Kalmykia: Lore and Memory at the Far Side of the Buddhist World

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The Kalmyks are known to be very spiritual because they abide in a community of people who are strong practitioners of Buddhism. I grew up with Kalmyks (A part of the Mongolian people) and during my childhood days back in Howell, New Jersey, I lived in the Kalmyk community and we would often visit the temples (khuruls) to make offerings to the Buddhas and to receive blessings and teachings from the resident lama (manya). This is part of my heritage. I am half Tibetan (dad) and half Mongolian (mom). Kalmyks (also spelled Kalmucks) are a very proud people, with rich traditions in song, dance, music, arts. They are very vibrant, resilient, outspoken and love their freedom. Being nomadic is in their blood. They are very firm in their faith of Buddhism and have carried their faith within their hearts for hundreds of years. Their history is very rich and extensive. I personally find Kalymk history very interesting. I enjoyed growing up with them and proud to have them within my heritage also. I miss many things I experienced as a child growing up in the Kalmyk community of Howell, New Jersey. Many of the Kalmyk elders have sadly passed on, but I remember so many of them vividly. They are a great people with a powerful heritage and strong convictions.

A federal subject of Russia, Kalmykia is the only region in Europe where Buddhism is practiced by the majority of the population. Below is an interesting piece of information gathered to introduce the hidden Kalmykia society to the world. Happy reading. I am very happy to present this to you.

May Kalmykia grow and become very prosperous! May Boorhen Buxsha (Buddha Shakyamuni) continue to bless these people.

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Kalmykia: Lore and Memory at the Far Side of the Buddhist World

By Raymond Lam | Buddhistdoor Global | 2015-12-21

Kalmyk lamas in the Bolshederbetovsky ulus (district). From the G. N. Prozritelev and G. K. Prave Stavropol State Historical-Cultural and Natural-Landscape Museum-Reserve.

Kalmyk lamas in the Bolshederbetovsky ulus (district). From the G. N. Prozritelev and G. K. Prave Stavropol State Historical-Cultural and Natural-Landscape Museum-Reserve.

One could be forgiven for imagining the Buddhist republic of Kalmykia to be an uneventful and empty place. A Russian federal subject of less than 300,000 people, the distances between its sparsely populated cities are long. Bumpy, uncomfortable roads stretch across spacious, windswept plains that appear the same wherever one looks. Kalmykia’s capital, Elista, had a provincial, sleepy atmosphere even during the relatively important international conference held there in October (“Buddhism in dialogue between Eastern and Western cultures: Past, Present and Future”), which I was fortunate to be able to attend. True to its time-themed sub-heading, the conference’s objective was to promote awareness of the region’s spiritual and cultural vibrancy. Kalmykia’s shadjin lama (head lama), Telo Tulku Rinpoche, has invited scholars and specialists to give lectures and seminars here ever since the 1990s as part of his mission to promote Buddhist and cultural activities in the region.

“The Buddhist republics are poor and lack the prestige of the big cities,” he admitted in one conversation we had. “But I think it’s good for scholars to have a sense of spiritual purpose while studying Buddhism, not just to talk to their own circles of academics in ivory towers. Scholars [from Russia as well as overseas] can work with our religious institutions to preserve our culture and heritage.”

Attracting young students (many of whom leave for better professional opportunities in Saint Petersburg or Moscow) to study Kalmyk cultural preservation is becoming an increasingly urgent priority. Given the “Definitely Endangered” status accorded by the UN to the Kalmyk language, Telo Rinpoche is confident that students who study the conservation of Kalmyk culture will be sought after for their unique skills.

A khurul dated to 1890. From Palmov Kalmykia Republican Museum of Local Lore.

A khurul dated to 1890. From Palmov Kalmykia Republican Museum of Local Lore.

Although this region south of the Volga River is quiet, it is not insignificant. The republic is located on the Pontic-Caspian steppe, temperate plains stretching out toward the Caspian Sea in the south and to the forests of old Germania and the taiga (boreal or snow forests) of Russia in the north. This home to the Proto-Indo-European cultures is part of the vast ecoregion called the Eurasian, or Great, Steppe. Geography shapes history, and the Great Steppe connects the Pontic-Caspian to the cultures and societies of Europe and the whole of Asia. On a map, the distance between present-day Kalmyks and their ancestral homeland, the Mongolian grasslands, covers almost the entire Eurasian Steppe. Their journey in the 17th century to the far side of the world, the westernmost limit of Buddhism until the 20th century, has been marked by energetic adaptation and cultural fusion, mass exoduses, and dogged survival.

Kalmyk lamas near a khurul. From the G. N. Prozritelev and G. K. Prave Stavropol State Historical-Cultural and Natural-Landscape Museum-Reserve.

Kalmyk lamas near a khurul. From the G. N. Prozritelev and G. K. Prave Stavropol State Historical-Cultural and Natural-Landscape Museum-Reserve.

The Kalmyks are devoted to the Dalai Lama and the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. The fusion of enlightened Dharma and Mongolian folklore can be spotted at the main gate of the recently built Golden Abode of Buddha Shakyamuni, Elista’s largest temple. The statue standing watch in front of a waterfall staircase is a kindly, bearded guardian called the White Old Man (“Sagaan Ubgen” in Mongolian; “Tsagan aav” in Kalmyk). He is a worldly spirit, one you can supplicate for more children or prosperity, but like so many indigenous divinities, was assimilated into the Buddhist pantheon of Dharma protectors by at least the 17th century.

Before the Turkic word “Kalmyk” first appeared in a Russian document dated to 1574, the roughly 270,000 Mongolians moving westward from Mongolia’s Altai region were called different names. Broadly, they were part of a loose federation called the Oirats. However, as Elza Bakaeva wrote in an article about Kalmyk identity, “The adoption of this ethnonym [Kalmyk] differed among the various ethnopolitical groups (Torghut, Derbet, and Khoshut) that afterward melted into one ethnicity: the more intensively a group and its leaders interacted with Russia, the more the name was used” (Bakaeva 2014, 32).

Illustration of a khurul interior. From Palmov Kalmykia Republican Museum of Local Lore.

Illustration of a khurul interior. From Palmov Kalmykia Republican Museum of Local Lore.

The reasons for the Kalmyk migration are disputed, and range from a desire to emulate the Mongol conquests of Europe in the 13th century to prospects for Russian trade to a lack of grazing pastures. The earliest records of Kalmyk-Russian encounters date to 1606, when the Russian town of Tara received a Torghut diplomat, and by 1609 the Kalmyks had voluntarily become nominal subjects of Russia (Bakaeva 2014, 33–34). Shortly thereafter, the celebrated Oirat Buddhist cleric Zaya Pandita (1599–1662), who had studied under the 4th Panchen Lama (1570–1662), diligently propagated the Gelug school among the Mongolian ethnopolitical groups (including the Kalmyks). These groups had in fact been allied to the Gelug school since the rule of the Mongolian leader Altan Khan (1507–82), who bestowed the first Dalai Lama title on Sonam Gyatso (1543–88). Thanks to the westward migration of the Kalmyks, the lower Volga became the region with the oldest Buddhist presence in Europe.

Kalmyk shrine. From Astrakhan State United Historical and Architectural Museum-Reserve.

Kalmyk shrine. From Astrakhan State United Historical and Architectural Museum-Reserve.

Two major displacements continue to be remembered as great betrayals by the Russian state. The first is the mass exodus in 1771 to Dzungharia (now the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, it had been under the rule of the Qianlong Emperor [r. 1735–96] since 1757), when Ubashi Khan led a large number of Kalmyks to flee the increasingly oppressive policies of Catherine the Great. This prompted her to abolish the Kalmyk Khanate, which had been founded in 1630. The second is the Soviet deportation of 1943–57, which claimed up to about half of the Kalmyk population. Nearly all Buddhist institutions were closed or demolished, and monks were forced to disrobe or be killed. Autonomy was only regained after the new republic was founded on 29 July 1958.

Buddhist ritual on the steppe. From Astrakhan State United Historical and Architectural Museum-Reserve.

Buddhist ritual on the steppe. From Astrakhan State United Historical and Architectural Museum-Reserve.

It is difficult not to feel a sense of loss when looking at black-and-white photographs and drawings of “old Kalmykia,” the Kalmykia from the 17th to 19th century before its almost total destruction by the Soviets. These images can be found at institutions like the Palmov Kalmykia Republican Museum of Local Lore, Kalmyk State University, and the Astrakhan Museum. They contain memorabilia of Kalmyk history: the earliest students that went to university, heroes and heroines of the Second World War, portraits of past and present politicians and scholars. Photographs at the Golden Abode also capture what were once common sights: the khurul (monasteries for teaching liturgical languages, scriptures, and philosophy), choira (religious colleges for astrologers, philosophers, and physicians), and syume (permanent temples).

My favorite drawing shows a magnificent ritual hall resembling the rock-cut chaityas of India, complete with a grand hall, colonnaded cloister, and high arched ceiling. It is a nod to Buddhist continuity across time and space: from India’s chambers of stone to Tibet’s mandala-inspired architecture, all the way to their Mongolian-Kalmyk counterparts near the lower Volga. These old structures have entirely vanished from the contemporary landscape.

Prayer on the steppe with thangka images. From the G. N. Prozritelev and G. K. Prave Stavropol State Historical-Cultural and Natural-Landscape Museum-Reserve.

Prayer on the steppe with thangka images. From the G. N. Prozritelev and G. K. Prave Stavropol State Historical-Cultural and Natural-Landscape Museum-Reserve.

Modern Kalmyks inhabit a curious cultural and political space. The revival of their culture and religious practice is recent and incomplete. They feel great pride in having served as Cossack-like protectors of Imperial Russia’s southern border against Persia and the Ottomans, and in dying for the Soviet Union in the Great Patriotic War. But they feel just as proud of their cultural and religious identity as Buddhists cast in opposition to indifferent or malicious overlords. It is a peculiar interplay between piety, grievance, and patriotism that sustains their understanding of Kalmykia as a frontier of Eurasian Buddhism—their beloved home, yet not fully their homeland.

References

Bakaeva, Elza Petrovna. 2014. “Kalmyks, Oirat Descendants in Russia: a Historical and Ethnographic Sketch.” In Senri Ethnological Studies, no. 86: 31–54. http://ir.minpaku.ac.jp/dspace/bitstream/10502/5330/1/SES86_05.pdf.

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  1. Samfoonheei on Nov 7, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Revisit this article…..simply amazing of how the people of Kalmykia trying hard to preserve their identity, culture and religion. The Kalmyk people are descended from nomadic Mongol herdsmen who travelled westwards in the 16th and 17th centuries. The Republic of Kalmykia is a constituent republic of the Russian Federation, live in southern Russia and the only Buddhist state in Europe. The Kalmyks are devoted to the Dalai Lama and the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism.
    Thankyou Rinpoche for this sharing.

  2. Vivian Ong on Jan 5, 2017 at 12:40 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article about Kalmyks. I am surprised that they practice Tibetan Buddhism from the Gelug school. I am also surprised that Russia is the only western country where Buddhism is practice widely across the country. It is sad to see that later on monasteries was forced to close and monks were forced to disrobe. The current Kalmyks are not as pure as compared to before.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  3. Wan Wai Meng on Dec 5, 2016 at 12:26 am

    I do hope, the the Kalmyks will recover culturally and regain most if not all their spiritual traditions. Nice pictures from a distant past.

  4. Choong on Sep 17, 2016 at 2:27 am

    Zaya Pandita Namkhaijamtso (1599 – 1662)

  5. Choong on Sep 17, 2016 at 2:15 am

    “Shortly thereafter, the celebrated Oirat Buddhist cleric Zaya Pandita (1599–1662), who had studied under the 4th Panchen Lama (1570–1662), diligently propagated the Gelug school among the Mongolian ethnopolitical groups (including the Kalmyks).”

    The Koshut prince Zaya Pandita above is also known as Jaya Pandita, one of the commonly accepted emanations of Dorje Shugden.

    Just like the 5th Dalai Lama and Tulku Dragpa Gyaltsen, Zaya or Jaya Pandita was a student of the 4th Panchen Lama Lobsang Chokyi Gyaltsen.

    It is written that after Tulku Dragpa Gyaltsen was murdered by the regent(s) of the 5th Dalai Lama, they began destroying any shred of his existence. However, a Mongolian monk managed to save Tulku Dragpa Gyaltsen’s written works and scurried it away to Mongolia.

    I believe this Mongolian monk is Zaya Pandita.

    https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Zaya_Pandita

    zaya-pandita-kalmyk-monk

    Zaja2

  6. Uncle Eddie on Sep 16, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    The Kalmyk people (or Kamyks) is said to be the name given to Oriats, western Mongols in Russia whose descendants migrated from Dzhungaria in 1607. Today they form a majority in the autonomus republic of Kalmykia on the western shore of the caspian sea. As written, “The Kalmyks feel great pride in having served as cossack-like protectors of the imperial Russian’s southern russia against Persia and the Ottomans – and in dying for the great patriotic war. They feel just as proud of their cultural and religious identity as Buddhists”. As said, the Kalmyks are the only inhabitants of Europe whose national religion is Buddhism. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, a large number of Kalmyks, primarily the young, was noted to have moved from Kalmykia to larger cities in Russia, such as Moscow, St. Petersburg and to the United States. The move was precipated by the desire of these Kalmyks to pursue better educational and economic opportunities. It is strongly believed that with these strong determination and conviction to create a new life for themselves, through strong tenacity, they will be able to make Kalmykia a frontier of Eurasian Buddhism – their beloved home, though as yet not fully their homeland! Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing and teaching. Om Mani Padme Hung.

  7. Fong on Sep 13, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    What a varied and rich history the Kalmyks have. It seems that the upheaval and all the changes has given the Kalmyks an impetus to keep faith with the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism since the rule of the Mongolian leader Altan Khan (1507–82).

    A curious mix of Mongolian and Russian culture and traditions. Their buildings look very unique as it is reminiscent of Russian architecture and yet not wholly so. Looking at the picture of the Kalmyks, I thought their clothing have remained very Mongolian in style.

    Nice that they have retained their unique blend of culture and traditions till modern times.

  8. Samfoonheei on Sep 13, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this interesting article of the Kalmykia:
    Beautiful history, very rich and extensive. of them having gone through hardship yet Buddhism still plays an important part in their daily lives. The hidden Kalmykia society is the only region in Europe where Buddhism is practiced by the majority of the population.That wonderful..they are trying to preserve their culture and heritage….not easy after all with political interference .They feel proud of their cultural and religious identity as Buddhists with a beautiful history behind it.Wish them a smooth journey to continue their spiritual path.
    Thank you Rinpoche…a good read
    .

  9. Sofi on Sep 13, 2016 at 3:50 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article by Raymond Lam on the history and people of Kalmykia. No wonder they are proud people, having to go through their tough living conditions and triumphing over the odds. I would imagine them holding their given words as gold which is why they hold on strong to their practice of Buddhism and are loyal to the Dalai Lama whom their ancestral Leader, Altan Khan made. They have such rich history and I love their grand Khuruls, their prayer ceremonies with full ritual instruments and their freedom to pray wherever they may be. Those pictures are so strongly nostalgic pulling me into sharing their history. They are true survivors both spiritually & secularly and may they never loose their rich history, especially their unique culture and language.

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His Holiness Sharpa Choje Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Nyima of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He was a supreme master of both Sutra and Tantra. He served as abbot of both Gaden Shartse Monastery as well as Gyuto Tantric college. After serving as abbot of Gyuto Tantric college he entered into a few long term (3 year, 3 month and 3 day) Vajra Yogini retreats in the forest. He completed that long retreat twice and was going to enter it again till he was asked to be abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery by H.H. the Dalai Lama. He was a great practitioner of Vajra Yogini's tantra as well as Dorje Shugden. He was a scholar of the highest renown and he was highly sought after for teachings. He was very devoted to Dorje Shugden throughout his whole life as a pure monk. I was fortunate enough to have him as one of my teachers. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche To read more- https://bit.ly/2zW2Grz
Beautiful thangka painting of Lord Yamantaka the slayer of ignorance and who bestows supreme wisdom that eradicates all projections.
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Beautiful thangka painting of Lord Yamantaka the slayer of ignorance and who bestows supreme wisdom that eradicates all projections.
Kadroma Metsik Nakmo or Dakini Ucchusma who purifies and heals the body.
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Kadroma Metsik Nakmo or Dakini Ucchusma who purifies and heals the body.
I am reciting a daily prayer to Dorje Shugden. Here is the youtube link to the audio- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-OSudd323A
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I am reciting a daily prayer to Dorje Shugden. Here is the youtube link to the audio- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-OSudd323A
It\'s hard to not fall in love with little cute Pema baby girl. She is so light, happy and wags her tail super fast when she sees us or anyone. Super friendly. She is a heart breaker for sure. Teehee...She is our Kechara Forest Retreat doggie and runs free throughout our sacred land. Her name Pema means lotus. Tsem Rinpoche
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It's hard to not fall in love with little cute Pema baby girl. She is so light, happy and wags her tail super fast when she sees us or anyone. Super friendly. She is a heart breaker for sure. Teehee...She is our Kechara Forest Retreat doggie and runs free throughout our sacred land. Her name Pema means lotus. Tsem Rinpoche
My Nepalese boys work hard and I appreciate them. Today we have purchased special foods for them to snack on and also to cook with so they won\'t be so homesick. These foods are all imported from their country. There\'s a street in downtown K.L. that sell all this. So happy to get this for them. Tsem Rinpoche
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My Nepalese boys work hard and I appreciate them. Today we have purchased special foods for them to snack on and also to cook with so they won't be so homesick. These foods are all imported from their country. There's a street in downtown K.L. that sell all this. So happy to get this for them. Tsem Rinpoche
I come out of the bathroom to be greeted by the mess the two monsters made...Some more they want snacks! Monster Oser girl and Monster Dharma boy.
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I come out of the bathroom to be greeted by the mess the two monsters made...Some more they want snacks! Monster Oser girl and Monster Dharma boy.
This blog post has had amazing response. Since published on July 27, 2018, there has been 114,788 views and still increasing. I am happy to see how this post has made things clearer. Do visit this post here-  https://bit.ly/2MATbGe
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This blog post has had amazing response. Since published on July 27, 2018, there has been 114,788 views and still increasing. I am happy to see how this post has made things clearer. Do visit this post here- https://bit.ly/2MATbGe
His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his disciple Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche. Beautiful picture.
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His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his disciple Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche. Beautiful picture.
This monk takes trance of Dorje Shugden and he was happy to receive THE PROMISE book in Tibet
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This monk takes trance of Dorje Shugden and he was happy to receive THE PROMISE book in Tibet
Find out about the blessed healing water for health and healing at Kechara Forest Retreat- https://bit.ly/2CtVQNk
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Find out about the blessed healing water for health and healing at Kechara Forest Retreat- https://bit.ly/2CtVQNk
This is my ultimate home!!! Blue waters, trees, skies, mountains, house that is open, retreat, meditation, Buddha images and purple flowers. Wow. Such a perfect place for me. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is my ultimate home!!! Blue waters, trees, skies, mountains, house that is open, retreat, meditation, Buddha images and purple flowers. Wow. Such a perfect place for me. Tsem Rinpoche
To see other beautiful portrayals of Dorje Shugden, click here: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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To see other beautiful portrayals of Dorje Shugden, click here: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Severed head Vajra Yogini has a brilliant orange body, orange darting eyes, wearing a necklace of freshly cut human heads firmly standing within a wisdom fire emanating from her sacred body reminding us to cut off our self damaging ego. Without the ego, our sufferings cannot survive and our happiness will arise. Tsem Rinpoche
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Severed head Vajra Yogini has a brilliant orange body, orange darting eyes, wearing a necklace of freshly cut human heads firmly standing within a wisdom fire emanating from her sacred body reminding us to cut off our self damaging ego. Without the ego, our sufferings cannot survive and our happiness will arise. Tsem Rinpoche
A thought on how to repay the kindness of the guru
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A thought on how to repay the kindness of the guru
Very nice old artwork on the Bodha Stupa in Nepal.
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Very nice old artwork on the Bodha Stupa in Nepal.
This is quite interesting....
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This is quite interesting....
Wonderful statement by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Although Dorje Shugden is not negative, lets hope His Holiness can apply this to the Shugden issue. Then there will be peace.
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Wonderful statement by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Although Dorje Shugden is not negative, lets hope His Holiness can apply this to the Shugden issue. Then there will be peace.
Left to right: Tritul Rinpoche, Gaden Tripa Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastic prayer hall during puja.
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Left to right: Tritul Rinpoche, Gaden Tripa Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastic prayer hall during puja.
The oracle of Dorje Shugden Choyang Dulzin Kuten of Gaden making offerings to Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche during a teaching in Gaden Shartse Monastery.
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The oracle of Dorje Shugden Choyang Dulzin Kuten of Gaden making offerings to Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche during a teaching in Gaden Shartse Monastery.
Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche
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Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche
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Please click on this picture and see how tragic this is.
Advice by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche- https://bit.ly/2NiryBg
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Advice by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche- https://bit.ly/2NiryBg
Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in 1987 Los Angeles.
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Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in 1987 Los Angeles.
Beautiful Yamantaka print
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Beautiful Yamantaka print
Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini painting for you to download free in high file to print out, frame and place on your shrine or share with friends. May you be blessed. Download here: 
 https://bit.ly/2N5zI02
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Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini painting for you to download free in high file to print out, frame and place on your shrine or share with friends. May you be blessed. Download here: https://bit.ly/2N5zI02
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Hubert, one of KSDS students who is talented in Wushu and performed in KSDS Graduation 2018. Alice Tay, KSDS
Teacher Grace and the group are excited to check their scores for the quiz ~ KSDS Graduation 2018. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Teacher Grace and the group are excited to check their scores for the quiz ~ KSDS Graduation 2018. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Graduation 2018 - The exciting moment during the quiz competition of HE Tsem Tulku Rinpoche's biography - The Promise. Lin Mun KSDS
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Graduation 2018 - The exciting moment during the quiz competition of HE Tsem Tulku Rinpoche's biography - The Promise. Lin Mun KSDS
Graduation 2018 - Although Zi Rou is young but she performed so naturally in front of the audience. Lin Mun KSDS
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Graduation 2018 - Although Zi Rou is young but she performed so naturally in front of the audience. Lin Mun KSDS
Graduation 2018 - Robey is so graceful in her ballet dance. All the guests were so impressed. Lin Mun KSDS
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Graduation 2018 - Robey is so graceful in her ballet dance. All the guests were so impressed. Lin Mun KSDS
Graduation 2018 - Wonderful performance by Zi Xuan. Lin Mun KSDS
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Graduation 2018 - Wonderful performance by Zi Xuan. Lin Mun KSDS
Graduation 2018 - Teacher Jayce is making water offering in Gompa before the start of the event. Lin Mun KSDS
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Graduation 2018 - Teacher Jayce is making water offering in Gompa before the start of the event. Lin Mun KSDS
Graduation 2018 - Dr Hank gave some tips to the emcees, Benjamin and Wen Yue. Lin Mun KSDS
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Graduation 2018 - Dr Hank gave some tips to the emcees, Benjamin and Wen Yue. Lin Mun KSDS
Parents, stundents and guests making khata offering to Rinpoche's throne. Lin Mun KSDS
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Parents, stundents and guests making khata offering to Rinpoche's throne. Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Graduation Day 2018 - A memorable moment, student receiving their certificate from pastor. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Graduation Day 2018 - A memorable moment, student receiving their certificate from pastor. Lin Mun KSDS
Thank you Pastor Gim Lee and all wonderful volunteers for KSDS Graduation Day 2018. Lin Mun KSDS
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Thank you Pastor Gim Lee and all wonderful volunteers for KSDS Graduation Day 2018. Lin Mun KSDS
Wei Sim is practicing with Xi Rou for the Graduation Day performance. So glad to see supportive parents & their participation in dharma work. Lin Mun KSDS
18 hours ago
Wei Sim is practicing with Xi Rou for the Graduation Day performance. So glad to see supportive parents & their participation in dharma work. Lin Mun KSDS
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