Brief Garden: A Hidden Paradise in Sri Lanka

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(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Brief Garden is a hidden paradise in Kalawila Village, located approximately 10 km (6.2 mi) from the resort town of Bentota in Sri Lanka. The garden and the house on the estate was the residence of the famous architect and landscape designer, Bevis William Frederick Bawa (Bevis Bawa) (1909 – 1992). Bevis Bawa was also a military officer by profession, and he served as the personal secretary (Aide-de-camp) to four Governors of Ceylon (the present day Sri Lanka) during the British colonial era.

Brief Garden is a delight for those who love nature. When visitors walk into the garden, they will be able to enjoy the jungle feel of the garden and its unique sculptures. The house on the estate is cosy and comfortable. Bevis Bawa built the premise with care and the intention to make it his retirement home.

During his heyday, Bevis Bawa had hosted several high-profile visitors such as Vivian Leigh, Lawrence Olivier, and Agatha Christie in this estate. In addition, the house was frequented by many Sri Lankan artists that included Barbara Sansoni, Vajira, Chitrasena, Ena de Silva, and Laki Senanayake. Donald Friend (1915 – 1989), an Australian artist, visited the place with the intention to stay for one week but ended up staying for almost six years. Please continue to read this interesting post. Sri Lanka is a magical and beautiful country.

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History

The statues at the entrance gates were created by Donald Friend, the Australian artist who stayed at Brief Garden for almost six years.

In 1929, when he was 20 years old, Bevis Bawa came to Kalawila Village to manage his family 2 ha (4.9 acres) rubber plantation, Brief Estate. The name Brief Estate was given because his father, who was a successful lawyer, bought the estate after a successful legal brief. When managing Brief Estate, Bevis Bawa decided to build his home in the area although at the time the estate did not have running electricity. He then began to sell part of the estate and used the income to build his house and garden. Bevis Bawa changed the name of the premise from Brief Estate to Brief Garden.

Not long after he came to Kalawila Village, Bevis Bawa joined the army, and he started to develop the garden and the house at the same time. After retiring from his military post, Bevis Bawa made Brief Garden his permanent home. It took him 40 years to complete this masterpiece. The house and the garden were finally completed in 1970, and two years later, Bevis Bawa was requested to open the premise to the public. As Brief Garden’s popularity grew, Bevis Bawa began to receive commissions to design the landscapes of foreign embassies, public buildings and private houses in Sri Lanka.

Bevis Bawa bequeathed Brief Garden to his trusted friend and head gardener, Dooland De Silva, upon his passing in 1992.

Bevis Bawa in front of the Japanese Moon Gate at Brief Garden.

 

The Garden

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Brief Garden is a reflection of Bevis Bawa’s personalities. In various articles and periodicals, he has been described as unruly, casual, felicitous, bon vivant, and romantic. As you enter Brief Garden, the exotic and lush jungle feel greet you. You are transported to a different universe that is unique but intimate and comforting. You find yourself walking through various narrow pathways in the midst of tropical forest which suddenly lead you to a staircase, a pond, a patio, a piece of unique sculpture, open spaces, stone steps, or bathing fountain that enhance the aesthetic of the place.

Each turn or passage brings you to various breathtaking vistas or the secret alcoves where you can read your books without interruption or admire the garden in peace. According to David Robson, the author of Bawa: The Sri Lanka Gardens, “Brief is introspective, … a series of outdoor rooms with almost no views toward the outside. … decorative [and] … eclectic.” Brief Garden is also filled with unique sculptures. Many of these sculptures were made by Bevis Bawa himself or one of his artists’ friends. Visitors are also able to see exotic birds, monkeys, and rare species of plants/ flowers.

During his lifetime, Bevis Bawa employed 15 gardeners to maintain the beauty of the garden.

The beautiful Japanese Moon Gate that leads to a secret garden.

The beautiful Japanese Moon Gate that leads to a secret garden.

Another perspective of the Japanese Moon Gate.

Another perspective of the Japanese Moon Gate.

The raised stones imprinted in foliage shave lead the pathway to a secret garden behind the Japanese Moon Gate.

The raised stones with leaf shapes imprinted on them.

A very rare species of bat orchid at Brief Garden.

Bat orchid, one of the rare flower species at Brief Garden.

One of the open spaces at Brief Garden

One of the open spaces at Brief Garden.

A round-shaped pond at Brief Garden.

A round-shaped pond at Brief Garden.

Another pond at Brief Garden located near the house's back patio.

Another pond at Brief Garden located near the house’s back patio.

A sculpture encroached with leaves

A sculpture encroached with leaves.

The garden is filled with sculptures, many of which were made by Bevis Bawa himself.

The garden is filled with sculptures that merge perfectly with their surrounding. Many of these sculptures were made by Bevis Bawa himself.

The stairs that lead visitors to another delightful vista.

The stairs that lead visitors to another delightful vista.

 

The House

An odd-shaped tree in front of the house.

An uniquely-shaped tree in front of the house.

Bevis Bawa’s house is located on the highest part of the estate to enable those who are inside the house to look at the entire garden and beyond. The house is beautiful, but cosy and comfortable. There is no sense of pompousness although this was the place where Bevis Bawa entertained many of his high profile guests. White bougainvillea concealed the roof of the entrance, and the main gates open to a large bamboo-hedged space that served as a car park. Just like the garden, the house is decorated with the artworks of Bevis Bawa and his artist friends such as Edward Scott, George Bevan, George Keyt Russell Drysdale, Rachel Southerner, and Donald Friend. Most of the artworks in the house were gifts from his friends. Bevis Bawa had never intended to become an art collector, and he was not attached to the monetary value of his possession. During one of the interviews, he mentioned that “He has no pride of possession.”

Dooland de Silva remembers that Bevis Bawa liked to enjoy his magnificent garden from the patio while attending to his work.

The house has many windows that create an open and airy environment. The windows also enable the residents of the house to enjoy the beautiful view outside.

The front patio

The house is decorated with terracotta tiles, and part of the outer walls are painted in soft apricot colour.

The back patio

The back patio

Another perspective of the back patio.

Another perspective of the back patio.

An open-air bath tub at the back garden.

An open-air bath tub at the back garden.

A mirror embedded on the wall above a concrete bench

A mirror embedded on the wall above a concrete bench.

The cosy and comfortable living room.

The house’s walls are decorated with many artworks created by Bevis Bawa and his artistic friends.

The elegant and simple dining room.

The elegant and simple dining room.

 

Visiting Brief Garden

Address:
Brief Garden Kalawila Village
Beruwala 12070
Sri Lanka

Phone: +94 77 350 9290
Opening hours: 8 AM – 5 PM
Entrance fee: LKR 1,000

How To Get There

If you are visiting Brief Garden from Colombo, you can take Galle Road heading to Alutgama. At Alutgama junction, turn left and pass through the town of Dharga. Please be careful, as there are many cyclists and pedestrians when you go through this predominantly Muslim town. After passing the town, turn left at the junction that is marked by a signboard with the word “Brief” written in red letters. After following the road for approximately 2 km (1.24 mi), you will see another signboard with the words “Brief Short Cut” written on it. Turn right, and drive through the road that ends at Brief Garden.

Accommodation

Visitors can stay in the nearby town of Bentota. Be aware that many hotels in Bentota lie just a few metres from the railway track. Visitors may find the frequency of the trains disruptive to sleep. Check the hotel’s proximity to the railway track before booking. Below are just some of the several places available. It is recommended that you do further research to find accommodation that is suitable for your needs.

1. Chami Villa Bentota

The hotel offers seven furnished bedroom and one apartment.

Address:
23 Pitaramba
Bentota 80500, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 779744265
Website: http://www.chamivillabentota.com

2. Village Headman’s Bungalow

The colonial-style bungalow offers 4 bedrooms and modern amenities.

Address:
Gonagala Pura, Bentota, Bentota 80500, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 34 2 274466
Website: http://www.vhbbentota.com

 

About Bevis Bawa

The young Bevis Bawa.

The young Bevis Bawa.

Major Bevis William Frederick Bawa, ADC, CLI, was born on 26 April 1909 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. His father was Benjamin William Bawa (1865 – 1923), a prominent lawyer of Muslim and English descent, and his mother was Bertha Marianne née Schrader (1876 – 1946), who was of Sinhalese, German, and Scottish descent. His brother, Geoffrey Bawa (1919 – 2003) was ten years his junior and would later become an award-winning architect who designed Sri Lanka’s House of Parliament.

Bevis Bawa attended the Royal College of Colombo, but he was not doing well at his study. According to Richard Simon who interviewed Bevis Bawa in 1991, he was “…academically impossible, incurably artistic, and quite unbearably honest.” The headmaster suggested him to go to England to study art instead, but Bevis Bawa rejected the idea because he was of the opinion that “art cannot be taught – you either have it in you or you don’t.” Bevis had to terminate his study upon his father’s sudden passing in 1923. His mother, Bertha, sent him to his uncle’s estates to be trained in the skills related to plantation and estate management.

Bevis Bawa and his younger brother Geoffrey Bawa.

Bevis Bawa and his younger brother Geoffrey Bawa.

In 1929, the 20-year-old Bevis Bawa was sent to Kalawila Village to take over the management of Brief Estate, and not long after he joined the army. Bevis Bawa became the Second Lieutenant of the Ceylon Light Infantry, the Ceylon Defence Force’s military reserve regiment. Bevis Bawa admitted that he joined the army “to see if I was a gentleman, knew how to hold my fork properly and so forth.” Bevis Bawa managed very well in the army. He was promoted to the rank of Captain and later, Major. He served as Aide-de-camp to Governor Sir Reginald Edward Stubbs (1876 – 1947), Governor Sir Andrew Caldecott (1884 – 1951), Sir Henry Monck-Mason Moore (1887 – 1964), and Herwald Ramsbotham, 1st Viscount Soulbury (1887 – 1971).

Bevis Bawa was a tall, handsome, soft-spoken man. who had a tremendous love for his garden and cars. During his younger day, he was considered as one of the most eligible bachelors in the Colombo’s society. However, he decided that marriage was too respectable for him and continued to maintain his bachelor status. He retired from the army in 1950 to pursue his artistic interest in landscaping and designing.

Between the 1950s and 1960’s, Bevis Bawa wrote a series of articles for the Ceylon Daily News, titled “Briefly by Bevis.” In these articles, he wrote about his passion for landscaping and gardening, as well as informative observations, anecdotes and entertaining judgements from his day-to-day experience. His general recollections of the governors he had served were favourable, although he had a less complimentary opinion on Sir Reginald Stubbs’s sense of fashion. He wrote, “I often wondered if he went to bed with his tie, waist-coat, and shoes on.” His articles, Briefly by Bevis, became very popular that they were moved from the Daily News to a more prominent place on the Sunday Observer. However, he had made it clear that he “wished to hurt no-one [with his writing]… but he himself was the butt of his own fun.”

Bevis Bawa in his old age.

Bevis Bawa in his old age.

Bevis Bawa was known as a gracious host. He held many parties on Poya (full moon) weekends at his house for the members of the art community (e.g., actors, actresses, artists, theater people, etc.) and other high profiles personalities.

In 1991, one year before his death, Bevis Bawa’s body was declining. He had lost his eyesight and was confined to a wheelchair. However, despite his physical limitation, he had no difficulties in putting his visitors at ease. His blindness did not bother him as much. He said, “I’ve always been a claustrophobe – had a dread of being buried alive and all that. I thought blindness would be like that too, but it isn’t dark at all – you’re always seeing pictures, pictures of the past, and pictures of things that had never happened. I play them back like a film; I live in the past all the time now.” Friends continued to visit him from Colombo and abroad. Bevis was always happy to receive them. Bevis Bawa passed away of old age on 18 September 1992 at the age of 83 years old.

 

Brief Garden: The House & Garden of Bevis Bawa

Do watch the video below to enjoy the visual delight from the beautiful Brief Garden.

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https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/BriefGarden.mp4

 

Sources:

  • http://www.traveldiaries.asia/brief-gardens-sri-lankas-best-kept-secret/
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bevis_Bawa
  • https://www.gardendesign.com/abroad/sri-lanka.html
  • https://www.gardendesign.com/abroad/sri-lanka.html
  • http://www.sundaytimes.lk/110529/Plus/plus_06.html
  • https://www.inspirock.com/sri-lanka/beruwala/brief-garden-bevis-bawa-a766306885
  • http://artnlight.blogspot.my/2016/12/bevis-bawas-brief-gardens.html
  • http://infolanka.com/discover/bevis/
  • https://www.lonelyplanet.com/sri-lanka/bentota-aluthgama-induruwa/attractions/brief-garden/a/poi-sig/1194828/357500

 

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  1. Yee Yin on Oct 15, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    Thank you Tsem Rinpoche for sharing with us this beautiful spot in Sri Lanka. It is definitely a must visit. There is so much care put in the design of the house, the interior and the garden.

    I really like this house estate. The house is spacious with a lot of light and windows for air circulation. However, the main focus is not the house but the landscape. The trees and the plants are growing so well giving the whole environment the feels of calm, peace and serenity, I don’t mind living here at all!

    It is better to live in an environment that is very natural, not a concrete jungle like in the city. It is full of pollutants in the city, from noise to water to air, these are not good to our health that is why we have so many health problems nowadays. If given a choice, I would rather live outside a city with fresh air and luscious greenery.

  2. Samfoonheei on Mar 13, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    It was such a tranquil peaceful place, which has a beautiful landscaping every corner. Beautifully designed and having maintained a natural style garden . Wow ..i love the unique gate guarded by two statues with flower pots and the beautiful Japanese Moon Gate that leads to a secret garden. The gardens are beautifully landscaped ,the house is full of artwork and treasures Brief is one of Sri Lanka’s most enchanting gardens .Its a nice place to explore and fantasize. Bevis Bawa a retired army major and his friends created these unique place. For such a vast garden, Bevis Bawa employed 15 gardeners to maintain the beauty of these garden.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this beautiful article

  3. Joy on Jun 19, 2017 at 12:26 am

    What a beautiful, magical enchanting garden. It reminds me of the magical movie called Labyrinth. Everything about the garden is very artistic, from how it has been landscape, the objects he used, the pots, the sculpture, the door, the path tells a story, gives a different mood and ambience. You can see that each section was like a piece of art.

    Bevis Bawa is indeed a very creative man and with the help of his many creative, artistic friends, this garden has blossomed to a little paradise in Sri Lanka. He must have taken a lot of time to create this gorgeous garden of paradise with many rare species and collection of plants. This is definitely a place I could visit and live in! It a place where all artists would love to dwell and let their creative imagination run wild. Also, a lovely sanctuary to do retreats and meditations, I am sure Rinpoche would make it even more beautiful and purposeful with Buddha sculptures everywhere for the birds, bees, animals etc.

  4. Anne Ong on Jun 18, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    How I wish were in this Brief Garden,or able to visit this place. It is so beautiful and intriguing. I can imagine the wonderful feeling to be in this garden. Love the sculptures and design of Thr Brief Garden.It’s really like a secret garden. Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for sharing this beautiful article._/\_

  5. Lim Han Nee on Jun 16, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Brief Garden fascinates me! It is beautiful, but its beauty lies in the creation of a harmony of unexpected things that are each so fascinating in itself!Therein lies its uniqueness.In Brief Garden, Bevis Bawa has created something he has put all his passion , heart and soul into creating to show you the beauty of the unexpected and the unconventional.

    Hence, as you wander through this Garden, you will come upon a lovely sculpture of a face, with a head that is a nest of ferns, and ferns peeping out at its base, and in the background is an old wall, with another smaller sculpture wrapped in a thick layer of creeper leaves.It’s unexpectedly beautiful.

    Then you are right in front of a beautiful lush green corner, with a lovely little moongate, that you might think at first doesn’t belong there. However, on second thoughts, the moongate does enhance the charm of that corner!

    Next you are looking at an orchid that looks like a bat and stones, with leaves imprinted on them, that are strewn along a sandy path! Then ahead, what’s this? This is a little circular pond encircled by dense undergrowth , where you wonder which is out of place and yet they all ultimately seem to fit in!

    Last but not last, you are looking at a neat open space carpeted by short grass and surrounded by dense foliage and plants. Incongruous? No, not after you look again.

    Thanking you Rinpoche for sharing the beauty of a unique place called Brief Garden.

  6. Vivian Ong on Jun 5, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article about Bevis Bawa who owns the Brief Garden. It is indeed a beautiful and relax place to stay. This Brief Garden is best use for people who wants so peace to do their meditation. With the huge amount of trees, bushes and plants, it makes the environment calm, cooling and less polluted by dust. It is definitely a recommended place to visit in Sri Lanka.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  7. Stella Cheang on Jun 4, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    This is a very nice read about Brief Garden, the photos accompanying the article reflect the enchanting estates very well. I like how the plants naturally merged with the man-made structures of the estate without even trying. The colonial-styled buildings and the terracotta floorings are nice touches that add a warm welcome for any visitors. Felt like a place from a novel. It is a place I would certainly like to spend some time staying there to rejuvenate.

  8. Uncle Eddie on Jun 4, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    Brief Garden, a delight for nature lovers, which took 40 years of Bevis Bawa’s life to complete this-master piece, personified how great a love Bevis Bawa had for magnificient beautiful gardens and cars too! As one of the most handsome eligible bachelors in colombo’s society, he decided that marriage was too respectable for him, instead preferred to concentrate on his artistic interests in landscaping and designing! Bevis Bawa also maintained himself well in the army, rising up to the rank of a major cum Aide-de-camp to various governors. It is said Brief Garden is a reflection of Bevis Bawa’s personality. i.e exotic, rush, unique but intimate and comforting. Each turn or passageway, will bring you to a secret accrove of various breath-taking vistas! It is said that Brief Garden is also filled with unique sculptures, many of which were made by Bevis Bawa himself or his artistics friends. Visitors can also see exotic colorful birds, monkeys and rare species of plants and lovely flowers to compliment the beauty of The BRIEF GARDEN!

  9. wan wai meng on Jun 4, 2017 at 12:43 am

    The pictures of the Brief Garden, truly does a lot of justice for the beauty of this place. The beauty of this place seems very timeless, and it is further enhanced to the various sculptures set by Bevis Bawa and his friends.

    Would really love to visit the secret garden of this place id such an opportunity arises.

  10. Fong on Jun 3, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    Brief Garden sounds interesting and the photos of the garden shows that it is a work of art made of living plants. Though it was created for close friends and himself, it was to become a place of enchantment for many nowadays.
    Hidden with beautiful gems, a glimpse into the past of another way of life. Somethings have changed within the garden and yet it has remained the same. Does it reflect the human life? That there will be changes and yet some things remain. That it is hidden and yet holds a world of beauty if one looks for it?

    Thank you sharing about this beautiful garden. Would not have known about it if not for this article.

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    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/mongolian-state-oracle-paints-dorje-shugden
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    Sunday, Feb 16. 2020 02:38 PM
    An interesting short biography of the 8th Jebtsundamba Khutughtu who was the last Lama-Ruler of Mongolia. He was the spiritual leader of Outer Mongolia’s Tibetan Buddhism and the third most important person in the Tibetan Buddhist hierarchy after the Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama. Interesting read of a great Lama who has played an important part in the Mongolian Buddhism history.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/his-holiness-the-8th-jebtsundamba-khutughtu
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 15. 2020 03:42 PM
    China is the most populated country of the world and is the fourth largest country in the world in terms of dimension. China is one of the most powerful and influential countries of the world at the moment. China has the world’s fastest-growing major economy. China is a multi-religious country, where Taoism, Buddhism, Islam, to name a few. Buddhism has had a great influence on the local culture in China in terms of art, literature, and ideology. A great news ……Chinese government officially supports Dorje Shugden and allow Dorje Shugden practitioners their religious freedom. Well ,high time for the Tibetan Leadership (CTA) to change their political strategies on the ban of Dorje Shugden. Due to Dorje Shugden’s controversy, many had suffered , families divided, many had suffered , Dorje Shugden people had to break away from their monasteries and so forth.
    China has benefited many in terms of economy and brought changes to Tibet and other parts of China. To date the Tibetans in Tibet wants to be part of China too. Even the Dalai Lama request to be able to travel back to Tibet.
    May the ban on Dorje Shugden soon be lifted.
    Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for sharing the update.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/china-officially-supports-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 15. 2020 03:40 PM
    Wow …amazing a gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue been built up overlooking the southern approach to Thimphu , Bhutan. This golden Buddha Statue sits at one of the mountains in Thimphu known as Kunzangphodrang. Its presence reflects the dominant religion in Bhutan. Buddhism been an important part in the daily life of the Bhutanese. It was constructed in 2015 to honor the 60th birthday of Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the fourth king of Bhutan. By now this huge Buddha statue has attracted many locals as well as foreigners visiting the beautiful country of Bhutan. I do wish I could visit this amazing architecture Buddha statue in the near future. Well…it would be wonderful if Kechara Forest Retreat have such a big statue to bless the surrounding area with peace, harmony and happiness.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/buddha-at-thimpu-bhutan.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 15. 2020 03:39 PM
    Great masterpiece of the 19th and 20th century of Choijin Lama Temple in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. A Buddhist monastery built in 1904 by the 8th Bogd Khaan Jebzundamba and dedicated to his brother the Choijin Lama Luvsanhaidav. Wow…It was built by a well- known architect and hundreds of Mongolian Master craftsman. Well it’s a museum now with rich collections of Mongolian Buddhist sculptures, wood carvings, and paintings. It also housed a collection of masks and robes associated with religious Cham dance. Mongolia has a long history of Buddhism, Cham dances and other religious ceremonies. This Choijin Lama Temple constitute a rich ,unique resource and one of few surviving links with the past history related to the state oracle of Mongolia. Interesting read with videos and rare pictures in the museum. We are fortunate to see it .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Seow Choong Liang for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/choijin-lama-the-state-oracle-of-mongolia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Feb 14. 2020 03:41 PM
    Interesting story of Buddha in comic book . It will be inspiring for all of us to understand about Buddha’s life story. Even to those who do not read well especially children yet looking at those pictures tells them all. Good start for them too.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this comic book.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/buddha-shakyamuni-comic-book.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Feb 14. 2020 03:40 PM
    nteresting sharing by Professor Reginald Ray for westerners or non believer or non Buddhist. Its all about the importance and impact rituals in Tibetan Buddhism. Each and every cultures have a different view of what they believes in and with unseen beings through rituals. Well to the Westerners, they view such people as ignorant and ruled by superstition. They are likely to believe in the existence of unseen beings. They seek explanations for all things based on human logic and reason. In Buddhism ritual communication with unseen beings is of tantric Buddhist practice. A very profound explanation by Professor Reginald Ray of what Tibetan Buddhism all is about. After reading it for the second time , I still got plenty to learn from the post. Will read it again for a better understanding in future .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this very profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/on-the-importance-of-relating-to-unseen-beings.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Feb 14. 2020 03:39 PM
    Beautiful poems tells us a thousand words of advice for us . Very precise and meaningful whereby we could learn from understanding it deeply . We cannot change anything until we accept it, change to free ourselves from suffering, practicing dharma and doing dharma work to live our life meaningful after all life is short we never know what happen next.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this beautiful poems to have our mind transform.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/suffering-is-my-protector.html

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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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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
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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
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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
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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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    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
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    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
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    Cute!
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  • Uncle Wong
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    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
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    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
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    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
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    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
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    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
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    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
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    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    2 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
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    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
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    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
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    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    2 yearss ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
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    2 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
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    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
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For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
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Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
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Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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Beautiful red lanterns around Vajrayogini Stupa at Kechara Forest Retreat. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Beautiful red lanterns around Vajrayogini Stupa at Kechara Forest Retreat. shared by Pastor Antoinette
Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
The rain may have doused the fires but the embers of pain still linger in our hearts. Sending Australia our love & prayers. Let's continue to #PrayForAustralia. ❤️ shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks ago
The rain may have doused the fires but the embers of pain still linger in our hearts. Sending Australia our love & prayers. Let's continue to #PrayForAustralia. ❤️ shared by Pastor Antoinette
Auspicious red decorations at Tsongkhapa shrine. Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Auspicious red decorations at Tsongkhapa shrine. Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong. shared by Pastor Antoinette
Gong Xi Fa Cai! Here's to new beginnings and better endings with this Year of the Metal Rat! shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Gong Xi Fa Cai! Here's to new beginnings and better endings with this Year of the Metal Rat! shared by Pastor Antoinette
Throwback KSDS Graduation - All kids were so excited with to perform. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback KSDS Graduation - All kids were so excited with to perform. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback WOAH camp 2016 - DIY soap. So interesting. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback WOAH camp 2016 - DIY soap. So interesting. Lin Mun KSDS
Children learning the method to make water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children learning the method to make water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
Monthly animal liberation in Kechara House. KSDS have opportunity to participate in the meritorious activity every mth. Lin Mun KSDS
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Monthly animal liberation in Kechara House. KSDS have opportunity to participate in the meritorious activity every mth. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback Kids camp 2019 - Wonderful volunteers. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback Kids camp 2019 - Wonderful volunteers. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback Kids camp 2019 - The nature of KFR is expressed on this drawing. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback Kids camp 2019 - The nature of KFR is expressed on this drawing. Lin Mun KSDS
Special thanks to Hue, one of our dedicated members in Kechara Penang Study Group. Thanks for helping out during our bird liberation. ~Jacinta
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Special thanks to Hue, one of our dedicated members in Kechara Penang Study Group. Thanks for helping out during our bird liberation. ~Jacinta
Animal Liberation is one of the great ways to show empathy, kindness and compassion to kids. Start them early! ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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Animal Liberation is one of the great ways to show empathy, kindness and compassion to kids. Start them early! ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
The merits from life liberation are varied and boundless ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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The merits from life liberation are varied and boundless ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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