Buddha at Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhgaya

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This Buddha image is inside the Mahabodhi Temple in bodhgaya. This temple is in shape of a stupa and it marks the site where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment.

This image was created by a disciple of Buddha 60 years after his parinirvana. Hence it is said to look like him as the disciple had seen Buddha with her own eyes.

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  1. Sadi on Feb 21, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    Serene and powerful. Homage to Buddha Shakyamuni.

  2. Wan Wai Meng on Aug 28, 2012 at 2:06 am

    This was the perfect form that buddha chose to become enlightened with, it has a lot of significance that is for sure.

  3. Sheryl KH (JB) on Jul 13, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    This buddha looks both grand and serene. I am at lost as to what other words I can use to describe him.

    May I have the merits to go Bodhgaya and make offerings to this lord Buddha.

  4. tfreon on Jul 1, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Wish i have chances to view this statue

  5. JP on Jun 21, 2012 at 4:13 am

    I have never been to Bodhgaya before but would definitely love to go there for a pilgrimage. The Mahabodhi Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has great importance in history as it is one of the earliest surviving Buddhist temples built entirely in brick.

    The following is an excerpt from UNESCO’s website regarding the Mahabodhi Temple.

    [Criterion (i): The grand 50m high Mahabodhi Temple of the 5th-6th centuries is of immense importance, being one of the earliest temple constructions existing in the Indian sub-continent. It is one of the few representations of the architectural genius of the Indian people in constructing fully developed brick temples in that era.

    Criterion (ii): The Mahabodhi Temple, one of the few surviving examples of early brick structures in India, has had significant influence in the development of architecture over the centuries.

    Criterion (iii): The site of the Mahabodhi Temple provides exceptional records for the events associated with the life of Buddha and subsequent worship, particularly since Emperor Asoka built the first temple, the balustrades, and the memorial column.

    Criterion (iv): The present Temple is one of the earliest and most imposing structures built entirely in brick from the late Gupta period. The sculpted stone balustrades are an outstanding early example of sculptural reliefs in stone.

    Criterion (vi): The Mahabodhi Temple Complex in Bodh Gaya has direct association with the life of the Lord Buddha, being the place where He attained the supreme and perfect insight.]

  6. DR on Jun 18, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Reading this article again brings back alot of fond memories of my first trip to Bodhgaya in Dec 2004. It was also the first time I met Rinpoche. I also took my refuge vows inside this stupa from Rinpoche. I did not understand the full significance of it then as I went as a tourist, but came back an official Buddhist and student of a Tibetan Lama! Now, 18 years on, and looking back, I can not comprehend how can a resistant, spoilt ex-socialite like me can be that fortunate. It must be strong aspirational prayers I made in many past live times for it to manifest.

    Since that trip, I have gone for pilgrimage to Bodhgaya several more times. Each time was together with Rinpoche except for last October when I was able to assist Sharon when she brought her parents along. Do read http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/entering-sharons-blog-space.html for more accounts of our trip.

  7. Wan on Jun 18, 2012 at 12:27 am

    In our life time we must go to visit Mahabodhi temple in Bodhgaya, the place that Buddha attended enlightenment. This is the holy place that can purify our negative karma and trigger a Dharma seed in us so that we can start in our spiritual path.

    There are lot of monks, nuns and lay people from over the world visit Bodhgaya, some come to do meditation, some for do prostration, some reading a book, some have a dharma session and some do prayer etc.

    There are also many temple near by Dodhgaya which you can visit when you go there.

  8. Anila on Oct 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    I did not know that Bodhgaya is one of the places that a confirmed Buddhist must visit at least once in their lifetime. I nearly missed my chance. I visited Tsem Rinpoche in Ganden many times where Rinpoche was staying after he went back to India in 1992. Everytime I was there I will stay for at least one month the shortest period. One day Rinpoche ask me to go with Ms Lim, his assistant to visit Bodhgaya when I was in Ganden with him. I freaked out and refuse to go. I just don’t like travelling. But Rinpoche say I must go and hauled me up to Kensur Rinpoche Jampa Yeshe to request me to go. Anyway I went. But never regret going as I will not be able to go now as I have a mobility problem with my legs.

  9. Uncle Eddie on Sep 23, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    As far as i can still remember, a lucky group of 54 people, many have come from as far as Phillipines, Singapore, tne Netherlands, Switzerland, and New Zealand set off on a journey in 2004 that had been eagerly anticipated by many in the preceeding months. All were going to Bodhgaya, led by our Guru, Tsem Rinpoche to make a connection with the place where Lord Buddha gained Enlightenment. For some, it was the beginning of a new journey to the most holy place on earth. For those new to Dharma, they were to formally take refuge in the 3 jewels, and for the “older” ones, to renew their refuge comitments.
    From the describtions given, the Mahabodhi Temple at Bodhgaya was built in the shape of a Stupa, where all offerings of incenses, robes,fruits,and flowers can be made to the statue of Lord Buddha whose face was said to be the closest resemblence of the real lord Buddha’s face – 60 years after his death, a woman who had seen lord Buddha in person during Buddha’s lifetime, asked and commissioned her 4 sons to build an exact image of him in accordance to her detailed describtions!
    Well-lit up by fabulous spotlights, the stupa itself also offered a magnificient Architectural Marvel to behold – a glowing “Beacon of hope” to inspire those who are going on to the path to enlightenment. A trip out there it seems is worth an lifetime of travel, at least to the assualt of your senses on “smells, sounds, sights and taste”!

  10. henry ooi on Jul 9, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Oh yes Justin R, I remember your obstacles in getting from NZ to KL and onward to Bodhgaya in the cold winter of 2005 there.
    The surroundings of Mahabodhi Temple were really surreal. As Angel wrote, we made many offerings during our stay. I recall Elena getting up early in the morning to do prostrations and trying to collect fallen leaves from the Bodhi tree. I managed to collect some and they are being placed on my Buddha Shakyamuni altar at home.
    The village where Mahabodhi Temple stands was dirty and the majority of the villagers were poor. Many beggars hanged around the temple chasing after visitors to the temple. We were advised by some Gaden monks, led by Venerable Kating Rinpoche, not to give alms to the beggars or else we would be swarmed.
    We also visited other beautiful temples, sometimes we walked, at times by rickshaws. That was how Rinpoche met a rickshaw man he used to know on his visit there many years ago. We visited his house where he and his family lived poorly. We made offerings of lentils, flour, salt, sugar, detergent etc to them.
    Rinpoche said that Bodhgaya is a must for Buddhists to visit in this lifetime. If you have not been, save up now and await the next trip there.

  11. Huck on Jul 9, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    No doubt Bodhgaya is a very, very special place with great spiritual significance for all Buddhists. And I have heard so much about it being empowered with so much energy and spirituality. So before I went there in March 2010, I was like looking forward to being automatically “zapped” with some of its energy and spirituality to return home with great stories and glimpses of enlightenment! But how wrong was I, because I realised after my trip that more than just a place, Bodhgaya required the correct frame of mind to really benefit from the experience. Mine was unfortunately not, as I was there part like a tourist, part like an adventurer, part like a form of escapism and only incidentally, a Buddhist. My loss really, though am glad was able to do some prayers and offer some incense there. Guess nothing beats going with an inspiring spiritual guide like some of you have had the merit of doing so.

  12. Sean on Jul 9, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    The image of the Buddha in MahaBodhi Temple, Bodhgaya, looks so beautiful. The details make the Buddha image look more like a person. I guess it should be like that any ways as the person who made this beautiful image had the great fortune of seeing the great holy saint, Buddha Shakyamuni with her own eyes! One day, I would like to visit the temple to witness its beauty up close. May I have a link to a website to provide me with more information on the Buddha image and the Stupa-like structure of the temple. I think it would be quite cool if Kechara World Peace Centre will have a Stupa-like structure as a building or chapel for aesthetic reasons. The Buddha attained nirvana in Bodhgaya. That is why that place is a sacred area. I wish Rinpoche a long life so he can benefit everyone by teaching every single soul in this vast, wide world till everyone can achieve enlightenment just like Buddha Shakyamuni!

  13. Wendy on Jul 9, 2010 at 4:52 am

    I have heard so much about Bodhgaya, the place where Buddha Sakyamuni attained enlightenment and will be very place future Buddhas who come to this world attain enlightenment. Many Buddhist go to Bodhgaya for pilgrimage as it is one of the 4 places that Buddha Sakyamuni recommends that one must visit within one’s lifetime. It is believe that Bodhgya is a power place where any virtuous actions performed at this place will purify tremendous amount of negative karma and accumulate tremendous amount merits. It is also said that if you make an aspiration or a wish in Bodhgaya, it will definitely come true. One of my friends who went there on a pilgrimage attested to that. He told me that the wish he made at Bodhgaya came true almost immediately. I believe him totally as I can see the evidence of his “wish come true” even up to today. I hope one day I will have the chance to go to Bodhgaya to feel the energy of such a power place.

    • Paramjeet kumar on Sep 7, 2014 at 12:36 pm

      Please do some thing for a buddhist temple which is in now bad condition in bodhgaya(INDIA).

  14. Angel SH Ooi on Jul 8, 2010 at 4:48 am

    Henry and I were very blessed to see, so so beautiful of Buddha Image inside the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya. It has been one of the UNFORGETTABLE TRIP for us.
    Year 2005, under the blessing and guidance of our KIND LAMA, H. E. TSEM TULKU RINPOCHE, a group of us were led by HIM for A PILGRIMAGE TOUR TO THE HOLY PLACE WHERE BUDDHA SHAKYAMUNI ENLIGHTENED. It was a VERY MEANINGFUL TRIP!!
    THE IMAGE OF BUDDHA IS VERY BIG AND HE LOOKED SURREAL. I remembered before we arrived the temple, Rinpoche has kindly arranged offering for each one of us individually, to make offerings to BUDDHA. WE HAVE OUR REFUGE CEREMONY UNDER THE HOLY TREE WHERE BUDDHA ACHIEVED HIS ENLIGHTENMENT. All of us have offered up a list a set of monk’s rope. We were there for three nites. Everyday, Rinpoche led us there, give us DHARMA TALKED AND CIRCUMABULATE. During that time, the weather there was really cool but nice. I PRAY, MAY I HAVE ANOTHER CHANCE AGAIN, LEAD BY RINPOCHE TO BE THERE WITH MY HUSBAND AND KIDS.
    Love, angel

  15. ckliew-KC on Jul 7, 2010 at 11:45 pm
  16. ckliew-KC on Jul 7, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    Lord Buddha Sakyamuni…. The Buddha of our time , the Buddha that teaches every living sentient being in this lifetime. Sakyamuni teachings will be essential to protect all living being to not fall in to the pit degeneration ! It is said HE gave 84,000 teachings during His time in this world. I hold Lord Sakyamuni very dearly close to my heart.
    I grow up in Klang and stay there for 21 years. During those time Wesak Day was once a year event. My family and i specifically will take time to visit this Buddhist Temple. The Sakyamuni statue that i like the most and feel most close to http://img139.imageshack.us/img139/8976/wesak6.jpg. ( the picture not to clear ) But this Sakyamuni are made from full white marble. Very beautiful. Enjoy !

  17. Wasukamol on Jul 6, 2010 at 3:48 am

    Bodhgaya is the most important Buddhist pilgrimage place in the world. It’s the place where Buddha meditation and attended enlightenment. There are Buddhists and tourists from all over the world visit Bodhgaya, some come for study Buddhism and some for meditation, or simply absorb the positive energy that surrounds the place. It is a quiet and peaceful place.
    This impressive statue is indeed great but not only in physical form but in spiritual aspects too. It embodies the greatness of Lord Buddha through his serenity and meditative pose.
    A group of 30 plus of us are very fortunate to be there and made an offering of a set of robe to Buddha statue with Rinpoche in end of year 2005. Rinpoche also very kind to give us the refuge vows to Lord Buddha under his guidance at one of the bodhi tree in this holy place. It was a great experience and stuck in my mind

  18. Thierry on Jul 4, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    The statue is very beautiful, and very precious. Not only for it representing the enlightened body of the Buddha, but also because it was created only a few years after his passing into paranirvana and is considered to be ressembling the Buddha closely.
    I find that watching at the experession of peace on his face is very soothing, it makes me want to reach that level of peace too, may I reach that level of peace myself too!
    I was not “lucky” enough to be part of the group of Rinpoche’s students that went to Bodghaya with him, but I rejoyce to the fact that many were actually there with him, and that many of those who were there are still studying with him and inspiring newbies by their care, attention and nurturing to open wide their arms and their hearts to Dharma.

  19. Justin Ripley on Jul 4, 2010 at 6:41 am

    I agree with you Paul, this was my first ever pilgrimage, and also with a Rinpoche some more. I still remember the obstacles I had to go through to even make it. I had to drive 24hrs thanks to the very organized Indian embassy who hadn’t processed my visa in time, then straight from car I jumped into a plane to fly for 11hrs to Malaysia, then stop over for 4hrs before getting into another plane to fly to sri lanka before could get a nights rest.
    Well I’m glad I decided to say no to meeting up with everyone after the pilgrimage. I can imagine it would be like going to Gaden http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/2010/04/i-visited-gaden-with-an-oxygen-tank.html the same feelings. There are so many different schools of Buddhism making pilgrimage to the place of Buddha’s enlightenment. That seeing so many in one place chanting and praying, doing their own rituals you can gain faith that the Buddha’s teachings have real results, you just have to look around you.

  20. SK Yap on Jul 4, 2010 at 1:36 am

    All the Buddha images in Bodhgaya is just simple breath taking. I still remember the Pilgrimage tour led by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche in 2005 to Bodhgaya with a group of 30 plus student and the experience was such an eye-opener.
    My favorite is of course Mahabodhi Temple that houses the Buddha image created directly by Buddha Shakyamuni’s disciple. This image is said to resemble Buddha Shakyamuni the most.
    Under Rinpoche’s guidance, each of us had the fortune to offer butter lamps and a set of new robes to the Buddha during that trip.
    I still remember we did circumambulations and chanted mantras around the stupa for hours during our trip. However, it was winter so it was so cold but nothing could stop us from our devotions. They are also many monks doing prostration retreats around the stupa. They were prostrating non-stop except to sleep and eat.
    I hope I have the merits to visit the Great Mahabodhi Temple at Bodhgaya again!

  21. Elena on Jul 3, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Hehehe that original article was A LOT longer (true to Jean Ai form lah)…it got cut down by the editors for its original appearance in our quarterly newsletter, no more caves. I remember one of the happiest times in my life being in Bodhgaya. The amount of peace I felt waking up at 5am everyday to do prostrations at the stupa is incomparable. It was cool, quiet, calm and peaceful…I know that many people spend months there doing retreats and completing their preliminary practices. I think it would be lovely if one day Kechara Discovery could plan for the same…and I can’t wait until KWPC comes up when we’ll have our own retreat huts to do the same!

  22. Beng Kooi on Jul 3, 2010 at 7:10 am

    Neat photo taken during a pilgrimage to Bodhgaya with Tsem Tulku Rinpoche in 2005. Rinpoche also granted refuge to the pilgrims – check out the 12-part video on http://youtube.com/tsemtulku
    Or you can also read about the pilgrimage to Bodhgaya with Tsem Tulku Rinpoche here
    Bodhgaya is one of the four great Buddhist pilgrimage sites. Shakyamuni Buddha himself recommended that all Buddhists should visit these places in their life time, mainly comprising the locations of Buddha’s birth (Lumbini), Enlightenment (Bodhgaya), Turning the Wheel of Dharma (Sarnath) and Parinirvana (Kushinagar). Rinpoche has expounded on the benefits of pilgrimage so many times, to the extent of setting up a department called Kechara Discovery to lead people on REAL pilgrimages to all the holy sites around the world. I can’t wait for the next pilgrimage!!

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    2. Eight Worldly Dharmas bring us no where but continue to suffer. These eight practices led us to the wrong path, causing our mind to become unstable, bear no results from our practise.

    3. When we show respect to our Guru from our heart sincerely, we will be the cause for others to meet dharma through any Guru they have karmic relation with.

    4. Black Manjushri will have many powerful effects. It will stave off the curses that people send to us, including negative words, curses, negative gossip and talk, ill-wishes and jealousies etc.

    5. Consistent practice is the remedy for our broken vows, through retreats we purify. Only through continued dharma work with a good mind, constantly striving to break our comfort zones will we be of benefit to others through our work. All results come from us making all necessary efforts.

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Tsem Rinpoche

What Am I Writing Now


The Unknown

The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
~Tsem Rinpoche

Photos On The Go

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3 weeks ago
Please see the WONDERFUL NEW PHOTOS taken just this morning (November 13, 2015) here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=81688 (Be sure to scroll to the bottom until part 2 to see the pictures)
3 weeks ago
We at Kechara Forest Retreat had the honor to have a visit from Yang Dipertua Mohammad Shahid bin Ismail who is the Head of the Bentong Municipal Council. We thank him for taking the time as he was very busy. Thank you very much. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Pastor David giving a well received talk on the practice of Black Manjushri
3 weeks ago
Found a green patch of land to spend with friends...
3 weeks ago
Nice to see our fellow Modern Buddhist Fellowship members engaged in Dharma.
3 weeks ago
Manjushri-ghosha, Kumara (English: Youthful Prince, Melodious Voice)
3 weeks ago
Wonderful certificates of our Kechara pastors..meaningful and touching.
3 weeks ago
This office table has something interesting on it.
3 weeks ago
Powerfully true
3 weeks ago
To have kind and caring people in our lives is a blessing
3 weeks ago
3 weeks ago
I really wanted to share this incredible picture of the Tibetologist Alexandra David-Neel outside of her retreat cave in Tibet. She's one of the first non-Tibetans who penetrated Tibet to engage in the practice of Tibetan Buddhism. She really practiced and even wrote books on Buddhism and Tibet which are still available now. ~Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
A photo taken by Pastor Shin of Tsem Rinpoche's Dorje Shugden traditional mask. This is on Tsem Rinpoche's shrine. Very nice photo.
4 weeks ago
At Chin Swee Temple with my long time friend Dato' Wira Eric.
4 weeks ago
Amogha-pasa Avalokitesvara
4 weeks ago
I love small quaint towns in Japan. No matter how rural or small any village is in Japan, it is still kept very clean and asthetic matching nature. 
4 weeks ago
Left to right: Gekula (disciplinarian), Abbot Geshe Konchok Tsering, Tsem Rinpoche, H.E. Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche-We are inviting Kensur Rinpoche for tenshug. Tenshug is grand puja to request Kensur Rinpoche to live long. This is in Gaden and we are inviting him to the prayer hall to perform the tenshug. Tsem Rinpoche is the requester and sponsor.
4 weeks ago
This is a nice picture
4 weeks ago
Kyabje Lati Rinpoche and Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen
4 weeks ago
Kyabje Lati Rinpoche and Kari Kensur Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery
4 weeks ago
Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.H. Zong Rinpoche & Kyabje Lati Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Kyabje Lati Rinpoche makes offerings to H.H. Trijang Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Kyabje Lati Rinpoche makes offering to their Holinesses Kyabje Ling and Trijang Rinpoches
1 month ago
Lady Buddha Janguli who protects from snakes and venom poisoning.
1 month ago
If there is a blind man walking towards a well and he can fall in, whose fault is it if he falls in? This can be related back to those in dharma should act to guide others by example otherwise you let everyone fall into the well. If they do fall in samsara's well, whose fault is it? Have the courage, integrity and fortitude to practice dharma and bring dharma to others to help them.~ Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This group in Kechara Forest Retreat completed a Singdongma retreat on October 28, 2015.
1 month ago
Magnificent and Glorious Buddha Goddess Singdongma the Lion Faced lady who dispells all fear from the ten directions for those who invoke upon her fercocious and volcanic like power. Praise to this wrathful lady that burns all gnosis and projections! Remover of all that harms and obstructs and trampled under her feet. Tsem Rinpoche--To learn more about Singdongma: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=31904
1 month ago
Xiaqiong Monastary, Qinghai, Tibet, China. Over 100 meters tall Lord Tsongkapa statue. The only one of it's kind. Totally amazing. Picture 2
1 month ago
Xiaqiong Monastary, Qinghai, Tibet, China. Over 100 meters tall Lord Tsongkapa statue. The only one of it's kind. Totally amazing. Picture 1
1 month ago
This was taken in Kechara House. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This was taken in Gaden Shartse Monastery on the day of my enthronement as Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I think I was in Sera Mey Monastery when this was taken over 18 years ago. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
1 month ago
Many times we hear great Vajra Yogini practitioners when cremated, their fire pyres appear in the form of Vajra Yogini. We hear this many times as a sign they went to Kechara Paradise, gained high realizations or enlightened by Vajra Yogini's path. Although this picture does not depict a funeral pyre of a great practitioner, but the fire looks curiously like Vajra Yogini. Enjoy and may all be blessed by Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
1 month ago
When you work hard and produce results, everyone is silenced and those who make noise is just noise and society allows you some freedoms. You have to have the integrity to finish what you started and what you promised. Do it for others, those concerned and for yourself.~Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
You can work with me and we finish the dreams. You can leave citing any reasons you may have. You may join back again with me and my arms are open to you. Or you may go away as an enemy or remain friends. However you do I will accept. I dream big and work hard and sometimes it's hard for you, others and me, but if we finish, there is great satisfaction. Satisfaction doesn't come free. But one thing for sure, I will finish what I have started with or without you. Too many depend on it and many have hopes in it. We need to remember our words, our promises and our hopes we gave others and not shatter it. Sometimes we need to put our personal feelings aside and just get it done with a bang and be happy about it because in the end letting others down is not a way of life. Be kind, have integrity, don't make excuses, don't justify but just complete the works that make the dreams materialize and in the process you fulfill the dreams of many others. Others is always the key. Others and oneself are intertwined. Life is then fulfilled. That is life. Life is like that.~Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Please click on picture to see this special mantra
2 months ago
Long Manjushri mantra: Namo Manjushriye Kumara Bhutaya Bodhisattvaya Maha-sattvaya Maha-karuni-kaya Tayatha Om Aradzey Biradzey Shuddhey Bishuddhey Shodaya Bishodayey Amaley Bimaley Nirmaley Dzaya-varey Ruru-tsaley Hung Hung Hung Phet Phet Phet Soha!
2 months ago
Love is.....
2 months ago
Very powerful. Must click on picture and read and share.
2 months ago
Some people just work quietly in the background and do their best in their own way to benefit others. They don't say much but work super hard. I must say Pastor Dr. Lanse is one of them. She does not need attention, she does not complain and she does not ever create problems. She is independent and yet kind. She is our wonderful translator who works very hard to get translations of many dharma teachings into Chinese. This is just something short and sweet to let everyone know how much I appreciate Pastor Lanse and enjoy being with her work and her. Because of her and several other vital and lovely people, much practical dharma is in the Chinese speaking world. I thank Pastor Dr. Lanse from my heart. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Materialism is prevalent because the societal norms teaches people to be consumers at a young age. Buying things we don't need all to feed the ego. You can drive an expensive vehicle, but at the end of the day its still just a car. You can buy a flashy watch, but in reality all it does is tell time. People are more concerned with image and feeding their egos than being a beneficial person to society. Investing money on the outside to appear a certain way to others, yet forgetting to invest in yourself to becoming a better person. People spend their whole lives working to attain materialistic things using their accumulation of materialism to validate their existence, but when you die you can't take any of it with you. Don't let this system turn you into a vanity slave, realize you're worth much more than that. Feed your soul not your ego.-from Dr Asky (Powerful words of wisdom even from the secular point of view)
2 months ago
I love little Dharma boy.
2 months ago
Lord Tsongkhapa's holy retreat house in Tibet. Huge pilgrimage spot.
2 months ago
Lama Tsongkhapa footprint as a child
2 months ago
Kedrub Je's personal statue of Yamantaka
2 months ago
Prince Siddhartha with his maternal aunt Queen Mahaprajapati Gotami
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Videos On The Go

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    2 months ago
    HH the Dalai Lama prays with HH Trijang Rinpoche and HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Such a beautiful video of His Holiness Dalai Lama, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and His Holiness Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche (Very exalted high Nyingma lama) are all praying together. In the background you see a young Kyabje Lati Rinpoche too. So beautiful. This is how it was before the ban. All the sects and high lamas were superbly harmonious. After the Dorje Shugden ban things changed for the worse. May the ban be released soon. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Nice Dorje Shugden rock painting
    3 months ago
    Nice Dorje Shugden rock painting
  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche teaches the truth of life and our impeding death.
    3 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche teaches the truth of life and our impeding death.
  • A kind message from Mr. Tsering Wangchuk to me. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 months ago
    A kind message from Mr. Tsering Wangchuk to me. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 1)
    3 months ago
    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 1)
  • Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 2)
    3 months ago
    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 2)
  • His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja
    5 months ago
    His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja
  • Dorje Shugden/Kache Marpo makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    Dorje Shugden/Kache Marpo makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche
  • My good friend Justin Ripley
    5 months ago
    My good friend Justin Ripley
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    6 months ago
    I requested Choji Lah to do a trusol, rabney and soongdroop for our large DS and Buddha. In this video, he is performing trusol which is ritually 'bathing' the environment and blessing all those who come to visit our Wisdom Hall and Dorje Shugden. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Bigfoot arrives!!!
    6 months ago
    Bigfoot arrives!!!
    Tsem Rinpoche is an avid follower of the paranormal such as bigfoots. For more interesting writings and posts on the subject, please go to http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/yeti-bigfoot-sasquatch
  • Mumu Loves Snack!
    6 months ago
    Mumu Loves Snack!
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    6 months ago
    For H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, a blog post is not just a blog post but Dharma work that generates merits which should be dedicated. Click here to find out what blog post Rinpoche was dedicating the merits for when he recited this prayer: http://bit.ly/1KiXWf9 ~Ani Lobsang Pema
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    6 months ago
    Panchen Lama in Beijing on CCTV - China's official news. The respect and position they give His Holiness Panchen Lama is great.
  • Magical fish tank with Buddha statue
    6 months ago
    Magical fish tank with Buddha statue


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15 hours ago
Pastor Yek Yee and team blessed the factory in today Outcall puja. By Puja House 1 December '15
15 hours ago
Puja team did Outcall puja today for a factory. By Puja House 1 December'15
15 hours ago
Dorje Shugden puja dedicated to Sponsor who have cancer. May him able to go through the chemotherapy session with courage. By Puja House 1 December'15
15 hours ago
Gossip cutting puja performed today for sponsor's rumours to stop. By Puja House 1 December '15
20 hours ago
1 December 2015 Many interesting Updates on http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/foundation - New to Buddhism, the class listened intently to the teachings on the Four Noble Truths. - Pastor Antoinette
20 hours ago
1 December 2015 - What was H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche doing early in the morning while most people were sleeping? Last night at around 3:20AM, H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche visited University Hospital to do a blessing for a Kechara Paradise’s staff’s mom - Then at around 4:00AM, H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche went to a funeral wake of the mom of a Kechara member. Rinpoche’s care and compassion for others has no limit, as long as he is needed, Rinpoche will be there, no matter where and what time it is. http://bit.ly/1PXmUnt - Pastor Antoinette
21 hours ago
Weekly double Protector Puja, Dorje Shugden & Setrap puja ( Eng. ) at Kechara House gompa led by Pastor KH Ng, 30/11/15. Lucy Yap
30 November 2015 “If one does the recitation of the Lama Tsongkhapa guru yoga prayer for even one month using one of the visualizations for great or clear or quick wisdom, one will definitely see development of that wisdom. It is proved by experience. There is no doubt that by doing the Lama Tsongkhapa guru yoga practice one can meet Lama Tsongkhapa’s teachings from life to life. And furthermore, it gives one the opportunity to be born in the pure realm of Lama Tsongkhapa, Tushita, whenever death happens.” - Pabongkha Rinpoche - Pastor Antoinette
Thank you to everyone who participated and volunteered in the food distribution. Thank you Bayview Hotel for sponsoring the food. Patsy@KSK Penang
Medical team checking blood pressure of one of the food recipients. Patsy@KSK Penang
Monday night food distribution around Little India. Patsy@KSK Penang
Setting the right motivation by reciting motivational verses before food distribution. Patsy@KSK Penang
The students were briefed before going out to the streets for distribution. Patsy@KSK Penang
A busy night at the soup kitchen. Students from USM Penang helped our volunteers to sort and pack food for distribution. Patsy@KSK Penang
Kfr before completed, road toward enlighten path. heng meng kiat
Night View of Wisdom Hall with Tsongkhapa Statue !!!! heng meng kiat
Dharmapala Setrap In Kechara House Prayer Hall. Heng Meng Kiat
FW: kechara Prayer Hall with 15 magnificent Thangkas of Lord Tsongkhapa life story !!!! heng meng kiat
kechara Prayer Hall with 15 magnificent Thangkas of Lord Tsongkhapa life story !!!!
Rinpoche Previous reincarnation statue in Ladrang, Reincarnation of High Lama show the compassionate character to benefit more people . Heng Meng Kiat
Gyenze puja did today for Sponsor for their business to bloom. By Puja House 30 November'15
Druchuma puja did for Sponsor to restored harmony for their company. By Puja House 30 November'15
Puja team did Outcall puja to Johor today to bless the new premises. By Puja House 30 November'15
In torma making session, team work together to complete the torma. Some do butter flower, some shape the torma, some color the tormas. By Puja House 30 November'15
2 days ago
Beautiful and perfect statue of Dorje Shugden at H.E.The 25th Tsem Rinpoche's pre- loved Buddhist items at Kechara House gompa souvenir shop for invite. http://www.kechara.com Lucy Yap





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