Emperor Kangxi and Wu Tai Shan

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(By Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor Shin)

China’s great history spans over five thousand years, and with 446 rulers and 67 dynasties, not many emperors stand out. However, there are a few exceptions and these great memorable rulers have been immortalised in Chinese folk culture and history books around the world.

Emperor Kangxi (1654-1722) was the longest-reigning emperor of China and his 61-year reign was characterised by expansion to become one of the greatest empires in history from 1661 to 1722, perfectly described by his posthumous name, “Emperor Complying with the Heaven, Magnificently Fortunate, Civilised and Martial, Far-sightedly Perceptive, Modest and Frugal, Generous and Benevolent, Sincere and Honest, Impartial and Conciliating, Industrious and Virtuous, Marvellously Accomplished, and Benevolent.” When he passed away, he was laid to rest in the Eastern Qing Tombs.

Jesuit astronomers of the Jesuit China missions with the Kangxi emperor.

Astronomers of the Jesuit China missions with the Kangxi emperor.

He laid the foundation for a long period of political stability and economic prosperity in China. His successful administration of the empire is attributed to his vitality as well as his exceptional administrative and military abilities. His tolerance and acceptance of other faiths led to the “Edict of Toleration”, which barred attacks on Catholic churches, thus legalising Christianity in China. The Jesuit missionaries were even placed in charge of the Imperial Board of Astronomy and they taught Western science at court and were commissioned to write treatises on astronomy and mathematics.

For the common folk, some of Kangxi’s most significant acts were his six southern tours. The ‘Southern Tour of Inspection’ (nanxun) was the centrepiece of his interaction with his subjects. One of the three major tasks he was determined to undertake upon assuming the throne was the ambitious effort to control flooding by improving the hydraulic engineering of the Yellow River. His southern tours are a popular subject matter featured in numerous Chinese TV dramas.

Emperor Kangxi inspecting the dams of the Yellow River. From the scroll of Emperor Kangxi's tour of inspection in the South. China; Qing dynasty, 1689. Wang Hui (1632-1717), Yang Jin (ca.1644-1726) and Gu Fang (active ca. 1700). Painted on silk, height: 68.5 cm. Inv. MA2460.

Emperor Kangxi inspecting the dams of the Yellow River. From the scroll of Emperor Kangxi’s tour of inspection in the South. China; Qing dynasty, 1689. Wang Hui (1632-1717), Yang Jin (ca.1644-1726) and Gu Fang (active ca. 1700). Painted on silk, height: 68.5 cm. Inv. MA2460.

However, a lesser known aspect of this great emperor’s life is his significant connection with Buddhism. Between 1702 and 1723, Kangxi wrote 420 copies of the Heart Sutra, which amounts to approximately one copy every two to three weeks for a period of more than 20 years. Kangxi also wrote copies of the Diamond Sutra, Medicine Sutra, the Universal Gate Chapter(普门品)of the Lotus Sutra, and more. He engaged in these activities on top of being a ‘workaholic’ emperor, as Kangxi was known to patiently read and reply endless memorials (official communications to the throne) every day, having extensive discussions with his advisors, as well as granting audiences.

With this in mind, we are pleased to present more information about this emperor, considered an emanation of Bodhisattva Manjushri, and his connection to Wu Tai Shan, the holy abode of Manjushri.

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Wu Tai Shan

Wu Tai Shan or Mount Wutai means “Five Plateau Mountain” and is sometimes also known as Qingliang Shan. It is a major Buddhist pilgrimage site in the Chinese northeastern province of Shanxi and consists of a group of five flat-topped peaks – the North, South, East, West and Central peaks. The Northern peak is called Beitai Ding or Yedou Feng, and at 3,061 metres is the highest point in northern China.

The association of Manjushri with Wu Tai Shan has long been established since classical times in India. When viewed from India or Central Asia, Chinese scholars identified Wu Tai Shan in the ‘north-east’ as the abode of Manjushri mentioned in the Avatamsaka Sutra. According to ancient records, there were pilgrimages from India and other Asian countries to Wu Tai Shan as early as the 7th century.

This panoramic view of the sacred mountain Wutaishan was made on Wutaishan in 1846 by a Mongolian monk at a local Mongolian monastery, Cifusi, the main lodging for Mongolian monks visiting the mountain.

This panoramic view of the sacred mountain Wu Tai Shan was made on the mountain itself in 1846 by a Mongolian monk at a local Mongolian monastery, Cifusi, the main lodging for Mongolian monks visiting the mountain.

Mount Wutai is home to 53 of China’s most important monasteries and temples. In fact, it is a temple city that,

“is to the Mongols what Mecca is to the Mohammedans, or Jerusalem is to the Jews.”

(Fischer 1925:19)

Since the Tang Dynasty (618-907), Wu Tai Shan was a major pilgrimage site for paying homage to the Bodhisattva Manjushri for much of East Asia, with King Tri Ralpachen of Tibet (r. 817-836) requesting woodcut images of Wu Tai, and the famous Japanese monk Ennin (794-864) carrying paintings from Wu Tai Shan back to Japan.

Wu Tai Shan later became an imperial destination during the Qing Dynasty and in 2009, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

For a thousand years from the Northern Wei period (471-499) nine Emperors made 18 pilgrimages to pay tribute to the bodhisattvas, commemorated in stele and inscriptions. Started by the Emperors, the tradition of pilgrimage to the five peaks is still very much alive. With the extensive library of books collected by Emperors and scholars, the monasteries of Mount Wutai remain an important repository of Buddhist culture, and attract pilgrims from across a wide part of Asia.

Criterion (ii): The overall religious temple landscape of Mount Wutai, with its Buddhist architecture, statues and pagodas reflects a profound interchange of ideas, in terms of the way the mountain became a sacred Buddhist place, endowed with temples that reflected ideas from Nepal and Mongolia and which then influenced Buddhist temples across China.

Criterion (iii): Mount Wutai is an exceptional testimony to the cultural tradition of religious mountains that are developed with monasteries. It became the focus of pilgrimages from across a wide area of Asia, a cultural tradition that is still living.

Criterion (iv): The landscape and building ensemble of Mount Wutai as a whole illustrates the exceptional effect of imperial patronage over a 1,000 years in the way the mountain landscape was adorned with buildings, statuary, paintings and steles to celebrate its sanctity for Buddhists.

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Establishing Tibetan and Mongolian Buddhist Institutions in Wu Tai Shan

The existence of Wu Tai Shan is evidence of a “seamless blend of the Chinese and Tibetan cultures”, serving as “an important bridge for cultural exchanges between the Han, Tibetan, Mongolian people and people of other ethnic origins” (UNESCO 2008b:2).

Emperor Kangxi played an important role in fostering this blending of cultures. In conjunction with his conciliatory policy towards the Mongols and Tibetans, Kangxi sent 40 Mongolian lamas to Mount Wutai in 1655 CE, and converted 10 Buddhist monasteries in Wu Tai Shan, backed by his full financial support, into Tibetan and Mongolian Buddhist institutions between 1683 and 1705 CE in order to strengthen his standing amongst the Mongol and Tibetan ethnicities that considered Wu Tai Shan sacred.

The Mongol noblemen and reincarnations of important high lamas would take turns to go on pilgrimages to Wu Tai Shan. For instance, 12 of the Inner Mongolian ruling princes and their families would go on pilgrimage to Wu Tai Shan each year, which meant that each of the ruling families of the forty-eight banners of Inner Mongolia would go to Wu Tai Shan every four years. Mongol noblemen and high-ranking lamas were also sometimes invited to accompany the emperor on his pilgrimage. The First Jebtsundamba Khutuktu made a pilgrimage to the mountain with Emperor Kangxi in 1698.

The effect of that action can still be felt today. According to Professor Tuttle, an expert in modern Tibetan history and Sino-Tibetan relations since the 17th Century,

“the presence of ethnic Tibetan, Mongolian, and Chinese Tibetan Buddhists at this important Buddhist pilgrimage place has made Riwo Tsenga (Wu Tai Shan) one of the pre-eminent sites of religious and cultural exchange in China.”

These ten Tibetan and Mongolian monasteries have their own unique histories and significance.

 

1. Luohou Si (Rāhula Temple) 羅睺寺, Drachendzingyi Lhakhang

The special wooden lotus mechanism of Luohou Si.

The special wooden lotus mechanism of Luohou Si.

Although it was constructed in 1492 during the Tang dynasty, much earlier than the other temples, Luohou Si is one of the best-kept monasteries. According to legend, this temple was built on the site where Manjushri gave a discourse with a magic lantern. The temple was named after Rahula, Buddha Shakyamuni’s son, symbolically meaning that this is “a place where all living creatures can escape torment.”

The grand temple complex consists of six yards, 16 halls, and more than 100 rooms. The temple is famous for its iconic 3-metre tall wooden lotus mechanism with a large, round plate carved with sea waves and 18 arhats. When the wooden lotus blooms (opens), four golden Buddhas seated back-to-back can be seen arising from inside the lotus.

The temple also has a tantric chamber with the images of Yamantaka, Mahakala, Guhyasamaja, Heruka, Kalarupa, and Palden Lhamo. Luohou Temple is a famous pilgrimage destination, especially among Mongolians.

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2. Shouning Si 壽寧寺, Takten Dechen Ling

It is said that during the Northern and Southern dynasties, the third son of Emperor Wenxuan of Northern Qi was sent to war all year round and was later wounded. Having seen the disastrous effects of war, he realised that he had committed grievous crimes and thus began to despise court affairs.

In 556 AD, he contracted a serious illness. Repeated treatments were ineffective and he was unable to heal. The prince then visited Mount Wutai on pilgrimage. One day, he dreamt of an old man who chided him for his yearning for glory (through war), which had caused great harm to the people. Full of guilt, the prince went to a relatively flat place on the ridge, arranged firewood, lit it then walked into the fire to kill himself. The outline of a Bodhisattva could be seen amidst the flames. This is what people later referred to as the “Buddha that appears from burning one’s body.

The Manjushri Hall in Shouning Si is said to be the spot where the prince self-immolated, and the building is a hexagonal pavilion. The pavilion used to house a wooden image of the prince, but has since been replaced by a colourful Manjushri statue.

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The temple has a huge scroll (314-cm long and 76-cm wide) with the seal of Emperor Kangxi. It is said that the scroll tells the history of the Emperor’s encounter with a goddess. According to legend, during the reign of Emperor Kangxi, the leader of the Dzungars colluded with Russia to launch a rebellion. Escorted by General Bai, Emperor Kangxi travelled to Inner Mongolia where General Bai is said to have killed a Lama. In the ensuing chaos, Emperor Kangxi had no choice but to flee to a nearby forest to escape the angry Mongols.

A scroll written by Emperor Kangxi in relations to the miraculous help by Goddess Xian Niangniang of Wutai Shan.

A scroll written by Emperor Kangxi telling the tale of the miraculous help he received from Goddess Xian Niangniang of Wu Tai Shan.

Emperor Kangxi had been wandering in the forest for almost two days, hungry and thirsty, when an old lady carrying a basket of food approached. The emperor begged the old lady for some food and asked where she was from. She replied that she came from the Five Peaked Mountain (Wu Tai Shan). When the emperor asked how she travelled 800 miles, it was then that the old lady pulled out some silver thread from his sleeves and, using them, pulled herself up into the sky. The emperor then recalled a story he had heard from the old monks of Wu Tai Shan about this goddess.

After the emperor returned to China, he set off for Wu Tai Shan to pay his respects and give thanks to the goddess for saving his life. In Shouning Temple, he bestowed the title “Holy Mother of Five Peaks” to Xian Niangniang (Goddess of Thread) and swiftly wrote “Wu Feng Hua Yu” which means “May the light of the five peaks continue to shine”. This scroll was circulated several times and was preserved by an old man called Lan Juhua of Baishi Village. Later on, the people of Wu Tai Shan made a copy of this scroll on a wooden plaque and hung it under the eaves of Shouning Temple’s hall.

This temple is also one of five monasteries in Wu Tai Shan renovated by Lama Tsongkhapa’s disciple and personal attendant, Sakya Yeshe. In 1413, Lama Tsongkhapa received a second invitation to visit the Ming court of the Yongle Emperor (永乐, r.1402-1424); he had refused an earlier invitation received in 1408. Not wanting to refuse a second time but unwilling to go himself, in 1414 Lama Tsongkhapa sent Sakya Yeshe in his stead.

 

3. Sanquan Si 三泉寺, Chupmik Sumdré Ling

Located on the hillside of Mount Wutai near the town of Taihuai in Shanxi province, Sanquan Temple gets its name from the three bubbly springs in a well beside the temple. The waters of Sanquan Si are said to connect with the Black Dragon Pool (Heilong Chi, 黑龍池) of the Northern Terrace.

Built in the Yuan dynasty (1271-1368), the temple was reconstructed by Master Xinglian during the period of Ming Zhengtong (1436-1449). Master Xinglian rebuilt the nave and cast a bronze statue of Buddha, enshrined on a lotus base in the nave. Sanquan Temple has a total of 16 halls and rooms.

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4. Yuhua Chi or Yuhua Si 玉華池或玉華寺

According to the “Qingliangshan zhi” records, five hundred arhats reside here at Yuhua Chi. It was built in the Tang Dynasty by one of the four great translators of Chinese Buddhism, Venerable Bukong, who was from North India. In 767 AD, he sent his disciples Hanguang, Xingman and Chuntuo to build Jinge Si as well as Yuhua Chi Temple.

At Venerable Bukong’s request, five monasteries including Yuhua Chi Temple and Jinge Si were installed as state temples. The temple is also famous for the harmonious existence of monks in both the Tibetan and Chinese traditions practising and living together in the same monastery.

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5. Qifo Si (Seven Buddha Temple) 七佛寺 , Sanggyé Rapdün Gön

According to Ming Dynasty inscriptions, Qifo Si was founded in the Tang Dynasty. As the legend goes, a monk created seven Buddha statues at the foot of the hill. One day, the villagers found that the seven Buddha statues had been relocated to the top of the hill.

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The nagas who resided in the five caves on the hill were Protectors of the Dharma, and they felt that it was disrespectful to install the Buddhas at the foot of the hill. Thus, they moved the Buddha statues to the hilltop. This hill was later known as “Seven Buddha Hill”, and a temple was built around the seven Buddhas.

 

6. Jingang Ku (Vajra Grotto) 金剛窟, Dorjé Puk

A description from “Gu Qingliang Zhuan” gives us insight into the abode of Manjushri on Wu Tai Shan, where he resided even before Lord Buddha was born, and the treasures that are kept within this grotto.

Legend speaks of the Vajra Grotto, where all the items offered to the Buddhas of the Three Times are concealed and kept. It is stated in Qiyuan Tu(中天竺舍卫国祇洹寺图经)that,

“within Jetavana was a set of Heavenly musical [instruments] made of the seven jewels. According to “Linji Ji” (Record of Numinous Traces), these musical [instruments] were made by the King of the Raksasa of Lanka Mountain and presented to Kasyapa Buddha as an offering. After the parinirvana (passing) of Kasyapa Buddha, Manjushri would go to the Vajra Grotto of Clear and Cold Mountain. When Sakyamuni Buddha is born, he will go to Jetavana for twelve years, and Manjushri will return and enter the Vajra Grotto of Clear and Cold Mountain.”

Furthermore, [the grotto] contains a silver harp with a silver deva sitting on a seven-jewelled flower playing this harp. Since the time of Kasyapa Buddha, it possesses the gold paper and silver writing of the great vinaya-pitaka and the silver paper and gold writing of the sutra-pitaka. After the parinirvana (passing) of the Buddha, Manjushri will again go to the Vajra Grotto of Clear and Cold Mountain.

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Among the manuscripts at Dunhuang, there is a story about a monk named Buddhapali who travelled to Mount Wutai on pilgrimage. When he arrived on Mount Wutai, Buddhapali met an old man who asked him to return to India so that he could bring the Ushnisha Vijaya Dharani Sutra (佛顶尊胜陀罗尼) from India to China and propagate it in China.

Buddhapali went through hardship and made tremendous efforts to translate and ensure the sutra was propagated. When he had done so, Buddhapali returned to Wu Tai Shan again. Manjushri greeted him in his true form and led Buddhapali to the Vajra Cave, where it is said that Buddhapali meditated and entered clear light.

 

7. Shancai Cave 善財洞, Norzang Druppuk

This Wu Tai Shan site is a Shaman temple built during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912), when the Shunzhi Emperor was said to have been a monk here. It faces the Qingshui River with its beautiful scenery, with the Dailuo Ding at its back.

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The temple has two courtyards about 100 metres apart. The lower courtyard has three halls on a central axis with meditation rooms and monks’ quarters to either side. The upper courtyard stands on a cliff overlooking the surrounding area and offers breathtaking scenery.

 


8. Pu’an Si 普安寺

This temple, which faces west, has Longfeng (Dragon-and-Phoenix) Mountain at its back and Bijia Mountain in front of it. The Qingshui River flows in front, with two hills forming a natural screen for the temple, protecting it from both the left and the right.

Built in 475 AD during the Northern Wei dynasty, Pu’an Si is one of the first temples to promote the practice of Guan Yin (Avalokitesvara/Chenrezig) in China.

Built in 475 AD during the Northern Wei dynasty, Pu’an Si is one of the first temples to promote the practice of Guan Yin (Avalokiteshvara/Chenrezig) in China.

 

9. Yongquan Si 湧泉寺 (佛林寺)

Formerly known as Yongquan Si, the temple is known today as Folin Temple. It was given its name due to its location near a source of spring water with a strong current, hence the name Yongquan (Gushing Spring).

Kangxi visited this temple in 1683 and praised its beauty with poetic verses. In 1689, when the renovation was completed, he gifted various plaques to the temple.

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10. Tailu Si (臺麓寺)

Tailu Si was built during Emperor Kangxi’s reign. In 1683, the emperor made an inspection tour to Wu Tai Shan and shot a tiger that had been menacing the locals on his way back. Thereafter, the place was renamed Shehu Chuan (or “shooting tiger”) village and an imperial residence was built there for successive emperors of the Qing Dynasty to reside in during their pilgrimages to Mount Wutai.

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The main building of the imperial residence was destroyed during the Cultural Revolution (1966-76), and the existing site now covers an area of 15,000 square metres with three halls, a monument and a white marble bridge. The government is currently working on restoring the imperial residence of the Kangxi emperor.

 

Building and Renovating Monasteries in Wu Tai Shan

Apart from institutionalising the ten monasteries above, Emperor Kangxi also built two monasteries on Wu Tai Shan. One of them is Tailu Si (mentioned above) and the other is Guangren Si.

Guangren Si

Guangren Si

Located next to Luohou Temple, Guangren Si played an important role in the past as a summer residence for His Holiness the Panchen Lama and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Named “Shifang Tang”, as a reception hall of Luohou Temple for visiting monks from Mongolia and Tibet, it was established as a standalone monastery later on. Many of the monks in Guangren Si hail from Labrang Monastery, one of the largest and most influential monasteries in Amdo, Tibet.

Emperor Kangxi’s support was not limited to institutions of Tibetan Buddhism. In 1698, Kangxi renovated Bishan Si and Shuxiang Si, two predominantly Chinese monasteries, with 6000 taels of gold.

Shuxiang Si (殊像寺) is located on the edge of Taihuai Village where the major temples, including Pusading, are located. Kangxi’s imperial support to this monastery included numerous poems to its iconic image, as well as financial support. 

This Chinese Buddhist monastery became so highly regarded among the Tibetan and Mongolian population that the Tümed Mongol prince Yéshé Döndrup (1792– 1855) composed a text about the history and environs of this temple with Ngawang Tendar of Alasha (A lag sha Ngag dbang bstan dar, 1759–1831), an erudite Tibetan Buddhist grammarian of the time.

Shuxiang Si

Shuxiang Si

Bishan Si(碧山寺)is famous for its tradition of providing free board and lodging for visiting monks, nuns and lay Buddhist practitioners. If one does not have enough money for the return trip, the temple will even provide financial assistance if they are able. Due to this practice of generosity, Bishan Si was also known as “Guangji Maopeng” (广济茅棚), illustrating the extended assistance and aid it provides for travellers.

Bishan Si

Bishan Si

Apart from Wu Tai Shan, Emperor Kangxi also built monasteries in other locations such as Ganden Sumtseling in Zhongdian, designed to look like the Potala Palace in Lhasa, and Amarbayasgalant Monastery in Inner Mongolia. These two temples would play a significant role in the propagation of Buddhadharma in their respective areas.

 

Imperial Patronage

“The donations to the temples were unprecedented during the Kangxi period. Generally the gifts offered consisted of money, various fabrics (including robes with the imperial insignia of the dragon upon them), incense and candles, Tibetan scarves (khata), and sometimes jewels, fruit, tasselled bridles, prayer flags, and imperially inscribed placards. Especially large offerings were made four times in conjunction with a particular ceremony.

In addition, exceptional gifts to the monasteries were significant. On the emperor’s first visit, in 1683, each temple received two hundred taels of silver. On this and other occasions the emperor disbursed over three thousand taels of silver and nine thousand taels of gold. These cash endowments do not include the expense of creating placards and stelae for over sixty sites, Buddhist images, imperially produced Buddhist canonical works, and frequent road repairs; nor do they include the regular allowances provided to the monks that were sponsored by the court.”

The stele erected by Kangxi in front of Mahavira Hall at Pusading, Wutai Shan

The stele erected by Kangxi in front of Mahavira Hall at Pusading, Wu Tai Shan

Emperor Kangxi also gave donations that preceded a ceremony, which is not the norm, an indicator that Kangxi was truly a benevolent emperor who supported the monastics and Buddhadharma.

1684
Squad leader, ten cavalry and thirty soldiers were sent to protect Pusading.

1685
Second imperial monastery (Tailu Si) was built with 3,108 taels of gold and staffed with lamas.

1698
Pusading was given one thousand taels of silver. Bishan Si and Shuxiang Si were renovated with three thousand taels of gold.

1702-1708

  • Numerous Manchu governor memorials were sent regarding rebuilding of monasteries and repair of roads.
  • At Lozang Tenpa’s request, the imperial gift of a Tibetan Buddhist canon (fanshu zang jing) was presented.

1705
At Lozang Tenpa’s request, gilt images of Bodhisattvas (to flank Manjushri) and lion mounts (for Manjushri) were delivered from the imperial household workshops.

1705/6
At Lozang Tenpa’s request, the imperial gift of a second Tibetan Buddhist canon was presented.

According to Tuttle,

“the abundance and nature of the evidence for imperial support of Tibetan Buddhism at Wu Tai Shan, preserved in the gazetteers and corroborated by other Qing government documents, indicate the importance that the imperial family, and especially the Kangxi emperor, attached to this patronage.”

Emperor Kangxi’s support did not only come in the form of financial sponsoring, but from a 1714 stele inscription, we know that he was a true believer as rituals and pujas were done regularly for many purposes, especially for the protection of the state, performed by monks of the Tibetan and Chinese Buddhist traditions in Wu Tai Shan.


“Every new and full moon the Qingxiu chanshi (Ding-ceng-jian-cuo Bstan ‘dzin rgya mtsho) leads the ge-long and ban-di (ban de, Tibetan Buddhist monks) and all Tibetan and Chinese monks to ascend to (Jingang)ku (Banruo si) in unison, to reverently offer mystic incantations and make solemn prostrations (fengyan mizhang qiao chi [qin] wu ti). They wish an eternally stable imperial realm and longevity to the emperor above, and pray that the beings of the four births and the nine existences below all cross to the other shore.”

Natalie Köhle, “Why Did the Kangxi Emperor Go to Wutai Shan? Patronage, Pilgrimage, and the Place of Tibetan Buddhism at the Early Qing Court,” Late Imperial China 29.1 (2008): 88.

Rituals done in the tradition of Tibetan Buddhism at Mahavira Hall, Pusading Temple

Rituals done in the tradition of Tibetan Buddhism at Mahavira Hall, Pusading Temple

The Kangxi emperor visited Wu Tai Shan twice in 1683. Earlier in the year, ceremonies dedicated to the longevity of the imperial family were conducted and in his later visit the same year, he made offerings for prayers dedicated to the grand empress dowager’s longevity (wanshou wuliang). Below is a list of imperially sponsored rituals at Wu Tai Shan during Emperor Kangxi’s reign.

1674
First notice of sponsorship of specific rituals since 1657 — a ritual to bless the dynasty and help the people (zhuguo youmin).


1683
First visit by an emperor since the Yuan dynasty. On three separate occasions, the Kangxi emperor gave money for:

  • A three-day life-extending ceremony (yenshou wuliang daochang) to pray for the grand empress dowager
  • Prayers to protect the grand empress dowager’s prosperity and long-life (fuqi yanmao shengshou wuliang)
  • Prayers for long-life (wanshou wuliang)

1687

  • Life-extending ceremony (yenshou wuliang daochang) sponsored for the unwell grand empress dowager, who was being attended by the Kangxi emperor.
  • After the grand empress dowager passed away, a compassionate grace ceremony (ci’en daochang) was sponsored for her.

1690
The empress dowager sent offerings for a 49-day long-life ceremony (wanshou wuliang) to protect the Kangxi emperor.

1693

  • An imperial prince sent offerings for a long-life ceremony (wansui wanshou wuliang daochang) to protect the Kangxi emperor
  • The seventh prince (Yinsi, b. 1681) sent offerings for a long-life ceremony (wansui wanshou wuliang daochang) to protect the Kangxi emperor
  • The empress dowager sent offerings for a 49-day long-life ceremony (wanshou wuliang) to protect the Kangxi emperor

1698
The Kangxi emperor made offerings to establish a three-day ceremony to protect the dynasty and enrich the people (huguo yumin).

1702

  • Memorial from the Shanxi governor: Recitations were to be held every month on the new and full moon as well as days 3, 7, 17 and 27 in relations to the emperor’s long-life (wanshou wuliang).
  • Manchu governor memorialised the recitation of sutras in relation to long-life (wanshou wuliang).

1706

  • Lama prayed on behalf of emperor.
  • Manchu governor memorialised thrice regarding the recitation of sutras in relation to long-life (wanshou wuliang)
  • Manchu governor practised ritual purification and abstinence from meat and alcohol in order to pray before Pusading’s (and each temple’s) Buddhist images

1707

  • Manchu governor visited Wu Tai Shan to start the long-life sutra recitations on behalf of the Kangxi emperor.
  • Manchu governor memorialised thrice regarding the recitation of sutras, most often in relation to long-life (wanshou wuliang).

1708
Numerous Manchu governor memorials with regards to the recitation of sutras, most often in relations to long-life (wanshou wuliang).

Rituals done in the tradition of Chinese Buddhism, Wutai Shan

Rituals done in the tradition of Chinese Buddhism, Wu Tai Shan

In summary, Kangxi visited Wu Tai Shan five times for pilgrimage, and awarded two sets of Sanskrit Buddhist scriptures, 55 plaques, wrote 15 poems, commissioned more than 20 inscriptions, repaired more than 20 temples, donated seven gold Buddha statues, and gifted more than 6,000 taels of gold and silver and uncountable royal treasures. The abundance and nature of Kangxi’s imperial support shows that his patronage of Wu Tai Shan was a serious and important matter.

 

Supporting the Jasagh Lamas

Another important factor in the development and growth of Wu Tai Shan was the establishment of the role of Jasagh Lama, developed from the 5th Dalai Lama’s visit to Beijing in 1653. These Tibetan-appointed lamas, often sent from Lhasa, served as intermediaries between Tibet and the Qing court. The Jasagh Lama played an important role as the Head Lama (monk) of Wu Tai Shan and at the imperial monastery, Yong He Gong, in Beijing. Apart from overseeing the imperial monasteries, the Jasagh Lamas also taught Tibetan language and Buddhism to the imperial families.

The Eastern Meditation Hall of Pusading Temple used to be the residence of the Jasagh Lama

The Eastern Meditation Hall of Pusading Temple used to be the residence of the Jasagh Lama

Although the role was set by Kangxi’s predecessor, the Kangxi emperor’s reign saw that appointees to this position of leadership on Mount Wutai would enjoy unprecedented recognition and favour. In 1683, Ngawang Lozang, the first Jasagh Lama, was given an honorific title and in the same year, the Kangxi emperor came to the mountain twice to arrange for prayers on behalf of the dynasty.

Ngawang Lozang’s successor, Lozang Tenpel was able to secure imperial permission and support to re-tile the roof of the main temple of Wu Tai Shan, Pusading, with imperial yellow-gold ceramic tiles reserved for use on imperial palaces and other elite homes. Pusading was later known as an imperial touring-palace (xinggong), hosting occasional visits by the Qing emperors to Wu Tai Shan.

The third Jasagh Lama, Lozang Tenpa, was granted a letter patent, a silver seal and the title Qingxiu Chanshi. These imperial gifts gave legal confirmation of his position as Head Lama in Wu Tai Shan. In 1704, a new Jasagh Lama named Tenzin Gyatso was appointed. During his tenure, Emperor Kangxi and his son, the future Yongzheng emperor, came to Wu Tai Shan to set up regular long-life prayers at the mountain on the full and new moon of each month.

 

Imperial Publications of Mount Wutai Gazetteer

Related to the Jasagh Lamas, especially the first Jasagh Lama Ngawang Lozang was the first Mount Wutai gazetteer (清凉山志). In the same year, he also requested that a Mongol prepare the first Mongolian version of a gazetteer. During the Qing dynasty, Wu Tai Shan was the subject of more gazetteers than any other site in the empire. This was unprecedented especially for this “rural, almost frontier, location.”  These gazetteers are imperial editions, and most can be linked to the imperial court. Below is a list of Wu Tai Shan (or Qingliang Shan 清凉山) gazetteers published during Emperor Kangxi’s reign.

1661
Qingliang Shan Zhi 清凉山志 [Clear and Cool Mountain Gazetteer] (reprint of 1596 edition), with a preface by the first Jasagh Lama (Mongolian) Ngawang Lozang, leader of Chinese and Tibetan affairs at the mountain.

1667
Mongolian gazetteer by Lozang Tenzin, at Ngawang Lozang’s behest.

1694
Qingliang Shan Xinzhi 清凉山新志 [New Clear and Cool Mountain Gazetteer] edited, with a preface by the third Jasagh Lama (Chinese) Lozang Tenpa.

1701
Qingliang Shan Xinzhi 清凉山新志 [New Clear and Cool Mountain Gazetteer], edited by the third Jasagh Lama Lozang Tenpa, imperial reprint.

1701

  • Mongolian translation of Qingliang Shan Xinzhi [New Clear and Cool Mountain Gazetteer], with a preface by the Kangxi emperor.
  • Manchu translation of Qingliang Shan Xinzhi [New Clear and Cool Mountain Gazetteer], imperial print.

1707
Qingliang Shan Xinzhi 清凉山新志 [New Clear and Cool Mountain Gazetteer] reprint made.

1721
Second Mongolian edition of Lozang Tenzin’s text.

A copy of the Mount Wutai gazetteer, Qingliang Shan Zhi (清凉山志)

A copy of the Mount Wutai gazetteer, Qingliang Shan Zhi (清凉山志)

The effort expended by the imperial court to encourage the production of gazetteers devoted to the mountain is evidence of Emperor Kangxi’s royal patronage of Wu Tai Shan. In comparison to the scattered Ming gazetteer references to prominent visiting lamas such as the 5th Karmapa and Shakya Yeshé (one of Tsongkhapa’s close disciples), or to minor local bureaucratic Tibetan Buddhist lamas of the Ming, the biographies in the new gazetteers included Tibetan Buddhists who were not just visiting dignitaries or minor bureaucrats, but rather men specifically given imperial positions and praised by Emperor Kangxi.

 

Emperor Kangxi as Manjushri

A very important point to keep in mind when considering Emperor Kangxi’s connection to Wu Tai Shan is the belief that he is the Bodhisattva Manjushri himself. While some may claim that the Qing emperors’ patronage of Wu Tai Shan and their identification with Manjushri was politically motivated, there is convincing evidence that this was not the case with Kangxi.

Part of a very rare set of woodblocks made to print the Mongolian Kanjur (the translated words of the Buddha). Under imperial order of Kangxi the ancient Mongolian Kanjur was revised to some 756 illustrated deities with accompanying text, and cut into woodblocks and printed between 1717-1720.

Part of a very rare set of woodblocks for printing the Mongolian Kangyur (the spoken words of the Buddha). Under the imperial order of Kangxi, the ancient Mongolian Kangyur was revised to including some 756 illustrated deities with accompanying text, which was then cut into woodblocks and printed between 1717-1720.

Manchu emperors were referred to as Manjushri in Mongol and Tibetan materials, one such example is in the biography of Changkya Rolpai Dorje, where Emperor Kangxi was referred to as “Manjushri, the sublime Kangxi”. Other sources, such as the Hor chos-‘byung (1819) or History of Buddhism in Mongolia, written in Tibetan by Jigme Rigpe Dorje, refers to the Manchu emperors as “the Manjugosha Emperors”.

In the imperial preface of the Mongolian Kangyur, produced by the Kangxi emperor between 1718-1720, it refers to Kangxi as an emanation of Manjushri:

“Then Manjushri, the saviour of all living forms, [with the] intellect of all the Buddhas, was transformed into human form, and ascended the Fearless Lion Throne of gold; and this was none other than the sublime Emperor Kangxi-Manjushri who assisted and brought joy to the entire vast world…”

The act of the Emperor Kangxi slaying a tiger is equated with Manjushri’s subjugation of poisonous dragons in subduing the land.

The act of the Emperor Kangxi slaying a tiger is likened to Manjushri’s subjugation of poisonous dragons in subduing the land.

The third Jasagh Lama Lozang Tenpa’s preface to the 1701 “Qingliang Shan Xinzhi” provides further evidence to support this view, as it refers to Kangxi as “the present emperor, teacher of the previous seven Buddhas, who has manifested as the sage of the ninth layer”. As Manjushri was known to be the “teacher of the previous seven Buddhas,” the preface contains a veiled reference to Kangxi as an emanation of the Bodhisattva Manjushri that could easily be understood by Chinese Buddhists.

Altogether, the Kangxi emperor personally visited Wu Tai Shan five times – twice in 1683 and again in 1698, 1702, and 1710. This is an extraordinary number for an emperor, underscoring the close relationship between the new Manchu sovereigns and China’s state protector, Manjushri, who resided there. The emperor’s act of slaying a tiger is also likened to Manjushri subjugation of poisonous dragons in subduing the land. This event was commemorated with the construction of an imperially sponsored monastery, Tailu Si, at “Tiger Shot Stream” (Shehu Chuan), the new name given to the site of the tiger killing. This scene remains the most widely reproduced scene of all Kangxi’s tours to Wu Tai Shan.

Perhaps then, we can find the answer in the signs from the divine. As recorded in the Wu Tai Shan gazetteer, one of Manjushri’s apparitions, for which Wu Tai Shan is famous, could be seen during the imperial visit and pilgrimage of Emperor Kangxi to the mountain.

“Only at the Western Terrace there was an auspicious, five coloured, and majestic appearance of the Bodhisattva. [When] the imperial carriage arrived at Middle Peak, the place was mysterious and among all the princes and imperial guardsmen, as well as officials serving in the capital and in the outer provinces, there was no one who did not praise it.”

In Changkya Rolpai Dorje’s edition of the gazetteer, it was mentioned that:

“The Kangxi emperor renovated all old temples and monasteries. He personally came to make pilgrimage, and, after worshipping, made costly gifts to the sangha. In particular, at the time when he prayed on behalf of his mother, a light of five colours appeared above the western mountain. Thereupon, the Venerable One showed his body and it was seen, unfading, until the emperor had arrived at Middle Peak.”

The concept of a Dharma King is not uncommon — as with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Tibet who is believed to be the personification of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, so is the Qing Emperor Kangxi believed to be the Bodhisattva Manjushri personified.

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  1. Wai Meng Wan on Jan 28, 2018 at 3:49 am

    The more I know about Kang Xi, the more impressed i am of this Qing emperor. The Chinese of today had great respect for Kang Xi despite he was not a Han Chinese. One of the key points in this article is that Mongolians also regarded Wu Tai Shan as being a sacred pilgrimage locate.

  2. Anne Ong on Jan 10, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    Beautiful history of Emperor Kangxi and Wu Tai San. Interesting video included about Emperor Kangxi’s background. And wonderful pictures of Wu Tai San. Thank you very much Rinpoche and Pasror Shin for this great write up about Emperor Kangxi🙏👍😍

  3. Samfoonheei on Dec 30, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    Interesting history of Emperor Kangxi……..great to know that Emperor Kangxi was the second and the greatest emperor of the Manchu-led Qing Dynasty.He was one of the most cultured emperors in the history of China. Kangxi also was fond of western technology and tried to bring Western technology to China. To this day, history books still praise his accomplishments which no other
    Emperor did. He has a strong connection to Wu Tai San and there was a beautiful story behind it.It seem that he is the Bodhisattva Manjushri. I do enjoyed reading all about it. He is renowned for his benevolent reign of the country and much loved by his subjects .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Shin Tan for sharing these article.

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    22 years ago, a ban on the practice of Dorje Shugden was imposed by the Tibetan leadership, Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) in Dharamsala. Since the ban was imposed, the Tibetan community is split into groups and Dorje Shugden practitioners are segregated. The CTA said Dorje Shugden is an evil spirit and he is harmful, he will jeopardise the Tibet Cause and shorten the Dalai Lama’s life. Many people are misled by the CTA and believe what they said. Fortunately, Tsem Rinpoche and Kecharians have created videos to address all the lies the CTA has been telling to clear Dorje Shugden’s name. Please watch the videos to learn more about the issues and not to be misled.

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    Saturday, Dec 15. 2018 10:29 AM
    The mystery of Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov, a mummy whose body defies time has amazed the world. Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov was a Buryat Buddhist lama of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. According to his last will and testament he requested to be buried as he was at the time of his death, sitting in lotus posture Only that he asked to be exhumed after 30 years Later. His body was exhumed and examined by Buddhist monks, discovered surprisingly that there is no signs of decay of his body after so many years. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/hambo-lama-itygelovs-body-after-75-years
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    Saturday, Dec 15. 2018 10:28 AM
    Stupas were built in ancient times serving as tombs for important figures, but has since been renewed by the Buddha to represent the heart of Enlightenment. Since then , many Dorje Shugden stupas have built in every Buddhist country in the world and by Buddhists of all traditions especially inTibet . Every corner over Tibet many Dorje Shugden stupas have been erected then. This is a sign that the magnificent Protector and its practice is spreading far and wide.
    Due to the power of its blessings to practitioners, stupas are often a pilgrimage destination for Buddhists and many will circumambulate the stupa as it is a very meritorious. One such place is the famous Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal and our very own Kechara Forest Retreat at Bentong ,Pahang Malaysia.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/why-construct-a-dorje-shugden-stupa
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    Please do watch these enlightening videos that serves to clarify the truth about the Tibetan situation. You owe it to yourself to understand the disinformation that the Tibetan Leaders are dispensing to their people to divert attention away from their failures. Very disgraceful!

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    Dr. Ambedkar is a hero and icon for the Dalits of India who were once called ‘Untouchables.’ He fought to eradicate the discrimination and inequality that he knew all too well because he, too, was an Untouchable by birth. He was a leader of the Dalits and the Law Minister of the Government of India from 1947 to 1951.

    Mahatma Gandhi’s fight for freedom involved uniting India to rise against an external enemy – the colonial British regime that ravaged the country – but Dr. Ambedkar’s struggle was a far more challenging one as he was fighting against his own people. He was fighting the oppression and inequality that has been deeply entrenched for thousands of years as part of his society’s religious and cultural dogma.

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    Saturday, Dec 15. 2018 04:33 AM
    Huge outdoor Tsongkapa!

    Both Buddha Shakyamuni and Guru Rinpoche prophesied Tsongkhapa’s birth and attainments. At the time of Buddha Shakyamuni, a young boy who was a previous incarnation of Tsongkhapa presented a crystal rosary to Buddha and received a conch shell in return. Buddha prophesied Manjushri would be born as a boy in Tibet, would found Ganden monastery, and would present a crown to my statue. Buddha gave the boy the future name Sumati-kirti (Blo-bzang grags-pa, Lozang-dragpa). Guru Rinpoche also prophesied a monk named Lozang-dragpa would be born near China, would be regarded as an emanation of a great bodhisattva, and would make a Buddha-statue into a Sambhogakaya representation.

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    Friday, Dec 14. 2018 09:23 PM
    Wow, this young boy could paint like an experienced painter with a style that is so unique. He is very talented since young. But where does the talent come from? How come some people have a special talent since birth but some do not? For Buddhists, we believe that the talent is actually the imprint from the previous life. It is something that the person has done so much in their previous life that when they take rebirth in another body, they still have the tendency to do the same thing if the condition is right.

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    I came across his beautiful speech on the World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden and I have blogged his holy speech so that many around the world can listen to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche explain the benefits of this supreme protector. There can be no doubts after this.

    Who dare say that Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was wrong, errant, without knowledge or evil? No one can say this as it is untrue. So far this blog post has garnered over 134k (one hundred thirty-four thousand views)!! It has reached a vast amount of people so they can hear first hand from an enlightened lama how beneficial Dorje Shugden is!! Many wonderful people who seek knowledge and wisdom will benefit from this and I rejoice.

    In his love for me, over 30 years ago Kyabje Zong Rinpoche personally instructed me to practice Dorje Shugden and I know he would never give me anything that would harm me or anyone else. As such, I have great confidence and I share Dorje Shugden with thousands including family, close friends, benefactors and so many others who need help because I know he will benefit others as he did me. His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was a Bodhisattva who lived his life only to benefit others. Whatever promises I have made to him, I will never abandon. I will forever bow to his holy feet.

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    Friday, Dec 14. 2018 12:44 PM
    Queen Genepil, the last queen of Mongolia and last wife of the last Mongol Khan. Interesting short biography of this Mongol queen. At age 33 in her 5 months pregnancy , she was executed with her father because of her involvement with the Japanese forces . Queen Genepil had in fact concealed many mystery and past secrets in the palace unknown to many. She looked pretty in the queen costumes with a beautiful head gear, just wondering if nowadays the Mongolian Queen wear this . We are considered fortunate able to see this rare costumes. Interesting history to read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/last-queen-of-mongolia
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    Friday, Dec 14. 2018 12:43 PM
    Interesting news …… Oklahoma Supreme Court had decide to separate religion and politics. The history of the world, we can see clearly how the involvement of government in religious matters has caused great discrimination among the communities. An example in the Tibetan Leardership , because of the ban on Dorje Shugen practice it cause hardships, suffering ,discrimination, disharmony, and many more. For the past decades , many of the Tibetans in exiles had suffered badly. Where religion is concern ,politics should not comes in. Freedom of religion is a principle that supports the freedom of an individual or community, and so forth without government influence and intervention. It also includes the freedom to change one’s religion or beliefs. No government should speak against another religion or any religion. Peace, harmony and happiness can only materialised with respect among and within all people. Everyone of us should be given the choice to what we want to pray.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-ten-commandments-monument.html
  • Sofi
    Friday, Dec 14. 2018 08:38 AM
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    In one of our private sessions, I asked Kensur Rinpoche, “If we fully rely on Dorje Shugden, and focus on Dorje Shugden, technically can we become fully enlightened?” And Kensur Rinpoche thought about it and he said, “Yes, we definitely can become fully enlightened because Dorje Shugden is a fully enlightened being.”

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth.html
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    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/bodhi-tree-vajra-yogini.html
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    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/this-is-me-in-hollywood-in-the-80s.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
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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Kechara Saraswati Arts (KSA) offers a comprehensive statue and tsa tsa painting service. We are able to paint both the face and body, using traditional Tibetan techniques and materials.

KSA can transform a ‘bare’ or ‘raw’ object of art into a living masterpiece through a variety of painting techniques. There are several ‘finishes’ to choose from. Be it an ‘antique’ look, a fully-painted colourful finish or a simple ‘gold dusted look’, your imagination and heart’s wishes are fulfilled through KSA’s mastery and artistry in action.

Our team have learnt the techniques of traditional statue painting from the finest artists of India, Tibet and Nepal. Through months of intense training and practice, our talented artists have mastered the art of painting both peaceful and wrathful features.
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Kechara Saraswati Arts (KSA) offers a comprehensive statue and tsa tsa painting service. We are able to paint both the face and body, using traditional Tibetan techniques and materials. KSA can transform a ‘bare’ or ‘raw’ object of art into a living masterpiece through a variety of painting techniques. There are several ‘finishes’ to choose from. Be it an ‘antique’ look, a fully-painted colourful finish or a simple ‘gold dusted look’, your imagination and heart’s wishes are fulfilled through KSA’s mastery and artistry in action. Our team have learnt the techniques of traditional statue painting from the finest artists of India, Tibet and Nepal. Through months of intense training and practice, our talented artists have mastered the art of painting both peaceful and wrathful features.
Unusual depiction of Lord Manjushri. I like it.
3 days ago
Unusual depiction of Lord Manjushri. I like it.
Stunning!!!
3 days ago
Stunning!!!
If we have eye problems, this is a good practice and it\'s simple- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=180488
3 days ago
If we have eye problems, this is a good practice and it's simple- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=180488
Many times in the morning my Oser girl will go sunbathe. She really enjoys it. Tsem Rinpoche
3 days ago
Many times in the morning my Oser girl will go sunbathe. She really enjoys it. Tsem Rinpoche
My Oser girl is very photogenic. Tsem Rinpoche
3 days ago
My Oser girl is very photogenic. Tsem Rinpoche
Vintage stunning thangka of Lord Tsongkapa with many other enlightened beings.
3 days ago
Vintage stunning thangka of Lord Tsongkapa with many other enlightened beings.
Beautiful antique thangka of Sakya Pandita
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Beautiful antique thangka of Sakya Pandita
The last Lama-Ruler of Mongolia was 8th Jebtsundamba Khutughtu. He did not have a good ending as Mongolia \'fell\'. Read about him- https://bit.ly/2UD83oa
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The last Lama-Ruler of Mongolia was 8th Jebtsundamba Khutughtu. He did not have a good ending as Mongolia 'fell'. Read about him- https://bit.ly/2UD83oa
Last Queen of Mongolia-Very interesting what happened to her and tragic too- https://bit.ly/2GcfhfF
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Last Queen of Mongolia-Very interesting what happened to her and tragic too- https://bit.ly/2GcfhfF
The famous and powerful state oracle of Mongolia- Interesting and must read- 
 https://bit.ly/2Py3QhI
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The famous and powerful state oracle of Mongolia- Interesting and must read- https://bit.ly/2Py3QhI
1984 Los Angeles-Left to right: Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, monk assistant to Zong Rinpoche and the 18 year old Tsem Rinpoche prior to ordination. Read more-  https://bit.ly/2C5OM7l
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1984 Los Angeles-Left to right: Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, monk assistant to Zong Rinpoche and the 18 year old Tsem Rinpoche prior to ordination. Read more- https://bit.ly/2C5OM7l
Nice to see Blog Chat going on
4 days ago
Nice to see Blog Chat going on
In the middle of the metropolitan city of Bangkok near the upmarket shopping district is a chapel dedicated to Tara right in the centre of town. Lovely. Tsem Rinpoche
4 days ago
In the middle of the metropolitan city of Bangkok near the upmarket shopping district is a chapel dedicated to Tara right in the centre of town. Lovely. Tsem Rinpoche
Cheeky and cute little He Wei is telling you to get a Dorje Shugden pamphlet now!!!
4 days ago
Cheeky and cute little He Wei is telling you to get a Dorje Shugden pamphlet now!!!
My little cute Oser girl doggie is always nearby. Tsem Rinpoche
4 days ago
My little cute Oser girl doggie is always nearby. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s father with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The little girl is his brother\'s daughter. Her name is Tara.
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Tsem Rinpoche's father with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The little girl is his brother's daughter. Her name is Tara.
Our Gyenze Chapel in Kechara Forest Retreat is visited by people from all over Malaysia now. Many have had their wishes fulfilled.
4 days ago
Our Gyenze Chapel in Kechara Forest Retreat is visited by people from all over Malaysia now. Many have had their wishes fulfilled.
Very nice class going on in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Learning Dharma is the key to overcoming our mind that is unsettled. Tsem Rinpoche
4 days ago
Very nice class going on in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Learning Dharma is the key to overcoming our mind that is unsettled. Tsem Rinpoche
Left to right: 103rd Gaden Tripa Lobsang Tenzin, Gaden Shartse Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche.
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Left to right: 103rd Gaden Tripa Lobsang Tenzin, Gaden Shartse Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche.
Tsem Rinpoche holding the young incarnation of Zong Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastery.
4 days ago
Tsem Rinpoche holding the young incarnation of Zong Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastery.
In Gaden Monastery.

Left to right: Tenzin Trinley Rinpoche, Kari Kentrul Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche, Tsem Rinpoche, Gyalkhangtse Rinpoche, Kating Rinpoche and Genpa Rinpoche. Extreme right is the senior Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Monastery, Choyang Dulzin Kuten.
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In Gaden Monastery. Left to right: Tenzin Trinley Rinpoche, Kari Kentrul Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche, Tsem Rinpoche, Gyalkhangtse Rinpoche, Kating Rinpoche and Genpa Rinpoche. Extreme right is the senior Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Monastery, Choyang Dulzin Kuten.
Tsem Rinpoche with the Abbots of Gaden Jangtse Monastery and Gaden Shartse Monastery escorting a photo of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This is in the main prayer hall of Gaden Monastery.
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Tsem Rinpoche with the Abbots of Gaden Jangtse Monastery and Gaden Shartse Monastery escorting a photo of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This is in the main prayer hall of Gaden Monastery.
Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Monastery
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Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Monastery
My father Mr. Lobsang Gyatso and myself. He came to Gaden Monastery to visit me. While he was alive he lived in Taiwan. Tsem Rinpoche
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My father Mr. Lobsang Gyatso and myself. He came to Gaden Monastery to visit me. While he was alive he lived in Taiwan. Tsem Rinpoche
The most precious Buddha Shakyamuni of Tibet. He is called Jowo Rinpoche and He is in the central Cathedral of Lhasa, Tibet. All the crowns, earrings, necklaces and jewels were constructed and offered by Je Tsongkapa onto this Buddha 600 years ago. Tsem Rinpoche
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The most precious Buddha Shakyamuni of Tibet. He is called Jowo Rinpoche and He is in the central Cathedral of Lhasa, Tibet. All the crowns, earrings, necklaces and jewels were constructed and offered by Je Tsongkapa onto this Buddha 600 years ago. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge, I have something to share.
5 days ago
Click on picture to enlarge, I have something to share.
This is how you can practice Tantric Buddhas without initiation or commitment- https://bit.ly/2PstN28
5 days ago
This is how you can practice Tantric Buddhas without initiation or commitment- https://bit.ly/2PstN28
Many great lamas are pictured here together. I have met many of them and they are very learned and holy. Tsem Rinpoche
6 days ago
Many great lamas are pictured here together. I have met many of them and they are very learned and holy. Tsem Rinpoche
Do share this picture message with friends.
6 days ago
Do share this picture message with friends.
Faster, Faster!!! Can\'t you go any faster! We are late for our puja! Read on- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179695
6 days ago
Faster, Faster!!! Can't you go any faster! We are late for our puja! Read on- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179695
Has Pastor David achieved enlightenment under the bodhi tree?
6 days ago
Has Pastor David achieved enlightenment under the bodhi tree?
Very nice. Pastor Seng Piow\'s beautiful Kalarupa statue has finally arrived.
6 days ago
Very nice. Pastor Seng Piow's beautiful Kalarupa statue has finally arrived.
Animals are made to suffer so much. We should never add to their sufferings. We should never beat, abuse, use, kill or eat them. We should be loving with them or just leave them to live their lives.~Tsem Rinpoche
6 days ago
Animals are made to suffer so much. We should never add to their sufferings. We should never beat, abuse, use, kill or eat them. We should be loving with them or just leave them to live their lives.~Tsem Rinpoche
It will break your heart, but you need to see this- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179733



Thank you, Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
It will break your heart, but you need to see this- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179733 Thank you, Tsem Rinpoche
Find out what happened to this baby- https://bit.ly/2RdxM4o
1 week ago
Find out what happened to this baby- https://bit.ly/2RdxM4o
A very sad true story

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A very sad true story Please sign to help end animal experimentation: https://www.change.org/p/tell-neutrogena-to-stop-all-animal-testing
My grandaunt Nirgidma whom I have never met but learning more about her now. She lived and died in France. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
My grandaunt Nirgidma whom I have never met but learning more about her now. She lived and died in France. Tsem Rinpoche
Did you know we can grow vegetables under water contrary to need the bright sun, earth and on the surface? Very interesting- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179595
1 week ago
Did you know we can grow vegetables under water contrary to need the bright sun, earth and on the surface? Very interesting- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179595
A very rare Buddha hardly seen. He is said to help us overcome laziness. Understand more- https://bit.ly/2EaEtk3
1 week ago
A very rare Buddha hardly seen. He is said to help us overcome laziness. Understand more- https://bit.ly/2EaEtk3
 
 
When you are sleeping, do you get disturbed by supernatural entities or re-occurring dreams that are frightening? Do you sometimes feel a presence in the room with you when sleeping? I have something here that might help you as I have been asked many times about these occurrences. - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179116
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When you are sleeping, do you get disturbed by supernatural entities or re-occurring dreams that are frightening? Do you sometimes feel a presence in the room with you when sleeping? I have something here that might help you as I have been asked many times about these occurrences. - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179116
Foretelling the future in the Tibetan tradition- https://bit.ly/2AKzSl8
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Foretelling the future in the Tibetan tradition- https://bit.ly/2AKzSl8
Malaysian Brickfields Chief Monk Sri Dhammaratana Fosters Harmony with Tibetan Buddhism- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=178837
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Malaysian Brickfields Chief Monk Sri Dhammaratana Fosters Harmony with Tibetan Buddhism- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=178837
马来西亚十五碑锡兰佛寺达摩拉达纳长老与藏传佛教界建交- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179077
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马来西亚十五碑锡兰佛寺达摩拉达纳长老与藏传佛教界建交- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179077
For high resolution download of this beautiful artwork of Dorje Shugden, please click here: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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For high resolution download of this beautiful artwork of Dorje Shugden, please click here: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
A stupa built dedicated to Dorje Shugden in Tibet.
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A stupa built dedicated to Dorje Shugden in Tibet.
Repetitive Bad Dreams Disturbing Your Sleep?This might help you- https://bit.ly/2TTp8tw
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Repetitive Bad Dreams Disturbing Your Sleep?This might help you- https://bit.ly/2TTp8tw
My sacred and ancient Bodhgaya Vajra Yogini immersed in red lights in her casing. So fortunate to even hear her name in this Kaliyuga times. Tsem Rinpoche
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My sacred and ancient Bodhgaya Vajra Yogini immersed in red lights in her casing. So fortunate to even hear her name in this Kaliyuga times. Tsem Rinpoche
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  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    yesterday
    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
  • His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    3 days ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    Trijang Rinpoche never gave up his devotion to Dorje Shugden no matter how much Tibetan government in exile pressured him to give up. He stayed loyal inspiring so many of us.
  • Very rare video of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the 10th, the all knowing and compassionate one. I pay deep respects to this attained being who has taken many rebirths since the time of Lord Buddha to be of benefit to sentient beings tirelessly. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 days ago
    Very rare video of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the 10th, the all knowing and compassionate one. I pay deep respects to this attained being who has taken many rebirths since the time of Lord Buddha to be of benefit to sentient beings tirelessly. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This bigfoot researcher gives good reasonings on bigfoot. Interesting short video.
    4 days ago
    This bigfoot researcher gives good reasonings on bigfoot. Interesting short video.
  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
    6 days ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
    2 weeks ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
  • Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 weeks ago
    Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
    3 weeks ago
    Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
  • Living off the grid in Australia
    3 weeks ago
    Living off the grid in Australia
    A Jill Redwood is a jack of all trades, Jill built her own house on her property and lives entirely off the grid with no mains power or town water, mobile reception or television. Living on around $80 a week, Jill has over sixty animals to keep her company and an abundant garden that out serves as an organic supermarket right at her doorstep. Her main expenses are animal feed and the rates on her property. Watch this incredible three minute video and be inspired to live differently.
  • Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 weeks ago
    Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 weeks ago
    My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Heart Sutra sang by a monk for the modern crowd. Very interesting and beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 weeks ago
    Heart Sutra sang by a monk for the modern crowd. Very interesting and beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Submerging powerful mantra stones in water at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
    3 weeks ago
    Submerging powerful mantra stones in water at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
  • Wylfred explains in Chinese the benefits of mantra stones at Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia   |  黄明川以华语解释在马来西亚克切拉禅修林的玛尼堆(刻有心咒的石头)的利益
    3 weeks ago
    Wylfred explains in Chinese the benefits of mantra stones at Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia | 黄明川以华语解释在马来西亚克切拉禅修林的玛尼堆(刻有心咒的石头)的利益
  • My Oser girl and Dharma boy love the verandah where they can see the greens. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 weeks ago
    My Oser girl and Dharma boy love the verandah where they can see the greens. Tsem Rinpoche
  • If there were more schools like this, then our kids would grow up with more caring awareness and kind emotions towards our environment and the people around them. They would grow up knowing that chasing materialism is not going to bring any happiness. I hope very much more schools like this would materialise. I hope in my future life I can attend a school like this. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 month ago
    If there were more schools like this, then our kids would grow up with more caring awareness and kind emotions towards our environment and the people around them. They would grow up knowing that chasing materialism is not going to bring any happiness. I hope very much more schools like this would materialise. I hope in my future life I can attend a school like this. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My Oser girl and Dharma boy in their cosy little bedroom next to me sleeping away. Cute.
    1 month ago
    My Oser girl and Dharma boy in their cosy little bedroom next to me sleeping away. Cute.
  • It is incredible how smart Oser girl is. She can steal the treat away from Dharma boy and so casually. Wow. She is so smart. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    It is incredible how smart Oser girl is. She can steal the treat away from Dharma boy and so casually. Wow. She is so smart. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Kechara Forest Retreat Dogs. Dharma boy is tiny and trying to scare off big boy Johnny. Johnny is so patient and just ignores Dharma. They are both cute and both live in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    Kechara Forest Retreat Dogs. Dharma boy is tiny and trying to scare off big boy Johnny. Johnny is so patient and just ignores Dharma. They are both cute and both live in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Tsem Rinpoche
  • BREAKING EYEWITNESS FOOTAGE: Workers violently punched, kicked, cussed out, & left sheep to die on dozens of Scottish farms 💔 Sheep bled after rough shearing & were stitched up without painkillers.–From Peta2
    2 months ago
    BREAKING EYEWITNESS FOOTAGE: Workers violently punched, kicked, cussed out, & left sheep to die on dozens of Scottish farms 💔 Sheep bled after rough shearing & were stitched up without painkillers.–From Peta2
  • Super cute seal and so gentle. Must watch this video and realize we are all one. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    Super cute seal and so gentle. Must watch this video and realize we are all one. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Legendary Heart sings “Stairway to Heaven” in tribute to Led Zeppelin. Incredible tribute and rendition. Everyone is blown away. TR
    2 months ago
    Legendary Heart sings “Stairway to Heaven” in tribute to Led Zeppelin. Incredible tribute and rendition. Everyone is blown away. TR
  • In a low-income neighbourhood, this man is growing his own organic produce, and giving extras away for free to neighbours who can’t afford fresh ingredients from the store. Must watch!
    2 months ago
    In a low-income neighbourhood, this man is growing his own organic produce, and giving extras away for free to neighbours who can’t afford fresh ingredients from the store. Must watch!
  • Neat little video
    2 months ago
    Neat little video
  • It is nice to see sangha release animals into the wild. Gen Kunchok Palden and Chodrak contributed to releasing of frogs back into the wild. This is wonderful. Compassion is the mainstay of all spirituality. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    It is nice to see sangha release animals into the wild. Gen Kunchok Palden and Chodrak contributed to releasing of frogs back into the wild. This is wonderful. Compassion is the mainstay of all spirituality. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is a special ‘carpet’ for dogs that you hide their snacks and they have to go digging for it. It is challenging and fun where they use their nose, paws and all to dig and find the snacks in between. This dog play carpet is ordered online. You can see little Zopa baby who is a Kechara resident doggie looking for the snacks in this cute video. She is kept busy and entertained! Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    This is a special ‘carpet’ for dogs that you hide their snacks and they have to go digging for it. It is challenging and fun where they use their nose, paws and all to dig and find the snacks in between. This dog play carpet is ordered online. You can see little Zopa baby who is a Kechara resident doggie looking for the snacks in this cute video. She is kept busy and entertained! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong, Malaysia’s dog Pema is super adorable and cute. Everyone loves her. She is wearing a Manjushri blessing pendant.
    3 months ago
    Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong, Malaysia’s dog Pema is super adorable and cute. Everyone loves her. She is wearing a Manjushri blessing pendant.
  • Spontaneous trance in Tibet by powerful healing Protector Dorje Shugden of a monk who usually takes trance.
    3 months ago
    Spontaneous trance in Tibet by powerful healing Protector Dorje Shugden of a monk who usually takes trance.
  • 喀切玛波向詹杜固仁波切献供养
    3 months ago
    喀切玛波向詹杜固仁波切献供养
    喀切玛波护法降神,向詹杜固仁波切献供曼扎及身语意之供养,同时也加持马来西亚克切拉禅修林道场。喀切玛波护法乃古时候的紫玛护法,他是藏地首座佛教寺院桑耶寺的护法神
  • Huge Chenresig statue being built. Very beautiful.
    3 months ago
    Huge Chenresig statue being built. Very beautiful.
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    1 years ago
    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
  • Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
    1 years ago
    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
  • BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
    1 years ago
    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
    1 years ago
    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
    1 years ago
    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    1 years ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    1 years ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    1 years ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
    1 years ago
    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
  • Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
    1 years ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    1 years ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    1 years ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    1 years ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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Wow! JB Kechara office is receiving 5 desktop computers from our sponsors. Now the urban poor children can learn to use computers. Now the passionate volunteers can burn the mid night oil in the office planning, coordinating and review events. Thanks to our sponsors, Style Vision, Meadow IT, KS IT, Grex Multimedia, New Century, Ascentouch, Softcom, E cube, Via Global, Edmond, Nelly, Jasmine, Bill Kee, DML Beauty, Goh and Team for providing us with such an awesome convenience and cool facilities. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Wow! JB Kechara office is receiving 5 desktop computers from our sponsors. Now the urban poor children can learn to use computers. Now the passionate volunteers can burn the mid night oil in the office planning, coordinating and review events. Thanks to our sponsors, Style Vision, Meadow IT, KS IT, Grex Multimedia, New Century, Ascentouch, Softcom, E cube, Via Global, Edmond, Nelly, Jasmine, Bill Kee, DML Beauty, Goh and Team for providing us with such an awesome convenience and cool facilities. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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1984 Los Angeles- Left to right: Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, monk assistant to Zong Rinpoche and the 18 year old Tsem Rinpoche prior to ordination.
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1984 Los Angeles- Left to right: Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, monk assistant to Zong Rinpoche and the 18 year old Tsem Rinpoche prior to ordination.
Very nice class going on in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Learning Dharma is the key to overcoming our mind that is unsettled. Tsem Rinpoche
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Very nice class going on in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Learning Dharma is the key to overcoming our mind that is unsettled. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche holding the young incarnation of Zong Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastery.
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Tsem Rinpoche holding the young incarnation of Zong Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastery.
Left to right: 103rd Gaden Tripa Lobsang Tenzin, Gaden Shartse Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche.
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Left to right: 103rd Gaden Tripa Lobsang Tenzin, Gaden Shartse Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche.
In Gaden Monastery. Left to right: Tenzin Trinley Rinpoche, Kari Kentrul Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche, Tsem Rinpoche, Gyalkhangtse Rinpoche, Kating Rinpoche and Genpa Rinpoche. Extreme right is the senior Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Monastery, Choyang Dulzin Kuten.
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In Gaden Monastery. Left to right: Tenzin Trinley Rinpoche, Kari Kentrul Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche, Tsem Rinpoche, Gyalkhangtse Rinpoche, Kating Rinpoche and Genpa Rinpoche. Extreme right is the senior Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Monastery, Choyang Dulzin Kuten.
Tsem Rinpoche with the Abbots of Gaden Jangtse Monastery and Gaden Shartse Monastery escorting a photo of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This is in the main prayer hall of Gaden Monastery.
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Tsem Rinpoche with the Abbots of Gaden Jangtse Monastery and Gaden Shartse Monastery escorting a photo of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This is in the main prayer hall of Gaden Monastery.
Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Monastery.
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Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Monastery.
Tsem Rinpoche's father Mr. Lobsang Gyatso and Rinpoche. He came to Gaden Monastery to visit Rinpoche. While he was alive he lived in Taiwan.
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Tsem Rinpoche's father Mr. Lobsang Gyatso and Rinpoche. He came to Gaden Monastery to visit Rinpoche. While he was alive he lived in Taiwan.
Tsem Rinpoche's father with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The little girl is Rinpoche's brother's daughter. Her name is Tara.
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Tsem Rinpoche's father with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The little girl is Rinpoche's brother's daughter. Her name is Tara.
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Thanks to Yong Soo Chin for sponsoring today's lunch ingredients and also donation to Kechara Food Bank in memorial of her father-in-law Mr Ng Seng Kee. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thanks to Yong Soo Chin for sponsoring today's lunch ingredients and also donation to Kechara Food Bank in memorial of her father-in-law Mr Ng Seng Kee. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Efforts to feed the poor are nothing new. Kechara Soup Kitchen practices of collecting food waste and turning it into meals for the hungry. The generous support from Tesco Malaysia and AEON Retail Malaysia have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thank you very much! #Kechara #foodbank #hungerknowsnobarriers - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Efforts to feed the poor are nothing new. Kechara Soup Kitchen practices of collecting food waste and turning it into meals for the hungry. The generous support from Tesco Malaysia and AEON Retail Malaysia have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thank you very much! #Kechara #foodbank #hungerknowsnobarriers - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Lovely DIY candle made to offer to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
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Lovely DIY candle made to offer to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
Isn’t it great to see family engaging in pilgrimage & dharma work together. Lin Mun KSDS
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Isn’t it great to see family engaging in pilgrimage & dharma work together. Lin Mun KSDS
Pastor Gim Lee gave an interesting introduction to Green Tara during the recentl pilgrimage cum camp event. Lin Mun KSDS
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Pastor Gim Lee gave an interesting introduction to Green Tara during the recentl pilgrimage cum camp event. Lin Mun KSDS
So glad to see family doing light offering to Buddha together. Great bonding. Lin Mun KSDS
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So glad to see family doing light offering to Buddha together. Great bonding. Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS pilgrimage cum camp 2018 - Prostration to Lama Tsongkhapa. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS pilgrimage cum camp 2018 - Prostration to Lama Tsongkhapa. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Melinda & teacher Asyley guided the youngest children to take refuge & do prostration to Dzambala. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Melinda & teacher Asyley guided the youngest children to take refuge & do prostration to Dzambala. Lin Mun KSDS
Zoey is a happy girl & enjoy coming to dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Zoey is a happy girl & enjoy coming to dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Video recording for KSDS Graduation 2018. Lin Mun KSDS
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Video recording for KSDS Graduation 2018. Lin Mun KSDS
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Rain or shine we will be there to distribute surplus food to the needy families living around Jlns Sungai. Thank you to all volunteers for turning up on a wet afternoon. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Rain or shine we will be there to distribute surplus food to the needy families living around Jlns Sungai. Thank you to all volunteers for turning up on a wet afternoon. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
A visit was paid to this family from Petaling Jaya. Our client’s wife has admitted to hospital due to stroke. Therefore, client has to stop working temporarily because he needs to take care of the young daughter who has learning disabilities. Let’s send best wishes to the wife for a speedy recovery! ❤️ #Kechara #foodbank #care - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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A visit was paid to this family from Petaling Jaya. Our client’s wife has admitted to hospital due to stroke. Therefore, client has to stop working temporarily because he needs to take care of the young daughter who has learning disabilities. Let’s send best wishes to the wife for a speedy recovery! ❤️ #Kechara #foodbank #care - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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