83 Grand Statues of the World

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Please view these wonderful large statues built around the world. They commemorate something close to people’s hearts. Something that brings hope, inspiration or a reminder of something people wish to aspire to. Whether the statues are religious or secular in nature, the human spirit is uplifted when they see something that gives meaning to them in large splendour. I hope you will be blessed by some of these images and I wish you blessings always.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

1. Ushiku Daibutsu of Ushiku, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
Height : 110 m

 

2. Guan Yin of Sanya, Hainan, China
Height : 108 m

 

3. Emperors Yan and Huang of Zhengzhou, China
Height : 106 m

 

4. Dai Kannon of Sendai, Japan
Height : 100 m (2 X Olympic size swimming pool length)

 

5. Peter the Great of Moscow, Russia
Height : 96 m

 

6. Grand Buddha at Ling Shan of Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, China
Height : 88 m

 

7. Dai Kannon at Kita no Miyako park of Ashibetsu, Hokkaido, Japan
Height : 88 m

 

8. Rodina Mat’Zovyot! (Mother Motherland Calls) at Mamayev Kurgan of Volgograd, Russia
Height : 85 m

 

9. Awaji Kannon of Awaji Island, Hyago Prefecture, Japan
Height : 80 m

 

10. Great Standing Maitreya Buddha of Beipu, Hsinchu County, Taiwan, China
Height : 72 m

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11. Leshan Giant Buddha of Leshan, China
Height : 71 m

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12. Mother Motherland of Kiev, Ukraine
Height : 62 m

 

13. Jibo Kannon at Narita-san temple of Kurume, Fukuoka prefecture, Japan
Height : 62 m

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14. Guan Yin at Mount Xiqiao of Nanhai district, Guangzhou, China
Height : 62 m

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15. Aizu Jibo Dai-Kannon (Kuan Yin) of Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima, Japan
Height : 57 m

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16. Tokyo Wan Kannon (Kuan Yin) of Futtsu, Chiba, Japan
Height : 56 m

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17. Hanuman Murti of New Delhi, India
Height : 53 m

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18. Usami Dai-Kannon (Kuan Yin) of Izu Peninsula, Ito, Shizuoka, Japan
Height : 50 m

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19. Dai Kannon (Kuan Yin) of Kamaishi, Iwate, Japan
Height : 48.5 m 

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20. Ten Directions Pu Xian Buddha of Mount Emei, Sichuan province, China
Height : 48 m

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21. Vargen de la Paz (Virgin of Peace) of Trujillo, Venezuela
Height : 46.7 m

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22. Liberty Enlightening the World of Liberty Island, New York, United States
Height : 46 m

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23. Big Buddha of Lushan (Locana Buddha), China
Height : 168 m (world’s tallest statue)

 

24. Lord Murugan of Batu Caves, Gombak, Malaysia
Height : 42.7 m

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25. Grand Byakue Kannon (Kuan Yin) of Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, Japan
Height : 41.8 m

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26. Great Matzu of Meizhou Island, Fujian, China
Height : 40.5 m

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27. Jose Maria Morelos of Janitzio island, Michoacan, Mexico
Height : 40 m

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28. Fo Guang Shan Amitabha Buddha of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, China
Height : 40 m

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29. Lord Shiva of Murudeshwara, district of Uttara Kannada, Karnataka, India
Height : 37 m

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30. The Merlion of Sentosa, Republic of Singapore
Height : 37 m

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31. Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) of Namchi, India
Height : 36 m

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32. Bodhisattva Kannon (Kuan Yin) of Tazawako, Akita prefecture, Japan
Height : 35 m

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33. Cristo de la Concordia of Cochabamba, Bolivia
Height : 34.2 m

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34. Tian Tan Buddha of Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Height : 34 m

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35. Notre-Dame du Sacre-Coeur (Our Lady of the Sacred Heart) of Le Mas-Rillier in Dombes, Ain department, France
Height : 33 m

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36. Golden Maitreya Buddha of Beopjusa, Naesongni-myeon, Chungcheongbuk-do province, South Korea
Height : 33 m

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37. Laozi statue in Mount Mao near Zhenjiang of Jiangsu province, China
Height : 33 m

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38. Mindroling Monastery Buddha of Dehradun, Uttarakhand state, India
Height : 32.6 m

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39. Standing Buddha in Wat Indrawiharn of Bangkok, Thailand
Height : 32 m

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40. Bhaisajyaguru in Nihon-Ji Temple of Kyonan, Awa District, Chiba, Japan
Height : 31 m

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41. Lord Shiva of the Har-ki-Pauri, Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India
Height : 30.5 m

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42. Thousand-arm Kuanyin (Chenrezig/Avalokiteshvara) at Weishan region, Hunan Province, China
Height : 99 m

 

43. Guan Yin of Kek Lok Si Temple, Air Itam, Penang island, Malaysia
Height : 30 m

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44. Cristo Redentor de Concorvado (Christ the Redeemer) of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height : 30 m

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45. Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva, Jiuhua Mountain, China
Height : 99 m

 

46. Buddha at Wat Muang, Aung Thong, Thailand
Height : 95m (312ft)

 

47. Kamakura Buddha, Japan
Height : 13.3m (43.6ft)

 

48. Tsongkhapa at Gandan Monastery, Ulan Bator, Mongolia
Height : approximately 4m (13ft)

 

49. Bamiyan Buddha, Afghanistan (Not existing anymore)
Height : 53m (174ft)

 

50. Buddha at Indosan Nipponji Temple, Bodhgaya, India
Height : 25m (82ft)

 

51. Tongail-Daebul Buddha, Donghwasa temple, Korea
Height : 33m (108ft)

 

52. Buddha at Cheonan, Korea
Height : 14m (46ft)

 

53. Buddha at Kandy, Sri Lanka
Height :40m (131ft)

 

54. Buddha at Dambulla, Sri Lanka
Height : 30m (98ft)

 

55. Buddha at Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
Length :14m (46ft) 

 

56. Buddha at Beruwala, Sri Lanka
Height :  40m (131ft)

 

57. Hussain Sagar Buddha Statue, Hyderabad, India
Height :17m (56ft)

 

58. Monywa Buddha, Myanmar
Length:90m (300ft)

 

59. Buddha at Po Kaung Hills, Myanmar
Height :132m (433ft)

 

60. Buddha at Kyaik Pun, Myanmar
Height : 30m (98ft)

 

61. Buddha at Pattaya, Thailand
Height : 20m (65ft)

 

62. Buddha at Sukhothai, Thailand
Height : 15m (49ft)

 

63. Buddha at Koh Samui, Thailand
Height : 12m (40ft)

 

64. Buddha at Cambodia
(could not find pictures so I ‘ve included a very short video clip for you to see)
Height : unknown

http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/v20496365X3bEXRqh.flv

Or view the video on the server at: http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/v20496365X3bEXRqh.flv

 

65. Buddha at Cambodia
(could not find pictures so I ‘ve included a very short video clip for you to see)
Height : unknown

http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/v2049636626FWXzxf.flv

Or view the video on the server at: http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/v2049636626FWXzxf.flv

 

66. Buddha Amitabha at Lu Shan Mountain, Jianxi Province, China
 Height : 48m (160ft) 

 

67. Jiangsu Province, Guanyun region

 

68. Sichuan Province, Rongxian region

 

69. Jilin Province, Dunhua region

 

70. Shandong Province, Yantai region

 

71. Shanxi Province, Taiyuan region

 

72. Zhejiang Province, Xinchang region

 

73. Stone sculpture of the Tamil poet and saint Tiruvalluvar, 133 feet (40.6 m)

 

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Good news! More pictures of various statues around the world have been found. Please enjoy the pictures and let me know what are your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

75. Mya Tha Lyaung Reclining Buddha, Myanmar
Height: 269 feet (82m)

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76. Avukana Buddha Statue, Sri Lanka
Height: 40 feet (12m)

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77. Bahubali Statue (or sometimes called Gommatesha) in Shravanabelagola, Karnataka, India
Height: 57 feet (17m)

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78. Standing Buddha, Sarnath, India
Height: 80 feet (263m)

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79. Lama Tsongkhapa in XiaQiong Monastery, Qinghai, China
Height: 72 feet (22m)

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80. Buddha Tongil Daebul
Height: 62 feet (18.9m)

 

81. GuanYin of Wuzhong Qu, Suzhou, China
Height: 216.5 ft (66 m)

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82. Wat Puthanimittam Thai Temple, Ipoh, Malaysia
Height: 33ft (10 m)

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83. Xin Yi Fo Yuan Temple, Ipoh, Malaysia
Height: 78ft (24 m)

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I hope you have enjoyed to view these statues around the world. I find them very interesting. All of them.

And I had wished to build something like that also. In Dharma, as many molecules that exist in the Buddha statue and for how long it exists is the amount of merit you collect. The merits are the fuel for us to gain attainments during our meditations/practice. When others pay homage or derive benefit from viewing these Buddha images, you also collect great amounts of merit for being the cause of their merits. Even after you have died, and the statues exist, the merit will still follow you to wherever you are. The merits continue for as long as the statue exists. And the bigger they are the more others will have a chance to see even from a distance. For everyone, even spirits and animals to even see a Buddha image plants the seeds for the causes of enlightenment to spring up in the future. It plants the seed for the causes for the eradication of suffering within oneself to arise in the future. It creates causes to meet a Buddha or a skillful teacher in the future. We have the potential for enlightenment, we just need the causes to make it arise. The innumerable benefits of Buddha statues are beyond imagination.

The two Buddhas in Cambodia are amazing. It shows the devotion of the people to Lord Buddha. Although sometimes livelihood is strained, they still can build something so great. I fold my hands to them. It is a testament to the human spirit and spirituality.

It is truly inspiring. We should all have beautiful shrines at home to inspire us, bless us and our families. To get a perfect representation of the Buddha in our homes is a source of great blessings for many years to come. What a wonderful way to bless our kids and pets also. ‘Investing’ in such a image brings great benefits. We invest in cars and houses but their benefits are temporal and short. While ‘investing’ in a supreme image of an Enlightened beings brings benefit for now and way into the future.

It is the BEST ‘investment’ of your lives. Really it is.

Tsem Rinpoche
 

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  1. Fong on Apr 18, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Thank you for the beautiful images above. Somehow, when statues are large, they impress upon the psyche and makes it difficult to forget once seen. And, they will play on our mind for a long time.

    Even looking at them here, make me wonder how the artisans fashion and construct them. A marvel indeed.

  2. Anne Ong on Nov 29, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    These statues are fabulous! Here are few of the statues that caught my eyes are..3. Emperors Yan and Huang of Zhengzhou, China Height : 106 m,11. Leshan Giant Buddha of Leshan, China Height : 71 m,72. Zhejiang Province, Xinchang region,76. Avukana Buddha Statue, Sri Lanka Height: 40 feet (12m),55. Buddha at Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka Length :14m (46ft)
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these beautiful grand statues on blog. _/\_

  3. Wan Wai Meng on Nov 23, 2016 at 1:15 am

    Big Buddha statues are awe inspiring, not just because of its size but because what it represents which is the enlightened qualities of a fully enlightened being.
    There is a certain calm one gets from just being in the presence of a gigantic Buddha statue, who exudes so much compassion and wisdom.

  4. Vivian Ong on Nov 12, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    Thank you very much Rinpoche for sharing a compilation of the world’s statues. It is amazing to see all these great statues. If given the chance to go for a holiday, I would choose to go for a pilgrimage trip to see these holy sites. It will be a great blessing to see and circumambulate these holy statues.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  5. TekLee on Oct 31, 2016 at 1:32 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the article. They are very beautiful and fascinating! Those people who build the big statues are really great. It’s not easy to build up such a big and beautiful statue. I am always impressed by the ordinary people who do extra ordinary things. In my life time, I must go and visit at least one of the places that Rinpoche mentioned. Although some of them are in Malaysia, but visit other country and see other different big statues is one my wishes. We must treasure the hard work that other people put in for us to enjoy now, and the great things in the world we have now, these big statues are the examples 🙂
    Thank you again Rinpoche _/\_

  6. Yee Mun on Sep 13, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    Thank you rinpoche for compiling and sharing with us Grand Statues of the World. Rejoice to those people that involved in building these big big statues.

    I may not have the chance to visit and pay homage to all the grand Buddha statues, but have chance to look at the photo of these grand statue is already a blessing. May Buddhism continue to flourish and more grand Buddha statues can be build.

  7. Stella Cheang on Aug 17, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    I really appreciate this compilation of greatest outdoor statues of veneration in the world. Spiritual object that brings hope and inspiration is always something close to people’s heart; which is the reason behind the erection of these magnificent statues in the open. It is certainly a display of strong faith and conviction of the devotees to commission these statues. At the same time, it is also a blessing to have these statues in the open space because many people and sentient beings will be able to see the holy statue from afar without hindrance. I hope all the kind people in Malaysia will be inspired to build something of this magnificent scale in Kechara Forest Retreat too. It will be the best legacy we can offer to the next generation. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing info and photos of these 79 statues with us.

  8. Sofi on Aug 15, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the beautiful statues of the world. People show their respect and devotion through the statues to commemorate the greatness or virtue of the statue representation. I love the Buddha statues especially the tall ones where you can see from a far. How wonderful that the people had the merits to have these statues constructed, bringing untold blessings to all sentient beings who had the opportunity to see the Buddha statues.

    It would be wonderful if Kecharian were to work collectively to fulfil Rinpoche’s deep wish of having a tall Medicine Buddha statue built at KFR. What is more meritorious than to fulfil our Guru’s wishes which helps us gain merits to further our practises while blessing and benefitting others with deep imprint.

  9. samfoonheei on Aug 15, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article on these 74 grand statues around the world with beautiful pictures as well. Amazing to see it so beautifully built at that time when technology is not that advance.Cannot imagine how they manage to built it especially those at mountain top or far away from the city. These statues are really magnificent and each individual statues is unique .Do wish Rinpoche that your dream of having build one big statute at KFR be fulfilled.
    Thanks again Rinpoche i did enjoy looking at these beautiful pictures.

  10. Victoria Lam on Aug 14, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing so many magnificent pictures all around the world with beautiful statues.

    I do likes the big statues which naturally crafted with the ancient times on the mountains. It bring so much of peace. Buddhism teaching are so beneficial to every beings.

    We are so fortunate to have few bid statue in Malaysia like Penang,Batu Caves,and also not to forget the biggest Dorje Shugden in Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong, Pahang.

    May all readers do inspired by the beautiful pictures and may visit the places if have an opportunity, and also may advise as a travel guide.

    P/S:Attached with the picture below which is The World Largest Dorje Shugden statue in Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong. Pahang

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  11. Jutika Lam on Aug 10, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article on these 74 grand statues around the world.

    It is really wonderful to know that there are so many huge and grand statues of Buddhist deities residing around the world and watching over the land they preside in.

    It is really mindblowing imagining how these statues are built or how they are carved through mountains. I have great respect for the people who have put in a lot of effort in to building these statues.

    Thank you Rinpoche for taking time to compile these beautiful images for us!

  12. Beatrix Ooi on Aug 9, 2016 at 8:57 am

    These huge statues are absolutely beautiful, it’s amazing how the devotees managed to build them so big. I wish that one day I will be able to visit these great structures, especially those built in the ancient time.

    As we can see, Buddhism has penetrated into peoples’ lives even centuries ago, this is very important because it shows that Buddhism is real and Buddha’s teachings have benefited people, and that is why people built giant statues to commemorate and spread the Buddhadharma.

  13. Wei Theng on Aug 8, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these huge statues. I especially love seeing the Buddha statues regardless it is from which tradition. Always feel peace and calm when I see a Buddha image.

    I remember last time when I used to drive along Federal Highway, I always will look out for the Buddha statue from Buddhist Maha Vihara Temple that I can see from far. I felt peace and safe when I saw that Buddha statue from far especially when I was driving at night. So, it is really great if a Buddha Statue is huge and tall as it can let more people to see from far. May I have a chance to visit all the Buddha statues shared in this blog post.

    p/s: Attached is the picture of the Buddha statue in white in the pagoda in Buddhsit Maha Vihara. At night, we can see clearly it from far when it is lighted up. 🙂

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  14. Pastor KH Ng on Aug 8, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Thank You Rinpoche for this posting of the 74 grand statues of the world.

    It is interesting that most of these grand statues are of Buddhas and Boddhisattvas. Interestingly, statue of Christ in Rio and the Statue of Liberty are amongst the none Buddhist statues.
    The reason Buddhist are so into building big statues is because Buddhist believe that the bigger the statue the more merits one generates by seeing, prostrating and regarding the statues as the actual Buddhas. And we need lots of merits to overcome our selfish minds. All the iconographies of the Buddhas represents certain aspect of the enlightened body, speech and mind. So, by having bigger statues, it benefit beings more.

  15. Echeah on Aug 8, 2016 at 2:18 am

    Wow, these statues are magnificent! Thank you Rinpoche for sharing them. Statues of such magnitude, especially of holy beings will definitely bless the environment, and the living beings therein. We also place statues of enlightened beings on our altars, not to pray to them like idols, but to help in our visualisation and to remind ourselves of the very qualities of the Buddha or deity that we aim to achieve.

  16. Lin Mun on Aug 5, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    These are very beautiful statues. Thank you for sharing this pictures. I particularly like Leshan Giant Buddha. It is amazing that people can carve such a huge Buddha even without much technology assistance during that time.

    This shows the love, compassion and determination towards Buddhism. May all the statues bless the land and those who visited the area.

  17. HelenaC on Aug 3, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    Wowwwww. Incredible. What a blessing to have such a huge statue to blessed the region, the land and the people. And the people whom involved in the project will leave them a legacy. Nice…
    I Wish Kechara Forest Retreat’s Medicine Buddha Hill will manifest soon to have huge medicine Buddha statue.
    Thank you for sharing such an amazing blog post Rinpoche.

  18. Steven Tennant on Dec 24, 2015 at 1:44 am
  19. wooishen on Dec 23, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thanks for your sharing… Now i just know that in Japan have so many big Grand Statues…. Wish i can visit all great Buddha statues… Rejoice…

  20. Cynthia Lee on Oct 9, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Thank you for compiling this post for us to feast our eyes. I rejoice for those who left such grand legacies during their short lifetime which continuously bring benefits to many others in the years to come. May I have the wisdom now and future lives to always invest in statues which brings the best returns rather than meaningless investments that I cannot bring to my next life.

  21. Casteven Lim (KHJB) on Oct 9, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thanks for touring us all around the world with so many sacred stunning huge holy statues. We are probably hard to visit those places one by one but now we just can visit by our fingertips through Rinpoche blog.

    I totally agree what Rinpoche wrote in the article;
    ” ‘Investing’ in such a image brings great benefits. We invest in cars and houses but their benefits are temporal and short. While ‘investing’ in a supreme image of an Enlightened beings brings benefit for now and way into the future.
    It is the BEST ‘investment’ of your lives. Really it is. ”

    No matter how smart or wise to Invest and get return, to help or contribute to built a Huge Buddha statue definitely the great Investment for us to gain the Return not only in this life time.

    Hopefully we will have a Giant Vajra Yogini, Giant Lama Tsongkhapa and Giant Dorje Shugden statues in Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia soon (with folded hands). I truly wish i may be a part to contribute and sponsor to built big statues in KFR.

    Your sincerely,
    Casteven

  22. Julien Roth on Nov 26, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Its so nice to know that there are so many amazing statues around the world. So many statues, and so many different religions represented behind them. They are all equally beautiful in their own special way.

    I am happy to say i have seen three of these 74 great statues. I have seen the Merlion in Singapore, The Lord Murugan in Batu Caves and the Tian Tan Buddha of Ngong Ping in Hong Kong. Seeing such amazing and huge statues was truly a wonderful experience for me. I think that everyone should be able to have the same experience as me.

    When it comes to the statue in Batu Caves and the statue in Hong Kong there is a large number of steps if you want to reach the foot of the statue. Sometime i wonder why this is. It may be because it is on a mountain, or maybe its a message. Maybe the message is that you need to work hard and push yourself to achieve peace and be with the Buddha. Just one of my thoughts. Not very developed yet though.

    Thank you Rinpoche for taking the time out of your busy schedule to gather all the images and information for all of us to read. I really appreciate it Rinpoche.

  23. Jacinta Goh on Nov 20, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    Rinpoche, thank you for compiling and sharing it here.It is the easiest and convenient way for us to pay homage to all the ‘colossal’ statues (especially Buddhas’ statues) in the world in one shot. It is indeed a testament to the human spirit and spirituality. This is the ‘BEST’ investment ever as the generation of merits will never stop as long as the statue exist. May it also benefits those who hear or think about it!

  24. Pee Bee Chong on Nov 17, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing the images of Buddha and the benefits of ‘investing’ a supreme image of an Enlightened beings.

    We invest in cars and houses but their benefits are temporal and short. ‘Investing’ in a supreme image of an Enlightened beings brings benefit for now and way into the future. It is the BEST ‘investment’ of our lives.

  25. Edwin Tan on Nov 16, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    From this article, I can see that Japan really loves Guan Yin [Kannon], and they have many variations of her.

    It is amazing that some statues are carved right out from cliffs / mountains. Really great works…

    Too bad the Bamiyan Buddha statue is destroyed… but I understand the people are restoring the statue, great effort by them.

    Thank you for the lovely statues around the World, Rinpoche.

  26. pema thrinley on Sep 13, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Thank you so much rinpoche,

    they are so wonderful that some i have never seen. thank you for creating the thud of inspiration.
    long live My Guru

  27. Valerie on May 11, 2014 at 4:34 am

    All of these are so beautiful <3

  28. Lucas Roth on Oct 16, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    this is amazing to know that all these countries have buddhism and all these countries have such beautiful statues, i have seen two of these statues which is the one at the batu caves and the one at lantau island. thank you Rinpoche for sharing this

  29. RR on Sep 24, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    This Statue measuring 133 ft can also be included, details

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thiruvalluvar_Statue

  30. Carmen Lin @ KMP on Sep 18, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this. I’m awed with the huge statues, these are not just a tourist attraction but a blessing generator to the surrounding. Buddha image does have the energy of calming the area and enable those who involved in the building of the huge Buddha statue generate merits. It is very inspiring to see the Cambodians able to build such a magnificent Buddha statue hope that I can have the devotion and the heart to build a Holy image.

  31. Wylfred Ng on Sep 16, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Wow there are so many amazing statue in the world. I really appreciate the people who built those statues and preserve it well so that we are still able to blessed by those statue in the future. I hope that one day we will have a world’s biggest Lama Tsongkhapa statue in the future.

  32. Wan Wai Meng on Sep 15, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Statues can be awe inspiring and send a strong message to people’s minds about what the country, place or the message that is top be conveyed. Lets work hard so we can build the large buddhist statues in Malaysia so it can benefit Malaysians.

  33. jerrysito on Sep 15, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    真的非常感恩上师詹杜固仁波切,设立了这个blog

    因为师父慈悲,让我们即使是只坐在电脑前面,就能够用短短的时间,看了那么多宏伟及庄严的佛像

    我想师父是如此的慈悲,知道我们没有能力飞去那么多的地方,就运用这平台,给予我们机会与各位大佛见面,并因此当我们观看每一张照片的时候,就已经善巧的为我们种下了,强大的佛法印记

    我深信当我们在佛法修行上迷路的时候,这佛法印记就会立刻出现来帮助我们,因为这是师父用心来给于身为弟子的我们最大的祝福与加持啊~

  34. Adrian Cho on Sep 3, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    This is Fantastic and Awesome, that now I can knows more about so many kind of different statue from each country. It was a nice places and so bless, when I looks on all this pictures.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this meaningful post to us.

  35. wansan on Aug 31, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Wow. Little did I know there are so many beautiful and big Buddha statues around the world. I must go and visit them one day! I like these 2 Buddha statue; one is the Hussain Sagar Buddha Statue, Hyderabad, India andother one is the Buddha at Wat Muang, Aung Thong, Thailand. This shows how much effort and hard work the workers put into it. The details of the statues are so intricate. Thank you Rinpcohe for sharing these holy images to us. _/\_

  36. Yasmin on Aug 27, 2013 at 10:28 am

    These statues are amazing! My favourite one was the statue in Shanxi Province, Taiyuan region. I wonder how they have built those statues that dated back to A.C! How did they even plan those designs out? and did those workers who completed it wear any gear or anything why building the statues? It must be really hard to build one of these statues. The statues look really magnificent.

  37. Albert Ratchaga on Aug 27, 2013 at 8:47 am

    It’s very beautiful to see all these Big statues in around the countries, we can also see that country who bare have enough for themselves can also come out funding for building Big statues, that means Buddhism for them is being in such high position that they willing to give in anything for it. Wish to see more and more coming Big statues around the world, it’ll show the growth in spirituality..

  38. Low KHJB on Aug 24, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Thank you for the sharing Rinpoche. These Grand Statues situated around the world is truly amazing.There is also a lot of interesting statue of worship we could find in Malaysia.As mention in the earlier blogs,we should make it a point to visit the Buddhist shrines in Kuantan.
    But,most of all I would like to visit KFR fully completed as there is a lot of generous sponsor or would be sponsors to complete our Guru vision of a great destination to perform a holy pilgrimage right here in Malaysia .For the whole world to see and benefit spiritually.

  39. beatrix ooi on Aug 19, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    I love all the statues! It has shown that how much effort and hard work the people have put in to building all these statues, the statue builders sure have benefited and influenced a lot of people around the world. It would be a great honor to be able to visit these magnificent statues, my family and I have visited the one in Lantau Island, I was very fascinated by the statues and arts, the people really loved what they were doing( making statues).

  40. Casteven Lim (KH JB) on Aug 19, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche that bringing us travel around the world and have a quick view for such holy and scared sciences…

    May Kechara Forest Retreat being complete swiftly and KWPC manifest soon to let more and more peoples around the world being blessed…

  41. Grace Leu(KHJB) on Aug 19, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing.it was great to have view the great statues of the world.i like Rinpoche’s advice and agree that to have Buddha statues, it really can inspire us, bless us and our family members and friends. This is really good investment which will only bring in positive results to us . material investment cannot last long some even become a liability. ..think twice to make a good choice can benefit many many life time.

  42. Adrian Cho on Aug 19, 2013 at 3:10 am

    Wow…. This is fantastic and wonderful, that now I can knows more about grand big Buddha statue at so many places in this world. Also it is so nice and beautiful when looks on all this pictures and I feel blessed 🙂

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post to us.

  43. Shelly tai on Aug 18, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Dear Rinpoche for sharing all these beautiful statues. I love all the Buddhas statues but in particular the wrathful one they do not look scare to me even the very first time when I see them . Rinpoche is right we need to have a altar as much as we can make our altar neat and make offering everyday it do bring peace and harmony to our home.

  44. Julien Roth on Aug 18, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Wow, these statues are all so amazing. I actually have seen the statue on Lantau Island, Hong Kong. It was really cool to be able to see one of the 71 greatest statues of the world. I have also seen others on this list like the Merlion in Singapore. They are all very Grand Statues indeed. Thank you for sharing this with us Rinpoche. I hope that i am able to see other ones of these statues some day.

  45. edward ooi on Mar 4, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, what Rinpoche said is very true. These 65 Grand Statues of the World is very beautiful, it shows how much efforts the workers put into building it. I hope that all the statues in the world will touch every living beings live and I also hope that the workers that build these statues, may they be reborn is the 2 higher realms.

  46. Wan on Jun 18, 2012 at 12:03 am

    Thank you for sharing the beautiful statues, many of them i never see before. Its quite amazing to see that even in the poor country which difficulty in their livelihood but they donate money to build holy statues. its show that those people are treasure and know the value of Buddhist like what Rinpoche mention above ‘We invest in cars and houses but their benefits are temporal and short. While ‘investing’ in a supreme image of an Enlightened beings brings benefit for now and way into the future.
    It is the BEST ‘investment’ of your lives.

  47. Volker Pöschel on Mar 3, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Thanks for the great pictures. May be you join the Hermann-Denkmal in Germany? Its height is complet 53.46 m (the figur on top is only 26,57). Since last year the is also a Jesus in Poland, like the one in Rio, but bigger.

  48. prasad on Dec 17, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    super status

  49. Ani Kunzang on Nov 9, 2010 at 3:08 am

    Thank you, Rinpoche. These pictures are breathtaking. To see one after the next opens the heart like standing on a mountain top. I had not really thought about that momentary effect of spaciousness they create in the mind. Nature does that too, like Uluru in Australia, or the Grand Canyon in the USA or the Himalayas – where for a moment all our regular sense of perspective shifts and becomes disoriented as our minds cannot comprehend the vastness. I love Kuan Yin especially, so was very happy to see her beauty so many times! And when I was a young adventurer (a long time ago lol) I travelled thru Asia and had the extraordinary blessing to visit the Bamiyan Buddhas. I had no idea of the spiritual significance at that time, but still feel an echo of the impact of their vast presence carved in the ancient earth.
    Thank you also for reminding us that a sacred image carries blessings beyond our imagination, through space and time.

    • Michael C. on Apr 30, 2014 at 4:56 am

      Hello there. lol. Tulku Ahkon Norbu Lhamo gave me the name “Dondrub Dragpa” when i took Refuge with Her in november 2013.

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  51. preet kamal punjab on Sep 22, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    hi, mainu eh saariya murtiya nu dekh k kaafi changa lga,thank,s

  52. Anila on Sep 8, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for taking so much trouble to put these beautiful pictures of the 65 Grand Statues of the world in your blog for us to see. I notice majority of the pictures taken are mostly in South East Asia apart from the few taken in the western countries. The statues are mostly of Buddhas and Kuan Yin and a few of other deities. Since most of the statues which are Kuan Yin and Buddhas represent compassion. The countries that built the statues are people who probably would think that people should have compassion first before emnbarking on giving help. I notice there are also two pictures one of Our lady of the sacred heart. And another of Jesus Christ. Both are also beings of compassion.

  53. ngeowchin on Aug 30, 2010 at 11:35 am

    All the creations above are expressions of art, devotion, human endeavour and spirituality. All very inspirational and they embody a special quality which touch the beholder’s heart and soul.
    My wish is to see more Lord Tsongkapa’s image in every country of the world and the quick manifestation of Kechara World Peace centre to provide the inspiration.
    Thank you Ripoche for introducing us to all the above wonderful statues. I would not have been able to see every one of them in my lifetime.

  54. Christoph on Aug 24, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Hello !!!

    Yesterday, I saw H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche’s Twitter on the 65 Grand Statues of the World. As he loves sacred art very much, it inspired me to make this video of the Tian Tan Buddha in Hong Kong.

    Thank you for His Eminence’s good inspirations and for all your precious work !!!

    Plenty of good and peaceful energies and inspirations to all of you !!!

    Christoph

    Hearing the Dharma
    http://vimeo.com/14343137

    About this video:
    “Hello everybody !!!

    On 16th july 2010, I had the chance to go to Lantau Island, Hong Kong, to see the Tian Tan Buddha of Ngong Ping.

    It was a very inspiring visit. The atmosphere was very special. There was everything from heavy heavy rain and wind to crystal clear sunshine. It was as if nature displayed all her palette of moods. And all this was happening on the background of peaceful, open space … which the Tian Tan Buddha helped one to become aware of.

    The statue is very beautiful and inspiring. With the right hand the Buddha makes the mudra (the gesture) of “fear not”, with the left hand he performs the mudra of giving. With his hands he also beautifully joins heaven and earth.

    Six Devas, or deities, are presenting their offerings to the Buddha : flowers, incense, lamp, ointment, fruit and music. They symbolize the six paramita, the six perfections or transcendent actions, which while we are trying to practice them help us to free ourselves from the grip of the ego. The six paramita are generosity (dana), morality (shila), patience (kshanti), zeal (virya), meditation (dhyana) and wisdom (prajna).

    The whole atmosphere was one of “hearing the dharma”. The Indian notion of Dharma is like the Chinese idea of Dao or Tao (Do in japanese), the Way of things, the way of the cosmos. It is like the European idea of the “music of the spheres”. The root of the word “dharma” is “dhr”, which in sanskrit means “to sustain”. So dharma is that which sustains everything : the universe, life, nature, our diverse traditions, our own personal lives. This is why it also has the meaning of path, religion, duty, righteousness, appropriateness … It is the ultimate dynamic or/and order of what is.

    To illustrate the pictures, I found it appropriate to use Cyril Morin’s composition “The Four Noble Truths” which was part of the soundtrack to the film “Samsara”.

    The four noble truths are : the truth of suffering (Dukkha), the truth of the origins of suffering (Dukkha Samudaya), the truth of the cessation of suffering (Dukkha Nirodha) and the truth of the noble eightfold path leading to the cessation of suffering (Dukkha Nirodha Gamini Patipada Magga). The eightfold path consists of right view, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness and right concentration.

    I was inspired today to make this video by a little posting I saw on the internet by H. E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on 65 Grand Statues of the World that bring the people of the world “hope, inspiration or a reminder of something people wish to aspire to.”

    Thank you Tsem Tulku Rinpoche for your inspirations and thank you to all of you who contribute to make this world a more inspired place 😉 !!!

    Lots of good and peaceful energies and inspirations to all of you !!!

    Christoph

    (23/08/2010)”

  55. Girlie on Aug 24, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Such collosial structures yet not intimidating.
    Thank you Rinpoche for these wonderful pictures.
    Surely our Lama Tsongkhapa statue in KWPC will
    also be inspiring.

  56. Wan Wai Meng on Aug 23, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Very inspiring to see huge Buddhas and representations of the enlightened mind. Huge Lama Tsongkhapas have been built in the past in Tibet which can calm down the entire environment and create a harmonious situation. The bigger the Buddha statue the more merit we can accrue if we pray or make offerings to what good qualities these huge Buddhas represent.

  57. Shirley Maya Tan on Aug 23, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Wow! Such beautiful statues!!!
    I did not even know that there were so many huge statues all around the world. I was very surprised to see that there are so many giant statues in Japan. They do make beautiful Kuan Yin statues – very Zen, serene.

    Although all 65 are essentially Buddha statues, but the individual culture of the country defines the unique style and look of these statues. One can tell the difference between a Thai Buddha Statue from a Chinese or Indian Buddha statue. They are all exquisite in their own right.

    Thank you, Rinpoche for taking the time to research, scan and select all these gorgeous pictures. Thank you.

  58. Patsy on Aug 23, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    The statues are so majestic and beautiful! One day we will have a big Lama Tsongkhapa in Kechara World Peace Center!

  59. wan on Aug 23, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing amazing big Buddha statues around the world. Its heart warming to see how people in different countries devoted themself to Buddhism by making big statues which benefit many people currently and will benefit many generation of us in future.

    Valentina and her friends from indonesia have booked tickets to thailand to visit a big Buddha statue at Wat Muang, Angthong. She was inspired by Rinpoche blog of big Buddha statue earlier. its a thoughtful of her for a wonderful trip.

    May Rinpoche wishes of having a big Statue in Malaysia be fulfill. May we create causes and be a part to make it manifest.

  60. Andrew Chiam on Aug 23, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thanks for your time and sharing on such a wonderful compilation of the magnificent statue. A very enlightening article for mid-day reading.

    Thanks.

  61. Andrew James Boon on Aug 22, 2010 at 12:18 am

    What beautiful statues indeed! Thank you Rinpoche for sharing! The details on some of the Buddha images are amazing. Thierry and I were fortunate enough to visit the one in Penang (Kek Lok Si)and Koh Samui recently.

    I actually prefer the Kuan Yin statue in Penang without its current structure (roof and pillars). I feel it is more majestic and visible from afar without it (as in the picture here).

    Looking at these statues makes me dream of the beautiful statues we will have in KWPC. Something I want to manifest with all my heart. It would be wonderful to live and die there in the mountains…

  62. mitra on Aug 21, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    very nice statue. i like all holy statue.i m hear in malaysia but when i see all statue my mine allready there to vijit.i get bless from this all statue.i m verry happy to see holy tample and holy statue.in nepal also i fallow my mom to go many holy mandir.and she so kind alot of cloth food, umbrella,sweet water,frout, she offer to poor people.we not hight level but my mom always give to other.thank you rinpoche for all holy temple and holy statue to see us.thanky so much.

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  • 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

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/what-will-be-your-legacy.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 08:56 PM
    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.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-4.html
  • Samfoonheei
    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.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-3.html
  • Stella Cheang
    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.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 05:07 PM
    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
  • Valentina
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:11 PM
    Join our blog chat session this Saturday 11AM – 12PM (GMT +8) on the topic of:

    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
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 05:50 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow, for the illustrated miracle story on how Rinpoche guided Cynthia and Marici away from danger through protector’s practice. The unseen exist, whether we like it or not. Some of them are malicious and have the affinity or karma with some of us. Hence they can cause harm and disturbance. By engaging in Protectors’ practice like Dorje Shugden and Setrap that have been practiced by the high lamas of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, we are protected and guarded against harm.

    Rinpoche is compassionate and only want the best for us. His teachings are not meant to show off the power of the divines but offer us a way out from our desperate samsara conundrum that binds us from engaging in deeper spiritual practice. Rinpoche always teaches us to focus on mind transformation and Tsongkhapa practice. How fortunate we are to have met Rinpoche in this lifetime. We must not let this rare and precious opportunity go to waste.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-12.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 04:30 PM
    Miracles do happen,when we have faith and trust in our Guru.What is important is to follow Rinpoche’s advice and do as instructed by our Guru to clear the osbtacles all the way.Angie and Herry were so fortunate to have meet Rinpoche.Its because of Rinpoche ‘s compassion and caring for his student Angie’s life was saved.Infact Rinpoche has helped many people through his intervention, advice and instructions.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing miracles stories which i enjoyed reading.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 02:45 PM
    WOW….interesting a miracles true story. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.Reciting mantras by family members and doing 20 pujas done at the monastery to help the baby. These proved that pujas, which have been done for hundreds of years in the monasteries are very powerful methods for us to overcome difficulties, create huge amounts of merit and for protection, good health and long life.This show us how powerful pujas can help us when we have trust and faith in our Guru.And with Rinpoche divination,the baby was born and now a healthy boy.
    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.
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: 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.
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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.
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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
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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
3 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
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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.
4 weeks 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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A section for you to clarify your Dharma questions with Kechara’s esteemed pastors.

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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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