Carlos Castaneda: Godfather of the New Age Movement

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Carlos Castaneda was an American New Age author and a scholar of anthropology — the study of human behaviour and societies. He wrote a series of popular books that described his training and magical experiences in Toltec Shamanism under the guidance of Don Juan Matus, a native Yaqui shaman who lived in Mexico.

Castaneda’s writings brought him fame as well as controversy. His proponents and critics would debate as to whether his writings were the results of authentic experiences or an overactive imagination. Yet, despite the controversy, his expressive and evocative writing as well as the mysticism that surrounded his persona inspired widespread appreciation for Native American culture and earned him the title of “Godfather of the New Age Movement.”

 

Early Life

Carlos Castaneda’s life story is shrouded in mystery and marked by conflicting information. According to Castaneda, he was born on 25th December 1931 in Sao Paolo, Brazil, to a prominent Italian family. He claimed that his father was a professor of literature and that his mother died when he was a child. Castaneda also claimed that he attended a boarding school in Buenos Aires, Argentina, served in the US army in Spain, and studied sculpture in Milan, Italy.

The United States immigration record showed that Castaneda was born in Cajamarca, Peru.

United States immigration records show that Castaneda was born in Cajamarca, Peru.

Subsequent research by TIME magazine clarified some facts about Castaneda’s life. American immigration records show that Castaneda was born on 25th December 1925 in Cajamarca, Peru. His father was a goldsmith named Cesar Arana Burugaray and his mother was Susan Castaneda Navoa. He started using his mother’s maiden name in 1951.

It seems that Castaneda attended high school in Cajamarca and only moved to Lima, the capital of Peru, with his family in 1948. In Lima, Castaneda furthered his education at the Colegio Nacional de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, and later attended the National School of Fine Arts to study sculpture and painting. The immigration records also show that Castaneda married an unknown woman in Peru, with whom he fathered a child.

Colegio Nacional de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

Colegio Nacional de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

In 1951, Castaneda emigrated to the United States with the intention of becoming a sculptor, leaving his wife and child behind. He first stayed in San Francisco and later moved to Los Angeles where he began a new chapter of his life. He attended Los Angeles City College between 1955 and 1959 where he studied journalism and creative writing. On 21st June 1957, Castaneda became a naturalised citizen of the United States.

After graduating from Los Angeles City College, Castaneda entered the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where he received his Bachelor degree in Anthropology in 1962 and his doctorate (PhD) in 1973. It was during his time at UCLA that he travelled to Mexico and met his teacher, Don Juan.

University of California, Los Angeles

The University of California, Los Angeles

In 1960, Castaneda married Margaret Runyan, a divorcee from West Virginia who was 14 years his senior, in Mexico. According to Margaret Runyan, she and Castaneda were attracted to each other because they were kindred spirits.

Margaret Runyan, Carlos Castaneda's second wife

Margaret Runyan was Carlos Castaneda’s second wife

The couple separated after only six months of marriage but did not officially divorce until 1973. During their separation, Margaret Runyan had a relationship with a businessman named Adrian Gerritsen and had a child with him. When the child, C.J. Castaneda, was born, Castaneda consented to have his name stated as the boy’s father in the birth certificate. He also helped pay for the boy’s education and sent many affectionate letters to him.

Years later, Richard de Mille, who wrote two critical books about Castaneda, questioned the legality of Castaneda’s marriage with Runyan. Richard de Mille claimed that Castaneda and his first Peruvian wife were never divorced, which meant that the Peruvian lady was his only legal wife.

 

The Don Juan Effect

Carlos Castaneda during his younger days

Carlos Castaneda during his younger days

While at UCLA, one of Carlos Castaneda’s lecturers, Professor Clement Meighan, got him interested in the world of Shamanism. Castaneda also decided to study ethnobotany, the classification of psychotropic plants. This new-found interest took him to the southern United States to collect plant specimens.

During one of these trips in the summer of 1960, Castaneda met Don Juan Matus (not his real name), a native American Yaqui Shaman who would later become his teacher. The fateful encounter occurred at a bus station in Nogales, Arizona. Castaneda was attracted to Don Juan’s particular way of speaking so he decided to visit him at his house in the Mexican desert. After several meetings, Don Juan revealed his true identity as a sorcerer. He is said to have had extraordinary powers and could manipulate time and space.

Castaneda’s depiction of Don Juan was that of an old, unmarried man, an indigenous Yaqui/Yuma who could speak both English and Spanish. One year later, Castaneda became Don Juan’s apprentice. Don Juan introduced Castaneda to the ritual use of hallucinogens such as peyote, and to other Shamans including Genaro Flores, a Mazatec Indian who would also become Castaneda’s teacher.

Jimson weed

Jimson weed

The sessions with Don Juan usually started with drugs such as jimson weed, hallucinogenic mushrooms and peyote. The objective of using such psychotropic drugs was to teach students about alternate reality. Castaneda also wrote about Don Juan’s ability to manipulate his existence. He said that at one point, Don Juan transformed him into a crow and he gained the ability to fly. Castaneda also mentioned how he communicated with wild animals and transformed himself into one.

Artist illustration of Don Juan Matus

An artist’s illustration of Don Juan Matus

According to Castaneda, Don Juan identified Castaneda as a nagual or a spiritual leader of his lineage, a party of seers. Many anthropologists define the term nagual as a sorcerer or a shaman who claims to have the ability to transform himself into an animal or other form through magical rituals or the use of psychotropic drugs.

Castaneda used the knowledge that he gained from his shamanistic apprenticeship in his master’s thesis. His first book, “The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge”, was published in 1968 by the University of California Press. The book was critically acclaimed and the paperback version became an instant bestseller when it was published. Castaneda’s book was appealing because he did not emphasise the superiority of his power. Instead, he positioned himself as someone who was in need of guidance. His beautiful descriptions of the Mexican desert environment also helped.

Later, Simon & Schuster, a mainstream publisher, acquired the rights to publish “The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge” and his two subsequent books.

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Between 1968 and 1971, Castaneda commenced his second learning period under Don Juan in Mexico. After completing his second training session, Castaneda wrote another book titled “Separate Reality: Further Conversations with Don Juan” in 1971. Ted Hughes, an English author and poet, wrote a review of the book:

“Castaneda becomes the guinea-pig hero of a modern quest as the weird glamor of the hypnotic, manipulating, profound, foxy old Indian carries him, with his notebooks and tape recorder, into regions where the words “rational” and “scientific” are violently redefined.”

Source: New World Encyclopedia, 2017

Castaneda’s third book, “Journey to Ixtlan”, chronicles his experiences with Don Juan. He used the material in this book for his PhD thesis and, in 1973, he obtained his doctorate degree. In this book, Castaneda decided to stop the use of drugs as a method of understanding alternate reality. He explained,

“My perception of the world through the effects of those psychotropics had been so bizarre and impressive that I was forced to assume that such states were the only avenue to communicating and learning what Don Juan was attempting to teach me. That assumption was erroneous.”

Source: New World Encyclopedia, 2017

Castaneda had the following to say on his writings about Don Juan:

“My effort to make sense of Don [sic] Juan’s world is my own way of paying back to him for this grand opportunity. If [sic] I don’t make an effort to render his world as a coherent phenomenon it’ll go by the way it has for hundreds of years, as a nonsensical activity when it is not nonsensical; it’s not fraudulent — it’s a very serious endeavour.”

Source: primagems.com

Taisha Abelar and Florinda Donner-Grau also attended UCLA and majored in Anthropology, and Castaneda endorsed both as legitimate students of Don Juan. There were other authors who wrote about Don Juan and claimed to be members of Don Juan’s Toltec warriors; however, they did not receive Castaneda’s endorsement and were instead dismissed as pretenders.

 

The Cultural Phenomenon and His Critics

Carlos Castaneda was one of the best-selling authors in the United States. His audience was particularly attracted by the mysticism in his writings. His use of hallucinogenic drugs to understand an alternate reality was in sync with the counterculture of the 1960s. Not only did Castaneda become the most celebrated anthropologist between 1968 and 1976, but he was also considered a cultural phenomenon and a New Age icon.

In 1969, well-known anthropologists such as Edward Spicer and Paul Riesman praised Castaneda. In the New York Times Book Review, Paul Riesman wrote:

“Castaneda makes it clear that the teachings of Don Juan do tell us something of how the world really is.”

Source: Biblio.com

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Castaneda’s popularity made him the subject of a TIME magazine cover story, published on 5th March 1973 (Vol. 101 No. 10). In her article “Don Juan and the Sorcerer’s Apprentice”, TIME correspondent Sandra Burton described Castaneda as “an enigma wrapped in a mystery wrapped in tortilla.”

During her investigations for this feature, Burton found discrepancies in Castaneda’s story such as his birthplace, family background and age. When Burton confronted Castaneda about these discrepancies, he made the following statement:

“To ask me to verify my life by giving you my statistics … is like using science to validate sorcery. It robs the world of its magic and makes milestones out of us all.”

Source: New World Encyclopedia, 2017

With the publication of the TIME magazine article, Castaneda’s background came under greater scrutiny and this led him to withdraw from public life. After an interview for the Brazilian magazine “Revista Veja”, Castaneda stopped giving interviews for the next ten years.

As Castaneda’s fame continued to grow, so did his critics. Writers such as Richard de Mille and Joyce Carol Oates questioned the authenticity of Castaneda’s writings, characters and experiences. In 1976, Richard de Mille, the son of the famous movie producer Cecil B. de Mille, wrote a book titled “Castaneda’s Journey: The Power and the Allegory”. In this book, Richard de Mille claimed that Castaneda’s writings contained elements of plagiarism while novelist Joyce Carol Oates mentioned that Castaneda’s work “bore the mark of pure fiction.”

Richard de Mille wrote the book “Castaneda’s Journey: The Power and the Allegory”

Richard de Mille wrote the book “Castaneda’s Journey: The Power and the Allegory”

Despite such criticism, Castaneda’s supporters continued to maintain that his writings are either valuable works of philosophy or representations of his real-life experiences. An on-going debate as to whether Castaneda’s works should be classified as fiction or non-fiction remains to this day.

Over the course of his life, Castaneda wrote a total of 12 books and released three videos. His work continued to be popular among his readers and his influence proved to be long-lasting. His books have remained in print for decades, have been translated into 17 languages and have sold more than 28 million copies.

 

VIDEO: Carlos Castaneda Interview 1969

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Was Don Juan Matus a Real Person?

Professor Clement Meighan

Professor Clement Meighan

Ever since the publication of Richard de Mille’s book, which highlighted conflicting information and inconsistencies in Don Juan’s personality and the sequence of events in Carlos Castaneda’s books, many critics have questioned the existence of Don Juan.

Dr Clement Meighan, Castaneda’s professor and mentor at UCLA who was known for his expertise in native North American culture, believed that Castaneda’s writings were based on real contacts and scholarly observations of native culture. Don Miquel Ruiz, a Mexican author specialising in Toltec spiritualism and neo-shamanism, has also come to Castaneda’s defence and has verified that there were “Brujos in Mexico with native teachings much like Don Juan”. The word brujo means sorcerer.

 

Retirement from Public Life

From left to right: Florinda Donner-Grau, Taisha Abelar, Carol Tiggs, and Blue Scout

From left to right: Florinda Donner-Grau, Taisha Abelar, Carol Tiggs, and Blue Scout

After he decided to retire from public life, Carlos Castaneda lived in secrecy. He used numerous aliases and minimised contact with his family, which included his former wife, Margaret Runyan, and her son, C.J. Castaneda.

In 1973, Castaneda purchased an estate in Westwood, California, where he stayed with female companions whom he called “Fellow Travellers of Awareness”. His female companions followed the concept of “erasing personal history” and adopted new names:

  • Regina Thal changed her name to Florinda Donner-Grau.
  • Maryann Simko changed her name to Taisha Abelar.
  • Kathleen Pohlman changed her name to Carol Tiggs.
  • Patricia Partin changed her name to Blue Scout.

Despite his self-imposed exile, Castaneda continued to be a prolific writer. His subsequent writings focused less on Don Juan Matus but continued to touch on subjects such as shamanism, magical experiences, and Toltec magic rituals. “Tales of Power”, Castaneda’s fourth book, was published in 1974. It contained the conclusion of Castaneda’s training under Don Juan Matus and how he officially became a man of knowledge.

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His subsequent books, “The Second Ring of Power” and “The Fire From Within”, were published in 1977 and 1984 respectively. Even though Castaneda mentioned in the 1970s that he would not write about Don Juan anymore, he revisited the subject once again in another book titled “The Power of Silence: Further Lessons of Don Juan”.

 

The Emergence of Tensegrity

A picture of the older Carlos Castaneda

An older Carlos Castaneda

In the 1990s, Carlos Castaneda founded Cleargreen, Inc. to promote the concept of Tensional Integrity (Tensegrity). He went on to write about Tensegrity in his tenth book, “Magical Passes”, and defined it as a series of bodily movements that originated in the dream state by Don Juan’s lineage of shamans to expand their power of perception.

Tensegrity movements contain the elements of tai chi and martial arts to create, as promised by Castaneda, “the optimal conditions for the realisation of Don Juan’s insights.” Castaneda conducted some of the Tensegrity workshops himself to introduce and educate participants in the shamanistic movements to help them improve their freedom of perception and physical health.

During Castaneda’s lifetime, Cleargreen, Inc. published three videos about Tensegrity. Today, Cleargreen Inc. runs various workshops, sells materials related to Castaneda, and trains and certifies Tensegrity instructors.

 

VIDEO: Tensegrity – The Wheel of Time

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The Mysterious Death of Carlos Castaneda

The popularity of Carlos Castaneda’s books made him a wealthy man. His estate was valued at US$20 million. In 1993, Castaneda was married for the third time to Florinda Donner-Grau. He continued to write prolifically and published a series of books – “The Art of Dreaming”, “Magical Passes”, and “The Active Side of Infinity.”

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In 1997, Castaneda’s former wife, Margaret Runyan, published a book titled “A Magical Journey with Carlos Castaneda.” Unhappy with the contents of the book, Castaneda sued Ms Runyan. The lawsuit was dropped after Castaneda’s death.

Towards the end of his life, as Castaneda battled liver cancer, he wrote his 12th and final book, “The Active Side of Infinity”, in which he seemed to predict his own passing.

Artist illustration of Carlos Castaneda

An artist’s illustration of Carlos Castaneda

On 27th April 1998, Castaneda passed away in Los Angeles from complications of his illness at the age of 72. His body was cremated shortly after his death at a Culver City mortuary, and his ashes were taken to Mexico where he received his shamanic training. His passing was shrouded in secrecy and was only announced several weeks later. According to Castaneda’s representatives, the delayed announcement of Castaneda’s death was in accordance with “Castaneda’s lifelong pursuit of privacy”.

On 19th June 1998, J. R. Moehringer, a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, wrote an obituary for Castaneda titled “A Hushed Death for Mystic Author Carlos Castaneda”. Other newspapers and periodicals also published Castaneda’s obituary around this time. Castaneda’s final book, “The Active Side of Infinity”, was published posthumously in 1999.

Just like the story of his life, Castaneda’s death was not free of contradictions. His death certificate states that Castaneda was a school teacher in Beverly Hills, California, despite the absence of evidence that he had ever been employed by the school.

The press only realised about Carlos Castaneda's death several weeks after the event.

The press only discovered Carlos Castaneda’s death several weeks after the event. Click to enlarge.

Another article about Carlos Castaneda's mysterious death.

Another article about Carlos Castaneda’s mysterious death in Spanish. Click to enlarge.

Four months after Castaneda’s passing, his adopted son C.J. Castaneda, a self-proclaimed powerful brujo, challenged his father’s will which was signed four days before his death. The will stated that Castaneda’s assets, valued at US$1 million at the time of his death, were endowed to Eagle’s Trust, which was established at the same time that the will was written. There were bitter exchanges during the court hearing, with C.J. stating, “Those people latched onto him, stuck their claws in him and rode him for all he was worth.” He further mentioned, “I don’t believe the will has my father’s signature, and I don’t believe he was competent to sign it three days before he died”.

C.J.’s allegations were denied by Castaneda’s lawyer, Deborah Drooz, who testified that she was present during the signing of the will together with another lawyer and a public notary. She further mentioned that Carlos Castaneda was of sound mind during the signing and that “… one thing that was very clear for years was that Dr Castaneda had not had a relationship with C.J. Castaneda or Adrian Vashon for years, and he was very clear he should not benefit from Dr Castaneda’s death.” C.J. was ultimately unsuccessful in challenging his father’s will.

 

VIDEO: Carlos Castaneda Documentary

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Castaneda’s Close Followers

 

Carol Tiggs

Carol Tiggs was Carlos Castaneda’s colleague and a fellow student of Don Juan. After Castaneda’s death, she continued to hold workshops around the world including:

  • Ontario, Canada in 1998
  • Sochi, Russia in 2015
  • Merida, Yucatan in 2016

Currently, Carol Tiggs serves as a consultant for Cleargreen, Inc.

 

Donner-Grau, Abelar, and Scout

Not long after Castaneda’s passing in April 1998, Florinda Donner-Grau, Taisha Abelar and Blue Scout informed their friends and families that they were leaving on a long journey. Several weeks later, Blue Scout’s car, a red Ford Escort, was found abandoned in Death Valley.

In 2006, a pair of hikers found a skeleton in Death Valley in the Panamint Dunes area. DNA testing confirmed that the remains belonged to Blue Scout aka Patricia Partin. The police ruled her cause of death as undetermined.

 

Recommended Reading (Free Download)

The Art of Dreaming (click to download PDF)

The Active Side of Infinity (click to download PDF)

The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge (click to download PDF)

A Separate Reality (click to download PDF)

Journey to Ixtlan (click to download PDF)

Tales of Power (click to download PDF)

The Eagle’s Gift (click to download PDF)

Carlos Castaneda’s Compilation of Books (click to download PDF)

The texts above were sourced from legitimate book-hosting services offering these texts for free download. They are made available here for purely educational, non-commercial purposes.
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    You’re way out of date. We blow the Buddha away these days, hands down. In hte only real magical community on the internet. There’s none for Buddhists, because Buddhism is a money making con. That picture is just from a day or two ago, there are hundreds like it, of stuff no Buddhist even dreams of doing for real.

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    Only the people who are unable to understand it, think it isn’t true.

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  5. Wai Meng Wan on Jul 19, 2018 at 5:00 am

    Carlos Castenada was a prolific writer and one who have a lot of vision about sharing the truths that he has discovered. What is also interesting is that he also had a teacher who guided him when he first traversed the spiritual path which is quite synonymous to Tibetan buddhist concepts.

  6. Stella Cheang on Jun 14, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    This is an interesting article. Through the lens of Carlos Castaneda, we are introduced to the Yaqui Indian’s sorcery and the uses of drugs and herbs that are associated with it. The acute description of Carlos’ teacher, Don Juan and the landscape of Mexico in his books made him popular and rich. Allowing him to crystallise Don Juan’s shamanistic concepts into a modern teaching, i..e the Tensegrity. Carlos’ life was not short of entanglements; his background had 2 versions, he had several marriages but ended up only the first on was valid and legal, and more critically, the authenticity of his works came under question. Despite strangled marriage and hearth issue, Carlos lived till the age of 72, left behind sizeable wealth as well as a legacy of New Age Movement.

  7. Samfoonheei on Jun 10, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    Carlos Castaneda,a Peruvian-born was an anthropologist and writer. He wrote a controversial series of books that claimed to describe his training and magical experiences in traditional shamanism. He did used psychoactive drugs in his training, and many were attracted by the mysticism. Interesting biography of Carlos Castaneda who lived a life with mysteries by many as for his birth and mysterious death. It does not matter as he has help many individual to improve their freedom of perception and physical health. Towards the end of his life he managed to write his final book and he seemed to predict his own passing. Incredible he knew it.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting mystical and mysterious writer.

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The Kechara Forest Retreat is a unique holistic retreat centre focused on the total wellness of body, mind and spirit. This is a place where families and individuals will find peace, nourishment and inspiration in a natural forest environment. At Kechara Forest Retreat, we are committed to give back to society through instilling the next generation with universal positive values such as kindness and compassion.

For more information, please read here (english), here (chinese), or the official site: retreat.kechara.com.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, May 10. 2024 02:57 PM
    A card and hard disc from Sean Wang was truly a smart idea afterall. Nobody could imagine such idea but he did it. Placing thumb drives with millions and billions of Vajrayogini her holy mantra in Tibetan into the holy statue. Not only that drawing pictures too . Such a great idea whereby people come to make offerings, prostrate, circumambulate, collecting huge amount of merits for themselves and their love ones. Thanks to Sean Wang/
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/letters-cards-gifts/seans-got-a-great-idea.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, May 10. 2024 02:55 PM
    Reading this blog kindly reminded us of the most cherished people in our lives that’s our parents. Mother’s Day that is on this Sunday 12th of May and Father’s Day falls on the third Sunday in June. Teachers Day too important ……a day to honour and recognise their roles in our lives. Rinpoche always emphasised that we should not avoid the responsibility of repaying the kindness of the people who have helped us in our life. The only true way to honour and repay their kindness is to let them know that their kindness meant a lot to us . Do something good for them or someone else as this practice ultimately gives enormous power and possibilities for positive effects in many lives not just our own life. Simple saying thank you and expressing our appreciation can go a long way.
    Reading all those powerful quotes by Rinpoche gives us a lesson and example.
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers team for sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/celebrating-kindness-20-quotes-from-tsem-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 8. 2024 06:11 PM
    Achi Chökyi Drölma is the Dharma Protector of the Drikung Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. She also appears as a protector in the Karma Kagyu refuge tree as Achi Chodron. Although Achi has a particular committment to protect the Drikung Kagyu, she is recognized and practiced by all lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. To benefit the beings in samsara, she displays a limitless number of manifestations at different times and in different space dimensions. She vowed to protect the Drikung Kagyu lineage and its practitioners, removing inner and outer obstacles , a revered figure in Tibetan Buddhism, embodies the harmonious union of compassion, wisdom, and protective energy. a powerful wisdom-protector who guards and protects all sincere Dharma-practitioners to rely on her. She is also known for her power to confer wealth. She rose to protect Drikung Kagyu lineage while Dorje Shugden who rose to protect the Gelug teaching. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Gen Lobsang Phuljung for this interesting write up

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/achi-chokyi-drolma-chief-protectress-of-the-drikung-kagyu.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 8. 2024 06:00 PM
    Dorje Shugden is a special Dharma Protector who quickly fulfils wishes and sincere prayers. He brings healing, harmony and peace; protects from harm and obstacles and attracts opportunities for success and growth. To promote the practice of Dorje Shugden, Kechara has came up a easy way for more people to understand the Powerful Practice. Presented in six different languages as such in English, Tibetan བོད་ཡིག, Chinese 中文, Hindi हिंदी, Tamil தமிழ், Nepali नेपाली so everyone could access. All those materials were distributed to visitors free of charge at all Kechara outlets. Looking at those pictures of visitors says all of how Kechara had spreads the practice of Dorje Shugden like wild fire. More people will get to know and understand the true stories and benefits of Dorje Shugden.
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/kechara-spreads-the-practice-of-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 8. 2024 05:57 PM
    For the last 60 years, the Tibetan Government-in-Exile has exploited, abused, marginalised and persecuted their people. For the first time in six decades, since the Tibetans first entered a life in exile, we are seeing more and more examples of ordinary Tibetans speaking up against this exploitation. In years gone past, Tibetans would never have dared to voice their objections to the leadership. They have been mixing religion and politics ever since. A majority of the Tibetans in India are stateless, and been sufferings quietly. Hundreds of thousands of Tibetans were killed during the Chinese invasion, prompting the young Dalai Lama to flee into exile in 1959. Because of all the exploitation the younger Tibetan generation are willing to express and speaking up.
    Reading the commentary by a anonymous member of the Tibetan community tells us how those desperate Tibetans experienced all this while and to voice the truth. Interesting read. In order to achieve peace it is necessary to address the root of violence and conflict by having dialogue between the Chinese Government and the Tibetan Government.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/tibetan-refugee-youth-speaking-up.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 8. 2024 05:55 PM
    Coming up with these informative website is a great work of Rinpoche and writers team. With these website it had many people get to understand more of Tibetan Buddhism , great teachers teachings and of course all about the practice of Dorje Shugden. I am one of them , its was this website I got to know , learn, and understand about Tibetan Buddhism and Dorje Shugden.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands and writers team .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/fantastic-new-dorje-shugden-website-launched.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 8. 2024 05:53 PM
    The legendary Ra Lotsawa Dorje Drak was born in the village of Nyenam,Southern Tibet amidst many auspicious signs of a high rebirth. Ra Lotsawa was a great tantric master and is one of the most controversial Buddhist teachers in Tibetan history who had used wrathful means to subjugate his opponents. One of the previous lives of Dorje Shugden is the renowned lama Ra Lotsawa Dorje Drak, Amongst his great deeds, Ra Lotsawa was known to have renovated many with Samye, Tibet’s first monastery. He also sponsored numerous new translation works, the copying and recitation of sacred scriptures, and the installation of Buddha statues. Interesting read of the biography of this great master. Ra Lotsawa Dorje Drakpa left behind a legacy of many great lamas, practitioners and preserving, as well as spreading this tantric system in Tibet.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/ra-lotsawa-dorje-drakpa-tibetan-master-of-the-vajrabhairava-tantra.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 8. 2024 05:51 PM
    Dorjé Shukden is a controversial Tibetan Buddhist protector deity, believed by some to be a wrathful spirit and by others to be an enlightened Buddha. The controversy that arose from this divided understanding over the last fifty years has impacted the Tibetan Buddhist community globally and continues to be relevant to observers and practitioners of Buddhism the world over. The Yellow Book, based on its cover. It was composed by Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche in 1970, but it was not published until 1973. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche never intended for his book to be published but somehow it was published without his permission. According to the introduction, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche authored this book in 1970 based on teachings given by Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, the junior tutor to the 14th Dalai Lama.The original intention of this book was to be complementary material to Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche’s book, Music Delighting An Ocean of Protectors, which was published six years before the Yellow Book. The Yellow Book did not circulate widely until several years later. It is a collection of cautionary tales and teachings but sadly some influential powerful officials and people who had corrupted the Gelug lineage . Interesting read.
    I am looking forward to finish reading this book.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Martin for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/dr-christopher-bells-views-on-zemey-rinpoches-yellow-book.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 4. 2024 06:15 PM
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 4. 2024 06:13 PM
    Firebirds are mythical birds found in the folklore of many cultures. They are often depicted as magical birds with feathers that glow like flames or the sun. The mythology surrounding firebirds varies between cultures, but there are some common themes. In Greek mythology, the mythical bird known for its ability to be reborn from its ashes, symbolizing immortality and renewal. It is often depicted as a beautiful and majestic creature with brightly coloured feathers and a long tail. Interesting read of the stories related to the mythology, legend and folklore in this blog.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/beautiful-1000-armed-avalokitesvara.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 4. 2024 06:13 PM
    Wow….such a stunning sacred image 1,000 Armed Avalokitesvara as gift from Joshua and family for Rinpoche . More so receiving it on Wesak Day is indeed wonderful. Merely looking at this stunning images is a blessing. Its such a meaningful and beautiful gift.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/beautiful-1000-armed-avalokitesvara.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 4. 2024 06:09 PM
    For thousands of years a mystical paradise land hidden within the Himalayan Mountains called Shambhala also known by many names. For many generations, people have attempted to search for this paradise land of spiritual evolution.According to the legend, Shambhala is a place of peace and happiness. The existence of Shambhala is mentioned in the old scripture. There are many legends associated with the location of Shambhala. There are many great meditators that have travelled astrally to this beautiful paradise place sharing and describe their experiences. Reading through this interesting article again and again to understand better.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-mythical-land-of-shambhala.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 4. 2024 06:07 PM
    Cham Dance is the traditional dance of Tibetans. It involves a series of masked dances, which are usually performed by monks and laymen, wearing colourful costumes. These dances are vibrant and lively and are performed during annual festivals. Dorje Shugden Cham dance is one of them, is said to have originated in the Himalayan range and by far the date and year are kept as a treasured secret to this date. The Dorje Shugden cham dance is rare but not an obscure lineage; there are certain monasteries in Tibet who have practised this dance for hundreds of years. Dorje Shugden Cham dance is a colourful and impressive performance, performed by Buddhist monks who practiced Dorje Shugden. The Cham dance is very powerful and through the dance which depicts the truth of Dorje Shugden.There are a few variations of accounts on the history and the lineage of Dorje Shugden, written by various attained lamas in the last 350 years. Collected works on Dorje Shugden written by His H H Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche considered the most accurate account. As describes clearly how Dorje Shugden for many lifetimes had manifested high level Mahasiddhas. Dorje Shugden and his entourage of thirty-two deities are all depicted in the Cham dance as a World Peace Protector. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/dorje-shugden-cham-dance-in-nyemo-gyelche-monastery-tibet.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2024 04:08 PM
    Momo is a dumpling made of all-purpose flour and filled with either meat or vegetables. Inspired by Tibetan dumplings, the dish is a very popular Nepali street food. It is one of my favourite foods. Last year while in Kathmandu I am fortunate given the opportunity to learn and made vegetarian Momos.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing as it reminds me of trip there visiting some of the Holiest sites and trying my hand making momos then.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/making-nepalese-momos.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2024 04:06 PM
    Bouddha, also known as Boudhanath, is a stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal which is located about 11 km from outskirts of Kathmandu. Its massive mandala makes it one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal and the world. The Boudhanath Stupa pyramid is coated with over 60 pounds of gold, is one of the largest and one of the most significant Buddhist monuments in the world. This great Stupa is home to precious relics and this semi-circular structure stands out with its majestic mandala, recognized by UNESCO in 1979 as a World Heritage Site. The Boudhanath is the most sacred sites in Tibetan Buddhism outside of Tibet, reflecting the cosmological tenets of Buddhism. Was there last year June joining thousands of pilgrims circumambulate the stupa.
    The aerial view of this Boudhanath Stupa is magnificent indeed. Looking merely at the pictures is a blessing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/aerial-view-of-bodha-stupa.html

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According to legend, Shambhala is a place where wisdom and love reign, and there is no crime. Doesn\'t this sound like the kind of place all of us would love to live in? https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=204874
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According to legend, Shambhala is a place where wisdom and love reign, and there is no crime. Doesn't this sound like the kind of place all of us would love to live in? https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=204874
108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden\'s blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
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108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden's blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
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Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat\'s doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
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One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat's doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
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Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
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On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
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By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
It\'s very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it\'s very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
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It's very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it's very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
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Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
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One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
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Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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Sacred Vajra Yogini
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Sacred Vajra Yogini
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Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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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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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-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 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Kechara Penang Appreciation Day. 18th May 2024. A special day to honour our regular members. You all deserve a shout-out!!! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Rejoice to the volunteers (also kind sponsors) who cleaned the Gyenze Chapel and made abundant offerings to Gyenze. ~ Alice
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Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
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Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Our weekly Dorje Shugden Puja @ 23/3/2024 . William, as the umze is seen here burning incense powder as we are about to recite the Sangsol Prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Ganden Serkong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Our weekly Dorje Shugden Puja @ 23/3/2024 . William, as the umze is seen here burning incense powder as we are about to recite the Sangsol Prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Ganden Serkong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Group photo taken after the last session, sealed with King of Prayers. Come and join us next time! Sayonara - 9-10th March 2024 - Kechara Penang DS Retreat by Jacinta.
Abundance altar! Fruits, flowers, Mee Koo (traditional Penang buns), Bee Hoon, sourdoughs and snacks are some of the offerings to Rinpoche, Buddhas & Bodhisattvas. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat 9-10th March, 2024 by Jacinta.
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Siew Hong, one of retreatants and an active member of Kechara Penang group proudly presented her torma to be used during the Kalarupa puja. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
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Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
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Jun from Ipoh was offering mandarin oranges to Mother Tara and The Three Jewels. (Kin Hoe)
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Prior to our puja in Ipoh, Mr. & Mrs. Cheah Fook Wan were preparing for the offerings to the Buddhas. (Kin Hoe)
On Sunday afternoon, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations in Ipoh. (Kin Hoe)
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On Sunday afternoon, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations in Ipoh. (Kin Hoe)
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Some of the best shots taken during Thaipusam in Penang. Swee Bee, Huey, Tang KS, Nathan, Choong SH and Jacinta volunteered. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Simple yet powerful ally ~ Bhagawan Dorje Shuden. Kechara Penang Study Group consists of Chien Seong, Hue, Choong SH, Tang KS, Swee Bee and Jacinta. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Uploaded by Jacinta.
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Simple yet powerful ally ~ Bhagawan Dorje Shuden. Kechara Penang Study Group consists of Chien Seong, Hue, Choong SH, Tang KS, Swee Bee and Jacinta. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Uploaded by Jacinta.
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Welcoming our lineage Gurus to our Penang Chapel today! Pastor Seng Piow explained the significance of having Guru Tree and introduced to us our lineage lamas, Buddhas, deities, protectors and etc.
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