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. Samfoonheei on May 12, 2022 at 1:32 pm

    Prof. Lokesh Chandra is a well known scholar of the Vedic period, Buddhism and the Indian arts. Amazingly he has he published 576 books and 286 articles just between 1942 and 2004. He has also held many official government positions as well. Wow he has travelled widely all over Europe, Asia and Russia. He has studied many multi languages as such English, Hindi, Sanskrit, Bengali, Pali, Old Persian, Japanese, Chinese, Tibetan, Malayalam, Mongolian, Indonesian, Greek, Latin, German, French, Tamil, Old Javanese, Russian, Avesta, and even Old Persian. Truly genius talented scholar of all time.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Joy for this sharing.

  2. Purnima Kumar on Dec 18, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    Is there anyway I can contract Prof Chandra? It was tracing my family tree and we have same ancestry. His father’s Raghuvira’s father was my great grandfather’s real brother ). I would really really appreciate if someone can help connect and provide any email ID or phone I could contact him or his family members at

  3. Purnima Kumar on Dec 18, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    Is there anyway I can contact Prof Chandra? It was tracing my family tree and we have same ancestory. His father’s Raghuvira’s father was my great grandfather’s real brother ). I would really really appreciate if someone can help connect and provide any email ID or phone I could contact him or his family members at

  4. Purnima Kumar on Dec 18, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    Is there anyway I can contract Prof Chandra? It was tracing my family tree and we have same ancestory. His father’s Raghuvira’s father was my great grandfather’s real brother ). I would really really appreciate if someone can help connect and provide any email ID or phone I could contact him or his family members at

  5. Giuseppe Campanella on Dec 13, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Dear Professor Chandra,
    I am Writing from Crookety House in Kalimpong, that you visited in 2009. I am Giuseppe Campanella, professor of Neurology in the University of Naples. I would like to ask you for some questions concerning your beautiful book “Tibetan Art”, that you kindly gifted to Crookety. My email address is: federakbar@gmail.com
    I will be very glad to establish a contact with you.
    My best thanks and regards
    Giuseppe Campanella

  6. 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 ???

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 9. 2022 12:46 PM
    The Great Buddha of Kamakura ,is a bronze statue of Amida Buddha, which stands on the grounds of Kotokuin Temple in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, a temple belonging to the Jodo Sect of Buddhism. Wow…. it has long been the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan,with a height of 11.4 meters. It is one of Japan’s most fascinating historical landmarks where thousands of tourist from all over the world visited yearly. The statue is an iconic sight and most visited by tourist in the area. Merely looking at this huge statue tells all and a blessing indeed.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing of a BIG Buddha Statue.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/daibutsuthe-great-buddha-of-kamakura.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 9. 2022 12:45 PM
    Found this old inspiring video briefly showing our Lama HE Tsem Rinpoche ‘s life and the stories behind Kechara organization. Interesting….. Beautiful and meaningful video.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this video.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/world-peace-by-tsem-tulku-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 9. 2022 12:44 PM
    The Dharma Bums were a U.S. garage band, formed in 1987 in Portland, Oregon, United States. The band had performed everywhere, and sing varies of subjects travelling around the world. The best is even Dharma songs as well revolving around Tibetan culture and religion. One of the band members is a long-time student of Tibetan Buddhism. Listening to the powerful Crystal Diamond Vajra Dakini, is a blessing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/dharma-bums.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Aug 7. 2022 03:05 PM
    Interesting spiritual journey of Venerable Longlian one of the best-known students of a famous religious leader of modern China. Venerable Longlian was a talented child, at the age of four she could read, write well and was fluent in Chinese poetry. She even could recite scriptures and Buddha’s name and had visited frequently to templesqith her grandparents. Ven. Longlian studied everything from poetry to Chinese medicine under famous teachers at that time. Received teachings from Tibetan scholars as well and took initiations of the three main Gelugpa tantric deities, Vajrabhairava, Guhyasamaja and Chakrasamvara from Changkya Khutukhtu, who was one of the highest authorities in the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism. She did composed more than 1000 poems, through her years.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Shin for this interesting write up of China’s most outstanding Bhiksuni.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/ven-longlian-modern-chinas-most-outstanding-bhiksuni.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Aug 7. 2022 03:02 PM
    In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, monastic vows are for life. But somehow Ci’en temple in Zhejiang province offers three-month course and part-time vows recently. Situated in the luxurious forest, Ci’en temple a small temple remains its charm with impressive landscape and Buddhist culture. The Buddhist temple decided to offer admission to civilians who wanted to experience a monk’s life, only to be overwhelmed with applicants. It’s a small temple , hence only those were interested in Buddhism were given a chance. Participants of the program will live as monks in the temple free of charge. They will learn about Buddhist culture, read its scriptures and will also perform all Buddhist activities as arranged. It’s a good training ground to live as a monk or nun to cultivate minds.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Shin for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/ven-longlian-modern-chinas-most-outstanding-bhiksuni.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Aug 7. 2022 03:00 PM
    Ditsa Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of Gelug sect in the Huzhu County of Qinghai province. Interesting history of this Ditsa Monastery, been shared . How the reincarnated Lama’s body has shrunk into an incorruptible adamantine body. Nobody at the monastery has realised that the reincarnated Lama was a Great Bodhisattva who came to the world for all sentient beings, but as ordinary people. Its only after the Lama had passed away. Since then the monks in Ditsa Monastery became more serious in their practice and maintained pure moral discipline. Reading this post has gave me a better understanding of that Bodhisattvas come into the world with a variety of manifestations as explained by Rinpoche. Set as a reminder to devote ourselves to our teacher with sincerity and respect and everyone we encounter.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-miraculous-vajrayogini-of-ditsa-monastery.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 4. 2022 12:19 PM
    Lama Ole Nydahl is a Buddhist teacher and author in the tradition of the Karma Kagyu lineage. After years of studying Buddhist teachings and meditating , he was ask to go back to the West set up Buddhist centers. He was also the founder of over 600 Buddhist centers worldwide. As advice by his teacher the 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje whom he met at Kathmandu, Nepal he founded the first Buddhist center in the west. Had studied and took many more initiations under many highly attained Lamas such as Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Gyaltsab Rinpoche, Ogyen Tulku Rinpoche and so on.He was also the founder of over 600 Buddhist centers worldwide. Since then, he has travelled worldwide giving lectures, leading meditation courses and guiding Buddhist centers . Lama Ole is the author of several books and is one of the best known western Buddhist teachers. Through his activities the Karma Kagyu lineage is one of the most popular Buddhist traditions in the West. Lama Ole Nydahl received the transmission of the Phowa teachings from highest Tibetan masters and is today the most significant teacher of this practice in the Western world. Interesting biography .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/lama-ole-nydahl.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 4. 2022 12:18 PM
    Meditation on death awareness is one of the oldest practices in all Buddhist traditions. Buddhist meditation practice of remembering that death can strike at anytime and anywhere. We should practice diligently and with urgency in every moment, even in the time it takes to draw one breath. Over the centuries Buddhism has evolved many different techniques such as mindfulness, loving-kindness and visualisation. Death awareness can serve as a real aid to practice, the importance of using every moment wisely, while we still have the time.
    Reading this article again to refresh , it’s a profound teachings one should read and understand it what is all about. All it take us 10 minutes of our time to do the practice.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/ten-minutes.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 4. 2022 12:15 PM
    So blessing seeing all those beautiful Tara at Kechara . Walking through the Tara walk feeling the calmness as if we are walking into the wilderness of a forest . One will surely feels it , all due the kindness of our Lama Tsem Rinpoche , sponsors and those involved in this meritorious project.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/21-taras-of-tara-walk.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 1. 2022 02:33 PM
    n Buddhism, there are a variety of attitudes towards different forms of fasting . According to Buddhist tradition, Buddha’s holy form as the ‘Fasting Buddha’ serves as a reminder for us and inspiration of Buddha’s difficult journey to achieve enlightenment. Fasting Buddha Shakyamuni fasted for forty-nine days under the bodhi tree while subjecting his body to extreme conditions to achieve enlightenment. Although it is believed that the Buddha endured great agony because of prolonged fasting, he never gave up and had used the challenges to justify abandoning his spiritual pursuit. Interesting read. Looking at all those images of Fasting Buddha tells all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing ….a reminder all of us nor matter what happen , never give up in our spiritual journey.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/fasting-buddha.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 1. 2022 02:32 PM
    Reading this again, its worth as great teachings by great Masters and looking at those rare pictures is a blessings. More over listening the powerful Holy voices of HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is indeed rare and precious. Merely by hearing HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s voices and teachings is a blessings too. For everyone at the hall understands all about the Dharma Protector after hearing HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s explanations. The truth is the truth and it cannot be wrong. Interesting read with precious pictures tell us a thousands words. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s advice on Dorje Shugden’s Practice with Chinese, Japanese, Nepali and Spanish subtitles is incredible so many more people will come to know the thruth.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kyabje-zong-rinpoches-advice-on-dorje-shugdens-practice.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 1. 2022 02:30 PM
    They always say time changes things, yes true enough time has changed the view of many regarding the Dorje Shugden controversy. Finally we are allowed to practise Dorje Shugden. HH Dalai Lama was at Bodhgaya said that if people wish to practise Dorje Shugden would be fine for them. Great news indeed. H H Dalai Lama had said openly about Dorje Shugden .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/we-thank-his-holiness-the-dalai-lama.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 28. 2022 01:58 PM
    Wow…. Very special indeed seeing this Vajrayogini statue given to our Lama H E Tsem Rinpoche by a young Malaysian in Bodhgaya, India. More ever given at the most sacred place, under the sacred Bodhi tree. That’s wonderful and it was later consecrated by Kensur Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery. Hence this Vajrayogini statue is very blessed and special . Merely looking at this special Vajrayogini statue is a blessing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/bodhi-tree-vajra-yogini.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 28. 2022 01:56 PM
    Pictures of His Holiness 16th Karmapa with His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche tells a thousand words. Karmapa is Chenresik , while Trijang Rinpoche is Vajra Yogini. This is a true display of spirituality of two greatest masters of Tibetan Buddhism. They are really close together and have a good relationship just for benefit of beings regardless of the traditions they belong as such as Gelupa or Karmapa. Together they even cross incarnation each other, working together for the growth of Dharma. We are fortunate to see this rare photo of this Great Dharma Master.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/mind-blowing-connections-between-two-high-lamas.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 28. 2022 01:56 PM
    Venerable Geshe Thupten a Tibetan great scholars and master from the Gelug tradition and was one of the pioneers who founded Tibetan schools in exile. He has upheld the lineage of Lord Buddha’s liberating teachings as well as continued his practice of Dorje Shugden. The Supreme Path to the Trikaya, text of quintessential Dharma was written by Geshe Thupten Lama. In the texts a very detailed explanations on the practice of the Six Paramitas or the Six Perfections, and other beneficial Dharma treasures was written. Geshe Thupten Lama has worked tirelessly for the Tibetan government in exile yet labelled as a spy. All because he has written a letter to HH Dalai Lama and expressing his view openly regarding the practice of Dorje Shugden. Reading this again more understandings and truth revealed. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-supreme-path-to-the-trikaya.html

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

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ by Jacinta
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William, who is our leader/ Umze is cleaning the pantry and Gordon offered up 4 carton of packet drinks today. We cannot thank you enough for all kind hearted who sponsored various offerings weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Dedicated sisters, Sharyn and Swee Bee. They always make sure our puja offerings, especially fruits are arranged nicely. Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
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Dedicated sisters, Sharyn and Swee Bee. They always make sure our puja offerings, especially fruits are arranged nicely. Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
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Committed and hardworking Kechara Penang members, Mr. Tang and Mr. Huey. Really appreciate having you both at our weekly puja . Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
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Pastor is in da' house!!!! Kechara Penang Study Group @ Saturday, 3 pm. Contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
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After Dorje Shugden puja @Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek, members went to a nearby vegetarian shop for gathering. #CNY2022 #HappyReunion by Jacinta.
In 2021, we've encountered far too many challenges—Pandemic, months-long lockdown, landslide, and flood. We are proud to witness Malaysians helping one another as these agonies come sequentially. Looking back to 2021, Kechara Soup Kitchen has made significant progress, with more to come in 2022. Every year, we move a little closer to our vision. We are immensely thankful to have such dedicated teams of volunteers willing to go above and beyond for our clients. Not to mention our sponsors and donors; none of this would have been possible without you. Thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for helping the underprivileged to a better future. Have a blessed year ahead from our hearts to your hearts. #2022 #newyear #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
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Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Kechara Ipoh members were preparing for Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 4th Dec 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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