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Is this a real photograph of the Buddha?

Is this a real photograph of the Buddha?

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

A curious, yet ethereal photograph of Lord Buddha has been in circulation for quite some time. Supposedly a photograph taken of Siddhartha Gautama, also known as Buddha Shakyamuni, it raises a lot more questions than answers. According to rumours, the photograph was taken by a devotee visiting the holy site of Bodhgaya. After taking a seemingly normal photograph of the Bodhi tree, under which the ancient Prince Siddhartha Gautama meditated and gained full enlightenment, the likeness of the Buddha appeared once the photograph was developed.

The figure that appeared is of a young man in meditative lotus posture, with large hands, meditator’s top knot, and large ears, said to be representative of the Buddha hearing the sounds of the world, especially the cries of sentient beings suffering under the influence of their heavy negative karma. The figure also appears with a very handsome face, including large eye lashes and full lips.

Appearing again and again over the course of the years, the photograph has been featured on the front page of a national newspaper in Sri Lanka, and a copy even hangs at a Theravadan monastery and nunnery, named the Bhavana Society, in West Virginia, USA.

Obviously, the devotee who supposedly took the photograph was not actually present during the time that Buddha Shakyamuni lived, therefore the photograph could have been the result of some form of paranormal occurrence. Could this have been the result of the immense energies that were left at the sacred site of Lord Buddha’s enlightenment? Was the devotee’s camera able to capture these energies and somehow show us what Buddha Shakyamuni actually looked like?

 

The Truth of Art

As it turns out, this photograph is actually of an oil painting named “The Buddha’s Temptation”. Completed in 1921 by the Spanish artist Eduardo Chicharro Aguera (1873 – 1949), it now hangs in the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando Museum in Madrid. Comparing the photograph with the painting, we can see the hands and the halo are exactly the same, as are all the other defining features. The Museum’s description of the piece in an interesting read:

Eduardo Chicharro Aguera (Madrid, 1873 – 1949)
“Buddha’s Temptations” 1921
Oil on Canvas, 2.90 x 3.66 meters. Signed and dated E. Chicharro 1921.

While serving as director of the Spanish Fine Arts Academy in Rome, Chicharro achieved his most ambitious painting, after many preparatory drawings and sketches. He spent five years on the canvas itself. The name Buddha means Illuminated: this young prince has wandered for years seeking the light and now receives it under a ficus, the sacred tree of Buddhism. Motionless and absorbed, he ignores the Apsaras, daughters of Evil, who try to seduce him: Flattery and her sister Adulation, Lust with a panther body, Tenderness, lying at his feet, Voluptuousness on a rich red drapery.

Lakshmi, India’s answer to Venus, appears riding an elephant. Another wicked Apsara, with a many-hued veil, takes on the figure of the beautiful young wife this prince has left behind. This work was awarded the Honors Medal at the 1922 Spanish National Exhibition, and the same year Chicharro was elected a member of the San Fernando Royal Academy.

Purchased in 2001 with the Giutarte Bequest.

Source: http://www.borsheimarts.com/news/2014_04-Madrid-Prado-Thyssen-BellasArtesSanFernando-Museums.htm#sthash.6a1FkPTr.dpuf

The original painting of “The Buddha’s Temptation” by Eduardo Chicharro Aguera

The original painting of “The Buddha’s Temptation” by Eduardo Chicharro Aguera. Click to enlarge.

The painting depicts Prince Siddhartha sitting under the Bodhi tree, ignoring the advances of the daughters of Mara. It portrays one of the most iconic parts of the night of his enlightenment when Mara tried in vain to tempt the prince away from his path to become the Buddha (a term which stems from the root budh or budhi, meaning awakened, or enlightened).

 

The Defeat of Mara

After Prince Siddhartha had left his princely life, upon witnessing the four sights of old age, sickness, death, and a mendicant monk; he engaged in severe austerities for six years under the tutelage of the famous sage Arada of the Kalama clan, and Rudraka Ramaputra. Following their teachings and techniques, he attained the highest levels of samsaric meditation. Upon realising that these methods would not lead to what he was truly searching for, Prince Siddhartha decided to leave his ascetic practices.

The Prince Siddhartha accepting rice pudding from Sujata. Click to enlarge.

The Prince Siddhartha accepting rice pudding from Sujata. Click to enlarge.

Accepting rice pudding from Sujata, the daughter of a local cowherd, the prince regained his physical strength, which gave him renewed conviction to be successful in his quest for the truth. Arranging a bed of kusha grass under a pipal tree, as his seat, the prince vowed not to rise from the spot until he had attained full enlightenment, even if this meant giving up his own life. As he sat down in full-lotus posture, with his resolute aspiration, it is said that Mara began to tremble in fear, for he knew that once the bodhisattva prince became enlightened, the prince would forever be beyond the samsaric influence of self-deception and ignorance that Mara embodied. Mara knew that if the bodhisattva prince was to gain the fully enlightened mind, he would lead others along the same path, and his influence over countless others would likewise be diminished. While Prince Siddhartha had his conviction to learn the truth about existence and suffering, Mara resolved to try and stop the prince’s efforts in any way possible.

Mara attacked the bodhisattva Prince Siddhartha in four successive waves:

1. During the first wave, Mara tried to dissuade the prince from his sacred mission using simple intimidation. Reminding the prince of his royal background, he goaded the prince to follow the path that was already set out for him, as a prince who would become king, and that his dear family longed for him ever so much. Here, Mara took on the guise of worldly ‘duty’ in order to fulfil his mission. Steadfast to see his aim completed, the prince remained composed and took no heed of Mara’s advances.

The daughters of Mara trying to seduce Prince Siddhartha away from his meditation

The daughters of Mara trying to seduce Prince Siddhartha away from his meditation.

2. When this tactic turned out to be futile, Mara summoned his sons, daughters and demonic horde, and held a council to decide how next to proceed. It was decided that Mara proceed in the guise of Kamadeva, the god of love and desire, it order to tempt the prince away from his meditation. Appearing in the celestial garb of the gods, and accompanied by his daughters, who took on the seductive forms of apsaras, or semi-divine enchantresses, they sought to fill the prince with lust and desire. Raising his bow made of flowers, strung with a line of humming honey bees, mirroring the celestial bow of love held by the real Kamadeva, he shot an arrow made of lust at the prince. However, the arrow simply hung in the air and then fell by the wayside harmlessly. The part of this story where the daughters of Mara try to seduce Prince Siddhartha away from his meditation is what Eduardo Chicharro Aguera depicts in his painting “Buddha’s Temptations.”

3. Angered over his failed attempt, Mara decided to engage his entire horde against the prince. Taking on the guise of the terrifying Lord of Death, Mara mounted his war elephant, and attacked the prince head on. His deformed and frightening horde brandished weapons of many different types, including swords, maces, lances, knives, bows and arrows, javelins, and many more. Their war cries and screams challenged the prince and shook the heavens. But their efforts were fruitless. As they hurled their weapons towards the prince, they froze in mid-air, either falling harmlessly to the ground, or were transformed into fragrant lotus petals, which floated peacefully to adorn the ground at the prince’s feet.

Mara, as the Lord of Death, attacking Prince Siddhartha

Mara, as the Lord of Death, attacking Prince Siddhartha.

4. Understanding that the prince no longer had gross karma to be affected by physical weapons and violence, Mara realised he had to take a different approach. During the fourth wave, he challenged the bodhisattva prince as to why he dared sit on a seat that rightfully belonged to him. Launching whirlwinds, raging tides, and waves of blazing fire against the prince, Mara tried his all, to no avail. Finally, the bodhisattva prince spoke and told Mara that he had earned the right to sit on the sacred throne of enlightenment due to his practice of the six perfections throughout innumerable lifetimes. He challenged Mara back, asking him what witness he had to testify that he had also spent countless lifetimes practicing the six perfections, which would have earned him the right to sit on the kusha grass seat of enlightenment. Mara replied the challenge with another challenge, asking who the prince had as his own witness. It was at that point, the bodhisattva prince touched the earth with his right hand, and proclaimed “The earth is my witness”. The thunderous roar of the earth shaking, drowned out the war cries of Mara’s horde. In some accounts, the earth goddess herself, Pritvi, appeared and declared “I bear witness.” Wringing a great deluge from her flowing hair, she washed away Mara and his demonic horde.

After bearing witness, the Goddess of the Earth is said to have washed Mara's army away in a deluge from her hair

After bearing witness, the Goddess of the Earth is said to have washed Mara’s army away in a deluge from her hair. Click to enlarge.

Thus, Mara, the embodiment of self-deception and ignorance was vanquished, and as the air cleared, the crystal-like moon shone brightly in the night sky, while the prince entered meditative absorption with stainless concentration. As his meditation deepened, with the sacred motivation to discover the truth of existence and the path out of suffering, the bodhisattva prince achieved levels of major spiritual attainments as he progressed towards enlightenment.

During the first watch of the night, the prince attained the opening of his divine eye, using which he was able to turn his attention to his countless previous lives. He saw how he had been born in all realms, as all sentient beings, had lived as all genders, eaten all types of foods, and lived the lives of many people both virtuous and non-virtuous. Through this he came to the realisation that everyone in samsaric existence is linked, and saw himself in relation to all other sentient beings, throughout the course of many lifetimes.

The Buddha realised the law of karma, cyclic existence and that ignorance is the cause of all suffering

The Buddha realised the law of karma, cyclic existence and that ignorance is the cause of all suffering.

During the second watch of the night, moved by compassion that sprung forth from his mind after realising that he had known all sentient beings and the want to free them from their suffering, his divine sight widened. He was now able to comprehend the laws of cause and effect, also known as karma, and how through ignorance sentient beings are bound to suffer an unending cycle of fortunate and unfortunate circumstances, drowning in birth, sickness, old age, and death.

It was during the third night of the watch that he resolved to find the means to end all suffering. Through his thorough understanding of karma, cyclic existence, and it causes he came to the realisation of the four noble truths: that suffering exists, suffering has its causes, suffering can cease, and the path to the cessation of suffering. Thus, by the end of the third watch, as the sun began to rise, he removed all traces of self-deception and ignorance from his mind stream. Arising from under the pipal tree, which is now known as the Bodhi tree, the price achieved full and complete enlightenment – Buddhahood. From this point onwards he was known as Gautama Buddha, or Buddha Shakyamuni.

 

Ethereal Photography

As we have seen, the legend of Buddha’s enlightenment is vast to say the least, and this was but one episode, although one of the most important of his life story. Though it is clearly evident that the photograph above is not of the real Buddha meditating under the Bodhi tree, images of ethereal beings have been appearing in photographs for hundreds of years.

In fact, during the late 19th century, there arose a phenomenon known as Spirit Photography. This type of photography’s primary objective was to capture images of spectral beings and other spiritual entities. Proponents of this photography included the likes of such figures as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the physician and creator of the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes; and the renowned physicist and chemist, Sir William Crookes.

Spirit Photography was said to capture spectral images of ghosts. Some of these photos were proven doctored but others could not be proven to be fake

Spirit Photography was said to capture spectral images of ghosts. Some of these photos were proven doctored but others could not be proven to be fake.

Though many photographs that supposedly captured images of these spirit entities were proved fake, in that they were actually double exposures, a great many could never be proven to be anything but real. The use of photography to capture such images has carried over into the modern day exploration of paranormal investigation. While some photographs can still be analysed and can be determined to be fake, there are a whole many others that cannot.

Therefore, even though the supposed photograph of the Buddha has been proved to be a touched up photograph of a painting, there are many examples in which ethereal beings have been and continue to be captured on film.

 

In Search of Spirit Photography

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

In this clip from an episode of In Search of, a series of documentaries investigating various controversial paranormal phenomena, host Leonard Nimoy narrates interesting accounts of photography being used to capture images of spirits and other phenomena.

 

Ghost Photographs from the UK

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

In this series of short clips, produced by Is This Paranormal, eerie yet unexplainable photographs are shown of various spirit entities beings captured on camera.

 
Sources:

  • http://wisdomquarterly.blogspot.my/2014/10/is-buddhas-photograph-fake.html
  • http://www.borsheimarts.com/news/2014_04-Madrid-Prado-Thyssen-BellasArtesSanFernando-Museums.htm
  • Kohn, Sherab Chodzin. The Awakened One: A Life of the Buddha. Shambhala Publications, Inc. 1994.
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirit_photography
  • https://www.facebook.com/isthisparanormal/videos/

 
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  1. Stella Cheang on Aug 23, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    The original painting of “The Buddha’s Temptation” by Eduardo Chicharro Aguera is a romantic depiction of the four successive waves of attack on Prince Siddhartha before he gained full enlightenment. It goes to show that unless and until we reached the shore of full awakening, we will be subjected to fierce trial and tribulation. As long as we do not give up, like Buddha, we will reach destination one day.

    Ethereal Photography, on the other hand is quite something else. Even though there is possibility of capturing the residual energy of enlightened beings, it seems to have a higher propensity of capturing spirits instead. Perhaps the spirits operate in a energy frequency that is closer to what our technology can capture. But I am no expert, just guessing.

    Thank you very much, Rinpoche, for this interesting read.

  2. Anne Ong on Jul 19, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    Interesting story write up about the truth of art on Buddha’s picture. And the indetailed write up about Buddha’s meditation to to achieve enlightenment. Also got curious about the rice pudding that was offered to Prince Siddhartha :). Thank you very much Rinpoche and blog team for this wonderful write up._/\_

  3. Lim Han Nee on Jul 13, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Whether the photograph of the Buddha is real or otherwise is not important. What is important is to realise that on this night of his enlightenment, the Buddha had achieved full awakening from the stupor of his delusions . The word ‘Buddha’ means ‘the Awakened One’. It is not even necessary to labor the point the he was Gautama Buddha. He was the Buddha , who had achieved full awakening ,as the means of liberation from Samsara. He had achieved what he had set out to achieve -to find out why we, as sentient beings, must suffer and to find a way out of this suffering. He found the answers when he became fully enlightened.

    Hence,in my mind, the word “Buddha’ should evoke the state of mind of Buddhahood that he had achieved, and not the image of the real Prince Siddharta. If we believe in the Buddha, we believe in all that he stands for and the Dharma he taught.

  4. Wai Meng Wan on Jul 11, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    The painting by Chicharro, is an interpretation a Western perspective or view on Buddha’s enlightenment the trials, tribulations faced by Buddha. It feels like Chicharro really admired the Buddha, despite the allure of worldly desires and pleasures arrayed in front of the Buddha the Buddha who realized everything there was to realize remained firm and stoic and became a fully enlightened being.

    The mind works quite similar to a camera, whereby the film or negative is the imprints and memories stored by the mind. So no surprise at all when people catch beings that are ethereal in this world using cameras and so forth.

  5. Edwin Tan on Jun 29, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    Ethereal photographs definitely exists as I am witnessed to several accounts and can prove those photos were not doctored. Paranormal do exist, and it is how we interact with them or deal with it.

    The story of Lord Buddha intrigues me to this day. The story can also be applied to our daily samsaric life, of course, if we can gain enlightenment, true blessings, otherwise, the underlying nature is to be steadfast to what we believe is true and good.

    Thank you.

  6. Datuk May on Jun 29, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    Ethereal photography is real or not, is not really the issue. It is if you wish to believe it to be real or otherwise fake. As said a picture paints a thousand words, it is therefore what it says to you that matters. If the photo of Buddha is real for you, it would be nice to have it with you to remind you of the stainless Dharma. Otherwise it is a beautiful piece of art.

    In the same manner can be said of statues. Buddhists are accused of worshipping statues, but the deeper meaning is that the statues is a reminder of the virtues of the Buddha or deity for us to reflect on and to cultivate.

    This is a very good read on the moments of Shakyamuni Buddha’s enlightenment and the temptations and aggressions which were induced at Him and how he overcame them. Beautifully inspiring story.

  7. Paul Yap on Jun 29, 2017 at 10:50 am

    The life story of Buddha achieved enlightenment continues to inspire us in our dharma practice and serve as a reminders not to be distracted by the Maras. Buddha Shakyamuni has practice dharma for many eons, and at his last stages of becoming enlightened, he has exhausted all karma, hence Maras are not able to send any harm to the Buddha. The earth goddess Pritvi has emerged and wash away the Maras using her hair, letting the Buddha continues his last meditation to enlightenment. This is a good reminders for all of us in putting efforts in dharma practice, and not doing any negative actions to the others.

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The Paranormal Zone official launch!! Congrats to Celebrity Host Ms. Li Kim!!   Last night, The Paranormal Zone had their official launch party! It was an invitation-only event, held at...

The Mysterious Monsters – narrated by Peter Graves

by Tsem Rinpoche | May 22, 2012

Dear Everyone, Another favorite video of mine narrated by Peter Graves. He does a good job as he seems convinced in what he is narrating. I wish I can...

Psychic Kids (4)

by Tsem Rinpoche | Aug 31, 2010

Another episode of Psychic Kids I thought my friends would enjoy. Notice how the senior psychics train up the younger ones. Reminds me of the Monastery where senior monks...

Celebrity Ghost Stories (7)

by Tsem Rinpoche | Aug 1, 2010

Here’s another wonderful selection of supernatural encounters by celebrities. I find these neat as they show that people from all walks of life have experiences. Have a watch, learn...

Celebrities Ghost Stories (4) and Psychic Kids (2)

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jul 4, 2010

Another dosage of great accounts of the supernatural that gives you a break and also helps you to ponder deeper on mysteries not visible to everyone yet exists. DO...

Celebrities Ghost Stories 2 & 3

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jun 26, 2010

Hello, This is your latest dose of Celebrity Ghosts. I hope you enjoy. Tsem Rinpoche   Part 2   Part 3   Note: All articles published on the blog...

Psychic Kids

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jun 11, 2010

Dear Everyone, Since I was very young I’ve had a huge interest in the paranormal, Tibet, magic, mysteries, bigfoot, lochness, Findhorn, UfOs, Nazca lines, spirits, Salem, Easter Island, dowsing,...

The Mysterious Dark Watchers

by Tsem Rinpoche | Oct 24, 2017

Dear friends around the world, As most of you will know, I have always been attracted to tales of supernatural creatures and cryptids like Bigfoot, faeries, aliens, trolls, little...

The Mysterious Bermuda Triangle

by Cindy Hew | Jul 17, 2017

Mind boggling disappearances of ships and aircrafts – this is what immediately comes to mind at the mere mention of the Bermuda Triangle. Its reputation is so notorious that...

Werewolves: The Shapeshifters

by Cindy Hew | Apr 27, 2017

Commonly associated with the full moon and silver bullets, lycanthropes or werewolves are said to be humans with a mysterious ability to morph into actual wolves or wolf-like creatures...

The Balan-Balan

by Phng Li Kim | Apr 14, 2017

My adventures in Sabah are kept alive in Kota Belud – a place where the natives are firm believers of paganism and the practice of dark magic since hundreds...

Kuchisake Onna

by Vinnie Tan | Sep 9, 2016

Dear friends, From a young age, I have always been intrigued by Kuchisake Onna, the Slit-Mouthed Woman from Japanese folklore. Originally I didn’t know her name or that she...

Legends of Mount Shasta

by Pastor David Lai | Sep 1, 2016

In the language of the Karuk natives, Mt Shasta is known as Úytaahkoo or ‘White Mountain’. It is an active volcano located at the southern tip of the Cascade...

Reincarnation Videos YOU MUST WATCH!

by Tsem Rinpoche | Apr 24, 2015

Nov 28, 2012 (By Tsem Rinpoche) Dear friends, I wanted to share this videos with you for the longest time and happy I can do so now. Learn, ponder...

Can you believe in this?

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jan 11, 2014

I have always had an interest in mythology and folklore... about mysterious occurrences or beings that were described in books, or from stories shared by our family and friends...

Are angels ancient aliens??

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jul 3, 2011

Many of us believe in angels. 70% of Americans, believe in the existence of angels… 55% of Americans believe in guardian angels. It is said that every day, one...

Ancient Aliens: The Return

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jul 3, 2011

“The Return” is the last episode of Season 1 of the Ancient Aliens series. In the 20th century there was evidence that we were still being visited by alien...

Ancient Aliens: The Mission (episode 4)

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jul 3, 2011

If we can make expeditions in search of resources to sustain our culture, wouldn't any other life form who needs resources to survive do the exact same thing by...

Ancient Aliens: The Evidence (Episode 2)

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jul 3, 2011

Hard evidence is presented that makes the possibility of alien existence undeniably real - and yet some people would still rather not accept it. It may go against our...

The Mysterious Bermuda Triangle

by Cindy Hew | Jul 17, 2017

Mind boggling disappearances of ships and aircrafts – this is what immediately comes to mind at the mere mention of the Bermuda Triangle. Its reputation is so notorious that...

Legends of Mount Shasta

by Pastor David Lai | Sep 1, 2016

In the language of the Karuk natives, Mt Shasta is known as Úytaahkoo or ‘White Mountain’. It is an active volcano located at the southern tip of the Cascade...

Reincarnation Videos YOU MUST WATCH!

by Tsem Rinpoche | Apr 24, 2015

Nov 28, 2012 (By Tsem Rinpoche) Dear friends, I wanted to share this videos with you for the longest time and happy I can do so now. Learn, ponder...

Nazca Lines – Another Sign of Paranormal Activity?

by Tsem Rinpoche | Oct 4, 2011

Have you ever wondered how the Nazca Lines are made? Are they man made or is there something else behind its creation that we might not know of...

SUPERMOON

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jun 11, 2011

On March 19th… You may be surprised by what you will see or have seen… For the first time in 18 years, the moon will swing around Earth very...

Just What Are Sailing Stones?

by Tsem Rinpoche | Mar 6, 2011

Look at these pictures and let your imagination try to figure out how this came to pass. Stones in the middle of nowhere that leave trails behind them, yet...

Psychic Kids (4)

by Tsem Rinpoche | Aug 31, 2010

Another episode of Psychic Kids I thought my friends would enjoy. Notice how the senior psychics train up the younger ones. Reminds me of the Monastery where senior monks...

Kid Painter is Mini Monet

by Tsem Rinpoche | Aug 22, 2010

Kid geniuses are people who were good in something in another life and they from a young age without or with very little training can do something beyond your belief system...

Celebrities Ghost Stories (4) and Psychic Kids (2)

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jul 4, 2010

Another dosage of great accounts of the supernatural that gives you a break and also helps you to ponder deeper on mysteries not visible to everyone yet exists. DO...

Psychic Kids

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jun 11, 2010

Dear Everyone, Since I was very young I’ve had a huge interest in the paranormal, Tibet, magic, mysteries, bigfoot, lochness, Findhorn, UfOs, Nazca lines, spirits, Salem, Easter Island, dowsing,...

Ancient Chinese Earthquake Detector

by Tsem Rinpoche | Oct 13, 2016

I have always been interested in ancient civilisations such as China, Egypt and Mesopotamia as they reflect the sophistication and advancements of the people at that time. Although people...

Sleep Paralysis – Medical or Paranormal?

by Vinnie Tan | Sep 16, 2016

Sleep paralysis or more commonly known in Chinese as ‘鬼压床’ is one of the most common paranormal encounters. Hence, most people would have experienced some form of sleep paralysis...

Legends of Mount Shasta

by Pastor David Lai | Sep 1, 2016

In the language of the Karuk natives, Mt Shasta is known as Úytaahkoo or ‘White Mountain’. It is an active volcano located at the southern tip of the Cascade...

China builds world’s largest radio telescope to hunt for aliens

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jul 5, 2016

Dear friends around the world, It is interesting that China is looking for extraterrestrial communications. China is really catching up on all fields of interest. Take a read. Tsem...

Einstein on Buddhism

by Tsem Rinpoche | Nov 9, 2015

Dear friends around the world, I came across this interesting article recently and thought that it’d be nice to share it on my blog. People would often pick science...

Initial DNA analysis of Paracas elongated skull released

by Tsem Rinpoche | Oct 24, 2014

Initial DNA analysis of Paracas elongated skull released – with incredible results 5 February, 2014 – 13:47 by April Holloway Paracas is a desert peninsula located within the Pisco...

Guess what was found!!!

by Tsem Rinpoche | Feb 18, 2012

I have interests in many subjects. I just don’t have enough time in the day to get deeper into many of the subjects that captures my mind. One of...

Top 10 Space Mysteries

by Tsem Rinpoche | Mar 9, 2011

In something as big as the universe, there are bound to be unexplainable phenomena... and things we truly can’t grasp. The universe shows us how small we really are...

Resurrecting Mammoths

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jan 17, 2011

Researchers aim to resurrect mammoth in five years By Agence France-Presse | Updated: 1/17/2011 Japanese researchers will launch a project this year to resurrect the long-extinct mammoth by using...

A Planet discovered that could have life…..

by Tsem Rinpoche | Sep 30, 2010

Imagine there are 40 BILLION planets out there that can support life in our universe… Wow… There has to be other life forms. The mathematical chances is beyond doubt...

Into The Universe With Stephen Hawking – Time Travel

by Tsem Rinpoche | Aug 25, 2010

Watch enlightening documentaries online! Into The Universe With Stephen Hawking – Time Travel (2010).The promise of time travel has long been one of the worlds favorite scientific what-ifs? Hawking...

Into the Universe With Stephen Hawking – The Story Of Everything

by Tsem Rinpoche | Aug 25, 2010

Watch enlightening documentaries online! Into the Universe With Stephen Hawking – The Story Of Everything (2010) In two mind-blowing hours, Hawking reveals the wonders of the cosmos to a...

A Statue that came with Something Else

by Tsem Rinpoche | May 27, 2012

When we toy with the supernatural, we can expect the resultant effect coming back to us. Whether it is a good or bad effect depends on our motivation, and...

Paranormal Experiences Occur Everywhere – Part 2!

by Tsem Rinpoche | Feb 8, 2012

In the late 80’s, I was a university student in Essex, England. I was living in a student hostel at the university ground. The hostel was a high-rise building...

Paranormal Experiences Occur Everywhere – Part 1!

by Tsem Rinpoche | Feb 3, 2012

I like Steven Wong's stories very much as it shows that spirits and unseen beings are actually not restricted to specific areas like cemeteries or abandoned houses. Instead, they...

Bukit Antarabangsa Hauntings

by Tsem Rinpoche | Feb 2, 2012

Remember the Bukit Antarabangsa Landslide in 2008? What about the Highland Towers apartment building which collapsed in 1993? I am sure that you know many died during those two...

The Shadow On My Bed

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jan 18, 2012

More and more people are sharing their paranormal experiences with us, and I thank Mr. Michael Moore for sharing with us a very kind and sincere story... can you...

A Relieving Experience

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jan 17, 2012

Some people encounter with spirits directly and have disturbing experiences with the unseen whilst there are others who experience it very differently, where they feel that the incident has...

A swirl at the foot of my bed

by Tsem Rinpoche | Nov 24, 2011

  Perhaps Paranormal: Two night ago in the middle of the night in my hotel room, I woke up and noticed a dark swirling ‘entity’ that was not exactly...

The Lady in Red

by Admin | Sep 5, 2011

The two men disappeared into the woods and came out on the other side. They walked very fast without saying a word to one another. Finally, they stopped at...

The Paranormal Zone: Ghost Marriages

by Phng Li Kim | Aug 5, 2017

For this episode, I travelled to Taiwan to visit a temple dedicated to unmarried women who had passed on. I could not understand why a temple needed to be...

The Balan-Balan

by Phng Li Kim | Apr 14, 2017

My adventures in Sabah are kept alive in Kota Belud – a place where the natives are firm believers of paganism and the practice of dark magic since hundreds...

Jean Ai

by Tsem Rinpoche | Apr 12, 2012

Thailand is known for their terrifying horror movies and you know what people say...where there is smoke, there is fire so when Jean Ai went to Bangkok to work...

JP Revisited

by Tsem Rinpoche | Feb 21, 2012

Whilst the Chinese have practised ancestral worship for centuries, for most people a visit to the graves of their forefathers stops there. A few offerings and some flowers, and...

David Lai

by Tsem Rinpoche | Feb 13, 2012

Quiet and unassuming, on first appearance David Lai does not come across as a person who has paranormal experiences. As they say however, looks can be deceiving...

JP

by Tsem Rinpoche | Feb 7, 2012

Facing college life in a new city, JP Thong had no idea what awaited him when he moved thousands of miles away from home to New York, where he...

Till I See Blood

by Tsem Rinpoche | Feb 2, 2012

After sleepless nights in Bangkok, Angel finally fell asleep, only to find herself struggling for her breath as she was rudely awakened by an unseen stranger. Feeling pressed down...

CJ

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jan 18, 2012

Many of us have heard that some people have the ability to see the dead and many of us have heard of the movie 'The Sixth Sense'. For 16...

Edward

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jan 10, 2012

There are many children around the world who tell their parents that they see dark figures. Most of the time, their parents would brush them off and tell them...

Snake Spirit

by Tsem Rinpoche | Dec 13, 2011

This week, I share with you a story that relates to the time when I was residing in southern Thailand. I stayed there for about a month to do...

Burmese Temple & Floating Heads

by Tsem Rinpoche | Nov 17, 2011

In this episode, we have exclusive rights to film at one of the most exotic locations in Malaysia at night: The Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple. Founded on 1st August...

Red Face

by Tsem Rinpoche | Nov 1, 2011

This week, I share with all of you 2 paranormal stories. The first relates to the filming location: Shih Chung Branch School. Around 1885, the very first 5-storey bungalow in Penang...

Flatwoods Monster: Close Encounter of the Third Kind?

by Cindy Hew | Nov 25, 2017

If you were in Flatwoods in Braxton Country, West Virginia around September 1952, chances are you would have been caught up in the hype surrounding the first sighting of...

Legends of Mount Shasta

by Pastor David Lai | Sep 1, 2016

In the language of the Karuk natives, Mt Shasta is known as Úytaahkoo or ‘White Mountain’. It is an active volcano located at the southern tip of the Cascade...

They are Everywhere

by Tsem Rinpoche | Nov 14, 2011

Whether we believe in aliens or not, it is undeniable that the thought of other beings existing in places unknown to mankind yet is interesting...

Foreign Visitor in the Amazon!!

by Tsem Rinpoche | Nov 14, 2011

Alien enthusiasts are always eager to find the latest alien discovery or encounters. Over the years, hundreds of media releases turn out to be hoaxes… It’s difficult to figure...

Spotted in a Sandstorm

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jul 21, 2011

I received an interesting email from Philip Yong, which shows some live CNN footage of a sandstorm also known as a “Haboob”. What’s interesting to note about this live...

A HUGE Collection of UFO Photographs from 1870 to 2011

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jul 3, 2011

  I was sent an email with a link to one of the most interesting websites on UFOs: UFOCasebook.com! This website contains A LOT of information in the form...

Top 10 Space Mysteries

by Tsem Rinpoche | Mar 9, 2011

In something as big as the universe, there are bound to be unexplainable phenomena... and things we truly can’t grasp. The universe shows us how small we really are...

Astronauts & Military Men Speak

by Tsem Rinpoche | Feb 16, 2011

There are 2 videos below that are of UFOs. These are probably 2 of the most convincing videos on UFOs so far. This is mostly because the presenters are...

They’re Sighted Everywhere

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jan 31, 2011

This YouTube video was forwarded to me by Shirley Tan. It is of a UFO sighting on the 18th of January in Moscow, Russia. The video was taken from...

Second UFO sighting baffles China & Malaysia

by Tsem Rinpoche | Sep 24, 2010

Another unidentified flying object (UFO) has been spotted hovering over a part in southwestern China’s Chongqing province after a similar sighting last week caused massive flight delays at a...

More UFO videos from China!!! Very Convincing!!!

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jul 29, 2010

You have to watch these neat videos. They are very convincing. I copy and pasted the information below just so you have more to go on and understand. Enjoy...

Unsolved Mysteries – UFO’s & Me…

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jun 14, 2010

Since I was very young, I was naturally drawn to phenomena that was not accepted by ‘mainstream’ public. That didn’t bother me. I was always the type of person...

Lama Jampa Ngodup Wangchuk Rinpoche on Guru Devotion | 向巴恩珠上师(旺秋喇嘛)讲解依师法 | བླ་མ་བྱམས་པ་དངོས་གྲུབ་དབང་ཕྱུག་རིན་བོ་ཆེ་ནས་བཤེས་གཉེན་བསྟེན་ཚུལ་གྱི་སྐོར།

by Tsem Rinpoche | Sep 20, 2017

(中文请往下阅读) Dear friends around the world, The erudite master, teacher, scholar and compassionate spiritual friend Jetsun Jampa Ngodup Wangchuk Rinpoche is one of the greatest teachers in Tibet today. He...

Reincarnation Videos YOU MUST WATCH!

by Tsem Rinpoche | Apr 24, 2015

Nov 28, 2012 (By Tsem Rinpoche) Dear friends, I wanted to share this videos with you for the longest time and happy I can do so now. Learn, ponder...

Pastor Chia on Wah Lai Toi!

by Tsem Rinpoche | Dec 29, 2012

Pastor Chia, a long time student of mine appeared on TV recently. He was interviewed by a Paranormal Program on Astro Wah Lai Toi. It is so exciting to...

Inhuman Entity caught on film

by Tsem Rinpoche | Aug 30, 2012

See this episode. It is very good. Very interesting! Look at 5:01 and see an inhuman entity caught on film. Very interesting how these beings can be caught on...

Bigfoot Proven?? Must Watch!!!

by Tsem Rinpoche | May 22, 2012

American Paranormal is a one year old series on the National Geographic channel. They kicked-off their new series in 2010 with a documentary on Bigfoot!! This documentary uses thorough...

The Mysterious Monsters – narrated by Peter Graves

by Tsem Rinpoche | May 22, 2012

Dear Everyone, Another favorite video of mine narrated by Peter Graves. He does a good job as he seems convinced in what he is narrating. I wish I can...

Foreign Visitor in the Amazon!!

by Tsem Rinpoche | Nov 14, 2011

Alien enthusiasts are always eager to find the latest alien discovery or encounters. Over the years, hundreds of media releases turn out to be hoaxes… It’s difficult to figure...

Ancient Aliens – Season 1 to Season 3

by Tsem Rinpoche | Sep 16, 2011

Ancient Aliens is a series that launched their first episode on 20 April 2010. The series proposes various evidence around the theory that sometime within the existence of human civilization,...

League of Gentlemen visit ‘haunted’ Gloucestershire pub

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jul 21, 2011

Below is an article that my student, Shirley Tan, sent me. It is about a popular group of British comedians who decided to brave potential scares in a haunted...

Who are the Freemasons?

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jul 3, 2011

The Freemasons are known to be very secretive and according to some people, almost cult-like. Cult is a very subjective word of course. Although I do not know much....

Are angels ancient aliens??

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jul 3, 2011

Many of us believe in angels. 70% of Americans, believe in the existence of angels… 55% of Americans believe in guardian angels. It is said that every day, one...

Ancient Aliens: The Return

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jul 3, 2011

“The Return” is the last episode of Season 1 of the Ancient Aliens series. In the 20th century there was evidence that we were still being visited by alien...

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