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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  1. Daniel Lawton on Mar 18, 2022 at 12:45 am

    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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  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Feb 2. 2023 04:16 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this post which tells us more than that. Feeling the pain of those been slaughtered for human consumption. We should gave up eating meat , have compassion for them who cannot speak for themselves. Looking at those pictures feeling uneasy, the way those chickens , pigs and so forth were killed. We have a lot to answer for those sufferings and killing . We have a choice not to kill and to be vegetarian. Choosing to be a vegetarian is the best as there are many benefits. Vegetarians appear to have lower low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure and lower rates of hypertension and type 2 diabetes. Vegetarians also tend to have lower overall cancer rates and lower risk of chronic disease. Hence for health reasons we should go on vegetarian.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/how-we-have-lulled-ourselves-into-a-false-sense-of-goodness.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Feb 2. 2023 04:12 PM
    In northern China, where there is a long history of consuming dog meat to ward off the coldness in the winter. They celebrates the summer solstice by throwing a festival that involves the slaughter and consumption of dog meats. Many people love the sophisticated tastes of their dog-meat cuisine. This tradition is slowly fading out as more and more people are aware of the cruelty and not a healthy life consuming it.
    Reading this blog and looking at the pictures , one could see the poor lady activist kneels down , begging the vendor to buy those dogs from being eaten ahead of the annual dog meat. What she did was incredible ,sold her family’s two houses to fund the rescue of thousands of dogs. This amazing woman has spent large amount of money, saving dogs from the Chinese dog meat festival. She has dedicated her life to actually doing something worth doing about it. Attitudes towards dog consumption in China are changing, but some of these traditions have deep roots.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/chinas-animal-crusade.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Feb 2. 2023 04:09 PM
    Bigfoot believe may exist somewhere in the wild, but are not recognized by science. Russian president discovers ‘proof’ that fabled creature exists while on short vacation in Kemerovo region. The sighting is understood to have been confirmed by President Putin’s security detachment after they inspected the footprints. Environmental rangers and hunters in remote mountain terrain confirmed it. The Kremlin leader had witnessed’ three Yetis while on a recent helicopter trip to a remote location famous for claimed sightings. Nobody in the world has found the yeti, and it would be good and beneficial to most people. Scientists and yeti enthusiasts believe there may finally be solid evidence that the apelike creature roams in the wild. As long as there are wild places in America, Bigfoot remains a possibility that, it exist.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/vladimir-putin-sights-a-yeti-family.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 21. 2023 01:22 PM
    Stephen William Hawking was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author. Well he was best known for his discovery that black holes emit radiation which can be detected by special instrumentation. His discovery has made the detailed study of black holes possible. Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking did mentioned in an interview that, it is natural to believe God created the universe. He think science has a more compelling explanation than a divine creator. Religion believes in miracles, but these aren’t compatible with science. Well said by him.
    Everything we have in life is all came as a result of research either from ourselves or others. That’s true.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this informative blog

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/he-says-with-certainty.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 21. 2023 01:21 PM
    The Dyatlov Pass incident was an event in which nine Soviet hikers died mysteriously in the northern Ural Mountains in 1959. A group of ski hikers led by Igor Dyatlov just perished in this remote peak. Some of them succumbed to hypothermia, but others were found with grisly injuries. No one yet comes to the conclusion what had exactly happened to them and solved one of history’s greatest adventure .The Dyatlov Pass Incident, came to be known and have inspired countless conspiracy theories, such as Yetis, and even extra-terrestrial contact with the unknown. These men and women were never heard from again. A criminal investigation at the time blamed their deaths on an unknown natural force. Sound interesting. There’s some unknown creatures or aliens maybe that cause their death i do believe., as we are not alone.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/tell-me-what-you-think.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 21. 2023 01:19 PM
    Samaya is a set of Buddhist vows and commitments that are given when one receives empowerment in the Vajrayana Buddhist order. Guru devotion plays an important part in our spiritual practice in Tibetan Buddhism. As explained by Tsem Rinpoche our Guru we must have a good relations and good samaya with the guru. We can never be overstressed on the spiritual path or else our mind will degenerate. Breaking the samaya vows is worse than breaking any other laws. Breaking a samaya results in a heavy bad karma, especially if one disregards or dislikes, the Guru who have gave us the teachings. The Dorje Shugden controversy had cause disharmony and sufferings to many practitioners. For some of them been drifted away causing them to break their samaya then. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/go-on-break-your-samaya.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 21. 2023 01:17 PM
    The Great Buddha of Kamakura, a monumental outdoor bronze statue is one of the most famous icons of Japan. It sits in the grounds of Kotokuin, a temple belonging to the Jodo Sect of Buddhism. An equal opportunities Buddha, guiding all to the Pure Land, built in the mid 13th century and is the second tallest bronze Buddha in Japan. Looks stunning this statue with historical stories behind it. Love to visit and see for myself this magnificent statue.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/i-love-kamakura-buddha-in-japan.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jan 16. 2023 01:34 PM
    Yes there are many mysterious creatures everywhere this very planet. Its only that we don’t encounter before. Many mysterious creatures such as Owl man , ‘lizard man, Flatwoods monster may exist after-all. Many of them exist in the wild but scientist do not believed it exist by mainstream science. Reading this blog is an eye-opening for me. Just fantastic knowing such creatures do exist. Some of them looks scary to me like the Canvey island monster which had horse-shoe shaped feet with five toes and it had no ‘arms’. Even though its just a carcass seen on the shores of Canvey Island in England. Ferociously looking . Bunyip another creatures found in swamps which has a dog-like face, dark fur, horse-like tail and walrus-like horns. Interesting reading to know that there are some of the mysterious creatures .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/10-most-horrifying-creatures.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jan 16. 2023 01:31 PM
    Looking at those pictures in this blog says all. Hundred thousands of monks and locals from different monasteries receiving Dorje Shugden initiation from highly attained Lamas. From one picture where thousands of tents were set up outside the monastery hosting the ceremony for the thousands of attendees. Thousands of fortunate practitioners were fortunate to receive initiation of Dorje Shugden from high lamas of the Gelug lineage . We are fortunate to read and watch those updates from Tibet and else where.
    Thank you Rinpoche for these updates.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/updates-from-tibet-and-elsewhere.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jan 16. 2023 01:29 PM
    Dorje Shugden is a fully enlightened Buddha who has been worshipped throughout history by several schools in Tibetan Buddhism. The protector Dorje Shugden was arose from a lineage of highly attained masters who have been taking rebirth life after life. Solely for the benefit of all sentient beings and the preservation of the Dharma. Having to ask for divine help is no exception for Keng Nam. Dorje Shugden the Dharma Protector will help everyone regardless of race and faith in difficult time when pray to him sincerely.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Keng Nam for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/calling-upon-the-divine.html
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    Saturday, Jan 14. 2023 08:09 PM
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  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 11. 2023 02:27 PM
    The interest in vegan and vegetarian products is on the rise, especially after consumers become aware of the cruelty involved in producing animal-based foods. Undercover footage released shows slaughterhouse brutal treatment of animals such as pigs , sheep and so forth being kicked, beaten, and thrown into cages before they are slaughtered. The animals should be immediately slaughtered so as to spare them the pain, stress, and anxiety. Secret footage shot inside a slaughterhouse has reignited a row over animal cruelty. Its sad watching this video. As results leading animal protection organisation Animal Aid requested more CCTV cameras to be place in all abattoirs. The public do not want to see animals treated in such a cruel way . To go vegetarian will be the best choice.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing high-lighted the sufferings of animals in slaughter house.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/secret-abattoirs-in-the-uk.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 11. 2023 02:26 PM
    Generally, Buddhist teaching views life and death as a continuum, believing that consciousness continues after death and may be reborn. We’re all going to face death, so we shouldn’t ignore it. Being realistic about our mortality enables us to live a full, meaningful life. Buddhist teachings emphasize the idea that although one’s destiny is always influenced by past karma. That is, our actions in this and previous lives shape the outcome for the next life. Reading this article had me understand further . To learn ,practice Dharma is the best choice I have made. We have our Guru to thank for sharing with us the journey from birth to death. This article gave us a better understanding of what happens to us after we pass away according to Buddhism.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/what-happens-when-we-die-heres-what-buddhism-says.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 11. 2023 02:24 PM
    Palden Tenpai Nyima a native of Tibet, he was the 7th Panchen Lama of Tibet. The Panchen Lama is the second highest ranking lama after the Dalai Lama in the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan . Palden Tenpai Nyima did compiled and edited voluminous collection of tantric deity sadhanas or spiritual practices known as Rinjung Lhantab. Rinjung Gyatsa collection of sadhanas originally came from the great Tibetan scholar Jetsun Taranatha. In turn, Taranatha’s collection was based on the ancient Sadhanamala collection of works by various Indian authors. It was believed to have been compiled between the 5th and 11th centuries which can be traced back to its Indian roots. Its more suitable for higher practitioners . Jetsun Taranatha was one of the important masters of the Jonang lineage, was of crucial importance for the Shangpa Kagyu tradition who had contributed tremendously in Tibetan Buddhism. Interesting read .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/rinjung-lhantab-the-panchen-lamas-collection-of-sadhanas.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Dec 29. 2022 02:00 PM
    Monk robes offering is the highest offering and the most meritorious of skillful deeds. The act of offering robes to the Sangha, one will be free from the suffering of hungry ghost realm and taking rebirth in the human form with complete perfect physical, attractive, conceivably pleasant and beautiful shape. Merits of offering robes to Sangha is extremely glorious. The Sangha has preserved, propagated and taught the teachings of the Buddha for centuries. As a result, millions have benefitted from their diligent effort and compassion, hence with understanding and gratitude, it is meritorious for us to offer robes to monks.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/new-offering-of-monk-robes.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
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because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
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Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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Part 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
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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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 reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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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
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Come and get your blessing from Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden in Penang @ Jalan Seang Tek ~ by Jacinta.
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Special thanks to one of our dedicated Penang group members, Choong for superb tormas. Swift Return Puja @ every Saturday, 3pm. Do contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ by Jacinta
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Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ by Jacinta
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The members of Kechara Penang Study Group are offering serkym to Dorje Shugden and His entourage. There's puja every Saturday @ 3 pm at Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek. All are welcome. ~by Jacinta
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