Ku Shulan, Goddess of Paper Cut

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Ku Shulan was born in 1920 to a poor peasant family in a small Chinese village called Wang in Xunyi County, Shaanxi province. At the age of 9, her feet were bound by her mother and after leaving school at 15, she began to learn embroidery and jianzhi (papercutting) as part of her training for marriage. She was married at the age of 17 to a husband who regularly abused her throughout their life together, and gave birth to 13 children, 10 of whom died of starvation or disease before they reached adulthood.

In spite of the extraordinary privations and hardships she endured, Ku Shulan, who never learned to read and write, persisted with her papercutting throughout her adult life and in 1980, her extraordinary talent in jianzhi was discovered by Shanxi Province Cultural Center, after which she was invited to teach and direct papercutting in her province. Soon after, her reputation rose immensely, and Ku was bestowed many domestic awards. In 1996, Ku was designated “Master of China Folk Art and Crafts” by UNESCO. Ku Shulan died in 2004 aged 84, but her popularity and reputation continue to grow.

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Transcending the Mundane

In 2006, a sculpture of coloured papercutting artJiangwa la ma Meixiang qi (Jiangwa leads the horse while Meixiang rides) stood at the newly built Xunyi County Central Cultural Square. This sculpture showcased the great artistic charm of the regional Xunyi style of papercutting. The handcrafted piece originated from a native rural woman, Ku Shulan, who was born and raised in Xunyi County.

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Ku Shulan (1920-2004),
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Over her long career of creating papercutting arts, Ku Shulan mastered the collage technique, which combined different layers of colourful papers. This created a unique artistic style of folk papercutting.

Ku Shulan is the best representative of the colour papercutting art of Xunyi County, the hometown of papercutting art.

On October 12, 1920, Ku Shulan was born in Xunyi County. At the age of 17, she was married off to Sunjiatai Village in the same county. Her husband, Sun Baoyin, was a typical farmer. Due to the large number of people in her in-laws’ family and the small amount of cultivated land, it was difficult to maintain a decent standard of living. In March 1948, Ku Shulan and her husband moved with their children to her native village, and made a living by renting and cultivating land. After the founding of New China, her family received their own land, which drastically improved their lives.

Ku Shulan was a well-known and busy person in her local area. During festivals, she was asked by the villagers to produce papercuttings or embroideries. When there was a wedding, she was never left out in the preparation of the dowry. Whenever a new house was built in the village, she would work hard to cut patterns for the wall borders, ceilings, and windows. She also used colourful papercuts to dress up the cave-home she lived in. On the ceiling of her cave-home, there are papercuts of the sun, the moon and stars, as well as birds and beasts. On the wall, there were peony flowers, lotus lanterns, images of bodhisattvas, in addition to fishes surrounding lotus plants, grape vines with small mice and more. These stunning works of art are resplendent in various colours. Her dwelling was an astonishing art palace.

 

Unique Xunyi Style

Ku Shulan's extraordinary talent in papercutting was discovered by Shaanxi Province Cultural Centre during the second papercutting survey in Xunyi County in 1980.

Ku Shulan’s extraordinary talent in papercutting was discovered by Shaanxi Province Cultural Centre during the second papercutting survey in Xunyi County in 1980.

Ku Shulan was a folk papercutting artist discovered during the second papercutting survey in Xunyi County in 1980. Her inspired creations utilised colourful wax paper through cutting, sticking, lining and other techniques.
Ku Shulan’s papercutting works broke away from the traditional monochromatic papercutting model: its methods of expression and composition are pluralistic and two-dimensional.

The portrayal of flowers, trees, humans and animals are very symbolic, adding depth to what could have been an exclusively decorative art. In the treatment of apparel and finery, she imitated shadow art, pursuing complexity and brilliance, laying the foundation of dark colour and matching them with light colour patterns, imitating the effect of hollow space one might see in carvings.

Her expert use of colour contrast, intervals, and complex colour changes on white paper all made her works appear vibrant and lively with their various layers. This complex, gorgeous and colourful papercutting art combined multiple interesting features so her works had a greater emotional and visual impact.

 

Songs and Arts

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Jiangwa la ma Meixiang qi 《江娃拉马梅香骑》, Jiangwa Leads the Horse While Meixiang Rides. Produced in 1990.
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Ku Shulan’s works are intricately connected to folk songs. She used folk songs to interpret her works, and used papercutting to express her heart’s songs. This is another feature of Ku Shulan’s papercutting art.

Jiangwa la ma Meixiang qi is one of the best representations of Ku Shulan’s works. In the middle of this papercutting picture is the wife, called Meixiang. She rides sideways on a red horse and holds the stem of a flower.

The groom, Jiangwa, leads a horse and holds a whip in one hand. The characters are surrounded by the idyllic scenery of birds and flowers, and the whole picture is filled with a happy and festive atmosphere.

Ku Shulan sang the following folk song to interpret this paper cut:

“Woodpecker, pecking at the bark,
Jiangwa leads the horse and Meixiang rides it.
Jiangwa takes the whip and hits Meixiang on the tip of her toe.
Meixiang says, ‘Oh, it hurts!’
Jiang Wa then says, ‘Meixiang and I will get along just fine!”

This folk song describes the scene of the young couple’s flirting on the way back to the bride’s family home, which greatly enriches and expands the content of the papercutting work, giving the viewer a better understanding and appreciation of the context.

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Kong Kong Shu 《空空树》, Empty Tree. Produced in 1999.
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Another papercutting work by Ku Shulan, “Empty Tree” is also related to a folk song.

The whole work of “Empty Tree” is a dead tree cut out in black.

The dead branches stretch on the tree, crisscrossing, and the bees that dance between the dead branches seem to buzz from their place on the paper. The picture, though static, is dynamic and full of vitality.

Although there is no subject to represent “I” in the papercutting piece itself, this piece of art actually represents the scene of the fight between the bees and the human, which is supplemented by the folk song Ku Shulan created, giving the people who admire her papercutting a rich sense of association of ideas and what you don’t see in the picture. Many of Ku Shulan’s paper cuts are complemented by the local folk songs, and in their synthesis, evoke a lively and dynamic melody.

When Ku Shulan created this piece, she snipped and sang:

“In the middle of the month, in mid-February,
I went to the vegetable garden to work on the leeks.

The vegetable garden has an empty tree,
Empty tree, tree empty.

There are bees on the empty tree.
The bees sting me, I cover the bee,
and the bees sting my head till it swells and I’m dizzy.”

 

The Awakening

One day in the early spring of 1985, Ku Shulan accidentally fell from a cliff of more than 5 metres in front of a house, causing multiple injuries to her body and knocking her unconscious for more than 40 days. Just as her family was preparing for the worst, she miraculously survived. After recovery, Ku Shulan eagerly took up the scissors, cutting and singing:

“The papercutting goddess passed the words,
it’s embarrassing to not have a temple,
climbing the ravine and strolling on the slopes.

On hot days, one has to take shades on tree tops,
and on cold days, one has to go under the sun to keep warm.

Entering my home, it’s free and easy,
simply admire the beautiful view in the garden”.

“The paper cuts of others are of chess, art, music, literature and paintings, the eight treasures and auspicious symbols, while what I cut are the red paper and green circles, ” she said. Immersed in the creations day and night, Ku Shulan worked on her unique art tirelessly. She and her two assistants spent 45 days to complete the “The Goddess of Paper Cut.” With a height of 400 cm (157.5 inches) and a width of 171 cm (67.3 inches), “The Goddess of Paper Cut” was one of her best creations during her artistic peak.

Jianhua Niangzi 《剪花娘子》, The Goddess of Paper Cut. Produced in 1989 (click to enlarge)

“The Goddess of Paper Cut” undoubtedly brought glory, confidence and strength to Ku Shulan. In the interviews with experts and journalists, Ku Shulan in her later years often said with her hands on her hips. “I am the papercutting goddess. You see that I am audacious!” Then she laughed.

“The Goddess of Paper Cut” is rich, colourful, and majestic in composition. In a magnificent house under the illumination of two lotus lamps, the Goddess of Paper Cut is adorned with a phoenix crown and a beautiful cape. She holds silver scissors and sprinkles beauty into the world. Distributing the elixir of life or wondrous medicine, she brings health and tranquillity to the world.

Ku Shulan skilfully borrows the artistic image of “The Goddess of Paper Cut” to present human dignity, and the elegance and nobility of women. Thus, the folk papercutting expresses the sublime beauty, sanctity, and grandeur of the feminine. Ku Shulan’s colour papercutting art was near perfection– it attracted the attention of the local art scene in China and entered the galleries of global art.

 

Awards & Recognitions

Ku Shulan’s artwork, Jiangwa la ma Meixiang qi, was featured as one of China Post’s papercutting series of stamps, released in 2018 (click to enlarge)

In May 1986 and May 1988, in the Xunyi Folk Papercutting Exhibition held by Xi’an Artists Gallery and the National Art Museum of China, Ku Shulan’s papercutting works were exhibited.

In 1989, relevant experts, scholars, and folk art workers from 23 provinces and municipalities across China made a special trip to study the papercutting creations of Ku Shulan.

In 1992, in the 2nd China National Culture Expo and Folk Art Exhibition, Ku Shulan’s works won the Special Award.

In 1994, in the Great Exhibition of Chinese Folk Art, Ku Shulan was awarded the gold medal by the Ministry of Culture.

In 1995, when the World Women’s Congress was held in Beijing, the special papercutting works of Ku Shulan were exhibited at the Central Academy of Art.

In March 1996, Ku Shulan was awarded the title “Master of Chinese Folk Art and Crafts” by UNESCO.

In March 1997, “Papercutting Goddess Ku Shulan” (upper and lower volumes) were published by Taiwan Hansheng Publishing House, and at the same time, a papercutting exhibition and an expert symposium were held in Taipei for Ku Shulan.

In November 1997, Ku Shulan was invited to the Hong Kong Chinese Folk Traditional Arts Festival to conduct papercutting performances and academic lectures.

In October 2000, the Japanese director and the executive director of the Media Center in the Central Academy of Fine Arts accompanied Lu Shengzhong to interview Ku Shulan, and made a feature film to be broadcasted in Japan and Southeast Asia.

In 2001, Ku Shulan’s papercutting participated in the Art Exchange Exhibition of the United Nations member states and received wide acclaim.

In 2003, “Ku Shulan·Papercutting Goddess Legend” was published by Hunan Fine Arts Publishing House and distributed in the whole of China.

On December 19, 2004, Ku Shulan died of illness at 84 years old. Ku Shulan has forty or fifty successors in Xunyi County. Their ages are now between 60 and 70 years old and they have worked with Ku Shulan for more than 20 years.

 

What Others Said About Her Work

“Ku Shulan is a leader among the many women in China’s vast countryside. She is a unique individual and is one of the treasures of the Chinese culture and the pride of China. To this day, my belief in that becomes stronger. I can tell you that she is the first seed among the folk artists I have found so far. A real master appears every few hundred years. Matisse also created beautiful paper cuts. If he is a real artist, I believe he will show respect to Ku Shulan if he were to meet her. ” Ku Shulan and her coloured paper cuttings are the jewel of Chinese folk art and will remain forever so.”

Professor Yang Xianrang, the former director of the Department of Folk Art at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, in the article “Ku Shulan Passes, the Papercutting Goddess Lives on Forever in the World”

“Ku Shulan’s works do not simulate nature’s image, but in the method of conceptual modelling, profoundly expressing the sublime and longing of a spiritual self.”

Lu Shengzhong, Professor of Central Academy of Fine Arts

“Ku Shulan is good at combining various images through collages to highlight the main characters. The overall sense and rhythm are very strong, and through these romantic, optimistic and fictional images, one can see the purity and kind-heartedness of the artist. And her amazing artistic mind.”

Zhang Fenggao, President of the Chinese Papercutting Society

“Ku Shulan is an outstanding representative of Chinese women. She is both a great mother and a recognised world-class papercutting artist.”

Professor Zhang Daoyi, Department of Art, Southeast University

“Ku Shulan’s papercutting is unprecedented, and the artistic image she created is raw and vivid. The composition is sturdy and simple, and the colour contrast is strong yet harmonious.”

Zuo Hanzhong, Editor of Hunan Fine Arts Publishing House

 

A Humble Soul

Ku Shulan suffered a life of hardship. On top of that, she has long suffered from the pain caused by bound feet and lower back pain. She has to kneel down to cut vegetables and cook.

Ku Shulan suffered a life of hardship. On top of that, she has long suffered from the pain caused by bound feet and lower back pain. She has to kneel down to cut vegetables and cook.

Life’s difficulties did not make Ku Shulan lose hope. She called herself “Papercutting Goddess”, a symbol of spirit, which gave her the courage to overcome life’s hardships. This is a valuable spiritual quality of rural women in China.

After the publication of her papercutting works, they strongly resonated with the whole community, and the media made many glamourous reports about her. However, Ku Shulan’s life never changed despite her world-class honours.

For Ku Shulan, papercutting was her heartfelt passion, which manifested in endless inspiration. Her works are colourful, full of images, and vibrant in colours, which can’t be created by a mind of mental distress or pessimism. Her legacy was not only the papercutting arts of great artistic value, but also her spirit of tenacity, perseverance, and not giving up in the face of difficulties.

 

Xunyi Ku Shulan Papercutting Memorial Hall (旬邑库淑兰剪纸纪念馆)

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Xunyi colour papercutting is a folk art that developed from monochrome papercutting towards the end of the Qing Dynasty to the early days of the Republic of China. It is more than 1000 years old. It is influenced by folk embroidery and papercutting. The artworks are mainly used for weddings and festivals in rural areas. Attached to and displayed at prominent indoor locations, such as wall enclosures, doors and windows, kiln roofs, and on top of cabinets, they add a festive atmosphere to the events.

In 1984, the Xunyi Ku Shulan Papercutting Memorial Hall was established. The memorial hall has built-up area of 400 square metres (4305 square feet). It displays over 6,000 pieces of work. The Xunyi colour papercutting art has been commended in China and abroad for its unique artistic style.

The works have been collected by the National Art Museum of China, and various museums and art galleries in Shanghai, Hunan, Guangdong, Shaanxi, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan.

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Her papercutting works have been exported to more than 20 countries including Japan, the United States, Canada, and Singapore. In 1997, the Xunyi colour papercutting exhibition was held in Taiwan and Hong Kong. The Ministry of Culture awarded Xunyi County as the “Culturally Advanced County”, “Hometown of Chinese Folk Papercutting”, “Chinese Modern Folk Painting Township”, and “Hometown of Chinese Folk Culture and Art”.

The Ku Shulan Papercutting Memorial Hall is located on the second floor of the Xunyi County Cultural Promotion Center (旬邑县文化宣传中心). The hall has a wide range of works. At present, all the works of colour papercutting created by Ku Shulan have been included in the provincial and national intangible cultural heritage protection list.

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How to get there

You can reach Xunyi County in Shaanxi province via an international flight to Xi’an Xianyang International Airport. Xunyi County is 1 hour 20 minutes away from the airport.

At Xunyi County, you can drive, take a taxi or a bus to the Memorial Hall.

Route: Yinbai Expressway → 306 Provincial Highway Branch → West Street → Zhongshan Street

Location
Zhongshan Street, Xianyang City,
Xunyi County,
Shaanxi province.

Opening hours
9am – 5pm

Admission Fees
Free admission

 

Ku Shulan’s Artworks

Below are more artworks from Ku Shulan that we would like to share with you.

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Sources:

  • 小栗子,“【看道民艺】一个女人的史诗·剪花娘子库淑兰”, September 30, 2016, https://m.taihuoniao.com/topic/view-113881-0.html (accessed: 15 May 2019)
  • 相约久久,“咸阳古豳文化博览园旅游攻略之库淑兰剪纸纪念馆”, https://www.meet99.com/jingdian-gubinwenhua-131834.html (accessed: 15 May 2019)
  • 半夜三更看视界,“品古豳風,解讀剪花娘子庫淑蘭!”, September 17, 2018, https://kknews.cc/culture/yeg3olk.html (accessed: 15 May 2019)
  • 长冰影像,“陝西旬邑剪花娘子庫淑蘭困苦一生民間工藝美術大師享譽國內外”, November 11, 2017, https://kknews.cc/culture/y2ynz9k.html (accessed: 15 May 2019)
  • Ellcock, Stephen, “Ku Shulan, Goddess of Paper Cut”, https://www.facebook.com/stephen.ellcock/media_set?set=a.10152282427180337 (accessed: 15 May 2019)
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  1. Samfoonheei on Apr 5, 2021 at 3:04 pm

    The incredible story of the Chinese paper cut artist Ku Shulan. She is one such inspiring lady in the Chinese world of paper cutting. Been born in poor peasant family, doesn’t deter her from doing what she loves most. She had come along way of struggles and hardship to be where she was. She only showed her talent in later life following awakening from a coma after a head injury, discovered by Shanxi Province Cultural Center. Ku Shulan was designated “Master of China Folk Art and Crafts” by UNESCO and was bestowed many domestic awards for her beautiful paper cuttings. Sadly Ku Shulan passed away in 2004 at age 84, but her popularity, and reputation continue to grow . Her unique coloured paper cuttings are the jewel of Chinese folk art and will remain forever so.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring post of a talented lady.

  2. S.Prathap on Apr 22, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    Ku Shulan was called a Goddess of paper cut , as her paper-cutting works have won her several rewards.She was designated as “Master of China Folk Art and Crafts” by UNESCO.
    Even though her life was miserable, but she had a very strong passion for papercutting arts. Perhaps this was how she could express her feelings and bring some joy in her. Thank you for inspiration article.

  3. nicholas on Jul 13, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Wow… Ku Shulan is really an inspiring lady. Looking at her living condition one will ever think of skill with a papercut. Her works are really amazing. She really put in her effort and focuses on her work in order to produce such a wonderful outcome. I don’t think anyone would think of cutting paper will produce such amazing work. Paper cutting is a common art in Chinese culture but in order to achieve such a great result, it really needs huge determination and creativity.

    I just feel sad for Ku Shulan’s pain caused by bound feet and lower back pain. She should live a better life.

  4. Chris on Jun 24, 2019 at 1:54 am

    Thank you, Rinpoche and the blog team for sharing the story of KuShuLan. She is indeed a talented artist with a strong mind. From her artwork, we can see that she is a person that has a lot of imagination and joy within her despite the condition that she lives in.

    People from the same area will not be able to do what she did because of the difficulties that they face in their daily lives. That is a place that is full of dust, and almost everybody is living in poverty. She is tormented by her bound feet and low back pain that she suffered in.

    With her talent, she can create her little paradise, and her talent is being recognised widely. This is due to her tenacity in creating something beautiful out of her difficult life.

  5. Sofi on Jun 21, 2019 at 10:05 am

    Ku Shulan is such a talent. Having gone through such a difficult live and still kept this talent going is an amazement in itself. It is such a dying art as nowadays most things are already machine made. Therefore we should be appreciative to talents as as Ku Shulan who kept it alive and passed the paper cutting methods on to her students, who are mostly also in their senior years. China is such a big country and within each pocket, there are talents of all sorts. I am glad that China sees the importance in the preservation of these arts that are fast loosing to the modern living, either disinterest in learning or loosing out to mass production factories. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing Ku Shulan’s story and beautiful talent.

  6. YT on Jun 11, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    Ku Shulan’s art is very beautiful and she deserves to have a museum of her own. I think Ku Shulan is a very inspirational person. She did not have much education, live in poverty, she had suffered quite a lot in her life but she was still able to produce art that is so vibrant and colourful.

    Ku Shulan had 2 choices, be defeated by her destiny, feeling sorry and bitter for herself all the time and living in misery or she can change her focus and make her life more bearable. She had chosen the latter. She found comfort in art, even though what she had experience in life were not pleasant, but her art was a true expression of how she felt deep down. She chose to be happy and she chose to share her happiness with people.

    Life may be tough but the toughness in life is created by ourselves, we have created the causes for it so we have to accept it, change our action now if we desire a different outcome. Life is actually hopeful if we truly accept karma. Knowing we will get what sow, we better sow good seeds now. Be regretful of the wrongs we have done and not to repeat them and cultivate good habits and good quality so that we will start creating positive causes for positive results.

  7. Pastor Albert on Jun 10, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    I may not be artistic enough to appreciate her work, but one thing for sure, Im inspired by her life and her determination, many people these days, when we face problems and difficulties, we tend to give up easily and always change our path due to the convenience of the situation, I admire Ku Shu Lan for her persistence and her consistency in her work despite with all the hardship she is going through. The abuse from her husband did not defeat her, the sickness she has does not defeat her, her living condition does not defeat her, her poverty does not defeat her, Ku Shu Lan is a very strong lady I would say and her passion towards her paper cutting work keeps her alive.

  8. Sarassitham on Jun 1, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Clearly an original piece from China to derive inspiration from. It would be nice to see more unique pieces as these. People find many ways to cope with hardships faced in life. And the sufferings endured by this talented artist led to the creation of artworks that carries the colourful stories of her experiences. Nice!

  9. Samfoonheei on May 30, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    Inspiring article of a such a courageous and determination lady who has suffered and go through a lot of hardship to be where she was. All the hardships she endured pays off when her extraordinary talent in paper cutting was discovered by Shanxi Province Cultural Center. Ku Shulan was called a Goddess of paper cut , as her paper-cutting works have won her several rewards. Wow …… she was designated as “Master of China Folk Art and Crafts” by UNESCO. Even though she has passed away yet her popularity and reputation still continue to grow. She has created a unique coloured paper-cutting art works throughout all her life till her passing. Her special paper cutting works were exhibited in many parts across of China.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring and wonderful article.

  10. R.Ummamageswari on May 24, 2019 at 10:32 am

    Ku Shulan is a inspiring women as i know and i realized this after reading this article. She doesn’t have a good marriage life but she has a very good talent in paper cutting. Even though she doesn’t have a good backbone, she still cuts vegetables for her family.

    She is very creative and her creativity is known worldwide but her life didn’t change by that. She didn’t waste her life by worrying about her family situation but she get up by using her creativity. Thank you.

  11. Pastor Lanse on May 22, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    “当我迫不及待地问她剪纸作品的内涵时,库淑兰说不出什么道道儿,不过老大娘有更为绝妙的表达方式。她指着那“剪花娘子”的作品,脱口唱了起来:“剪花娘子把言传,爬沟溜渠在外边。没有庙院实难堪,热里来了树梢钻,冷里来了烤暖暖。进得库淑兰家里边,清清闲闲真好看,好似庙院把景观⋯⋯人家剪的琴棋书画八宝如意,我剪花娘子铰的是红纸绿圈圈。”此时的她神情灿烂得像一朵花,心里充满阳光,手舞足蹈,如痴如醉。”

    感谢仁波切的分享,让我第一次留意到这位民间剪纸艺术家。这是从别处看到的一段关于库淑兰的侧写。我觉得写得很有画面,就抄了下来跟大家分享,看看这位淳朴的大娘是怎么看待剪纸的。我不懂艺术,但我想,一个用生命去热爱,去创造,把对生命的热情融入作品中,再让作品反过来带给生命色彩的作品,应该都会是令人感动的作品。

  12. Tsa Tsa Ong on May 21, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    A truly inspiring bittersweet life story of Ku Shu Lan. She finds true joy and happiness from her unique papercutting from her hardship . Her papercutting designs are very colorful and beautiful. Very different from the ones we normally cut for festivals. This is the first time i have seen such beautiful and colorful papercutting. Thank you very much Rinpoche and blog team for sharing such an inspiring story. ?????

  13. Yee Yin on May 20, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    Ku Shulan was not born in a good family. She did not sound to have a good life. She didn’t have the opportunity to get an education and she was married to a husband who always abused her. Her life was just miserable.

    Even though her life was miserable, but she had a very strong passion for papercutting arts. Perhaps this was how she could express her feelings and bring some joy in her. Her works are very vibrant and full of energy. She was not defeated by her tough and difficult life.

    I think everyone needs to have a passion for something. Passion keeps us going and gives us hope. When we have passion, we are motivated to find ways to achieve what we that. Passion is the reason for us to wake up every day and actually looking forward to another day. I guess this was how Ku Shulan managed to get through the difficulties in life.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Dec 5. 2022 12:50 PM
    Chanting mantras is an ancient practice that calms our mind and soul. Scientific studies have found that chanting mantras even just for 10 minutes can decrease anxiety and depressive symptoms in the human body. Without us realising when we recite mantras, the synchronization help to improve brain function in long run. Even just listening to it mantras regulates blood pressure, the heart rate, brain waves and the adrenalin level. There are many benefits to mention and is extremely powerful when chant. Mantra has the power to sooth anxiety and create joyous feelings. I am so fortunate to learn and practice some of the Mantras. All thanks to Rinpoche.
    Thank you Pastor Loh Seng Piow for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mantra-can-change-me.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Dec 5. 2022 12:49 PM
    A profound teachings by Geshe Rabten the first Tibetan Buddhist master to introduce the complete Vinaya-tradition to the West.The Venerable Geshe Rabten Rinpoche was a Tibetan debater, scholar, and meditation master and he also as known as Milarepa. His teachings of how the mind operates and concentrates been explained. There’s so many knowledge to learn from/
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-perfection-of-concentration-by-geshe-rabten-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Dec 5. 2022 12:47 PM
    Everyone of us do get angry and annoyed , even shout but there’s always a reason for that. Revisit this old post again , HH Dalai Lama is totally honest with his reaction, he too shouts. HH Dalai Lama believed to be manifestations of Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. He is a man of peace where his words and shouting comes from pure compassion. Many believed he is purifying one’s negative karma using wrathful means by shouting. Everything he did solely to benefits others. Truly inspiring action.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/his-holiness-the-dalai-lama-shouts.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Nov 29. 2022 02:41 PM
    Watching the videos of once upon a time with Rinpoche by Pastor David had me understand more of Rinpoche . Truly a unique perspective of Rinpoche through the eyes of Pastor . Interesting indeed to know how Pastor came to meet Rinpoche to learning and many more. Coming to know Kechara had me changed to where I am now….learning, practicing Dharma. At the time of commenting this blog I am half way through watching the videos. Will watch all the interesting episodes from A to Z.
    Thank you Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/once-upon-a-time-with-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Nov 29. 2022 02:40 PM
    Everyone has the right to freedom of expression and freedom of speech. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers. Thanks to Mr Matthew Sinclair for speaking up clearly with logic. Our world is diverse, acceptance and understanding are the keys to peace and harmony. We choose what we want to practice, no one can interfere with our choice of religion and beliefs. Mr. Matthew, for being open minded and wrote such a good letter that promote religion freedom and human rights. Everyone deserves a well respect on their religion. We should not simply condemn others because of their practice, their choice is theirs. Using the profession to influence and make false accusation rather statement on Dorje Shugden practitioners. Thank you Rinpoche ‘s sharing on Mr. Matthew Sinclair letter.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/are-we-all-obliged-to-listen-to-the-dalai-lama.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Nov 29. 2022 02:37 PM
    Thank You Rinpoche for this précised teachings. Take responsibility of what we are doing in our life. Everyone of us go through difficult situations in life. But always think and behave in a more positive and optimistic way . Taking responsibility for our attitude, change our attitude, and the way we look at things that will change our life. Nobody’s perfect, we learned from mistakes , everybody’s got regrets. We say wrong things and we do wrong things and fall. We have to accept failure ,we learn from there and grow. Doing Dharma work and take whatever responsibility to improve ourselves. Doing Dharma work is to transform our minds , we are trapped in samsara through one life after another until we find awakening through enlightenment. We all have different strengths and weaknesses, so it’s important to embrace our imperfections and work on improving ourselves, helping and benefit others.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/why-do-they-do-dharma-work-like-that.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Nov 24. 2022 03:34 PM
    NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft has confirmed the discovery of its first alien world. We are not alone on earth afterall. Researchers discovered detectable sign of extra-terrestrial life in the atmosphere of a rocky planet . Wow It’s so exciting to imagine the possibilities, of potential habitability and may be suitable for life. Even with that discovery Earth remains a standout, and is still the only planet known to host life. Scientists concluded that the possibility of the existence of alien life forms. I am sure in future scientists will discover more new discoveries of planet in the habitable zone.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/guess-what-was-found.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Nov 24. 2022 03:32 PM
    Wow… living a house with waterfall, greens, forests, clean air is everyone wish. Waterfalls are wonders of nature that humans have adored since ancient times. The sight, sound, and feel of waterfall have a positive impart on our mind. The beauty of waterfalls everywhere has been immense sources of inspiration for many such as thinkers, writers, philosophers, travel lovers and so forth. Sitting beside a waterfall and listening to the sound of waterfalls makes us happy.
    Well truly a masterpiece by Frank Lloyd Wright in terms of architecture and this designed Fallingwater has been called the best all-time work of American architecture. He believed in designing in harmony with humanity and the environment, and he truly appreciate their abundant beauty. Great work Frank Lloyd Wright.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/fallingwater-house-at-pennsylvania.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Nov 24. 2022 03:30 PM
    HuffPost is an American liberal news portal, with localized and international editions. Well this portal offers news, blogs, and also covers politics, business, entertainment, environment etc . It cannot be wrong when mentioned about the Dorje Shugden controversy. It is a practice that the greatest Gelugpa and Sakya masters have hailed as all-important, and they have preserved and passed the lineage from one generation to another for 400 years. HuffPost’s professionalism and integrity says all. Those articles on the Shugden controversy is truly a testament.
    The H H 14th Dalai Lama, Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, has for decades travelled the globe with a message of peace, love and compassion. Yet these Dorje Shugden controversy happened due to some having their own agenda. Shugden practitioners have been relying on Dorje Shugdn for more than 350 years. Why now??? It had cause more sufferings, misunderstanding , families divided and so on. May all this be over soon for the sake of Tibetans . Interesting read……hopefully more people will read this blog to understand the situation better.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/huffington-post-three-times-as-many-buddhists-as-communists-in-china-dalai-lamas-tibet-wish-may-require-rapprochement-with-former-adversaries.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Nov 16. 2022 03:52 PM
    History is full of weird events that no one can explain , well that’s a fact. We are fortunate historians of the past have documented many of them for us to understand. Yet many unexplained mysteries remain unexplained even to this day. For some reason, we as humans tend to concentrate on the mysterious things more than the undeniable facts. World’s greatest unsolved mysteries always interest me. Mysteries of any topic is truly interesting to read the story. Death is a mystery to all of us, and so is reincarnation. When science cannot explain something it is often referred to as a belief. There are many mysterious stories in the world now where people claim to be reincarnated and they remember their past life. One such intriguing story was of Shanti Devi recalling her past life in modern times. Shanti Devi’s story is amazing at the age of four years old, she began telling her parents specific details about her old life.
    Interesting and weird mysterious stories in this blog, some of them are truly spooky.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/10-creepy-mysteries-you-havent-heard-of.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Nov 16. 2022 03:50 PM
    Even though it a old post yet reading it had me feeling sorry for such cute doggie. Due to some mortgage problems the owners left Sue the doggie without someone to look after. Sue was lucky somehow someone from Shelter Friend adopted her. Thank you to those who made it happen
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/dog-in-danger-please-help-sue.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Nov 16. 2022 03:48 PM
    nteresting read …..after reading this blog had me realised animals do reincarnate after all. Animals can become human again and vice versa after death. Just like humans, animals reincarnate as part of our soul family groups. This means the animals in our life now, have very likely been in our life before, as an animal. The true life story of a Thai boy with a snake past life tells all . The Thai boy Dalawong as a wonder spirit recognizes the cobra’s attacker is a very good life evidence of the existence of reincarnation.
    Reading the topic of telepathy had me understand slightly better . According to researchers, telepathy is a non-verbal way to communicate with others. With telepathy, people communicate entirely in the mind without saying anything. Interesting. Do hope I could telepathy with my doggie.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting blog.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/do-animals-reincarnate-back-as-humans.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Nov 14. 2022 03:59 PM
    Thanks for sharing all this creative special thoughts for readers to share with everyone . Simple thoughts yet easy understandable , meaningful tells us a thousand words of reality. Many will surly benefits it , reading those thoughts. Everyone has the right to practice his or her own religion, or rather no religion at all. Everyone should be supportive of religious freedom because religion is uniquely valuable to society. No one should ever suffer, be humiliated, assaulted, be segregated all because of their faith.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow again with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/very-special-thoughts-to-share.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Nov 14. 2022 03:56 PM
    As the sun rose over the ancient town, Dharmakaya Ceitiya, Thailand, a sea of saffron and maroon-robed monks assembled in an area the size of a football field. Could not have imagined 30,000 ordained as monks in one go that’s rejoicing. Thailand is the Land of Dharma where the Buddhism has been established since thousands years ago. Buddha Dharma teachings have been infiltrated in the daily life of Thai people. The Thai Buddhist cultures are unique and beautiful and their country are known as “the Land of Smile”. Theravada Buddhism is the official religion of Thailand and plays a key role in many aspects of Thai culture. For many Thai people, Buddhism is considered a philosophy for how to live one’s life and numerous Buddhist principles. Buddhism is a key component to the identities of many Thais. Many beautiful Buddhist temples and golden statues could be a common sights all over. Thai Buddhism has influenced society for a long time that has contributed to Thai people being generally known as kind, and compassionate.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing. Looking at those rare pictures tells all…..simple amazing able to see it.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/30000-people-ordained-as-monks.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Nov 14. 2022 03:53 PM
    To live in the mountains was always Tsem Rinpoche’s dream. A quiet place called home with greenery surrounding. Mountains are the beginning and end of all natural scenery.The mountains give us time to take a moment to be in awe of the natural beauty of the world. It’s wonderful for everyone dream to those who love escaping the rush and pollution of modern life and altering our perspective. The mountains are an extraordinary environment of biological diversity, cultural diversity and linguistic diversity. But its exception for Rinpoche as in this blog somewhere in Thailand Rinpoche was there. Living on raft house surrounding by water watching sunrise and sunset . A beautiful , calm, solitude, quiet environment indeed. I would love these environment as well as mother nature is intoxicating.
    Rinpoche somehow founded an extraordinary environment of biological diversity, cultural diversity and linguistic diversity. A place call home to many of us that’s Kechara Forest retreat at Bentong. A unique examples of beauty, peace, austerity, spirituality, eco-yoga and creativity. A must visit to those who loves mother nature.
    Thank you Rinpoche .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/an-exception.html

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One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat's doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
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Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
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On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
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By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
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Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
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One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
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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)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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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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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.
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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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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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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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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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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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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William, who is our leader/ Umze is cleaning the pantry and Gordon offered up 4 carton of packet drinks today. We cannot thank you enough for all kind hearted who sponsored various offerings weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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William, who is our leader/ Umze is cleaning the pantry and Gordon offered up 4 carton of packet drinks today. We cannot thank you enough for all kind hearted who sponsored various offerings weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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Dedicated sisters, Sharyn and Swee Bee. They always make sure our puja offerings, especially fruits are arranged nicely. Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
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Committed and hardworking Kechara Penang members, Mr. Tang and Mr. Huey. Really appreciate having you both at our weekly puja . Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
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Mexico 93,454
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