The Imperial Tomb of Emperor Kangxi

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The imperial tomb of Emperor Kangxi located in the Eastern Qing Tombs has become a place of pilgrimage for many people

The imperial tomb of Emperor Kangxi, located in the Eastern Qing Tombs, has become a place of pilgrimage for many people

Emperor Kangxi (1654 – 1722), also known as Emperor Kang Hsi, is one of the most beloved of China’s historic leaders. In fact, he is renowned for his benevolent reign of the country, which was marked by stability, progress and development, both culturally and in terms of his people’s welfare.

In stark contrast to other emperors who are depicted as warriors in military uniforms or armour, Emperor Kangxi is most commonly depicted in a gentler, scholarly manner. His love for the literary arts and his devotion to the Buddhist faith inspired him to sponsor many written works, temples, and monasteries throughout China, Tibet and Mongolia, including several temples on the holy mountain of Wu Tai Shan dedicated to Manjushri, the Buddha of wisdom.

 

The People’s Emperor

A depiction of Emperor Kangxi

A depiction of Emperor Shunzhi

Emperor Kangxi, the son of Emperor Shunzhi (1638 – 1661), was the second and longest reigning emperor of the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1912), also known as the Manchu Dynasty of China. Having survived a war with the Ming Dynasty, Emperor Kangxi became central to rebuilding and development efforts throughout China. His determination and humility highlighted his real love for the subjects of his empire.

In fact, it has been recorded that he would spend hours and hours each day sending orders all over his territory to guarantee the improvement of his empire, even working late into the night so that his instructions could be sent off the next morning.

Having ascended the Dragon Throne at the tender age of six, he was assisted by regents until he came of age. By the time he finally assumed his rightful place as emperor, Kangxi was well-versed in court politics, having grown up in the imperial court.

Emperor Kangxi successfully minimised unrest and nefarious plots internally within his court and throughout the country as a whole. He then turned the attention of his people to the development of literary works such as the compilation of enormous encyclopaedias and the Kangxi dictionary. On a military level, he exerted powerful command over his generals and at the same time, showed care towards the ordinary soldiers.

Inspired by and drawing strength from the Buddhist faith, he showed compassion for all living beings that he came across. The Kangxi Emperor is said to have been extremely humble when he interacted with his subjects. His works, attitude and compassionate behaviour earned him the position of emperor both physically and also in the hearts and minds of his people.

 

The Emanation of Wisdom

Emperor Kangxi was loved by all his people, including those of the Christian faith who portrayed him in a saintly manner

Emperor Kangxi was beloved by all his subjects, including those of the Christian faith, who portrayed him in a saintly manner.

A devoted Buddhist, the Kangxi Emperor was considered progressive in his day as he gave everyone the right to freedom of religion. He is even famously remembered to have given permission for Christian missionaries to carry out their religious activities in China. He was beloved and admired by all and there are even Christian depictions of Emperor Kangxi with a saintly halo.

Most incredibly, Buddhist masters have recognised Emperor Kangxi as the reincarnation of the great holy lama Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen and as an emanation of Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom. Many considered him to be a special being due to his compassionate nature towards all, his determination to ensure the stability and growth of Buddhism as well as his own personal Buddhist practice. It was Lobsang Tamdin who first recorded this divine connection in his bebum (collected works), where he wrote about a vision he had had of Sakya Pandita, Lama Tsongkhapa and Panchen Lobsang Chokyi Gyaltsen.

It was in this vision that Panchen Lobsang Chokyi Gyaltsen gave a prophecy which Lobsang Tamdin interpreted to mean that as soon as Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen passed away, an emperor of China would be born. This prophecy was later corroborated by an entry in Sumpa Khenpo’s Chronology of Tibet. Preceded by a marking denoting a birth, the entry reads,

“The Kangxi Emperor [is born and] becomes famous as the reincarnation of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen.”

So, both Lobsang Tamdin and Sumpa Khenpo believed that Emperor Kangxi was the reincarnation of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen and an emanation of Manjushri. What’s more, they were not the only ones. In the preface to the Mongolian Red Kangyur (1718 – 1720), a work sponsored by Emperor Kangxi, it states

“The Bodhisattva of wisdom, Manjushri, transformed himself into the occupant of the “Fearless Lion Throne of Gold” to appear as none other than the sublime ‘Kangxi-Manjushri.’”

Emperor Kangxi was known to be the reincarnation of the great holy master Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen and as an emanation of Manjushri, the Buddha of wisdom.

Emperor Kangxi was known to be the reincarnation of the great holy master Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen and an emanation of Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom.

Amongst countless examples of his faith, the most memorable are his five visits to the sacred mountain Wu Tai Shan and its Gelug temples. He also sponsored His Holiness the 7th Dalai Lama Kelzang Gyatso’s entrance into Kumbum Monastery, and even bestowed the golden seal of authority upon him. Out of the many written works he sponsored, a copy of the Dragon Sutra written with gold ink, documenting the concise Prajnaparamita teachings, is still preserved today.

Of the temples and monasteries Emperor Kangxi established, preserved or restored, many still exist and are sacred sites of pilgrimage today. These include:

CHINA: Guangren Lamasery with its eight special treasures; Ganden Sumtseling, built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama during Kangxi’s reign, which houses eight gold-covered sculptures of Buddha Shakyamuni; Pule Temple, which is known as the Temple of Universal Joy; and Fayu Temple on Mount Putuo, a sacred site associated with Chenrezig.

Sumtseling Monastery

Ganden Sumtseling Monastery

MONGOLIA: Amarbayasgalant Monastery, the final resting place of Emperor Kangxi’s spiritual mentor Zanabazar (1635 – 1723), who was the first Jebtsundamba Khutuktu – the spiritual head of Tibetan Buddhism amongst the Khalkha in Outer Mongolia.

Amarbayasgalant Monastery

Amarbayasgalant Monastery

 

The Emperor’s Last Act

As per Imperial Chinese tradition, Emperor Kangxi had many sons in order to continue his bloodline. However, this created a prolonged struggle between the various princes in regards to who should inherit the Dragon Throne and rule over the vast Qing Empire.

Kangxi had originally named Prince Yinreng (1674 – 1725) his heir and crown prince when Yinreng was just two years old. He showered his affection on Yinreng and took great pains to groom him for his future role as emperor. However, Yinreng was eventually disavowed the position after many instances of immoral behaviour and for planning a coup d’etat, after which he was placed under house arrest.

A copper statue of Kangxi. He is still very highly revered by the people of China.

A copper statue of Kangxi. He is still highly revered by the people of China.

Following these events, the remaining imperial princes were divided into roughly two camps. Some supported the 4th prince, Yinzhen (1678 – 1735), and were known as the Fourth Lord Party. The others supported the 14th prince, Yinti (1688 – 1756), and were known as the Eighth Lord Party, since Yinti was the eighth of the royal princes to have been awarded an imperial title.

Worried that the issues of succession would destroy not only the imperial court but divide the country as well, Emperor Kangxi instituted a series of reforms that drastically changed the political workings of the empire. Of his 24 sons, some were stripped of their titles, others placed under house arrest, and those who were considered capable were sent on military campaigns to ease political conflict.

Rather than name a successor before his passing, Emperor Kangxi declared that he would instead place his instructions inside a box within the Palace of Heavenly Purity in the Forbidden City, which was only to be opened after his death. After having ruled the Qing Empire for 61 years, Emperor Kangxi passed away and was laid to rest in the Eastern Qing Tombs.

 

The Imperial Eastern Qing Tombs

An aerial view of the Imperial Eastern Qing Tombs

An aerial view of the Imperial Eastern Qing Tombs

Located in Zunhua, Hebei Province in China, the Eastern Qing Tombs are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 125 kilometres (78 miles) northeast of Beijing, the tombs are known to be the biggest, most complete and best preserved of all existing mausoleum complexes in China today.

Covering 80 square kilometres (31 square miles) and surrounded by the Changrul, Jinxing, Huanghua, and Yingfei Daoyang Mountains, the complex includes the tombs of:

  • Emperor Shunzhi (1638 – 1661), the 3rd Qing Emperor
  • Emperor Kangxi (1654 – 1722), the 4th Qing Emperor
  • Emperor Qianlong (1711 – 1799), the 5th Qing Emperor
  • Emperor Xiafeng (1831 – 1861) the 9th Qing Emperor
  • Emperor Tongzhi (1856 – 1875) the 10th Qing Emperor
  • 15 empresses
  • 136 imperial concubines
  • Three princes
  • Two princesses
A map depicting the Imperial Eastern Qing Tombs. Click on image to enlarge.

A map depicting the Imperial Eastern Qing Tombs. Click to enlarge.

An ancient stone arch structure

An ancient stone arch structure

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Xiaoling: The Tomb of Emperor Shunzhi

The tomb at the centre of the complex is known as Xiaoling, the first tomb to be built here. This is where Emperor Shunzhi is buried, together with Empress Xiao Kang Zhang (the mother of Emperor Kangxi), and Imperial Noble Donggo (consort of Emperor Shunzhi, who was posthumously bestowed the title of Empress).

The other tombs within the complex mirror the pattern laid out by the central Xiaoling tomb. This layout consists of a spirit road (an ornate road leading to the tomb, with statues and pillars along its route), palaces and offering kitchens. The spirit road at Xiaoling is the most elaborate and includes archways, decorative gates, halls, statues and various bridges, carved with dragon and phoenix designs. The palace section includes halls of various sizes, areas for court officials, various government buildings, ornate gates, memorial towers, stone altar pieces, a precious citadel and even an underground palace. The offerings kitchen, located to the left of the palace section, consists of kitchens where sacrificial food was cooked, and warehouses to store the offerings.

A stone carving on the walls of the tomb

A stone carving on the tomb wall

 

Yuling: The Tomb of Emperor Qianlong

The tomb of Emperor Qianlong is perhaps the most beautiful of all imperial tombs throughout Chinese history, and includes a series of nine vaults that are separated by four solid marble doors. The marble gates, walls and vaulted ceilings are all carved or painted with Buddhist images such as the 24 Buddhas, the Eight Bodhisattvas, the Four Heavenly Kings, and more than 30,000 words of Tibetan and Sanskrit scripture. The solid marble doors, themselves carved with reliefs of various Bodhisattvas and the Four Heavenly Kings, weigh a staggering 3-tonnes each.

An aerial view of Yuling – The Tomb of Emperor Qianlong

An aerial view of Yuling, The Tomb of Emperor Qianlong

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Entrance to the Tomb of Emperor Qianlong

Entrance to the Tomb of Emperor Qianlong and the spirit road lined with statues leading to the tomb

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Ding Dongling: The Tomb of Empress Dowager Cixi

One of the most luxuriously decorated, this tomb includes numerous halls, three of which are embellished with gold-coloured paintings, gilded dragons and carved stone rails. All over the exterior are reminders of the Forbidden City, including corner spouts on the terrace carved as dragons. The interior features are painted in gold on dark wood, in remembrance of the building in which the Empress Dowager spent the last years of her life.

An aerial view of Ding Dongling – The Tomb of Empress Dowager Cixi

An aerial view of Ding Dongling, The Tomb of Empress Dowager Cixi

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A view of one of the many courtyard buildings at the tomb

A detailed stone carving in the tomb

A detailed stone carving of Vaishravana, one of the Four Heavenly Kings, surrounded by Tibetan prayers on the doors in the tomb

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This tomb is known for its terraced roofs

 

Zhaoxiling: The Tomb of Empress Dowager Xiao Zhuang

Located to the east of the spirit road leading to Emperor Shunzhi’s final resting place, this tomb houses the remains of his mother. The Empress Dowager was thought to have played a key role in consolidating authority during the early Qing Dynasty. At first, the tomb was constructed as a resting hall under the direction of Emperor Kangxi, who was her grandson. But Emperor Yongzheng had it converted into a mausoleum in 1725.

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Statues line the spirit road

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The spirit road is an important feature throughout all the tombs

A stone elephant structure

Close up of a stone elephant statue on the spirit road

 

Jingling: The Tomb of Emperor Kangxi

Although Emperor Kangxi is possibly the greatest of the Qing emperors, his tomb is surprisingly modest. However, when considering his character, this is very much in keeping with his humble attitude. He did, in fact, decree that his tomb should be humble and simple.

The spirit road, one of the most significant features of Jingling, contains a graceful five-arch bridge and there are guardian figures close to the tomb itself, which are more decorated than those of the earlier tombs in the area. Emperor Kangxi’s tomb also mirrors his deep faith in the Buddhas and Buddhist teachings. The walls of his tomb are carved with images of the 35 Confessional Buddhas and other Buddhist deities.

The construction of Jingling began in 1676 and ended in 1681. Emperor Kangxi had set strict rules for how the tomb should be built and used. This included the proclamation that if the empress died before he did, that she would be buried first but that the door of the underground palace would remain open until the emperor himself was buried. This was in contrast to the usual procedure which would ensure that the doors of the tomb would be shut as soon as the intended occupant was interred.

Emperor Kangxi’s tomb has since become a pilgrimage site for practitioners of the Buddhist faith, owing to his great patronage of the Dharma and the fact that he is considered to be an emanation of Manjushri and a reincarnation of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen. Up to this day, offerings of khatas can be seen draped over his tomb in front of his portrait.

The layout of Jingling mainly consists of a few structures, including:

  1. Stele pavilion
  2. Five arch bridge
  3. Stone statues
  4. Ornamental pillar
Inscription of the tomb

Tomb inscription in the Chinese language

An inscription of the Jingling tomb

A description of Jingling

On the right side of the picture, lies the Jingling tomb.

A map showing the locations of the various tombs. Jingling lies on the right.

A map of the Qingdong ling tomb. Noted in red lies the tomb of Kangxi

A map of the tombs. The tomb of Emperor Kangxi is highlighted in red.

The layout plan of the tomb

The layout of the tomb

An aerial view of Jingling tomb

An aerial view of Jingling taken using laser camera technology

These stele pavilions are located outside of the Jingling tomb

These ornamental pillars are located outside Jingling Tomb

These are stone carvings of the 35 confessional Buddhas

Stone carvings of the 35 Confessional Buddhas in the tomb

The tomb of Emperor Kangxi

The tomb of Emperor Kangxi

The tomb of Emperor Kangxi

Many khatas are left by pilgrims who respect Emperor Kangxi’s achievements.

This tomb belongs to Kangxi's concubines

The tomb of Kangxi’s concubines

An old picture of the five arch bridge leading to Kangxi's tomb

An old picture of the five arch bridge leading to Kangxi’s tomb

The famed five arch bridge in Jingling tomb

The famed five arch bridge in Jingling taken using laser camera technology

While so many other rulers throughout history have only thought of themselves, Emperor Kangxi lived his life focused on the welfare of his country. During his reign, peace, harmony, prosperity, literary development and patronage of the Dharma was outstanding, the likes of which have rarely been seen in the world since.

His achievements stem from his expert rule of the country, his compassionate attitude and his hard work ethic. He was so beloved by his people that those who lived during his time credited the Kangxi Emperor in their stories, writings, poetry and folk lore, which has since been passed down through the generations.

All in all, Emperor Kangxi ruled according to the Buddhist teachings of love, kindness, tolerance, wisdom and hard work. It was during his reign that religion, art, literature, culture and science flourished throughout the Qing Empire. And it is a testament of his political astuteness, scholarship and selflessness that even until the present day, the people of China still continue to regard him as one of the greatest emperors to have ever ruled China.

 
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  1. Samfoonheei on Aug 27, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    The imperial tomb of Emperor Kangxi, located in the Eastern Qing Tombs, a place worth visiting ….with an interesting history and story behind it. Amazing it is surrounded by mountains, the two magnificent imperial tomb complexes are the largest and best preserved Qing Dynasty mausoleums in China. It has become a place of pilgrimage for many people. The Kangxi Emperor is considered one of China’s greatest emperors and the longest-reigning emperor in Chinese dynastic history . He had brought magnificent changes to China. Under his rule, the Qing empire started to prosper, dynastic succession was stabilized, and he was comparatively benevolent. What he did was incredible having modernized the Chinese empire. He was the most accomplished of all Chinese Emperor. Looking at all pictures tells all , that he was well remembered.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Niral for this sharing.

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  3. Julia Tan on May 23, 2018 at 11:21 am

    After learned about what Emperor Kang Xi has done during his ruling time, i would consider him as Dharma King who worked selflessly for the benefits of the people of China by not only providing a better living condition to the people but also preserving their individual culture (not trying to change them to his own culture but he himself adapted to the people’s culture) and bringing them Dharma.

    He is not an ordinary emperor. He’s truly a people’s emperor who love and care of his people welfare. Hence his tomb is being consider as one of the pilgrimage places in China.

  4. Pastor Chia on May 16, 2018 at 8:51 am

    Emperor Kangxi is one of great king to promote buddhism in China. Untill now still have many temple still remain in China build by Kangxi Emperor. Personal i like his non sectarian , accept different religion belieave and allow religion practice freedom in China. Another great remark is he united people from Qing and Han and make China peace and no war frighting. That prove how compassion and kind as the Emperor to love his people in the China.

  5. Pastor Albert on May 16, 2018 at 8:40 am

    Kangxi, Yongzheng & Qianlong are the 3 greatest emperor of Qing dynasty. During their reign, it is also the most peaceful period until the later stage of Qianlong, the imperial administration get corrupted, riot started again.

    Kangxi Emperor is considered one of China’s greatest emperors. He suppressed the Revolt of the Three Feudatories, forced the Kingdom of Tungning in Taiwan and assorted Mongol rebels in the North and Northwest to submit to Qing rule, and blocked Tsarist Russia on the Amur River, retaining Outer Manchuria and Outer Northwest China.

    The Kangxi Emperor’s reign brought about long-term stability and relative wealth after years of war and chaos. He initiated the period known as the “Prosperous Era of Kangxi, which lasted for several generations after his death. His court also accomplished such literary feats as the compilation of the Kangxi Dictionary.

  6. June Kang on May 16, 2018 at 6:11 am

    曾经有一段时期迷恋康熙戏剧,喜欢看他的智慧和仁慈统治中国,是一位精細的管理者,身为皇帝的他經常外出巡行,會見地位低下的勞工和農夫,聆聽民間疾苦,這使他深得人心。他有很多管理的技巧是的值得我们去学习。在他统治期间是中国佛教盛期,康熙赞助西藏龙藏经,也赞助了许多法会和寺院,很多寺院至今还存在,这是康熙对佛教的贡献。

  7. Justin Cheah on May 16, 2018 at 3:13 am

    China is filled with renowned rulers across its 5 000 years of history. Emperor KangXi is one of it. Very interesting article and makes people wonder what flaw did he had done during his lifetime. Perhaps he was more famed for his contribution to the people of China during his tme.

  8. TekLee on May 16, 2018 at 2:12 am

    Of all the dynasties in China, I personally find that Qing Dynasty was the most fascinating. It is because it has total of 13 emperors in the dynasty. Every emperor had their own fascinating stories. And of all the 13 emperors, there were some dictator, some wasted their life, some womanizer, only Kang Xi emperor was the one that developed and brought up Qing Dynasty to another level, and only him, that practice dharma so well. Through this article, we can tell from their tomb, what kind of emperor they were when they were alive. Those who didn’t practice Dharma and didn’t understand Dharma at all, wanted everything they had when they died. And wasted millions of dollar where it could be used to benefit the people. Only Emperor Kang Xi, who practiced Dharma so well, his tomb is the simplest one, but even have 35 confession Buddha on the wall. This truly teaches us, what kind person we were, will leave either good name or bad name to the generations after us. Even generations after generations, they are still people talking about them.

  9. Mingwen on May 16, 2018 at 1:03 am

    If it’s not about this article, I’ll not know about part of the China’s history. Now, I’m interested to look into Emperor Kang Xi’s stories.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/emperor-kangxi.html

  10. Vivian Ong on May 16, 2018 at 12:26 am

    Based on the article, Emperor Kangxi is a humble person as you can see from his tomb and he is an Emperor who was loved by his people as he is compassionate to allow his people to practice any religion they want. I guess every country wants a ruler who is nice and humble so that everyone can live in peace and harmony.

  11. nicholas on May 15, 2018 at 11:43 pm

    The Kangxi Emperor was the great consolidator of the Qing dynasty. Knowing Emperor Kangxi is the emanation of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen and as an emanation of Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom there’s no doubt by seeing his compassionate action during his ruling period. Emperor Kangxi is one of the many rare one that able to bring long-term stability and relative wealth after years of war and chaos and at the same time preserve and promote Buddha’s teaching to his people. His true compassionate action has also brought peaceful times of China, it would be so vital and extremely beneficial that such peace reenacts again with the flourishing of Buddhism practice at this time. With China as an influential nation that promotes peace over war, there is a high possibility for peace to spread to other parts of the world.

  12. Pastor Henry Ooi on May 15, 2018 at 11:42 pm

    Even though Emperor Kangxi ordered executions of people during his reign, his biography shows that not only was he a wise man but he was also scholarly, spiritual, compassionate, hardworking, fair; also far visioned – like he could see into the future what held best for his empire and subjects. No wonder he was much loved and highly revered by his people during his reign and even after centuries have passed by. With the power he had, he could have ruled with an iron fist, yet he did not. This shows that Emperor Kangxi was not an ordinary human being but one with great compassion and great wisdom, like a bodhisattva.

  13. Andrea Lai on May 15, 2018 at 11:37 pm

    Basically, I got to know story of Emperor Kangxi was thru drama series and shared stories by friend fancy of China history. The outstanding ruling of Emperor Kangxi gives much inspiration to many people until today. His compassion towards his people, modest thought, accepting other cultures during his reign are very much appreciated, respected and remembered. His establishments on temples, monasteries proves of his devotion on Buddhism and more incredibly, he was reincarnation of Tulku Drakpa Gyelsen as recognized by many Buddhist masters. This is really interesting.

  14. pammie yap on May 15, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    Although I don’t know much but I am always fascinated with the dynasties of China. Read stories read here and there of how cruel or beneficial the kings were.
    Most important is how the king ensure peace and unity among its people. No point going to war for the sake of ego because at the end of it the people are the ones who suffer. Reading about Emperor Kangxi show how kind and compassionate he was during his reign which lasted for quite some time due to his faith in Buddhism. Ruled with much wisdom and performed many deeds, and I truly believe it was Manjushri’s emanation.

  15. Datuk May on May 15, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    The emperor of China is indeed a very powerful position where the rule can either be of benefit or sufferings to the subjects of the land.

    Emperor Kangxi was the epitome of keeping peace and empowering his subjects to the improvement of their minds simultaneously to their physical well being. In doing so, Emperor Kangxi had a good control over his commanding generals and also look into the welfare of the lowly soldiers. Such an intention will mean less call on wars and vicious expeditions of border expansions with less cost to lives.

    At the same time, Emperor Kangxi created prosperity and “learnings” for his country and subjects. Improvement of the minds through arts, literature and buddhism.

    From historical accounts, it was a great 61 years of reign.

    Histoy also affirms the fulfilling of the prophecy that Emperor Kangxi is the reincarnation of the great master Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen due to his strong imprint of Buddhism and his devotion to the Dharma as TDG been throughout his lineage.

  16. Jacinta on Jan 28, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    I couldn’t recall if I’ve been to this site as I remembered I’ve been to a few tombs. We were asked to be polite and followed certain steps on how we should pay proper respect to them. It was a solemn procession.

    Looking at those pictures, suddenly I remembered how we were first brought to that place. The journey was long, few kilometres away from the gate to a tomb and to another. I remember many plants were planted at the surrounding area but because I visited that place during winter, hence it looked more like a bare root trees/plants. I wish I could remember to whom I have paid my respect to.

    Emperor Kangxi and Emperor Yongzhen, both were so famous. There were dramas about their lives. I admire Emperor Kangxi more now when I found out that He was one the previous lives of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen.

    Really really thankful that we have Rinpoche, the blog team and those who have contributed to this blog. It saves us (especially me) many hours of researching the accurate info.

  17. JP on Dec 14, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Emperor Kangxi is indeed a very popular emperor of China. Many movies have been made in Hong Kong and China to recount the greatness and achievements of this emperor. As an incarnation of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, it is no wonder that Emperor Kangxi was a staunch Buddhist practitioner. His compassion and selflessness were manifested in his contribution towards Buddhism, arts, culture, peace, interfaith harmony, technology advancement, language and so on. He did everything he could to improve the wellbeing of his people both spiritually and economically.

    This is the only time I believe that politics and religion combined worked well. This is because Emperor Kangxi embodied the teachings of compassion and being in service to others as taught in Buddhism instead of just preaching and using religion as a political tool to divide and rule.

  18. Freon on Dec 14, 2017 at 1:21 am

    Emperor Kangxi is known to be the most hardworking emperor in the entire China.

    The aerial view of Jingling looks like the mandala of Dorje Shugden. The stone cravings of 35 Confessional Buddha is so beautiful and in details. I guess this is the first emperor who builds his tomb with many Buddha’s images. Other emperor like Emperor Qin Shi Huang, he build his tomb and crave many soldier to protect him. Other emperor will buried many gold and treasures items in their tomb. But, Emperor Kangxi is so different, he crave many Buddha’s images. Thus, people who visited his tomb are like visit to a temple to pray to Buddha. Emperor Kangxi is truly the emanation of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, the dharma lineage holder.

  19. Wai Meng Wan on Nov 21, 2017 at 1:33 am

    Reading about Kang Xi, one can help but feel admiration for this great personage. He worked really hard to better the lives of his people, he was courageous to protect China from invaders and such.

    Usually invaders don’t make very good administrators, but not Kang Xi, with his deep spiritual principles and ability to govern and improve on current conditions. He could have enjoyed all the palatial pleasure but rather he chose a life of service to the nation and people.

    Reading about his sons, it could not have been an easy decision for him to exile some of them, punish them and putting them under house arrests and so forth, as some of his sone were just wild and not very ethical. Such was the quality of Kang Xi.

  20. Tan Soon Huat on Nov 11, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Emperor Kangxi is one of king of China history I have admired and respected; he was humble, kind, tolerant, wisdom and hard working.I read a few books about him during my school time and I know he was king who was more prone to Buddhism but I did not know he was reincarnation of the great holy lama Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen and as an emanation of Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom. I would say Qing Dynasty has reached peak during his reigns. To me, he is legend.

    Emperor Kangxi has put a lot of effect to flourish Dharma during his reigns. The marvelous monasteries built in Wu Tai Shan are strong evidences of that. In fact, he is one of my favorite emperor of Qing Dynasty, another one is his son, Yongzheng Emperor. One is focus on building, whereas, another one focus on sustaining or reinstalling the glorious of dynasty. Thank You Rinpoche for sharing it to us.

  21. Anne Ong on Nov 7, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    Beautiful and very detailed of this historic emperor whom many admired . Emperor Kangxi. Emperor Kangxi as the reincarnation of the great holy lama Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen and as an emanation of Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom. He has a beautiful Chinese history through out his reign and very much by his people. Ruled according to the Buddhist teachings of love, kindness, tolerance, wisdom and hard work. I love the beautiful and interesting pictures in this article. Thank you very much Rinpoche and blog team for sharing this wonderful post with sincere appreciation ??

  22. Datuk May on Nov 7, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Throughout history great kings and emperors were renowned for the expansion of their empires through war, cunning schemes and bloodshed. Especially during the early centuries in history China was plagued wth wars and intrigue that causes disruption to good rules and progress.

    Indeed, Emperor Kangxi was an exception as he ruled within the tenets of Buddhism of love, compassion, care and kindness. As such all memories of Emperor Kangxi are not that of a warrior king but a gentle and scholarly emperor who gave great peace and prosperity to his subjects.

    From his gentle and kind conduct as an almighty ruler, it is not a surprise to be documented that Emperor Kangxi was the reincarnation of the Great Tibetan Lama, Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen and an emanation of Wisdom Manjushri.

    It was his care for his empire and his subjects that he would eliminate his heirs if deemed unfit and leave his succession secret until death, to prevent fights and jealousy. Another point that impacted me with Emperor Kangxi’s humility was that he would permit his empress to be buried in his tomb should she have died before him.

    China had some great emperors, but kind and compassionate ones were few and Emperor Kangxi stands out first among them.

  23. Lim Han Nee on Nov 5, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Emperor Kangxi wa one of the greatest emperors of China. Renowned for his benevolence, compassion and selflessness and strict work ethics, his reign was the golden era when art, writing, culture and religion flourished. Being an emperor of great wisdom, far in advance of the age he lived in, he allowed freedom of religion. Because of this, he was so well-respected that even the Christians in their art depicted him with a halo like a Christian saint!

    He lived his life focused on the welfare of his country and his people. As head of his army, he displayed firm control of his general, and yet was compassionate with the ordinary soldiers. Indeed, he was renowned for his compassion towards his people and all living beings. He thus won over the hearts and minds of his people.

    He was an emanation of Manjushri the Buddha of wisdom. Indeed, two great Masters and scholars have recorded in their works that Emperor Kangxi is an emanation of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen. Lobsang Tamdin had this recorded in his ‘Bebum’. In Sumpa Khenpo’s ‘Chronology of Tibet’, he wrote that “The Kangxi Emperor [is born and] becomes famous as the reincarnation of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen.”!

    He was a devout Buddhist practitioner, being the only Emperor who made five pilgrimages to Wu Tai Shan!. He was a great patron of Dharma, sponsoring the establishment, preservation and restoration of temples and monasteries. One of the most famous of this is the Gaden Sumsteling, built by the 5th Dalai Lama, which has many monks and draws crowds of pilgrims. This monastery has several Dorje Shugden chapels as the monks of these khangstens had chosen Dorje Shugden as their Protector. Emperor Kangxi also sponsored a precious Dharma text, the Dragon Sutra, written in gold ink ,documenting the concise Prajnaparamita teachings!

    In keeping with his humility, he had chosen to have a simple and modest tomb built for himself. Still pilgrims flock to this tomb to pay their respects to a great emperor, who had selflessly put his people’s welfare before everything else, and who had been so compassionate and benevolent towards all , and who ruled China so wisely and so well .A distinguishing feature within his tomb were the carvings of the 35 Confessional Buddhas – a clear sign of his being a devout practitioner.

    I believe he will go down in history as one of the very few heads of nations who had been able to combine spirituality and the secular so harmoniously.

  24. Samfoonheei on Nov 4, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Beautiful and very details of these historic emperor whom many admired . Emperor Kangxi. As he was one compassionate Emperor who cares for the welfare of his country man. He was one of the longest-reigning emperors in dynastic history. He was thought of as one of the greatest emperors because, under his rule, the Qing empire started to prosperous and stabilised.
    Emperor Kangxi was recognised to be the reincarnation of the great holy lama Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen and as an emanation of Manjushri by many High Lama. He has a beautiful Chinese history through out his reign and very much by his people. Ruled according to the Buddhist teachings of love, kindness, tolerance, wisdom and hard work.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting article with beautiful pictures of varies tombs of Emperors and Empress.

  25. Fong on Nov 4, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    The beautiful and extensive tombs reflect the reverence the Chinese held for their Emperor Kangxi. He was a great emperor who brought a semblance of stability and wealth to the country, a prosperity that lasted several generations.

    He was shrewd and intelligent but with his interest in Buddhism, was kind and compassionate, the factors that led to his greatness.

    Thank you for sharing this tribute and background to a great emperor and his accomplishments.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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  • March 4, 2021 22:52
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Can a lay person work towards the preliminary practices by accumulating daily ? Many thanks.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Yes, of course. Anyone can engage in the preliminary practices, you don't have to be ordained in order to do so. However for one's practice to be considered a full preliminary practice, you need to do 100,000 repetitions of whichever practice you are engaged in without break. That means you must engage in at least one session a day, until the count is completed. 10% of the count is also added on top, to make up for any unintentional mistakes. So the figure would actually be 110,000. If you skip a day, that means you have broken your preliminary retreat. If this occurs you can still dedicate the practice you have done so far, and you will still benefit from the merit generated and the purification of negative karma from the practice, but it is not counted as a full preliminary practice. Also you must adhere to the retreat procedures for the duration of the time it takes you to complete the particular preliminary practice. For example, an altar with daily offerings, retreat seat with swastika, refraining from eating black foods, etc. This may not be convenient for most people in our day and age. So what you can do is to spend a certain amount of time accumulating a specific figure, for example 10,000 repetitions of a particular practice. Seal the practice at the end with a strong dedication, like the King of Prayers. Later on, you can repeat the procedure more times until you complete 100,000. This method was given by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche for modern-day practitioners who do not have the time to complete 100,000 in one go. While it technically does not constitute a full preliminary retreat, you still gain immense merits and purification from engaging in the practice, even if spaced out. As Rinpoche said, it's better for you to do mini preliminary retreats than not doing any of the preliminary practices whatsoever. That being said, if you do have the ability to do a full preliminary retreat and it will not negatively impact you, such as create financial difficulties or strain familial relationships, then of course go ahead! To have the sincere wish to engage in any Dharma practice is wonderful. You can read more about the individual preliminary practices here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/preliminary-practice.html You can watch a short teaching on the preliminary practices by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/cosmic-tantra.html
  • March 3, 2021 04:13
    Sandra asked: Dear respected pastors, what are dreams? Do dreams have significance? Are they simply images the mind views at night - do they resemble the dreamer's state of mind? Thank you for all your replies :) :)
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Hello. Nice to see you back here. On the normal level, both waking and dream states are both marred by our delusions. The teachings tell us that this deluded state continues through all our experiences, whether during the dreaming or waking states. The way to overcome this is to "wake up" from our delusions, or reach enlightenment. Normally when people think of dreams, they do so in psychological terms and so focus on the content of the dream. When we investigate the nature of the dream itself, we begin to investigate something deeper, the processes that underlies the whole of our existence. Understand this propels you further along the spiritual journey towards enlightenment. We have many dreams during one night of sleep, and may or may not consciously remember then when we wake up. In terms of content, dreams can be used to work through psychological issues or can indicate certain issues and overcoming them (as is common within Western psychological practices). In Tibetan Buddhism, dreams can be used for much more. In the advanced practices, one can transform ordinary dreams to further one's spiritual journey. This is not only in terms of working through psychological issues, but in terms of meditation and practice as well. Generally, there are three types of dreams as described below. Most of us only experience the first type, unless we progress on the spiritual path. 1. Samsaric dreams: these arise from karma and karmic traces in the mind. This can also include emotions, memories, etc. The meaning we find in these dreams are imputed by the dreamer, and not inherent in the dream. This also applies to waking life. We impute meaning onto situations and circumstances, rather than the meaning being inherent to the circumstance. It is like reading a book. Words in the book are just marks on paper, however, because we use our sense of meaning, we take a meaning out of it. However, this is always open to interpretation. For example, if you tell your dream to two people, they can interpret the meaning very differently, even though you told them the exact same details. 2. Clarity dreams: These dreams occur when you are fairly progressed in meditational practices and can carry this into the dream state. These dreams arise not from the emotions, or memories, etc., but from more subtler forms of karma and delusions. However, just like in waking mediational practice, you are not affected by the images or thoughts that appear to you. 3. Clear Light dreams: In the advanced tantric practices, there are teachings called dream yoga. The object of these is to achieve the clear light dreams, which are very difficult to achieve and take years and years of intense practice. The most important clear light mind that arises is actually at the time of our death, if we are trained enough in this very subtle state, we can actually control where we take rebirth. If we are more experienced in this state, then we can actually use it to meditate on the teachings and achieve enlightenment. Clear light dreams are a "lesser" type of clear light mind, that helps practitioners prepare for the time of death. When we have an auspicious dream such as of our teacher, our practice, the Buddhas, etc., even though this is auspicious, it is still more than likely to be just a samsaric dream. There are instances however, when the enlightened beings and Dharma protectors will send practitioners dreams to help with their practice or as methods of divination. Tsem Rinpoche once told us of a very powerful Nyingma lama known for his divination abilities. Students would ask him a question, then he would take a nap, and receive divination advice in this dreams, which he would then relay to his students. This lama was well-known for this ability because his dream divinations were extremely accurate. As I am sure you can tell, the scope of dreams with the Buddhist context is very vast and I will not be able to cover everything here. However, I hope that what I have written helps your understanding. Thank you.
  • March 1, 2021 23:37
    Sandra asked: Hello dear pastors, wish we could have an article like the one below to highlight the auspicious days of 2021. https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/auspicious-days.html
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your suggestion. At the moment, there are no plans to publish another article with 2021 dates. But I have listed out some of the auspicious days and their dates for this year for you. I have only included future dates, not those that have already passed. Saga Dawa Duchen - 26th May 2021 Chokhor Duchen - 14th July 2021 Dorje Shugden Day - 24th August 2021 Lhabab Duchen - 27th October 2021 Gaden Ngamchoe or Tsongkhapa Day - 29th December 2021 I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 27, 2021 03:31
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Is it ok to pray from different areas in the house (even where there is no altar)? I was told you can't create 2 altars in 1 house.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question and its nice to see you here again. The reason why we pray in front of our altars is because it becomes a focal point of the enlightened energies we are invoking. Therefore it becomes a kind of portal for the energies of transformation, peace, healing, prosperity and protection. It is also the place where we make offerings to the Buddhas. As such, most people usually only have 1 altar in their home. However, you can have more than 1 altar in your home. As it is an altar, it should be complete with representations of the body, speech and mind of the Buddhas. This would be an image (either a statue, thangka, tsa tsa, poster, framed picture, etc), a Dharma text and a stupa. In front of these, you should have at least 1 type of offering or more. This can be a fixed offering or maybe even a set of water offerings, which you make every day. Since practitioners make offerings on a daily basis, most opt to have only 1 altar, but there is no rule in Buddhism to say you can only have 1 altar. The altar however, should be placed in a respectful place. So, not in the bathroom. Or if in the bedroom, you should put a screen up to block it when you are changing, sleeping, etc. Alternatively, you can keep it in a cupboard, and close the doors during such activities. But altars should be dedicated places to the Buddhas, so don't put secular items in the same place, such as on the same shelf, etc. When it comes to praying, it is usually done in front of the altar, as you are invoking the enlightened beings. When you do your prayers there it becomes a powerful place in your home, and provides you with a sacred space to pray and meditate. However, if circumstances are difficult, then of course you can pray elsewhere. For example, when I first set up an altar, I was living in a single room with not much space. I set up an altar on a shelf but was not able to pray in front of it. Once I had made offerings, I would simply sit in another part of the room and do the prayers there. If it is really not convenient, then of course it is permissible to do the prayers elsewhere. It is better to do the prayers, than not do them at all if you can't be in front of your altar. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 25, 2021 01:33
    Kuenzang wangdi asked: What would be my most suitable colour ?
    pastor answered: Dear Kuenzang Wangdi, Thank you for your question. The following calculators may be of interest to you: Chinese Zodiac: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html Tibetan Astrology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html In relation to which colour if most favourable for you, unfortunately our calculators do not give this information. However, from a Buddhist practice viewpoint, what is more important is the transformation of the mind. Once we transform our minds according to teachings, we are able to overcome any obstacle and create good conditions for our lives. You can learn a very short mind transformation teaching here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/eight-verses-of-thought-transformation.html You can couple this with formal practice. If you are interested, a very good practice to bring energies of increase and generate a long life, merits, wealth and prosperity in your life, is the the practice of Gyenze. You can find information about the practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth.html. I hope this helps. Thanks.
  • February 22, 2021 22:14
    Naseer asked: Hi My name is Naseer Ahmed 8th dec 1979. Life path 1 Im looking to add to my name slightly... change it too... Naseer Al Ahmed... Would this be more complimentary as far as for the business front... or would it not make any difference
    pastor answered: Hello Naseer, As per your question, your Life Path Number is 1. The Life Path Number according to the system of numerology used on our website is calculated using your date of birth. Therefore, a change in name will not affect your Life Path Number. Some of the other calculators on the same page do however use your name. One of the smaller calculators you may be interested in is the Achievement Number, but again, this only uses your date of birth for the calculation. You can find it here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/numerology/numerology-calculator.html You may also be interested in two of our other pages: Chinese Zodiac - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html Tibetan Astrology - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html Thank you for your question. I hope this helps.
  • February 20, 2021 18:36
    Sandra asked: After making a food offering to the three jewels (which we will eat for lunch etc), should we think of it as a blessing and partake?
    pastor answered: Hello Sandra, When making food offerings to the Three Jewels, which you eat yourself, when you recite the prayer and make the offering, you should visualise that the Buddhas receive your food offering and because you have made an offering, they are very pleased. It also fulfills one of the Refuge commitments, which is to offer the first portion of whatever we eat and drink to the Three Jewels, while remembering their kindness. You can then partake of the meal and consider it a blessing from the Three Jewels. Alternatively, you can set out a plate (which you reserve for this purpose) of food, which you can offer on your altar. Similarly, once the food has been left on your altar for a while, you can later remove it and consume it as a blessing. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 19, 2021 04:33
    Sandra asked: Is intovertedness a bad quality? Since Buddha is so altruistic and this is the opposite trait, it must be bad. How do you think one should lessen introverted tendencies?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Introvertedness is not a bad quality. Altruism and compassion are different from being an introvert or extrovert. Introverts are generally quieter people, less expressive of their emotions, while extroverts are the opposite. Buddhist practice is not about expression of emotion. Rather the altruistic and compassionate teachings are more about how you help other people and sentient beings, physically or emotionally. If the qualities of introverted-ness are stopping you from developing these, then they need to change. But this may not be necessary, depending on the qualities that you are talking about. You can do simple meditations to building up the energy of compassion in your mindstream and you will see that you actions will automatically start to be more compassionate and altruistic. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 18, 2021 03:28
    Sandra asked: How should one behave when negative karma is being purified? How can we know if bad karma is being purified? Do we accumulate positive karma simultaneously when doing purification practices? Many thanks for your response.
    pastor answered: Hello again Sandra, There are two ways in which karma can be purified, the first is through our own efforts alone and the second is through our own effort, combined with a purification practice. Through our own efforts: this means that you transform your mind enough to not react negatively in any situation and only react in a positive manner. For example, you may have the karma to get angry. So you get into situations which makes you angry. If you react normally, then you will get angry again, this will only lead you to create more karma of being angry. But if you make the effort not to get angry in those situations then you do not create or multiply that karma. The original karma you have may lead you to be in those types of situations again, but if you do not get angry then after a while you start to purify that karma. Through your own efforts, combined with a purification practice: as you are working on transforming your mind, you can rely on the practices that help you to purify your karma, such as the practice of Vajrasattva or the 35 Confessional Buddhas. This boosts your ability to purify negative karma, based on the enlightened energies of the Buddhas. This however is only truly effective when combined with the Four Opponent Powers. You can read more about that here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-35-confessional-buddhas.html In general, when karma is being purified then you should remain level-headed and not act out of emotion or habit, but from your understanding of the workings of karma and the Dharma. But actually, this should not only be when karma is being purified. You should act and behave in this way all the time according to the Dharma, then you are, up to a point, always purifying karma. It is one of the reasons that so much emphasis is placed on refraining from negative actions and engaging in positive actions using your body, speech and mind, because these are the three means or 'doors' with which you interact with the world. At our level, we cannot tell if karma is being purified or not, only those who are more highly attained can tell. However, that is one of the reasons the Buddhist texts advise study of and belief in karma. If there is karma, then it can be purified, and the way to do so is transform your mind and invoke upon the enlightened beings. So if you are doing both, you can rest assured that you are in fact purifying your karma. When you purify negative karma, whether just through your own efforts or combined with a purification practice you collect merit, not positive karma. If you simply do a good action, you collect good karma. But if you are practicing the Dharma with the intention of achieving enlightenment, you take refuge, engage in the practice, and dedicate at the end, then you develop merit, not positive karma. If you want to read more about how karma works and how to purify it in more detail, I suggest you read a Lamrim text such as Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, which you can order from your local bookstore or get online here (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand).
  • February 17, 2021 23:06
    Sandra asked: Hello pastors, thank you for your response to my earlier question. Do divination predictions change frequently? Why does that happen?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question. Divinations, compared to astrological predictions, are much more accurate. There are many types of divination, but those based on the practice of enlightened beings are very accurate. Three of the most well-known in Tibetan Buddhism are the divination practices of Manjushri, Palden Lhamo and Dorje Shugden. You can read more about Dorje Shugden's dice divination here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugdens-dice-divination.html Questions that are asked during divinations are much more specific than the types of topics that astrological predictions can help with, therefore are based on very specific types of karma. This means that if you asked a divination question twice, without taking remedial actions in between, then the answer would most likely be the same, given that all the prerequisites have been held by the diviner and the divinations are genuine. However, if a divination is done and then remedial actions recommended, such as various practices or pujas, and these are done to the letter, then if the question is asked again, then the results would differ. This is because when engaging in these practices or pujas, either you generate the merit necessary to overpower the negative effects of the karma, or you purify the negative effects of the karma creating the situation. This however, is generally not done. You wouldn't ask the same question twice or over and over again. The reason for this is because one of the factors that comes into play when seeking divination is faith. This is faith in the fact that the remedial actions recommended will help whatever situation you are facing. Having seen H.E. Tsem Rinpoche do countless divinations for people, I can attest to this. Those who have faith and follow through with the advice, see a great improvement in the situation that led them to ask the divination question in the first place. Those that did not follow the advice either at all or not fully, did not see any improvement. And this makes sense, because they did not purify the effects of the karma enough, or generate enough merit. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 15, 2021 04:09
    sandra asked: How much importance should we give to astrological predictions or chart readings? Are these readings susceptible to change all the time,i.e, in the context of planetary movements? Can our own effort/actions supercede what is predicted in our birth chart?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your interesting question. You are absolutely correct about the universal principle of change. According to Buddhist practice, astrological predictions are based upon a fixed point in time. Take for example, your moment of birth, which most astrological readings take as the main point of reference. At that specific moment, there would have been various energies or planetary alignments, etc. Combined together, they are said to give an accurate prediction of what will occur to a person throughout their life. This however, is based on one's birth karma, to be born at that specific point in time and location. This birth karma also provides the driving force behind what will occur in a person's life, if that karma is not changed somehow. Hence, that is why astrological predictions can give very accurate readings on someone's personality, as well as life events. Birth karma provides the main force behind all other karma to come into play. That is why it is given importance in astrology. There are also more advanced methods to take into account planetary and energetical movements to give even more detailed and precise predictions that can even be made down to the month, day or hour of a person's life. In Buddhism, however, we believe that karma can be changed. It can multiply, be purified or exhausted, or the effects of that karma can be overpowered by another karma or spiritual merit. In these cases, the outcome will change. The way in which this happens is varied. It can be as simple as doing some prayers (to generate spiritual merit) or changing your behaviour, environment or location, the way you think, and the ways in which you react in various situations. That is why in Buddhist astrological systems, emphasis is placed on remedial measures to counteract negative outcomes. For example, someone may be born with an angry disposition from an astrological point of view. If this person goes through life acting from this anger, then the predictions based on the time of birth will occur. However, a remedial action can be undertaken, such as the person pracitising Chenrezig, who is the Buddha of compassion, or the person doing some form of charity work. These remedial actions generate compassion in the mind of the person, which counteracts the anger. As this happens and the karma is changed, then the person no longer needs to feels the negative effects of any bad astrological (or more correctly - karmic) situations. There are even some practices that specifically help to counteract negative astrological influences and help you to change things. Such an example is Black Manjushri. Within Tibetan Buddhism, according to your time and date of birth, you also have what is known as a 'Birth Buddha'. This is basically an enlightened being that you have an affinity with in this life. General remedial actions include making images of this particular Buddha or engaging in this Buddha's practice. This combined with a change in how we live - otherwise known as Mind Transformation in the Buddhist context - changes astrological outcomes. However, if we continue living without controlling our actions, words and thoughts, the predictions made using astrological readings will most likely still occur. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • February 7, 2021 00:16
    Purna Tamang asked: What is my lucky number and color ?
    pastor answered: Dear Purna Tamang, Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, none our horoscope apps on this page gives this information at this moment. However, you may find some of the other information provided useful. Below are the links: For Chinese Zodiac: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html For Tibetan astrology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html For Numerology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/numerology/numerology-calculator.html For Fortune cookies: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/fortune-cookie Thank you and I hope you find something interesting in one of the apps.
  • January 20, 2021 03:32
    Sangita. asked: i want to buy my own house.which mantra i should chant to have my own house.kindly reply.
    pastor answered: Dear Sangita, Thank you for your question. Everything in our lives, whether good or bad is due to our karma. This is karma we have accumulated either in previous lives or earlier on in this life. You can learn more about this here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/discovering-yourself-a-teaching-on-karma-mindstream.html Sometimes, we go through obstacles or need some form of spiritual help to assist us in improving our situations. In these circumstances we can rely on the practice of certain deities. One of these deities is the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. You can read more about this deity and his practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/beginners-introduction-to-dorje-shugden.html You can learn more about Dorje Shugden's practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-teaching-videos.html. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • January 12, 2021 00:32
    Laurence Brahm asked: Hello la. I would like to get in touch with Rinpoche. My name is Laurence Brahm and I've directed the two films including Searching for The Lotus Born Master. I would like to get in touch with Rinpoche in hopes he would kindly agree to an interview with our third production on Guru Rinpoche and also I would like to ask some questions concerning Shambala. I would be most grateful if Rinpoche would email me at himalayanconsensus2@gmail.com Thank you. With respects
    pastor answered: Dear Laurence Brahm, Thank you for your questions. This section is actually answered by Kechara's Pastors who were trained by His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche. Unfortunately, Tsem Rinpoche is no longer with us physically. He passed into Parinirvana in 2019. You can read more about this here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/the-parinirvana-of-kyabje-tsem-rinpoche.html If you would like to ask questions to any of the pastors regarding this, please email care@kechara.com with more information and mention that you would like to talk to one of the pastors. Thank you
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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: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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