7 Lost Cities of the World

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Dear friends,

No one knows what the Universe has in store for us tomorrow. For good or bad, civilisations turn to dust and princes become paupers overnight. The lost cities of the world were all once great metropolises of even greater civilisations. Some have been rediscovered but no one knows how many others remain lost forever behind the veil of time and the wheel of karma.

Despite the glory and power of their halcyon days, these cities succumbed when their time came. Many met a sudden end, completely unexpected by their residents. Some, like Pompeii, fell to the fury of natural disasters like volcanic eruptions. Others were victims of the most destructive force our planet has ever known: Man.

Here, we look at seven lost cities of the world that I find particularly fascinating. Within them lived people like you and me, harbouring the same hopes and dreams that all men share. The excavations of these sites reveal much about the inhabitants, the lives they led, and of the objects and the ideas that they cherished.

It is a glimpse into a glorious but irrecoverable past, both mesmerising and melancholic at the same time. I hope it lights a passion for history in you, for we are mere specks in the timeline of humanity and must cherish our shared heritage.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

1. Machu Picchu, Peru

The location of Machu Picchu in Peru, South America. Click on image to enlarge.

The ruins of Machu Picchu (meaning “Old Peak” in the Quechua language) are one of the most beautiful of all the ancient sites in the world. Nestled on a small hilltop almost 8,000 feet (2,400 metres) above sea level, this majestic 15th Century city looks over the Urubamba Valley in the Andean Mountain Range.

Machu Picchu has always been isolated from the rest of Peru; even today, it is almost 100 km on the Inca Trail from the nearest village of Cusco. This isolation was instrumental in its escape from the destruction wrought on Incan culture by the Conquistadors. The city was only rediscovered in 1911 by Yale archaeologist Hiram Bingham.

Machu Picchu is arguably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire for its extraordinary natural setting and superb architecture. The mountain city was declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983. In 2007, it was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

The layout of Machu Picchu, as it would have appeared in its heyday. Click on image to enlarge.

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 surroundings. The agricultural terracing and aqueducts take advantage of the natural slopes. The lower areas contain buildings occupied by residents of the city while the religious areas are located on the crest of the hill.

Archaeologists estimate that the city could have supported approximately 1,200 people. Despite the large population, the city was completely self-contained. The agricultural terraces were watered by natural springs and produced sufficient yield to feed the entire population. The land surrounding the valleys has been cultivated for more than 1,000 years.

The ruins of Machu Picchu contain palaces, baths, temples, storage rooms and some 150 houses, all in a remarkable state of preservation. Both secular and sacred architecture featured large windows, niches for idols and other artistic sculptural embellishments. Splashing fountains and masterpieces of hydraulic engineering brought fresh water into buildings while other channels removed waste.

Every structure in the city is constructed of the same stonework, carved from the grey granite of the mountain top. Many of the building blocks weigh 50 tonnes or more and yet, they are sculpted and fitted together with such precision that it is impossible to insert even a thin blade between them. The interlocking pattern of the blocks allows buildings to withstand earthquakes by allowing entire walls to flex and bend with the tremors.

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 say that when a sensitive person touches their forehead to the stone, it opens their vision to the spirit world. The Inca believed that deities reside around the Intihuatana stones and if the stones are destroyed, the deities will die or depart. Many Incan Intihuatana stones were destroyed during the Spanish conquest of the region. However, the Spaniards never found Machu Picchu (although they had heard rumours of its existence) and the Intihuatana stone of Machu Picchu still stands.

 

2. Petra, Jordan

Petra’s incredible architecture has captured imaginations for centuries. Click on image to enlarge.

Petra lies in a great rift valley east of Wadi Araba in Jordan, about 80 kilometres from the Dead Sea. The site has been inhabited since very early human history – remains from the Palaeolithic and the Neolithic eras have been discovered in the area. Petra was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985.

Petra achieved great importance under the Nabateans, who migrated and settled here in the 6th Century BC. The city’s prosperity and power reached its peak during the 1st Century BC, due in large part to its regional monopoly of the spice trade. In their four centuries in power, the Nabateans built a city of palaces, temples and tombs, and constructed a network of channels and cisterns to harness rainwater in the arid land. They also designed a hydraulic system which is still used by the Bedouin tribes 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 integrated into the Roman Empire under Emperor Trajan. However, the city continued to flourish under the Romans.

Entry to Petra is via a winding 1.2 km (0.75 mi) gorge known as the Siq. The almost vertical rock walls of the Siq range between 91 m and 182 m (299-597 ft.) in height but at their narrowest points are a mere 3 metres (10 ft.) apart. The gigantic structure was created by tectonic movements that rent the rock asunder while the walls were smoothened by centuries of water erosion.

The Siq opens up to the facade of the Khazneh, the building that has all but becomes the face of Petra. While the name given to it today means “treasury”, it is actually a mausoleum that was built in the 1st Century AD. At that time, Petra was a flourishing city of 20,000 inhabitants.

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

While memories of the city in the sands faded from the minds of outsiders, some local tribes were always aware of its existence. Petra was rediscovered for the rest of the world in 1812 by Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, a Swiss scholar. He came disguised as a Muslim pilgrim and recognised it as the city of ancient lore.

Today, archaeologists continue to make major discoveries at Petra. In 2016, satellite imagery revealed the existence of a massive underground structure that had been completely hidden from view despite its immense size. Some experts now estimate that as much as 85 per cent of the city remains hidden under the sand and debris.

Colonnade Street of Petra, badly damaged by flash floods over the past 1,000 years.

The Theatre, with a seating capacity of 6,000.

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 animal sacrifice rituals.

The Siq (Thaniya) is a kilometre-long crack in the mountain that opens into Petra

The Siq (Thaniya) is a kilometre-long crack in the mountain that opens into Petra

 

3. Troy, Turkey

What is left of the theatre from ancient Troy. Click on image to enlarge.

Perhaps no Greek myth has captured the imagination of the modern masses like that of the Trojan War in Homer’s Iliad. For over two millennia, it was believed that the heroes and their feats narrated in the poem, and even Troy itself, were just imaginary creations meant solely for entertainment. The revelation that the legends were tales of actual events shocked the world when the lost city was unearthed in the early 19th Century.

The site of ancient Troy was first located and identified in the modern era by Scottish journalist Charles MacLaren in 1822. It was excavated by German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann in the 1870s and by other teams in the 1890s and 1930s. For the first time, people could walk on the very soil that their mythical heroes had treaded aeons ago.

The series of digs revealed nine cities, each successive one built on top of its predecessors. Unfortunately, Schliemann’s haste to positively identify the Troy of legend prompted him to employ unprofessional methods of excavation on the upper layers. His carelessness destroyed invaluable information and artifacts, actions for which he has received scathing criticism from other archaeologists.

Nonetheless, the excavations revealed that the area had been first inhabited almost five millennia earlier, in the Early Bronze Age. Homer had accurately described Troy as standing near the shores; however, the landscape has shifted and the coastline today lies almost 5 kilometres from where the city’s walls once stood.

Troy’s strategic coastal location gave it control of the gateway between the Aegean and Eastern civilisations. At its height, the city had extended hundreds of metres beyond the citadel itself and was home to as many as 10,000 inhabitants. The trade of animal skins and wool seems to have formed a large part of their livelihoods. The Trojans also reared horses and Homer refers to them as the “horse-taming Trojans”.

Much has been said of Troy’s mighty walls for they withstood 10 years of siege by the coalition of Greek forces bent on her destruction. These walls were 5 metres thick and rose as high as 8 metres above the ground. They curve inward at their top, a feature that would have helped the Trojan archers rain their countless arrows upon the Greeks below.

Ultimately, the Greeks never did breach Troy’s walls with violence. It was the keen battle-honed mind of Odysseus that accomplished victory for his side, using one of the most iconic war devices of all time: the Trojan horse.

After the sacking of Troy by the Greeks, new cities did rise in its stead at the same location. However, none reached the level of acclaim as the Troy where timeless heroes like Achilles, Hector and Ajax stood, battled and died, cementing their names in history.

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

A replica Trojan Horse in modern-day Troy

 

4. Persepolis, Iran

A thousand years before the Muslim invasion of Persia, the Achaemenid Empire (ca. 550–330 BC) was at its peak and seemed to have an unsurmountable grip on power. One of its greatest gifts to mankind was Persepolis, the “City of the Persians”. While Persepolis was not the Achaemenid capital, its amazing architecture could rival that of any city of the time and remains a source of wonder to this day.

Unlike almost all the other famous lost cities of the world, Persepolis enjoyed the briefest of times in splendour. For all the present-day fame that the rediscovered ruins enjoy, Persepolis’ time in the sun was a mere two centuries. A century-long construction began under King Darius I (522-486 BC) around 518 BC but Alexander the Great sacked and burned down the palace complex in 330 BC. It was repayment for the Persians’ destruction of Greek temples, particularly the Acropolis of Athens in 480 BC.

The majestic pillars of Persepolis were lost to the desert, only referred to in passing by travellers who traversed the region but remained uncertain as to their origins. It was only in the 17th Century that a Spanish ambassador correctly identified the ruins. By then, only 25 of the original 72 columns were still standing.

The world had to wait until the 1930s for excavations to begin at this great city. These ventures were part of two archaeological expeditions to the region organised by the University of Chicago. Little by little, the debris and the sands revealed the treasures that they had so jealously guarded for thousands of years.

The ruins of several colossal buildings have emerged, as have inscriptions, records and seals. Some of the most vital information comes from tablets preserved in the Persepolis Administrative Archives, which survived intact because falling fortifications sealed them from the outside world. They reveal that the builders were workers who received fair payment for the work they performed, in stark contrast to the slavery that subsequently became widespread in the region.

13 of the renowned 75 columns of Persepolis still stand today, a testament to the ingenuity of its builders and the eternal human passion for beauty. 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.

The Gate of All Nations, built to ward off evil.

 

5. Babylon, Iraq

Babylon is perhaps the most well-known ancient city in the world. It was the capital of Mesopotamia, a powerful kingdom that covered most of modern-day Iraq and beyond. The name “Babylon” means “Gate of the Gods”.

This lost city was discovered in 1899 by German archaeologist Robert Koldewey. However, these ruins date to a thousand years after the founding of the city – the remains of Old Babylon have long been submerged by a natural rise in the water table.

A renowned centre of learning and culture, Babylon was also famous as the home to one of the original Seven Wonders of the World, the Hanging Gardens. These gardens, which have been mentioned in the writings of numerous ancient scribes, were constructed on a series of terraces so they seemed to float in the air and the grounds were watered mechanically.

Another integral piece of Babylon’s skyline was the imposing ziggurat (stepped pyramid) to Marduk, the chief god of the Mesopotamians. The Bible mentions this structure, too – it is the infamous Tower of Babel. Archaeologists have found records that tell us that it was four-sided, 91 metres on each side and about the same in height. The seven steps of the tower were crested by a temple made resplendent by a blue glaze.

One of the intriguing facts about the Tower of Babel is the manner in which it entranced almost all who ventured its way. Centuries of power struggles between peoples, kingdoms and even within ruling families repeatedly brought the shadow of chaos to Babylon. However, most chose to honour this structure and those that did not found themselves cursed. The Assyrian King Sennacherib (r. 705-681 BC), who razed the city and the tower was later assassinated by his own son.

The downfall of Babylon began with the Persian invasion led by Cyrus the Great. The city surrendered without a fight in 539 BC, supposedly after the invaders diverted the Euphrates River which flowed through it and simply walked through the space left under the impregnable walls. When the Persian Empire subsequently fell to Alexander the Great two centuries later in 331 BC, Babylon passed into Greek hands.

Alexander was so impressed by the city that he ordered its architecture left intact. The great conqueror would die here in 323 BC. By 141 BC, Babylon had been deserted and slowly passed out of the memories of men.

After its rediscovery in the late 19th Century, several archaeological expeditions have unearthed priceless artefacts amongst the ruins. However, ongoing chaos in Iraq has led to extremist organisations looting the site to finance their own objectives. This is a tragic blow to our understanding of how this brilliant civilisation accomplished so many amazing feats of architecture and advancements in science thousands of years ago.

The ancient coliseum of Babylon

The ancient coliseum 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.

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 Marduk.

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 Marduk.

 

6. Memphis, Egypt

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

The Great Pyramids and the Sphinx may be the most recognisable symbols of pre-Islamic Egypt but Memphis was where it all began. In fact, this ancient city was founded over 5,000 years ago, at a time when woolly mammoths still roamed the earth!

Memphis was the capital of Egypt’s Old Kingdom, its seat of power and home to its most famous rulers, including one of the most well-known pharaohs, the boy king Tutankhamen. It was established in 3100 BC and enjoyed over three millennia in the limelight before fading away in the 1st Century AD.

As with virtually every major city of the ancient world, Memphis received an endorsement of its very existence by being a seat of religion. In this case, it was from the god Ptah, deity of craftsmen. The great temple to Ptah was called Hut-Ka-Ptah, the “Abode of the Soul of Ptah”. In Greek, it became Ai-Gy-Ptos, the root of the name “Egypt”.

Because of its location just 15 miles from the outskirts of Cairo, Memphis was repeatedly targeted for its treasures by grave robbers over the centuries. Many of the tombs and important buildings have been discovered under the sand but most were stripped of their artefacts long before formal excavations by European explorers could begin in the early 19th Century.

Among these buildings is the Great Temple, Hut-Ka-Ptah itself. The ruins reveal a massive complex whose southern tip was marked by a colossus of Ramses II that stood over 40 feet tall. This statue still lies in the sands here today. Near it sits a sphinx 13 feet high and hewn from a single block of alabaster; it is estimated to weigh 80 tons.

Many of the statues and relics associated with Memphis were found at its main necropolis of Saqqara. The city’s royalty, dignitaries and chief priests were buried here along with the tools that would accompany them in the afterlife, making Saqqara an unparalleled archaeological treasure trove.

Most ancient cities saw ebbs and lulls in importance and Memphis was no different. However, its eventual downfall began after the conquest of Egypt by Alexander the Great. The young general stayed in the city but planned for another, even grander capital to succeed it: Alexandria.

Later, Alexandria’s coastal location gave it a direct connection to the Roman Empire ahead of Memphis. This coincided with a general abandonment of the ancient religion in favour of Christianity under the Romans. With the Muslim conquest of the region in the 7th Century, the grand temples and monuments were dismantled and their blocks used to construct ordinary buildings; priceless statues were mutilated and destroyed, lost forever.

Despite these unimaginable losses, the ruins of Memphis were proof enough of its grandeur for it to be inducted into UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1979.

The Alabaster Sphinx was once located outside the temple of Ptah

The Alabaster Sphinx was once located outside the temple of Ptah

The Colossus of Ramesses II was also located outside the temple of Ptah

The Colossus of Ramesses II located outside the temple of Ptah

 

7. Pompeii, Italy

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

Time froze forever on a coastal city on a cool October day in 79 AD. Its name was Pompeii, a vibrant Roman metropolis on the south-western coast of Italy. The trigger was the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, an event that shot millions of tons of rock and ash 35 kilometres (22 miles) into the air. The massive, mushrooming cloud blanketed the entire region in a pall of darkness… before it rained down on the town.

Meanwhile, deadly currents of hot gas with temperatures higher than 250°C (482°F) swept through the city at speeds exceeding 100 km/h (62 mph). It killed countless people where they stood or lay within seconds. The thriving port city of over 12,000 people was literally wiped off the map. 2,000 residents were killed instantly but the death toll in the region would eventually climb to over 16,000.

The debris spewed by the volcano crashed back down to earth, covering Pompeii under 6 to 7 metres (19 to 23 feet) of ash and rock. The phenomenon created an almost hermetic seal over the streets and temples, homes and people. The scene would remain untouched for almost two thousand years, frozen in time.

The tragedy that wracked Pompeii so completely obliterated it that virtually no one apart from thieves chose to go there. It remained lost to the world until 1748 when a Spanish military engineer located and identified the city. Today, Pompeii is the world’s longest continuously-excavated site.

The ash preserved the city so well that everything from loaves of bread to uncovered preserved fruit to animal and human remains has been found. In some cases, human figures encased in hardened ash have been filled with resin to create almost lifelike versions of people who lived and died two millennia ago.

Art in the form of wall murals and statues – including one of the Hindu goddesses Lakshmi – tell us of Pompeii’s love for beauty and its connections with far-off ends of the earth. Graffiti on the walls have given linguists a peek into how Latin was spoken by average people as compared to the rigid academic language passed down in books.

The presence of shrines in most of the hundreds of homes tells us that Pompeiians were deeply connected to their beliefs. The Doric Temple is the oldest religious structure in the city, built between the 3rd and the 1st Century BC. It forms one corner of the Triangular Forum, with temples to Zeus Meilichius and Isis nearby.

Archaeologists have been able to date the buildings and gain an accurate understanding of the evolution of architecture in the city which, in turns, reflects the origins of the citizens who designed them. These discoveries affected European culture later, too, giving rise to ‘Pompeii-style’ buildings, furniture and murals.

The eruption of Vesuvius that obliterated Pompeii as a living city was a tragic event. It is strange that a force so destructive is also the very reason that we have been able to discover and understand the lives of the people it destroyed.

Pompeii was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997.

The streets of Pompeii

The streets of Pompeii

The ancient people of Pompeii enriched their quarters with elegant courtyards

The ancient people of Pompeii enriched their quarters with elegant courtyards

 

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  1. Saras on May 30, 2022 at 3:27 pm

    Throughout the world there are amazing cities have been lost to the modern world and awaits rediscovery.

    This article reminds me of the ancient lost city of Kota Gelanggi in Johor. With today’s modern technology and archaeologists we are yet still in the same hope to search of the hidden history behind.

    Thank you for the fascinating sharing. It is truly amazing to discover these incredible cities and wondering how these cities were brilliantly build during the ancient historical times.

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  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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?

  7. 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…

  8. 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

  9. 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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  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. 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 😉

  15. 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!!

  16. 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.

  17. 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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  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 4. 2024 04:11 PM
    Lama Tsongkhapa was an influential Tibetan Buddhist monk, philosopher and tantric yogi, whose activities led to the formation of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism . Lama Tsongkhapa was hailed as the second Buddha by contemporary Buddhist masters of his time. Famous for reviving Buddhism in Tibet and revered for elevating the Dharma to all its present glory. Hence having a 12 ft Lama Tsongkhapa Statue at new Kechara Gompa (Prayer Hall) is indeed a blessing. Its truly beautiful. Merely by looking at it is a blessing .
    Thank you Rinpoche and team effort making it possible.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/10-ft-tsongkapa-here.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 4. 2024 04:09 PM
    The Pemayangtse Monastery is a Buddhist monastery, near Pelling in the northeastern Sikkim. The monastery is about 375 year old and is one of the oldest and premier monasteries of Sikkim. Its also the most famous monastery in Sikkim and one of the most important monastery belonging to the Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism. Pemayangtse monastery was founded around 1647-48 recording to history. Well the Monastery is part of Buddhist religious pilgrimage circuit built with scenic backdrop of snow-capped mountains on two sides. Where many locals and tourists will travel to Sikkim yearly . Over the centuries, the monastery has withstood earthquakes and has gone through series of refurbishments and preservation efforts. Interesting story behind this monastery, would love to travel to Sikkim again .
    Lieutenant Colonel Laurence Austine Waddell was a British explorer, collector in Tibet, and author, travelling throughout India,Sikkim and areas on the borders of Nepal and Tibet. He wrote about the Tibetan Buddhist religious practices from what he observed while there. In Sikkim he made a stunning discovery, that Dorje Shugden existence in the Nyingma monastery as written in his book. Hence it has proven that Dorje Shugden been worshipped not only in Gelug lineage but as well in the Nyingma centuries ago too. Its not a minority practice afterall .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Seow Choong Liang for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-in-nyingma-pemayangtse-monastery-sikkim.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 4. 2024 04:07 PM
    Revisit this interesting post of a great Master
    Buton Rinchen Drup, was a 14th-century Sakya master and Tibetan Buddhist leader. He is widely considered to be one of Tibet’s greatest scholars, historians, translators, and writers. He has been the role model for many of Tibet’s greatest masters over the centuries, including the present Dalai Lama. His legacy also included the compilation of 500 years’ worth of translated teachings into the encyclopedic Kangyur and Tangyur collections. This monumental effort helped to preserve and propagate the teachings throughout Tibet. These collections have become well known by all of the schools of Buddhism in Tibet, and continue to this day. He truly was one of the brightest lights of Tibetan Buddhism.
    Throughout his life, Buton Rinchen Drup has continued to serve humanity and the Dharma. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/tibets-great-scholar-buton-rinchen-drub.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 4. 2024 04:05 PM
    Toyuq, located 50 km east of Turpan a unique city in the Flaming Mountains.From all sides the city is surrounded by deserts and mountains, destroyed medieval towns and ruins of ancient settlements. Toyuq, an Islamic pilgrimage center, nestles at the base of the Flaming Mountains. Here there are many mosques, both medieval and modern ones been built over the years. The first Uighur ruler had converted to Islam, and shrines was then built in the locality honouring the ruler. There was a story behind the legendary Seven Sleepers of Ephesus where there was a group of youths hiding inside a cave, at the Flaming mountains outside the city of Ephesus around 250 AD. Buildings can be seen practically everywhere with pierced walls that is used for drying grapes to make raisins. Raisins and melons are most known products of the region. Turpan is one of the most densely populated cities in Xinjiang the popukation consists of mainly the Muslim Uyghurs.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting post with many interesting history dated to 6,000 years ago.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/toyuq-village.html
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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 25. 2023 04:37 PM
    The Fourth Takpu, Pema Vajra Jampel Tenpai Ngodrub was a highly attained lama. He was also commonly known as Takpu Dorje Chang who had many authentic visions of the Buddhas. He had even received directly teachings from Buddhas. He had received direct visions of Tara herself. Tagpu Pemavajra had travelled to Tushita, the heavenly abode of Lama Tsongkhapa as requested by Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche where he received the complete cycle of teachings on Dorje Shugden. Tagpu Pemavajra was one such lama who was attained enough to receive these teachings for the benefit of others. He was instrumental in the development of the Dorje Shugden practice within the Gelug tradition. Wow he was able to astral travel to various pure lands and receive special teachings. Interesting biography of a great lama.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-fourth-takpu-pema-vajra-jampel-tenpai-ngodrub.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 25. 2023 04:32 PM
    Jan Salter a renowned artist, and inspiring lady who founded the Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre, a charity organisation. She was an inspiring lady whose energy and commitment to the goal of alleviating the suffering of street animals. She used her own saving to building and starting the Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre the first organisation in Nepal. In recognition of the work for the welfare of the stray animals she was awarded by the International Human Society and the British government. She had benefitted many with her generous nature that she used to benefit others in ways that went far beyond the meaning of normal charity work.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/jans-a-hero-kathmandu-nepal.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 25. 2023 04:30 PM
    Amazing discovery a 2,000 year old Indian Buddhist document as it tell us how Buddhism took root in India. It’s the oldest Buddhist manuscripts yet discovered, dating from about the 1st century BCE to 3rd century CE. Found in the north-western outskirts of the Indian subcontinent an ancient Buddhist kindgom. The document, written on a birch bark scroll offers rare insight into the early history of Buddhism. Surviving manuscripts are rare only a few hundred are known to still exist. Understanding the history of the region helps us realize the significance of this scroll.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/indian-buddhism.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 25. 2023 04:27 PM
    Yu Pengnian a real estate tycoon ‘s journey from poor street hawker to be one of a richest person in mainland China. His passion for charity is a result of his own humble beginnings. He has donated all his assets of billions to charity, making him China’s top philanthropist. Whatever profits he made from his business he donated to the Yu Pengnian Foundation which he founded. He became the first Chinese national to give more than billions to charities, scholarships, helping poor students. Self- made Chinese billionaire he gives away entire fortune to charity.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/chinese-philanthropist-donates-it-all.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 25. 2023 04:25 PM
    Even though its an old post its definitely very inspirational article. About Master Cheng Yen, a Taiwanese Buddhist nun, teacher, and philanthropist. Master Cheng Yen was an inspiring spiritual leader who was the founder of the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation. Due to her incredible work she was featured on FORBES a leading news and information source. As the founder of the international charity and humanitarian organization Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, Master Cheng Yen has become a global icon. As a revered Buddhist nun and Dharma teacher, she has been a key figure in the development of modern Taiwanese Buddhism. With the great aspiration of compassion and joy, she embarked on a great mission of helping and saving those sufferings and hardships. She initiated and dedicated herself to whole life long mission of helping people and spreading kindness. The Tzu Chi Foundation has million supporters and volunteers throughout the world. They are known for the astonishing speed and efficiency which it brings aid to victims of natural disasters. Countless numbers of victims had benefitted from their compassionate work. Interesting read of an inspiring Master.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/nun-on-forbes.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 25. 2023 04:23 PM
    With a supportive parents Tsechen Wongmu ( Ma Ying ) a college-student-turned nun at a young age. She moved to Xinlong Dongzhi temple in southwest China’s Sichuan province amid the snow-covered mountains 4,200 meters high. She had made brave move. As a little girl she learned about Buddhism from her grandparents. This holy mountain is reputed as “King of Mountains in Sichuan” with fascinating snow and alpine. She has made a choice to be there. She has won public attentions after posting her poem and diary on internet with millions of followers. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring read.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/post-80s-girl-practices-buddhism-as-a-nun-in-snow-capped-plateau.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 17. 2023 03:27 PM
    We are not alone , there are many unexplained mysterious monsters sightings. These sightings has remain unsolved mysteries. All these encounters has send shockwaves throughout many parts in the world. The video of mysterious monsters which was narrated by Peter Graves , has viewers to believe mysterious monsters do exists after all. Very convincing . Many interesting frightening creatures such as Lochness, Bigfoot,Yeti and so forth are explored in this video. Do watch .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/the-mysterious-monsters-narrated-by-peter-graves.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 17. 2023 03:25 PM
    We are not alone , there are many unexplained mysterious monsters sightings. These sightings has remain unsolved mysteries. All these encounters has send shockwaves throughout many parts in the world. The video of mysterious monsters which was narrated by Peter Graves , has viewers to believe mysterious monsters do exists after all. Very convincing . Many interesting frightening creatures such as Lochness, Bigfoot,Yeti and so forth are explored in this video. Do watch .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/the-mysterious-monsters-narrated-by-peter-graves.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 17. 2023 03:23 PM
    Visited this stunning standing Manjushri which is located at the Manjushree Park at Chobhar, in Kathmandu, Nepal recently. Feeling so blessed able to see it , with my friends. Manjushree Park, one of most natural, historic attactive park within Kathmandu valley. Fantastic well managed picnic spot one should visit and not to be missed when one is at Kathmandu Nepal. Visible 33 ft. high black stone carved Manjushree statue .Manjushri is one of the most important iconic figures in Mahayana Buddhism. The powerful image representing ever-present wisdom plus the sword of awareness to cut off all delusion. An interesting story behind this Kathmandu Valley where mythology and geology intertwine.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/the-standing-manjushri-in-nepal.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 17. 2023 03:15 PM
    According to Buddhist teaching, prostration manifests the spiritual growth, faith of a person. In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, prostration is an important element of practice. Traditionally, prostrations are more than a show of respect for Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Making prostration is a basic part of our lives in Buddhism. They are a method to purify our mind, or the antidote for ego-clinging. One of the general benefits of prostration is that in the future we will achieve a good rebirth . Prostration is a very powerful activity that can clear away obscuration of our body, speech, and mind as well as clearing our past and present negative karma. A huge merits for anyone doing prostration with proper visualization as well as the proper motivation.
    Having seen practitioners doing prostration along the road at Lhasa and reading teachings on prostration on blogs had motivated me to do retreat on it. Its was during the MCO back in 2020, I did a prostration retreat then. Even though it took me a longer time somehow I have completed 100,150k prostrations . Now I am still continue to do but not as many prostration as before.
    Well even though this is an old post I would to congratulate those involved in the prostration retreat at that time. It’s a good that Kechara is have a teachings on prostration and retreat .
    Thank you Rinpoche.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/letters-cards-gifts/prostration-retreat-completed.html

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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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The celebration ended with a Dorje Shugden puja, dedicated to all the sponsors, our loved ones and as well as for the happiness & good health for all sentient beings. May Rinpoche return swiftly too and taking this opportunity wishing all Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai from all of us, Kechara Penang Study Group. Uploaded by Jacinta.
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The celebration ended with a Dorje Shugden puja, dedicated to all the sponsors, our loved ones and as well as for the happiness & good health for all sentient beings. May Rinpoche return swiftly too and taking this opportunity wishing all Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai from all of us, Kechara Penang Study Group. Uploaded by Jacinta.
Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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In this pic, Pastor Seng Piow is sharing Dharma with newbies ~ Sharyn's friends. It's always good to make light offerings at the beginning of new year. By making light offerings, you are able to dispel the darkness of ignorance and achieve wisdom. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
One the day of Losar (new lunar year), it is always beneficial for Buddhist practitioners to get together in making abundant offerings to Buddhas on the altar to usher in goodness, prosperity and well-being of our loved ones. It's more auspicious this year as Losar and the Chinese New Year begin on the same date, 10th Feb, 2024. Back in Penang, our Kechara members came together to decorate the altar with abundance offerings for Dorje Shugden puja @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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One the day of Losar (new lunar year), it is always beneficial for Buddhist practitioners to get together in making abundant offerings to Buddhas on the altar to usher in goodness, prosperity and well-being of our loved ones. It's more auspicious this year as Losar and the Chinese New Year begin on the same date, 10th Feb, 2024. Back in Penang, our Kechara members came together to decorate the altar with abundance offerings for Dorje Shugden puja @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
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Jun from Ipoh was offering mandarin oranges to Mother Tara and The Three Jewels. (Kin Hoe)
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Prior to our puja in Ipoh, Mr. & Mrs. Cheah Fook Wan were preparing for the offerings to the Buddhas. (Kin Hoe)
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On Sunday afternoon, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations in Ipoh. (Kin Hoe)
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Simple yet powerful ally ~ Bhagawan Dorje Shuden. Kechara Penang Study Group consists of Chien Seong, Hue, Choong SH, Tang KS, Swee Bee and Jacinta. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Uploaded by Jacinta.
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Simple yet powerful ally ~ Bhagawan Dorje Shuden. Kechara Penang Study Group consists of Chien Seong, Hue, Choong SH, Tang KS, Swee Bee and Jacinta. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Uploaded by Jacinta.
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Thaipusam in Penang. Some of the best shots. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Nothing beats having a sacred audience with our lineage lamas. It's not selfie or wefie, but we have the best 'groufie'!!! 20th Jan 2024, Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Welcoming our lineage Gurus to our Penang Chapel today! Pastor Seng Piow explained the significance of having Guru Tree and introduced to us our lineage lamas, Buddhas, deities, protectors and etc.
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Welcoming our lineage Gurus to our Penang Chapel today! Pastor Seng Piow explained the significance of having Guru Tree and introduced to us our lineage lamas, Buddhas, deities, protectors and etc.
Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Tara Recitation is on now at KISG - Wai Meng
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Tara Recitation is on now at KISG - Wai Meng
Photo from Wan Wai Meng
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Photo from Wan Wai Meng
A sea of yellow ~usually in Tibetan Buddhism yellow represents growth. We prayed that our Penang group will grow in terms of people, wealth and attainments too. _/\_ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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A sea of yellow ~usually in Tibetan Buddhism yellow represents growth. We prayed that our Penang group will grow in terms of people, wealth and attainments too. _/_ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
After Dorje Shugden puja @3pm, we had Rinpoche's Swift Return puja too. We laughed as Sis Swee Bee was commenting that Tang should smile ~ here's the reason why we laughed.  Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta Goh
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After Dorje Shugden puja @3pm, we had Rinpoche's Swift Return puja too. We laughed as Sis Swee Bee was commenting that Tang should smile ~ here's the reason why we laughed. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta Goh
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Today's (9/12/2023)Dorje Shugden puja led by Gordon. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Today's (9/12/2023)Dorje Shugden puja led by Gordon. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Dharma sharing by Hue before we proceeded with DS puja & Rinpoche Swift Return puja. Hue is one of the long time Kechara Penang members and he comes to puja regularly. He shared that he truly believes that Dorje Shugden and Rinpoche always there guiding him. He shared how sometimes DS will give him hints to avert troubles ahead or to alert him when he 'misbehaved'. Hope many will come to know more about this powerful Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden aka DS. Having Dorje Shugden is like having a powerful ally that will protect us day and night. Just trust Him and have faith. Kechara Penang Study Group, 25/11/2023 by Jacinta.
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Dharma sharing by Hue before we proceeded with DS puja & Rinpoche Swift Return puja. Hue is one of the long time Kechara Penang members and he comes to puja regularly. He shared that he truly believes that Dorje Shugden and Rinpoche always there guiding him. He shared how sometimes DS will give him hints to avert troubles ahead or to alert him when he 'misbehaved'. Hope many will come to know more about this powerful Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden aka DS. Having Dorje Shugden is like having a powerful ally that will protect us day and night. Just trust Him and have faith. Kechara Penang Study Group, 25/11/2023 by Jacinta.
Kechara Penang Study Group had our weekly DS puja , led by our beloved sis Swee Bee and serkym by Mr. Lee. After that, we completed Swift Return puja also. 18th Nov 2023. By Jacinta
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Kechara Penang Study Group had our weekly DS puja , led by our beloved sis Swee Bee and serkym by Mr. Lee. After that, we completed Swift Return puja also. 18th Nov 2023. By Jacinta
#Back2back 11th Nov 2023 Dorje Shugden puja & Rinpoche's Swift Return puja @Penang Chapel, 49 Jalan Seang Tek, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang. Every Saturday @3pm/5pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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#Back2back 11th Nov 2023 Dorje Shugden puja & Rinpoche's Swift Return puja @Penang Chapel, 49 Jalan Seang Tek, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang. Every Saturday @3pm/5pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Pic: Rinpoche Swift Return puja ~ 21/10/23 Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Pic: Rinpoche Swift Return puja ~ 21/10/23 Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
#Backtoback A few months back, Kechara Penang Study Group started to have two pujas consecutively on Saturday. Dorje Shugden puja @3pm and thereafter Rinpoche Swift Return puja. This can only be achieved due to the committed members from Penang. A big round of applause...... Pic : DS puja on 21/10/2023 Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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#Backtoback A few months back, Kechara Penang Study Group started to have two pujas consecutively on Saturday. Dorje Shugden puja @3pm and thereafter Rinpoche Swift Return puja. This can only be achieved due to the committed members from Penang. A big round of applause...... Pic : DS puja on 21/10/2023 Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
More pictures of the day! Kechara Penang Chapel & public blessings 3rd Oct 2023 by Jacinta.
4 months ago
More pictures of the day! Kechara Penang Chapel & public blessings 3rd Oct 2023 by Jacinta.
Some pictures of the public blessings taken right after the puja was completed by the monks. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 3rd Oct 2023.
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Some pictures of the public blessings taken right after the puja was completed by the monks. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 3rd Oct 2023.
3rd Oct 2023, Tibetan monks came to Kechara Penang for chapel & public blessing, in conjunction with the arrival of H. E Tsem Rinpoche's holy statue. Thanks to Pastor Henry & Pastor Seng Piow, who guided us throughout the event. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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3rd Oct 2023, Tibetan monks came to Kechara Penang for chapel & public blessing, in conjunction with the arrival of H. E Tsem Rinpoche's holy statue. Thanks to Pastor Henry & Pastor Seng Piow, who guided us throughout the event. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Tsem Rinpoche's holy statue is here! 3rd Oct 2023. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Tsem Rinpoche's holy statue is here! 3rd Oct 2023. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
29th Sept 2023. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden puja adjourned at 4.30pm with 9 attendees. Thereafter, a Rinpoche Swift Return puja was completed too. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
4 months ago
29th Sept 2023. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden puja adjourned at 4.30pm with 9 attendees. Thereafter, a Rinpoche Swift Return puja was completed too. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
We've completed DS puja at 4pm, 16th Sept 2023. Umze for the day was KS Tang. Bee Bee, Eric & Eric Jr attended too. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
4 months ago
We've completed DS puja at 4pm, 16th Sept 2023. Umze for the day was KS Tang. Bee Bee, Eric & Eric Jr attended too. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
On 19th Aug 2023, we have just completed our DS puja, led by William. We started our DS puja with taking refuge with the Three Jewels i.e. Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.
6 months ago
On 19th Aug 2023, we have just completed our DS puja, led by William. We started our DS puja with taking refuge with the Three Jewels i.e. Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.
At the conclusion, we invoked Rinpoche's blessing by chanting His name mantra. See you all next week. Every Saturday @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
6 months ago
At the conclusion, we invoked Rinpoche's blessing by chanting His name mantra. See you all next week. Every Saturday @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Lots of offerings for 2 days retreat (22nd - 23rd July 2023). We offered vegetables, fruits, biscuits, carbonated drinks and many more. Do join us next time. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
7 months ago
Lots of offerings for 2 days retreat (22nd - 23rd July 2023). We offered vegetables, fruits, biscuits, carbonated drinks and many more. Do join us next time. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
We have a few new retreatants this round. Through the guidance of Pastor Seng Piow, all of them completed the retreat successfully. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
7 months ago
We have a few new retreatants this round. Through the guidance of Pastor Seng Piow, all of them completed the retreat successfully. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
#Throwback 22nd July 2023, Kechara Penang Study Group DS retreat, led by Pastor Seng Piow. By Jacinta
7 months ago
#Throwback 22nd July 2023, Kechara Penang Study Group DS retreat, led by Pastor Seng Piow. By Jacinta
When you're in Penang, do drop by at Penang Chapel @ 49, Jalan Seang Tek for our weekly Dorje Shugden puja & Swift Return Puja. You'll get to fulfill your wishes, overcome problems and perhaps you can get protection from negativities and harm too. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
7 months ago
When you're in Penang, do drop by at Penang Chapel @ 49, Jalan Seang Tek for our weekly Dorje Shugden puja & Swift Return Puja. You'll get to fulfill your wishes, overcome problems and perhaps you can get protection from negativities and harm too. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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