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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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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    A revelational read about the ugly politics of Potala. Contrary to the general belief of the untouchable holy status of the Dalai Lamas; they were frail and disposable, especially during their younger years. Based on records, it seemed that during those centuries, it was obvious that if the Dalai Lamas succumbed to the control of the upper few like the Regent and the serf lords, he would live long and prosper. If he had a mind of his own or had ideas to reform, then he would be eliminated. Imagine, if the holiest of the holy had not to exchange his free will for survivor and acceptance by the upper few, leave alone the life of others and the commoners. Thank you for this article.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/power-struggle-at-dalai-lamas-potala-palace-tibet.html#comments
  • Yee Yin
    Saturday, Sep 21. 2019 04:55 PM
    Anger can cause many problems to us. It is scary to know sometimes we don’t even feel we are an angry person. We wonder why people are walking away from us, the truth is no one wants to be near us because we are angersome, people cannot get along well with us.

    We have to always observe our mind, don’t let our anger eats us up. We are always kind to people we love but we cannot give the same kindness to people who are not related to us or who we don’t like. In order to cultivate kindness, we have to learn to be kind to everyone, regardless if they are kind to us or related to us.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/do-you-want-to-hear-the-truth.html
  • nicholas
    Saturday, Sep 21. 2019 04:16 PM
    Buddhist teachings arrived in the country known today as Indonesia in the 2nd Century CE. Buddhism is the second oldest religion after Hinduism in this region. For the most part, Hinduism and Buddhism co-existed peacefully in Indonesia. Before their arrival, the people in this region believed in animism, the belief in the supernatural power of Mother Nature. They regarded trees and stones as sacred objects and used these for worship to connect with their higher power.

    The Buddhist influence was first introduced by the traders and missionaries from Eastern India who travelled to this region via the ancient maritime Silk Road or Silk Route, a route that spanned from China to the Mediteranian Sea and was central to trading and cultural interaction. Over the centuries, for 2,000 years, the traders and missionaries who travelled along the Silk Road played a strategic role in the dissemination of religious beliefs across Eurasia. The traders often built shrines and temples of their own faith during their travels in order to worship their own gods.

    Read more about Buddhism in Indonesia at http://bit.ly/2m5Lb3y
  • nicholas
    Saturday, Sep 21. 2019 04:09 PM
    One of the many fascinating and historical festivals in Malaysia is the Nine Emperor Gods Festival. This festival takes place from the first to ninth day of the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar.

    Throughout this nine-day festival, adherents observe a strict vegetarian diet, meditate, study scriptures, interact with fellow vegetarians, and make donations to the temples to show their devotion to the gods. During this festival, many hawkers and vendors set up stalls around the town to sell food and prayer supplies. Many devotees also take this opportunity to donate to various rituals and ceremonies in order to maintain luck, to dispel bad luck, and to show appreciation for the good luck they received in the previous year.

    Read more about Nine Emperor Gods Festival at http://bit.ly/2kLJ05c
  • nicholas
    Saturday, Sep 21. 2019 04:03 PM
    Among the many countries around the world, Sri Lanka is known for its rich Buddhist culture and heritage. It is where the the ancient city of Polonnaruwa is located, a place where kings ruled Sri Lanka’s central plains more than 1,000 years ago. It was a thriving commercial and religious city from the 11th to the 13th centuries, and the ancient city has many precious relics and Buddha statues.

    A scene in ‘Save a Prayer’ music video
    A scene in ‘Save a Prayer’ music video

    The ancient city of Polonnaruwa has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO as it is one of the best planned archaeological relic sites in Sri Lanka, a reputable testimony to the greatness of its first rulers. In 1982, Duran Duran filmed their ‘Save a Prayer’ music video amongst the beautiful scenery there.

    Read more athttp://bit.ly/2kLIGDw
  • nicholas
    Saturday, Sep 21. 2019 04:02 PM
    Brief Garden is a hidden paradise in Kalawila Village, located approximately 10 km (6.2 mi) from the resort town of Bentota in Sri Lanka. The garden and the house on the estate was the residence of the famous architect and landscape designer, Bevis William Frederick Bawa (Bevis Bawa) (1909 – 1992). Bevis Bawa was also a military officer by profession, and he served as the personal secretary (Aide-de-camp) to four Governors of Ceylon (the present day Sri Lanka) during the British colonial era.

    Brief Garden is a delight for those who love nature. When visitors walk into the garden, they will be able to enjoy the jungle feel of the garden and its unique sculptures. The house on the estate is cosy and comfortable. Bevis Bawa built the premise with care and the intention to make it his retirement home.

    Read more at http://bit.ly/2kLIGDw
  • nicholas
    Saturday, Sep 21. 2019 04:01 PM
    Brief Garden is a hidden paradise in Kalawila Village, located approximately 10 km (6.2 mi) from the resort town of Bentota in Sri Lanka. The garden and the house on the estate was the residence of the famous architect and landscape designer, Bevis William Frederick Bawa (Bevis Bawa) (1909 – 1992). Bevis Bawa was also a military officer by profession, and he served as the personal secretary (Aide-de-camp) to four Governors of Ceylon (the present day Sri Lanka) during the British colonial era.

    Brief Garden is a delight for those who love nature. When visitors walk into the garden, they will be able to enjoy the jungle feel of the garden and its unique sculptures. The house on the estate is cosy and comfortable. Bevis Bawa built the premise with care and the intention to make it his retirement home.

    Read more at bit.ly/2mtatsM
  • nicholas
    Saturday, Sep 21. 2019 03:34 PM
    Malaysian weddings are diverse, unique and colourful affairs, as is to be expected in a country that is a melting pot of cultures and faiths. Generally speaking, wedding customs in Malaysia are determined based on the couple’s race, religion or both. As a large percentage of Malaysians are Malays, and given that Malaysia’s constitution provides that all Malays are to be Muslims, Malay weddings are typically steeped in Malay traditions and solemnised according to the tenets of Islam.

    Read more http://bit.ly/2mt9FnK
  • Yee Yin
    Saturday, Sep 21. 2019 11:14 AM
    How we feel should not be affected by what others say about us. Everyone has a different expectation and perception of things. Their comments on us are purely based on their perception, it may be true and it may not be true.

    Our motivation might be misunderstood, but it should not matter. At the end of the day, we create our own karma. If we react to negative comments with negative emotion and behaviours, we are the one who lose out. We should always remember what the 8 verses of mind transformation say, give the victory to others.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/a-thought-2.html
  • S.Prathap
    Friday, Sep 20. 2019 05:00 PM
    Hokkaido such a wonderful place to visit and good place to worth the money spent.It is famous for the volcanoes,natural hot spring and snow fields that dot its spot.Hokkaido is well known for its variety of fresh seafood and agriculture .

    Yearly millions of people local as well abroad visited Hokkaido because of its beauty Thank you very much for the amazing article about beautiful Hokkaido.

    Read more : https://bit.ly/2kmLB58
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Sep 20. 2019 04:55 PM
    Each person has a dream house that continues to remain on his mind as long as he lives. Places we spend our life is very significant because our moods are affected by the design and the location., if we live in a place close to the serenity of nature, our minds, bodies and spirits will be filled with positive energies.

    I believe my dream house should have the characteristics that represent my spiritual world and personality with its location as well as its inner and outer design. For that, the location of my dream house is very important and the surroundings and the position of a house should be carefully considered. I’ve always been fascinated by rivers and the sound of the birds in the mornings.

    I think this will lead us to a healthier all around because of healthy food intake, will inspires us have good home cook food, more active lifestyle and being able to do outdoor activities and sports.

    The loved the wonderful article and had a good imagination of my dream house. Thank you for the sharing Tsem Rinpoche.
  • nicholas
    Friday, Sep 20. 2019 03:52 PM
    Christianity has long associated animal-headed divinities with pagan religions. Consequently, these divinities are denounced and declared as anti-Christ or as manifestations of the devil. Certain Christians quote passages of the Bible that refer to God’s displeasure at the worship of a bull-headed pagan god to validate their viewpoint. However, if one were to delve deeper into the Bible and Christian theological doctrine, one would actually discover saints and angels with animal faces as well.

    An example of a divine being with an animal face in Christianity is St. Christopher. A “saint”, also known as a “hallow” which is an older term, refers to a Christian with an exceptional degree of holiness that is often described to be closest in likeness to God. This term also retains its original meaning, which is that the saint is a believer ‘in Christ’ and is a receptacle in which Christ abides, whether here on earth or up in heaven.

    Read more at http://bit.ly/2lXrlHY
  • nicholas
    Friday, Sep 20. 2019 03:36 PM
    Venerable Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche is the Founder and creator of the Copper Mountain Mandala, Odiyan Retreat Center. A celebration of the human potential that belongs to us all, a home for the Dharma in the West, the traditional temples and libraries of Odiyan restore and preserve the ancient symbols, rare sacred texts and art that connect the heart and mind to the Path of Awakening.

    Founded in 1975, the Odiyan property consists of about a thousand acres of ridges and meadows located 1,400 feet above the Pacific Ocean. To heal the land, which had been overgrazed and scarred by logging, over 270,000 trees have been planted, and through the years, the splendor of the environment has been restored. One hundred and eight land stupas mark out a pilgrimage route, sanctifying every acre. The beauty of the natural world has an intrinsic sacred dimension and forms an integral part of the mandala as a living aesthetic creation.

    Read more about the Odiyan Retreat Center at http://bit.ly/2kUFYeS
  • nicholas
    Friday, Sep 20. 2019 03:35 PM
    A documentary portrays the journey of the Gbermani, a hulk or boat on the Congo River, providing one of the only means of travel between Kinshasa, the capital, to Kisangani, the third largest city. The documentary was produced by Tony Comiti as part of the Impossible Routes series for France 5 TV. Read more about the documentary http://bit.ly/2morDrn

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Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
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Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
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Sacred Vajra Yogini
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Sacred Vajra Yogini
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Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
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In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
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There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
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Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden\'s grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
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Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche 

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We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
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    She’s going to spend her whole life here without being able to move correctly. Like a machine. They are the slaves of the people and are viewed as a product. It’s immoral. Billions of terrestrial animals die annually. Billions. You can’t even imagine it. And all that because people don’t want to give up meat, even though there are so many alternatives. ~ Gabriel Azimov
  • Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
    5 months ago
    This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
  • Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
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    Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
  • This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
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    Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
  • These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
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    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
    6 months ago
    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
    6 months ago
    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
  • Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
    6 months ago
    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
  • Beautiful
    6 months ago
    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
  • My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
    6 months ago
    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
    6 months ago
    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
    7 months ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    8 months ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    9 months ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    9 months ago
    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
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    9 months ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    9 months ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
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    9 months ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    9 months ago
    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.
    9 months 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.
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    2 yearss 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.
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    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    2 yearss ago
    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
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    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
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    2 yearss ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    2 yearss 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.
    2 yearss ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    2 yearss ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
    2 yearss ago
    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
  • Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
    2 yearss 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
    2 yearss 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.
    2 yearss 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!!
    2 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    2 yearss 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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