Caves of the Thousand Buddhas: The Mogao Caves

Mar 18, 2012 | Views: 2,189

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

The Mogao Caves of Dunhuang, China has been a treasure house of art, spanning over 1,000 years. In each and every one of its 492 Buddhist cave chapels, you will find floor-to-ceiling paintings and clay sculptures as it was previously used for devotions and meditation. The art inside here covers more than ten major genres, such as architecture, stucco sculpture, wall paintings, silk paintings, calligraphy, woodblock printing, embroidery, literature, music and dance, and popular entertainment. But all these only existed because of one man’s vision.

The legend is that in 366 AD, a monk named Le Zun looked across the river at dawn and saw a thousand Buddhas appear on the golden cliff face of Mingsha mountain along the old Silk Road. The caves were then built by monks and mostly sponsored by patrons such as wealthy merchants, foreign dignitaries, as well as Chinese emperors.

But when trade in the Silk Road stopped, Dunhuang was soon forgotten and eventually, the Mogao caves were abandoned. The site however was still a place of pilgrimage and was used as a place of worship by the local people of the 20th century when there was renewed awareness in its presence once more.

Below are some featured carvings and statues in Mogao Caves:

 

#1 Stupa of Wang Yuanlu

Most of the discoveries came from a Chinese Taoist monk named Wang Yuanlu who appointed himself as the guardian. The caves at that time were badly neglected, but Monk Wang recognized their value and instituted a program of refurbishment, funded by whatever donations he could gather.
He then made one of the great discoveries in Chinese archaeology: an amazing cache, of over 50,000 documents and paintings, that had been hidden in Mogao Cave #17. Much of this treasure would be removed, in the following decades, by European archaeologists such as Aurel Stein who befriended the naive monk. They convinced him to sell many of the manuscripts for very small sums of money, which he then used to finance his misguided restorations.

Wang Yuanlu’s remains are interred in this stupa.

 

Paul Pelliot examining manuscripts in the Library Cave

#2 Library Cave

The Cave #17 discovered by Wang Yuanlu came to be known as the Library Cave, it was walled off sometime early in the 11th century. A number of theories have been proposed as the reason for sealing the caves. Stein first proposed that the cave had become a waste repository for venerable, damaged and used manuscripts and hallowed paraphernalia and then sealed perhaps when the place came under threat. Another suggestion is that the cave was simply used as a book storehouse for documents which accumulated over a century and a half, then sealed up when it became full.

Others, such as Pelliot, suggested that the monks hurriedly hid the documents in advance of an attack by invaders.

 

#3 Bodhisattva and Ananda with Lokapala Statues

In Cave #45, this group of statues is part of nine original figures (seven now remain) on the West Wall of the cave. All three are listening to the Buddha, while expressing their individual natures and roles: Kasyapa gives a blessing, the graceful Bodhisattva stands in attendance, and the Lokapala guards the sacred space.

 

#4 Dancer Holding A Pipa Behind Her Back

One of the 450,000 square feet of murals of Mogao Caves can be found in Cave #112. The first rock-and-roller to play an electric guitar behind his back might well have congratulated himself on the innovation, except for this pictorial evidence from 1200 years earlier. The entertainer is dancing, surrounded by an orchestra, barefoot upon a carpet, while holding a pipa (lute) behind her back. This has always been interpreted as playing the pipa behind her back, although that is not quite what the picture indicates (the angle of its neck shows that the front of the instrument is facing the viewer, while her right hand is supporting its back).

Since the image is part of a Pure Land (Amida’s Western Paradise) scene in the cave, it must depict a celestial dancer, as her costume also indicates; however, it is easy to imagine similar entertainments being enacted in reality for the enjoyment of travelers along the Silk Road.

 

#5 The Maitreya

In Cave #275, the colossal (10ft high) Buddha Of The Future sits in typical cross-legged posture. His left hand is in varada (giving) mudra; his now-missing right hand presumably displayed fear-not. He is shown, wearing the crown and jewels of a Bodhisattva, as he waits in Tushita heaven to be incarnated as the Buddha of the next age.

According to Robert L. Thorp (Chinese Art & Culture, p.162), “Much of its surface is covered with later repainting, but the robe covering both shoulders, the ridges on the skirt, and the flattened sashes on the base are likely to be original.”

 

Source: http://www.art-and-archaeology.com/china/china.html

 

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  1. Jacinta on Sep 19, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    Saw this in FB, Rinpoche. It has many black and white pictures of this cave. https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/bzXnkWmmer5GRVJ_1WAaew

    Do enjoy…

  2. Stella Cheang on Jan 8, 2018 at 11:46 am

    The Mogao Caves in Dunhuang is an important site filled with Buddhist artifacts across 400 over temples along 25 kilometers of the ancient Silk Road. It is among one of the best showcase of a fusion of art, culture and religion from both the west and east ends of the Silk Road. Thank you for this sharing.

  3. Lin Mun on Dec 30, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    Master Le Zun must not be an ordinary person as he is able to view a thousand Buddha. Appreciation to Master Le Zun and all the sponsors who kindly built the cave chapels that stored so many different types of scultures, statues, architectures of various Buddha. Since it is now under UNESCO heritage, it will encourage more people to know and learn about the background of Mogao Caves and Buddhism. Wish I have a chance to visit this holy place.

  4. Anne Ong on Mar 27, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Very interesting and beautiful caves of the Thousand Buddhas. I have always loved to see ancient holy sites. The Maitreya Buddha carving is lovely. And thank you Rinpoche for the interesting write up about this cave.

  5. Samfoonheei on Oct 11, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    Beautiful caves of the Thousand Buddhas: The Mogao Caves.Amazing over 50,000 documents and paintings, had been hidden in Mogao cave.The Mogao Caves of Dunhuang, China has been a treasure house of art under UNESCO, It shown that Buddhism have been in China a long time ago in history.Many of the treasure and manuscripts had be removed by European archaeologists .Thank you for sharing this interesting article.

  6. David Lai on Mar 2, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    It is nice to know that Buddhism has such a long history in China and it is really quite sad that much of the living tradition in China has been destroyed during the cultural revolution. It is recovering but very little masters are able to carry on the traditions over. These great temples and caves serves a powerful testament to the enduring legacy of Buddhism in China. It reminds the Chinese of their spiritual roots and it also serves to tell the world what a rich spiritual culture that the Chinese have.

    I would say that Buddhism is such an exceptional philosophy and belief-system that the Chinese, traditionally aloof to foreign ideas and philosophies adopted it whole-heartedly. Buddha, although foreign became Chinese and although the dogma was originally in Sanskrit but became fully translated into Chinese. Today, Buddhism has become deeply ingrained in the Chinese psyche.

  7. Sharon Saw on Feb 22, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Thank you for sharing about this cave complex of ancient Buddhist art and sculptures on the silk road. According to UNESCO, it is “the largest, most richly endowed, and longest used treasure house of Buddhist art in the world. It was first constructed in 366AD and represents the great achievement of Buddhist art from the 4th to the 14th century. 492 caves are presently preserved, housing about 45,000 square meters of murals and more than 2,000 painted sculptures.” ( http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/440 )

    It is sad to learn of the exploitation of this site by European archaeologists. I wonder where these documents are now and whether they will ever be returned to China, where they belong.

  8. Julia Tan on Jul 4, 2012 at 7:02 am

    Mogao Caves – another stunning Buddhist architecture of the world. It is allocated at the Silk Road. Where is SILK ROAD? Route that started from China connected Asia to Mediterranean and European world. This route was used to transfer the Chinese silk to the west. At that time many things were traded along this road such as various technologies, religions and philosophies, along with satin, hempand other fine fabrics, musk, other perfumes, spices, medicines, jewels, glassware, and even rhubarb, as well as slaves.

    Before the arrival of Buddhism from India, temples in China (Taoist and Confucian) were made of wood, which was well adapted to most Chinese conditions. The tradition of cave temples originated in India, where poverty, lack of building material and intense heat had necessitated finding alternative methods to temple buildings.
    The complex of cave temples emerged at Mogao in the 4th century, as pilgrims, monks and scholars passing on the Silk Road settled here to meditate and translate sutras. Merchants and nobles stopped here too, endowing temples to ensure the success of their business or to benefit their souls. http://www.sacred-destinations.com/china/mogao-caves

    • Joy on Jan 31, 2013 at 8:00 pm

      Interesting research Julia. It is an amazing discovery as from here you can see how Mahayana Buddhism was spread and came down to Asia.

      Le Zun was definitely no ordinary person or monk as He had visions of 1000 Buddhas. I am sure through his sincere practice and the wish in finding the Pure Land, this have given him tremendous amount of merits to see the Buddhas!

      What a lovely pilgrimage sight. It is also nice to see China embracing it’s heritage again and reviving Buddhism even if it is due to economic reasons for the tourism industry, I think this definitely will create the causes for Dharma to flourish once again in China and back in to Asia perhaps? 🙂

  9. bengkel manik on Jun 21, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    What’s up friends, how is everything, and what you want to say concerning this post, in my view its genuinely amazing in favor of me.
    This design is spectacular! You certainly know how to keep a reader amused. Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Fantastic job. I really enjoyed what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it. Too cool!

  10. william on Jun 13, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Beautiful Caves! I love the art and statues shown. It would be a privilege to be able to go there to visit. It’s a shame that most of the literature were sold to the West but this discovery is shown that Buddhism is part of China’s history and culture. There are quite a lot of these caves all across China. One of them is the Longmen Grottoes which is under the United Nations List of heritage sites.

    I would definitely borrow the books from KH library to learn more!

  11. tenzin llhamo on Mar 25, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    The caves and paintings are really beautiful! My heart ached when I read that the caves were forgotten after the trade stopped and when the European archeologists conned the monk into selling the manuscripts at such low price when in actual fact the manuscripts are priceless!

  12. KYC on Mar 18, 2012 at 11:17 am

    For those who wish to know more about the Dunhuang caves, there are two volumes of a book I bought in Beijing in 2010, which are now in the Kechara House Dharma Library. The reference is Chen Yu (2008), Fascinating Mural Stories from the Dunhuang Grottoes. Vol.1 & 2, New World Press.

    • MayOng on Mar 19, 2012 at 4:22 pm

      thanks for the info. Ms Kim. Also only KH members can borrow these books from the Kh Library.

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    Saturday, Dec 7. 2019 06:14 PM
    The claim that Dorje Shugden sends you to the three lower realms is used by the Tibetan leadership to worry their community into giving up the Dorje Shugden practice because now, it negatively affects your rebirth. According to the Tibetan leadership, they are banning the practice because they do not want people to go to the three lower realms and take rebirth as spirits or worse. And this reasoning is further used by the Tibetan leadership to create a false sense of compassion, because it compels Tibetans to encourage one another to give up the practice. Why? Because you would not want your loved ones going to the three lower realms, would you?

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  • nicholas
    Saturday, Dec 7. 2019 06:03 PM
    The divine and enlightened beings can manifest in whatever form suits the needs of the people of that time and place in order to help them. They are truly compassionate in that way, and show their immense spiritual ability to be able to do so. The emanation of Lord Manjushri, the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden is no different. It is with that in mind that I envisioned commissioning different forms of Dorje Shugden painted and drawn in different cultural styles to better suit the temperaments of practitioners the world over.

    The usual style that Dorje Shugden is depicted is very Tibetan, but even within his holy entourage there are differences of culture and variation across different countries. For example, the 10 Youthful and Wrathful Attendants, warrior emanations of Dorje Shugden who help avert both inner and outer obstacles, appear in different forms. They take on the physical appearance of Tibetan, Mongolian, Chinese, Kashmiri, Indian and Nepali warriors. This clearly shows that as an enlightened being, Dorje Shugden is above and beyond cultural differences, or location-based variations, etc. He transcends all of that but will emanate in forms that appeal the most to the practitioner. The more styles there are, the more wider the appeal will be. My hope is that many will be blessed by Dorje Shugden and enter his practice and be protected.

    H.E. The 25th Tsem Rinpoche recently commissioned very special images of Dorje Shugden in Indian style, Fauvistic style, Byzantine style, Malaysian style, Chinese style, New Age style and Japanese anime style. And there are many more to come. Do check back here every few weeks as there are more different styles of Dorje Shugden art and will add here in time.

    Check out http://bit.ly/2PyTqCb

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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second 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.
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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
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
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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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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
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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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
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
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There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
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Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden\'s grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche 

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We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
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Kids camp 2019 - Dinner time. Lin Mun KSDS
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Kids camp 2019 - Dinner time. Lin Mun KSDS
Kids camp 2019 - Coaches and participants are all very excited. Lin Mun KSDS
yesterday
Kids camp 2019 - Coaches and participants are all very excited. Lin Mun KSDS
Kids camp 2019 - Handmade vegetarian meatball. Yummy. Lin Mun KSDS
yesterday
Kids camp 2019 - Handmade vegetarian meatball. Yummy. Lin Mun KSDS
Kids camp 2019 - Stack up game
yesterday
Kids camp 2019 - Stack up game
Kids camp 2019 - Stack up game
yesterday
Kids camp 2019 - Stack up game
KISG has carried out monthly animals liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh on Sunday. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
3 weeks ago
KISG has carried out monthly animals liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh on Sunday. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Earth Project- 10/11/19
3 weeks ago
Kechara Earth Project- 10/11/19
Blowing Mantras onto the birds so that they will be have Dharma imprints and good rebirth. We dedicated today's event for Rinpoche’s swift return. ~Jacinta, KPSG
3 weeks ago
Blowing Mantras onto the birds so that they will be have Dharma imprints and good rebirth. We dedicated today's event for Rinpoche’s swift return. ~Jacinta, KPSG
The last bird taking his flight of freedom. Be compassionate always. Be kind to animals ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
3 weeks ago
The last bird taking his flight of freedom. Be compassionate always. Be kind to animals ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
3 weeks ago
Attended Dorje Shugden puja after our monthly Bird Liberation ~ Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
3 weeks ago
Attended Dorje Shugden puja after our monthly Bird Liberation ~ Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
Owen Liew offered incense to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas on behalf of KISG. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
4 weeks ago
Owen Liew offered incense to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas on behalf of KISG. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Steve from Ipoh offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas prior to our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
4 weeks ago
Steve from Ipoh offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas prior to our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has completed our weekly Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
4 weeks ago
KISG has completed our weekly Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Throwback - Parent and children stayed together to do breathing meditation ~ 2018 Pilgrimage cum Camp, Kechara Forest Retreat. Alice, KSDS
4 weeks ago
Throwback - Parent and children stayed together to do breathing meditation ~ 2018 Pilgrimage cum Camp, Kechara Forest Retreat. Alice, KSDS
Throwback - KSDS parent and student visited Kechara Forest Retreat ~ Wesak Day for virtuous deeds and have fun together. Alice, KSDS
4 weeks ago
Throwback - KSDS parent and student visited Kechara Forest Retreat ~ Wesak Day for virtuous deeds and have fun together. Alice, KSDS
Wonderful to see these 2 siblings learn dharma together and pray to Manjushri before the class start. Alice, KSDS
4 weeks ago
Wonderful to see these 2 siblings learn dharma together and pray to Manjushri before the class start. Alice, KSDS
The youngest in the class of only 3 years ago learned how to do full lotus pose for breathing meditation session. Alice, KSDS
4 weeks ago
The youngest in the class of only 3 years ago learned how to do full lotus pose for breathing meditation session. Alice, KSDS
The youngest group of KSDS are very helpful in arranging the seats before the class. Alice, KSDS
4 weeks ago
The youngest group of KSDS are very helpful in arranging the seats before the class. Alice, KSDS
Kechara Ipoh Study Group carried out Mother Tara's prayer recitations on Sunday morning. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
1 month ago
Kechara Ipoh Study Group carried out Mother Tara's prayer recitations on Sunday morning. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Throwback- Group work activities during camp. Lin Mun KSDS
1 month ago
Throwback- Group work activities during camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- Ice breaking session. Lin Mun KSDS
1 month ago
Throwback- Ice breaking session. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback - Decorating Kechara Oasis, artwork dedication from Sunday class kids. Lin Mun KSDS
1 month ago
Throwback - Decorating Kechara Oasis, artwork dedication from Sunday class kids. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- Chinese New Year activity during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
1 month ago
Throwback- Chinese New Year activity during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- WOAH Camp 2017 , Lin Mun KSDS
1 month ago
Throwback- WOAH Camp 2017 , Lin Mun KSDS
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