Professor Lokesh Chandra: India’s Great Scholar

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Professor Lokesh Chandra, age 84, is one of India’s leading experts on Sanskrit and Buddhism

Professor Lokesh Chandra, aged 84, is one of India’s leading experts on Sanskrit and Buddhism

(By Tsem Rinpoche and Joy Kam)

The Birth of One of India’s Great Scholars

A renowned scholar of the Vedas, Buddhism and the Indian arts, a philosopher, and one of India’s great thinkers, Professor Lokesh Chandra was born to an illustrious family of educationists in Ambala, Haryana State, in 1927.

He is currently the Chief Executive of the Indian Council for Cultural Relationships (ICCR) and a film director at the International Academy of Indian Tradition. In 2006, he was awarded India’s prestigious Padma Bhushan award, the nation’s third-highest civilian award, for his great contributions to literature and education.

Widely travelled all over Asia, Europe and Russia, Professor Lokesh Chandra has published close to 600 written works and texts. Some of these very precious and rare manuscripts are considered to be classics such as the Tibetan-Sanskrit Dictionary (1961), Buddhist Iconography of Tibet (1986), Materials for a History of Tibetan Literature (1963), and the 20 volumes of the Dictionary of Buddhist Iconography.

 

Life and Works

Professor Lokesh Chandra is currently the Chief Executive of the Indian Council for Cultural Relationships (ICCR)

Professor Lokesh Chandra is currently the Chief Executive of the Indian Council for Cultural Relationships (ICCR)

Professor Lokesh Chandra’s father, Professor Raghu Vira, was himself a world-renowned thinker, a well-known politician, a great Sanskrit scholar and a linguist who made significant contributions to the development of India’s linguistic diversity and the understanding of Asian culture.

With his father’s guidance, Professor Chandra learnt Sanskrit and several other classical Indian languages, including Pali and the Prakrit languages. He also mastered Latin, Classical Greek, Chinese, Japanese, Old Persian, Avestan of the Parsis and many other important languages of cultural significance to India. He also learnt many Indian languages such as Tamil, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam and Uriya.

In 1943, Professor Chandra helped his father translate a compilation of the Chinese Dictionary of Indian Geographical Names, originally written in 517 CE and composed from the various accounts of travellers that existed in Chinese literature.

When Professor Chandra attended university, he teamed up with his father to create Indian language glossaries for scientific terms used in the subjects of physics, chemistry, mathematics, zoology and botany.

In 1947, Professor Chandra received his Master’s Degree from the Punjab University at Lahore and in 1949, with the discovery of fresh manuscripts, he edited the Gavamayana section of Jaiminiya Brahmana’s Vedic texts. The restoration of the text to its original state, ensuring that the purity of its teachings were maintained, was a long and arduous process which took Professor Chandra several years to complete.

For these efforts, Professor Chandra was conferred a Doctorate of Literature and Philosophy by the State University of Utrecht (Netherlands) in 1950. However, it was only in 1954 that Professor Chandra finally completed the restoration of the Jaiminiya Brahmana texts.

Professor Lokesh Chandra was conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters (D. Lit) in recognition of his immense scholarship, vast experiences and great contributions to the fields of linguistics, culture and social advancement in India and in the world. His Holiness Samdech Tep Wong, the Supreme Patriarch of Cambodia presented the degree at a ceremony held on 10 May at Chaktomukh Conference Centre, Phnom Penh

Professor Lokesh Chandra was conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters (D. Lit) in recognition of his immense scholarship, vast experience and great contributions to the fields of linguistics, culture and social advancement in India and in the world. His Holiness Samdech Tep Wong, the Supreme Patriarch of Cambodia presented the degree at a ceremony held on 10 May 2016 at Chaktomukh Conference Centre, Phnom Penh

The following year, Professor Lokesh Chandra took on the challenging task of creating a Tibetan-Sanskrit Dictionary. From 1955 to 1960, he worked on this arduous project which resulted in a collection of 12 main volumes; a further seven supplementary volumes were published between 1992 and 1994.

This was the world’s first comprehensive lexicographical (alphabetically ordered) Tibetan-Sanskrit Dictionary. Its contents provided the reader a comprehensive understanding of Tibetan literature and culture, and had an influence in the highest, most remote and most isolated regions of Asia.

Another of Professor Chandra’s amazing accomplishments is his editing of volume upon volume of historical Tibetan texts that include the history of Tibet’s first monastery, Samye Monastery. On top of this, he also edited the text titled “The Golden Annals of Mongolia” by Tsawa Tamdin and a study of 19 Mongolian polymaths.

In his three-volume book titled “Materials for a History of Tibetan Literature” Professor Lokesh Chandra presented to the world the limitless dimensions of the profound wisdom and life in the Land of Snows — Tibet — as well as the Mongolian plains.

He teamed up with his father again to research and write on the many aspects of iconography derived from Trans-Himalayan Asian art, as far as the regions of Volga and Siberia — hard to reach places that were rarely explored or written about. This wealth of knowledge is meticulously recorded in a 20-volume book called A New Tibeto-Mongol Pantheon (1961).

Prof. Chandra seen here with the Gilgit Manuscripts. "It will probably take another 50 years to understand it completely. Scholars from Germany, Japan and Korea are currently trying to decipher the text as sporadic translations in Sanskrit and Chinese have helped them get some idea of the missing links in the original texts."

Professor Chandra is seen here with the Gilgit Manuscripts. “It will probably take another 50 years to understand it completely. Scholars from Germany, Japan and Korea are currently trying to decipher the text as sporadic translations in Sanskrit and Chinese have helped them get some idea of the missing links in the original texts.”

The Gilgit Manuscript contains the texts on Vinay Vastu, the treatise on monastic discipline. It also contains the texts on Ayurvedic medicines such as Anna Panna Vidhi and Bhaisajya Guru Sutra. There are references to iconometry, folk tales, philosophy and culinary skills. It also has a chronological list of the various Buddhist Shahi kings of Gilgit.

The Gilgit Manuscripts contain the texts on Vinay Vastu, the treatises on monastic discipline. It also contains texts on Ayurvedic medicine such as Anna Panna Vidhi and the Bhaisajya Guru Sutra. It includes references to iconometry, folk tales, philosophy and culinary skills and also has a chronological list of the various Buddhist Shahi Kings of Gilgit.

With Professor Lokesh Chandra’s knowledge and understanding of the spiritual expression of India’s ancient scriptures of the Vedic tradition, he went on to discuss this subject with representatives from India, Tibet, Mongolia, China, Japan, Korea, Philippines and South East Asia.

Professor Chandra was recognised for his outstanding achievements and elected as an Honorary Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences for his great contribution towards editing the 108 great volumes of the Mongolian Kanjur or Kangyur (Buddhist Canon). He is the first Indian to have been given this great honour in the past 100 years.

The Mongolian Buddhist monk Jaya Pandita Losang Trinley (1642 – 1708)

The Mongolian Buddhist monk Jaya Pandita Losang Trinley (1642 – 1708)

A very interesting work published by Professor Lokesh Chandra through the International Academy of Indian Culture (1981, Vol. 4, Folios 43-60) is the catalogue of received teachings (thob yig) of the Mongolian Buddhist monk Jaya Pandita Losang Trinley (1642 – 1708).

These include several prophecies related to Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen, a long list of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen’s incarnations as well as their brief biographies, as well as Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen’s rnam thar (spiritual biography), a year by year account of the great master’s life.

Click here to view this important text in its original scriptural format, which has also been translated from Tibetan to English.

Prior to Professor Lokesh Chandra’s publication, Lobsang Tamdin, a Mongolian scholar and lineage holder of many practices and teachings, had also incorporated the biography of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen and compiled a list of his incarnations into a work called sprul sku grags pa rgyal mtshan gyi sngon byung ‘khrungs rabs dang bcas pa’i rnam thar (dza ya pandi ta blo bzang ‘phrin las kyi gsan yig nas zur du bkod pa bzhugs so). This formed part of Lobsang Tamdin’s be bum (collected works).

Lobsang Tamdin (1867 – 1937) was a Mongolian scholar and lineage holder of many practices and teachings, is well-known for his compilation of numerous significant texts by Mongolian and Tibetan masters.

Lobsang Tamdin (1867 – 1937) was a Mongolian scholar and lineage holder of many practices and teachings. He is well-known for his compilation of numerous and significant texts by Mongolian and Tibetan masters.

Apart from spiritual subjects, Professor Lokesh Chandra also has an interest in the natural sciences. Hence, he was the editor for the international research journal, Advancing Frontiers of Plant Sciences. The 30-volume journal consists of scholarly articles on plant morphology and physiology, phytopathology, economic botany, systematic botany, plant cytology, horticulture, paleo-botany, genetics, and many other areas of scientific research concerned with plant species.

On 27 October 2014, Professor Lokesh Chandra was appointed the President of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee. He is also the Honorary Director of the International Academy of Indian Culture.

Professor Chandra has previously held the important positions of Vice President of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, and Chairman of the Indian Council for Historical Research. Besides that, he also served as a Member of the Indian Parliament for two terms from 1974 to 1980 and from 1980 to 1986.

Prof. Lokesh Chandra, with Mr. Alexander Losyukov, President of the International Centre of the Roerichs (ICR), Moscow and a famous Russian diplomat, Alexander Kadakin, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Republic of India, and Dinkar Astana, Executive Director of the ICCR took part in the grand opening of the exhibition, which included the Indian traditional ceremony of lighting an oil lamp.

Professor Lokesh Chandra with Mr. Alexander Losyukov, President of the International Centre of the Roerichs (ICR), Moscow and a famous Russian diplomat, Alexander Kadakin, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Republic of India, during the grand opening of an exhibition on the Roerich family which included a traditional Indian ceremony of lighting an oil lamp.

Professor Lokesh Chandra’s most recent writings include Buddhism Across the Grasslands of Chinggis Khan; and Lord Siva and Buddha in the Golden Isles of Indonesia.

He is currently engaged in writing about the cultural influences between India and China during the last two millennia. His other works also contain insightful research on the arts, literature, philosophy, and archaeology of Buddhist cities around the world, which took him all over Europe, Russia and Asia for research purposes.

His Eminence Gangchen Rinpoche and Professor Lokesh Chandra at Borobudur Temple

His Eminence Gangchen Rinpoche and Professor Lokesh Chandra at Borobudur Temple

 

VIDEO – Oral History: Dr. Lokesh Chandra in conversation with Dr. Yashaswini Chandra

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

 

Popular Buddhist Books by Professor Lokesh Chandra

1. Dictionary of Buddhist Iconography (15 volumes)

Publisher: Aditya Prakashan
(1st Edition: August 1999)

The Dictionary of Buddhist Iconography is one of the greatest works by Professor Lokesh Chandra and his father Professor Raghu Vira who undertook the arduous task of identifying, classifying, describing and explaining the perplexing variations in Buddhist icons, which took them half a century to compile. These findings date back to the time when the Buddha was depicted on a coin during the reign of Kushan Emperor Kaniska. Professor Lokesh Chandra continued to research and gather the immense iconic material from where his father left off, which he started in the 1930s.

The dictionary consists of thousands of photographs, painted scrolls, statues, wooden carvings, line drawings, sketches from manuscripts and xylographs, microfilms, and index cards of various Buddhist deities. It documents the origins of Asian art, from hot desert plains to snow-capped mountains. They represent the artistic and divine heritage of the ancient cities of India, Nepal, Mongolia, Tibet, Buryatia, Central Asia, China, Japan, Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, and other parts of the globe.

The dictionary records findings from the last twenty centuries, with comparative research done across various unique geographical areas. This is on top of the visualisations from many great masters who introduced the multitudes of extraordinary divine forms of the Buddhas, found in dharanis and sadhanas.

Volume 1

Volume 1

Volume 2

Volume 2

Volume 3

Volume 3

Volume 4

Volume 4

Volume 5

Volume 5

Volume 6

Volume 6

Volume 7

Volume 7

Volume 8

Volume 8

Volume 9

Volume 9

Volume 10

Volume 10

Volume 11

Volume 11

Volume 12

Volume 12

Volume 13

Volume 13

Volume 14

Volume 14

Volume 15

Volume 15

 

2. Buddhist Iconography of Tibet

Publisher: Rinsen Book Co. (1986)

The work for this book was initiated by Professor Lokesh Chandra’s father, Professor Raghu Vira, and was completed by Professor Chandra himself. The book reveals the detailed iconography of Buddhist deities from the Tibetan pantheon. The original book consisted of three volumes. Volume 1 has more than 100 illustrated line drawings with detailed descriptions, and Volume 2 has over 1,400 such images and associated descriptions. Volume 3 is an index volume.

This work is definitely an aid for Buddhist practitioners who visualise these deities as part of their meditation practice. Therefore it is extremely important that the iconography of each deity is accurate, and that they understand the meaning of each symbol associated with that particular deity. This fantastic work provides practitioners with all they need for this.

Contents:

  • Foreword by G. Tucci
  • Preface by Herbert V. Guenther
  • Introduction by Lokesh Chandra in Volume I
  • The Pantheon of the Mongolian Kanjur
  • The Narthang Pantheon
  • The Bhadrakalpika-Sutra Pantheon
  • The Three Hundred Icons
  • Literature Cited
  • Plates
  • Volume II: The Bhadrakalpika-Sutra Pantheon
  • Volume II: The Astasahasrika Pantheon
  • Volume II: The Three Hundred Icons
  • Volume III: Index and Japanese Explanatory Notes

 

3. Tibetan-Sanskrit dictionary

LC26

Publisher: South Asia Books
(1st Edition: March 1, 1993)

This is perhaps one of the most important books Professor Lokesh Chandra has ever published as it unlocks the doors to the vast works of Tibetan literature. Here, Professor Chandra presents a host of information and resources in one book, making it one of the most comprehensive Tibetan-Sanskrit dictionaries available.

 

4. Buddhist Iconography

LC27

Publisher: Aditya Prakashan (1988)

This book discusses the pantheon of Tibetan Buddhism, which is presented through the 500 Buddhist deities and teachers known as the Five Hundred Gods of Narthang, making it accessible to scholars of the modern era.

 

5. The Tibetan Iconography of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and Other Deities

By: Lokesh Chandra & Fedrick Bunce
Publisher: D.K. Printworld (2002)

LC28

There is an astonishingly large array of mystical and enlightened deities within the Tibetan Buddhist pantheon, as there are various distinct lineages in Tibet and even various sects within each lineage. The Tibetan Iconography of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and Other Deities presents a rare collection of 360 sets of wood cuts or xylographs, authored by Lalitavajra or Rolpa Dorje, who was an imperial preceptor of Emperor Qianlong (1711-1799). They represent different forms of manifestations of the enlightened Buddhas complemented by 360 praises in Chinese. The name of each deity is also provided in Sanskrit, Tibetan, Mongolian, Manchurian and Chinese.

 

6. Tibetan Art

Publisher: Niyogi Books (16 Aug 2012)

LC29

This book presents the richness of Tibetan art, which arises from mystical realisations of the esoteric universe. This art reveals the depth of wisdom attained by practitioners and masters during their meditations, which was then interpreted into two-dimensional or three-dimensional Tibetan art called thangkas. These majestic symbols have great meaning and are presented in this book through a thorough and comprehensive introduction to the complexity of thangka iconography. The divine artwork in this book allows readers a glimpse of the mystical land of Tibet, taking the reader on a journey of self-realisation as each Buddha deity embodies an aspect of our innate enlightened potential, symbolising qualities that we can achieve.

Contents:

  • Preface: Unto the Mindground of Tibetan Art: Lokesh Chandra
  • Tibet: The Land of Spaces and Silences
  • Buddhas
  • Bodhisattvas
  • Goddesses
  • Tantras and Mandalas
  • Masters, Mystics & Kings
  • Medical Thangkas
  • Stupas
  • Guardian Deities
  • Conclusion

 

7. Buddhism Across the Grasslands of Chinggis Khan

Published by: Aditya Prakashan (2013)

LC30

This book reviews traditional Buddhist art, literature, the history of Mongolia, its monasteries, and the trans-creation of more than 6,000 writings from the Kangyur and Tangyur. It also brings to light 220 philosophical teachings and rituals; and hagiographical and historical works from the Manchu Dynasty to the 1920s.

It tells of the unfortunate destruction of 750 large monasteries, how they were uprooted, and the burning of 5 million xylographs and manuscripts. The major cathedrals of Buddhism, Erdeni Dzu and Choijin Lamin Sum were desecrated and a genocide against monks was carried out. Iconic intellectuals like Professor Rinchen, Lobsang Vandan, and Damdin Suren tell their accounts of these shocking events in their own words. Letters from Professor Rinchen about the obliteration of the Mongolian identity and how the Mongol script was substituted by Cyrillic are well documented here for the first time.

In Kalmykia and Buryatia, monasteries were destroyed, and books and scriptures were burnt in furnaces, as were millions of sacred images. This book reveals it all. The book also presents the tales of Bhoja, Vikramaditya and Krishna, the reproduction of the Tangyur, and the narration of international networking by Mongolistics across Asia, Europe, the USA and USSR which were provided by the efforts of Professor Raghu Vira.

Contents:

  1. Power and virtue and the Mongols
  2. In search of Mongolian Buddhist Sutras
  3. Prof. Raghu Vira’s first visit to Mongolia (Dec. 1955)
  4. Re-pristinisation of the Indo-Mongol tradition
  5. Echo of Sanskrit in Mongol life and history
  6. Exploring the inter-being of Sanskrit Mongolian literature
  7. Visit to Mongolia in 1957
  8. The dreams of 1958
  9. The frozen patrimony flows in a global renaissance (1959)
  10. India the home Mongolian culture (1960-63)
  11. Sanskrit grassroots of Mongolia’s golden heritage (1963-67)
  12. Opening the treasury of classical culture (1967-1980)
  13. Embodying the classical heritage (1981-88)
  14. The new paradigm of Mongolia (1988-90)
  15. Time transcending Sanskrit-Mongol culture (1991-2012)
  16. Buryatia: the land of Vajrapani
  17. In search of Buddhist manuscripts in Buryatia (June 1967)
  18. Bandido Hambo Lama in India (1967, 1971) can we see the lotuses on which deities sit?
  19. The new cultural space of Buryatia (1972)
  20. Supernal advent of the divine: chariot festival of Maitreya (1975)
  21. Kalmykia: the only Buddhist republic in Europe
  22. The Manchu Tripitaka
  23. Index

 

8. Transcendental Art of Tibet

Publisher: Aditya Prakashan
(1st Edition April 1, 1996)

LC31The Transcendental Art of Tibet by Professor Lokesh Chandra traces the evolution of the vast Buddhist pantheon in India and Tibet, characterises the morphology of outstanding divinities and describes around seventy Tibetan thangka scrolls. The volume comprises three sections: theogony, theophany and scrolls.

“The form is elemental in Buddhism. The icon is substantial nothingness, an impelling for philosophic imagination, the power of the creative worshipped in many locales, inter-fused with endless multiplication, inspired by the gloom of the forest, the darkness of the cavern, the flow of rivers and fountains, arborescent earth and luminous heaven. The tangled web of multiplicity of Buddhist divinities weave several strands in a many-coloured veil of mythology. Popular worship and exogenous influences become nuclei for new sutras to breath attributes of awe and majesty to interpenetrate human life. The external form is the active symbolisation of the pure, substantive, infinite energy of the within. It is the psychology of horizons, the desire to flow into contemplation, and the energy to gallop into form, into iconography.

The earliest phase of Buddhist iconography is the representation of scenes from the life of Shakyamuni and his earlier incarnations (the Seven Buddhas), the subsequent history of the division of the relics and their further distribution by Asoka. The earliest iconographic achievements can be viewed under three heads of the representation of:

  • (i) events centering around Lord Sakyamuni,
  • (ii) the eternalisation of Buddhism in the Jatakas,
  • (iii) and the internalisation of the prevalent cults of yaksas into Buddhist caityas.

The reliefs at Bharhut and Sanchi represent the Jatakas. Thus one of the early expressions of Buddhist art was the Jatakas. They sought to convey to the new evolving Buddhist order that the Dharma of Shakyamuni is eternal, sanatana, rooted in a remote time. Shakyamuni had lived hundreds of lives, before he became the Buddha. It was the Art of Eternalisation.

The section of theogony deals with the formative processes of eternalisation, interiorisation, apotheosis of concepts, naimittika divinities for specific purposes like health or wealth, groupings, representation of historical personages, phototropic and erototropic divinities of the outer and inner tantras, assimilation of local deities: all this led to the continuing emergence and dissemination of new deities.

These Buddhist deities became the divine imagination of forms and visualisations in the search of a beside and a beyond. Their materialisation into a scroll, a bas-relief, a sculpture in a templum rousing the inner being inducted the hierophant into the innermost mindscape. The book describes at length the visual characteristics and the envisioned symbols of the foremost Buddhist deities beginning with the Goddess of Eight Auspicious Emblems (Asta-mangala-devi), Shakyamuni and his sixteen apostles (Arhats), Maitreya, Amitabha, Vairocana, Kalacakra, and others, the indigenous Dpal-Idan-Lha-mo, Red Tsihu, Begtse, Pehar, and great masters like Padmasambhava, Ma-gcig Labsgron-ma, Tsongkhapa and a multitude of others. About seventy full-page coloured plates provide an awareness that melts.”

Source: https://www.namsebangdzo.com/Transcendental_Art_of_Tibet_Lokesh_Chandra_p/10565.htm

 

9. Mudras in Japan

Publisher: Vedams (1978)

LC32“The book is the first comprehensive and illustrated treasury of esoteric mudras in the English language. Mudras in Japan by Lokesh Chandra and his late wife Sharada Rani is a collection of symbolic hand postures used in the rituals of Japanese Esoteric Buddhism of the Shingon denomination. The mudras have been an integral part of Buddhist iconography as well as of ritual. In Tantric rituals, the recitation of a mantra was accompanied by a mudra, and a ritual action. In the Mahavairocana-sutra, mudras are vital constituents of worship and meditation. Japan has the earliest manuscript of the mudras. The most ancient scroll is from the pen of Subhakarasimha of Nalanda, who lived from 637 to 735. The copy at the Onjoji monastery is dated 855. Another manuscript dated 864 has Mudras of the Susiddhi-tantra.”

Source: https://books.google.com.my/books/about/Mudr%C4%81s_in_Japan.html

 

10. Ninth Century Scroll of the Vajradhatu Mandala

Publisher: Aditya Prakashan
(1st edition: September 1, 1997)

LC33“This scroll is the earliest known scroll of Buddhist iconography. The ninth century scroll of the Vajradhatu mandala is the earliest known scroll of Buddhist iconography and thus it is of inestimable value for the history of Buddhist art. It is the first known sketch book for a mandala, which represents the philosophic dimensions of the tantric vision in pictorial constellations. It illustrates the six mandalas of the Vajradhatu system in conformity with the Sanskrit text.”

Source: https://www.biblio.com/ninth-century-scroll-of-by-chandra-lokesh/work/1635186

 

The Origin of Avalokita-svara (click to download PDF)

Article

  • Lokesh Chandra (1984).
  • The Origin of Avalokita-svara“.
  • Indologica Taurinenaia.
  • International Association of Sanskrit Studies. XIII (1985–1986): 187–202.
  • Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 June 2014.
  • Retrieved 26 July 2014.

Sources:

  • http://iccr.gov.in/content/bio-profile-prof-lokesh-chandra-president-iccr
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lokesh_Chandra#Books
  • http://www.mea.gov.in/press-releases.htm?dtl/24157/
  • https://www.sanchiuniv.edu.in/pdf/Lokesh%20Chandra%20CV.pdf
  • https://biography.wiki/lokesh-chandra/

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  1. Anne Ong on Apr 12, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    It’s always wonderful to read about someone who is inspiring and has many talents. Thank you Rinpoche and Joy for sharing about Professor Lokesh Chandra for his great works in Buddhism to benefit others 🙏😍👍

  2. wan wai meng on Mar 12, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    As buddhists, we are indebted to Professor Lokesh Chandra’s work of bringing to present day his work on Buddhist Iconography, iconography can sometimes express that can’t be expressed in words.

  3. Stella Cheang on Feb 21, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    The title ‘Great Scholar’ of India is truly appropriate for Professor Lokesh Chandra. His collection of work is marvellous and very beneficial to any student of Buddhism or spiritual aspirant! From his work, it is evident that Professor Lakesh has deep expertise in language with unequivocal understanding of the Buddhist text as well as superior knowledge of Buddhist iconography. I am at awe! I certainly look forward to reading some of Professor’s work. Thank you for this wonderful sharing, Rinpoche, Joy.

  4. Samfoonheei on Feb 11, 2018 at 11:00 am

    This is truly an inspiring life story a prominent scholar of Buddhism and the Indian arts.. He is also a well known philosopher and has done a great deal of contributions to literature and education in India. Amazingly he even has published more written works and texts of those very precious and rare manuscripts . Wow ….such an inspiring scholar who have studied so many languages which is of cultural significance to India. He also learnt many Indian languages and have helped his father who is the famous Sanskrit scholar, linguist and politician to translate a compilation of the Chinese Dictionary of Indian Geographical Names. For his achivement and what he have done ,he was recognized and awarded with India’s Padma Bhushan award.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Joy Kam or this sharing.

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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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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,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
~Tsem Rinpoche

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I was given this beautiful gift today from Karen Chong. It is an enormous gift. I really treasure this. I love anything to do with invoking Manjushri or connecting with Him. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
4 days ago
I was given this beautiful gift today from Karen Chong. It is an enormous gift. I really treasure this. I love anything to do with invoking Manjushri or connecting with Him. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
I requesed His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to write out the mantra of Vajra Yogini. He immediately compassionately obliged me. This is the mantra as written by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. I\'ve had this in a safe plastic wrap and wore it around my neck in a small yellow cloth \'bag\' for many years. Tsem Rinpoche
7 days ago
I requesed His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to write out the mantra of Vajra Yogini. He immediately compassionately obliged me. This is the mantra as written by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. I've had this in a safe plastic wrap and wore it around my neck in a small yellow cloth 'bag' for many years. Tsem Rinpoche
If there were just 10 persons you should know about in your lifetime, one of them is this incredible Dr. Ambedkar. Enrich your life and don\'t miss this: https://bit.ly/2Dub7xu
1 week ago
If there were just 10 persons you should know about in your lifetime, one of them is this incredible Dr. Ambedkar. Enrich your life and don't miss this: https://bit.ly/2Dub7xu
Dear friends, watch this short 11mins video. It is so nice. My dream idea of living. I love the fresh things they grow for their own food. I wish our culture here was more geared toward this type of living. Watch plse. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=do1O5Avw_SQ&feature=share
2 weeks ago
Dear friends, watch this short 11mins video. It is so nice. My dream idea of living. I love the fresh things they grow for their own food. I wish our culture here was more geared toward this type of living. Watch plse. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=do1O5Avw_SQ&feature=share
No one stays around, do not depend on anyone. Let go of them before they let go of you...it is inevitable. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
No one stays around, do not depend on anyone. Let go of them before they let go of you...it is inevitable. Tsem Rinpoche
Outdoor stunning Tara at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
2 weeks ago
Outdoor stunning Tara at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
The Promise - https://bit.ly/2NfHJjQ
2 weeks ago
Hunting is a horrible \'sport\' because it is not necessary and unfair. Killing animals is vicious and inhuman. Hurting animals does not help us, our karma, our mind and it does not help the animals. Killing animals serves no benefit and it stunts our spiritual growth. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Hunting is a horrible 'sport' because it is not necessary and unfair. Killing animals is vicious and inhuman. Hurting animals does not help us, our karma, our mind and it does not help the animals. Killing animals serves no benefit and it stunts our spiritual growth. Tsem Rinpoche
This is a beautiful Yamantaka
3 weeks ago
This is a beautiful Yamantaka
This is so powerful. This is so true. This is something we must remember about our self worth. We must value ourselves without arrogance.
3 weeks ago
This is so powerful. This is so true. This is something we must remember about our self worth. We must value ourselves without arrogance.
Nothing is for free for sure.
3 weeks ago
Nothing is for free for sure.
Beautiful Dorje Yudroma protector. A gentle Goddess I\'ve had the pleasure to meet via her oracle.
3 weeks ago
Beautiful Dorje Yudroma protector. A gentle Goddess I've had the pleasure to meet via her oracle.
Beautiful Kalachakra painting
3 weeks ago
Beautiful Kalachakra painting
I like this picture of my teacher behind me.
3 weeks ago
I like this picture of my teacher behind me.
This magnificent Dorje Shugden statue is enshrined at Choijin Lama Museum in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. The museum was the home of the Choijin Lama, the State Oracle of Mongolia. Choijin Lama was an oracle of the Nechung deity and the brother of the 8th Bogd Khaan Jebzundamba (1869-1924), the de facto leader of Outer Mongolia. - https://palyulmedia.smugmug.com/Worldwide-Palyul/MongoliaConnections/Mongolia-Choijin-Lama-Museum/i-TQ8CmHM
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This magnificent Dorje Shugden statue is enshrined at Choijin Lama Museum in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. The museum was the home of the Choijin Lama, the State Oracle of Mongolia. Choijin Lama was an oracle of the Nechung deity and the brother of the 8th Bogd Khaan Jebzundamba (1869-1924), the de facto leader of Outer Mongolia. - https://palyulmedia.smugmug.com/Worldwide-Palyul/MongoliaConnections/Mongolia-Choijin-Lama-Museum/i-TQ8CmHM
Please download this and share this meme with others. Thanks.
3 weeks ago
Please download this and share this meme with others. Thanks.
Beautiful Tibetan art for FREE download: https://bit.ly/2oxb4qU
4 weeks ago
Beautiful Tibetan art for FREE download: https://bit.ly/2oxb4qU
Sacred Protector Dorje Shugden can help you, if you invoke Him sincerely..
4 weeks ago
Sacred Protector Dorje Shugden can help you, if you invoke Him sincerely..
Now there is a Tsem Rinpoche blog  site in Nepalese language! Check it out:  https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/l/np/
4 weeks ago
Now there is a Tsem Rinpoche blog site in Nepalese language! Check it out: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/l/np/
The Reasons Why People Who Practice Dorje Shugden Do Not Go To the Three Lower Realms- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSBbFiexCCE
1 month ago
The Reasons Why People Who Practice Dorje Shugden Do Not Go To the Three Lower Realms- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSBbFiexCCE
Very interesting blog post that goes along with this depiction of the Yeti. - https://bit.ly/2E43COF
1 month ago
Very interesting blog post that goes along with this depiction of the Yeti. - https://bit.ly/2E43COF
His Holiness Sharpa Choje Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Nyima of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He was a supreme master of both Sutra and Tantra. He served as abbot of both Gaden Shartse Monastery as well as Gyuto Tantric college. After serving as abbot of Gyuto Tantric college he entered into a few long term (3 year, 3 month and 3 day) Vajra Yogini retreats in the forest. He completed that long retreat twice and was going to enter it again till he was asked to be abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery by H.H. the Dalai Lama. He was a great practitioner of Vajra Yogini\'s tantra as well as Dorje Shugden. He was a scholar of the highest renown and he was highly sought after for teachings. He was very devoted to Dorje Shugden throughout his whole life as a pure monk. I was fortunate enough to have him as one of my teachers. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche

To read more- https://bit.ly/2zW2Grz
1 month ago
His Holiness Sharpa Choje Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Nyima of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He was a supreme master of both Sutra and Tantra. He served as abbot of both Gaden Shartse Monastery as well as Gyuto Tantric college. After serving as abbot of Gyuto Tantric college he entered into a few long term (3 year, 3 month and 3 day) Vajra Yogini retreats in the forest. He completed that long retreat twice and was going to enter it again till he was asked to be abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery by H.H. the Dalai Lama. He was a great practitioner of Vajra Yogini's tantra as well as Dorje Shugden. He was a scholar of the highest renown and he was highly sought after for teachings. He was very devoted to Dorje Shugden throughout his whole life as a pure monk. I was fortunate enough to have him as one of my teachers. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche To read more- https://bit.ly/2zW2Grz
Beautiful thangka painting of Lord Yamantaka the slayer of ignorance and who bestows supreme wisdom that eradicates all projections.
1 month ago
Beautiful thangka painting of Lord Yamantaka the slayer of ignorance and who bestows supreme wisdom that eradicates all projections.
Kadroma Metsik Nakmo or Dakini Ucchusma who purifies and heals the body.
1 month ago
Kadroma Metsik Nakmo or Dakini Ucchusma who purifies and heals the body.
I am reciting a daily prayer to Dorje Shugden. Here is the youtube link to the audio- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-OSudd323A
1 month ago
I am reciting a daily prayer to Dorje Shugden. Here is the youtube link to the audio- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-OSudd323A
It\'s hard to not fall in love with little cute Pema baby girl. She is so light, happy and wags her tail super fast when she sees us or anyone. Super friendly. She is a heart breaker for sure. Teehee...She is our Kechara Forest Retreat doggie and runs free throughout our sacred land. Her name Pema means lotus. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
It's hard to not fall in love with little cute Pema baby girl. She is so light, happy and wags her tail super fast when she sees us or anyone. Super friendly. She is a heart breaker for sure. Teehee...She is our Kechara Forest Retreat doggie and runs free throughout our sacred land. Her name Pema means lotus. Tsem Rinpoche
My Nepalese boys work hard and I appreciate them. Today we have purchased special foods for them to snack on and also to cook with so they won\'t be so homesick. These foods are all imported from their country. There\'s a street in downtown K.L. that sell all this. So happy to get this for them. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
My Nepalese boys work hard and I appreciate them. Today we have purchased special foods for them to snack on and also to cook with so they won't be so homesick. These foods are all imported from their country. There's a street in downtown K.L. that sell all this. So happy to get this for them. Tsem Rinpoche
I come out of the bathroom to be greeted by the mess the two monsters made...Some more they want snacks! Monster Oser girl and Monster Dharma boy.
2 months ago
I come out of the bathroom to be greeted by the mess the two monsters made...Some more they want snacks! Monster Oser girl and Monster Dharma boy.
This blog post has had amazing response. Since published on July 27, 2018, there has been 114,788 views and still increasing. I am happy to see how this post has made things clearer. Do visit this post here-  https://bit.ly/2MATbGe
2 months ago
This blog post has had amazing response. Since published on July 27, 2018, there has been 114,788 views and still increasing. I am happy to see how this post has made things clearer. Do visit this post here- https://bit.ly/2MATbGe
His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his disciple Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche. Beautiful picture.
2 months ago
His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his disciple Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche. Beautiful picture.
This monk takes trance of Dorje Shugden and he was happy to receive THE PROMISE book in Tibet
2 months ago
This monk takes trance of Dorje Shugden and he was happy to receive THE PROMISE book in Tibet
Find out about the blessed healing water for health and healing at Kechara Forest Retreat- https://bit.ly/2CtVQNk
2 months ago
Find out about the blessed healing water for health and healing at Kechara Forest Retreat- https://bit.ly/2CtVQNk
This is my ultimate home!!! Blue waters, trees, skies, mountains, house that is open, retreat, meditation, Buddha images and purple flowers. Wow. Such a perfect place for me. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
This is my ultimate home!!! Blue waters, trees, skies, mountains, house that is open, retreat, meditation, Buddha images and purple flowers. Wow. Such a perfect place for me. Tsem Rinpoche
To see other beautiful portrayals of Dorje Shugden, click here: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
2 months ago
To see other beautiful portrayals of Dorje Shugden, click here: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Severed head Vajra Yogini has a brilliant orange body, orange darting eyes, wearing a necklace of freshly cut human heads firmly standing within a wisdom fire emanating from her sacred body reminding us to cut off our self damaging ego. Without the ego, our sufferings cannot survive and our happiness will arise. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Severed head Vajra Yogini has a brilliant orange body, orange darting eyes, wearing a necklace of freshly cut human heads firmly standing within a wisdom fire emanating from her sacred body reminding us to cut off our self damaging ego. Without the ego, our sufferings cannot survive and our happiness will arise. Tsem Rinpoche
A thought on how to repay the kindness of the guru
2 months ago
A thought on how to repay the kindness of the guru
Very nice old artwork on the Bodha Stupa in Nepal.
2 months ago
Very nice old artwork on the Bodha Stupa in Nepal.
This is quite interesting....
2 months ago
This is quite interesting....
Wonderful statement by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Although Dorje Shugden is not negative, lets hope His Holiness can apply this to the Shugden issue. Then there will be peace.
2 months ago
Wonderful statement by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Although Dorje Shugden is not negative, lets hope His Holiness can apply this to the Shugden issue. Then there will be peace.
Left to right: Tritul Rinpoche, Gaden Tripa Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastic prayer hall during puja.
2 months ago
Left to right: Tritul Rinpoche, Gaden Tripa Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastic prayer hall during puja.
The oracle of Dorje Shugden Choyang Dulzin Kuten of Gaden making offerings to Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche during a teaching in Gaden Shartse Monastery.
2 months ago
The oracle of Dorje Shugden Choyang Dulzin Kuten of Gaden making offerings to Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche during a teaching in Gaden Shartse Monastery.
Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche
2 months ago
Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche
Please click on this picture and see how tragic this is.
2 months ago
Please click on this picture and see how tragic this is.
Advice by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche- https://bit.ly/2NiryBg
2 months ago
Advice by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche- https://bit.ly/2NiryBg
Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in 1987 Los Angeles.
3 months ago
Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in 1987 Los Angeles.
Beautiful Yamantaka print
3 months ago
Beautiful Yamantaka print
Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini painting for you to download free in high file to print out, frame and place on your shrine or share with friends. May you be blessed. Download here: 
 https://bit.ly/2N5zI02
3 months ago
Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini painting for you to download free in high file to print out, frame and place on your shrine or share with friends. May you be blessed. Download here: https://bit.ly/2N5zI02
The Fifth Dalai Lama & Dorje Shugden | ༧གོང་ས་ལྔ་པ་ཆེན་པོ་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། | 第五世达赖尊者与多杰雄登---read more--- https://bit.ly/2C65Iwr
3 months ago
The Fifth Dalai Lama & Dorje Shugden | ༧གོང་ས་ལྔ་པ་ཆེན་པོ་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། | 第五世达赖尊者与多杰雄登---read more--- https://bit.ly/2C65Iwr
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  • If there were more schools like this, then our kids would grow up with more caring awareness and kind emotions towards our environment and the people around them. They would grow up knowing that chasing materialism is not going to bring any happiness. I hope very much more schools like this would materialise. I hope in my future life I can attend a school like this. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 week ago
    If there were more schools like this, then our kids would grow up with more caring awareness and kind emotions towards our environment and the people around them. They would grow up knowing that chasing materialism is not going to bring any happiness. I hope very much more schools like this would materialise. I hope in my future life I can attend a school like this. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My Oser girl and Dharma boy in their cosy little bedroom next to me sleeping away. Cute.
    2 weeks ago
    My Oser girl and Dharma boy in their cosy little bedroom next to me sleeping away. Cute.
  • It is incredible how smart Oser girl is. She can steal the treat away from Dharma boy and so casually. Wow. She is so smart. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 weeks ago
    It is incredible how smart Oser girl is. She can steal the treat away from Dharma boy and so casually. Wow. She is so smart. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Kechara Forest Retreat Dogs. Dharma boy is tiny and trying to scare off big boy Johnny. Johnny is so patient and just ignores Dharma. They are both cute and both live in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 weeks ago
    Kechara Forest Retreat Dogs. Dharma boy is tiny and trying to scare off big boy Johnny. Johnny is so patient and just ignores Dharma. They are both cute and both live in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Tsem Rinpoche
  • BREAKING EYEWITNESS FOOTAGE: Workers violently punched, kicked, cussed out, & left sheep to die on dozens of Scottish farms 💔 Sheep bled after rough shearing & were stitched up without painkillers.–From Peta2
    3 weeks ago
    BREAKING EYEWITNESS FOOTAGE: Workers violently punched, kicked, cussed out, & left sheep to die on dozens of Scottish farms 💔 Sheep bled after rough shearing & were stitched up without painkillers.–From Peta2
  • Super cute seal and so gentle. Must watch this video and realize we are all one. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 weeks ago
    Super cute seal and so gentle. Must watch this video and realize we are all one. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Legendary Heart sings “Stairway to Heaven” in tribute to Led Zeppelin. Incredible tribute and rendition. Everyone is blown away. TR
    1 month ago
    Legendary Heart sings “Stairway to Heaven” in tribute to Led Zeppelin. Incredible tribute and rendition. Everyone is blown away. TR
  • In a low-income neighbourhood, this man is growing his own organic produce, and giving extras away for free to neighbours who can’t afford fresh ingredients from the store. Must watch!
    1 month ago
    In a low-income neighbourhood, this man is growing his own organic produce, and giving extras away for free to neighbours who can’t afford fresh ingredients from the store. Must watch!
  • Neat little video
    1 month ago
    Neat little video
  • It is nice to see sangha release animals into the wild. Gen Kunchok Palden and Chodrak contributed to releasing of frogs back into the wild. This is wonderful. Compassion is the mainstay of all spirituality. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 month ago
    It is nice to see sangha release animals into the wild. Gen Kunchok Palden and Chodrak contributed to releasing of frogs back into the wild. This is wonderful. Compassion is the mainstay of all spirituality. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is a special ‘carpet’ for dogs that you hide their snacks and they have to go digging for it. It is challenging and fun where they use their nose, paws and all to dig and find the snacks in between. This dog play carpet is ordered online. You can see little Zopa baby who is a Kechara resident doggie looking for the snacks in this cute video. She is kept busy and entertained! Tsem Rinpoche
    1 month ago
    This is a special ‘carpet’ for dogs that you hide their snacks and they have to go digging for it. It is challenging and fun where they use their nose, paws and all to dig and find the snacks in between. This dog play carpet is ordered online. You can see little Zopa baby who is a Kechara resident doggie looking for the snacks in this cute video. She is kept busy and entertained! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong, Malaysia’s dog Pema is super adorable and cute. Everyone loves her. She is wearing a Manjushri blessing pendant.
    2 months ago
    Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong, Malaysia’s dog Pema is super adorable and cute. Everyone loves her. She is wearing a Manjushri blessing pendant.
  • Spontaneous trance in Tibet by powerful healing Protector Dorje Shugden of a monk who usually takes trance.
    2 months ago
    Spontaneous trance in Tibet by powerful healing Protector Dorje Shugden of a monk who usually takes trance.
  • 喀切玛波向詹杜固仁波切献供养
    2 months ago
    喀切玛波向詹杜固仁波切献供养
    喀切玛波护法降神,向詹杜固仁波切献供曼扎及身语意之供养,同时也加持马来西亚克切拉禅修林道场。喀切玛波护法乃古时候的紫玛护法,他是藏地首座佛教寺院桑耶寺的护法神
  • Huge Chenresig statue being built. Very beautiful.
    2 months ago
    Huge Chenresig statue being built. Very beautiful.
  • Sacred Kache Marpo in trance of oracle makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche and blesses the temple in Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia. Kache Marpo in ancient times was known as Tsiu Marpo the great protector of Samye Monastery which is the first monastery of Tibet.
    3 months ago
    Sacred Kache Marpo in trance of oracle makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche and blesses the temple in Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia. Kache Marpo in ancient times was known as Tsiu Marpo the great protector of Samye Monastery which is the first monastery of Tibet.
  • Shugden practice in Tibet strong and growing
    3 months ago
    Shugden practice in Tibet strong and growing
  • It is Tsunmo Nunnery in Tibet. This nunnery all practise Dorje Shugden.
    3 months ago
    It is Tsunmo Nunnery in Tibet. This nunnery all practise Dorje Shugden.
  • Light offerings to the outdoor Buddha Tara shrine in Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia at night. Beautiful.
    3 months ago
    Light offerings to the outdoor Buddha Tara shrine in Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia at night. Beautiful.
  • Interesting new interview of Boy George where he mentions about his practicing Buddhism- See the clip I snagged for you above. It’s beautiful to see him chanting. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    Interesting new interview of Boy George where he mentions about his practicing Buddhism- See the clip I snagged for you above. It’s beautiful to see him chanting. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Dharma boy is always mooching for a free snack! As shown in the video, Dharma gave up real fast and is waiting anxiously for a free snack!
    4 months ago
    Dharma boy is always mooching for a free snack! As shown in the video, Dharma gave up real fast and is waiting anxiously for a free snack!
  • Oser girl is very determined to get the snacks out! Look at how her cute little hands hold onto the ball.
    4 months ago
    Oser girl is very determined to get the snacks out! Look at how her cute little hands hold onto the ball.
  • Yudroma takes trance at Gyuto
    4 months ago
    Yudroma takes trance at Gyuto
    In Dharamsala there is a famous oracle to the Goddess Yudroma. She is the protector of Gyuto Tantric Monastic College. Many monks consult her for guidance. Here she is attending a puja session at Gyuto Tantric Monastic College where she is pleased with the people helping the monastery and takes trance spontaneously to express this. Tsem Rinpoche
  • The Simpsons: Lisa becomes a Buddhist
    4 months ago
    The Simpsons: Lisa becomes a Buddhist
  • Considering getting a tattoo of a Buddha image? Watch this video.
    4 months ago
    Considering getting a tattoo of a Buddha image? Watch this video.
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s personal shrine. May everyone who view the shrine be blessed and have peace.
    4 months ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s personal shrine. May everyone who view the shrine be blessed and have peace.
  • Very powerful and heartwarming short video about love. A must watch and a must share. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    Very powerful and heartwarming short video about love. A must watch and a must share. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Megnath is such a devotee of Bhagawan Dorje Shugden where he brought this protector to many people. Must watch this short video of him with the school kids. Lovely. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    Megnath is such a devotee of Bhagawan Dorje Shugden where he brought this protector to many people. Must watch this short video of him with the school kids. Lovely. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My super adorable Oser girl Schnauzer reaching for a carrot on a chair. Her face looks like a stuffed animal toy. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    My super adorable Oser girl Schnauzer reaching for a carrot on a chair. Her face looks like a stuffed animal toy. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is the shrine next to my working table where I sit daily. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    This is the shrine next to my working table where I sit daily. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    1 years ago
    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
  • Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
    1 years ago
    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
    1 years ago
    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
    1 years ago
    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
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    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
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