Choijin Lama: The State Oracle of Mongolia

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Statue of Buddha Shakyamuni in Choijin Lama Temple

Statue of Buddha Shakyamuni in Choijin Lama Temple, Mongolia

(By Tsem Rinpoche and Seow Choong Liang)

 

Buddhism in Mongolia

The First Wave
According to the Origins of Dharma in the Hor Regions by the great Mongolian scholar Lobsang Tamdrin, Buddhism was brought to the Hor Region (northern Kham, Tibet) during the Mongol Yuan Dynasty in three waves. The first wave was during the time of the Indian Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd Century B.C.E., three centuries before Buddhism surfaced in China, and some eight centuries before it took root in Tibet. In his work, Lobsang Tamdrin mentioned that even during these ancient times, Hor supported a population of over one hundred thousand Buddhist monks. The cave paintings along the Hor section of the Silk Road bear witness to this early Mongol practice of Buddhism.

Mongolia has a strong and vibrant history of Buddhism. Pictured here is Erdene Zuu Monastery, which was founded by Abtai Sain Khan and survives until today

Mongolia has a strong and vibrant history of Buddhism. Pictured here is Erdene Zuu Monastery, which was founded by Abtai Sain Khan and survives until today

 

The Second Wave
The second wave began with Chinggis Khan who established a special relationship with the Sakya tradition. Later, Chinggis Khan’s grandson Kublai Khan who reigned from 1269 to 1294, and who established the Yuan Dynasty in 1271, invited Lama Drogon Chogyal Phagpa (Phagpa Lodro Gyaltsen, 1235-1280), nephew of Sakya Pandita, to give teachings throughout his kingdom. Hence, Buddhism became the de facto state religion of the Mongol Yuan state. Such was the influence of Buddhism on Mongolian culture that in 1269, Kublai Khan commissioned Drogon Chogyal Phagpa to design a new writing system to unify the writing systems of his multilingual empire. The new writing system then served as the official Mongolian national script.

Chinggis Khan

Chinggis Khan

According to Glenn Mullin, Kublai Khan’s total dedication to Lama Chogyal Phagpa is documented in The Journals of Marco Polo. Marco Polo was charged by the Pope with the task of converting Kublai Khan to Christianity. However, although Kublai Khan was happy to sponsor Christians in his court and to retain them as advisors, he personally remained strongly Buddhist. Marco Polo lamented this fact in his journals, attributing his failure to convert the Khan to the superior skills of Chogyal Phagpa who was able to impress the emperor with his display of magical powers such as telekinesis.

Glenn Mullin mentioned that in Chogyal Phagpa’s biography, there were details of him giving Kublai Khan and his inner circle many Buddhist tantric lineage transmissions and teachings. In addition, it is important to note that Dr Gene Smith, the then Director of the Tibetan Buddhist Research Center (TBRC) in New York, had written to Glenn Mullin, stating that the oldest surviving manuscript in the TBRC database is a Buddhist text on the Kalachakra Tantra. It was published on the occasion of Kublai Khan’s passing in 1294 to ensure the great emperor’s rebirth in the Kalachakra pure land of Shambhala.

 

The Third Wave
The third wave began with the arrival of the Gelug tradition in Mongolia in the 1570s, and its adoption by the Tumed Mongol King Altan Khan as the national religion of the country. At that time, the head of the Gelugpas was known both at home and abroad as Jey Tamchey Khyenpa or “The Omniscient Master”. The title “Dalai Lama” had not as yet been conferred. In 1578, with ambitions to emulate Chinggis Khan, Altan Khan invited Sonam Gyatso (1543-1588), to a summit. They became allies, with Altan Khan gaining legitimacy as a Mongol ruler and the Ganden Phodrang receiving military protection and material patronage.

A statue of Altan Khan

A statue of Altan Khan

It was Altan Khan who recognised Sonam Gyatso as a reincarnation of Lama Chogyal Phagpa and gave the Tibetan leader the title of “Dalai Lama” (Ocean Lama). Sonam Gyatso, in turn, recognised Altan as a reincarnation of Kublai Khan and legitimised him as a “Khan” (Successor of Chinggis Khan). It was a win-win situation – Altan became a great Khan while Sonam Gyatso became a reincarnation of the Sakya Gongma, a great scholar of the Sakya school, and was given the title of “Dalai Lama”.

Altan Khan’s nephew Abtai Sain Khan (1554 – 1588), a Khalkha-Mongolian prince, was named by the 3rd Dalai Lama as the First Khan of the Tusheet Khanate in 1587. Abtai zealously propagated Tibetan Buddhism among the Khalkha Mongols and in 1585, he founded the Buddhist monastery of Erdene Zuu which has largely survived till this day. Hence, the “Yellow Hat Sect” or the Gelug tradition quickly became the dominant spiritual tradition in Mongolia and has remained so up to now.

 

Qing Dynasty (1635–1912) and Beyond

During his campaign against Ligdan Khan (the last Mongol khan), the Qing Emperor Hong Taiji (1592-1643) became a patron of Tibetan Buddhism or “The Yellow Church” in order to gain the support of the Mongols.

Emperor Qianlong

Emperor Qianlong

The patronage of Tibetan Buddhism usually came in the form of gifts. Emperor Qianlong, for example, commissioned Tibetan Buddhist art works to be presented as gifts. This was done on such a massive scale that he even managed to surpass his grandfather, Emperor Kangxi, who once presented so many gifts to his favourite Mongolian Lama, Zanabazar, that his caravan of camels took three days and three nights to pass through the gates of Beijing!

By the beginning of the 20th Century, Outer Mongolia had more than five hundred temples which controlled a significant amount of the country’s wealth.

Ulaanbaatar (previously known as Ikh Khuree) was the seat of the preeminent living Buddha of Mongolia, the Jebtsundamba Khutuktu, also known as the Bogd Gegen and later as the Bogd Khan. With the end of Manchu rule in 1911, the autonomous state of Mongolia took the form of a weakly centralised theocracy, headed by the Jebtsundamba Khutuktu.

 

The Tradition of Oracles

According to anthropologists, shamanism is the oldest religion practised in Asia. The practice of Bon in Tibet is said to have come from Taksik, a region that roughly corresponds to ancient Persia. Elements of Shamanistic practices can still be found in countries such as Russia, China, Mongolia, Tibet, Nepal, India, etc. Through the efforts of the three Dharma Kings of Tibet (Songsten Gampo, Trisong Detsen and Ralpachen), most Tibetans were converted from Shamanistic Bon to Buddhism by the 9th Century C.E.

Choijin Lama Temple Cham masks and costumes

Choijin Lama Temple Cham masks and costumes

This does not mean that shamanism was totally abandoned. In the course of time, some aspects of shamanistic Bon and ancient tantrism were transformed and assimilated into Buddhist practice. For example, the tradition of using oracles to communicate with certain Buddhist deities and Dharma protectors has been incorporated into Tibetan Buddhism. It was the same with the Mongols. After 1300 C.E., the Mongols converted from shamanism to Buddhism, and this faith spread all the way north to Siberia.

The Cham dance also underwent a similar transformation. Many elements of Cham have their roots in Hinduism and the Bon tradition. Sharing its roots with ancient tantra, Cham is said to have first originated in the Himalayan range. According to a legend, the Cham dance tradition was started by Guru Padmasambhava in the late 8th Century C.E. When the king of Tibet Trisong Detsen requested Guru Padmasambhava to subdue the spirits that were hindering the construction of Samye Monastery, the revered Guru performed the Cham dance ritual.

 

The 8th Bogd Khan: the Last Emperor of Mongolia

The Jebtsundamba Khutuktu is the spiritual head of the Gelug lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in Mongolia. The first Jebtsundamba, Zanabazar (1635–1723), was identified as the reincarnation of the scholar Taranatha of the Jonang school of Tibetan Buddhism.

At the end of Manchu rule in 1911, the Buddhist church and its clergy provided the only political structure available. Hence, it was then that Mongolia adopted the form of a weakly centralised theocracy, headed by the 8th Jebtsundamba (1869–1924), who was called Bogd Khan. He was the Head of State until his death in 1924.

 

List of Jebtsundamba Khutuktus

  1. Öndör Gegeen Zanabazar (1635–1723)
  2. Luvsandambiydonmi (1724–1757)
  3. Ishdambiynyam (1758–1773)
  4. Luvsantüvdenvanchug (1775–1813)
  5. Luvsanchültimjigmed (1815–1841)
  6. Luvsantüvdenchoyjijaltsan (1843–1848)
  7. Agvaanchoyjivanchugperenlaijamts (1850–1868)
  8. Agvaanluvsanchoyjindanzanvaanchigbalsambuu (1870–20 May 1924)

 

The Bogd Khan

The 8th Jebtsundamba Khutughtu Agvaanluvsanchoyjindanzanvaanchigbalsambuu

His Holiness the 8th Jebtsundamba Khutughtu also known as the Bogd Khan (Mongolian: Богд хаан, 1869–1924) became de facto leader of Outer Mongolia in 1911, when Outer Mongolia declared independence from the Qing Dynasty of China after the Xinhai Revolution. He was born in Tibet. As the 8th Jebtsundamba Khutughtu, he was the third most important person in the Tibetan Buddhist hierarchy, below only the Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama, and therefore also known as the “Bogd Lama”. He was the spiritual leader of Outer Mongolia’s Tibetan Buddhism. His wife Tsendiin Dondogdulam, the Ekh Dagina (“Dakini Mother”), was believed to be a manifestation of White Tara. The brother of the 8th Jebtsundamba Khutughtu, Choijin Lama Luvsankhaidav, was the state oracle and occupied one of the five temples on the Choijin Lama Temple complex.

 

Life of the Bogd Khan

The 8th Jebtsundamba Khutughtu was born in 1869 in Lithang, Kham, in the family of a Tibetan official. His father, Gonchigtseren, was an accountant at the 12th Dalai Lama’s court. The boy was officially recognised as the new incarnation of the Jebtsundamba Khutughtu in the Potala Palace in the presence of the 13th Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama. The new Jebtsundamba Khutughtu arrived in Urga, the capital of Outer Mongolia, in 1874. After this he lived only in Mongolia.

According to one eyewitness,

…he did not become a puppet in the hands of the lamas but, on the contrary, took them in hand. Since his young years he wanted to restore the great Mongolian kingdom of Genghis Khan or, at least, to liberate Mongolia from the Chinese and make it self-dependent. Local princes feared him, but the masses liked him… An independent and clever first hierarch and ruler was unacceptable neither for Tibet, nor for the Chinese.

As a result, from his young years the 8th Jebtsundamba Khutughtu was the subject of intrigues of Qing officials in Urga. Later he became the subject of propaganda campaigns organised by Mongolian Communists, which attacked him by alleging that he was a prolific poisoner, a paedophile, and a libertine, which was later repeated in non-scientific literature. However, analysis of documents stored in Mongolian and Russian archives do not confirm these statements.

Bogde lama

As a monk, the 8th Jebtsundamba Khutughtu had limited access to physical means of imposing power, though some enemies were executed for blasphemy. The Polish traveller Ferdinand Ossendowski recorded that he knew “every thought, every movement of the Princes and Khans, the slightest conspiracy against him, and the offender is usually kindly invited to Urga, from where he does not return alive.” However, Ossendovsky’s claims for his acquaintance with the 8th Jebtsundamba Khutughtu are not confirmed by comparative analysis of his book and manuscripts.

The 8th Jebtsundamba Khutughtu lost his power when Chinese troops occupied the country in 1919. The Tusiyetu Khan Aimak’s Prince Darchin Ch’in Wang was a supporter of Chinese rule while his younger brother Tsewang was a supporter of Russian Baron Ungern-Sternberg. When Baron Ungern’s forces failed to seize Urga in late 1920, the 8th Jebtsundamba Khutughtu was placed under house arrest; then he was freed and reinstated by Ungern shortly before he took Urga in 1921. After the revolution in 1921 led by Damdin Sükhbaatar, the 8th Jebtsundamba Khutughtu was allowed to stay on the throne in a limited monarchy until his death in 1924, a year after that of his wife.

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His Holiness the 8th Jebtsundamba Khutughtu (Bogd Khan) of Outer Mongolia. Click on image to enlarge or click here for more beautiful thangkas.

 

Death of the Bogd Khan

The government took control of the 8th Jebtsundamba Khutughtu’s seal after his death according to the November 26, 1924 Constitution of the Mongolian People’s Republic.

After his death, the Mongolian Revolutionary government, led by followers of the Soviet Communists, declared that no more reincarnations were to be found and established the Mongolian People’s Republic. However, rumours about a reincarnation of the Jebtsundamba Khutuktu appeared in northern Mongolia in that same year. No traditional determination of the supposed incarnation was conducted. Another rumour appeared in 1925. In November 1926 the 3rd Great Khural of Mongolian People’s Republic approved a special resolution that searches for reincarnations of the Jebtsundamba Khutuktu should not be allowed. A final prohibition was approved by the 7th Congress of the Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party and the 5th People’s Great Khural in 1928.

Nevertheless, the next reincarnation of Jebtsundamba Khutuktu was found in Tibet as a boy born in 1932 in Lhasa. This was not announced until the collapse of the USSR and democratic revolution in Mongolia. The 9th Jebtsundamba Khutughtu was formally enthroned in Dharamsala by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso in 1991, and in Ulaanbaatar in 1999.

The Winter Palace of the Jebtsundamba Khutuktu has been preserved and is a tourist attraction in Ulaanbaatar.

 

State Oracle Choijin Lama

In old Mongolia, the highest authority relied upon the State Oracle with regards to state matters and governance of the entire nation. The divination and prophetic pronouncements of this State Oracle played a crucial role in the running of the country, which included major decisions, policy-making, and so forth. In Mongolia, there were a number of oracles that took possession of Shamanistic and Buddhist deities. Out of these, the Mongolian leaders consulted the protector deities that took possession of the State Oracle, because their pronouncements were the most accurate and authoritative. Naturally, the State Oracle was consulted by ministers, aristocrats, religious authorities and especially the temporal and spiritual leader of Mongolia, the Bogd Khan (also known as the Jebtsundamba Khutughtu), one of the many who frequently sought advice from the State Oracle.

The Dharma Protectors Nechung, Tsiu Marpo (Kache Marpo) and Dorje Shugden are the three state protectors relied upon by Mongolia and they took trance of the state oracle during important events and provided prophetic pronouncements related to the country and its people.

The Bogd Khan is to Mongolia as the Dalai Lama is to Tibet. He is believed to be an incarnation of Vajrapani, is one of the three great Bodhisattvas whereas the Dalai Lama, who is believed to be an incarnation of another great Bodhisattva Chenrezig, – is a close counterpart. Similarly, Tibet’s reliance on the State Oracle is also followed by the Mongolians in the example of the Mongolian State Oracle, the Choijin Lama Luvsankhaidav.

In 1874, the four-year-old Tibetan-born 8th reincarnation of the Jebtsundamba Khutuktu travelled to Mongolia with his parents and brothers. His father was a senior civil servant in the Ganden Phodrang administration.

Photograph of Choijin Lama Luvsankhaidav

Photograph of Choijin Lama Luvsankhaidav

In 1883-1884, the Xamba Lama Baldanchoimbol, head abbot of Ikh Khuree and capital of Mongolia (the city was founded in 1639 as a nomadic Buddhist monastic centre) discussed with the Bogd Khan about training his brother Luvsankhaidav as a “choijin” (oracle) to protect the Buddhist teachings. One reason for this was Luvsankhaidav’s frequent fainting spells, a sign of possession. He later became the official state oracle.

In order to formalise the oracle institution, a Mongolian lama, Luvsanpeljee of Wangain Aimag in Zuun Khuree, composed a text to invoke the protectors and became teacher to Luvsankhaidav. In 1884, Mongolian religious leaders invited Setev Choje from Tibet to lead the training of Luvsankhaidav.

Another version of the appointment is that during the Guangxu Qing period, Tserendorj of Maimaachen Khot, being in control, made Luvsankhaidav the oracle and gave him the title of Oracle Lama (Choijin Lama) in 1916. In the same year, Luvsankhaidav was given the position of Toriin Choijin (State Oracle) and the title of “Protector of the Xalx Religion,” Xalx being a term used to mean Mongolia or Mongolians.

Luvsankhaidav took Surenkhorloo, daughter of the Zaisan Damdin of Maimaa Khot, to be his consort.

 

Training as an Oracle

Choijin Lama learned to take trance and the three protectors who possessed him were Naichun Choijin (Nechung), Zumer (Tsiu Marpo) and Dorjsug (Dorje Shugden). By decree of the Bogd Khan, Choijin Lama officially took trance twice a year – once on the 8th of the first lunar month (Lunar New Year) and another time on the 28th of the last month. The rituals were held with the intention of bolstering the Mongolian religion and state and to defeat enemies and demons (i.e. to overcome obstacles).

Swords brandished, bent and folded by Choijin Lama in trance.

Swords brandished, bent and folded by Choijin Lama in trance.

The ritual initially took place in a large felt yurt but by 1901, a small wooden temple had been built for this purpose. This was located next to Dashdandarlin Temple, north-west of the Yellow Palace. Fifty monks who were the Bogd’s disciples were appointed to participate in the ceremonies. The temple was called “Zanxan” and had the title “The Palace that Defeats the Demons of the Black Direction.”

In 1903, the temple burnt down and many yurts were put up for the Choijin Lama in the enclosed yard of Tsakhriin shadar gün Shagdarjaw (Tsakhar Shagdar gün), where permanent ceremonies were held.

A separate complex was established from 1904 to 1908 with brick buildings designed by the architect Ombog, who also built the Bogd Khan’s Green Palace. This new temple later received the honorary title “Forgiveness-Promoting Temple” from the Emperor of the Qing Dynasty.

 

The State Oracle

According to records, Luvsankhaidav used to light candles and close all the doors and curtains when starting the trance ceremony. Mongolian state officials and religious leaders came to participate in the ritual and to pray and ask for protection.

While in trance, he also issued prophecies. He became extraordinarily powerful and demonstrated many feats such as tying swords into knots, licking hot metal from a fire, issuing fire from his body, flying and so on.

Oracular chair and throne

Oracular chair and throne

It is said that people who were wounded by his sword during the possession were considered to be very lucky. His arms and legs would sometimes be tied to columns because of their huge strength while in trance. During the more important and larger ceremonies, lamas from Zuun Khuree (known as Ikh Khuree before 1991 and now as Ulaanbaatar) were invited to participate.

It was during these ceremonies that Choijin Lama took trance of Nechung, Tsiu Marpo and Dorje Shugden. Luvsanpeljee recorded, translated and made known the pronouncements made by the protectors in trance to the assembly. He also managed the important affairs of Choijin Lama and was given the title “Daichin Khamba” (Heroic Abbot).

According to descriptions of the protectors in trance, Nechung and Tsiu Marpo were not very fierce, but Dorje Shugden was a very fierce protector. When Dorje Shugden took trance of Choijin Lama, it was the wrathful aspect and he would be leaping about, bobbing up and down and foaming at the mouth.

Numerous titles and seals were given to Luvsankhaidav, indicating the prestigious status of Choijin Lama. His temple complex also possessed the same privileges and rights as Dechingalaw in the Yellow Palace and numerous administrators belonged to it. It also had a treasury. The main tutelary deities of the temple were Jigjid (Yamantaka) and Damdin (Hayagriva).

 

Cham Dance

Cham dances were also held at the Choijin Lama Temple a few times a year. According to one record, it was held on the 29th of the last summer month, but from 1916, it was held once a year on the 25th of the 8th month, with 108 lamas taking part.

Amongst the deities in the Cham dances were Mam (Tibetan: Mamo), Zan (a kind of demon or powerful ghost) and Tawan Khan (Five Kings), with Luvsanpeljee playing the part of Tawan Khan. This ended in 1921 or earlier in 1918 when Choijin Lama passed away.

Mongolia has a long history of Cham dances

Mongolia has a long history of Cham dances

 

Death of Choijin Lama

There are a few versions of how Choijin Lama passed away. One theory claims that on the morning of March 28, 1918, he suddenly fainted and passed away. Another version of this is that he blacked out and died while he was in trance. According to a third version, he died in his sleep when his home was destroyed by a fire.

After his death in 1918, the temple continued to perform rituals, as usual, reciting texts until it closed in 1936. In 1941, it reopened as “The Choijin Lama Temple Museum.”

 

The Choijin Lama Temple

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The temple complex consists of five buildings. As you enter, the first temple is the Temple of the Maharajas or Guardians of the Four Directions. In the main temple, there are statues of Buddhas, the thrones of Choijin Lama and Baldanchoimbol with the statue of Choijin Lama to the right, and the embalmed mummy of Baldanchoimbol (the Yonzon Lama, teacher of the 7th and 8th Jebtsundamba Khutuktu) to the left.

The Zuugiin sum or temple of Buddha Shakyamuni is situated to the north-west of the main temple and behind the main temple is the Yadamiin sum (Temple of the tutelary deity). In addition, there is the Khotol chuulganii tus amgalant tiwiin süm (Temple of the continent of the great happiness) which is an octagonal shaped two-storey building built in 1907 and dedicated to the memory of Ondor Gegeen Zanabazar (1635–1723).

Today, the temple is officially a museum but it is also an active religious temple. People come to pray and worship at the temple. Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche has travelled to Mongolia and made offerings to Dorje Shugden in this temple.

 

Conclusion

The Mongolians were introduced to Buddhist teachings as far back as the 3rd Century B.C.E., earlier than the Chinese and Tibetans. The introduction of Lama Tsongkhapa’s Gelug tradition to Mongolia in the 1570s by the Tumed Mongol King Altan Khan, resulted in this tradition becoming an essential part of the history and culture of Mongolia, which has remained until today despite the communist purge in the second half of the 20th Century.

Statue of Je Tsongkhapa in Choijin Lama Temple

Statue of Je Tsongkhapa in Choijin Lama Temple

When Manchu rule ended in 1911, the Buddhist church and its clergy took over the running of the country. A theocratic government was formed, headed by the 8th Jebtsundamba or Bogd Khan. During this time, it was decided that Mongolia needed the help of a state oracle which came in the form of Choijin Lama.

It is noteworthy that Choijin Lama was trained to take trance of Nechung (the first protector of Samye Monastery who later “moved” to Lhasa to become the state protector of Tibet), Tsiu Marpo (who replaced Nechung as protector of Samye Monastery) and Dorje Shugden, the protector of Lama Tsongkhapa’s teachings. There was no sectarianism, no conflict and no schism. All there was were three traditional enlightened protectors coming to the aid the Mongolians.

Statues and Thangkas of Dorje Shugden, Nechung and Tsiu Marpo in the Choijin Lama Temple

The Choijin Lama Temple in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia has a fine collection of statues and thangkas, including those of the three Dharma Protectors, Nechung, Tsiu Marpo (Kache Marpo) and Dorje Shugden. The Mongolian State Oracle, Choijin Lama Luvsankhaidav, the younger brother of the 8th Jebtsundamba Khutughtu (Bogd Khan), took trance of these deities and occupied one of the five temples in the Choijin Lama Temple complex. This is indeed a powerful and blessed pilgrimage site to visit for any serious practitioner of Buddha Dharma. It is said the energy till now that emanates from the seat that the Choijin Lama sat during his trance of the three protectors is imbued with powerful blessings. It would be wonderful if we can touch our prayer rosary to his preserved seat housed in this temple as well as make offerings. Negative spirits or disturbances cannot enter this sacred abode therefore those with harmful supernatural afflictions should do prayers in front of the seat/throne to Choijin Lama the powerful state oracle of Mongolia. Among Mongolia’s many other rich beautiful places of culture to visit, this temple should be a priority.

 

Nechung

Nechung was institutionalised as the protector of the Tibetan government when the Great 5th Dalai Lama, Ngawang Lobsang Gyatso, gained temporal power in 1642. Nechung has since held great influence in Tibetan political decisions and until today, the current 14th Dalai Lama regularly consults Nechung for political advice.

The Nechung statue in the Choijin Lama Temple Museum

The Nechung statue in the Choijin Lama Temple Museum

A thangka of Nechung in the Choijin Lama Temple Museum

A thangka of Nechung in the Choijin Lama Temple Museum

 

Tsiu Marpo (Kache Marpo)

Tsiu Marpo is an ancient Buddhist deity originating from the time of Guru Rinpoche when he installed Tsiu Marpo as a Dharma Protector at Samye Monastery, the first Buddhist monastery built in Tibet by Guru Rinpoche. Tsiu Marpo helps to increase the growth of Dharma in Tibet and the surrounding areas.

When Dorje Shugden manifested as a Dharma Protector, Tsiu Marpo saw the benefits of Dorje Shugden’s practice and activities, and on his own free will, took an oath to become one of Dorje Shugden’s ministers. As such, he is practised within the Nyingma tradition as Tsiu Marpo and within the Gelug tradition as Kache Marpo.

A statue of the protector Tsiu Marpo (the larger statue) in the Choijin Lama Temple Museum

A statue of the protector Tsiu Marpo (the larger statue) in the Choijin Lama Temple Museum

A Tsiu Marpo thangka in the Choijin Lama Temple Museum

A Tsiu Marpo thangka in the Choijin Lama Temple Museum

 

Dorje Shugden

The mighty Gyalchen Dorje Shugden is an enlightened protector who exhibits a worldly aspect. He is, in fact, inseparable in nature from Manjushri and the Highest Yoga Tantric deity Yamantaka. Dorje Shugden’s form and nature make his practice very beneficial in our modern era. Dorje Shugden arose to protect the precious teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa as well as the general Buddha Dharma and he guides sentient beings on their spiritual path to reach enlightenment. As Dorje Shugden arose just 360 years ago, the beings of this present time have a closer and stronger karmic affinity with Dorje Shugden as compared with any other Dharma Protectors. He is known to act much faster to supplicants due to this closeness. As confirmed by Morchen Dorjechang Kunga Lhundrub (1654-1728), a very highly realised master of the Sakya tradition, with his declaration to his disciple, “Now is the time to rely upon Dorje Shugden.”

Dorje Shugden statue in the Mongolian State Oracle temple

Dorje Shugden statue in the Choijin Lama Temple Museum as commissioned by the famous Mongolian State Oracle, Choijin Lama Luvsankhaidav

An image of Dorje Shugden commissioned by the Mongolian State Oracle, Luvsankhaidav (1871-1918) for use in his temple

An image of Dorje Shugden commissioned by the Mongolian State Oracle, Choijin Lama Luvsankhaidav (1871-1918) for use in his temple

Another Dorje Shugden thangka in the Choijin Lama Temple Museum

Another Dorje Shugden thangka in the Choijin Lama Temple Museum by the renowned Mongolian State Oracle Choijin Lama Luvsankhaidav who was the brother of the highest Lama King of Mongolia, the 8th Bogd Khan who had ruled the country similar to his counterpart the Dalai Lama in Tibet.

Since the Mongolian State Oracle, Luvsankhaidav, took trance of Dorje Shugden, Nechung and Tsiu Marpo, it clearly shows that these three deities are of similar positive qualities because a State Oracle simply cannot be taking trance of an evil being and two enlightened beings. As such, it is illogical for the Tibetan government (Central Tibetan Administration) who had over the two decades, falsely claimed Dorje Shugden as an evil spirit. It does not make sense that the revered Mongolian State Oracle takes trance of two positive beings, Nechung and Tsiu Marpo, as well as to take trance of a negative entity, Dorje Shugden. It would be conflictive and will not be beneficial to the Mongolian people.

In fact, it is because Dorje Shugden had greatly benefitted the people of Mongolia that the State Oracle took trance in this efficacious protector. It is their strong belief in Dorje Shugden, who had given only correct advice and bestowed powerful blessings that empowered the State Oracle to continue taking trance of Dorje Shugden. The very fact that Nechung, Tsiu Marpo and Dorje Shugden can all take trance through the famous state oracle of Mongolia proves that the three deities have no conflict with each other as well as being highly beneficial to those who practice them.

These three positive protectors, Nechung, Tsiu Marpo (Kache Marpo) and Dorje Shugden have played significant roles in aiding the Mongolians during their times of need. Today, people from all over the world come to pray and worship in the Choijin Lama Temple, as well as, to make offerings to Dorje Shugden. This sacred temple is a testimony to Mongolia’s deep Buddhist culture as well as their connection to three state protectors Nechung, Tsiu Marpo (Kache Marpo) and Dorje Shugden. It would be beneficial for Mongolia to take up the practice of these three protectors again continuing the enlightened wisdom of the high lamas of their country.

 

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Zanabazar is the first incarnation of the Bogd Khan lineage of ruler lamas of Mongolia. In other words, Zanabazar is of the same mind-stream as the 8th Bogd Khan who was the Choijin Lama’s brother.

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Sitasamvara by Zanabazar

Sitasamvara (White Heruka) by Zanabazar

Vajrapani by Zanabazar

Vajrapani (Buddha of Power) by Zanabazar

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A statue of Zanabazar

Altar piece by Zanabazar

Altar piece by Zanabazar

Standing Maidari (Maitreya) on the left, seated Maidari (Maitreya) on the right by Zanabazar

Standing Maidari (Maitreya) on the left, seated Maidari (Maitreya) on the right by Zanabazar

Model of the Amitabha Pure Land

Model of the Amitabha Pure Land (Sukhavati)

Model of the Maitreya Pure Land

Model of the Maitreya Pure Land (Gaden Tushita heaven)

Mahasiddha Tilopa

Mahasiddha Tilopa

Mahasiddha Naropa

Mahasiddha Naropa

Hayagriva

Hayagriva

Vajrapani

Vajrapani

Vajrayogini

Naro Kacho Vajrayogini

Guru Rinpoche

Guru Rinpoche

An Arhat statue on the left, a small Hayagriva statue on the right

An Arhat statue on the left, a small Hayagriva statue on the right

Dorje Shugden in different angles

Dorje Shugden from a different angle

Dorje Shugden in different angles

Dorje Shugden in close-up and full body photograph

Dorje Shugden in different angles

Dorje Shugden in different angles

King of Shambhala with the Dorje Shugden commissioned by the Mongolian State Oracle, Luvsankhaidav, at the back

King of Shambhala in front of the Dorje Shugden painting commissioned by the Mongolian State Oracle, Choijin Lama Luvsankhaidav

Closeup of the main altar in Choijin Lama Temple Museum

Close-up of the main altar in Choijin Lama Temple Museum

Main altar of Choijin Lama Temple Museum

Main altar of Choijin Lama Temple Museum

Shakyamuni Buddha

Shakyamuni Buddha

Lama Tsongkhapa and his two heart sons

Lama Tsongkhapa and his two heart sons

Yamantaka

Yamantaka

 

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More Thangkas in Choijin Lama Temple Museum

 

Vajradhara

Buddha Vajradhara

Eleven-headed Avalokiteshvara

Eleven-headed Avalokiteshvara

Ushnishavijaya

Ushnishavijaya, The Goddess of Longevity

Dukkar

Dukkar, The Goddess of the White Parasol

Norbudema-med. 61.42 inches x 45.67 inches. (Ref: Publisher: Tsultem, Development of the Mongolian National Style Painting (Ulaanbaatar, 1986), no. 65)

Norbudema-med. 61.42 inches x 45.67 inches. (Ref: Publisher: Tsultem, Development of the Mongolian National Style Painting (Ulaanbaatar, 1986), no. 65)

Amitabha Buddha

Amitabha Buddha

Vajrapani

Vajrapani

Outer form of Kalarupa

Outer form of Kalarupa

Four-Faced Mahakala

Four-Faced Mahakala

Mandala

Mandala

 

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Cham Dance Masks and Costumes in Choijin Lama Temple Museum

 

From left: The Cham dance masks of Tshoijoo (Yama), Gongor (Sita Mahakala) and Begtse Chen (Jamsran)

From left: The Cham dance masks of Tshoijoo (Yama), Gongor (Sita Mahakala) and Begtse Chen (Jamsran)

Close-up of the Cham dance masks of Tshoijoo (Yama), Gongor (Sita Mahakala) and Begtse Chen (Jamsran) Cham dance mask (click to enlarge)

Close-up of the Cham dance masks of Tshoijoo (Yama), Gongor (Sita Mahakala) and Begtse Chen (Jamsran) Cham dance mask (click to enlarge)

From left: The Cham dance masks of the Spirit of Songgina in Da Khuree style, Khangard (Garuda) Spirit of Bogdo Ula in Da Khuree style, and Dagdam (Bar, tiger)

From left: The Cham dance masks of the Spirit of Songgina in Da Khuree style, Khangard (Garuda) Spirit of Bogdo Ula in Da Khuree style, and Dagdam (Bar, tiger)

Cham dance costume of Begtse Chen (Jamsran) encrusted with coral

Cham dance costume of Begtse Chen (Jamsran) encrusted with coral

Close-up of the Begtse Chen (Jamsran) Cham dance mask that weighs over 30 pounds and is made of coral. The whole costume weighs around 100 pounds

Close-up of the Begtse Chen (Jamsran) Cham dance mask that weighs over 30 pounds and is made of coral. The whole costume weighs around 100 pounds

Another Cham dance costume and mask

Another Cham dance costume and mask

 

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Choijin Lama Temple Museum

 

Aerial view of Choijin Lama Temple Museum and the surrounding grounds

Aerial view of Choijin Lama Temple Museum and the surrounding grounds

Another view of Choijin Lama Temple Museum and the surrounding grounds

Another view of Choijin Lama Temple Museum and the surrounding grounds

A map of the Choijin Lama Temple Museum

A map of the Choijin Lama Temple Museum (click to enlarge)

Main Temple complex at Choijin Lama Museum

Main Temple complex at Choijin Lama Museum

Temple of Zuu on the left and the main Choijin Lama Temple building on the right

Temple of Zuu on the left and the main Choijin Lama Temple building on the right

The Screen Wall facing Choijin Lama Temple Museum

The screen wall facing Choijin Lama Temple Museum

 

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H.H. Kyabje Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche Offering Serkym in Choijin Lama Temple, Mongolia

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Choijin Lama Temple and Museum, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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How to get to Choijin Lama Temple Museum

The Chinggis Khaan Airport is located 18 kilometres (11 miles) to the southwest of Ulaanbaatar. It is the only international airport in Mongolia, with flights to/from cities such as Beijing, Hohhot, Osaka, Tokyo, Seoul, Berlin, Moscow, and Irkutsk.

From the airport, take a taxi to downtown Ulaanbaatar where the Choijin Lama Temple Museum is located. The taxi fare is about MNT700-800 (USD0.27-0.30) per kilometre. Foreign travellers should ask the driver to use the meter or negotiate the fare in advance to avoid being deceived.

 

Ulaanbaatar City Map

Ulaanbaatar city Map

The Choijin Lama Temple Museum is highlighted with a red box (click to enlarge)

 

Contact

Address: Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, Sukhbaatar district, first khoroo, Genden street
Telephone/fax: 976-11-32478, 328547
Hours: 9am-5.30pm Tue-Sat
Price: Adult/student/child including audio guide MNT8000/3000/1500 (USD3/1.15/0.60)
Website: www.templemuseum.mn
Email: info@templemuseum.mn

Choijin Lama Temple Museum Service Tariff

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  1. Le Nhat Khang on Mar 21, 2021 at 8:07 am

    I’m so sorry if I have somethings mistake but I heard from my teacher said that Kache Marpo really is one of blazing brothers and Tsiu Marpo is the read of the brothers.
    And who took an oath to become Dorje Shugden’s minister that really Kache Marpo but not really Tsiu Marpo.
    But I don’t know why are you here said that Tsiu Marpo is Kache Marpo.

  2. Samfoonheei on Mar 11, 2021 at 2:57 pm

    Buddhism is the largest religion of Mongolia as such derives much of its recent characteristics from Tibetan Buddhism of the Gelug and Kagyu lineages. Buddhism was present among the Mongols as early as the 4th century. Over the centuries the Mongols developed their own very rich Buddhist traditions, having its own unique characteristics. Amazing Mongolia has a long history and connection with Dorje Shugden, related to the State Oracle of Mongolia. Choijin Lama the oracle who took trance of 3 different deities , Nechung, Tsiu Marpo and Dorje Shugden. It has proven that Dorje Shugden is not an evil spirit but an enlightened protector . Interesting read with all those beautiful pictures and the stories behind it.
    The Choijin Lama Temple Museum is an architectural masterpiece of the 19th and 20th century. Built in the 19th centuries by the 8th Bogd Khaan Janzandamba, and dedicated to his brother lama Luvsankhaidav. The museum contains precious examples of Buddhist art , paintings , statues, silk thangkas and many other rare artifacts. Looking at the temple structures architectural tells us more. Simply stunning collections for tourist to see.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Choong for this interesting write up .

  3. Samfoonheei on Feb 15, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    Great masterpiece of the 19th and 20th century of Choijin Lama Temple in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. A Buddhist monastery built in 1904 by the 8th Bogd Khaan Jebzundamba and dedicated to his brother the Choijin Lama Luvsanhaidav. Wow…It was built by a well- known architect and hundreds of Mongolian Master craftsman. Well it’s a museum now with rich collections of Mongolian Buddhist sculptures, wood carvings, and paintings. It also housed a collection of masks and robes associated with religious Cham dance. Mongolia has a long history of Buddhism, Cham dances and other religious ceremonies. This Choijin Lama Temple constitute a rich ,unique resource and one of few surviving links with the past history related to the state oracle of Mongolia. Interesting read with videos and rare pictures in the museum. We are fortunate to see it .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Seow Choong Liang for this interesting sharing.

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  5. Pastor Shin on May 17, 2019 at 9:24 am

    The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. I hope many Mongolians will print out this image and place in their houses to create an affinity with Dorje Shugden for greater blessings. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz

    The powerful Mongolian nation has a long history and connection with Manjushri Dorje Shugden, as expressed in the life of Venerable Choijin Lama, a State Oracle of Mongolia who took trance of Dorje Shugden among other Dharma Protectors. Read more about Choijin Lama: https://bit.ly/2GCyOUZ

  6. Julia Tan on May 3, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    Another proven History about the good and benefit of Dorje Shugden that had brought to the people in Tibet and Mongolia. Dorje Shugden was trusted by the people of Mongolia during Choji Lama time. It was amazing that Choji Lama the state oracle too trance of the 3 protectors which was Nechung, Kache Marpo and Dorje Shugden. It’s showed that there’s no conflicts at all at those days. Although Choji Lama had passed on ok 1918 but Dorje Shugden practice continue in Mongolia until today. That’s a clear sign that Dorje Shugden is Manjushri Himself that has continue to help and benefit others until today. No issue at all.

  7. Wai Meng Wan on Apr 20, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    Mongolians have had such a long history with Buddhism, that the dissemination of dharma to Mongolia preceeded even Dharma dissemination to China and Tibet. Mongolian was a military force to be reckoned with in years gone by, with the resurgence of dharma in Mongolia, may Mongolia be a spiritual force once again.

  8. Chris on Apr 18, 2019 at 8:07 am

    This oracle is an amazing oracle that can take trance of 3 different deities, Nechung, Tsiu Marpo and Dorje Shugden. There are not a lot of oracles that can take trance of all these deities.

    Dorje Shugden has been labelled as negative spirits that harm its practitioner. It is impossible for an oracle that takes trance of higher beings such as Nechung and Tsiu Marpo to take trance of an evil spirit such as Dorje Shugden. Nechung or Tsiu Marpo will not let the evil spirit to enter their oracle and do harm. It is just not possible.

    This is another evidence of Dorje Shugden is not an evil spirit but an enlightened protector. He is the same with Tsiu Marpo who is an enlightened protector and that is why they can take trance in the same oracle.

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  9. Tsa Tsa Ong on Feb 13, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    The Mongolians were introduced to Buddhist teachings as far back as the 3rd Century B.C.E., earlier than the Chinese and Tibetans. In 1874, the four-year-old Tibetan-born 8th reincarnation of the Jebtsundamba Khutuktu travelled to Mongolia with his parents and brothers. Choijin Lama learned to take trance and the three protectors who possessed him were Naichun Choijin (Nechung), Zumer (Tsiu Marpo) and Dorjsug (Dorje Shugden).
    Cham dances were also held at the Choijin Lama Temple a few times a year. According to one record, it was held on the 29th of the last summer month, but from 1916, it was held once a year on the 25th of the 8th month, with 108 lamas taking part. After his death in 1918, the temple continued to perform rituals, as usual, reciting texts until it closed in 1936. In 1941, it reopened as “The Choijin Lama Temple Museum.”. Thank you very much Rinpoche, Choong and blog team for this very interesting and inspiring write up on Choijin Lama: The State Oracle of Mongolia.???????

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  10. Samfoonheei on Feb 6, 2019 at 12:41 am

    Wow…..beautiful Choijin Lama Temple is an architectural masterpiece of the 19th and 20th century. It was at first a Buddhist monastery in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia where the state oracle and brother of the Bogd Khan was. Built in the years 1904 to 1908 and much later after passing of Choijin Lama Luvsankhaidav , it is then converted to a museum. The monastery was erected by Mongolian architects which has a fine collection of woodcarving, applique, embroidery and sculptures. It also houses collections of sacred objects and notably masks of ceremony for the religious dance . This stunning landmark was once home to of Choijin Lama Luvsankhaidav the State Oracle and considered as one of the most beautiful monasteries of Mongolia.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Seow Choong Liang for this interesting write up of a great Lama.

  11. Cc on Feb 5, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    Thank you Choong for the research and sharing.

    It shows that how Mongolian connected with Lama Tsongkapa and the vibrant history of Buddhism in Mongolia.

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    Sunday, Nov 28. 2021 01:43 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and team for working tireless coming up with these fantastic videos, where we could learn, practice from there. All these videos are Dharma teachings, so that people from all around the world can learn and practice. Very beneficial practice simple and quite details. More people get to understand about Dorje Shugden, other Dharma teachings and all misconceptions about Dorje Shugden true nature. A good platform for people to learn Dharma teachings. It has brought tremendous benefit to many people around the world. I am one of them ,listening to all Rinpoche ‘s videos, reading to have more knowledge and learning and practicing from scratch.
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    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/mr-shenpenn-khymsar-speaks-with-so-much-wisdom.html
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    In Mahayana Buddhism, Manjusri is the bodhisattva of wisdom and is one of the most important iconic figures in Mahayana art and literature. Manjushri the Bodhisattva of Wisdom, is depicted as a male bodhisattva wielding a flaming sword in his right hand. In Tibetan tradition, this mantra is believed to enhance wisdom and improve one’s skills in debating, memory, writing, and other literary abilities. Manjushri practice can be used to help us with our memory—it can be used to help us gain and remember information. It can also be used to helps us develop our wisdom. All the buddhas have the same realization. It’s not that Manjushri has more wisdom than all the other Buddhas and less compassion ,they all have the same realizations. It’s just that Manjushri’s specialty is wisdom, and he’s the manifestation of the wisdom of all the Buddhas.
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    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

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    Monday, Nov 22. 2021 02:11 PM
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    Thank you Rinpoche for this great message. It has opened up our eyes and we have to go on vegetarian for a healthy life . For most not to ignore the sufferings of animals .

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    Monday, Nov 22. 2021 02:10 PM
    Wow…the 52-hertz whale is an individual whale of unidentified species which calls at the unusual frequency of 52 Hz. It is a tale of a solitary whale that vocalizes at a unique frequency of 52 hertz, which no other whale did. This pitch is a higher frequency than that of the other whale species. For years scientists have been tracking him on and off. Its truly a unique call ,the only one of its kind detected anywhere. This whale had been swimming and calling into the void , hoping there is a reply that never comes. Because of this, the animal has been called the loneliest whale in the world. Interesting discovery in 1989 and has been intermittently tracked by scientists ever since.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/52hz.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Nov 22. 2021 02:08 PM
    Reading this profound teachings has us ponder deeply . There are often practical as well as moral reasons for being honest. The aspect that builds trustworthy and reliable relationships has everything to do with honesty. If we are honest with our friends and certain relationships, we are proving to them that we can be trusted. Honesty is the foundation for trust in a relationship, and trust is necessary for a relationship to function and thrive. When we are always honest with someone, it tells them that they can trust us and the things we say. It helps them know they can believe our promises and commitments. All things are difficult before they are easy. Never give up , do our very best nor matter how difficult the tasks is. If a task is once begun, never leave it till it’s done. There are some things we learn best in calm, and some in storm.
    Love what Rinpoche had said…. We can change them with EFFORT. The key word is effort. Make others and yourself worth the EFFORT. MAKE OTHERS WORTH THE EFFORT. Don’t burden others by not winning.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/a-thought.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Nov 21. 2021 03:32 PM
    Many people consider animals as primitive creatures. In fact like human and they have feelings, do feel pain , need love , attention and have exclusive qualities that even human are hardly acquainted with. Watching this video again show us how this lion been rescued showing gratitude to the one who saved him. The lion remembered his rescuer even though after a few years apart. That’s amazing. Hugging like an old friend who had not seen for along time.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/amazing-lion-shows-gratitude.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Nov 21. 2021 03:31 PM
    Interesting….there is so many undiscovered species live in the deeps of the ocean that never surface. Still thousands of undiscovered species of life form. Scientist have been looking beyond what is beneath the ocean. To me looking at the picture I thought it was a alien but no it’s a deep sea creatures. First time coming across this creatures and the name of it. Its deep sea hatchetfish. Very weird and looks scary as named because of unique shape of the body that looks like a hatchet. This scary species can only be found in deep water and freshwater and in warm and temperate regions throughout the world. Their appearances help them thrive in extreme environments deep in the ocean. Researcher do believe that there are still more unknown creatures lurking below the ocean. Interesting there is life do exists which hidden beneath our planet’s ocean floors.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article which gave us some fascinating information about the hatchet-fish.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/the-hatchetfish.html

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Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
7 days ago
Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Mr. Cheah has offered 3 sets of Serkym prior to Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
7 days ago
Mr. Cheah has offered 3 sets of Serkym prior to Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has completed a Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 20th Nov '21. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
7 days ago
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has completed a Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 20th Nov '21. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Mr. Philip, our new visitor to Ipoh centre, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa and the Three Jewels prior to DS puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
3 weeks ago
Mr. Philip, our new visitor to Ipoh centre, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa and the Three Jewels prior to DS puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has resumed our Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 6th Nov 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
3 weeks ago
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has resumed our Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 6th Nov 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
3 weeks ago
Mark your calendars - we are about to embark on an epic ride! Kechara Food Bank will be travelling across the Peninsular in our giant truck to send dry food to over 2300 families. Thank you Volvo Trucks Malaysia for your generous donation of this custom-designed truck. What’s more – PPB Group Bhd is generously donating the food provision for this one-of-a-kind journey. Thank you on behalf of our grateful beneficiaries! Want to see all of this in action? Join us live or watch the videos and photos on our social media. Stay tuned!
2 months ago
Mark your calendars - we are about to embark on an epic ride! Kechara Food Bank will be travelling across the Peninsular in our giant truck to send dry food to over 2300 families. Thank you Volvo Trucks Malaysia for your generous donation of this custom-designed truck. What’s more – PPB Group Bhd is generously donating the food provision for this one-of-a-kind journey. Thank you on behalf of our grateful beneficiaries! Want to see all of this in action? Join us live or watch the videos and photos on our social media. Stay tuned!
Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 months ago
Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
6 months ago
Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
6 months ago
Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
10 months ago
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
10 months ago
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
1 years ago
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
1 years ago
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
1 years ago
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
1 years ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
1 years ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
1 years ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 yearss ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 yearss ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
2 yearss ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
2 yearss ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
2 yearss ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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