Exquisite Nagadeepa Vihara in Sri Lanka

Jun 11, 2017 | Views: 439

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(By Tsem Rinpoche)

This is a powerful energy and spiritual vortex as well as a incredibly rich cultural locale. The exquisite Nagadeepa Purana Raja Maha Vihara (Sinhalese: නාගදීප පුරාණ විහාරය, Tamil: நயினாதீவு நாக விகாரை) is considered one of the sixteen most sacred places of worship by Buddhists in Sri Lanka. It is one of the sites that pilgrims have been visiting since the 1st century, especially to worship at the Rajayatana stupa, located on the island of Nagadeepa (or Nainativu), a small but notable island off the coast of Jaffna Peninsula in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. It is sacred to Buddhists and all spiritual seekers. Meditation in this place will afford great blessings.

At the same time it is a culturally rich and ancient place to visit for the traveler. Those of us who bask in the learning and understanding of various and ancient cultures must visit this particular place and Sri Lanka overall. Sri Lanka is one of the most beautiful places on earth as well as blessed with extremely friendly people and is affordable. It should be on every traveler’s must visit list. An exotic and spiritual place which would enhance any visitor both new and seasoned.

 

History

The Tamil Buddhist epic Manimekala mentions a gem-studded throne, and a stone with the impression of the Buddha’s footprint on it, located on the island of Nainativu (also known as Nagadeepa), which pilgrims from India visited. The Mahavamsa or ‘The Great Chronicle’, an important work on Sri Lankan history stated that the Buddha visited Nagadeepa and settled a dispute between two naga kings, regarding the same gem-studded throne.

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One of the two representations of the gem-studded throne in the compound of the vihara.

In the fifth year after Buddha Shakyamuni’s complete enlightenment (around 523 BCE), two naga clans in Sri Lanka, led by King Mahodhara and his nephew Chulodhara, respectively, were on the brink of war over the gem-studded throne in Nagadeepa. While in Jetavana Grove, the Buddha using his clairvoyance, saw the disaster that was about to take place and so travelled to Sri Lanka. He arrived on the day of Bak Amawaka Poya (fifteen days prior to the Bak Full Moon Poya Day).

A deva named Samiddhasumana, who dwelt in the Rajayatana tree (a banyan tree) in Jetavana, uprooted the tree and held it like a parasol over the Buddha. He accompanied the Buddha to Nagadeepa from Jetavana, and this deva had in fact lived in Nagadeepa during one of his previous rebirths, so he had some karmic connection with the place. It was in his previous rebirth that he had provided some Pratyeka Buddhas with leaves from a tree to clean their alms bowls. The merit he generated from this simple act caused him to be born as a deva in Jetavana Grove.

Mahodhara was a king in Nagadeepa, a naga kingdom in the ocean that covered five hundred ‘yojanas’ (an ancient measurement of length, roughly 15km in today’s standard). His younger sister, Thirachchika was married to the naga King of Vaddhamana Mountain and had a son, Chulodhara.

Thirachchika was gifted a gem-studded throne, one of her father’s treasures, before his death. Mahodhara was displeased, and when the throne’s ownership was given to his nephew Chulodhara, Mahodhara decided to declare war against him.

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A mural in the compound of Nagadeepa Purana Raja Maha Vihara depicting Lord Buddha’s visit to resolve the conflict among two naga kings.

As the Buddha arrived in Nagadeepa, he hovered in mid-air above the battlefield. He called forth dreaded darkness, and then later, spread light again, showing a miracle that shocked the nagas out of their battle. When the nagas saw the Buddha, they joyfully paid reverence to him. The Buddha then preached to the warring factions on the virtues of non-violence, and narrated to them Jataka stories such as of Karkoluka, Pandana, Latukika, and Wattaka. These stories portray the evils of hatred and the importance of living in harmony. Chulodhara and Mahodhara settled the dispute and offered the gem-studded throne to the Buddha. The Buddha then sat down and was offered celestial food and drink by the naga kings.

Mahodhara’s uncle, the naga King Maniakkhika of Kelaniya, who was there to take part in the battle, praised the Buddha’s great compassion, saying that had the Buddha not appeared, they would have all been consumed to ashes and many lives would have been lost. Maniakkhika then mentioned his hope of seeing the Buddha visiting his kingdom of Kelaniya if the Buddha were to visit the country again.

The Buddha remained silent, indicating that he accepted King Maniakkhika’s request. The Rajayatana tree was planted on that very spot as a sacred memorial by Maniakkhika, and the gem-studded throne was given back to the naga kings as an object to venerate. The Buddha told the nagas that since he had used these two items, the Rajayatana tree and the gem-studded throne, venerating them would bring blessings and happiness. The Buddha then returned to Jetavana Grove. The Nagadeepa (Rajayatana) Stupa was constructed by King Mahodara and Chulodhara to enshrine the gem-studded throne, and it became a site of Buddhist veneration ever since.

In 1931 Venerable Randombe Somatissa Nayake Thero from Ambalangoda visited Nagadeepa and observed some ruins, which he identified as the stupa constructed over the gem-studded throne on which Lord Buddha had preached. Venerable Randombe then reconstructed the stupa with the support of donors.

 

Nagadeepa Purana Raja Maha Vihara

Nagadeepa Purana Raja Maha Vihara marks the place where the Buddha was supposed to have stayed during his visit to the small island. On one side of the road is an ancient Bodhi tree, a Rajayatana tree (a banyan tree), a mural depicting Buddha’s visit and the Naga Pokuna while on the other is the silver-painted (Rajayatana) stupa and the main shrine room. The main shrine room is situated behind the Rajayatana Stupa.

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Naga Pokuna near the entrance depicting naga king Mucalinda protecting the Buddha from the elements after his enlightenment.

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On the left side of the road where an ancient Bodhi tree, a Rajayatana (banyan) tree, a mural depicting Buddha’s visit and the Naga Pokuna are located.

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A mural depicting Buddha’s visit to Nagadeepa.

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A Rajayatana (banyan) tree in the compound of the vihara (on the left), and the ancient bodhi tree with a golden fence around it on the right.

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A small building behind the stupa where another representation of the gem-studded throne is placed.

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A close-up of the gem-studded throne.

 

Rajayatana Stupa

According to Buddhist history, this stupa was constructed to enshrine the gem-studded throne that almost caused a war between two naga kings, and was later offered to Lord Buddha by the kings after he settled the dispute. The Rajayatana Stupa is painted in silver due to the stupa’s limestone structure, and its close proximity to the sea. This means that it is constantly subjected to a salty breeze, and thus the silver paint protects the structure.

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The silver-painted Rajayatana Stupa.

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You can see the main shrine (white) building on the left side of this picture.

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A close-up of the stupa.

 

Ancient Bodhi Tree

This Bodhi tree is from one of the eight original saplings from the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi in the Mahamewna Gardens, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. The Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi is said to be the right-wing (southern) branch from the historical Sri Maha Bodhi Tree at Bodhgaya in India under which Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. The Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi was planted in 288 BCE, and is the oldest living human-planted tree in the world with a known date of planting.

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An ancient Bodhi tree with a golden fence surrounding it.

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The Main Shrine Room

This main shrine room is situated behind the Rajayathana Stupa and was constructed using traditional Jaffna architectural style. The shrine room contains several Buddha images, as well as wall paintings.

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Pilgrims waiting for their turn to visit the main shrine room.

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Entrance of the main shrine room.

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One of the images of the Buddha in the main shrine room.

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One of the images of the Buddha in the main shrine room.

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One of the images of the Buddha in the main shrine room.

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One of the images of the Buddha in the main shrine room.

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Beautiful painting under the dome of the main shrine room.

 

Virtual Tour of Nagadeepa Purana Raja Maha Vihara

Click on the picture below for a virtual tour of Nagadeepa Purana Raja Maha Vihara.
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Visiting Nagadeepa Purana Raja Maha Vihara

Address:
Nagadeepa Rajamaha Viharaya
Nainativu Island, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 21 3 213356
Entrance fee: LKR 500
Opening hours: 6:00AM – 6:00PM

 

Accommodation

Visitors to the temple are recommended to stay in the larger nearby city, Jaffna where there is a greater choice of accommodation available. 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. Green Grass Hotel
The hotel offers affordable comfort and modern facilities such as outdoor swimming pool and a garden restaurant.

Address:
33 Aseervatham Lane, Hospital Rd.
Jaffna 40000, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 21 2 224385
Website: http://jaffnagreengrass.com

2. Jaffna Heritage Hotel
The hotel is located at the heart of the city and provides “a subtle hint of Colonial splendour.”

Address:
Temple Road, Nallur
Jaffna 40000, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 21 2 222424
Website: http://www.jaffnaheritage.com

 

How To Get There

The boats to Nagadeepa (Nainativu) leave from Punkudutivu, 30 km off the mainland, reached by a series of causeways connecting it with other islands off the Jaffna peninsula in Sri Lanka. You can travel using your private vehicle to reach Kurrikaduwan (Kurrikattuwan), the jetty on Punkudutivu Island. Public and private buses also run regularly from Jaffna to Punkudutivu, and boat crossings are timed to leave just after the bus arrives.

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Location of Nagadeepa (Nainativu) island in the northern part of Sri Lanka.

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Location of Nagadeepa (Nainativu) and other islands in the district of Jaffna.

From Kurrikaduwan (Kurrikattuwan) on Punkudutivu Island, boat services to islands such as Nagadeepa (Nainativu), Delft, Analaitivu and Eluvaitivu are managed and operated by the Sri Lankan Navy. Make sure to check the destination and the departure times of the boats before you board. Nainativu is only a 15-minute boat ride from Kurrikaduwan (Kurrikattuwan).

There are two jetties on Nainativu, one at the ancient Hindu shrine of Sri Nagapooshani Amman and another at Nagadeepa Purana Raja Maha Vihara. If most of the passengers are Hindus, the boat stops at the former and if most are Buddhists it stops at the latter.

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Departure point at Kurrikaduwan (Kurrikattuwan) Jetty on the Punkudutivu island.

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Nagadeepa (Nainativu) pier, heading towards the entrance of Nagadeepa Purana Raja Maha Vihara.

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Nagadeepa (Nainativu) pier, heading towards the entrance of Nagadeepa Purana Raja Maha Vihara.

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Approaching the entrance to Nagadeepa Purana Raja Maha Vihara.

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Approaching the entrance to Nagadeepa Purana Raja Maha Vihara.

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Entrance to the compound of Nagadeepa Purana Raja Maha Vihara.

 

Nagadeepa / Nainativu Island: Unifying Communities

Watch this short excerpt to catch a glimpse of Nagadeepa (Nainativu) island, home to the Buddhist shrine Nagadeepa Purana Raja Maha Vihara and the Hindu shrine Nagapooshani Amman Temple.

Or view the video on the server at:
https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/Nagadeepa01.mp4

 

Nagadeepa Purana Raja Maha Vihara on Nainativu Island

See this short excerpt of travelling to Nagadeepa from the Kurikattuwan (Kurikadduwan) Jetty on the island of Punkudutivu, featuring attractions at Nagadeepa Purana Raja Maha Vihara.

Or view the video on the server at:
https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/Nagadeepa02.mp4

 

Boat Ride to Nainativu

A short excerpt of a boat ride to Nainativu and a quick look at the compound of Nagadeepa Purana Raja Maha Vihara.

Or view the video on the server at:
https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/Nagadeepa03.mp4

 
Sources:

  • http://mahavamsa.org/mahavamsa/original-version/01-visit-thatagatha/
  • http://www.nagadeepaviharaya.lk/
  • http://www.lankalibrary.com/heritage/naga.htm
  • http://www.nation.lk/edition/jeans/item/38542-nagadeepa-viharaya.html
  • http://www.sundaytimes.lk/110529/Plus/plus_06.html
  • http://amazinglanka.com/wp/nagadeepa/
  • https://tour.lk/sri_lanka/jaffna/attractions.php?name=nagadeepa_purana_vihara
  • http://imagessrilanka.blogspot.my/2013/02/scenes-at-nagadeepa-vihara-sri-lanka.html

 
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  1. Stella Cheang on Jun 21, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Incredible to read about Nagadeepa, the island north of Sri Lanka that Buddha visited in his 5th year of enlightenment. Due to Buddha’s clairvoyance and compassion, he traveled to Nagadeepa to stop a war between the Naga Kings. As the Buddha left behind the gem studded throne, it now became a holy place that we can venerate and be blessed. If we have the opportunity, we must visit this place. Thank you, Rinpoche, for this sharing.

  2. Anne Ong on Jun 20, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for this nice post and good write up. Very nice video about Nainativu Island. Lovely pictures of the island and the beautiful Buddha statues.Thank you _/\_

  3. Lim Han Nee on Jun 17, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    Nagadeepa Purana Raja Maha Vihara , an exquisite gem of a temple, steeped in ancient history and culture, is located on the island of the same name. It is one of the 16 most sacred places of worship for Buddhists in Sri Lanka, and is on a site that has been visited by pilgrims since the first century. Pilgrims are drawn to this site because of the chronicled story of Lord Buddha visiting it to stop an epic war between two naga clans over a gem-studded throne. Buddha performed a miracle of causing a dreadful darkness to fall over the land and then brought light back again. The two clans were subdued . Then Buddha taught on the evil of hatred and the virtues of non-violence. After listening to Lord Buddha, the two factions settled their dispute peacefully.

    The Buddha then said that the gem-studded throne on which he had sat and the Rajayatana tree brought from Jetavana Grove were blessed and would bring blessings and happiness to whoever venerated them.

    THe Nagadeepa Purana Raja Maha Vihara marks the place where the Buddha was supposed to have stayed during his visit to the small island.

    To add to the sacredness of this site, there is even said to be an impression of the Buddha’s footprint on a stone ! There is also a mural that depicts Buddha’s visit to resolve the conflict between the two naga factions.Furthermore, an ancient Bodhi tree grows in the compound of the Vihara, surrounded by a golden fence.

    Thus does the exquisite Nagadeepa Vihara continue to draw crowds of pilgrims.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting blogpost on the exquisite Nagadeepa Vihara.

  4. Fong on Jun 14, 2017 at 1:06 am

    I am just learning how holy this island of Sri Lanka is. The Buddha seems to have his mark over almost the whole island. If we cannot manage to travel to the other holy sites of Buddhism, visiting Sri Lana will be enough. From footprints to Bodhi Tree and Rajayathana tree and the jeweled throne of the nagas, the energy of the Buddha has infused Sri Lanka.

    Thank you for yet another informative and interesting article.

  5. Vivian Ong on Jun 12, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article. This is another beautiful place and temple in Sri Lanka. Never knew that Sri Lanka has such strong Buddhist culture. Their temples are beautiful, neat and well taken care of. Sri Lanka is really a country to visit if one wants to go for pilgrimage trip.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  6. Samfoonheei on Jun 11, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    According to history,The Nagadeepa Viharaya is one of the 16 most sacred places of worship in Sri Lanka.Thats where Gautama Buddha visited the site after five years of attaining Enlightenment.Wow …the architectural style of Stupa very unique as shrine room contains several beautiful Buddha images, as well as wall paintings.Nagadeepa Vihara is a place with beautiful history worth visiting if i have the chance.It has become the most sanctified place of worship by the devotees.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and i do enjoyed looking at those beautiful pictures and sceneries.

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    Out of the top 14 mountains, 8 are within Nepal! Since 1920 (when mountaineering was still new to the world) many researchers would come to this beautiful country to do research on things like how the mountains were formed…what the exact height of the mountain is…what minerals can be found there etc.

    Read more at http://bit.ly/2mckDh7
  • nicholas
    Sunday, Sep 15. 2019 03:13 PM
    Malaysia adopts a constitutional monarchy system that is a mixture of hereditary and elected monarchs. Malaysia consists of several administrative regions across thirteen states and three federal territories. Nine states are ruled by monarchs, four states are supervised by a Yang di-Pertua Negeri or Governor, and the Federal Government controls the remaining three federal territories.

    Read more about Malaysia monarcy at http://bit.ly/2lWGlpd
  • nicholas
    Sunday, Sep 15. 2019 03:01 PM
    Meditation puts children in touch with their most natural condition, which is free, expressive, cooperative, loving and peaceful. This is a direct counter for everything else in society that encourages them to think of only “me, me, me” from a young age, and to engage in competition which encourages division. Hence meditation is something our world desperately needs because the competition we teach children will become greed when they are adults competing to win. It’s this greed and need to win that is slowly killing our planet and destroying all of our natural resources. Hence meditation is one of the most valuable habits a child can be encouraged to learn and integrate as part of their daily life.

    Read more about Buddhist meditation in schools at http://bit.ly/2kkWlBd
  • nicholas
    Sunday, Sep 15. 2019 02:55 PM
    Contrary to popular belief, not all meditation techniques produce similar effects of body and mind. Indeed, a recent study by researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has demonstrated for the first time that different types of Buddhist meditation – namely the Vajrayana and Theravada styles of meditation – elicit qualitatively different influences on human physiology and behaviour, producing arousal and relaxation responses respectively.

    In particular, the NUS research team found that Vajrayana meditation, which is associated with Tibetan Buddhism, can lead to enhancements in cognitive performance.

    Read more about the research http://bit.ly/2lOZA4g

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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First 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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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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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.
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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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.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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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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
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
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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
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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
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.
In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
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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
Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
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Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
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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  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    2 yearss ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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Currently the youngest student in dharma class :) Lin Mun KSDS
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Nice lotus sit done by the youngest class students. Lin Mun KSDS
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