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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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)

 

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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. 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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  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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.

  9. 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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    The paranormal is a very interesting subject matter that many Malaysians would love to watch and talk about. I myself love anything to do with the Paranormal.The team really put efforts to produce the show .
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    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/buddhist-monastery-from-700-ad-found.html
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    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/beautiful-hindu-temples.html
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    Wow ……having beautiful and short memes will benefit us on our spiritual path. Simplifying for all to understand and remember the benefits and qualities of Dorje Shugden. Especially for those who are new comers with Dorje Shugden. Merely by seeing it can bless us. Dorje Shugden is an emanation of Buddha Manjushri , will help us all regardless of race and religion when we trust the Powerful Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden.
    Thank you Rinpoche for all these creative memes.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/what-he-can-do-for-us.html
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    Thank you Rinpoche and Beatrix Ooi for this sharing.

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    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Sep 14. 2020 03:28 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche for sharing the history and clear picture of the connection between Dorje Shugden and Setrap. HH the Dalai Lama blessed the Setrap Chapel in Gaden Monastery after all. He surely knew for sure the closeness of both Protector. Great lamas of Tibetan Buddhism, such as Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and many more had propitiated Setrap and Dorje Shugden for decades. The Dorje Shugden practice has been passed down by many generations of great lamas even the 14th Dalai Lama himself did composed a praise to Dorje Shugden . Its was Dorje Shugden that has saved and helped him to escape from Tibet during the Chinese invasion. Dorje Shugden is not an evil spirit but instead an enlightened Being who has taken an oath to protect Lama Tsongkapa’s teachings. Interesting read …..may more people this post to understand better.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/dalai-lama-blesses-setrap-chapel-in-gaden-monastery.html
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    HH the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso who is the current Dalai Lama who is believed to be incarnations of Avalokiteśvara, a Bodhisattva of Compassion . Beautiful poem by our Lama Kyabje Tsem Rinpoche tells us all. Dalai Lama is truly a a Bodhisattva of Compassion , well respected and loved by all.

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The Unknown

The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
~Tsem Rinpoche

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According to legend, Shambhala is a place where wisdom and love reign, and there is no crime. Doesn\'t this sound like the kind of place all of us would love to live in? https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=204874
8 months ago
According to legend, Shambhala is a place where wisdom and love reign, and there is no crime. Doesn't this sound like the kind of place all of us would love to live in? https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=204874
108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden\'s blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
8 months ago
108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden's blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
8 months ago
Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat\'s doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
8 months ago
One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat's doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
8 months ago
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
8 months ago
On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
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By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
It\'s very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it\'s very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
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It's very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it's very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
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Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
8 months ago
One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
1 years ago
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
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
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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
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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.
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
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!!!
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
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
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
1 years ago
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
1 years ago
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
1 years ago
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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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
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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
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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
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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
2 months 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
3 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
4 months ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
4 months ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
6 months 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
6 months 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
6 months 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
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
6 months ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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