Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun

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A statue of Mahapajapati Gotami at Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, US

A statue of Mahapajapati Gotami at Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, US

Mahapajapati Gotami was one of the most important disciples of Buddha Shakyamuni as she was the first ever female to be ordained by Buddha Shakyamuni and the founding member of the nuns’ monastic order (bhikkhuni Sangha). She was also the aunt and stepmother of Buddha Shakyamuni.

Mahapajapati and Queen Maya (who was the birth mother of Buddha Shakyamuni) were sisters of a Sakyan royal family in Devadaha, in the Himalayan region. When Mahapajapati Gotami was born, it was prophesied that she would become a leader of many people when she grew up.

Three of Mahapajapati Gotami’s previous lives were very significant in creating the cause which led her to become the founding member of the nuns’ monastic order.

  • She was born in Hamsavati during the time of Buddha Padumuttara. She witnessed Buddha Padumuttara appointing a nun to a principal position and made the aspiration to achieve the same.
  • In one of Mahapajapati Gotami’s previous lives, she was born a slave near Deer Park in Vaishali (Sarnath, Varanasi). One day, five pratyekabuddhas came to ask the laypersons to help them prepare for the Rain Retreat, including building the retreat huts. All the rich people refused to help. Even though poor, Mahapajapati Gotami led the other 500 female slaves to provide what the five pratyekabuddhas needed. It was also this good deed that bound the 500 female slaves karmically together with Mahapajapati Gotami. In their future lives, these 500 female slaves followed Mahapajapati Gotami in requesting Buddha Shakyamuni to allow them ordination into the monastic order.
  • Once, Mahapajapati Gotami was born as a weaver’s wife near Varanasi prior to Buddha Shakyamuni’s time. When the rich people refused to make offerings to the 500 pratyekabuddhas, she took the lead and organised the offerings to be made to them.

 

Buddha Shakyamuni & Mahapajapati Gotami

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Buddha Shakyamuni was born to Queen Maya approximately 2600 years ago. Queen Maya was married to King Suddhodana in the neighbouring region of Kapilavastu. After 25 years of marriage, she still could not bear an heir to King Suddhodana. As a result, Queen Maya’s younger sister Mahapajapati Gotami was arranged to marry King Suddhodana in the hope that she could bear a child as the successor to the King. Miraculously, after Mahapajapati Gotami was married to King Suddhodana, both sisters were pregnant at the same time. According to the Indian tradition, Queen Maya had to return to her parents’ house to deliver the baby. While on her journey back to her parents’ house, Queen Maya stopped by a beautiful garden, it was here that Queen Maya gave birth to Buddha Shakyamuni, supported by a sala tree.

After Buddha Shakyamuni was born, he immediately took seven steps, and with each step that he made, a beautiful lotus flower rose out under his feet. The newborn baby was named Siddhartha, meaning he who accomplishes his aim. Sadly, seven days after Queen Maya gave birth to Prince Siddhartha, she passed away.

Soon after the birth of Prince Siddhartha, Mahapajapati Gotami gave birth to her son Nanda. After Queen Maya’s death, Mahapajapati Gotami took the responsibility to raise Prince Siddhartha as if he was her child while Nanda was given to a wet nurse.

 

Mahapajapati Gotami’s Request to be Ordained as a Nun

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After Prince Siddhartha had attained enlightenment and became the Buddha (one who is awakened), he went back to the palace to give Dharma teachings to his parents when he found out that his father, King Suddhodana was ill. After seeing how Buddha Shakyamuni had transformed, the king and the queen became the students of Buddha Shakyamuni. Seven days later, King Suddhodana attained Arhatship and passed away. Not only did the parents of Buddha Shakyamuni become his students, his stepbrother Nanda and his son Rahula also became his students and followed his footsteps into the monastic life.

Once, there was a water dispute between the Sakyans and the Koliyans as to the right to take water from the river Rohini, now called Rowai River. Buddha Shakyamuni was very compassionate to resolve the dispute. Immediately, 500 men renounced and joined the monastic life. Seeing this, Mahapajapati Gotami together with the 500 wives of the men who had joined the monastic life, quickly asked Buddha Shakyamuni for the first time to be ordained as Sangha members. However, Buddha Shakyamuni did not agree and went back to Vaishali.

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Even though rejected, the very determined Mahapajapati Gotami did not give up. She led her 500 female followers to the barber and had their heads shaved. Putting on yellow robes, they followed Buddha Shakyamuni to Vaishali on foot, to request for ordination again. When all of them arrived in Vaishali, their feet were wounded, and their bodies were dusty and tears were streaming down their faces. Mahapajapati Gotami and her 500 followers again requested Buddha Shakyamuni for ordination. Unfortunately, the request was again rejected again.

Buddha Shakyamuni’s close disciple and cousin, Ananda saw the determination of Mahapajapati Gotami and the other 500 women, and so he went and talked to Buddha Shakyamuni again on their behalf. Ananda asked Buddha Shakyamuni if women were capable of gaining realisation in spiritual practice, which the Buddha answered yes. Ananda then went on to propose to Buddha Shakyamuni that women should also be given the opportunity and right to be ordained as Sangha members. This time, Buddha Shakyamuni agreed, under the condition that Mahapajapati Gotami has to accept the Eight Garudhammas. With her acceptance, Buddha Sakyamuni gave ordination to Mahapajapati Gotami and her 500 followers, and thus, the first female monastic order was established. The kind Licchavi Kings built a monastery for Mahapajapati Gotami and the 500 nuns as a place for their practice.

 

The Passing of Mahapajapati Gotami

The statue of Mahapajapati Gotami in at Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, US

The statue of Mahapajapati Gotami at Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, US

After Buddha Shakyamuni gave Mahapajapati Gotami full ordination, she was given a meditation instruction by the Buddha and not long after, she attained Arhatship. The 500 female followers of Mahapajapati Gotami who were ordained at the same time as her also achieved Arhatship at the end of the discourse to Nandaka. When Mahapajapati Gotami was 120 years old, she decided it was time for her to enter Nirvana, and the 500 nuns also shared the same wish. At this moment, the earth trembled violently, there were thunderstorms, and the guardian spirits of the bhikkhunis monastery were wailing sadly.

Mahapajapati Gotami (click to enlarge)

Mahapajapati Gotami went on to ask for permission from Buddha Shakyamuni and his close disciples, Rahula, Ananda, and Nanda to enter Nirvana. Before granting Mahapajapati Gotami her wish to enter Nirvana, Buddha Shakyamuni requested Mahapajapati Gotami to show her supernatural power to those who had doubts in women’s ability to attain realisations and enlightenment. Mahapajapati Gotami then exhibited many instances of supernatural power, including becoming many from one and many becoming one; disappearing and appearing again; passing through a wall or mountain. She also made six suns arise simultaneously, releasing intense heat in the atmosphere. After this, Mahapajapati Gotami and the 500 nuns were given the permission and blessings to enter Nirvana by Buddha Shakyamuni. Buddha Shakyamuni then walked Mahapajapati Gotami off until the gate of the monastery where Mahapajapati Gotami paid homage to Buddha Shakyamuni by kissing his feet for the last time.

Mahapajapati Gotami and the 500 nuns then returned to their monastery and prepared to enter Nirvana. Upon hearing that Mahapajapati Gotami and the 500 nuns were preparing to enter Nirvana, many male and female laypersons came to pay their last respect to them. After sending all of them home, Mahapajapati Gotami and the 500 nuns went into meditation and finally entered Nirvana. As soon as this happened, the earth shook, meteors and celestial flowers were seen falling from the sky, thunders rumbled, and divine beings wailed for the loss of the Noble Ones.

A statue of Mahapajapati Gotami (click to enlarge)

After the passing of Mahapajapati Gotami and the 500 nuns, Ananda was sent to inform the monks. When the funeral took place, men, devas, nagas, asuras, and Brahmas led the procession, followed by the golden hearses of the 500 nuns borne by devas and the hearse of Mahapajapati Gotami whose hearse was borne by the Four Great Deva Kings. The last in the procession was the Sangha and Buddha Shakyamuni. The journey from the monastery to the funeral ground was covered with canopies. There were pennants and flowers strewn on the ground, all kinds of music, singing and dancing were performed to celebrate the departure of the Noble Ones. At the same time, celestial lotus flowers were coming down from the sky, and the air was filled with a fragrant scent. The sun, moon and the stars were all visible to the people. The sun’s ray was cool even at noon. Relics were found after the cremation of Mahapajapati, and the Licchavi Kings built a stupa to house the relics. Ever since then, Mahapajapati Gotami was regarded and respected as the founder of the nun monastic order.

 

Bhikkhuni Ordination: Single vs Dual Ordination

Mural showing Ven. Ananda requesting the Buddha to allow women’s ordination.

Mural showing Ven. Ananda requesting the Buddha to allow women’s ordination.

In the beginning, bhikkhunis received Upasamapada or ordination from the Buddha directly and then from the bhikkhu Sangha only.

The ordination by the bhikkhu Sangha is also known as Single Ordination. It continued for some time until there was a case of a candidate who was to be ordained as a bhikkhuni, but was shy and could not answer the series of questions that were posted to her by the bhikkhu. The questions were private, and she was too embarrassed to provide answers to the male bhikkhu.

Buddha then suggested that the bhikkhuni Sangha come in and ask the questions and it became part of the ordination process according to Pali text. The bhikkhuni Sangha alone will give the ordination, and the bhikkhus will confirm and complete the process. This was the beginning of what is called the Dual Ordination.

 

The Spread of Buddhism and the Bhikkhuni Sangha

How bhikkhuni lineage spreads to other countries.

During the time of King Asoka (304-232 BC), Buddhism was well established in India. It was from India that Buddhism proliferated to northern Asia in the form of Mahayana Buddhism and to the south in the form of Theravada Buddhism.

King Asoka sent his daughter, Arahanta bhikkhuni Sanghamitta, to Sri Lanka upon the request of the King of Sri Lanka to establish the bhikkhuni Sangha there. When bhikkhuni Sanghamitta went to Sri Lanka in 245 BCE, she brought along a cutting from the Bodhi Tree where Prince Siddhartha attained enlightenment after meditating under it. The Bodhi Tree cutting was carried in a golden vase to Sri Lanka. From Sri Lanka, the lineage of bhikkhuni Sangha spread to Asia and the whole world.

Arahanta bhikkhuni Sanghamitta arriving in Sri Lanka.

Arahanta bhikkhuni Sanghamitta arriving in Sri Lanka.

 

How Bhikkhuni Sangha Spread to China

After the bhikkhuni Sangha was established in Sri Lanka, Bhikkhuni Devasara, a Sri Lankan nun, took a cutting from the Sri Lankan Bodhi tree that was originally grown from a cutting of the Indian Bodhi tree and travelled to China by boat in 429 CE. She went with a group of bhikkhunis to establish a bhikkhuni Sangha lineage there.

At that time, there was already a group of nuns in China who had been ordained by the bhikkhu Sangha alone in a Single Ordination. However, they wanted to be re-ordained with a Dual Ordination, which required bhikkhuni Sangha to be present. It was also the proper way that was in line with Buddha’s vision. Hence, the Chinese nuns requested the Sri Lankan bhikkhunis if they were willing to go back to Sri Lanka to bring more bhikkhunis in order to fulfil the number of bhikkhunis required in a Dual Ordination ceremony.

Four years later, the Sri Lankan bhikkhunis returned to China and gave higher ordination to more than 300 Chinese nuns at the Nan Lin Southern Forest Monastery in Nanjing. China’s bhikkhuni lineage survived to this day and eventually transmitted to Taiwan, Korea, and Vietnam.

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The Disappearance of the bhikkhuni Sangha in India and Sri Lanka

With the occupation of the Anuradhapura Kingdom by the Cholian Empire in 1017 CE, the bhikkhu and bhikkhuni order disappeared and no longer existed in the country. After King Vijayabahu drove away the invaders, he invited monks from Burma to revive the lineage. However, since there were no nuns in Burma, Siam, Cambodia, or Laos the lineage of bhikkhuni Sangha was considered not restorable.

 

Mahayana Tradition of the Bhikkhuni Sangha

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The Mahayana tradition holds the only surviving bhikkhuni Sangha as fully ordained female monastics and can be found mainly in countries such as China, Korea, Vietnam, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. The lineage came from Sri Lanka and has been preserved to this day.

This surviving lineage plays a vital role in reviving the bhikkhuni lineage in the Theravada tradition today, as nuns from the Mahayana tradition are the ones who give ordination to the Theravada nuns of today.

 

Theravada Tradition of the Bhikkhuni Sangha

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Since the disappearance of bhikkhuni Sangha from the Theravada tradition during the 11th to 13th centuries, the leadership of the Theravada bhikkhu Sangha in Burma and Thailand deem fully ordained bhikkhunis to be impossible because there are no existing bhikkhuni to ordain new bhikkhunis.

Without ordination available to them, women who are in the Theravada tradition resort to taking limited vows and living as renunciants. They observe 8 to 10 precepts and do not follow the same codes as the bhikkhunis. However, they do receive popular recognition. Usually, the renunciants will wear white or pink robes, indicating that they are not fully ordained. They are known as dasa sil mata in Sri Lankan Buddhism, thilashin in Burmese Buddhism, maechi in Thai Buddhism, and siladharas in Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in England.

 

Conclusion

Buddha Shakyamuni and disciples

Buddha Shakyamuni and disciples

Buddhism is about spiritual practice. It is about cultivating good qualities, about transforming our mind so we can realise our true nature. Since it is a spiritual practice, it has gone beyond gender as the mind has no gender. Even though physically there are male and female bodies, but this should not pose as a restriction to our capability to practice the Dharma and gain realisations.

When Buddha Shakyamuni gave full ordination to Mahapajapti Gotami, he had also said that women have the same capability to achieve enlightenment, just like men. Looking at how Mahapajapati Gotami and the 500 nuns practised sincerely and attained Arhatship, it is proven that women do have the same capability as men to gain attainment.

 

More images of Mahapajapati Gotami

Mahapajapati Gotami with Prince Gautama. (click to enlarge)

Mahapajapati Gotami with Prince Gautama. (click to enlarge)

Mahapajapati Gotami with Prince Gautama. (click to enlarge)

Mahapajapati Gotami with Prince Gautama. (click to enlarge)

Side view of the Mahapajapati Gotami statue by Lorraine Capparell. (click to enlarge)

Side view of the Mahapajapati Gotami statue by Lorraine Capparell. (click to enlarge)

Back view of the Mahapajapati Gotami statue by Lorraine Capparell. (click to enlarge)

Back view of the Mahapajapati Gotami statue by Lorraine Capparell. (click to enlarge)

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  1. Pastor Albert on Jul 15, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    What determination Mahapajapati Gotami has to become a nun, Buddha rejected her twice but she never give up, leading 500 female followers and walk until their feet wounded, even though after rejected, but she never give up, leading 500 followers shaving their head and change to yellow robe.

    I learned this before, becoming a monk is started from our mind and not when we wear on the robe, if we are not mentally ordained, even after we wear the robe, we are still not ordained because we cannot let go our attachments and desire yet, but if we have prepared mentally, if we are ready to be ordained, even without wearing the robe, we will already act like a ordained person.

    Mahapajapati Gotami is really inspiring, she continue to persist and even prepared herself before Buddha even ordained her to be a nun.

  2. Freon on Jun 22, 2019 at 11:47 am

    This article touches me a lot that to know how hard that Mahapajapati Gotami have to request to be ordained as a nun and yet, she do not give up. As a queen, she have no ego mind, but, sincerely wanted to become a nun.

    It is sad to know nun ordination can’t be restored in certain countries and yet these countries are the original place those nun lineage started.

  3. Sarah on Jun 21, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    The Buddha agreed to the establishment of the Order for Nuns, but only on eight conditions:
    1. A Bhikshuni even if she was in the order for 100 years must respect a Bhikshu even of a day’s standing.
    2. A Bhikshuni should reside within 6 hours of traveling distance to and from the monastery where Bhikshus reside for advice.
    3. On Observance days, a Bhikshuni should consult the Bhikshus.
    4. A Bhikshuni should spend the Rains Retreat under the orders of Bhikshus and Bhikshunis.
    5. A Bhikshuni should observe the manattna discipline from both the orders.
    6. A Bhikshuni should on two years obtain the higher ordination (Upasampatha) by both orders.
    7. A Bhikshuni cannot scold a Bhikshu.
    8. A Bhikshuni cannot advise a Bhikshu rather it should be the other way round.

    It was reported that when Mahaprajapati learned about the conditions, she accepted them wholeheartedly. She followed the Buddha’s instructions and was diligent in her practice. Not long afterwards she attained arhatship. Her 500 companions also became arhats upon listening to the discourse called Nandakovada Sutra by the Buddha. The Licchavi kings built a residence for her and her followers at Vaishali.

  4. yin ping on Jun 21, 2019 at 4:21 am

    Buddhist monks and nuns play an important role preserving the dharma taught by Buddha Shakyamuni. The Buddha taught that our life is full of obstacles and sufferings because this is the nature of samsara. Monks and nuns renounced from secular life, put in great amount of energy and devotion to learn the dharma and practise the dharma. They carry a deep responsibility to become a suitable vessel holding the lineage and pass on to the next generations. Because of their devotion, dedication and efforts pursuing the way of the Buddha, the dharma and monastic traditions are still alive today. Regardless of gender and background, anyone who practice the dharma and offer mind transformation to their qualified Guru, they can gain enlightenment.

  5. Sarah on Jun 20, 2019 at 10:55 am

    I’ve always been inspired by Mahaprajapati Gotami’s story on how she succeeded in becoming a nun in spite of the odds against her at the time. She was the Buddha’s aunt and after Queen Mahamaya passed away, she brought up Prince Siddhartha like her own son.
    After his enlightenment the Buddha went back to Kapilavastu to preach the Dharma. When Queen Mahaprajapati went to pay homage to the Buddha, she attained the first stage of realisation. She wished to devote herself to the spiritual life and asked the Buddha to allow her to become a Bhikshuni (Bhikkhuni in Pali). Her request was rejected 3 times.
    At the Mahavana in Vaishali, Ananda approached the Buddha on her behalf and asked whether women were capable of attaining the 4 levels of realisation. The Buddha said that they would. When Ananda pleaded that Mahaprajapati had raised him like her own son and she had come all the way on foot, the Buddha relented. Thus, 5 years after he formed the Order of Monks (Bhikshu), the Buddha formed the Order of Nuns (Bhikshuni). The first Bhikshunis were the Buddha’s step mother, Mahaprajapati, and 500 ladies from his father’s court.
    It is said that the Buddha was the first to give women their rightful place in a society which treated the birth of a girl as an inauspicious event.

  6. Samfoonheei on Jun 15, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    Inspiring story of Mahapajapati Gotami who initiated the tradition of female monastic. She was known to be the first woman to seek ordination for women. It was not easy for her to become the ordained women since it wasn’t practiced and the women were not in the equal position as men. She goes against the odds and was fortunate that she received ordination directly from the Buddha and became the first female bhikkhuni of our time. Story of Mahapajapati Gotami ,has proven that women gain attainment same as men.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring story.

  7. Chris on Jun 11, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us this inspiring story of Mahapajapati Gotami who initiated the tradition of female monastic. She is the stepmother of Prince Gautama who enjoyed the life of royalty. Her life would be very comfortable due to her status but she is willing to renunciate from all of those luxuries of life to be ordained as a nun.

    Her will to be ordained is so strong that even after Buddha Shakyamuni had denied her request, she went and shaved her head and wore robes just to prove to the Buddha that she is very serious and adamant about her decision to be ordained.

    In the end, Buddha Shakyamuni agreed to ordained her and hence the linage of female monastic started because of Mahapajapti Gotami. Because of her, the lineage of female monastic flourished around the world and many females were able to pursue their spiritual life as an ordained nun.

  8. Yee Yin on Jun 10, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    Mahapajapati Gotami is very inspiring for female. She was born in a very wealthy family and had a very comfortable life prior to becoming a nun. However, she was able to renounce the comfort she had enjoyed and choose to live a simple life.

    People in the old time had more merits and less negative karma to perceive the truth. They could gain realisation very quickly. People in modern time are very deluded by negative karma, good things are being perceived as bad things. Therefore, real Dharma practitioners are getting lesser these days.

    In order to clear our obstacles and negative karma so we can perceive the truth and completely renounce, we need to do the protector practice. Dorje Shugden is the most effective protector practice in our time. He is an emanation of Buddha Manjushri. Therefore, it is very safe to propitiate Dorje Shugden. Many high lamas in Gelug lineage rely on him for their Dharma practice.

  9. Tsa Tsa Ong on Jun 9, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    A very inspiring story of Mahapajapati Gotami was one of the most important disciples of Buddha Shakyamuni as she was the first ever female to be ordained by Buddha Shakyamuni and the founding member of the nuns’ monastic order (bhikkhuni Sangha). She was also the aunt and stepmother of Buddha Shakyamuni. Mahapajapati Gotami’s many virtuous deeds in her previous lives were the cause which led her to become the founding member of the nuns’ monastic order. Thank you very much Rinpoche and blog team for such an enjoyable and inspirational story. 😘🙏👍👏🌈💛

    • Karenc on Jul 26, 2019 at 3:48 am

      Gotami’s courage, persistency and her far sight is unusual. She is the icon motherhood, selfless. Her persistency in joining monastic life shows her level of renunciation. Understanding the ancient culture of men is above the women, women is always the least priority, in fact Gotami led 500 other women to seek approval from the Buddha to be ordained as nun. Rejections from the Buddha doesn’t discourage her but in fact inspired her more. Being born in a rich family, Gotami was not bound by the easy life but instead she initiated the tradition of female monastic life. At her time, to be shaved and not care about the gossip of her being a woman is quote rare yet she went through all hardships and got what she deserved. Inspiring

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  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 29. 2020 02:17 PM
    Beautiful Buddhist temple of a million bottles, in Khun Han district of Sisaket province, Thailand. Amazing this temple was built with over 1.5 million empty green Heineken bottles and Chang beer bottles. It took them 2 years to collect the bottles which began in 1984 and built the main temple. Well it is a testament to a community coming and work together to reduce pollution in their area. Now this temple is Thailand’s most eco-friendly temple. Looking at those pictures tell a thousands words. All the green Heineken and brown domestic Chang and Singha beer bottles are aligned into the concrete walls and spired roof of the structure. One could see colourful bottles along the railings of the walkways leading to the temple grounds. Very unique structures indeed. Have not been there this temple yet but wish someday i could see for myself the beauty of it.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this unique construction of this temple to save the environment, Eco friendly and green.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/beer-bottle-temple-in-thailand.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 29. 2020 02:13 PM
    Wesak day is to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and passing away of Buddha. Its celebrated by Buddhist world wide and is the most important Buddhist festival of the year. Reading this post , more people will get to understand more of how its celebrated in other parts of the world. Different countries have different ways to mark the birth of Buddha like bathing the Buddha Statue , having prayers, mass alms offering and so forth.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/wesak-day-worldwide.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 29. 2020 02:12 PM
    The Buddha Statue of Hyderabad is the world’s tallest monolith of Gautama Buddha in the world. The statue situated at the famous Lumbini Park in the Hussain Sagar Island in Hyderabad. To reach there one needs to travel by boat and had attracted thousands of tourist yearly . Known as the “Rock of Gibraltar”, by many. Lovely pictures shared. Famous sculptor and Indian architect Ganapathi Sthapathi was the man behind this iconic monolithic statue of Gautama. To bless the surroundings and the people who see it from far and near. It is so beautiful , merely looking at this huge Buddha statue is a blessing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/buddha-statue-of-hyderabad.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Feb 28. 2020 03:52 PM
    Inspiring ……. Sikkimese Lama who played an important part in Tibetan Buddhism. Kazi Dawa Samdup a former school headmaster was best known as one of the first translators of important works of Tibetan Buddhism . Translating Tibetan texts into the English language and was a pioneer central to the transmission of Buddhism in the West. During his lifetime, he had acted as the interpreter to well-known people due to his proficiency in the English and Tibetan languages. He did served kings, lamas, politicians, and explorers as well. His translation of Tibetan Buddhist texts have been reprinted a number of times and even translated into many languages. Although he passed away many years ago yet his legacy continues to live on.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring sharing of a GREAT Lama.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/people/kazi-dawa-samdup-the-pioneer-translator-of-tibetan-buddhist-texts.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Feb 28. 2020 03:50 PM
    When any object is huge, naturally it will huge in the power in every situation, and will make a difference . Hundreds of millions of people practice Buddhism worldwide, so it won’t be surprise that some of the largest and most impressive huge statues to any faith are found throughout Asia and across the globe. Having all these huge objects are actually manifestations of compassion to assist us in the accumulation of merit and the purification of negative karma.Merely by seeing huge statues or grotto will plant the seeds of enlightenment in the visitors their mind.
    Now 500 mantra stones engraved with Dorje Shugden’s sacred mantra have been placed at the grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat. Through the kindness of our Lama HE the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, we have place a place called home to many. Rinpoche has conceived of this area where the huge grotto with Dorje Shugde ‘s sacred mantra stones be placed to benefit all sentient beings. With Rinpoche ‘s explanation we need to purify our negative karma to suit our current karma-bound situation. We could do candles and incense offerings and even circumambulate around the 500 mantra stones as well. Interesting teachings for us to understand better.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing all the profound teachings and explanations of purification .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/bigger-and-more-buddha-statues-makes-a-difference.html
  • S.Prathap
    Friday, Feb 28. 2020 03:25 PM
    What an amazing discovery by a Indonesian man who has a dream of a bluish-red dragon diving into a old well at Brahu Temple, sub-district of East Java Province.. It then lead him to the discovery of a White Tara statue , coins, and golden stones dated back in 1293-1500 CE.

    It goes to show that the power of the long gone enlightened ones are still alive and we are not abandoned.Thank you for this interesting post and sharing with us the legends and profound teachings about Tara .


    https://bit.ly/388xi7g
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Feb 28. 2020 01:26 PM
    Thank you for the great information about acupuncture. Knowing this popular Chinese healing therapy using needles into a person body to relief pain and make a person feel better. A effective and powerful way for some who prefer traditional medication. I had learned that this treatment is believed to create energy balances and to remove negative blockages from the body.

    I do have friends who often visit an acupuncturist for their muscle aches and pains. I have seen improvements in their health conditions. To me, I always support traditional medications and I do believe that this treatment had cured many chronic illnesses.

    Thanks for the sharing, hope this article will help to clear thoughts for some who is seeking to visit one.
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Feb 27. 2020 03:50 PM
    In general jealousy seems to be bad for any relationships. It’s a feeling of resentment against someone, feeling of insecurity and conflict. It’s human nature. It’s natural to feel jealous from time to time. Well it becomes problematic when we act out in jealousy. Everything happen for a reason, some people have been doing well , wealthy and some do not , all these are our past karma. We should not feel jealous but rejoice for them. We should try self-confidence letting go the situation. Jealousy can be harmful as it will hijack our mind, ruin our relationships, destroy our family, and some extreme cases such stealing or killing as well . At times jealousy becomes lethal, as do domestic fights, and ends up killing others or themselves.
    To avoid jealousy we should accept and begin to appreciate who and what we are. Always rejoice to others and take them as an inspiration example. We should think less about ourselves, and more about others. Learning Dharma , practicing Dharma and putting into action , our jealousy will disappear. It’s the best choice.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/question-on-jealousy.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Feb 27. 2020 03:48 PM
    What a wonderful way going on a holy pilgrimage, and serving a Great Lama. Khensur Rinpoche who is a good friend of our Lama for 27 years. Rinpoche had known Khensur Rinpoche since Rinpoche time in India. Khensur Rinpoche had spent his whole life living in the monastic community teaching. Kensur Rinpoche had established Shar Gaden Monastery where the practice of Dorje Shugden and lineage is protected and preserved.
    Looking at all the pictures tells us a thousand words, how the team lead by Su Ming and team serving a Great Lama Khensur Rinpoche and Gen Wangyal. Such as taking them to see the doctor for medical check-up having all the necessary tests done, to see the dentist as well as checking their eyes and so forth . Well done Su Ming and team.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing which will inspire us to go all the up serving monks.
    In a way to show , gratitude to them how we appreciate their present .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/whats-a-meaningful-pilgrimage.html
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Feb 27. 2020 02:44 PM
    Great and clear explanation for us to understand as well as to increase our knowledge of why bigger and more Buddha statues makes a difference in our lives. Big statues have been always been regarded as big blessings for the area around it and also the sentient beings that live around that area.

    In Kechara Forest Retreat have many holy outdoor statue to create cause for people come to pilgrimage, embucirculate around the statue will help those have heavy body karma.Thank you very much for this article.


    https://bit.ly/386stv0

  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Feb 26. 2020 03:48 PM
    Many countries around the world have looking and working with China. They realised being friendly with China is a wise choice for the benefits for the growth of their country. China has become world largest economy country. For Tibet befriending China in long term will benefits both countries. Time had changed with Tibet having workshops with the Chinese is a good sign improving their relationship after all these years . People have their right and freedom to choose what they practice. Practicing Dorje Shugden is nothing to do with China. Every one of us have the right and freedom to choose what we want to practice. HH Dalai Lama is looking forward to return to Tibet one day. It only can be happen if the Tibetan leadership, letting go of the past and have more dialogues and meetings with the Chinese government in future. And solving all the political problems and lifting Dorje Shugden’s ban once for all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this great news.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-importance-of-tibet-befriending-china-nepali.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Feb 26. 2020 03:45 PM
    It is heart breaking, reading this article again, what Pastor Jean Ai had gone through and experience. Yet with strong determination all those abuses and attack by people whom she do not know, she did continue with her practice. Could not imagine how ungrateful the Tibetan Leadership treated the sponsor. Without the funds, sponsorship, monasteries and Dharma institutions would not able to survive for sure. Kechara organisation, and many others kind sponsors had sponsored millions to the Tibetan Buddhist monasteries of India. Not only that sponsoring of monk robes, books , statues , painting and jewelleries to name a few. Even changing the flooring of the monastery as well. Can imagine those sponsors go all the way to send them all those stuffs. And have raised so much sponsorship for them and had donated yearly in fact or when they asked for. And now none of them are allowed to go to the monasteries any more . All because they had practised Dorje Shugden’s practice. Countless other lamas and Shugden practitioners had raised funds for the monasteries too and they too were not allowed to have connection with. Sad ….there is no religious freedom at all. By now after decades , I do hope the Tibetan Leadership will lift the ban on Dorje Shugden for a better peaceful communities. May more read this post for a better understanding of what happening in the Tibetan Leadership and those in exile living in India.
    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for speaking up for the Tibetan people and for those Dorje Shugden practitioners .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/how-tibetan-leadership-treats-a-sponsor-jindak.html
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Feb 26. 2020 03:21 PM
    Different people have different reasons for wanting to become ordained. Sometimes I do wonder if unless the reasons are right, one should not get ordained but on the other hand I think maybe one should take the leap of faith even if the reasons are not entire “correct”.

    Modern people becoming ordained is tougher than in Buddha’s time, there are much inner and outer battle they need to overcome. May those who have the thought arise to be ordained, have more determination to make it happen. Thank you very much,for sharing this mind-changing article with all of us.

    https://bit.ly/2TeCHnH
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Feb 25. 2020 04:55 PM
    With their expertise a radiant energy scientist, a sound healer, an energy healer and a music composer, coming together to explore knowledge of cold energy . Li Kim and team going to haunted houses to experiment the energy. The haunted house they went looks scary. Joining them is also a Taoist master, finally concluded the presence of supernatural beings, as their findings found that the energy are dark and cold. As the unseen beings do no harm, they decided to do Taoist prayers and combined healing of sound, energy before leaving the area. I do believe those unseen beings do exist. Glad to learn that sound can heal the environment and souls. . Sound wonderful .
    Thank you, Li Kim and team for this sharing.this knowledge.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/ghosts-and-hauntings/the-sound-of-light.html
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Feb 25. 2020 04:32 PM
    It is not surprised that many huge Buddha statues were built in many parts of the world both of a religious and secular nature.The bigger the Buddha statues will definitely beneficial to the surrounding area with positive energies, calming the area of wars and natural disasters .

    In Malaysia we have huge statue of Lord Murugan of Batu Caves and Kuan Yin Statue at Kek Lok Si in Penang.Thank you very much for the wonderful sharing with beautiful pictures of World Largest Statues.

    https://bit.ly/2uxPmtO

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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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Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
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Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
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Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
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Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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Beautiful red lanterns around Vajrayogini Stupa at Kechara Forest Retreat. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Beautiful red lanterns around Vajrayogini Stupa at Kechara Forest Retreat. shared by Pastor Antoinette
Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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The rain may have doused the fires but the embers of pain still linger in our hearts. Sending Australia our love & prayers. Let's continue to #PrayForAustralia. ❤️ shared by Pastor Antoinette
Auspicious red decorations at Tsongkhapa shrine. Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Auspicious red decorations at Tsongkhapa shrine. Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong. shared by Pastor Antoinette
Gong Xi Fa Cai! Here's to new beginnings and better endings with this Year of the Metal Rat! shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Gong Xi Fa Cai! Here's to new beginnings and better endings with this Year of the Metal Rat! shared by Pastor Antoinette
Throwback KSDS Graduation - All kids were so excited with to perform. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback KSDS Graduation - All kids were so excited with to perform. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback WOAH camp 2016 - DIY soap. So interesting. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback WOAH camp 2016 - DIY soap. So interesting. Lin Mun KSDS
Children learning the method to make water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children learning the method to make water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
Monthly animal liberation in Kechara House. KSDS have opportunity to participate in the meritorious activity every mth. Lin Mun KSDS
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Monthly animal liberation in Kechara House. KSDS have opportunity to participate in the meritorious activity every mth. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback Kids camp 2019 - Wonderful volunteers. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback Kids camp 2019 - Wonderful volunteers. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback Kids camp 2019 - The nature of KFR is expressed on this drawing. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback Kids camp 2019 - The nature of KFR is expressed on this drawing. Lin Mun KSDS
Special thanks to Hue, one of our dedicated members in Kechara Penang Study Group. Thanks for helping out during our bird liberation. ~Jacinta
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Special thanks to Hue, one of our dedicated members in Kechara Penang Study Group. Thanks for helping out during our bird liberation. ~Jacinta
Animal Liberation is one of the great ways to show empathy, kindness and compassion to kids. Start them early! ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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Animal Liberation is one of the great ways to show empathy, kindness and compassion to kids. Start them early! ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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