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




  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.


  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.


  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:

    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 #born #seekness #age #death. In Hawai contekst i like this sound : Israel Kamakawiwo’ole – Over The Rainbow & What A Wonderful World – 1993

    • 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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  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Jun 25. 2016 08:33 PM
    I agree we do resemble our parents be it positive or negative values. Nevertheless it is for us to change if we realised that it is negative values that we are having.

    We cannot put all the blame to our parents. We control our mind and are responsible for our own behaviour. Especially now that we are learning dharma, the more it should trigger that we need to transform our mind for the better.

    Thank you Rinpoche for your teaching.
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    Christian’s story inspire each and everyone of us.It’s amazing to know that a boy at such a young age could ever think of keeping his hair to help others.He will be a great leader some day having such a beautiful heart.
    Thank you Rinpoche for such a inspiring article
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    Friday, Jun 24. 2016 09:33 PM
    Before we are qualified to preach the noble Dharma, we must learn and understand the Dharma from our Guru. On top of that, we must put in practice what we learnt daily. Hence, we must be humble to learn the Dharma and be persistent to apply and practice. Once we are a pure vessel to receive Buddha’s Dharma, the sharing will be more impactful.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow for the very important teaching.
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    Friday, Jun 24. 2016 03:41 PM
    Samfoonheei on Jun 24, 2016 at 12:21 pm
    it’s amazing to know that Vijra Yogini do exist long time in China and they do practice much earlier. I do enjoy reading it …it’s so interesting to know the history .even though I have,nt got a chance to visit it but I do consider that I am lucky to see some of those beautiful images posted here.Tibetian Buddhism and Chinese Buddhism is more or less similar though the deity defer by appearence.May more people be blessed with the practice.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this informative and interesting post.
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  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Jun 24. 2016 03:16 PM
    As I read this article, three scenario came to my mind:

    1. We do not live or work alone, whether secularly or spiritually. When we do not carry out our part, it is irresponsible because deep inside we expect others to do the job for us. When the job gets overwhelming because of our wrong view, it is easy to quit, drop the job, say ‘no’, walk away and pretend it is other people’s fault. Sometimes the person who has been helping us get the blame because we use our wrong view to judge. As a result, we are ungrateful even when there was no such intent. In the end, we never learn how to do it because it is always someone else who is doing it.

    2. We may feel that finding money is more important, because with money, we can sponsor the centre, sponsor the Dharma project, And due to our generosity, we expect to be sheltered from responsibility that we don’t like to do. Only we know ourselves whether our intention is out of pure generosity and void of the eight worldly concerns. It is true that money can buy us comfort and convenience, but there are not many lifetimes that we can sustain with good rebirths. Eventually we will have to face the same situation perhaps in a harsher condition.

    3. And when we finally do our job, we do it with resentment, completing it for the sake of avoiding criticism, we are robbing others who are keen & passionate of the opportunity to do it. We are also irresponsible and sneaky to say the least. Imagine if each lama tasked to pass down Buddha’s Dharma decided to do it with resentment? What knowledge will we have today? Imagine if every mother decided to bring up their children in this manner, what will become of us?

    Since we have these negative traits, we must try our best to correct it in this lifetime, so that it does not stick with us in our future lifes. When we are ignorant of our own negative traits, and other point out to us, don’t quit and run away. We are habituated with negative traits from many lifetimes, the learning, unlearning, relearning, reminding and continuous practicing is necessary for us to transform.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this impactful teaching. Thank you Cindy for sharing this on FB.
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    sonny tan on Jun 24, 2016 at 9:08 am
    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai and Rinpoche on this subject on death and advice that we so badly needed especially when there is an unexpected and sudden death in the family. We all know that it is a taboo subject never to talk about and never to be discussed and people will shun you or show their disgust or walk away very quickly whenever such topic are raised.
    It is always very devastating for everyone no matter how strong they may professed to be when death comes knocking at our door. It would be more painful especially when it happens so suddenly. I remembered that I attended a friend’s passing just recently, she was at the prime of her life when children are all grown up and a time to retire, relax and enjoy the holidays with her hubby and then tragedy suddenly strike. It pains me to see her going through this ordeal going from one hospital to the next; operation after operation, tears flowed whenever we visited her. There are no right and proper words to described her agony, her fears, her uncertainties and the so many times seeing her like that I just wished that I have this power to remove all of the mental and physical pain that is within her. Many times I tried to assure her and pleaded with her never to give up because we have the same spiritual master and assured her that if the master is not giving up on her then she should not even think of giving up. All she ever wanted from us is each time we meet is to give her a hug we even crossed our little last pinky finger together and I make her promised me that we would attend the level three healing training together when she recovered from her ailment and I continually ask her to be strong.
    During my meditation I will use whatever I have learned, like lighting candles, prayers and I will visualize light from the Buddhas especially Medicine Buddha going into her body and cleanse all the dark energy and each time I do that tears would flow incessantly.
    This was a very poignant event in my life and it has left an indelible mark which I would hold dear in my heart
    I guess it was not meant to be with all the hopes we have, all the prayers, all the meditations, all the promises just vanished into thin air, God gives and God takes it away.
    I remember a Buddhist quote that says life is uncertain and death is certain, now that we have Rinpoche with us guiding and teaching us on death meditation I believe it would come a time after much practice that we will all be more open and see and accept death as part of our living and we should not let fear cloud our mental frame all the time on death.
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  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Jun 23. 2016 02:51 PM
    It is very emotional to have a family member passed away. Especially when it is the one whom we have fond memories with. I can tell what a loving person Pastor Jean Ai’s Ah Ma was from the writing. When my father past away in 2011, it was difficult for the family. I can still remember the feeling of lost that lingered within the family even two years on after his passing. Therefore I can imagine the feeling of loss suffered by Ah Kong. Ah Ma and Ah Kong had spent almost a lifetime together and now suddenly the better half is gone. Hence, the extra care and attention for the living is imperative.

    I wish I had known this at the time of my father’s passing so that the emotional support for my mother could had been much earlier. But I am still thankful for my mother is still alive and I can now do for her what I could not for my dad. And now I have learnt from Rinpoche’s teaching, the best gift I can give my mother is Dharma knowledge.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for this emotive article.
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    Thursday, Jun 23. 2016 12:02 PM
    Thank you for sharing the book review of the inspiring life of Teresa Hsu. She is truly a Bodhisattva. I learnt that :

    1) It is very important to persevere and not give up no matter how others view us. We should stay strong as long as we believe we are conducting the good values and not mistreating people. Many a time we tend to give up when we face challenges or do not get support. Also we must always stand up for others were treated unfairly, must be an upright person.

    2) Education/values from family are very vital. Teresa has a very compassionate and kind great grandfather and mother. The values are instill since young and I really admire their compassion in helping the people in need even though they need they are not in a good financial condition.

    3) Always put others need over our own. She will always make sure that others have food to eat and been taken care of. She doesn’t mind sharing her food , eating much lesser as others has nothing to eat. She has a big heart.

    4) Keep good family values. Although she has spent most of her life taking care of others but she did not neglect her mother. She constantly send letters to her mother weekly for more than 30 years. This is a good reflection to us, with so many technologies now where we can reach our family within seconds, but we do not even call back enough to speak to them.

    5) Love everyone. Teresa principal is that she must help everyone regardless of their background, race and etc. There is no segregation. Everyone is her brother and sister. This is oneness.

    6)Be contented no matter how little we have. She showed a good example of how living frugally the whole life is fine. Importantly is to share and help others.
  • Joy
    Thursday, Jun 23. 2016 04:12 AM
    Dear friends, Did you know that His Eminence Tsem Tulku Rinpoche posts up interesting pictures from time to time here on >>>PHOTOS ON THE GO<<<? See the column on the right or go here Do check it out as these are things Rinpoche likes to share and at times there are spontaneous bits of teachings 🙂 SEE A RECENT PIC: Sacred Manjushri Kumara 9th Century Pala Dynasty India

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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

Photos On The Go

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1 week ago
Sacred Manjushri Kumara 9th Century Pala Dynasty India
1 week ago
This sacred White Tara is on the Bodhgaya enlightenment stupa marking the very spot Lord Buddha achieved enlightenment.
2 weeks ago
Myself at the sacred lake at Dromo Geshe Rinpoche's residence
2 weeks 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
2 weeks 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
2 weeks ago
Such a beautiful conservatory. How I would love to have a room like this among woodlands.
2 weeks ago
Another beautiful Gyenze statue arrives made by Kechara
2 weeks ago
My Mumu boy is super duper cute. I love you Mumu.
3 weeks 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
3 weeks ago
Images of the Buddha are always a great blessing
3 weeks ago
Beautifully painted Shakyamuni the Buddha
3 weeks ago
Nice painting of Lord Tsongkapa
3 weeks ago
Beautiful painting of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the omniscient.
3 weeks 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.
4 weeks ago
Spectacular outdoor Tsongkapa in Mongolia
4 weeks ago
BEAUTIFUL Tara statue! Magnificent
4 weeks ago
Vajradharma. In Vajra Yogini's tantra, we always visualize our root teacher in this form. We should see him in his divine form. 
4 weeks ago
These are the tantric implements that a Tantrika must carry with them everywhere they go as part of their commitment
4 weeks ago
Myself walking with my teacher the then abbot fo Gaden Shartse Monastery. H.E. Kensur Rinpoche Jampa Yeshe and I was leaving the main prayer hall of Gaden Shartse and walking through the debate courtyard.
4 weeks ago
Emperor Kangxi's official state seal
4 weeks ago
Such a beautiful Yamantaka Statue
4 weeks ago
Grand looking painting of the Gelug Savant His Holiness Chankgya Rolpai Dorje
4 weeks ago
My shrine in Los Angeles back in 2014. I just came across this picture from:
4 weeks ago
Very unique art work of Dorje Shugden
1 month ago
Beautiful 7ft Tara arrives today. See the beautiful picture and video:
1 month ago
35 Confessional Buddhas
1 month ago
Please do not hate us
1 month ago
Beautiful statue [image: Inline image 1]
1 month ago
Such a stunning White Tara!
1 month ago
Neerja's mother accepting the highest award in India on behalf of her daughter. Her daughter's bravery saved 300 people. Her strength, compassion and presence of mind during great tragedy earned Neerja a deep place in our hearts forever. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Goddes supreme, with a wave of your right hand the 84,000 demonic interfering beings are repelled. With the powerful umbrella you hold in your left grants supreme protection upon your devotees. Although beautiful to behold you are fully attained and beyond samsara and a perfect refuge. Grant us protection, love and wisdom with your sacred mantra powerful Dukkar Goddess. ~Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
I love Japan so much. The water is so blue and clean. The landscape is so magical. It's such a beautiful country and a great place to engage in meditational retreats.
1 month ago
A good meme by Pastor Seng Piow!
2 months ago
Gaden Jangtse Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Chojor together with Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Monastery
2 months ago
May 31, 1990, the day Tsem Rinpoche was enthroned formally in Gaden Shartse Monastery
2 months ago
Panglung Oracle in trance back in 1925
2 months ago
More lamas/Tibetans are speaking up. This has nothing to do with Dorje Shugden ban although it helps the Dorje Shugden cause because there is more unrest and disharmony from many sectors within Tibetans showing the world so many are unhappy with the leadership.-Lodreu Rabsel Rinpoche's strong letter to the Dalai Lama regarding giving religious freedom within the Karma Kagyu sect of Buddhism is a MUST READ- and he is applauded as courageous for writing this:
2 months ago
The beautiful truth
2 months ago
Manjushri notes
2 months ago
Karma Kagyu’s Lodreu Rabsel Rinpoche asks the Dalai Lama for Religious Freedom-This is explosive-Must read!
2 months ago
The place where Lord Tsongkapa's holy remains are housed for pilgrims to visit in Gaden Monastery Tibet.
2 months ago
How death is so near, yet I cherish my ego more than my guru, more than his instructions and my protector. They are the only ones significant at death for me and yet I still think I have time. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 months ago
Would be so nice to live in an area where Bigfoot is prevalent and sighted. That would include mountains and lakes too.
2 months ago
Because of the ban against Dorje Shugden followers started in 1996, 700 monks had to cut from Sera Mey Monastery and start this new monastery. This new Serpom Monastery located in South India still suffers tremendous hatred and prejudice, but the brave monks continue their practice and lineage.
2 months ago
Vietnamese monk who self immolated hoping to bring change in his country. He sacrificed his life and sat still during the immense pain of his body burning.
2 months ago
Protector of the Sakya School of Buddhism, Gonpo Gur or Mahakala Panjarnata
2 months ago
Such a wondrous place to be with such a view that heals the soul. Why live in a city where it is unnatural and polluted. Everyday in the city is a day away from where we belong. We belong among the greens, forest, mountains and clean air. We belong in such a place and doing our retreats, sadhanas and mantras to find the ultimate place of belonging and peace....the ultimate place is within us with a developed spiritual mind. Hard to achieve among distractions in the city. 
2 months ago
This is the five foot Arya Avalokitesvara statue I have offered Gaden Shartse Monastery many years ago. It still graces the main prayer hall of Gaden Shartse Monastery.
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Videos On The Go

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  • Dorje Shugden oracle taking trance in China
    1 month ago
    Dorje Shugden oracle taking trance in China
  • Dorje Shugden oracle taking trance in China
    1 month ago
    Dorje Shugden oracle taking trance in China
  • Taking Trance
    1 month ago
    Taking Trance
  • See what humans can do
    4 months ago
    See what humans can do
  • Shocking undercover video shows animal abuse at 'humane cert
    4 months ago
    Shocking undercover video shows animal abuse at 'humane cert
  • Video reveals what goes on inside 'humane slaughterhouse' in
    4 months ago
    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.
    4 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
  • -
    9 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
    9 months ago
    Nice Dorje Shugden rock painting
  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche teaches the truth of life and our impeding death.
    10 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
    10 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)
    10 months ago
    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 1)
  • Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 2)
    10 months ago
    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 2)
  • His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja
    11 months ago
    His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja


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1 hour ago
A perfect offering to the perfect merit field, our Guru. Rejoice to generous kind sponsor who offered this to Rinpoche. Stella Cheang, KSDS
1 hour ago
Amazing art work by students of Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Stella Cheang, KSDS
1 hour ago
Visitors listened attentively to Pastor on the benefits, blessing & protection from reciting Dorje Shugden mantra. Rejoice. Stella Cheang, KSDS
2 hours ago
Metta our furry friend in KFR join in the morning Sunrise Meditation with the participants for the 2D1N Inner Peace Retreat (26/6/16) - Jill Yam
2 hours ago
Participants with our furry friend at Manjushri Hill for sunrise Meditation on the 2nd day of the 2D1N Inner Peace Retreat at Kechara Forest Retreat (26/6/16) - Jill Yam
2 hours ago
Beautiful rays of sunrise over Manjushri Hill at Kechara Forest Retreat (26/6/26) - Jill Yam
3 hours ago
冥想的第一个目的是使我们的心灵平静与和平。如果我们的心是平静和安宁,我们将免除后顾之忧和心理的不适。 欢迎大家参与我们下一个禅修营 03-78033908 (Cynthia Ng)
3 hours ago
Kitchen team lead by Chef CK busy preparing lunch for Inner Peace Programme. (Cynthia Ng)
5 hours ago
Visitors come all the way to pay homage to Dorje Shugden by circumambulating the statue. Stella Cheang, KSDS
5 hours ago
Visitors marvelled at the true stories of how Gyenze Shugden helped & healed people. Stella Cheang, KSDS
11 hours ago
Refreshing weekend with Pastor Tat Ming leading the participants of 2D 1N Inner Peace Retreat at Kechara Forest Retreat. Lucy Yap
12 hours ago
Kechara Puja Team made beautiful tormas to be used as offerings during pujas. Lucy Yap
12 hours ago
Drawing mandala can train us in focus and concentration. KSDS Alice Tay
12 hours ago
Feel good to do the art at outdoor. KSDS, Alice Tay
12 hours ago
It is good to learn for meditation and start at a very young age.
12 hours ago
Teacher Lai guided the class do dedication before the class end. KSDS, Alice Tay
12 hours ago
Be a good listener and let the children talk about their thoughts. KSDS, Alice Tay
20 hours ago
Dorje Shugden puja today to help clear obstacles for sponsor - Pastor Gim Lee
Briefing to the participants of the 2D1N Inner Peace Retreat this morning by Pastor Tat Ming - Jill Yam
Join the Blog Chat NOW TODAY @ 11am (Saturday 25/06/16, GMT+8) and stand a chance to win this beautiful hand-carved 9cm Copper Green Tara from H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche’s private collection, complete with traditional hand-painted face in real gold. Be sure to read up on H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche’s biography especially on Rinpoche’s preparation to go to India, his life there and his enthronement. See you on blog chat*! (JOY)
Exiting weekend in Kechara Forest Retreat. Inner Peace Programme start briefing in Dukkar Apartment by Pastor Tat Ming. (Cynthia Ng)
2D1N Inner Peace Retreat with 7 participants doing the 7 point meditation led by Pastor Tat Ming at Dukkar Apartment, Kechara Forest Retreat (25/6/16) - Jill Yam
Happy faces of students attending Sunday Dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Group work is part of the integral exercise instill during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS




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