Alexandra David-Néel

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(By Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai)

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A short synopsis on the life of Alexandra David-Néel

Alexandra David-Néel was a woman with the “wind beneath her feet”. She was a Buddhist, Orientalist and writer born in France and dedicated her whole life to studying Asian culture and religion, and sharing it with the Western world. In fact, most of her books focus on practices within Tibetan Buddhism. As a Western woman, her dangerous travel to Lhasa, Tibet, which at the time was closed to foreigners, created worldwide renown for her. Here is a short overview of her life and travels.

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Background and Childhood

Alexandra as a child

Louise Eugénie Alexandrine Marie David, later known as Alexandra David-Néel, was born on October 24, 1868, in St. Mandé, close to Paris, as the only child of Louis David and Alexandrine Borghmans.

Her father Louis David, born in 1815, was a teacher by profession but became a journalist to express his political ideas. He was 53 years old at the time of Alexandra’s birth. By religion he was Protestant, but rebelled against the government. He had to leave France during the coup d’état of Napoleon III in 1851 and was sent into exile to Belgium. It was there that he began giving French language lessons to the sons of a Flemish major in Louvain, which was where he met his future wife.

A teenage Alexandra, who had her imagination carried away by the books she was so fond of reading

Her mother, native to Brussels, had mixed Dutch, Norwegian and Siberian ancestry. She was the adopted daughter of the Flemish major and was a devoted Catholic. She was 36 years old at the time of Alexandra’s birth, but strongly hoped to give birth to a boy who would become a high priest. Extremely disappointed by the birth of a daughter, she did not show much love and affection to her. Her parents give her the nickname “Nini” which is the short version of Eugénie. Her father, passionate about politics, instructed his daughter on the governmental repression at that time.

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At that time, Paris was undergoing political upheaval, which ended with 30,000 victims, the last of which were shot dead at the Père Lachaise cemetery. Wanting his daughter to know about the atrocities of humankind, he brought the 2 ½ year old Alexandra to the Père Lachaise cemetery (Alexandra David-Néel shares about this experience in a letter dated December 19, 1913).

In 1873, the family moved back to Ixelles in Belgium, a suburb of Brussels, where the young Alexandra preferred to flee to the imaginary realms of books. It was then that Louise Eugénie Alexandrine Marie David adopted the pen name of “Alexandra” even though very young in age. She first used the name Alexandra Myrial, which she used during her singing period.

As Alexandra grew older, she spent her time writing and reading, as she is seen doing here in her home

Dolls and dresses bored her and she would ask for books of faraway places during her birthdays. She ran away to Switzerland, crossing the Alps. Her mother brought her back from Italy but it was difficult to punish Alexandra. She was not bothered with hardship and she even hated being comfortable. Before the age of 15, she had already experienced, in secret, several austerities such as fasting and physical torture. She was inspired by different biographies of ascetic saints and slept on a bed of wooden planks. At the age of 15, she began to study music and singing privately.

 

Adult life

In 1889, Alexandra received the first prize in “French theatre chanting” after studying for three years at the Music Conservatory in Brussels. It is was her only diploma. During that period in history there were only two choices a woman could make: marriage or joining a convent. Alexandra however chose a third option, liberty. This was a brave choice as women had to fight to be allowed higher education, or were forced into becoming wives and mothers or maidservants.

With the help of her father, Alexandra continued her education in what mattered to her – Orientalism. Attracted by exotic stories of adventure, Alexandra longed and planned to visit India. With the financial help of her parents she left for the United Kingdom in 1889, to improve her knowledge of the English language and to satisfy her unquenchable curiosity for mysteries surrounding all things and beings. She stayed in London at the Supreme Gnosis club for a few months, studying many philosophical and religious works concerning India and China in the Supreme Gnosis club’s library and the library of the British Museum, and she met members of the Theosophical Society. Through her study of oriental translations Alexandra discovered that learning Sanskrit, the classical Indian language of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism allowed her a deeper understanding.

At a time when Western women had to fight to receive a higher education, Alexandra took matters into her own hands, travelling on her own to the Far East

At 21, she left for Paris, staying in a guestroom at the Theosophical Society for three years. She used her time following classes on various civilizations and oriental languages at the Collège de France, the Sorbonne and at the École des Hautes Études, but she never passed any of the exams. She also spent time at the Guimet museum and joined occult meetings.

In the 1890s, Alexandra decided to visit some of the temples in the region of Ceylon to discover Buddhism. She visited Madura (the sacred Brahmin city), Adyar (to visit the Theosophical Society) and Benares, where she was shocked to find a starving population.

Alexandra David-Neel and her adopted son Aphur Yongden, pose with another equally famous explorer, the Japanese monk Kawaguchi Ekai who also travelled to Tibet. David-Néel first met Kawaguchi in Kalimpong, northern India in the waiting room of the 13th Dalai Lama who lived there for three years. She met Kawaguchi once again while visiting Japan in 1917.

Alexandra David-Neel and her adopted son Aphur Yongden, pose with another equally famous explorer, the Japanese monk Kawaguchi Ekai who also travelled to Tibet. David-Néel first met Kawaguchi in Kalimpong, northern India in the waiting room of the 13th Dalai Lama who lived there for three years. She met Kawaguchi once again while visiting Japan in 1917.

Alexandra was also shocked at the extent of the animal sacrifices performed by the Hindu population, especially during the feast of Durga during which millions of buffaloes were sacrificed. She was even more shocked that even humans were victims of certain rites, especially women who were not spared by some sections of society, as some were condemned alive to join their late husbands on the funeral pyre.

Her first goal was to gain a better understanding of the three branches of Hinduism:

She read a lot, bought texts, learnt and met Swami Bashkaraanda, an old ascetic who lived naked in a rose garden. He accepted her as a student, and gave her some philosophical knowledge and classes in Sanskrit. During each of her stays in Benares, she went to meet him in his rose garden. As for Buddhism, Alexandra was at that time more interested in the Theravada traditions rather than the Mahayana or Vajrayana traditions of Tibet and Mongolia.

Back in Europe, due to bad investments, the family now earned less, and Alexandra had to earn her own keep. In 1893, at the age of 25, she began singing on stage in Belgium and later in Paris. In 1895, Alexandra was hired as the lead singer in operas in Hanoi and Haiphong in Vietnam. During this time, she took the opportunity to visit the Indochinese Peninsula and South China to learn about local Buddhist practice. In 1900, she was hired by the Municipal Opera of Tunis, Tunisia, where she met her husband, Philippe Néel.

 

Her travels

Alexandra was passionate about exploring from a young age. At the age of four or five, she ventured out on her own to explore the woods of Vincennes, an eastern suburb of Paris, but was later brought back home by the police. In 1887, at the age of 17, she ventured out to hike the Saint Gotthard Mountains, but was found by her mother who brought her home.

Taken during Alexandra’s first trip to India where she explored her interest in the Eastern religions like Hinduism

Through her work as singer, but also her interest in writing articles on the political situation, she followed her passion and visited countries in Europe (Spain, Italy, United Kingdom and Greece), in North Africa, and in Asia (India and Indochina).

In India, in the 1890s, she was especially attracted to the character of Annie Besant, who became a disciple of Helena Blavatsky, the founder of the Theosophical Society. Annie Besant was a leading figure and eventually became president of the Theosophical Society after the founder’s death in 1891. Alexandra formally joined the Society the following year, staying with Besant in London, followed by a lengthy stay at the Theosophical compound near Adyar, India in 1893. After returning from her first trip to the East, she continued to ask advice from Besant.

Alexandra on her travels

On August 9, 1911 Alexandra left her hometown Tunis in the direction of Ceylon (modern day Sri Lanka). Alexandra only returned after having visited Lhasa in Tibet in 1925. On her journey, she would visit cities in India first. In early 1912, Alexandra found herself in the little kingdom of Sikkim where she met her future spiritual teacher for the first time, the Gomchen of Lachen, who made a big impression on her. It was not until many years later that he would accept her as a student.

In December of 1912, Alexandra visited Nepal where she was received by the Maharaja in the Valley of Kathmandu. At that time, Alexandra favored Hinduism as opposed to Buddhism. It was in Nepal where she explored Brahminism, as the precursor to contemporary Hinduism. She liked to learn and explore the ideas of people’s rather than buildings and monuments.

Alexandra (far right) and her adopted son Lama Yongden on the road

After visiting Lumbini and Kapilavastu in Nepal (where Buddha was born and raised), she made her way to Benares in India and to her friends in Sikkim, where she was allowed to meet His Holiness the 13th Dalai Lama. In Sikkim, Alexandra stayed in a cave near her teacher’s cave at about 4000m above sea level. She would remain in Sikkim until 1916.

Alexandra outside her retreat cave

Over the years, Alexandra tried many times to reach Lhasa, Tibet but was always discovered by the authorities and stopped. She was finally successful in her attempts in 1924 where she remained until her return to France in May 1925.

In 1937, Alexandra left France again, this time heading towards China. She would only return home in June 1946.

 

Tibet

Alexandra with her adopted son Lama Yongden. He followed her since he was 14 years old.

Tibet during Alexandra’s time was a forbidden land. No foreigner was allowed to enter Tibet and even the population of the country and those bordering it were forced to refer all foreigners to the authorities, who would stop them from entering Tibet and reaching Lhasa, its capital.

The first time Alexandra entered Tibet was in the summer of 1916, when she was successful in reaching Shigatse. Travelling via Sikkim, she would come to meet the Tashi Lama (also known as the 9th Panchen Lama Lobsang Gelek Namgyal) during this trip. The Panchen Lama invited her to stay in Tashilhunpo Monastery but she declined as she had left all her luggage behind in Calcutta. Alexandra returned to Sikkim after a few days.

In the succeeding years, Alexandra would make many attempts to reach Lhasa but was sent back time and time again. In this way her successful attempt to reach Lhasa in 1924 was an enormous achievement on the part of Alexandra and her adopted son Lama Aphur Yongden, whom she had met in Sikkim and had first taken on as an assistant. Lama Aphur Yongden was a young monk from the Karma Kagyu order, who came to consider Alexandra as his guru over time.

Alexandra (third from left) on a yak in Tibet

Alexandra’s multiple attempts to enter Tibet and reach Lhasa helped her to gain a lot of experience, including the enormous hardship in trying to overcome Himalayan Mountains, distances of hundreds of kilometers of difficult terrain, wars and bandits, financial difficulties, difficult hygienic conditions, climates with drastic changes in weather, harsh winters and rainy seasons, sunstroke and precarious rope bridges.

Alexandra (right) travelling with Yongden

She became an expert in disguising herself as a native; only the equipment they carried exposed them as something other than pilgrims. On their last and successful trip to enter Tibet, they left behind their Western equipment and didn’t even take a camera. Alexandra only took a few compasses, and a number of rough map drafts to find her way. She chose a path through previously unexplored territory but was well-prepared.

Eventually forced to leave her horse and much of her luggage behind, and dreading that they would be caught, they eventually entered Tibet via the sacred mountain of Kha Kharpo. There, among some bushes she found an old hat worn by women, which turned out to be a lucky turn of events, as she wore it while being questioned by an officer shortly afterwards. Alexandra asked him for donations for her supposed pilgrimage in Tibetan, and showed him her tongue as was the Tibetan custom. Alexandra played her role well, pretending to be a mother accompanying her ordained son, Lama Aphur Yongden.

Alexandra with Tibetan nuns

It was during this trip that she gained valuable information regarding Tibetan culture that was unknown of outside Tibet. However, her stay in Lhasa did not remain undiscovered. The chief of the police from Darjeeling, who knew her from her stay in Sikkim recognized her. Known for his strict adherence to the law, he would have reported her to the Tibetan authorities if not for holding Alexandra in high esteem, knowing full well her sincere interest in Tibetan Buddhism.

Later in her journey, having become seriously malnourished and suffering from influenza, Alexandra and Lama Aphur Yongden decided to visit the three great monastic institutions of Gaden, Sera and Drepung. Of all the schools of Tibetan Buddhism, Alexandra was especially interested in the Gelug tradition. In fact Alexandra had already met His Holiness the 13th Dalai Lama in Kalimpong in 1912.

Alexandra recognized him from his portrait: a slightly stooped figure with wide open, riveting eyes, slightly evasive, a waxed mustache, and enormous ears (a sign of wisdom), wearing a peaked yellow cap and maroon robes. She pressed her palms together before the heart in salutation. Someone slipped a white silk scarf into her hands and she presented it but forgot the proper words. He wasn’t very tall and, a trifle unwillingly, the rebel bowed her head, whereupon the Dalai Lama reached out to bless her.

As the two conversed, the Thirteenth wondered aloud how the Frenchwoman, alone in her faith in a foreign land, could have become a practicing Buddhist without a master. To himself he must have questioned whether she was a Buddhist at all. The Christian missionaries, fond of disguises, would go to any lengths to convert his people. But David-Neel’s knowledge ran deep, and she soon satisfied him on that score, even made him smile. She tried to ignore the officious chamberlain who continued to interrupt. However, she had to admit that those Europeans interested in Buddhism were generally of the older, Theravadin school.

– The Secret Lives of Alexandra David-Neel: A Biography of the Explorer of Tibet and its Forbidden Practices

On their return, the two pilgrims paid visits to the monasteries of Samye, founded by Padmasambhava and Santarakshita, followed by Mindroling in Tsetang and the monastery of Dorje Phagmo at Samding. Alexandra wanted to see as many places as she could, since she believed these she would never return again. In June 1924, Alexandra returned to India.

 

China

Not slowed by her old age in the slightest, Alexandra David-Néel was 69 years old when she decided to leave for China with her adopted son Yongden. Alexandra had become aware of her advancing age and realised she did not have much time left to commit to travel, so she wanted to make the most of her trip. The year was 1937 and her aim was to study ancient Taoism.

Her arrival however, coincided with the Second Sino-Japanese War. This was followed by civil war, and the outbreak of the Second World War. Finding herself trapped amidst the horrors of war, extreme cold, famine and epidemics, Alexandra escaped to wander throughout China for the next 1.5 years. Her travels covered Beijing, Mount Wutai, Hankou and Chengdu.

Alexandra David-Néel in China, pictured with a grand old Chinese master.

Alexandra David-Néel in China, pictured with a grand old Chinese master.

On June 4, 1938, Alexandra arrived in Tachienlu, the Tibetan town where she would spend the next five years in retreat. It was during this period, in 1941, that she received news about the passing of her husband and best friend. When Alexandra finally left Asia many years later, it would be to organize his estate and affairs.

While in Tibet, Alexandra and Yongden completed circumambulating the holy mountain Amnye Machen. In 1945, Alexandra went back to India, thanks to the help of the French Consul in Calcutta, Christian Fouchet, with whom she remained friends until her death.

The following year, in June 1946, Alexandra David-Néel finally left Asia, departing from Calcutta. She had been in Asia for nearly a decade by this point, and was 78 years old by the time she arrived in Paris on July 1, 1946. Here, she and Yongden remained until returning to her home, Samten Dzong in Digne-les-Bains in October.

The irrepressible traveller however, could not sit still for long and in April 1957, she moved to Monaco. Whilst living in Monaco, she continued to write prolifically. She would also go on to renew her passport at the age of 101, the year of her passing. Until her last moments, it is clear that the thrill of exploration and learning never left this seeker of knowledge.

 

Her practices

Alexandra had received many Buddhist practices from masters in Sikkim and Tibet. These she details in her book Magic and Mystery in Tibet.

One of her masters was the Gomchen of Lachen, Nga-Ouang Rinchen (the abbot of the monastery of Lachen). She met him for the first time in May 1912 but it was not until years later that he accepted her as his student.

On death meditation she notes:

Starting with the idea that ‘method,’ the ‘savoir-faire,’ is of an essential importance, the Lamaists think that after having learned the art of living well one must learn the art of dying well and of “doing well” in other worlds.

Initiates acquainted with mystic lore, are supposed to know what awaits them when they die, and contemplative lamas have foreseen and experienced, in this life, the sensations that accompany death. They will, therefore, neither be surprised nor troubled when their present personality disintegrates.

She also learnt the tantric practice of tummo, or inner heat, from her teacher Lachen Gomchen Rinpoche. This practice she describes in some detail, including conditions one should practice and the actual method of practice. It is said that the yogi-saint Milarepa used this practice when he was surrounded by snow without sufficient provisions and a proper shelter, to keep himself warm. She narrates that practitioners even had competitions during which a wet cloth would be placed on a student’s shoulder and he was supposed to dry one cloth after another till the break of day, through the practice of tummo.

Gomchen Rinpoche gave her the name Yeshe Tome, meaning ‘Lamp of Wisdom‘. This proved very useful as she became known by this name to Buddhist authorities throughout Asia:

He had never been to Lhasa nor to Shigatze, nor travelled anywhere in Tibet and knew nothing of the world outside his cave. His master had lived there for more than thirty years, and when he died the present hermit had walled himself in.

Alexandra had a fondness for Buddhist debates, which she enjoyed due to their philosophical nature:

Both junior and senior students of philosophy hold discussions at regular dates. Often the latter take place in the open, and in all large lamaseries a shady garden, surrounded by walls, is reserved for that purpose.

Ritualistic gestures accompany the controversies and are a lively part of it. There are peculiar ways of turning one’s rosary around one’s arm, clapping one’s hands and stamping when putting a question: there are other prescribed ways of jumping when giving an answer or replying to one interrogation by another.

Later in her book she describes in detail a member of the Lung Gompa, who had developed the extraordinary ability to travel great distances at speed, through tantric means:

By that time he had nearly reached us; I could clearly see his perfectly calm impassive face and wide-open eyes with their gaze fixed on some invisible far-distant object situated somewhere high up in space. The man did not run. He seemed to lift himself from the ground, proceeding by leaps. It looked as if he had been endowed with the elasticity of a ball and rebounded each tine his feet touched the ground. His steps had the regularity of a pendulum. He wore the usual monastic robe and toga, both rather ragged. His left hand gripped a fold of the toga and was half hidden under the cloth. The right held a phurba. His right arm moved slightly at each step as if leaning on a stick, just as though the phurba, whose pointed extremity was far above the ground, had touched it and were actually a support.

While a tantric practitioner herself, she was well aware of the difficulties practitioners faced, and even mentions this in her description of tantra:

As for the method which mystics call the ‘Short Path,’ the ‘Direct Path,’ it is considered as most hazardous. It is – according to the masters who teach it – as if instead of following the road which goes round a mountain ascending gradually towards its summit, one attempted to reach it in straight line, climbing perpendicular rocks and crossing chasms on a rope. Only first rate equilibrists, exceptional athletes, completely free from giddiness, can hope to succeed in such a task. Even the fittest may fear sudden exhaustion or dizziness. And there inevitably follows a dreadful fall in which the too presumptuous alpinist breaks his bones.

 

Books by Alexandra David- Néel

 Book-MagicAndMysteryInTibet Book-MyJourneyToLhasa  Book-ATibetanJourney
Magic and Mystery in Tibet (download PDF) My Journey to Lhasa (download PDF) A Tibetan Journey (download PDF)
 Book-TheSecretOralTeachings  Book-TheSecretLives
The Secret Oral Teachings in Tibetan Buddhist Sects (download PDF) The Secret Lives of Alexandra David-Neel (download PDF)

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  • Pour la vie. 1898
  • Le Philosophe Meh-ti et l’idée de solidarité. 1907
  • Les Théories individualistes dans la philosophie chinoise. 1909
  • Le Modernisme bouddhiste et le Bouddhisme du Bouddha. 1911
  • Souvenirs d’une Parisienne au Thibet. 1925
  • Voyage d’une Parisienne à Lhassa, à pied et en mendiant de la Chine à l’Inde à travers le Tibet. 1927
  • Mystiques et magiciens du Thibet (Magic and Mystery in Tibet). 1929
  • Initiations lamaïques. Des theories – des pratiques – des homes. 1930
  • La Vie surhumaine de Guésar de Ling le héros thibétain, racontée par les bardes de son pays. (avec la collaboration du lama Yongden). 1931
  • Au pays des brigands gentils-hommes. Grand Tibet. 1933
  • Le Lama aux cinq sagesses – Romain tibétain. 1935 (par lama Yongden et A. David-Néel)
  • Le Bouddhisme – Ses doctrines et ses méthodes. 1936
  • Magie d’amour et magie noire. Scènes du Tibet inconnu. 1938
  • Sous des nuées d’orage. 1940
  • A l’ouest barbare de la vaste Chine. 1947
  • Au Coeur des Himalayas. Le Népal. 1949
  • L’Inde. Hier – Aujourd’hui – Demain. 1951
  • Astavakra Gîtâ. Discours sur le Vedânta advaïta (traduit du sanscrit). 1951
  • Les Enseignements secrets des bouddhistes tibétains. La vue pénétrante. 1951
  • Textes tibétains inédits. 1952
  • Le Vieux Tibet face à la Chine nouvelles. 1953
  • La Puissance du néant (par lama Yongden). 1954
  • La Connaissance transcendants d’après le texte et les commentaires tibétains. 1958
  • Avadhuta Gîtâ de Dattatraya. Poème mystique Vedânta advaïta. 1958
  • Le Bouddhisme du Bouddha, ses doctrines, ses methods et ses développements mahâyânistes et tantriques au Tibet. 1960
  • Immortalité et reincarnation. Doctrines et pratiques. Chine-Tibet-Inde 1961
  • Quarante siècles d’expansion chinoise. 1964
  • L’Inde où j’ai vécu. Avant et après l’Indépendance. 1969

 

Published after her death by Marie-Madeleine Peyronnet:

  • En Chine – L’amour universel et l’individualisme integral – Les Maîtres Mo-Tsé et Yong-Tchou. 1970
  • Le sortilege du mystère – Faits étranges et gens bizarres rencontrés au long de mes routes d’Orient et d’Occident. 1972
  • Journal de voyage – Lettres à son mari (11 august 1904-27 – 27 december 1917)
  • Vivre au Tibet – cuisine, Traditions et Images. 1975
  • Journal de voyage – Lettres à son mari (14 janvier 1918 – 3 December 1940). 1976
  • La lampe the sagesse (Thoughts and maxims of Alexandra David-Néel found in her notebooks and her correspondence). 1986

 

Old Age

Aged 78, Alexandra David-Néel returned to France to arrange the estate of her late husband, and began writing from her home in Digne, where she worked tirelessly. It was on October 7, 1955, Lama Aphur Yongden passed away, leaving Alexandra alone. His ashes were kept safe in the Tibetan oratory of Samten Dzong, awaiting scattering in the Ganges river, together with those of Alexandra after her death.

Alexandra in her old age

As she aged, she suffered from articular rheumatism and the discomfort of the increasing paralysis in her legs and deformation of the hands. In April 1957, she left Samten Dzong in order to live in Monaco with a friend who had been typing her manuscripts. She decided then to live alone in a hotel, moving from one place to the next, till June 1959, when she was introduced to a young woman, Marie-Madeleine Peyronnet, her new personal secretary.

Marie-Madeleine Peyronnet would stay with Alexandra until the end, watching over her like a daughter over her mother. Alexandra David-Néel even nicknamed her ‘Turtle’.

Marie-Madeleine on the far right, who would stay with Alexandra until her death in 1969

Alexandra David-Néel passed away on September 8, 1969, almost 101 years old. In 1973, Marie-Madeleine Peyronnet took her ashes to Varanasi to be scattered with those of her beloved adopted son, Lama Aphur Yongden, into the Ganges.

 

More Incredible Photos of Alexandra David-Néel

Alexandra David-Néel (centre; seated) with Silacara Bhikkhu, a Theravadan monk (left) and her main Guru Gomchen Rinpoche of Lachen (right). This photo was taken in Sikkim in 1913. Silacara Bhikkhu was a British national born on October 22, 1871 in Hull, Yorkshire (England). He became a Buddhist monk in 1906 and died on January 27, 1951 in Chichester, West Sussex (England).

Alexandra David-Néel (centre; seated) with Silacara Bhikkhu, a Theravadan monk (left) and her main Guru Gomchen Rinpoche of Lachen (right). This photo was taken in Sikkim in 1913. Silacara Bhikkhu was a British national born on October 22, 1871 in Hull, Yorkshire (England). He became a Buddhist monk in 1906 and died on January 27, 1951 in Chichester, West Sussex (England).

Alexandra David-Néel with the 9th Panchen Lama's mother at Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in Shigatse, Tibet (1916).

Alexandra David-Néel with the 9th Panchen Lama’s mother at Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in Shigatse, Tibet (1916).

Alexandra David-Néel and Sidkeong Tulku Namgyal in Sikkim (c. 1912).

Alexandra David-Néel and Sidkeong Tulku Namgyal in Sikkim (c. 1912).

Alexandra David-Néel (in white dress) with Sidkeong Tulku Namgyal (first row; middle seated) and monks at Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim (c. 1912).

Alexandra David-Néel (in white dress) with Sidkeong Tulku Namgyal (first row; middle seated) and monks at Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim (c. 1912).

Alexandra David-Néel poses in Sikkimese traditional dress, in Sikkim (c. 1913).

Alexandra David-Néel poses in Sikkimese traditional dress, in Sikkim (c. 1913).

Alexandra David-Néel with Tibetans in Eastern Tibet (1921).

Alexandra David-Néel with Tibetans in Eastern Tibet (1921).

Alexandra David-Néel (seated) with Tibetans in Eastern Tibet (c. 1921).

Alexandra David-Néel (seated) with Tibetans in Eastern Tibet (c. 1921).

Alexandra David-Néel at Tashi Lhunpo Monastery (the seat of His Holiness the Panchen Lama), where she met with His Holiness the 9th Panchen Lama. Taken in Shigatse, Tibet in 1916.

Alexandra David-Néel at Tashi Lhunpo Monastery (the seat of His Holiness the Panchen Lama), where she met with His Holiness the 9th Panchen Lama. Taken in Shigatse, Tibet in 1916.

Alexandra David-Néel in Nepal (1912).

Alexandra David-Néel in Nepal (1912).

Alexandra David-Néel (seated) with Silacara Bhikkhu, a Theravadan monk (left) and the 3rd Lachen Gomchen (right). Taken in Sikkim (c. 1914).

Alexandra David-Néel (seated) with Silacara Bhikkhu, a Theravadan monk (left) and the 3rd Lachen Gomchen (right). Taken in Sikkim (c. 1914).

 

Interviews with Alexandra David-Néel (Tibet, India, China)

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Le petit Tibet d’Alexandra David-Neel

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J’irai au pays des neiges

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Alexandra David–Néel: From Sikkim to Forbidden Tibet

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A very touching and beautiful documentary on Alexandra David-Néel as recounted by her personal secretary.  It has wonderful English subtitles and a must watch. Very inspirational. I highly recommend this.

 

Want to Connect More with David-Néel?

Public fascination of Alexandra David-Néel has endured since her passing, and her incredible life and works have been the subject of numerous books and documentaries. While the majority of them are in French, Alexandra’s own native languages, these two videos featured here (produced by CCTV) are in English. They form part of a documentary series on other interesting and notable foreigners who explored China and Tibet like Joseph Rock.

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You can also connect more deeply with Alexandra David-Néel by visiting her home in France, which is now a historical monument and museum dedicated to her works and life.

Address: 27 Avenue du Marechal Juin, 04000 Digne les Bains, France
Phone Number: +33 4 92 31 32 38
For more information (French): http://www.alexandra-david-neel.fr
http://www.alexandra-david-neel.com/
http://www.boutique-tibetaine-alexandra-david-neel.com/

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  • July, August: Every day at 10 am, 2 pm, 3:30 pm (please arrive in advance, the visits being limited to 20 persons)
  • September to November: From Tuesday till Sunday: 10 am, 2 pm, 3:30 pm
  • December to March: From Tuesday till Sunday: 2 pm, 3:30 pm
  • April to June: From Tuesday till Sunday: 10 am, 2 pm, 3:30 pm
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The outside of Alexandra David-Néel’s home, now a museum. Click to enlarge. Prayer flags flap in the wind outside the museum dedicated to David-Néel’s life and works. Click to enlarge.
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The wind carries the blessings of the prayers printed onto the flags. Click to enlarge. The peaceful entrance to the museum, formerly David-Néel’s residence. Click to enlarge.
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The reception area of the museum dedicated to Alexandra David-Néel. Click to enlarge. Peaceful grounds but ever the explorer, these never tempted David-Néel to stay for long. Click to enlarge.
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A memorial plaque dedicated to Tibetans lost in the 1950 Chinese Cultural Revolution. Click to enlarge. The entrance to Samten Dzong, Alexandra David-Néel’s home. Click to enlarge.
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Plaques explaining that the site is a historical monument. Click to enlarge. A set-up of a puja and prayer room inside Samten Dzong, a sight David-Néel would have become familiar with on her travels. Click to enlarge.
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Inside the main entrance of David-Néel’s home, Samten Dzong. Click to enlarge. Inside David-Néel’s office in Samten Dzong. Click to enlarge.
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Visit the museum to connect with the first Western person to interview the 13th Dalai Lama. Click to enlarge. Gorgeous, expansive views surround Samten Dzong. Click to enlarge.
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Hidden amongst the foliage is Samten Dzong, David-Néel’s home. Click to enlarge.

 

The Adventurous Life of Alexandra David-Neel by Alexander Maitland

Alexander Maitland, an author/ biographer explores Alexandra David-Neel’s life, travels and her fascinating sojourns among magicians on the Roof of the World in this public talk at The Buddhist Society, London.

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  1. Chris Chong on Feb 7, 2018 at 10:06 am

    Thank you for sharing the story of this incredible lady. Her determination in getting dharma and practicing the dharma in Tibet is very strong. No sickness , laws and hardship can deter this strong lady in pursuing what she wants, which is to meditate in a cave up in the mountains. It is amazing how dharma can influence one’s life choices and also maintain one’s mind. She is amazingly sharp and quick for a lady who is almost 101 years old. Even at her age, she renewed her passport which indicates that she wanted to continue travelling. The picture of her sitting outside her retreat cave is inspiring .

  2. Tsem Rinpoche on Jul 30, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    When I was very young, down the street from where I lived in Howell, New Jersey was a Kalmuck lady who was very spiritual. She was my friend at the time. She was in her 30’s and had a large collection of spiritual books of which many were on Buddhism. I would borrow books from her quite often and read. She would have read them and give me her thoughts on the books and highly recommend this one or that one. I would then read the books she recommended and we would often discuss about them. It was a very enjoyable time in my life. I miss this friend very much. Some of the books she had were from Professor Garma C.C. Chang, Govinda, Alexander David-Neel, Evans-Wentz, John Blofeld, etc.. and I read some of them. Those books inspired me so much. My conversations with this friend inspired me so much and I enjoyed her spiritual company tremendously. That was one part of my childhood that was good.

    I have all these books by these great authors in my library now and still read them. I have made them available from Kechara for invite and also will have them in the future Kechara library coming up.

  3. Freon on Jun 12, 2017 at 12:37 am

    Dear Pastor

    It is very inspiring to read about Alexandra David- Neel. She was so determine to get what she want and she never let the obstacles be an excuses to stop her from achieving what she wanted.

    Amazing for a lady to travel to Tibet, despite world war, authority, language, sickness, she just went all the way to Tibet. Even to the extend pretended to be Tibetan. At this point i admire her determination, her courage and the strength she have.

    Is an inspiring story for me.

    Thank you for this write up, Pastor. Even to the extend some of the books, i could download to read it.

    With appreciation,
    Freon

  4. June Kang on May 14, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    看这篇Alexandra David –Neel 的故事,感觉上她是很传奇又神话般的女士/女藏学家/女探险家/女英雄,佩服她了不起的勇气,在极不习惯的条件和极限下,徒步穿过大部分未曾有人探险考察过的地区,横跨八个月的雪域之旅,让人惊叹,在她那个时代,有多少女性会像她对西藏充满了无限的热爱和崇拜?因为她的勇气,当时西藏以外的人们才能了解到西藏的风俗习惯、宗教信仰、社会经济、历史、文化及政治情况。她所写有关西藏的一些著作被译成了德文、荷兰文、西班牙文和捷克文,间接把藏传佛教带进当时欧洲,对那些想了解藏传佛教启蒙者有很大的帮助,所以她本身的著作对欧洲佛教是很大贡献,是值得我们学习的对象。

  5. Joy on May 13, 2017 at 1:01 am

    When I read this concise bio about Alexandra David-Neel, it gives me an impression of a lady who is seeking for a higher purpose. She definitely took the road less travelled and she really followed her heart and her passion in exploring spirituality to the fullest. This is a clear sign of someone who has great spiritual imprints and definitely she was no ordinary woman!

    Even today not many people would be interested, let alone brave the very harsh environment of Tibet, yet she did with so much drive and determination to explore Tibet. Her story is one that is inspiring as it encourages us, girls, to not limit ourselves, just because we are girls and to also follow our passion wholeheartedly. She is not only courageous, she is also very focused and determined, and she never gives up, no matter how many times she was caught entering Tibet, she still persisted, each time disguising herself better. So if it is Dharma we choose to do, then we should go all they way and do it, to surrender and give our all. She is definitely someone who has led a very meaningful life.

    I find the black and white picture of her sitting outside her retreat hu most inspiring and inviting… inviting us to also go into retreat in a remote quiet environment.

  6. Uncle Eddie on May 12, 2017 at 11:17 am

    In accordance with the write-up of the short synopsis on the life of Alexandra David-Neel, she was described as been one born “with the wind beneath the feet,” a Buddhist oriental and a born writer. Born in France, but dedicated her whole life to the study of “Asian culture and religion”, with most of her books focus on Buddhism and she likes sharing with the Western World! As always been taught by Guru, our aim in taking the spiritual path is to transform ourselves with a view to helping others and ourselves to be ‘free’ from sufferings. This may at first make aware of our present powerless to do so. Then comes the desire to improve ourselves so as to overcome that obstacle, as what we can see in Alexandra David-neel’s outstanding case that, it was what exactly she was doing and finally with endless hardwork, sacrifices and patience, has achieved her aim! Like Alexandra, we sometimes have to feel like explorers, burning with desire to do what’s worth doing. Of cousre, the key of spiritual practice is to gain control over our mind, but as said, the ultimate well-being comes from fully eliminating delusion and mental toxins, and thus sufferings! My deepest wish is hopefully with whatever ideas and good and essential point gathered in this sensational article may serve as important tiny bright lights along the path guiding us to reach the ultimate happiness of all beings! As Shantideva has said, “As long as space endures, and as long as sentient beings exist, May I, too, remain, to dispel the misery of the World.” Thank you Pastor Antionette Kass for the sharing.

  7. Tek Lee on May 11, 2017 at 1:48 am

    Thank you Pastor Antoinette for sharing this lovely article. Alexandra David-Néel is a Bodhisatva, she must had done very meritorious thing in her previous life to bring her to this life to pursue for Dharma. Practicing Buddhism in her country is almost not possible during that era in her country. Yet, she was not defeated by the hardship she went through, and go all the way for Dharma. It must be her imprint from her previous life that lead her there. She reminds me of nobody else but our very own Pastor Antoinette. I didn’t mean that Pastor Antoinette went all the hard way to be in Dharma, I mean she came from very far oversea Luxumberg all the way to Malaysia, and became Pastor (Sangha to be), which is really very precious. Many people in their very own country, in their very own hometown, still unable to meet Dharma. May Dharma be stronger and spread to all directions, so that it can reach many other countries to let people practice Dharma, and benefit more people. _/\_

  8. Vivian Ong on May 10, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    Thank you Pastor Antoinette and Pastor Jean Ai for posting this article. I’m amazed at Alenxandra as she is a tough lady and went through many hardships in her life. She also liked and started to practice Buddhism in that era which we could hardly find a Westerner practising it.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  9. Pastor Antoinette on May 10, 2017 at 7:33 am

    The life of Alexandra David-Néel is showing that eventhough the conditions are very difficult and unlikely to do, we can reach our goal. Her wish and determination to discover Tibet and to share it with the world has given us a wonderful legacy to read and see by visiting her home Samten Dzong.

    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for revisiting the article and adding more interesting information and videos from this pioneer from the West.

    The books from Alexandra David-Néel are an inspiration and a treasure to read. Tibet with the monasteries, people, customs and practitices can be discovered through Alexandra David-Néel’s books. Through her sacrifices, inspiration and tremendous hardship, we have the opportunity to dive into the old Tibet and read about it.

    Thank you Rinpoche for giving everyone the opportunity, through this blog, to discover the old Tibet through Alexandra David-Néel.

  10. Pastor Chia on May 10, 2017 at 3:27 am

    Alexandra termination for traveling explore to get more knowledge is very inspiring. With her effort and writing. Western country people able to connect with sacred vajrayana practice in Tibet from the last century. What incredible is Alexandra also the female tantric practitioner from westerner which link the Buddhism from East to the West. Without her avenger journey for her whole life, non of this will happen. Her whole life experience with her journey to the East has dedicated benefit many people.

  11. Mingwen on May 10, 2017 at 1:29 am

    Incredible life stories! So much adventures for a lady from French, 2 centuries ago.

    Nothing is impossible, It’s just difficult! Determination, passion, kindness will lead us to the same way

  12. Justin Cheah on May 9, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    Alexandra gives me an impression as though she is back into this life looking for something. I think she must have made strong prayers to be able to be reconnected back with Buddha’s teachings and be close to Buddhism in her previous life. Her inclination is very strong and I am impressed with her strong will to make it to Lhasa despite facing obstacles after obstacles. She is one real traveller and am glad that I have read one of the most inspiring and interesting life story of a person in Alexandra who lived up to 101 years old. Thank you PAK and PJA for researching and writing this article.

  13. pammie yap on May 9, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    Thank you Pastor Antoinette for such an inspiring life story!
    Even since young, her imprints was strong and her curiosity for so many things is amazing! Even meeting high Lamas at a young age showed that her previous aspirations must have been strong. She did things that many people at her age would not want. Why would someone want to live a hard life when you can have a comfortable one?

    Even with many obstacles, she persevered and went on. Such strong spirit! When I read about the conditions she had to endure just to get to Lhasa, I was shocked and amazed at the same time. She is a real strong woman mentally and physically. Spending so much time travelling just to learn. And when she realised she didn’t have more time, instead of resting and writing more books, she continued travelling! Unbelievable!
    H.E. Tsem Rinpoche is another great example of someone who persevered in finding His spiritual path and He did not stop even though He had many obstacles. Today, we have Kechara Organisation where many are benefitting from. https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/h-e-the-25th-tsem-tulku-rinpoches-biography.html

  14. Eric kksiow on May 9, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    Such an interesting article to talked about Alexandra David-Néel, she’s make me think of Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo. She ( Alexandra David-Néel ) don’t give up for her spiritual practices ( journey ), i really admire to all the monks and nuns who’s never give up their spiritual practices and go all the way.

    More info of Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo – https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/videos/tenzin-palmo-cave-in-the-snow.html

    From the deep of my heart
    Much respect _/\_ to all of them ( Monks and Nuns )
    Thank You PAK & PJA for this wonderful article.
    _/\_

  15. Pastor Henry Ooi on May 9, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    Alexandra could have been an adventurer in one of her previous lives for her to have such an early imprint as a young child with the yearn to travel. Perhaps in another life she was born in the Himalayan region. Her story is an inspiration, more so for a woman during her time who broke all rules to explore countries far away from France. Her sheer determination is admirable, true grit.
    This story relates to Rinpoche’s longing to be on a mountain or in a valley surrounded by lush beautiful landscape, water flowing from the mountains forming a crustal clear lake, sharing the land with other creatures of the wild. Living in harmony with nature, making offerings to Buddhas, engaging in spiritual retreats

  16. Pastor Albert on May 9, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    it is really inspiring reading the life story of David-Néel. In some ways, I felt that she is very similar to H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, such as pursuing something they believe in, even though there are many obstacles, but they will never give up, if one way cant work, they will try another way until they succeed, as Rinpoche always say “what’s there to lose”? Even if we tried till last minute, we only go back to what we were before, there is nothing to lose for trying, but everything to lose for not trying.

    For David-Néel, I cannot imagine the difficulties she has to go through, being born in the time where Buddhist is not so popular in European countries, being born as a female that is encouraged to only get married and take care of the family, being born in a very conservative era, but David-Néel did not bend down to her ‘fate’, she decided to go against the stream and took a different route to chase after her dream, she dedicated her 101 years of life pursuing her Dharma and nothing else but only Dharma in her life.

    She has definitely lived up her life so beautifully, thank you Pastor Antoinette and the team for researching and sharing David-Néel’s life story.

  17. Andrea Lai on May 9, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    Wow! Such an interesting and adventurous story of Alexandra David Neel. I really admire her bravery, confidence and her strong determination and great interest on searching knowledge on Tibetan Buddhism and cultures. Despite of her race and discrimination from entering Lhasa, she never gave up hopes. Obstacles kept coming to her on her spiritual journey and she faced it with much tolerance, endurance and her attempted on achieving her dreams bare fruits in the end. What I like about this lovely lady was her courage, determination and compassion towards her desire on achieving her goal. This is the actual quality one person should acquired in Life.
    I think, Mdm. Alexandra have create a very good karma for herself in this life and next. May she will meet her guru in her next life and continue her spiritual journey to enlightenment. Thank you Rinpoche, Pastor Antoinette and Pastor Jean Ai for sharing this wonderful article.

  18. nicholas on May 9, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    Alexander really led a remarkable life. She live her life as an spiritual explorer to seek for her interest in spirituality. Her courage and never give up spirit didn’t stop her not matter how hard the situation is and with that motivation and perseverance she really go all the way and achieve what she wants. She has a strong realisation from young where she felt that she was wasting time just enjoying holiday with family. Through the spiritual journey she had learn so much and she really fully utilise her life for spiritual and till the end of her life. Inspiring journey and attitude she has.

    Her journey seeking for spirituality just remind me of H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche where left home at early age to seek for his spiritual. From very young Tsem Rinpoche always incline with Buddhism and met the great Lama to learn and with his perseverance even gone through so much hardship, Rinpoche continue to with his believe to be a monk and benefited so many people now not only in Malaysia but also many people around the world through the internet.

  19. Samfoonheei on May 5, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Interesting story …. the adventurous life of Alexandra David Neel.She so courageous,determination and adventurous for such a lady to travel to unknown places to seek Buddhiam knowledge.I do admired her will power and determination.Travelling at that time was really hard,could not imagine that situation.She made it somehow after so many attempts to cross to Tibet. Found her guru,started her spiritual journey and wrote a number of books about Buddhist practices. It is amazing how determined Alexandra David-Néel was.Hope this will inspired more westerner to travel to seek more of Buddism practice.And this will also encourage and inspired us all.
    Thank you Pastor Antoinette for sharing. I do enjoyed reading these post.Will try to get some of Alexandra David Neel’s book.

  20. Julia on May 3, 2017 at 2:14 am

    Thank you Pastor Antoinette. Very interesting and inspiring write up. Alexandra David Neel made full use of her life which is 101 years chasing for what she believed. She following her heart all the way, which I believe due to her strong imprint from her pass life and finally found her guru and started her tantric path during her older age.

    It’s really not easy as a woman at that century to pursue a dream and successful. She over come so much of hardship by having that determination and passion in her mind to look for her spiritual path. She not only opened up the mystery of tantric to the west, she also written down the history from the unexploited part of the spiritual world at that time.

    I would love to read her books. It was amazed to read about her tantric practice in the book The Magic and Mystery of Tibet here.

  21. Anne Ong on Dec 10, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    Thank you Pastor Antoinette for sharing an interesting story about the adventurous life of Alexandra David Neel. I really admire for her independant mind at a very young to wandering off alone. And strong courage,brave and determination to travel all the way to Tibet to pursue spirituality. Definitely an awe inspiring read and should be an encouragement for me and everyone to overcome my easy obstacles to reach higher spiritual goals.

  22. Sock Wan on Nov 24, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Thank you Pastor Antoinette for sharing with us the life of this adventurous woman called Alexandra David-Neel. It is For a woman in her era, it must have been difficult for her having a different thinking from the ‘normal people’. She liked to explored and she took the courage to explore to far east, to countries she had no idea how they were like. She was never restricted by her gender or her age, I read that at her very old age, she was still writing books.

    She has left behind so many information about Tibet and Buddhist practices, back then it was something very remarkable. She must also have heard a lot of people telling her she cannot do this, she cannot do that, but she did not listen to them and went ahead anyway. We all have our potential, do not let others discourage us. What they don’t want to do or cannot do, does not mean we would not be able to do.

  23. Wan Wai Meng on Jul 29, 2016 at 1:58 am

    What an interesting article about this lady who travelled in search of knowledge and she was not afraid of any kind of hardship. Thank you for this lovely article a most eye opening, Western take at learning about spirituality.

  24. Sofi on Mar 30, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    Thank you Pastor Antoinette for the wonderful write up on Alexandra David Neel. I am absolutely amazed at her courage to fulfill her wanderlust and spiritual exploration. She must have very strong imprints from her past lives to have that urge to seek spiritual although faced with so much obstacles, especially during the times where women either marry or join the convent. She display extraordinary observations and memory, remembering from as young as two years of age, when her father brought her to the cemetery to witness death.
    Her journey of discovery sounds so like an adventurous story book but I am sure it had been fraught with danger and hardship, which she took on as a challenge to be overcome. I certainly would be enthralled at her feet listening to her life.
    Definitely an awe inspiring read and should be an encouragement for me to overcome my easy obstacles to reach higher spiritual goals.

  25. Datuk May on Mar 5, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    I have never heard of nor read about Alexandra David Neel, but reading it now through the contribution of Pastor Antionette, I am both amazed at her feat to study and learn Buddhism.

    Imagine what she had to go through to achieve her knowledge in her faith during the 19th Century when airplanes were non existent. I admire her tenacity to achieve enhancement to her faith. Her affinity and imprint of the Dharma must be huge.

    Today for many of us, we can study the Dharma from the internet and all that is needed is to sit down and do so. It is with this ease that I rejoice and that the Dharma will be learnt by many more people.

    • Pastor Antoinette Kass on Mar 14, 2016 at 8:19 pm

      Dear Datuk May,

      Indeed it is amazing how determined Alexandra David-Néel was. The situation for women was already difficult at that time but she found her way even through the Himalayas and to Tibet. She put a lot of effort to study and share about her travels and the practices she had learnt when very few from the West have travelled so far.

      Thank you for your comment.

  26. Sarah on Mar 3, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    I enjoyed reading this article very much. Thank you Pastor Antoinette. I love reading about spiritual journeys like this one about Alexandra David-Neel. She was indeed a deeply spiritual person and she led a fascinating life. It is said that she was the first woman to interview the 13th Dalai Lama. The first eye-witness account of a lung gompa that reached the Western world came from the graphic description she gave in her book “With Mystics and Magicians in Tibet”.

    Another interesting traveler and researcher of Tibetan culture was Lama Anagarika Govinda who, in his autobiographical work, “The Way of the Clouds”, wrote about Alexandra David-Neel’s work and experiences in Tibet. In 1932, when he was in Gangtok, Sikkim, he stayed with a Sikkimese nobleman called Enche Kazi. He said that he stayed in the same house Lama Yongden had lived as a young boy, serving the family to earn his livelihood and education, since he came from a poor family. It was in Enche Kazi’s house that Alexandra David-Neel met Yongden and decided to take him with her with the Kazi’s consent. According to Lama Govinda, this decision completely changed Yongden’s life as well as her own, and helped to make Tibet known to millions of readers all over the world.

    • Pastor Antoinette Kass on Mar 10, 2016 at 8:11 pm

      Dear Sarah,

      You have inspired me to research and write about Lama Anagarika Govinda. Please see here: http://bit.ly/1RBuKyX

      Thank you for your kind comment.

  27. JP on Mar 2, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    I have never heard of Alexandra David-Neel. But having read this article of her, it gave me an insight of how this curious and determined lady bull dozed her way to learn and quench her curiosity. I can imagine how tremendously difficult it must have been for her to travel alone in a time where it was unheard of for a lady to go to distant places in Asia, let alone Tibet in pursuit of spirituality.

    We have it much easier compared to her when it comes to learning the dharma and other religions. Everything is on the internet and a flight away. So there is really no reason why we can’t dedicate some time to learn and practice any form of spirituality.

    Alexandra had the good merits and fortune to meet HH The 13th Dalai Lama and Panchen Rinpoche. It is through accounts written by people like her that we can get a glimpse of how life was back then in Tibet when Tibet was prohibited from foreigners.

    • Pastor Antoinette Kass on Mar 10, 2016 at 8:01 pm

      Dear JP,

      Indeed her determination was very strong and she benefited so many people by bringing Dharma to many people all over the world.

      Thank you for your comment.

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  • nicholas
    Monday, Dec 9. 2019 04:04 PM
    When most people think of Bigfoot or the Yeti, they usually think of the snowy Himalayas or the dense forests of America. However, Bigfoot can be found all over the world. Most recently, there is possible evidence of Bigfoot existing in the beautiful and lush country of Malaysia, where I live!

    Residents of urban Puchong, Kuala Lumpur have found four huge and unexplainable footprints. Similar in shape to the human footprint, they have been described as an “unnatural occurrence”. I wonder if these footprints will be examined by experts, because Bigfoot footprints are very distinct and unique, not to mention huge. In fact, I have previously blogged about Bigfoot footprints in relation to dermal ridges.

    Read more about Bigfoot Spotted in Puchong at http://bit.ly/2rs2GOI
  • Yee Yin
    Sunday, Dec 8. 2019 02:45 PM
    It is quite common to hear sightings of ghosts in tunnels. Tunnels are usually damp and the sunlight can’t reach inside. There is no air circulation, therefore the negative energy can remain in tunnels for a long time. When we drive through tunnels and feel uncomfortable, we can recite some mantras to calm our minds and protect ourselves. Dorje Shugden mantra will be a good one to learn up for protection like this:
    OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/creepy-tunnels-2.html
  • Pastor Lanse
    Sunday, Dec 8. 2019 01:38 PM
    Choyang Dulzin Kuten Lama was a respected oracle of two enlightened Dharma Protectors – Dorje Shugden and Setrap. Coming from humble beginnings, Choyang Kuten Lama experienced his first trance when he was seventeen years old. Under the care and guidance of H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, he became a renowned oracle who contributed greatly to his countrymen during the most trying time in Tibet’s history.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-selfless-dorje-shugden-oracle.html
  • nicholas
    Saturday, Dec 7. 2019 06:34 PM
    Do you know anyone who is constantly engaged in excessive, unreasonable and repetitive behaviour such as cleaning, hand-washing, or rearranging? If you do, that person is most likely suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

    OCD is characterised by irrational fear or obsession that triggers repetitive actions. Many people suffering from OCD are aware that their actions are illogical, but when they try to ignore the urge to perform a particular action, their anxiety increases until they eventually give in to their compulsion.

    According to the National Institute of Mental Health, OCD affects 1% of the adult population in the United States alone. OCD does not discriminate and can affect anyone regardless of race, gender or age. It has great implications on a person’s quality of life and can affect their emotional health, education, career and even their social and personal life as their obsessions can result in hours of repetitive ritualistic behaviour, thus preventing them from doing other things.

    Understand more about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder at http://bit.ly/33ZRciF
  • nicholas
    Saturday, Dec 7. 2019 06:25 PM
    Gyenze, otherwise known as Ratna Shugden, is one of the five main emanations of the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. This particular emanation is Dorje Shugden manifesting in an increasing form. When sincere practitioners propitiate Gyenze, we invoke his blessings to increase outer and inner wealth, health, and spiritual merits.

    With this in mind, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche envisioned and built a chapel specifically dedicated to Gyenze and his beneficial energies. Located at the front of Kechara Forest Retreat, it has become a place of spiritual pilgrimage for many people of all backgrounds and Gyenze has manifested signs of fulfilling people’s wishes.

    As more and more people are seeing the benefits of praying to Gyenze, a new 5-foot statue was commissioned to be installed in the chapel. On November 3, 2017 the new statue of Gyenze arrived at Kechara Forest Retreat. Auspiciously, it was the very same day that Kechara’s monthly Dorje Shugden puja was being held! Milk, incense and a silk khata were offered to welcome Gyenze as soon as the statue was unpacked.

    Read more of the 5-Foot Gyenze Statue Arrives in Kechara Forest Retreat at http://bit.ly/2YsfgK4
  • nicholas
    Saturday, Dec 7. 2019 06:14 PM
    The claim that Dorje Shugden sends you to the three lower realms is used by the Tibetan leadership to worry their community into giving up the Dorje Shugden practice because now, it negatively affects your rebirth. According to the Tibetan leadership, they are banning the practice because they do not want people to go to the three lower realms and take rebirth as spirits or worse. And this reasoning is further used by the Tibetan leadership to create a false sense of compassion, because it compels Tibetans to encourage one another to give up the practice. Why? Because you would not want your loved ones going to the three lower realms, would you?

    If Dorje Shugden practice sends you to the three lower realms, how come the Tibetan leadership keeps recognizing the reincarnations of lamas who engaged in the practice? Shouldn’t they be spirits or reborn in the hell realms, according to the Tibetan leadership? Some of these lamas passed away before the ban on Dorje Shugden began, which means they practiced Dorje Shugden until their last breath in their previous incarnations. They did not have the ‘chance’ to give up the practice. So shouldn’t these lamas have taken rebirth in the three lower realms? And if they took rebirths as animals, spirits or hell beings, who are the individuals being recognized as their reincarnations?

    How come the Tibetan leadership has their own candidate for Domo Geshe Rinpoche’s reincarnation? The previous Domo Geshe Rinpoche was a huge and prominent Dorje Shugden practitioner and he passed away still practicing Dorje Shugden. Since he never gave up this practice of so-called ‘spirit worship’ and supposedly ‘broke’ his vows right until the end of his life, how come he did not take rebirth in the three lower realms as the Tibetan leadership said he would? Even more ironically, why did they recognize a candidate for his reincarnation instead?

    Another major example is His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorjechang, the Junior Tutor of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Kyabje Trijang Dorjechang practiced Dorje Shugden, again till the end of his life, and never gave up the practice. According to the Tibetan leadership, this means that the Dalai Lama’s own tutor died a spirit worshipper and therefore, according their basis for banning the practice, Trijang Rinpoche should have taken rebirth in the three lower realms. So why then is the Dalai Lama himself recognizing the reincarnation of his teacher, Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche?

    Check out the truth of Dorje Shugden People Do Not Go to the Three Lower Realms at http://bit.ly/2OVIIVo
  • nicholas
    Saturday, Dec 7. 2019 06:03 PM
    The divine and enlightened beings can manifest in whatever form suits the needs of the people of that time and place in order to help them. They are truly compassionate in that way, and show their immense spiritual ability to be able to do so. The emanation of Lord Manjushri, the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden is no different. It is with that in mind that I envisioned commissioning different forms of Dorje Shugden painted and drawn in different cultural styles to better suit the temperaments of practitioners the world over.

    The usual style that Dorje Shugden is depicted is very Tibetan, but even within his holy entourage there are differences of culture and variation across different countries. For example, the 10 Youthful and Wrathful Attendants, warrior emanations of Dorje Shugden who help avert both inner and outer obstacles, appear in different forms. They take on the physical appearance of Tibetan, Mongolian, Chinese, Kashmiri, Indian and Nepali warriors. This clearly shows that as an enlightened being, Dorje Shugden is above and beyond cultural differences, or location-based variations, etc. He transcends all of that but will emanate in forms that appeal the most to the practitioner. The more styles there are, the more wider the appeal will be. My hope is that many will be blessed by Dorje Shugden and enter his practice and be protected.

    H.E. The 25th Tsem Rinpoche recently commissioned very special images of Dorje Shugden in Indian style, Fauvistic style, Byzantine style, Malaysian style, Chinese style, New Age style and Japanese anime style. And there are many more to come. Do check back here every few weeks as there are more different styles of Dorje Shugden art and will add here in time.

    Check out http://bit.ly/2PyTqCb
  • nicholas
    Saturday, Dec 7. 2019 05:14 PM
    Although Manjushri currently appears as a bodhisattva, in actuality he has traversed the bodhisattva path. In a time long gone, he became a fully enlightened Buddha who was known as the Tathagatha Lamp of the Nagas. Due to the strong karmic connection with the sentient beings of our time, he manifested as a bodhisattva disciple of the Buddha, called Manjushri, who is famed for his great wisdom.

    Manjushri is also indeed very unique and special as he is practised in all lineages and traditions present today. As the main yidam of Lama Tsongkhapa, Manjushri constantly appears to Lama Tsongkhapa and was able to clarify the subtlest aspects of the teachings and transmit many teachings and transmissions. Hence, it is said that lineage and practices of Lama Tsongkhapa are especially blessed by Manjushri for practitioners to gain quicker attainments.

    Sharing with you a meditation upon Orange or Arapachana Manjushri composed by none other than the Great Fifth Dalai Lama who unified Tibet after many damaging civil wars, established diplomatic relations with China and other countries, and wrote a massive 24 volumes’ worth of scholarly and religious works on a wide range of subjects including a prayer to Dorje Shugden.

    Orange Manjushri is the main form of Manjushri, appearing as a Bodhisattva prince sitting in full lotus posture while holding a flaming wisdom sword with his right hand. With his left hand at his heart, he grasps the stem of a utpala blossom upon which the Perfection of Wisdom Sutra rests. The propitiation of this form of Manjushri develops wisdom within us, clarity of mind, better memory, critical thinking and artistic talents, purifies negative speech karma and finally, creates the causes for us to develop powerful, beneficial and influential speech.

    Learn more about Orange Manjushri: A Meditation by the 5th Dalai Lama at http://bit.ly/2DTN3lz
  • Yee Yin
    Saturday, Dec 7. 2019 03:01 PM
    This is a very beautiful temple in a very serene environment. The temple is on a small hill, overlooking the villages. The tall outdoor Buddha in the temple gives people a sense of peace. It will be nice to go there to pay homage to the Buddha and do the meditation.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/beautiful-standing-buddha-of-thaton-thailand
  • S.Prathap
    Friday, Dec 6. 2019 04:39 PM
    A Pilgrimage to Lumbini, will be wonderful as that where the Buddha’s birthplace and get connected and make a good aspiration.There are many impressive beautiful structures and beautiful Sacred temples to see.
    Visiting Lumbini, the Buddha’s birth place creates the karma to have control of our own rebirth and the causes to be born in pleasant places where we will have the right conditions and opportunities to practice Dharma.Thank you for the wonderful article.

    Read more : https://bit.ly/2DT88gd
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Dec 6. 2019 03:57 PM
    Thank you for the sharing, this article best describe the powerful health benefits, nutritional value of consuming tomatoes in daily diet. This article has given good picture on varieties of tomatoes widely available in many forms and colour.

    Actually I do not like tomatoes much but this article have given me enough info on beneficial of tomatoes for overall health. Discovered that tomatoes are rich in varieties of vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants which helps to prevent and to protect from diseases naturally.

    It’s time for me to add in tomatoes in my daily meal and to ensure that to get an array of nutrients which will help in better functioning of my body.
  • nicholas
    Thursday, Dec 5. 2019 06:45 PM
    The Buddha Shakyamuni and Bodhisattva Manjushri worked closely to expound the Dharma, although Manjushri himself had achieved enlightenment many lifetimes ago. According to the Avatamsaka Sutra, Manjushri is actually the Buddha Nageshvaraja who achieved enlightenment many eons ago in a different world system. In Shakyamuni’s time however, he took the form of Manjushri, a student of Lord Buddha himself. Indeed, many teachings arose just because Manjushri asked a question to Buddha Shakyamuni.

    Manjushri is the embodiment of wisdom and knowledge, and this Namasanghiti text that recalls his names and qualities represents the pinnacle of all Shakyamuni Buddha’s teachings. Scholars classify it as a tantra of the non-dual (advaya) class, along with the Kalachakra Tantra.

    The Namasanghiti was expounded by Shakyamuni Buddha for his disciple Vajrapani and his wrathful retinue in order to lead them to Buddhahood. The essence of the Namasanghiti text is that Manjushri Bodhisattva is the embodiment of all knowledge. The Namasanghiti is a short text, consisting only of around 160 verses and a prose section, which is a fraction of the vast Sutras such as Avatamsaka Sutra and Prajnaparamita Sutras, or the endless ocean of tantras such as Manjushri-Mula-Kalpa.

    Read more about A Concert of Names of Manjushri at http://bit.ly/2Yj3d1n
  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Dec 5. 2019 05:54 PM
    Mekong River is incredibly important for millions of people in China. It flows through many countries: China, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and finally Vietnam. But weird and it is shocking to know the dogs cruelty, smuggling and trading just for the meat across Asia, through the famous river, What a cruel business. Need to be aware of visiting all this countries.
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Dec 5. 2019 04:32 PM
    Wat Phra Dhammakaya is worlds largest meditation Center,beautifully built, well landscaped and well maintained.The temple’s success is a collective achievement of every monk, novice and devotee who faithfully gave their time and energy day in and day out, against all odds to build the massive temple to serve all sentient beings.

    Their faith, determination and patience paid off when their dream of a sanctuary of peace to spread the Buddha’s teachings became a reality.Thank you very much for the interesting article.

    Read more : https://bit.ly/2RkjkKI

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
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Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
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
Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
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
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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
7 months ago
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
7 months ago
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.
7 months ago
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.
7 months ago
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
7 months ago
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
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