ever will. But she couldn’t escape the fate genetically programmed into her as an egg producing machine. She seemed more lethargic than usual this morning, so we brought her inside to administer fluids and antibiotics in the hopes of pulling her through until we could get her in to see our vet. She couldn’t hang on. She died this evening shortly after this video was taken, severely infected from the rotting egg yolk adhered to various organs throughout her abdominal cavity. Like virtually every single one of her sisters, caged or free range, rescued or not, she paid the ultimate price for eggs (from FB)
  • If you want to change the world, start of by making your bed
    8 months ago
    If you want to change the world, start of by making your bed
    If you want to change the world, measure a person by the size of their heart
  • Canadian PM Justin Trudeau visits a Hindu mandir (temple)
    8 months ago
    Canadian PM Justin Trudeau visits a Hindu mandir (temple)
    While on a visit to a Hindu mandir (temple), Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks on diversity as Canada's strength.

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Fantastic team work saw 150 of our street friends in JB received various kind of assistance apart from the usual food. Special mention goes to Silkcut Hair Studio and Glam Hair Studio for rendering free haircuts. ❤❤❤ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Our dedicated volunteers preparing for tonight's distribution. Everyone doing their part. ❤ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Surplus food distribution to needy families. Food that has less "commercial appeal" becomes precious items for those who struggle to put food onto their dining table. Thank you to Tesco and all volunteers for making a difference to the community!!! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you guys for the donation! #SegiUniversity boys! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Families receiving their much needed surplus fresh surplus provisions right in front of their door step thanks to all the dedicated #volunteers! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Free haircut service for Kechara Soup Kitchen clients from Silkcut Hair Studio and Glam Hair Studio.
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Our distribution to the Orang Asli villages in Bentong yesterday evening. Thank you to all not forgetting the local volunteers as well. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Uncle Ng with his "No Look" pose today in the kitchen. Thanks to Wei Di, Jian King, Henry Poong who helped in the kitchen today. Justin @ KSK
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Dorje Shugden Chapel in the heart of Bentong! Visit this beautiful chapel at the entrance to Kechara Paradise, 84, Jalan Ah Peng, 28700 Bentong, Pahang, Malaysia. Picture courtesy by Pastor Albert, shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Teacher Alice demonstrate full lotus sit to the Class 2 to 4 year old children.By Asyley Chia KSDS
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Team Cambridge University Press Malaysia also helped to evaluate applicants applying for our food bank assistance programme. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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466kg of #surplusfood were redistributed to 76 needy families in PPR Beringin on Thursday with the help of these dedicated #volunteers. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Powerful Dukkar or White Umbrella Puja “To cut asunder completely all malignant demons, to cut asunder all the spells of others…to turn aside all enemies and dangers and hatred...” Dukkar manifested from the crown of Buddha Shakyamuni as a personification of Buddha’s victory umbrella, and is commonly regarded as the female counterpart to Avalokiteshvara (Kuan Yin), the Buddha of Compassion. https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dukkar-puja-fund-for-legal-affairs, shared by Pastor Antoinette
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