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. Pastor Han Nee on Jan 10, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    Lumbini -Buddha’s birthplace – is one of the four power places that Lord Buddha had recommended one should visit. Going on a pilgrimage to Lumbini brings powerful blessings as well as having powerful imprints embedded in one’s mindstream. It creates the cause for meeting and receiving teachings from the future Buddha, Maitreya and also the causes to be born in pleasant places where we will have the right conditions and opportunities to practise the Dharma.

    There are many activities that pilgrims can engage in and pilgrims should maximise the benefits by participating in these activities . These include -making prostrations, making geenrous offerings, engaging in single-pointed meditation, engaging in prayers or pujas, circumambulating holy images and reciting mantras as well as making mandala offerings. One should engage in these activities with proper motivation and be focused on contemplating on these holy sites in relation to one’s spritual path.

    How wonderful and blessed to step on the same ground where the Buddha took his first steps and where he and other holy beings once dwelt! I would love to go on a pilgrimage to Lumbini, the only one of the four places I have not visited.

  2. Alice Tay on Jan 9, 2018 at 12:58 am

    When we have decided to go on pilgrimages, we should think that we visit these holy places is for the betterment of our spiritual practice. We create the cause to make the connection with the blessed places that may help us in the spiritual path to enlightenment.

    Visiting Lumbini, the Buddha’s birth place creates the karma to have control of our own rebirth and the causes to be born in pleasant places where we will have the right conditions and opportunities to practise Dharma. As such, when we go to these places, we should show reverence, make offerings and aspirational prayers and dedicate to our guru, parents, relatives as well as all sentient beings.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Cindy sharing this nice and inspiring article about the Buddha’s birth place. I humbly wish that I have an opportunity to pay visits to Lumbini and Bodhgaya.

  3. Anne Ong on Jan 8, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    Very beautiful and interesting pictures of Lubini. Feeling so blessed to be able to see pictures of the interior place where Buddha was born. Normally we can’t get to see the interior pictures of this place. Thank you very much Rinpoche and Cindy for sharing this article.👍

  4. yin ping on Dec 23, 2017 at 12:52 am

    The Buddha recommended the practice of making pilgrimages as an important part of lives in every Buddhists. The journey must make with faithful and sincere hearts that will benefits in one’s spiritual growth. We should remind ourselves pilgrims are supposed to practice the Buddha values of Right Speech, Right Action and Right Thought. It is meant to train the mind and elevate our spirit to follow the footsteps of Buddha, achieve enlightenment.

  5. Rajan Sakya on Dec 18, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for putting Buddha Maya Garden Hotel, KGH GROUP, as one of your recommended hotel. I will forever be humbled by your gestures and forever be thankful to the entire team of Kechara. Thank you once again.
    Rajan Sakya

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.
    🙏🙏🙏

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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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  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Friday, Feb 23. 2018 07:18 PM
    Did you know that Tsem Rinpoche’s father, Lobsang Gyatso, used to be a monk at Drepung monastery and served as an assistant to Trungsar Rinpoche?

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  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Feb 23. 2018 02:29 PM
    Ancient civilisation had something very peculiar that is lost today, which is the elongated skull. Modern science today sometimes dismisses the phenomenon of elongated skulls that appeared across many civilisations as cranial deformation. But are they? This video presented many sound reasons that the elongated skulls are in fact alien beings who came to earth, imparted humans with knowledge and possibly stayed and made a family here. For sure, humans are not the only civilization in this whole universe, because it does not make sense that only planet earth can provide for living beings, and nowhere else. At some point in time, alien beings who are more advanced could have landed and left some behind. It is therefore not abstract to believe that part of our ancestry and the way we live today are heritage of alien civilization.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ancient-aliens-the-visitors-season-1-episode-3.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Thursday, Feb 22. 2018 06:46 PM
    #ThePromise TwitterChat Contest

    “Tsem Rinpoche’s royal maternal lineage can be traced all the way back to the time of the legendary King Genghis Khan. His Mongolian name is Prince Iska Minh.”

    Starting this week, we will have a 30-minute Twitter Chat (like blog chat) every Sunday from 10 – 10.30pm, with questions on Rinpoche’s biography that you can learn from here http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/h-e-the-25th-tsem-tulku-rinpoches-biography.html

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  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Feb 22. 2018 02:41 PM
    Our ancestors definitely had better intelligence and wisdom than we give them credit for. They are not as “primitive” as we had defined them, even by our standards. This video is evidence that ancient technology is capable of advance flying mechanics, building technology as well as food science. Unfortunately, history did not have these chapters captured clearly, resulting in a lack of compelling proof that it was the result of human engineering. It could therefore be knowledge imparted by foreign intelligence beings.

    Because people centuries or decades ago cannot fathom the intelligence of these ancient creations, they conveniently labelled them something else, for example the flying machine had been categorised as bird, the fighter jet as bugs, so on. Legends and myths could therefore be based on something real too, the battles in the sky with fire spilling weapons could be a reality in the distanced past. How interesting! It would be truly amazing to see a modern version of the magic carpet!

    By the way, it’s quite noticeable that the modern gliders possess wings much longer that the ancient flying machine. Did I miss the answer? lol

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ancient-aliens-the-evidence-season-1-episode-1.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Feb 21. 2018 09:35 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this teaching and reminder. We always think we have so much time and concentrate so much in making our body look good and using it to generate wealth which in the end didn’t bring us anything happiness that can last long. We should in fact use our temporary body to work on bringing benefit on others and to generate more merits that can help ourselves and others. Hence we should do more dharma and not waste our time on unnecessary things that will attract us into more worldly actions.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/body-of-a-courtesan-in-nine-stages.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Feb 21. 2018 07:59 PM
    The title ‘Great Scholar’ of India is truly appropriate for Professor Lokesh Chandra. His collection of work is marvellous and very beneficial to any student of Buddhism or spiritual aspirant! From his work, it is evident that Professor Lakesh has deep expertise in language with unequivocal understanding of the Buddhist text as well as superior knowledge of Buddhist iconography. I am at awe! I certainly look forward to reading some of Professor’s work. Thank you for this wonderful sharing, Rinpoche, Joy.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/books-poetry/professor-lokesh-chandra-indias-great-scholar.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Wednesday, Feb 21. 2018 07:01 PM
    Join #ThePromise Twitter Chat Contest to win weekly prizes and mystery gifts every week!!!

    Starting this week, we will have a 30 minutes Twitter Chat (like blog chat) every Sunday from 10 – 10.30pm, with questions on Rinpoche’s biography that you can learn from here http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/h-e-the-25th-tsem-tulku-rinpoches-biography.html.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Feb 21. 2018 12:35 PM
    Stunning…… this very famous Vajrayogini – Ugra Tara temple situated in Sankhu, Kathmandu, Nepal full of history, legends and culture . This temple seem to have the greatest power of blessings for everyone who visited and seeing it. Vajrayogini is a Hindu goddess of knowledge and wisdom and for the Buddhist is also known as Ugra Tara . This temple was built dedicated to the goddess Vajrayogini ,has attracted thousands of pilgrims and tourists from all over the world. Sankhu is one of the sacred power places of Vajrayogini in Nepal . I do hope I can visit this beautiful sacred temple one day. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for sharing with us. I loved looking at those beautiful pictures as shared.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/vajrayogini-ugra-tara-in-sankhu-nepal.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Feb 21. 2018 12:34 PM
    Wow …having the Chinese New Year and the Tibetan New Year same day . That’s wonderful, auspicious and rare whereby everyone will be enjoying at the same time. Dorje Shugden’s precious advice during Lunar New Year 2018 is indeed timely. However small or big deeds is still very virtuous as long as we put in our best with a good motivation and a pure mind. All of us are fortunate to have met Rinpoche through kechara and have learned ,practiced Dharma. Without Rinpoche there is no Dharma…….we are indeed grateful . I am glad to have made the right choice to choose what i want to learn and practice .Having this precious advice from our powerful Protector Dorje Shugden is a blessing. May our compassionate Guru stays healthy and live long to continue turning the Dharma wheel to benefits all the sentient beings. May more and more people benefits from this precious advice and Dorje Shugden protections.
    Thank you Dorje Shugden and Rinpoche for this powerful advice which I will bear in mind and had it bookmarked .

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/dorje-shugdens-advice-for-the-new-year-2018.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Feb 21. 2018 12:33 PM
    Life is made up of choices. I believe life is just a series of decisions we make, and depending on our choice, we have to live with the consequences of our choices. We are responsible for our own lives, and being accountable for whatever decisions we’ve made we can change our lives for the better. The choices we make, however, determine our happiness or our unhappiness. I did not realise much earlier but reading this profound teachings has taught me many and a wake up call for me.
    “What you are today, is the choice you made yesterday……as said by Tsem Rinpoche
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this teachings

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/what-is-your-choice.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Feb 20. 2018 09:19 PM
    It is true all the emotions comes from our mind. Most of the time we tend to see a problem to be so big which we can actually have a choice to dilute it and make it smaller. We always have our expectation on everything and once it goes against ours, we are not happy and anger arise. Therefore we should control our mind and not let it direct us to think and act negatively.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/apply-this-when-your-emotions-get-in-the-way.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Feb 20. 2018 09:13 PM
    It’s so heartwarming to watch the short video. The bond between Sirga and Valentine are so strong, like meeting an old friend. This video reminds me that animals is just like human and have feelings, therefore treat all of them with respect and care.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/take-2-minutes-to-see-something-cool.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Feb 20. 2018 05:45 PM
    Thank you for sharing the updates on Buddhist community from Tibet and elsewhere. All these grand and meaningful events around the world since 2011 up until 2018 are now accessible to everyone, which was previously not made widely available. It goes to show that more and more people care and are interested about the news and movements of Tibetan Buddhism, particularly Dorje Shugden events. These events also dispel the myths that DS is a minor sect – check out the crowds! Massive numbers of sangha and lay people turn up at these events for the blessing and initiation to DS Sogtae. These events are evidence that religious freedom is enshrined in Tibet, China and other parts of the world; seems like the only place where there is no religious freedom for DS practitioners are under the rule of Dharamsala. Therefore, events updates of DS practitioners gathered together to receive initiation and teachings are really very encouraging. Rejoice to all who received the sogtae!

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/updates-from-tibet-and-elsewhere.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Feb 20. 2018 02:28 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing. Can imagine the situation ,the pain and suffering of that poor pig. They the many of these sows live in cages just large enough to contain their bodies. Sows have a pregnancy lasting around four months and their freedom of movement are restricted .Sad to see that situation ,hoping more can be done to improve it. But the best choice is go on vegetarian so less killing , less consuming meat.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/can-you-endure-this.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Feb 20. 2018 02:27 PM
    Happiness , depression, anger, frustration, bitterness is a choice. All is based on how we interpreting each situation in our life and the meaning we associate with. To feel happy, focus on things in our life that will make us feel happy. What ever we see and thinks can lead to thoughts and influences our performance. It is our emotions that influence the way we think and behave We are to accept and the ability to adapt to the challenges of our daily life. A powerful meaning behind this short story. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful and powerful post that will helps us in our daily life.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/apply-this-when-your-emotions-get-in-the-way.html

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Please read this..thank you.
3 days ago
Please read this..thank you.
A beautiful Dorje Shugden depicted in Druid and newage style. There are many more here and free downloads in high file: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144924
1 week ago
A beautiful Dorje Shugden depicted in Druid and newage style. There are many more here and free downloads in high file: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144924
Here, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche (left), one of the tutors of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, confers one of the many countless tantric initiations on the Dalai Lama (right). You can see a young Dalai Lama bowing in this picture with Trijang Rinpoche blessing him. Trijang Rinpoche is therefore undoubtedly the Dalai Lama’s tantric master. A great master at that. Tsem Rinpoche
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Here, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche (left), one of the tutors of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, confers one of the many countless tantric initiations on the Dalai Lama (right). You can see a young Dalai Lama bowing in this picture with Trijang Rinpoche blessing him. Trijang Rinpoche is therefore undoubtedly the Dalai Lama’s tantric master. A great master at that. Tsem Rinpoche
This is a very sacred statue of Buddha Chenresig (Avalokitesvara/Kuan Yin) that manifested many miracles in North India. Read and see more pictures and understand the background here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=153802
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This is a very sacred statue of Buddha Chenresig (Avalokitesvara/Kuan Yin) that manifested many miracles in North India. Read and see more pictures and understand the background here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=153802
Wonderful updated version of The Promise book is out! Please get your copy. Much more new information included.
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Wonderful updated version of The Promise book is out! Please get your copy. Much more new information included.
\"Bhagavani, source of all wonders, Vasudhara, Goddess of splendour and fortune, bestower of auspicious mental desires; homage to the Goddess Wish-fulfilling Wheel.\" (Sakya liturgical verse).
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"Bhagavani, source of all wonders, Vasudhara, Goddess of splendour and fortune, bestower of auspicious mental desires; homage to the Goddess Wish-fulfilling Wheel." (Sakya liturgical verse).
Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini in Pharping, Nepal. The caretaker said it was owned by the Great Marpa the translator who was the guru of Milarepa. Wow.
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Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini in Pharping, Nepal. The caretaker said it was owned by the Great Marpa the translator who was the guru of Milarepa. Wow.
In the Lankavatara Sutra, Lord Buddha says: \"For innumerable reasons, the Bodhisattva, whose nature is compassion, is not to  any meat. Thus Mahamati, whenever there is the evolution of living beings, let people cherish the thought of kinship with them, and thinking that all beings are [to be loved as if they were] and only child, let them refrain from eating meat.  Mahamati, meat is not eaten by anybody for any reason, there will be no destroyer of life. Thus, Mahamati, meat-eating I have not permitted to anyone, I do not permit, I will not permit.\"
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In the Lankavatara Sutra, Lord Buddha says: "For innumerable reasons, the Bodhisattva, whose nature is compassion, is not to any meat. Thus Mahamati, whenever there is the evolution of living beings, let people cherish the thought of kinship with them, and thinking that all beings are [to be loved as if they were] and only child, let them refrain from eating meat. Mahamati, meat is not eaten by anybody for any reason, there will be no destroyer of life. Thus, Mahamati, meat-eating I have not permitted to anyone, I do not permit, I will not permit."
At times I have to be a trendsetter in spirituality as opposed to just being a follower and that is why I take chances and try. I may not be liked always for it, but I have to do it. In this way I have been introducing Dorje Shugden to the world. I know Shugden is good and will help so many and that is why I do it.
1 month ago
At times I have to be a trendsetter in spirituality as opposed to just being a follower and that is why I take chances and try. I may not be liked always for it, but I have to do it. In this way I have been introducing Dorje Shugden to the world. I know Shugden is good and will help so many and that is why I do it.
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it\'s right and will benefit people at the cost of your own reputation. That\'s how I feel when I share Dorje Shugden\'s practice with the world.
1 month ago
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it's right and will benefit people at the cost of your own reputation. That's how I feel when I share Dorje Shugden's practice with the world.
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it\'s right and you are true to yourself.
1 month ago
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it's right and you are true to yourself.
At times I have to be a trendsetter in spirituality as opposed to just being a follower and that is why I take chances and try. I may not be liked always for it, but I have to do it. In this way I have been introducing Dorje Shugden to the world. I know Shugden is good and will help so many and that is why I do it.
1 month ago
At times I have to be a trendsetter in spirituality as opposed to just being a follower and that is why I take chances and try. I may not be liked always for it, but I have to do it. In this way I have been introducing Dorje Shugden to the world. I know Shugden is good and will help so many and that is why I do it.
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it\'s right and you are true to yourself.
1 month ago
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it's right and you are true to yourself.
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it\'s right and will benefit people at the cost of your own reputation. That\'s how I feel when I share Dorje Shugden\'s practice with the world.
1 month ago
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it's right and will benefit people at the cost of your own reputation. That's how I feel when I share Dorje Shugden's practice with the world.
Beautiful Buddha built in Sarnath, India. Sarnath was the place where Lord Buddha first starting teaching the sacred Dharma. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Beautiful Buddha built in Sarnath, India. Sarnath was the place where Lord Buddha first starting teaching the sacred Dharma. Tsem Rinpoche
 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.
2 months ago
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
3 months ago
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
3 months ago
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.
3 months ago
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
3 months ago
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
3 months 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
3 months ago
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
3 months 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
དེ་རིང་ང་ཁྱེད་རང་ཚོ་མཉམ་དུ་བོད་མིའི་ཆབ་སྲིད་ནང་གི་བློ་མགུ་ནུས་པའི་མངོན་འགྱུར་ཞིག་ཞུའི་ཡིན། གང་དག་བོད་པའི་སྤྱི་ཚོགས་ནང་ཆོས་ལུགས་ཁྱད་པར། དབྱེ་འབྱེད། ཕྱོགས་རིས་ཐོག་ལ་གང་འདྲ་སྟངས་འཛིན་བྱེད་དགོས་ཀྱི་སྐོར་ངེས་གཏན་སྣུན་ཤུགས་བྱེད་ཐུབ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung-tibetan.html
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(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 )
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(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 )
3 months 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 )
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 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
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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
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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.
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Whatever we can do to spread the teachings of our Guru, we should do so.
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These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
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Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
Beautiful and holy new statues arrived to Kechara Forest Retreat. Please enjoy the pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146950
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Beautiful and holy new statues arrived to Kechara Forest Retreat. Please enjoy the pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146950
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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
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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
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
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Teacher Kien guided the young kids making CNY decorations by using red packets. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Teacher Kien guided the young kids making CNY decorations by using red packets. Alice Tay, KSDS
Brian is playing with his new DIY toy. Lin Mun KSDS
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Brian is playing with his new DIY toy. Lin Mun KSDS
Dharma class students joined the animal liberation session held in Kechara House every month. Lin Mun KSDS
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Dharma class students joined the animal liberation session held in Kechara House every month. Lin Mun KSDS
Group dedication before we end our dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Group dedication before we end our dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Students were so excited with the games planned in conjunction with Chinese New Year. Lin Mun KSDS
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Students were so excited with the games planned in conjunction with Chinese New Year. Lin Mun KSDS
This is class of 9-11 years old, all are very enthusiastic students. Lin Mun KSDS
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This is class of 9-11 years old, all are very enthusiastic students. Lin Mun KSDS
Mumu’s memorial statue and stupa was inspired by a few things. One of them was H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche wish for Mumu to be forever connected to Vajrayogini. Pastor Adeline
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Mumu’s memorial statue and stupa was inspired by a few things. One of them was H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche wish for Mumu to be forever connected to Vajrayogini. Pastor Adeline
Cultivating inner wealth for boundless prosperity by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche on The Star newspaper. Pastor Adeline
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Cultivating inner wealth for boundless prosperity by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche on The Star newspaper. Pastor Adeline
Kechara Forest Retreat is ready for Chinese New Year2018, Year of the Dog
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Kechara Forest Retreat is ready for Chinese New Year2018, Year of the Dog
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Laughter Yoga is fun! Read more about Laughter Yoga in Kechara Forest Retreat here: http://www.kechara.com/peace-centre/news/laughing-is-the-best-medicine/
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Recently in Kechara Forest Retreat - yes... it is Laughter Yoga!
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