Potala of the West: Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art

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By Pastor Shin Tan and Tsem Rinpoche

At one of the highest points on the eastern seaboard, rural fieldstone buildings that resemble a Tibetan mountain monastery sit atop Lighthouse Hill. Founded in 1945, this “Jewel on a Hillside” is home to one of America’s most extensive collections of Himalayan artefacts and was “the only museum devoted solely to Tibetan art in the world” when it was founded.

Jacques Marchais’ love of collecting Himalayan artefacts culminated in the building of an institution that served as a bridge for the west to discover the exotic art and culture of Tibet through this little piece of Shangri-la, inspired by a photograph of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, the historic seat of the Dalai Lamas.

The two main flat-roofed Himalayan-style buildings with trapezoidal-shaped windows, cross cut wood posts and slate caps above doorways house the library and the museum. Meditation cells, or small meditation rooms were also built a level below the main buildings.

Historically known as The Jacques Marchais Center of Tibetan Art, what is now referred to as The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art sat on a three-acre piece of land at its peak. Unfortunately, ancillary parts of the property were sold off after Marchais’ death.

 

The Visionary

“If I can give the world something that would be uplifting and a genuine help, perhaps, I should try.”

Source: Letter to Kate Crane-Gartz (1933)

Jacques Marchais in her younger days

Jacques Marchais in her younger days

Born Jacques Marchais Coblentz in Cincinnati, Jacques began her career as a child elocutionist in Chicago after the passing of her father to support her family. She was known as Edna Coblentz or Edna Norman and performed in plays such as “A White Lie” and “A Modern Match”, as well as in private recitals at the homes of Chicago’s wealthiest families.

She was cast in George Ade’s play, “Peggy From Paris” in Boston when she was 16, and it was here that she met her first husband, an MIT student, Brookings Montgomery. They had three children and divorced in 1910. Her children lived with their paternal grandparents.

Moving to New York to pursue her acting career, she became part of the social circle of artists, writers, intellectuals and those who shared a common interest in Eastern religions, civilisations and philosophies. She then married Harry Klauber, the owner of a chemical factory from Brooklyn.

Marchais explained that her interest in Tibetan art was ignited during her childhood when she played with a collection of 13 Bön deity figurines owned by her great-grandfather, a merchant from Philadelphia active in the tea trade, John Joseph Norman.

“Being a student of Oriental philosophy and acquainted with Eastern religions – I soon found that I was acting more or less as a magnet in drawing East Indian and Tibetan deities and ritual objects to me.”

Source: A letter to Senator Edward E. Denison of Mairon, IL (June 2, 1939)

She started her collection of Tibetan and Indian art in the late 1920s, purchasing items from dealers, auctions, and private individuals. Moved by the 1933 exhibition at the Century of Progress International Exposition, “The Chinese lama temple, Potala of Jehol”, Jacques opened the Jacques Marchais Gallery in Park Avenue, which featured Indian and Tibetan art pieces such as thangkas, statues and wood furniture.

Jacques Marchais Tibetan Art Gallery at 40East 51st Street off Park Avenue in Manhattan, New York

The Jacques Marchais Tibetan Art Gallery at 40 East 51st Street, off Park Avenue in Manhattan, New York

A feature article “Far Eastern Art Exhibited: Jacques Marchais Gallery to Open Tuesday” published in the New York Sun on 3rd December 1938 stated that her collection was something new for Asian art enthusiasts. It also highlighted Marchais’ unique standing in this field.

“New York, except for a few enlightened ones, does not pay much attention to the arts of India. One reason, of course, is that outside of museums there is a small chance of seeing and studying these objects … Not all the objects in Jacques Marchais’s collection are of Indian origin, however. Many are from China and Tibet … There are examples of Tibetan painting, which astound by their freedom of treatment and their boldness of execution. Not only was the subject matter new in the art world, but Marchais was pioneering in being a female business owner and collector in an overwhelmingly male field.”

The gallery was a method to finance the construction of the Center. She sold various items through the gallery, but always kept the best items as her own to be displayed in the Center in the future.

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Building the Potala of the West

“I only started this gallery as a fore-runner for the miniature copy of the Potala of Lhasa, which I hope to build on our hill adjoining the gardens, within the next five years. I hope to build it large enough to house 300 people at a time. It will be, of course, of fieldstone – the interior done in the colour conducive to peace and meditation – with a huge Buddha smiling down upon them in a benevolent benediction.”

Source: Letter to Claude Bragdon (February 6, 1940)

Marchais’ husband, Harry Klauber was supportive of her vision and they purchased the land adjacent to their home in Staten Island to build the Center (The Jacques Marchais Center of Tibetan Art).

Joseph Primiano, an Italian immigrant and master stone mason was hired from the 1920s through the 1940s to build the two stone buildings, together with other carpenters and gardeners. The library was built and opened on 29th July 1945 to house her extensive collection of “books on occult subjects, Asiatic Art, Comparative Religions, Symbolism, Colour, etc.”, with the purpose of building a research and reference library for scholars.

Later on, the “Temple Room” or “Chanting Hall” (the museum) was built, which she was very much involved in personally, from picking every stone for the building to making the prayer wheels herself.

Jacques Marchais and her husband, Harry Klauber

Jacques Marchais and husband Harry Klauber

The Jacques Marchais Center of Tibetan Art was incorporated in 1945 as a not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to the understanding and preservation of Tibetan art and culture.

‘Samadhi Garden’ was the name given to the terraced gardens surrounding the properties, with a large fish and lotus pond. Marchais described,

“One is shut away from the world up here on our hill – in the hanging, walled-in garden of my dreams. Still, one may look out over the valley into the distance and gaze at the sea, watch the ships go out to foreign lands, the sun rise over water in the morning and the reflection of shimmering silver cast by the moon at night.”

Her wish was to share this garden with her friends who felt the need to retreat from the city to find peace and heavenly quiet, yet not be too far away.

Marchais continued to travel each day back and forth to the gallery from Staten Island while building the Center.

An article in Life Magazine published on December 8, 1947

An article in Life Magazine published on 8th December 1947

Unfortunately, Marchais died four months after the opening of the museum, and her husband died seven months after her. In a letter to her husband, Harry Klauber, in 1945, Jacques Marchais wrote, “You have worked hard to help me set this jewel of Tibetan Art in a setting worthy of it!! Please God it may never be broken up! It stands as a great monument to our love! May it be of as great a cultural benefit to the world as we have dreamed it might!”

Klauber, who was the benefactor and executor of her estate, in return wrote in his will that all properties, including the buildings, residence, museum, library, garages, shops, outbuildings, gardens and adjoining city lots were to be preserved into a Memorial for his late beloved wife, setting aside $25,000 from his estate for the perpetual care of this Memorial.

The Center later went through difficult times, suffering from neglect and mismanagement. Things became better when a paid director was hired, and later, an experienced curator. In 2005, renovations were done to the two buildings. Various works to preserve the collection and to make them more accessible to researchers and the general public were also done.

 

The Center

With an impressive 120-foot stone wall facade, the Center has two buildings of historic importance. Both buildings have exterior walls of uncoursed fieldstone with Himalayan architectural characteristics. One of the buildings was built to be the library while the other was to be a museum.

 

The Library

With windows and doors facing south, the ground floor of this 1,200 square foot building originally housed Marchais’ extensive collection of around 2000 books as well as her office. Items such as rugs and furniture were also exhibited here. Since 1972, the library building has been assigned to administrative use. Apart from office space, it also houses a gift shop.

You can view the library’s online catalogue here: http://www.librarything.com/catalog/tibetanmuseum

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The Museum

This building is the main exhibition area with a space of 1,400 square feet. The north wall has a three-level display that resembles a Tibetan altar.

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The collections include items of Tibetan, Sino-Tibetan, Chinese, Mongolian, and Nepalese origin, with most originating from the 17th to the 20th centuries. You will find deity statues in materials such as brass, bronze and copper, a good collection of thangka paintings, metalwork, jewellery, dance masks, and much more. It also has in its collection a set of silver ceremonial implements belonging to a previous Panchen Lama.

You can view the museum’s collection here:

  • Paintings: https://www.himalayanart.org/search/set.cfm?setID=2025
  • Masterworks: https://www.himalayanart.org/search/set.cfm?setID=4098
  • Sculptures: https://www.himalayanart.org/search/set.cfm?setID=2026

 

Samadhi Garden

This is a terraced garden with fieldstone retaining walls interwoven throughout the property, stone pathways and other stone features. It also has a large fish and lotus pond built out of the hillside, next to the meditation cells.

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Her Legacy Continues

“My all has been given to this venture – my strength, my health, what little money I had, the collection and the building of the Library and Museum. There has not been one bit of outside help! I have not needed it. No reward is expected, other than the realisation of my one ambition – which has been to house in permanent buildings my books and a replica, as near as possible, of a Tibetan ‘Chanting Hall’ with its golden altars, deities, religious implements, etc. For it is to prove to be a cultural benefit to those persons of the Western World who are seeking a better understanding of their Oriental brothers – their art, their religion and their philosophy.” (November 30, 1944)

Marchais’ concept of the Center was very precise, and she knew what she wanted to build. She didn’t hire an architect, and in her own words, “I was able to prove to myself that one woman could do it if the talent was great enough and the urge and willingness to work hard was strong enough.

What was amazing was that neither Marchais nor Joseph Primiano, the Italian master stone mason, had been to Tibet. The building was built based on their studies of images from her collection of books. It is said that many visitors today, from Tibet and Dharamsala, India, have commented that the buildings remind them of home. The museum was also praised for its authenticity by His Holiness the Dalai Lama when he visited in 1991.

Marchais was a pioneer and a collector in a field that was predominantly male, and “had a tough pull” putting her Tibetan Art Gallery on its feet. For her however, the gallery was only a stepping stone towards doing something she felt would be of help to humanity in the long run. Apart from her own gallery (and later the museum), she also helped build private collections, such as that of Nasli Heeramaneck, who is said to have owned “one of the finest private collections of South Asian and Himalayan art in the world.”

The Center continues to present ongoing programs, such as lectures, workshops, cultural events and so on to promote awareness of Tibetan culture. It hosted an audience of 700 people during His Holiness the 16th Karmapa‘s second tour of the United States. Since the 1960s, the Center has also been one of the venues where Geshe Wangyal, one of the pioneers teaching Tibetan Buddhism in the United States, and other lamas conducted talks and chanting programs. The Center’s museum also lends items from its collection to other museums and institutions for exhibitions and publications.

 

Historical Pictures

 

Surrounding the Museum

 

Current Exhibits

 

VIDEO: Exploring the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art

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

 

More Information

Address

338 Lighthouse Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10306.

Visiting Hours

  • Wednesday through Sunday from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • January hours: Saturdays only 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Admission

  • $6 Adults
  • $4 Students & Seniors

Exhibition

The museum has ongoing programs and exhibits throughout the year. Please check the website for more details: https://www.tibetanmuseum.org/exhibititions

Parking

Limited on-street parking is available in front of the museum as it is located in a residential area. Alternately, parking is available at the bottom of Lighthouse Avenue (Lighthouse Hill). As the hill is quite steep, those who are not in good physical condition should consider driving up the hill.

Directions

From the Staten Island Ferry
You can take the S74 bus from the terminal to Lighthouse Avenue and walk up the hill. You can also take a taxi. The ferry ride is about 25 minutes while the bus ride from the ferry to the museum is around 40 minutes.

From the Verrazano Narrows Bridge
Exit at Exit 13B Richmond Road/Targee Street on the Staten Island Expressway. Head towards the second traffic light and turn left on Richmond Road. Go along Richmond Road for around 4 miles. Turn right to Lighthouse Avenue. Keep right at the stop sign and drive along Lighthouse Avenue for 1/4 mile. You will see the museum on your right.

From the Outerbridge Crossing
Exit at the Richmond Avenue North exit on the Korean War Veterans Parkway. Turn right to Arthur Kill Road. Go along Arthur Kill Road and turn right to Richmond Road. After that, make a left turn to Lighthouse Avenue. Keep right at the stop sign and drive along Lighthouse Avenue for 1/4 mile. You will see the museum on your right.

From the Goethals Bridge
Turn left to merge onto I-278 E from the Goethals Bridge. Exit at Exit 11 toward Bradley Avenue, merging onto Gannon Ave S. Make a right to Bradley Avenue, and then make another right to Brielle Avenue. Make a left to Rockland Avenue and then take the 1st right onto Meisner Avenue. Turn slightly left and you will be on Lighthouse Avenue/Terrace Ct. Go along Lighthouse Avenue. You will see the museum on your left.

 

References

  • Biography of Jacques Marchais https://tibetanmaterialhistory.wikischolars.columbia.edu/Biography+of+Jacques+Marchais
  • Jacques Marchais Center of Tibetan Art on National Register of Historic Places https://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/landscape/2010/center_tibetan_art.htm
  • A Woman Named Jacques Founded a Tibetan Museum on Staten Island https://bigapplegreeter.org/woman-named-jacques-founded-tibetan-muse-staten-island/
  • The Jacques Marchais Center of Tibetan Art in State Island https://www.shambhala.com/snowlion_articles/the-jacques-marchais-center-of-tibetan-art/
  • Jacques Marchais – The visionary behind Staten Island’s Shangri-la https://www.tibetanmuseum.org/jacques-marchais-herstory
  • Directions to Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art
    https://www.tibetanmuseum.org/directions
  • “The Potala of the West”: Constructing the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art https://www.tibetanmuseum.org/potala-of-the-west
  • Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Marchais_Museum_of_Tibetan_Art

 

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  1. Wai Meng Wan on Nov 13, 2018 at 3:26 am

    This is a very interesting place in New York, that is houses many Buddhist figurines.
    its a place where people who are new to Tibetan buddhist can explore and learn more.

  2. Suneel Gorawara. on Oct 23, 2018 at 1:46 am

    A sanctuary of peace and palpable tranquility.

    • Tsa Tsa Ong on Oct 23, 2018 at 2:00 am

      Hi Suneel Gorawara.

      Thank you for dropping by on Tsem Rinpoche’s blog and leaving your comment 🙏 . Hope to hear from you again. 😆

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  3. Tsa Tsa Ong on Oct 19, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    Jacques Marchais was such a inspiring lady who loved Tibetian collections and Himalayan arts. Having her own gallery of Tibetan Art collections for the benefits of others is truly amazing. Truly wonderful and altruistic. Very interesting and inspiring . Love the video clip very much too. Thank you very much Rinpoche and Pastor Shin for this beautiful and cozy sharing 👍😍💛

  4. Samfoonheei on Oct 18, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Jacques Marchais, an American woman was inspired to create an art gallery for her collections of Indian and Tibetan art pieces such as thangkas, statues and wood furniture. She had a lifelong interest in collections of Tibetian arts and Himalayan artifacts. She started her collections from auctions, bought from individuals , antique dealers and so forth. Jacques Marchais saw a photograph of the Potala Palace in Lhasa which inspired her to build and design her gallery to resemble a countryside Himalayan monastery even though she had never been to Tibet or the Himalayan regions. Its now referred to as The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art. This is an amazing little gem hidden away on Staten Island’s Lighthouse hill. A small but wonderful haven that features an interesting Tibetan collection and peaceful garden. America’s most extensive collections of Himalayan artefacts can be found here. Since the passing of Jacques Marchais and her husband the museum had gone through rough times but soon recovered to the present state. It has since become a tourist attractions. Harry Klauber, who was the benefactor and executor of her estate did a wonderful job to promote awareness of Tibetan culture . The Centre continues to have workshops, cultural events and so forth for the public. For most to preserve the collections for the researchers assessment and to the public.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Shin Tan for this interesting sharing .

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His Holiness Sharpa Choje Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Nyima of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He was a supreme master of both Sutra and Tantra. He served as abbot of both Gaden Shartse Monastery as well as Gyuto Tantric college. After serving as abbot of Gyuto Tantric college he entered into a few long term (3 year, 3 month and 3 day) Vajra Yogini retreats in the forest. He completed that long retreat twice and was going to enter it again till he was asked to be abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery by H.H. the Dalai Lama. He was a great practitioner of Vajra Yogini\'s tantra as well as Dorje Shugden. He was a scholar of the highest renown and he was highly sought after for teachings. He was very devoted to Dorje Shugden throughout his whole life as a pure monk. I was fortunate enough to have him as one of my teachers. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche

To read more- https://bit.ly/2zW2Grz
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His Holiness Sharpa Choje Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Nyima of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He was a supreme master of both Sutra and Tantra. He served as abbot of both Gaden Shartse Monastery as well as Gyuto Tantric college. After serving as abbot of Gyuto Tantric college he entered into a few long term (3 year, 3 month and 3 day) Vajra Yogini retreats in the forest. He completed that long retreat twice and was going to enter it again till he was asked to be abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery by H.H. the Dalai Lama. He was a great practitioner of Vajra Yogini's tantra as well as Dorje Shugden. He was a scholar of the highest renown and he was highly sought after for teachings. He was very devoted to Dorje Shugden throughout his whole life as a pure monk. I was fortunate enough to have him as one of my teachers. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche To read more- https://bit.ly/2zW2Grz
Beautiful thangka painting of Lord Yamantaka the slayer of ignorance and who bestows supreme wisdom that eradicates all projections.
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Beautiful thangka painting of Lord Yamantaka the slayer of ignorance and who bestows supreme wisdom that eradicates all projections.
Kadroma Metsik Nakmo or Dakini Ucchusma who purifies and heals the body.
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Kadroma Metsik Nakmo or Dakini Ucchusma who purifies and heals the body.
I am reciting a daily prayer to Dorje Shugden. Here is the youtube link to the audio- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-OSudd323A
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I am reciting a daily prayer to Dorje Shugden. Here is the youtube link to the audio- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-OSudd323A
It\'s hard to not fall in love with little cute Pema baby girl. She is so light, happy and wags her tail super fast when she sees us or anyone. Super friendly. She is a heart breaker for sure. Teehee...She is our Kechara Forest Retreat doggie and runs free throughout our sacred land. Her name Pema means lotus. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
It's hard to not fall in love with little cute Pema baby girl. She is so light, happy and wags her tail super fast when she sees us or anyone. Super friendly. She is a heart breaker for sure. Teehee...She is our Kechara Forest Retreat doggie and runs free throughout our sacred land. Her name Pema means lotus. Tsem Rinpoche
My Nepalese boys work hard and I appreciate them. Today we have purchased special foods for them to snack on and also to cook with so they won\'t be so homesick. These foods are all imported from their country. There\'s a street in downtown K.L. that sell all this. So happy to get this for them. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
My Nepalese boys work hard and I appreciate them. Today we have purchased special foods for them to snack on and also to cook with so they won't be so homesick. These foods are all imported from their country. There's a street in downtown K.L. that sell all this. So happy to get this for them. Tsem Rinpoche
I come out of the bathroom to be greeted by the mess the two monsters made...Some more they want snacks! Monster Oser girl and Monster Dharma boy.
2 months ago
I come out of the bathroom to be greeted by the mess the two monsters made...Some more they want snacks! Monster Oser girl and Monster Dharma boy.
This blog post has had amazing response. Since published on July 27, 2018, there has been 114,788 views and still increasing. I am happy to see how this post has made things clearer. Do visit this post here-  https://bit.ly/2MATbGe
2 months ago
This blog post has had amazing response. Since published on July 27, 2018, there has been 114,788 views and still increasing. I am happy to see how this post has made things clearer. Do visit this post here- https://bit.ly/2MATbGe
His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his disciple Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche. Beautiful picture.
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His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his disciple Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche. Beautiful picture.
This monk takes trance of Dorje Shugden and he was happy to receive THE PROMISE book in Tibet
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This monk takes trance of Dorje Shugden and he was happy to receive THE PROMISE book in Tibet
Find out about the blessed healing water for health and healing at Kechara Forest Retreat- https://bit.ly/2CtVQNk
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Find out about the blessed healing water for health and healing at Kechara Forest Retreat- https://bit.ly/2CtVQNk
This is my ultimate home!!! Blue waters, trees, skies, mountains, house that is open, retreat, meditation, Buddha images and purple flowers. Wow. Such a perfect place for me. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is my ultimate home!!! Blue waters, trees, skies, mountains, house that is open, retreat, meditation, Buddha images and purple flowers. Wow. Such a perfect place for me. Tsem Rinpoche
To see other beautiful portrayals of Dorje Shugden, click here: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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To see other beautiful portrayals of Dorje Shugden, click here: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Severed head Vajra Yogini has a brilliant orange body, orange darting eyes, wearing a necklace of freshly cut human heads firmly standing within a wisdom fire emanating from her sacred body reminding us to cut off our self damaging ego. Without the ego, our sufferings cannot survive and our happiness will arise. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Severed head Vajra Yogini has a brilliant orange body, orange darting eyes, wearing a necklace of freshly cut human heads firmly standing within a wisdom fire emanating from her sacred body reminding us to cut off our self damaging ego. Without the ego, our sufferings cannot survive and our happiness will arise. Tsem Rinpoche
A thought on how to repay the kindness of the guru
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A thought on how to repay the kindness of the guru
Very nice old artwork on the Bodha Stupa in Nepal.
2 months ago
Very nice old artwork on the Bodha Stupa in Nepal.
This is quite interesting....
2 months ago
This is quite interesting....
Wonderful statement by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Although Dorje Shugden is not negative, lets hope His Holiness can apply this to the Shugden issue. Then there will be peace.
2 months ago
Wonderful statement by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Although Dorje Shugden is not negative, lets hope His Holiness can apply this to the Shugden issue. Then there will be peace.
Left to right: Tritul Rinpoche, Gaden Tripa Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastic prayer hall during puja.
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Left to right: Tritul Rinpoche, Gaden Tripa Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastic prayer hall during puja.
The oracle of Dorje Shugden Choyang Dulzin Kuten of Gaden making offerings to Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche during a teaching in Gaden Shartse Monastery.
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The oracle of Dorje Shugden Choyang Dulzin Kuten of Gaden making offerings to Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche during a teaching in Gaden Shartse Monastery.
Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche
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Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche
Please click on this picture and see how tragic this is.
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Please click on this picture and see how tragic this is.
Advice by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche- https://bit.ly/2NiryBg
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Advice by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche- https://bit.ly/2NiryBg
Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in 1987 Los Angeles.
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Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in 1987 Los Angeles.
Beautiful Yamantaka print
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Beautiful Yamantaka print
Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini painting for you to download free in high file to print out, frame and place on your shrine or share with friends. May you be blessed. Download here: 
 https://bit.ly/2N5zI02
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Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini painting for you to download free in high file to print out, frame and place on your shrine or share with friends. May you be blessed. Download here: https://bit.ly/2N5zI02
The Fifth Dalai Lama & Dorje Shugden | ༧གོང་ས་ལྔ་པ་ཆེན་པོ་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། | 第五世达赖尊者与多杰雄登---read more--- https://bit.ly/2C65Iwr
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The Fifth Dalai Lama & Dorje Shugden | ༧གོང་ས་ལྔ་པ་ཆེན་པོ་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། | 第五世达赖尊者与多杰雄登---read more--- https://bit.ly/2C65Iwr
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  • If there were more schools like this, then our kids would grow up with more caring awareness and kind emotions towards our environment and the people around them. They would grow up knowing that chasing materialism is not going to bring any happiness. I hope very much more schools like this would materialise. I hope in my future life I can attend a school like this. Tsem Rinpoche
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    If there were more schools like this, then our kids would grow up with more caring awareness and kind emotions towards our environment and the people around them. They would grow up knowing that chasing materialism is not going to bring any happiness. I hope very much more schools like this would materialise. I hope in my future life I can attend a school like this. Tsem Rinpoche
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    My Oser girl and Dharma boy in their cosy little bedroom next to me sleeping away. Cute.
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    It is incredible how smart Oser girl is. She can steal the treat away from Dharma boy and so casually. Wow. She is so smart. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Kechara Forest Retreat Dogs. Dharma boy is tiny and trying to scare off big boy Johnny. Johnny is so patient and just ignores Dharma. They are both cute and both live in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Super cute seal and so gentle. Must watch this video and realize we are all one. Tsem Rinpoche
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  • In a low-income neighbourhood, this man is growing his own organic produce, and giving extras away for free to neighbours who can’t afford fresh ingredients from the store. Must watch!
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    In a low-income neighbourhood, this man is growing his own organic produce, and giving extras away for free to neighbours who can’t afford fresh ingredients from the store. Must watch!
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  • It is nice to see sangha release animals into the wild. Gen Kunchok Palden and Chodrak contributed to releasing of frogs back into the wild. This is wonderful. Compassion is the mainstay of all spirituality. Tsem Rinpoche
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    It is nice to see sangha release animals into the wild. Gen Kunchok Palden and Chodrak contributed to releasing of frogs back into the wild. This is wonderful. Compassion is the mainstay of all spirituality. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is a special ‘carpet’ for dogs that you hide their snacks and they have to go digging for it. It is challenging and fun where they use their nose, paws and all to dig and find the snacks in between. This dog play carpet is ordered online. You can see little Zopa baby who is a Kechara resident doggie looking for the snacks in this cute video. She is kept busy and entertained! Tsem Rinpoche
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    This is a special ‘carpet’ for dogs that you hide their snacks and they have to go digging for it. It is challenging and fun where they use their nose, paws and all to dig and find the snacks in between. This dog play carpet is ordered online. You can see little Zopa baby who is a Kechara resident doggie looking for the snacks in this cute video. She is kept busy and entertained! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong, Malaysia’s dog Pema is super adorable and cute. Everyone loves her. She is wearing a Manjushri blessing pendant.
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    Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong, Malaysia’s dog Pema is super adorable and cute. Everyone loves her. She is wearing a Manjushri blessing pendant.
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    Huge Chenresig statue being built. Very beautiful.
  • Sacred Kache Marpo in trance of oracle makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche and blesses the temple in Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia. Kache Marpo in ancient times was known as Tsiu Marpo the great protector of Samye Monastery which is the first monastery of Tibet.
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    Sacred Kache Marpo in trance of oracle makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche and blesses the temple in Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia. Kache Marpo in ancient times was known as Tsiu Marpo the great protector of Samye Monastery which is the first monastery of Tibet.
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    It is Tsunmo Nunnery in Tibet. This nunnery all practise Dorje Shugden.
  • Light offerings to the outdoor Buddha Tara shrine in Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia at night. Beautiful.
    3 months ago
    Light offerings to the outdoor Buddha Tara shrine in Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia at night. Beautiful.
  • Interesting new interview of Boy George where he mentions about his practicing Buddhism- See the clip I snagged for you above. It’s beautiful to see him chanting. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    Interesting new interview of Boy George where he mentions about his practicing Buddhism- See the clip I snagged for you above. It’s beautiful to see him chanting. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Dharma boy is always mooching for a free snack! As shown in the video, Dharma gave up real fast and is waiting anxiously for a free snack!
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    Dharma boy is always mooching for a free snack! As shown in the video, Dharma gave up real fast and is waiting anxiously for a free snack!
  • Oser girl is very determined to get the snacks out! Look at how her cute little hands hold onto the ball.
    4 months ago
    Oser girl is very determined to get the snacks out! Look at how her cute little hands hold onto the ball.
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    Yudroma takes trance at Gyuto
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    Considering getting a tattoo of a Buddha image? Watch this video.
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s personal shrine. May everyone who view the shrine be blessed and have peace.
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    Very powerful and heartwarming short video about love. A must watch and a must share. Tsem Rinpoche
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    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
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    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
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