Yungang Grottoes

Mar 18, 2012 | Views: 1,746

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

At Datong, Shanxi Province

Under the imperial patronage from the Northern Wei capital at Pincheng (Datong), construction of the Yungang Buddhist cave chapels began in 460 AD and continued until 494 AD, when the capital moved to Loyang. The caves, being the central jewel in the necklace of Buddhist caves that begins with Dunhuang and ends with Longmen, is an intriguing study of the union of Central Asian and native Chinese art forms. Numbered consecutively from east to west, the caves extend along a south-facing cliff.

Below are some featured carvings and statues in Yungang Grottoes:

[Images and captions extracted from: http://www.art-and-archaeology.com/china/datong/yg02.html]

 

Cave 20, Northern Wei, Period I, 460-465 AD

The 14m-tall seated Buddha of Cave 20 is an icon of Chinese art, comparable to the colossal exposed Buddhas of Dunhuang and Longmen. It was originally flanked by a pair of smaller standing Buddhas, of which only the eastern figure now remains. Square holes in the back wall once held the beams of a wooden protective façade but are now long-gone. The lower parts of the figures have deteriorated, a fate shared by many sculptures at Yungang; its soft sandstone rock was ideal for fine carving, evident in the detailing of the Buddha’s robe and mandorla, but susceptible to destructive alternations of temperature, wind, and weather. Their faces, although partially restored, have retained the non-Chinese physiognomy that was inherited from their predecessors at Dunhuang; likewise the drapery of their robes is Central Asian, rather than Chinese.

Caves 16-20 are the earliest at Yungang. Their iconography is uncertain, not least because the overall scheme of the caves may have altered in mid-course, between the original three caves (18-20) and two slightly later additions (16-17). These caves are often called the “Tanyao Five,” after the powerful Monk Tanyao, who oversaw their construction in his capacity as imperially-appointed supervisor of all Buddhist clergy. Significantly, Tanyao hailed from the Gansu terminus of the Silk Road, and was consequently well-positioned to import the religious architecture of Dunhuang to this new work of the Northern Wei. Various scholars have identified the Tanyao Five Buddhas with Northern Wei emperors, Dhyani Buddhas, and even the Buddha Field of Vairocana.

The seated Buddha of Cave 20 is either Amitabha (based on his hands-together meditation posture) or Shakyamuni (based on the idea that this cave represents the Three Buddhas of the Past, Present, and Future).

 

Cave 19, West Side, Northern Wei, 260-265 AD

This beautiful carving is a pinnacle of the sculptor’s art. With right hand in abhaya mudra and legs spread in “Western” style, it might represent Shakyamuni or other historical Buddhas. The eyes are detailed with pupils of dark glass or stone, and the large, “dish-plate” ears (my term) are prominent as in the other sculptures from this group of caves.

 

Cave 18, Northern Wei, 260-265 AD

The friendly Buddha of Cave 18 looks out, with benign expression, from his upper window.

 

Cave 18, Northern Wei, 460-465 AD

The multiplicity of Buddha figures, covering the robe and sleeve of this colossal standing figure, will immediately remind any viewer of the cosmic Buddha, Vairocana. However, its inscriptional identification as Shakyamuni seems secure, reminding us that any Buddha can manifest numerous other Buddhas from its body. A Bodhisattva, crowned by disciples, appears on the viewer’s right. Small puncture-holes in the body of the principal image held pegs that once attached a coat of plaster to the body.

 

Cave 3, Sui Dynasty, 581-618 AD

The principal Buddha in Cave 3 belongs to Phase II (465 AD and later) of the caves. Its rounded face and Chinese robe has led scholars to assign it to the Sui Dynasty, just before the Tang, a full century later than the Tanyao Five. The Buddha’s right hand is raised in abhaya mudra, the left in an unusual open posture. Small holes in the body once held pegs with attached plaster, as seen on the previous page.

 

Cave 3, Sui Dynasty, 581-618 AD

A beautifully-carved, small Bodhisattva nestles by the principal Buddha’s outstretched hand. Climatic damage is visible to the lower parts of the figures.

 

Cave 13, Phase II, after 465 AD

The outstanding and unusual feature of the sculpture in this cave is the guardian figure that supports Maitreya’s upright wrist.

 

Cave 8, West Jamb, Phase II, after 465 AD

This deva is difficult to identify; local signage assigns it to “a boy form of Vishnu, Kumaraka, riding on a peacock, and carrying a chicken in its hands.” But Vishnu rides on Garuda, not a peacock; more likely this figure is a Buddhist rendition of Skanda, the warrior son (Kumaraka) of Shiva, riding on his peacock and displaying the sun and moon in his hands.

 

Cave 8, East Jamb, Phase II, after 465 AD

The paired deva here is undoubtedly a form of Shiva, with the crescent moon in his crown and riding on his bull mount Nandi. Unusual aspects of this iconography include his upright hands holding the sun and moon, and his central hand that holds a bunch of grapes. These paired devas appear across and above several other doorways of Yungang, including the Cave 10 North Wall.

 

Cave 9, Phase II, after 650

The cross-legged Bodhisattva Maitreya is shown here, on the east wall of the antechamber of Cave 9.

 

Phase II, after 465 AD

A valuable image of early palace architecture is shown here; below the roof with its projecting rafters, we see the alternating dougong and inverted “V” shaped timbers that supported the eaves.

 

Phase II, after 465 AD

This close-up shows a band of celestial musicians, flanked below and above by flying apsarasas and Buddhas.

 

Cave 12. Phase II, after 650 AD

A riot of decoration is illustrated here, with Buddhas, musicians, and apsarasas.

 

Phase II, after 465 AD

Musicians playing the pipa and sheng overlook the passing scene.

 

Cave 6, Phase II, after 465

The deeply-carved Cave 6 is one of the highlights of Chinese art. Directional Buddhas face outwards from its central pillar, their niches unusually framed by carvings of flying apsarasas (close-up)

 

Phase II, after 465

This outstanding sculpture of a guardian needs no elaborate introduction; it speaks for itself.

[Source: http://www.art-and-archaeology.com/china/china.html]

 

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  1. Samfoonheei on Mar 9, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Amazing architecture and unique sculpture in Buddhist cave chapels back dated AD centuries.All the caves carvings and statues in Yungang Grottoes were indeed unique and outstanding in a way how it was built at that time without modern technology.The carving was done beautifully by looking at the images shared. That is interesting ,with all the discoveries Buddhism did exist many many years back in the AD ‘s.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing or else we would not a chance to look at those amazing and unique sculptures of the century caves at Datong, Shanxi Province,China.

  2. Stella Cheang on Mar 9, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    It is sheer joy to read and look at pictures of ancient architecture depicting historical religious characters and legends. Sometimes, I imagine one can travel back in time following the beautifully decorated and masterfully crafted ceiling or wall art. If there is a chance to visit Yungang Buddhist Caves or Dunhuang, it will be nice to take time to admire the artifacts. Thank you, Rinpoche for this sharing.

  3. Anne Ong on Feb 23, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    Thank you very much Rinpoche for sharing these wonderful and interesting pictures of Grottoes.I really amazed with all the huge Buddha carving in the caves. At the time that must be very difficult for them.Those that caught my eyes are…Cave 6, Phase II, after 465, Cave 3, Sui Dynasty, 581-618 AD, Cave 20, Northern Wei, Period I, 460-465 AD.

  4. Pastor Moh Mei on Apr 18, 2016 at 12:31 am

    Every time I see these ancient statues, carvings and paintings of deities, “mythical” beings, gods & goddesses, Buddhas, etc always the same question come to mind. Did the people create these actually saw these beings?

    Dragon, mermaid, unicorn, centaur – are these all just made up creatures or are they real and someone actually saw them once upon a time ago.

    4-arms, 1000-arms, 4-faces deities, deities with animal heads – do they physically exist even if not in this realm but another realm or are they just made up and symbolic? Why did these people of the past spent so much effort and time in creating these statues, grottoes, carvings and paintings of beings, things and events that are seemingly not real in the world today? What is their purpose and what are they trying to preserve, what are they trying to tell us?

  5. David Lai on Mar 2, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Ooh I love the stylistic marriage between the softer Chinese style with the Indian iconographic gestures and details as seen on these Buddha images. The faded colors of the paint that once adorned these images must have been brilliant, powerful and brought to life a whole assembly of divine Buddhas, Boddhisattvas and attendants.

    I imagine that the order of the day was a mix of influence of scriptures, masters, scholars, monks, pilgrims and patrons from both east and west. The result is this bold and wonderful display artistic and religious brilliance. Today, these wonderful sculptures serve to remind people of the long history the Chinese had with Buddhism and one the brought about the most powerful artistic expressions and displays of religious faith. Perhaps, it will one day inspire a whole new generation of practitioners and artists with a similar religious conviction.

  6. tenzin llhamo on Dec 10, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    What really amaze me is the time and effort that the artists put in to carve those beautiful sculptures. After all these years, they are still intact and solid. These places should be well preserved for the future generations to see. If not, all that is left will only be remnants.

  7. Julia Tan on Jul 4, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    I really amazed with all the huge Buddha carving in the caves. At the time that must be very difficult for them. The tools that they used to carve these Buddha took them very long time to accomplished. There are Angkorwat and Borobudor which I also amazed with their beautiful architecture. I would like to visit all these holy places to touch and feel the energy physically.

  8. Wan Wai Meng on May 7, 2012 at 12:19 am

    I feel Buddhist art really has a place in the world. There is a statement that informs us that even when we are in a state of anger (angry mind) by viewing a Buddha line drawing plants seeds of enlightenment in us. If there is such a benefit in anger, imagine seeing buddha images whilst not in anger. I feel make more buddhist images all over the world it has real value, calms the area and also plants great imprints in people’s minds. I do recall Shariputra was a messenger who retired at night and the place he retired too had murals of the buddha and faith welled up in him and he wanted to meet a Buddha. Shariputra became the most intelligent of Shakyamuni’s students

  9. KYC on Mar 18, 2012 at 11:47 am

    I visited the Yungang Caves with some members of my family in 2004. I was very impressed by the details added to the statues. I think I made some aspirational prayers there. It was in April and quite cold.I would like to visit the place again to see whether they have repaired the damaged statues.

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Some people do this. LOL-Easier to trick people if we always train ourselves to look blur and dumb. Of course after a while, everyone will know it is only a trick. Tricks are for kids.
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Some people do this. LOL-Easier to trick people if we always train ourselves to look blur and dumb. Of course after a while, everyone will know it is only a trick. Tricks are for kids.
I was given this beautiful gift today from Karen Chong. It is an enormous gift. I really treasure this. I love anything to do with invoking Manjushri or connecting with Him. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
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I was given this beautiful gift today from Karen Chong. It is an enormous gift. I really treasure this. I love anything to do with invoking Manjushri or connecting with Him. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
I requesed His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to write out the mantra of Vajra Yogini. He immediately compassionately obliged me. This is the mantra as written by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. I\'ve had this in a safe plastic wrap and wore it around my neck in a small yellow cloth \'bag\' for many years. Tsem Rinpoche
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I requesed His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to write out the mantra of Vajra Yogini. He immediately compassionately obliged me. This is the mantra as written by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. I've had this in a safe plastic wrap and wore it around my neck in a small yellow cloth 'bag' for many years. Tsem Rinpoche
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If there were just 10 persons you should know about in your lifetime, one of them is this incredible Dr. Ambedkar. Enrich your life and don't miss this: https://bit.ly/2Dub7xu
Dear friends, watch this short 11mins video. It is so nice. My dream idea of living. I love the fresh things they grow for their own food. I wish our culture here was more geared toward this type of living. Watch plse. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=do1O5Avw_SQ&feature=share
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Dear friends, watch this short 11mins video. It is so nice. My dream idea of living. I love the fresh things they grow for their own food. I wish our culture here was more geared toward this type of living. Watch plse. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=do1O5Avw_SQ&feature=share
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  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
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    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
  • Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 weeks ago
    Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
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    Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
  • Living off the grid in Australia
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    Living off the grid in Australia
    A Jill Redwood is a jack of all trades, Jill built her own house on her property and lives entirely off the grid with no mains power or town water, mobile reception or television. Living on around $80 a week, Jill has over sixty animals to keep her company and an abundant garden that out serves as an organic supermarket right at her doorstep. Her main expenses are animal feed and the rates on her property. Watch this incredible three minute video and be inspired to live differently.
  • Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 weeks ago
    Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
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    My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Heart Sutra sang by a monk for the modern crowd. Very interesting and beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Heart Sutra sang by a monk for the modern crowd. Very interesting and beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Submerging powerful mantra stones in water at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
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    Submerging powerful mantra stones in water at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
  • Wylfred explains in Chinese the benefits of mantra stones at Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia   |  黄明川以华语解释在马来西亚克切拉禅修林的玛尼堆(刻有心咒的石头)的利益
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    Wylfred explains in Chinese the benefits of mantra stones at Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia | 黄明川以华语解释在马来西亚克切拉禅修林的玛尼堆(刻有心咒的石头)的利益
  • My Oser girl and Dharma boy love the verandah where they can see the greens. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 weeks ago
    My Oser girl and Dharma boy love the verandah where they can see the greens. Tsem Rinpoche
  • 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
    1 month ago
    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
  • My Oser girl and Dharma boy in their cosy little bedroom next to me sleeping away. Cute.
    1 month ago
    My Oser girl and Dharma boy in their cosy little bedroom next to me sleeping away. Cute.
  • 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
    1 month ago
    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
  • 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
    1 month ago
    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
  • BREAKING EYEWITNESS FOOTAGE: Workers violently punched, kicked, cussed out, & left sheep to die on dozens of Scottish farms 💔 Sheep bled after rough shearing & were stitched up without painkillers.–From Peta2
    2 months ago
    BREAKING EYEWITNESS FOOTAGE: Workers violently punched, kicked, cussed out, & left sheep to die on dozens of Scottish farms 💔 Sheep bled after rough shearing & were stitched up without painkillers.–From Peta2
  • Super cute seal and so gentle. Must watch this video and realize we are all one. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    Super cute seal and so gentle. Must watch this video and realize we are all one. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Legendary Heart sings “Stairway to Heaven” in tribute to Led Zeppelin. Incredible tribute and rendition. Everyone is blown away. TR
    2 months ago
    Legendary Heart sings “Stairway to Heaven” in tribute to Led Zeppelin. Incredible tribute and rendition. Everyone is blown away. TR
  • 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!
    2 months ago
    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!
  • Neat little video
    2 months ago
    Neat little video
  • 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
    2 months ago
    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
    2 months ago
    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.
    3 months ago
    Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong, Malaysia’s dog Pema is super adorable and cute. Everyone loves her. She is wearing a Manjushri blessing pendant.
  • Spontaneous trance in Tibet by powerful healing Protector Dorje Shugden of a monk who usually takes trance.
    3 months ago
    Spontaneous trance in Tibet by powerful healing Protector Dorje Shugden of a monk who usually takes trance.
  • 喀切玛波向詹杜固仁波切献供养
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    喀切玛波向詹杜固仁波切献供养
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  • Huge Chenresig statue being built. Very beautiful.
    3 months ago
    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.
    3 months ago
    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.
  • Shugden practice in Tibet strong and growing
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    Shugden practice in Tibet strong and growing
  • It is Tsunmo Nunnery in Tibet. This nunnery all practise Dorje Shugden.
    4 months ago
    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.
    4 months ago
    Light offerings to the outdoor Buddha Tara shrine in Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia at night. Beautiful.
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
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    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
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    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
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    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
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    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
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    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
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    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    1 years ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    1 years ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
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    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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Thanks to Yong Soo Chin for sponsoring today's lunch ingredients and also donation to Kechara Food Bank in memorial of her father-in-law Mr Ng Seng Kee. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thanks to Yong Soo Chin for sponsoring today's lunch ingredients and also donation to Kechara Food Bank in memorial of her father-in-law Mr Ng Seng Kee. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Efforts to feed the poor are nothing new. Kechara Soup Kitchen practices of collecting food waste and turning it into meals for the hungry. The generous support from Tesco Malaysia and AEON Retail Malaysia have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thank you very much! #Kechara #foodbank #hungerknowsnobarriers - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Efforts to feed the poor are nothing new. Kechara Soup Kitchen practices of collecting food waste and turning it into meals for the hungry. The generous support from Tesco Malaysia and AEON Retail Malaysia have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thank you very much! #Kechara #foodbank #hungerknowsnobarriers - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Lovely DIY candle made to offer to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
Lovely DIY candle made to offer to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
Isn’t it great to see family engaging in pilgrimage & dharma work together. Lin Mun KSDS
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Isn’t it great to see family engaging in pilgrimage & dharma work together. Lin Mun KSDS
Pastor Gim Lee gave an interesting introduction to Green Tara during the recentl pilgrimage cum camp event. Lin Mun KSDS
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Pastor Gim Lee gave an interesting introduction to Green Tara during the recentl pilgrimage cum camp event. Lin Mun KSDS
So glad to see family doing light offering to Buddha together. Great bonding. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
So glad to see family doing light offering to Buddha together. Great bonding. Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS pilgrimage cum camp 2018 - Prostration to Lama Tsongkhapa. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS pilgrimage cum camp 2018 - Prostration to Lama Tsongkhapa. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Melinda & teacher Asyley guided the youngest children to take refuge & do prostration to Dzambala. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Melinda & teacher Asyley guided the youngest children to take refuge & do prostration to Dzambala. Lin Mun KSDS
Zoey is a happy girl & enjoy coming to dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Zoey is a happy girl & enjoy coming to dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Video recording for KSDS Graduation 2018. Lin Mun KSDS
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Video recording for KSDS Graduation 2018. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
Rain or shine we will be there to distribute surplus food to the needy families living around Jlns Sungai. Thank you to all volunteers for turning up on a wet afternoon. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 days ago
Rain or shine we will be there to distribute surplus food to the needy families living around Jlns Sungai. Thank you to all volunteers for turning up on a wet afternoon. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
A visit was paid to this family from Petaling Jaya. Our client’s wife has admitted to hospital due to stroke. Therefore, client has to stop working temporarily because he needs to take care of the young daughter who has learning disabilities. Let’s send best wishes to the wife for a speedy recovery! ❤️ #Kechara #foodbank #care - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 days ago
A visit was paid to this family from Petaling Jaya. Our client’s wife has admitted to hospital due to stroke. Therefore, client has to stop working temporarily because he needs to take care of the young daughter who has learning disabilities. Let’s send best wishes to the wife for a speedy recovery! ❤️ #Kechara #foodbank #care - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The threatening rain and the shortage of volunteers tonight did not stopped us from our regular Monday night distribution. Kudos to all who turned up to help. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 days ago
The threatening rain and the shortage of volunteers tonight did not stopped us from our regular Monday night distribution. Kudos to all who turned up to help. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
KISG members had gathered in Ipoh chapel for puja on Lama Tsongkhapa Day. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG members had gathered in Ipoh chapel for puja on Lama Tsongkhapa Day. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
One of the special activities in KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp ~ mantra rolling session. Alice, KSDS
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One of the special activities in KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp ~ mantra rolling session. Alice, KSDS
Special bond between teacher and students. Alice, KSDS
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Special bond between teacher and students. Alice, KSDS
Breathing meditation led by Teacher Kien in the event. Alice, KSDS
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Breathing meditation led by Teacher Kien in the event. Alice, KSDS
Special thanks to the dedicated teachers, Melinda, Asyley, Lin Mun, Grace and Alice (from left to right) for  being part of the organizer ~ KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp. Alice, KSDS
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Special thanks to the dedicated teachers, Melinda, Asyley, Lin Mun, Grace and Alice (from left to right) for being part of the organizer ~ KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp. Alice, KSDS
Wonderful message from the participants of KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp, “Thank You Rinpoche for having us here in KFR”. Alice, KSDS
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Wonderful message from the participants of KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp, “Thank You Rinpoche for having us here in KFR”. Alice, KSDS
A happy sponsor meeting our 'Star'. Mrs. Wong sponsored most of the fabric for our rugs requested to meet our star apprentice. She enjoyed herself chatting with Sarina and even bought some pieces of the rugs. She's happy to see some of the fabric donated turned into bags. She's especially pleased to see the HEXAGON BAG. Mrs. Wong bought along more fabric for Sarina and her team. This bag can be used as your Lunch-bag, to carry your toiletries or a simple bag to go shopping in. Limited edition and unique bags to carry along to your bookclub or morning coffee session even to your hair salons. Make it the talking point. PM 0125303887 to order or purchase. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
A happy sponsor meeting our 'Star'. Mrs. Wong sponsored most of the fabric for our rugs requested to meet our star apprentice. She enjoyed herself chatting with Sarina and even bought some pieces of the rugs. She's happy to see some of the fabric donated turned into bags. She's especially pleased to see the HEXAGON BAG. Mrs. Wong bought along more fabric for Sarina and her team. This bag can be used as your Lunch-bag, to carry your toiletries or a simple bag to go shopping in. Limited edition and unique bags to carry along to your bookclub or morning coffee session even to your hair salons. Make it the talking point. PM 0125303887 to order or purchase. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp - Kien gave a very good briefing on pilgrimage and introduction to the 5 Buddha statues. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp - Kien gave a very good briefing on pilgrimage and introduction to the 5 Buddha statues. Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp - Introduction to KFR by Asyley. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp - Introduction to KFR by Asyley. Lin Mun KSDS
Nice altar in every room of Manjushri Guest House. Lin Mun KSDS
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Nice altar in every room of Manjushri Guest House. Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp - Youngest participant. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Pilgrimage cum Camp - Youngest participant. Lin Mun KSDS
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