Pele – Hawaiian Goddess

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Dear Friends,

I came across this very interesting article about this powerful red goddess from a huge volcano in Hawaii. Her name is Pele – Goddess of Fire. Her poetic name is ‘Ka wahine `ai honua’, the woman who devours the land, and she is both creator and destroyer. She is very active. She throws molten fountains into the air, governs the great flows of lava, and has been known to reveal herself throughout the island of Hawaii. I share this with all of you in respects to Pele. 

Pele the Hawaiian Goddess of the Volcano. Click to enlarge

It is said that whenever tourists take things (stones, dirt, etc.) from that area, she will cause them to have bad dreams or some disasters in their life until they return the items back. The tourism board in that area get hundreds of parcels a year from tourists mailing things they have taken and requesting them to place it back in the area. The Hawaiians have special rituals to her and pray to her as she is known to be very quick and effective. Of course we do not need to pray to her as she is not an enlightened being as far as we know, but it is nice to know about her and such myths and legends to expand our knowledge. We also now know not to simply take things from Mount Kilauea. It’s important to respect special divinities, land gods, elemental spirits. This post is to introduce you to the beautiful and rich culture of Hawaii. You can do more research on your own on this. Do enjoy.

If you’ve been to Hawaii and have some personal stories on the Goddess Pele, do share at the comment section as I would love to read more about it.

Tsem Rinpoche

According to legend, Pele lives in the Halemaʻumaʻu crater Kīlauea

 


 

The Legend Behind Hawaii’s Goddess of Fire

Ancient Hawaiians honoured various gods and one of the most famous is Pele, the Goddess of Fire, also know as the goddess of volcanoes and creator of the Hawaiian Islands. Pele is still very active today in a continuous eruption since 1983 of the Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island. Click to enlarge.

Lighting up ancient Hawaiian legends, Pele (pronounced peh-leh) the goddess of fire, lightning, wind, dance and volcanoes is a well-known character. Otherwise known as ka wahine ai honua, the woman who devours the land, Pele’s home is believed to be Halemaumau crater at the summit of Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes. However, all of Hawaii lays the setting for her stories, so that to this day, any volcanic eruption in Hawaii is attributed to Pele’s longing to be with her true love.

Pele is renowned for her passionate and fiery temperament and many people who visit the islands will hear stories of her power and destruction. One of six daughters and seven sons born to Haumea (an ancient Earth goddess) and Kane Milohai (the creator of the sky, earth and upper heavens), Pele’s siblings include Kane Milohai, Kamohoalii, Namaka as well as 13 sisters with the same name – Hiiaka.

 

Behind the Legend of Pele

There are as many versions of how Madame Pele came to Hawaii as there are lava rocks on Hawaii Island. One common legend says that Pele – who was born in Honua-Mea in Tahiti — was sent away by her father because of her difficult temper and for seducing her sister, Namakaokahai’s, husband. She found her way to the Hawaiian Islands where legend after legend bubbled up around her countless lovers, infidelities and feuds and heated outbursts.

Another well-known story spins a web that Pele’s older brother Kamohoalii (the king of sharks) provided Pele with a large canoe which she and her brothers took and sailed away with – eventually coming to Hawaii. When she made landfall in the islands it was on Kauai, where she was attacked by her sister Namakaokahai and left for dead. According to legend she was able to recover and escaped to Oahu where she dug fire pits, including the crater today called Diamond Head. She traveled through the island chain to Molokai and on to Maui where she is said to have made Haleakala volcano.

Upon discovering Pele had survived, Namakaokahai traveled to Maui and the two engaged in an epic battle near Hana, where Pele was torn apart by her sister and became a god, finding a home on Mauna Kea on Hawaii Island. There she dug her final fire pit, the Halemaumau Crater at the summit of Kilauea, where many believe she resides to this day.

And yet another tale tells that Pele was married for a short — and violent — time to Kamapuaa, the god of water. This story says that Pele rerouted Kamapuaa from their home in Helemaumau and angrily chased him, with rivers of lava, into the Pacific Ocean. This story is meant to symbolize the violent and explosive experience of a hydrovolcanic eruption, though Hawaiian eruptions are much more peaceful. Pele’s loyal followers believe that the frequent eruptions of lava on Kilauea is a reminder that Pele is alive and still at home here.

 

Pele Parables

Pele is often portrayed as a wanderer and sightings of the familiar and popular goddess have been reported throughout the island chain for hundreds of years, but especially near volcanic craters and near her home of Kilauea, one of the most active volcanoes in the world.

In these sightings or visions she appears as either a very tall, beautiful young woman or an unattractive and frail elderly woman usually accompanies by a white dog. Those well-versed in the legend, say that Pele takes this form of an elderly beggar woman to test people – asking them if they have food or drink to share. Those who are generous and share with her are rewarded while anyone who is greedy or unkind are punished with their homes or other valuables destroyed.

It is said that Pele takes the form of an elderly beggar woman to test people.

 

The Goddess of Volcanoes

If you visit Hawaii only once, the one myth of Pele that you will likely hear and should take heed of is one surrounding the curses she inflicts on those who remove lava rocks from her island home. While many — including some kamaaina (local residents) believe that it is only legend, to this day thousands of pieces of lava rock are mailed back to the island from travelers over the world who insists they’ve suffered bad luck and misfortunes as a result.

It is said that if you want to protect yourself and your family from the lava flow, you have to pay your respects to the Goddess Pele.

According to local legends, if you see a beautiful woman with long, flowing hair or an older woman with long, white hair, you must greet her with aloha and offer her help or respite. To really get on her good side, however, you have to visit her at Halemaʻumaʻu crater and give offerings of food, flowers, and gin. Apparently Pele is a fan of gin.

Photograph of Kilauea, the home of Hawaiian volcano goddess Pele, in eruption.

Hawaii is a state of the United States of America. The Hawaiian archipelago lies 2,390 miles away from the United States mainland.

There are eight main islands in Hawaii. The Kīlauea volcano, home of Pele, is situated on Big Island.

Hawaiian dance accompanied by chants or singing preserves and perpetuates the stories, traditions and culture of Hawaii.

 

The research for this article was done by Joy Kam. Source:The Legend Behind Hawaii’s Goddess of Fire

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  1. Fong on Jun 22, 2016 at 1:12 am

    I love the many legends of Pele as told by the Hawaiians. One of the stories i remember is the one telling how the violent lava meets the waters of the sea. The legend has it that Pele fought with her elder water-goddess sister, Na-maka-o-Kaha’i whose husband Pele had seduced.

    Sometimes, Pele wins, and that’s when the molten lava encroaches into the sea. Other times, her sister, Na-maka-o-Kaha’i wins and that’s when the sea washes away the land of the Hawaiian islands.

    That was told to us by a tourist guide on Big Island of Hawaii, on Black Sand Beach on our way to visit the Halema’uma’u crater near the Jaggar Museum. The artists of the island have beautiful depictions of the battles between the 2 sisters.

    Visitors are reminded not to take any souvenir from the mountains, as stated in the article. The rangers really do receive packages of returned rocks and stuff. I guess it’s only polite not to take anything away. If everyone takes something, very soon there will be nothing left on the Hawaiian islands. The humans would not be pleased, what more the temperamental goddess Pele.

    Whatever the source of the stories or legends of the origins of Pele, we still have to be mindful of our actions on other people’s home or property. We have to respect their belief and culture.

    I really do love the Hawaiian islands. There’s something there that makes you want to respect the land and nature. I cannot find the words to describe the feeling.

    Thank you, Rinpoche for sharing about Pele and Hawaii.

  2. Alice Tay on May 28, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    这是一篇很特别的博文有关夏威夷女神~Pele的故事。非常感谢仁波切的分享,因为这是本人第一次接触与知道Pele女神的存在。

    据说Pele女神在夏威夷是非常著名以及备受人崇拜。每当游客想从夏威夷那里收集或取走一些石块或泥土等等,Pele女神就会让他们发恶梦或陷入一些困难的情况,直到他们回来,然后放回去他们当时拿走的东西为止。除此,夏威夷人还特别安排的一些仪式来向Pele女神祈祷。因为他们相信Pele女神是非常快速和有效的回应。

    虽然Pele女神或是当地的土神,山神等等都不是证悟者,但我们也必需要尊重他们。因为他们就像护法神一样,有重大的责任那就是保护他们的地区不受外界来的破坏或毁灭。

  3. Beatrix Ooi on May 23, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    Wow, the goddess Pele seems very powerful! I have heard about all sorts of nature gods and goddesses, but I have not heard something like her before. She seems very nice but if offended, she can get people back, this shows that gods/ goddesses are unenlightened beings and therefore, the six worldly dharmas are still in them. They can be very happy with a certain people but at the same time, they can also inflict harm onto those who disrespect them.

  4. Edward Ooi on Apr 20, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    I believe there are two possibilities. One, the story of Pele is made up just like the Greek Mythology and Egyptian Mythology. It has been said that they are simply made up by people that believes the earth is not naturally created but believes that there is a God who created all of earth. Those people who created all these myths wanted other people to think that weathers and nature are controlled by different Gods but all of that is not true.

    Two, these stories might be real, considering that there still so many types of beings out there in the world. Scientists has even told us that information of ocean life that has been gathered for the past couple of thousand years is merely only about 25%, which means if there are still so many sea life left to be discovered, doesn’t it mean that there are also many possibilities of weird creatures out there in the woods?Honestly, I believe that Pele is just another land deity. Just like Rinpoche has said, “we do not need to pray to her as she is not an enlightened being as far as we know”. Because she is not an enlightened being, how can anyone expect her to be treat us with love and compassion?

    This article is quite interesting to read. It is always interesting to learn more about other tribes or people’s culture. Thank You Rinpoche for sharing this article.

  5. Chris Chong on Apr 14, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this article. What I learn is that there are nature spirits everywhere. We have to respect them because to them, we are the intruders. We intrude to their personal space and if we do not act appropriately, we might offend them. We have to be aware of these matters because if we offend them, we might me hurt.

    Chris

  6. Edwin Tan on Mar 18, 2016 at 8:08 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for the article. It really is an interesting read to learn more about myths and legends in other parts of the World.

    Local deities or land gods are definitely around us. We have “Dato Gongs” in Malaysia and many people do pray to them. I have one tree in particular near our shopping mall Dataran Pahlawan and many do offer and pray to him.

    I understand that the “Dato Gong” is supposedly Muslim and if we offered anything alcoholic or pork related, bad misfortune will befall on us.

    Anyway, being Buddhist, I do give my respects when walking past the tree.

    Thank you.

  7. Choong on Mar 16, 2016 at 1:43 am

    Dear Rinpoche, there is an active volcano named after Tara called “Batu Tara” in Indonesia. I wonder how it got its name.

    http://www.tboeckel.de/EFSF/efsf_wv/indonesia_11/Batu%20Tara/Batu%20Tara%202011_e.htm

    IMG_1322_b_n

  8. JP on Mar 16, 2016 at 12:58 am

    It’s interesting to read about Pele as there is so much drama in her life regardless of the various versions to her story. Regardless, it sounds like many people experience bad luck after taking something from Mount Kilauea. I’m not surprised as there are nature spirits around wherever we go. And it’s obvious that she doesn’t like it when others take a portion of her “property”.

    In Malaysia, we have local land deities whom we also make offerings of peace and harmony when we construct a new building. As Rinpoche explained that because we invade the land deities’ space, it’s important that we make offerings to them so that they do not harm anyone on the land.

  9. Wah Ying on Mar 15, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this interesting story of Pele. The first picture of Pele looks like Green Tara..

    I used to be a free thinker who do not believe in these type of “taboo” or stories..but start to learn to respect special divinities, land gods, elemental spirits and etc, when I learn more and more from my Guru H.E. Tsem Rinpoche.

    Before Pele’s story, what I heard the similar story about taking the stones or properties from the sites land deities are residing would bring bad luck and etc is the Australia Ayers Rock.

    According to a story: “…National park rangers receive at least one package a day of what have been called “sorry rocks” pilfered from the landmark, now known by its indigenous name of Uluru…” (Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/1948843/Uluru-Tourists-return-stones-to-cursed-Ayers-Rock.html)

    It’s nice and interesting to learn more about our environment and some local or cultural stories, here or in another part of the world. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing 🙂

  10. NUTroll on Mar 14, 2016 at 4:20 am

    All change, #change itself as counponents disintegration “old”in sth new is sufering.as #born #seekness #age #death. In Hawai contekst i like this sound : Israel Kamakawiwo’ole – Over The Rainbow & What A Wonderful World – 1993 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z26BvHOD_sg

    • NUTroll on Mar 14, 2016 at 4:34 am

      Just after posting remind me my 11yo’debate on biology school’ lesson, that living beeing 5points definition all fullfeel Mountains,so are alive , i had been very donkey in it!, i treat it very serious.And actualy defend all points..Of course system say sth.diferent in books.

  11. Kelly Inman on Mar 14, 2016 at 12:00 am

    When I was a child, I lived for 3 years on Oahu, because my father, who was in the military was stationed there. We used to have relatives visit and one place we would take them was the mountains to a tour where the tour guide discussed Pele. There were no active volcanos on Oahu, but they taught us there had been some, and that they used to sacrifice young women to Pele by throwing them into the lava. Also they taught us not to take anything from the area, as this would anger Pele. My parents are fairly agnostic and made fun of this— still they never took anything because I think there were enough stories that they realised it would be a bad idea. That’s good, because I was only about 5 or 6 years old so I wouldn’t have known better perhaps. I think Pele is a local deity or something so it is best not to anger her.

    • Pastor Niral Patel on Apr 13, 2016 at 5:12 pm

      Dear Kelly,

      Thanks for sharing your experience with us! I did a bit of research online after reading this post but did not come across any mention of sacrificing young women to Pele.

      You are right, from a Buddhist perspective Pele is a local deity. Such deities are powerful beings, but just like us are bound by karma caused by our delusions, which can be classified into the Three Poisons – ignorance, attachment and hatred. Though these deities can grant us our worldly goals, through this we actually bind ourselves further into samsara by increasing our attachment. It better that we concentrate on taming our own mind, and on inner transformation along our spiritual path.

      That being said, the Buddhas and enlightened masters have always taught living in harmony with our environment and the other beings who inhabit the earth with us. Therefore we should try our best not to offend them, in this case taking anything from the areas where Pele resides. I hope you enjoyed this post!

  12. heng meng kiat on Mar 13, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    Dear RInpoche

    thanks for the interesting myth story, this story remind us have to respect local land deity, because they are not enlighten being and have emotion like human.

    With folded hands
    Meng Kiat

  13. Sharon Ong on Mar 13, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for the interesting read. I enjoy reading myths such as this as it is interesting to learn about other people’s believes.

    The first picture I saw reminds me very much of Tara with her right leg outstretched. 🙂

    With folded hands.

  14. Choong on Mar 13, 2016 at 3:58 am

    Dear Rinpoche, I do not have any personal stories regarding Goddess Pele but I do remember one historical and rather amusing story about when the Hawaiians first encountered the Europeans and mistook them for God Lono.

    A long white kapa banner honors Lono, the God of agriculture, and announces the annual celebration of the Makahiki Harvest Festival. Makahiki is a time to give thanks to the deities for the abundance of the year and ask for prosperous year to come. It was a time for hula and games that tested and trained the physical and mental abilities of warriors. Work and war were forbidden during Makahiki.

    The first European Explorer arrived on Big Island and interrupts the climax of the Makahiki Festival. His great white sails reveal a similarity with Lono’s banner so the island inhabitants vowed reverence
    and great respect, as they believed the God Lono had arrived in human form.

    The European Explorer was bewildered but decided to play along as a God and enjoy his status but after a while, the Hawaiians decided to have his head because he could not demonstrate any powers.

    He managed to escape but some of his crew were killed. Years later he returned, this time bringing with him gifts (to King Kamehameha). Among the gifts were cattle and Hawaii did not have any cattle at that time.

    The Hawaiians did not know what to do with cattle and since it belonged to the King, they did not there touch them. As a result, after some time, the cattle population on Big Island grew so large that it became an ecological disaster. 🙂

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  • samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 25. 2016 02:41 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these beautiful article.
    Feeling happy to know more about the reincarnated Lama and the Ditsa Monastery in Hualong, Qinghai.I learned that Bodhisattvas come into the world with a variety of manifestations and every teacher we encounter, every monk or person could be a Bodhisattva . A pilgrimage to a holy place at least once a life time to be spiritually energized as encouraged by Rinpoche is well said.
    Thanks again with folded hands
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-miraculous-vajrayogini-of-ditsa-monastery.html
  • samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 25. 2016 01:37 PM
    wow beautiful ….can’nt believe it there’s a Tara statue at a hotel lobby in Melaka. Seeing the beautiful Tara who is the energy of long life and wisdom gracing the lobby of this beautiful hotel would be wonderful.Maybe next visit to Melaka i hope to see it….From what i saw from the above photos it really beautiful…
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and to those who made it possible….
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/tara-at-hatten-hotel.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Jul 25. 2016 01:12 PM
    A refreshing start to the week by reading this riveting account of Kalachakra initiation by the 11th Panchen Lama Baingen Erdini Qoigyijabu. This is a summary of what I gathered from this post:

    1. This is the first Kalachakra initiation to be held publicly in Tibet/China in the last 50 years.
    2. Over 100,000 attended the initiation and teachings, which included over 5,000 monks and nuns and 100 incarnated lamas and teachers.
    3. On the night before, it had rained and continued to drizzle intermittently on the first day. It also rained during the previous Kalachakra initiation that was led by His Holiness the 10th Panchen Lama. The 10th Panchen Lama had explained that the rain indicated purification.
    4. The meaning of Kalachakra literally means the ‘Wheel of Time’ in Sanskrit or Dukyi Khorlo in Tibetan.
    5. Kalachakra Tantra was a teaching by Buddha Shakyamuni by the request of Suchandra (a King of Shambhala). It is a method to practice Dharma without renouncing worldly responsibilities. It is now one of the most advanced Tantric systems within Tibetan Buddhism.
    6. Miracle of the Buddha: Kalachakra Tantra was taught by Buddha in Dhanyakataka (nearby modern-day Amaravati in Andhra Pradesh) and simultaneously with another teaching on Vulture’s Peak in the state of Bihar.
    7. The Kalachakra initiation is not something new for the Panchen Lama but a continuation of the practice from previous lives. In fact, the Kalachakra Tantra is a specialty of his incarnation line.
    8. How to prepare and what to prepare for such a huge event: huge screens to display the proceedings that was happening on stage for audience stationed afar, numerous temporary water stations and portable washrooms, emergency aid i.e. 50 doctors and nurses positioned in 11 medical squads bases that were careful placed. Everyone is welcome to attend this event.
    9. Judging by the preparatory work, it is apparent that the Chinese government gave their full support to this event, which means religious freedom is being practiced and a common practice in China. As compared to Dharamsala and teachings by Dalai Lama who barred Dorje Shugden practitioners from attending.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David Lai for this uplifting write up.
  • sonny tan
    Monday, Jul 25. 2016 10:55 AM
    sonny tan on Jul 25, 2016 at 10:54 am
    Thank you Rinpoche for this very inspiring article on these life changing decisions of ordinary ladies who eventually don the nun robes to become Buddhist nuns serving mankind. Notably Master Cheng yen founder of Tsu Chi who from young was never interested in this mundane life, deep inside her she knows that she is made much bigger than living an ordinary life of a human. She went through so many life challenging and threatening events but yet has never lost sight of her ever strong spirit of sharing her compassion with people all over the world and the Taiwanese people.
    Today she is the epitome of compassion known for her never giving up spirit and her strong beliefs that no matter how and what difficult circumstances she encounters she always believes that when the rain stops the rainbow will display her magnificence.
    At every major disaster one can always see her disciples running to assist standing in unity and solidarity to help the needy with their well-known code dressing of white color collar navy blue t-shirts and white color pants..
    It is indeed heartwarming to see their display of compassion which Master Chen Yen’s disciples are known for and we hope too that we at Kechara would also shine equally in our compassion and love for all of mankind.
    I cannot help but would add that Rinpoche shares some similar traits with Master Cheng Yen in their strong beliefs that they are here for a purpose that is to help free the world of sufferings and transformation of our minds through discourses and teachings. We pray and hope that these two extraordinary human that we are privileged to have here with us would remain with us for a long, long time.
  • Alice Tay
    Monday, Jul 25. 2016 12:50 AM
    在此视频里,我们可以清楚的看到在多杰雄登在尼木杰吉寺突然自发性地降神于神谕媒,并且还紧紧拥抱仁波切。除此,在2009年的西藏之旅,当仁波切身在拉萨的一所宾馆内时,多杰雄登护法突然降神于当时色拉寺的实习神谕,并以类似尼木杰吉寺神谕的方式向仁波切致敬。这两件事件足以证明了尊贵的詹杜固仁波切与多杰雄登拥有特殊关系以及之间灵性上的交流。由于上师尊贵的詹杜固仁波切本身持守清净的三昧耶以及弘扬佛法的至高动机,多杰雄登因此借神谕的身体为媒介展现出祂对尊贵的詹杜固仁波切的深切喜爱。

    感谢仁波切与曹铭光先生在此分享如此珍贵而且不曾公开的视频。

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/never-seen-before-footage-of-dorje-shugden-oracles.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 03:28 AM
    Beautiful Mother Tara had arrived in the holy land of Kechara Forest Retreat. It is very auspicious to have Mother Tara here, through the blessing of His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche to grace us. She is very famous and popularly known for her ability to save people from different disasters. Mother Tara is also known to be efficacious in removing eight fears, namely : Fear of fire (anger, Fear of imprisonment (avarice), Fear of lions (pride), Fear of floods (attachment), Fear of elephants (wrath), Fear of demons (doubt), Fear of snakes (envy) and lastly, Fear of robbers.

    I wish that many people will pay a visit to venerate Mother Tara in Kechara Forest Retreat as well as to get blessing from her.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/holy-mother-tara-comes-to-kfr.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 03:18 AM
    Beautiful Mother Tara had arrived in the holy land of Kechara Forest Retreat. It is very auspicious to have Mother Tara here, through the blessing of His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche to grace us. She is very famous and popularly known for her ability to save people from different disasters. Mother Tara is also known to be efficacious in removing eight fears, namely : Fear of fire (anger, Fear of imprisonment (avarice), Fear of lions (pride), Fear of floods (attachment), Fear of elephants (wrath), Fear of demons (doubt), Fear of snakes (envy) and lastly, Fear of robbers.

    I wish that many people will pay a visit to venerate Mother Tara in Kechara Forest Retreat as well as to get blessing from her.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/holy-mother-tara-comes-to-kfr.html
  • sonny tan
    Friday, Jul 22. 2016 11:09 AM
    sonny tan on Jul 22, 2016 at 11:08 am
    Thank you Wei Tan for this invaluable insight on happiness, it is rather very subjective because happiness can be experienced and felt at different levels. For instance happiness when seeing your child becomes a champion in a race may differ from jumping with joy when one strikes a lottery. The intensity, reason and degree are however difficult to equate perhaps it is the depth and how long it last and the exhilarating factors following this eruption of happiness.
    Happiness is an intangible commodity when heightened by jubilation would linger on in a different manner and the underlying factors surrounding it and the continuity of it may perhaps differs on the time, place, temperament, environment and the people one is sharing the happiness with. Therefore, happiness is hard to define in terms of language but can only be felt momentarily.
    What is happiness then? It is just a fleeting pleasure of the mind; one cannot grasp it in the hand and hold it for long, it would ultimately dissipates and the after effect depends on one’s mental frame of mind. However, on another note it would generate positivity which would bring about a healthier mind and body.
  • Joy
    Friday, Jul 22. 2016 07:03 AM
    LADRANG LIGHT OFFERING FUND

    This is a rare and precious opportunity for candles to be offered on your behalf at the private residence of His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche. The offering of light to the Three Jewels has great benefits for one’s mind including gaining clarity and intelligence, the acceleration of realisations, and greater understanding and wisdom. This exclusive light offering is also ideal for those who do not have a personal altar or are unable to make light offerings themselves.

    http://www.vajrasecrets.com/ladrang-light-offering-fund
  • Joy
    Friday, Jul 22. 2016 07:02 AM
    CHECK OUT >>>PHOTOS ON THE GO<<>> Venerable Geshe Puntsok speaks so well in both Tibetan and English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idQF6_6BD6s and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZ-jCJQWMMs&t=0s
  • Joy
    Friday, Jul 22. 2016 07:01 AM
    NEW BLOG POST>>> Gyara Rinpoche Gives Dorje Shugden Sogtae http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/gyara-rinpoche-gives-dorje-shugden-sogtae.html

    Yangting Dechen Ling, also known as Shugden Monastery, is thriving under the leadership of its current abbot, Venerable Geshe Tenzin Peljor, and has produced many illustrious and eminent scholar-monks including H.E. Zemey Rinpoche, Venerable Geshe Tendar Rinpoche and H.H. Yongyal Rinpoche.

    Daocheng County has a population of 32,450 of which 70%-80% are Dorje Shugden practitioners. There are many Dorje Shugden lamas and geshes in Yading too. Therefore, it is no surprise that through word of mouth, many flocked to attend Gyara Rinpoche’s teachings in Yading.

    ***Note: The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) has on many occasions stressed that Dorje Shugden practitioners are a minority. Looking at the thousands of Tibetans who gathered at Yangting Dechen Ling Monastery, it is not difficult to spot the glaring inaccuracy of the CTA’s claim!***

  • Jason
    Friday, Jul 22. 2016 02:52 AM
    This inspiring articles show that many nuns did contribute their compassion, kindness and love to society by applying Buddhism practices. Buddhism practices can be adopt by everyone without limitation on age,sex, races and etc. I feel fortunate because can know so many nuns or female practitioners who I never heard before.Everyone has Buddha nature and practice Buddha’s teachings will lead us to enlightened.
    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing such informative and wonderful article.

    With folded hands,
    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/inspiring-nuns-and-female-practitioners.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Jul 22. 2016 12:13 AM
    Very heartwarming to see lovely and hardworking Kecharians demonstrated the teaching of His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche. We see Rinpoche’s loving kindness through these virtuous actions. Thank you Kecharians.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us the good work of Kecharians.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/delivering-love-and-care-at-midnight.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Jul 22. 2016 12:06 AM
    I am no expert in art but the display of painting skill by this artist is truly mesmerizing. He successfully depicted different expressions of Buddha at different circumstances. The ones that capture my attention most are (1) as Buddha shaved his hair, (2) as Buddha practiced asceticism, and (3) as Buddha gave his first teaching to the 5 disciples.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing that brings images of Buddha vividly alive.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/buddhas-life-story-beautifully-painted.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Jul 21. 2016 11:47 PM
    Absolutely encouraging to read the stories of 24 nuns and female practitioners, who break through or circumvent the religious traditions built for a patriarchal world. Aside from the biological difference, female possess the exact same (if not better) tenacity when it comes to will power and determination. And the 24 stories here show us exactly how far women can go against all odds to demonstrate the strength of their spiritual conviction. It is truly inspirational for me and I hope it is too for other fellow female.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this collection of inspiring personalities for us to look up to.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/inspiring-nuns-and-female-practitioners.html

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I must thank my dharma blog team who are great assets to me, Kechara and growth of dharma in this wonderful region. I am honoured and thrilled to work with them. I really am. Maybe I don't say it enough to them, but I am saying it now. I APPRECIATE THESE GUYS VERY MUCH!

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What Am I Writing Now


 

The Unknown

The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
~Tsem Rinpoche

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17 hours ago
This is a beautiful portrait
17 hours ago
Sacred art work on Vajra Yogini
2 days ago
Never forget to do our Vajra Yogini practice. We can lose our money, we can lose our friends, we can lose our position, we can lose our family, we can lose our wife, we can lose our husband and we can lose our materialistic possession because in the end we will lose all outer objects anyway, but NEVER lose our Vajra Yogini practice. Everything lost is meant to be lost because we are in samsara and whatever we enjoy in samsara will not last and will be lost. It is their nature. Never waste time, energy and keep procrastinating, but do our Vajra Yogini practice intensely and strongly and be firm. Samsara never grants permanence and happiness, but Vajra Yogini's practice will hand the universe and all the joys within it to you.-Tsem Rinpoche
5 days ago
LADRANG LIGHT OFFERING FUND A rare and precious opportunity for candles to be offered on your behalf at the private residence of His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche. The offering of light to the Three Jewels has great benefits for one's mind including gaining clarity and intelligence, the acceleration of realisations, and greater understanding and wisdom. This exclusive light offering is also ideal for those who do not have a personal altar or are unable to make light offerings themselves. http://www.vajrasecrets.com/ladrang-light-offering-fund
5 days ago
Nice friends who help each other in Dharma works.
6 days ago
Venerable Geshe Puntsok speaks so well in both Tibetan and English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idQF6_6BD6s and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZ-jCJQWMMs&t=0s
6 days ago
Beautiful image of Avalokitesvara who has spoken before. Housed in Ladakh
6 days ago
Our Panglung Kuten taking trance of Dorje Shugden in Tibet where he is greatly sought after
6 days ago
Beautiful painting of Atisha
7 days ago
Beautiful Tara has arrived in Kechara Forest Retreat. See many more pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=105289
1 week ago
Gorgeous Buddha carved into the mountain in China
2 weeks ago
Beautiful Dorje Shugden Gyenze statue by Kechara available at vajrasecrets.com
2 weeks ago
I like this Buddha image very much
2 weeks ago
Beautiful Buddha in the Bodhgaya enlightenment stupa
2 weeks ago
Pastor Lanse, contact her if you have questions..she is kind and helpful.
2 weeks ago
Interesting
2 weeks ago
Buddha sat under this tree when he gained enlightenment
2 weeks ago
Buddha Goddess Dukkar. Beautiful image.
2 weeks ago
Such a nice retreat house for extended meditations and prayers.. ..incredible. With trees, sunshine, pond, lotus leaves and purple flowers. I love this whole setting. Even creepers growing on the roof of the house. How perfect this place is for me.
3 weeks ago
Tsem Rinpoche brings home Dharma and this was his first day home.
3 weeks ago
White Tara mantra in Sanskrit
3 weeks ago
Beautiful thangka of Buddha of wisdom Saraswati
3 weeks ago
Beautiful image of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen in Kechara
3 weeks ago
A beautiful and blessed Dharma family. May Lord Manjushri guide, bless and keep them close to Him in this and all lives. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
One of the things I love about my Guru is that his teachings are never dry and far from boring. Rinpoche would joke, poke fun and tease but there is always an insightful, if not profound, teaching in each joke or teasing. I consider myself very blessed to have found a Guru who has the skillful means to drum some Dharma into this numbskull of mine. -From Sharon Ong
3 weeks ago
I really like outdoor Buddhas.
3 weeks ago
Dorje Shugden takes trance of the senior Choyang Dulzin Kuten in Gaden Monastery.
3 weeks ago
His Holiness Kyabje Zong Choktrul Rinpoche sitting on my lap during a teaching in Dharamsala. I am so happy to hold the reincarnation of my precious teacher. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
This is a beautiful picture of Choktrul Zemey Rinpoche. May he bless all of us and manifest the teaching of Tsongkapa's doctrine again.
3 weeks ago
This is really nicely done. Welcome!
3 weeks ago
Good friends with good motivation coupled with a kind heart to be of benefit to others is time worth spent. Life is over so fast and anytime it can be snuffed out, so therefore do dharma, practice dharma, and engage in dharma. Tsem Rinpoche.
1 month ago
Sacred Manjushri Kumara 9th Century Pala Dynasty India
1 month ago
This sacred White Tara is on the Bodhgaya enlightenment stupa marking the very spot Lord Buddha achieved enlightenment.
1 month ago
Myself at the sacred lake at Dromo Geshe Rinpoche's residence
1 month ago
Myself at Dromo Geshe Rinpoche's house where there is a sacred lake on his property. The Five Sister Protector Goddesses abide at this lake. I am making offerings to the divinities in the lake here. Many contractors or workers who come to do work often observe 'Asian ladies' dressed very well walking around the perimeter of the lake and there are no Asian ladies living nearby at all. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Myself sitting at a lake where Bigfoots are often sighted in Willow Creek, California. This area in Northern California is a hot spot for Bigfoot sightings for hundreds of years till present day. We spent the afternoon there and we did our sadhanas and enjoy the BEAUTIFUL cool/dry weather (no humidity) and you don't sweat. The water was clear and sparkling. It is one of the most beautiful places I have been too and I can easily live there in this area. It was hard to leave this place. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Such a beautiful conservatory. How I would love to have a room like this among woodlands.
1 month ago
Another beautiful Gyenze statue arrives made by Kechara
1 month ago
My Mumu boy is super duper cute. I love you Mumu.
2 months ago
Pastor Adeline leads a holy and beneficial Tsongkapa retreat group in Kechara Forest Retreat today. Very nice to see this. I like it when our Pastors and senior students encourage, nurture others into the dharma. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Images of the Buddha are always a great blessing
2 months ago
Beautifully painted Shakyamuni the Buddha
2 months ago
Nice painting of Lord Tsongkapa
2 months ago
Beautiful painting of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the omniscient.
2 months ago
This is a traditional thangka painting of the Karma Gadri style, which was especially commissioned by Tashi Mannox on the rarely depicted great calligrapher and scholar Thönmi Sambhota. Sambhota is a historical figure responsible for developing the foundation of the Tibetan writing systems in the seventh century A.D, which form the basis of the Tibetan language today.
2 months ago
Spectacular outdoor Tsongkapa in Mongolia
2 months ago
BEAUTIFUL Tara statue! Magnificent
2 months ago
Vajradharma. In Vajra Yogini's tantra, we always visualize our root teacher in this form. We should see him in his divine form. 
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  • Dorje Shugden oracle taking trance in China
    2 months ago
    Dorje Shugden oracle taking trance in China
  • Dorje Shugden oracle taking trance in China
    2 months ago
    Dorje Shugden oracle taking trance in China
  • Taking Trance
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    Taking Trance
  • See what humans can do
    5 months ago
    See what humans can do
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    Shocking undercover video shows animal abuse at 'humane cert
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    Video reveals what goes on inside 'humane slaughterhouse' in
  • People can really live their lives to save others. This is a good way to live. Beautiful video.
    5 months ago
    People can really live their lives to save others. This is a good way to live. Beautiful video.
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    7 months ago
    All beings have feelings and do not want pain, to be hurt or harmed. Therefore we must respect this and not harm animals. See this video how this man has made good friends with a special fish who comes when he rings for the fish. Touching. Tsem Rinpoche
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    10 months ago
    HH the Dalai Lama prays with HH Trijang Rinpoche and HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Such a beautiful video of His Holiness Dalai Lama, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and His Holiness Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche (Very exalted high Nyingma lama) are all praying together. In the background you see a young Kyabje Lati Rinpoche too. So beautiful. This is how it was before the ban. All the sects and high lamas were superbly harmonious. After the Dorje Shugden ban things changed for the worse. May the ban be released soon. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Nice Dorje Shugden rock painting
    10 months ago
    Nice Dorje Shugden rock painting
  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche teaches the truth of life and our impeding death.
    11 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche teaches the truth of life and our impeding death.
  • A kind message from Mr. Tsering Wangchuk to me. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
    11 months ago
    A kind message from Mr. Tsering Wangchuk to me. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 1)
    11 months ago
    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 1)
  • Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 2)
    11 months ago
    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 2)
  • His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja
    1 years ago
    His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja

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