Amongst White Clouds – Amazing!

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Dear Friends,

I just completed watching a incredibly inspiring documentary on the hermit monks/nuns in Zhongnan Mountains of modern day China called “Amongst White Clouds” by Edward A. Burger – a 2005 film. Buddhism has been very strong for thousands of years in China and I thought perhaps during the Cultural Revolution coupled with the onslaught of materialism overtaking China today, ascetic Buddhist practice may not be strong anymore. I was wrong. It was incredible to come across this moving and well made film.

It is reported with great reverence within the deep Zhongnan Mountain valleys live more than 5,000 Buddhist hermit monks and nuns today. They live off the land, spend most of their time in meditation and do not intermingle with the secular world. They live simply in the mountains and all their energy is focused on gaining deeper insights according to the teachings of the Buddha. Related to this video is Mr. Bill Porter and his works. His book inspired Edward A. Burger to create this beautiful documentary. I really loved this documentary and will watch many times again in the future repeatedly. I have also ordered the video online to get a copy I can carry with me wherever. I have ordered Bill Porter’s (Red Pine or Chinese: 赤松) book “Road to Heaven” also and looking forward to reading very much. I must thank Mr. Bill Porter and Mr. Edward A. Burger for their contributions to our understanding of the profound path of Zen, China’s spiritual culture and introducing us to the incredible modern day masters of Zhongnang Mountain.

Well, please read on so you can understand, learn and be inspired.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Eastern mystic

By Yang Guang (China Daily)

Writer Bill Porter may be American but he is best known as an authority on Chinese religious culture

American writer and translator **Bill Porter says he could have been Chinese in his last life.”Perhaps I was an ancient Chinese,” the 69-year-old quips, because when he first learned Chinese in the late 1960s, he found vernacular Chinese quite difficult, while classical Chinese was easier.

He is recognized as an authority on Chinese religious culture not only among Westerners, but among Chinese as well.

Porter has published three cultural travelogues about China. He has also translated a dozen Chinese classics on Buddhism, Taoism and poetry as well, under the pseudonym Red Pine.

His most recent offering, Yellow River Odyssey, recounts his three-month expedition in 1991, from the mouth of the river, which is known as the “cradle of Chinese civilization”, in Dongying, Shandong province, to its source in Qinghai province. The book will be available in English in the latter half of this year.

“Two decades later, I still recall in my dreams how I listened to the roaring of the river and how I could hardly breathe at the river source,” he says.

Porter’s connection with China started when he was enrolled in the PhD program in anthropology at Columbia University.

He half-heartedly chose Chinese as his major to get a language fellowship.

He had always tried to understand life but he says it wasn’t until he read Alan Watts’ The Way of Zen that he finally made sense of it.

“When I encountered Buddhism, I didn’t have any problem understanding exactly what it was talking about,” he says. Porter then started meditating on weekends with a Chinese Buddhist monk.

His pursuit of Buddhism took him to Taiwan in 1972, where he stayed for a year at the Fo Guang Shan Monastery with master Hsing Yun.

Then he landed at the Chinese Culture University as a student in philosophy, and met his Chinese wife there.

He rented a stone farm shed on top of Yangming Mountain and started translating poems by hermit poet Cold Mountain (AD 691-793).

It was then that he adopted “Red Pine” as his Chinese name, only to discover later it was also the name of a famous ancient Taoist.

To support his family after he married, Porter worked for six years at a radio station in Taipei as a news editor.

He began to wonder if Buddhist hermits still survived in the Chinese mainland in 1989, but didn’t have the money to embark on the exploration.

By chance, he had an interview with Winston Wong, son of Wong Yung-ching, one of the richest men in Taiwan. Wong was fascinated by his idea and financed his trip.

Porter traveled to Zhongnan Mountain in Shaanxi province and discovered that the hermit tradition was still very much alive, as dozens of monks and nuns continued to lead solitary lives in quiet contemplation, deep in the mountains.

He recorded his visits and interviews in Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits. The book is considered a window on – and has helped revive interest in – the phenomenon of Chinese hermits.

Tang Xiaoming, Porter’s Chinese publisher, says the book has sold more than 100,000 copies since 2005.

Former literary editor Zhang Jianfeng decided to search for hermits in Zhongnan Mountain himself, after reading Porter’s book in 2008. The 35-year-old has visited more than 600 hermits to date and became chief editor of a magazine dedicated to promoting traditional Chinese culture.

Porter returned to the United States in 1993, settling in Port Townsend, a coastal town of about 8,000 residents.

Since 2001, he has organized biannual trips to China for American tourists, who find out about him through word of mouth.

He is planning a trip in October to search for the residences and tombs of 20 Chinese poets.

Source: (China Daily 06/15/2012 page30)
http://europe.chinadaily.com.cn/epaper/2012-06/15/content_15505039.htm


Very inspiring documentary movie here. You must be in a quiet place and focus so you miss nothing. Some of the subtitle texts disappear too fast, but there is enough to understand what is happening. Enjoy and be inspired:

 

Or view the video on the server at:
http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/Amongst_White_Clouds.mp4

 

Fantastic Buddhist masters of the Zhongnan Mountains of modern day China. Prostrations to these hermits/masters, may I make offerings to them one day soon.

 

Great master of Zhongnan Mountains who has been meditating in the mountains in modern China for unknown years. Prostrations. Tsem Rinpoche

 

A simple nun hermit who lives in the Zhongnan Mountains engaged in her practice. She ate only wild plants that grew abundantly when she first arrived. To endure hardship is to grow. Tsem Rinpoche

 

One of the hermitages in Zhongnan Mountains where hermit monks and nuns live solitary lives of deep meditation. Tsem Rinpoche

 

Another house in Zhongnan Mountains where a hermit monk lives, meditates and practices. Powerful. I would love to visit if it’s allowed. Many of these masters do not accept visitors as it disturbs their daily meditations. Tsem Rinpoche

 

Another hermit house. According to China Tour Advisory website, there are over 5,000 monks/nuns living in Zhongnan Mountains meditating. Prostrations to these great beings. Tsem Rinpoche

 

One of the monks living in Zhongnan Mountains. In their tradition, they have to be under tutelage of a master for 3-10 years before solitary meditation on their own.

 

 

 

“I’ve lived on old mountains so many years, following the way of forests and springs, no one will visit, just clouds floating by, grass for a bed, blue sky for a quilt, happy with a rock for a pillow, let the world go about its changes.”~Hanshan, Tang Dynasty monk and poet

 

Hanshan (Chinese: 寒山; pinyin: Hánshān; literally: “Cold Mountain”, fl. 9th century) was a legendary figure associated with a collection of poems from the Chinese Tang Dynasty in the Taoist and Chan tradition. No one knows who he was, or when he lived and died. In the Buddhist tradition, Hanshan and his sidekick Shide are honored as emanations of the bodhisattvas Mañjuśrī and Samantabhadra, respectively. In Japanese and Chinese paintings, Hanshan is often depicted together with Shide or with Fenggan, another monk with legendary attributes.

 

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*[American director Edward A. Burger takes us on his unforgettable journey into the hidden lives of China’s forgotten Zen Buddhist hermit tradition.

Amongst White Clouds is a look at the lives of zealot students, gaunt ascetics and wise masters living in isolated hermitages dotting the peaks and valleys of China’s Zhongnan Mountain range. The Zhongnan Mountains have been home to recluses since the time of the Yellow Emperor, some five thousand years ago.

Many of China’s most realized Buddhist masters attained enlightenment in this very range! And now? It is widely thought that this tradition was all but wiped out by the twists and turns of history. Amongst White Clouds shows us this is not the case.

One of only a few foreigners to have lived and studied with these hidden sages, Burger reveals to us their tradition, their wisdom, and the hardship and joy of their everyday lives.

With both humor and compassion, these inspiring and warm-hearted characters challenge us to join them in an exploration of our own suffering and enlightenment in this modern world. (Excerpt from amongstclouds.com)]

 

Or view the video on the server at:
http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/Red_Pine_Bill_Porter.mp4

 

 

Other works by Bill Porter from Wikipedia

  • P’u Ming’s Oxherding Pictures and Verses Empty Bowl, 1983. (translator)
  • Cold Mountain Poems Copper Canyon Press, 1983. (translator)
  • Mountain Poems of Stonehouse Empty Bowl, 1985. (translator)
  • The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma Empty Bowl, 1987; North Point Press, 1989. (translator)
  • Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits Mercury House, 1993. (author)
  • Guide to Capturing a Plum Blossom by Sung Po-jen. Mercury House, 1995. (translator)
  • Lao-tzu’s Taoteching: with Selected Commentaries of the Past 2000 Years Mercury House, 1996. (translator and editor)
  • The Zen Works of Stonehouse: Poems and Talks of a Fourteenth-Century Chinese Hermit Mercury House, 1997. (translator)
  • The Clouds Should Know Me by Now: Buddhist Poet Monks of China Wisdom Publications, 1998. (editor, with Mike O’Connor; and contributing translator)
  • The Collected Songs of Cold Mountain Copper Canyon Press, 2000. (translator and editor)
  • Diamond Sutra Counterpoint, 2001 (translator and extensive commentary)
  • Poems of the Masters: China’s Classic Anthology of T’ang and Sung Dynasty Verse Copper Canyon Press, 2003. (translator)
  • The Heart Sutra: the Womb of Buddhas Washington: Shoemaker & Hoard, 2004. (translator with extensive commentary)
  • Zen Baggage: A Pilgrimage to China Counterpoint, 2008. (author)
  • In Such Hard Times: The Poetry of Wei Ying-wu Copper Canyon Press, July 1, 2009. (translator). Awarded 2007 PEN Translation Fund Grant from PEN American Center. Winner of the American Literary Translators Association’s inaugural Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize in 2010.
  • Lao-tzu’s Taoteching: Translated by Red Pine with selected commentaries from the past 2000 years revised edition, Copper Canyon Press, 2009.
  • Guide to Capturing a Plum Blossom by Sung Po-jen Copper Canyon Press, 2011 (translator)
  • The Lankavatara Sutra: Translation and Commentary Counterpoint, 2012, (translator)
  • The Mountain Poems of Stonehouse Copper Canyon Press, 2014, (translator)
  • Yellow River Odyssey Chin Music Press 2014 ISBN 0988769301

(Transcript)

Amongst White Clouds

 

Monk: Once delusion is extinguished, your wisdom naturally arises. And you don’t differentiate suffering and joy. Actually this joy and this suffering, they are the same. The same.

(Beijing Railway Station, Autumn 2003)

Commentator: I bought this book of Chinese Buddhist poetry. Poems that are 1400-1500 years old. I bought it this at this used bookstore in Portland for like 2 dollars. I guess that I was about 19. There was a kind of amazing wisdom there, the people who wrote these poems knew something, something that I wanted to know. I found a book in the monastery library, when I was studying in India, studying Buddhism. This book called “Road to Heaven” by Bill Porter. He found hermits living in this ancient tradition, but now in modern China, and now it is just so exciting. So I wanted to come to China, learn Chinese and find one of these hermit masters, meet these real people doing this thing that I thought was only alive in history, in books. Once I got to China, it took me several months just asking around, but finally in Beijing, I met a monk. He said that his master lives in a remote mountain hermitage. He told me the name of the village, the name of the mountain, the name of the hermitage, and the name of this master, and it was really vague, you know? Really vague directions. Took me a while but finally I found it. I found it, and I’ve been his student now for 4-5 years.

I came to mainland China in 1999, a long nights’ train ride, 4 buses, and a few hours hike from Beijing, I met my first ZhongNan recluse. He is one of many upholding a hermit tradition, some say dates back as far as 5000 years in China’s history. They live alone or in small groups, separated by as much as 1 hour or 1 day’s hike apart. And although almost totally isolated from society, they live a life dedicated to confronting the struggles fundamental to all our lives.

Deep within these mountain valleys, this is one monk that I’ve come to call my master and other recluses living on surrounding peaks.

Master: Don’t put them too close together.

Monk: Leave space, I know.

Commentator: Hey master, sit for a while, teach us something.

Master: Quiescence and action, you can’t separate. Don’t’ distinguish these, there is no difference. Put your heart into it. Work with one mind. With one mind, all of this is done in no time. Isn’t that right? All of this is the practice. It’s not just sitting quietly somewhere. All of this is balanced and tranquil. Even work is very calm. Don’t think this and that. When you work, you work.

Commentator: My master lived alone in a hut for a couple of years, before moving into this remote mountain temple. There is room enough here for me and other students to live. In the evening, I always go into my master’s room to sit and talk. I ask him questions about my practice, and he tells me stories about living in the mountains.

Master: A layperson gave me this sweater.

Commentator: Did she weave it herself?

Master: That’s right, she did. It keeps me nice and warm. In the past, when I was younger, when I lived in my hut at Dayu, that place had a brick wood-fire heated bed and a wood-burning stove and everything. People said that I should light my heated bed, but I never lit it. Actually in the mountains, it’s best to not heat your bed. In the coldest part of winter you sit meditation, and your body feels warm, your legs feels warm. Even in the winter you aren’t cold. But if you don’t practice, then you feel cold. The key to this is sitting meditation. After sitting, then you lay down to sleep. Wake in the morning, and sit some more. Most of the hermits, already understand the practice methods, and they don’t make mistakes. If you have this foundation you can live in the mountains. But you must understand the practice. If you don’t understand, in the mountains you’ll go astray, and that’s nothing but torture, just torture. So why do so many people want to practice in the Zhongnan mountains? Because it’s a good place to practice, if you live here a while, you’re sure to accomplish. But you’re not a Buddha yet, you are just a common person here. So you have to rely on the environment. Rely on this to help you.

Commentator: There are hermits scattered all throughout the peaks and valleys of the Zhongnan. Each of them, a different phase of the same journey. Each of them has come to represent something unique to me. Something unique which, over the course of my journey, has become something whole. This life, this practice, this enlightenment. The “god” ascetic, the wise sage, the student, the friend, the determined, the one that smiles, the one that speaks like a poet, the one that is my guide. These are the hermits of the Zhongnan mountains.

So master, we should look for….

Master: Just go in that gorge, there are hermits there. You can just got there and ask around.

Commentator: Where do you live?

Monk 1: I live below there in a hermitage called Qingjing. You have to walk a ways from here down into this gorge. I live there, more or less alone.

Commentator: You practice alone there?

Monk 1: Yes

Commentator: How long?

Monk 1: 5 or 6 years.

Commentator: We want to film practitioners.

Monk 1: There is a place here called Shanzi Cave. There is a master there.

Commentator: But he doesn’t see visitors, he won’t open his gate.

Monk: Sure he will. Wait for me to take you, if I take you it’s okay. If he doesn’t know you, he won’t open his gate. Then you can eat a meal.

Commentator: Can we stay the night here?

Monk 1: If it gets late, you can sleep at my hermitage, no problem. I’ll tell you all about the place.

Monk 2: The Zhongnan Mountains are a place to practice, we come here to cultivate wisdom. First we build a hut, settle in, we’re working on that now.

Commentator: The 2 recluses living here remind me of 2 Tang dynasty hermit poets named, Hang Shan and Shi De. So that’s what I call them, because I don’t know their real names or where they’re from or what they did before becoming monks. When I tried to ask them, they just ignored the question or just say, “It doesn’t matter.”

They’re ascetics, which means they eat only just enough to stay healthy. Wear threadbare robes, cast off by other monks and live in shelters just sturdy enough to keep out the rain.

The two of you live together?

Monk 2: Yes, the two of us.

Commentator: You both practice here?

Monk 2: Yes, together. It’s all Amita Buddha! Because we just arrived and our huts aren’t finished yet. Once they’re finished we can separate to practice. At the time we’re working this out. Helping each other out. Can you understand me? Of course eventually we must live separate. You live in this hut, I live over there. That’s all good. So meditation, reading scriptures, we don’t bother each other. If you’re always talking, that’s bad. And when you’re sleeping at night, what if the guy snores? Then no one is happy! Practitioners are working towards liberation. The Buddha said, “There’s too much suffering in this world.” So we all want to become Buddha’s. You can live a hundred years or live a thousand years. The Buddha’s and Bodhisattva’s will take care of you. But the purpose of life is to become a Buddha. People eat dirt, dirt eats people. No matter what you do, we must return to this earth. None of this is real, everything returns to this.

Commentator: We tried to give them some fruit, rice and oil from the village market, but they refused it. In fact, they gave us some food, villagers had left there a few days before. They turn their backs on comforts, and conveniences, and entertainment. To return to something more basic, a calm, a peace, their trust lays at the true heart of human nature.

Monk 2: He’s writing us a riddle.

Monk 3: If you get this right, you’ll have peace. If you don’t figure this out, you’ll never know contentment.

Commentator: If you see through this world and let go of it, this is wisdom. If you see through it, but don’t let it go, that’s just “talking Zen”. Here, for you.

Ten thousand things

all in this breath

grasping hold of emptiness,

there’s really nothing to say.”

Monk 2: “Ten thousand things all in this breath” – why are people in this world so busy? Just for this one breath. They say, “busy, busy, mine, mine.” Busy a whole lifetime for “Me”. When this breath is cut off, you let go of the whole universe. Why not let go from the start? “Grasping hold of emptiness”, you want to talk about “real”, show me one thing that is real, there is nothing real from the start. Every day morning to night, gathering things, big and small, valuables, money, name, recognition, gathering it all up into your lap. Like you’re holding the golden key. Busy your whole life for nothing. Acting like a thief, why not put all this energy to liberation? Put this mind to the Path. Everyone in the world is controlled by this. Shed this control and you’ll be free, content, liberated. The Lengyan Scripture says, “Though there are words to speak, none of these are real.” Talk and talk, like flowers falling from heaven. It’s all worthless. And so, “there is really nothing to say.” If you think what you are grasping is real, there’s no good in that. You can’t take it with you.

Commentator: Would you say something more?

Monk 2: Haven’t I been talking all day? Talking half the day, still say something more?

Commentator: Does being close to nature influence your practice?

Monk 2: Nature is a delusion. What is nature?

Commentator: Then what is delusion?

Monk 2: Delusion is nature, nature is delusion.

Commentator: The clothes we wear and food we eat aren’t from nature?

Monk 2: Our food and clothes are natural? Well if that’s nature, then go sit on that rock your whole life and don’t move. Your belly will become full, clothes will crawl onto your body, cover you. This is nature. Is this natural?

Commentator: What wisdom is there in solitude? What changes in a person who lives so close to the birth, and death, and nature? Do I feel myself in this? Are we somehow different from this old tree, dying to be reborn? This life, this struggle, but something in this nature, something in us all, a calm, a clarity, in the face of change and uncertainty.

Master: You live in the mountains for a few years, and then you go into town, you sit on the bus, you look at all those people and feel, who are you struggling for? Who are you troubled for? People living in the mountains, practicing one, two, four, five years. They don’t think about these mundane and trivial matters. They are quiet. If this reckless, delusional mind has not been extinguished, everyday having these thoughts, good and bad, so many things. Always thinking. All these things, “Should I? Shouldn’t it?” You can’t stop it. What’s this we call, “reckless delusional mind?” Actually this is your habitual ways of thinking. It’s because of these habits, that you are always bumping heads with reality, everywhere “stubbing your toe”. This is your habits having the final say, your delusional mind taking control, so you’re always banging your head. Once you become aware of these mental habits, you practice. If not, then you go along with your negative habits, and it’s like you’re stuck in a cloth-dying vat, you’ll never come clean. This is the reason for living in the mountains.

Commentator: Do you remember the day you left home to become a monk?

Master: When I was young, it was my family’s influence. When I was a little child, I would go to the temple. My grandma took me at that time children liked going to the temple. The temple was a place where people learn good things, a place where people become Buddha’s and saints. When I was young my father died, my grandma was so good to me, and she died too. I realized people can’t escape birth and death. The people who make you so happy, the people you can’t live without, they leave you. No one could explain this to me. When I was just a little boy, I had this heart. Later, I went to Dayan temple. I went in and saw those Buddha statues. Because the posture of those Buddha’s, their energy was so dignified and so quiet and calm. It was like those Buddha’s were great resting beings, with no troubles. They were “not created, not destroyed” At the time, I was so happy. I thought, “If there is a way to become a Buddha, I will leave home, become a monk now”. I was a teenager then.

Monk: The Buddha said only the very courageous are able to be a monk or nun because it’s so difficult to let go of this world. You must let go of it all. Enjoyment, social life, conjugal love. You must let go of all this, and give your life to Buddha. You live alone in a hut, not a single person near you. You feel so lonely, really so very lonely. But after a longtime, you don’t want to go down off the mountain, you feel the cities are just a lot of trouble. But these emotions fool you. Emotion, desire… is only troubles. People in the world aren’t balanced. Love and hate, they do both to extremes. You have to take this heart and make it bigger. Compassion can overcome all hardships. If you see all beings with a compassionate heart, then your heart is big. And then these troubles are gone. Every morning and evening I do my service, then I do some sitting meditation. In the afternoon, I read a bit. I’m very free. I had a lot of trouble leaving home. I left home three times, my family wouldn’t let me. They went and found me and brought me back.

Commentator: And now they can’t find you?

Monk: They know, but I’ve been a monk so long, they don’t care anymore. When I was in school I liked to read novels, Chinese classical novels. I read, “Journey to the West”. I thought, being a monk would be great. According to Buddhist rules, if there is no one to take care of your parents, you can’t leave home. I have a brother at home. He takes care of my parents. So I feel okay about being a monk. I have no regrets. There are things you learn as a monk, that you can’t learn as a house-holder. Married life. If you find a good wife someone who believes in Buddhism, then you can still practice. But if she doesn’t believe, you can’t even eat vegetarian. You can’t live happily together. There are good things about being a monk. And good things about being a house-holder, but in the end a householder is still stuck in the mundane world.

Commentator: Well, we’ve been hiking up this gorge, and we just came from down at the bottom there. He said that the second time that we hit the road, we need to go left.

(commentator’s traveling companion) I thought he said to go left.

Yeah, he said, but we should check.

Or maybe he meant, right? Looks more like a trail than anything we’ve seen, but there are no signs or anything. Yeah. This is quite obviously the trail.

“I’ve lived on cold mountains so many years,

 following the way of forests and springs…”

Nun: I’ve haven’t got a plan. I’m not a saint. I can’t manipulate my surroundings.

“No one will visit,

just clouds floating by…”

Commentator: Amitabha.

Nun: Greetings, Amitabha. You want some tea?

Commentator: No thanks, we brought our own.

“Grass for a bed,

blue sky for a quilt…”

Nun: I don’t have any ability, everything is just following this natural cause and effect. That’s what Buddhism teaches, right? I’m just hanging out here, passing the days.

“Happy with a rock for a pillow,

let the world go about its changes.”

-Hanshan, Tang Dynasty

Nun: You can’t force this. Push hard, you get hardship!

Commentator: Can I come in?

Nun: Come in, please come in! I just ate and haven’t cleaned up. It’s a mess in here.

Commentator: How long have you been here?

Nun: I’ve been hanging out here 5 years. Times’ gone by so fast.

Commentator: The other recluses call her ‘The Nun from Canton’, because she’s the only nun in these mountains who traveled from such a distant province, some 1700 km away to practice in the Zhongnan mountains.

Nun: When I first came here, I ate this wild vegetable. There’s loads of it here. Before I planted my garden I ate this. At first everyone thought I couldn’t live here. They didn’t believe it. He said, ‘You’ll never make it.” I said, “Well lets just see.” The master said, “I’ll let you pass one winter, see if you’ve got the heart for this. Then I’ll build you a hut.” I said, “Master, don’t worry about this. So many ascetics on this mountain. If we build it and can’t stay, this doesn’t matter. Any practitioner who is able to live on this mountain and practice hard, we are all the same.”

This land didn’t grow vegetation until last year. At first, everyone was afraid to live here. They said, “You have been lied to! This place is bad, there’s not even a trail.” So we just slowly, slowly. Now, 9 out of 10 say it’s great. When I first got here, I came with my student. Why did we like this place? No trail, just a big tree. We’re a big strange, we like trees. I said, “Hey, we can live inside it like little animals.” We called workers to help build the hut, put up the walls and nothing else. We put tar paper on the roof. One gust of wind and it blew right off the mountain! A couple of Cantonese up here, what’s going on? We stuck it back up there. I bought it. Cheap stuff, twenty yuan for a sheet. Rolled a couple big rocks over here, just like this. We worked for, let me think, 7 months. Said, “You never know!” They were busy, busy, busy. Living in the forest is a tradition. Every drop of energy goes into practice. It’s not easy to open this “wisdom gate”. You have to eat a little bitter. If you can’t swallow the bitter down, it’s not so easy. You take care of yourself, do your bit. Every day you don’t think about anything else. All of the great masters, if they hadn’t endured some hardship they would not have opened their wisdom. When I first came, that was true hardship – but how does it compare to the great masters? When I first arrived, I lived at Wang Jia Ping. How did we get by? We ate the weeds growing outside the gate. We ate that, what’s it called? We ate dandelions, but we had some grains too. What about the great masters from the past? Master Shiying ate tree bark. At least, we had weeds to eat! These great masters are a model for us. An example. Everything is a trial. You can’t be afraid of hardship. The more the hardship, the more you move forward. There is physical hardship, but the mental hardship is more important. If you see a demon, demons are your mind demons. It’s not just any demon. You don’t’ want to grasp hold of it. Don’t fear it, don’t hurt it. Just sit and don’t move. Something happens outside. You let go of it, examine yourself. Examine yourself. Meditate quietly. Isn’t that how it is?

Commentator: I’ve known her for about 4 years now, and each time I see her, like meeting a world traveler, who can only talk about what place they have just visited or what adventures they can share. Each visit, our conversations lean towards something new. Whatever stretch of the journey that she is on, whatever challenge she has most recently uncovered in her journey. An epic journey all practitioners share. And yet, she has scarcely left this mountain in over 5 years.

Nun: I’ll give you a taste of fresh mountain vegetables.

Commentator: Can you show us where you fetch your water?

Nun: What water?

Commentator: The water you drink, where does it come form?

Nun: From up above the Heilong spring. It’s about 140 meters up from here.

Commentator: Do you want to go up and fetch water today?

Nun: Today? I do need to get water. You want to go see?

Commentator: We’ll help you

Nun: Help me fetch water? We have to run a pipe from above to here.  To get water we have to go all the way to the tippy-top there. Have to siphon the water in. It’s going in, it’s in.

Commentator: You usually do this alone?

Nun: I do it myself. Who’s gonna help me? You come around and think, if you let go or not, you still have to let go. Life is impermanent. If you’re not dedicated now, you’ll regret it later. After 10, 20 years, oh, you’re old, sick here, hurting there, sore there – then what do you have to work with? Your body doesn’t listen to you anymore. So I got my water. See how troublesome it is? Surprised the heck outta you, huh? So you come up into these mountains, but you still don’t work hard? There’s a saying, “Enter the jewel mountain, come out empty-handed.” So you are here, and you see the jewel. It’s like what the Buddha said, “Everyone has their own precious jewel.” I have this jewel, you have one too, and him, and you! We all have it. It depends on whether you can use it or not.

Commentator: Can you wash clothes with it?

Monk 4: Sure.

Commentator: What’s it called?

Monk 4: Zao jiao. Never seen it before? Look, there’s loads of it. This is great for washing hair. That’s it there, and there. You are just going to wash your hair or…

Commentator: Ted can wash his hair too.

Monk 4: Oh, him too.

Commentator: You wanna wash your hair?

Commentator 2: Yeah.

Monk 4: What’d you call him? Huh?

Commentator: “Ted”. It’s his English name.

Monk 4: Huh? “Tethur”. “Tethur”.

Commentator: Do we add soap too?

Monk 4: No need, it’s fine like this. He can wash too.

Commentator: When I’m done he can wash his hair too?

Commentator: The time that I’ve spent with my Master, has been a constant challenge to balance and dissolve contradiction between the spiritual and the mundane. Work, he says, is spiritual cultivation. We are all Buddha’s. Leaving the world, he says, is a means to returning to it. Hey, Master, you film something. Are you enlightened?

Master, are you enlightened?

Master: Are you enlightened?

Commentator: No.

Master: Oh, no?

Commentator: And then I felt really amazing, but I still got angry. Still felt confused.

Master: It’s not good to follow your old habits. Observe your mind. Habits are your old problems, your old ignorance. You need to know your mind. It’s just understanding life, you have to get this straight.

Monk 4: I broke it.

Master: You must find this mind, true mind and delusional mind. Finally you can see your true nature. Seeing your Buddha Nature happens in a flash, then after that, your delusions and ignorance are gone.

Nun: It’s not to say, I’m a Buddha and you’re not. Everyone is a Buddha! This heart is nothing but Amita Buddha! Even a dog or a pig, they are Buddha’s too! It’s just that we don’t recognize it in ourselves. This is just obstructions from our past.

Commentator: We decided to go to a different part of the Zhongnan range to find an old master we heard lived in a small hermitage monastery there with several students.

Tell us again how to get there.

Driver: Those trails are no good. Just on the back of this mountain.

Commentator: We heard that he was 90 years old, and hadn’t left his mountain in over 20 years.

Driver: Once you get past Shili Temple there aren’t any vehicles, you have to walk, there you head up the mountain

Commentator: By chance, our motor rickshaw driver was Buddhist and knew the way to his hermitage.

After the creek, there’s a split in the trail. Head up the mountain, some places there you can fall right off the mountain! You need to find someone to lead you up there.

Monk 5: Buddha is mindfulness; mindfulness is wisdom, that is Buddha! Therefore, mind is Buddha! People become Buddha’s, it’s not just “the Buddha”. Past, present and future, it’s people who become Buddha’s you know! All forms of life, practice to become human. Practice more and become a Buddha. So all of you living here, it’s not easy, I tell you. If you can live here, you’re sure to arrive in the Pure Land. If I’m lying, I’ll go straight to hell. If you’re afraid of hardship, then just leave! No room for that here, no joke! We are the Buddha’s disciples!

Commentator: One of the monks here explained to me, the importance of the Master-Disciple relationship in Buddhism. He said that, once a master sees into his own mind, he can see into the mind of his student, understand his barriers and his progress and lead him in this way. Once a master sees into his own true mind, his true nature, then all the wisdom in the text and in the tradition, is his. He becomes it. He sees the world through it. So, it seems, that asking an enlightened master a question is the same as asking the Buddha himself.

Monk 5: Homage to the Buddha, homage to the Buddha. No easy task, coming here. This is a good place. We’re Buddhists here. Eat something, we’ll cook later. We’re very casual here. One dog, this is for feeding the dog, you know? Someone brought her from Xi’An, and two cats.

Monk 6: They asked you if you were always at Wu Tai Shan before you came here.

Monk 5: What’s this about Wu Tai Shan.

Monk 6: Before you came here, were you always at Wu Tai Shan?

Monk 5: Oh, I’ll tell you! I’m from Dai County, near Wu Tai Shan. So my family and friends always visited me. In 1983, I came here. I came into the mountains and nobody knew. My family didn’t visit. I vowed never to go down off this mountain for 20 years! I won’t go down. 4 puppies. Monks and nuns want peace and quiet; family coming around is no good. Leave home means leave home! He’s from SzeChuan, his father is a monk too. He came when he was 12, now he’s 18. He’s good, a good boy.

Monk 6: I’m from Nanchong, the master at the monastery there told me about this place.

Commentator: Why here?

Monk 6: They thought this is a good practice environment. They just said to come and study hard with the old master.

Commentator: How long have you been here?

Monk 6: Over 6 years. I’ve been a monk about 8 years. We normally wake up about 3 am.

Monk 5: Eat something there.

Monk 6: At 4.30am we do morning service. After service, we do some work: fetch water, chop wood, or study a bit on our own or meditate. Then at 7, we make breakfast. After breakfast, we meditate.

Commentator: Can you tell us about what you feel when you meditate?

Monk 6: That’s hard to say, everyone is different. The older monks –

Monk 5: Speak louder, don’t be shy! How can they hear you?

Monk 6: I’ve never really studied meditation. I just sit. This has to do with your own self-cultivation. If you can cultivate your own mind, then you can learn something really great from others. So it depends on your own self-observation.

Monk 5: Speak louder!

Monk 6: We don’t go off the mountain. Unless we need to buy something for the monastery, there’s nothing to go down for.

Commentator: How do you feel seeing all the people and the bustle?

Monk 6: At the time, nothing really, but when I return it leaves some impression. It takes 7 or 8 days to get rid of it.

Monk 7: It’s full! Full.

Monk 5: So bring one more load. One more should be good. Ah… good.

Monk 8: Woodpile’s all filled up, great.

Monk 6: He asked if tourists bother our practice.

Monk 5: There’s no tourism now (due to SARS).

Monk 6: We aren’t really on the tourist route. The main road down there is the tourist route.

Monk 5: Right now the whole country, no travel or conferences. I read it in the newspaper.

Monk 6: Master, he asked you: If laypeople come here to ask questions does this disturb our practice?

Monk 5: I’m not afraid of this. I know if my practice is strong, if laypeople want to ask questions and talk about things, it’s no trouble. But random tourists, we don’t let them stay.

Monk 6: Once you cultivate your practice, you just give yourself to the Buddha’s and Bodhisattva’s. Then you rely on your heart and practice.

Monk 5: No fear of hardship, no fear of suffering. When the bitter ends, there is sweetness. Master! Oh good, oh good! It’s all this wild guessing and grappling, cut this all out. I’ve taught you all many things, but it’s not coming from me, it’s the Buddha’s and Bodhisattva’s. I’m 86 years old!

Monk 7: You’re 87!

Monk 5: No, I’m 86. Look here! There was a time I thought I’d had it, thought I was a goner. 86! No body’s no good. My legs hurt but I still chop wood. I don’t rest. What is all this here? The Buddha’s and Bodhisattva’s are truly compassionate.

Commentator: We met back up with our trail guide; he’s taking us to meet a very special master. I’ve been hoping to meet him for some time. People say he’s on the final leg of the journey. Walking the last mile to final enlightenment.

Monk 1: No one’s there, gate’s locked.

Commentator: It’s a very intense stage of the practice, requiring his total energy and concentration. So he rarely accepts visitors.

Monk 8: You coming here shows our connection. Without this natural connection, you’d have never come here. People need this connection to meet.

Commentator: What should we do? Wait for him? We thought he’d gone down the mountain, but it turns out he was inside the whole time sitting in meditation.

Monk 8: If I didn’t open my gate, you’d just have waited there. Wouldn’t that have meant that we don’t have this connection? We plant seeds in the past. It’s the reason we meet up today. Do you want some tea? Have some tea then we’ll talk.

Commentator: Are you from Shaanxi?

Monk 8: I’m from Henan.

Commentator: Were you ordained in Henan?

Monk 8: No, I was ordained in Shaanxi. No, in Jiangxi. In Jiangxi, I left home.

Commentator: How long have you been on this mountain?

Monk 8: Not long.

Commentator: Not long?

Monk 1: Master is being humble.

Commentator: So why did you come to the Zhongnan mountains?

Monk 8: Why? I’d like to know myself! Why’d you come here?

Monk 1: Tell him something about Zen.

Monk 8: There’s nothing to say. It’s all in the texts. Me, right now, I haven’t saved myself. I can’t save anyone. Nothing to say. If you don’t have any ability, you’re like a blind person. You want to liberate beings, but you can’t find the path yourself. People with experience, they can explain the path. They’ve been to this land of “no creation, no destruction”. They’ve entered the fortress. They come back down this road and write it all down and tell everyone. If you haven’t been there, you can’t lead anyone down the road and you can’t liberate anyone. The Buddha said this.

(clock goes off: “The time is 11:00am”)

We better make lunch.

Unknown: Your clock is wrong.

Commentator: It’s only 10:40am.

Monk 8: My clock is fast. Anyway, we should cook lunch.

Commentator: Want to eat here?

Monk 1: Master is inviting us to eat here.

Monk 8: Boil up some water. Well, figure how many people, how many noodles. Holding on to this self is birth and death. The birth-less, death-less self, I have yet to see. Have you seen it? Just talking about it is no good! You can memorize all the texts – it won’t help you. Without disciple, meditation and wisdom, it’s nonsense to think you’ll be liberated from this birth and death.

Commentator: You said when you walk this road, if you get lost, you can ask others for directions, but living alone in the mountains, you must still get lost sometimes. Who do you ask? How do you find the path?

Monk 8: You read the texts, right? That’s who you ask. The texts contain the true path to Buddhahood. With a little ability, wherever your mind arrives, you see, ‘Hey! The text talks about that place.” Your mind is there, and the text talks about it. So you have arrived there, right? Now, if you don’t have this ability, even if you read something in a text, if your mind isn’t there, then you won’t understand. So you practice more. It’s easy to read a text, difficult to understand it. The Buddha is like a doctor, and beings are like patients. A doctor gives us prescription for an illness, different illness, different medicine. There are many hearts in this world; the Buddha has a teaching for the heart of every being. If everyone had the same mind, then he could speak just one teaching. But the illnesses are many and the doctor must prescribe many remedies. The sickness is different, right? When ignorance is exhausted, we see our original nature. In the sea of suffering, beings don’t know they have this Buddha nature. The Buddha’s teachings are all aimed at showing us this nature. The Lotus Scripture says, “The one great vow is to lead all beings to see what a Buddha sees, see like a Buddha sees and witness what a Buddha sees.” You practice according to the teachings, with meditation discipline and wisdom, and break apart this false self. False self covers our Buddha nature, so beings can’t see it. On a cloudy day, you can’t see the sun. That’s not to say there is no sun, right? There’s nothing wrong with the sun, it’s just that we can’t see it. Our Buddha nature is just like this. Beings in this world live in ignorance, they summon heaven and they summon hell. If we have negative awareness, then this world is hell. If we have kind awareness, then this world is heaven.

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  1. Marek on Dec 19, 2016 at 7:20 pm
  2. Josh Akers on Feb 25, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Wonderful video.

    The calm energy they exude and the vast isolated environment enveloping them like a womb to foster their enlightenment…

    It made me feel very peaceful and centered, on another typical evening where that is exactly what I was wishing for because I was feeling anything but centered. All of these masters are just so wonderful, I don’t know what else to say really.

    It makes me want to slow down, calm down. Be peaceful. Be kind and loving to myself. Be kind to my crazy, out of control, delusional mind. Let my thoughts drift by. Even the bad ones. Not grasping. The minute I stop moving forward, Im moving back. That is my frustration. I suppose I must relax that feeling and let go.

    Thank you for posting this, Rinpoche and Blog Team.

  3. Alice Tay on Feb 3, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    从这篇博文(视频)所得到的提示,“修行”不只是坐着念念经或只是静坐。最基本的,我们要明白什么是“修行”?

    在中南山这个高山的地方,如果这些隐士不了解“修行”这回事,还要经历寒冷的气候和面对大自然的一切来维持日常生活,是一件不简单的事。因为这一切要靠他们自己的专注、毅力与坚持来对治自己的妄念而得到内心的平稳与平静。相比之下,我们生活在城市里,很多时候我们很难控制自己的心念,很容易被外在的环境所控制,起了执着心。因为,我们还是有俗世的观念,把大部分的时间都放在争取名利,钱财,地位等等,不知到何时才得到解脱。

    有时候反而觉得简单的活着更好。一颗专注的心完成一件事情,没有其他烦恼的同时也一起改掉不好的习气。就好像其中一位隐士所说的:“如果看空了、看破了,能放得下,这就是智慧。如果看破了,放不下,这只是口头禅。”与其把一生的时间用于争取名利,钱财,地位等等,不如把这些时间来修行而从中得到解脱。

    感谢仁波切的分享,可以让我可以有更深的了解修行的意义。

  4. Uncle Eddie on Feb 2, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    As said by Ven.Thich Thien An, “The teachings of non-attachment maybe easy to understand, but not easy to practise.” But, Buddhism teaches us to extinguish attachments in order that we may discover the state of absolute freedom which is rightfully ours! The path of freedom is difficult to follow, but if we have sufficient determination, we can do it! As said in Zen Taoism, “When the Sage walks, he leaves no footprints behind,” meaning the Sage leaves no traces of desire and attachment clinging to him, as he lives from moment to moment. Rather, He lives in the present, following along the harmony with the rythm of life, appreciating each moment for what it is worth, and allowing it to pass on quickly to be replaced by the next! Thank you so much for the sharing and teaching in this respect, Rinpoche. It’s indeed a great heart moving video!

  5. Soon Huat (Penang) on Jan 27, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    Thank You Rinpoche for sharing this incredible documentary video. I am touched by this hermit monks and nun. They are living in very simple life and do very simple practice (from deluded view) but they are real Buddhist practitioners; they are doing really practice. When we go for meditation class, we need a nice meditating cushion, must have air-cond so that we are not distracted by environment. In fact, we are pulled by environment, we have great attachment. The hermits are doing mediating without anything, we even practice mindfulness into their daily simple life, that is real meditation.

    The two hermit monks received interviews in very beginning, they just went for Amitabha chanting but they can tell us the real Buddhist theory. I like what the nun said “the compassion will overcome all the hardship”. We always complain this or that impossible and refuse to follow the instruction, even threaten the senior to leave the centre, that is wrong! There is another phase from the nun;”everyone has his/her pearl” I assume she is referring Inner Buddha Nature. It is not easy to obtain the human nature, and meet the right Guru and right center. We should not leave with empty hands.

    The last monk mentioned something like you need to contemplate the text, memorizing the text will not help you. I agreed studying Buddhism text without practising is merely knowledge or worse you just want to show off, It will not help us at all.

    Honestly, I was wishing to retire in retreat in KFR or Cameron Highland with permission from my Guru but I am not confident to live in such hard environment. I do prostrate to them, they (including my Guru) are my role model in my Dharma path. Hope one day my dream will come true.

  6. Chandra on Jan 20, 2015 at 6:44 am

    The documentary gave more insight into life of ascetics and what it would have been like for the sages of the past and those of the present. Their simplicity and discipline is commendable. Thank you for your research Rinpoche.

  7. Kelvin on Jan 7, 2015 at 7:57 am

    This documentary is amazing. Quite surprised such a place exists in this time and age.
    The hermits look so happy and contended with their lives in the mountains even without the ‘conveniences’ of the city lives. They spoke with much wisdom and gave very practical advices during the interviews. One deeply impressed me the most goes something like this – ‘you will give up what you have at death, why not give up now?’

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing!

  8. Low KHJB on Jan 3, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the valuable sharing on this documentary about the enlighten hermits and their words of wisdom.
    Their understanding on the precious human life is indeed profound and they were able to release almost all of their attachments.
    Their determination to attain liberation from samsara have became so effortlessly easy without any second thoughts.This show their level of mind transformation through sincere practice and proper meditation.
    Every words of advice from this holy masters are done with mindfulness and with the pure motivation to guide us to the right path and to remind us our true purpose to cultivate in this life.

  9. Jacinta Goh on Dec 24, 2014 at 12:54 am

    I’ve watched the video the other day but find it hard to put this comment at that moment. Aspiring to be like them (and nuns like Venerable Tenzin Palmo, Ma Ying and Ani Ngawang Pema)are what I seek though it may not be fulfilled at the moment. For me, it’s not only simply aspiring to live like them, in solitude, free from attachments, worldly amusements and etc but it’s more like wanting to tread the path of the Buddha, be the example for others and also a cause for teacher to stay and teach. For a teacher to remain and BuddhaDharma to survive on, there must be students who are willing to learn and practice. Through living in solitude, we can have deeper contemplation, meditation, and especially gaining insights into Buddha’s words. Living in solitude definitely has its advantages. May pure BuddhaDharma be preserved and carried on through the efforts of these great beings who are willingly to sacrifice their lives to practice Dharma and may they gained Buddhahood, benefiting more sentient beings in the future.

  10. Mike on Dec 22, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    The courage of the hermits to live in the mountains enduring all kinds of physical hardship is most admirable.

    The words of the hermits shows the level of realizations they have.

    I am humbled.

  11. lili cappello on Dec 20, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Rinpoche, I too have been absorbed by this video many times in the last couple of years. I love the old master with that smile and those eyes, the one who makes noodles for his guests with a wooden dowel. I love when the master living amongst his students says, all this guessing and grasping, cut it out! I love the one planting his seedlings. I haven’t been on this site for a while, and wow, the gardens at Kechara are in full force, I’m really impressed, talk about planting seeds! Blessed Be All Your Days, Lili Cappello from Brookline, Massachusetts

  12. KYC on Dec 19, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    The hermits have found the ideal conditions for practice in the Zhongnan Mountains. The six prerequisites for mental quiescence are present, for example, dwelling in a conducive place and having few wants. The masters are highly attained, very humble and very content. I’m glad there are still practitioners like these in China today.

  13. Elsie Toy on Dec 19, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Thank you very Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful video. It is so impactful. It has provided me the answer to my desire that I could not explain. I have found the answer in this video. It is really great for these people to leave home and practice on the mountains. It is so true that we spend our energy getting ourselves busy and in the end we could not bring it along with us. “Why no put all these energy into liberation” and focus on it. These are powerful words that will linger in my head and will do remember that everyday when I wake up and dedicate to be focus on our practice.

    Thank you once again _/\_

  14. Jace Chong on Dec 18, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing the post. I really thought that this only happen long time ago and it’s extinct from now, the documentary proved that I was totally wrong.

    Hermit’s life is really hard to imagine for city people like me. I love the nature, love peace and silence but when you live a hermit’s life, it’s a total different story, where you have to face and work everything on your own.

    Like the venerable monks and nuns in the documentary said, this is part of the practice. Thanks Mr.Porter and Mr.Burger revealing this to the world, how inspiring to know this!

    The peaceful and happy faces in the documentary make me smile and I hope one day, we can all live a simple life like them.

    Thanks Rinpoche for your sharing.

  15. Pastor David Lai on Dec 18, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    You know, I had the good fortune the watch this video with Rinpoche. It was deeply moving for both, Rinpoche and myself. Rinpoche kept pausing the video to admire longingly at the various hermitages. He kept imagining himself in retreat in this and that meditation hut.

    As for me, I could hardly hold my tears. I don’t really know why but I found the simple words of wisdom of these simple hermits so full of wisdom, so Dharmic and each word so infused with their realisations. I wanna be them and yet, I know I wouldn’t be able to take the harsh conditions of living a lone hermit. However, I probably would wanna grow old in similar isolated and natural conditions like those in Kechara Forest Retreat. Such a moving video!

  16. Datuk May on Dec 18, 2014 at 12:41 am

    When I first watched the documentary Amongst White Clouds, I felt a sense of envy that the monks and nuns can live so peacefully in the mountains. I was also glad that there are such places whereby modern stressed people can escape to. Will I be able to do that, then fear crept in, that it will not be possible for me with all the modern comforts of life which I am so accustomed to.

    By the end of watching although I am inspired by all the monks and nuns at Zhongnan Mountain, a pain developed at the pit of my stomach for I realised that I have wasted my life living in delusion.

    Is there a way for me to gain my Buddha Nature, no answer, but for sure I will continue to practise what my Guru has taught and give that my best efforts.

  17. Hee TS on Dec 17, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    中國的傳統隱士修行者,为法而捨世俗尘世浮华,仍然生活和正在實行。只为了悟無常,证菩提,利益含識。他們是真正鼓舞人心的。感謝仁波切旳文章分享。

  18. Pema Thinley on Dec 17, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    It is so soothing and brought so much of calmness in mind when i watched. When i Imagined myself being them, some sense of worthy being like them came to my mind. Their wisdom and teachings and every second they live are so astounding. It is so beautiful see how they direct their full energy to the practice. The way they make everything they do or work the Dharma is so touching. Came to realise how busy i was with my own life caring just for comfort. It is beyond my knowledge to describe but it gave me the feelings that it is something so deep and profound.
    Thank you Ripoche. _/\_ _/\_ _/\_

  19. Joy on Dec 17, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    There’s so many profound teachings given in just a few sentences. One of the many that stood out was…

    “…they summon heaven and they summon hell
    If we have negative awareness then this world is hell
    If we have kind awareness then this world is heaven.”

    Boy do I really need to cultivate kind awareness and just like what Rinpoche has taught us many times about projections and that everything is but a mere self-projected concept. It’s really just a matter of changing the perspective and if we can achieve this ‘Kind’ awareness, everything would appear perfect, happiness arises, it’ll be like we’re in heaven. And to achieve this we will need to meditate, have discipline and wisdom, and break apart this false self that covers our Buddha nature. This saying reminds me of the blogchat topic we had just recently A Teaching on Karma & Mindstream; Knowledge will translate into practice. Practice will translate into habituation. Habituation is translating into wisdom.

    We must apply the Buddhas’ teachings otherwise everything we learn is empty. There is really nothing much to say. Hence these few courageous monks and nuns has taken the teachings to their hearts in being recluse, isolated and away from the distractions of samsara. It is so admirable what they seek out to do, to find true liberation and to walk the path so many in samsara would shun away from or think it to be abnormal. As the last master said “in the sea of samsara, beings don”t know they have a Buddha Nature. The Buddha’s teachings are all aimed at showing us this nature”. This so true as we look around and reflect on our own life, our own friends and people around us. Even hardships endured is part of the training yet there a certain kind of peace and contentment derived from them being on their own. If you ask me 12 years ago before I met Rinpoche/Dharma, what I thought of a hermit life, I would probably say not for me and feel so scary to be “alone”. But right now, I am beginning to appreciate and admire such practice and the wisdom it offers, the peace one can experience and I probably wouldn’t mind at all. Somehow they all look like they’ve found peace… a friend once made a passing remark “you’ll never be able to discover who you really are if you can’t stay alone or be alone by yourself for awhile”, how profoundly true.

    “10 thousand things, all in this breath…” Why are people in this world so busy? Just for this one breath. They say, “BUSY, BUSY, MINE, MINE…..”. Busy a whole lifetime for “ME”, when this breath is cut off…… You let go of the whole universe, WHY NOT LET GO FROM THE START?

    Yes I am guilty of this too always so quick to say “I’m busy, I’m in a rush, I have no time” …just what on earth are we so busy about or are we busy doing nothing but just giving excuses? Probably the latter. “Rushing for our next reincarnation?” another wise words from a friend’s mother whenever she sees someone driving to fast. These are wise words and teachings we should reflect and not be so quick to answer in a haste. Letting go is definitely a good start; the death meditation comes in mind at this part.

    These hermits reminds me of great mahasiddhas and the young monks following a great old master is proof that the journey to Buddhahood is still very much alive if we choose to walk the path. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these inspirational stories to wake us up from our delusions.

    • Pema Thinley on Dec 17, 2014 at 9:38 pm

      Dear Joy,
      This is so worth of reading. thank you for sharing. You reminded me being afraid at such people who lived over mountains like them back in Bhutan when i was young. I realise now. thank you

  20. Stella on Dec 17, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    It is inspiring to know that people can turn their back to comfort, convenience and entertainment to seek only liberation. It requires wisdom to see through the worldly desire and attachment, and have the courage to let go.

    Through the hermits’ eyes, it is obvious that they find it silly to have worked so hard day in day out to achieve things that perpetuate affinity in samsara, because nothing that we own in this life can be brought along with us after death.

    The wisdom in solitude living so close to the nature is to understand the true meaning of delusion that ultimately leads to understanding of emptiness. Everything in nature is also uncertain just like the world “out there”, therefore nature is also a delusion to start off with.

    Thank You Rinpoche for sharing this video.

    • Joy on Dec 17, 2014 at 10:04 pm

      Well said Stella…. like your understanding especially the part on “nature is also a delusion to start off with”. Reminds me of an advice Rinpoche once gave if we really want to practice meditation/Dharma, we can practice it anywhere, even in our own apartment”. Hence Kechara’s first ever newsletter called “No More Caves” was to express this concept of doing Dharma in the city. Of course being with nature creates a more conducive environment, the peace, serenity, lesser noise and distractions, whereby our focus could become effortless, hence we have KFR 🙂

      • stella on Dec 17, 2014 at 11:39 pm

        Thank you Joy for the sharing. It will be well noted and appreciated.

  21. Julia Tan on Dec 17, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    “Asking questions from an enlightened teacher is just like asking questions from Buddha.” one of the monks in the mountain said..

    That’s how close and important to a teacher and student relationship. One of the students said that the teacher can just read their mind and know what they’re thinking, what’s their barriers to practice. By knowing that the teacher can guide them skillfully. Those who have a teacher is very very fortunate. Many of them do not have a guru. They only depend on the scripture and mediate on it. That’s really hard to practice without a teacher. i think it may takes much longer time to practice and achieve attainment. But according to one of the monks, he has full faith to the Buddha and Dharma, whenever he needs an answer, he open the scripture, the answer is there for him. Amazing! Their mind is so clear without distraction from samsara and their hearts are filled with virtues thoughts hence they somehow able to understand. That’s also the reason why they chosen this place to meditate for their enlightenment.

    “I used to work day and night to buy a bigger house, Now i realize that all I need is a roof over my head.” Don’t you realize that no matter how big is your house, the place that you use the most is actually just a small part of it.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this video. It’s very inspiring. They reminds of the monks and nuns that meditate the whole in the mountain in Tibet.

  22. Charmaine@mbfsg on Dec 17, 2014 at 12:04 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this great article and video.

    It’s inspiring to see how monks and nuns were able to renounce everything in this modern world to live as hermits in pursuit of enlightenment. When most people in this modern world are acquiring more wealth, external goods, companionship, idle chatter, more friends, bad habituations, thinking it would lead to happiness but it doesn’t. It creates more sufferings within oneself.

    All things are illusory.

    “10,000 things all in this breath,
    Grasping hold of emptiness,
    There’s really nothing to say”
    -I love this particular quote by one of the monks.

    Direct perception of voidness itself is the path to seeing and to enlightenment.

    The only way is to seek refuge with our Guru (who is the embodiment of all Buddhas himself), reading and conceptualizing dharma, prayers, meditation, compassion for all beings and we will have true happiness.

  23. Jim Yeh on Dec 16, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Thank you for sharing Rinpoche. I very much enjoy watching documentaries like these.

  24. Irene Lim on Dec 16, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    These hermits have truly realised impermanence and let go of worldly concerns in search of liberation in the beautiful mountains in solitude. I rejoice and am extremely happy that the tradition of hermits in China is still living and being practised. They are truly inspiring. Thank you for sharing Rinpoche.

  25. Su Ming on Dec 16, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    In my life, I never thought that living like a hermit will have any appeal. But ever since I met Dharma, I understand the appeal more cause when you are living in the city, you automatically are inflicted with more problems due to whatever attachment we have or hold strongly to. Which are all mainly self inflicted due to emotions and desires. Dealing with these 2 can be extremely tiresome and you just want to be alone sometimes especially when u have/need to deal with others and their emotions.

    I like what the master said in the video ” If u see things with compassion, then your heart becomes bigger and troubles are gone” This was exactly what Tsem Rinpoche told me when I first joined Kechara. Rinpoche asked me what do I want to achieved in Dharma, and I replied happiness. I remembered Rinpoche laughed really hard when he heard my reply and advice me to achieve real happiness, I have to help others compassionately and from there I can be happy” I have always held on to this advice strongly cause I see how my own mind changed and transformed. I am not anywhere near achieving great realisation at this moment, but I do know that this advice work as I see suffering/happiness differently. Of course, I still freak out when I hear bad news but it is so much in control now then b4 Dharma.

    Thank you

  26. tsemtulku on Dec 16, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    The video was very moving. It leaves us contemplating more on our personal situations because what these hermits speak about applies to every being on this planet.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche 
Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
6 months ago
Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa's tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits. Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
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    7 months ago
    America likes to police the world but their own record of civil rights is not on track. Watch this video from people of color in the US.
  • Important video to watch and learn.
    7 months ago
    Important video to watch and learn.
  • Bigfoot’s voice captured on tape.
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    Bigfoot’s voice captured on tape.
  • Amazing video that you will not regret watching.
    7 months ago
    Amazing video that you will not regret watching.
  • Norma Jean
    8 months ago
    Norma Jean
    These are the heartbreaking scenes we see over and over again, that we share in the hopes of telling the stories of those who otherwise would have suffered and vanished from this earth without a trace. This is Norma Jean. Free for a little over five months, she knew more happiness than millions of her sisters ever will. But she couldn’t escape the fate genetically programmed into her as an egg producing machine. She seemed more lethargic than usual this morning, so we brought her inside to administer fluids and antibiotics in the hopes of pulling her through until we could get her in to see our vet. She couldn’t hang on. She died this evening shortly after this video was taken, severely infected from the rotting egg yolk adhered to various organs throughout her abdominal cavity. Like virtually every single one of her sisters, caged or free range, rescued or not, she paid the ultimate price for eggs (from FB)
  • If you want to change the world, start of by making your bed
    8 months ago
    If you want to change the world, start of by making your bed
    If you want to change the world, measure a person by the size of their heart
  • Canadian PM Justin Trudeau visits a Hindu mandir (temple)
    8 months ago
    Canadian PM Justin Trudeau visits a Hindu mandir (temple)
    While on a visit to a Hindu mandir (temple), Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks on diversity as Canada's strength.

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What is #happiness? Where to find it?
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What is #happiness? Where to find it?
Fantastic team work saw 150 of our street friends in JB received various kind of assistance apart from the usual food. Special mention goes to Silkcut Hair Studio and Glam Hair Studio for rendering free haircuts. ❤❤❤ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Fantastic team work saw 150 of our street friends in JB received various kind of assistance apart from the usual food. Special mention goes to Silkcut Hair Studio and Glam Hair Studio for rendering free haircuts. ❤❤❤ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you May and Maggie for providing free haircuts again for our clients! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you May and Maggie for providing free haircuts again for our clients! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Earth Project in Ipoh have a very fruitful Sunday morning with our recycling activities at Ipoh Garden Thanks to all contributions. 克切拉怡保地球计划感恩大德们捐出环保的物品, 让我们得以满载而归。 By Kechara Earth Project
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Kechara Earth Project in Ipoh have a very fruitful Sunday morning with our recycling activities at Ipoh Garden Thanks to all contributions. 克切拉怡保地球计划感恩大德们捐出环保的物品, 让我们得以满载而归。 By Kechara Earth Project
Our dedicated volunteers preparing for tonight's distribution. Everyone doing their part. ❤ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Our dedicated volunteers preparing for tonight's distribution. Everyone doing their part. ❤ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Surplus food distribution to needy families. Food that has less "commercial appeal" becomes precious items for those who struggle to put food onto their dining table. Thank you to Tesco and all volunteers for making a difference to the community!!! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Surplus food distribution to needy families. Food that has less "commercial appeal" becomes precious items for those who struggle to put food onto their dining table. Thank you to Tesco and all volunteers for making a difference to the community!!! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you guys for the donation! #SegiUniversity boys! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you guys for the donation! #SegiUniversity boys! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Families receiving their much needed surplus fresh surplus provisions right in front of their door step thanks to all the dedicated #volunteers! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Families receiving their much needed surplus fresh surplus provisions right in front of their door step thanks to all the dedicated #volunteers! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Free haircut service for Kechara Soup Kitchen clients from Silkcut Hair Studio and Glam Hair Studio.
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Free haircut service for Kechara Soup Kitchen clients from Silkcut Hair Studio and Glam Hair Studio.
Explore the universe within.
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Explore the universe within.
Our distribution to the Orang Asli villages in Bentong yesterday evening. Thank you to all not forgetting the local volunteers as well. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Our distribution to the Orang Asli villages in Bentong yesterday evening. Thank you to all not forgetting the local volunteers as well. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Uncle Ng with his "No Look" pose today in the kitchen. Thanks to Wei Di, Jian King, Henry Poong who helped in the kitchen today. Justin @ KSK
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Uncle Ng with his "No Look" pose today in the kitchen. Thanks to Wei Di, Jian King, Henry Poong who helped in the kitchen today. Justin @ KSK
Dorje Shugden Chapel in the heart of Bentong! Visit this beautiful chapel at the entrance to Kechara Paradise, 84, Jalan Ah Peng, 28700 Bentong, Pahang, Malaysia. Picture courtesy by Pastor Albert, shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Dorje Shugden Chapel in the heart of Bentong! Visit this beautiful chapel at the entrance to Kechara Paradise, 84, Jalan Ah Peng, 28700 Bentong, Pahang, Malaysia. Picture courtesy by Pastor Albert, shared by Pastor Antoinette
当我去Zambala Room 的时候Kai Te 很开心的说“老师!!!你看我画的美丽人生”我问“哇哈!!好棒噢!你画的好好噢!这个就是你的美丽人生?”Kai Te 回我说“是的!!!这里还有美丽的屋子” 看他满足的笑容,满满的正能量,多疗愈啊!By Asyley Chia KSDS
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当我去Zambala Room 的时候Kai Te 很开心的说“老师!!!你看我画的美丽人生”我问“哇哈!!好棒噢!你画的好好噢!这个就是你的美丽人生?”Kai Te 回我说“是的!!!这里还有美丽的屋子” 看他满足的笑容,满满的正能量,多疗愈啊!By Asyley Chia KSDS
Throw back last Sunday topic 8 freedom and 10 endowment leading by Teacher Kien and Teacher Lin Mun. Everybody paying full attention while teacher sharing.Well done children. By Asyley Chia KSDS
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Throw back last Sunday topic 8 freedom and 10 endowment leading by Teacher Kien and Teacher Lin Mun. Everybody paying full attention while teacher sharing.Well done children. By Asyley Chia KSDS
Ready!!! Get set Throw!!!2 to 4 year old games Time.By Asyley Chia KSDS
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Ready!!! Get set Throw!!!2 to 4 year old games Time.By Asyley Chia KSDS
Teacher Alice demonstrate full lotus sit to the Class 2 to 4 year old children.By Asyley Chia KSDS
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Teacher Alice demonstrate full lotus sit to the Class 2 to 4 year old children.By Asyley Chia KSDS
Thank you to Calvin Chan and students from Chung Ling Butterworth High School who helped carry the heavy groceries to needy families. Great to see the younger generation spending their time serving the community. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you to Calvin Chan and students from Chung Ling Butterworth High School who helped carry the heavy groceries to needy families. Great to see the younger generation spending their time serving the community. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Team Cambridge University Press Malaysia also helped to evaluate applicants applying for our food bank assistance programme. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Team Cambridge University Press Malaysia also helped to evaluate applicants applying for our food bank assistance programme. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
466kg of #surplusfood were redistributed to 76 needy families in PPR Beringin on Thursday with the help of these dedicated #volunteers. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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466kg of #surplusfood were redistributed to 76 needy families in PPR Beringin on Thursday with the help of these dedicated #volunteers. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
KISG has carried out prayer recitations to Mother Tara in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has carried out prayer recitations to Mother Tara in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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More wisdom please log on to http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
Powerful Dukkar or White Umbrella Puja  “To cut asunder completely all malignant demons, to cut asunder all the spells of others…to turn aside all enemies and dangers and hatred...”  Dukkar manifested from the crown of Buddha Shakyamuni as a personification of Buddha’s victory umbrella, and is commonly regarded as the female counterpart to Avalokiteshvara (Kuan Yin), the Buddha of Compassion. https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dukkar-puja-fund-for-legal-affairs, shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Powerful Dukkar or White Umbrella Puja “To cut asunder completely all malignant demons, to cut asunder all the spells of others…to turn aside all enemies and dangers and hatred...” Dukkar manifested from the crown of Buddha Shakyamuni as a personification of Buddha’s victory umbrella, and is commonly regarded as the female counterpart to Avalokiteshvara (Kuan Yin), the Buddha of Compassion. https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dukkar-puja-fund-for-legal-affairs, shared by Pastor Antoinette
Teacher Kien led the students to recite Migtsema & Manjushri mantras before the class start. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Teacher Kien led the students to recite Migtsema & Manjushri mantras before the class start. Alice Tay, KSDS
Doing prostrations to the Buddhas is another way of collecting extensive merit. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Doing prostrations to the Buddhas is another way of collecting extensive merit. Alice Tay, KSDS
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