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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  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Apr 28. 2017 04:00 PM
    Everything we offer to Buddha is a form of mind transformation and practise our mind to be focus even when doing water offering. When pouring the water into the bowl we have to recite Om Ah Hum (3 times), think positively and pouring it slowly so it does not spill and leaving the space of a grain of rice before reaching the top. After offering we also have to clean the bowls properly without leaving stain. All this is to train our mind.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the many benefits and water offering in a simple to understand article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/making-water-offerings-to-the-buddhas.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 28. 2017 03:38 PM
    Trolls are assiociates as beings of Scandinavian folklore.A large number of different mythological creatures continue to live on in Scandinavian folklore.They have different shapes,habitat and filthy features . There are also numerous tales of trolls told and retold.Trolls are also believed to have the magigal powers, which were folktales ,posses capabilities that are beyond human .What ever it was a remnant of a long-lost reality for sure. I do believe that there’s a very high chance trolls had existed in the past.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing ,i do enjoyed all the stories in these article even though it just folk tales.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/the-hidden-nature-of-trolls.html
  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 11:54 PM
    People always expect return on some contribution being done especially in charity events. When the return was under their expectations then they will feel sad or unhappy.
    As Rinpoche said, Dharma is a teachings to transform our mind to become bodicitta or selfless to benefit others without condition. Once we practiced selfless mind, our mind will not be affected by others people reaction.
    What will be my legacy? I think this is not really important to me anymore once I know Dharma teachings from Rinpoche.
    Thanks Datuk May for sharing to benefit more people.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/what-will-be-your-legacy.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 08:56 PM
    Amazing miracles true story …of how Rinpoche helped. With Rinpoche blessing during the children baptismal ceremony,this little boy who had not spoken since 9 years old was able to speake again.Incredible….
    Chef Au truly believes been a vegetarian has help him to collects merits for his son.Rinpoche’s care and compassion has benefited many more people.Through these stories hope more people will be inspired to achieve the state of compassion and attainments.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for this sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-4.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 07:51 PM
    Having fully trust and faith in Rinpoche ,Fat monk’s mother was well again, after been diagnosed with cancerious tumour at the liver.
    Following instructions given by Rinpoche, his mother recited mantras and Fat monk did a series of pujas as told,his mother recovered then.
    Amazing……Miracles do happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-3.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 05:27 PM
    We are no strangers to the creatures called Werewolves. They are often depicted as the Jekyll-and-Hyde-like monsters in movies who are unable to control their animal instincts when they shift from human form to a wolf-like creature, usually during the full moon. Together with the Vampires who can transform into bats, are my childhood imagery villains, who triggered my curiosity on mythical creatures during younger days. They still do, lol.

    It is gruesome to learn that real life werewolves are actually brutal even when they are in human forms. It is a far depict from the movies and fictions, where they are civil and level headed when in human form. I hope one day science or technology can provide more proves the existence of werewolves, and debunk the reason of this mystical shapeshifter.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 05:07 PM
    The miraculous power of Protectors’ practice can heal and shield us from negative karma from ripening. Through the blessings of our Guru, coupled with strong faith and trust, the practices will take effect swiftly and effectively. Rejoice to Steven Lee. May he be guided by the Three Jewels always. Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow for sharing the true story with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-10.html
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:57 PM
    This is a very touching article. I totally agree that dog is a man’s best friend. They are always so loyal to the owner. However it is sad that not all pet owners are such. Some will only treat them literally as an animal and therefore do not take good care of them. Dogs or any other animals are beings that have feeling. There should not be neglected and be abused by us. This article reminds us to always care for all beings and respect them.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heartwarming article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 02:21 PM
    Its a heartfelt touching article of this faithful dog.Cannot imagine this ,such a wonderful relationship between that dog and the deceased owner.The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that we will not come back for them That i noticed from observing from my pet poodle.In this case this faithful dog knew his owner won’t be back.
    Dogs are loyal, patient, fearless, forgiving, capable of pure love and have feelings too.He must have missed the owner badly that he wanted to accompany the owner all the way to the resting place.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. May that faithful dog ,continue to serve and well taken, love by the other family members.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:46 PM
    Werewolves are known to be mythical creatures found in fiction instead of lurking in the dark woods,In various parts of the world there were few cases who have gone down in history as real life werewolves Interesting to read it from these post..How far it was true or just legends.,no one really know . Many myths and legends surrounding werewolves .To become a werewolf, it is necessary to be bitten by a werewolf in their form at the time of the full moon. Thats what all of us knew from the movies and from fiction told. Reports of werewolf sightings continued even till this century but mostly in between 1428 and 1447 .The most recent sighting of werewolf sightings in 1972. was in Ohio .but eventually subsided .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting article which i do enjoyed reading it,
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
  • Valentina
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:11 PM
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    Twenty-Four Holy Places & Eight Great Charnel Grounds part 2 – (focus topic: Eight Great Charnel Grounds)

    At one time there was a god by the name of Rudra who was originally part of Mahadeva’s retinue. He was a very fierce being who also had many of his own consorts. Together with his consorts he began to oppress sentient beings, and promoted violence and unethical behaviour. At that time, Heruka once again arose, and in a dance of great compassionate wrath, liberated Rudra and his consorts from their physical bodies, sending their minds to pure lands. The places where Rudra’s body parts fell became charnel grounds. …read more by clicking the following link:

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/twenty-four-holy-places-eight-great-charnel-grounds.html
  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:07 AM
    This year Wesak Day fall on 10 of May. This day is very special and meaningful to me because I will visit Kechara Forest Retreat(KFR) to join some meritorious event there.
    For me, Wesak is a day to commemorate Buddha Sakyamuni in three aspect( Birth , Enlightened, Nirwana).
    While we celebrate Wesak, we must remind ourselves to learn from Buddha teachings and practice it in order to gain attainment.
    Thanks Rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow for sharing in order to create more understanding on Wesak Day.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/wesak-day-special-on-rtm-2.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 06:10 PM
    OMG! This is very touching. To see a doggie who never left go of his owner in spite of death. Way more powerful than many who proclaimed “till death do us part.” Just like the human, not all doggies are as loyal as this tear-jerking pet, but I truly believe almost all doggies offer unconditional love to the person who feeds and cares for them. Even when they are stray animals. There was a stray dog who will run two streets from the entrance of the “Taman” until the car stops in front of the house, just to greet me. You can imagine the warm and conviction in my heart that these beings are more than capable of loving than many of us, human! Thank you for this lovely sharing. I miss my doggie, Sherab.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 06:00 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow, for this amazing sharing. There is no doubt about the ability of our Guru, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. His incarnations have been compassionate and taken rebirth to return and spread the dharma so that sentient beings can benefit and learn some dharma in our short life.

    We shall never doubt our Guru; but must see that He is one with our Yidam and Protector, an attained being. Even if our Guru does not demonstrate clairvoyance abilities, we must never contest our Guru, for he holds the key (dharma) that can liberate us from eternal suffering in samsara.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 05:50 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow, for the illustrated miracle story on how Rinpoche guided Cynthia and Marici away from danger through protector’s practice. The unseen exist, whether we like it or not. Some of them are malicious and have the affinity or karma with some of us. Hence they can cause harm and disturbance. By engaging in Protectors’ practice like Dorje Shugden and Setrap that have been practiced by the high lamas of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, we are protected and guarded against harm.

    Rinpoche is compassionate and only want the best for us. His teachings are not meant to show off the power of the divines but offer us a way out from our desperate samsara conundrum that binds us from engaging in deeper spiritual practice. Rinpoche always teaches us to focus on mind transformation and Tsongkhapa practice. How fortunate we are to have met Rinpoche in this lifetime. We must not let this rare and precious opportunity go to waste.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-12.html

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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini's blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves. ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
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Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
 Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
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 Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
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Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
Tsem Rinpoche\'s Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
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Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
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Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
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It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
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My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
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This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
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I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
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March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
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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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
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
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March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
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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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
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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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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
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
1 month ago
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
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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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
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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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
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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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
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
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Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
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My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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  • April 20, 2017 10:45
    Ronnie asked: Dear Rinpoche and Pastors, I'm studying abroad and very far away from home, seeking guidance and advice as I have no one else I can talk to about this. Please read with an open mind, I don't know where else to go for help. I'm pregnant and it's an unplanned pregnancy. I'm stuck between keeping it or letting it go. I'm young and having a child at my age in the society we live in now would be considered taboo. The father of the child thinks I should let it go because it may cause a setback to both our careers and cause major family issues. He thinks we aren't ready to raise a child especially since we're both still in university and his parents think badly of me even though they've never met me or tried to get to know me. I'm sure no one would ever have the heart to take away a heartbeat but it seems like it isn't the right time to have a child now and if we did go through with it, the child probably won't be able to have the best things life can offer looking at where we are now in terms of finance and maturity. I'm lost, confused and unsure what the right thing to do is now. Any advice at all would be helpful right now. Thank you so very much for taking time to read my story.
    pastor answered: Dear Ronnie, I’m sorry to read that you are going through this situation. I can understand that this situation is tough to go through. You are always more than welcome to come here to ask questions. May I suggest that you talk to either someone in your family or your friends to help you come to an appropriate solution? This is because, what you feel, what you are going through, will change from time to time and you would need someone to talk to, someone that you can lean on through this situation you are facing. Depending on where you are in the world, professional help can also be sought to help you make a decision, which will be the best option for you seeking help. From a Buddhist perspective, the taking of a life is not considered a positive act, therefore those on the Buddhist path, would normally abstain taking a life if possible. However, that being said, one must always weigh the decision oneself. Everything we do in life, necessarily involves karma both positive and negative. That is why Buddhists try to overcome samsara in general. Your situation is complicated because you are abroad, but if possible you should really open up to someone you are close to in order to help you through making this decision on a personal basis. When you talk to someone, whom you are able to express yourself more, you may able to come to better decision that is right for you. There may be other options open to you if you seek help. I personally know women who have been in similar situations. One of these women, let the child go and the other went through the pregnancy and then gave the child up for adoption. You may or may not have thought of this option, but it is one that could be open to you, depending on where in the world you are. Any decision we make in life, however big or small it may seem, has far reaching consequences whether in this life, or in future lives. This is just a part and parcel of life within samsara. However, we should weigh the decisions we make clearly given the situation we are in. We cannot always do this weighing ourselves, but need to talk about our options with others we can rely on such a friends, family or professionals. You should consider doing this, which will help you greatly emotionally, and may give you the grounding you need to make the correct decision for you. I hope this helps.
  • April 19, 2017 04:57
    Dongho asked: What is a nyung ne practice? According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, it's a purification sadhana. However, what are the instructions for this? I'm guessing it's to Chenrezig, but how does it work? Also, from what I have read, Vajrasattva practice is only for broken vows while Akshobhya is for regular misdeeds. Does that mean one has to take the Akshobhya practice to purify bad karma from this life and previous instead of Vajrasattva? As for the purification practices, are some like Vajrasattva and Chenrezig only to purify the bad karma and let it come quickly or is it to prevent it from coming? I am confused in it. As for signs, I recited a mantra of White Yangchenma that a Sakya lama, Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche, gave me with the Sakya visualizations I read on, and after one mala, I heard some lady call my Korean name even though no one in my neighborhood knows of my name and my family members weren't in the area. What does this mean?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your questions, it’s nice to see you back here again. Nyung Ne practice is a purification practice that centres around Chenrezig. It is a very beneficial practice that stems from a holy nun named Gelong-ma Palmo. It is a two and a half day practice that can be repeated many times over and over again to intensify the purification and build a closer relationship with Chenrezig. As well as its purification aspect, the practice is known to generate vast amount of merit, and also compassion, as the practice centres around Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. The practice involves taking the eight Mahayana precepts for the duration, fasting, meditating, prostrating and praying. The practice usually entails empowerment into the practice of Chenrezig, therefore the exact meditations, prayers can only be explained to those who have the empowerment. Vajrasattva practice is not necessarily only for repairing broken vows, etc. That’s why it is advised that you engage in the practice at the end of the day, to repair any vows that you may have broken during that day, as well as stopping any negative karma you created that day from multiplying. This would entail reciting the mantra 21 times, together with the four opponent powers. However, if you engage in this practice more intensely, it definitely has the capability to purify all sorts of karma. That is the reason why in Ngondro, or preliminary practices one engages in before tantra, the practice of 100,000 Vajrasattva mantra recitation is an integral part. You can read more about Vajrasattva and his practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html. Within purification practices, some of the karma will be purified completely, so you do not feel its effects at all, but when purifying other karma you will need to feel its effects somehow. For example if you have the karma to be in a car accident and get seriously injured, and you are engaging in any practice, but especially the purification practice, since you have purified most of the karma, you will only experience being in a very minor car accident, with only very superficial injuries. Therefore, in this case, the karma has been purified to the extent that it does not affect you as much, but you still need to feel part of its effect. In regards to any signs that you receive which engaging in the practices given to you by one of your specific gurus, you should report the happenings to that particular guru. He will be able to give you more of an accurate answer, as it may be related to the particular practice that he gave to you. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 17, 2017 07:06
    Thomas asked: Dear Pastors, When a serkyem set has been used so much and one is ready to get rid of it and replace it with a new one. What is a respecful mode of disposal?
    pastor answered: Dear Thomas, Thank you for your question. Your question shows that you have a lot of respect for offering items, which is very good. If possible, you should try to repair the item if within your means, and doing so make embellishments to make it a better offering item, which can still be used. If this is not possible, then you should dispose of the item with a good motivation. You should think that this item has been used to make offerings to the enlightened beings, but now that it is broken or unusable, you are going to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. Since it itself is not a receptacle of energies of the enlightened beings, such as a statue, tsa tsa or thangka, it does not require a special dissolution before being disposed of. However since it was used to make offerings, it still requires some form of respect when disposing, and this comes from one’s motivation and the way in which you dispose of it. Usually, when disposing of items in this way, make the motivation that you have used it and that it is now time to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. When you do this you can dispose of it in a respectful manner. For example, if you are going to throw it away, you do not simply open the trash can and throw it in. You wrap it up in something, like a bag or newspaper and dispose of it respectfully. Another method you can dispose of it is to recycle the object, if the material it is made from can be recycled. That way you are more conscious of the environment as well. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 16, 2017 22:38
    Curious asked: Dear pastors In a recent youtube video something like paying respect to deceased ones, pastor Nirel Patel explained that merits are like the interest and good karma is like the principal sum. So merits always regenerate themselves and hence do not get used up but good karma is like the principal sum so it gets used up. So my question is what are practices that generate merit? And can we turn a mundane daily activity into a meritorious one? Maybe can you provide an example?
    pastor answered: Dear Curious, Thank you for your question. First, to clarify a point, in regards to good karma, you are right, it is like a principal sum in a bank account, but you take away from it when you experience something good in your life, and you add to it when you do good deeds. Merit on the other hand, once accrued never diminishes, therefore when something is based on merit, it is based on the energies of this never diminishing sum, which you could say is like interest. In short, the principal sum when talking about karma is always added to and subtracted from. However, when talking about merit, once you have it, there is no way to destroy it, you will always benefit from it. There are various ways to explain how to generate merit. I will explain a way that I find easiest to understand. In normal life, when we go about performing any sort of activity, be it ‘good’ or ‘bad’ we do so out of ignorance of the true nature of existence, and it is usually self-motivated. For example, we work our entire lives to generate monetary income, so that we have enough money, resources, and materials goods to be comfortable. This is self-motivated, but it is the accepted way the world works these days, and is part and parcel of being bound to samsaric life. On the other hand, the act of merit making can be categorised into three parts: i) motivation, ii) the act itself, and iii) dedication. Let’s start with motivation, when engaging in various virtuous acts, we should have the motivation that by engaging in the act, we have the motivation to alleviate the suffering of someone else, and that may we gain enlightenment so that we can benefit them in the future. The second is the act itself. The third is to dedicate the energy of the virtuous act to gaining enlightenment. These three are what make merit. This may be a little confusing, so let me give an example: giving help to a homeless person. Whereas in ordinary life, this is something praised as a very good deed, it does not create merit without motivation and dedication. In order for this to become merit, one must set the motivation that one is giving help to the homeless free of the eight worldly concerns, to alleviate their suffering and also making the motivation that you will achieve enlightenment for the sake of the person or people you are helping. Then after you have helped them, you dedicate the energy created to the spiritual journey towards full enlightenment to help all sentient beings, while at the same time benefiting as many sentient beings as possible on the way there. This transforms the act into not only a virtuous action but also one that generates merit. On the other hand, if you were to help the homeless without these, you are creating good karma, which although beneficial, keeps you bound to existence within samsara. As it is the goal of Buddhist practice to overcome the cycle of samsara, a Buddhist would want to generate merit instead of good karma. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 13, 2017 11:38
    D.A. asked: If Begtse Chan is not from Mongolia, what are his real origins or story exactly? And which lamas offer his empowerment? As for Manjushri Nagarakshasa, which lamas specifically offer his empowerment and practice?
    pastor answered: Dear D.A. Thank you for your question. Begtse, is also known as Chamsing, or Jamsaran in Mongolian. As mentioned in an earlier sharing with someone who also asked a question about Begtse, the practiced was introduced to Tibet from India by the translator Nyen Lotsawa, and is considered one of the main protectors of the Hayagriva cycle of tantras. According to the scriptures that derive from the Sakya tradition, who incorporated the practice from the translators, and in which tradition Begtse became a very important protector, Begtse in a previous life was born many eons ago. In that particular life, he was born as the younger prince in a royal family. His name was Drag Gye, and his older brother’s name was Drag Den. Over time both princes developed differing religious beliefs, to the point where they could not get along with each as they both held their own religious views strongly. As was the custom during that time, they decided to settle their differences through logical debate, with the loser having to convert to the winner’s religion. This custom was also prevalent in ancient India, and there are many stories of such debates occurring between the great masters of the past and those of other faiths. Drag Gye lost the various debates, but ran away instead of converting to his older brother’s religion. Drag Den caught him, and tried to punish him for breaking the rules of debate and going back on his promise. Drag Gye told his brother that even if he was killed he would not give up his religion, however if Drag Den let him go, that in the future when Drag Den became enlightened, he would protect his teachings. With that Drag Den let him go, and gave him a set of copper armour, a stick, and a bow and arrow. Drag Den also gave Drag Gye a new name: Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po. After this incident the two brothers never saw each other again in that lifetime. Many lives after that Drag Den was reborn as Prince Siddharta, who eventually became enlightened and is now known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Drag Gye, or Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po, was reborn in a cemetery in the North West direction. His parents gave birth to two eggs, one was a coral-like colour and the other was an agate-like colour. These two eggs flew high into the sky and reached the heavenly realms, there they subdued the gods. Then flying back down to earth, they subdued many nagas. Eventually they even came to threaten their own parents. The parents petitioned the Dharma protector Ekajati for her help, who threw her own staff (khatvanga) at the eggs, and broke them apart. From the coral-like coloured egg came a ferocious man with yellow hair, he proclaimed that his name was ‘Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po’. When he emerged he was wearing a set of copper armour, wielding a stick, copper sword, and a bow and arrow. From the agate-like coloured egg came a female who was blue in colour, her teeth were like shells, she had turquoise eyebrows, and her hair was made of fire. She emerged wielding a copper knife, ritual dagger (phurba), rode a terrifying bear and wore an intricate necklace made of agate and lapis lazuli. It was then that Ekajati once again took action, and subdued them, after which they became Dharma protectors. The male figure became known as Begtse, and the female as his sister. When you propitiate Begtse, his sister is automatically included and aids practitioners as well. As for which lama offer his practice and empowerment, most lamas do not advertise which teachings or practice they hold. Therefore you should respectfully approach lamas and ask them if they have the practice and can bestow it, or if they know of any lamas that have the practice, depending on how much you want to practice Begtse. Similarly, this applies to those lamas who have the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. However, this practice is included in the Rinjung Gyatsa series of empowerments. This unique cycle of teachings, includes all 4 classes of tantric practices, and includes the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. Therefore those lamas who have received the complete transmission, and have kept their commitments for this practice, are qualified to pass this on to others. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
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We are at the 15th KL-PJ WEDDING FAIR from 28-30 April 2017, Mid Valley Exhibition Center. Come visit our booth for exciting promotions on vegetarian wedding banquets and registration of marriage services! ~ kecharaoasis.com ~ Guat Hee
Pastor Gim Lee assisted by Kechara Puja Team, conducted a Dorje Shugden puja and blessings at a premise. Lucy Yap
2 days ago
Pastor Gim Lee assisted by Kechara Puja Team, conducted a Dorje Shugden puja and blessings at a premise. Lucy Yap
Art expression using chalks and papers is an avenue for young children to cultivate positive perspective of life and connect with their artistic or creative side. Stella, KSDS
4 days ago
Art expression using chalks and papers is an avenue for young children to cultivate positive perspective of life and connect with their artistic or creative side. Stella, KSDS
Children as long as 2 years old are ready to learn up skills and attitude that will help them shape their life. When else will be best to instil them with good Dharma values if not since young? Stella, KSDS
4 days ago
Children as long as 2 years old are ready to learn up skills and attitude that will help them shape their life. When else will be best to instil them with good Dharma values if not since young? Stella, KSDS
Senior students of the children class of Kechara Sunday Dharma School had their class in the ghompa every Sunday. Stella, KSDS
4 days ago
Senior students of the children class of Kechara Sunday Dharma School had their class in the ghompa every Sunday. Stella, KSDS
Besides young Karlson and Ern Ern, there are new faces in Kechara Sunday Dharma School 2-4 years old. Stella, KSDS
4 days ago
Besides young Karlson and Ern Ern, there are new faces in Kechara Sunday Dharma School 2-4 years old. Stella, KSDS
Kechara Sunday Dharma School students 5-6 years old making prostration to Lama Tsongkhapa at the beginning of the class every Sunday. Stella,KSDS
4 days ago
Kechara Sunday Dharma School students 5-6 years old making prostration to Lama Tsongkhapa at the beginning of the class every Sunday. Stella,KSDS
@KecharaHouse tonite, 48 puja attendees filled the air with a loud chorus of prayer n mantra 2 Dorje Shugden n Setrap!  PHNee
5 days ago
@KecharaHouse tonite, 48 puja attendees filled the air with a loud chorus of prayer n mantra 2 Dorje Shugden n Setrap! PHNee
A big Thank You to the kind volunteers and to Jace Chong!
5 days ago
A big Thank You to the kind volunteers and to Jace Chong!
Make your weekend meaningful! Contact Jace Chong to volunteer in Kechara Forest Retreat for the aviaries.
5 days ago
Make your weekend meaningful! Contact Jace Chong to volunteer in Kechara Forest Retreat for the aviaries.
Thank you to our young volunteer to improve the life of the birds in our aviary!
5 days ago
Thank you to our young volunteer to improve the life of the birds in our aviary!
English Level 2 Dharma Class, Pastor Han Nee started the Day 5 Lamrim, which is the Seven-Limbed Prayer with Homage and Prostration( 35 Confessional Buddha )  was extensively covered. -  Yew Seng
5 days ago
English Level 2 Dharma Class, Pastor Han Nee started the Day 5 Lamrim, which is the Seven-Limbed Prayer with Homage and Prostration( 35 Confessional Buddha ) was extensively covered. - Yew Seng
Sunday Dharma class kids learning to take refuge with teacher Alice. Lucy Yap
5 days ago
Sunday Dharma class kids learning to take refuge with teacher Alice. Lucy Yap
One of the outdoor activities for KSDS students is to exercise the drawing that near to the nature. Alice Tay, KSDS
7 days ago
One of the outdoor activities for KSDS students is to exercise the drawing that near to the nature. Alice Tay, KSDS
Teacher Jesvin explained the camp rules and regulations to the camper. Alice Tay, KSDS
7 days ago
Teacher Jesvin explained the camp rules and regulations to the camper. Alice Tay, KSDS
KSDS teachers and the young participants of WOAH  Camp played & have fun together for this game, Self defense and attack. Alice Tay, KSDS
7 days ago
KSDS teachers and the young participants of WOAH Camp played & have fun together for this game, Self defense and attack. Alice Tay, KSDS
The younger group of KSDS were happy because they're given chance to feel,touch and play the slime. Alice Tay, KSDS
7 days ago
The younger group of KSDS were happy because they're given chance to feel,touch and play the slime. Alice Tay, KSDS
Teacher Laura guided the students do meditation. Alice Tay, KSDS
7 days ago
Teacher Laura guided the students do meditation. Alice Tay, KSDS
Day break at Kechara Forest Retreat! Sunrise meditation during Inner Reflection Retreat, April 2017
1 week ago
Day break at Kechara Forest Retreat! Sunrise meditation during Inner Reflection Retreat, April 2017
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