China’s HUGE Buddha Statues!!!!

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Dear blog friends,

Please take a look at these incredible beautiful and HUGE STATUES of various Buddhas and Bodhisattvas throughout China. I am so amazed with these statues and I hope to visit in the future. I wish to pay my respects to them very much. China traditionally had Buddhism flourishing and deeply entrenched into their vast/rich culture for thousands of years. It’s resurging now again….May everyone be benefited by these holy Buddhas.

Share these with your friends. Let them be amazed also.

Much care,
Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

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Direction: North
Name: Big Buddha of Yungang (Shakyamuni Buddha)
Material: stone
Height: 17 meter
Year of completion: 524
Location: Shanxi Province, Datong City West 16km

北方山西的云冈大佛,第20窟释迦牟尼座像,石料,通高17米,公元524年建成。云岗石窟位于山西大同市城西16公里的武州山南麓,它依山开凿,东西绵延1公里,开大小佛龛2100多个,规模宏大,气势雄伟,有“东方罗马石雕”之美誉。

 

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Direction: Central
Name: Big Buddha of Longmen (Locana Buddha)
Material: stone
Height: 17.14 meter
Year of completion: 675
Location: Henan Province, Luoyang City south 13km

中原河南的龙门大佛,卢舍那佛,石料,通高17.14米,公元675年建成。龙门石窟位于河南省洛阳市南十三公里处,南北长达1公里,它同甘肃的敦煌石窟、山西大同的云冈石窟并称中国古代佛教石窟艺术的三大宝库。这尊佛像把高尚的情操、丰富的感情、开阔的胸怀和典雅的外貌完美地结合在一起,具有高度的艺术感染力,实在是一件精美绝伦的艺术杰作。

 

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Direction: Central
Name: Spring Temple Buddha (Lushan Buddha)
Material: Bronze
Height: 168m (551 ft)
Weight: 6400 tons
Year of completion: 2008
Location: Fodushan Scenic Area, Lushan County, Henan, China

中原河南的鲁山大佛,青铜材料,卢舍那大佛,通高168米,相当于50层楼高,重6400吨,2008年建成。 位于河南省平顶山市鲁山县上汤赵村佛泉寺内,总高168米(大佛身高108米,莲花宝座高20米,金刚座高25米,须弥座高15米),是全世界最大的佛像,称为“佛山金佛”。其造型庄严、飘逸、气势独特,真乃“当惊世界殊”。造型完整、有明确的说法手印的铜铸“佛山金佛”应运而生,成为新的中方佛。

 

Direction: East
Name: Big Buddha of Lingshan (Shakyamuni Buddha)
Material: bronze
Height: 88 meter
Weight: 700 tons
Year of completion: 1997
Location: Jiangsu Province, Wuxi City

东方江苏的灵山大佛,释迦牟尼立像,青铜材料,通高88米,重700吨,公元1997年建成。灵山大佛坐落于无锡马山秦履峰南侧的小灵山地区,大佛所在位置系唐玄奘命名的小灵山,故名灵山大佛。灵山大佛通高88米,佛体79米,莲花瓣9米。大佛慈颜微笑,广视众生,右手”施无畏印”代表除却痛苦,左手”与愿印”代表给予快乐,均为祝福之相。

 

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Direction: West
Name: Big Buddha of Leshan (Maitreya Buddha), Sichuan Province
Material: stone
Height: 71 meter
Year of completion: 803
Location: Sichuan Province, Leshan City

西方四川的乐山大佛,弥勒佛座像,石料,通高71米,公元803年建成。位于峨眉山东31公里的乐山市,依凌云山栖霞峰临江峭壁凿造而成,又名凌云大佛,开凿于唐玄宗开元初年(公元713年)。历时90年大佛终告完成。佛像高71米,佛头长14.7米,头宽10米,肩宽24米,耳长7米,耳内可并立二人,脚背宽8.5米,可坐百余人,素有“佛是一座山,山是一尊佛”之称。

 

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Direction: South
Name: Big Buddha of Tiantan (Shakyamuni Buddha)
Material: bronze
Height: 26.4 meter
Weight: 220 tons
Year of completion: 1993
Location: Hong Kong, Lantau Island

南方香港的天坛大佛,释迦牟尼座像,锡青铜材料,通高26.4米,重220吨,公元1993年建成。天坛大佛座落在香港大屿山海拔520米的昂平,是香港受欢迎的旅游景点之一。是全球最大的青铜座佛。佛像坐在268级的石阶上,端坐的佛像庄严肃穆,无论远观近看,都予人宁静祥和的感觉。美国权威地理旅游杂志《国家地理旅行者》极力推荐天坛大佛这项名胜。

 

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Name: Samantabhadra Bodhisattva
Material: gold plated bronze
Height: 48 meter
Year of completion: 2005
Location: Sichuan Province, Emei Mountain

四川峨眉山金顶四面十方普贤金像是世界上最高的金佛,也是第一个十方普贤的艺术造型。金佛系铜铸镏金工艺佛像造像。金佛通高48米代表的是阿弥陀佛的48个愿望。“十方”一是意喻普贤的十大行愿,二是象征佛教中的十个方位。如果说公元980年安坐于万年寺高7.85米的普贤铜像作为峨眉山千年的镇山之宝,为这座佛教名山增辉千年的话,那么高达48米的十方普贤金像更是登峰造极之作。2005年底竣工,2006年6月18日举行开光仪式。

 

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Name: Chitigarbha Bodhisattva
Material: bronze
Height: 99 meter
Year of completion: 2011
Location: Anhui Province, Jiuhua Mountain

安徽九华山地藏菩萨露天大铜像,位于安徽池州市九华山下柯村景区,为比丘立相,右手执锡杖,左手托摩尼宝珠,仪态安详,妙相庄严。地藏菩萨露天铜像气势恢弘,高达九十九米,与九华山九十九座山峰、金地藏享年九十九岁的寓意相一致。铜像采用铸造方式,选用仿金铜,2003年11月13日开工,到2009年3月铜像主体结构已完工,正在进行佛身铜壁板安装。预计年底铜像工程将建成,在2010年择日开光并向游客开放。

 

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Name: Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva (Kuan Yin)
Material: cement
Height: 108 meter
Year of completion: 2005
Location: Hainan Province, Sanya City

海南三亚南海海上观音像高达108米,比自由女神像还要高15米。 钢筋混凝土材料。2005年4月24日举行开光大典。像体为正观音的一体化三尊造型,宝相庄严,脚踏108瓣莲花宝座,莲花座下为金刚台,金刚台内是面积达15000平方米的圆通宝殿。南海观音充分运用高科技手法,组合运用声、光、电技术进行大型灯光夜景演示,充分展示了“佛光普照”、“踏海而来”等观音文化艺术效果。观音是亚洲多数国家的信仰,观音的寺庙和佛像随处可见,观音信仰作为一种文化现象早已超越了宗教意蕴本身。

 

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Name: Maitreya Bodhisattva
Material: bronze
Height: 33 meter
Year of completion: 2008
Location: Zhejiang Province, Fenghua City, Xikou Town

浙江奉化溪口雪窦山露天弥勒大佛2008年建成,是典型的中国化弥勒佛像。佛像具有比丘相,罗汉身,菩萨意,布袋形,佛之像。大佛用500多吨锡青铜铸造,佛像身高33米,表示弥勒身居33层天;莲花座高9米,另加基座14.74米,共56.74米。佛像集壮观、神圣、雄伟、高大于一身,为天下铜铸座像之最。奉化是佛教界普遍认同的弥勒化身——布袋和尚的家乡,留有许多布袋弥勒的文化遗迹和传说。

 

Name: Amitabha
Material: bronze
Height: 48 meter
Year of completion: 2013
Location: Jiang Xi Province, Lu Shan Mountain

东林大佛位于庐山山麓,北依庐山主峰,群山环抱,山水相连,弥陀坛城,净宗道场,朝圣胜地,是一方集朝圣、修行、弘法、教育、慈善、安养为一体的净土。以四十八米阿弥陀佛接引铜像为核心,组成部分包括净土文化区、新东林寺、比丘尼院、隐逸文化区、安养区、海会堂、大德精舍区等。唐代建筑风格的建筑群沿着中轴线布置,呈现出中国古代圣山建筑群的经典建筑空间组织形式,将中轴线的主要建筑依序展开,建筑空间开合有致,起伏跌宕。佛像坐落在半空之中,登山阶梯时平时起,间有虹桥飞跨,平台远眺,形成一个视野开合,高度起伏,张弛有序的礼佛拜佛空间序列,使阿弥陀佛的神秘、慈悲、庄严渐次展现在信众面前。东林大佛项目总投资约10亿元,动用48公斤黄金为大佛镀金。2013年5月,世界最高阿弥陀佛铜像东林大佛基本建成。

 

Name: Thousand-arm Kuanyin/Chenrezig/Avalokiteshvara
Height: 99 meter
Location: Hunan Province, Weishan Region

沩山大佛地处中国著名佛教圣地——宁乡密印寺,由千年古刹密印寺与千手千眼观音圣像景区组成。 密印寺位于沩山山腰毗庐峰下,作为沩仰宗的祖庭,至今已经有1200 年的历史。千手千眼观音圣像景区位于密印禅寺后的毗庐峰,观音圣像总高99.19米,为世界上最大的千手千眼观音圣像。景区建设面积达1500亩。

 

Jiangsu Province, Guanyun region

 

Sichuan Province, Rongxian region

 

Jilin Province, Dunhua region

 

Shandong Province, Yantai region

 

Shanxi Province, Taiyuan region

 

Zhejiang Province, Xinchang region

 

 

 

Name: GuanYin of Mount Xiqiao
Height: The statue stands 61.9 m (203 ft) tall and sits on a 15 m lotus pedestal, making a total height of 77 m (253 ft).
Location: Nanhai District of Foshan, Guangdong, People’s Republic of China

观音法相高为61.9米,寓意观音成道于之意。法相为坐姿,顶有宝珠天冠,项有圆光,弯眉朱唇,眼似双星,目光微俯,披天衣,挂璎珞,带项饰,着罗裙,慈眉善目地稳坐在莲花台上,广视众生,显现安详凝重,救苦救难的慈悲法相。观音法相莲花座直径36米,外部镶嵌上下三层共66片莲花瓣。

 

Wuzhong, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China

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​Name: GuanYin of Wuzhong Qu
Height: The statue stands 66 m (216.5 ft) tall
Location: Wuzhong, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China

观音像高为66米,位于苏州西山西南边的绮里坞,观音寺园内三面靠山,对面直抵太湖,十分壮观。交通也十分方便,西山的环岛公路途径观音寺,建造了西山第一个隧道。苏州西山观音寺还未完全正式对外营业,所以游客来西山岛游玩,观音寺是个不错的选择,目前免票。在将近1600年的历史长河里,曾与六位皇帝结下不解之缘,历代文人墨客莫名至此,留下263首诗词题咏制作,惜毁于民国战火。先正在寺庙遗址上进行恢复重建。

 

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  1. Anne Ong on Jan 14, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these beautiful Buddha statues from China. Love seeing these huge outdoor Buddha statues. Love these really unique statues from, Samantabhadra Bodhisattva Location: Sichuan Province, Emei Mountain. Zhejiang Province, Xinchang region. Jilin Province, Dunhua region.

  2. Marek on Dec 20, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    I’ve been to Lantau, Big Buddhas also in Thailand, Wuxi, other places – questions I never asked at the time at each of these locations – how are the Big outdoor Buddhas kept clean? (bird dropppings, bad weather, etc) what provisions are made to keep them safe? to ensure people treat them with respect? think of what happened to Afghanistan after they exploded the big Buddha statues in Bamiyan . . . . .

  3. samfoonheei on Jun 9, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche
    For sharing these beautiful and amazing images of Buddha in China.
    I have visited Big Buddha of Lingshan (Shakyamuni Buddha) Jiangsu Province, Wuxi City,.Its a wonderful feeling walking uo to the top.
    I really wish one day i could visit all these holy places in China.By looking at all images i feel great and i will share it with my friends.
    Thank you

  4. Peter Vredeveld on Apr 21, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    I am amazed to see these lists of giant Buddha statues all over the China, Spring Temple Buddha is one of my favorite. I don’t think it is mentioned in the above lists.

    • Valentina Suhendra on Apr 21, 2016 at 4:24 pm

      Dear Peter

      Thank you for your comments. I agreed with you. I went to China twice before, I was just amazed with their Buddha statues. Even in the most amazingly difficult place to reach – like in the middle of the mountain and the most unthinkable place. These people who created these amazing images must had have great reverence to Buddhist teachings.

      Valentina

      • Beatrix Ooi on Apr 21, 2016 at 8:00 pm

        Dear Peter,

        Thank you for your feedback, glad that you enjoyed the article. However the Spring Temple Buddha is mentioned in the article (3rd picture from the top). To make it clearer, we have revised the description of the Buddha/ place. 🙂

        Thank you,
        Beatrix

  5. Pastor Shin on Jan 11, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    The company responsible for Hong Kong’s 34-meter-tall Tian Tan Buddha and Hainan’s 108-meter-tall Guanyin of the South Sea of Sanya statue are in the process of building more large Buddha statues in China, inspired by the success and profits, at Lingshan Park in Wuxi, Jiangsu province, which features the 88-meter-tall Buddha statue (also featured in this article). The statue helped earn the park more than RMB 1.2 billion (US$194 million) in 2013.

    China has a long history of Buddhist art and sculpture, with the Sui dynasty (589-617) and Tang dynasty (618-907) considered peak eras. But many of the best examples were destroyed along with much of the nation’s other religious heritage in the years that followed the establishment of the People’s Republic.

    Although the newer Buddha statues are to be built for tourism purposes, they are still dedicated to images of enlightened beings, which when seen brings blessings. Buddha statues are also monuments of religious art. The image of Buddha, who was called The Greatest Yogin of all Times, expresses serene quiescence. The harmony of his physical proportions is the expression of great beauty. The required measurements are laid down in the canon of Buddhist art, which corresponds to ideal physical proportions. The perfect proportions of a Buddha, the graciousness of his physical form, represent one of the ten qualities or powers of a Buddha.

  6. Antique Buddhas on Apr 10, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    China has always been the center of Giant Buddha statues wherever they are made. Leshan Giant buddha statue is considered as one of the oldest stone carved Buddha statue.

  7. Hee TS on Dec 31, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    感谢仁波切分享這些宏偉壯觀的大佛像图片,希望假於时日能亲身到各各聖地朝拜。

  8. Colin Tan on Dec 29, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for all the amazing pictures.

    I really do hope tt one day i will be able to sponsor and build such huge Buddha statue for all to see and have the image of Magnificent Buddha imprinted in their mind.

  9. Jacinta Goh on Nov 20, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Spectacular! Haven’t been to any of these places although I may have seen few of these pictures before. Looking at it again as someone who believes in Dharma now has made it even more meaningful and worthwhile. May it plants Dharma seeds for those who looked at these pictures in this blog.

  10. Edwin Tan on Nov 19, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Amazing statues!

    The people and the country itself is so blessed to have the Buddha statues.

  11. Pee Bee Chong on Nov 18, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing. The Buddha images are so amazing. Will share the images. May anyone who sees the Buddha image receive merits and plant the seed to be able to learn Dharma this life and in future lives.

  12. Andrew James Boon on Oct 2, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    It truly is remarkable how China has literally risen from the ashes like a Phoenix with regards to its Buddhist renaissance! This was unthinkable only a a couple of decades back…

    Now the literally most of China’s landscapes are dotted with these amazing blessed images. These are not mere statues within temples but as you can see, huge outdoor statues that can be seen for miles! Truly amazing!

    Rejoice in China’s spiritual growth!

  13. jerry_sito on Sep 24, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    感恩仁波切的分享,并让我们能够一瞬间的就目睹了,许多宏伟庄严的佛像,为我们种下了充满法喜的种子

    有大佛像的地方,佛光普照,佛法发扬光大。有佛法的加持,有很好的能量磁场和佛法普度众生。

    祈愿不久的将来我们这里也有如此宏伟庄严的佛像,加持所有的众生,让佛法渲染满溢的在这一片土地上发扬光大

    感恩仁波切

  14. Wan Wai Meng on Sep 15, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Amazing statues, China are building large and amazing statues and rediscovering their roots. China was once Buddhist for the past two thousand years. 2000 years of Buddhism in the people, land, philosophy and culture. The resurgence of Buddhism is not entirely surprising.

  15. CK Siah on Sep 11, 2013 at 11:39 am

    有大佛像的地方,佛光普照,佛法发扬光大。有佛法的加持,有很好的能量磁场和佛法普度众生。
    记得很多年,在阿富汗塔里班区域里有古代佛教石窟大佛像(Bamiyan Buddha,Afghanistan) 后来被无理的塔里班军队用炸弹摧毁。结果整个国家得天谴, 国家战火连连,人民痛不余生, 叫苦连天。
    至今还是烽火不熄,国家不安定。
    谢谢仁波切跟我们分享世界的大佛像。

  16. Wylfred Ng on Sep 10, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    很有幸可以在blog里看到很多全世界很大的佛像。 很高兴那些佛像还可以保留到很完整,让我们今天还可以看到,有些甚至还有几千年的历史了。 当然我也希望有一天马来西亚也会有佛像进入榜中。

  17. Tong sun sun on Sep 10, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    2005年時我和家人到云岗石窟䢟玩,石窟里的佛像都有一千五百年的历史。进去参观時里面才会亮灯,原因是如果長期照着会导致佛像氧化。石窟里的佛像真的是鬼斧神工。有机会我会旧地重游。

  18. Albert Ratchaga on Sep 1, 2013 at 4:30 am

    As one of Buddhist lineage, Buddhism has been very wide spread in China, they have many temples and big Buddha statues, especially the most renown temple in Mount Wutai, it is located in northeastern Shanxi province, China. The mountain is home to many of China’s most important monasteries and temples. Mount Wutai host over 53 sacred monasteries.

    It is really amazing for someone who can put in so much effort and financial into building these big statues, their dedication towards Dharma is what we should be looking up to, the statues are beautiful no doubt, but if we do not learn from the planner and builders, we are just admiring the statues without any meaning.

    I really wish one day i could go visit all these holy places in China.

  19. Shelly tai on Aug 26, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these grand Buddha statues with us. All these statutes remind us about all the Buddha quality like compassion . When we look at these statutes we feel a sense of peace ,I love Buddha statues.

  20. Uncle Eddie on Aug 23, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    As said by Lama Zopa Rinpoche during the constructuion of his huge giant statue Buddha of Maitrya in Malaysia, (the next future Buddha), “Seeing a buddha statue or even if only the picture of a buddha, will plant the seed and the chance to gradually achieve liberation from uncontrolled future rebirths.” According to Buddhist tradition, such as statues provide a uniquely powerful means by which we can bring to mind the positive attitude that are essential to the development of loving-kindness! It is also said they are also used to purify negative karmas of past actions and to develope their positive potential future qualities to benefit the World.

  21. Jutika Lam on Aug 22, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    WOAH!!! I never knew that China had such big and gigantic statues!

    This is totally amazing…. It is great to see that there is so many great and big statues in China and though I have never visited even one of these great statues I have to say that by just looking at the pictures I really cannot how huge it would really look when being there at one of these Holy areas of Buddha.

    Picking which statue is my favorite one is quite difficult because all the statues are amazing… but if i have to choose one it would be the Big Buddha of Tiantan in Hong Kong, Lantau Island. Though it may not be the biggest one I find this Statue of Buddha and the location very calm and peaceful!

    I really hope to visit one of these places soon!

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these pictures!

    Rest well,

    Love
    Jutika

  22. Cliff on Aug 22, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Wow all these Buddha Statues are so magnificently beautiful, I can’t decide which one is my favourite Buddha statue because they all look so beautiful. Would really love to visit Big Buddha of Leshan in Sichuan Province. The Buddha statue looks like an ancient monument. I remember Rinpoche taught us it is good to make gigantic beautiful Buddha statues so people can see it from a very far distance and be blessed as well as the land that falls in view of the statue. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these wonderful photos of Buddha statues around China. I hope Rinpoche would be able to visit all of them.

  23. tenzin llhamo on Aug 19, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Such beautiful and large Buddhas!! Rinpoche is right, its a must visit if one have the chance! I know for sure when Kechara Forest Retreat Medicine Buddha is built, it will look as good as those in the pictures above! We need more HUGE Buddhas everywhere so that many will be Blessed and Dharma to flourish!

  24. Felix Kong on Aug 19, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche sharing this stunning huge Buddha statues. Much appreciate that they put a lot of effort and time to build a beautiful statue. All sentient beings be blessed surrounding Buddha area, this is great and so meaningful. I always encourage peoples to contribute or sponsor for build temple .

  25. HelenaC on Aug 18, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Wow wow wow…incredible!!

  26. beatrix ooi on Aug 17, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Thank You for sharing the informations Rinpoche. My favourite statue would be the statue of Avalokiteshvara Boddhisattva in Hainan Province, Sanya City. The whole environment looks very calm, peace and clean, the statue itself is also very blissful. I hope that I can visit the place with my family, it will be a very awesome experience.

  27. Julien Roth on Aug 17, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Wow Rinpoche, these Buddha statues are so big and amazing! i wish i would be able to see one of them in the future, that would be nice. But i have to say, my favourite Buddha statue was the Big Buddha of Leshan. I like that one was because it realy merges with nature and i find that so cool and special. Nature is beautiful.

  28. Lucas Roth on Aug 17, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    these pictures are so beautiful and holy. i have personally seen the big buddha at lantau island and it is beautiful. thank you Rinpoche for sharing these pictures.

  29. mitra on Aug 17, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    o my buddha.I was so glad to see all holy buddha . thank you guruji for sharing the pictures.

  30. Chandra Shakya on Feb 18, 2013 at 12:03 am

    Respected Rinpoche,
    Accept my obeisance
    Actually I happened to prepare a book on big statues of Buddha of the World few years back. But I could not publish it somehow. Recently I learned to make an ebook. So I recently published an ebook on lulu.com entitled “Big Buddha Statues of The World”. It consisted of 32 Buddha statues in descending order in terms of size. I did not include Spring Temple Buddha, which is now going to the tallest, because it was not completed then and not much information was available.
    I will keep on updating this ebook of mine with cooperation from all interested. But people have to buy it, so that it would generate some funds.

    Hope I will have your kind suggestion.

    With best regards
    Chandra Shakya

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  33. skyong on Nov 21, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Very beautiful and super huge Buddha statues to behold! 🙂 They are a huge economy in the world now, and putting some resources towards building Buddha statues would help balance everyone’s spirituality. May the huge Buddhas open people’s heart and move them towards more spirituality in their life.

  34. ruby khong on Jun 29, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing these information. They are awesome. Sadly statues of such stature were destroyed in Afghanistan.

    I have visited the Locana Buddha in Luoyang. There are many other magnificent statues there thats carved on mountains and inside caves. Its a beautiful place and a big clean river flows along these statues. Of all the places I have visited in China, Luoyang where these statues are is one of my favourite. It has a very calming feeling there.

  35. someone on Jun 23, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    some of these sites had became a filming site… 🙂

  36. Lim Han Nee on Jun 22, 2011 at 8:52 am

    This ‘collection’ of Buddha statues is awesome and inspiring just to behold! Thank you Rinpoche for sharing it with us.

    It’s gladdens the heart just to see a ‘wave’ of construction of imposing statues in China, signifying, a spiritual revival.Despite the heart-wrenching destruction of statues in the wake of the Cultural Revolution,new and equally or more magnificent statues are now being created. The Chitigharba Bodhisattva, for instance, heralds a new type of ‘artwork’ and ‘a new look’ for a Buddha statue, something in keeping with the times.

    When Dharma flourishes in the great powerhouse of China, as the signs for this to happen are there already,there will surely be a world -wide renaissance!May this come to pass for the benefit of all.

  37. Mic on Jun 21, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    China is going through an exciting rennaisance; a shift from materialism to spirituality. It is about time the Chinese, as a proud and powerful race, takes leadership on exemplary display of compassion to their own countrymen first. On the surface China might pride herself to have many millionaires but all to no avail when there are many more millions destitute, hungry, alone, deperate enough to sell their kidney just for an IPad. Only when people have been touched by compassion can compassion itself starts to breed within the complex social fabric of an ancient civilization that have only recently been seduced by new found wealth. Wealth which innocently disguised as demons of the Three Poisons. Yes, the Chinese NEEDS the Buddha statues; lots of it. However, it is a refreshing start where youth are courting with Dharma. An exciting prospect that will propel China into a powerful nation…..with powerful compassion towards the world. I pray for the day to transpire during my life time.

  38. Andrew Chiam on Jun 21, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche. These giant buddha statues are amazing and its both humbling and blessing experience to be standing under the buddha’s feet. Hopefully one day, I will be able to travel to these holy places and make offering to the buddha. Rinpoche, I am a great fans for your article on buddha statue/temples and thank you so much for the time and trouble for this wonderful article.

  39. KimT on Jun 21, 2011 at 12:26 am

    A country that went into the heart of Buddhism, destroyed holy places and tried to snuff it altogether is now building huge towers of blessings. It is encouraging. You can’t kill the Truth.

  40. Zla'od on Jun 20, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    This is one aspect of Buddhist tradition that I wish the world could move beyond. The third statue was thrown up as a reaction to the FPMT’s controversial* Maitreya Project, and is therefore slightly higher. If the FPMT changes their plans, I suppose we will then see a “Buddha Race” motivated more by ethno-national rivalry than religious devotion.

    *controversial, because it requires the Indian government to force the sale of farmland so that the project may proceed

  41. Li Kheng on Jun 20, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Amazing statues. The Chinese are very blessed that their country is blessed by the magnificent presence of these images of enlightenment!

    Perhaps the blessings of these images contributed to China’s rapid path to prosperity!

    May more gigantic images be build for China to rise further. May powerful and pure teachings of Dharma touch the mindstreams of the Chinese to sustain their road to long-term success.

  42. Ling on Jun 20, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Dearest Rinpoche,
    Thank you for sharing! I aspire to visit all these beautiful, magical sites!

    Having visited the very tranquil, serene and very beautiful “Hai Shan Kuan Yin” – Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva on the waters/sea in Hainan Island, one cannot help but feel utterly bless and speechless. Through the kindness of my brother, my mum and nephews had the great opportunity to “Bao Fuo Jiao” – To pay homage at the Lotus Feet of Avalokiteshvara last year – yes we went up to the landing at the Lotus!

    The feeling is most exhilarating for us as my parents, family, have the opportunity to make pledges, contribution towards the building, construction from 1999 … Seeing the beautiful Avalokiteshvara cpmpleted, paying homage and staying at the hotel right there with a direct view – is really wonderful.

    The farmers, people of Hainan – “Heartlanders” have all chipped in, together with many tourists to build what is there and more to come. Hainan Island has had many natural disasters diverted/lessened – like typhoons, floods, calamity. The surrounding areas too have enjoyed peace, harmony, thriving on love, compassion, kindness, understanding and enjoying health and abundance.

    Construction is still on going to have 999 statues ( at the huge hall/gallery of the Lotus ) so that they have 1000 Buddha statues… they really make it happen!

    All the above collective efforts is very inspiring and is something for us not just to think off but to embrace. And yes, it is up to everyone of us to make KWPC real and shining bright too!

  43. Valentina Suhendra on Jun 20, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    My dear Lama

    Thank you for sharing these pictures. I love them, and they are all magnificent. I always feel happy and peaceful whenever I see beautiful Buddha statues.

    I have seen many work of art during my past travels and seen many statues and paintings created by great artists such as Michaelangelo and Da Vinci. But, they cannot be compared with the experience of seeing a serene beautiful Buddha’s face.

    Warm regards

    Valentina

  44. Lester Lim on Jun 20, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    May the victory banners of Buddhadharma flutter all over China soon! Sadhu! Sadhu!

  45. paris on Jun 20, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    How stunning, thank you Rinpoche for the pictures.

    It’s amazing to know how rich Buddhist history is in China and how much it is a part of Chinese culture and tradition…. the Cultural Revolution may have destroyed many things on the outside, but it is heartening to see that there are many traces of this left.

    I’m really glad to see the Chitigarbha statue being built in Anhui province – isn’t it great to see that statues are still being built and restored throughout the country? Looks like even the cultural revolution couldn’t quash the faith and love for Buddhas that is inherently within the fabric of Chinese culture and people.

    Jia you! More buddhas to come!

  46. Thierry Janssens on Jun 20, 2011 at 11:45 am

    These Buddhas are awesome!
    I think of all the tourists going there “innocently” and being blessed, seeds of enlightenment planted in their mind-stream.
    I think of all farmers and passers by that can see the Buddhas from far away and that also receive blessings.
    I think of all the workers and contractors erecting this statue as a “normal job” but creating merits fueling a future spiritual journey.
    I think about the birds flying around this symbolic representation of an enlightened body and creating merits.
    Really, the erection of these statues is not about the Buddhas, it is about sentient beings needing guidance through the Buddha’s teachings. It’s for us lah…
    Wonderful!

  47. henry ooi on Jun 20, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Magnificent, breath-taking and beautifully made statues.

    I find the stone statue at Yungang, Longmen and Leshan, natural.

    The one at Lushan and Lingshan towering.

    The one at Sichuan and Anhui, artistic.

    The Avalokiteshvara at Hainan, serene.

    The Chitigarbha at Anhui, awesome and beautifully set behind the greens and mountains.

    And the Maitreya at Zhejiang, colorful.

  48. mitra on Jun 20, 2011 at 9:56 am

    dear rinpoche all nice statue.my eye so happy to see buddha.thank you for so much for shere.if i have karma sure one day i viji al nice and holy pleces.

  49. Margaretlee on Jun 20, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these wonderful pics with us.

    Obviously the time, cost and man power involved in each and every buddha statue of this magnificant size is unimaginable. It is also through the construction of these huge buddha statues that shows how precious the buddha dharma is.

    It is said that the creation of any buddha images create vast amount of merits, the amount of merits is equivalent to the number of atoms the image is made up of. It is also heart warming to know that the Chinese are giving so much importance to Buddhism. May all these accumulated merits help to spread Buddha’s teachings far and wide.

    May our huge Tsongkhapa statue for our KWPC (Kechara World Peace Center) manifests quickly in Malaysia!

  50. benji on Jun 20, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Thank you, Rinpochela, for sharing the pictures – such splendour! I was so glad to see the visitors standing at the feet and on the lotus pedestal of the holy statues, viewing and planting good imprints in the mind!

  51. Irene Lim on Jun 20, 2011 at 8:13 am

    These huge Buddha statues are indeed magnificent! Building huge statues like these creates harmony, peace and stability in the region and also reinforces Dharma. Of these statues, I have visited the Shakyamuni Buddha statue at Lantau Island, Hong Kong and Big Buddha of Leshan (Maitreya Buddha), Sichuan Province. I felt really really awesome when I stood next to them. The experience was exhilarating especially when one visits together with Tsem Rinpoche.

  52. Jerry Loudon on Jun 20, 2011 at 4:37 am

    This is so spectacular, seeing these Buddha’s and Bodhisattva’s of that size helps to reinforce the Dharma. It is great that China allows these statutes to be built all over the country with such grandiose size. Truly magnificent.

    • Nicola Hernádi on Jun 20, 2011 at 8:08 am

      Besides the saying that Buddha statues induce merit, giant size compassion and bodhicitta would be far more impressive. What is the motivation to build them?
      In early Buddhism, they only depicted a flame or a sun as Buddha to show the effect his teaching of the Dharma had on the audience, according Buddha’s words: “who sees the Dharma sees me.”
      Beware of sugar-sweet meaningless symbolism, giant toys for infant minds, eventually only inflating ones confusion.

      • David Lai on Aug 19, 2013 at 7:13 pm

        Dear Nicola,
        Its not fair to judge the symbolism as contained within statues to be meaningless. Most Buddhist traditions that exist in the world today venerate the Buddha images as something sacred and meaningful. Ultimately, what you say is true, the attainment of Bodhichitta and realization of emptiness is far more significant than the creation of Buddha images. But let’s face facts, how many of us are spending all our effort in doing so and have signs to show for its success? Since distractions abound and Dharma practice is at a minimal, investment in Dharma symbolism like giant statues have powerful benefits because they are large reminders of our practice and Buddhanature. This is not to mention the merits accrued and the karma purified in the raising of funds and overcoming of large scale problems that comes with the building such colossal images.

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  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Apr 29. 2017 03:09 PM
    Interesting info and article about werewolves. I never knew about its origins and the various wolves existence until I read this. I have thus far know about werewolves only from the movies and the famous twilight show. But one thing I noticed from the articles is the gruesome manner in killing the person (or suspected werewolves). Some were cursed to be a werewolves. There just so much anger, violence and killing in the whole process, which probably the reason why werewolves are known to kill and hurt human and other animals.

    Anyway, whether we believe the existence of werewolf is true or not, I believe that there are other forms of beings in world. And we should not handle or deal with other beings with violence and anger.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html#comment-744320
  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Apr 28. 2017 04:00 PM
    Everything we offer to Buddha is a form of mind transformation and practise our mind to be focus even when doing water offering. When pouring the water into the bowl we have to recite Om Ah Hum (3 times), think positively and pouring it slowly so it does not spill and leaving the space of a grain of rice before reaching the top. After offering we also have to clean the bowls properly without leaving stain. All this is to train our mind.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the many benefits and water offering in a simple to understand article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/making-water-offerings-to-the-buddhas.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 28. 2017 03:38 PM
    Trolls are assiociates as beings of Scandinavian folklore.A large number of different mythological creatures continue to live on in Scandinavian folklore.They have different shapes,habitat and filthy features . There are also numerous tales of trolls told and retold.Trolls are also believed to have the magigal powers, which were folktales ,posses capabilities that are beyond human .What ever it was a remnant of a long-lost reality for sure. I do believe that there’s a very high chance trolls had existed in the past.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing ,i do enjoyed all the stories in these article even though it just folk tales.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/the-hidden-nature-of-trolls.html
  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 11:54 PM
    People always expect return on some contribution being done especially in charity events. When the return was under their expectations then they will feel sad or unhappy.
    As Rinpoche said, Dharma is a teachings to transform our mind to become bodicitta or selfless to benefit others without condition. Once we practiced selfless mind, our mind will not be affected by others people reaction.
    What will be my legacy? I think this is not really important to me anymore once I know Dharma teachings from Rinpoche.
    Thanks Datuk May for sharing to benefit more people.

    Jason

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    Amazing miracles true story …of how Rinpoche helped. With Rinpoche blessing during the children baptismal ceremony,this little boy who had not spoken since 9 years old was able to speake again.Incredible….
    Chef Au truly believes been a vegetarian has help him to collects merits for his son.Rinpoche’s care and compassion has benefited many more people.Through these stories hope more people will be inspired to achieve the state of compassion and attainments.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for this sharing.
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    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 07:51 PM
    Having fully trust and faith in Rinpoche ,Fat monk’s mother was well again, after been diagnosed with cancerious tumour at the liver.
    Following instructions given by Rinpoche, his mother recited mantras and Fat monk did a series of pujas as told,his mother recovered then.
    Amazing……Miracles do happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.
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    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 05:27 PM
    We are no strangers to the creatures called Werewolves. They are often depicted as the Jekyll-and-Hyde-like monsters in movies who are unable to control their animal instincts when they shift from human form to a wolf-like creature, usually during the full moon. Together with the Vampires who can transform into bats, are my childhood imagery villains, who triggered my curiosity on mythical creatures during younger days. They still do, lol.

    It is gruesome to learn that real life werewolves are actually brutal even when they are in human forms. It is a far depict from the movies and fictions, where they are civil and level headed when in human form. I hope one day science or technology can provide more proves the existence of werewolves, and debunk the reason of this mystical shapeshifter.

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    The miraculous power of Protectors’ practice can heal and shield us from negative karma from ripening. Through the blessings of our Guru, coupled with strong faith and trust, the practices will take effect swiftly and effectively. Rejoice to Steven Lee. May he be guided by the Three Jewels always. Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow for sharing the true story with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-10.html
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:57 PM
    This is a very touching article. I totally agree that dog is a man’s best friend. They are always so loyal to the owner. However it is sad that not all pet owners are such. Some will only treat them literally as an animal and therefore do not take good care of them. Dogs or any other animals are beings that have feeling. There should not be neglected and be abused by us. This article reminds us to always care for all beings and respect them.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heartwarming article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 02:21 PM
    Its a heartfelt touching article of this faithful dog.Cannot imagine this ,such a wonderful relationship between that dog and the deceased owner.The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that we will not come back for them That i noticed from observing from my pet poodle.In this case this faithful dog knew his owner won’t be back.
    Dogs are loyal, patient, fearless, forgiving, capable of pure love and have feelings too.He must have missed the owner badly that he wanted to accompany the owner all the way to the resting place.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. May that faithful dog ,continue to serve and well taken, love by the other family members.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:46 PM
    Werewolves are known to be mythical creatures found in fiction instead of lurking in the dark woods,In various parts of the world there were few cases who have gone down in history as real life werewolves Interesting to read it from these post..How far it was true or just legends.,no one really know . Many myths and legends surrounding werewolves .To become a werewolf, it is necessary to be bitten by a werewolf in their form at the time of the full moon. Thats what all of us knew from the movies and from fiction told. Reports of werewolf sightings continued even till this century but mostly in between 1428 and 1447 .The most recent sighting of werewolf sightings in 1972. was in Ohio .but eventually subsided .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting article which i do enjoyed reading it,
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
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    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:11 PM
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    Twenty-Four Holy Places & Eight Great Charnel Grounds part 2 – (focus topic: Eight Great Charnel Grounds)

    At one time there was a god by the name of Rudra who was originally part of Mahadeva’s retinue. He was a very fierce being who also had many of his own consorts. Together with his consorts he began to oppress sentient beings, and promoted violence and unethical behaviour. At that time, Heruka once again arose, and in a dance of great compassionate wrath, liberated Rudra and his consorts from their physical bodies, sending their minds to pure lands. The places where Rudra’s body parts fell became charnel grounds. …read more by clicking the following link:

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  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:07 AM
    This year Wesak Day fall on 10 of May. This day is very special and meaningful to me because I will visit Kechara Forest Retreat(KFR) to join some meritorious event there.
    For me, Wesak is a day to commemorate Buddha Sakyamuni in three aspect( Birth , Enlightened, Nirwana).
    While we celebrate Wesak, we must remind ourselves to learn from Buddha teachings and practice it in order to gain attainment.
    Thanks Rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow for sharing in order to create more understanding on Wesak Day.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/wesak-day-special-on-rtm-2.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 06:10 PM
    OMG! This is very touching. To see a doggie who never left go of his owner in spite of death. Way more powerful than many who proclaimed “till death do us part.” Just like the human, not all doggies are as loyal as this tear-jerking pet, but I truly believe almost all doggies offer unconditional love to the person who feeds and cares for them. Even when they are stray animals. There was a stray dog who will run two streets from the entrance of the “Taman” until the car stops in front of the house, just to greet me. You can imagine the warm and conviction in my heart that these beings are more than capable of loving than many of us, human! Thank you for this lovely sharing. I miss my doggie, Sherab.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 06:00 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow, for this amazing sharing. There is no doubt about the ability of our Guru, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. His incarnations have been compassionate and taken rebirth to return and spread the dharma so that sentient beings can benefit and learn some dharma in our short life.

    We shall never doubt our Guru; but must see that He is one with our Yidam and Protector, an attained being. Even if our Guru does not demonstrate clairvoyance abilities, we must never contest our Guru, for he holds the key (dharma) that can liberate us from eternal suffering in samsara.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html

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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

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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini\'s blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves.
~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini's blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves. ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
: This picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
3 weeks ago
: This picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one\'s death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one's death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin\'s dog Snowy!
3 weeks ago
I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin's dog Snowy!
Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
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Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
 Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
3 weeks ago
2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
3 weeks ago
One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
 Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
3 weeks ago
Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
Tsem Rinpoche\'s Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
3 weeks ago
Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
4 weeks ago
Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
4 weeks ago
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
4 weeks ago
It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
1 month ago
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
1 month ago
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
1 month ago
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
1 month ago
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 month ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 month ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
1 month ago
Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
2 months ago
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
2 months ago
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
2 months ago
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
2 months ago
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
3 months ago
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
3 months ago
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
3 months ago
This is a good one to read
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  • April 20, 2017 10:45
    Ronnie asked: Dear Rinpoche and Pastors, I'm studying abroad and very far away from home, seeking guidance and advice as I have no one else I can talk to about this. Please read with an open mind, I don't know where else to go for help. I'm pregnant and it's an unplanned pregnancy. I'm stuck between keeping it or letting it go. I'm young and having a child at my age in the society we live in now would be considered taboo. The father of the child thinks I should let it go because it may cause a setback to both our careers and cause major family issues. He thinks we aren't ready to raise a child especially since we're both still in university and his parents think badly of me even though they've never met me or tried to get to know me. I'm sure no one would ever have the heart to take away a heartbeat but it seems like it isn't the right time to have a child now and if we did go through with it, the child probably won't be able to have the best things life can offer looking at where we are now in terms of finance and maturity. I'm lost, confused and unsure what the right thing to do is now. Any advice at all would be helpful right now. Thank you so very much for taking time to read my story.
    pastor answered: Dear Ronnie, I’m sorry to read that you are going through this situation. I can understand that this situation is tough to go through. You are always more than welcome to come here to ask questions. May I suggest that you talk to either someone in your family or your friends to help you come to an appropriate solution? This is because, what you feel, what you are going through, will change from time to time and you would need someone to talk to, someone that you can lean on through this situation you are facing. Depending on where you are in the world, professional help can also be sought to help you make a decision, which will be the best option for you seeking help. From a Buddhist perspective, the taking of a life is not considered a positive act, therefore those on the Buddhist path, would normally abstain taking a life if possible. However, that being said, one must always weigh the decision oneself. Everything we do in life, necessarily involves karma both positive and negative. That is why Buddhists try to overcome samsara in general. Your situation is complicated because you are abroad, but if possible you should really open up to someone you are close to in order to help you through making this decision on a personal basis. When you talk to someone, whom you are able to express yourself more, you may able to come to better decision that is right for you. There may be other options open to you if you seek help. I personally know women who have been in similar situations. One of these women, let the child go and the other went through the pregnancy and then gave the child up for adoption. You may or may not have thought of this option, but it is one that could be open to you, depending on where in the world you are. Any decision we make in life, however big or small it may seem, has far reaching consequences whether in this life, or in future lives. This is just a part and parcel of life within samsara. However, we should weigh the decisions we make clearly given the situation we are in. We cannot always do this weighing ourselves, but need to talk about our options with others we can rely on such a friends, family or professionals. You should consider doing this, which will help you greatly emotionally, and may give you the grounding you need to make the correct decision for you. I hope this helps.
  • April 19, 2017 04:57
    Dongho asked: What is a nyung ne practice? According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, it's a purification sadhana. However, what are the instructions for this? I'm guessing it's to Chenrezig, but how does it work? Also, from what I have read, Vajrasattva practice is only for broken vows while Akshobhya is for regular misdeeds. Does that mean one has to take the Akshobhya practice to purify bad karma from this life and previous instead of Vajrasattva? As for the purification practices, are some like Vajrasattva and Chenrezig only to purify the bad karma and let it come quickly or is it to prevent it from coming? I am confused in it. As for signs, I recited a mantra of White Yangchenma that a Sakya lama, Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche, gave me with the Sakya visualizations I read on, and after one mala, I heard some lady call my Korean name even though no one in my neighborhood knows of my name and my family members weren't in the area. What does this mean?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your questions, it’s nice to see you back here again. Nyung Ne practice is a purification practice that centres around Chenrezig. It is a very beneficial practice that stems from a holy nun named Gelong-ma Palmo. It is a two and a half day practice that can be repeated many times over and over again to intensify the purification and build a closer relationship with Chenrezig. As well as its purification aspect, the practice is known to generate vast amount of merit, and also compassion, as the practice centres around Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. The practice involves taking the eight Mahayana precepts for the duration, fasting, meditating, prostrating and praying. The practice usually entails empowerment into the practice of Chenrezig, therefore the exact meditations, prayers can only be explained to those who have the empowerment. Vajrasattva practice is not necessarily only for repairing broken vows, etc. That’s why it is advised that you engage in the practice at the end of the day, to repair any vows that you may have broken during that day, as well as stopping any negative karma you created that day from multiplying. This would entail reciting the mantra 21 times, together with the four opponent powers. However, if you engage in this practice more intensely, it definitely has the capability to purify all sorts of karma. That is the reason why in Ngondro, or preliminary practices one engages in before tantra, the practice of 100,000 Vajrasattva mantra recitation is an integral part. You can read more about Vajrasattva and his practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html. Within purification practices, some of the karma will be purified completely, so you do not feel its effects at all, but when purifying other karma you will need to feel its effects somehow. For example if you have the karma to be in a car accident and get seriously injured, and you are engaging in any practice, but especially the purification practice, since you have purified most of the karma, you will only experience being in a very minor car accident, with only very superficial injuries. Therefore, in this case, the karma has been purified to the extent that it does not affect you as much, but you still need to feel part of its effect. In regards to any signs that you receive which engaging in the practices given to you by one of your specific gurus, you should report the happenings to that particular guru. He will be able to give you more of an accurate answer, as it may be related to the particular practice that he gave to you. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 17, 2017 07:06
    Thomas asked: Dear Pastors, When a serkyem set has been used so much and one is ready to get rid of it and replace it with a new one. What is a respecful mode of disposal?
    pastor answered: Dear Thomas, Thank you for your question. Your question shows that you have a lot of respect for offering items, which is very good. If possible, you should try to repair the item if within your means, and doing so make embellishments to make it a better offering item, which can still be used. If this is not possible, then you should dispose of the item with a good motivation. You should think that this item has been used to make offerings to the enlightened beings, but now that it is broken or unusable, you are going to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. Since it itself is not a receptacle of energies of the enlightened beings, such as a statue, tsa tsa or thangka, it does not require a special dissolution before being disposed of. However since it was used to make offerings, it still requires some form of respect when disposing, and this comes from one’s motivation and the way in which you dispose of it. Usually, when disposing of items in this way, make the motivation that you have used it and that it is now time to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. When you do this you can dispose of it in a respectful manner. For example, if you are going to throw it away, you do not simply open the trash can and throw it in. You wrap it up in something, like a bag or newspaper and dispose of it respectfully. Another method you can dispose of it is to recycle the object, if the material it is made from can be recycled. That way you are more conscious of the environment as well. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 16, 2017 22:38
    Curious asked: Dear pastors In a recent youtube video something like paying respect to deceased ones, pastor Nirel Patel explained that merits are like the interest and good karma is like the principal sum. So merits always regenerate themselves and hence do not get used up but good karma is like the principal sum so it gets used up. So my question is what are practices that generate merit? And can we turn a mundane daily activity into a meritorious one? Maybe can you provide an example?
    pastor answered: Dear Curious, Thank you for your question. First, to clarify a point, in regards to good karma, you are right, it is like a principal sum in a bank account, but you take away from it when you experience something good in your life, and you add to it when you do good deeds. Merit on the other hand, once accrued never diminishes, therefore when something is based on merit, it is based on the energies of this never diminishing sum, which you could say is like interest. In short, the principal sum when talking about karma is always added to and subtracted from. However, when talking about merit, once you have it, there is no way to destroy it, you will always benefit from it. There are various ways to explain how to generate merit. I will explain a way that I find easiest to understand. In normal life, when we go about performing any sort of activity, be it ‘good’ or ‘bad’ we do so out of ignorance of the true nature of existence, and it is usually self-motivated. For example, we work our entire lives to generate monetary income, so that we have enough money, resources, and materials goods to be comfortable. This is self-motivated, but it is the accepted way the world works these days, and is part and parcel of being bound to samsaric life. On the other hand, the act of merit making can be categorised into three parts: i) motivation, ii) the act itself, and iii) dedication. Let’s start with motivation, when engaging in various virtuous acts, we should have the motivation that by engaging in the act, we have the motivation to alleviate the suffering of someone else, and that may we gain enlightenment so that we can benefit them in the future. The second is the act itself. The third is to dedicate the energy of the virtuous act to gaining enlightenment. These three are what make merit. This may be a little confusing, so let me give an example: giving help to a homeless person. Whereas in ordinary life, this is something praised as a very good deed, it does not create merit without motivation and dedication. In order for this to become merit, one must set the motivation that one is giving help to the homeless free of the eight worldly concerns, to alleviate their suffering and also making the motivation that you will achieve enlightenment for the sake of the person or people you are helping. Then after you have helped them, you dedicate the energy created to the spiritual journey towards full enlightenment to help all sentient beings, while at the same time benefiting as many sentient beings as possible on the way there. This transforms the act into not only a virtuous action but also one that generates merit. On the other hand, if you were to help the homeless without these, you are creating good karma, which although beneficial, keeps you bound to existence within samsara. As it is the goal of Buddhist practice to overcome the cycle of samsara, a Buddhist would want to generate merit instead of good karma. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 13, 2017 11:38
    D.A. asked: If Begtse Chan is not from Mongolia, what are his real origins or story exactly? And which lamas offer his empowerment? As for Manjushri Nagarakshasa, which lamas specifically offer his empowerment and practice?
    pastor answered: Dear D.A. Thank you for your question. Begtse, is also known as Chamsing, or Jamsaran in Mongolian. As mentioned in an earlier sharing with someone who also asked a question about Begtse, the practiced was introduced to Tibet from India by the translator Nyen Lotsawa, and is considered one of the main protectors of the Hayagriva cycle of tantras. According to the scriptures that derive from the Sakya tradition, who incorporated the practice from the translators, and in which tradition Begtse became a very important protector, Begtse in a previous life was born many eons ago. In that particular life, he was born as the younger prince in a royal family. His name was Drag Gye, and his older brother’s name was Drag Den. Over time both princes developed differing religious beliefs, to the point where they could not get along with each as they both held their own religious views strongly. As was the custom during that time, they decided to settle their differences through logical debate, with the loser having to convert to the winner’s religion. This custom was also prevalent in ancient India, and there are many stories of such debates occurring between the great masters of the past and those of other faiths. Drag Gye lost the various debates, but ran away instead of converting to his older brother’s religion. Drag Den caught him, and tried to punish him for breaking the rules of debate and going back on his promise. Drag Gye told his brother that even if he was killed he would not give up his religion, however if Drag Den let him go, that in the future when Drag Den became enlightened, he would protect his teachings. With that Drag Den let him go, and gave him a set of copper armour, a stick, and a bow and arrow. Drag Den also gave Drag Gye a new name: Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po. After this incident the two brothers never saw each other again in that lifetime. Many lives after that Drag Den was reborn as Prince Siddharta, who eventually became enlightened and is now known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Drag Gye, or Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po, was reborn in a cemetery in the North West direction. His parents gave birth to two eggs, one was a coral-like colour and the other was an agate-like colour. These two eggs flew high into the sky and reached the heavenly realms, there they subdued the gods. Then flying back down to earth, they subdued many nagas. Eventually they even came to threaten their own parents. The parents petitioned the Dharma protector Ekajati for her help, who threw her own staff (khatvanga) at the eggs, and broke them apart. From the coral-like coloured egg came a ferocious man with yellow hair, he proclaimed that his name was ‘Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po’. When he emerged he was wearing a set of copper armour, wielding a stick, copper sword, and a bow and arrow. From the agate-like coloured egg came a female who was blue in colour, her teeth were like shells, she had turquoise eyebrows, and her hair was made of fire. She emerged wielding a copper knife, ritual dagger (phurba), rode a terrifying bear and wore an intricate necklace made of agate and lapis lazuli. It was then that Ekajati once again took action, and subdued them, after which they became Dharma protectors. The male figure became known as Begtse, and the female as his sister. When you propitiate Begtse, his sister is automatically included and aids practitioners as well. As for which lama offer his practice and empowerment, most lamas do not advertise which teachings or practice they hold. Therefore you should respectfully approach lamas and ask them if they have the practice and can bestow it, or if they know of any lamas that have the practice, depending on how much you want to practice Begtse. Similarly, this applies to those lamas who have the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. However, this practice is included in the Rinjung Gyatsa series of empowerments. This unique cycle of teachings, includes all 4 classes of tantric practices, and includes the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. Therefore those lamas who have received the complete transmission, and have kept their commitments for this practice, are qualified to pass this on to others. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
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