7 Lost Cities of the World

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Dear everyone,

The lost cities of the world were all once upon a time, great cities that belonged to great civilisations. But despite all their glory and power, none of these cities lasted to the present day due to many reasons, ranging from natural disasters such as a volcanic eruption as seen in Pompeii, Italy; to people-inflicted damage as seen in Persepolis, Iran. Many of these cities came to a sudden end, unexpected by its residents.

Below is some information on seven lost cities of the world. The excavations of these sites reveal much about the greatness of the inhabitants of that era, most notably for their knowledge of architecture.

Interesting, interesting, and very interesting. Take a read. Enjoy!!

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1. Machu Picchu, Peru

The ruin of Machu Picchu (meaning “Old Peak” in the Quechua language) is one of the most beautiful ancient sites in the world. It was rediscovered in 1911 by Yale archaeologist Hiram Bingham.

The location of Machu Picchu in Peru, South America

Standing 7000 feet above sea level and nestled on a small hilltop in the Andean Mountain Range which stretches for five square miles, the majestic city soars above the Urabamba Valley. Due to its isolation from the rest of Peru, living in the area requires travelling great distances to reach the nearest village.

Machu Picchu was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire for its extraordinary natural setting and superb architecture. Machu Picchu was declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983.

In 2007, Machu Picchu was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

The layout of Machu Picchu, as it would have appeared in its heyday

The city is separated into three areas – agricultural, urban, and religious. The structures are arranged so that the function of the buildings matches the form of their surrounding. The agricultural terracing and aqueducts take advantage of the natural slopes; the lower areas contain buildings occupied by residents of the city; and the religious areas are located at the crest of the hill.

Archaeologists estimated approximately 1200 people lived in the area. Despite the large population, the city is completely self-contained, surrounded by agricultural terraces sufficient to feed the population, and watered by natural springs. The land surrounding the valleys have been cultivated for more than 1000 years. In the ruins of Machu Picchu there are palaces, baths, temples, storage rooms and some 150 houses, all in a remarkable state of preservation.Both secular and sacred architecture had spacious windows, niches for idols, and other artistic sculptural elaboration. Splashing fountains and masterpieces of hydraulic engineering brought fresh water into buildings, while other channels removed waste.
Every structure in the city has similar stone work, carved from the grey granite of the mountain top. Many of the building blocks weigh 50 tonnes or more, and yet they are precisely sculpted and fitted together with such precision that joints will not permit the insertion of a thin blade.

The interlocking pattern of the blocks are able to withstand the effects of earthquakes by allowing the entire wall to flex and cohere.

One of Machu Picchu’s primary functions was as an astronomical observatory. The Intihuatana stone (meaning “Hitching Post of the Sun”) has been shown to be a precise indicator of the date of the two equinoxes (midday of March 21st and September 21st). Intihuatana stones were the supremely sacred objects of the Inca people. Shamanic legends tell that when a sensitive person touches their forehead to the stone, it opens their vision to the spirit world.

The Inca believed that there are deities that reside around the Intihuatana stones and if destroyed, the deities of the place would die or depart. Many of Intihuatana stones were destroyed during the Spanish Inquisition. However, the Spaniards never found Machu Picchu, although they suspected its existence, and therefore the Intihuatana stone of Machu Picchu still remains.

 

2. Petra, Jordan

Petra lies in a great rift valley east of Wadi’ Araba in Jordan, about 80 kilometres from the Dead Sea.

The site of Petra has been inhabited since very ancient times, where remains from the Palaeolithic and the Neolithic periods have been discovered.

Petra’s incredible architecture has captured imaginations for centuries

Petra achieved great importance under the Nabateans, who migrated and settled at Petra in the 6th Century BC. The city’s prosperity and power was at its peak during the 1st Century BC through its success in spice trade. During four centuries of power, the Nabateans filled the city with palaces, temples, and tombs and built a network of channels and cisterns to harness rainwater; a hydraulic system which is still used by Bedouin today. At its height, the city bustled with 30,000 people scattered over 1,000 square kilometres.

The Nabateans’ independent reign over Petra came to an end in AD 106 when it was completely subsumed by the Romans under the Emperor Trajan, and became part of the Roman empire. The city continued to flourish during the Roman period.

In AD 336, an earthquake destroyed half of the city, but Petra managed to recover. However, the shift of trading routes and another severe earthquake in AD 551 proved too devastating; and by AD 700, the once thriving metropolis was gone.

Petra was rediscovered by Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, a Swiss scholar disguised as a Muslim pilgrim, who visited in 1812 and recognised it as the city of ancient lore.

Since then, archaeologists continue to make major discoveries at Petra, estimating that as much as 85 percent of the city remains hidden under debris.

Petra has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985. Here are some pictures on the beautiful architecture of this ancient city.

Colonnade Street of Petra, badly ruined by flash floods over the past 1000 years. The Theatre, with a seating capacity of 6,000 people.
The Djinn Blocks are located on the way to the Siq. The Obelisk tomb
The Royal Tombs: The Palace and Corinthian Tombs The Monastery, beautifully-crafted and so huge that the doorway is several stories’ tall.
High place of Sacrifice on the mountain summit where the Nabataeans performed ritual killing of animals. The Siq (Thaniya) is a small crack in the mountain which is over one kilometre long.

 

3. Troy, Turkey

Troy is a city which existed for over 4,000 years and is known as the centre of ancient civilisation. For a long time people believed that Troy was just a myth and its existence was doubted, until it was discovered in 1822 by Charles MacLaren and excavated by German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann from 1870 to 1890.

What is left of the theatre from ancient Troy.

However, Schliemann’s rough excavation methods destroyed much of what was left of the ancient city, and his actions received much criticism from other archaeologists.

The long history of Troy covers the development of a wealthy trade city along with its tragic episodes of natural disasters, fires, massacres and wars which brought the city down, only to be resurrected again each time.

Presently, an international team of archaeologists is trying to rebuild Troy as it was in its heyday.

Troy was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1998.

Ruined walls that once fortified ancient Troy. A replica Trojan Horse in modern-day Troy.

 

4. Persepolis, Iran

Persepolis was founded by Darius I in 518 BC, although more than a century passed before it was finally completed by Artaxerxes I. The city was the capital of the Achaemenid Empire and it was built on an immense half-artificial, half-natural terrace, where an impressive palace complex was created, inspired by Mesopotamian models.

The grandiose architectural creation of Persepolis classifies it as among the world’s greatest archaeological sites, those which have no equivalent and which bear the unique qualities of most ancient civilisations. However, despite all of its security and magnificence, Persepolis lasted only two centuries. Its majestic audience halls and residential palaces perished in flames when Alexander the Great conquered and looted Persepolis in 330 BC.

From the time of its destruction until AD 1620, when it was first rediscovered, Persepolis lay buried under its own ruins. It was not until centuries later that scholarly and scientifically-planned work was done; in 1931, James H. Breasted was commissioned to explore, excavate, and if possible, restore the remains of Persepolis.

Persepolis was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1979.

Beautifully-carved double stairwell The Gate of All Nations, built to ward off evil.

 

5. Babylon, Iraq

The legendary city of Babylon is the most famous ancient city in the whole world. It was founded at the end of the 3rd millennium BC, reached its heyday under the Babylonian King Hammurabi (1792 – 1750 BC) and its second king, Nebuchadnezzar II (605 – 563 BC). After many power struggles over the ancient city, Babylon’s reign of power came to an end in the 2nd century AD.

The archaeological site of Babylon has been excavated by a number of people, but most notably by Robert Koldeway in 1899.

In more recent years however, many artefacts and other finds were lost due to faults in present-day excavations. Among such events include the rebuilding of Saddam Hussein’s palace on top of the old ruins. The recent US-Iraq War also caused irreparable damage to the archaeological records, due to several locations in the ancient city being levelled as landing areas for helicopters and parking lots for heavy vehicles.

Efforts for restoring Babylon to make it into a cultural centre began in 2006 with the suggestion of restoration plans. On May 2009, after many years of being closed away from outsiders, the provincial government of Babil reopened Babylon as a site for tourism.

The ancient coliseum of Babylon, rebuilt by Saddam Hussein’s labor force The streets of Babylon
The full-scale reproduction of the legendary Ishtar Gate, named after a Babylonian god, was ornamented with glazed brick relief images of dragons and young bulls surrounded by blue enamelled tiles. Babylon was renowned for its high, well-fortified walls and for the magnificence of its temples and palaces. The walls are ornamented with images of the ancient God of Marduk.

 

6. Memphis, Egypt

Memphis was the capital of Ancient Egypt and the first capital city founded after the unification of the Nile Valley and the Delta under the power of a single ruler. This event most probably took place in 3100 BC under the reign of Pharaoh Menes.

As the capital of the Old Kingdom of Egypt, Memphis had some extraordinary funerary monuments including rock tombs, temples, ornate mastabas, and pyramids. In ancient times, Memphis’ pyramids were considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

The Step Pyramid of the first Pharaoh

The Step Pyramid of the first Pharaoh, constructed entirely in limestone, is the oldest known architectural structure of this type.

Memphis thrived as a regional centre for commerce, trade, and religion. During its golden age, Memphis was believed to be under the protection of the god Ptah. A great temple was built and it was one of the most prominent structures of the city.

Memphis and its necropolis were added in the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.

The Alabaster Sphinx was once located outside the temple of Ptah. The Colossus of Ramesses II was also located outside the temple of Ptah. It is now located in a museum in Memphis made especially for it. The sacred architecture had spacious windows, niches for idols, and other artistic sculptural elaboration. Splashing fountains and masterpieces of hydraulic engineering brought fresh water into buildings, while other channels removed waste.

 

7. Pompeii, Italy

The city of Pompeii is a partially-buried Roman town. In the year 79 AD, the ancient city was destroyed and completely buried during a two-day long volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The eruption buried Pompeii under four to six metres of ash and pumice, and for 1700 years, Pompeii was lost to the world until its accidental discovery in 1749.

Mummified bodies. The eruption of Mount Vesuvius was so sudden and unexpected, most of Pompeii’s residents were caught unaware and unprepared.

Pompeii was first excavated by Carlo Borbone. However, for his personal gain of fame, Borbone dug the site at random in search of treasures.

It was not until the year 1861 when a systematic excavation was conducted by Guiseppe Fiorelli. He was responsible for pioneering the technique of making plaster casts of the victims of the eruption which can be seen in Pompeii today.

Thanks to Fiorelli’s efforts, and the efforts of subsequent archaeologists, 300 bodies have been uncovered. Among them are adult bodies, many of which are carrying valuable objects. Children and newborns have also been found buried deeper down.

The excavations of the ancient city provided an extraordinary detailed insight into the life of a city at the height of the Roman Empire. Excavations of the ancient city continues to this day.

Pompeii is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The streets of Pompeii The ancient people of Pompeii enriched their quarters with elegant courtyards.

 

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  1. Samfoonheei on Jan 12, 2018 at 11:07 am

    Amazing ……looking at the 7 lost cities of the world and just wondering how those people built it at that time without modern technology and machineries. Beautiful ancient structures and architectural which belonged to great civilizations. Hope all the lost cities comes under the UNESCO World Heritage site. Amazing …..Those lost cities are over thousands years been built in the AD’s. They are the world’s most fascinating lost cities having beautiful history behind it. Sadly some of these cities did not last long to these days due to natural disasters, war and many other reasons. Everything is impermanent.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this amazing lost cities.

  2. Anne Ong on Feb 9, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting article. One of my favourite topic is archeology and architecture. Some of the places in the pictures i found interesting are,1. Machu Picchu, Peru.7. Pompeii, Italy.3. Troy, Turkey.

  3. Beatrix Ooi on Apr 7, 2016 at 4:17 am

    It’s amazing how these structures can last even after so many years, although during that time, the technology wasn’t advance and people weren’t so civilised, they achieved what others thought would be impossible.

    I am sure that none of the architectures/ structures nowadays can last as long as the pyramids and other ancient cities. In fact, I would actually say that technology nowadays cannot be compared to what they used to have back then. Yes we have telecommunication, machineries and etc but people now are not ‘program’ to think because we are becoming more dependent on technologies.

    People back then didn’t have a choice and all they could do was to force themselves to come out with solutions to solve the issues and therefore we have the pyramids now.

  4. Pastor Moh Mei on Dec 14, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Everything is impermanent. As we can witness from ancient great civilizations that can built amazing architecture that still marvel and puzzle till today but none were able to sustain their glory. What remains of their once glory are just dead structures made out of stones, that is if mother nature spare them.

    The greed, the power, the recognition, the title, the praise, the glory we sought, all will pass us by.

  5. Albert Ratchaga on May 12, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    It is amazing how these cities were built, look at their technology those days, and the building structure, I has always been wondering how they build these cities, by hand?

    No matter how strong or powerful of the cities, today they already became a ruin, no matter how powerful we are, we will not be able to beat time, it will end up being defeated.

    I wonder how was it like back in their days when it is still very busy and happening, how people live their days, running their daily life as usual, everything is just so normal, I’m sure they never thought of it will become a ruin just like today. then where are they now? what has it related to them now? can they see what they had built thousands of years ago?

    If any of the builder still alive today, I would want to ask them will they still build it if they know it will become a ruin like today.

    Impermanence, isn’t it interesting?

  6. sarahyap on Mar 18, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    It is funny that ancient architecture is really so beautiful. People in the past truly have great creativity, which I think is not lost in this era but translated into a more modern form of expression.

    Some times it does make me wonder how the people in the ancient world are able to create magnificent structures such as this. Take for example the pyramids… each block of brick will not only take a long time to manufacture, but also a very tedious effort to stack the bricks… I am also quite skeptical if modern technology will be able to recreate the pyramid, at least able to with great difficulty and very time consuming… the very fact that the pyramids was built in a short period of time, shows that perhaps, there is some last technology in the past that was not handed over to the present.

    I wonder what will happen if such ‘secret’ technology was ever to be discovered in the ruins, how different will the changes in our people’s understanding of the ancient will be like…

  7. Jutika Lam on Feb 3, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    These 7 lost cities of the world are so amazing and breathtaking.
    It is also amazing how after hundreds of years we still have ruins of this amazing sites whereas within just a period of a few months most buildings and houses are in need of repairs due to leeks and other minor damages.

    It is true what Rinpoche said one that being an architect in the old days was not as easy as being one now and i think that is the reason why most or nearly all the current found ruins are still standing tall.

    If i had the money i would really love to see Pompeii , Italy and the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu, not just because out of these seven places i only know this two but also because this both places especially Machu Picchu has a very calm and mysterious environment.

    It would also be good to see the pyramids in Memphis , Egypt because it has always occurred to me that the slaves that built these pyramids had to work and suffer really hard pulling the heavy blocks up by manpower unlike like in the modern world where we have cranes and other machines to speed even building a pyramid faster and easier.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these 7 amazing wonderful cities of the world!

    Love
    Jutika

  8. tenzin llhamo on Dec 11, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    The lost cities are beautiful now even after so many years. I can imagine it to be more grand and amazing when it was built then.
    Looking at them makes me wonder what really happened to those people who were once living there. What made them leave the place and worse still why were people found buried there? Probably in time, there will be more prove as to what happened.

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  10. timothy miller on Jun 19, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    just think 1000 years from now how many of our great cities will be like this everthing is impermenant

  11. Yoke Fui on Jun 15, 2012 at 8:44 am

    So much resources and lives gone into these ruins that once used to be contemporary icons. Emperors wanted to build the most majestic palaces to show their power whenever they conquered a new place so as to be remembered long after they were gone.

    It’s nice to visit these places and curb the arrogance of the modern day people, at the same time we should reflect the futility of chasing material things.

  12. Thierry on Jun 13, 2012 at 9:23 am

    ruins, ruins, ruins, that is the fate of even the biggest, strongest, richest cities. Our cities are no exception, however good-looking they are however strong they are.

    Our cities, our structures are even much weaker than ancient cities.
    Our cities are not built of stone, they’re built of fragile aggregated concrete, corroding steel and plastics.

    Our cities are totally dependent upon energy to run air-conditioning, to pump water and sewerage, etc…

    Let’s not be fools, our cities are MUCH MORE fragile that ancient cities that were built with the strongest material: stone, and they were not dependent on oil, electricity and automation and that were using earth gravity to move fluids around.

    So if the ancient cities have failed us, so can the modern cities, so WILL THEY!

  13. Sean Wang on Dec 12, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    I have a few extra facts regarding each city, I just want to share them.

    1. The reason that the Incan tribe in Machu Pichu might have been wiped out was due to disease or even UFOs.

    2. Petra was removed from history books for centuries, until now. There is a big question about these missing centuries, why? There was not answer. Petra was never acknowledged until the 1800s.

    3. Some men have tried to look for treasure in the ruins of Troy but they did not succeed. It may actually still be there.

    4. It is very weird that the Persians wanted to conquer Persepolis. That place did not have much use as a political capital nor a centre of economic activity. It was also not strategically placed.

    5. Babylon was also famous for its hanging gardens which remains missing till today.

    6. In Memphis, the book of Thoth was buried there and it would contain spells that would teach one on how to understand animals. No one found it and Egyptians rather forget about it as stories say that those who read it will anger the gods.

    7. Pompeii has legends that are eerily similar to UFO stories and also treasure.

    I am not sure wether anyone will benefit from the facts but I just thought it would be fun to share 😉

  14. Uncle Eddie on Nov 26, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Of the 7 lost cities of the world, in a worldwide poll, the Inca Capital called Machu Picchu at Peru, was nominated to be the most magical city of the World. With sacred objects like Intihuatani stone and temples which underline the religious importance of the city, it attracts thousands of hikers, adventurers, archaeologists, photographers, backpackers and family people to this place everyday. Discovered on July 24, 1911, by an american historian named Hiram Bingam, Machu Picchu is said to be a beautiful city that was probably a religious sanctuary, from where the founder Hiram Bingam had around 5,000 artifacts carted away from this lost city to Yale University, USA. The Peruvian Government through legal efforts had them all recovered from Yale U in 2005. Built on a mountain ridge, Machu Picchu was said to be one the greatest archaeological discoveries in the World, if not the Greatest, and was also voted one of the new seven wonders of the World!!

  15. Henry ooi on Nov 23, 2011 at 12:23 am

    These ruins are beautiful even though they are now ruins. Imagine what they would be like in their days. The modern structures of today may perhaps become ruins to be marveled at by others 1000 years or more from now. Nothing lasts forever. That’s impermanence.

  16. Wan Wai Meng on Nov 22, 2011 at 12:35 am

    People spent so much time building structures and monuments that do last for thousands of years and they will be remembered for making it happen. If they had spent their efforts and dedication on spiritual practise they would have achieved better results with their lives.

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    In fact, every deity represents an enlightened activity which primarily counters a particular delusion. It is true that the Ucheyma’s practice purifies the psychic poisons of ignorance, hatred and desire. This purification leads to the attainment of the three bodies of a Buddha – the truth body, the enjoyment body and the emanation body. Thank you.

    Read more: https://bit.ly/2QghvhS
  • Ummamageswari
    Wednesday, Jun 26. 2019 03:34 PM
    Thank you so much for this article. Even though the move to establish a Buddhist theocracy in the Kizhinga (Kudun) Valley and to declare himself as the Dharma King protected tens of thousands of men, women, and children was ultimately unsuccessful.

    Then, Tsydenov was imprisoned multiple times but he is still remembered today by the people of Buryatia as a true Dharma King and a national hero. Thank you.

    Read more: https://bit.ly/2Qmp4TX
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Jun 26. 2019 03:25 PM
    Thank you for sharing such a nice and meaningful photo with us.It may look normal photograph but it has deep significance.

    This is a snapshot of the human interior .The monk is the Buddha Nature that is always present in every train ,every engine of flesh that hurtles towards death.Images like this also have inspiring spiritually as they capture so much meaning in them.

    Read more : https://bit.ly/2YmvvHL
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Jun 26. 2019 03:09 PM
    Thank you so much for this beautiful signage. I’m feel very blessed that i had an opportunity to be part of Kechara Forest Retreat.We are really fortunate to have Rinpoche here in Kechara Forest Retreat Bentong.

    This signage is dedicated to all Dorge Shugden practitioners around the world.It is true that there is a lot of Dharma sharing and powerful information on this practice in Kechara .Once again thanks a lot and feel happy to be here in Kechara.

    Read more : https://bit.ly/2J5vKjU
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jun 26. 2019 02:14 PM
    Dorje Shugden was enthroned first as a Dharma protector in Tibet over 400 years ago. Beautiful and rare thangkas which tells a thousand words depicting the founding fathers of the Sakya tradition which includes Dorje Shugden as a Protector. It has proven that many high lamas has been practicing Dorje Shugen’s practice centuries ago. Since Dorje Shugden practice arose, countless images of Dorje Shugden together with other Buddhas have been produced over the years.
    We are fortunate able to see all these rare thangkas and downloading for free.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/sakya-lineage-and-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jun 26. 2019 02:12 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us a brief life story of Lama Tsongkhapa in depicted in 15 beautiful and meaningful paintings. All these beautiful paints a thousands words. We are fortunate to practice the guru yoga of the great Lama Tsongkhapa, and receive his teachings through our Guru. Many famous gurus, lamas and teachers rely on Lama Tsongkhapa’s teachings up to this day. His teachings is so powerful and is considered, by millions, to be a great sage of our times. Merely by seeing, reading and understanding the life of a Great Lama is a blessing as it helps us to have a better knowledge. It had a profound impact on the history of Asia and spread across the globe.
    May the pure teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa flourish continuously and spread in all directions.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-life-story-of-lama-tsongkhapa-in-art.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Jun 25. 2019 10:13 PM
    It is inspiring reading this article and how Johnny described Buddhism and how the teaching has helped him. Many of us always chase for the worldly things as this is what our expectation and perceptions are formed since young. Always thinking that money, status and good career are important in our live and something we can’t leave without. But Johnny summarise his understanding on the teaching very well and how Buddhism impact his mindset. We should be clear of our motivation. Our own fulfillment which is mainly self gratification is not real happiness. Happiness is when we bring happiness to others.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/reading-quantum-physics-made-me-a-buddhist.html
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Jun 25. 2019 03:05 PM
    Thank you for the nice and beautiful article about Vietnam .Really fantastic and the food also look delicious and yummy .Vietnam capital city Hanoi is consistently ranked among the world s top holiday destination

    A stunning landscape ,beautiful beaches and vibrant shopping scene are all great reason to travel Vietnam.Thank you for a good write up which will be helpful for plan a visit to Vietnam.

    Read more : https://bit.ly/2Yd6GO6

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May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
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