Wonderful Lumbini

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Pilgrimage has always been a prominent aspect of organised religion. It is common for devotees of all major religions to participate in pilgrimages as an expression of deep faith, from the Muslim Haj to Catholic pilgrimages to the Vatican.

Similarly, Buddhists believe that by going on pilgrimage to power places where the Buddha or other holy being has resided or performed enlightened actions, one receives powerful blessing from the spiritual energies imbued therein. In addition to having powerful spiritual imprints embedded in one’s mind stream, pilgrimages can even open up one’s merits from previous lives.

These benefits and much more serve to fuel one’s spiritual practice. Thus, having recognised the significance of going on pilgrimage, serious Buddhist practitioners will make the time and effort to journey to sacred sites infused with holy energies to gain powerful blessings and to create the causes to meet and receive teachings from the future Buddha, Maitreya.

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Before He passed into Mahaparinirvana, Buddha Shakyamuni recommended that pious disciples should visit four power places in particular, which are:

  • Lumbini where He was born;
  • Bodhgaya, where He attained Supreme Enlightenment;
  • Deer Park in Sarnath, where He gave His first sermon known in Sanskrit as the Dharmacakrapravartana (Turning the Wheel of Dharma Sutra); and
  • Kushinagar, where He passed into Mahaparinirvana.

According to the Buddhist scriptures, the Buddhas of the past appeared at these four locations and the Buddhas of the future will do so as well, to perform their enlightened actions.

 

The Significance of Lumbini

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Apart from the generic benefits of pilgrimage, visiting the Buddha’s birthplace creates the karma to gain control of one’s future rebirths, and also creates the causes to be born in pleasant places where we will have the right conditions and opportunities to practise Dharma.

Thus, it is not surprising that an impressive number of pilgrims from all schools of Buddhism and visitors from around the globe throng to Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha Shakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism.

 

A Brief History

Buddha Shakyamuni was born Prince Siddhartha Gautama to King Suddhodana of the Shakya clan, ruler of the kingdom of Kapilavastu and his wife, Queen Maya Devi in the gardens of Lumbini.

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According to Buddhist literature, Buddha Shakyamuni’s journey to greatness began with Queen Maya Devi’s auspicious dreams. She vividly dreamt of being carried away by four devas (spirits) to Lake Anotatta in the Himalayas.

At the lake, the devas bathed her carefully, clothed her in heavenly garments, anointed her with perfumes, and bedecked her with divine flowers. Thereafter, a white elephant appeared holding a white lotus flower in its trunk and went around her three times before entering her womb through her right side.

Queen Maya Devi believed this dream contained an important message because the elephant is a symbol of greatness in Nepal. Upon consulting with wise men, the royal couple were elated to discover that the dream was in fact an auspicious omen that Queen Maya Devi would be giving birth to a great leader.

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Ten months after her dream, Queen Maya Devi journeyed to her maternal home to give birth as per the local customs then. While passing through Lumbini Park, she craved a bath and proceeded to the Puskarini Pond (Sacred Pond) to do so. Shortly after, she went into labour and gave birth to a beautiful baby prince, whilst standing and holding onto the branch of a nearby Sal tree for support.

As soon as he was born, the infant prince took seven steps and at each step, a lotus blossomed under his foot. At the seventh step, He then proclaimed that this birth would be his last.

 

About Lumbini

Lumbini and its environs have been sites of pilgrimage for centuries. The Greater Lumbini Area covers 5,260 sq km and comprises of the Rupandehi, Nawalparasi and Kapilvastu districts in the southern plains of western Nepal. They boast many archaeological and religious sites relevant to Buddha Shakyamuni’s life, including his birthplace, Lumbini.

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Map of the Greater Lumbini Area

Lumbini is located in the Rupandehi district (Terai region) close to the Indian border of Sunauli. In general, Lumbini is warm and temperate unlike the rest of Nepal and enjoys a tropical monsoon climate. This means that for most of the year, Lumbini remains warm with summer typically being very hot and humid. Winter starts in October and stretches until mid-February with temperatures ranging from 7°C to 23°C. Temperatures rarely drop below 5°C even at night.

Despite historical evidence of Lumbini being the Buddha’s birthplace — from the commemorative pillar erected by Emperor Ashoka marking his pilgrimage to Lumbini in 249 BC to descriptive recordings of Lumbini by subsequent travellers such as the Chinese pilgrims Seng-Sai and Faxian Hien during the 4th century and Hiuen Tsang in the 7th century, the sacred place received little upkeep.

Compounding the deterioration was the 9th century destruction by Muslim and Hindu invaders alike. Prior to the site remaining in oblivion for centuries, the last recorded visit appears to be that of Ripu Malla, King of the Malla Kingdom, in 1312 AD as evidenced by inscriptions recording his visit and prayers.

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Rediscovery of the Ashokan Pillar in 1896

The rediscovery of the Ashokan Pillar in 1896 by archaeologist Antan Fuhrer and Khadga Shamsher, the Governor of Palpa, marked the start of modern archaeological and restoration efforts in Lumbini.

This culminated in many initiatives including the enactment of the Ancient Monument Preservation Act 1956 which afforded much protection to archaeological sites and also the 1978 Kenzo Tange Master Plan, which is the primary blueprint for Lumbini to be developed into a major pilgrimage centre.

In 1997, Lumbini was included in UNESCO’s List of World Heritage Sites as the place where Buddha Shakyamuni was born in 623 BC.

 

About the Lumbini Project Area

The Kenzo Tange Master Plan demarcates the Lumbini Project Area into three zones, namely, the Sacred Garden, the Monastic Zone and the New Lumbini Village. The Lumbini Project Area was brought under government ownership in the 1970s and works based on the Master Plan commenced in 1978. In 1985, the Lumbini Development Trust took over the implementation of the master plan as well as the overall development of Lumbini, and the Buddhist sites of Kapilavastu, Devadaha and Ramagrama.

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Lumbini Project Area

 

The Sacred Garden

The Sacred Garden is a quaint 2.56 sq km garden area that encompasses the Maya Devi Temple, the Ashokan Pillar, the Pushkarini Pond and the remains of several ancient buildings. Meditating pilgrims, particularly in the area surrounding the bodhi tree, are a common sight. It is also common to see visitors wandering about taking in the serene and rustic scenery.

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Grounds of the Sacred Garden

 

The Maya Devi Temple

Reopened on 16th May 2017 on the occasion of Buddha Shakyamuni’s 2547th birth anniversary, the Maya Devi Temple is literally a structure layered with history. To illustrate, the inner sanctum of the temple, which bore witness to Buddha Shakyamuni’s birth, dates back to 263 BC whilst the ground floor contains remnants of the temple’s 3rd century foundations.

In fact, some of the brickworks inside the ruins have been found to date back to 300BCE which technically makes it the oldest known structure in Nepal. In 2013, a simple outer temple was built over the site of the original temple to mark the spot where Buddha Shakyamuni was born. Photography within the outer temple is strictly prohibited.

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Exterior of the Maya Devi Temple

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Interior of the Maya Devi Temple

Two important objects of reverence are housed in the Maya Devi Temple. One is the Marker Stone, which is a 70cm x 40cm x 10cm stone conglomerate that pinpoints the exact birth spot of the Buddha. Although deeply buried, the Marker Stone was found during the excavation of the original Maya Devi Temple in 1996, at the exact location and orientation mentioned by Hiuen Tsang in his account of his travels.

The other is a 4th century artistic depiction of Queen Maya Devi giving birth to Prince Siddhartha. Dubbed the Nativity Sculpture, it is believed to have been a gift from King Ripu Malla.

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The Marker Stone which pinpoints the exact birthplace of Buddha Shakyamuni

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Close up of the Marker Stone

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Nativity Sculpture in the Maya Devi Temple

 

The Ashokan Pillar

The tall slender chimney-like Ashokan Pillar carries the oldest inscription found in Nepal. Whilst it is not clear if Emperor Ashoka erected the pillar himself or if it was built for him at the people’s initiative, the inscriptions on the pillar confirm his visit to Lumbini in 249 BC. Prayer flags from the faithful currently adorn the small protective fence surrounding the Ashokan Pillar, which stands just beside the Maya Devi Temple.

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The Ashokan Pillar

 

The Puskarini Pond (Sacred Pond)

Sandwiched between the Bodhi Tree and the Maya Devi Temple is the Puskarini Pond which Queen Maya Devi is said to have bathed in before giving birth to Prince Siddhartha. Concrete lining now surrounds the pond to prevent water damage to the adjacent ruins.

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The Puskarini Pond also known as Sacred Pond

 

The Monastic Zone

Opposite the entrance way into the Maya Devi Temple is a long straight path which leads to the Monastic Zone. At the start of this central canal is an eternal flame symbolising lasting peace, which was officiated in 1986 by Prince Gyanendra Shah.

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Different monasteries within the Monastic Zone

The Monastic Zone is divided into the Western Monastic Zone and the Eastern Monastic Zone. The Western Monastic Zone is dedicated to Mahayana and Vajrayana centres and monasteries, including:

  • Panditarama Lumbini International Vipassana Meditation Center
  • European-Austrian Temple (Switzerland)
  • Drubgyud Choling (Nepal)
  • Daesung Sukgasa (Korea)
  • Sokyo Gompa (Japan)
  • Linh Son Monastery (France)
  • Great Drigung Kagyud Lotus Stupa (Germany)
  • Vietnam Phat Quoc Tulam Ty Ni (Vietnam)
  • Zhong Hua Monastery (China)

The Eastern Monastic Zone houses the Theravadan monasteries, including:

  • Royal Thai Monastery (Thailand)
  • Lokamani Gula Pagoda (Golden Temple) of Myanmar
  • Sri Lankan Monastery (Sri Lanka)

A visit to the Monastic Zone allows pilgrims and tourists to appreciate how Buddhist architecture varies between different countries. Most temples are open from 6 am to 6.30 pm and close between 12 noon to 2 pm.

 

New Lumbini Village

The northern part of the master plan is being developed as the New Lumbini Village, where visitors can find comfortable hotels and restaurants offering all necessary facilities. Currently, the World Peace Pagoda of Japan and the Lumbini Crane Sanctuary are the two main attractions in the New Lumbini Village.

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The grand World Peace Pagoda

The grand World Peace Pagoda sits at the end of a long path, near a lovely pond, and houses a statue of Buddha Shakyamuni in the posture he assumed when he was born. The construction was sponsored by Buddhist monks from the Japanese Nipponzan Myohoji organisation.

Around the corner from the World Peace Pagoda are wetlands inhabited by the rare Sarus crane. These red-necked and headed birds are protected, as is the sanctuary. Sadly, in recent times, there have been reports of a rapid decline in crane sightings, and some even claim that the cranes no longer populate the sanctuary.

 

Festivals

One of the major annual festivals held in Lumbini is the celebration of Buddha Jayanti or Buddha Purnima. This usually takes place on the full moon night of Vaisakha, which usually falls in April or May according to the Hindu calendar. It celebrates the three most important events in Buddha Shakyamuni’s life, namely, His birth, the day He attained Enlightenment and the day He passed into clear light. Buddha Jayanti is not merely a festival but also serves as a reminder of the Buddha’s teachings.

Meritorious activities normally carried out during the festivities include prayer meets, sermons on the life of Buddha Shakyamuni, religious discourses, continuous recitation of Buddhist scriptures, group meditation, processions, animal liberations, food offerings, light offerings and much more.

 

What To Do

Upon setting foot on such sacred lands, it is extremely meritorious for pilgrims to set the proper motivation. Instead of entertaining samsaric thoughts, pilgrims should contemplate on the significance of these holy sites especially in relations to their own spiritual paths, and reflect upon how fortunate they are to be able to step on the same ground where the Buddha and other holy beings once dwelled.

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Other meritorious activities which can be engaged in to maximise the benefits of pilgrimage include:

  • Making prostrations to holy images or relics of enlightened beings.
  • Making generous offerings of incense, flowers, food, khatas, robes, etc. to sacred Buddha images or monuments of religious significance.
  • Engaging in single-pointed meditation on the breath or cultivating awareness of body, speech and mind.
  • Engaging in prayers or pujas such as the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa, which contains the blessings of the Buddhas Manjushri, Chenrezig and Vajrapani.
  • Circumambulating holy images, relics or monuments as much as possible while reciting mantras. While doing this, it is important to be aware and mindful not to disturb others who may be engaging in meditation or retreat.
  • Engaging in other preliminary practices such as mantra recitation, mandala offering or other rituals for which one has received the necessary teachings, permissions or initiations.
  • At the end of these virtuous activities, it is very auspicious to dedicate the merits generated with the recitation of the King of Prayers as advised by His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche.

It is also very good to bear in mind the following Do’s and Don’ts when visiting holy places.

Do’s

  • Be modestly and properly attired to show respect.
  • Be mindful of others and keep idle talk to the minimum.
  • Maintain the atmosphere of peace and tranquillity.
  • Observe the rules and regulations, especially restrictions on flash photography.

Don’ts

  • Don’t climb onto statues or other sacred objects.
  • Don’t buy artefacts or antiques that may be against the laws of that country.

 

Getting There

Getting to Lumbini is easy although it may not always be straight forward, short, or direct depending on your point of origin.

 

By Plane

The nearest airport to Lumbini is Gautam Buddha Airport, also known as Bhairahawa Airport, which is about 20 minutes’ drive from the Lumbini Project Area. There are daily flights to and from Kathmandu and the flight duration is about 35 minutes. There are also occasional promotional flights from Pokhara to Bhairahawa by certain airlines, but such promotions are uncommon.

 

By Train

The closest train station is at Nautanwa, India with the Indian Railway network offering passenger services. Unfortunately passenger trains are infrequent on this line. Alternatively, visitors can hop on the Mahaparinirvan Express tourist train which stops in Gorakhpur, and the journey to Lumbini can be completed by road.

 

By Bus

Getting to Lumbini by bus is the most popular method. There are essentially two types of bus;

  • A tourist bus with regular-sized seats, or
  • A local bus with small seats. These buses are much older and not as comfortable.

 

Route: Kathmandu – Lumbini

There are tourist and local bus services running between Lumbini (just outside Lumbini Bazaar) and Kathmandu (Kalanki Micro-Bus Stand). There are also hourly local buses departing from the junction in Bhairahawa to Kathmandu. The journey takes about 8 to 9 hours. The tourist bus fare is around 1000 rupees while the fare for a local bus ranges from 500 to 750 rupees.

You can also head to the main station in Bhairahawa. Fares for tourist buses from Lumbini to Bhairahawa cost between 500 to 600 rupees whilst a local bus costs about 50 rupees.

There are also mini-vans departing hourly from Kalanki to Bhairahawa, which costs around 800 rupees.

 

Route: Pokhara – Lumbini

One option is to take the Mountain Overland Pokhara tourist bus to Bhairahawa, which takes about 7 to 8 hours. A transfer to a local bus is required for the last 30 minutes of the journey to Lumbini. Alternatively, take an hourly local bus from Pokhara’s old bus park to Bhairahawa, which takes slightly longer and costs about 600 rupees.

There are two direct buses serving the route from Lumbini (bus park) to Pokhara. The first departure is at 6.45am and costs 650 rupees. The second non-air-conditioned bus departs at 5.45pm and costs 530 rupees. Depending on road conditions in Mugling, the driver may take the Jalpa route which is very scenic but has many winding mountain roads, stretching the travel time to 9 hours.

 

Route: Chitwan – Lumbini

There are daily tourist buses from Chitwan’s tourist bus park to Bhairahawa which takes about 4 to 5 hours and costs 500 rupees. Hop off at Lumbini Chowk and catch a local bus to Lumbini Bazaar for 50 rupees.

From Lumbini, take a local bus to Bhairahawa then transfer to a bus bound for Narayanghat (en route to Kathmandu). From Narayanghat, take a local bus or taxi to Chitwan (Sauraha).

 

Accommodation

While searching for accommodation in Lumbini, it is important to keep in mind that the weather can get very hot and power outages are common. Thus, accommodation with working air-conditioning or fans is vital during the hot summers and mosquito netting is highly recommended for the monsoon season.

 

Buddha Maya Gardens Hotel

Situated in Lumbini, this hotel is a 3-minute (5 km) drive from the Lumbini Museum, Ashokan Pillar, and Maya Devi Temple. Operated by the Kathmandu Guest House Group, it offers more than most in the area with a pleasant garden and close proximity to the Lumbini Development Zone.

Address: Lumbini Sanskritik 32900, Nepal
Phone: +977 985 5058813
Website: https://ktmgh.com/buddha-maya-garden-hotel/

 

Lumbini Bamboo Resort

As its name suggests, this resort adopts a bamboo-style exterior and is relatively clean. It provides free wifi and is located near the temple/monastery compound.

Address: Lumbini Sanskritik 32900, Nepal
Phone: +977 71 580310

 

Hotel Peace Palace Nepal

This hotel is located close to the airport as well as the main entrance of the Lumbini Monastic Zone, and tourist buses are allowed to drop-off and pick-up at the hotel’s entrance. The staff are quite helpful and informative, and can even assist with bus ticket bookings. The breakfast spread is said to be good too.

Address: Vishnupura Road, Lumbini Sanskritik, 32900 Nepal
Phone: +977 71 580286 / 580210
Website: http://www.hotelpeacepalacenepal.com/aboutus.php

 

Siddhartha Guesthouse

Located just 0.5 km from the Buddha’s birth place, Siddhartha Guest House provides 24-hour front desk service and free WiFi access for the convenience of guests. The attached bathrooms are equipped with a shower and complimentary toiletries are provided. Staff are quite accommodating and the hotel offers free luggage storage.

Address: Lankapur, 32914 Rummindei, Nepal
Phone: +977 98 57013001

 

Lumbini Village Lodge

This budget lodge has comfortable and clean rooms with fans and insect-screened windows, and a cool central courtyard shaded by a mango tree. Situated in Lumbini, it is approximately 2km from the Ashokan Pillar and Maya Devi Temple.

Address: Lumbini Bazaar, Madhubani, 32900 Nepal
Phone: +977 71 580432

 
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  1. Wai Meng Wan on Nov 18, 2017 at 1:55 am

    Lumbini is really a must for Buddhist to visit, at least once during our lifetimes. Where the buddha upon being born walked 7 steps and said this is my last rebirth.
    For any place that a Buddha appears and operates from it is very blessed especially for the key events in Buddha’s life.

  2. Grace Leong on Nov 7, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Thank you Cindy for sharing so much details on Lumbini. This is definitely a must go for many Buddhists. In my bucket list for sure !!
    Made all the plans to go a few years ago with some Dharma brothers and sisters. We waited at the Kathmandu airport for 2 half days but was unsuccessful due to bad weather and the planes couldn’t take off !!
    Lumbini and Bodhgaya are definitely two places I wish very much to visit.

  3. Stella Cheang on Nov 6, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    One of the world’s most important spiritual sites is home to the historic birthplace of the Buddha. Today there are over 25 international Buddhist monasteries. Many Buddhists travel from all over the world to study Buddhism, meditate or simply visit Buddha’s birthplace itself within the sacred Mayadevi Gardens all year round! Mayadevi Temple is one of the important sites in the Lumbini Garden with many historians and archaeologists referring to it as the place of birth of Lord Buddha. Inscriptions on the Ashoka Pillar also refers the spot as his birthplace. It is said that here the newly born Prince took his first seven steps and gave a peace message to humanity. Another sacred location is the Puskarini Pond where Queen Mayadevi legend to have taken a bath there before giving birth to the Buddha.

  4. Cc on Nov 5, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    Thank you Cindy for sharing.
    Interesting to know that World Peace Pagoda of Japan and the Lumbini Crane Sanctuary are the two main attractions in the New Lumbini Village.
    It is indeed wonderful and will plan to go there one day.
    🙏🙏🙏

  5. Lum Kok Luen on Nov 1, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Thank you Cindy for this wonderful, concise and compact guide to Lumbini, the birth place of Buddha Shakyamuni. It is indeed very holy and meritorious for one to be able to go there and make all the necessary offerings as the place is imbued with the energies of Buddha himself!

    It is my wife’ and my wish to be able to set foot on this area (also, Deer Park in Sarnath, Kushinagar, Bodhgaya and Varanasi as well).

    Thank you.
    Lum Kok Luen

  6. Datuk May on Nov 1, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    I dream of going to Lumbini on a pilgrimage but so far had not been successful, I have not given up and will arrange again soon.

    Thank you Cindy for this beautiful article and it really excited me seeing what is within the Maya Devi Temple.

    Each to their own faith, pilgrimages are journeys which everyone with faith would like to go on. I have some elderly Muslim friends who dream of dying when they are in their Haj. Interesting.

  7. Samfoonheei on Nov 1, 2017 at 11:58 am

    It is indeed a very auspicious and meritorious to made a pilgrimage to Holy site such as Lumbini,Nepal .Thank you Cindy for these details write up of going to Lumbini, thus making the trip easier.
    A Pilgrimage to Lumbini, will be wonderful as thats where the Buddha’s birthplace. And get connected and make a good aspiration.
    There are many impressive beautiful structures and beautiful Sacred temples to see. Hopefully I could a pilgrimage there someday and to receive the powerful blessing from the spiritual energies imbued. Rinpoche has always encouraged us to make a pilgrimage to Holy sites afterall.

  8. Fong on Nov 1, 2017 at 10:19 am

    A real nice guide to why pilgrimages are important and which are the important ones to go to when first embarking on pilgrimages. What more auspicious place to start a pilgrimage than first to Lumbini the place of birth of Gautama Buddha. Thank you for sharing about Lumbini and its significance.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Dec 13. 2017 12:37 AM
    If you want something you never had, then do something you never did.”
    Very precise and powerful quote to have a good thought of it. We will never know or win or own if we did not try
    Or work it out. Keep on trying never afraid of failure. Do what is meaningful to benefits others before time is out.
    Thank you Rinpoche sharing ,this is a very inspiring post.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/do-something-so-you-dont-regret-later.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Dec 13. 2017 12:37 AM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article. Chatral Rinpoche was a highly spiritual being and a revered master of the Dzogchen tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. He has lived for more than 100 years. He lived a simple life, living as a wandering yogi retreating in remote areas of India and Nepal. Rinpoche was also a strict vegetarian. He did saved millions of fish from certain death by setting them free in the ocean outside Kolkata,. Chatral Rinpoche once said…….I would be committing sin and I would be getting negative karma.
    Eating meat in one’s diet is much different than eating flesh to liberate a being through supernatural powers. I am just an ordinary practitioner.
    What he said was indeed very powerful . a great example that eating meat is wrong. By not eating meat ,we can saved more animals. Choosing to be a vegetarian is a right choice.
    Thank You for sharing Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/committing-sin.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Dec 13. 2017 12:34 AM
    Its awful and very cruel. How can these people making killing of live snakes and fish as a game or competing each other to be a winner.
    Inhuman act in front of spectators could be in hundreds as I could see and hear the cheering .How would anyone wish to eat a half cooked fish or snakes when the animal is still moving and alive. Horrific to watch that video .Hope some authority will put an end to these animal cruelty.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these article to create awareness so as more people who feel the pain themselves to be a vegetarian.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/sheer-torture-cooked-alive.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Dec 12. 2017 11:23 PM
    Kyabje Chatral Sangye Dorjee Rinpoche was a disciple of the great master Khenpo Ngakchung, he was widely regarded as one of
    the most highly realized Dzogchen yogis. He was also famous for his great realization and strict discipline.
    A true Buddha in person ….. Kyabje Chatral Rinpoche remained for 103 years in this world helping beings immeasurably through
    his vast wisdom mind and boundless compassionate activity. He rescued millions of animals and was a strict vegetarian for many years.
    When he was in Lhasa ,he saw many animals being slaughtered for meat as foods and that’s where he decided to became vegetarian for
    the rest of his life. Many of his disciples also followed him to became vegetarian. He has always against people eating meat and alcohol.
    Kyabje Chatral Sangye Dorjee Rinpoche said. ,,,,,,,,This killing of animals for the dead person is an obstacle for the spiritual evolution of the dead and an impediment on the path to liberation. A good teaching .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this beautiful article of such a great Master of all time.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/kyabje-chatral-sangye-dorjee-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Dec 12. 2017 11:22 PM
    That is cruel , what those dinners did to the poor octopus. I will never eat it ,how can they do t. Maybe that’s the way they cook it and eat. Errr not me
    Have heard from my friends when they visited Japanese restaurant ,which they saw. It seem nobody from their group dare to eat it.
    First time watching this video live cooking of the octopus , horrible act, so inhuman. Those dinners seem to be have a lot of fun , How can they
    be so selfish to torture other beings for their pleasure . But I do hope the authority can stop these type of cooking in future. Choosing to go no
    vegetarian is the right choice. Never harm or hurt any animals .They deserved to live like us.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/how-do-you-feel-about-this.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Dec 12. 2017 11:21 PM
    Wow ……such a beautiful alter, looks simple ,tide and marvellous surrounding tag at a quiet corner of
    Her house . A private out door corner ,where she can do her prayers , a beautiful idea to have it outdoor indeed.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Grace for sharing this.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/graces-private-altar.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Dec 12. 2017 07:48 PM
    Wow, this is really a list of animals that are rare and uncommon. Some of them has the most weird looking outlook but actually they are gentle and harmless. While some of them looks soft and cute but actually can be lethal. Just like people, we must not judge a book by its cover.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/strange-looking-animals.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Dec 12. 2017 07:32 PM
    It is a blessing for Buddhist to venerate holy sites where there is relic of Buddha Shakyamuni are important for us to make the connection with Buddha and be inspired to attain the qualities of the Buddha. It is my aspiration to visit these holy sites at least once in this lifetime. Thank you, Rinpoche, for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/8-holy-buddhist-pilgrimage-sites-part-2.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Dec 11. 2017 10:37 PM
    It is relaxing to read interesting facts. Also interesting to see photos from yesterday-year of friends . Nice post! Thank you for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/funnies/21-interesting-facts.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Dec 11. 2017 09:32 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche. We are so blessed to have the statues of Buddha Nageshvaraja and Loma Gyonma here in Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia. When we prostrate to Buddha Nageshvaraja, it will help us purify heavy negative actions. And Loma Gyonma’s mantra is known for good health, to cure diseases, and to be free from all forms of negativity.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/nageshvaraja-and-loma-gyoma-arrives-to-kfr.html
  • P David Lai
    Monday, Dec 11. 2017 08:04 PM
    Dear everyone,

    Here are 10 interesting links for this week to Rinpoche’s blog posts and Vajrasecrets for your reading pleasure and social media sharing.
    P David Lai

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    Rinpoche’s Blog :

    1. Dorje Shugden Wangze for Power and Influence
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-wangze-for-power-and-influence.html

    Dear students and friends, I have previously blogged the complete commentary and prayers for two of Dorje Shugden’s emanations, which are Trakze, the wrathful form and Gyenze, the increase form. Ever since then, I have been receiving many requests for teachings on the other forms of Dorje Shugden. So, it is with great pleasure that I would like to offer you this explanation and commentary to Wangze’s practice, along with a condensed prayer to this form of Dorje Shugden.

    2. Tagpu Pemavajra and Visions from Gaden Heaven
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/tagpu-pemavajra-and-visions-from-gaden-heaven.html

    Dear friends around the world, Yesterday I was inspired to speak on a topic related to the enlightened Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. I wanted to address one of the reasons why the Tibetan leadership says we cannot engage in this practice. According to the Tibetan leadership, Dorje Shugden is a spirit and when we rely on him, we are actually engaging in spirit practice. In doing so, we break our refuge and monk vows, and are no longer considered a Buddhist. That’s according to the Tibetan leadership.

    3. Kukai Kobo Daishi: The Esoteric Monk of Shingon Buddhism
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kukai-kobo-daishi-the-esoteric-monk-of-shingon-buddhism.html

    Kukai, also known posthumously as Kobo Daishi, was an influential and beloved figure in Japan. He played an instrumental role in establishing and spreading the Shingon Buddhist doctrine (also known as Shingon Mikkyo), one of the few esoteric forms of Buddhism outside Tibetan Buddhism, which he received from his root guru, Hui Kuo (746-805 CE). Hui Kuo was a close disciple of Amoghavajra (705-774 CE), a renowned 8th Century Indian monk. Kukai himself is considered to be one of the eight patriarchs of Shingon Buddhism.

    4. Helena Roerich: Writer, Philosopher and Peacemaker
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/helena-roerich-writer-philosopher-and-peacemaker.html

    The graceful and talented Russian writer, artist, theosophist, explorer, healer and philosopher, Helena Ivanovna Roerich was born on February 12, 1879. She was the beloved wife of the famous painter, Nicholas Roerich. They were both disciples of Master Morya, the teacher of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (Madame Blavatsky), founder of the Theosophical Society. With the help and collaboration of various teachers from the East, Helena and Nicholas Roerich founded the Agni Yoga Society in New York in the early 20th Century. The Agni Yoga Society advocated the philosophical teachings known as Living Ethics.
  • P David Lai
    Monday, Dec 11. 2017 08:04 PM
    The following 3 articles have lower viewership, do go on comment and share on social media :-

    5. Wonderful Okinawa
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/wonderful-okinawa.html

    When the word ‘Japan’ comes to mind, people will usually think about Hokkaido, Tokyo, or Osaka, as these prefectures are the most popular tourist destinations. Another prefecture that should not be left out on any trip to Japan, one that is distinct from mainland Japan with its similarly ancient culture, different languages, art and distinct cuisine, is Okinawa.

    6. Top Ten Events and Festivals to Visit in Malaysia
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/top-ten-events-and-festivals-to-visit-in-malaysia.html

    Malaysia’s rich cultural diversity is reflected in the country’s packed calendar of events and festivals. Most of these celebrations have religious or cultural origins and many are also designated as either state or national holidays. Celebrated by everyone in the country, the colourful festivities which observe the ethnic traditions and beliefs of the varied backgrounds of the population are what gives Malaysia the label of “Truly Asia” that it is so well known for. The national events and festivals of Malaysia are occasions for family reunions and for joyful community get-togethers. They are world-class examples of how diversity can be inclusive and celebrated. Many of these days of observation follow the lunar calendar, thus the dates they fall on vary from year to year.

    7. A Bentong Series
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/a-bentong-series.html

    Bentong is a district nestled amongst the mountains and greenery of Western Pahang, Malaysia. It is approximately 80 kilometres northeast of the capital city, Kuala Lumpur, just across the Titiwangsa Mountain range. Visitors can easily reach the town via an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur. Therefore, Bentong is a perfect getaway from bustling city life. Administratively, the Bentong district covers an area of 1831 square kilometres and includes the towns of Bentong, Genting Highlands, Karak, Telemong, Manchis, Sungai Dua and Bukit Tinggi.


    Vajrasecrets:-

    8. TRAVEL MEDITATION CUSHION
    https://www.vajrasecrets.com/travel-meditation-cushion

    A compact meditation cushion that provides adjustable-height support for meditation and prayer sessions. Open flat to use as a floor cushion or fold in half to raise your hips when sitting in the lotus position for long durations. 

    9. BLESSED DZAMBALA TURQUOISE PENDANT (JUNIOR)
    https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dzambala-turquoise-pendant-junior

    The blessed Dzambala turquoise pendant marries the protective, uplifting properties of turquoise with the wealth-granting blessings of Buddha Dzambala. Made with pressed turquoise powder and set in solid 925 silver, this pendant has been blessed by the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden in trance.

    10. GOLD PLATED COPPER OFFERING BOWL SET, 2.6 INCHES
    https://www.vajrasecrets.com/gold-plated-copper-offering-bowl-set-2-6-inches

    Generate tremendous merits by making offerings with this traditional set of gold-plated hand beaten copper offering bowls, featuring a raised base and Tibetan-inspired motifs carved around the outer rim. Perfect for smaller shrines and altars at home or in the workplace.

    (The end)
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Dec 11. 2017 01:11 PM
    Have heard of this group is called the WSPA, non-profit animal welfare organization before but did not much of it till I read this article. Amazing…what they did, its seem they have been helping animals by looking to their welfare as well., Their vision is a world where animal welfare matters and animal cruelty. They do amazing work around the world,…….and are creating awareness to everyone and every where in every countries. They helped to repair and installed equipment and launched campaign on disasters preparedness , providing aids to those in the disaster area, to stop bears hunting in South Korea and so forth. Love what they did to help those animals been suffered in the hands of entertainments exploitation .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the marvellous work of the WSPA. Thank you WSPA…….well done keep it up. May those animals free from sufferings.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/who-are-the-wspa.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Dec 11. 2017 01:11 PM
    What a beautiful sight with 2 different species a piglet and a tiger cub, hugging, playing and enjoying each other together. No one would imagine that yet they did having a good time . Very unusual to see such a case and that behaviour is a learnt and habituated process.
    We can change our behaviour for the better. I do enjoyed watching the video…..so cute both of them.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing,

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/piglet-and-tiger-cub-best-friends-cute.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Dec 11. 2017 01:10 PM
    All birds are fascinating creatures, hummingbird are special small, colourful birds with iridescent feathers. First time coming across these beautiful birds. They are among the smallest of birds, and most specialized nectar-eating birds. Little birds with big appeal. Most of them live in tropical rain forests. These sparkling jewels of summer are easy to love but with much care heavy responsibility of offering them fresh, healthy food and safe, clean feeders. Feeders must be kept clean and free from mold and fungus else these unique birds might develop serious fungus infection. This infection will causes the tiny birds’s tongue to swell and cause a slow suffering death. Proper care and clean is the basic , save them from extinction before its too late.
    Thank you pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing this informative article. Care and love for all sentient beings nor matter how small there are.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/loving-hummingbirds-to-death-2.html

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 This is so good. I need to remember this and not allow people to do this to me anymore. Being kind is one thing, but when they are doing it and it harms, it is not a matter of kindness anymore but taking advantage.
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This is so good. I need to remember this and not allow people to do this to me anymore. Being kind is one thing, but when they are doing it and it harms, it is not a matter of kindness anymore but taking advantage.
Incredible Lama Thubten Phurbu and His Activities - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=150927
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Incredible Lama Thubten Phurbu and His Activities - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=150927
Huffington Post has just released their SECOND EXPOSÉ of the Dorje Shugden issue. You can read about it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=151328
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Huffington Post has just released their SECOND EXPOSÉ of the Dorje Shugden issue. You can read about it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=151328
Please read what Kyabje Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche says about people\'s religion.
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Please read what Kyabje Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche says about people's religion.
A gorgeous Dorje Shugden painted in traditional art style of China. Chinese art has flourished for over 5,000 years and highly sought after. This form of Dorje Shugden is sitting on a seat as you see painted in his chapel (Trode Khangsar) in Lhasa, Tibet. Dorje Shugden can be on a seat or Lion.  More downloads here.  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
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A gorgeous Dorje Shugden painted in traditional art style of China. Chinese art has flourished for over 5,000 years and highly sought after. This form of Dorje Shugden is sitting on a seat as you see painted in his chapel (Trode Khangsar) in Lhasa, Tibet. Dorje Shugden can be on a seat or Lion. More downloads here. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
Dear friends, The Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Shartse Monastery was authorized and blessed by both Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He was a favorite among high lamas for his smooth trances and clear prophecies. This video is a one-of-a-kind where you see the Choyang Dulzin Kuten oracle take trance of the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden wearing the robes of a high lama giving teachings, blessings and transmissions. Very sacred and rare video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pawS1TMOe8k
4 weeks ago
Dear friends, The Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Shartse Monastery was authorized and blessed by both Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He was a favorite among high lamas for his smooth trances and clear prophecies. This video is a one-of-a-kind where you see the Choyang Dulzin Kuten oracle take trance of the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden wearing the robes of a high lama giving teachings, blessings and transmissions. Very sacred and rare video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pawS1TMOe8k
Beautiful contemporary art piece of Dorje Shugden for free high res download here:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
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Beautiful contemporary art piece of Dorje Shugden for free high res download here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
The Huffington Post extensively covers the Dorje Shugden issue. I had no idea that this article was being written. I was not contacted, not asked for an interview or asked for any comments, and then it was published and my students alerted me to it. So it was a very, very pleasant and encouraging surprise to read such balanced coverage from such a reputable news website. You can read it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=149806
4 weeks ago
The Huffington Post extensively covers the Dorje Shugden issue. I had no idea that this article was being written. I was not contacted, not asked for an interview or asked for any comments, and then it was published and my students alerted me to it. So it was a very, very pleasant and encouraging surprise to read such balanced coverage from such a reputable news website. You can read it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=149806
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བོད་པའི་དབུ་ཁྲིད་ཚོའི་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་བསྟེན་མཁན་ཚོར་མ་ཉེས་ཁ་ཡོག་གི་བརྙན་ཕྲིན་གསར་པ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-leaderships-new-anti-shugden-video-tibetan.html
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བོད་པའི་དབུ་ཁྲིད་ཚོའི་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་བསྟེན་མཁན་ཚོར་མ་ཉེས་ཁ་ཡོག་གི་བརྙན་ཕྲིན་གསར་པ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-leaderships-new-anti-shugden-video-tibetan.html
(Drepung) Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we\'ve come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
1 month ago
(Drepung) Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we've come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we\'ve come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
1 month ago
Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we've come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
I had this painting commissioned. Please read more here on this great master-
 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146195
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I had this painting commissioned. Please read more here on this great master- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146195
How can all the high lamas of Tibet and all the protectors not be able to defeat Dorje Shugden? This is food for thought: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bj0254UG-Y
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How can all the high lamas of Tibet and all the protectors not be able to defeat Dorje Shugden? This is food for thought: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bj0254UG-Y
致全世界的华人:这是我一份小小的心意:一幅富有古中国传统艺术的作品。希望你们会喜欢! http://bit.ly/2zLOjnK
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致全世界的华人:这是我一份小小的心意:一幅富有古中国传统艺术的作品。希望你们会喜欢! http://bit.ly/2zLOjnK
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~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
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“One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Download for free this high res photo of Lord Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
2 months ago
Download for free this high res photo of Lord Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
Whatever we can do to spread the teachings of our Guru, we should do so.
2 months ago
Whatever we can do to spread the teachings of our Guru, we should do so.
 These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
2 months ago
These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
2 months ago
Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
Beautiful and holy new statues arrived to Kechara Forest Retreat. Please enjoy the pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146950
2 months ago
Beautiful and holy new statues arrived to Kechara Forest Retreat. Please enjoy the pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146950
Beautiful old thangka of Buddha Nageshvaraja
2 months ago
Beautiful old thangka of Buddha Nageshvaraja
Dear friends, This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Dear friends, This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become. Tsem Rinpoche
October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
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October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France.  Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
2 months ago
His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France. Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa\'s tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits.

Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. 

This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.

Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche 
Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
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Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa's tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits. Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
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2 months ago
This is so powerful. It is a must read and must share.
Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
2 months ago
Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden\'s cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
2 months ago
Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden's cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
2 months ago
Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
2 months ago
Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
This beautiful Dorje Shugden is from an artist in the Ukraine. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
This beautiful Dorje Shugden is from an artist in the Ukraine. Tsem Rinpoche
Please never get tired of speaking for those who do not have a voice. If we can alleviate their pain or try our best, why not? Thank you all so much. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Please never get tired of speaking for those who do not have a voice. If we can alleviate their pain or try our best, why not? Thank you all so much. Tsem Rinpoche
Pastor Antoinette of Kechara arranged a Malaysian artist to paint this special Dorje Shugden painting conceptualized by myself. She oversaw the process and completed it. Wonderful beautiful Dorje Shugden Malaysian style by Malaysian artist. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Pastor Antoinette of Kechara arranged a Malaysian artist to paint this special Dorje Shugden painting conceptualized by myself. She oversaw the process and completed it. Wonderful beautiful Dorje Shugden Malaysian style by Malaysian artist. Tsem Rinpoche
Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
This gorgeous outdoor bronze Buddha is in Korea. Would be lovely to pay homage to Him there.
2 months ago
This gorgeous outdoor bronze Buddha is in Korea. Would be lovely to pay homage to Him there.
Beautiful old vintage photo of Kamakura Buddha in Japan. I had the good fortune to visit this holy Buddha a few years back. I do hope I can go again with some students. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Beautiful old vintage photo of Kamakura Buddha in Japan. I had the good fortune to visit this holy Buddha a few years back. I do hope I can go again with some students. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the Medicine Buddha festival.
2 months ago
Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the Medicine Buddha festival.
This is a unique thangka of Pelden Hlamo with Dorje Shugden and Setrap and Nechung. Of course they all get along unlike what Tibetan leadership likes to say they don\'t get along. All enlightened beings get along with other enlightened beings and unenlightened beings. Enlightened beings have no karma to not get along with others. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
This is a unique thangka of Pelden Hlamo with Dorje Shugden and Setrap and Nechung. Of course they all get along unlike what Tibetan leadership likes to say they don't get along. All enlightened beings get along with other enlightened beings and unenlightened beings. Enlightened beings have no karma to not get along with others. Tsem Rinpoche
I love this picture. I wish it will all settle down soon.
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I love this picture. I wish it will all settle down soon.
 I love this picture of Mumu peeking through the screen and window to see what is going on. He is always been very busy body and active. He has to know what is going on. I love you Mumu.
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I love this picture of Mumu peeking through the screen and window to see what is going on. He is always been very busy body and active. He has to know what is going on. I love you Mumu.
How would you like to get one piece of this beautiful piece of art?
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How would you like to get one piece of this beautiful piece of art?
First time PM Tenpa Yarphel speaks up against Nechung. It has created a huge stir. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144220
2 months ago
First time PM Tenpa Yarphel speaks up against Nechung. It has created a huge stir. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144220
I always like my rooms to smell clean, fresh, woodsy and a bit like the forest. my favorite types of essential oils to burn daily or as an offering to the Buddhas are Juniper, Cypress, Black Spruce, Peppermint and sometimes Rosemary. I like the smell of the forest, woods and wooded areas very much. I\'ve been using essential oils in my rooms for years. I don\'t necessarily purchase the brand you see in the picture as I buy any brand as long as it\'s made naturally. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
I always like my rooms to smell clean, fresh, woodsy and a bit like the forest. my favorite types of essential oils to burn daily or as an offering to the Buddhas are Juniper, Cypress, Black Spruce, Peppermint and sometimes Rosemary. I like the smell of the forest, woods and wooded areas very much. I've been using essential oils in my rooms for years. I don't necessarily purchase the brand you see in the picture as I buy any brand as long as it's made naturally. Tsem Rinpoche
In the bitter coldness of Yachen Gar, Tibet, several nuns are practicing meditation. You can see many small single \'huts\' in the background. They do this yearly and throughout the year. It is very inspiring to see people practice even under extreme conditions because they realize how samsara is so full of deceptions. Praise to the Dharma that liberates us with truth and practice. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
In the bitter coldness of Yachen Gar, Tibet, several nuns are practicing meditation. You can see many small single 'huts' in the background. They do this yearly and throughout the year. It is very inspiring to see people practice even under extreme conditions because they realize how samsara is so full of deceptions. Praise to the Dharma that liberates us with truth and practice. Tsem Rinpoche
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Dorje Shugden
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