The Beautiful & Sacred Kiri Vehera in Kataragama (Sri Lanka)

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Kiri Vehera in Kataragama is one of the sixteen sacred places that have been visited by Buddha Shakyamuni in Sri Lanka.

Kiri Vehera Stupa (Kiri Vehera) in Kataragama is one of the sixteen sacred places in Sri Lanka that have been visited by Buddha Shakyamuni (Solosmasthana). Kiri Vehera is unique because it facilitates a close and beautiful relationship between Buddhism and Hinduism. In the 6th century BC, King Mahasena, the previous incarnation of the celebrated God of War within the Hindu pantheon, Lord Murugan, met with Buddha Shakyamuni and took refuge in the Three Jewels. After this meeting, the king built Kiri Vehera in Kataragama to commemorate Buddha Shakyamuni’s visit. The relationship that was forged between Buddha Shakyamuni and Lord Murugan facilitated a close and peaceful coexistence between Buddhist and Hindu devotees in the region.

Therefore, Kiri Vehera in Kataragama is a must-visit place because it is charged with the Buddha’s blessings, and it inspires peace and tolerance among people of different backgrounds and faiths.

Tsem Rinpoche
 


 

History

 

The legend of Kiri Vehera Stupa

Buddha Shakyamuni visited Kataragama in 580 BC and gave a discourse to King Mahasena.

In 580 BC, eight years after he became enlightened, Buddha Shakyamuni, together with 500 arahants, went to Kajaragama (Kataragama) and met with King Mahasena who ruled over Mahagama, the present day Tissamaharama. Buddha Shakyamuni gave a discourse in the king’s Kihir tree garden. After listening to the precious Dharma from the Buddha, King Mahasena attained the stage of sovan or the first stage of spiritual eminence. Buddha Shakyamuni gave King Mahasena a lock of his hair and a sword that was used to cut his hair when he renounced his worldly life. After this meeting, King Mahasena built a stupa on the spot where Buddha Shakyamuni sat, to commemorate his visit and to enshrine the hair, sword, and the golden throne that the Buddha used to deliver the teaching. In addition, King Mahasena vowed to protect and promote Buddhism. Since the stupa was built on the garden of Kihir trees, it was known as Kihir Vehera. For easier pronunciation, the name was later changed to Kiri Vehera.

Buddha Shakyamuni’s visit to Kataragama is mentioned in Dhatuvamsa, a palm leaf manuscript found in Sri Lanka, and Samanthapasadika, a compendium of commentaries on Theravada Tipitaka Vinaya that was translated from Sinhala language into Pali by Buddhaghosa, a 5th century Indian Theravadan Buddhist and scholar. According to various historical records, Kiri Vehera was also known as Magulmahaseya.

 

The Legend of the God of Kataragama

Lord Murugan, the protector deity of Kataragama and his two consorts, Valliamma and Thevaniamma.

After he had passed away, King Mahasena was reborn as the God of Kataragama. He was also known by various names, Kartikeya, Skanda Kumara, or Lord Murugan. The people of Kataragama regarded Lord Murugan as Kataragama Deviyo or the protector deity of Kataragama, who would help those who appealed to him with faith. Maureen Seneviratne, a Sri Lankan writer and journalist, stated in her article, The Cult of Kataragama, that Kartikeya, Kanda Kumara, Lord Murugan, and the God of Kataragama are the same deity:

The cult of Kataragama is that of the war-god of the Hindu pantheon. At first, he dwelt with the other gods and his terrible father, Siva the Destroyer, third and awesome lord of the great Hindu Triumvirate, on the Mount Kailasa. To his devotees, the god of Kataragama is known by many names and many powers are attributed to him. Kandasamy they call him, or Kanda Kumara, Skanda or Subramanyo, the second son of the high, majestic Siva; Muruga: the god of youth and tenderness and beauty, especially in Ceylon, because all these things, and love of a maiden, brought him to the island—so legend has it, thousands of years ago. But Muruga is a name only spoken in fulsome awe; it is never written for it is too holy a word for that. Kartikeya is another of his names denoting his origin: ‘the one coming from the Pleiades;’ Gangeya: ‘born from the Ganges,’ sacred river of the Hindus in India; Sanmugam: ‘the one with six faces.’

Lord Murugan’s parents, God Shiva and his wife, Parvati.

According to Hindu mythology, Lord Murugan was the son of God Shiva and his wife, Parvati. He was also the brother of Ganesha, the God of Wisdom. One day, Narada, Lord Brahma’s son who wandered in the three worlds, introduced Lord Murugan to Valliamma, a girl whom he spotted in the southeastern forest of Sri Lanka. Valliamma was the daughter of the chieftain of the indigenous Vedda tribe. Prior to this event, Valliamma had made a vow that she would not marry any man except for the God of Kataragama himself. Due to the power of this vow, Lord Murugan came to her and helped her to fulfil her vow by marrying her. After the marriage, Lord Murugan’s first wife and the daughter of Lord Indra, Thevaniamma, came to Sri Lanka and made fruitless attempts to ask Lord Murugan to get rid of Valliamma. Eventually, Thevaniamma decided to accept the situation and stay with Lord Murugan and Valliamma in the mountain jungle near Menik Ganga. Today, Kataragama residents celebrate the relationship between Lord Murugan and Valliamma in the annual Esela Perehera (Esala Festival).

Lord Murugan was a faithful follower of Buddha Shakyamuni’s teachings. Through his sincere help, Lord Murugan managed to gain the love and respect of the people in Kataragama. Lord Murugan is depicted as having six faces, twelve hands and eyes to signify that he has the physical strength of six men. The people of Kataragama believe that Lord Murugan and his two wives live in Kebiliththa, in Yala National Park. Every year, thousands of Lord Murugan’s devotees visit Kebiliththa to make offering and get his blessing.

Every year, thousands of devotees come to Kebiliththa to make offering to Lord Murugan and to get his blessing.

 

The relationship between Kiri Vehera, sacred Bodhi tree, and Kataragama Devalaya

Shanghamitta (281 – 202 BC), the daughter of Emperor Ashoka, brought the Bodhi tree sapling to Sri Lanka.

In the 3rd century BC, the daughter of Mauryan Emperor Ashoka, Sanghamitta (281 – 202 BC), brought the sapling of the original Bodhi tree, under which Buddha Shakyamuni attained enlightenment, from India to Sri Lanka. The Bodhi tree was later planted in Anuradhapura. One of the first saplings that sprang from the Anuradhapura Bodhi tree was brought to Kataragama and planted near Kiri Vehera. Today the Bodhi tree in Kataragama religious complex has become the sacred object of veneration.

After King Mahasena built Kiri Vehera, several kings who came to pay homage at this sacred place renovated and made improvements to Kiri Vehera. One of these kings was King Dutugemunu (r. 161 – 137 BC). According to the legend, when he was in Menik Ganga area, to prepare for a war with King Elara (r. 205 – 161 BC), a Chola Dynasty prince who invaded and usurped the throne of Anuradhapura Kingdom, Lord Murugan appeared before King Dutugemunu and said “O’ Prince, go fearlessly your way ahead, your victory is certain and always believe that I am by your side whatever happens.” Lord Murugan then gave a sword to King Dutugemunu to be used in the war. According to Mahavamsa, the chronicles of Sri Lankan kings, King Dutugemunu then made a vow in front of the Bodhi tree in Kataragama that he would renovate Kiri Vehera and build a shrine to honour Lord Murugan. After he was successful in overthrowing King Elara and brought the regions in Sri Lanka under unification, King Dutugemunu went to Kiri Vehera in Kataragama to meditate. Once again Lord Murugan appeared before the king and shot an arrow in the direction of Wedihiti Kanda, a rocky mountain near Kiri Vehera, and instructed the king to build a shrine for people to venerate him in that place. It was believed that the arrow fell on the spot where Lord Murugan met his second wife, Valliamma.

The Bodhi tree in Kataragama.

King Dutugemunu (r. 161 – 137 BC) who renovated Kiri Vehera and built Kataragama Devalaya.

Wedihiti Kanda – Lord Murugan appeared before King Dutugemunu and shot an arrow in the direction of Wedihiti Kanda, a rocky mountain near Kiri Vehera, and instructed the king to build a shrine for people to venerate him in that place.

True to his promise, King Dutugemunu enlarged Kiri Vehera stupa and built Kataragama Devalaya, a temple to honour Lord Murugan. Since Lord Murugan mainly resides in Kebiliththa and only come to Kataragama Devalaya on special occasions such as Esala Festival or poya (full moon) days, his minister, Kadawara Deviyo, is believed to be the guardian of the temple. Kiri Vehera, the sacred Bodhi tree, and Kataragama Devalaya are located in the present-day Kataragama religious complex.

The entrance of Kataragama Devalaya.

Kataragama Devalaya was originally built by King Dutugemunu.

Kadawara Deviyo, Lord Murugan’s minister and the guardian of Kataragama Devalaya.

 

The Dark Ages

In the 13th century, King Kalinga Magha (r. 1215 – 1236), who was also known as Magha the Tyrant, invaded the kingdoms in Sri Lanka and brought massive destruction to many sacred places including Kiri Vehera and Kataragama religious complex. The area was soon covered with jungle and became hidden from human view until the 20th century. During these dark ages, only several pilgrims and villagers who lived near the area knew about the existences of Kiri Vehera and Kataragama Devalaya. They continued to worship Lord Murugan at the hidden temple although they had to walk to the shrine since there were no proper roads to access the place.

 

Kiri Vehera Restoration Projects

Between 1911 and 1912, a group of archaeologists that consisted of H.C.P. Bell (CCS), Hocart, Dr. Senarath Paranavitane, Dr. Raja H. de Silva, Dr. D.T. Devendra, Dr. Godakumbure, M.H. Sirisoma, and Roland de Silva, made major attempts to uncover many archaeological sites in Sri Lanka, including Kiri Vehera.

The statue of Sir Cyril de Zoysa (1896 – 1978) in Kataragama.

A more focus renovation program was executed in 1970 under the leadership of Sir Cyril de Zoysa (1896 – 1978), a Sri Lankan industrialist, senator, and philanthropist who formed the Kiri Vehera Restoration Society. When he took on the project, only the pinnacle of the stupa was visible. By referring to the ancient chronicles and historical records about the dimensions and specifications of the stupa, Sir Cyril de Zoysa identified the sacred Kiri Vehera and restored it to the current glory. On 26 October 1970, Sri Lanka Prime Minister at the time, the Honourable Dudley Senanayake, officially crowned Kiri Vehera with a gilded pinnacle. In May 2009, to commemorate the contribution of Sir Cyril de Zoysa to the city of Kataragama, the honourable Speaker of the House, W.J.M. Lokubandara, unveiled the statue of this great man. The Sri Lankan government continued to maintain and made improvements to the stupa. In 2014, a permanent lighting system was installed at Kiri Vehera.

In 2014, President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa, inaugurated a permanent lighting system at Kiri Vehera.

 

About Kiri Vehera Stupa

Many devotees come to Kiri Vehera every year to make offerings to this sacred stupa.

Every year, many devotees come to Kiri Vehera to make offerings to this sacred stupa.

With the measurement of 29m (95ft) tall and 85.3m (280ft) circumference, the majestic Kiri Vehera is milky white in colour. According to Richard Gombrich and Gananath Obeyesekere, in their book titled Buddhism Transformed: Religious Change in Sri Lanka, the significance of Kiri Vehera’s colour is described as follows:

If the predominant colour in Kataragama is red, the colour of the Kiri Vehera is white; if one place represents the celebration of the senses, the other celebrates their subjugation and transcendence. Underlying all of this is the powerful “myth model” of the Buddha’s own renunciation of the world: his enjoyment of a life of hedonism; his confrontation with the four signs – sickness, old age, death, and the model of their transcendence in the yellow-robed medicant; his final achievement of salvation – a calm, a blowing out, nirvana. The pilgrim also has made his full progress: he crosses the river and leaves the everyday reality of mundane existence; from there he goes on to the passion and sensuality of Kataragama, then to the shock of life’s suffering and misery, and finally to a realisation of release from both passion and misery – all aspects of impermanence – into the serenity and calm of the Kiri Vehera.” Even today, over two thousand years after it was first built, the sacred Kiri Vehera continued to attract thousands of pilgrims and tourists from around the world.

Visitors and Buddhist devotees make flower offerings at the sacred Kiri Vehera.

Beautiful offerings of light at Kiri Vehera.

The current head of Kiri Vehera Raja Maha Viharaya is Venerable Kobawaka Dhamminda Thera. He was the senior student of the late Venerable Dr. Aluthwewa Soratha Nayaka Thera (Venerable Soratha Thera) (1943 – 2013), the previous chief incumbent of the temple.

Address:
Kataragama
91400 Kataragama, Uva Province
Phone: +94 47 2 235237
Opening hours: 24 hours
Entrance fee: free

 

About Kataragama Religious Complex

Kataragama Religious Complex is the representation of the religious tolerance in Sri Lanka where people of various faiths coexist peacefully. In addition to Kiri Vehera, the sacred Bodhi tree, and Kataragama Devalaya, there is a Muslim mosque in the area. Visitors and pilgrims can make offering of flowers and fruits to the sacred places and purchased mementos from the nearby souvenir shops/ stalls.

A small stall that sell flower offering at Kiri Vehera.

A small stall that sells flower offering at Kiri Vehera.

The small stalls that sell souvenirs at Kiri Vehera.

The small stalls that sell souvenirs at Kiri Vehera.

 

Best Time to Visit

Kataragama in Uva Province is influenced by Northeastern monsoon. Visitors can expect dryer weather from May to September. The best time to visit Kataragama is during Vesak celebration in May or during Esala Festival between the month of July and August.

 

The relationship between Buddhism and Hinduism in Kataragama

Venerable Dr. Aluthwewa Soratha Nayaka Thera (1943 – 2013), the late chief of Kiri Vehera Raja Maha Viharaya.

The relationship between Buddhism and Hinduism in Kataragama is oblivious. The Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims that visited the place showed their deep veneration to the Buddhist sites of Kiri Vehera and the Bodhi tree, and the Hindu site, Kataragama Devalaya. In 2003, the late Venerable Soratha Thera explained about this unique relationship in an interview with The Sunday Observer:

[In his previous life as King Mahasena, Lord Murugan had taken] refuge in the Triple Gems and vowed to remain to protect and promote the Buddhist religion and its followers for all time to come. …

Many Buddhists believe that the Kataragama God is a Bodhisattva (Buddha-to-be) having the power and compassion to intervene in the lives of those who appeal to him. He is the guardian and friend of Sri Lankan Buddhists especially, but he will help people of any religion and nationality.

It makes no difference if one is a Buddhist, Hindu, Jain or what. Respect him and have firm faith in him, and he can intervene to settle personal problems that interfere with one’s spiritual growth. There are tried and proven ways to obtain his help.

Regarding some comments made that Lord Murugan is a Hindu god, and therefore he should not be worshiped by Buddhists, Venerable Soratha Thera explained:

Our Sinhala traditions preserved [oral] and ancient poems like the Kanda Upata [which] declare that Kataragama Deviyo came to this Sinhala Deepa long ago by boat from North India, just as our ancestor Vijaya and his companions did also. This god has been living here as long as we have, maybe even longer. He had never harmed anyone, except those who aimed to do injustice or harm to others. We consider god Kataragama to be one of the Four Guardian Deities* of the Sinhala pantheon, perhaps the most powerful one of them all. If Hindus and others wish to worship him, we Buddhists have no objection. He is great enough to satisfy everyone, whatever their backgrounds or beliefs are.

*Note: The four guardian deities of Sri Lanka are Kataragama (Lord Murugan), Vishnu, Pattini, and Saman.

Regarding the comments made by some people that said there is no place in Buddhism for god worship, Venerable Soratha Thera explained:

Lord Buddha himself met and accepted the salutations of major deities like Brahma, Indra, and others. He never denied the existence of devas. He was a great friend to humans and non-humans alike.

Modern-educated Sri Lankans, influenced by Western misinterpretations of Buddhism, cling to the mistaken idea that Lord Buddha advocated 19th century-style rationalism or atheism. We should protect the Buddha Sasana by accepting the whole body of traditional Buddhist doctrine and practice, and not pick and choose to suit the passing fashions of thought.

Due to the great contribution of scholar monks like Venerable Soratha Thera, Buddhism in Sri Lanka continued to coexist peacefully with other beliefs in the region.

 

Festivals

 

Esala Festival

The lively procession during Esala Festival.

Esala Festival is the biggest event in Kataragama and is usually held in the month of July and August. Although the objectives of Esala Festival are to celebrate Lord Murugan and his courtship with Valliamma, the event is closely related to Kiri Vehera and Sinhala Buddhism. Before any festival, the secretary of Kataragama Devalaya come to Kiri Vehera to make offering of betel chew to the chief incumbent and take five lay person vows (Pancha Sil) prior to fixing the festival dates and inviting the sangha’s participation. Buddhist Parita chanting (Pirith Nilaya) during the festival may only be performed by the monks of Kiri Vehera Raja Maha Viharaya. The first puja should be offered to Buddha Shakyamuni before performing a puja for Lord Murugan.

Menik Ganga. During Esala Festival, people of various faiths and religions clean themselves with holy water from Menik Ganga.

People of various faiths and backgrounds (e.g., Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, and the indigenous Vedda tribe members) attend Esala Festival. During the festival, the attendees clean themselves with the holy water from Menik Ganga and make offerings of fruits, incense, and flowers at the temple. The acts of self-mortification such as walking on hot ember or Kavadi dancing, are also common among Hindu devotees.

The highlight of Esala Festival happens on the full moon evening. The event begins with the chanting of Buddhist Parita by the monks of Kiri Vehera Raja Maha Viharaya to invite the blessings of the Three Jewels. The monks then sprinkled the blessed water on the Basnayake Nilame (Chief Official) of Kataragama Devalaya and his entourage as an indication that the event is also sacred to Buddhist devotees. Then, the joyous procession started. There are two trained elephants that joined the event. One of the elephants carry a relic casket that represents the presence of Buddha Shakyamuni, and another elephant carries a six-cornered yantra (spiritual) device that represent Lord Murugan’s presence. The procession proceeds to Kiri Vehera where the monks received the Chief Official of Kataragama Devalaya. The Chief Official takes refuge in the Three Jewels and accepts Pancha Sil. A Gilanpasa Buddha Puja is then performed, and offerings were made to Buddha Shakyamuni and the sangha members. After the Buddhist rituals are completed, the space is filled with the blessings of Lord Murugan.

The lively procession during Esala Festival.

The lively procession during Esala Festival.

 

Vesak Day

The sacred and beautiful Kiri Vehera is illuminated with lights on Vesak day.

Another important event at Kiri Vehera is Vesak day that celebrates Buddha Shakyamuni’s birth, enlightenment, and Parinirvana. Just like in other parts of Sri Lanka, in Kiri Vehera, Vesak is celebrated during full moon day in May. The event is marked by the religious and cultural festival. During Vesak celebration, Kiri Vehera is illuminated with lights, and many Dharma related activities (e.g., Dharma discussions, meditation) are held.

 

Nanumura Mangalya

Every Saturday morning, Nanumura Mangalya, a ceremony to offer Menik Ganga water to the sacred Bodhi tree is held to commemorate King Mahasena’s vow of allegiance to the Buddhist principles.

 

How To Get there

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Kataragama is located in Uva Province and approximately 15 km (9.3 mi) from Yala National Park. Visitors can travel by bus or alternatively by chartered car. Kataragama can be reached from Tissamahara (1 hour by bus), Ella (3 hours by bus), Colombo (45 minutes by airplane or 6 hours by bus).

 

Accommodation

The town of Kataragama is a popular pilgrimage spot for Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and the indigenous Vedda people of Sri Lanka. Many places have sprung up to cater for these pilgrims, but if you visit Kataragama in July and August when Esala Festival is held, the accommodation can be scarce. Below are just some of the several places available. It is recommended that you do further research to find accommodation that is suitable for your needs.
1. Mandara Rosen

The hotel is located in the midst of lush mountain, and it offers 58 tastefully designed rooms with modern amenities.

Address:
No 57 Detagamuwa
Kataragama 91400, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 47 2 236030
Website: http://www.mandararosen.com
2. Gregory’s Safari Bungalow Yala

The Bungalow offers four air-conditioned bedrooms and cabana equipped with modern amenities.

Address:
No.101/18, Manikpuragama
Wallimathagama,
Kataragama, Sri Lanka.
Phone: +94 71 944 5566
Website: http://www.gregorybungalow.com/katharagama/index.php

 
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  1. Anne Ong on Dec 26, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    Interesting history and pictures of this pilgrimage place. Sri Lankans are so blessed to be able to have so many holy places so close by. A very spiritual island which is a veritable melting pot of religions. A place where Hinduism and Buddhism took root. Thank you very much Rinpoche and blog team for this wonderful article 😘🙏👍

  2. Choong on Jun 29, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    This is an extremely blessed nexus. I did not know that Sri Lanka has so many notable links to the Buddha. After reading this article, I am also glad that the long civil war in Sri Lanka has ended. May Sri Lanka and all its peoples be blessed.

    What I also just came across is that Āryadeva, a disciple of Nagarjuna and author of several important Mahayana Madhyamaka Buddhist texts, is also from Sri Lanka. He is also known as Kanadeva, the 15th patriarch in Chan Buddhism, and as “Bodhisattva Deva” in Sri Lanka.

  3. Wai Meng Wan on Jun 29, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    This is very nice, another spot that we can go for pilgrimage for. Sri Lankans are so blessed to be able to have so many holy places so close by.

    Yes this is a very unique place where buddhism and hinduism intersect, and all can pray here. Lord Katargama sounds very much like a dharma protector (dharmapala) for the Sri Lankans.

  4. Stella Cheang on Jun 21, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    Heartwarming to read about religious harmony in Kataragama, where Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam co-exist peacefully. Sri Lanka truly practice religious freedom, which is akin to embracing the teachings of Buddha. Kings of the past were very motivated to enshrine the holy sites and spread Buddha Dharma. It is a good example modern leaders can model after. Thank you, Rinpoche, for this sharing.

  5. Kenneth on Jun 19, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    The story of its restoration is equally as interesting and wonderful. Great story, especially the intersection of Buddhist history with Hindu mythology!

    Kiri Vehera - A crumbling mound rises to its ancient glory

    Kiri Vehera - A crumbling mound rises to its ancient glory - Out of the jungle, a thing of beauty

    • Valentina Suhendra on Aug 6, 2017 at 6:19 am

      Dear Kenneth

      Thank you for your comment. Prior to reading this article, I did not know about the intersection between Hinduism and Buddhism. It was interesting that in his previous life, Lord Murugan was a Buddhist King who built Kiri Vehera stupa. Even to this day in his current form, Lord Murugan continues to benefit sentient beings. After learning about this, I develop an appreciation for Hinduism, and it is another proof as to the reason we have to practice inter-religious tolerance and promote inter-religious harmony.

      Valentina

  6. Fong on Jun 16, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    A very spiritual island which is a veritable melting pot of religions. A place where Hinduism and Buddhism took root. So much religious history and culture. it would be wonderful to be able to immerse oneself in the culture and history of the island.

  7. Samfoonheei on Jun 15, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Wow….there so much to see just in Sri lanka.A country with beautiful and amazing ancients historical sacred Buddha site and so forth.The beautiful and Sacred Kiri Vehera in Kataragama,Sri Lankais another wonderful place to visit.Ita a place with beautiful history and legands as well.The sacred Kiri Vehera Stupa is a must visit place.
    The unique relationship between Buddhism and Hinduism Kataragama very special in way that pilgrims visited the place showing their great
    respect,reverence ,worship to the Buddhist sites of Kiri Vehera and the Bodhi tree, and the Hindu site, Kataragama Devalaya.
    Buddhism in Sri Lanka continued to coexist peacefully with other beliefs in the region.
    Its interesting to know about the Esala Festival which is the biggest event in Kataragama whereby various faiths and religions clean themselves with holy water from Menik Ganga.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these wonderful article and very informative.

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  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Jun 24. 2018 05:27 PM
    Congratulations to all the winners of the award. It is great to participate in community and volunteering works. We are part of the community and we should always care for them and help those who needed assistance in all forms.

    We are fortunate that Rinpoche created Kechara Soup Kitchen to bring food and hope to the homeless. Many of the homeless would have given up hopes due to their living conditions. With many more organisations helping the community we will develop a compassionate and loving society.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-soup-kitchen-ksk/malaysias-top-10-most-empowering-young-community-champions-2017.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Sunday, Jun 24. 2018 12:07 PM
    You may have heard of singing in the rain, but how about chanting in the rain?

    A group of Kecharians went on sacred pilgrimage in Kechara Forest Retreat itself yesterday. We all know we don’t have to travel far for pilgrimage because we have Kechara Forest Retreat with so many blessed images and relics. Please see what I mean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3439KaJsBA
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jun 24. 2018 11:53 AM
    Beautiful Tsem Ladrang in Kathmandu Nepal, what I saw from this post. Surrounding by beautiful landscapes mountain and away from the main road. A perfect place for prayers, meditation and retreats. Wonder if I have the privilege to visit this beautiful Ladrang on my trip to Nepal one of this days.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsem-ladrang-naranthannepal.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jun 24. 2018 11:53 AM
    In the folklore of Nepal, the Yeti is an ape-like entity. Nepal is a soul-searching wonder nation that boasts the Himalayas with its many unexplained mysteries. Many locals ,climbers, and researchers have reported sightings of Yeti that looms large in the mythology of Nepal for centuries. For decades people have reported seeing an ape-man roaming the snowy wastes of the Himalayas is part of many cultural traditions around the world. Seeing the appearance of or even hearing the beast is a sign of fearful apprehension to them. Hence they somehow makes offerings to the Yeti , respect them as friends so as the Yetis will not harm and disturb them and even act as deliveryman from one high lama to another. That’s interesting ….pigeons can carry messages why not the Yeti. Yeti do exist after all in Himalayas when travelling at that time is a hindrance.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/yeti-bigfoot-sasquatch/respect-them.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jun 23. 2018 01:44 PM
    As many million urban dwellers may be living in poverty, in Nepal. Their poverty does not absolve them of responsibility for the crime. How difficult life has become for the average Nepalese and how those in desperate situations can end up doing all kinds of desperate things like sold their kidneys to ‘organ traffickers’ for the money. Sad to know that there is even a ‘Kidney Valley’ as almost everyone there has sold a kidney. Desperate Nepalese in the village travelled to India to part with a kidney just to make ends meet. It is really heartfelt to read that the organ traffickers to the extend of kidnapping and killing innocent people. Glad to know the Nepalese government passed a law banning the sale of kidneys.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/guess-what-they-are-selling-in-nepal.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Saturday, Jun 23. 2018 04:57 AM
    Dear friends,


    For those who were available and here, around 17 of us, I was very fortunate to share a section of teachings from His Holiness the 13th Dalai Lama’s teachings from the book THE PATH OF THE BODHISATTVA WARRIOR.

    The subject matter was offerings.

    I shared from the text the benefits of making offerings. The source for these teachings on offerings. The reason for offerings. What types of offerings to make. What are faultless offerings. What are incorrect offerings. What to think when making offerings. The benefits of long term offerings on our shrines. Inner and outer offerings. How offerings are an integral part of the path.The correct motivation behind offerings. How merits increase material properity and dispells obastcles. How making offerings is pivotal in gaining merits to realizing higher teachings.

    We also discussed according to Je Tsongkapa why some us may think offerings are not important and that they prefer to rely on study, meditation or practice alone is faulty. We discussed what are the faults of not making offerings.

    The text we used was easy to read, easy to understand and I recommend it very much. The attendees were focused shared they learned the benefits of offerings in a simple yet profound manner.

    Since we are going to do our 1st “Pilgrimage Day” today at Kechara Forest Retreat with the residents, I thought this teaching will help them very much.

    It was a great joy for me to share these teachings as it refreshes my own memory. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche
  • Alice Tay
    Saturday, Jun 23. 2018 04:45 AM
    I rejoice to hear that Ramesh has faith and trust in Dorje Shugden and never scared about the spirit will harm him in this holy land of Kechara Forest Retreat. This is very inspiring and it is without doubt that Dorje Shugden will bless and protect everyone because he is no different than the Wisdom Buddha Manjushri.

    Thank you for sharing this nice story of Ramesh.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/the-ghosts-on-jalan-chamang-road-in-bentong.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jun 22. 2018 04:12 PM
    Prince Charles speaks wonderfully of an advice to cut down on steaks during a visit to the US. American consumes more meat than nearly any other citizen of the world. Now, an increasing number of Americans are choosing to go vegetarian to help the planet. That’s right choice . A vegetarian diet has a much smaller eco-footprint than meat and more healthy. They have been cutting trees, clearing lands to make pasture land for cows which is bad for the environment. Reducing meat and dairy consumption is an urgent and necessary steps toward achieving a better future. Changing diets , changing farming practices and policies will definitely help to save land , water, killing of animals for meat and so forth.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/prince-charles-tells-america-to-cut-down-on-steaks-for-the-sake-of-the-world.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jun 22. 2018 04:11 PM
    Well, I am glad to come across this old post through Lin Mun’s comment. Wonderful to know of this method which I have no knowledge at all. Having feeling negative emotions is bad and never allows it to control of our life . Releasing negative emotions through the simple and easy method as mentioned is good and refocusing our attention too will surely helps.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/a-method-to-release-anger.html
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Jun 21. 2018 09:41 PM
    It’s true that we destroy our earth just to satisfy our taste bud and killing so many animals. So glad that Prince Charles warned and educate the public openly that the whole ecosystem is affected now and that the earth can’t afford to cater to the fast changing demand. All of us have responsibility to the environment and should do something about it. Stop eating meat and it will directly help the world to save water, land, weather and importantly reduce killing and suffering on animals.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/prince-charles-tells-america-to-cut-down-on-steaks-for-the-sake-of-the-world.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Thursday, Jun 21. 2018 04:11 PM
    Trode Khangsar – A 400 year old Chapel in Lhasa | 拉萨400年历史的多杰雄登护法殿—布旦康萨- https://bit.ly/2JNsyN9
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jun 21. 2018 03:24 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing. A beautiful and meaningful song invoking blessings by Lama Gyalwa Kalzang Gyatso, the 7th Dalai Lama. Reading through it I do feel a sense of happiness, and peacefulness surrounding. It’s a beautiful blessing and it paints a thousand powerful , meaningful words of inspirational.
    Wow…… stunning Holy pictures for us to download . Thanks again.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tsongkhapa/easy-and-effective.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jun 21. 2018 03:23 PM
    Great teachings to catch up, I still have a lot to learn . After reading through the question and answers, I have learned quite a bit of knowledge and will read again over time to get a better understanding of Tsongkhapa. Plenty to absorb especially the names. But glad to come across this post. I am very fortunate to be able to learn and practice from all those wonderful articles online .
    Thank you Rinpoche and team with folded hands.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/exciting-information-on-tsongkapa.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Jun 20. 2018 09:19 PM
    A very easy way to release anger. It is also to shift our mind to focus on other movements instead of thinking about what makes us angry. I think the tapping will release the tense muscles on the face. Nevertheless, thank you Rinpoche for sharing this natural and easy method.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/a-method-to-release-anger.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jun 20. 2018 03:22 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the profound teachings. I am glad I found and read this article of how our mind works and transformation of our mind to determine in our next reincarnation. At least from now I could understand a little bit more about the true nature of our minds. Rinpoche has given a very clear teachings, explanation yet powerful knowledge for us to ponder our mind and thoughts. Through the learning and practice of
    Lama Tsongkhapa we can gain many benefits. Rinpoche’s blog online have benefited me and many others tremendously . I have bookmarked this article so I could revisit it time to time.
    Thank you again Rinpoche with folded hands .

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-mind-and-lama-tsongkhapa.html

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This Flying Vajra Yogini artwork is framed and over the doorway of a Vajra Yogini chapel in Nepal. The Chapel is dedicated towards the Flying Vajra Yogini. Beautiful.
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This Flying Vajra Yogini artwork is framed and over the doorway of a Vajra Yogini chapel in Nepal. The Chapel is dedicated towards the Flying Vajra Yogini. Beautiful.
རུའི་ཊར་གསར་འགྱུར་ལས་ཁང་ནས་ངས་ཤར་གླིང་ཨེ་ཤི་ཡ་ཡི་ཆེད་དུ་འགྲིགས་འཇགས་ཀྱི་སྨོན་ལམ་འདེབས་པའི་སྐོར་དེ་དཔར་སྐྲུན་བྱེད་འདུག - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=160706
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རུའི་ཊར་གསར་འགྱུར་ལས་ཁང་ནས་ངས་ཤར་གླིང་ཨེ་ཤི་ཡ་ཡི་ཆེད་དུ་འགྲིགས་འཇགས་ཀྱི་སྨོན་ལམ་འདེབས་པའི་སྐོར་དེ་དཔར་སྐྲུན་བྱེད་འདུག - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=160706
There are many very interesting articles on Bigfoot/yeti/sasquatch as well as videos. Please enjoy yourselves: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/yeti-bigfoot-sasquatch
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There are many very interesting articles on Bigfoot/yeti/sasquatch as well as videos. Please enjoy yourselves: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/yeti-bigfoot-sasquatch
Environment is stronger because when you are in a spiritual environment with other spiritual brothers and sisters, the chance to learn and transform is much higher. If we rely on our own willpower and go at it alone to practice spirituality, very small chance we can succeed. Because most of the time we don\'t have the willpower and our willpower does not sustain us. That is why we have monasteries where clusers of people live together spiritually to enhance each other and the whole for thousands of years. That is why we have spiritual communities like Findhorn and Kechara Forest Retreat so that we are in a spiritual environment and being in this type of environment encourages us to grow inwardly. It gives us strength and support and in turn we give others strength and support. Tsem Rinpoche
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Environment is stronger because when you are in a spiritual environment with other spiritual brothers and sisters, the chance to learn and transform is much higher. If we rely on our own willpower and go at it alone to practice spirituality, very small chance we can succeed. Because most of the time we don't have the willpower and our willpower does not sustain us. That is why we have monasteries where clusers of people live together spiritually to enhance each other and the whole for thousands of years. That is why we have spiritual communities like Findhorn and Kechara Forest Retreat so that we are in a spiritual environment and being in this type of environment encourages us to grow inwardly. It gives us strength and support and in turn we give others strength and support. Tsem Rinpoche
I like this White Tara image. It is very basic but has an appeal in this style of art.
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I like this White Tara image. It is very basic but has an appeal in this style of art.
He was so excited to bring this sacred statue home to install in his family shrine.......
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He was so excited to bring this sacred statue home to install in his family shrine.......
Daily do your prayers/mantra to Lord Manjushri as it\'s a powerful blessing on a daily basis. It is so important to have sharp mind, good memory and quick wisdom and Manjushri can bestow this. I have heard many tell me that Manjushri\'s practice is very effective. We must also do Manjushri\'s intensive retreats at least twice a year. It would be very beneficial. Sacred mantra of Manjushri: Om Ah-Ra Ba-za Na-Dhi
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Daily do your prayers/mantra to Lord Manjushri as it's a powerful blessing on a daily basis. It is so important to have sharp mind, good memory and quick wisdom and Manjushri can bestow this. I have heard many tell me that Manjushri's practice is very effective. We must also do Manjushri's intensive retreats at least twice a year. It would be very beneficial. Sacred mantra of Manjushri: Om Ah-Ra Ba-za Na-Dhi
It is nice to see a friend in Nepal receiving a beautiful Bhagwan Dorje Shugden gift from myself. I wish him well always. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
It is nice to see a friend in Nepal receiving a beautiful Bhagwan Dorje Shugden gift from myself. I wish him well always. Tsem Rinpoche
What my mom shared with me as a young boy that I carry with me till now. She was very caring and giving when she was well: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=160069
2 months ago
What my mom shared with me as a young boy that I carry with me till now. She was very caring and giving when she was well: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=160069
A beautiful painting of the enlightened protector Dorje Shugden in the very rich tradition of Aztec art of South America. I wanted to commission something in this rich tradition which is filled with spiritual journeys into other worlds, magic, purification, the supernatural, astral visitations, gods and other dimensions and it has manifested. I have successfully combined the divinity of Tibet with the rich artistic tradition of the Aztecs. The artist we had is amazing. We have many more beautiful art pieces here for you to enjoy and download: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144924

Remember those wonderful Carlos Castaneda books? I use to read them many years back in my room back in New Jersey as a kid. His learning journey with Don Juan was amazing! Those books inspired my commissioning of this beautiful Aztec Dorje Shugden. May you be blessed. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
A beautiful painting of the enlightened protector Dorje Shugden in the very rich tradition of Aztec art of South America. I wanted to commission something in this rich tradition which is filled with spiritual journeys into other worlds, magic, purification, the supernatural, astral visitations, gods and other dimensions and it has manifested. I have successfully combined the divinity of Tibet with the rich artistic tradition of the Aztecs. The artist we had is amazing. We have many more beautiful art pieces here for you to enjoy and download: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144924 Remember those wonderful Carlos Castaneda books? I use to read them many years back in my room back in New Jersey as a kid. His learning journey with Don Juan was amazing! Those books inspired my commissioning of this beautiful Aztec Dorje Shugden. May you be blessed. Tsem Rinpoche
H.H. the Dalai Lama’s sudden change of mind about China-backed Panchen Lama is incredible and stunning. His Holiness\'s new stance will bring more harmony, peace and understanding. I thank His Holiness the Dalai Lama very much for this. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche (Please read here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=159261)
2 months ago
H.H. the Dalai Lama’s sudden change of mind about China-backed Panchen Lama is incredible and stunning. His Holiness's new stance will bring more harmony, peace and understanding. I thank His Holiness the Dalai Lama very much for this. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche (Please read here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=159261)
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
3 months ago
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.
4 months ago
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
Please read this..thank you.
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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
5 months ago
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
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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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
Wonderful updated version of The Promise book is out! Please get your copy. Much more new information included.
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Wonderful updated version of The Promise book is out! Please get your copy. Much more new information included.
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    Adorable Tibetan kids wishing Happy New Year 2018
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The boarding between teacher and students KSDS.by Asyley Chia KSDS
KSDS teacher and volunteers on Farm in the City outing.we all have a great time and memorable trip.yeahhh.By Asyley Chia ksds
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KSDS teacher and volunteers on Farm in the City outing.we all have a great time and memorable trip.yeahhh.By Asyley Chia ksds
Bye bye Kechara Sunday Dharma School.by Asyley Chia KSDS
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Bye bye Kechara Sunday Dharma School.by Asyley Chia KSDS
Thank you teacher Grace carry and take care little Byran whole outing.by Asyley Chia KSDS
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Thank you teacher Grace carry and take care little Byran whole outing.by Asyley Chia KSDS
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