Herbert Guenther – Master of Languages & Buddhism

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Professor Herbert Guenther was a German-born master of languages and great philosopher who taught Buddhism to many people. Click to enlarge.

Professor Herbert Guenther was a German-born master of languages and great philosopher who taught Buddhism to many people. Click to enlarge.

(By Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor Niral)

Professor Herbert Guenther, also known as Professor Herbert Vighnantaka Gunther, was a brilliant translator, philosopher, and practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism. His impact on Buddhism, especially in the west, was tremendous and his works have shaped the minds of many western Tibetan Buddhist scholar-practitioners today.

Professor Guenther’s depth of Buddhist understanding and practice led him to fearlessly address many modern philosophical issues faced by contemporary man from a transformative Buddhist perspective. While the everyday Buddhist practitioner may not know his name, his legacy is vast; his works are of philosophical importance, and as such, invaluable to the avid Buddhist practitioner today.
 


 

Early Life and Education

Born March 17, 1917, in the city of Bremen, Germany, Herbert Guenther was the only son of sculptor Reinhold Guenther and his dear wife Dorothea Guenther. From a young age, it was evident that his fascination with the east was overwhelming. He had a distinct yearning to learn more about the cultures of Central and Southeast Asia, to the extent that he could be found wondering through the Asia section of Bremen’s Ethnographic Museum, and spent his time reading books on the history or exploration of these areas that he bought using most of his pocket money.

Bremen's Ethnographic Museum as it stands today

Bremen’s Ethnographic Museum as it stands today

Having a loving father who encouraged him in his passions, even as child, he began to study Mandarin at the age of nine from a visiting Chinese exchange student. At the age of ten, he was tutoring visiting Russian sailors in German, in exchange for lessons in the Russian language. He had also learnt the Indian Sanskrit language on his own by the time he had completed his secondary schooling in 1936, through books on Sanskrit grammar he had been gifted from a school professor. All of this was alongside the usually languages taught in school at that time: English, Latin, Hebrew, and Greek.

As his proficiency in languages began to grow, his family found it easier to answer the question “What languages does he know?” with the answer “It’s better to ask which languages he doesn’t know!” By the time he enrolled at Munich University, he was already fluent in both Mandarin and Sanskrit, and had even published papers on the Sanskrit language and Indian philosophy. He had also managed to translate some Chinese stories, ready for publication. He had taught himself Persian, Arabic, French, and Swedish during this time as well.

Determined to pursue higher study, Guenther graduated with a Ph.D degree in Munich in 1939. He did so well there that he studied Pali, Prakrit, and Sinhalese under Professor Wilhelm Geiger, in addition to the usual Vedic Sanskrit and Iranian Studies under Professor Walter Wuest. After four years of post-doctoral research in Vienna, Guenther was awarded the Dr. habil degree in 1943. This post-doctorate degree gave Guenther a habilitation teaching qualification, allowing him the title and position of professorship under various European education systems.

 

Renowned Tutors

Professor Guenther had many tutors from all over Europe that greatly influenced his formative academic career. These included the likes of:

 
Professor Wilhelm Geiger (1856 – 1943)

Professor Wilhelm Geiger was so influential in his work that he appeared on a postal stamp in Sri Lanka

Professor Wilhelm Geiger was so influential in his work that he appeared on a postal stamp in Sri Lanka

Wilhelm Geiger was a prominent professor during his time, known for his mastery of Indo-Iranian languages, Iranian history, and the history of Sri Lanka. He was adept in the Pali and Sinhala languages, and the Dhivehi language of the Maldives. He first travelled to Sri Lanka, then known as Ceylon, in 1895 to study language. His impact there was so great, his image even appeared on a postal stamp in 1989. His works were influential, especially his publications of the Sri Lankan chronicles known as Mahavamsa and Culavamsa, which were published with both the original Pali text and his English translations. The famous physicist Hans Geiger, who invented the Geiger counter to measure ionizing radiation, was his son.

 
Professor Walter Wuest (1901 – 1993)

Walter Wuest was a renowned scholar of the Vedas, the earliest known Hindu scriptures written in ancient Sanskrit. He served as both Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy in Munich in 1935 and later as Rector of the University from 1941 to 1945. Unfortunately, Professor Wuest was drawn to Nazi ideals, and joined the SS (German: Schutzstaffel, literally translated as “protection squadron”) in 1936. This was the major paramilitary organisation under Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party. It was responsible for some of the most horrendous crimes against humanity during World War II.

Professor Walter Wuest was a genius but succumbed to Nazi ideology. Click to enlarge.

Professor Walter Wuest was a genius but succumbed to Nazi ideology. Click to enlarge.

He worked his way up within the organisation due to his knowledge and background in Vedic literature and philosophy, eventually being appointed the President of the Research Institute of Ahnenerbe, set up to research the archaeological and cultural history of the Aryan race. The Nazis believed that the Germanic peoples were the most racially pure, as descendants of the Aryan master race, and that all other peoples were inferior. They used this fact to justify their actions. Unfortunately, Professor Wuest propagated this idea, and even tried to prove it through scientific research methods. He played a key role in this research organisation that tried to justify Nazi hatred towards others. Once World War II ended, he stood trial in 1949, during the denazification process and was officially branded an offender and accordingly punished for his part in the war.

 
Professor Wilhelm Maria Hubert Havers (1879 – 1961)

Professor Havers was a German-Austrian linguist. He graduated in 1903 from the University of Münster, and had devoted himself to the study of philology and linguistics. He received his post-graduate and then his habilitation degree at the University of Strasbourg, earning him the title of professor. He was conscripted as a lieutenant of the reserve for war service, but was wounded towards the beginning of World War II. In 1937 he was appointed professor of General and Indo-European Linguistics, where he tutored Herbert Guenther. Even though he was an appointed professor during the Nazi regime, he did not belong to the Nazi party, somewhat suggestive of his distance to the Nazi party and their ideals.

 

Academic Career

With his firm grounding in philosophy, language, and learning as his springboard, coupled with his love for the East, Professor Guenther went on to become a Buddhist scholar. Having studied under some of the greatest professors of his time, his genius was sure to have flourished. While in Vienna, he was lucky to have had Professor Havers as his main teacher, and it was under the watchful eye of Professor Havers that his ability for mastering languages blossomed. He studied Pali, Sinhalese, Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, English, German, Russian, and Hindi. In addition to this incredible repertoire, he also studied Hebrew, Greek, Latin, Arabic, Spanish, and Italian simply because he loved learning languages.

His exceptional ability at mastering languages crossed over to his teaching ability. It was at Vienna University that he progressed to teach, from 1943 to 1950. But Guenther left the university in 1950, after the war had ended, as he refused to serve under ex-Nazis. Erich Frauwallner, a Nazi who had been rehabilitated under the denazification process had had his academic chair returned to him, a fact that Herbert Guenther could not condone after seeing the horrors of World War II. He was in fact, opposed to all forms of militarism, had a strong dislike for political manipulation, and was overall a Humanist.

A zeppelin airship over Bremen. Professor Guenther survived World War II, the horrors of which left an indelible mark on him. He came to despise the military and atrocities based on mistaken ideologies.

A zeppelin airship over Bremen, Germany. Professor Guenther survived World War II, the horrors of which left an indelible mark on him. He came to despise the military and atrocities based on mistaken ideologies.

 

Moving to India

Kailas Nath Kaul was a great scholar-herbalist, who was also the uncle of Indira Gandhi. Click to enlarge.

Kailas Nath Kaul was a great scholar-herbalist, who was also the uncle of Indira Gandhi. Click to enlarge.

When Professor Guenther left Vienna in 1950, he travelled to India, where he accepted a position teaching Russian at Lucknow University, Uttar Pradesh, until 1958. He and his wife had realised that for Professor Guenther to really understand Sanskrit, Pali, and Tibetan, he needed a deeper understanding of the philosophical values hidden in the languages. Therefore they relocated to India, where he could engage in his research more thoroughly. While there he developed a close and lasting friendship with the Indian scholar Kailas Nath Kaul, known for his work as a horticulturalist, herbalist, agricultural scientist, botanist, and naturalist. Kailas Nath Kaul was the maternal uncle of Indira Gandhi, who would become India’s first and only female Prime Minister, and instilled in her a deep consciousness of environmental issues.

In Lucknow, Professor Guenther was able to visit Professor Surendranath Dasgupta on a daily basis, aiding him to complete his magnificent five-part work entitled A History of Indian Philosophy. Professor Dasgupta was half blind at the time, so Professor Guenther helped him to recite out aloud various Sanskrit texts, take notes, and aid him in any other way he could. He also aided Acharya Narendra Deo and Pandit Jaganath Upadhyay in authoring an insightful commentary to the great Buddhist master Vasubandhu’s Abhidharmakosha.

The great Buddhist master Vasubandhu, who wrote the seminal text Abhidharmakosha, dealing with the Buddhist view of wisdom

The great Buddhist master Vasubandhu, who wrote the seminal text Abhidharmakosha, dealing with the Buddhist view of wisdom. Click to enlarge.

Following this, he continued his extensive teaching career as the Head of the Department of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies at the Sanskrit University in Varanasi from 1958 to 1963. In 1964 he moved to teach at the International School of America. Professor Guenther especially loved the three-month summer vacations, a time when he and his family would get away from the scorching Indian heat by joining one of the many trading caravans that journeyed over the Rothang Pass from Manali to Lahul. His family would stay as the guests of the local ruler or at the Shashur Monastery, belonging to the Drukpa Kagyu tradition. There he was able to indulge himself in his passion, learning from scholars in the surrounding area or burying himself in texts in the library. He would often even meticulously copy the holy texts there by hand, which many years later he had made into microfilms.

While at the Sanskrit University, the government of India invited five learned Tibetan Buddhist masters there as research fellows, and around 30 younger Tibetan Buddhist scholars from Tibet were allowed to both study Sanskrit and assist with research there. This followed the exodus of Tibetans fleeing their homeland and seeking refuge in India. Working together with these monks, Professor Guenther was able to further his understanding even more.

Lucknow University, India, as it stands today

Lucknow University, India, as it stands today

Shashur Monastery in Lahul, India. Professor Guenther stayed at this monastery burying himself in various texts to learn more about the Tibetan language and Buddhism

Shashur Monastery in Lahul, India. Professor Guenther stayed at this monastery burying himself in various texts to learn more about the Tibetan language and Buddhism

Sanskrit University in Varanasi where Professor Guenther furthered his knowledge of Buddhism

Sanskrit University in Varanasi where Professor Guenther furthered his knowledge of Buddhism

 

Encounters with Buddhist Masters

Although Professor Guenther was already quite well versed in Buddhist philosophy, the time he spent in India brought his understanding and practice of the religion to new heights. It left an indelible mark on his mind, especially since he had the great fortune to study under some of the most renowned masters of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, especially from the Nyingma and Gelug lineages. These masters included:

Professor Guenther's importance in Buddhism's spread in the west, is just as foundational as works by other great scholars such as Alexandra David-Neel

Professor Guenther’s importance in Buddhism’s spread in the west, is just as foundational as other great scholars such as Alexandra David-Neel

It was through his vast learning and experience under such great masters, that Professor Guenther excelled at authoring books related to Buddhist philosophy and practice. These books added to other foundational works laid by earlier Buddhist explorers such as Walter Evans-Wentz, Alexandra David-Neel, and Ekai Kawaguchi. While extremely informative and practical, dealing with some of the most contemporary of issues surrounding Buddhist practice, there are those claim that his works are quite difficult to read due his use of highly specialised language. Those who support his works however, cite the fact that his background in European philosophy which over the centuries built up a rich vocabulary and conceptual systems, meant that any synthesis with eastern thought, would necessarily have been difficult, hence some of his works are dense and tough reading. That being said, the sheer breadth of his publications is evidence of his broad and encompassing understanding of Buddhist philosophy. He has authored over 30 books and 90 articles published in scholarly journals.

 

Later Life

In 1963, he relocated to Canada, where he became the Chairman of the Department of Far Eastern Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. It was there that he developed the reputation for being a strict but thought-provoking teacher. He would critique any work not based on original sources, and dismissed the ‘self-help’ industry, but was generous in sharing his knowledge with others. The relationships he forged with his students created strong life-long friendships, as they realised what he cherished the most was respecting intellectual accomplishments, even if they differed from his own views or were in other fields of study. He offered his students the correct advice they needed to succeed, either through encouragement or constructive criticism as needed.

“Guenther was a man of principle and integrity. He was not political nor would he succumb to any political persuasions. He was brilliant beyond recognition, forthright in his opinions, and knife-cutting with his honesty. He encouraged me on more than one occasion to speak with the same integrity as he spoke in presenting my own research. This was not always easy for me and on occasion I shied away from his encouragement, as I knew I did not have the same sources of his past experiences from which to draw upon, his intellectual acumen, nor did I have the mastery of the original languages from which to debate my arguments.”

– Jodi Reneé Lang, Ph.D. in Herbert Guenther, The Man

Before retiring, he was still a sought after lecturer, even acting as a visiting professor at the University of Toronto, Yale University, Harvard University, Toronto University, and at the Saybrook Institute in San Francisco. During his retirement, he continued his life’s work by writing more books and articles until his hospitalisation due to diabetes. In 1974, he travelled to Japan, just another country to add to his list of adventures. He not only continued to work, but taught Buddhist philosophy in both Canada and the United States, to both scholars and Buddhist practitioners alike.

 

Family Life

Professor Guenther married Dr. Ilse Rossrucker, a classics scholar, in 1944 while in Vienna, amidst the oppressive Nazi regime’s rule. The loving couple had two daughters, Edith Kimbell and Nora Szederkenyi. Instead of pushing his daughters to follow in his footsteps, he encouraged them to pursue whatever direction they wanted, whatever interests they had, without the slightest disappointment. The eldest daughter, Edith, who later moved to Stockton, California, once received a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship for her studies and graduated with a Master of Arts from the University of Saskatchewan, while his second daughter, Nora, studied music at Brandon University in Canada. Nora’s love for music was one that the whole family shared. As well as being a renowned linguist, Professor Guenther was also a flautist, and his wife, Ilse, played the piano. Nora herself plays the viola.

 

Death and Legacy

The great professor of Tibetan Buddhism, Herbert Guenther, passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 11, 2006, from complications caused by diabetes, following a three-month period of physical weakening brought on by old age. Shortly before passing away, he had expressed his happiness that his interest in Tibetan Buddhism would continue at Naropa College of Buddhist Studies, founded by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1974, as the college prepared itself to offer a BA Hons course in Buddhadharma Studies.

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Professor Guenther left behind a great legacy of published works, still studied today, as well as inspiring many of his students to fulfil their potential. Some of his most prominent works include Dawn of Tantra (1975) co-authored with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Buddhism in Western Perspective (1977), and Teachings of Padmasambhava (1996). His most famous translation works include the Jewel Ornament of Liberation by Gampopa (1959), The Life and Teachings of Naropa (1963) and Mind in Psychology: A Translation of Ye-she rGyal-mtshan’s “The Necklace of Clear Understanding” (1975). His last known work to have been published while he was alive was an article entitled The Homology of Emotionality and Rationality, based on the work of the famous Tibetan Buddhist poet Longchen Rabjampa.

Professor Herbert Guenther’s importance within the sphere of Tibetan Buddhist studies cannot be underestimated. Both his scholarly students and those practicing Buddhism have benefited from his treasure house of knowledge and learning. His unique ability to tackle contemporary issues through the ancient Buddhist perspective greatly influenced the lives of many, and will continue to do so even though he has passed away, for his words, intelligence, and warm-heartedness stand the test of time through his many published works.

 

Professor Guenther’s Buddhist Items

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Thangka of Mahakala Panjaranatha or Mahakala of the Tent. Click on picture to enlarge. Thangka of Buddha Shakyamuni. Click on picture to enlarge. Thangka of Lama Tsongkhapa. Click on picture to enlarge.
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Statue of Chenrezig. Click on picture to enlarge. Statue of Manjushri. Click on picture to enlarge. Statue of Green Tara. Click on picture to enlarge
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Small altar to White Tara. Click on picture to enlarge. Small altar to Buddha Shakyamuni. Click on picture to enlarge.

 

Selected Publications

HerbertGuentherCreativeVision HerbertGuentherTantricViewofLife HerbertGuentherTheLifeandTeachingofNaropa
The Creative Vision (download PDF) The Tantric View of Life (download PDF) The Life and Teaching of Naropa
(download PDF)
HerbertGuentherTheTeachingsofPadmasambhava HerbertGuentherTibetanBuddhisminWesternPerspective HerbertGuentherTibetanBuddhismWithoutMystification
The Teachings of Padmasambhava (download PDF) Tibetan Buddhism in Western Perspective (download PDF) Tibetan Buddhism Without Mistification (download PDF)

The texts above were sourced from legitimate book-hosting services offering these texts for free download. They are made available here for purely educational, non-commercial purposes.

 

Books by Professor Herbert Guenther

Book cover

Book title

HerbertGuentherTantricBib-01 Tantric View of Life, (Chowkhamba Sanskrit Series Office, 1952)
HerbertGuentherTantricBib-02 The Jewel Ornament of Liberation, (Shambhala Publications., Inc., 1986)
HerbertGuentherTantricBib-03 The Royal Song of Saraha: a Study in The History of Buddhist Thought, (Shambhala Publications Inc., 1973)
HerbertGuentherTantricBib-04 Kindly Bent to Ease Us, Part 1: Mind, (Dharma Publishing, 1975)
HerbertGuentherTantricBib-05 Kindly Bent to Ease Us, Part 2: Meditation, (Dharma Publishing, 1976)
HerbertGuentherTantricBib-06 Kindly Bent to Ease Us, Part 3: Wonderment, (Dharma Publishing, 1976)
HerbertGuentherTantricBib-07 Tibetan Buddhism In Western Perspective, (Dharma Publishing, 1986)
HerbertGuentherTantricBib-08 The Life and Teachings of Naropa, (Oxford: Clerendon Press, 1963)
HerbertGuentherTantricBib-09 Tibetan Buddhism without Mystification: The Buddhist Way from Original Tibetan Sources, (Brill, 1976)
HerbertGuentherTantricBib-10 Buddhist Philosophy in Theory and Practice, (Penguin, 1971)
HerbertGuentherTantricBib-11 The Dawn of Tantra, with Chogyam Trungpa, (Shambhala Publications., Inc., 1975)
HerbertGuentherTantricBib-12 Philosophy and Psychology in the Abhidharma, (Motilal Banarsidass Publishers, 1974)
HerbertGuentherTantricBib-13 Mind In Buddhist Psychology: The Necklace of Clear Understanding by Yeshe Gyaltsen, (Dharma Publishing, 1975)
HerbertGuentherTantricBib-14 Looking Deeper: A Swan’s Questions and Answers, (Timeless Books, 1983)
HerbertGuentherTantricBib-15 Matrix of Mystery: Scientific and Humanistic Aspects of rDzog-chen Thought, (Shambhala Publications Inc., 1984)
HerbertGuentherTantricBib-16 Creative Vision: The Symbolic Recreation of the World According to the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition of Tantric Visualization Otherwise Known as The Developing Phase, (Lotsawa, 1987)
HerbertGuentherTantricBib-17 From Reductionism to Creativity: rDzogs-chen and the New Sciences of Mind, (Shambhala Publications Inc., 1989)
HerbertGuentherTantricBib-18 Meditation Differently: Phenomenological-psychological Aspects of Tibetan Buddhist (Mahāmudrā and sNying-thig) Practices from Original Tibetan Sources, (Matilal Banarsidass, 1992)
HerbertGuentherTantricBib-19 Ecstatic Spontaneity: Saraha’s Three Cycles of Doha, (Asian Humanities Press, 1993)
HerbertGuentherTantricBib-20 The Teachings of Padmasambhava, (Brill, 1996)
HerbertGuentherTantricBib-21 Wholeness Lost and Wholeness Regained, (State University of New York Press, 1994)

 
Sources:

  • http://herbertguenther.com/
  • http://www.interdependentscience.com/resources/guenther.html
  • https://shop.dharmapublishing.com/collections/books-great-masters/herbert-guenther
  • http://www.rigpawiki.org/index.php?title=Herbert_V._Guenther
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbert_V._G%C3%BCnther

 
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  1. Moon Chan on Jun 9, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    Professor Herbert Guenther was so adept in languages. This also lead him to be a translators and benefits so much for people. As a translator, his competent knowledge is very inspires me and remind me still have a lot of growing and learning and work to do.

  2. kay on Aug 1, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    Professor Herbert Guenther show his languages talent since young. He was great in Buddhist philosophy. He was generous in sharing his knowledge with others even if they differed from his own views or were in other fields of study. His scholars and practitioners have benefited from his treasure-house of knowledge. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this great article.

  3. Abby Foo on Sep 25, 2018 at 7:33 am

    He is such a inspirational person and show high discipline in learning is the key to succeed. His ability to master different languages and using it to spread Buddhism teachings brings so much benefits. His life was used to the fullest by doing so and this is something I am looking forward to. To pass on the Buddhist wisdom, teachings and knowledge, the world definitely needs more people like Professor Herbert Guenther. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Niral Patel for sharing this article.

  4. wan wai meng on Aug 13, 2017 at 12:29 am

    It is so true that Professor Gunther is a humanist and he did it so, by unearthing and bringing to light buddha’s teachings that were stored in languages that were not commonly used in the world at that time.

    He is no ordinary person to have the passion and tenacity to master many languages. I wonder if he could have been a reincarnation of a buddhist scholar or translators as he was so adept in languages and quick to pick up languages as well.

    I have had the good fortune to read his book on the Life And Teaching of Naropa also, which was given to me by Rinpoche. I am grateful to Rinpoche to have the access to such a dharma text about the life of Naropa one of the greatest buddhist saints.

  5. Choong on Aug 6, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for introducing us to this precious geshe/lotsawa and his works. I have downloaded his book “The Life and Teaching of Naropa” and begun browsing.

    I can see that with his mastery of the ancient and modern languages; total immersion in the study of philosophy and existentialism; his receiving direct teachings from various traditions in “Tibetan” Buddhism (including collaboration with precious jewel the 11th Trungpa Rinpoche), and combined with his unclouded lense as professor and academic, he is endowed with and has produced extremely powerful and comprehensive explanations of the practice of tantra.

    Though leaning towards a more modern professorial style of explanation, I do like his ability to jump back-and-forth between the likes of Buddha Je Tsongkhapa and western-style philosophical thoughts to explain the theoretical foundations of the practices. I also like the fact that he cannot be labelled as Nyingma or Kagyu or Gelug, as it should be in Dharma. He is Professor Guenther.

    I look forward to delving further into the book which I have downloaded.

    Once again I thank you Rinpoche with folded hands.

  6. Datuk May on Aug 3, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    In one of the verses of my prayer book it is stated that one should aspire, in the pursuit of Dharma, to be able to comprehend and master many languages both of Gods and Man. As such Professor Herbert Guenther was blessed with imprints of his previous lives in order to be able to master so many languages.

    Professor Guenther’s skill in languages was also well used to leave a legacy of books to help many people who aspire to learn the Dharma.

    It is awesome to be so gifted and in his life to have used his talents to benefit many.

    It also through his knowledge of the Dharma of compassion and loving kindness that Professor Guenther was not drawn to the Nazi ideology which prevailed during his time in history, although some of his teachers were. Amazing grace.

    As a Buddhist, I am grateful for Professor’s contribution to Tibetan Buddhism and I shall definitely acquire some of his book for my study.

  7. Samfoonheei on Aug 1, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Herbert Guenther was a German Buddhist philosopher, a pioneer in the field of Tibetan studies.He was one of the first translators of the Vajrayana and Dzogchen teachings into English.As a child, he was fascinated from a very early age by the Asian cultures and interest in Buddhism.He was a genius studied Sinhalese, Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, English, German, Russian, and Hindi.Fantastic not easy to master at one go.But he did it somhow.His work is well known for being difficult to read.
    Amazing his published works have been translated into numerous languages and has inspired many of his students.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting and inspiring post of a great philosopher.

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    Thursday, Nov 24. 2022 03:32 PM
    Wow… living a house with waterfall, greens, forests, clean air is everyone wish. Waterfalls are wonders of nature that humans have adored since ancient times. The sight, sound, and feel of waterfall have a positive impart on our mind. The beauty of waterfalls everywhere has been immense sources of inspiration for many such as thinkers, writers, philosophers, travel lovers and so forth. Sitting beside a waterfall and listening to the sound of waterfalls makes us happy.
    Well truly a masterpiece by Frank Lloyd Wright in terms of architecture and this designed Fallingwater has been called the best all-time work of American architecture. He believed in designing in harmony with humanity and the environment, and he truly appreciate their abundant beauty. Great work Frank Lloyd Wright.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/fallingwater-house-at-pennsylvania.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Nov 24. 2022 03:30 PM
    HuffPost is an American liberal news portal, with localized and international editions. Well this portal offers news, blogs, and also covers politics, business, entertainment, environment etc . It cannot be wrong when mentioned about the Dorje Shugden controversy. It is a practice that the greatest Gelugpa and Sakya masters have hailed as all-important, and they have preserved and passed the lineage from one generation to another for 400 years. HuffPost’s professionalism and integrity says all. Those articles on the Shugden controversy is truly a testament.
    The H H 14th Dalai Lama, Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, has for decades travelled the globe with a message of peace, love and compassion. Yet these Dorje Shugden controversy happened due to some having their own agenda. Shugden practitioners have been relying on Dorje Shugdn for more than 350 years. Why now??? It had cause more sufferings, misunderstanding , families divided and so on. May all this be over soon for the sake of Tibetans . Interesting read……hopefully more people will read this blog to understand the situation better.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/huffington-post-three-times-as-many-buddhists-as-communists-in-china-dalai-lamas-tibet-wish-may-require-rapprochement-with-former-adversaries.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Nov 16. 2022 03:52 PM
    History is full of weird events that no one can explain , well that’s a fact. We are fortunate historians of the past have documented many of them for us to understand. Yet many unexplained mysteries remain unexplained even to this day. For some reason, we as humans tend to concentrate on the mysterious things more than the undeniable facts. World’s greatest unsolved mysteries always interest me. Mysteries of any topic is truly interesting to read the story. Death is a mystery to all of us, and so is reincarnation. When science cannot explain something it is often referred to as a belief. There are many mysterious stories in the world now where people claim to be reincarnated and they remember their past life. One such intriguing story was of Shanti Devi recalling her past life in modern times. Shanti Devi’s story is amazing at the age of four years old, she began telling her parents specific details about her old life.
    Interesting and weird mysterious stories in this blog, some of them are truly spooky.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/10-creepy-mysteries-you-havent-heard-of.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Nov 16. 2022 03:50 PM
    Even though it a old post yet reading it had me feeling sorry for such cute doggie. Due to some mortgage problems the owners left Sue the doggie without someone to look after. Sue was lucky somehow someone from Shelter Friend adopted her. Thank you to those who made it happen
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/dog-in-danger-please-help-sue.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Nov 16. 2022 03:48 PM
    nteresting read …..after reading this blog had me realised animals do reincarnate after all. Animals can become human again and vice versa after death. Just like humans, animals reincarnate as part of our soul family groups. This means the animals in our life now, have very likely been in our life before, as an animal. The true life story of a Thai boy with a snake past life tells all . The Thai boy Dalawong as a wonder spirit recognizes the cobra’s attacker is a very good life evidence of the existence of reincarnation.
    Reading the topic of telepathy had me understand slightly better . According to researchers, telepathy is a non-verbal way to communicate with others. With telepathy, people communicate entirely in the mind without saying anything. Interesting. Do hope I could telepathy with my doggie.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting blog.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/do-animals-reincarnate-back-as-humans.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Nov 14. 2022 03:59 PM
    Thanks for sharing all this creative special thoughts for readers to share with everyone . Simple thoughts yet easy understandable , meaningful tells us a thousand words of reality. Many will surly benefits it , reading those thoughts. Everyone has the right to practice his or her own religion, or rather no religion at all. Everyone should be supportive of religious freedom because religion is uniquely valuable to society. No one should ever suffer, be humiliated, assaulted, be segregated all because of their faith.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow again with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/very-special-thoughts-to-share.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Nov 14. 2022 03:56 PM
    As the sun rose over the ancient town, Dharmakaya Ceitiya, Thailand, a sea of saffron and maroon-robed monks assembled in an area the size of a football field. Could not have imagined 30,000 ordained as monks in one go that’s rejoicing. Thailand is the Land of Dharma where the Buddhism has been established since thousands years ago. Buddha Dharma teachings have been infiltrated in the daily life of Thai people. The Thai Buddhist cultures are unique and beautiful and their country are known as “the Land of Smile”. Theravada Buddhism is the official religion of Thailand and plays a key role in many aspects of Thai culture. For many Thai people, Buddhism is considered a philosophy for how to live one’s life and numerous Buddhist principles. Buddhism is a key component to the identities of many Thais. Many beautiful Buddhist temples and golden statues could be a common sights all over. Thai Buddhism has influenced society for a long time that has contributed to Thai people being generally known as kind, and compassionate.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing. Looking at those rare pictures tells all…..simple amazing able to see it.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/30000-people-ordained-as-monks.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Nov 14. 2022 03:53 PM
    To live in the mountains was always Tsem Rinpoche’s dream. A quiet place called home with greenery surrounding. Mountains are the beginning and end of all natural scenery.The mountains give us time to take a moment to be in awe of the natural beauty of the world. It’s wonderful for everyone dream to those who love escaping the rush and pollution of modern life and altering our perspective. The mountains are an extraordinary environment of biological diversity, cultural diversity and linguistic diversity. But its exception for Rinpoche as in this blog somewhere in Thailand Rinpoche was there. Living on raft house surrounding by water watching sunrise and sunset . A beautiful , calm, solitude, quiet environment indeed. I would love these environment as well as mother nature is intoxicating.
    Rinpoche somehow founded an extraordinary environment of biological diversity, cultural diversity and linguistic diversity. A place call home to many of us that’s Kechara Forest retreat at Bentong. A unique examples of beauty, peace, austerity, spirituality, eco-yoga and creativity. A must visit to those who loves mother nature.
    Thank you Rinpoche .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/an-exception.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Nov 11. 2022 03:19 PM
    Reading these inspiring quotes again to refresh myself of the Buddha teachings. If we understand, it will change our life in long run. Change is never painful, only resistance to change ourselves is painful. By refusing to accept this change, we make it worse because we’re fighting against it, against the flow of life. One moment can change a day, one day can change a life. We should be open to change and embrace changes. By accepting the fact that nothing in the universe is permanent . We learn and practice makes improvement in our life and be thankful always.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/25-quotes-from-buddha-that-will-change-your-life.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Nov 11. 2022 03:16 PM
    PURE DEMOCRACY is democracy in which the power is exercised directly by the people rather than through representatives. Its much different in this case. Reading this article and all comments tells us a clear pictures what had actually happened in this Dorje Shugden controversy. In democratic countries, the government does not interfere with religion.People have the freedom to practise any religion they want. Dorje Shugden’s practice has been around for 400 years and it will continue as practitioners could see and understand the benefits of relying on the practice. Everyone of us should given the freedom of religious belief. Peace and harmony can only be maintain through understanding and interaction or maybe a dialogue between parties involved . I am sure Dorje Shugden practitioners and everyone in the communities can live in harmony. Be to fair the right to freedom of belief , interviews on both sides instead just listening one sided. No one should ever suffer, be segregated, assaulted, hurt, degraded, hated and biased for their religious beliefs. Once for all these controversy should be solved for the sake of peace and harmony. Thanks Justin Whitaker for speaking up and standing up for what you believe in for readers to have a better understanding rather then reading what Reuters had published.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/reuters-investigation-on-dorje-shugden-inaccurate.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Nov 8. 2022 01:09 PM
    Its sad how those Dorje Shugden practitioners had suffered and life is tough for them. Could’nt imagine not allow to enter premises such as hospitals for treatment, schools for education , securing a government job and so forth. Our very own Kecharian had even denied hotel rooms just because we practice it. This controversy had been going on for too long , hopefully it will dissolve soon with H h Dalai Lama saying we can practice it . All can live happily, no discrimination, with peace and harmony then. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David. Of course a hand of applauds to those kecharian who have been working hard to collect all the evidence of the ban against Dorje Shugden.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/why-cant-the-dalai-lama-bind-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Nov 8. 2022 01:04 PM
    A beneficial practice to do in our daily Sadhana which I truly love it. I have been doing this Kawang practice daily without miss. It helps to clear our obstacles and purify our karma with the correct visualization. By purifying our karmas as our merits increase as well. When done consistently, kawang practice will remove obstacles that threaten our Dharma practice. It also create conducive conditions both externally as material necessities and physical health, and internally within our mind. Amazing benefits indeed one should not miss. All thanks to Rinpoche to be here in Malaysia.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for sharing this post for readers to know better.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/kawang-a-dorje-shugden-confessional-practice.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Nov 8. 2022 01:01 PM
    A précised sharing by Rinpoche regarding the banning of the practice of the enlightened Protector Dorje Shugden by Tibetan Leadership. Reading and watching those videos will explain all about the ban controversy. Many highly attained Lamas had for the last 400 years, has been relying on Dorje Shugden. But as claim by the Tibetan leadership the practice of the enlightened Protector Dorje Shugden is evil spirit and a minor practice. They claimed that whoever practice Dorje Shugden will to the three lower realms. All these were not true just an excuse to worry their community into giving up the Dorje Shugden practice. There were many incarnations of Lamas coming back again and again. Yet the Tibetan leadership keeps recognizing the reincarnations of lamas who engaged in the practice of Dorje Shugden. They said those Masters would take rebirth in the three lower realms. Not logic at all. As in this article one could read more prominent Dorje Shugden practitioners of the last 400 years are back again. Interesting read one should not miss.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/dorje-shugden-people-do-not-go-to-the-three-lower-realms.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Nov 8. 2022 12:59 PM
    We are not alone after-all. Spirits or unseen beings is everywhere. There are many different types of spirits around us, unseen to the naked eyes. A majority of people are believers in the existence of some kind of spiritual being. I do believe they do exist. Experiencing their existing in our sleep is scary some sort what happened to Pastor David. Many of us usually experience of feeling like we being touched or feeling pressure on their chest. It’s like something or someone is holding them down. Interesting read this paranormal experienced by Pastor David.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Li Kim for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/tsem-paranormal-tv/david-lai.html

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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
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#Throwback 23/7/2022. Our weekly DS puja attendees. All of us were getting ready to invite Buddhas to come forth, joining and blessing us during DS puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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Celebrated Wesak Day 2022 in Penang, with a group of fun, committed, helpful and also devoted friends & family. Kechara Penang Study Group 15/5/2022 ~by Jacinta
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Vesak Day 2022 - Bird liberation. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
All attendees are paying homage to Rinpoche and Buddhas before the start of our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. Outwardly, it seems that Dorje Shugden helps practitioners overcoming their obstacles and problems but ultimately Dorje Shugden’s supreme purpose is to help practitioners on their path to Enlightenment. Do join in our weekly DS puja, every Saturday @3 pm at Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. ~by Jacinta
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All attendees are paying homage to Rinpoche and Buddhas before the start of our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. Outwardly, it seems that Dorje Shugden helps practitioners overcoming their obstacles and problems but ultimately Dorje Shugden’s supreme purpose is to help practitioners on their path to Enlightenment. Do join in our weekly DS puja, every Saturday @3 pm at Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. ~by Jacinta
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After inviting Dorje Shugden Wangze, Pastor Seng Piow teaches us how to use ritual objects and the full set of prayer accompanying it. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
With great happiness, merits and excitement that Penang Group have invited Buddha Wangzey to Penang chapel, complete with full rituals and prayer. 30th April 2022 Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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With great happiness, merits and excitement that Penang Group have invited Buddha Wangzey to Penang chapel, complete with full rituals and prayer. 30th April 2022 Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Come and get your blessing from Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden in Penang @ Jalan Seang Tek ~ by Jacinta.
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Come and get your blessing from Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden in Penang @ Jalan Seang Tek ~ by Jacinta.
Special thanks to one of our dedicated Penang group members, Choong for superb tormas. Swift Return Puja @ every Saturday, 3pm. Do contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
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Special thanks to one of our dedicated Penang group members, Choong for superb tormas. Swift Return Puja @ every Saturday, 3pm. Do contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ by Jacinta
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Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ by Jacinta
The members of Kechara Penang Study Group are offering serkym to Dorje Shugden and His entourage. There's puja every Saturday @ 3 pm at Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek. All are welcome. ~by Jacinta
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The members of Kechara Penang Study Group are offering serkym to Dorje Shugden and His entourage. There's puja every Saturday @ 3 pm at Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek. All are welcome. ~by Jacinta
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We are in the third week of Ramadan this year, and kind volunteers have never failed to feed people in need since Tengku Zatashah started this meaningful #zerofoodwastage initiative in 2016. The aim is to benefit the underprivileged with nice surplus food collected from Ramadan buffets. Every night during the month of Ramadan, volunteers collect surplus cooked food from hotels and distribute it to charity homes and low-income families. THANK YOU, Tengku, dedicated volunteers and hotel partners, for making this Ramadan special for the underprivileged. #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment - KSK @ Vivian
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We were chanting Migsetma mantra at the time this picture was taken. Thanks to all our Penang members who are very committed to attend Swift Return puja weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group, every Saturday @ 3pm. ~by Jacinta
William, who is our leader/ Umze is cleaning the pantry and Gordon offered up 4 carton of packet drinks today. We cannot thank you enough for all kind hearted who sponsored various offerings weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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William, who is our leader/ Umze is cleaning the pantry and Gordon offered up 4 carton of packet drinks today. We cannot thank you enough for all kind hearted who sponsored various offerings weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Dedicated sisters, Sharyn and Swee Bee. They always make sure our puja offerings, especially fruits are arranged nicely. Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
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Dedicated sisters, Sharyn and Swee Bee. They always make sure our puja offerings, especially fruits are arranged nicely. Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
Committed and hardworking Kechara Penang members, Mr. Tang and Mr. Huey. Really appreciate having you both at our weekly puja . Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
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Committed and hardworking Kechara Penang members, Mr. Tang and Mr. Huey. Really appreciate having you both at our weekly puja . Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
KSK medic personnel have been tending to the needs of the clients every week. Their consistent kindness helps improve the medical welfare of those without a home. Thank you for serving and making them your priority on your weekends. #medicteam #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
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KSK medic personnel have been tending to the needs of the clients every week. Their consistent kindness helps improve the medical welfare of those without a home. Thank you for serving and making them your priority on your weekends. #medicteam #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
In the midst of chaos, let's start healing. We have Dorje Shugden Puja every Saturday @ 3 pm. Contact William for more info. Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ by Jacinta.
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In the midst of chaos, let's start healing. We have Dorje Shugden Puja every Saturday @ 3 pm. Contact William for more info. Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ by Jacinta.
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After Dorje Shugden puja @Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek, members went to a nearby vegetarian shop for gathering. #CNY2022 #HappyReunion by Jacinta.
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After Dorje Shugden puja @Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek, members went to a nearby vegetarian shop for gathering. #CNY2022 #HappyReunion by Jacinta.
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