Pilgrimage to Mount Wutai

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1846 Mount Wutai map with description on top left. Rubin Museum of Art Collection

Mount Wutai, better known as Wutaishan or Five Peaked Mountain, is a sacred Buddhist mountain located in Shanxi Province, China. Mount Wutai is identified by its five flat-topped peaks which are strongly believed to be the earthly abodes of Lord Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom. Each peak is inhabited by a different form of Manjushri.

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On the south peak resides the white form of Manjushri called Jvanasattva(智慧文殊菩萨). On the peak itself, there is a temple called Puji Temple (普济寺) where they house the Jvanasattva statue. On the West Peak there is Falei Temple (法雷寺) where Vādisiṁha(狮子吼文殊菩萨), Manjushri seated on a lion, resides. On the Central peak resides a form of Manjushri wielding a sword called Manjushri Natha(孺童文殊菩萨), and Yanjiao Temple(演教寺)is located on this peak. Then, on the North peak resides a form of Manjushri called Vimala(无垢文殊菩萨). The North peak is the highest peak among all five peaks, towering at a height of 3,058 metres above sea level. Ling Ying temple(灵应寺)is located on this peak and houses a statue depicting Manjushri in this form. Finally, on the East peak resides Four-Armed Manjushri called Manjughosa Tiksna(聪明文殊菩萨), and the East peak is where Wanghai temple is located.

On Mount Wutai, there are over 53 sacred Buddhist monasteries and among them, the Chinese temples outnumber the Tibetan and Mongolian temples. Throughout history, there has been much recorded Tibetan involvement with the mountain. The famous Tibetan scholar Buton Rinchen Drub in his writings Bde gshegs bstan pa’i gsal byed chos kyi ’byung gnas, stated that the first Tibetan emperor Songtsen Gampo went to Mount Wutai and built 108 temples there while another Tibet king, Trisong Detsen, himself came to be considered as an emanation of Manjushri. In depictions of Trisong Detsen, we can clearly see the inclusion of Manjushri’s implements, the book and the sword, above his shoulders. Trisong Detsen’s most significant work was to build the first Buddhist monastery in Tibet, as a great contribution to the flourishing of Buddhism in his country.

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The famous white stupa in the middle of Mount Wutai

The Tibetans believe that Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyeltsen was another Manjushri emanation on earth who also visited Mount Wutai during his time. According to Tibetan history, a miniature Mount Wutai was recreated in Phari. The site, complete with five peaks, was located just south of Liangzhou, Gansu Province where Sakya Pandita passed away. Sakya Pandita built and founded the monastery Drakgön Chokga Ling in 1246 on this site, praising the location as being as beautiful as Mount Wutai. He even described the site as being a branch of Wutai.

Mount Wutai is also closely connected with one of China’s most benevolent rulers, Emperor Kangxi himself. Kangxi, who sponsored the Mongolian translation of the Kangyur (1718 – 1720), is referred to as an emanation of Manjushri in the preface of the translation:

“Then Mañjuśrī, the savior of all living forms, [with the] intellect of all the Buddhas, was transformed into human form, and ascended the Fearless Lion Throne of gold; and this was none other than the sublime Emperor Kangxi-Mañjuśrī who assisted and brought joy to the entire vast world…”

Emperor Kangxi personally visited Mount Wutai at least five times, an extraordinary number for an emperor. His frequent visits to Mount Wutai reflected the close relationship that existed between the new Manchu sovereigns and Manjushri. In pictorial records of Kangxi’s trips to Mount Wutai, depictions of Kangxi and Manjushri are subtly conflated. In the image below for example, the act of the Emperor slaying a tiger is equated with Manjushri’s subjugation of poisonous dragons in subduing the land.

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The act of the Emperor Kangxi slaying a tiger is equated with Manjushri’s subjugation of poisonous dragons in subduing the land

The above are just a few examples of how important Tibetan figures have had a connection with Mount Wutai over the centuries.

Recently Julia Tan and I had the great opportunity to visit Mount Wutai. Although it was a short one-day visit, we were grateful to have the opportunity. Due to time restrictions, we were only able to visit a few Gelug monasteries such as Luohou Temple, Guang Ren Monastery (Lamasery), Pusa Ding (Pusa Temple) and Puji Temple. We recount some of them below for you and hope you will enjoy reading about them, and perhaps even be inspired to visit them. With so many holy sites dedicated to Manjushri, Mount Wutai is a definitely must-visit holy site for all Buddhists who wish to plant the seeds to develop wisdom.

Karen Chong

 


 

Luohou Temple

Built during Tang Dynasty, Luohou Temple was initially a Chinese temple. It was not until the Qing Dynasty when it was converted into a Gelug monastery, making Luohou Temple one of the 10 famous Gelug monasteries on Mount Wutai. Since ancient times, Luohou Temple has been known for being one of the more well-kept monasteries and is a must-visit temple for pilgrims travelling to Mount Wutai.

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The entrance of Luohou Temple

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The signage in the temple directing visitors to different chapels

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Manjushri Stupa at Luohou Temple

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Main temple

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Magnificent Manjushri seated on lion

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Lord Tsongkhapa statue on the left side of the altar

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Lord Tsongkhapa statue on both sides of the altar

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Medicine Buddha Chapel

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Kalachakra Mandala. A mandala is the heavenly celestial abode of a meditational deity, in this case Kalachakra

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Medicine Buddha Mandala

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The famous Buddha in the wooden lotus-shaped flower. The lotus can be automatically opened and closed.

 

Guang Ren Monastery

Guang Ren Monastery is just right next to Luohou Temple. Although this monastery is smaller in scale compared to many other monasteries, they have quite complete facilities. For example, Guang Ren Monastery has an art department and a department dedicated to Tibetan medicine, as well as a hostel for tourists or practitioners who wish to stay over in Mount Wutai.

In Guang Ren Monastery, the precious Kangyur (the spoken words of the Buddha) can be found taking pride of place in their Manjushri Chapel.

During the time of Emperor Kangxi, it was said that Kangxi visited Mount Wutai at least five times. This monastery existed during his time, having first been built in 1705 and later rebuilt and restored in 1952.

According to a resident Buddhist teacher, there are two summer palaces specially built for His Holiness the Panchen Lama and His Holiness the Dalai Lama located on the left and right side of the building. Many of the sangha in Guang Ren Monastery come from Labrang Monastery, one of the largest and most influential monasteries in Amdo, Tibet.

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The entrance of Guang Ren Monastery

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Prior to entering their main hall, there is an art department and a Tibetan medicine clinic on either side of the compound

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Tibetan Medicine Clinic

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Main hall

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Courtyard

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His Holiness the 10th Panchen Lama’s throne can be seen in most Gelug monasteries on Mount Wutai.

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Close-up of His Holiness the 10th Panchen Lama’s throne

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Altar dedicated to Manjushri at Guang Ren Monastery

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Beautiful Four-Arm Avalokiteshvara

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Another magnificent Manjushri statue

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Tibetan kangyur library

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Hosting area for guests

 

Pusa Ding Monastery

Pusa Ding, which is the largest and most complete Gelug monastery on Mount Wutai, sits at the highest point of Central Peak, better known as Vulture Peak. The most glorious period of the monastery was during the Qing dynasty when it was converted into a Tibetan monastery (lamasery) by Emperor Shunzi in 1656. In order to gain the faith of Tibetan and Mongolian sangha and practitioners, Emperor Kangxi bestowed the title of “Provincial Commander-in-chief” to the monastery’s senior lama and ordered the whole state of Shanxi to allocate contributions to the monastery. All lama temples then came under the influence of Pusa Ding, because the Imperial authority had given them the highest leading position of the region.

Over the centuries, the monastery has provided accommodation for Qing Emperors, Mongolian warlords and Tibetan lamas whenever they have travelled to Mount Wutai for pilgrimage. Whenever His Holiness the Panchen Lama and His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited Mount Wutai, they would stop by here to give Buddhist discourses. One such example was in 1980, when the 10th Panchen Lama gave a teaching here.

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108 stairs to the entrance of Pusa Ding

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The entrance

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Grand Manjushri Hall

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Elaborate and beautiful altar

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Four-Arm Manjushri altar

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Shakyamuni Hall

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Another angle of the Shakyamuni Hall

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Close-up of the altar, with a throne dedicated to His Holiness the 10th Panchen Lama

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Guru Tree thangka

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Beautiful Manjushri wall painting

 

South Peak – Puji Temple

Puji Temple is the main temple on this plateau. It houses the white form of Manjushri Jvanasattva. The temple is made of stone, surrounded by prayer flags and wild flowers in the meadows.

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Entrance to the temple

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Manjushri Jvanasattva

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The left side of Manjushri altar

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The right side of the altar, with faithful pilgrims making offerings

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Another Manjushri statue in the Manjushri Cave next to the main hall

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Beautifully crafted Manjushri

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Reciting Manjushri’s Gangloma prayer in the cave

 

Reference:

  • Wutai shan: Pilgrimage to Five-Peak Mountain by Karl Debreczeny

 

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  1. Wan Wai Meng on Dec 19, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    Wutai Shan sounds like so mysterious and has so many places to explore. Dorje Shugden’s abode one of them is at Wu Tai Shan. Would love to visit this place if given a chance.

  2. Wah Ying on Dec 11, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    小时候就从武侠里听闻五台山,学佛后对五台山的认识就超越了武侠世界。因为特喜欢文殊菩萨,所以对五台山这个文殊菩萨的道场也有份特殊的感觉。感谢Karen的分享,特别让读者了解了历代西藏统治者跟文殊菩萨或五台山的密切缘分。

    祈愿有一天能到五台山朝圣,祈愿更多人获得文殊菩萨的加持和祝福,增长智慧 🙂

  3. Liang Jing on Dec 11, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    The photos taken in Mount Wutai are very beautiful, especially the famous white stupa in the middle of Mount Wutai and the crafted Manjushri . The famous Buddha in the wooden lotus-shaped flower is very special and magnificent. I wish one day I can visit Mount Wutai. Thank You Rinpoche for introducing Manjushri abode and thank you Karen for sharing this article.

  4. Joy Kam on Nov 25, 2016 at 5:25 am

    Thank you Karen for this blog post… especially the many blessed images and pictures of this sacred abode of Manjushri. To be honest I have never been attracted to visit China one bit until I heard of this place called WuTai San from Rinpoche. From what and how Rinpoche explained about it being the abode of the great Wisdom Buddha Manjushri and that this is one of the places where Dorje Shugden also come forth as he is Manjushri, I grew to appreciate it, with an interest to maybe one day be able to have the privilege to visit it.

    The cave looks mystical and imbued with great energy. Very apt of you to do your Gangloma in there! How truly meritorious indeed. Definitely worth climbing those 108 stairs to pay homage to our lineage Buddhas. Thank you again for this lovely blog post!

  5. Anne Ong on Nov 18, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Thank you very much Rinpoche and Karen for sharing these beautiful pictures and write up about Mount Pilgrimage to Mount Wutai. This is really an eye opener for me and my mum about the history and practice of Tibetan Buddhism in Mount Wutai,China. Really love the beautiful temples and statues. Truly a sacred and holy site that people should try to visit. Very inspiring place!

  6. Stella Cheang on Nov 8, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Very happy to read that there are over 53 sacred Buddhist monasteries on Mount Wutai. While the ratio between Chinese temples, Tibetan temples and Mongolian temples are unequal, it still goes to show the significant of Mount Wutai as a sacred holy place. As it is, Mount Wutai, located in Shanxi Province, China is identified by its five flat-topped peaks which are strongly believed to be the earthly abodes of Lord Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom. Each peak is inhabited by a different form of Manjushri. Such richness in religious and cultural elements must not be missed by spiritual aspirants. Thank you Karen for sharing this article and the many nice pictures.

  7. Candice Loke on Nov 7, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Thank you Karen for sharing this article to readers and of course with some beautifully taken photos on Mount Wutai and surrounding temples. I rejoice for you and Julia having the opportunity to visit such holy site of Lord Manjushri. I would love to visit Mount Wutai soon!

    I was quite surprised that there are so many Gelug temples given the fact that Mount Wutai is located in China! it is nice to see the marriage of 2/3 different cultures and tradition through Buddhism. And we don’t see conflict or whatsoever, just pure dharma – nice! Really love to see Chinese oriental ancient architecture infused with Tibetan elements, mystical yet elegant!

  8. HelenaC on Nov 6, 2016 at 1:26 am

    Wow wow wow….what an eye opener! Such a wonder and holy place to do pilgrimage. I heard of WuTaiShan few years back. The story behind its amazing as the 5Mount Wutai is identified by its five flat-topped peaks which are strongly believed to be the earthly abodes of Lord Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom. Each peak is inhabited by a different form of Manjushri.
    I love the buildings, Monastery and the mixture of tibetan and chinese style. Very unique and beautiful. I really wish to visit someday.
    Thank you for sharing Rinpoche.

  9. Uncle Eddie on Nov 4, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Wu Tai San is well-known as a most popular and one of the most holy places of Chinese Buddhism. A sacred buddhist mountain located in North-East China in Shanxi Province, it is a popular destination for Buddhist pilgrims, and is said to be standing at a height of 3,058 meters. It is believed that on each of the 4 sacred mountains, there is a residing Boddhisattva, and they all have, it seems manifested on these mountains before. It was said that “Wu Tai San” or the Five peak mountains became officially listed as “UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE” in 2009! Wu Tai San is also closely linked to China’s most benevolent ruller, Emperor Kangxi himself, who it seemed had visited Mount Wutai for at least five times. May all have the good fortune and blessings to be able to visit and see this sacred place at least once in our lifetime!!! Thank you graciously Karen for the kind sharing and enlightening!

  10. Freon on Nov 4, 2016 at 3:50 am

    Mount Wutai, is one of the Four Sacred Mountains in Chinese Buddhism.
    Apparently the association of Mañjuśrī with Wutai (Wu-t’ai) Shan in north China was known in classical times in India itself, identified by Chinese scholars with the mountain in the ‘north-east’ (when seen from India or Central Asia) referred to as the abode of Mañjuśrī in the Avataṃsaka Sūtra. There are said to have been pilgrimages from India and other Asian countries to Wutai Shan by the seventh century.

    Tibetan interest in Wutai shan was expressed as early as the Tibetan imperial period (seventh-ninth century), when Tibet arose as one of the greatest military powers of Asia and the first significant cultural interactions between Tibet and China were recorded. According to one early Tibetan historical source, theTestament of Ba (Bazhé), Tibetan envoys returning from China circa 755 made a long detour in order to return via Wutai shan.

    In view of the high altitude, the best time to visit Wutai Mountain should be in summer from July to August, the average temperature of that time is only around 18 C (64.4 F)

    Source:
    1) http://www.easytourchina.com/idea-v1068-sacred-wutai-mountain-wutaishan–for-chinese-buddhists

    2) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Wutai

    3)http://www.thlib.org/collections/texts/jiats/#!jiats=/06/debreczeny/b5/#ixzz4OycvPtDq

    Thank you Karen and Julia for sharing this pilgrimage to Mount Wutai. Rejoice for being able to visit Mount Wutai.

    Regards
    Freon

  11. Sock Wan on Nov 3, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Thank you Karen for sharing with us your trip to Wu Tai Shan (5-peaked mountain). This is definitely a very holy place otherwise there won’t be so many temples in this area. The statues are very beautiful and temples are very well maintained. The Gelug monasteries architecture is a mixture of Tibetan style and Chinese style, this is pretty unique. It shows the integration and tolerance of two different cultures.

    If you have only 1 day to visit Wu Tai Shan, this is definitely a good guide of which site or temple to visit.

  12. Vinnie Tan on Oct 30, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Thank you Karen for this great sharing about Wu Tai Shan. Definitely this is a holy place that all of us should visit one day. It is just such a beautiful place to even have a look at. I really hope that one day I will be able to visit Wu Tai Shan as well.

    Just taking a look at the overall map, there is so many holy places to visit. I do believe that with the day trip that both you had, it was not enough time to cover everything.

    With these 4 monasteries/temples that you have shared, I can tell that definitely that this trip is something that have changed your perspective towards what is going on in your life. They are not only places that are nice to visit, but also places that can help us in our practice.

    I will like to thank Karen again for sharing her experience with all of us here.

  13. Sarah on Oct 29, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Mount Wutai is a sacred place with temples and beautiful statues dedicated to Manjushri. I hope to visit this holy place in the near future.

  14. KarenC. on Oct 26, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    五台山为中国四大佛教名山之一。自幼就听闻其大名,但不知道原来它就是文殊菩萨的道场!一直到对藏传佛教有更深入的见解,详读它的历史背景之后,才明白它为什么这么有名。自古以来,多位鼎鼎有名,成就非凡的佛教大师,僧侣及各代皇帝都与五台山有挂钩。其中康熙皇帝五次亲访五台山,还设立了广仁寺等在这殊胜的地方留下痕迹。”康熙皇帝赋诗赞曰:“絕磴摩群峭,高寒逼斗宮。鐘鳴千嶂外,人語九霄中。朔雪晴猶積,春冰暖未融。憑虛看陸海,此地即方蓬。” 赞颂北台之美。

    其实五台山意指五座高峰,各峰代表着不同化身的文殊菩萨。到了五台山不攻顶,就不算是到达五台山。如果真想攻五个山顶,就得花上至少两天的时间。台怀镇上
    酒店旅馆到处都是,素食馆也不难找,非常方便。希望明年我们克切拉能够举办五台山朝圣团。朝圣意义非凡,能够到达文殊菩萨的道场做供养及朝拜,功德无量。

  15. William Chua on Oct 26, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    This is definitely one of the places i would like to visit. After reading this article, it makes me want to visit even more. Visiting holy sites not only bless our dharma practice, it also opens our mind to receive more Dharma. From just looking at the pictures, I can feel the serenity of the place and the energy it exudes, more so from this holy mountains which is the abode of Manjushri and established by Emperors of China centuries ago.

    Let’s hope Kechara will organise a pilgirmage trip soon. 🙂

  16. jerry_sito on Oct 26, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    感谢您的分享那么多的资讯与美丽的照片,

    文殊菩萨道场五台山,是我们一直向往抵达的朝圣地之一,能够看见如此满满地庄严宏伟的寺院,并且五台山是中国唯一一个青庙(汉传佛教)黄庙(藏传佛教)交相辉映的佛教道场,点缀出那份浓浓特有的文化,彰显出文殊菩萨(妙吉祥)的智慧与德才超群。

    能够朝圣在五台山中,被所有的文殊菩萨寺院包围着,仿佛就被如同文殊菩萨心咒 :嗡 阿 若 巴 佳 呐 地 包围着一样,增长我们的福德、智慧,记忆力,辩才无碍。并消除我们的愚痴,让我们明瞭诸法实相。

    希望我们都能有这样的机会与功德,到五台山朝圣

    谢谢
    Jerry Sito

  17. Sofi on Oct 23, 2016 at 2:10 am

    Thank you Karen for sharing the information this awe inspiring Mount Wutai, which is one of the seats of Buddha Manjushri. The place certainly looked mystical and would love to visit on pilgrimage to such a holy place. I love the pictures of the Monasteries that you and Julia had visited. I spotted a picture of our own Guru in Guang Ren Monastery. How blessed we are! Our Guru who is of the same mindstream as Buddha Manjushri must have very strong connections with Wutai Shan and I read that in Phari, a seat of Rinpoche’s past incarnation also had a replica of Wutai Shan. Now if you look at Kechara Forest Retreat, you too can see the 5 peaks. May we always be blessed by Buddha Manjushri’s wisdom.

    • Jacinta Goh on Nov 4, 2016 at 10:56 pm

      There are 5 peaks in KFR too? Mmmm…. interesting.

      Looks like there’s no better place than being in KFR alone. Sadhu, Sadhu, Sadhu

      By the way, thanks Karen for the write-up.

  18. Datuk May on Oct 22, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    It had always been inspiring to me that beautiful temples were built to be places of worship in the moments of history. And till this day serves to remind us of the various ways of preserving the Dharma. Temples and monasteries are places where the monastic orders live and study so that the Dharma can be perpetuated.

    It is such a blessing to see these photos of the temples and Manjushri images in Wutaishan.

    As a Buddhist of the Gelug tradition, it is also rewarding to know that Tibetan buddhism also manifested in China by the emanation Manjushri Emperor Kiangxi who visited Wutaishan 5 times during his time.

    I hope that one day, I can visit Wutaishan.

  19. Ron Wong on Oct 22, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Definitely the most holiest place on earth where we can feel the immense presence of Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom. The preciousness of the dharma & traditions of buddhism is very much alive in every photos & places that are presented in the article.
    Especially the beautiful statue of Lama Tsongkhapa, founder of Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism who is emanation of Avalokiteśvara, Manjushri & Vajrapani.

    Thank you Karen & Julia for sharing this extraordinary spiritual journey.

  20. Alice Tay on Oct 22, 2016 at 12:22 am

    Rejoice to Karen and Julia have the opportunity to this holy place of Manjushri, Mount Wutai.

    As per record and photos showed, there are not only Chinese temples in Mount Wutai, but also Tibetan and Mongolian temples and most significant is Lord Tsongkhapa statue in Louhou Temple. Besides, His Holiness the 10th Panchen Lama’s throne can be seen in Guang Ren Monastery.

    Thank you Rinpoche, Karen and Julia for this nice sharing about Mount Wutai. For those have faith in Manjushri may consider to visit this sacred Mount Wutai.

  21. Lowkhjb on Oct 22, 2016 at 12:08 am

    Thank you Ms Karen and Ms Julia for your generous sharing of your trip to Mount Wutai.Your photos of your visit at the holy sites are stunning and memorable.You are very informative on the origin of these historical and holy site .

    We were glad to know on how Tibetan buddhism get to influence Chinese buddhism through history and support of great Emperors from the past with their deep imprints they left behind.

  22. June Kang on Oct 20, 2016 at 7:31 am

    In the book of “Tibetan Buddhists in the Making of Modern China” mentioned the Kangxi emperor and his son, the future Yonzhong emperor, came to Mount Wutai to set up regular long-life prayer at the mountain on the full and new moon of each month. Mount Wutai is considered special for Manjushri. This is one of them reflected the close relationship Kangxi emperor and Manjushri .

    Mout Wutai also prove that long time ago Tibetan Buddhism already playing important role in China Buddhism. As a Buddhist, I believe this is a place worth to visit for not only getting blessing for this holy place but the spiritual grow.

  23. Jason on Oct 20, 2016 at 2:56 am

    Mount Wutai is really amazing and hallmark of Manjushri. Over 100 of temples located on Mount Wutai.Many forms of Manjushri can be found on Mount Wutai.
    There are few Gelug monasteries must visit such as Luohou Temples,Guang Ren monastery,Pusa Temple and Puja Temple.
    Pilgrimage to Mount Wutai will trigger pilgrims imprint from previous life and this will give advantages to their spiritual path.
    Karen and Julia are awesome.Thanks so much.Your write-up really make me eye-opener
    Jason

  24. Justin Cheah on Oct 20, 2016 at 2:17 am

    Thank you for sharing with us Karen, these beautiful pictures and clear accounts of where and what you and Julia been through in this holy place. It is wonderful to know there are actually so many temples in one site and what more that tthi mountain has 5 peaks. Now that i saw the photos, it makes me want to go there as well. I see so many Tibetan figures in Mount Wutai and it is wonderful to know it flourishes notably during the Qing Dynasty era.

  25. Pastor Han Nee on Oct 19, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    Thank you Karen for this vivid account of your pilgrimage to Mount Wutai, and the lovely pictures accompanying your account. From your description and account, one can feel the powerful and pervasive presence of Manjushri ,the Buddha of Wisdom, in all the 5 peaks and the temples and monasteries here. Even in the smallest temple in this account -the Puji Temple on the South Peak, there is a Manjushri Cave next to the temple. How beautiful an experience it must have been for you to recite Gangloma in this cave!

    There are so many interesting, sacred features in each of the temples/monasteries in your account. Besides the beautiful and splendid images of Manjushri in each of them, in Luhou Temple there are a huge Manjushri Stupa, a Medicine Buddha chapel, a splendid-looking Kalachakra Mandala and Medicine Buddha Mandala, and the famous Buddha in a wooden lotus. In Guang Ren Monastery, there is a department for Tibetan Medicine and a Tibetan Medicine clinic, the precious Kangyur(Mongolian translation)and Kangyur Library in the Manjushri Chapel, and two summer palaces for the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama. In the Pusa Ding, the biggest and most complete Gelug Monastery here,with 108 steps leading to the entrance, there are a Grand Manjushri Hall and a Shakyamuni Hall; there is also a lovely Manjushri Wall Painting and a splendid Guru Tree Thangka!

    I would love to visit the Puji Temple with a Manjushri Cave next to it, and wild flowers and flying prayer flags in the surroundings. Great for contemplation and retreat and to recite the Gangloma there!

    Emperor Kiangxi must have left his ‘mark’ everywhere in Mount Wutai Imagine how skilfully artists have conflated the depictions of Emperor Kiangxi(an emanation of Manjushri ) and Manjushri himself here in Wu Tai Shan! Manjushri is depicted as riding on a lion. So does Dorje Shugden, an emanation of Manjushri, ride on a snow lion!

  26. ming hy on Oct 18, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    Thank you for this lovely write up Karen, filled with beautiful pictures of all of the sacred Buddha statues there. How blessed that you and Julia made this pilgramage to Mount Wutai, a place that I was not aware of, as a place of pilgrammage. It’s was interesting to know the history behind it and how Emperor Kangxi, Manjushri himself, came to establish these sites to bring peace and joy to the area.
    I hope that one day, I would have the merits to be able to visit such a place of pilgrammage.

  27. NANCY LOO on Oct 18, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    The pictures followed by the detailed write-up are wonderful. No wonder Mount Wutai has been named as one of the most holy land of Buddhism. Just could not imagine the peaceful sensation standing on the ground of South Peak-Puji temple with the strong wind blowing across the mountain range with the combination of the prayer flags flattering sound.
    So happy for both Karen and Julia to have this blessed opportunity to visit Mount Wutai together and I would like to make a request and appointment with my Dharma brothers and sisters to mark this place for our next pilgrimage.

  28. shelly tai on Oct 18, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Karen Chong for all these photo and the brief introduction on Mount Wutai. It is really eye opening to look at all these grand Manjushri statutes and I wonder how do those day the maker of the statute who can craft such a beautiful statutes with their hands it is so amazing it really take a lot of hard work to make such a magnificent Buddha statutes.

  29. Fong on Oct 18, 2016 at 1:01 am

    The architecture of the temples are so very Chinese but the statues and altars have very strong Tibetan influence. Such a very beautiful marriage of 2 cultures for 1 religion. It must have been very awe inspiring visiting those temples.

    So blessed to visit Manjushri’s abode on Earth to connect with Manjushri.

    Thank you for bringing the energy of Wu Tai Shan to us via your stories and pictures.

  30. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on Oct 17, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Thank you Karen Chong for sharing all the beautiful pictures taken from Mount Wutai with good write-ups about the Mount Wutai and the four Gelug monasteries. From the pictures as observed, the temples in Mount Wutai are neatly arranged, beautifully crafted and well maintained for many Sangha members and Buddhist practitioners to stay there and perform prayers during their pilgrimage.

    I am always attracted to Mount Wutai whenever I hear or see anything that relates to Mount Wutai in China. May all of us have many opportunities to participate in the pilgrimage tour at Mount Wutai.

    With folded hands,
    kin hoe

  31. Samfoonheei on Oct 17, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Thank you Karen Chong for sharing these beautiful post.Nice and beautiful pictures ….i have not been there ,i will hope i could some day make a pilgrimage to see it with my own eyes. There is about 53 sacred beautiful and unique Buddhist monasteries at Mount Wutai. All the temples and monasteries have had a long history .
    May those who visited Mount Wutai be blessed with all the goodness.

  32. Sharon Ong on Oct 17, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Thank you for this write-up, Karen. Happy that you and Julia made this pilgrimage. Wutai Shan is one of the places I would love to visit one day. I particularly like the unique image of the blackish Manjushri at Pusa Ding Monastery.

    I have seen a number of stupas but this is the first time am seeing a Manjushri Stupa which is located at Luohou Temple. Definitely would like this see this for myself, and do prayers there.

    May we all be blessed with the opportunity to do a pilgrimage to this sacred abode of Wisdom Buddha Manjushri one day soon.

  33. Echeah on Oct 17, 2016 at 1:11 am

    Wow, thank you for the article. Trust you both had a meaningful and enjoyable trip. The pictures are beautiful. I hope to go there one day. Pilgrimages are very beneficial. Visiting holy Buddhist places, besides making connections, plants seeds of enlightenment in our mindstreams. May Buddhism, especially Lama Tsongkhapa’s teachings and practice, thrive in China and beyond.

  34. Julia Tan on Oct 16, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    Thank you Karen for writing the article. There’s an airport which is only 2 hours drive away from Mount Wutai. Hence is really convenient. to visit all the temples and all the 5 peaks, you probably need 4-5 days. September and October is a good time to visit.

    I was very excited when we arrived. I have never seen so many temples in one place before. They are basically very close to each other. Some are even back to back. Imagine you entering a village of temples. Due to the limited time we have, we only visited the Gelug temples. Fortunately those temples that we visited are very close to each other. We also managed to do our sadhana at Guang Ren monastry.

    I would like visit Wutai Shan again and spend more time there in the near future. I think it would be nice to come with a group of Dharma brothers and sisters.

  35. Wylfred Ng on Oct 16, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    谢谢仁波切的分享。

    好多五台山的照片, 也有好多文殊菩萨像!!! 实在太庄严了!!

    照片中除了文殊菩萨, 五台山也有不少宗喀巴大师像! 还有不少格鲁传承的寺院。
    五台山也被誉为是文殊菩萨的道场, 也是文殊菩萨的圣地。 文殊菩萨和观音菩萨一样, 与中国人乃至华人都有特殊的因缘。

    希望大家在未来可以有机会前往五台山朝圣。

    谢谢

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  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 04:15 PM
    Very clear explanation of what is Vajrayogini’s left foot stepping on. Each time when i have a look at the beautiful statue of Vajrayogini this question will comes back to me. i am glad came across these blog by chance, i saw and read to understand better.A clear explanation ..stampling left and right foot significant of desire ,hatred and ignorance that cause us to be in samsara and she she able to control.Vajrayogni’s practices is so powerful in heliping us and that is the reason Rinpoche always ask us to start now.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these short explanation in the video and the interesting story of Mahadeva.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/facebook-question-what-is-vajra-yoginis-left-foot-stepping-on.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 02:44 PM
    Rejoice to all the families who had setup a Buddhist altar at home and conducted a house blessing puja. There are diverse benefits of conducting the house blessing puja, which ranges from bringing well-being on all levels – in one’s health, relationships, business, and family – to purifying the home. The puja ceremonies will purify the environment which helps the people who live there and people who are visiting there to experience general well-being. The puja can be personalised based on the request or need of the individual. Thank you for sharing with us the many photos of the beautiful altar of these families, it is very heartwarming to know that they will always be blessed by the Three Jewels.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10-amazing-house-blessings-by-kechara-pastors.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 02:24 PM
    Thank you for sharing this mindfully planned itinerary for everyone who is interested in visiting Kechara Forest Retreat. Kechara Forest Retreat has different facets that showcase different elements of spirituality and Tibetan Buddhism in this wholesale venue. One can enjoy the flora and fauna of Mother Nature, or embrace the contemporary architectures that feature many magnificent Buddha statues and authentic Himalayan decorations. Not forgetting to mention, in Kechara Forest Retreat sits the largest Dorje Shugden statue in the world! This is a holy place we must never miss to pay homage for blessings from the Three Jewels.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 01:07 PM
    金泽“财王”护法殿

    在禅修林的入口处的左边有一间小佛堂,是全天候二十四小时开放给大众的。这间佛堂的一砖一瓦都是由不同善心人士捐增的。也因为他们过后发了一笔小财,所以在大马文东,金泽护法一般被简称为“财王“。

    根据佛陀教诲,五蕴是组成众生的五个方面,分别是色、受、想、行、识。证悟者如多杰雄登能将五蕴分别化现成不同的本尊。金泽是多杰雄登“受”蕴的化现,作用是协助我们增长世俗和修行上的财富。“受”蕴是我们对愉悦或不悦感受的认知。我们执着于愉悦,避免不悦,而这正是导致我们受困和造下各种业,继而产生痛苦的因(此段原文: http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_6d7edf5f0102x1n6.html)

    来到这里,我们首先要上香。做生意的朋友可要趁此机会拜拜,供养一个大的莲花蜡烛,上三根大香,祈求今年一帆风顺哦。

    摘自“GO BENTONG!与菩萨有约”
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120808
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Mar 25. 2017 11:02 PM
    Can’t imagine that a priest actually stabbed Pope John Paul. How can he do this when he as a priest is suppose to be compassion and love everyone but kill the religion leader. he should remember that he carries the name priest and hence must show good example and behaviour to others but instead took another person’s life.

    I respected Pope John who continued his trip even though he was injured. That shows the determination he had to teach so it can benefit others. Always put others first more than our own needs.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/pope-john-paul-stabbed-by-priest.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Mar 25. 2017 08:13 PM
    It is admirable for Sine Lindholm & Mads Ulrik Husum to place their design as open source for everyone to download and copy to manufacture. This shows how farsighted they are in propelling self-sustainability. The first step is always the hardest, and I believe what Sine and Mads had done is towards the right direction. In this way, people from all the around the world who genuinely are passionate and interested in growing own vegetables will be able to start on their own. Without needing to rely on middleman or manufacturer who might end up making the brilliant idea a commercial white elephant. Thank you, Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html
  • Alice Tay
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 10:05 PM
    Many companies especially in overseas are very considerate and allow their employees to bring their dogs to work. I personally think that this is a very good practice where the employees no longer have to worry about leaving pets at home alone. The work environments that cultivate loving kindness, caring and compassion create a much more positive and productive place to work. Besides, it may influence everyone especially those who do not have pet to be more kind to the animals.

    Nevertheless, the employer and employees may have to work together to maintain the safe and cleanliness work place such as reduce odour, provide clean air and many others.

    Thank you for this interesting article as a reminder to us to love and be kind to animals no matter where we are.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/inside-the-worlds-most-dog-friendly-office.html
  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 07:06 PM
    Superb idea and very creative. Home farming in the cities ! Appreciate all the hardwork and ideas to produce Growroom. It’s just like putting a big puzzle and making the whole process so much easier to plant in cities where we always have limited spaces.

    We should support more people to come up with such ideas so we can eat our own food and cultivate self sustainability.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:40 PM
    When on the hospital bed nearing our last breath, nothing matters except for the practice and transformation we have done in dharma in our lifetime.

    Our money, wishes, houses, clothes, jewelry, reputation, spouses, desires, dreams, greed, anger, possessions, explanations will be of no use at all. It will in fact even be a hindrance scratching at our mind’s energy to let go and we cannot.

    Since they are no use at that momentous event, we should continue that thought now and understand what we should truly cultivate now. This thought must translate into action not just scholastic thoughts and meanderings of the mind for self deception or imitation spiritual satisfaction. This is what I think daily and everyday as part of my meditations on death and impermanence according to first chapter of Lam Rim.
    ~H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche

    Learn more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-dying-process.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 12:11 PM
    Amazing and very creative architecture designed space for our home grown foods.It is a good idea for those living in the cities.The Growroom is beautifully produced made it convenience which enables people to connect with nature surrounding with plants. The smell of herbs and plants makes cities dwellers to live in happiness and healthy.
    Its takes alot of effort and determination for anyone to build a growroom.Well they can do it,if they have the will power….hoping someday KFR will have one too.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html
  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:39 AM
    Lazynnes ,negative karma!and mends samajas …ITS very very , inderdependent motivations lewwels of awareness Teacher’Quality &sangha quantity ,first when samajas ARE pure Empowerment full blessings later?so give less Empowerment ITS OK.ccTR IS Wise.
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  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:32 AM
    http://www.aikidosydneycity.com/interview-with-takeda-shihan-by-aikikai-hombu-dojo/ yes yes sumikiri!i m sure HE practice martial arts in many previous lives AS well AS have family’karma conected with ai!ki flow,,,so NEUTRAL his re:for attacks ARE.,above normal fighter skills!___and i m skull in maya astro,fine and wanth share:#####paranormalTSEMsection on:::: antarctica aliens& JFK ,Peru as egg skulls.________________have a good day&nice PRactICE.____THE LIGHT be?or just show options that can be used.
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  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:23 AM
    For example B_LOCK can be neutral karma ,butRE_PLAY reactions can make diferent results in second person?
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  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:22 AM
    NEUTRAL karma not make good ,not bad result!but ITS STill karma so IS not done from lewwels of acomplishment where IS NO NEW karma acumulations.
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
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We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
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More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
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I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
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Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
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I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
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Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
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Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
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Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
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Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
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A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
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Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
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This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
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The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
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Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
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Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
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My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
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Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
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Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
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Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
6 months ago
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
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It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
                         Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
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Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
6 months ago
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
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Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
High lamas in France September 2016
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༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
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Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
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  • March 27, 2017 04:19
    Dongho asked: I have been reading on the tunes of certain sects and would like to ask on this. From what I've read, there are certain tunes to each sect and school of certain chants. Exactly where can I find the sheet music for these percussion and horns with the chants, such as to the one for invoking Kache Marpo or Dorje Shugden? Would it be possible to use school instruments for this?
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  • March 26, 2017 02:14
    Kunga asked: Does the Gelug have Begtse a protector? If so, could you please provide a sadhana for him here?
    pastor answered: Dear Kunga, Yes the Dharma protector Begtse exists within the Gelug tradition. He is also known as Chamsing. Begtse’s practice stems from India and was introduced to Tibet and therefore Tibetan Buddhism by the translator Nyen Lotsawa. Marpa Lotsawa also practiced Begtse, and so the practice exists in the Kagyu traditions. This practice was eventually transmitted to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, the first of the five patriarchs of the Sakya tradition, who were the founding fathers of that tradition. Over time the practice of Begtse was incorporated into the Gelug tradition, founded by Lama Tsongkhapa, and was notably practiced by the 1st and 2nd Dalai Lamas. Over time the practice gained popularity within the lineage, especially when it spread to Mongolia. There the practice became an important one within the lineage as upheld there. Begtse is also affectionately known as the Dharma protector of Mongolia, because his practice is so popular there. If I am not mistaken, there is an oracle of Begtse in Mongolia as well. There is a mistaken account that the practice originated around the time of the 3rd Dalai Lama, with the subjugation of a Mongolian war god, but Begtse was definitely practiced before that time in the Gelug, Kagyu and Sakya traditions. While the practice of Begtse is very effective, I have not come across the practice of Begtse in my personal practice, therefore I do not have access to the Begtse sadhana to provide to you. Instead Begtse is propitiated in prayers that incorporate many other Dharma protectors, and Begtse is also considered one of the nine protectors of the Hayagriva (Tamdrin) cycle of tantric teachings. Therefore Begtse is included in the Dharma protector sections of the Hayagriva tantras. Surrounding Begtse are his sister, Sing Ma, and his main minister, Le Khan Mar Po. His inner retinue comprises of eight butchers who wield copper swords in their right hands and skull-cups full of blood in their left hands. They are portrayed as naked and are very ugly. His outer retinue comprises a further twenty-one butchers, who hold copper swords in their right hands, and this time, the entrails of butchered enemies. They wear the skins humans and oxen as clothes, with ornaments made from human bone. While this may seem violent, Begtse is actually a very powerful and beneficial protector, who helps practitioners clear their obstacles and create conducive conditions for their spiritual evolution. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 24, 2017 20:12
    Azair asked: Venerable Rinpoche, I am doing a study in Kalachakra Tantra and I've heard from most of the lama's too that if you practice the Kalachakra Tantra, you'll be able to take control of your next rebirth. Ofcourse, it has been said that we will get our rebirth according to our Karma and desires but whether those dreams will get fulfilled will depend upon the actions that we take in this life. Thus, practicing the Kalachakra(till the end) after initiation will give you the opportunity to take rebirth anywhere you desire regardless of your Karma. My question is that, is there some truth in this statement.? Does this statement hold true for other tantra practices, such as Vajrayogini Tantra, Ghuyasamaja Tantra, Heruka Tantra, etc. I would really really like to know. Thankyou in anticipation, regards, Azair
    pastor answered: Dear Azair, Thank you for your question. Yes there is truth to this statement, both from a scriptural perspective and also by example, as the great masters have shown us. This is a unique feature of all Anuttarayoga Tantras or Highest Yoga Tantras, which Kalachakra, Vajrayogini, Guhyasama and Heruka are all examples of. This category of tantric practice can actually lead a practitioner to full enlightenment in this very lifetime. Even if enlightenment is not reached, very high levels of attainment can be reached nonetheless. This includes the ability to take control over your next rebirth. This is primarily engaged in so that the practitioner is born in an environment where they can eventually pick up their practice and further their spiritual path to enlightenment, or in order to be born in a place where they can benefit sentient beings the most, as part of the spiritual journey over many lifetimes. One of the reasons such an ability is very necessary on the spiritual path, is that usual death and rebirth occurs at the mercy of ones karma, specifically what is known as the ‘throwing karma’ or the karma that dictates what sort of rebirth a person is going to take. This opens up at the time of ordinary death, which most people have no control over. During the death process, many of our disturbing emotions will arise. Whichever of these is the strongest at the point of death triggers open a latent karmic potential, which becomes the ‘throwing karma’ and dictates where we are going to take rebirth and if that life will generally be full of suffering or not. Within Anuttarayoga Tantra, one of the key points of practice is to prepare for one’s death. This is done by simulating the dying process during one’s meditations, so that one becomes familiar with it. At the most pivotal part of this process, one practices achieving either the rainbow body or great bliss (in the case of the father tantras); or clear light (in the case of mother tantras). The tantras themselves are not defined in terms of the gender of the central deity, but by the method used to gain enlightenment. This is either the rainbow body/great bliss (classified as male, therefore labelled ‘father’) or clear light (classified as female, therefore labelled ‘mother’). Non-dual tantras such as the Kalachakra tantra can employ either of the two methods, a mixture of both, or alternate methods. In the case of superior practitioners, due to the power of their practice, they can achieve either of these two methods in their current body. Since they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, and a particular method of practice, they can also achieve enlightenment during their physical death. The great Lama Tsongkhapa is said to have achieved enlightenment at the moment of physical death, using the second of these. For other practitioners, they may not be able to achieve this either in their meditations while they are alive, or during the death process. However because they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, they remain in complete concentration at the time of death, not allowing any disturbing emotions to arise. Due to this level of concentration, meditation and awareness during the dying process, they are able to control where they next take rebirth. This is evident in the tantric scriptures themselves, and the life stories of many masters, who can state exactly where, when and to whom they will take their next rebirth, as they are in full control of the dying and rebirth process. There is a type of meditation called ‘thukdam’ which has been translated into ‘death meditation’. This is a final meditation some masters choose to engage in. During this meditation, the master themselves consciously begin the physical dying process themselves, engage in the meditation of dissolving the winds into the heart centre and remain in the most pivotal part of the death process, the mind of clear light of death. During this point they engage in meditations, either the methods of the father or mother tantras as mentioned previously, and or consciously choose where they are to next take rebirth. They can remain in this death meditation for long periods of time, days at an end, in which their consciousness has not yet left their body, although for all intents and purposes they are dead according to medical science, e.g. they have no heartbeat. At the end of their meditation, a drop of blood will be emitted from their nostril, and their head will slump over a little. Masters who engage in this meditation usually sit in full meditation posture, and their body remain supple and soft even though they have passed away from a medical point of view. I hope this brief explanation helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2017 23:01
    Brad asked: What is the significance of offering the Seven precious emblems of royalty to the Buddhas and enlightened Dharma Protectors? What are we symbolically offering up?
    pastor answered: Dear Brad, Thank you for your question. The ‘saptaratna’ or seven precious emblems represent on the one hand the ultimate state of temporal power, and on the other hand the ultimate spiritual attainments that we can achieve. By offering these to the Buddhas, we are actually creating the causes to achieve what they represent. Therefore it is good to know the meaning of each, so we can understand what we are creating the causes for by offering them up: Please see below for an explanation of the seven royal emblems: 1. The Precious Wheel: a thousand spoked wheel, representing the universal power of the Buddhas, as well as the teachings of the thousand Buddhas of our aeon. It is represented by the Dharmachakra, symbolising the ‘turning of the wheel’ or teaching of the Noble Eightfold Path. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, especially that of our own mind, thoughts, delusions and afflictions. 2. The Precious Jewel: an eight sided wish-granting gem, which fulfils all the needs of a universal emperor. This jewel has eight special qualities: it illuminates the night sky for hundreds of leagues; it is cooling when the temperature is hot and warming when the temperature is cold; it makes manifest whatever the holder wants; when thirsty it causes a fresh-water spring to appear; it has the ability to control the nagas, and other supernatural beings, as well as preventing natural disasters such as storms, floods, etc.; it gives off multi-coloured lighted which heals the various mental and emotional afflictions; it cures all illnesses; and it ensures that one dies a natural death, not an untimely one. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, or perfect discrimination, so one knows what to abandon and what to keep in the mindstream during the spiritual journey to enlightenment. 3. The Precious Queen: the most beautiful and virtuous of all women. She is described as a goddess who is the epitome of someone: with devotion; without jealousy; who is the embodiment of fertility; who works for the welfare of all beings; who possess feminine wisdom; speaks the truth; not attract to sensual pleasures or material possessions; and does not have false views. She is adored by all. She also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect effort. This is necessary to keep meditating until one gains spiritual attainments. 4. The Precious Minister: who has sharp intelligence, patience, and the ability to give wise counsel to the emperor. He is so attuned to the emperor that even before the emperor has spoken, the minister is already carrying out his command. He only wishes to support the Dharma, help sentient beings, and is an excellent strategist. He also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect joy. This is also akin to the attainment of the first bodhisattva level, because you have come to an understanding of your own mind, which is like pouring ice-cold water into boiling water. The water stops boiling, as does the thoughts, projections, and delusions in the mind. He represents the path of the bodhisattva. 5. The Precious Elephant: who has the strength of a thousand normal elephants. He is white, with the perfect features that an elephant could have. He is majestic, graceful, and gentle, but in battle is fearsome, fearless and unyielding. He communicates with the emperor through a telepathic link. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect adaptability. This is important, as one needs to be able to adapt to the various mental afflictions as they arise, and suitably counter them. 6. The Precious Horse: who has all the marks of a celestial horse. Known as wind-horse, he is able to travel extremely fast, and can circumambulate the entire universe three time in just a single day. He is never fearful or startled, never makes a sound when galloping, and has extremely soft hairs on his body. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is single-pointed concentration. This is important because without this form of concentration, once cannot engage in the analytical meditations that lead to an understanding of emptiness, and therefore enlightenment. 7. The Precious General: who has mastered the arts of war and always wins in battle. He wears battle armour and holds many different weapons. He tries to avoid battle, but when necessary fights, and never gives up until he has won. He is fearless, and courageous in carrying out the emperors commands and ensures the emperors army carries out their duties. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect equanimity. This is because he overcomes all warfare, which is akin to the battle between things were are attached to and things we have an aversion for in our minds. In short, what you are offering up is the highest of all temporal treasures and abilities, as well as the entire path of the Dharma. Doing so creates the causes for you to receive all of this on your spiritual journey towards enlightenment. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 20, 2017 10:16
    Grigoris asked: Excuse me, but I would like to ask, what does the prayer to Shangmo Dorje Putri say exactly? I can't read Tibetan, but would like to see the description that the prayer gives. I am not planning to say the prayer or make interaction(as it would be very dangerous), but would like to see what it actually says from the Tibetan text. Here's the link: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/shangmo-dorje-putri-the-bamo-of-sakya.html
    pastor answered: Dear Grigoris, Thank you for your question. Shangmo Dorje Putri is indeed a fascinating unenlightened Dharma protector. Unfortunately at the moment, we do not have a translated copy of the text in English that we can provide. The usual format for such texts, would include an invocation, making offerings to appease them, and then exhortations for them to perform their activities, possibly followed by thanking them for their help. One thing is for certain, due to the nature of Shangmo Dorje Putri her prayer is sure to include violent imagery, just like many other Dharma protectors, such as Achi Chokyi Drolma (who even though has a peaceful appearance, has a lot of violent imagery in her prayers). The reason behind the violent imagery is explained in the post about Achi Chokyi Drolma here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/achi-chokyi-drolma-chief-protectress-of-the-drikung-kagyu.html
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The team is setting up the tent and games for the Halloween party. Lin Mun KSDS
Students of SRJK (C) enjoyed themselves so much during Halloween 2016. Lin Mun KSDS
yesterday
Students of SRJK (C) enjoyed themselves so much during Halloween 2016. Lin Mun KSDS
Khai Te is very talented in drawing. Look at the van. It has a Kechara logo. Lin Mun KSDS
yesterday
Khai Te is very talented in drawing. Look at the van. It has a Kechara logo. Lin Mun KSDS
Students listening to Teacher Grace attentively during WOAH camp 2016. Lin Mun KSDS
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Students listening to Teacher Grace attentively during WOAH camp 2016. Lin Mun KSDS
Happy visitor invited Dorje Shugden back home.
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Happy visitor invited Dorje Shugden back home.
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Join our Meditate in Nature Programme 2017! Here are the Dates:
When we love others without projections, we truly LOVE. ~ Tsem Rinpoche . YEO KWAI GIN ( KKSG )
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When we love others without projections, we truly LOVE. ~ Tsem Rinpoche . YEO KWAI GIN ( KKSG )
True Love Is Simple Because It's SELFLESS ~ Tsem Rinpoche.  YEO KWAI GIN ( KKSG ) .
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True Love Is Simple Because It's SELFLESS ~ Tsem Rinpoche. YEO KWAI GIN ( KKSG ) .
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Powerful Quote ! http://www.TsemRinpoche.com . YEO KWAI GIN ( KKSG )
Pastor Yek Yee blessed a sponsor during Dorje Shugden puja at a outcall house blessing recently. www.kechara.com
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Pastor Yek Yee blessed a sponsor during Dorje Shugden puja at a outcall house blessing recently. http://www.kechara.com
DORJE SHUGDEN STATUE, 2.75 INCHES, more info about this beautiful Statue, pls visit www.vajrasecrets.com.   YEO KWAI GIN ( KKSG )
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DORJE SHUGDEN STATUE, 2.75 INCHES, more info about this beautiful Statue, pls visit http://www.vajrasecrets.com. YEO KWAI GIN ( KKSG )
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