Pilgrimage to Sarnath, Varanasi

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The Deer Park at Sarnath, seat of Buddha’s first teachings

The Deer Park at Sarnath, seat of Buddha’s first teachings

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Significance to Buddhist

Sarnath is considered a sacred place to the Buddhists for being the place where Gautama Buddha first taught seven weeks after achieving enlightenment in the 6th century BC. This first teaching is known in Sanskrit as Dharmacakrapravartana Sutra, Turning the Wheel of Dharma Sutra. The main topic is the Four Noble Truth, the Eight-Fold Path and teachings associated with it.

After Buddha gave his sermon at the Deer park in Sarnath, his five former companions of his earlier ascetic days were liberated upon hearing the teachings and as a result, they became arhats. That was to be the beginning of the Sangha, the community of the enlightened ones.

Buddha giving sermon to his five former companions at Deer Park, Sarnath

Buddha giving sermon to his five former companions at Deer Park, Sarnath

It was said that the Buddha mentioned Sarnath as one of the four places of pilgrimage to which his future disciples should visit, if they so wish to commemorate the Buddha’s life and teachings.

It was here at Sarnath that the Buddha subsequently spent his first rainy retreat at the site of the Mulagandhakuti monastery. The Sangha community had grown quite considerably by then and Buddha sent them out in all directions to travel and teach the Dharma. They have all achieved nirvana or are liberated from samsara and are thus called Arhats.

Sarnath is also significant for the journey the Buddha took that resulted in the abolishing of ferry tolls for all ascetics by King Bimbisāra. This came about after King Bimbisāra heard that Buddha flew across the river when he could not pay the ferryman as he didn’t have any money with him.

Other incidents that made Sarnath important are:

  • Yasa approached the Buddha at dawn one day in Sarnath and became the sixth arhat; he and his companions later joined the Buddha and his sangha thereby increasing the sangha number to 60.
  • The rule prohibiting the use of sandals made of talipot leaves was established here;
  • It was here too, that the Buddha, staying at Isipatana or Sarnath after arriving from Rājagaha, instituted rules forbidding the consumption of certain kinds of flesh, including human flesh;
  • Twice here, Māra came to disturb the Buddha but had to go away discomfited.
Golden Buddha statue on top of the casket with Buddha’s bones

Golden Buddha statue on top of the casket with Buddha’s bones

A Sri Lankan monk, Anagarika Dharmapala, built a temple, Mulagandha Kuti Vihara to house some of the bones of the Buddha which he collected and kept in a casket. On top of this casket is a beautiful image of the Buddha, made in stone, but covered with gold.

Today Sarnath is one of the four key sites on the Buddhist circuit (along with Bodhgaya, Kushinagar and Lumbini in Nepal and attracts followers from around the world, especially on Purnima or more commonly known as Wesak Purnima, when Buddha’s life, death and enlightenment are celebrated in one day, usually in the month of April or May.

 

Brief History

Sarnath in its history has been known by a number of names for example – Mrigadava, Migadaya, Rishipattana and Isipatana. In essence it conveys the same idea and Mrigadava translated literally means “deer-park”.

Isipatana is a name mentioned in Buddhist scriptures and carries the general meaning that it is a ‘place where holy men has landed’. The Pali word isi and its Sanskrit equivalent, rishi means ‘holy man’. This came about due to the story that it was given the name because sages flew through the air from the Himalayas and alight here or start from here on their aerial flight. Sages who are solitary realizers are said to spend seven days in contemplation in the Gandhamādana, bathe in the Anotatta Lake and come to the habitations of men through the air, in search of alms. They descend to earth at Isipatana. Sometimes these holy men with special powers and attainments would come to Isipatana from Nandamūlaka-pabbhāra.

It is also a legend that when Siddharta was about to be born, some devas came down to earth to proclaim this auspicious event to 500 rishis. The rishis all descended concurrently into the skies and disappeared but their relics fell to the ground.

Sarnath is derived from the Sanskrit term Sāranganātha, which means “Lord of the Deer”, and this relates to an old Buddhist Jataka story in which the Buddha took rebirth as a Bodhisattva deer and offers his life to the King of Benares in the place of a doe the latter is planning to kill. The king is so moved that he creates the park as a sanctuary for deers. This ancient park is active till this day.

The kings and wealthy merchants of ancient Sarnath and nearby Varanasi supported Buddhism and thus making it flourish here. Sarnath became an important centre for the arts by the 3rd century, Emperor Ashoka erected magnificent stupas and monasteries here, as well as an engraved pillar. The development of the place reached its zenith during the Gupta period (4th-6th century CE). When Xuanzang from China traveled to Sarnath in the 7th century, he found a 100m-high stupa, 30 monasteries and 3000 monks living in the area.

Sarnath during that period was a hive of activity for the Nikaya schools, also known as the Hinayana school of Buddhism. In particular it was a prominent location for Summatiya Buddhist teachings. Sarnath is also a place where there are strong traces of tantric practices seen from the presence of images of Heruka and Tara.

By the turn of the 12th century, Sarnath unfortunately became a site that lay in ruins after it was sacked and plundered by Turkish Muslims. The site was subsequently plundered for building materials and has remained in ruins until the present day. The site was entirely deserted until 1836, when the British archaeologists began excavations and restoration works.

 

Main Sacred Places

  1. The Dhamekh Stupa currently stands at a height of 43.6 m with a diameter of 28 m. It is housed within the Deer Park itself and was originally known as Dharma Chakra Stupa. The Dhamek Stupa was built on the very spot where the Buddha gave the first teaching to his five disciples after attaining enlightenment on the Four Noble Truths and Eightfold Paths. According to historians, Great Indian Emperor Ashoka of the Maurya Dynasty (268 – 232 BCE) embarked on a building spree, erecting several stupas that enshrined relics of Lord Buddha and his disciples across India in his pursuit to spread Buddhism. In 249 BCE, he commissioned the construction of Dhamekh Stupa in Sarnath was later re-constructed in 500 CE along with other structures around Sarnath.
The Dhamekh Stupa, one of the structures commissioned by King Ashoka

The Dhamekh Stupa, one of the structures commissioned by King Ashoka

 

  1. The Dharmarajika Stupa was another major stupa built by King Ashoka but only the foundations remains. The rest of the Dharmarajika Stupa was removed to Varanasi to be used as building materials in the 18h century. At that time, the Buddha’s relics were found in the Dharmarajika Stupa. Unfortunately, these relics were subsequently thrown in the Ganges river.

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  1. The Chaukhandi Stupa, dating back to the fifth century or earlier, commemorates the spot where the Buddha reunited with the five companions who had previously left him at Bodhgaya that later became his first disciples. Thought originally to have been built as a terraced temple, and in later years Govardhan, the son of a Raja, modified the stupa to its present shape by building the octagonal tower to commemorate the visit of Humayun, the powerful Mughal ruler. In recent years, it is undergoing restoration.
The Chaukhandi Stupa commemorates the spot where the Buddha met his first disciples

The Chaukhandi Stupa commemorates the spot where the Buddha met his first disciples

 

  1. Mulagandhakuti vihara’s ruins mark the place where the Buddha spent his first rainy season. The Mulagandhakuti Vihara of today was built as a monastery during the 1930s by the Sri Lankan Mahabodhi Society, which bestowed upon the building beautiful murals and wall paintings. Behind it is the Deer Park (where deer are still to be seen). This temple houses the casket of the bones of the Buddha in it with a Golden Buddha statue on top.
Mulagandhakuti vihara, houses the casket of the bones of the Buddha with a Golden Buddha statue on top

Mulagandhakuti vihara, houses the casket of the bones of the Buddha with a Golden Buddha statue on top

 

  1. The Ashoka Pillar erected here, originally surmounted by the “Lion Capital of Asoka” (presently on display at the Sarnath Museum), was broken during Turk invasions but the base still stands at the original location. Here, Anagarika Dharmapala once planted a cutting from the Bodhgaya bodhi tree which has since grown into a glorious tree that remains until this day.
The Ashoka Pillar erected by King Ashoka. It was originally surmounted by the "Lion Capital of Asoka" which is now in the Sarnath Museum

The Ashoka Pillar erected by King Ashoka. It was originally surmounted by the “Lion Capital of Asoka” which is now in the Sarnath Museum

Lion Capital (Ashokan Lion) in the Sarnath Archaeological Museum

Lion Capital (Ashokan Lion) in the Sarnath Archaeological Museum

 

  1. The Sarnath Archaeological Museum houses the famous Ashokan Lion Capital after it fell from the the top of the Ashokan Pillar but miraculously remained undamaged. There it sits amongst many other important pieces from the Gupta era, such as the famous Buddha in Dharmacakra pose. Today the Ashokan Lion is India national emblem and symbol.The famous Ashokan Lion Capital is also here, housed within the Sarnath Archaelogical Museum after it fell from the the top of the Ashokan Pillar but miraculously remained undamaged. There it sits amongst many other important pieces from the Gupta era, such as the famous Buddha in Dharmacakra pose. Today the Ashokan Lion is India national emblem and symbol.
The Sarnath Archaeological Museum houses the famous Ashokan Lion Capital and a very refined image of Buddha in Dharmachakra-posture

The Sarnath Archaeological Museum houses the famous Ashokan Lion Capital and a very refined image of Buddha in Dharmachakra-posture

 

Other Sacred Places

  1. Jain Temple
    Jainism originated evolved in India under the aegis of 24th Tirthankara Mahaveera, who lived in the 6th century BCE and gained enlightenment after 13 years of deprivation. Jainism is quite similar to Hinduism and Buddhism and pursues the cause of nonviolence and peace. Jainism flourished in India mostly in Uttar Pradesh, parts of Orissa and parts of Rajasthan. Jain Temple Sarnath is one of the most well revered and holy places in Sarnath.
  2. Burmese Temple
    Schwedagon Pagoda established in 1910, the Burmese Buddhist temple follows the Theravada Buddhist tradition. The unique architecture style of this Buddhist centre draws the attention of a large number of pilgrims who visit Sarnath. This temple is located on the west side of the Sarnath Deer Park and relics of previous Buddhas and the 8 strands of the Buddha’s hair was given to his two Burmese disciples are in the shrine, a golden slab was laid on the chamber and a golden stupa built over it. And in addition, on top of this holy structure was laid a silver stupa, a tin stupa, a copper stupa, a lead stupa, a marble stupa and finally an iron-brick stupa.
  3. Chinese Temple
    The Chinese Temple is near at around 5-10 mins walk to Dhamekh Stupa.
  4. Korean Temple Nokyawon
    The temple is located at Khajuhi and of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism.
  5. Wat Thai Sarnath Temple
    Located at Rishpattan Road near Sarnath Museum, this is a great place for meditation. The temple is well built and hosts a golden statue of Lord Buddha. On its grounds is the giant Buddha, the tallest standing Buddha in India. This statue took 14 years to complete. It was conceived after Taliban authorities in Afghanistan destroyed the Bamiyan Buddhist statues. Surrounded by lush green park, it’s a good tourist location as well. The temple opens from sunrise to sunset. Please leave your footwear outside the temple.
  6. Tibetan temple
    The Temple which was built in typical Tibetan design houses a state of the Buddha Shakyamuni and scattered around are magnificent fresco paintings and Tibetan thangkas.
  7. Japanese temple
    Located next to Vishwa Shasti Stupa, the original name of the Japanese temple is Nichigai Suzan Horinji Temple. The air of calmness inside the temple is to be experienced to be believed. The interior of the temple is serenely beautiful. There’s a huge wooden statue of the Buddha with an elaborate design on its head there in the reclining pose.
  8. The new Vidyadhara Tibetan Institute located to the rear of Deer Park is particularly attractive.
Walking Tour map of Sarnath. Click on image to enlarge.

Walking Tour map of Sarnath. Click on image to enlarge.

Jain Temple, Sarnath

Jain Temple, Sarnath

Migadawun Myanmar Temple in Sarnath near Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

Migadawun Myanmar Temple in Sarnath near Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

Chinese Temple, Sarnath

Chinese Temple, Sarnath

Korean Temple, Sarnath

Korean Temple, Sarnath

Wat Thai Sarnath

Wat Thai Sarnath

Giant standing Buddha on the grounds of Wat Thai Sarnath

Giant standing Buddha on the grounds of Wat Thai Sarnath

Tibetan Temple, Sarnath

Tibetan Temple, Sarnath

Nichigai Suzan Horinji Temple, Isipathana Deer Park, Sarnath

Nichigai Suzan Horinji Temple, Isipathana Deer Park, Sarnath

 

Other places- Sarnath

The Garden of Spiritual Wisdom

This is newest attraction for tourists and pilgrims to Sarnath uses exhibits and sculptures to convey the essence of Buddhism and Indian spirituality. This garden is designed to inspire visitors to delve deeper into spirituality. Ayurveda, which teaches harmony with nature, simplicity and contentment as keys to well-being, is propounded here as there is a section for herbal plants. It is the five-thousand-year-old Indian traditional natural healing system and is a part of its yogic system. This garden offers a glimpse into the world of Ayurveda.

The Garden of Spiritual Wisdom

The Garden of Spiritual Wisdom

The Garden of Spiritual Wisdom

The Garden of Spiritual Wisdom

The Garden of Spiritual Wisdom

The Garden of Spiritual Wisdom

 

Other Festivals- Sarnath

  • Makar Sankranti is a harvest festival, celebrated in January with great rejoice.
  • Holi, the festival of colours is celebrated in the month of February with smearing colour on each other faces and savouring traditional sweets.
  • Chhath Puja is when devotees of Hinduism worship the Sun in March and November during this festival.
  • Buddha Purnima is celebrated in the month of April-May, to commemorate the birth of Lord Buddha. A large fair is organised with prayers, lectures, recitation of Buddhist scriptures and other religious activities performed during the festival.
  • Dussehra is celebrated in the month of October-November to signify the victory of good over evil where Lord Rama triumph over the demon Ravana.
  • Diwali, the festival of lights that is celebrated in November.

 

Location

Click on image to enlarge

Click on image to enlarge

Sarnath lies approximately 13 kilometres north-east of Varanasi near where the Ganges meets the Varuna rivers in Uttar Pradesh, India.

The town is serene and green, and is a good alternative to those wishing to visit Varanasi but not be immersed in it all day long.

 

Best Times to Visit

  • Best Time to Visit: October to March
  • During the summer months of April to June, the temperatures can vary tremendously with the high of 45-degrees Celsius.
  • Monsoon season starts by the end of June and the beginning of July. The rainy season is wet and humid.
  • Winters are considered pleasant in Varanasi. There are fog in the morning with temperatures of around 20-degrees Celsius during the day time.
  • Pilgrims flood Varanasi and Sarnath all year round.

 

Transport

By Air
The Babatpur airport, 25 kilometers away, is a domestic airport and well connected with Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Kathmandu and other major cities of India. Varanasi Airport (IATA: VNS) is 24 km from Sarnath and is the nearest airport.

By Rail
The Varanasi railway station is well linked with other important Indian cities directly. The nearest major station is Varanasi Junction. (6 km), which is connected to most major cities in the country. Sarnath does have a small train station with local trains from Varanasi providing service every 2-3 hours. However do note that for most train services, the final stop is in Varanasi City and not Varanasi Junction. A number of express trains also service the route.

By Road
Varanasi is located on the National Highway number 2, which links Kolkata to Delhi via Allahabad. Long haul buses usually arrive at the station across from the Varanasi Cantt train station, and from there one can choose commute using local buses, taxis or rickshaws to Sarnath.

If you are a foreigner and arriving in Varanasi by train, be aware that taxi drivers will vigorously bid for your fare. You can also opt for an auto-rickshaws which will be cheaper but if you have tons of luggage then a taxi is your only choice. The route, though still offering some rural scenes is very busy and noisy and built up.

 

Accommodation

  • Jain Paying Guest House. Cheap and spartan, but with great family hospitality. ₹300 per night, possibility of eating breakfast and lunch with the family (and Buddhist guests passing by).
  • Mahabodi Dharmshala Temple, Thai Temple and the Burmese Temple. All of these temples offer very cheap but spartan accommodation.
  • Chinese Temple, Sarnath, Varanasi 221007, U.P., India. This temple is nearby the main areas of visit, around 5-10 mins walk to Dhamekh Stupa. Offers small room or big bunk room, depending on availability. Costs 200 Rupee per bed or room. Clean and simple stay.
  • UPSTDC Rahi Tourist Bungalow, Sarnath Station Road, Ashok Road crossroad, Baraipur (near Maha Bodhi Inter College). Operated by the government is rather common and tired but conveniently located.
  • Chinese Temple, Sarnath, Varanasi 221007, U.P., India. This temple is near popular tourist draws and is around 5-10 mins walk to the Dhamekh Stupa. The temple offers small rooms or alternatively larger bunk room which are simple but clean. Costs 200/300 Rupee per bed or room.
  • The Golden Buddha Hotel (Golden Buddha Marriage Lawn), Sarangnath Colony. Touted as the best hotel in town. Besides an Indian restaurant, the hotel provides other services such as UPSTDC Rahi Tourist Bungalow, Sarnath Station Rd, Ashok Rd crossroad, Baraipur (near Maha Bodhi Inter College). A government run establishment – drab and uninspiring, but conveniently located.

 

Food and Beverage

  • Vaishali Restaurant – casual dining,
    S A14/48, Maha Bodhi School, Sarnath Road, Sarnath, Varanasi
    Cuisines: North Indian, South Indian
    Hours: 7 AM to 10 PM (Mon-Sun)
  • Holiday Inn Restaurant – casual dining
    Opposite Buddhist Temple, Sarnath, Varanasi
    Cuisines: Chinese, North Indian, Fast Food
    Hours: 9 AM to 9 PM (Mon-Sun)
  • Shree Basant Bahar – casual dining
    Beside Tulsi Niketan School, Hukulganj Road, Sarnath, Varanasi
    Cuisines: North Indian, Chinese, South Indian, Fast Food
    Hours: 9 AM to 10 PM (Mon-Sun)
  • Highway Inn Restaurant – casual dining
    Ashokpur, Near Sarnath, Varanasi
    Cuisines: Chinese, South Indian, North Indian
    Hours: 10 AM to 9:30 PM (Mon-Sun)
  • Tunday Kebab – quick bites
    S.N 15/151 Ashapur, Sarnath, Varanasi
    Cuisines: Awadhi, Lucknowi, Chinese
    Hours: 10 AM to 10 PM (Mon-Sun)
  • Green Hut Restaurant – casual dining
    Opposite Museum, Sarnath, Varanasi
    Cuisines: Fast Food, North Indian
    Hours: 8:30 AM to 8:30 PM (Mon-Sun)
  • Rangoli Garden Restaurant – casual dining
    Sa14/97-1, Near Akashwani, Sarnath, Varanasi
    Cuisines: North Indian, Chinese, Fast Food
  • The Golden Hut
    Opposite Buddhist Society, Sarnath, Varanasi
    Cuisines: Chinese, North Indian
    Hours: 7 AM to 9 PM (Mon-Sun)
  • Vaishali Restaurant
    S-14/48, Nr Sarnath Chauraha
    0.5 km from Sarnath
    Cuisines: Indian
  • Sarnath Cafe
    Sa – 15/129 Mawaiya Road
    0.7 km from Sarnath
    Cuisines: Cafe, Asian, Indian
  • The Palate
    The Mall, Cantonment
    6.8 km from Sarnath
    Cuisines: Indian, Asian, Chinese, International
  • Restaurant Up-65
    Ashapur-Sarnath Road Near Havelia Crossing
    1.6 km from Sarnath
    Cuisines: Chinese, Indian, Asian
  • Canton Royale Restaurant
    The Mall Road S-20/51 A-5, Hotel Surya
    6.4 km from Sarnath
    Cuisines: Indian, Italian, Asian
  • El Parador
    off Parade Kothi, Maldahiya Lahurabir
    6.8 km from Sarnath
    Cuisines: Indian, Tibetan, Nepalese
  • Sri Annapurna
    A Ramkatora J 12/16
    6.6 km from Sarnath
    Cuisines: Indian, Asian, International

 

Shopping

As a holy place of pilgrimage, Sarnath is famous for its wide variety of artefacts and Buddha statues. There are all kinds of Buddha statues that are available. The market in Sarnath deals in souvenirs specifically relating to the Buddha and there are no fancy items to be bought here. Due to the fact that this is a major Buddhist site, exclusive and splendid paraphernalia such as metal and Asta-Dhatu busts of Lord Buddha and other deities are popular among the visitors. These busts and statues come in a wide range of metal, colour, size and built.

Apart from busts, saffron robes are also very popular. These robes are made out of best of silks and muslins available in India and can cost you a fortune back in Europe and America. Other items such as Buddhist prayer wheels, beads, rosary, rugs and flags are also available in Sarnath. These can be bought from various kiosks.

Sarnath Market Bazaar is the market where local farmers congregate to sell their products. The bazar is popular for dried fish, yak’s cheese and yeast for producing local alcohol.

 

Do’s and Don’ts

In the vicinity of sacred sites:
DO’S

  • Be modestly and properly attired to express respect for the sacred sites.
  • Circumambulate the stupa and other sacred objects in a clock-wise direction.
  • Maintain the atmosphere of peace and tranquility.
  • If buying souvenirs beware of counterfeit items.

DON’TS

  • Don’t climb onto statues or other sacred objects.
  • Don’t buy stolen artefacts as that is regarded as a criminal act.

 

Sources:

  • http://www.buddhist-pilgrimage.com/varanasi-hotels.html
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  1. Samfoonheei on Mar 22, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    Reading this post ,brought me back my memories of these holy place where I visited with my friends just few months back. We went on a pilgrimage to those four important sites on the Buddhist circuit along with Bodhgaya, Kushinagar and Lumbini in Nepal holy places . Sarnath in Uttar Pradesh state of India is the place where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon after attaining enlightenment. It is considered a very sacred place where the voice of Buddhism was first heard. Buddha shared his Dharma knowledge so as to free all sentient beings out of their misery, pain, sufferings at the place called Deer Park .
    Since then Sarnath has become has been developed as a place of pilgrimage, both for Buddhists from India and abroad. Yearly thousands of pilgrims visited this holy site. I am fortunate to go there and at each site we did prayers feeling wonderful.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing and may more people able to go there on pilgrimage. A detail write up for those first timer planning to visit there.

  2. sarassitham on Feb 10, 2020 at 10:55 pm

    Thank you for the sharing and introducing the ancient city of Sarnath and the holy pilgrimage site of Varanasi. Very interesting article about Sarnath, Varanasi, is a timeless place. It is considered sacred not only because of the many acts of the Buddha performed there and the succeeding centuries of pilgrimage and worship, but also by eons of deeds enacted during the past lives of the Buddha.

    Sarnath has been developed as a place of pilgrimage, both for Buddhists from India and abroad. It is a crucible of religious, spiritual and academic thought and beliefs of Hindus, Buddhists and Jains. It has always been a great cultural center notably in the various field of learning, religion, philosophy, yoga, Ayurveda, astrology, music, literature and spirituality.

    A great information article providing glimpse to pilgrims and visitors an overview of Buddhist architecture from various cultures. Hoping to discovered and explored the historical and holy site once in life time.

  3. S.Prathap on Oct 4, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    It is interesting to know and visit the blessed pilgrimage sites of Buddha in Sarnath.Varanasi will be wonderful as that’s where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon at the deer park.
    There are many ancient sacred spots for pilgrims to visit like a beautiful and modern Garden of Spiritual Wisdom to attract spiritually inclined tourists and believers in natural healing.Thank you so much for informative article.

  4. Anne Ong on Jul 20, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Love these beautiful holysites. Great to be able to see and read about them on this wonderful blog. Some of the pictures that caught my attention are, The Garden of Spiritual Wisdom.The Sarnath Archaeological Museum. The Ashoka Pillar. Thank you very much Rinpoche and blog team for this wonderful article _/\_

  5. Stella Cheang on Jul 15, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    The Deer Park of Sarnath is a very famous Buddhist pilgrimage spot where Buddha expounded the Four Noble Truth and the Eight-Fold Path, which formed the tenets of Buddhism. Thank you for all the info shared here in this write-up, it is very useful for anyone to plan for their visit to Sarnath. Sarnath has so much to offer besides the Deer Park. It will be delightful to make a trip there with like-minded friends to soak up divine energy.

  6. Wai Meng Wan on Jul 8, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    Thank you for this guide. Perhaps there could be a guide book on spiritual places of various traditions.

    Because the Buddha taught and turning of the first wheel of the dharma that, we have teachers and teachings today, fortunately for us Buddha Shakyamuni was a Samyak-Sambuddha a fully enlightened being, who has the ability to bring others to the dharma and teach all that needs to be taught for one to attain liberation.

  7. Lim Han Nee on Jul 1, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    Sarnath , the Deer Park, is a pilgrim spot which is a must to visit in India.Here is where Lord Buddha gave his first teaching on the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. His first students were the five who had been his companions in his earlier ascetic years of fasting and meditation. Among the many significant stories about Sarnath are two which are very touching. One was about King Bimbisara, who abolished the toll on the bridge, after learning that the Buddha had to fly over the river because he had no means to pay the toll. Another touching story is related to the name “Deer Park”. This story tells of how the name “Deer Park “was given. Buddha had been reborn a Bodhisattva deer, who gave his life in exchange for a pregnant doe.The King was so moved that he created the Deer Park as a sanctuary for deers.

    There are many ancient sacred spots for pilgrims to visit. These include the Dhamekh Stupa to mark the spot where Buddha gave his first teaching and the Sarnath Archaelogical Museum.

    There is also a beautiful and modern Garden of Spiritual Wisdom to attract spiritually inclined tourists and believers in natural healing. This is a beautiful place where Ayurveda is propounded. Here there is a herbal section to support the Ayurveda system – the five-thousand-year-old Indian traditional natural healing system.

    Sarnath must surely draw pilgrims from all directions because this was where Lord Buddha established the first Sangha.

  8. Fong on Jun 28, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    I never really knew much about Varanasi and had not even heard of the name Sarnath until now. I am just beginning to see what it means to follow the Buddha Trail as a lot of pilgrims mentioned. When any relatives mentioned that they were going to India and Sri Lanka, neither the importance nor the significance hit me at all.

    It is through articles like this that a lot of things start to make sense and have meaning for me.

    Thank you, Rinpoche for having this blog for all of us to learn.

  9. Vivian Ong on Jun 26, 2017 at 12:44 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article about Sarnath. It is interesting to know and visit the blessed pilgrimage sites of the Buddha in Sarnath. There are so many other country’s temple in Sarnath which are tourist attraction. It is always good to visit pilgrimage sites of the Buddha and make good aspirations there.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  10. Samfoonheei on Jun 25, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    A Pilgrimage to these legendary city Sarnath, Varanasi will be wonderful as thats where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon,at the Deer Park.It is one of the most revered Buddhist pilgrimage centers. Several Buddhist structures were raised at Sarnath centuries ago making it the most expansive ruins amongst places on the Buddhist trail. There are many impressive beautiful structures and beautiful Sacred temples from varies countries for visitors to see.
    Very informative and brief history been shared are very helpful for any one to go there.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 9. 2020 04:41 PM
    Heart breaking after watching the video. Its really sad watching those animals including bludgeoning, neck-breaking while many are skinned alive. The way they were killed just for their fur is horrible inhumane practices. In fact those animals are confined to relatively small wire cages with little enrichment. Millions of fur-bearing animals are killed every year by trappers worldwide. For many of us, wearing fur is simply cruel, and to be avoided at all costs. China is the largest importer of fur pelts in the world and the largest exporter of finished fur products. Glad that campaign groups such as PETA have long highlighted the cruelty of such farms. Fur farming is now banned in a number of countries such as Austria, Croatia, the United Kingdom and so forth. Not only causing the suffering and deaths of millions of animals each year, the production of wool, fur, and leather contributes to climate change, land devastation, pollution, and even water contamination. Hopefully the fur industry can work together with farms with better regulations.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing to bring awareness of the cruelty of animal at fur farm.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/animal-cruelty-in-china.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 9. 2020 04:39 PM
    Beautiful Jog Fall located at southern state of Karnataka is India’s highest waterfall. It is a segmented waterfall which depends on rain and season becomes a plunge waterfall. Its one of the power where our Lama H E the 25th Tsem Rinpoche had visited years ago. From the beautiful pictures of Jog Fall can tells us more. Looks peaceful to do prayers, recitation , meditation, retreat as encouraged by our Lama when visiting holy place. When there is stupa we can also do circumambulations, offerings and more. Doing prayers at all these power holy places would be wonderful. There are many places as mentioned by Rinpoche do have powerful positive energy. It’s those place where great masters have visited , varies prayers done, meditation ,and retreats. All these holy places such as Lumbini, Bodhgaya, Sarnath-Varanasi and Kushinagara, Tsongkapa’s birthplace and many more all over the world is infused with the powerful energy of beings. A good article to read and great knowledge of some of the power place and go on pilgrimage.
    We are fortunate to have Rinpoche here in Malaysia where Kechara Forest Retreat was conceptualized ….a holy place infused with powerful energy. It has indeed benefited many and many more to come.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/power-place-jog-falls.html
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Jul 9. 2020 04:26 PM
    A very unusual friendship which I have not heard of. ‘ Incredible true story of Pocho. a injured crocodile was found on the bank of the Parasmina River in Costa Rica after being shot by a farmer.
    Even an animal as large and carnivorous can be gentle and loving. All animals deserve the chance to live.Thank you very much for the good article.

    https://bit.ly/3iIJDW8
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Jul 8. 2020 10:56 PM
    Most people think animal cruelty is mainly people being unkind to animals. Based on the article million innocent animals were tortured and killed for their fur or skin off their backs. The fur industry is such a cruel heartless business that is bad for the environment and unnecessary.

    It’s horrendous, I can’t believe that fur from China has so much demand. Shock to see the industries cheapest and cruelest methods used in killing the animals. All the animals are victims of cruelty spent their whole lives restricted to filthy, cramped wire cages. This has to come to an end.

    The industry will continue to grow wild if there is no restriction. The success of any business depends upon how they are creating the demand for a product in the target market and then, how they are managing the supplies to fulfill that demand.
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 8. 2020 02:54 PM
    Attitudes toward minorities have been marked by discrimination historically almost everywhere. In the United States’s history many forms of discrimination had been happening in U.S. Population growth and cultural has change throughout much of the U.S. Americans enjoyed legally sanctioned privileges and rights which were denied to other races and minorities. All these should happened just because of their religion, spirituality, race, economic background. Anyway it did happened in USA, as Rinpoche did experienced before where discrimination and there are people who are segregated because of their religious faith.
    In happened in the Dorje Shugden’s controversy as well all because of their faith which has affected hundred thousands of Tibetan communities . Even to this day the discrimination still continue with the Tibetan Leadership interference politics with religion.
    History has a tendency to repeat itself and those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it. Hopefully it will not be repeated for peace and harmony .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/this-happened-in-the-usa.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 8. 2020 02:52 PM
    Beautiful rare and precious ancient thangkas . We are fortunate to have such an opportunity to see all the rare thangkas of Dorje Shugden , Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyaltsen, Five Foremost Deities – Mo Lha and so forth. They are all centuries old thangkas . Incredible all are private collections as well as from Rubin Museum of Art which been printed centuries ago. Merely by looking at it is a blessing and paints a thousand words.All these rare centuries thangkas has proven that the Tibetan Leadership is wrong in their judgements of the Dorje Shugden origin. It is visual proof that Dorje Shugden was practised by the other Tibetan Buddhist traditions as well and is not evil spirits.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/beautiful-ancient-thangkas-to-share-with-you.html
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Jul 8. 2020 12:33 PM
    She was was revered as one of the last century’s best known woman teachers and most influential women in Tibetan spiritual history.Many extraordinary stories are told of her remarkable abilities, she was an extraordinary woman.
    It is inspiring to read how much she had to endure from childhood and later under her lama but she never broke down, felt sorry for herself or got angry.Thank you for sharing this wonderful article.

    https://bit.ly/3e8Zbz1
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Jul 8. 2020 12:40 AM
    Happy to Mr. Chen and his wife, for his devotions and great care towards Guru. His good and excellent qualities are an example I wish to follows.All the flowers and plants that you have planted look so good in the pictures.
    These are the results of your care and hard work that you have put in.Mr. Chen sets a good example for us all to learn. Thank you very much for the sharing
  • sarassitham
    Tuesday, Jul 7. 2020 11:20 PM
    What has got into them..Such an inhuman behavior. I got no heart to see all those pictures, had to scroll down as I couldn’t bear seeing this cruelty on poor animals. I have seen people watching slime videos for satisfaction, this is the first time seeing this. This has to end very soon !
    Thank you Rinpoche

    https://bit.ly/31Ut2c8
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 7. 2020 01:35 PM
    nspiration worthy words compiled by Tsem Rinpoche. All the quotes are meaningful for us to ponder. Simple quotes yet very meaningful. Buddha ‘s words is a teaching , we should listen and put into action will lead us to mind transformation and happiness.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/and-buddha-spoke-you-should-listen.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 7. 2020 01:33 PM
    Buddhism has a long history in Indonesia, and is recognized as one of six official religions. Numerous stupa, statues , inscriptions from the earlier history of Indonesian has suggested c Buddhism came to Indonesia a few hundred years after Hinduism. Buddhism is the second oldest religion in Indonesia, after Hinduism recording to history. Temples been built since then which still exist and came under the world heritage site. Borobudur,is one of them which is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist temple, in Central Java, Indonesia. The magnificent Borobudur temple is the world’s biggest Buddhist monument, an ancient site widely considered to be one of the world’s seven wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Amazing just in the Borobudur itself there were over 500 Buddha statues . I have been to there yet , wish I could. Heard from friends the beauty of it, a peaceful place good for meditation and do prayers . Buddhism in Indonesia has an interesting history behind it. The Srivijaya Kingdom and its kings were influential factors in the spreading of Buddhism then. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Valencia sharing this interesting article.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/the-buddhist-kingdoms-of-indonesia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 7. 2020 01:32 PM
    Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness when we put into action. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in our soul. Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. Learn to be thankful for what we already have. Once we begin to take note of the things we are grateful for, we begin to lose sight of the things that we lack. Once expressed, it changes our attitude, brightens outlook, and broadens our perspective. When we express gratitude it improves our self-esteem and enhances empathy.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands for this great teachings which I deeply appreciate.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/gratitude-makes-us-happier.html
  • sarassitham
    Monday, Jul 6. 2020 05:34 PM
    Great teachers are rare. It is a privilege and special opportunity when we have a great one. They are able to take a variety of styles and mold them into their own unique style to meet the needs of the students.

    The purpose of a teaching is to teach us to put into practice and learning from there to improve by keeping the end in mind. The spirit of the instructions is meant to benefit and nurture the student along the spiritual path. Thank you for the sharing
  • S.Prathap
    Monday, Jul 6. 2020 04:32 PM
    It is very touching when organizations are set up solely for the benefit of animals. I salute the World Federation for the Protection of Animals (WFPA) for creating a movement on a global scale to protect and care for animals whilst educating humans on human.

    This organization is around the globe and their mission is to build a global animal welfare movement.They are really doing a fantastic work.Thank you very much for sharing this article with us.


    https://bit.ly/2YZlJOm

  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 6. 2020 01:51 PM
    Great sharing of a great master Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen , who has reincarnated lifetime after lifetime so as to benefit all beings . A beautiful praise of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. We are fortunate to have H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche here in Malaysia , guiding, giving all the teachings and powerful practice such as Dorje Shugden’s practice sharing with us. Dorje Shugden reincarnated as a Dharma Protector in order to benefit all. He arose from a long line of incarnations.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this short biography .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/golden-undefeated-lama-of-blessings.html

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Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
3 weeks ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 month ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
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More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
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Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
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Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
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Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
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Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
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