Nicholas Roerich & art (1874-1947)

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I recently stumbled upon a Nicholas Roerich Musuem website and I was very very amazed by his collection of art works. I am so surprised to see spiritual paintings and depictions of Tibet, Lama Tsongkhapa and Buddha Maitreya in his collections. I am so happy to see this and I thank the Nicholas Roerich’s Museum of New York for having his art preserved and shared online. It is a treasure of the past we can certainly learn and appreciate from. I have placed the paintings and information here to create more awareness on this great explorer, philosopher, traveler and spiritualist. For more, you must go to his websites.

Apparently Nicholas and his wife Helena Roerich were thought to be Russian superheroes. They inspired the path for spiritual growth and life similar to what in America is called “global awakening”. This is a philosophy that encompasses all peoples and faiths. They both saw through their travels, the different religions and practices, but these all pointed to the same ‘truth’ in different ways. And this different way-of-looking was also the cause for war. They opened the doors to Buddhism and the search form mysticism in their country when it was not mainstream.

Their art trails the path they explored and traveled, from the Middle Eastern land right up to the Himalayas and they continuously visited ‘Shambala’. Many people in Russia liked them for their appearance, manners, simplicity, and generosity. They were great artists, creating wonderful paintings and writings that were thought-provoking. They also were known as philosophers, speakers, teachers, scientists, patrons of the arts, public figures, and cultural workers.

Nicholas and his wife Helena conveyed their understanding and experiences in their beautiful enchanting art and writings of Eastern practices, and thoughts of the Ascended Masters. They were certainly spiritual seekers and many of Nicholas’s paintings featured hidden treasure in the mountains or in water, symbolizing the search in high places for the truth that is hidden within us.

Below I’ve shared with you his biography and also selected a few of his beautiful paintings that I thought you may appreciate and enjoy…I am definitely a fan of his mystical and magical paintings. Gazing upon them brings me to another dimension. Another time. Another reality. His art is imbued with a special blessing that comes from deep within the soul. Within ourselves. We are all looking for the Shangrila that Nicholas Roerich searched for in the vastness of Northern Asia. Through his art we glimpse something ethereal and deep.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Selected Galleries of Nicholas Roerich
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One of Diaghilev’s first achievements was the founding, with Princess Maria Tenisheva and others, of the magazine The World of Art. This magazine enjoyed a relatively short life but had an important influence in Russian art circles. The magazine declared itself the enemy of the academicians, the sentimentalists, and the realists. It introduced to its readership, which was made up mostly of the intelligentsia, the vital elements of Russian artistic circles, European post-impressionism, and the modernist movement. Roerich contributed to it and sat on its editorial board. Other Russian painters involved were Alexandre Benois and Leon Bakst, who later became Roerich’s co-workers in the early days of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes.

After finishing his university thesis, Roerich planned to set off for a year in Europe to visit the museums, exhibitions, studios, and salons of Paris and Berlin. Just before leaving he met Helena, daughter of the architect Shaposhnikov and niece of the composer Mussorgsky. There seems to have been an immediate mutual attraction, and they were soon engaged to be married. On his return from Europe their marriage took place.

Helena Roerich was an unusually gifted woman, a talented pianist, and author of many books, including The Foundations of Buddhism and a Russian translation of Helena Blavatsky’s Secret Doctrine. Her collected Letters, in two volumes, are an example of the wisdom, spiritual insight, and simple advice she shared with a multitude of correspondents — friends, foes, and co-workers alike.

Later, in New York, Nicholas and Helena Roerich founded the Agni Yoga Society, which espoused a living ethic encompassing and synthesizing the philosophies and religious teachings of all ages.

Prompted by the need to provide some income for his new household, Roerich applied for and won the position of Secretary of the School of the Society for the Encouragement of Art, later becoming its head, the first of many positions that Roerich would occupy as a teacher and spokesman for the arts.

Roerich determined to overhaul the Society and rescue it from the academic mediocrity it had foundered in for many years. He instituted a system of training in art that seems revolutionary even by today’s standards: to teach all the arts — painting, music, singing, dance, theater, and the so-called “industrial arts”, such as ceramics, painting on porcelain, pottery, and mechanical drawing — under one roof, and to give his faculty free rein to design their own curriculum.

The cross-fertilization of the arts that Roerich promoted was evidence of his inclination to harmonize, bring together, and find correspondences between apparent conflicts or opposites in all areas of life. This was a hallmark of his thinking, and one sees it demonstrated in all the disciplines he explored. He constantly sought to break down compartmentalization, and, indeed, even in his own art he defied categorization and created a universe uniquely personal. In his writings on ethics also, it can be seen that he constantly sought to connect ethical problems with scientific knowledge of the surrounding world.

It was Roerich’s gift that these “connections” appeared so natural to him and presented themselves in all life’s manifestations. And it was this talent for synthesis, which he admired in others and encouraged in the young, that enabled him to correlate the subjective with the objective, the philosophical with the scientific, Eastern wisdom with Western knowledge, and to build bridges of understanding between such apparent contradictions. He reminded us that these contradictions were often the result of man’s ignorance, and that an expanding consciousness, which each individual was duty-bound to pursue, would lead to eventual recognition of the illusoriness, or relativity, of things. As Garabed Paelian affirms in his book Nicholas Roerich: Roerich “…learned things ignored by other men; perceived relations between seemingly isolated phenomena, and unconsciously felt the presence of an unknown treasure.” Perhaps it is this “unknown treasure” that in Roerich’s paintings speaks to the viewer who is attuned to that underlying meaning, and further explains the transcendental feelings that some experience through his canvases.

In 1902, the Roerichs celebrated the birth of their first son, George, and in the summers of 1903 and 1904, they set off on an extended tour of forty cities throughout Russia. Roerich’s purpose was to contrast the styles and historical context of Russian architecture. The voyage was one of discovery, for wherever they went he was able to locate the remnants of Russia’s past — ancient monuments, churches, city walls, and castles. He found that these had, in many instances, been neglected for centuries. As an archeologist and art historian he was aware of what an important key they were to Russia’s cultural history. He determined to draw attention to the situation and somehow arrange to have them protected and preserved, and with this goal in mind painted a series of seventy-five works depicting the structures. The experience of this journey had a lasting effect, for on his return in 1904, Roerich promulgated the plan that he hoped would create protection everywhere for such cultural treasures, a plan consummated thirty-one years later in the Roerich Pact. This kind of thinking was not common in those days, and anticipated the importance that, today, most countries of the world place upon preservation of their cultural heritage.

In 1904 Roerich painted the first of his paintings on religious themes. These mostly dealt with Russian saints and legends, and included Message to Tiron, Fiery Furnace, and The Last Angel, subjects that he returned to with numerous variants in later years. The Treasure of the Angels was described by one writer: “A host of angels in white garments stand silently row after row guarding a mysterious treasure with which are bound up the destinies of the world. It is a blue black stone with an image of the crucifix cut into it, glowing with emerald hues.” The angels are an early depiction of the hierarchical Masters that peopled the heart of Roerich’s belief in a Great Brotherhood, watching over and guiding humanity in its eternal journey of evolution. The “stone” pictured by Roerich is the representation of an image that recurs in different forms in his paintings and throughout his writings. The word “treasure” figures prominently in the titles of many of Roerich’s paintings, as, for instance, in The Treasure of the Mountain and Hidden Treasure. It is clearly not material wealth that he refers to, but rather the spiritual treasures that lie buried, yet available to those with the will to unearth them.

Meanwhile Roerich’s search for archeological treasures continued. The Stone Age particularly intrigued him, and he amassed a large collection of artifacts from that era. His paintings frequently reflected this interest, as in Three Glaives in which the subject matter is archeological in nature, and relates to an ancient legend. Roerich wrote about the unusual similarity of Stone Age techniques and methods of ornamentation in far-separated regions of the globe. In comparing these correspondences, he came to instructive conclusions as to the commonality of human expression and creativity.

 

T H E  T H E A T R I C A L  Y E A R S

In 1906, in the first of many entrepreneurial efforts that were to bring Russian art and music to the attention of Europeans, Sergei Diaghilev arranged an exhibition of Russian paintings in Paris. These included sixteen works by Nicholas Roerich. The next year, Diaghilev introduced Fyodor Chaliapin to Paris audiences, along with the music of Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Borodin, Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Glazunov, Stravinsky, and others. In 1909 he presented Chaliapin in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Ivan the Terrible, with costumes and sets designed by Roerich. In the Polovtsian Dances from Borodin’s Prince Igor, also designed by Roerich, and in other ballets, Diaghilev introduced a corps of Russian dancers that later became famous as the Ballets Russes, which included Pavlova, Fokine, and Nijinsky. Roerich’s designs furthered his reputation for the telling depiction of ancient cultures and their practices.

Diaghilev pioneered an art form that involved the collaboration of the designer as “auteur.” Thus Alexandre Benois influenced the creation of the ballet Petrouchka, and Nicholas Roerich was the prime mover and, with Igor Stravinsky, the co-creator of the ballet Le Sacre du Printemps, or, The Rite of Spring.

At first entitled The Great Sacrifice: a Tableau of Pagan Russia, the motif for the ballet grew out of Roerich’s absorption with antiquity and, as he wrote in a letter to Diaghilev, “the beautiful cosmogony of earth and sky.” In the ballet Roerich sought to express the primitive rites of ancient man as he welcomed spring, the life-giver, and made sacrifice to Yarilo, the Sun God. It was a story unlike that of any ballet before it. Stravinsky’s score and Nijinsky’s choreography were equally unexpected, and provoked controversy that was to continue for many years.

At the opening in Paris on May 29, 1913, one of the audience described the scene: “Nothing that has ever been written about the battle of Le Sacre du Printemps has given a faint idea of what actually took place. The theater seemed to be shaken by an earthquake. It shuddered. People shouted insults, howled and whistled, drowning out the music. There was slapping and even punching…the ballet was astoundingly beautiful.”

Interpreting what could have been described as negative, barbaric behavior, Roerich later wrote: “I remember how during the first performance the audience whistled and roared so that nothing could even be heard. Who knows, perhaps at that very moment they were inwardly exultant and expressing this feeling like the most primitive of peoples. But I must say, this wild primitivism had nothing in common with the refined primitiveness of our ancestors, for whom rhythm, the sacred symbol, and refinement of gesture were great and sacred concepts.”

Sacre represented the culmination of Roerich’s collaboration with Diaghilev. He recognized in the impresario a true champion of Russian art, and after Diaghilev’s death in 1929 wrote: “We may regard the…achievement of Diaghilev as that of a great individual, but it would be still more exact to regard him as the true representative of an entire movement of synthesis, an eternally young representative of the great moment when modern art shattered so many conventions and superficialities.”

 

T H E  C L O U D S  O F  W A R

In the years immediately preceding World War I, Roerich sensed an impending cataclysm, and his paintings symbolically depicted the awful scale of the conflict he felt descending upon the world. These works marked the birth of Roerich the “prophet.”

In Battle in the Heavens Roerich used the violent contrast of light and darkness to suggest the terrible events that would soon overtake Russia and all Europe.

By this time, in his depiction of both historical and natural themes, symbolism and the use of allegory had become essential ingredients in his work. As one critic wrote: “He populated his world not with participants in transitory dramas and comedies, but with spokesmen for the most steadfast ideas about the truth of life, the millennial struggle of good and evil, the triumphal procession of a bright future for all.”

 

T R A V E L  T O  O T H E R  S H O R E S

In 1915 Roerich became ill with pneumonia, and was sent by his doctor to recuperate with his family in Sortavala, Finland. This was a period of great unrest the world over, and no less so in the lives of the Roerich family. In Roerich’s paintings of the period, such as Karelia — Eternal Expectation and The Waiting Woman the cold, austere countryside of rocks and uninhabited shores of the north seems to express a sense of poignant longing. In The Waiting Woman, her gaze is fixed on the horizon as if she awaits some sign of the return of long-gone voyagers.

By 1917 the revolution was raging in Russia and returning there would have been dangerous. The family began making plans to visit India, whose magnetic appeal had been felt increasingly during these years. This became a possibility in 1918 when Roerich was invited by a Swedish entrepreneur to exhibit his paintings in Stockholm. From there the family proceeded to London, where Sir Thomas Beecham had invited Roerich to design a new production of Prince Igor for the Covent Garden Opera.

 

A M E R I C A

Meanwhile, an invitation to come to America was extended by the Chicago Art Institute. It was accepted, and the tour opened successfully at the Kingore Gallery in New York in 1920. In addition to exhibiting over 400 paintings there and in many cities throughout the United States, Roerich designed the scenery and costumes for productions of The Snow Maiden, and Tristan and Isolde for the Chicago Opera Company. During his travels in America, Roerich painted a series in New Mexico, and the Ocean Series in Monhegan, Maine, where the family spent a summer. He responded to the spirit of enterprise he found in America and frequently wrote about the positive influence its developing technology would have on the world. Seeds were planted and the lives of individuals influenced by Roerich’s magnetism and sense of mission.

In 1921, in New York, he founded the Master Institute of United Arts, in which he planned to realize the educational concepts he had incorporated into the curriculum in St. Petersburg. He attracted a talented group of instructors. They included Deems Taylor, teaching musical theory and composition, Robert Edmund Jones and Lee Simonson, teaching theater design, and top quality instructors in courses that included all musical instruments, aspects of painting and drawing, design and illustration, sculpture, architecture, ballet, drama, journalism, and languages — and lectures were presented by noted individuals such as George Bellows, Claude Bragdon, Norman Bel Geddes, and Stark Young.

The Master Institute flourished, but it did not survive beyond 1937. While the country was in the grips of the Great Depression and the Roerich family was on expedition in the Far East, funds ran out and events caused a complete collapse of the organization that Roerich and his supporters had labored to build.

It was not until 1949 that, under the direction of Sina Fosdick, one of the founding board members and an Institute faculty member, the institution was reborn as Nicholas Roerich Museum, in a brownstone on West 107th Street, where it has remained until the present. Many paintings from the original collection can now be seen there, and in the intervening years major works have been added, making it one of the most comprehensive collections of the artist’s work in the world.

During their stay in America the Roerichs continued to plan for the voyage to India. An orientation toward Eastern spiritual values is reflected in much of Roerich’s creative work of the time. This is seen in his Ocean Series — the three paintings, Himself Came, The Bridge of Glory, and Miracle demonstrate the spiritual power that was beginning to characterize his work. In The Bridge of Glory, Saint Sergius of Radonezh walks in contemplation before a blue bridge formed by the aurora borealis, Roerich’s metaphor for the future spiritual bridge that will connect heaven and earth.

Between 1916 and 1919 Roerich had written a collection of sixty-four blank verse poems that were published in Berlin, in Russian, under the title Flowers of Morya, and subsequently published in English as Flame in Chalice. In them we find Roerich’s inner journey charted and his commitment to spiritual search stated. These poems evoke some of the images that Roerich later used in his paintings, and in a way help us to understand the symbols and meanings that lie behind some of them.

In her essay Flowers of Morya: the Theme of Spiritual Pilgrimage in the Poetry of Nicholas Roerich, Irina Corten writes: “At the core of Roerich’s belief system is the Hindu concept of a beginningless and endless universe which manifests itself in recurring cycles of creation and dissolution of material forms caused by the pulsation of divine energy. On the human plane, this means the rise and fall of civilizations and, in terms of individual life, the reincarnation of a soul…” As Roerich, the poet, writes, in the poem About the Eternal:

Brother, let us abandon all that rapidly changes.
Otherwise we will not have time to turn our thoughts to thatwhich is changeless for all.
To the eternal.

In May, 1923, the Roerichs were at last on their way to India, where, in that ageless land, amid the snows of the Himalayan range, they sought to turn their thoughts to the Eternal.

 

I N D I A

The Roerichs landed in Bombay in December, 1923, and began a tour of cultural centers and historic sites, meeting Indian scientists, scholars, artists, and writers along the way. By the end of December they were already in Sikkim on the southern slopes of the Himalayas, and it is clear by the speed with which they reached the mountains that the Himalayas were where their interest lay.

They initiated a journey of exploration that would take them into Chinese Turkestan, Altai, Mongolia and Tibet. It was an expedition into untracked regions where they planned to study the religions, languages, customs, and culture of the inhabitants.

Roerich wrote about this first Central Asiatic Expedition in his book Heart of Asia, and he creates for the reader a vivid account of the wonder of the land and its people. However, the images are nowhere as vivid as in the five hundred or so paintings that resulted from the trek. In Kanchenjunga, Sikkim Pass, His Country, The Great Spirit of the Himalayas, and the Banners of the East series, we can see philosophical concepts and ideas giving birth to visual images, and the splendor of Northern India providing the physical setting.

In The Path, the figure of Christ leads the way along a tortuous path through crags and peaks of the Himalayas, a metaphor for the hazardous obstacles confronting the spiritual journeyer. Eastern religious figures and concepts appear in the paintings, important among these being the images of the Lord Maitreya — the Buddhist Messiah, the Kalki-Avatar of the Puranas, Rigden Jyepo of Mongolia, or the White Burkhan of Altai — all of whom are described in legends that link them with the Ruler of Shambhala, who is “destined to appear on earth for the final destruction of the wicked, the renovation of creation and the restoration of purity.”(quoted from The Theosophical Glossary, by H. P. Blavatsky)

The trek was at times arduous. Roerich tells us that thirty-five mountain passes from fourteen to twenty-one thousand feet in elevation were crossed. But these were the challenges he felt born for, believing that the rigor of the mountains helped a man to find courage and develop strength of spirit. And in spite of obstacles, wherever they went the Roerichs’ belief in the essential goodness of life and the spirituality of man was reinforced. Roerich’s Banners of the East series of nineteen paintings depicting the world’s religious teachers, Mohammed, Jesus, Moses, Confucius, and Buddha, and the Indian and Christian saints and sages, was a testimonial to the unity of religious striving and the common roots of man’s faith.

At counterpoint to these themes in Roerich’s painting is the image of Woman and her destined role in the coming era, and we can assume that what Helena Roerich wrote to a friend in 1937 reflects Nicholas’ own point of view: “…woman should realize that she herself contains all forces, and the moment she shakes off the age-old hypnosis of her seemingly lawful subjugation and mental inferiority and occupies herself with a manifold education, she will create in collaboration with man a new and better world… Cosmos affirms the greatness of woman’s creative principle. Woman is a personification of nature, and it is nature that teaches man, not man nature. Therefore, may all women realize the grandeur of their origin, and may they strive for knowledge.” (published in Letters of Helena Roerich 1935-1939, vol. II)

Nicholas Roerich depicted the great female deities in such paintings as She Who Leads, Madonna Laboris, and The Mother of the World. This latter conception, equivalent to the Lakshmi and Kali of India, is one of Roerich’s most inspiring images, rendered with majesty in deep tones of blue and violet. Helena Roerich’s contribution in the life and work of Nicholas cannot be overestimated. Their union could be best described as a lifetime collaboration in fields of mutual endeavor. Her philosophy, comprising a living ethic, was shared by Nicholas and motivated him in his work and his life. At some time in their late years an anniversary approached and he wrote in his diary: “Forty years — no less than forty. On such a long voyage, meeting many storms and dangers from without, together we overcame all obstacles. And obstacles turned into possibilities. I dedicated my books to Helena, my wife, friend, traveling companion, inspirer! Each of these concepts was tested in the fire of life. And in Petersburg, Scandinavia, England, America, and in all Asia we worked, we studied, we broadened our consciousness. Together we created, and not without reason is it said that the work should bear two names — a feminine and a masculine.”

At the end of their major expedition, in 1928, the family settled in the Kullu Valley at an elevation of 6,500 feet in the Himalayan foothills, with a magnificent view of the valley and the surrounding mountains. Here they established their home and the headquarters of the Urusvati Himalayan Research Institute, which was organized to study the results of their expedition, and of those explorations that were yet to come. The Institute’s activities included botanical and ethnological-linguistic studies, and the exploration of archeological sites. Under the direction of their father the two Roerich sons, George and Svetoslav, established a collection of medicinal herbs, and made extensive studies in botany and ancient medical lore, as well as in Tibetan and Chinese pharmacopoeia.

In the following year, on a trip back to New York for the opening of the Roerich Museum’s new premises, Roerich raised an issue that had been close to his heart for many years. Using the Red Cross as an example, he proposed a treaty for the protection of cultural treasures during times of both war and peace — a proposal he had unsuccessfully tried to promote in 1914. In consultation with lawyers versed in international law, he drafted a Pact, and suggested that a flag would be flown over all places under its protection. This flag he called the Banner of Peace. The design of the Banner shows three spheres surrounded by a circle, in magenta color on a white background. Of the many national and individual interpretations of this symbol, the most usual are perhaps those of Religion, Art and Science as aspects of Culture, which is the surrounding circle; or of past, present, and future achievements of humanity guarded within the circle of Eternity. The symbol can be seen in the seal of Tamerlane, in Tibetan, Caucasian, and Scandinavian jewelry, and on Byzantine and Roman artifacts. The image of the Strasbourg Madonna is adorned with it. It can be seen in many of Roerich’s paintings, most notably Madonna Oriflamma, in which Woman is depicted as the carrier and defender of the Banner. In this sign and the motto, Pax Cultura, that accompanies it, is symbolized Roerich’s vision for humanity. As he wrote: “Let us be united — you will ask in what way? You will agree with me: in the easiest way, to create a common and sincere language. Perhaps in Beauty and Knowledge.” Roerich’s efforts to promulgate such a treaty resulted, finally, on April 15, 1935, in the signing by the nations of the Americas — members of the Pan American Union — of The Roerich Pact, in the White House in Washington. This is a treaty still in force. Many individuals, groups, and associations around the world continue to promote awareness of the Pact, the Banner, and their underlying principles.

It is in his Himalayan paintings that one most easily finds evidence of the loftiness of spirit and sense of mission that led Roerich to attempt the tasks he set for himself. In them can be seen the sense of drama, the urgency of a message to send or receive, a traveler to greet, a mission to perform, a path to travel. The towering mountains stand for the spiritual goals that humanity must set for itself. Roerich urges people on to their spiritual destiny and reminds them of their duty to prepare for the New Era in which Rigden Jyepo will gather his army and under the Banner of Light defeat the host of darkness. Roerich the warrior was already armed and mounted; he sought to muster his army for the battle, and bid that their breastplates bear the word “culture.”

The pursuit of refinement and beauty was sacred for Roerich. He believed that although earthly temples and artifacts may perish, the thought that brings them into existence does not die but is part of an eternal stream of consciousness — man’s aspirations nourished by his directed will and by the energy of thought. Finally, he believed that peace on Earth was a prerequisite to planetary survival and the continuing process of spiritual evolution, and he exhorted his fellow man to help achieve that peace by uniting in the common language of Beauty and Knowledge.

Nicholas Roerich died in Kullu on December 13, 1947. His body was cremated and its ashes buried on a slope facing the mountains he loved and portrayed in many of his nearly seven thousand works.

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MANJU KAK ON NICHOLAS ROERICH

Nicholas Roerich’s influence and legacy in the fields of art, exploration and spirituality cannot be underestimated. There have been a number of books written about his life and works, and one of them is edited by award winning writer Manju Kak. She is an author, critic, and art and cultural historian. She holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the National Museum, New Delhi, and has worked as a Visiting Professor at learning institutions all over the world, including in the UK, and Hong Kong. It is in the book entitled ‘Nicholas Roerich – A Quest & A Legacy’ that the 21 scholarly articles give details about Nicholas being an artist and spiritual thinker. The book seeks to answer the controversies surrounding him from various perspectives, showcasing his brilliance in an illuminating manner.

NicholasRoerichBook

 

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Manju Kak was interviewed about the book by journalist Sunil Sethi, and explains her fascination with Himalayan ethnography and culture, as well as what makes Nicholas Roerich and his work so special.

 


 

Nicholas Roerich (1874 – 1947)

Tsong-Kha-Pa. Drawing. 1924

Maitreya. Album leaf. 1932

 

Hidden Treasure. From “Heroica” suite. 1917.
Oil tempera on canvas. 48.5 x 76.5 cm

Bridge of Glory 1923.
Tempera on canvas. 82 x 163 cm

Drops of Life. From “Sikkim” series. 1924.
Tempera on canvas. 74 x 117.5 cm

Mother of the World. 1930s
Tempera on canvas mounted on cardboard. 98 x 65.5 cm

Path to Tibet. 1925
Tempera on canvas mounted on cardboard. 30.5 x 40.5 cm.
Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York

Krishna. From “Kulu” series. 1929
Tempera on canvas. 74 x 118 cm

St. Panteleimon the Healer. 1931
Tempera on canvas. 44.5 x 78.5 cm

The Greatest and Holiest of Tangla. 1932
Tempera on canvas. 61.5 x 97 cm.
Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York

Himalayas. 1933
Tempera on canvas. 74.5 x 118 cm.
Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York

Most Sacred (Treasure of the Mountain). 1933
Tempera on canvas. 73.5 x 117 cm.
Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York

Mount of Five Treasures (Two Worlds).
From “Holy Mountains” series. 1933
Tempera on canvas. 47 x 79 cm

Path to Shambhala. 1933.
Tempera on canvas. 46.5 x 78.5 cm

Tibet. Himalayas. 1933.
Tempera on canvas. 74 x 117 cm

Great Spirit of the Himalayas. 1934
Tempera on canvas. 76.5 x 103 cm.
Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York

Kanchenjunga. 1936
Tempera on canvas. 60.5 x 99 cm.
Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York

Star of the Hero. 1936.
Variant of “Star of the Hero” (1932)
Tempera on canvas. 92 x 122 cm

Tempera on canvas mounted on cardboard. 98 x 65.5 cm

Overseas Guests. 1901
Oil on canvas. 85 x 112.5 cm.
State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Building the Ships. 1903
Oil on canvas. 108 x 142.5 cm.
State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow

Uglich. Monastery of the Resurrection. 1904
From “Studies from journey through old Russian towns”.
Oil on panel. 46 x 83 cm.
State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Slavs on the Dnieper. 1905
Tempera on cardboard. 67 x 89 cm.
State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Treasure of the Angels. Mural design. 1905
Oil on canvas. 321.5 x 367 cm.
Private collection

Polovtsian Camp. Décor for Borodin’s opera “Prince Igor”. 1908 (from a reproduction)
For Diaghilev’s production, Théâtre Châtelet, Paris, 1909
Pastel, gouache, charcoal on paper mounted on cardboard. 52 x 70.5 cm
State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Idols (Pagan Russia). 1910 (begun in 1901) (from a reproduction)
Tempera on canvas. 157.5 x 170 cm.
Whereabouts unknown

Battle in the Heavens. 1912
Tempera on cardboard. 66 x 95 cm.
State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Kiss to the Earth. 2nd variant.
Décor for Stravinsky’s ballet “Le Sacre du Printemps”. 1912
For Diaghilev’s production, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris, 1913
Tempera and pastel on cardboard. 62 x 94 cm.
State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Décor for Ostrovsky’s play “Snegurochka”. 1912
For Ostrovsky’s play; Reineke Russian Theatre, St.Petersburg, 1912
Tempera on cardboard. 56 x 70 cm.
State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Cry of the Serpent. 1914
Tempera on panel. 84 x 98 cm.
Pskov History and Art Museum, Russia

Procopius the Blessed Prays for the Unknown Travelers. 1914.
Tempera on cardboard. 70 x 105 cm.
State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Birds of the Morning (Messengers of Morn). 1917
Oil tempera on canvas. 49 x 77 cm.
Private collection

Holy Island. 1917.
Tempera on canvas. 49 x 77 cm.
State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Knight of the Evening.
From “Eques Æternus” suite. 1918
Oil tempera on panel. 44.5 x 72.5 cm.
University of North Carolina, Charlotte, USA

Karelia landscape (Lake Ladoga). 1918 .
Oil tempera on panel. 47 x 84 cm.
Private collection, USA

Red Mountains. Santa Fe. 1921 .
Tempera on cardboard. 45.5 x 77 cm.
N.Roerich International Centre-Museum, Moscow

Monhegan, Maine. From “Ocean” series. 1922
Tempera on cardboard. 54.5 x 81 cm.
N.Roerich International Centre-Museum, Moscow

And We Open the Gates. From “Sancta” series. 1922
Tempera on canvas. 71 x 101.5 cm.
N.Roerich International Centre-Museum, Moscow

The Miracle. From “Messiah” series. 1923
Tempera on canvas. 74 x 209.5 cm.
State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow

She Who Leads. From “His Country” series. 1924
Tempera on canvas. 89 x 116.5 cm.
N.Roerich International Centre-Museum, Moscow

Buddha, the Conqueror.
From “Banners of the East” series. 1925
Tempera on canvas. 73.5 x 118 cm.
Private collection, Moscow

Maitreya, the Conqueror.
From “Maitreya” suite. 1926 (or end of 1925)
Tempera on canvas. 73 x 101 cm.
Nizhnii Novgorod State Art Museum, Russia

Steed of Good Fortune.
From “Maitreya” suite. 1926 (or end of 1925)
Tempera on canvas. 72 x 101 cm.
Nizhnii Novgorod State Art Museum, Russia

Command of Rigden Djapo. 1926–27
Tempera on canvas. 61 x 120 cm.
Private collection, Moscow

Rocks of the Buddhist Caves. 1927 or 1928
Tempera on canvas mounted on cardboard. 29 x 40 cm.
Private collection, USA

Shekar Dzong. 1928
Tempera on canvas. 76 x 142 cm.
Private collection, Moscow

Flowers of Timur. 1931 .
Tempera on canvas. 75 x 118 cm.
State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow

Devidar Narsinga. 1932 .
Tempera on canvas. 74 x 117 cm.
Allahabad Museum, India

Stronghold of Tibet. 1932
Tempera on canvas. 46.5 x 79 cm.
State Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia

All ridge. 1924
Himalayan Mountains

Descent into Hell. 1933
Tempera on canvas. 61 x 50 cm.
State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow

St. Sergius Chapel. 1936.
Tempera on canvas. 61 x 99.5 cm.
State Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia

Himalayas. 1936
Tempera on cardboard. 30.5 x 45.5 cm.
State Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia

Compassion. 1936
Tempera on canvas. 61.5 x 92.5 cm.
State Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia

Mongolia. 1937 or 1938
Tempera on canvas. 92 x 123 cm.
State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow

Voice of Mongolia. 1937
Tempera on canvas. 45.5 x 78.5 cm.
State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow

Changthang. Northern Tibet. 1939
Tempera on canvas. 61 x 91.5 cm.
State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow

Message to Tiron. 1940 .
Tempera on canvas. 76 x 124 cm.
State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow

Northern Midnight. 1940
Tempera on canvas. 76 x 123 cm.
State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Awaiting One. 1941 Variant of “They Are Waiting” (1917)
Tempera on canvas. 62 x 123 cm.
State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Gesar Khan. 1941 .
Tempera on canvas. 91 x 152.5 cm.
Private collection, Moscow

Beneficial Herbs (Vasilisa the Beautiful). 1941
Tempera on canvas. 76 x 121.5 cm.
State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow

Boris and Gleb. 1942
Tempera on canvas. 61 x 123 cm.
State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Prince Igor’s Campaign. 1942
Tempera on canvas. 62 x 122 cm.
State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Lao Tze. 1943
Tempera on canvas. 38 x 122 cm.
State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow

Song of Shambhala. 1943
Tempera on canvas. 79 x 137 cm.
State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow

Mountain Lake. Baralacha Pass. 1944
Tempera on canvas. 61 x 123 cm.
State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Beda the Preacher. 1945
Tempera on canvas. 71.5 x 130 cm.
State Art Museum, Novosibirsk, Russia

Brahmaputra. 1945
Tempera on canvas. 41 x 103 cm.
State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow

Krishna. 1946
Tempera on canvas. 79 x 154 cm.
State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Abode of Gesar. 1947
Tempera on canvas. 61 x 102 cm.
State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow

Command of the Master. 1947 Last work of the artist.
Variant of “Command of the Master” (1931)
Tempera on canvas. 84 x 153 cm.
State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow

Hidden Treasure. 1947 Variant of “Hidden Treasure” (1917) Tempera on canvas.
91 x 150 cm. State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow

Lhasa. 1947
Tempera on canvas. 92 x 154 cm.
State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Lights on the Ganges. 1947
Tempera on canvas. 82 x 137 cm.
State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

In Thought. 1946
Tempera on canvas. 60.5 x 103 cm.
State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow

Himalayas. c. 1936–47
Tempera on cardboard. 28 x 44 cm.


Banner of the East

Buddha, the Conqueror. 1925
Tempera on canvas. 73.5 x 118 cm.
Private collection, Moscow

Confucius, the Just One. 1925
Tempera on canvas. 73.5 x 117 cm.
Bolling collection, USA

Dorje, the Daring One. 1925
Tempera on canvas. 74 x 117.5 cm.
Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York

En-no-Gyoja, the Friend of the Travelers. 1925
Tempera on canvas. 74 x 118 cm.
Private collection, Russia

Lao Tze. 1924
Tempera on canvas. 73.5 x 117 cm.
Bolling collection, USA

Milarepa, the One Who Harkened. 1925
Tempera on canvas. 73.5 x 117.5 cm.
Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York

Mohammed on Mount Hira. 1925
Tempera on canvas. 73 x 117 cm.
Private collection, Moscow

Moses, the Leader. 1925 Tempera on canvas. 73.5 x 119.5 cm.
Private collection, Russia

Nagarjuna, the Conqueror of the Serpent. 1925
Tempera on canvas. 73.5 x 117.5 cm.
N.Roerich International Centre-Museum, Moscow

Oirot, the Messenger of the White Burkhan. 1925
Tempera on canvas. 73 x 117 cm.
N.Roerich International Centre-Museum, Moscow

Padma Sambhava. 1924
Tempera on canvas. 74 x 117 cm.
Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York

The Chalice of Christ. 1925
Tempera on canvas. 75 x 117 cm.
Private collection, Moscow

The Serpent of Wisdom. 1924
Tempera on canvas. 74 x 117 cm.
Private collection, Moscow

Tsong-Kha-Pa. 1924 (from a reproduction)
Tempera on canvas. 73.5 x 117 cm.
Private collection


Buddhist Art

Wular Lake.
From “Lakes and Gilgit Path” series. 1925
Tempera and charcoal on paper mounted on cardboard. 25 x 35.5 cm
Private collection, New York

The Holies.
From “Tibetan Path” series. 1924 (from a monotone print)
Tempera. 31 x 47 cm.
Private collection, New York

The Holies.
From “Tibetan Path” series. 1924
Private collection

NR066 Temple of Naggar.
From “Kulu” series. 1929
Tempera on canvas. 74.5 x 118 cm.
Private collection, USA

Song of the Waterfall. Décorative panel.
From “Dreams of Wisdom” series. 1920
Tempera on canvas. 235 x 122 cm.
Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York

Pir Panjal.
From the series of the same title. 1925
Tempera on canvas mounted on cardboard. 65.5 x 98 cm.
Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York

Path to Kailas.
From “Holy Mountains” series. 1933
Tempera on canvas. 46.5 x 79 cm.
Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York

Nag Lake.
From “Lakes and Gilgit Path” series. 1925
Tempera on canvas. 47 x 79.5 cm.
Private collection

Mount of Five Treasures (Two Worlds).
From “Holy Mountains” series. 1933
Tempera on canvas. 47 x 79 cm.
Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York

Himalayas.
From “Holy Mountains” series. 1933
Tempera on canvas. 47 x 79 cm.
State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow

Gobshi.
From “Tibetan Path” series. 1924
Tempera on canvas mounted on cardboard. 31 x 47.5 cm
N.Roerich International Centre-Museum, Moscow

Bharagarh Fort.
From “Kulu” series. 1929
Tempera on canvas mounted on cardboard. 32 x 41.5 cm.
Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York

Gumran.
From “Lahul” series. 1932
Tempera on canvas. 47 x 79.5 cm.
State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow

Arjuna.
From “Kulu” series. 1929
Tempera on canvas. 74.5 x 118 cm.
N.Roerich International Centre-Museum, Moscow

Dal Lake.
From “Lakes and Gilgit Path” series. 1925
Tempera on canvas. 62.5 x 81.5 cm.
Private collection

Palden Lhamo.
1932. Tempera on canvas. 81.4×127 cm.
Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York


Major Collection

Bhagavan. 1931
Tempera on canvas. 45 x 79 cm

Compassion. 1936
Tempera on canvas. 61.5 x 92.5 cm

Fujiyama. 1936
Tempera on cardboard. 30.5 x 45.5 cm

Ladakh. 1937
Tempera on cardboard. 31 x 46 cm

Lake of the Nagas. Kashmir. 1937
Tempera on cardboard. 31 x 46 cm

Madonna Laboris. Study. 1936
Tempera on cardboard. 31 x 46 cm

Maitreya. Album leaf. 1932
Tempera on paper. 25 x 36.5 cm

Maitreya. Album leaf. 1932
Tempera on paper. 25 x 36.5 cm

Om Mani Padme Hum. 1932
Tempera on canvas. 45 x 79 cm

On the Heights (Tumo). 1936
Tempera on canvas. 92 x 122 cm

St. Sergius Chapel. 1936
Tempera on canvas. 61 x 99.5 cm

Stronghold of Tibet. 1932
Tempera on canvas. 46.5 x 79 cm

The Path. 1936
Tempera on canvas. 91.5 x 122 cm

Tibet. Evening. 1937
Tempera on cardboard. 31 x 46 cm

Tsong-Kha-Pa. Drawing. 1924
Black chalk, gouache on paper. 51 x 32 cm


His Country 1924

Book of Wisdom. 1924
Tempera on canvas. 88.5 x 117 cm.
Bolling collection, USA

He Who Hastens. 1924
Tempera on canvas. 89.5 x 116.5 cm.
Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York

Higher than the Mountains. 1924
Tempera on canvas. 73.5 x 117 cm.
Private collection, Russia

Lower than the Depths. 1924
Tempera on canvas. 90 x 115.5 cm.
Private collection

“Remember” 1924
Tempera on canvas. 87.5 x 117.5 cm.
Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York

She Who Leads. 1924
Tempera on canvas. 89 x 116.5 cm.
N.Roerich International Centre-Museum, Moscow

Treasure of the World. 1924
Tempera on canvas. 88.5 x 116.5 cm.
Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York


Sikkim 1924

Drops of Life. 1924
Tempera on canvas. 74 x 117.5 cm.
Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York

Himalayas. 1924
Tempera on canvas. 73 x 116 cm.
Private collection, USA

Mother of Tourfan. 1924
Tempera on canvas.
Private collection, USA

Namtse. 1924
Tempera on canvas. 73 x 116 cm.
Private collection, USA

Pemayangtse. 1924 (from a monochrome photograph)
Tempera on canvas.
Whereabouts unknown

Red Lama. 1924
Tempera on canvas. 73.5 x 142 cm.
Private collection, USA

Rinchenpong. 1924
Tempera on canvas. 73.5 x 118 cm.
Private collection, USA

Sacred Gift. 1924
Tempera on canvas. 90 x 118 cm.
State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow

Sangacheling. 1924
Tempera on canvas. 73.5 x 117 cm.
Private collection, New York

Silhouette. 1924
Tempera on canvas. 73.5 x 117 cm.
Private collection, USA

Steps to the Himalayas. 1924
Tempera on canvas. 72 x 114.5 cm.
Private collection, USA

Suburgan of Tashiding. 1924
Tempera on canvas. 88.5 x 117 cm.
Private collection, USA

Suburgan of Tashiding. 1924
Tempera on canvas. 88.5 x 117 cm.
Private collection, USA


Maitreya 1924

Banners of the Coming One. 1926 (or end of 1925)
Tempera on canvas. 72 x 100.5 cm.
Nizhnii Novgorod State Art Museum, Russia

Power of the Caves. 1926 (or end of 1925)
Tempera on canvas. 72.5 x 101 cm.
Nizhnii Novgorod State Art Museum, Russia

Steed of Good Fortune. 1926 (or end of 1925)
Tempera on canvas. 72 x 101 cm.
Nizhnii Novgorod State Art Museum, Russia

The March of Shambhala. 1926 (or end of 1926)
(from a monochrome photograph)
Tempera. Whereabouts unknown

Walled Stronghold. 1926 (or end of 1925)
Tempera on canvas. 73 x 101 cm.
Nizhnii Novgorod State Art Museum, Russia

Whispers of the Desert. 1926 (or end of 1925)
Tempera on canvas. 72.5 x 100.5 cm.
Nizhnii Novgorod State Art Museum, Russia


Others

Waves of Mist. 1924
Tempera on canvas mounted on cardboard. 30 x 40 cm.
Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York

The Great Sacrifice. 2nd variant. 1912
For Diaghilev’s production, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris, 1913
Tempera on cardboard. 51.5 x 73 cm.
N.Roerich International Centre-Museum, Moscow

The Great Sacrifice. 1st variant. 1910 (from a reproduction)
For Diaghilev’s production, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris, 1913
Tempera and pastel on cardboard. 54 x 75 cm.
Ia.A.Umanskaia collection, Kiev

Sanctuaries and Citadels. 1926
Tempera on canvas. 66 x 99 cm.
Private collection, USA

Sanctuaries and Citadels. 1925
Tempera on canvas mounted on cardboard. 65 x 96.5 cm.
Private collection

Sanctuaries and Citadels. 1925
Tempera on canvas. 50.5 x 70.5 cm.
N.Roerich International Centre-Museum, Moscow

Sanctuaries and Citadels. 1925
Tempera on canvas. 66 x 99 cm.
Private collection, USA

Kiss to the Earth. 2nd variant. 1912
For Diaghilev’s production, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris, 1913
Tempera and pastel on cardboard. 62 x 94 cm.
State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Kiss to the Earth. 3rd variant. Scenery sketch. 1912
For Diaghilev’s production, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris, 1913
Watercolor and ceruse on paper. 14.7 x 19.5 cm.
I.V.Koretskaia collection, Moscow

Kiss to the Earth. 1st variant. 1912
For Diaghilev’s production, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris, 1913
Tempera on cardboard. 56 x 81 cm.
State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

 

 
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  1. Samfoonheei on Apr 7, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Nicholas Roerich a man of multi talent , was a Russian painter, writer, archaeologist, theosophist, perceived by some in Russia as an enlightener, philosopher, and so forth. Even though he was a an artist by training and a lawyer but he was more interested in literature. He was a dedicated activist for the cause of preserving art and architecture during times of war. His paintings can be seen in several museums worldwide and had earned several awards for his works. His art collections was amazing which includes spiritual paintings and depictions of Tibet, Lama Tsongkhapa and Buddha Maitreya . Each of the paintings tells us a beautiful story which I loved to see. We are indeed fortunate to see those beautiful paintings from a great artist. Those paintings speaks a thousands words.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing and beautiful paintings.

  2. Stella Cheang on Nov 26, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Thank you very much Rinpoche, for sharing with us the biography of Nicholas Roerich as well as a selection of his beautiful paintings. The captivating artwork is a representation of the life of a great explorer, philosopher, traveler and spiritualist, And I agree too that the work has a deep sense of soulfulness that goes beyond mere skin deep beauty. They are very enriching in a spiritual sense.

  3. sandra on Feb 26, 2015 at 2:03 am

    Clearly Nicholas was a very intelligent, creative, talented and well- travelled man. I love his paintings- those of the Himalayas look exquisite and very easy to do although I am sure that is not the case. I might share this article with a sister/acquaintance who is interested in art and will study it at university in the new term. I think she’d like it. Thank you Rinpoche for the extensive collection you have compiled here.

  4. Cheats Destiny on Oct 20, 2014 at 8:19 am

     No coincido en consonancia con nada en absoluto de lo
    que has blogueado. No hay documentacion ni da la impresion que te
    hayas informado con anterioridad de escribir.

  5. Dolma on Aug 15, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Tashi Delek,
    There is a big Roerich gallery in nagar in Himachal Pradesh ( in between kullu and manali) I am tibetan born and brought up in that region and there is no doubt of Roerich envision and travelogue expressed in his arts.. I always wondered about his paints, drawings of the Himalayan landscape and his journeys of his time..
    I am new to your blog but it gave me lots of informations and I look forward reading me.
    Thank you
    Dolma

  6. Edwin Tan on May 4, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche, for sharing Nicholas Roerich’s artworks.

    They are all vividly painted. He is so talented in all fields and did his best to have the Pact drawn up to protect the Arts and Culture.

    I like how he is so inclined to spirituality and have many of the works done of different religions and portray them so stunningly.

    Thank you.

  7. Irene Lim on Apr 2, 2014 at 6:26 am

    Such exquisite expression of spirituality, experiences, travelogue and architectural all captured through brush and paint in canvas. Through Nicholas Roerich’s paintings, they each tell a story of a subject and from each painting it also revealed the openness, knowledge and intelligence of Nicholas Roerich.

  8. Li Kheng on Mar 31, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Wow, wow, wow!!!

    Powerful knowledge to read about a man of vision who taught us about “cross fertilization” and the benefits of connection of differences harmoniously. Individuals like Roerich prompts to be buck up because we are supposed to the the advanced generation who is reaping the benefits of outer and inner wealth accumulated for us by our forefathers and mothers.

    How could it be that, we, people of the 21st century act with rejection to differences when, 1 century ago, Roerich has already established a pact to promoted connectivity and harmony of religion, culture, tradition and resources?

    This vision of Roerich especially strikes me because it is aligned to the vision of Tsem Rinpoche for Kechara Forest Retreat where Rinpoche intend to build a conscious community based on 7 tenets that include: embrace difference because it enriches us.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this mind-opening blog. May more read it and enjoy the message as much as I did!

  9. Ruby Khong on Mar 30, 2014 at 8:40 am

    This is an excerpt that I stumbled upon on http://www.artexpertswebsite.com/pages/artists/roerich.php. Such was Roerich’s and his family’s fascination and interest with the Himalayans and Central Asia, against all odds:

    The Roerichs – together with their son George and six friends – went on the five-year long ‘Roerich American Expedition’ that, in Roerich’s own words: “started from Sikkim through Punjab, Kashmir, Ladakh, Karakorem mountains, Khotan, Kashgar, Qara Shar, Urumchi, Irtysh, Altai Mountains, Oryot region of Mongolia, Central Gobi, Kansu, Tsaidam, Tibet.” with a detour through Siberia to Moscow in 1926. Between Summer 1927 and June 1928 the expedition was thought to be lost, since all contact from them ceased for a year. They had been attacked in Tibet and only the “Superiority of our firearms prevented bloodshed. … In spite of Tibet passports, expedition forcibly stopped by Tibetan authorities”. The Expedition was detained by the government for five months, and forced to live in tents in sub-zero conditions and meagre rations. Five men of the expedition died at this time. In March of 1928 they were allowed to leave Tibet, and trekked south to settle in India, where they founded a research center, the Himalayan Research Institute.

  10. Sean Wang on Mar 29, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche for sharing with us the brilliant masterpieces by Nicholas Roerich. His art is unique and I value uniquity and individuality. The hues are vibrant with the colours of the times showing strong emotions he had towards Buddhism.

  11. Sharon Ong on Mar 28, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    Thank you for this fantastic post, Rinpoche. Admittedly, I am not well acquainted with Roerich’s works until your post. He has many gorgeous pieces but I really like those pieces that reminds me of Monet’s famous pastel hued masterpieces. I can’t help but wonder if his Mother of the World is his interpretation of Tara or Mother Mary. The fact that he painted her face partially hidden adds to the mystery. I wonder what is Rinpoche’s take on this. With folded hands.

  12. Patsy on Dec 2, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    I love all the paintings! Nicholas Roerich is such a talented painter and he expressed well his thoughts and feelings through all these beautiful and mystical masterpieces!!! Thank you, Rinpoche, for sharing.

  13. henry ooi on Dec 2, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Beautiful and awesome works of art splendidly expressed on art materials.
    Thank you, Rinpoche, for reposting.

  14. Low KHJB on May 12, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Thank you for the sharing Rinpoche.Nicholas Roerich style of art is indeed timeless.He must have spent a lot of time traveling to different continents to understand the world better before developing his creative inspiration to bring life to the canvas.We could see in his creations that he has a tendency to highlight the embodiment of nature and human quest of serenity through religion of various forms.
    His interpretation of Buddhism art is profound and tastefully expressed through an westerner eyes.

  15. Sharon Saw on May 11, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Nicholas Roerich is such a prolific artist… and a spiritual one too. I love his different treatments of different scenes, which are very evocative. Religious art can be so inspiring for people’s faith. I would dearly love to travel and sketch similar scenes one day. It’s been awhile since i did that and never in Asia. The Kiss to the Earth (first variant) reminds me of Kechara Forest Retreat!

  16. Wan Wai Meng on May 2, 2013 at 12:33 am

    The paintings are so alive and beautiful each and everyone one of them, seems like animated as well.

  17. Joy on May 2, 2013 at 12:01 am

    Amazing I looooove all his paintings. I wish I could paint like that!

    Brother, let us abandon

    all that rapidly changes.

    Otherwise we will not have time

    to turn our thoughts to that

    which is changeless for all.

    To the eternal.

    Not only is he an artist that paints, he is also a poet… I do not just see an artist… I see a spiritual artisan who is expressing his spiritual journey, experiences through art, and well as they say… a picture paints a thousand words. His is truly captivating that grows on to you beyond time because it has deep meaning behind it. Nicholas manages to capture the moment of the enchanting sacred mystical land and practices of Tibetan Buddhism. Every single painting tells a different story, environments and energy. Totally adore them!

  18. uncle eddie on Apr 20, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Nicholas and his wife, Helena were said to be spiritual seekers, using and conveying their great understanding and experiences in their knowledge of the beauty of enchanting arts to promote spirituality. That’s why it can be seen that most of their paintings were featured in hidden treasures in mountains and water, said to be symbolising the search in high places for the truth that is hidden within us. Being great artists, they always create wonderful and beautiful paintings that were thoughts provoking, coupled with a deep sense of mysticism. In them can be seen the deep sense of Drama, the urgency of a message to send or receive a mission to be performed, and a path to be travelled. They believed that peace on earth was a prerequisite to planetary survival and exhorted all fellow beings to help achieve that peace, by “uniting in the common language of Beauty and knowledge.”

  19. Lim Han Nee on Apr 19, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    Nicholas and Helena Roerich were truly the superheroes of Russia in terms of their exploration of religion,mysticism, spirituality and philosophy through art and writing(Helena). I remember having come across Helena’s book on Buddhism and was intrigued that a Russian lady could have written on Buddhism.

    The art of Nicholas Roerich is like a paean of joy, a sacred tribute to spirituality and religion. From Jesus to Buddha, Maitreya, Tsongkhapa, Krishna and Brahmaputra,Confucius and Lao Tze,this pageant of religious figures reflect Nicholas’ belief in the oneness out of this diversity.There appears to be ,however, a distinct focus on Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism.

    His love of mountains, particularly the Himalayas,is seen in the many paintings of mountain scenes in such lovely hues. The eternal spirit seems to dwell in these paintings.

  20. Leann Lim on Apr 17, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful artwork from Mr. & Ms. Roerich. All the artwork so attracted our eyes, and repeat again and again to view the painting.

    With a great inspiration & open mind they have create this greatest painting ever have.. And it’s show through art & painting it’s another way of spiritual practice, as through the painting can deeply feel their higher spiritual mind they have.

    The painting i love so much is the Mother of the world and Moses, The Leader …so impressive…

  21. Sean Wang on Apr 16, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    I really love Nicholas Roerichs work. The contrasts seem to make his masterpieces out of time and surreal. I like how he likes to paint religious figures and does not just stay with one! He sparked a great milestone in term of influence for the Buddhist path of the west. A true hero of Dharma!

  22. David Lai on Apr 15, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    I love Nicholas Roerich too! I loved how he bathe his artwork with wonderful hues that seems to evoke a different time and place. I love all of his works particularly those of Tibet, its saints and deities because his work render them in a different manner. Its interesting because his discovery of Tibet coincides with the start of the Theosophical Society of Madame Blavatsky and because of her, there was a growing interest in the spiritual traditions of Asia, particularly of Buddhism. Although this marks a remarkable milestone in the West’s discovery of Buddhism. Anyway, the artwork itself is beautiful pieces and I particularly like the March from Shambala, which I found to be a refreshing perspective from the usual 2-D rendition in traditional depiction of a deity-warrior-king

  23. Jace Chong on Apr 14, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing with us the brilliant artworks from Mr. and Mr.s Roerich. The paintings are very very nice!

    I am surprised to read that they have such open mind during that era. They must had a fruitful mind trip after visiting so many places and got to know about different cultures and living.

    The painting that I like the most is Palden Lhamo =)

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  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Apr 15. 2021 10:48 PM
    This is an interesting informative sharing of Wonderful Vietnam. An amazing country with it’s rich traditional culture, variety of World Heritage Sites, breathtaking landscapes, wonderful rainforest, world famous foods and fascinating tropical coastline.

    Thank you for the sharing and I loved all the attractive destination and photos shared. Surprisingly, Vietnam has something to offer everyone and a most beautiful country in South East Asia worth to visit and to explore.

    https://bit.ly/3mNdeQP
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 15. 2021 04:32 PM
    King Trisong Detsen (740-798) was the second of the Three Dharma Kings of Tibet He played a pivotal role in the introduction of Buddhism to Tibet and the establishment of the Nyingma. He believed to be an emanation of the bodhisattva Manjushri, that built Samye Monastery the first monastery . King Trisong Detsen aimed to revitalize Tibetan Buddhism so much so arranged a debate known as the Council of Lhasa. The Council of Lhasa, at Samye, was a famous debate, between the Chinese Buddhist monk Moheyan and the Indian Buddhist master Kamalashila. It is also known as the Great Debate, this debate lasted for 2 years. An interesting story behind this long and rancorous debate. The Council of Lhasa is an important event in Tibetan history and shaped the practice of Buddhism in Tibet up until today.
    Thank You Rinpoche and Pastor Antoinette Kass for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-great-council-of-lhasa.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 15. 2021 04:29 PM
    Coming across this post of suspended coffees truly had me wonder if in Malaysia will come up with this compassionate concept. A suspended coffee is a great way to pay forward for a coffee meant for someone else who cannot afford a warm beverage. Kindness can come in many forms including the purchase of a suspended coffee,
    a very good concept indeed. This is a tradition that comes from Naples, Italy, dated in the 20th century. Buying a cup of coffee for a stranger , who needed it especially during cold nights. A simple act of kindness can change someone’s life. To date, many countries in US and Europe have started these compassion concept and had in fact inspired more. Hopefully one day this will happen in Malaysia .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/a-real-compassionate-idea.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 15. 2021 04:27 PM
    n the remote mountain highlands of eastern Tibet, there exists a unique lineage of female spiritual practitioners at Gebchak Gonpa. A nunnery of more than 350 from all the Tibetan schools of Buddhism came to study and practice Dharma, upholding rigorous meditation and yoga practices. Gebchak’s yogini nuns are famed for their accomplishments in profound yogas and meditation. These women have devoted their entire lives to practicing the Dharma. Interesting read of those Gebchak’s yogini nuns lives, as stated in the post.
    Sadly, during the cultural revolution the Gebchak Gonpa was destroyed and the remaining nuns were dispersed. Yet many of them continue preserving their unique female yogic tradition who had survived the Cultural Revolution. Today, new generations of nuns and lamas are preserving Gebchak’s practice lineage rebuilt and re-established Gebchak Gonpa, despite extreme physical hardships.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/gebchak-gonpa.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 14. 2021 03:42 PM
    Thank you, Mr. Martin, well write-up this article of great-lamas-masters great-masters speak truly all about Tsem Rinpoche. We as students have seen and heard of all Rinpoche wonderful and extraordinary qualities. Rinpoche not only cares and loves all his students and even to strangers as well. Nor matter who you are regardless of race and faith Rinpoche will be too willingly to help. That’s Rinpoche’s nature a Bodhisatva . Rinpoche had made a way from Us to India and then Malaysia just to spread Dharma teachings and nothing else. Rinpoche as advice by his teacher to be in Malaysia and that’s where he established many departments to benefits all sentient beings. Reading through this post tells us all Great Masters, Lamas, Geshes and many highly attained Lamas and Masters specking what is true the same qualities of Rinpoche. Rinpoche was very kind, generous, giving, compassionate, always doing charity, giving to the poor, raising funds, sponsoring. Described Rinpoche as someone highly intelligent and extraordinary person. Interesting read , may more people reading this article to have a clearer view of Rinpoche.
    All I could say is that Rinpoche had showed us the light of life. With folded hands , may we able to meet Rinpoche again in this life and so forth.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/great-masters-speak-about-tsem-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 14. 2021 03:40 PM
    Interesting biography of a great Lama Zanabazar was a renowned painter, sculptor, architect and costume designer. He was known as“Michelangelo of Asia”, for his artistic skills which were matched by his literary prowess as a Buddhist scholar, linguist and poet. Zanabazar as a historical figure played an important role in propagating Buddhism in Mongolia. He had established Mongolian unique cultural identity. Zanabazar was the first Bogd Gegeen or high-saint-of-mongolia or supreme spiritual authority, the Gelugpa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in Outer Mongolia. He is believed to be a Geluk protagonist whose alliance with the Dalai and Panchen Lamas was crucial to the dissemination of Buddhism in Khalkha Mongolia. Interesting read with all the rare pictures shared.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/zanabazar-the-first-high-saint-of-mongolia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 12. 2021 04:12 PM
    Looking at those very unique house been built simply stunning. Creatively with nature indeed , salute to those architecture who has such a wild ideas and innovations building such an incredibly unique houses in nature. No easy though but everything is possible.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/into-the-wild.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 12. 2021 04:11 PM
    Truly stunning Kuanyin Statue also know as”Goddess of Mercy” Statue designed by Portuguese architect . Very serene with the huge golden statue seemingly floating over the sea at high tide. One of the underrated landmarks in Macau. It is believed that when this statue is built, Macau has become more prosperous, peaceful and economically better. Many locals and tourist visited this beautiful Statue and it’s a popular spot where they will walk along the sea watching sunset. Merely by looking at this Statue is a blessing. Those beautiful pictures tells us all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/kuan-yin-of-macau-city.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 12. 2021 04:07 PM
    Beautiful Yonghe Temple in Beijing, China known to some locals as the‘Palace of Peace and Harmony Lama Temple’ has three world-record masterpieces. This temple is a temple and monastery of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism built during the reign of Emperor Kang Xi (1694). Very impressive buildings and a great insight into Chinese Buddhist temples with 300 years of history . The building and artwork of the temple is a combination of Han Chinese and Tibetan styles.
    Looking at the restoration and conservation work of the Lama Tsongkhapa Statue in Yong He Gong is not easy after all. Thanks to Liu Yuming,77, restoration masters of China’s Cultural Relics. He had done a good job helping to preserve those rare cultural relics left in China. It is indeed a uphill task that needs a lot of patience , skill, delicate , and love . Interesting read even though it an old post. Would love to see this master piece of Lama Tsongkhapa Statue one day .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/an-age-of-restoration.html
  • sarassitham
    Monday, Apr 12. 2021 01:47 PM
    Sometimes a single image can speak much louder than words. It’s very painful to see the abused and made to suffer of a Monkey and Child.

    It is really sad to discover how many animals sacrificed for fulfilling our taste buds. and not only sacrificing their life.

    Why don’t we try to eat more vegetables instead of eating more animals. Vegetables are healthy too, you know! And do you also know that being vegetarian or vegan will not only make you become healthier, it will also make you feel more energetic.
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 10. 2021 03:59 PM
    A legendary figure of Buddhism in Buryatia was Lubsan Samdan Tsydenov, charismatic Buddhist master and visionary and national hero, who had spread the Tantric Buddhist tradition. Interesting read of this forgotten story of Lubsan Samdan Tsydenov, a monk who briefly ruled as a dharma king. He amazingly created a nonviolence Buddhist kingdom who protected thousands of women, children, and men at that time. In 1920’s Soviet government considered Lubsan Samdan Tsydenov to be rebels and Traditional Buryat culture was erased since then. Buddhist monasteries in Buryatia were destroyed and many followers were murdered. He was well remembered as a true Dharma King and a national hero. Interesting read of a Great Lama.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/lubsan-samdan-tsydenov-the-dharma-king-of-buryatia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 10. 2021 03:57 PM
    We came to this world with nothing and leaving with nothing. There nothings that belongs to us. Whatever we own is temporary on loan only, so we should be glad in this life we are in human form. We should appreciate what we have at this moment, , doing , learning Dharma and practicing Dharma for a good and meaningful cause. Transforming our mind and benefiting others instead of ourselves.
    What Rinpoche had said and explained , very true indeed … we don’t own our body. Well use our body for the greater good of others. Reading the transcript by Tsem Rinpoche tells us more understanding .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/transcript-you-dont-own-your-body.html
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Apr 9. 2021 11:20 PM
    Thank you for the wonderful sharing, it’s truly amazing. Each one of these statues is special and drool-worthy, and they have rightly signified the place where they stand today.

    Even when we don’t have the opportunity too witness those beautiful Buddha Statues, yet we are blessed merely by looking at it.
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 9. 2021 01:19 PM
    Reading this article again, truly feeling sorry those refugees in Netherlands. Staying in another country far away from homeland is already sad. They need to start from scratch, could imagine their situation living in a foreign facing a lot of hinders such languages, cultures and so forth. The sad state of refugees living in Netherlands is really bad. The Netherlands has had a reputation as a humanitarian haven, with refugees and immigrants as the situation in their country isn’t safe enough. But entering as refugees they ended up living in empty offices, as room . The government authorities failed to provide basic amenities for those rejected ones who have not or cannot leave the country. The refugees are stuck in a system, were call as an illegal immigrant. They wandered in the streets of Amsterdam, moving from one place to another left in the cold winter. Lucky enough they have volunteers helping them supplying blankets , foods for them. Hopefully the authorities could do more to help those refugees out there and the situation right now has improved.
    Thank you Melissa for sharing this .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-building-wanderers-of-amsterdam.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 9. 2021 01:17 PM
    Being generous also makes us feel better about ourselves. Generosity is both a natural confidence builder and a natural repellent of self-hatred. By focusing on what we are giving rather than on what we are receiving. Acts of generosity, such as giving our time, talent or resources, and expecting nothing in return, have been proven to be good for our health. Generous individuals are personally more fulfilled, happier and more peaceful within themselves. Enrich our life and that of others by practicing generosity. That’s what I consider true generosity without anything in return.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Datuk May for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/generosity-giving-gifts.html

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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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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 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
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  • April 15, 2021 04:30
    You have no rights to use my images for www.tsemrinpoche.com without my approval! It's illegitimate! You're committing a legal offense! You must replace my images NOW!!!!! asked: Hi, This is Melisha and I am a professional photographer. I was baffled, to put it nicely, when I recognised my images at your website. If you use a copyrighted image without an owner's permission, you must be aware that you could be sued by the creator. It's illegal to use stolen images and it's so wicked! Here is this document with the links to my images you used at www.tsemrinpoche.com and my earlier publications to get the evidence of my copyrights. Download it now and check this out for yourself: https://sites.google.com/view/09934894585022/home/drive/storage/files/download?ID=286984715713039318 If you don't delete the images mentioned in the document above within the next few days, I'll file a complaint against you to your hosting provider stating that my copyrights have been severely infringed and I am trying to protect my intellectual property. And if it doesn't work, trust me I am going to report and sue you! And I won't give you a prior notice again.
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  • April 13, 2021 21:55
    ray asked: Dear Pastors, Thank you for clearing my doubts previously about purification practices. Today i have a question about reciting praises to buddhas, why do we recite praises and how does reciting praises to buddhas like Tara, Dorje shugden etc. help and benefit us? Because ive seen certain prayer texts to mother tara which i think is referring to the 21 tara praises stating that : ~If this prayer is recited two, three, or seven times, It will pacify all the sufferings of torments Caused by spirits, fevers, and poisons, And by other beings as well. If you wish for a child, you will get a child; If you wish for wealth, you will receive wealth. All your wishes will be fulfilled And all obstacles pacified.~ Will reciting praises to buddhas also be able to fulfill our wishes as stated? Thank you very much.
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  • April 12, 2021 03:20
    Eden asked: Dear Pastors, How are all of you doing? I have a few questions here. I will be very grateful if you can answer them. Thank you. 1) If we are here because of our previous life karma, previous previous karma and so on. May i know when does all of this started? How does this chain of karma started? Im sure we all had our 1st life and everything had a beginning to it. 2) I am currently facing some problem over my career pathway, are there any practices and mantras that I can do to request for guidance?
    pastor answered: Dear Eden, Thank you for your questions. 1. Buddhism does not believe in a 1st life, and the reason being is the Buddhist view of time. Most people think of time and existence as linear. It has a definitive starting point and a certain end point. But Buddhism views time as a cyclic. Hence, our universe as we understand it, will at one point cease to exist, and then a new universe will come into existence. However, even though our current universe will end, due to the force of karma and reincarnation, we will take rebirth into the new universe and have many rebirths there. So in Buddhism we say that we have had "countless" rebirths, as you would never be able to count how many lifetimes you have had. This cycle is vicious and leads us to take rebirth endlessly. The only way to stop this cycle is to transcend it altogether, which is the state of Buddhahood, in which you are completely liberated from the cycle, known as "samsara". Also the way in which we think about karma is not linear either. It is not one for one. By this I mean, if you do one negative action, it is not that you will experience only one negative result. You will actually experience many negative results, with differing levels of severity until the karma is exhausted. How you respond to the negative results can lead to either more negative karma, or positive karma. Hence, the law of karma according to the Buddhist view point is much more nuanced then the general understanding of karma that people have these days. The Buddha explained this process in a teaching known as the 12 Links of Dependent Origination, which is quite complex. If you want to learn more about this teaching, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche gave a very profound teaching on it here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/teaching-on-the-twelve-links-of-dependent-origination.html Hence, according to Buddhism, the understand of time is a never-ending cycle in which universes are created, destroyed and created again due to the power of karma. Since it is a cycle, there is no "beginning" or "1st life" for sentient beings. 2. In regards to your career pathway, I would suggest you engage in the combined practice of Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden. We have heard of many people who are either stuck in their career or who need to find good jobs, succeed in the their goals after engaging in this practice with a sincere motivation. There is a book available regarding the practice here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/the-dorje-shugden-handbook. We also have an entire section of this website dedicated to various aspects of the practice, including history, other prayers, etc. (https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/dorje-shugden). I hope this helps. Let us know if we can help in any other way.
  • April 11, 2021 00:23
    Lara asked: Hello pastors, I have a family member suffering from depression right now. May I know how I can help him to overcome this? Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Lara, I'm sorry to hear that your family member is going through this. When someone is going through such a difficult time, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has advised that the person themselves seek qualified medical help as well as engage in the practice of Lama Tsongkhapa, which is well-known to help overcome things like depression. From your side you should be as supportive as possible. Take the time to understand what your family member is going through, and in which ways you can support them to overcome their depression and heal. You can watch a fantastic teaching about the practice of Lama Tsongkha here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sayonara-to-depression.html. The prayer text for the practice can be found here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/sadhana-prayers.html#19 However, sometimes family members may not be open to the engaging in the practice themselves. In that case, you can engage in the practice yourself and dedicate the merits for the family member to heal, but this will not be as effective as the family member doing the practice themselves. Another thing that you can do, it to make abundant offerings or engage in virtuous activities like as helping the less fortunate, and dedicating the merits from those activities to your family member. You can also have pujas sponsored for your family member. The following two pujas would be excellent: Medicine Buddha Puja - which is good for healing, both physical and mental (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/medicine-buddha-puja-fund) Dorje Shugden Puja - to remove obstacles for a swift recovery (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dorje-shugden-wishfulfilling-puja-fund) These are the various methods in which you can help. You can do just one or a combination of the methods mentioned to generate as much positive energy and merit as possible for your family member. I hope this helps.
  • April 10, 2021 07:50
    ray asked: hi pastor i have a question regarding purification practices because ive been having some doubts now, is it true that some people say engaging in purification practices bad things would then happen to the practitioner after that? be it being sick or facing obstacles coming after that.
    pastor answered: Dear Ray, Thank you for your question. When we engage in purification practices, what we are purifying is our negative karma. If you know about karma, you know that eventually you will need to experience your karma, be this negative or positive. When you experience your negative karma, then you experience negative situations. This could be something major, like having an accident, to something very minor such as feeling bad if say a loved one says something in a way that you perceive as being negative. Any experience you have that you perceive as negative, is a manifestation of your negative karma. During purification practices, through your own effort of invoking upon the enlightened beings and practice of the Four Opponent Powers, you are able to purify this negative karma. However, for a negative karma to be fully exhausted, you need to experience it. Say you have a karma to get into an accident, if you don't purify and exhaust it, then you will need to suffer from it 100%. This could mean getting into a car accident which is very severe and you are hurt badly. If you engage in purification practices then you can purify, let's say 99% of the karma. But for it to be exhausted fully, you still need to experience it. In this case, maybe you do get into an accident. Since you have purified most of the karma, your car only bumps into another car very softly. You don't even feel it, the person in the other car doesn't feel it and you car is not damaged at all. This is the reason why some people say if you engage in purification practices, bad things will happen. And because of that people are put off doing purification practices. This is wrong thinking because if you do experience negative situations when engaged in purification practices, this could be because: a) What you experienced is actually the purified karma, rather than the full force of the karma. In this case you should rejoice that through your effort of engaging in the practice, you didn't experience something much worse. b) It could just simply be the manifestation of a karma that wasn't purified. This means, you would have had to go through this experience anyway. c) Because you are engaged in purification practices, you are thinking of karma a lot. Therefore, when such experiences occur then you attribute it to karma, and then think it is linked to your purification practice. Then you believe that doing purification practices is bad because you have to suffer from such experiences. This is wrong thinking. Perhaps even if you were not doing purification practices, then you would still experience the situation, but you wouldn't actually think anything of it. You would just go about the rest of your day as usual. That being said, when you are doing purification practices, there comes a point were certain negative karma is so weak that you need to experience it for it to be exhausted completely. This can and does manifest as negative situations, such as minor illnesses, or even accidents, etc. However, the point to remember is the karma causing these situations have been purified so they are very mild compared to their full form. These negative situations can also be purified/exhausted in dreams, etc. Another way they can be purified is having mental disturbances or emotional ups and downs when actually doing the purification practices. In essence, you will need to feel the effects of your negative karma in some form or another, so better that you experience it in a very mild form right? This is what purification practices helps you to do. Purification practices are not something to be scared of. In fact, you should rejoice when engaged in purification practices. On a more deeper level, without some form of purification practice it is hard to understand higher aspects of the Dharma. Your negative karma will block you from being able to understand the Dharma and then internalise it. That is why purification practices are emphasised within each and every tradition and are a prerequisite for higher teaching such as tantra. The benefits of purification practices (such as enabling you to exhaust your negative karma in a very mild form, and preparing your mind for higher teachings) outweighs having to experience a very small negative situation. Therefore think about the benefits of purification practice and contemplate on it. This will help you to develop faith in them and get rid of any doubts or fears that you may have. I hope this helps.
  • April 1, 2021 04:54
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    pastor answered: Thank you for your kind message. It is very encouraging for us to read. May you always be blessed by the Three Jewels.
  • March 28, 2021 15:08
    vikas baluni asked: abut growth of my business
    pastor answered: Dear Vikas Baluni, I am unclear as to the actually meaning of your question but I believe you are asking how to increase and grow your business. According to Buddhism, everything that we go through in life is due to karma, this includes both the good things and the bad things. Therefore, for your business to grow and do well depends on your good karma. Only one type of energy can overcome karma and is always good for your, and that is what we call merit or punya (in sanskrit). So in order to have merit for your business to do well, you have to take actions that generate merit. The main of these is to transform your mind to become a more compassionate and wiser person, to help others less fortunate, to engage in pujas and other such virtuous activities. There are certain deity practices that are well-known in Buddhism to help increase the energies of wealth and success in our lives. These can help your business to grow. Once such practice is that of Bhagawan Gyenze, you can click here to find out more: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth.html Bhagawan Gyenze will definitely help you to grow your business, if you have a good motivation. If you motivation is only about yourself, then your business will not grow that much. But if you have the motivation help others, then Bhagawan Gyenze will help you even more. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 25, 2021 01:11
    Jason asked: I have been practicing white dzambala and the bathing / water tormas for quite some time now. Recently I have been getting regular dreams where white dzambala appears and just smiles at me, or I dream that I am doing white dzambala chutor practice. I understand that when lama tsongkhapa got dreams of deities he thought that this was Mara acting up and paid no attention to it until his lama said something. My lama is currently on retreat and it is difficult to contact him. Please give me some advice on what is happening. I'm just some normal beginners smuck and I'm getting worried that this is a bad sign. When I wake up I feel at peace... But according to commentaries this could be Mara.
    pastor answered: Dear Jason, Thank you for your question. I am really happy to hear that you are engaging in Dzambhala's practice. It's extremely beneficial. You are right that Lama Tsongkhapa ignored his dreams of deities, and viewed them as bad signs. But before jumping to conclusions, we must analyse the reasons why Lama Tsongkhapa ignored not only his dreams, also the visions of the deities he received. The reason that Lama Tsongkhapa did not consider it a positive sign is because as practitioners on the spiritual path, it is all too easy to get carried away with 'signs' or advice, visions, dreams from supposed deities. Sometimes if we 'analyse' them it can lead us in the wrong direction because of our mistaken understanding. Sometimes, other entities can also enter our dreams and tell us things that we believe, hence we start practising things that are not Dharmic in nature. Lama Tsongkhapa warned against such things, rather Lama Tsongkhapa said that we should rely on the Dharma teachings that are genuine and transmitted to us through an unbroken line through our lineage. Generally speaking however, these dreams you are having are literally just dreams, so there is nothing to worry about. One category of dreams we have are known as 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 make 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. When we have dreams such as of our teacher, our practice, the Buddhas, etc., it is still more than likely to be just a samsaric dream. Because we have been engaging in sustained practice, or have imprints from previous lives, these can surface in our dreams hence we have dreams of Buddhas, our teachers, etc. There is nothing to worry about or to consider overly auspicious or a 'sign'. Just realise that you have had the dream, do not allow your thoughts to dwell on it, accept it and move on. However, do take note that you had these dreams and once your Guru is out of retreat, please consult your Guru and inform him/her of these occurances and seek your Guru's advice if any. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2021 02:01
    Jason asked: I white dzambhala is a wealth deity but can he also act as a dharma protector?
    pastor answered: Dear Jason, Thank you for your question. The practice of Dzambhala is actually a Yidam practice, this means that Dzambhala is a meditational deity. When you engage in his practice, as well as bestowing wealth, through his practice you also develop qualities that help you progress towards enlightenment. In the case of Dzambhala, the primary quality he helps you develop is actually generosity, which is one of the Six Perfections. Therefore, although he is known as a wealth deity, he is much, much more than that. When you engage in his practice, you are actually developing virtuous qualities in your mindstream. The function of Dharma Protectors however is to remove obstacles and to create conducive conditions so that you can transform your mind. Hence, the function of a meditational deity and a Dharma Protector is different. That being said, when you engage in Dzambhala's practice properly, you do gain wealth. Generally, we only consider this wealth to be external wealth, but Dzambhala's practice is more than that, because through his practice you gain internal wealth which are virtuous qualities. Due to the fact his practice also brings material wealth, he is known as a wealth deity. When you practice any meditational deity, you will gain some physical benefit as well, which can seem to mirror the effect of Dharma Protectors, but their function is very different. Dzambhala for example grants material wealth, but his actually function is to increase inner wealth. Another example would be Medicine Buddha, outward he heals our physical body, but inwardly he also helps to heal our minds and develop qualities such as compassion. Dharma Protectors can also help to heal our body, but for real internal change, we need to rely on a meditational deity. I hope this answer helps.
  • March 16, 2021 21:23
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    pastor answered: Dear Ray, Thank you for your question. You are right that traditionally vajras and bells are only used after receiving initiation. However, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche recommended learning how to use the vajra and bell, as a means of creating the causes to receive initiation in the future. That said, there are many dos and don'ts related to using the vajra and bell. You can learn not only how to use them, but also vajra and bell etiquette from one of Kechara's Pastors. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 7, 2021 17:30
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Do you recommend doing Tsem Rinpoche’s guru yoga as part of daily Sadhana? I am sure I read on the article for the name retreat that it could be done as daily prayers but now I can’t see that sentence? Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Yes of course, you may include Tsem Rinpoche's Guru Yoga as part of your daily sadhana if you wish. This creates a very strong bond with Tsem Rinpoche. If you are following the Diamond Path sadhana (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/diamond-path), you insert the Guru Yoga after you have completed the Gaden Lhagyama (Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa). Alternative, if you are using a different prayer text, you insert the Guru Yoga after Gaden Lhagyama, or before any deity prayers that you do such as Manjushri, Tara, etc. After you complete the deity practice section of your sadhana, you continue on to your Dharma protector practice, and finish with your completion dedication. I hope this helps. Do let us know if this is not clear. Thanks.
  • 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.
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
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Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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