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. 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

  2. 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 🙏😍👍

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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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  • Yee Yin
    Thursday, Aug 22. 2019 06:30 PM
    This is such a beautiful story. When Joao found Jinjing the penguin, out of compassion, he rescued Jinjing. He made sure Jinjing has recuperated before releasing Jinjing back to where it came from. Joao didn’t expect anything from Jinjing.

    However, Jinjing remembers the kindness of Joao and comes back to visit Joao every year. Animals may not be able to talk but they can feel the sincerity of human beings. Jinjing knows that Joao is very kind and will never hurt it.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/jinjing-the-penguin-swims-5000-miles-every-year-to-visit-the-man-who-saved-him
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Aug 22. 2019 02:52 PM
    Thank you very much for beautiful and good article about pilgrimage to Bodhgaya.Buddhist around the world is encourage to make a trip to Bodhgaya.Just Bodhgaya itself there is so many beautiful places to visit.

    The Bodhi tree where Buddha Shakyamuni attain enlightenment is consider the most significant of the 7 sacred sites in Bodhgaya.Here the details enough for us to plan a trip to Bodhgaya.

    Read more : https://bit.ly/2TPVu8I
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 22. 2019 02:11 PM
    It’s a great experience where a small group of Kechatians of a live time going on a meritorious journey to Shar Gaden Monastery in Mundgod, South India . On behalf of His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche and Kechara in making an offerings to all 650 monks of the monastery. Wow…..that’s really wonderful , looking through at those beautiful pictures tell us a thousands words.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/journey-to-shar-gaden-monastery-2019-making-offerings-to-the-sangha.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 22. 2019 02:10 PM
    Wow beautiful photos of Buddhas and Great Lamas paints a thousands words. Found this old post which is amazing with many old photos. ….a safe keeping of Rinpoche collected over the years. Some of those photos where rare such as the one of HH Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang and the Kuan Yin statue kept in Rinpoche’s audience room in Kechara. Well maintained even it’s a decade ago. We are also fortunate to see the sacred altar of Pelden Hlamo in Rashi Gempil Ling Temple in Howell, New Jersey.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing of those old photos in Rinpoche’s photo album.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/gallery/photo-album-buddhas-and-great-lamas.html
  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Aug 21. 2019 10:16 PM
    If you can’t bear the pain of watching these videos, why do you bring them pain? | 若你不忍心看这些视频,那为何却忍心伤害它们?

    Eating meat causes killings which is a choice you make at every meal. Make the conscious choice of kindness. Don’t eat meat and their wishes to be alive are yours to fulfill.

    http://bit.ly/2YapO3B
  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Aug 21. 2019 10:08 PM
    The Importance of Tibet Befriending China

    After 60 years of strife, is it time to mend the fences for mutual benefits and harmony? Read more here and decide for yourself: http://bit.ly/2ZegOXs
  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Aug 21. 2019 10:00 PM
    Racism Against Tibetans in America

    When I was sent the article below today by one of my friends, I was not surprised because from my experience growing up in America, I know many people have experienced and continue to experience racism just because of something they cannot change which is their ethnicity and skin colour. So while I was not happy to read what Tenzin has experienced, sad to say but now he knows what it feels like as a Tibetan to be called something derogatory because of who you are.

    Read more here how where there is discrimination, there is suffering: http://bit.ly/2YxFY2k
  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Aug 21. 2019 09:55 PM
    Mokele-Mbembe: The Last Living Dinosaur | 摩克拉姆贝贝: 地球上仅存的恐龙

    Do dinosaur still exists? Find out more of this creature whom the natives know as Mokele-Mbembe and all the close-encounters that most often will end in disasters.

    http://bit.ly/2SNKCrv
  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Aug 21. 2019 09:50 PM
    What is andagu?

    Today, Pagan is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site because over 2,200 of these ancient temples and pagodas still survive. The Pagan plains, by the way, are only 104 square kilometres so you can imagine how the landscape must have looked with so many monasteries, temples and stupas. The city itself must have been teeming with artisans, carvers, painters and sculptors all working on these holy sites. After all, if people were building the temples and monasteries, there had to be other people creating the Buddha images to be enshrined within.

    Find out more here: http://bit.ly/2Ygq29q
  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Aug 21. 2019 09:39 PM
    Puja to Guru Chakrasamvara

    According to the Heruka Tantras, Buddha Shakyamuni himself laid down the practices they contain. To do this, the Buddha manifested on Mount Kailash as Buddha Heruka Chakrasamvara in sacred union with Vajra Yogini and the 62 deities in his entourage.

    Read more of this authentic practice by Buddha himself: http://bit.ly/2K4n91a
  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Aug 21. 2019 09:13 PM
    What Lama Zopa Teaches About the Dorje Shugden Ban

    FPMT centres today however, no longer rely on Dorje Shugden, on the advice of their current spiritual advisor and spiritual heir of Lama Yeshe, Venerable Lama Zopa. The new FPMT policy to no longer follow the practice of Dorje Shugden is in contrast with Lama Yeshe who was extremely devoted to Dorje Shugden and relied on him until the day he passed. This is something that Lama Zopa himself has previously acknowledged; despite halting the practice at FPMT centres, Lama Zopa said in the past that:

    Kopan Monastery had been performing the Dorje Shugden practice from the beginning, as this was Lama Yeshe’s main protector, on whom he relied whenever he needed help for anything.~Lama Zopa

    Find out what is going on here: http://bit.ly/2SR24eW
  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Aug 21. 2019 09:08 PM
    Translator Ven. Helmut Gassner on Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden

    As if by some divine plan, Helmut Gassner’s role as the Dalai Lama’s interpreter ended just a year before the Dalai Lama’s ban on the practice of Dorje Shugden in 1996. After having interpreted for the Dalai Lama during a series of events organised by the University for Peace in Berlin, they said goodbye to each other at the airport, where the Dalai Lama told him, “I never worry when you are there as my interpreter.” That was the last time Helmut Gassner interpreted for the Dalai Lama.

    For interesting read, visit here: http://bit.ly/32XzFZd
  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Aug 21. 2019 09:02 PM
    Enlightened childhood paintings by Tsem Rinpoche

    Some of the artwork, which took hours to create, even won Rinpoche prizes at school. For his artwork, Rinpoche used a variety of mediums; some of the Buddha images would be painted and others would be coloured with crayons or magic markers. Once finished, Rinpoche would also wrap some of the drawings with Saran Wrap (cling wrap) plastic and attach a string to them, before passing the images out to friends and relatives to wear for blessings and protection.

    Read more here: http://bit.ly/32Y12T2
  • Yee Yin
    Wednesday, Aug 21. 2019 08:11 PM
    It is great that Kechara Puja House is offering pet funeral service. This will give comfort to the pet owners as they can do something beneficial for their pets. After the funeral rite is performed, the owner can continue to help the pets to accumulate merits by making offerings to the 3 Jewels and dedicate the merits to them.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/dog-funerals-held-by-kechara.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Aug 21. 2019 04:05 PM
    Stephon Marbury is an American former basketball player who played for NBA All Star in 2001 and 2003. The Two-time NBA All-Star embraced China after accepting China offer and turned his career and life around. Even though thousands of miles away from his former life in America , leaving everything behind. Through a series of remarkable games and scripted events he became one of the most beloved people in China. Stephon Marbury went from NBA outcast to Chinese legend and left behind a complicated legacy in the NBA. He is the first foreign celebrity to receive permanent residency in China.
    He never give up even though he did failed in his career with NBA and embracing China was the right choice.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.
    Positivity, confidence, and persistence are key in our life, so never give up in whatever we do…..

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/stephon-marbury-embraces-china.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
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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!
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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Sacred Vajra Yogini
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Sacred Vajra Yogini
Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
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Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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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
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
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In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
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There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
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Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden\'s grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
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Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche 

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We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
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    Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
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    This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
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    Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
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    This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
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    Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
  • These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
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    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
    5 months ago
    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
  • Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
    5 months ago
    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
  • Beautiful
    5 months ago
    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
  • My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
    6 months ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    7 months ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    8 months ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    8 months ago
    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
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    8 months ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
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    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
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    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
  • His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
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    His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    Trijang Rinpoche never gave up his devotion to Dorje Shugden no matter how much Tibetan government in exile pressured him to give up. He stayed loyal inspiring so many of us.
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    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
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    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
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    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
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    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    2 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
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    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
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    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
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    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
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    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
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    2 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
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    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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