S. N. Goenka: The 20th Century Authority on Vipassana Meditation

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(by Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline Woon)

Everyone has to observe one’s death: coming, coming, coming, going, going, going, gone! Be happy! ~ S. N. Goenka (Erik Braun, Tricycle)

Satya Narayan Goenka (January 30, 1924 – September 29, 2013)

Satya Narayan Goenka (January 30, 1924 – September 29, 2013) was a leading Burmese-Indian lay teacher of Vipassana meditation. More commonly known as S.N. Goenka, he was a student of the late Sayagyi U Ba Khin of Burma, an eminent 20th Century authority on Vipassana meditation.

Goenka’s grandfather, Dhanya Baba, was also a teacher of Vipassana meditation who moved from Rajasthan, India to Burma when he was 18 years old. Dhanya Baba, whom Goenka fondly called ‘Baba’, profoundly influenced and inspired Goenka. In his later years, Goenka described how he cherished Baba’s legacy of immortal virtues and spontaneous poetry throughout his life.

The Vipassana technique Goenka taught represents a tradition that can be traced back to the Buddha. It was taught to Goenka by the most sought-after Burmese Vipassana meditation teacher, Sayagya U Ba Khin, and he followed the same non-sectarian approach that the Buddha espoused. As a result, his teachings appealed to people from all walks of life, from various religious beliefs and from all around the world.

“Everyone has to observe one’s death: coming, coming, coming, going, going, going, gone! Be happy!” ~ S. N. Goenka

(Erik Braun, Tricycle)

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Discovering Vipassana

Born in Burma on 30th January 1924 to a rich Indian family, Goenka had a childhood of great comfort and prosperity. His devoutly religious parents took great pride in instilling Hindu values in their children. They would certainly not have imagined that Goenka would become one of the most important and successful Buddhist meditation teachers of our time.

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A young S.N. Goenka

Goenka joined the family business at the age of 16 in 1940, with the aim of becoming an eminent businessman just like his father. He had lofty aspirations of creating a lavish lifestyle built upon legendary levels of professional success. By the time he turned 31, Goenka had risen to become one of Burma’s most distinguished businessmen.

Goenka’s external success was easily recognised by the positions he held, but he struggled to deal with his ballooning ego and rising anger issues. In a 2010 interview, he reflected on this period of time and recalled,

“I became President of the Chamber of Commerce. I became egotistic. I would beat my children mercilessly. I had always topped my class in school. If my children got bad marks, I would beat them.”

His feelings of egotistical pride and his fits of rage, combined with his relentless drive and desire to improve his professional status exacted a serious toll on his physical health. His self-absorbed lifestyle brought about an extremely high level of stress. The migraines that he had dealt with for much of his adult life worsened to the point where he was unable to work effectively anymore. Although his substantial wealth afforded him the opportunity to consult with numerous world-class doctors, his persisting migraines led to a heavy dependency on medication and a deep sense of dissatisfaction with life.

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S.N. Goenka bowing before his teacher, Sayagya U Ba Khin

Desperate for a solution, Goenka decided to take his friend’s advice. He decided to visit Sayagya U Ba Khin to explore if Vipassana meditation practice could bring him the relief he desperately needed.

Initially, Sayagya U Ba Khin was reluctant to take Goenka on as a student because he didn’t think the egotistical businessman had the right motivation for practising the meditation technique that he would come to cherish later. A devout Hindu at the time, Goenka also had reservations about undertaking a Buddhist practice. He resisted committing to the gruelling 10-day meditation retreat that new students were required to take since his primary concern was to find relief from his migraines.

Goenka is said to have attempted to use his status as leverage in making alternative arrangements with Sayagya U Ba Khin to learn the practice. Of course, the meditation master did not relent. At the age of 32, Goenka finally gave in to the pre-requisites and begrudgingly took his first 10-day Vipassana meditation course.

Goenka recalled the experience:

“In 10 days, the migraine I had for 20 years was gone. I did not need the morphine I had been taking for 10 years anymore. But the big achievement was that my anger was gone, and my ego became less.”

For the next 14 years, he maintained his business in Rangoon to support his family. But, his interest in the business dwindled as his fascination with Buddhist practice continued to grow. He began to spend more and more time studying under Sayagya U Ba Khin. In 1969, his teacher authorised Goenka to go to India and teach Vipassana as his representative. In the same year, Goenka retired from his flourishing business, moved to India, and devoted himself full-time to teaching Vipassana.

From the time of their arrival in India in 1969, Goenka and his wife, Elaichi Devi Goenka, conducted Vipassana courses. Mrs Goenka, fondly known as Mataji or “respected mother”, is also a Principal Teacher and a distinguished student of Sayagya U Ba Khin. Throughout the years, she has supported and selflessly served Goenka’s mission to repay their teacher’s kindness by serving more beings through the teaching of the Vipassana method.

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S.N. Goenka and his wife, Elaichi Devi Goenka

Although India is sharply divided by different castes and religions, it did not affect the courses offered by Goenka. He quickly attracted thousands of people from every segment of society as well as people from all around the world to join his Vipassana meditation courses. His teachings were notable and emphasised that the Buddha’s path to liberation was universal, non-sectarian, and scientific in nature.

 

Commitment to Peace

Goenka believed that outer peace could only be achieved when there is peace within; he taught it and showed it by example. In order to live a peaceful life, one must learn the “art of living” in order to live fully and meaningfully. This is the core of his teachings for everyone regardless of their varying backgrounds.

His work in India also had an indirect influence on inter-religious harmony as thousands of Catholic priests, Hindu sanyasis, Jain ascetics, and other religious leaders attended his Vipassana courses alongside Buddhist monks. The heart of the Buddha’s teachings is a universality that allows people of diverse backgrounds and different ideologies to experience deep benefits by applying the correct methods without having to convert.

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S.N. Goenka (right) with Munindra (centre) and author/teacher Christopher Titmuss (left)

Goenka made history in India by meeting the eminent Hindu leader, His Holiness Shankaracharya of Kanchi. Together, they exhorted Hindus and Buddhists to embrace their differences and live in harmony.

After this initial meeting, Goenka also met His Holiness Shankaracharya of Sringeri and many other top Hindu leaders to establish harmonious relations between Hindu and Buddhist communities. This was a uniquely positive development, but mere encouragements alone are not enough to bring about much-desired reconciliation and the spirit of cooperation. It requires individuals to undertake to remove from within themselves the obstacles to peace and harmony. Goenka firmly believed that the practical application of meditation would allow mankind to achieve the inner and outer peace needed to effect this change.

Goenka became an influential teacher and several years after meeting the Shankaracharyas, he established his first meditation centre, the Vipassana International Academy (Dhamma Giri) in Igatpuri near Mumbai, India. 10-day meditation courses and those of longer durations are held there to this day. Five years later, in 1979, Goenka started to travel and introduce Vipassana to other countries. He has personally facilitated over 400 10-day courses and taught over tens of thousands of people in Asia, Australasia, Europe and North America.

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S.N. Goenka with some of his early students

To meet the increasing demand, Goenka started training assistant teachers to conduct the 10-day courses on his behalf. Since then, he has trained more than 1,300 assistant teachers who have helped conduct courses attended by 120,000 people annually. Over a period of almost 45 years, Goenka and his assistant teachers have held Vipassana courses in more than 90 countries including China, Malaysia, Cambodia, Mexico, Cuba, Iran, Muscat, the United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Russia, Serbia and South America, with the help of thousands of volunteers.

There are more than 80 centres established in 21 countries devoted to the teaching of Vipassana and offering free courses, board and lodging. The expenses are completely covered by voluntary donations. Today, Vipassana courses are held at 310 locations in 94 countries. Of that number, there are 176 permanent Vipassana meditation centres in the US, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Hong Kong, Mongolia, South Korea, Taiwan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Iran, Israel, Poland, Russia, Austria, Belgium, New Zealand, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Japan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, and the Philippines. In India alone, there are 78 centres that conduct over 1,000 courses yearly.

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The Vipassana Meditation Centre in Nepal

Occasionally, people with serious mental disorders have attended Vipassana courses with the unrealistic expectation that the technique will alleviate or cure their mental problems. Vipassana meditation is beneficial for most people, but it is not a substitute for medical or psychiatric treatment. Those with serious psychiatric disorders should seek medical advice and assistance.

The centres themselves are autonomous and self-sufficient. Because they are run by volunteers with varying levels of capabilities, there may be differences in attitudes and experiences. To ensure a more uniform experience in all of the centres, Goenka recorded audio and video tapes to be used as public instruction during retreats. In response to questions about issues arising from growth and expansion, Goenka stated,

“The cause of the problem is included in the question. When these organisations work for their own expansion, they have already started rotting. The aim should be to increase other people’s benefits. Then, there is a pure Dhamma volition and there is no chance of decay. When there is a Dhamma volition, “May more and more people benefit,” there is no attachment. But, if you want your organisation to grow, there is attachment and that pollutes Dhamma.”

Wikipedia, S.N. Goenka

Students practising Goenka’s Vipassana techniques at the meditation centres are asked to agree to refrain from practising any other religious or meditative practices for the duration of the course. Concerning practices of other religions, Goenka stated,

“Understand. The names of many practices are all words of pure Dhamma, of Vipassana. But today the essence is lost; it is just a lifeless shell that people perform. And that has no benefit.”

 

Global Vipassana Pagoda

Near the turn of the last century, Goenka laid the foundation for a 325-foot-high Global Vipassana Pagoda near Gorai Beach in Mumbai that was completed in November 2008 and opened in 2009. The pagoda contains the relics of the Buddha. It also houses a meditation hall that was built as a tribute to Goenka’s teacher who wanted to repay India’s kindness as the origins of Vipassana. Sayagya U Ba Khin was unable to travel to India due to difficulties in acquiring a passport and so Goenka actualised his wish on his behalf. He also hoped that this monument would act as a bridge between different communities, different sects, different countries and different races to make the world a more harmonious and peaceful place.

This photo of Global Vipassana Pagoda is courtesy of TripAdvisor

The Global Vipassana Pagoda in Mumbai (Photo credit: TripAdvisor)

The Global Vipassana Pagoda is the largest pillar-less stone dome structure in the world. It is twice as big as the Basilica of St. Peter at the Vatican and almost as tall as a 30-storey building. This architectural marvel is also one of the largest single-span stone domes in the world. It is said that approximately 2.5 million tonnes of stone were used in its construction. With a circular meditation hall at its centre that measures 280 feet in diameter and a seating capacity of 8,000, the Pagoda is perfectly positioned to play host to thousands of visitors from across the globe who are curious about the structure and Vipassana meditation.

Goenka explained in a 1997 article titled Why the Grand Vipassana Pagoda? how the Buddha’s relics can actually help people:

“Usually such pagodas are solid. But with the help of the most modern techniques of architecture, instead of building a solid pagoda, a vast meditation hall will be built within it, at the centre of which these sacred relics will be installed so that thousands of meditators can sit around them, meditating together and benefit from their Dhamma vibrations.”

Wikipedia, S.N. Goenka

 

This photo of Global Vipassana Pagoda is courtesy of TripAdvisor

The Vipassana Research Institute (Photo credit: Style Destino)

Vipassana Research Institute

Goenka strongly believed that theory and practice should go hand-in-hand, so he set up the Vipassana Research Institute to conduct studies and publish literature on the practice and its effects. The Institute primarily focuses on translating and publishing Pali texts and studying the effects of Vipassana in daily life.

 

Vipassana in Prisons

Goenka first brought Vipassana meditation into prisons in India before taking it to other countries. Aside from members of the police and military, the organisation counts as many as 10,000 prisoners who have attended the 10-day courses.

 

VIDEO: Doing Time, Doing Vipassana

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The 1997 documentary Doing Time, Doing Vipassana features an introduction of Goenka’s 10-day Vipassana classes at Tihar Jail in 1993 by Kiran Bedi, the then Inspector General of Prisons in New Delhi. Bedi had her guards trained in Vipassana first, and then she had Goenka give his initial ground-breaking class to 1,000 prisoners.

 

VIDEO: The Dhamma Brothers

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https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/GoenkaTheDhammaBrothers.mp4

In 2007, a documentary titled The Dhamma Brothers focused on a prison Vipassana meditation programme at Donaldson Correctional Facility in Bessemer, Alabama. The documentary followed four inmates who were convicted of murder. It also includes interviews with prison officials, guards and local residents as well as re-enactments of the inmates’ crimes.

This photo of Vipassana in prisons is courtesy of Vipassana Research Institute

Photo credit: Vipassana Research Institute

 

Teachings for All Sections of Society

Vipassana meditation has been taught to prison inmates and staff in many parts of India, Britain, New Zealand, the United States, Taiwan and Nepal. There are also permanent Vipassana centres established in two Indian prisons. The Government of India is convinced of its positive effects and has recommended that every prison in the country organise 10-day Vipassana courses for prison inmates and staff. This stunning endorsement has resulted in hundreds of prisoners participating in Vipassana retreats monthly. This does not include the thousands of police officers who have attended Vipassana courses in the centre at the Police Academy in Delhi and at other centres in India.

This photo of Meditation at Tihar Prison in New Delhi is courtesy of Uplift

Vipassana Meditation at Tihar Prison in New Delhi. (Photo credit: Uplift)

Vipassana is successfully practised by men and women from all walks of life. Social status, education level, economic advantages, religious beliefs, political clout or age – none of these factors hinder a person from practising Vipassana. Even the blind and those afflicted with leprosy have found their way to Vipassana through courses specifically organised for them.

Through outreach programmes, the practise of Vipassana was also introduced to school and college students, homeless children, drug addicts and business executives. The effectiveness of Vipassana has led many high-level organisations to encourage their employees to join these courses as part of their ongoing job training. These organisations run the gamut from the state governments of Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh to the Oil and Natural Gas Commission and the Bhabha Atomic Research Institute.

 

Writings

A prolific writer and poet, Goenka composed his works in English, Hindi and Rajasthani. These works, in turn, have been translated into many languages. He has been invited to lecture by institutions as diverse as the Dharma Drum Mountain Monastery (of the late Venerable Sheng Yen) in Taiwan; the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland; and the Millennium World Peace Summit at the United Nations. At the Summit, he addressed the assembled spiritual leaders and stressed the overreaching importance of inner peace to effect real world peace.

In 2002, he spent four months bringing the Meditation Now Tour around North America. He was conferred the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian honour in India for social work, on the occasion of India’s 63rd Republic Day in 2012.

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Final Journey

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays his respects at S.N. Goenka’s funeral ceremony

On 29th September 2013, Goenka passed away at his home in Mumbai. He was survived by his wife, the prominent Vipassana meditation teacher Elaichi Devi Goenka, and his six sons.

Upon his passing, the well-known American Buddhist author, Jack Kornfield, wrote,

“In every generation, there are a few visionary and profound masters who hold high the lamp of the Dharma to illuminate the world. Like the Dalai Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh, Ven. S.N. Goenka was one of the great world masters of our time. [He] was an inspiration and teacher for Joseph Goldstein and Sharon Salzberg, Ram Dass, Daniel Goleman, and many other western spiritual leaders.”

Wikipedia, S. N. Goenka

Jay Michaelson wrote a Huffington Post article titled The Man who Taught the World to Meditate, in which he described Goenka as,

“a core teacher for the first generation of “insight” meditation teachers to have an impact in the United States.”

(Wikipedia, S. N. Goenka)

 

Quotes by S.N. Goenka

“May all beings find real peace, real harmony, real happiness.”
(Wikipedia, S. N. Goenka)

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“A teacher should not be made an idol, like a god. He is a teacher. If you want to get any help, you practice what is being taught, that’s all.”
(Indian Express interview, 2010)

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“I am not against conversion. In my speech at UN, the first thing I said was that I am for conversion, but not from one organised religion to another, but from misery to happiness, from bondage to liberation.”
(Indian Express interview, 2010)

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(On ritualism) “…if my teacher had asked me to perform rites or rituals, I would have said good-bye. My own Hindu tradition was full of rituals and ceremonies, so to start again with another set of rituals didn’t make sense. But my teacher said, ‘No ritual. Buddha taught only sila, samadhi, pragya. Nothing else. There is nothing to be added and nothing to be subtracted.’ As the Buddha said, ‘Kevalaparipunnam‘ (Pali: ‘The whole technique is complete by itself.’)”

(Shambhala Sun interview, 2001)

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“People are attracted by the results of the practice that they see in others. When a person is angry, the influence of that anger makes everybody unhappy, including themselves. You are the first victim of your own anger. This realisation is another thing that attracted me to the Buddha’s teaching.”

(Shambhala Sun interview, 2001) (Wikipedia, S. N. Goenka)

 

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Sources:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S._N._Goenka
  • https://www.dhamma.org/en/about/goenka
  • http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=79881
  • https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/314384.S_N_Goenka

 

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  1. Sofi on Sep 22, 2018 at 5:25 am

    S. N. Goenka had helped so many across the world to attain the peace from within and transformed so many lives. Watched the video of “Doing Time Doing Vipassana” and saw how even the hardest of criminals transforming their minds to be more at peace and kinder. Meditation had always been advocated within Buddhism as its a journey into understanding of self and reaching for the true Buddha nature to bloom. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline for sharing this article and expanding our knowledge. May the benefit from meditation be felt in bringing better harmony to the world.

  2. Pastor Adeline Woon on Aug 22, 2018 at 11:39 pm

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  5. Anne Ong on Jul 9, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    it’s truly amazing that S. N. Goenka himself improved on his ego and also helped to cure his mirgraine that he had for 20 years after he started practicing Vipassna Meditation. And
    Vipassana is successfully practised by men and women from all walks of life.
    Love these quotes by S. N. Goenka. “May all beings find real peace, real harmony, real happiness.”
    “A teacher should not be made an idol, like a god. He is a teacher. If you want to get any help, you practice what is being taught, that’s all.” Thank you very much Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline for this inspiring story. 🙏😍

  6. wan wai meng on Jun 28, 2018 at 3:05 am

    We owe much thanks to S.N Goenka for making Meditation accessible to many people around the world. Doing Time and Doing Vipassana was a truly awesome video, learnt a lot from it, and learnt that if people from all walks of life even criminals applied the buddha’s teaching the truth and dharma can be revealed to them.

  7. Li Kheng on Jun 9, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline for sharing this post on S.N. Goenka. Meditation is a super method that works for everyone, unlike what many think. I have had the honor through the meditation retreat programs in Kechara Forest Retreat to see the quick difference meditation made in the participants: more joyful, open, warm.

    I have yet to join a 10-day retreat but after reading this article, I am motivated to sign up for a program this year!

  8. Cc on Jun 2, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    Thank you Pastor and Rinpoche for sharing.

    Vipassana medidation.

    Had friends who went for 10 days Vipassana medidation in Gambang. Besides meditation, they are also doing silent retreat and shores within the 10 days period.

    Is like a mind and concentration training where they reflect back all their deeds within 10 days period especially on anger, ego and etc.

    Can see sone changes in them.

  9. Samfoonheei on May 16, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    Beautiful biography of such an inspiring man…….Satya Narayan Goenka (born 1924) is the Principal Teacher of Vipassana, the practical quintessence of the Buddha’s teaching. A former industrialist born and raised in a conservative Hindu family in Myanmar. He was well-known for the global populariser of Vipassana meditation. He is living proof that the mental exercise of meditation is necessary in our lives. He has inspired many people from various religious beliefs with his simplicity way of meditation. He has taken up the task of spreading Vipassana across the world since 1969. And has instrumented in setting up of more than 80 centres in India and as well as hundreds more around the world. In the last years of his life he continued teaching the Dharma and inspiring many to practice it. He even wrote a number of books extensively on Vipassana and the teaching of the Buddha. And was awarded with a number of rewards for his amazing technique of meditations and teachings. He has left behind an imperishable legacy indeed.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline Woon for this inspiring article which I do enjoyed reading.

  10. Stella Cheang on May 15, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    Thank you for this article that gets me thinking, what is the magic ingredient of this practice that makes it popular. More than 80 centres were set up in over 20 countries, and as many as 120,000 people had attended the 10-days Vipassana course taught by Ven. S.N. Goenka in 45 of his living years. This means Buddhist teaching has, through the Vipassana practice, reached out to so many people in so many countries. I think there are 2 key ingredients why Vipassana practice is popular. First part being that it cannot be done at home because lay people lack the discipline and technique to do so. The organiser made it a point to disclose the need to be discipline in the onset so that participants know what to expect. They also enforced it. Secondly, there are both tangible and intangible benefits from the practice but we often see people going away talking about the intangible benefits, like a quieter self, more in touch with the inner voice, etc. It is likely that people truly enjoy their self discovery without the outside voice. It is marvellous to see the achievement of Ven. S.N. Goenka and Vipassana practice, may more people benefit from it.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Sep 26. 2018 11:45 AM
    Wonderful….. Pavara at such a young age knew what he wanted to. Well every thing start young. Pavara is so cute following his parents to do dharma work. I am sure when Pavara grows up , he will be a great liason in furture. An example for all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/pavara-wants-to-be-a-liaison.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Sep 26. 2018 11:43 AM
    Sherab Sengge was born in Tsang, as a young age he has an interest in religion. Once admitted to Nartang Monastery he received teachings , transmissions and empowerments from a few teachers before meeting Tsongkhapa Lobzang Drakpa to continue his studies. He then mastered most of the teachings before been a teacher giving teachings on Lamrim, the Yamantaka tantric practice and so forth in the monastery , college which he helped to establish. He was one of those who craved the blocks for printing the first edition of Tsongkhapa‘s collected works.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/sherab-sengge.html
  • Chris
    Wednesday, Sep 26. 2018 04:25 AM
    The sixty-four yogini temple in Hirapur, Odisha sits on an ancient piece of land once ruled by the old Kalinga kingdom. The site is also a hotbed of various cults and religions that flourished here in ancient times. In fact, Jainism, Buddhism, Shaktaism, Saivaism and later Vaishnavism thrived on these fertile plains for centuries.

    During the golden age that followed after the old Kalinga kingdom was annexed and ruled by various succeeding dynasties, Buddhism and Tantric practice flourished here, and the cult of the yogini evolved as Tantra took hold in these lands. The cult of the Sixty-Four Yoginis was one of these prevailing traditions, and it culminated in the construction of these sacred shrines to the yoginis.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sixty-four-yogini-temple-of-hirapur.html
  • Chris
    Wednesday, Sep 26. 2018 04:23 AM
    t is no secret that we humans are slowly killing the planet. We consume too much, recycle too little, create too much waste, and produce way too many carbon emissions. Science and common sense both tell us that unless something drastic is done, we may soon reach a point of no return.

    But is it possible to save the planet and enjoy life? There are clever people who think that it is. As global consumption continues to spiral out of control, there exists a group of extraordinary humans who have taken up the mantle to try and save us all. Motivated by the wish to heal our planet, they have applied their brains and creativity to figure out a way we can maintain our quality of life and our daily routines cheaply, easily and without much disruption. Thanks to their efforts, environmental consciousness is now at an all-time high.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/things-people-are-doing-to-save-the-world.html
  • Chris
    Wednesday, Sep 26. 2018 04:20 AM
    The Medicine Buddha Fountain in Kechara Forest Retreat has blessed water for everyone. Before the construction of the fountain, Rinpoche had sent some semi-precious stone to Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche and Gangchen Rinpoche and requested these high lamas to bless them. The stones were blessed by Dorje Shugden oracle in trance and hence the stones are highly blessed.

    These stones are placed into the fountain and those stones bless the waters that run through it. Whoever that takes the less water will be blessed and healed. It is very powerful.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/medicine-buddha-healing-fountain-at-kechara-forest-retreat.html
  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Sep 26. 2018 04:19 AM
    Sunrise Dorje Shugden Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat – https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sunrise-dorje-shugden-puja-in-kechara-forest-retreat.html

    Kechara Forest Retreat – the beautiful place for spiritual activities.
  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Sep 26. 2018 04:16 AM
    Dalai Lama’s sudden change of mind about China-backed Panchen Lama -https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/dalai-lamas-sudden-change-of-mind-about-china-backed-panchen-lama.html

    Interesting to find out why…
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    Tuesday, Sep 25. 2018 10:17 PM
    Sextile is known aspect ,Note the Yod (God'(destiny)finger )ccHE25thTR 2016-2020changes DSociety too!very deep https://www.lunarplanner.com/asteroids-dwarfplanets/Ixion.html
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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Sep 25. 2018 01:02 PM
    Ensapa Lobsang Döndrup was a Tibetan Buddhist religious leader. He was posthumously recognised as the third Panchen Lama. Ensapa was known to have spent more than 20 years meditating in isolated caves near the Himalayan mountains. When he was a young boy Gyalwa Ensäpa received many visions of Buddha Shakyamuni. Amazing ….he also possessed natural clairvoyance and was an extraordinary young boy. He spent more than twenty years of his life in meditation caves. His collected works comprise two volumes, his commentary on the Six Yogas of Naropa is well-known . He studied Lamrim and philosophical texts, and received instruction on the practices of highest yoga tantras with a number of lamas, particularly from Lharipa Drakpa Dondrub. Later he became a student of Chokyi Dorje and received the teachings on the oral tradition of Tsongkhapa. Beautiful life story of a great master.,…. many miraculous signs have appeared,
    during the cremation of his body.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-third-panchen-lama-wensapa-lobzang-dondrub.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Sep 25. 2018 01:02 PM
    The Eighth Tatsak Jedrung, Yeshe Lobzang Tenpai Gonpo, a Tibetan reincarnation lineage was born in region of Kham was recognised as the reincarnation of the Seventh Tatsak Jedrung, Lobzang Pelgyen. He developed a strong connections with Emperor Qianlong and was he was regent of Tibet, appointed by the Qing dynasty of China. He was the first owner of the Kundeling Monastery.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-eighth-tatsak-jedrung-yeshe-lobzang-tenpai-gonpo.html
  • ©©T®!!#this#live=>next#live#wish
    Tuesday, Sep 25. 2018 07:12 AM
  • Sofi
    Tuesday, Sep 25. 2018 07:06 AM
    The New York Times on Tibetan elections – https://goo.gl/kNsafS

    Its amazing to read how dirty these CTA officials are when it comes to elections and selfish motivations. Shamefully the laughing stock of the world and they still dont know it. Even The Dalai Lama, Nechung and Tseringma berated Lobsang Sangye and Penpa Tsering.. Definitely not fair play on elections.
  • Sofi
    Tuesday, Sep 25. 2018 06:54 AM
    Bojo Jinul: Uniter of Korean Buddhism – https://goo.gl/C8UyHZ

    Really nice read of how Korean only practices Jogye Order by Bojo JInul who took the best from the different schools of practice and formulated them into the core practice of Seon.
  • Chris
    Tuesday, Sep 25. 2018 04:05 AM
    The Tibetan Leadership had lied about Dorje Shugden practice on so many aspects and it is not hard to see through their lies when logic is applied. Below are some videos that the speakers had laid out the logic and give us an clear view of what is happening with the Dorje Shugden ban.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/videos-redressing-the-misinformation-about-dorje-shugden-and-the-tibetan-situation.html
  • Chris
    Tuesday, Sep 25. 2018 03:54 AM
    Dorje Shugden was said to be a sectarian deity that only Gelug can worship. However, it is not true at all if one takes the time to investigate the history of Dorje Shugden practice.

    It is a well-known fact that Dorje Shugden has a long history of association and practice within the Sakya School of Tibetan Buddhism. In fact, Dorje Shugden was first enthroned and propitiated within the Sakya School before becoming a widespread protector practice within the Gelug tradition.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-sakya-lineage-dorje-shugden.html

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This is my ultimate home!!! Blue waters, trees, skies, mountains, house that is open, retreat, meditation, Buddha images and purple flowers. Wow. Such a perfect place for me. Tsem Rinpoche
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Severed head Vajra Yogini has a brilliant orange body, orange darting eyes, wearing a necklace of freshly cut human heads firmly standing within a wisdom fire emanating from her sacred body reminding us to cut off our self damaging ego. Without the ego, our sufferings cannot survive and our happiness will arise. Tsem Rinpoche
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Severed head Vajra Yogini has a brilliant orange body, orange darting eyes, wearing a necklace of freshly cut human heads firmly standing within a wisdom fire emanating from her sacred body reminding us to cut off our self damaging ego. Without the ego, our sufferings cannot survive and our happiness will arise. Tsem Rinpoche
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A thought on how to repay the kindness of the guru
Very nice old artwork on the Bodha Stupa in Nepal.
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Very nice old artwork on the Bodha Stupa in Nepal.
This is quite interesting....
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This is quite interesting....
Wonderful statement by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Although Dorje Shugden is not negative, lets hope His Holiness can apply this to the Shugden issue. Then there will be peace.
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Wonderful statement by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Although Dorje Shugden is not negative, lets hope His Holiness can apply this to the Shugden issue. Then there will be peace.
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Left to right: Tritul Rinpoche, Gaden Tripa Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastic prayer hall during puja.
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The oracle of Dorje Shugden Choyang Dulzin Kuten of Gaden making offerings to Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche during a teaching in Gaden Shartse Monastery.
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Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche
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Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in 1987 Los Angeles.
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A message to share. Thanks. Do click and share.
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Buddhist art has a rich and intricate tradition of expressing the divine iconography of awakened beings.~Tsem Rinpoche Do enjoy the many wonderful Free Art PDF's here- https://bit.ly/2nXjK9T
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Kamakura is one of my favorite places
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Fantastic and profound documentary: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163457
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In 1989, Bill Porter, also known by his pen name ‘Red Pine’, travelled to the Zhongnan Mountains in China to meet some of these hermits and learn about their way of life. This resulted in his publishing the work titled Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits in 1993. 25 years later, Bill Porter travelled back to the same mountains to see if life there had changed. The outcome of this particular trip was a documentary titled Hermit, about a modern-day journey into the heart of the hermit tradition in China. This is a must watch documentary with so much to learn to enhance our lives which will give us hope as we are all drowning in materialism’s false promises.~Tsem Rinpoche Fantastic and profound documentary: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163457
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Wrathful Dakini Ucchusma-In the form of wrathful dakini, Ucchusma has 3 eyes; with both hands holding a vase with nectar at her heart level, her hair loose, and no ornaments. She wears a garment of black silk, with two legs, feet together, standing on a lotus and sun disc. This deity functions to remove negative energy and pollutions from body, speech and mind. The practice was conferred by a Dakini to Drupangsa. -Mantra: Om ar-kham zir-kam bu-ma-na-se ou-cus-ha-ma ma-ha tro-da hung phet
Tibetan Painted Scrolls Volumes 1-3 in original print is something very rare and expensive to come by. I really like these very much from what I can see.
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Tibetan Painted Scrolls Volumes 1-3 in original print is something very rare and expensive to come by. I really like these very much from what I can see.
Kechara Forest Retreat doing the extended puja of Dorje Shugden and Tsem Rinpoche attends the 2nd half. Good video to download: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-an_NAH6Mk
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Kechara Forest Retreat doing the extended puja of Dorje Shugden and Tsem Rinpoche attends the 2nd half. Good video to download: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-an_NAH6Mk
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A powerful meme to share.
Beautiful Avalokitesvara scroll painting.
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Beautiful Avalokitesvara scroll painting.
Black Garuda. 18th century. U (Central Tibet). Tradition Gelug
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Black Garuda. 18th century. U (Central Tibet). Tradition Gelug
Palden Lhamo. 18th century. Tibet. Tradition: Gelug
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Palden Lhamo. 18th century. Tibet. Tradition: Gelug
Dorje Jigje. 15th century. Narthang, Tsang (South-Central Tibet). Tradition: Sakya
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Dorje Jigje. 15th century. Narthang, Tsang (South-Central Tibet). Tradition: Sakya
The oracle of Dorje Shugden in Dungkar Monastery in Tibet. Very old vintage photo from 1923 by an English Earl Lord Ronaldshay in his book, \"Land Of The Thunderbolt Sikkim, Chunbi & Bhutan\". This Lord met up with Dorje Shugden via the oracle. He devotes a chapter in his book about this oracle and encounter.
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The oracle of Dorje Shugden in Dungkar Monastery in Tibet. Very old vintage photo from 1923 by an English Earl Lord Ronaldshay in his book, "Land Of The Thunderbolt Sikkim, Chunbi & Bhutan". This Lord met up with Dorje Shugden via the oracle. He devotes a chapter in his book about this oracle and encounter.
Beautiful old photograph of the Kamakura Buddha in Japan.
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Beautiful old photograph of the Kamakura Buddha in Japan.
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Never before seen footage of Tsem Rinpoche with various oracles- https://bit.ly/292jMaG
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In around 2 weeks, there are over 30k views already! Videos are great! Must watch!- https://bit.ly/2K0gNhB
Click on the picture to enlarge and contemplate the message please. Something to share.
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Click on the picture to enlarge and contemplate the message please. Something to share.
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Click on the picture to enlarge and contemplate the message please
This sacred Tara at Phelgyeling Monastery in Nepal has spoken several times the monks said.
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This sacred Tara at Phelgyeling Monastery in Nepal has spoken several times the monks said.
Beautiful ancient Tibetan scroll paintings for your viewing pleasure. Many more antique paintings for you to see and be blessed here-  https://bit.ly/2vz18RX
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Beautiful ancient Tibetan scroll paintings for your viewing pleasure. Many more antique paintings for you to see and be blessed here- https://bit.ly/2vz18RX
Nice handsome picture of my Dharma boy. Tsem Rinpoche
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Nice handsome picture of my Dharma boy. Tsem Rinpoche
Four Sacred Sites of Vajra Yogini in Nepal which you must know about and one day pay homage in person. These places are highly sacred and holy and I want to share them with you. Happy enlightenment to you! :)  - https://bit.ly/2vshj3r
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Four Sacred Sites of Vajra Yogini in Nepal which you must know about and one day pay homage in person. These places are highly sacred and holy and I want to share them with you. Happy enlightenment to you! :) - https://bit.ly/2vshj3r
Tsangpa Karpo-Protector of the line of Panchen Lama incarnations. They can take trance in certain oracles and speak.
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Tsangpa Karpo-Protector of the line of Panchen Lama incarnations. They can take trance in certain oracles and speak.
Mahakala Tramsuk centre figure. Bottom left, Gonpo Gur and bottom right Dorje Shugden
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Mahakala Tramsuk centre figure. Bottom left, Gonpo Gur and bottom right Dorje Shugden
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    Oser girl is very determined to get the snacks out! Look at how her cute little hands hold onto the ball.
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    I must get the snack!
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    I love this green snack munch munch munch
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    A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
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    A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
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    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
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KSDS's teachers and students had joined monthly animals liberation & Save a life activity at KH yesterday morning before class started. We had dedicated our Dharma activity for Rinpoche’s long life with stable health to continue to turn the wheel of Dharma for the benefit of all sentient beings.by Asyley Chia KSDS
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