Longkou Nanshan Giant Buddha | 龙口南山大佛

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Yantai City

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Yantai City, also known as the “Most Charming City”, is located in the northeast of Shandong Province, China. Unlike the metropolitan cities like Beijing or Shanghai, Yantai offers charming, picturesque sceneries that made it one of the most habitable places in the world.

Yantai in Chinese means “smoke tower”. The city derives its name from watchtowers that were built on Mount Qi to send smoke signals as warnings against Japanese pirate invasions during the Ming Dynasty (14th-17th century). About 100 km away from Yantai City is the city of Longkou. Administered under Yantai City, Longkou City’s most famous attraction is the Longkou Nanshan Scenic Area.

 

Longkou Nanshan Scenic Area

] Longkou Nanshan Giant Buddha in Longkou Scenic Area, Shandong Province, China

Longkou Nanshan Giant Buddha in Longkou Scenic Area, Shandong Province, China

Longkou Nanshan Scenic Area of Shandong Province, China

Longkou Nanshan Scenic Area of Shandong Province, China

Tourist map in Longkou Nanshan Scenic Area (click to enlarge)

Nanshan Scenic Area started its development in the 90s by the Nanshan Group to protect the greenery, and to preserve the culture and heritage in this area, as well as to promote tourism activities.

There are three sections at the Nanshan Scenic Area namely: the Chinese History, Cultural and Religious Park; Donghai Tourist Resort; and the Theme Park. People can visit Longkou Nanshan Scenic Area for relaxation and at the same time engage in spiritual activities for their peace of mind. 

The Chinese History, Cultural and Religious Park is built with the intention to preserve and promote the religious and Chinese culture. Specifically for the preservation of the Buddhism, this park holds the Nanshan Giant Buddha, Nanshan Temple, Jade Medicine Buddha, Nanshan Huayan Park and Xiangshui (Perfume) Nunnery. 

Apart from the Longkou Nanshan Giant Buddha, which is the main attraction in Longkou Nanshan Scenic Area, the other two attractions are the indoor Jade Medicine Buddha and the Nanshan Huayan Park.

 

Longkou Nanshan Giant Buddha

Located at the Longkou Nanshan Scenic Area is the world’s largest, seated bronze Buddha statue. The Longkou Nanshan Giant Buddha statue is 38.55 metre-tall (126 feet) and weighs 380 tonnes. It was completed and consecrated in 2004. The Longkou Nanshan Giant Buddha is also sometimes referred to as the Buddha of the East due to its location in China.

Longkou Nanshan Giant Buddha statue, 38.55 metres (126 feet) tall, weighs 380 tonnes


Longkou Nanshan Giant Buddha statue, 38.55 metres (126 feet) tall, weighs 380 tonnes

360 steps that lead to the base of Longkou Nanshan Giant Buddha

The 360 steps that lead to the base of Longkou Nanshan Giant Buddha

The body of the Buddha is made up of 232 pieces of bronze, its hair by 302 pieces of bronze, and its lotus petals by 108 pieces of bronze. To reach the Longkou Giant Buddha, visitors have to walk 360 steps from the ground-level, climbing a total height of 58.66 metres (192 feet).

Magnificent Longkou Nanshan Giant Buddha

The magnificent Longkou Nanshan Giant Buddha

The Longkou Giant Buddha is seated, with right hand holding an Abhaya mudra (gesture of fearlessness) and left hand holding a Varada mudra (gesture of granting boons). Abhaya mudra signifies fearlessness, peace and comfort while Varada mudra signifies compassion and wish fulfilment. When the two mudras are combined, they represent the Buddha’s compassionate aspiration to liberate all sentient beings from sufferings, fulfil all sentient beings’ wishes and bring peace, calm, comfort to all sentient beings. The eyes of the Longkou Nanshan Giant Buddha gaze compassionately at all sentient beings. With a slight smile on his face, whether you are standing far or close to the Buddha, you can always feel Buddha’s caring energy like a mother to a child.

Under the lotus base of the Buddha statue is the Appreciation Hall, the Ten Thousand Buddhas Hall and the Buddhism History Museum.

The building of Longkou Nanshan Giant Buddha was started by a few farmers about 30 years ago. Soon, another 20 villagers joined the farmers. Later, the construction of the Giant Buddha was taken over by the Nanshan Group as part of the Nanshan Scenic Area project.

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Many kind donors have contributed towards the construction of the Longkou Nanshan Giant Buddha. With a donation of RMB200 (USD30) and above, the name of the sponsors are displayed in the hall and regular blessing prayers are performed by the Sangha members of Nanshan Temple.

 

Ten Thousand Buddhas Hall

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The leftover bronze from making the Nanshan Giant Buddha was used to make 9,999 pieces of small Buddha statues. Together with the Nanshan Giant Buddha, they make up a total of 10,000 Buddhas. People can invite the 9,999 Buddha statues home or they can make a sponsorship as an offering.

 

Buddhism History Museum

The Buddhism History Museum 1,800 sq. metre (19,375 sq. feet) provides an overview of how Buddhism found its way to China and the development of Buddhism in different time periods. Many precious relics and Buddhist items are displayed here for people to view and appreciate.

 

Nanshan Jade Medicine Buddha

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The Nanshan Medicine Buddha is made of jade with a height of 13.66 metres (45 feet) and weighs 660 tonnes. It is the largest indoor jade Medicine Buddha in China, consecrated in 2005. The Nanshan Jade Medicine Buddha is housed in the 3-storey Nanshan Jade Medicine Buddha Hall.

 Stupas containing the relics of Buddha’s tooth and highly attained Buddhist masters

Stupas containing the relics of Buddha’s tooth and highly attained Buddhist masters

Relic Hall

Relic Hall

On the first floor is the Relic Hall. There are over a thousand Buddhist relics and artefacts displayed here from different Buddhist traditions. The most precious relic in here is the Buddha’s Tooth relic inside a golden stupa and the relics of highly attained Buddhist masters inside a jade stupa.

Escalators leading to the first floor of Jade Medicine Buddha Hall. At the side of the escalators are the 500 Arhats


Escalators leading to the first floor of Jade Medicine Buddha Hall. At the side of the escalators are the 500 Arhats

500 Arhats statues at the side of the escalators

500 Arhats statues at the side of the escalators

Entrance to Jade Medicine Buddha

The entrance to Jade Medicine Buddha

Beautiful Jade Medicine Buddha

The beautiful Jade Medicine Buddha

Located on the second floor is the mandala of Medicine Buddha, and on the third floor the Jade Medicine Buddha. Surrounding the Jade Medicine Buddha are other 6 forms of Medicine Buddhas. This is an ideal place for people who wants to pray for healing, health and longevity.

 

Nanshan Temple

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The entrance to Nanshan Temple

Nanshan Temple was originally called Shiquan Temple and was built in the period of Zhenguan in Tang Dynasty (7th to 10th century). It is the oldest and the most famous temple in Longkou. The temple was reconstructed in 1999, while maintaining its old facade. It covers an area of 40,000 sq. metre (131 feet) and a built-up area of 9,800 sq. metres (32,000 sq. feet).

Within the Nanshan Temple, there are several halls; the Maitreya Hall, Daxiong Pavilion, Yuantong Hall and Tibetan Scripture Hall.

The Bell Tower, Dizang Hall, Kalan Hall and Oriental Three Sacred Halls. Bodhi Hall, Manjushri Hall are located on the East Road.

While the Drum Tower, Grand Master Hall, Western Three Saints Hall, Puxian Hall, Daxiong Palace are on the West Road.

 

Nanshan Huayan Park

Nanshan Huayan Park is named after the paradise of Vairocana Buddha. The total area is 115,000 sq. metres (377,000 sq. feet) with a built-up area of 5,500 sq. metres (18,000 square feet).

The main attractions at the Nanshan Huayan Park are the Five Dhyani Buddhas Halls, the Medicine Buddha Musical Fountain and the Prayer Wheels Corridor.

 

Five Dhyani Buddhas Halls

The Five Dhyani Buddhas Halls

The Five Dhyani Buddhas Halls

In the middle hall are the Vairocana, Avalokiteshvara, Manjushri, Samanthabadra and Maitreya Buddha statues, while the other four halls houses the statues of Akshobhya (East), Ratnasambhava (South), Amitabha (West), and Amoghasiddhi (North).

Vairocana Buddha

Vairocana Buddha

 Amitabha Buddha

Amitabha Buddha

Akshobhya Buddha

Akshobhya Buddha

 

The Medicine Buddha Musical Fountain

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In the middle of the fountain is the statue of Medicine Buddha with a height of 19.6 metres (64 feet). When the musical fountain is not in operations, the Medicine Buddha is hidden in the closed lotus petals. When musical fountain starts, the lotus petals will open, and the Medicine Buddha will rise slowly upwards in rotation. At the base of the Medicine Buddha fountain is the 12 protectors and surrounding the Medicine Buddha fountain are the eight Bodhisattvas as described in the Medicine Buddha Sutra.

 

Prayer Wheel Corridor

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There are 108 Tibetan prayer wheels installed on the corridor for people to collect merits when they turn the wheels.

 

Xiangshui (Perfume) Nunnery

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The original nunnery was built in 1600. It is said that during that time a girl from a Han family was very inclined towards Buddhism, and she only wanted to practice Dharma. Since there were not many temples in the area that time, her parents constructed the nunnery for her so she could do her practice and at the same time her parents could visit her anytime they wanted to.

When Nanshan Group rebuilt the nunnery on the same site in 1999, a very nice and pleasant scent dispersed when the old structure of the nunnery was pulled down. Hence, the nunnery is named Xiangshui (Perfume) Nunnery.

 

How to get there

By air

From Beijing, Shanghai, Harbin, Wuhan to Yantai International Airport.

By Bus

Once in Yantai, you can take a coach from the coach station near Yantai Train Station to Longkou City. The journey will take less than two hours.

When you arrive in Longkou City, you can take bus number 5 or bus number 105 from Longkou Train Station or coach station to Longkou Scenic Area.

By Taxi

You can also take a taxi from Longkou City to Longkou Scenic Area easily.

Opening hours: 7.30am – 6.00pm

Admission Fees
Adult: RMB120 (approximately USD18)
Children below 1.3 metre: Free admission

 

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烟台市

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烟台市位于中国山东省东北部,它被誉为全国文明城市,虽然它不像北京或上海那样是大都市,但它美丽宜人的景色却让它成为全球最适合居住的地方之一。

明洪武三十一年(公元1398年),当地军民为了防止倭寇入侵,因此于临海北山上设狼烟墩台,亦称为“烽火台”。在军民发现敌情后,于白天升烟,夜晚则举火,作为警报信号,简称”烟台”。烟台山也因此得名。

龙口市是烟台市代管县级市,距离烟台市大约100公里。南山旅游风景区位于龙口市,其风景区有着世界最大的锡青铜坐佛。

 

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龙口南山大佛位于中国山东省龙口南山旅游风景区

龙口南山大佛位于中国山东省龙口南山旅游风景区

中国山东省龙口南山旅游风景区

中国山东省龙口南山旅游风景区

龙口南山旅游风景区导览图 (点击放大)

龙口南山风景区在90年代由南山集团开发并发展。其建立风景区的主要目的除了促进旅游业之外,还有保护该山区的文化遗产。南山旅游风景区分三个主要部分:(一)中华历史、文化与宗教园;(二)东海旅游度假区;(三)主题公园。龙口南山旅游风景区不仅是个放松心情的好去处,也是一个进行灵修活动和寻找心灵上宁静历史母亲对孩子般的慈爱的好地方。

中华历史、文化和宗教园内的建设有南山大佛、南山寺、药师玉佛、南山华严世界和香水庵等。除了南山大佛为主要景点以外,另外还有两个著名的景物:室内药师玉佛和华严世界。

 

龙口南山大佛

龙口南山大佛,高38.55米(126尺),重380吨

龙口南山大佛,高38.55米(126尺),重380吨

龙口南山大佛选材锡青铜铸造高38.55米 (126尺),重380吨。它在2004年竣工,在同一年进行开光仪式。由于龙口南山大佛位于中国的东边,它也因此被称为东方佛。

这座锡青铜大佛由642块锡青铜铸件组合而成。访客必须行走360个阶梯,共58.66米(192尺)高,才能抵达龙口南山大佛跟前。

访客需逐级拾阶而上,历经6层共360级台阶到近处观摩南山大佛

访客需逐级拾阶而上,历经6层共360级台阶到近处观摩南山大佛

龙口南山大佛结“施无畏印”与“满愿印”

龙口南山大佛结“施无畏印”与“满愿印”

龙口南山大佛的右手结“施无畏印”,代表无畏、平安和抚慰;左手结“满愿印”,表示布施、赠予、恩惠、接受。“满愿印”具有慈悲的意思,所以往往与“施无畏印”配合,象征佛为救济众生的大慈心愿,能使众生心安,无所畏怖,无忧无虑,且满足和实现众生所有的愿望。

龙口南山大佛慈悲的双眼凝望着众生,微微扬起的嘴角让你无论是站在远处或近处,都能感受到他如母亲对孩子般的慈爱。

龙口南山大佛其实在30年前就由几位当地的农民发起建造,随后另外20名村民也加入造佛的工作。后来这个计划由南山集团接手,成为龙口南山旅游风景区其中一个发展计划。

 

功德殿

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许多善心人士慷慨捐款资助龙口南山大佛的建设。凡是捐献200元人民币或以上者,都可在殿内留名。南山寺的僧伽都会定时为功德主祈福回向。

 

万佛殿

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万佛殿内供奉了9,999尊南山大佛的小佛像,由浇铸南山大佛所余之铜材铸造。这9,999尊小佛像和南山大佛共成10,000尊佛。信徒们可以迎请这些小佛像或寄名供养于万佛殿。

 

佛教历史博物馆

佛教历史博物馆占地1,800平方米(19,375尺)。博物馆利用文字介绍,文物、图片、多媒体等各种陈展形式展示了佛教如何从印度传入中国以及佛教在不同时期的发展。许多珍贵的舍利和佛教圣物也都在这里展出。

 

南山药师玉佛

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南山药师玉佛采用缅甸玉铸造,高13.66米(45尺),重660吨;于2005年进行开光仪式,为中国境内最高的室内玉制药师佛。南山药师玉佛安放在一座三层楼的南山药师玉佛殿,佛像位于第三层。

舍利塔内的佛牙舍利和高僧舍利

舍利塔内的佛牙舍利和高僧舍利

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舍利殿

南山玉佛殿的一楼为舍利殿,其中展示超过1,000件来自不同传承的佛教圣物。最珍贵的是供奉在金舍利塔内的佛牙舍利和玉舍利塔里的高僧舍利。

访客可透过扶梯到南山药师玉佛殿的二楼,其两侧安放500尊罗汉像

扶梯两侧的500罗汉像

扶梯两侧的500罗汉像

南山药师玉佛殿的入口处

南山药师玉佛殿的入口处

庄严的南山药师玉佛

庄严的南山药师玉佛

南山药师玉佛殿的二楼是药师佛坛城,三楼就是南山药师玉佛所在之处。南山药师玉的佛周围安有六尊不同颜色的药师佛像。这里是人们祈求疗愈、健康和长寿的理想地方。

 

南山禅寺

南山禅寺入口处

南山禅寺入口处

南山禅寺的前身是石泉寺,建于唐朝(公元7到10世纪)贞观年间。它是龙口市最古老,也是最著名的禅寺。南山禅寺在1999年按照其原貌重建,至今仍然保持该寺原来的面貌。南山禅寺占地40,000平方米(131,000平方尺),建筑面积9,800平方米(32,000平方尺)。

在南山禅寺内有弥勒殿、大雄塔、圆通殿、藏经阁。禅寺外沿着东路有钟楼、地藏殿、伽蓝殿和东方三圣殿,西路有菩提殿、文殊殿、鼓楼、大师殿、西方三圣殿殿、普贤殿、大雄宝殿。

 

南山华严世界

南山华严世界一名取自法身佛毗卢遮那佛国净土,占地115,000平方米(377,000平方尺),建筑面积5,500平方米(18,000平方尺)。

南山华严世界主要景点为五方五佛殿、药师颂动感音乐喷泉和转经回廊。

 

五方五佛殿

 五方五佛殿

五方五佛殿

毗卢遮那佛

毗卢遮那佛

 阿閦佛(不动如来)

阿閦佛(不动如来)

 

药师颂动感音乐喷泉

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药师动感音乐喷泉的中央有高19.6米(64尺)的药师佛像。当药师动感音乐喷泉处在静止状态时,药师佛就隐藏在莲花瓣内。当药师动感音乐喷泉启动时,药师佛就会缓缓上升,继而旋转。喷泉的下方有12尊神将,围绕着药师佛四周的是《药王经》中的八大菩萨:文殊师利菩萨,观世音菩萨,得大势菩萨,无尽意菩萨,宝檀华菩萨,药王菩萨,药上菩萨,弥勒菩萨。

转经回廊旁是由108个藏式转经筒所组成,旨在让人们修积大量的功德

 

转经回廊

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香水庵于1600时期建成。据说当时有一户韩姓家庭的女儿一心只想修行,由于僧尼庵并不多,于是家人动用资财建起了一座庙宇让女儿修佛的同时也方便家人探访。

当南山集团在1999年进行重修僧尼庵工程时,在将旧有的结构拆卸后,一股香气扑鼻,僧尼庵因此被命名为香水庵。

 

怎么到达龙口南山风景区

巴士

从烟台市,可以到靠近烟台火车站的巴士站乘坐巴士到龙口市,路程不到两个小时。
在抵达龙口市后,可以在龙口火车站或客车站乘坐5号或10号公车到龙口南山风景区。

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从龙口市也可以乘坐的士到龙口南山风景区

开放时间
7.30am – 5pm

入门票
成人:人民币120元(约18美元)
身高1.3米以下儿童:免费

 

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  1. sarassitham on Nov 10, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    Thanks for the amazing exposure of religious culture sight in Nanshan Scenic Spot. I’m bless to see the historical remarks of the Most Charming City of Shandong Province, China with its most attractive and beautiful scenery of the world largest bronze sitting Buddha.

    I discovered this Longkou Nanshan Buddhist Park, is a sign that Buddhism is a religion that transcends time, space and culture. Its embraces the humanistic values and cater to the needs and moving times. As the earth is now a global village, modernization is key to address Buddhists from all corners of the world.

    https://bit.ly/3n7FH2E

  2. Samfoonheei on Nov 1, 2019 at 10:53 am

    The Grand Buddha of Nanshan in the scenic area is a great Buddha of Sakyamuni, been the world’s first tin bronze Buddha statue. It is one of the famous Buddhist temples in China. Nanshan Buddha built in a magnificent area which offers charming, picturesque sceneries and it’s worth visiting. Considered as a national tourist area which consists of Chinese history and religious culture park . Going up to where the Buddha statue is amazing with three hundred and sixty steps visitors need to walk to the top.
    Have not been to this beautiful place , would love to one of this days.
    Thank you for this sharing.

  3. Ummamageswari on Jun 28, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    Thank you so much for this article. This article is mainly about Longkou Nanshan Giant Buddha which is located at the Longkou Nanshan Scenic Area which is the world’s largest, with a seated bronze Buddha statue. The body of the Buddha is made up of bronze.

    With a slight smile on Buddha’s face, whether you are standing far or close to the Buddha, you can always feel Buddha’s caring energy like a mother to a child. The Buddhism History Museum provides an overview of how Buddhism found its way to China and the development of Buddhism in different time periods. Thank you.

  4. Pastor Lanse on Jun 15, 2019 at 10:48 am

    喜见中国有越来越多的大佛像。虽然有些人会批评说,一尊比一尊更大的佛像,会导致很多人慕大佛像之名而来,将原本殊胜的佛教圣地变成充满旅游色彩,扭曲了佛门圣地本该清净的原意,但其实若想深一层,我们不但不该不高兴,反而该十分随喜。无论来者本着什么心态,大佛本身具有的加持力并不会受到访客的心念影响,所以即使访客的心念再不纯正都好,作为客体的佛像依然能够带给访客加持,依然能够在访客心中种下殊胜的佛法种子,这本身就十分难得。自称为佛门子弟的我们,岂不该大大地为他们随喜吗?

  5. Pastor Albert on Jun 3, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    Indeed Nan Shan temple is very beautiful, like what was mentioned in the article, by just looking at the pictures, I already can feel the love and care by the Buddha to the sentient beings., The place was kept amazingly clean and it’s really a beautiful place to visit.

    It is important to keep the temple clean, because when the temple is attractive to the tourist, then it can attract many visitors to visit the place, when they visit the temple, they make prayers, they take photos, and they can get blessings. From the pictures, you can see that how well Nan Shan was kept with the maintenance.

    When I see this name, I keep reminding the phrase people used to say when greeting others during their birthday – goof fortune is as much as the East Sea, the longevity of life is as high as South Mountain (Nan Shan)

    It is such a pleasure to see all the beautiful pictures, it will be great if we can visit this temple 1 day soon 🙂

  6. Tsa Tsa Ong on May 23, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    Love this beautiful Buddhist temple and Buddha statue located at the Longkou Nanshan Scenic Area is the world’s largest, seated bronze Buddha statue. The Longkou Nanshan Giant Buddha statue is 38.55 metre-tall (126 feet) and weighs 380 tonnes. Nice outdoor hand mudra of the Buddha.? Wish to visit this interesting and lovely temple one day. ????

  7. Cc on May 21, 2019 at 3:27 am

    ?????? Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    Will plan a next trip there.
    Is amazing and it shows how by constructing a holy place can benefit millions and millions of people decades after decades.

    Hope Kechara can manifest ASAP.

  8. Samfoonheei on May 9, 2019 at 11:22 am

    Nashan Mountain is located in Longkou City’s Lushan Mountain in the Shandong Province. The area is home to beautiful natural landscapes as well as grand, elegant manmade designs. A national tourist area which consists of a Chinese history and culture park as well as religious culture park. The Nashan Great Buddha is the largest bronze tin sitting Buddha today in the world. Wow….. The statue is 380 ton heavy and 38.66 meters high. The Jade Buddha in the park is also the largest ever indoor Buddha at 660 ton weight and 13.66 meters height. Amazing findings………these two statues of Buddha are the two biggest highlights of the area. Beautiful Chinese architecture and historical culture with different styles from different periods of dynasties. The gardens and temples surrounding the giant Buddha are lovely. Really great place to visit and get some interesting photographs. Have not been there , wish I could visit and see it.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

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  • astrogurutips
    Friday, Mar 5. 2021 08:11 PM
    Great article! Thank you so much for this decent article. I love the way you present your article. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.astrogurutips&hl=en
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 5. 2021 04:19 PM
    In Mahayana Buddhism, a bodhisattva refers to anyone who has generated bodhicitta, a spontaneous wish and compassionate mind to attain Buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings. Bodhisattvas are common figures in Buddhist literature and art. They exist as guides and providers to help us following the teachings about generosity, patience, meditative balance, and insight into what is essential, so we can come to live in a way that benefits others. At the same time, we learn compassion for ourselves and see that we are not separate from the people we have imagined are estranged from us. Self and other heal together.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-article/a-bodhisatta-is-a-being-devoted-to-enlightenment
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 5. 2021 04:17 PM
    Thanks to Dr. Matthew William King who did a detail well research article regarding Dorje Shugden in Mongolia. Through his research he has confirmed that even long before H H Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche’s time, at least a century before, Dorje Shugden practice was already popularized in Lhasa. The practice of Dorje Shugden by the great lamas and many others had widely invoked the dharma Protector in Mongolia. Dr King’s research clearly demonstrates that Mongolia’s lamas had been promoting and encouraging the practice. Dorje Shugden was an established practice in the Sakya School for hundreds of years before Pabongka Rinpoche’s time. Hence Dorje Shugden definitely not a evil or spirits as claimed by the Tibetan leadership. Reading through this interesting article we could understand better how Mongolian lamas have been all along protecting and preserving not only the practice of Dorje Shugden, but also of Buddhism’s revival as a whole in modern-day Mongolia.
    THANK YOU for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/how-mongolia-saved-dorje-shugden.html
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Mar 5. 2021 01:55 AM
    Very informative and interesting article, Sri Lanka offers everything that makes one escape a memorable one!. Being awarded a best tourist destinations with various fascinating attraction, ancient historic site from soulful Buddhist monasteries, temples to exotic and impeccable spots rarely explored. Thanks for the beautiful scenery photos sharing and hope to visit this beautiful Island and enjoy my stay.

    https://bit.ly/38aT3WI
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Mar 3. 2021 03:22 PM
    In the present-day many people suffers from eye problems .These disorders are usually overcome using powerful glasses and lenses, However using powerful glasses can worsen eye problems.

    This is really a great article for all of us. I am blessed to come across of these practice and teaching, hope to start soon and overcome my eye problem. Thank you so much for the sharing.

    https://bit.ly/3kMZiFu
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 1. 2021 04:01 PM
    Interesting read with the discovery of various legends, texts by archaeologists thousands years ago. Historians and experts had investigated and found evidence of contact between humans and extra-terrestrial life very much earlier. Their findings theory seem that extra-terrestrials have visited Earth for millions of years. Since the age of the dinosaurs to ancient Egypt, from early cave drawings to continued mass sightings in the US. Historians had revealed that aliens have been with us all along. Encounters with strange beings and sightings of mysterious objects in the sky have been recorded. Such as Christopher Columbus’ first voyage to America witnessed strange lights in the sky and sightings of flying cigar-shaped crafts were reported during the Black Plague that struck Europe and Asia in the mid-1300s. There were many others historical evidence of early civilization that had close encounters with Aliens. Interesting read and to watch the video.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ancient-aliens-closer-encounters.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 27. 2021 05:33 PM
    Watching the videos and looking at those pictures in this post tell us more. Sad to see the working conditions really bad especially in the brick kilns of Andhra Pradesh,India. We could see those working men, women and younf children are working round the clock 12 just to earn a living.
    We are considered more fortunate enough than them and we should not complain of what we have, live and so on. We should appreciate every moment , what we have now to do good and beneficial for others, no matter how hard and difficult at times as others might be worse than us.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/you-have-to-see-this.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 27. 2021 05:32 PM
    Wow…..wonderful dog lovers should read to help them to be more caring, loving having a pet. Once we have them as our pet we have the responsibility to give care and love to them. Dogs have feelings like us and is men best friend.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this essential facts for dog lovers.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/20-essential-facts-dog-lovers-must-always-remember.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 27. 2021 05:31 PM
    Scientists had looking at long term, discovered that estimated about 100 to 10,000 species will be extinct soon if nothing is done. Could imagine from microscopic organisms to large plants and animals will go extinct each year. Animal such as sharks, lions, Pit bulls dogs and so forth as mentioned in this blog can become extinct when humans over hunt and over fish, pollute the environment, destroy habitats , and many others. Reading this post tells us more those world’s most dangerous animals are in fact in danger themselves. But the actions of humans toward those dangerous animal has proven more dangerous than that of the animal. Interesting read .
    Thank you Shakila Rajendra for this sharing…..good knowledge . May more people are aware of the harm they are doing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-worlds-most-dangerous-animals-in-danger-themselves.html
  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Feb 25. 2021 01:04 AM
    This is kind of hard to believe and shocking to imagine the weirdest addiction of people in this planet, they are extremely strange. People can become addicted to actions, feelings, or behaviors, not just substances. There must be something behind of every addiction, I don’t think they are crazy or mentally ill, it’s their weird enjoyment for a short time.

    I had a friend in my primary school who eats mud during rainy days, she told me, it smells good and she enjoys doing it during her play time. I found it strange but has she grow up in different environment she forget about her addiction. So, I strongly believe, all behaviors can be changed when the person gains self-awareness and actually wants to change. Thanks for the interesting sharing and recall of my childhood friend.
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Feb 24. 2021 01:33 PM
    nteresting read of this history of how Dorje Shugden practice came into light . Since Dorje Shugden was introduced into the Sakya tradition, there have been many Sakya throne holders that practiced Dorje Shugden. Out of the 42 supreme throne holders throughout the history of the Sakya tradition, six of the thrones holders are confirmed to have practiced Dorje Shugden. They have built chapels to him, composed prayers and pujas (kangsols) to him and even propagated his practice amongst their disciples. They cannot be wrong and in fact as confirmed by the 39th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen Dorje Shugden is an enlightened being. Dorje Shugden kangsol (prayer) to invoke the blessings of Dorje Shugden composed by him is still widely used today. Dorje Shugden must be a powerful Dharma protector that Sakya tradition have been long relying. It has proven that Dorje Shugden is not a minor practice. Interesting read , may more people read this post to understand better.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sakya-trizins-dorje-shugden-prayer.html
  • sarassitham
    Tuesday, Feb 23. 2021 11:23 PM
    Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe. It looks very delicious, healthy and nutritious. I can’t wait to try making it has the ingredients are easy to purchase and methods are simple. I wonder what it taste like.

    https://bit.ly/37DAV7y
  • sarassitham
    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 11:55 PM
    There are lots of people have more than one reason for choosing vegetarianism. Many people choose a vegetarian diet out of concern over animal rights or the environment and others may be based on religious beliefs or even for healthier lifestyle.

    Regardless of whether you choose a vegetarian way of life, it’s always a healthy idea to eat a wide variety of foods and try out new foods when you can.

    Thank you for the sharing and compiling the list of vegetarian restaurants and organic shops in Klang Valley. I am glad to know whereabout and hoping to try them.

    https://bit.ly/3siC4tf
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 03:30 PM
    Begtse Chen, a deity of alien origin, was incorporated into the pantheon of Tibetan Buddhism as a protector of the Dharma. This Proyector is one of the eight famous Dharmapala in Tantric Buddhism. Also known as red Mahakala and is especially revered in Mongolia where the origin of Begtse Chen can be traced to a pre-Buddhist deity in 16th century. It has become the mainstay of Protector practice in Mongolia. Interesting read.
    Thank you for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-dharma-protector-begtse-chen.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 03:27 PM
    Interesting read of Kunkhyen Choku Ozer was a lineage master of the Manjushri Namasamgiti Tantra. He became known as Kunkhyen Choku Ozer due to his ability to penetrate the meaning of the great Buddhist treatises merely just by glancing at it. He could memolised texts just by reading it once. Reading this post and information at least I can know he is also a part of Dorje Shugden’s incarnation lineage. He is also famed for establishing the ancient monastery of Dakpo Tsele.
    Thank you Pastor David for this sharing as many of us would not have known this GREAT Lama was part of Dorje Shugden’s incarnation lineage.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kunkhyen-choku-ozer-master-of-the-kalachakra-guhyasamaja-tantras.html

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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.
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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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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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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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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
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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
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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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
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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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
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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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
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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
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  • March 4, 2021 22:52
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Can a lay person work towards the preliminary practices by accumulating daily ? Many thanks.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Yes, of course. Anyone can engage in the preliminary practices, you don't have to be ordained in order to do so. However for one's practice to be considered a full preliminary practice, you need to do 100,000 repetitions of whichever practice you are engaged in without break. That means you must engage in at least one session a day, until the count is completed. 10% of the count is also added on top, to make up for any unintentional mistakes. So the figure would actually be 110,000. If you skip a day, that means you have broken your preliminary retreat. If this occurs you can still dedicate the practice you have done so far, and you will still benefit from the merit generated and the purification of negative karma from the practice, but it is not counted as a full preliminary practice. Also you must adhere to the retreat procedures for the duration of the time it takes you to complete the particular preliminary practice. For example, an altar with daily offerings, retreat seat with swastika, refraining from eating black foods, etc. This may not be convenient for most people in our day and age. So what you can do is to spend a certain amount of time accumulating a specific figure, for example 10,000 repetitions of a particular practice. Seal the practice at the end with a strong dedication, like the King of Prayers. Later on, you can repeat the procedure more times until you complete 100,000. This method was given by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche for modern-day practitioners who do not have the time to complete 100,000 in one go. While it technically does not constitute a full preliminary retreat, you still gain immense merits and purification from engaging in the practice, even if spaced out. As Rinpoche said, it's better for you to do mini preliminary retreats than not doing any of the preliminary practices whatsoever. That being said, if you do have the ability to do a full preliminary retreat and it will not negatively impact you, such as create financial difficulties or strain familial relationships, then of course go ahead! To have the sincere wish to engage in any Dharma practice is wonderful. You can read more about the individual preliminary practices here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/preliminary-practice.html You can watch a short teaching on the preliminary practices by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/cosmic-tantra.html
  • March 3, 2021 04:13
    Sandra asked: Dear respected pastors, what are dreams? Do dreams have significance? Are they simply images the mind views at night - do they resemble the dreamer's state of mind? Thank you for all your replies :) :)
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Hello. Nice to see you back here. On the normal level, both waking and dream states are both marred by our delusions. The teachings tell us that this deluded state continues through all our experiences, whether during the dreaming or waking states. The way to overcome this is to "wake up" from our delusions, or reach enlightenment. Normally when people think of dreams, they do so in psychological terms and so focus on the content of the dream. When we investigate the nature of the dream itself, we begin to investigate something deeper, the processes that underlies the whole of our existence. Understand this propels you further along the spiritual journey towards enlightenment. We have many dreams during one night of sleep, and may or may not consciously remember then when we wake up. In terms of content, dreams can be used to work through psychological issues or can indicate certain issues and overcoming them (as is common within Western psychological practices). In Tibetan Buddhism, dreams can be used for much more. In the advanced practices, one can transform ordinary dreams to further one's spiritual journey. This is not only in terms of working through psychological issues, but in terms of meditation and practice as well. Generally, there are three types of dreams as described below. Most of us only experience the first type, unless we progress on the spiritual path. 1. Samsaric dreams: these arise from karma and karmic traces in the mind. This can also include emotions, memories, etc. The meaning we find in these dreams are imputed by the dreamer, and not inherent in the dream. This also applies to waking life. We impute meaning onto situations and circumstances, rather than the meaning being inherent to the circumstance. It is like reading a book. Words in the book are just marks on paper, however, because we use our sense of meaning, we take a meaning out of it. However, this is always open to interpretation. For example, if you tell your dream to two people, they can interpret the meaning very differently, even though you told them the exact same details. 2. Clarity dreams: These dreams occur when you are fairly progressed in meditational practices and can carry this into the dream state. These dreams arise not from the emotions, or memories, etc., but from more subtler forms of karma and delusions. However, just like in waking mediational practice, you are not affected by the images or thoughts that appear to you. 3. Clear Light dreams: In the advanced tantric practices, there are teachings called dream yoga. The object of these is to achieve the clear light dreams, which are very difficult to achieve and take years and years of intense practice. The most important clear light mind that arises is actually at the time of our death, if we are trained enough in this very subtle state, we can actually control where we take rebirth. If we are more experienced in this state, then we can actually use it to meditate on the teachings and achieve enlightenment. Clear light dreams are a "lesser" type of clear light mind, that helps practitioners prepare for the time of death. When we have an auspicious dream such as of our teacher, our practice, the Buddhas, etc., even though this is auspicious, it is still more than likely to be just a samsaric dream. There are instances however, when the enlightened beings and Dharma protectors will send practitioners dreams to help with their practice or as methods of divination. Tsem Rinpoche once told us of a very powerful Nyingma lama known for his divination abilities. Students would ask him a question, then he would take a nap, and receive divination advice in this dreams, which he would then relay to his students. This lama was well-known for this ability because his dream divinations were extremely accurate. As I am sure you can tell, the scope of dreams with the Buddhist context is very vast and I will not be able to cover everything here. However, I hope that what I have written helps your understanding. Thank you.
  • March 1, 2021 23:37
    Sandra asked: Hello dear pastors, wish we could have an article like the one below to highlight the auspicious days of 2021. https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/auspicious-days.html
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your suggestion. At the moment, there are no plans to publish another article with 2021 dates. But I have listed out some of the auspicious days and their dates for this year for you. I have only included future dates, not those that have already passed. Saga Dawa Duchen - 26th May 2021 Chokhor Duchen - 14th July 2021 Dorje Shugden Day - 24th August 2021 Lhabab Duchen - 27th October 2021 Gaden Ngamchoe or Tsongkhapa Day - 29th December 2021 I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 27, 2021 03:31
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Is it ok to pray from different areas in the house (even where there is no altar)? I was told you can't create 2 altars in 1 house.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question and its nice to see you here again. The reason why we pray in front of our altars is because it becomes a focal point of the enlightened energies we are invoking. Therefore it becomes a kind of portal for the energies of transformation, peace, healing, prosperity and protection. It is also the place where we make offerings to the Buddhas. As such, most people usually only have 1 altar in their home. However, you can have more than 1 altar in your home. As it is an altar, it should be complete with representations of the body, speech and mind of the Buddhas. This would be an image (either a statue, thangka, tsa tsa, poster, framed picture, etc), a Dharma text and a stupa. In front of these, you should have at least 1 type of offering or more. This can be a fixed offering or maybe even a set of water offerings, which you make every day. Since practitioners make offerings on a daily basis, most opt to have only 1 altar, but there is no rule in Buddhism to say you can only have 1 altar. The altar however, should be placed in a respectful place. So, not in the bathroom. Or if in the bedroom, you should put a screen up to block it when you are changing, sleeping, etc. Alternatively, you can keep it in a cupboard, and close the doors during such activities. But altars should be dedicated places to the Buddhas, so don't put secular items in the same place, such as on the same shelf, etc. When it comes to praying, it is usually done in front of the altar, as you are invoking the enlightened beings. When you do your prayers there it becomes a powerful place in your home, and provides you with a sacred space to pray and meditate. However, if circumstances are difficult, then of course you can pray elsewhere. For example, when I first set up an altar, I was living in a single room with not much space. I set up an altar on a shelf but was not able to pray in front of it. Once I had made offerings, I would simply sit in another part of the room and do the prayers there. If it is really not convenient, then of course it is permissible to do the prayers elsewhere. It is better to do the prayers, than not do them at all if you can't be in front of your altar. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 25, 2021 01:33
    Kuenzang wangdi asked: What would be my most suitable colour ?
    pastor answered: Dear Kuenzang Wangdi, Thank you for your question. The following calculators may be of interest to you: Chinese Zodiac: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html Tibetan Astrology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html In relation to which colour if most favourable for you, unfortunately our calculators do not give this information. However, from a Buddhist practice viewpoint, what is more important is the transformation of the mind. Once we transform our minds according to teachings, we are able to overcome any obstacle and create good conditions for our lives. You can learn a very short mind transformation teaching here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/eight-verses-of-thought-transformation.html You can couple this with formal practice. If you are interested, a very good practice to bring energies of increase and generate a long life, merits, wealth and prosperity in your life, is the the practice of Gyenze. You can find information about the practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth.html. I hope this helps. Thanks.
  • February 22, 2021 22:14
    Naseer asked: Hi My name is Naseer Ahmed 8th dec 1979. Life path 1 Im looking to add to my name slightly... change it too... Naseer Al Ahmed... Would this be more complimentary as far as for the business front... or would it not make any difference
    pastor answered: Hello Naseer, As per your question, your Life Path Number is 1. The Life Path Number according to the system of numerology used on our website is calculated using your date of birth. Therefore, a change in name will not affect your Life Path Number. Some of the other calculators on the same page do however use your name. One of the smaller calculators you may be interested in is the Achievement Number, but again, this only uses your date of birth for the calculation. You can find it here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/numerology/numerology-calculator.html You may also be interested in two of our other pages: Chinese Zodiac - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html Tibetan Astrology - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html Thank you for your question. I hope this helps.
  • February 20, 2021 18:36
    Sandra asked: After making a food offering to the three jewels (which we will eat for lunch etc), should we think of it as a blessing and partake?
    pastor answered: Hello Sandra, When making food offerings to the Three Jewels, which you eat yourself, when you recite the prayer and make the offering, you should visualise that the Buddhas receive your food offering and because you have made an offering, they are very pleased. It also fulfills one of the Refuge commitments, which is to offer the first portion of whatever we eat and drink to the Three Jewels, while remembering their kindness. You can then partake of the meal and consider it a blessing from the Three Jewels. Alternatively, you can set out a plate (which you reserve for this purpose) of food, which you can offer on your altar. Similarly, once the food has been left on your altar for a while, you can later remove it and consume it as a blessing. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 19, 2021 04:33
    Sandra asked: Is intovertedness a bad quality? Since Buddha is so altruistic and this is the opposite trait, it must be bad. How do you think one should lessen introverted tendencies?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Introvertedness is not a bad quality. Altruism and compassion are different from being an introvert or extrovert. Introverts are generally quieter people, less expressive of their emotions, while extroverts are the opposite. Buddhist practice is not about expression of emotion. Rather the altruistic and compassionate teachings are more about how you help other people and sentient beings, physically or emotionally. If the qualities of introverted-ness are stopping you from developing these, then they need to change. But this may not be necessary, depending on the qualities that you are talking about. You can do simple meditations to building up the energy of compassion in your mindstream and you will see that you actions will automatically start to be more compassionate and altruistic. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 18, 2021 03:28
    Sandra asked: How should one behave when negative karma is being purified? How can we know if bad karma is being purified? Do we accumulate positive karma simultaneously when doing purification practices? Many thanks for your response.
    pastor answered: Hello again Sandra, There are two ways in which karma can be purified, the first is through our own efforts alone and the second is through our own effort, combined with a purification practice. Through our own efforts: this means that you transform your mind enough to not react negatively in any situation and only react in a positive manner. For example, you may have the karma to get angry. So you get into situations which makes you angry. If you react normally, then you will get angry again, this will only lead you to create more karma of being angry. But if you make the effort not to get angry in those situations then you do not create or multiply that karma. The original karma you have may lead you to be in those types of situations again, but if you do not get angry then after a while you start to purify that karma. Through your own efforts, combined with a purification practice: as you are working on transforming your mind, you can rely on the practices that help you to purify your karma, such as the practice of Vajrasattva or the 35 Confessional Buddhas. This boosts your ability to purify negative karma, based on the enlightened energies of the Buddhas. This however is only truly effective when combined with the Four Opponent Powers. You can read more about that here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-35-confessional-buddhas.html In general, when karma is being purified then you should remain level-headed and not act out of emotion or habit, but from your understanding of the workings of karma and the Dharma. But actually, this should not only be when karma is being purified. You should act and behave in this way all the time according to the Dharma, then you are, up to a point, always purifying karma. It is one of the reasons that so much emphasis is placed on refraining from negative actions and engaging in positive actions using your body, speech and mind, because these are the three means or 'doors' with which you interact with the world. At our level, we cannot tell if karma is being purified or not, only those who are more highly attained can tell. However, that is one of the reasons the Buddhist texts advise study of and belief in karma. If there is karma, then it can be purified, and the way to do so is transform your mind and invoke upon the enlightened beings. So if you are doing both, you can rest assured that you are in fact purifying your karma. When you purify negative karma, whether just through your own efforts or combined with a purification practice you collect merit, not positive karma. If you simply do a good action, you collect good karma. But if you are practicing the Dharma with the intention of achieving enlightenment, you take refuge, engage in the practice, and dedicate at the end, then you develop merit, not positive karma. If you want to read more about how karma works and how to purify it in more detail, I suggest you read a Lamrim text such as Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, which you can order from your local bookstore or get online here (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand).
  • February 17, 2021 23:06
    Sandra asked: Hello pastors, thank you for your response to my earlier question. Do divination predictions change frequently? Why does that happen?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question. Divinations, compared to astrological predictions, are much more accurate. There are many types of divination, but those based on the practice of enlightened beings are very accurate. Three of the most well-known in Tibetan Buddhism are the divination practices of Manjushri, Palden Lhamo and Dorje Shugden. You can read more about Dorje Shugden's dice divination here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugdens-dice-divination.html Questions that are asked during divinations are much more specific than the types of topics that astrological predictions can help with, therefore are based on very specific types of karma. This means that if you asked a divination question twice, without taking remedial actions in between, then the answer would most likely be the same, given that all the prerequisites have been held by the diviner and the divinations are genuine. However, if a divination is done and then remedial actions recommended, such as various practices or pujas, and these are done to the letter, then if the question is asked again, then the results would differ. This is because when engaging in these practices or pujas, either you generate the merit necessary to overpower the negative effects of the karma, or you purify the negative effects of the karma creating the situation. This however, is generally not done. You wouldn't ask the same question twice or over and over again. The reason for this is because one of the factors that comes into play when seeking divination is faith. This is faith in the fact that the remedial actions recommended will help whatever situation you are facing. Having seen H.E. Tsem Rinpoche do countless divinations for people, I can attest to this. Those who have faith and follow through with the advice, see a great improvement in the situation that led them to ask the divination question in the first place. Those that did not follow the advice either at all or not fully, did not see any improvement. And this makes sense, because they did not purify the effects of the karma enough, or generate enough merit. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 15, 2021 04:09
    sandra asked: How much importance should we give to astrological predictions or chart readings? Are these readings susceptible to change all the time,i.e, in the context of planetary movements? Can our own effort/actions supercede what is predicted in our birth chart?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your interesting question. You are absolutely correct about the universal principle of change. According to Buddhist practice, astrological predictions are based upon a fixed point in time. Take for example, your moment of birth, which most astrological readings take as the main point of reference. At that specific moment, there would have been various energies or planetary alignments, etc. Combined together, they are said to give an accurate prediction of what will occur to a person throughout their life. This however, is based on one's birth karma, to be born at that specific point in time and location. This birth karma also provides the driving force behind what will occur in a person's life, if that karma is not changed somehow. Hence, that is why astrological predictions can give very accurate readings on someone's personality, as well as life events. Birth karma provides the main force behind all other karma to come into play. That is why it is given importance in astrology. There are also more advanced methods to take into account planetary and energetical movements to give even more detailed and precise predictions that can even be made down to the month, day or hour of a person's life. In Buddhism, however, we believe that karma can be changed. It can multiply, be purified or exhausted, or the effects of that karma can be overpowered by another karma or spiritual merit. In these cases, the outcome will change. The way in which this happens is varied. It can be as simple as doing some prayers (to generate spiritual merit) or changing your behaviour, environment or location, the way you think, and the ways in which you react in various situations. That is why in Buddhist astrological systems, emphasis is placed on remedial measures to counteract negative outcomes. For example, someone may be born with an angry disposition from an astrological point of view. If this person goes through life acting from this anger, then the predictions based on the time of birth will occur. However, a remedial action can be undertaken, such as the person pracitising Chenrezig, who is the Buddha of compassion, or the person doing some form of charity work. These remedial actions generate compassion in the mind of the person, which counteracts the anger. As this happens and the karma is changed, then the person no longer needs to feels the negative effects of any bad astrological (or more correctly - karmic) situations. There are even some practices that specifically help to counteract negative astrological influences and help you to change things. Such an example is Black Manjushri. Within Tibetan Buddhism, according to your time and date of birth, you also have what is known as a 'Birth Buddha'. This is basically an enlightened being that you have an affinity with in this life. General remedial actions include making images of this particular Buddha or engaging in this Buddha's practice. This combined with a change in how we live - otherwise known as Mind Transformation in the Buddhist context - changes astrological outcomes. However, if we continue living without controlling our actions, words and thoughts, the predictions made using astrological readings will most likely still occur. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • February 7, 2021 00:16
    Purna Tamang asked: What is my lucky number and color ?
    pastor answered: Dear Purna Tamang, Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, none our horoscope apps on this page gives this information at this moment. However, you may find some of the other information provided useful. Below are the links: For Chinese Zodiac: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html For Tibetan astrology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html For Numerology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/numerology/numerology-calculator.html For Fortune cookies: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/fortune-cookie Thank you and I hope you find something interesting in one of the apps.
  • January 20, 2021 03:32
    Sangita. asked: i want to buy my own house.which mantra i should chant to have my own house.kindly reply.
    pastor answered: Dear Sangita, Thank you for your question. Everything in our lives, whether good or bad is due to our karma. This is karma we have accumulated either in previous lives or earlier on in this life. You can learn more about this here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/discovering-yourself-a-teaching-on-karma-mindstream.html Sometimes, we go through obstacles or need some form of spiritual help to assist us in improving our situations. In these circumstances we can rely on the practice of certain deities. One of these deities is the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. You can read more about this deity and his practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/beginners-introduction-to-dorje-shugden.html You can learn more about Dorje Shugden's practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-teaching-videos.html. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • January 12, 2021 00:32
    Laurence Brahm asked: Hello la. I would like to get in touch with Rinpoche. My name is Laurence Brahm and I've directed the two films including Searching for The Lotus Born Master. I would like to get in touch with Rinpoche in hopes he would kindly agree to an interview with our third production on Guru Rinpoche and also I would like to ask some questions concerning Shambala. I would be most grateful if Rinpoche would email me at himalayanconsensus2@gmail.com Thank you. With respects
    pastor answered: Dear Laurence Brahm, Thank you for your questions. This section is actually answered by Kechara's Pastors who were trained by His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche. Unfortunately, Tsem Rinpoche is no longer with us physically. He passed into Parinirvana in 2019. You can read more about this here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/the-parinirvana-of-kyabje-tsem-rinpoche.html If you would like to ask questions to any of the pastors regarding this, please email care@kechara.com with more information and mention that you would like to talk to one of the pastors. Thank you
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Thailand 186,650
Taiwan 186,374
Italy 148,212
Spain 138,726
Mongolia 136,775
Portugal 131,146
Netherlands 127,800
Turkey 121,156
United Arab Emirates 113,247
Russia 100,968
Sri Lanka 97,982
Hong Kong 92,998
Romania 92,841
South Africa 92,146
Mexico 84,402
Myanmar (Burma) 78,477
New Zealand 77,225
China 75,498
Japan 74,207
Switzerland 73,809
South Korea 64,703
Cambodia 62,412
Pakistan 60,373
Bangladesh 57,466
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